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Daily Archives: February 17, 2019

  • Patch Lady – Access gets beat up again

    Posted on February 17th, 2019 at 23:16 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I was updating the master patch list tonight and spotted that there’s a new known issue listed on all of the Windows patches in regard to Access:

    Last time it was Access 97 format, this time it’s Access 95 format.  Apparently we keep old databases around for a long time.

    It’s expected to be fixed in late February.

     

    Applications that use a Microsoft Jet database with the Microsoft Access 95 file format may randomly stop working. Option 1: Convert the database to a newer .mdb file format. This doesn’t require a change to the Connection string.

    1. Use Microsoft Access to open a database that has an older file format.
    2. You will be asked if you would like to convert. Click Yes and save the database with the .accdb file extension.
    3. Open the .accdb.
    4. From the File menu, click Save as and select Access 2002-2003 Database.

     

    Option 2: Convert the database to the .accdb file format. To use the .accdb file format, you must change the Connection string after conversion.

    The easiest way to convert is to use Microsoft Access 2010 or earlier.

    1. Use Microsoft Access to open a database that has an older file format.
    2. You will be asked if you would like to convert. Click Yes and save the database with the .accdb extension.

    Microsoft is working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available late February.

  • Anomalous, buggy behavior on AskWoody

    Posted on February 17th, 2019 at 11:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    While we’re waiting for the Windows Secrets merge to kick in (several delays, sorry), I’d like to come up with a list of clearly weird behavior on the Lounge, and toss the list to the devs.

    Here’s my favorite:

    Anonymous posters can create new topics.

    AskWoody Loungers can create new topics.

    AskWoody_MVPs cannot.

    Also, I’ve seen many reports of AskWoody_MVPs not being able to edit their posts, or delete them. I tried several combinations with an AskWoody_MVP account and didn’t have any problems. There’s a 60-minute time limit on deletions. Can anybody replicate the problem?

  • Cimpanu: The US Govt Accountability Office recommends the US adopt GDPR-like privacy legislation

    Posted on February 17th, 2019 at 07:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s about time.

    Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet, has some great news:

    An independent report authored by a US government auditing agency has recommended that Congress develop internet data privacy legislation to enhance consumer protections, similar to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    The report (PDF) recommends:

    Congress should consider developing comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy that would enhance consumer protections and provide flexibility to address a rapidly evolving Internet environment. Issues that should be considered include what authorities agencies should have in order to oversee Internet privacy, including appropriate rulemaking authority.

    It’s about time. (Although it looks like the report was published on January 15. First I’ve heard of it.)