DMS Facets

Relating several topics, including IT, Microsoft Access, sports administration, and micro-ISV business.

Real World Access (30)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  Leigh Purvis’s Duty Each year in the UK there are two million 8 page forms (with a possible 232 questions and potentially an additional 99 x 70 questions per form) submitted to the government for Stamp Duty Land Tax […]

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Custom Toolbars 2007

 At the June meeting of the Wellington Office User Group, Peter asked a question about using Custom Toolbars in Office 2007 applications, and how this relates to the Fluent Interface (Ribbon). I have put together a few pieces of information, as this applies in particular to Access 2007. Toolbars as toolbars Whereas VBA will continue to […]

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Protecting the Style in MS Word

At the June meeting of the Wellington Office User Group, Aniela asked a question about how to ensure that a Protected Document in Word 2007 can’t have the Style changed. It appears at first glance that anyone can select a different Style option from the drop-down list, even if the document has been protected and […]

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Real World Access (29)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  Scott Diamond’s Art Collection My company had a lot of artwork within their offices. Some of it very valuable, including an original Andy Warhol. However, we really didn’t have a good inventory of what we had on the walls […]

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Real World Access (28)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  John Mishefske’s Homeland Security This application, which I developed in 2004, searches a list of designated parties with whom US persons are prohibited from conducting business transactions. It periodically automatically retrieves the U.S. Treasury list of Specially Designated […]

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Pro Access 2007 : Book Review

I have been very much enjoying reading Martin WP Reid’s new book, Pro Access 2007. In fact, for me, it is just what I need at this time. As an Access developer who has acquired a reasonable level of skill and knowledge of earlier versions of Access, I have nevertheless been feeling a little intimidated […]

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Real World Access (27)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  Thomas Möller’s Mutual Funds I have developed an application for a bank. With this application, commissions for mutual funds are accounted. The payments of the investment companies are verified and the payments are distributed to various clients. From […]

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Real World Access (26)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  Al Campagna’s Commercial Weaving An application designed to control, track, and evaluate all aspects of fabric manufacturing, in a modern weaving facility with 34 mechanized looms. The Weaving System application handles all aspects of a modern commercial weaving […]

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Real World Access (25)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  Mark Davis’s Print Shop A small print shop in Indiana wanted a new database to replace the one they were using. At the time, they were using an ailing DB4 database that had, over the years, been written […]

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Real World Access (24)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  Rick Brandt’s Document Management Handling documentation creation and submission for a large field organization. These people previously had many paper documents that they had to mail or fax to the corporate office. The application has a database for […]

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New Access Blog Launched

Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP, has just started a new blog, focussed on Access. Looks like it will be technical tips and tidbits and links. A welcome addition to the sparse stable of Access-related blogs.  Thanks, Tony! You’ll find him here. Technorati tags: Microsoft+Access, blogging, MVP, community

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Wellington Office User Group

Change of Life After quite a lot of thought and consultation, we have decided to reduce the frequency of WOUG meetings. In a nutshell… With the available resources (speakers, venue, support staff, convenor’s time), we have been pretty stretched to try and maintain a monthly meeting schedule. However, there are plenty of people around who […]

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Whistling in the Wind

Is proliferation of American spelling inevitable? I am prompted to write this from 3 angles: a focus on the social effects of computer technology a long-term personal interest in language and psycho-linguistics an “attention to detail” personality that has me noticing this stuff First of all, let me clarify that I don’t think there is anything intrinsically superior about […]

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Great Interview – Teresa Hennig

I have just read through a fantastic article, and I enjoyed it so much I just had to reference it here. It is published on the Canadian Information Processing Society site. Stephen Ibaraki interviewing author and Access MVP Teresa Hennig. It is a fairly lengthy piece, so grab a coffee first.  A real good read, covering a […]

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Come to the Edge

I recently posted here about Kevin Roberts’ recent talk in Wellington, on the subject of social trends. A transcript and video of his very interesting presentation is now available on his website.   Technorati tags: kevin+roberts, lovemarks, GTD, micro-ISV

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Tools of Choice (4)

Blog with Windows Live Writer I like simple tasks to be simple. I use the Blogger platform for this blog, hosted with my web hosting service.  It was easy to set up, and it works well for me. And then, you need an offline blog editor to do the actual work.  (It is a pain to […]

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Real World Access (23)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  George Hepworth’s Affinity for Access My client, a large, successful, insurance brokerage, markets its products through partnerships with several Affinity Groups. Affinity Groups — typically banks and credit unions, professional and social organizations — provide us their member […]

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Foreign Concept

Oldies are Immigrants to Computerland Talking to my friend Jan today, and picked up an idea that really struck a chord. My wife and I are both immigrants to New Zealand.  In Susan’s case, the transition process has been, and still is, dramatic.  So we are very aware of the challenges of adaptation, and how you never […]

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Tools of Choice (3)

Virus gets the NOD How do you decide about anti-virus protection for your computers? Some people are experts, but most, like me, have to follow the experts’ advice.  But with anti-virus software, it’s a funny business, because under normal circumstances, you don’t really see anything happening.  The only test occurs if your computer is infected, and […]

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RAD Cycles

The 24-hour Upgrade Every now and then, as a developer, one is faced with what seem like “now or never” requirements. For the micro-ISV, this can be exciting.  Out the window go any concepts of project management, formal specifications, version cycles.  Replace RAD (Rapid Application Development) with VRAD, and shoot for “get as much done as you can […]

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