PraxIS Nov. 2009

09-11 Contents: IRISS conference, Quality Day,Spreadsheet Safe, Sharpeye

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IN THIS ISSUE

1) Risk
      IRISS Conference 19th November 2009, Dublin
      LinkedIn group Critical Infrastructure

2) Quality
      Nov 11 is World Quality Day

3) Spreadsheets
     New: Spreadsheet Safe group on LinkedIn
     XLTest: Spreadsheet testing and quality check add-in

4) Off Topic
     Sharpeye OMR Music scanner software

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Welcome to PraxIS

The months fly by!  These topics are what I am working on this month, as well as the regular Excel modelling and data analysis engagements.

Patrick O'Beirne

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1)  IT Risk

IRISS Conference 19th November 2009, Dublin

IRISS will hold its first annual conference on the 19th of November 2009 at the D4 Berkley Court hotel. This all day conference will focus on providing an overview of the current cyber threats facing businesses in Ireland and what one can do to help deal with those threats.

Experts on various aspects of cyber crime and cyber security will share their thoughts and experiences  while a number of panel sessions will provide  the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter most. There will be a number of expert speakers on cyber crime including representatives from;

    - The Irish Reporting and Information Security Service
    - An Garda Siochana,
    - The Data Protection Commissioner's Office
    - The European Network and Information Security Agency
    - OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project)
    - The SANS Institute

For more information visit http://www.iriss.ie
Time:     All day event
Date:     19th November 2009
Location:     Irish Computer Society, Crescent Hall, Dublin 2
Cost:     Free to ICS members | 25 to non-members
Contact:     info at iriss.ie to register

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New:  LinkedIn group Critical Infrastructure at Cyber and other Risks 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2470003

Set up by Al Macintyre

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2) Quality

Nov 11 is World Quality Day

http://iaidq.org/ask-the-expert/2009-11-11.shtml

Since 1990 World Quality Day has been promoted by the United Nations as a focal point for the Quality Management profession and as a celebration of the contribution that Quality makes to the growth and prosperity of nations and organizations.

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3) Spreadsheets

New: Spreadsheet Safe group on LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/groupInvitation?groupID=2408090

I recently presented a Spreadsheet Safe course and examination. People are surprised at how tough it is!

XLTest: Spreadsheet testing and quality check add-in

XLTest helps you to test the integrity of your spreadsheets far more quickly than tedious cell-by-cell inspection.

http://www.sysmod.com/xltest

 XLTest is supplied for Excel 2003; it also works in the Add-In tab of Excel 2007

If you own the book "Spreadsheet Check and Control" you get back the cost of the book - save 30 euro! Simply enter into the discount code box below the first word on the top left of page 131.

If you own the spreadsheet inventory/assessment workbook  ScanXLS you can save 60 euro! Simply enter into the discount code box below your license number.

Sorry, there is no combined discount! This offer is available for only a limited period.

Spreadsheet Check and Control: 47 best practices to detect and prevent errors

http://www.sysmod.com/scc.htm

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Thank you! Patrick O'Beirne, Editor

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4) Off Topic

Sharpeye OMR Music scanner software

I recently tried this on a large four-part score and it largely worked. There was a lot of editing to do to clean it up but it beats entering the whole thing in note by note! I have tried the open source software Audiveris but it could not recognise much,

http://www.visiv.co.uk/

I gave them ten comments on it, mainly to do with the limited keyboard shortcuts - I prefer using the keyboard for speed. As an editor, MuseScore has better keyboard entry facilities. 

For editing of the MIDI, I currently use Anvil Studio. Finale Reader is better for reading and playing the score, but does not edit.

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