Combining cells in Excel

Combining cells in Excel

Combining cells in Excel is something we frequently need to do. And there are multiple ways to do it, depending on what exactly you need to do. One is easier to remember than the others, but let’s step through them.

I find the easiest-to-remember way to combine cells is to use the & operator with the cells you want to combine, along with any additional text. For example, the formula =A1&” “&B1 will combine the cells A1 and B1 with a space in between them.

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What social engineering is and how it works

What social engineering is and how it works

Thanks to an embarrassing hack where someone gained access to a Twitter administration tool and used high-profile accounts to tweet out a Bitcoin scam in July 2020, social engineering has a lot of attention. But what is social engineering? How does it work?

There’s no need to complicate social engineering. It’s not something new, it’s just an old-fashioned con job in modern times, sometimes using modern technology.

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How to remove tape residue

There comes a time when we have to remove tape from something and don’t want to damage it. It’s not always easy, but it’s possible to remove tape residue from almost anything. Even paper. Here’s how.

Removing tape residue often requires use of several different techniques including heat and chemicals. My favorite is rubber cement thinner, as it will even remove tape adhesive from paper, but different surfaces require different options.

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Amiga 600: The Amiga no one wanted

Amiga 600: The Amiga no one wanted

The Amiga 600 was one of the last Amigas, and it became a symbol of everything wrong with Commodore and the product line. Retro enthusiasts like it today because of its small size, so it’s the perfect retro Amiga for today. But it couldn’t have been much more wrong for 1992.

The Amiga 600 was a cost-reduced Amiga for home use, similar in size and appearance to a Commodore 64. But internally it wasn’t much more than a repackaged Amiga 1000 from 1985, trying to compete with VGA graphics and 386 CPUs.

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Job offer acceptance deadline? Proceed with caution.

Job offer acceptance deadline? Proceed with caution.

The topic of the dreaded job offer acceptance deadline came up in my circles this week. Unfortunately I expect these to become more common in the near future. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a red flag. Let’s look at why businesses put deadlines on offers, and what they reveal in doing so.

Job offer acceptance deadlines are a power move, intended to force an individual’s hand. But they are also a sign that the company is insecure.

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Is HGST a good brand? Are HGST drives reliable?

Is HGST a good brand? Are HGST drives reliable?

Western Digital phased out its HGST brand, but you may still encounter those drives from time to time. So is HGST a good brand? More importantly, are HGST drives reliable? And can you still buy an HGST drive today?

While “Brand X by Brand Y” type brands often indicate something lower-tier, that’s not really the case with HGST. Use of a separate brand was a legal requirement, and there never was anything second-rate about HGST.

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CISSP salary expectations

CISSP salary expectations

Let’s do something taboo today and talk about money. CISSP money. What exactly is realistic when it comes to CISSP salary expectations?

The average CISSP salary is somewhere around $120,000. That’s average, and CISSP covers a broad range of jobs, but keep that number in mind if someone offers you $54,000. I’ve seen $54,000 cited as the low end and that’s, frankly, ridiculously low.

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