It seems that the Excel programme used was years old.
It does not surprise me as the NHS is supposedly still relying on Microsoft Windows XP. Excel being part of Microsoft Office suite.
Now even I know that Excel spreadsheets had ď Size ď limitations some years ago, but as I never needed a large capacity it didnít matter, but I do remember having to split a particular spreadsheet up as it was getting too big.
It that case ( Itís was cash flow over the companies contracts.
All I did was split off older contracts that were just completed from newer ones. Split some into years and various other tricks.
Looking back to then, I have just realised that I was the only one in the company that could operate a computer and use Excel after updating from Lotus 123.
This is back in about 1979 to 1992.
It only came about as I was asked to take on a small job that an old guy had been doing by hand and had gone off sick for 2-3 months. I found it a very laborious task (boring).
So I wrote a programme on either Lotus or Excel. It took me a couple of days to get it working OK.
When I took the completed documents up to the Chairman/MD. he was shocked, and then other things dropped on my lap until I managed to get him and the deputy MD to have the accounts dept. Computers and software etc.
All this was between 1972 and about 1983. I was not interested in computer things, they were just a tool to speed up my own estimating work.
I later realised that I had made an error in not keeping up with the advances in computers. My only consolation is that I would have been unable to keep up with the younger kids on the block.
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