Monthly Archives: April 2009

OpenOffice.org will open MS Access 2007 Documents

    I have Office 2007, at home, Office 2003, at work, and also OpenOffice.org at home.  I found that I needed to open MS Access 2007 files, with OpenOffice.org.

    Because Windows XP (and I think Vista too) does not have the Access 2007 database engine installed, by default — even if one has Access 2007 installed, as I do — one has to download and install the newer database engine in order to open Access 2007 files with OpenOffice.org.

    You can get it here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7554F536-8C28-4598-9B72-EF94E038C891&displaylang=en

    Search this blog for prior occurrences of ‘OpenOffice’ to read my other postings related to this totally free Office-compatible suite.

GoodSync & RoboForm – A Great Combination

I’ve periodically lamented the benefits of both RoboForm and GoodSync, both by Siber Systems.  [For information about RoboForm, search this blog or go to www.roboform.com].  Recently they added an online synchronization capability that utilizes an updated version, of GoodSync that synchronizes one’s RoboForm files, out to one’s [new] online RoboForm account, then back again.

Because I own multiple copies, of RoboForm — on multiple PC’s, plus a stand-alone version on a U3 USB flash drive — it had been a bit tedious keeping my RoboForm files synchronized.  Tedious, but not too bad.  Now it’s even easier, because instead of using my primary desktop PC as the central repository, I now use my Internet account.  Pretty neat.

For more information see https://online.roboform.com/.

[Note: I’m not affiliated with Siber Systems; I’m just a fan of the software.]

U-verse DVR Feature-Set Less Than Impressive

Having had a ReplayTV DVR from 2004-2007, then a DISH DVR from ’08-’09, I am less than impressed with the feature set of the Motorola U-verse offering.   I had two shows stop recording, 10 minutes into them, without a visual indication that the recordings were ceasing (other than the red light turning off).  I noticed it, and upon trying to restart the recordings, the machine informed me that the unit was out of space.  I jumped in and started deleting several of the 19 “Little Bear” episodes that had quickly built up for my kid, and I was able to proceed with recording the rest of the two shows.

This confuses me, because several of the shows on my PC had the exclamation point, indicating they were next on the chopping block to be deleted.  By default, the shows are recorded with the “Keep until space is needed” option, but the machine wasn’t deleting them as needed.  A pity. 

The inability to restrict the number of shows, for a series, is disappointing.  I’ve now trained myself to go back in and change the save options, on shows we really want to keep, to “Keep until I delete”, just in case the machine actually starts deleting shows when it is supposed to do it.  With the ReplayTV, and even the DISH, I could set a series to keep only four episodes or whatever.  For the News, or talk shows, this is a great feature, and it really saves HD space.

I joined a U-verse users forum and other folks have had the same experiences, so it looks like I’m not “missing anything” with regard to tweaking my settings.  Time will tell if AT&T (or Motorola) enhance the interface.

To end on an up note, I am happy with the quality of the recordings themselves.  We’ve been watching “Planet Earth”, on DiscoveryHD, and it’s striking.