For Microsoft Access, SQL Server,
Visual Studio .NET, and VB6 Professionals
Well, I can say that October
was a crazy month for me. I unexpectedly became a national "technical expert" on the Healthcare.gov web site after writing a blog post about my
experiences on the first day the web site launched:
Healthcare.gov is a Technological Disaster. The article went viral about a week later and I've appeared on national newspaper, TV, and radio shows. More details
are below. For those of you who've Liked our Facebook page
or followed our blog, you've experienced how this media frenzy grew overnight. Why is President Obama talking about web site design? How many levels
below him should that have been taken care of?
In fact, it's fascinating how much computer technology is
impacting this administration beyond Healthcare.gov: WikiLeaks, Snowden (how can system
administrators with low security clearance manage accounts of
higher security people?), the NSA monitoring of all electronic
traffic from friends and foes, etc. Our industry is impacting
national security, diplomacy, and ethics. And it's being
managed by people who were never trained on technology.
I've found people to be very receptive to my non-partisan, technical information.
From meeting the House Energy and Commerce staffers in charge
of managing the ACA project to reporters and politicians of all
sides, it is absolutely stunning how little they know about what it
takes to build a web site, software development, or databases.
It's no wonder they can't tell if something should cost $1
million or $300 million, and how their decisions impact that. Hopefully, I can continue providing
technical information without being dragged into the politics.
The least they can do is spin the right facts!
All the best,
Two Best Microsoft Access Tools
I've Ever Used: Total Access Analyzer and Total Access Detective
Microsoft Access MVP Patrick Wood reviewed our
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Total Access Analyzer
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Chung Speaking at Microsoft Access Day
On November 21, 2013, J Street Technology is sponsoring a
day of Microsoft Access application development called Access Day
in Bellevue, Washington.
first of its kind, several presenters including fellow Microsoft
MVPs Armen Stein, George Hepworth, Tom van Stiphout, Andrew
Couch, and Kevin Bell of Microsoft.
present on upsizing Microsoft Access databases to SQL Server
and SQL Azure on the Microsoft cloud.
for more details. Space is very limited. This is the first time
J Street is organizing this event, so even if you can't make it,
please let them know if you are interested in a future event. Hope to see you there!
Changing the National
Discourse on Healthcare.gov
FMS President Luke Chung has unexpectedly become a national technical "expert"
on the problems plaguing the Healthcare.gov web site for the Affordable Care Act
(Obamacare). By documenting the problems from his experience trying to use the
site on the first day, he was the first to warn there were serious technical
problems beyond too many users. His blog posts went viral.
Since then, he's been featured in
numerous national media articles from newspapers, radio, and
For descriptions and links of all the coverage, visit:
Media Coverage for Changing the National Discourse on Healthcare.gov. Be sure to
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George Moore of Dallas, TX took the time to tell us how much he liked our
Microsoft Access email program Total Access Emailer:
"Bought and configured Total Access Emailer for a client to
send out numerous Alert reports to various people in the
organization. Works like a champ (which is what I've come to
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Microsoft Access and Office 2010 Service Pack 2 Enhancements and Issues
Microsoft released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Office 2010. We've
written a paper describing how you can get the free download and the list of
enhancements. For Microsoft Access, this includes updates to
the program and the Runtime version. Other products include
Excel, Groove, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, SharePoint, Visio
There are also some known issues with Office 2010 SP2 and
SharePoint 2010 and 2013.
Read our paper
Microsoft Access and Office 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Enhancements and Issues for details.
with September Office Security Update
Separately, Microsoft related a security update in
September that has caused some installations to fall into a
loop to repeatedly install itself. A new update was released
to address this. For more information, visit:
September 2013 Office Update: Targeting and Repeated Offering.
New Education Client: The University of New Mexico
welcomes the University of New Mexico to our growing list of
institutions using the services of our
Professional Solutions Group to create custom database solutions.
The FMS Professional Solutions Group is assisting with the development of a
database application with Visual Studio LightSwitch and SQL Server. Visit our
to learn more about how Visual Studio LightSwitch compares to Microsoft Access
and Visual Studio.
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