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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

XFRX 12.1 just released

XFRX 12.1 Info

Mainly bug fixes but some nice new previewer features I'm anxious to try as well, including a progress bar option when exporting to PDF, etc. and showing up to 8 pages at a time. Not only is this a great add-on for VFP reporting but Eqeus continues to provide excellent support and frequent enhancements to their product. In my opinion it is well worth the small subscription price.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

XFRX 12 just released

The latest version of XFRX reporting addon for VFP has just been released.

XFRX 12 Info

Previewer is now faster when paging forward and back. Also has a nice bookmark page that comes up showing links to found items after searching.

We've been using XFRX for almost a year and have incorporated it into the VFE framework. If you want to easily allow your users to output to a variety of file types, this one of the best components I've seen for doing it quickly and easily and does not require using any other 3rd party components.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

How to make Visual Foxpro cool

Great post by Craig Bailey on ideas for making VFP cool.

How to make Visual Foxpro cool

I just spent a half day at a Microsoft seminar on new stuff in .NET 2.0, Enterprise Library, etc. I must admit there was a lot of cool stuff but there were also several things that I thought "Wow, I've been doing that same thing with VFP (or VFE) for years now" - but the "perception" is that it's so much cooler doing it with .NET, and I guess I would say that it probably is more cool. Unfortunately, my clients usually don't want to pay for "cool". They expect that for free.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Notre Dame's Rockne remembered 75 years after death

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Knute Rockne was one of the most prominent figures in America -- let alone the famous coach at Notre Dame -- when his plane crashed in a Kansas pasture 75 years ago Friday.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

SQL MythBusters – MSDE/SQL Express has a 5 concurrent user limit

Oh man, if I had a quid for every time this has been answered in the newsgroups or at conferences it would be time to retire for sure! While validating this myth does not require another history lesson it might be useful.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Wikipedia's List Of Portable Applications For Your USB Drive!

Check out Wikipedia's comprehensive list of portable applications for your USB drive or other portable device!

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Monday, March 13, 2006

FoxPro Developers Prep for Microsoft 'Sedna'

Visual FoxPro developers, oft-overlooked by Microsoft, are about to get an infusion of new technologies aimed at making the FoxPro language interoperable with Windows Vista, Office 2007 and .Net.

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Microsoft's Best-kept Database Secret....

Visual Foxpro. October 2000 article by Les Pinter. Still relevant today (perhaps even more so) with the exception of VFP not part of Visual Studio anymore.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Screenshot of Microsoft.com's First Web Page

This is a flash back to the early days, when this sort of design would have been THE SITE.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

OFFICIAL: Firefox 2.0 Alpha 1 Release This Week!

Firefox 2.0 Alpha 1 is set to be released by the end of this week (in 3 - 4 days), after being delayed a month due to development issues!

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Ten of the Biggest Mistakes Developers Make With Databases

Although fashions come and go in software development, some things stay remarkably constant. One of these is the use of databases...

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Friday, February 24, 2006

avast! Wins SC Award

avast! Wins SC Award

Well deserved in my opinion. My Dad recommended this to me a few years ago after I complained about McAfee wanting me to pay for upgrade to the their XP version when I had just purchased a subscription for Win2K before I realized I would be upgrading my OS.

avast! is free for personal use so there is absolutely NO reason for not having adequate virus protection on your home PC's. Their auto updating has always worked flawlessly for me. I see a new virus data file update on almost a daily basis so you can be confident you are up to date and protected against the latest known viruses.

Monday, February 06, 2006

RSSFeeder .NET Update

After using RSSFeeder .NET for a little over a month I've decided it's not quite ready for prime time. I was noticing a lot of errors being sent behind the scenes and looking at the bug list on source forge it appears that's where they all wind up. Then last week the app just stopped working completely. I tried uninstalling, deleting all files (including Access database it uses) and re-installing and still could not get it to start up. Just kept crashing with a cryptic error. So, now that I'm addicted to RSS feeds of all sorts I've decided to go back to Newsgator online, if only temporarily, until I decide if to try out another RSS reader. I'm using iTunes for my podcasts and that is working really well for that so far.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


If anybody has an extra Newsvine invite I would love to try it. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Pandora: Music Lover's Dream


I was just shown this by a co-worker that heard about it on the Inside The Net podcast. (Podcasting is a whole different topic that I may blog about later...)

I've recently started getting back into music listening with all the latest iPod craze and whatnot.

Anyway, Pandora is a great place to learn about new and different music that you might want to add to your collection. You start by entering a song title or artist and what follows are audio streams from a huge library that try to match music to your taste. I'm still playing with the technology but so far I'm pretty impressed and have discovered (and re-discovered) lots of great music so far. Right now the service is free but they are planning on introducing more advertising space to offset costs. You can pay a subscription to avoid the advertising. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Software Engineering vs. Computer Science

Just sitting here enjoying some coffee at the local Panera Bread and catching up on some reading. Came across this post on Digg:

Computer Engineering vs. Computer Science (Original PDF)

Excellent article, but Steve McConnell usually hits the nail on the head.

Monday, January 09, 2006

MA Wins First BattleField 2 Season Championship!

BEML Website

The BEML would like to congratulate the Mature Asskickers on winning the first BattleField 2 Season Championship. They capped off an undefeated season by defeating Indiana Vehicles on a closely played Strike at Karkand. A report by Dawg from =IV=:

"On Friday 1/6/05, (MA) & =IV= met in the (MA) server for the BF2 Championship. The 16 player Karkand map was selected and the teams fought it out 8 vs 8. In the first map, =IV=, on the USMC side was able to cap the Market and Hotel, but (MA) was able to hold them off for a 45-0 win. Second map, (MA), on the USMC side was able to cap the market, then the Hotel, and then flags were taken back and forth till =IV= was able to hold off (MA) for a 34-0 win.
Final score - (MA) 45 =IV= 34"

Thanks to all the teams that made this first season possible! Hopefully we'll have more of the same success with our next season.