My chum Aubrey Kagan in Canada is a huge fan of Microsoft Excel. For example, Aubrey has used Excel to create numerous calculators to help electronic designers with their creations.

As an aside, I once met one of the guys who created VisiCalc (“Visible Calculator”), which was the very first spreadsheet program for personal computers (possibly for any computer). (I wonder if he’s telling his friends that he once met me?). This bodacious beauty (VisiCalc, not the guy who co-created it) bade a bonhomous “Howdy” to the world on 17 October 1979

I can only imagine what people thought when they first saw VisiCalc and realized how powerful was the computer-based spreadsheet concept. Now, of course, the word “Excel” is pretty much synonymous with “Spreadsheet.”

One can do amazing things with Excel. I’m reminded of Tatsuo Horiuchi, who creates the most amazing images (you could say “paints the most amazing pictures”) of Japanese landscapes using Excel. In fact, he’s been dubbed “The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel.”

But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about. My chum Alvin in the UK (my co-author of Bebop Bytes Back, which is now a collector’s item that is sadly out of print, and How Computers Do Math, which remains available for your delectation and delight) just emailed me the link to this article on the Tom’s Hardware website that tells the tale of someone called Inkbox who has created a 16-Bit CPU that runs in Excel.

I know what you are thinking, which is “Why didn’t I think of doing that?” I’m thinking the same thing myself; that is, why didn’t you think of that? 🙂 Actually, while we are talking about you thinking of things, can you think of any other Excel-based applications you’d care to share that will make the rest of us say “Ooh” and “Aah”?