October 8, 2020 | 08:10

Quote of the Day

Over the recent days, information leaked out how the UK authorities cope with their reported Corona figures. Due to a “technical problem”, about 16,000 Infected including 50,000 contact persons have somehow “got lost”1. Well actually, they are using a bunch of Microsoft Excel files. Unfortunately, a spreadsheet stops working at 1,048,576 lines.

Yesterday evening I listened to “The Bunker” podcast2 with the beautiful title “Orange Hawk Down - plus Dirty Data Returns” and was given the best quote so far:

The idea of using Excel for that kind of data crunching is like trying to make Toy Story 5 using Powerpoint.

Thank you Alex Andreou3 for this best quote so far.


  1. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/oct/05/how-excel-may-have-caused-loss-of-16000-covid-tests-in-england ↩︎

  2. https://play.acast.com/s/the-bunker/orangehawkdown-plusdirtydatareturns ↩︎

  3. https://www.theguardian.com/profile/alex-andreou ↩︎

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