Monday, February 16, 2009

Botched Valentine's Day plans

My St. Valentine’s Day plan was very simple, bordering on tiresomely unadventurous: design a greeting card in advance and email it a few days ahead.

The greeting ‘card’ was a MS Excel spreadsheet, with the general form of the contents as follows:
=if( today() >= B1, “Valentine’s Day greeting message”, “come back later”)

And the contents of cell B1 was the date 14 February 2009.

In plain language - if today is 14th February or later, show “Valentine’s Day greeting message”, otherwise show “come back later”.

The sheet was then protected and locked with a password to prevent the recipient from finding out the intended message ahead of time.


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All this effort, however, was futile.

She changed her Windows date to 14th February, thus hoodwinking MS Excel and circumventing my carefully constructed mechanisms.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Yee Juinn said...

wow, she's geng. Too bad you're in "tong san" not SG. haha

7:06 pm, February 18, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Yes, i still feel cheated by the universe that my security plans had left such an easily exploitable loophole in it.

2:22 pm, February 22, 2009  

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