We use windows as the operating systems of our machines, then we install a software that enables the computer as a machine controller and we use Visual C++ to create the GUI programs that machine operators use.
I've been using this for 16 years continuously and never, and I mean never I've seen a problem with that.
Windows works well unless you start installing tons of extra software there.
My dad did it in a day. He got a new system, don't remember which version. I told him to copy the "Pictures", "Music" and "Documents" separately from his old system to their respective folders on the new system. He looked at that and thought that it would be more efficient to just copy the entire user folder over, which he did, accepting all the security prompts. It rendered his system barely operable. I told him he'd messed up his system and to do a full factory restore. He called Dell. They told him to do a full factory restore. Afterward, he sent me a very sheepish mea culpa.
Mind you, my father has a PhD in nuclear physics and built a computer for testing purposes back in the 1980s.
So, Mrs Yoda is running a business selling books for Usborne. She's now decided that she wants to start keeping track of her stock. As she's going to be managing this out of her business, she's looking for recommendations for cheap (free is better) inventory management software. Any recommendations?
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While I would normally relish this, I have so many projects on the go right now that I can't fit it in. Mrs Yoda is a loving woman who appreciates this, which is why she asked me about it - she's wanting to move from her Excel spreadsheet which just isn't comprehensive enough for her anymore.
Excel works surprisingly well, at least in the early days.
Trouble is that once they get used to it, it starts to get expanded. One small company I worked for the MD started with a nice simple Excel sheet for the inventory, and "added value" to include automatic subassemblies, pricing, resources, and so on to the point where changing a stock level tied the PC up for 20 minutes...
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Why not write one and ask for a boys night out pass from the Mrs?
That would require free time. As well as running a business, I have some courses to write for Pluralsight, things I have to do for Intel, some more articles that I want to write for CodeProject. By the time I'll have a free period, it will be next year- oh, and I'm not that bothered about boys nights out.
Am I the only person wondering why @DalekDave hasn't replied yet? For a change he'd actually be posting something he knew about.
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Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
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