Why do I have to apologize for being an American

Seems like working hard to get on top just isn't as popular as it was when I grew up. There wasn't such a thing as a computer, but, I spent countless days and nights to figure it out. Every new type of computer that came out I had to try...

I owe a lot to the TRS 80, the Timex computer, the Texas instruments pc, and even the Commodore 64

Before PC’s started coming out I reminisce about how I would type basic code from examples and write data lines, save them to cassette tape and reload them to work on them again (which didn’t always work 100%). I started investing in stock and created a graphic program to show the historical data of the investments by typing in the daily prices from the newspaper. It took a lot of stick-to-itiveness to do it.

When I first started writing business applications I kept one thing in mind through all of this experience, there isn’t anything I can’t make a computer do. How many times have you hired a programmer, or consultant and the next words out of their mouth is “That can’t be done”? Why? Call me crazy, but, that’s the secret, if you work hard at something, don’t accept defeat!

Seems like the up and coming have an attitude of pay me a lot now, but, then show me how to do it because I don’t know how. I know, it seems like a rant of “I walked 5 miles in the snow to get to school when I was your age…” that our parents told us. But, really, seriously?

The moral of the story is, working hard is the American way, and a Christian ethic, so lets not forget it!

If you have a project that someone told you couldn’t be done, give me a call, then stand back and watch an American do it!


Crystal Reports Login to database prompt and cant login

I recently had this issue with Crystal Reports 10 I was using a SQL database for the backend and connected using the odbc driver, everything was fine except when I went to execute the report from my .Net app, I got a dialog box that I needed to login to the database. Even though I entered the correct password it still gave me "Pasword is incorrect". Well, then I began my google search. I found a lot of solutions but none worked. I was already passing database login information from code, it was as if it was ignored.

What solved this for me was to change the connection from odbc to ado, all of the methods were the same, but, this time no login prompt. Yah!!!

Customer Service without getting beat up.

We believe the customer is always right, but, when has a customer gone too far? We received a post last year that I finally replied to. It was posted on the google play store about the copycat trial version, here is what "a Google User" posted:

Theres no point in downloading!

Its says trial has limited recipe details, but has NO recipe details. All it is, is a list of recipes the full version has. Could atleast put a few recipes to see the ingredients or try out to see how accurate the recipes actually are!

The andriod app version sells for $1.50, not much for 650 recipes the software to search by title, and recipe ingredient, right? Here was our reply:

Callow and Company replied on April 17, 2013
It's a trial version, you can see all the recipes available in the complete collection and when you see the ones you want you know they'll be in the complete version. Its obvious that you don't value the time that it took to compile and create a program to display so many great recipes in one place. Glad you saved $1.50 of your unemployment check.
We're not trying to be mean, but, isnt a trial a trial?