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    Eric Prestwood
    1. Is your IP blacklisted?

    How to check if your IP address is blacklisted:

    Go to http://www.mxtoolbox.com/ and enter in the IP Address of your outgoing IP address. 

    Posted to KB Topic: Computer Tech
    6 years ago

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    lowster11
    2. Command Prompt From Any Folder

    Hold down the Shift key and right click on any folder in Windows 7 and select Open command window here. A command prompt will open with the current directory set automatically.

    Posted to KB Topic: Windows 7
    6 years ago

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    Julia Bertschinger
    3. Its vs. it's

    "It's" always means "it is."

    "It's," unlike pretty much all other words with an apostrophe and an "s", does not ever indicate a possessive.

    "Its" is the possessive, strangely enough.

    "It's a good program.": The same as "It is a good program."

    "It's features are impressive.": The same as "It is features are impressive," which is wrong.

    "Its features are impressive.": Correct!

    Posted to KB Topic: Grammar
    8 years ago
    (1 Comments , last by Himanshu.M )

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    Wes Peterson
    4. Using Paradox Tables with .NET

    Although the .NET Framework is well "tuned" for MS SQL Server, it can also be pressed into service with other databases.

    A somewhat unusual case is using ASP .NET to access and modify data in Paradox tables.  If you're going to do that, the most important thing to know is which ODBC driver to use - because you will be using an ODBC Driver.

    The driver to use was created by Intersolv and bundled with Paradox v9. That driver has a version designation of v3.11

    Posted to KB Topic: General Tasks
    8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    5. Show Not Present Hidden Drivers in Device Manager

    Right click on My Computer and select the Properties menu option then select the Advanced tab (in Vista, select the Advanced system settings then the Advanced tab). Click the Environment Variables button then the New button and add the following:

    • name = devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices
    • value = 1

    Select Ok twice to close the Environment Variables dialog. In Device Manager on the Hardware tab, select View | Show Hidden Devices. Now both hidden devices and non-present devices will be listed. The non-present devices are grayed out.

    Posted to KB Topic: Windows Users
    8 years ago, and updated 7 years ago
    (1 Comments )

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    Mike Prestwood
    6. Uninstall in Safe Mode

    By default, you cannot uninstall programs in Safe Mode. Whatever issue you are handling, your first choice is to resolve it using more acceptable solutions such as using System Restore or MSConfig. For MSConfig, try disabling all startup programs then see if you can use Add/Remove Programs. If you wish to enable the Windows Installer Service while in Safe Mode, add the following registry entry:

    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer\VE\TREG_SZ\F\D %Service%

    Posted to KB Topic: Windows XP
    8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    7. Fast, Free DNS Servers

    The best free and fast DNS server service provider is OpenDNS. At least that's who we are currently using and recommending.

    OpenDNS free dns server list:

    • 208.67.222.222
    • 208.67.220.220

    If you wish to try others, search for free fast Public DNS Servers List.

    Posted to KB Topic: DNS
    8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    8. Weak Wireless Signal

    If you have a USB wireless device such as a wireless NIC, mouse controller, etc. that has a weak signal because of location, try adding a USB extension cable and placing the device in a more open location.

    USB cables from stores such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc. are over priced 5 or 6 times what you can get on the internet.

    For wireless network cards, you can also buy a range-extending antenna for the computer's WiFi card or router, or a wireless range extender.

    Posted to KB Topic: Wireless Networking
    8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    9. MS DHCP Preferred Over SOHO Devices

    It is better to install a Microsoft DHCP server in your business network over the more limited DHCP servers provided by SOHO devices such as those found in wireless routers, firewalls, the Comcast router, etc. Installing a Microsoft DHCP server allows you to take advantage of more advanced features.

    Posted to KB Topic: DHCP
    8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    10. Find Driver Tip

    If you know the correct driver is installed on your computer some place but don't remember where or know it's part of Windows, use the browse  for local driver option and specifiy a path of C:\ and check the include subfolders checkbox.

    For example, in Vista, if there are no bluetooth devices on you computer when Vista is installed, the bluetooth stack isn't loaded. To load it, simply put your USB bluetooth dongle in an available USB port and use the tip above to load the Vista bluetooth driver.

    Posted to KB Topic: Windows Users
    8 years ago

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    Daniel Kram
    1. One Recommended way of writing IF/End IF statements

    Format the IF/Endif for easy reading. I have found this to be easy to read and follow:

    if (         (something = somethingelse)
          and (x = y)
          and (z = a)
       ) then
    begin
    ..
    end;

    To indent the structure and line up the parenthesis makes it, I feel, much easier to read.

    Posted to KB Topic: Language Basics
    9 years ago, and updated 7 years ago
    (3 Comments , last by mtiede )

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    Mike Prestwood
    2. Show Not Present Hidden Drivers in Device Manager

    Right click on My Computer and select the Properties menu option then select the Advanced tab (in Vista, select the Advanced system settings then the Advanced tab). Click the Environment Variables button then the New button and add the following:

    • name = devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices
    • value = 1

    Select Ok twice to close the Environment Variables dialog. In Device Manager on the Hardware tab, select View | Show Hidden Devices. Now both hidden devices and non-present devices will be listed. The non-present devices are grayed out.

    Posted to KB Topic: Windows Users
    8 years ago, and updated 7 years ago
    (1 Comments )

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    Mike Prestwood
    3. Object.Method() Syntax

    The syntax of object.method() is consistent throughout ObjectPAL. If an object with the name box has code on its mouseClick event, you can access that code with box.mouseClick() method from any other object. When this code executes, the UIObject method mouseClick() calls the mouseClick event.

    How do you know when you can call the code in a built-in method of an object? Easy, if the run-time library has a method equivalent, then you can use itfor example, mouseClick() and pushButton().

    Posted to KB Topic: OPAL: Language Basics
    10 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    4. Don't Leave Experiments In Your Code!

    If, in experimentation, you use sleep(), doDefault, or DisableDefault to overcome some odd or misunderstood behavior, do not leave the commands in your code. If using the command didnt seem to make a difference, then take it out. Use commands only when they are called for. One great way to really learn the event model and the power of these and other commands is to experiment with adding them. Remember to take them out, however, if they do not do what you wanted.

    Posted to KB Topic: OPAL: Language Basics
    10 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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    Corel Paradox / ObjectPAL Coding

    Mike Prestwood
    5. Study The Experts

    Paradox provides experts that generate code at the field level, in the form open, etc. It is a good idea to study the ObjectPAL generated by these experts.

    Posted to KB Topic: OPAL: Language Basics
    10 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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    Corel Paradox / ObjectPAL Coding

    Mike Prestwood
    6. Before You Code

    Before you code in ObjectPAL, ask yourself two questions. Does Paradox already do this? Is there a better and easier way? Remember, simple solutions for simple problems.

    Posted to KB Topic: OPAL: Language Basics
    10 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    7. Paradox Looks for Non-Delivered, Then Delivered

    Whenever you open a form, report, library, or script using the open() method and do not specify a file extension, Paradox always looks first for the nondelivered .?SL file and then for the delivered .?DL file.

    Posted to KB Topic: Runtime, PDE, Package-It!
    10 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    8. Hung versus Hanged

    Use "hung" for things and longer durations. Use "hanged" for people and shorter durations.

    Examples:

    "I hung a picture on the wall."

    "He hung a deer on a tree for butchering."

    "Felicia and Ashley hung out last night."

    "Horse theives were hanged in the 19th century."

    "The terrorist was hanged and his corpse was hung on the tree."

    Posted to KB Topic: Grammar
    8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    9. Associative Arrays in Delphi/Object Pascal

    Although Object Pascal doesn't have a native associative array, many developers just use a TStringList. Others have implemented a true associative array in Object Pascal. Search the Internet for TStringHash and THashedStringList classes for examples.

    Posted to KB Topic: Language Details
    9 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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    Mike Prestwood
    10. Rich Editor: Spell checking

    Spell checking is available in our rich editor for IE and Gecko based browsers such as Firefox and Safari. We use our rich editor in many areas of our community such as message boards, knowledge base, job postings, resumes, etc. For IE, there is an icon on the editor's toolbar. For Gecko based browsers such as Firefox and Safari, browser enabled spell checking is active. Spell checking is not available for Google Chrome. Currently Chrome's spell checking is not compatible with IFrames so you have spell checking OUTSIDE our editor.

    Posted to KB Topic: PrestwoodBoards
    9 years ago

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