Or why you can do everything in Excel but it may not be a good idea.
My wife's struggle with a spreadsheet from work yesterday got me thinking about this topic again. It has perplexed me for a long time that people use Excel for so much that other tools are clearly more suited for. There are many rants on the Internet about using Excel for database-like activities, and I will probably write a bit more on that later. However, I think the key phrase in the overuse of any powerful tool is "but I can do that in my tool, too".
What I mean is that one could approach someone who is an expert Excel user and say "I don't like Excel for engineering calculations because it doesn't allow me to track the units of the numbers like for instance Frink or Mathcad does". This guy would say "but you can do that in Excel - just do X or Y". Somewhere they are thinking "I will use another tool when I find something that Excel can't do". However, they are stuck in a Turing Tarpit. The problem is that all Turing complete languages are equivalent in power in this strange and abstract sense that it is possible to do the same calculation in both. This does not say anything about how easy it will be to do that calculation, or how maintainable the code will be - these are requirements that have very little to do with the computational power.
At this point it seems like a good idea to mention the other thing that keeps people in Excel. I think the marketers of spreadsheets have been using the "no programming required" line for so long that everyone thinks that spreadsheets are different from programming. In fact, they can be understood as functional programming languages with a two-dimensional (or three-dimensional if you take sheets into account) structure. Of course, there's also VBA if you aren't sufficiently resourceful to figure out how to do everything using only the built-in functions and cells, but the spreadsheet itself is also a computational device. So a lot of people think that "using Excel" is different from "programming", when it differs mainly in the environment.
Bottom line: if you are a single-language kind of person (who only uses Excel or only uses C) you need to understand that it is true that you will never find a program that your favourite tool won't be able to solve in a strict sense, but that it is also true that other tools may make it a lot easier.