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We hope spring is treating you well.
We had a rather bizarre
experience when a migrating Canadian goose flew too low and
caused us to lose power for almost a day (picture).
Sorry for any inconvenience!
I'll be speaking at the
Portland Oregon Access User Group
Conference this weekend for third year in a row. It's a
wonderful event organized by PAUG at a wonderful state park.
This year's event was sold out early with participants from
around the world. If you're not able to be there this year,
think about coming next year to mingle with fellow Access
enthusiasts in a very intimate setting.
Our hearts and condolences go to those who were affected by
the recent tragedies in Boston, MA and West, TX. Unrelated to
our Microsoft related products, our Sentinel Visualizer link
analysis product continues to help law enforcement agencies
and was recently mentioned by MIT Technology Review.
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always enjoy hearing from our customers about how our products
help their development efforts. We're even more delighted when
they are willing to recommend them to others.
In a recent posting on Experts-Exchange, Microsoft Access "Prodigy" LSMConsulting
provided a very nice testimonial about our products:
"I've always found Total Access Analyzer to be a great source of information about your database. I also use
Total Access Detective, which is great for determining the differences between two Access databases."
That's why we created them! Learn more about All our Microsoft Related Products.
Technology (Microsoft Access) Rather than Developer Ignorance
I respond to a Washington Post article which described the experience
of a local small business. They ran into trouble with Microsoft Access and were
migrate to another system. While there may be legitimate reasons to migrate, Microsoft Access took the blame for
a poorly designed system which couldn't even support a trivial multiuser
environment. The actual problem wasn't the technology, but the ignorance and incompetence of the developer who built
Read more about it in his blog:
Mistakenly Blaming Microsoft Access instead of the Developer
Blaming Microsoft Excel Rather
than the User
here's an article blaming Excel for a variety of big mistakes. When people don't understand databases and use
spreadsheets, bad things can happen. Excel is great for one
time analysis, but over time, they inevitably fall apart as
people add new data and adjust data ranges and formulas.
Excel! How the 'most important software application of all
time' is ruining the world.
Read our article
Microsoft Access versus Microsoft Excel for Data Analysis and
Reporting to understand the difference and how a well
designed database lets you add an unlimited amount of data
without changing any queries, reports, and other analytic
Access Query Sorting on Multiple Date (or Numeric) Fields with
Sorting multiple numeric or date fields is complicated if
they contain null values. It's very easy to accidentally
convert and sort the fields as text rather than numbers.
This new paper,
Microsoft Access Query Sorting on Multiple Date (or Numeric)
Fields with Blank Values, shows how to sort around nulls
using a calculated field based on VBA functions IIF and Is
Equally important, it also demonstrates why you can't use
the Nz (NullToZero) function which leads to an alphabetical sort
instead of a numeric sort.
Part of our
Access Query Help Center.
Access Shortcut Keys for Data Entry and Navigation
Here's our paper on a variety of shortcut keys to simplify
your use of Microsoft Access. Just learning one of these keys
could save you lots of time:
Access Shortcut Keys for Data Entry and Navigation
Be Careful Making
Appointments on Your Smartphone from a Different Time Zone
When travelling in Texas recently, I received an
email for a noon lunch appointment the following week. So I
added it to Outlook on my
Windows Phone as usual.
Unfortunately, I missed
the appointment because when I returned home to Eastern time,
the appointment appeared on my calendar as 1 PM (noon in
Texas). Rude, embarrassing, and bad for business.
Missing an Appointment Set on a Smartphone while in a
Different Time Zone
Tips for Microsoft Outlook
We've updated many of our MS Outlook papers starting with
our most popular paper on how to
Delay Sending Your Emails
in Microsoft Outlook (a real relationship saver!). Plus these papers:
Sentinel Visualizer Mentioned in MIT Technology Review with Boston Marathon Bombing
As the rampage and manhunt in Boston transpired,
MIT Technology Review published an article that
mentioned our Sentinel Visualizer product.
In the article, David Talbot describes the rise of technology to
detect the activities of criminals over the Internet and
connect seemingly unrelated people, places and things.
Through the power of link analysis visualization,
geospatial mapping, timelines, social network analysis (SNA),
and other tools to find people trying to hide their identities
and activities, Sentinel Visualizer maximizes the value of the
data in your knowledgebase.
The article is entitled Building a Picture of the Bomb Suspects through Social Network
Analysis. For more information, visit
Microsoft Azure and Cloud Computing are Gaining
We have been big fans of Microsoft Azure including
Windows Azure and SQL Azure, since their debut. We discussed
this in our paper
Microsoft Azure and Cloud Computing...What it Means to Me and
quality web hosting and upsizing to a hosted SQL Server
database makes Azure an ideal platform for Microsoft
It appears that many organizations are beginning to
realize this as well: Microsoft Azure Sales Top $1 Billion Challenging Amazon
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