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My Manhattan Project - How I helped build the bomb that blew up Wall Street.

My Manhattan Project How I helped build the bomb that blew up Wall Street. "Last month, my neighbor, a retired schoolteacher, offered to deliver my oysters into the city. He had lost half his savings, and his pension had been cut by 30 percent. The...
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Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge.

"Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students, like you, to download professional-level Microsoft developer tools to advance...
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Which date is more understandable by the user?

While the left screen shot is more technically accurate and appeals to the accountant the right screen shot is much more understandable by the user. They also have a button where they can drill down to get the exact date. But really if the unit hasn't...
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School sends letter to parents of dead teenager complaining about her poor attendance

School sends letter to parents of dead teenager complaining about her poor attendance The relevant paragraph is: He said: "Unknown to the school, Megan's details had remained in a different part of the computer system and were called up when...
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"Slacker DBs" Vs. Old-Guard DBs

A very interesting summary at Slashdot - "Slacker DBs" Vs. Old-Guard DBs on an InfoWorld article Test Center: Slacker databases break all the old rules I saw this problem from a different perspective in 2000 or so when I purchased my Palm Vx...

What is the best way to understand the tables,queries, relationships,etc?

KrispyData asked the following question in the newsgroups What is the best way to understand the tables,queries, relationships,etc. I am new to Access and taking over an entire database. Philip Herlihy had an excellent reply well worth reading. Jeff Boyce...
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Capturing screen shots

Tired of Alt-PrtScn and various jiggery pokery methods of getting out just the portion of the screen you want? I've quite enjoyed using SnagIt for the various screen shots on this blog and on my web sites. In particular I quite like the ability to...
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The case of the form which took 30 seconds to open

The client had two transaction file forms which took 30 seconds to open while a similar form took 3 or 4 seconds to open. I went through many of the items on my Microsoft Access Performance FAQ page and none made a significant difference. The list of...
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The sordid life of software bugs, exposed!

The sordid life of software bugs, exposed! is a very interesting look into the software bug process within Microsoft. While this is about another MS product my impression is that this a very common approach within Microsoft. If you are going to report...

Good developers and bad developers

I quite enjoyed reading More flame wars on the way by a fellow MVP. Make sure you follow the link to Coddling is consider harmful and read the comments. The following reminds me of the Therac 25 X-ray machine which killed people. "The full story...
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Other deals for students

Thanks to the awesome Canadian MVP Lead Sasha Krsmanovic for informing me of some other deals for students: Microsoft DreamSpark Professional Development and Designer Tools for students at no charge. MSDN Academic Alliance However your school must be...
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Fire Your Boss: The best place to cut IT organizations is generally at the top.

Thanks to SlashDot I read an interesting article - Fire Your Boss: The best place to cut IT organizations is generally at the top. I completely agree. I've dealt with two IT managers to any extent over the past ten years. I mostly deal with smaller...
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On Our Project, We're Always 90% Done

On Our Project, We're Always 90% Done The first five paragraphs recommend a book and are off topic to my blog posting. The meat of the blog posting starts "My problem is that I'm almost pathologically bad about writing things down."...
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Software that kills

"It appeared that if the doctor didn't fill out a dose or indicate how often the medicine should be taken, a default amount - such as "5ml" or "twice daily" - appeared on the prescription, Mr Chalmers said." Glitch a...
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When not to normalize

Fortunately this problem is seldom applicable to most Access applications. Maybe Normalizing Isn't Normal Project Cassandra: Facebook's Open Source Alternative to Google BigTable Interesting the huge difference in IO operations. I've always...
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Aug. 7, 1944: Harvard, IBM Dedicate Mark I Computer

Aug. 7, 1944: Harvard, IBM Dedicate Mark I Computer We've come a long way. (Note that there is some dispute whether Grace Hopper actually coined the term "computer bug") Note the now amusing quote at the bottom of the story. Aiken ... predicted...
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Toastmasters? What for? I’m a developer…

Toastmasters? What for? I’m a developer… Excellent idea. If you are at all uncomfortable doing presentations I'd strongly suggest Toastmasters.
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Controllers and Doers

"So, it's my belief that the people working in IT fall into two broad categories (with occasional cross-over and hybrids). " Controllers and Doers An interesting blog posting. And where do I fit in? Well, in the past I've most definitely...
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Silly, silly HP printer driver software

Ok, so this is a bit of a rant. On my slightly older laptop I turned it on so a family member could use it to print some airplane tickets. Well, I didn't have my latest printer installed on it so I copied the 300 or so Mb printer driver from my main...
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Ensure the user can update the data

"One judge, however, accidentally punched in a mark of 8.7 instead of 9.7. While the mistake was immediately admitted, officials refused to change Fréchette's official score and the champion swimmer was relegated to second place. " Canada's...
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