The iPad + Numbers with Microsoft Windows + Excel

Spreadsheets on the iPadHave you ever wondered how on earth you can export spreadsheets from Numbers on the iPad to Microsoft Excel? I have and much to my dismay I found the above combination of software may as well be known as a royal pain in the proverbial rear end. Recently I decided as part of my studies in photography I would use Apple’s Numbers application for the iPad to capture a series of information for each of the shots I was taking on a roll of film (yes that is correct, film… not digital LOL).

Much to my dismay I found that once I had filled out the spreadsheet, the only formats that I could export from the Numbers application were either to Apple Numbers, or PDF. However as my main computer is a PC I obviously don’t have Numbers as the iWork suite is only available for Apple OSX.

Therefore I found myself in the difficult situation of how to get the file across to my computer so that I could convert it and continue work on it in Microsoft Excel. In the end I figured out the only way was to do the following:

  1. In the Numbers application on the iPad select the cells you wish to copy and copy them by tapping on the selected cells once and select copy
  2. Open up a word processing application on the iPad, in this case I chose DocsToGo
  3. Create a new word document and paste the text in
  4. Email this to yourself and open it on your PC
  5. Copy the text by selecting it all and clicking Ctrl + C
  6. Paste this into a new excel workbook. Obviously you lose any formatting however you get the data over and it will correctly place it into rows and colums.

Until such a time as Apple enables the ability to export to a competitors format I would strongly recommend that you use a different app (such as DocsToGo) that natively supports the Microsoft Office formats so that you do not run into these issues.

If anyone has any other ideas I would welcome hearing how you get around this frustrating issue.

Fix: VMWare vSphere Host Update Utility for ESXi

Recently I ran into an issue with the VMWare vSphere Host Update Utility that was causing it to report that my ESXi server was up to date when I was well aware that several newer builds were available. After much poking around on the web and coming up trumps I had to set to work to attempt to resolve the issue myself. Therefore I managed to devise this procedure which should hopefully resolve issues when the vSphere Host Update Utility is ignoring updates or in other words simply not detecting that updates were available.

I found a relatively simple procedure which should clear the cache out and cause the vSphere Host Update Utility to do a complete rescan of the host and correctly detect that there are updates available. Due to the newest release of vSphere 4.1 which no longer uses the Host Update Utility this affects only versions 4.0 and earlier (though I was experiencing it with ESXi 4.0 U1 myself)

To resolve the issue follow these steps:

  1. Load up the Host Update Utility and remove the host causing issues from the list
  2. Uninstall both the VMWare vSphere Host Update utility and the VMWare vSphere Client
  3. Reboot your computer
  4. Install the vSphere client and Host Update Utility Again (for good measure I put these in a different folder to the original)
  5. Load up the Host Update Utility, add back the ESXi Host and scan for the patches (You should now see any new patches available).

I hope that this can help someone else out as I have to say it drove me up the wall for some time.

If anyone has any simpler way of this I would certainly welcome it.


O’Reilly books at 50% off!

This one is good news for all you geeks out there. It looks like O’Reilly Media have extended their discount offer of Buy X eBooks get X eBooks free (where X is however many you want to purchase). O’Reilly I would think are most famous for their “Liama” and “Camel” book series for various programming languages including everything from Perl, to PHP to C/C++.

So the good news is you can get 50% off any eBooks you purchase. You can visit to see all the books that the have available. As below you get the eBooks in multiple formats, all DRM free.

The coupon code you have to use is “BXGXF” as per the below email I received, they had a thing at the bottom saying “Forward to a friend” LOL so I hope they do not object to me mass releasing it to the interweb.

50% Off O'Reilly Books

Some of the books that I have purchased and have read/am currently reading that I would recommend are:

And just in case you are wondering what I have in my collection you can see the image below of all the O’Reilly eBooks I have.

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