DMS Facets

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

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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Spam with jam

The Golden Age of Advertising It was so disappointing to re-visit a website that I have previously found interesting, only to find it has sold its soul to the God of ClickThrough. Gosh, I hope I don’t lose too many friends for saying this.  I mean, I’m not anti advertising per se.  Nor am I […]

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Real World Access (22)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.  Oliver Stohr’s Good Health One of the largest applications I ever build with Access is used by a large staffing contractor, who provides staffing services for the federal US government. As with many projects, this was born out […]

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With a Little Help From My Friends

What Goes Around Comes Around The idea of community is not a new one, of course.  For as long as any form of social mobility has been possible, I suppose, people have been choosing to associate with others with whom they have something in common.  For the purpose of companionship, support, sharing and leveraging knowledge […]

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Tools of Choice (2)

SnagIt – Screen Capture and Image Editing One of the software tools that I find indispensible is SnagIt, produced by TechSmith. In fact, I have been using it for several years, and it has continued to improve with age.  I am now on Version 8.2. I won’t attempt anything like a comprehensive review.  For one […]

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Real World Access (21)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Garry Robinson’s Spreadsheets Excel is a far more popular tool in the real world than Access, and whilst most developers will find it a clumsy tool to develop in, the reality is that many systems are set up […]

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Congratulations

2 New MVPs in Wellington I was delighted to learn that Microsoft has awarded two new MVPs in Wellington, New Zealand. Chandima Kulathilake and Mark Orange are both involved with the Wellington SharePoint User Group.  Chan authors a great SharePoint blog. I have the honour of knowing both of them. Congratulations, guys! This furthers Wellington’s […]

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