Category: General

GP & SQL Compatibility

I replied to a GPUG question earlier today from someone wanting to use SQL 2016 with GP 2015.  It bears repeating here and applies to similar situations as well.

When Microsoft says not compatible, they mean it. It may work, but it’s not supported. If you do run into an issue with compatibility down the road, you have just burned all bridges, since you won’t likely be able to restore it later to a supported SQL version. At that point you can only hope that you’ve kept a copy of databases from the earlier SQL version and reenter everything from that point, or start over. It’s usually a deprecated function is specified in GP coding that will be the problem, and the only fix is to rewrite the software.

For years I was the “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” guy, the one that could always trick the system into making it work after a client broke it, but after seeing the destruction and mayhem it can cause down the road (read potentially hundreds of consulting hours), it’s wise to trust Microsoft’s compatibility list. It’s there for a reason.

I’m Melting!

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Read wicked ways = Clinton’s Socialist agenda.

A vote against Trump is a vote for an everlasting Socialist quagmire of greed, deception, and filth with no place for citizens. We become the Soylent Green that feeds the increasingly destructive engine of Democratic Socialism.

Clinton is sitting at the right hand of Satan, encourages murdering children, and encourages (as did her predecessor) confusion of the sexes. There is nothing good with or about her. I only hope that her end comes the night of November 8, 2016, and we as Dorothy in Oz hear ” You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? Oooooh, look out! I’m going! Oooooh! Ooooooh! “

Who said I couldn’t quote the Bible and L. Frank Baum in one post?  … just sayin’

A Quiet Rage

A quiet rage is growing in this country against those who seek the crowning of Queen Hillary.  Morals and supposedly adult behavior are cast aside in the desperate need to up the ante in dirty politics.

It would seem that we the people have no say in these political amoral and immoral tactics other than to accept them.  The queen and her court of jesters and blind fools made up of pop stars and once-respected news media now await the predicted inevitable result of her majesty ascending the throne to grace her deplorable subjects with bread and water while she eats cake and drinks champagne.  It isn’t about what’s right, it’s about power.  She is the evil of all evils.  You think Obama was bad?  Just wait until HRC decrees the borders open and America fair game for control from external forces.  Power and control – that’s her objective.  She’s open to taking control of the UN as well, I’m sure.

The adoring media and their polls predict an easy win for her majesty.

Social media says differently.  I can only hope that on election day that those warriors with their pent-up rage emerge from behind their computers and cast their vote against the continuing rule of lies and corruption.

No, I’m not a fan of Trump, but I will vote for whoever has the best chance of defeating the sheer undisguised evil that is HRC.

If you haven’t seen the 2005 movie “V for Vendetta” please do so.  If you have seen it, treat yourself and watch it again.

Remember, remember the 8th of November…  Yeah, I know the date’s wrong, but it was too good to pass up.

Pro Team Sports?

I’m not much of a team sports watcher, but we here in the USA have taken ‘pro’ sports to the extreme.  When I was attending Pirates ‘knothole’ games, an average baseball player salary was somewhere around $10,000 per year.  In the time it’s taken the minimum wage to go from $1.80 to $7.25 per hour, team sports ‘pro’ compensation has gone from that $10,000/yr figure to an average of $2,000,000 + /yr.

Team sports isn’t about the teams anymore, but about the players, their lifestyles, their endorsements.  We have so lost the idea of ‘team sports’ that players don’t feel the need to play as a team, but to outperform, outclass, do anything to NOT be a team member.

Today’s ‘pro’ is idolized, worshiped, revered – for what?  For the most part, the more lavish and outlandish your lifestyle, the more you align yourself with thugs and infamy, the more money and ‘respect’ you command.  These are NOT the types we want or need our young people looking up to.  Wife beating, child beating, no problem – pay them and the media off, then bask in your notoriety.

There are a lot of people, I’m certain that would welcome the opportunity to play on a team as a team member.  I say we take all these overpaid primadonnas that want to protest one thing or another and throw them out.  Play team sports as a team, and if you want to make waves, bye-bye.  The same philosophy goes for cheerleaders, marching bands, and so on.  Imagine a cheerleading routine or a college band halftime show where some of the participants protested.  Yeah, not so great a view.  …but teams expect us to put up with anarchy.

NFL wonders if their player’s protests are causing a decrease in attendance?  Really?  Team sports, team behavior – no exceptions.

All Lives Matter

All.  Lives.  Matter.  All.

If BLM truly cares about their precious Black Lives, why don’t they use their leverage to clean up Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, etc.?

The answer is simple – BLM is a HATE GROUP, people, and care only about hating everyone that is not the same color as they are.  Racist?  I think so!

There’s no place for racism in America.  None.  …and no place for groups like BLM.  Grow up and pull yourselves out of the mire.  The government’s not going to do it, they simply reinforce your plight.  There are people of ALL colors that need to pull themselves up. Get a job. Work your way up, and don’t settle for government handouts.  It’s a trap, and a bottomless life-sucking hole.


Where are the issues?

I wrote a bit yesterday on this topic, but where is the discussion on issues that are important to the American people?

With all the mud-slinging and accusations of wrongdoing, complicity, and bias, we don’t have a clue where the candidates stand.  I will not vote for Clinton because of her constant lies and then makes no effort to apologize for wrongdoings, or even to explain her reasoning for doing things her way.  Instead, she treats us like a queen to her subjects (why am I reminded of Marie Antoinette frequently?) – we DARE ask why?  Off with their heads! (oh yes, that’s a different queen).

And Trump – I’d like to like him, but someone needs to hijack his Twitter account, or at least lighten up on the conspiracy theories.  Yes, there are conspiracies, but he’s hurting himself by stooping to their level.  Better to know they’re there and confront them.

The Last Supper vs Communion

All right, what am I missing here?  Jesus Christ very clearly stated that we as soon-Christians-to-be should not be buried in rituals and spout empty words.  He gave us an example of how to pray, recorded in both Matthew and Luke.  His starts off “Our Father in heaven, hallowed is your name…” as opposed to “give me what I want because I deserve it…” or “God, rain hell-fire on my next-door neighbor…”.  It was a guideline.  So what do we do?  For many Christian sects, every time they go to church they recite “Our Father, which art in heaven…”  You might as well zen out and say “Om” a few hundred times.  Same benefit.

OK, Communion time.  Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he has been preaching about brotherhood, family, a commune (no, we’ll skip the hippie group-everything mentality here as well) where things are shared and help is given among like-minded believers.  At the last supper, he takes wine and bread (and we won’t go into further symbolism or mystical garbage), the two staples of every meal, and says “every time you drink this wine or eat this bread (paraphrased), remember me”.  So what I believe he’s saying is that we should focus on him daily.  Make sense?  He could have said “with every breath you take” and it would have had the same connotation.  So what do even the supposedly biblical-centered ministries do?  They make a special ritual out of it, only to be held at specific times and places.

So I ask again, what am I missing?  It seems to me the paragraphs above boil down to “Pray thankfully and think of God always”.

…or do I need to light candles and incense and make a grand show of piety?  I think we as followers of Christ need to re-examine the early church writings  – before they were warped and twisted by those driven by greed, avarice, and a general desire to bilk the faithful of their hard-earned money.

Just sayin’…

Of Inkwells and Blogs

Learning to write was and still is a journey.  I recall a school desk with a round hole in the upper-right-hand corner.  Each of us was given a new dip pen, a new bottle to put in that hole, and a blotter.  No pigtail dipping allowed.  We practiced Palmer Method cursive writing with that dip pen.  No, we’re not talking 1800s here, it was the early 1950s.  Legible writing, spelling, and grammar were drilled into each of us daily.  It worked.  Sadly, the days of dip pens were numbered, and the following year or two was wooden pencils and cartridge fountain pens.  Ball-point followed well through high school and college, but the lessons learned were never forgotten.

My first computer?  A Radio Shack TRS-80 MC-10 with a chiclet keyboard and built-in Basic programming language.  4K RAM, and it plugged into a TV.  If you wanted to save your program, a cassette recorder was the best answer.  Next, the big time – a Zenith EZ-PC.  Black and white monitor, two 720K floppy drives – no hard drive.  Believe it or not, it ran Wordperfect, AutoCAD, DBase III+ and Lotus 1-2-3.  Modems?  What for?  No internet existed outside university testing labs.

…and here I am writing a Blog?

I’ve worked in IT for almost 30 years now, learning as I went, breaking things just so I could figure out how to fix them.  Exploring – always exploring.  I’m a firm believer in the axiom that each day is worthwhile only if you learn something new.

Always do your best, take pride in your work, and keep learning!