Up to my neck in sand

If you are strolling down a sandy beach on a remote island and come across someone being buried up to their neck in sand by two beautiful little girls, it is likely me. Take a minute to introduce yourself but don’t bring up Microsoft Office Access because I’m on vacation. It was a long hard release…


Ideas about creating great looking reports

Lately I have been thinking a bit about report design and how to make reports look great without writing lots of line drawing code. Being a sports fan I have always thought sports sites do a good job making great looking reports. Personally, I couldn’t be happier about the Utah Jazz and their 12-1 start…


Visual design of Web 2.0 sites and Access applications

I recently came across a blog post about common design elements for web 2.0 sites.  http://f6design.com/journal/2006/10/21/the-visual-design-of-web-20/ There are some things we in the Access world could learn to make our apps look and feel a bit more modern. Here are some concepts that Jonathan identifies: Use of colors primary colors, rounded everything, Providing something that is free to…


Find Your Data article by Access MVP, Doug Steele

Advisor Magazine has recently released (made free for download) an good article that walks you through and provides code samples for three methods to search for a file. “Find Your Data” by Access MVP, Doug Steele, can be downloaded from http://zones.advisor.com/doc/16279.


Outstanding review about Office Live on CNBC

I know I have posted a few Office Live links this week and some of you Access developers are getting tired of it. But, here is a video link on a review on what the team has done. http://soapbox.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=e8d35046-a295-4724-9def-d00ba746fc9f I also hear in addition to the U.S. market, we are launching beta versions of Office Live in…


InfoPath team blog on Data Collection

The InfoPath team has recently posted a blog on the new Access 2007 data collection feature. http://blogs.msdn.com/infopath/archive/2006/11/15/integrated-innovation-access-data-collection.aspx For the best overview of how to get started see this UA topic. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access/HA100154271033.aspx


SharePoint Server Review in CRN

I just came across a nice article about SharePoint on CRN. http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/dailyarchives.jhtml?articleId=193700573 They did a good job summarizing the Excel Services that are part of the MOSS server “Users can now publish interactive spreadsheets with Excel 2007 right into SharePoint, so the tool plays a key role in the creation of business intelligence portals. For instance,…


Office Live launches today

Office Live is live! I know, I know–just couldn’t resist. But it is true. Office Live released the RTM bits today. They will be upgrading sites over the next couple weeks.  http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/ticker/article.asp?Feed=PR&Date=20061115&ID=6200730&Symbol=US:MSFT I understand they have 160,000 customers and growing every day. It is nice to see the business grow. Over time the work we…


PC Mag’s Editors Choice – 4.5 out of 5 Stars!

PC Mag just released a review of Office 2007. They gave Office a 4.5 out of 5 stars. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2052256,00.asp I love this quote: “Once you get past the few minutes needed to navigate the new Ribbon interface, you’ll wonder why Microsoft waited so long to get so many things right. ”  They didn’t cover Access in this…


Office Live and my wife’s resume service home business

Three years ago my wife Taunya retired from Microsoft (she worked in Corp Analysis Relations) to pursue a new career — mom. She has certainly found the experience rewarding and a great opportunity to develop the mind of a precocious young lady. Six months ago, we added to her workload with another beautiful little girl….