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Posting to LiveJournal from Excel [Dec. 15th, 2005|05:05 pm]
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I'm sitting in an all-day meeting and I made a joke to our business manager about posting to LiveJournal from Excel.

So to complete the joke, I had to implement it for him:
http://www.danga.com/misc/excel_to_lj/livejournal-client.xls

I made it a journal:
http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=excel_to_lj

Enjoy.

P.S. This is my first Visual Basic since like... 1995 or 1996? I think the last time I used Excel prior to this was when I wrote Tetris, but I lost that?

P.P.S. ... rebooting back into Ubuntu now.
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From: jzedd
2005-12-16 01:10 am (UTC)

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i have to say that is pretty damn hilarious
and clever
and awesome

that said, im back to Ubuntu now as well
haha
[User Picture]From: casey
2005-12-16 01:24 am (UTC)

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this is why I miss the "recent clients used" field on the userinfo. Now how am I supposed to get LJ indie cred?!
[User Picture]From: figg
2005-12-16 09:22 am (UTC)

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I liked that, I could make by userinfo page blink for a while. :)
From: sherm
2005-12-16 01:24 am (UTC)

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OMG! ENTERPRISE APP!

I am convinced from working for 3 years in the fortune 100 that the entire U.S. economy would collapse if Visual Basic for Applications suddenly ceased to exist.
[User Picture]From: casey
2005-12-16 01:26 am (UTC)

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I'm pretty sure my employer would have to declare bankruptcy. Oh wait, they already did!
[User Picture]From: granting
2005-12-16 01:25 am (UTC)

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You shouldn't make jokes with business managers.
[User Picture]From: joshc
2005-12-16 01:30 am (UTC)

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aw, I was hoping to see spreadsheets.
[User Picture]From: thgintaetal
2005-12-16 01:38 am (UTC)

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This is simultaneously a work of jaw-dropping genius and a crime against nature.
Oh, and it also doesn't work on Excel for Mac OS X, which apparently doesn't have AJAX support.
[User Picture]From: idonotlikepeas
2005-12-16 01:55 am (UTC)

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That's... that's just wrong.
[User Picture]From: ydna
2005-12-16 02:25 am (UTC)

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Works great in OpenOffice.org 2.0!!
[User Picture]From: brad
2005-12-16 06:53 am (UTC)

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Are you fucking kidding me? That's amazing, if so.
[User Picture]From: ydna
2005-12-16 06:38 pm (UTC)

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Well, no. But I can't help wonder if OO.org2 has access to XMLHttpRequest. But who knows what it would take to make the VB portable enough for OO Basic.
[User Picture]From: rsalerno
2005-12-17 05:20 am (UTC)

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Doesn't work easily in OO.o 2.0 on WinXP. Maybe with some cleverer hacking on my end, but apparently not by default and seemingly not easily.

Testing it in Calc was my first thought, too.
[User Picture]From: everdred
2005-12-18 07:46 pm (UTC)

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Mine too. :)

Nor on OO.o 2 in Ubuntu. After enabling macros, it crashes and starts document recovery.
[User Picture]From: shmivejournal
2005-12-16 04:31 am (UTC)

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disclaimer

Wow, you can post to livejournal from excel now. I wonder if anybody's ever used their phonecall in jail to make a livejournal phonepost.

If you're out there, and you're reading this... and presumably out of jail -- inquiring minds want to know.
[User Picture]From: crucially
2005-12-16 06:16 am (UTC)

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LJEE LiveJournal Enterprise Edition, so needed!
[User Picture]From: rahaeli
2005-12-16 07:17 am (UTC)

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But does this enhance the user experience, or enable communications?
From: miz_ginevra
2005-12-16 07:35 am (UTC)

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it enhances user communications in enterprise environments™. DUH. ;)
[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2005-12-16 06:55 pm (UTC)

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Clearly it makes it more compelling. Or I'm taking my ball and going home.
[User Picture]From: gaal
2005-12-16 07:37 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: obra
2005-12-16 09:05 am (UTC)

Doesn't work from Gnumeric

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(Not that I'm surprised.)

And people ask why Linux isn't ready for the desktop yet.
[User Picture]From: gurt
2005-12-16 02:04 pm (UTC)

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i'd just like to say that LJ should have given EVERYONE 3 extra pictures not just Free users. Early Adopters have gotten squat!

thank you for sending me and the rest of the Early Adopters to the gym to play basketball while everyone else gets to open presents and eat cookies.
[User Picture]From: brad
2005-12-17 12:44 am (UTC)

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The point of early adopter accounts was to grandfather you guys into the options you had at the time we took a bunch of advanced features away from the new users.

Plus we've taken pains to always retain your special status everywhere, like on the userinfo page, much to our documentation/support/maintenance hell. We'd much rather remove that feature.

So don't say we don't think of the early adopters. Complain more, though, and we can just remove the whole concept.

The biggest problem is most early adopter accounts in use today are just stolen accounts. I'd almost think that about yours if you didn't have some early entries. You only have 14 friends and none of them are also early adopters? That looks really questionable. I'm an early adopter, and a huge chunk of my friends list is also early adopters, as is all theirs.

In any case, lots are just stolen, so why keep raising the incentives to steal them more? Also, mentioning them in news would confuse people, wondering why they aren't early adopters. etc, etc.
[User Picture]From: piekid
2005-12-17 07:13 am (UTC)

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Hi, just a silly little lurker here that couldn't help but comment.

Personally, the EA status itself is the part that matters the most to me. I paid for my account (and will continue to do so) because I felt that after years of great service, I owe you guys that much. I was extremely excited that the EA status stayed even after I paid...

Thank You!
[User Picture]From: sidelobe
2005-12-16 02:53 pm (UTC)

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Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. See: emacs for a whole bunch of examples. Hmmm... anybody got a client that runs in TOPS-20?