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74 Articles (full articles, general posts, and/or blog topics).

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Group: C++


Topic: C++

This article discusses three reasons I like to use fixed width text files in my C, C++ and C# application programs.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102848, KB Topic: C++
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Topic: Classic C Language

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 By Douglas.M, Post #102798, KB Topic: Classic C Language
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This article describes the procedural C programming for an old MS-DOS based application to perform text based word processing.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102799, KB Topic: Classic C Language
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Group: Corel Paradox / ObjectPAL Coding





Topic: Paradox & ObjectPAL

This is a simple discussion of a technique I use to create new Paradox reports quickly, which are similar to existing ones, yet functionally different in their purpose. Screen shots are included to illustrate the method I utilize.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102387, KB Topic: Paradox & ObjectPAL
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Topic: Paradox Tables

A simple fix for Paradox data tables appearing totally black in data table view mode.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102547, KB Topic: Paradox Tables
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Topic: ObjectPAL Coding

Takeaway: This article discusses a technique I use to create ObjectPAL queries that can easily be modified for other purposes such as customized reporting.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102710, KB Topic: ObjectPAL Coding
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This article will discuss an ObjectPAL coding technique I use to send out an “email blast” from a Paradox data table of email addresses via a third party email client.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102712, KB Topic: ObjectPAL Coding
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An alternate solution for a Corel Paradox query that fails to yield accurate results due to a huge number of records in a data table.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102670, KB Topic: ObjectPAL Coding
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Topic: OPAL: Reports

This is a useful report I made using the Paradox ObjectPAL coding to create a listing of top customers for a specific sales representative along with an order date range input. It’s a good insight into who your sales people are selling to and how much in a given time period.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102493, KB Topic: OPAL: Reports
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This article describes a Paradox ObjectPAL ordering trend reporting program I made that accepts a purchase order date range and a non-purchase order date range. It will report customers who bought during the purchase time period, but not during the non-purchase time period. There are 2 versions of this report. The older version uses only ObjectPAL Tcursors to perform the processing. The newer one incorporates programmatically executed queries in addition to Tcursors. The purpose of this report is to reveal those customers with declining sales.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102393, KB Topic: OPAL: Reports
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Group: Visual FoxPro





Topic: Visual FoxPro (VFP)

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 By Douglas.M, Post #102741, KB Topic: Visual FoxPro (VFP)
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Group: Website Design & Hosting





Topic: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

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 By Douglas.M, Post #102740, KB Topic: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Group: PHP & Delphi for PHP





Topic: PHP

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 By Douglas.M, Post #102801, KB Topic: PHP
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This article shows how PHP can be used to access a MySQL database to retrieve data for a scroll list. Here, I will discuss one that lists 12 rows at a time on a web page.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102648, KB Topic: PHP
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Group: Computer Tech





Topic: Computer Tech

This is a story about a PC repair encounter I recently had where two unrelated problems made it impossible to fix the computer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102846, KB Topic: Computer Tech
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This article discusses how the “System Image Backup” feature in Microsoft Windows Control Panel can save you from untold wasted time and aggravation in the event of a catastrophic hard disk crash.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #103848, KB Topic: Computer Tech
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Topic: Hardware

This story describes a real life experience I had with a computer that had more than one problem with it.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102804, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes 2 PC troubleshooting encounters I had where the outcomes became intertwined with one another.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102683, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses an “app generator” from the 1990s before we had modern apps. It is used to make a simple bar code scanning app for Toyota Denso BarCode Handy Terminal infrared scanning devices.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102832, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes a quick, economical way to get up and running after a PC with a viable hard disk fails due to defective electronic components.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102686, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes steps for replacing a damaged lcd display in a PC laptop computer.

 

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102729, KB Topic: Hardware
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This describes the steps I took aided by photos of how I replaced the LCD screen in a laptop computer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102829, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes how a USB data transfer cable with 3 different sockets can be used to recover data from a software crash on a hard drive.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102841, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses something I have noticed in my computer repair appointments that have convinced me that laptop pc manufacturers have a master plan for getting you to buy more of their laptops.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102847, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses how storage media has improved dramatically since the early 1990s.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102839, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses a real life example of how I got more computer for myself at a lower cost.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102811, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article talks about a PC repair encounter where I needed to be more resourceful than usual to fix the problem.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102815, KB Topic: Hardware
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Topic: RAM

This article describes an online test you can run on your PC to detect the correct type of memory it will use as well as the maximum amount.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102675, KB Topic: RAM
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Topic: Software

This article discusses some tips for maintaining your PC so it will run more efficiently.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102730, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how to deal with malware that prevents Windows program icons from running.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102722, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes in detail three useful software utilities for PC users that are available for download at no charge to you.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102805, KB Topic: Software
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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 By Douglas.M, Post #102734, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a Windows system registry cleaner that does a good job and is free for you to download.

 

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102731, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how to use the Freebyte ZIP free archiving utility software.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102803, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses a real life troubleshooting encounter that I resolved by manipulating the network drive mappings.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102821, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a software package you can download for free that offers a great variety of utility software you can use for many PC troubleshooting problems.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102687, KB Topic: Software
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The Hitman Pro software is effective at ridding your PC of the “neopoptab.com” malware.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102823, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how to use Virtual Machine software to make old MS DOS programs run on the newer Windows operating systems.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102818, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how I solved a printer driver installation problem.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102806, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how “SyncIOS Mobile Data Transfer for Windows” software utility can facilitate the transfer of data between two mobile devices saving you much headache and hassle in the process.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102834, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how to implement router port forwarding or port triggering so you can have a camera view of a remote location such as a convenience store or restaurant on any PC, smartphone or tablet from anywhere.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102835, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how to restore the sound on a computer when the audio driver is correctly installed, but the sound is still not working.

 

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102723, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes one of my PC troubleshooting encounters that required a little more thinking and effort than usual.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102676, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how R-Studio NTFS software can be used to rescue damaged or missing files on your hard drive.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102822, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a remedy I have used to address the issue of random web page redirection.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102684, KB Topic: Software
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This article talks about how you can still run old MS DOS based software on the newer Windows and the pitfalls that come with it.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102842, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a good, highly versatile spyware scanner I use to chase out pesky problems on ailing PCs.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102685, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses a Windows registry fix to make your PC see a connected CD/DVD drive that isn’t otherwise being detected by the operating system.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102677, KB Topic: Software
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The FileHippo website offers a wide selection of software you may download for free.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102728, KB Topic: Software
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Free DBXtract version 4.50 is available at no charge and it can recover emails from correupted Outlook Express .dbx files.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102678, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses a software utility called “ShadowExplorer” that could potentially, depending on the situation, recover many of your files that had been encrypted by the vicious ransomware, “Cryptowall”.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102833, KB Topic: Software
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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 By Douglas.M, Post #102746, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses the “Printfil” software utility that can be used to make a MS DOS based application re-direct output meant for the LPT port to a modern Windows host printer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102830, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes Free Online Image Editor that will assist you with editing your graphical images in a variety of ways.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102820, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how I was able to change the D: drive with the Windows installation on it to the C: drive, while preserving the Windows installation that had been installed to the D: drive.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102836, KB Topic: Software
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This article cites a real life example of one of my PC troubleshooting encounters where not remembering to do one little step can make a big difference in the outcome.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102814, KB Topic: Software
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Group: Computer Industry





Topic: Computer Industry

This is a philosophical article that makes the point that business opportunities are often brief and fleeting in nature.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102817, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses the benefits of buying printer ink on eBay for significant financial savings compared to what you pay in the brick and mortar stores for the same item.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102828, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This is an article about why I think email is the perfect medium for confronting and effectively dealing with bad customers in the computer business or any business.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102812, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article uses the real life story of Napoleon’s attempted invasion of Russia to help illustrate how to gain an advantage in business with minimal material assets.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102810, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article cites some examples of how some of the best business opportunities I’ve found seemed to appear under the most unlikely circumstances.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102813, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses how I leverage my PC troubleshooting business to help me select the right kind of software design business so I only work for the right people.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102840, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses the pros and cons of letting kids have iPad tablets.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102809, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses using “Google Trends” to select positively trending keyword phrases to optimize your web pages with. It removes a lot of the guess work from SEO.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102837, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses how change is a permanent fixture in technology.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102819, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses the circumstances that make mass market or customized software the appropriate choice for a business.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102831, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article makes the case that offense and defense are equally important facets to running a technology business or any company.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102827, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses how business policy can determine whether or not a company survives.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102808, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses some ghastly things I have seen in the computer business that can take on a life of their own similar to the Stephen King novel, “Christine”.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102816, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article is a philosophical narrative about how to become a strong presence in the search engine result pages.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102807, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article describes my rational for refusing to use a fixed price labor contract for my programming services any longer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102800, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article uses the 1993 “Win-Hold-Win” military strategy to help illustrate how one can become more marketable in the computer industry.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102825, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article makes the case for having multiple marketing techniques for procuring new business, rather than just one or two.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102826, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses why you can just rest on your laurels after your website is ranked on the first search results page in Google.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102824, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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