May 12, 2011

Winners of free subscription to fotolia

As you are aware, 2 free subscriptions to fotolia were up for grabs (worth almost $200 each). Of all the emails received the two lucky winners chosen randomly are:

Ary Faddila
and Epikhina Anna

Congrats to both of you. I will email your subscription details soon. Have fun with fotolia.

For those of you interested in knowing how I chose winner names 'randomly', here is the secret. It's pretty simple actually. Write down the names of all the candidates in excel sheet from top to bottom. Then allot them serial numbers. Assume there are 5 candidates (as below).

You now need to generate a random number between 1 and 5. Type this formula in another cell =RANDBETWEEN(1,5). Press enter and a random number will be generated. If 3 comes, then Lionel Messi is the winner. Type the formula again and press enter, it will again generate a random number between 1 and 5. It's that simple.

You still with me? Liking this randomness thing...
Then let me ask you a question. What happens if we do =rand() in MS PowerPoint?
Don't know? Then open a text box and type this. See what happens. Play with randomness.