I tried to create a Crystal XCelsius version of my Demographic Dashboard and failed miserably. But what about a new spreadsheet version? That should work, right? Wrong. I downloaded StarOffice 8 and just linked the pivot table (“datapilot”) to the Access population database via ODBC and waited… and waited… and waited… and finally was able to design the pivot table structure and then I waited… and waited… and waited… and then I selected a new country and I waited… and waited… and waited…

I know I must upgrade my system, but this thing is ridiculously slow. So, I’ll wait a little longer… for version 9.