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

These Articles are organized by our community groups then by our knowledge base sub-topics.

Group: Pascal and Delphi Coding


Topic: ADO

With the introduction of support for ADO Database access, Borland gave us TADOTable, a quick, easy-to-use component to begin the job of outfitting an existing application with a newer database. But TADOTable is no TTable! It comes with some baggage you can do without.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101676, KB Topic: ADO
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Topic: Coding Tasks

How often have you started a new Delphi project, then spent some time fleshing out the default main form provided by Delphi?

This task only needs to be done once or twice. Delphi then allows us to re-use this work at the start of each new project.

Source code is included.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101943, KB Topic: Coding Tasks
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In this first installment of a New Knowledge Base Series I'll discuss The TForm.OnCloseQuery Event which too frequently goes unhandled.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101139, KB Topic: Coding Tasks
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Microsoft's various COM technologies allow developers to write programs that can interoperate with other programs.  This is great stuff!

Not surprisingly, Delphi makes it pretty easy to work with OLE, Active-X, OCX, etc.

But there's a nasty surprise awaiting you when you try to do this in a DLL you're creating, possibly even in a different thread of an executable, too.

Here we expose the problem - and the solution.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101997, KB Topic: Coding Tasks
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Topic: Delphi for Win32

When run under Vista, your Delphi programs may respond poorly to presses of the Alt key; some of the components on your forms may disappear. Here is a free component that can help.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100792, KB Topic: Delphi for Win32
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In its IDE, Delphi makes it easy for us to generate correct connection strings for database connections that require them. Unfortunately, Delphi doesnt offer the same convenience at run-time when our customers need it most! This article offers a Prestwood exclusive, TConnectionStringBuilder, a non-visual component you can use in your applications to let your users build a connection string at program startup. You can then store that connection string, for future use, in an INI file or registry key.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100448, KB Topic: Delphi for Win32
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Wouldn't it be cool if InputBox could return types other than string? D7's help certainly says it can, but can it really?
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100278, KB Topic: Delphi for Win32
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Find Delphi info at the Rubicon Delphi and C++Builder search page.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100553, KB Topic: Delphi for Win32
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In 1995 Borland revolutionized the world of software development when they introduced Delphi.

It had the distinction of being the first integrated development environment (IDE) featuring a fully object-oriented language and a blazing-fast compiler that produced highly optimized, native Intel machine code. Programs written in Delphi were among the fastest in existence – and still are.

After all these years, is Delphi still relevant?

You bet it is! (And, in many cases, it is still your best bet.)

Here's why...

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102500, KB Topic: Delphi for Win32
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Back in the wild and wooly days of C/PM, DOS, and early versions of Windows, we programmers could store our data pretty much anywhere. It might not have been a good idea, but we could get away with it.

Things have changed drastically!!

If your program stores data, you need to know where it belongs, and that varies quite a bit from one version of Windows to others.

Read on to find out where your data belongs.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102504, KB Topic: Delphi for Win32
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When it comes to creating "CGI" solutions, we have a plethora of tools from which to choose. Pearl and TCL are old standbys. ASP Classic, ASP .NET, and PHP are other viable tools. Why, then, would you want to take the trouble to use Delphi for some of these tasks?
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100693, KB Topic: Delphi for Win32
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Topic: Tool Basics

If you've written any ISAPI DLLs, and tried to debug them, you've learned that it isn't exactly a trivial task. This little code snippet can often eliminate much of the pain.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100681, KB Topic: Tool Basics
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Topic: Language Basics

We developers sometimes get "on a roll." We know exactly what we need to do, and the code just flies off our fingertips. Later, though, we find ourselves in trouble...
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100556, KB Topic: Language Basics
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Topic: Using Data

Late versions of Windows - and late processors - include a feature called Date Execution Prevention, or DEP. Programs written in Delphi 7 can trigger DEP errors because of a bug in the SysUtils unit. This article describes an unofficial fix.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100651, KB Topic: Using Data
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DBISAM is a fantastic database for Delphi (or C++ Builder) projects. Don't let the name fool you: This database has great SQL support. Among its many features are the flexibility offered by its database maintenance routines.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100728, KB Topic: Using Data
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The world of electronics is a fascinating place. Thousands of devices are available as tiny integrated circuits that can do truly amazing things. Some depend upon an external input to "program" them - or change their outputs. Here we explore one interesting aspect of dealing with these gadgets, some fast, low-level math routines that deal in unusual numbers of bits.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100933, KB Topic: Using Data
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Windows XP incorporates a "theme manager," and includes a newer version of comctl32.dll. Together, they help produce the unique XP Look. Later versions of Delphi are equipped to take advangage of this. But what if you have to maintain a Delph 5 application, and would like to spruce it up to look like a real XP program?

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100641, KB Topic: Using Data
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On January 1, 2007, merchants using the UPS shipping API began experiencing a serious problem. Prestwood has found the solution.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100437, KB Topic: Using Data
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Topic: Using Controls

Delphi's TDBGrid is an incredibly useful component; one you'd expect to find in any professional development tool.

One of it's handy behaviors is that users can click in column headers and drag to rearrange column ordering to their liking.

Unfortunately, TDBGrid doesn't offer the developer any really easy way to rearrange grid columns from code. This is inconvenient because you might offer the user a choice of various columns upon which they can search, and it would be nice to make their chosen column the leftmost - at least. Often it makes sense to rearrange other columns as well.

This little class allows you to do that.

It has no exposed methods, and only two properties, so it's incredibly easy to use.

Read on to learn how it works and to get the code.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102495, KB Topic: Using Controls
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Group: C# (Visual C# & VS.Net)





Topic: C#

If you've been around computing for any length of time, you know you can quickly spend a lot of money on those $60, five-pound reference books. For just ten dollars more, you can get your hands on over 500 great training videos for Visual Studio .NET.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100640, KB Topic: C#
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Group: Corel Paradox / ObjectPAL Coding





Topic: Paradox ODBC Drivers

Recently, one of our message board visitors asked if was possible to connect to - and use - an existing Paradox databases with Visual Studio .NET. The answer is "Yes!"

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100666, KB Topic: Paradox ODBC Drivers
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Using spaces within database column names may be "legal," but that doesn't mean it won't make your life harder. It's legal in Paradox tables and most database systems but you might want to avoid using spaces. Here's why - and one way to use spaces if you're using Paradox tables under .NET.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102077, KB Topic: Paradox ODBC Drivers
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Group: Website Design & Hosting





Topic: Artistic (design, layout, etc.)

Imagine for a moment a web page that displays a group of thumbnail images, and, instead of the usual business of clicking a thumbnail to see a larger version, you simply use your mouse's scroll wheel to zoom in and out, pan about the image; and see incredible detail up to quite large zoomed views. Imagination is now reality.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100931, KB Topic: Artistic (design, layout, etc.)
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Topic: Website Design

How do some web sites cause an icon to be associated with the bookmark or favorite entry you create for those them? Here we disclose the "trick."
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100923, KB Topic: Website Design
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With the release of Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft has made IE more compliant with current standards, fixing problems that have bugged webmasters for years. This compatibility would probably be great except that it breaks perfectly good web applications created using Microsoft's latest and greatest development tools. This is the sort of thing that results in Apple's great TV ads. In this article, we introduce Compatibility View, discuss the problem, and a couple of the solutions.

Ineternet Explorer Compatibily View icon next to address bar.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102016, KB Topic: Website Design
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Topic: Website Hosting

I've created a web application using v3.5 of the .NET Framework.  But, when I go to deploy it, I find only versions 1.x and 2.x in the ASP .NET dropdown for IIS configuration of my application's virtual directory.  Where is v3.5?  How do I deploy if that's not a configuration choice?

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102015, KB Topic: Website Hosting
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Group: Coding & OO





Topic: Borland Database Engine

We encountered a situation in which programs that use Borland's BDE suddenly stopped working on some of our machines. The really helpful error message was "Operation not applicable!" (The error code is 10756)

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100433, KB Topic: Borland Database Engine
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The new and "approved" way to install the BDE is by way of mege modules. This is quite a bit different than the traditional ways of using a pre-made program, or incorporating BDE Cab files (from, say, your Delphi installation). Caveat: This is new news for me, and I don't claim to know or understand everything there is to know on this topic but I do have some helpful findings for you.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101469, KB Topic: Borland Database Engine
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It's rare, but sometimes it may be necessary to remove the BDE from a machine. Not for the faint of heart, and with serious possible consequences, we explain how to manually uninstall the BDE. This is intended for developers or power users.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101473, KB Topic: Borland Database Engine
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Topic: Coding & OO

The web has "grown up" to the point that many people now feel that it is THE way to deploy virtually everything. However, it is still primarily a document-based interface. Others believe that desktop applications are superior because they can utilize all the power of an operating system. This needn't be a debate because understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each can make it quite simple to identify the ideal deployment technology. There is also "a third way": utilize a web service to serve up data for your desktop application.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100985, KB Topic: Coding & OO
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Topic: General Coding Concepts

With Microsoft heavily evangelizing .NET, and Sun continuing to improve Java, many a developer and customer are torn between targeting native machine code or a just-in-time compiler.

Here we take a quick look at that particular state of the union...

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102027, KB Topic: General Coding Concepts
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Topic: Programming

Long a proprietary data store format, Microsoft is opening up the Outlook PST file format with the release of a couple new products.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102189, KB Topic: Programming
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Group: DBA, Databases, & Data





Topic: DBA & Data

Which databases Prestwood Software prefers - and why.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100406, KB Topic: DBA & Data
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For several years now, Object Relational databases have intrigued many developers, myself included. Most of us also rely on more traditional RDBMS systems. Well, a debate is raging, and you're invited to join.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100583, KB Topic: DBA & Data
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Topic: Desktop Databases

Since the introducton of XP, Windows programs have benefitted from an application "Manifest." This was covered in an earlier article. This is an update to that information, pertaining to Windows Vista
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100816, KB Topic: Desktop Databases
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Virtualization is a concept greatly expanded in Vista. This article discusses the impact of Application Virtualization on you development. It can have a huge impact on how the programs you write will behave when installed on Vista.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100818, KB Topic: Desktop Databases
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Most development tools give us easy access to MAPI. Some offer MAPI as the ONLY easy way to send email. Still, is MAPI the best way to go?
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100544, KB Topic: Desktop Databases
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For a while, now, Windows has supported a new mechanism for installing applications: MSI. This is quite a bit different than the familiar setup.exe, and here we begin exploring the differences - and the significance of MIS installations.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100817, KB Topic: Desktop Databases
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Is there a right way to handle version information in our projects? Could we do a better job of it?
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100404, KB Topic: Desktop Databases
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Topic: Microsoft SQL Server

Need to grant EXECUTE permission to a low-permission user for all the Stored Procedures in your database?

The code in this article will do the trick for you.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102563, KB Topic: Microsoft SQL Server
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Topic: MS SQL 2005

Whether you're a total newbie to databases, and need of a good foundation, a seasoned pro that wants a little review, or a developer that wants to help educate his clients, a series of well executed training videos is a great way to go.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100633, KB Topic: MS SQL 2005
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Topic: SQL Servers

The installation of the SourceGear Vault client control appears to trash SQL Server Management Studio and Visual Studio.

Here's the fix that worked for me.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102298, KB Topic: SQL Servers
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Group: Windows Users





Topic: Cool Windows Tools

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) has many uses, and there are a host of good FTP programs, both commercial and free. FileZilla is a free, open-source solution that rivals, and even exceeds, some of the best commercial FTP programs.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101669, KB Topic: Cool Windows Tools
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Free Vector Drawing Program.

Vector drawing software is more and more important as programs and web sites become more graphically demanding. Here we introduce two, free alternatives to the traditional - and costly - mainstays.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100944, KB Topic: Cool Windows Tools
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Topic: Microsoft Office

To read some of the blogs and press releases out there, one might think that Microsoftt has embraced ODF as it's native file format. While that would be cool, it isn't the case, and cause for celebration is premature.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100549, KB Topic: Microsoft Office
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Topic: Windows 7

This begins the saga of my personal experiences with Windows 7.

Although Prestwood IT Solutions has Win7 installed on some machines for testing purposes, I wasn't involved in setting any of them up. What follows are my personal experiences setting up a new Win7 machine for my home office, installing the software I need, and resolving the inevitable problems that arise along they way.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102095, KB Topic: Windows 7
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Topic: Windows Users

Although Windows includes Microsoft's Picture Viewer, it has its limitations. Here's a free replacement with some real horsepower.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100586, KB Topic: Windows Users
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When running an Office application, like Word, have you ever encountered maddeningly slow response in the Open or Save dialogs? Here's the cause - and cure.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100924, KB Topic: Windows Users
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Error: Exception has been thrown by target of an invocation.

Solution: Shorten the path of the environmental variable, run SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe 

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102720, KB Topic: Windows Users
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Vista's new SMB2 file sharing protocol has a fatal defect.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100567, KB Topic: Windows Users
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Topic: Windows Vista

Fixed-space fonts are valuable and desireable in programming editors, because they can allow precise block selection and it's what programmers spend hours every day looking at. Courier and now Courier New have been the standard for years, but now there's another font you should consider.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100417, KB Topic: Windows Vista
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With the release of Vista just around the corner, there are two things you should know.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100416, KB Topic: Windows Vista
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Topic: Windows XP

Machines running Windows XP hang up during POST (power-on self-test). This problem is bizarre and hard to trace -- but super easy to fix.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100277, KB Topic: Windows XP
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Group: Computer Tech





Topic: Hardware

For a while, now, most new computers have come equipped with a sound system on the main board. Unfortunately, many of them are not very good. Would you believe that a simple, $30 upgrade can deliver superb sound and recordings?
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100631, KB Topic: Hardware
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Network print servers are an inexpensive and great solution to a common home or office network.  Sure you can "share" printers attached to particular machines, but that creates a dependency on that machine being up and running.

With a network print server, that dependency disappears. People on the network can print without a particular machine being on and available.

They solve one other important problem, too.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102319, KB Topic: Hardware
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Topic: Non-Removable Storage Technology

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
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100793, KB Topic: Non-Removable Storage Technology
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Network Attached Storage isn't new, but it's become affordable, and it has many advantages over the external hard drive. The NAS (Network Attached Storage) device is a lot like an external hard drive and connect similar to how network file servers connect. NAS devices are similar. They typically have a small, firmware-embedded Linux kernal, a web-hosted management interface, and support some number of hard drives.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101668, KB Topic: Non-Removable Storage Technology
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Topic: Removable Storage Technology

Wherever would we be without portable, inexpensive removable media? From the old, eight-inch floppy, to the latest Blue Ray DVD format, little spinning disks have provided computer users with convient, off-line storage. This is a brief overview and history of the various disk formats that have come, gone, and are - for the moment - sticking around.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100696, KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology
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Topic: Software

Backups: Well know we need them and most of use at least one of the available ways to backup. If we don't, we'd be well served to ponder something Mike Prestwood recently said:

"There are two kinds of people; those that back up - and those that will."

In this article I'd like to show you an off-line backup solution that is so simple to set up and use that you'll never again have an excuse for not backing up important work.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102295, KB Topic: Software
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The Internet has become a dangerous, often unfriendly place, especially for software developers. This article discusses some of the problems and some of the solutions.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100540, KB Topic: Software
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Group: Computer Industry





Topic: Computer Industry

There are many, many useful web sites from which we developers can glean the information we need to keep up with new technology and trends.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100584, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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Nice looking mailing and shipping labels make a statement about you - and/or your business. But printing to sheets of laser or inkjet labels can be a real pain when all you want are one or two labels at a time. This brief article talks about one line of label printers that's particularly convenient, inexpensive, plays nice on a network, and is super-easy to program.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100689, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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Things at Prestwood are never boring. This month is shaping up to be one of the more interesting.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100580, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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Topic: General News & Trends

Microsoft, the company everybody loves to hate, has just doubled the value of their Office 2007 products.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100545, KB Topic: General News & Trends
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Here's a great marketing idea, cooked up, no doubt, by some MBA: Punish your customers for being your customers. Sound crazy? Several well-known software and service vendors don't seem to think so.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100766, KB Topic: General News & Trends
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Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users

Good quality programming books. Read on to see how I found and acquired seven of them in less than 15 minutes. Or why we love our iPads, Kindles and other mobile devices.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102528, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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If you're like me, and most techie types I know, you're something of a gadget collector. I'm always on the lookout for new stuff that'll enhance my life in one way or another. Here are a few recent finds.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100695, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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About Wes Peterson
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100401, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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After years of locking up the Office document formats in proprietary binary forms, MS is adopting an XML-based industry standard with Office 2007!
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100412, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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If you use in Internet Router (sometimes also called a Gateway), you may face a new threat.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102181, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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In the past it's been a pain to get end-users to give developers an accurate and complete list of the steps they took to get to a problem - especially if screen-shots are desirable.

Now Microsoft has provided a tool that makes the entire process ridiculously easy.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102545, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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When editing an email meessage, and clicking on the buttons, "To," "CC," or "BCC," Outlook may display a message about not being able to display the contacts. Unfortunately, the organization of Outlook's menus makes it far from obvious where to go to address the problem. Here's the solution.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100709, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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73. Paradox

Okay. So the official vendor doesn't offer support.  We've fixed that!

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102709, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Okay. So the official vendor doesn't offer support.  We've fixed that!

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102708, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Visiting various computing-oriented stores, and certainly all over the Internet, you'll often encounter merchandise marked down significantly, and advertised as "refurbbished."

The prices are often ridiculously low, and you have to wonder if the item is any good.

Is it?

Read on for answers you might not have expected.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102368, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Aside from the few blessed with a photographic memory, none of us can remember everything. As developers we are surrounded by complex technologies; programming languages, various SQL dialects, HTML, and CSS, to name a few. Although the Internet is a great place to find answers quickly, you often have to wade through a number of "hits" before you find the correct answer. Publisher O'Reilly & Associates has a better idea.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102026, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Technology Debt is a rather loose bucket in which we can lump many things that come back to bite your projects. Put simply, it's like the old Fram oil filter slogan: "Pay me now - or pay me later." Unless a project has a very short life expectancy, the things that are put off today will almost certainly have to be revisited and dealt with later - sometimes with "interest." Here, we talk about what comprises technology debt, and how to keep it from degrading the profitability of our efforts.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100747, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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http://www.kevinwilliampang.com/2008/08/28/top-10-things-that-annoy-programmers/
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102161, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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We all want a good, solid backup and restore solution for our machines. This is about a "sleeper" program I found on my new Windows 7 machine.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102102, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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With my installation of Win7 complete, I moved on to installing my favorite software. Delphi 7 was high on my list but, when I went to install it, Win7 went all "politically correct" on me.

This post is about how I dealt with the problem.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102097, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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As with XP and Vista, Windows 7 creates a handful of folders intended to hold your various documents, music, videos, etc.

By default, these folders are placed on the machine's C: drive.

Depending on your ideas of where such data belongs, you may want these folders located somewhere other than the C: drive; I certainly did.

This is about how to do that.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102096, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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You know (or think) the file is out there.  You have a pretty good idea about one or two things that are (or ought) to be in it.  Find it fast with Windows GREP.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102013, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Microsoft plans to discontinue sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008. Because XP is a tried and true OS, and because of numerous problems with Vista, many users and IT departments would prefer to stick with XP. InfoWorld has an initiative to keep XP alive indefinitely. You can help.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100791, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Work Ethic v1 was about working hard, and working long. Straw-boss managers tried to boost productivity by cracking the whip. And it worked, up to a point, in certain sectors.

In recent years, the concept of "working smarter, not harder" has gained acceptance. It is, howver, just the harbinger of Work Ethic v2.

Work Ethic v2 is about an always "on" work force: People that have mastered control of attention, and are gratified by being in "the now."

Here we talk about how to get there.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101899, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Topic: Role-Based Tech Talk

An exciting, new grid computing project is underway to discover potential cures for several of the world's most devastating diseases: AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Alzheimer's disease. With virtually no trouble at all, you can be a part of it.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100673, KB Topic: Role-Based Tech Talk
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Group: Prestwood IT Solutions





Topic: psSendMail DLL

A question has arisen about how best to manage SMTP connections when using psSendMail. Here are some tips:
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100826, KB Topic: psSendMail DLL
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We all know that many, many emails are regularly blocked by various anti-spam mechanisms. This is a good thing - considering all the spam being generated. Here are some tips for helping your messages get to your intended recipients.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100778, KB Topic: psSendMail DLL
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v1.1 of psSendMail will soon be replaced by v2.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100706, KB Topic: psSendMail DLL
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Since the release of psSendMail v2, we've had some users ask about missing line breaks in the emails they send. The problem is not a defect, it's a side-effect of psSendMail's new HTML option. If the HTML parameter is set to true, HTML-enabled email clients will treat carriage-return and line-feed characters as mere white space. If the HTML parameter is set to False, your line-breaks will be preserved.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100765, KB Topic: psSendMail DLL
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Group: American I.T. Workforce





Topic: Off Shoring

Are you fed up with calling a company and finding yourself speaking to somebody in a foreign country? 

I am, and I've just learned of an effective way to fight back, help return jobs to America, and keep them here.

The best part? We don't have to wait for government to do a thing.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101990, KB Topic: Off Shoring
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Group: Microsoft Access





Topic: Language Basics

Access is a wonderful desktop database. It makes it easy to do so many things. Many beginning users, though, fail to take advatage of one of Access's greatest strengths.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100555, KB Topic: Language Basics
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Group: Website Owners





Topic: Internet Marketing

Having lots of other web sites host links to your site is a great way to make search engines regard your site as important, or relevant.  It helps ensure high visibility for your site when Internet visitors use search providers to find content related to your site.

There are several ways to accomplish this, but you must tread carefully: The wrong techniques can backfire - with serious consequences.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101802, KB Topic: Internet Marketing
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Group: Client Extranet





Topic: Coding Services

Difficult economic periods call for hard decisions. It's easy to be tempted to cut back on your IT expenditures but that can be a major mistake.

I.T. is the goose that's been laying the golden egg for businesses -for decades, now.   You don't want to starve the goose; you want to tune it up. It's crystal-clear that computing has enabled businesses to reduce costs, and increase productivity.

Custom-written software is one of the major ways that businesses gain advantages in savings, profits and productivity.  The reason is pretty simple: No two businesses, even in the same industry, do things the same way.  Mass-produced software, even for a specific industry, seldom addresses every requirement of a given business.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101806, KB Topic: Coding Services
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Everything about our web site makes it pretty clear that we specialize in custom application development. Less frequently mentioned is another service we provide: Professional software testing. Software testing is a discipline unto itself. It's certainly related to development, but developers aren't the best testers. That's why Prestwood retains highly experienced, professional software testers. This is a service we make available - whether or not we're involved in a product's actual development. This article provides more details about this service.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100835, KB Topic: Coding Services
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Topic: Prestwood Portfolio

Employee Handbook Writer, a custom application created by Prestwood for The California Chamber of Commerce, delivers a wealth of crucial legal documents to its end users.

Because of ever-changing legislation and regulations, CA Chamber needs to be able to update EHW's content at least once a year.

EHW Content Manager is a utility Prestwood created to cut this task down to size.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101796, KB Topic: Prestwood Portfolio
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Prestwood specializes in custom business solutions.

Employee Handbook Writer, distributed by the California Chamber of Commerce, was a particularly challenging project with very gratifying results.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101792, KB Topic: Prestwood Portfolio
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