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    Douglas.M
    1. An Easy To Use PHP Email Blast Utility

    This article describes a simple to use PHP program I made for performing a mass email “broadcast” or “blast” to a mysql database full of email addresses.

    Posted to KB Topic: PHP
    53 days ago
    (4 Comments , last by Douglas.M )

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    Douglas.M
    2. The Reason Why I Do Not Use a Fixed Price Labor Contract Anymore

    This article describes my rational for refusing to use a fixed price labor contract for my programming services any longer.

    Posted to KB Topic: Computer Industry
    62 days ago

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    Douglas.M
    3. Old MS DOS Based Borland Turbo C For Text Word Processor

    This article describes the procedural C programming for an old MS-DOS based application to perform text based word processing.

    Posted to KB Topic: Classic C Language
    62 days ago

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    Douglas.M
    4. Old MS DOS Based Borland Turbo C For Scrolling Through A Binary Text File Of Fixed Width Records

    This article describes the procedural C programming for an old MS-DOS based application to scroll and page rows of records in a list retrieved from a binary text file.

    Posted to KB Topic: Classic C Language
    62 days ago

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    Douglas.M
    5. The Windows Operating System Is Missing a Crucial Component

    The Windows operating system has never offered a means of controlling the amount and type of software a PC can run relative to its processing power and memory.

    Posted to KB Topic: Software
    12 months ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    6. Windows Max Path+Filename Limit

    What is the maximum file + path name allowed in Windows?

    Posted to KB Topic: Windows Users
    16 months ago

    FAQ

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    Douglas.M
    7. The Situation Dictates Whether Or Not Technology Is Obsolete

    This article discusses a real life example of how I used so called "obsolete" technology to revive a Visual Foxpro manufacturing database that was comprised by viruses.

    Posted to KB Topic: Visual FoxPro (VFP)
    17 months ago

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    Douglas.M
    8. How To Make Web Pages Format Uncommon Fonts Most PCs Do Not Have In Windows Font Manager

    This article describes a cascading style sheet coding technique I use to format uncommon fonts that are not included in the Windows font manager.

    Posted to KB Topic: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
    17 months ago
    (3 Comments , last by iwan.r )

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    Douglas.M
    9. Classic Shell Can Fix A Windows 10 Start Menu Problem

    This article describes a free utility you can download that will format your Windows Start menu to give it a pre-Windows 8 look.

    Posted to KB Topic: Software
    24 months ago
    (4 Comments , last by mprestwood )

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    Sam.H
    10. Control Structures, and Recursion

    Control Flow in a Computer Program: Sequential, Conditional, Iteration.  Also has an introduction to Recursion.

    Posted to KB Topic: Programming
    25 months ago

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    raija.f
    1. Creating content is like making cupcakes

    An article about  Marketing News.

    37 months ago, and updated 4 days ago
    (18 Entries , last by Florence.E )

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    Wes Peterson
    2. Failed Hard Drives and RAID If you've used computers for more than a few years, you know that you don't wonder IF a hard drive will fail - you wonder WHEN. It just happened to me - again. But this time it looks like the results will be pretty painless. The reasons? * RAID Level 1 * Superb Hard Drive manufacturer warranty support
    9 years ago, and updated 9 days ago
    (8 Entries , last by Ava.S2 )

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    vrani.c
    3. 3 Major mistakes you can make with your website

    website mistakes, website navigation, website layout, marketing strategies, website design

    41 months ago, and updated 67 days ago
    (10 Entries , last by Wade.Z )

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    Mike Prestwood
    4. Prestwood IT Company Profile

    Prestwood IT Company Profile

    Posted to KB Topic: Company Info
    6 years ago, and updated 81 days ago

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    lowster11
    5. Google Android Blog

    This is hard trying to nav the boards in my Droid SDK!

    Posted to KB Topic: Wireless Networking
    7 years ago, and updated 117 days ago
    (5 Entries , last by Carbonell999.C )

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    Mike Prestwood
    6. Borland Database Engine 5.202

    Download BDE 5.202 (includes a small BDE Information utility for testing the installation).

    Posted to KB Topic: Borland Database Engine
    10 years ago, and updated 4 months ago
    (15 Comments , last by Rodney.R2 )

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    Mike Prestwood
    7. Setup Legacy App for Developers

    When converting an application, developers need access to a working version of the old app.

    Setup old application so Prestwood developers have access to exercising the application. The old app can be setup at Prestwood, or at the client. If at the client, we need VPN access available to the application throughout the duration of the project.

    Posted to KB Topic: Coding Services Info
    56 months ago, and updated 7 months ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    8. Version Control Initial Checkin

    If the client is an SLA Paradox Support client:

    1. Put a copy of the database (backup ok) on Drive P.
    2. Put a copy of the source files on Drive P.
    3. [OPTIONAL] Add source files to version control.

    If the client is an SLA App Maintenance Client:

    1. Create a version control database for client.
    2. Create a app/project database.
    3. Check in source code.
    4. Put a copy of the database (backup ok) on Drive P.

    Otherwise, putting files on Drive P and/or version control is optional, but billed hourly.

    Posted to KB Topic: Coding Services Info
    51 months ago, and updated 7 months ago
    (1 Comments , last by prestwood2 )

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    Mike Prestwood
    9. Deliverable: Requirements Document

    To Do:

    1. Create a new project ticket to store requirements.
    2. Create 1 tasks or artifact for each specific feature or deliverable to the client. For example, one artifact for the framework, and one for each form, report, and supporting application such as an installation program, or help file. If a printed user manuel is desired, we usually complete that with a separate Documentation project, but you could add that as a task to the requirements document as well.

    2-Step or Rolling Estimates

    With our 2-Step approach, we stop after an initial step-1 effort and seek authorization to build the application. With our rolling estimates approach, we just roll right into building the application frequently starting the initial coding phase toward the end of a Req+Design phase.

    Informal, Formal, and Robust

    For our PSDP informal path, the requirements project is approved and we usually just roll with the requirements project as Step-2 of our 2-Step approach. With our Formal and Robust paths, our preferred technique is to copy the initial requirements into a new project and close the Initial Requirements project as complete prior to building the application. This allows us to establish a baseline of requirements and estimates we can measure ourselves against as the project proceeds. Plus, it clearly documents and changes in scope.

     

    Posted to KB Topic: Coding Services Info
    56 months ago, and updated 7 months ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    10. Document Legacy System

    Usually includes screenshots with text, access to physical database for reference, or we document existing database. Other documentation might include creating videos of old app focusing on walking through of various use cases.

    1. Create app record in Enterprise Modeling, complete 100%.
    2. Create Old Requirements Document project. Usually best to stick with one task/artifact per screen. Skip General Requirements because that applies to new projects.
    3. Add App Specific Actors.
    4. Add App Specific Definitions.
    5. [Optional] Document old app General Design.
    Posted to KB Topic: Coding Services
    56 months ago, and updated 7 months ago

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