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You are one of the very few professionals, I have discussed this topic with that agrees with my perspectives. Leave it to a young lady to have a superior intelligence to most of our male colleagues...
In any event, I came out of the DBASE world of the 1980s and early 1990s. I worked with just about every single DBASE variant available with the exception of one. Developing database applications with these environments was quite easy and enjoyable.
The Emerald Bay version of this environment was the best of them all. It was fast, had a very unique database system that was relatively close to the standard DBF file system and came with a complete client-server implementation right out of the box.
I was able to set up a server on my own workstation and then access it from any workstation in my division at the time. Yet, I couldn't convince anyone to consider the system for future development as it was not moving in a SQL Language direction.
I spoke with one of the developers of the system at Emerald Bay back then and they believed that SQL was inefficient and wasn't worth the effort to develop a layer for their database system.
This single decision destroyed the company very quickly as they entire database world at that time was moving to the SQL Language in one way or another...
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Black Falcon Software, Inc.
Thanks to all your great advice (really appreciated) I was able to find out what is wrong with my laptop... By calling Dell tech support
First of all, great support, best I've ever had, perfect 5 out of 7!
So the problem seems to be that my computer has an SSD and an HDD and I was thinking it only had an SSD and my computer was thinking it only had an HDD.
At startup the laptop did a hardware check, which apparently takes a long time, but which can be turned off in the BIOS.
Anyway, the SSD could not be found, which is obviously a problem.
The slow startup time is mostly just due to Windows being installed in the HDD instead of the SSD I was expecting.
Long story short, I'm still within warranty and an engineer will come to install a new SSD and, if that doesn't fix it, a new motherboard.
Not directly releated to this specific problem, but I'll add it as a sidetrack anyway:
In the old days of DOS floppy disks, the same physical size disks (5.25" or 3.5") came in different packing densities: 360K, 720K, 1.44M. When you replaced the disk with another one, DOS would read the format code off the disk, and the driver would operate according to the physical formatting.
I had a machine that for a period failed to change to the correct format. When switching from, say, a 360K floppy to a 1.44M one, I got read errors unless I rebooted the PC.
I didn't open the PC case very often, so it took a while before I saw the problem: The 34-pin connector to the floppy was not pushed properly in, but was slightly slanted, so that the last pin in the row didn't make contact. The last pin was the one that the floppy drive used to signal that the physical floppy had been replaced, and the driver should adopt to the format of the new disk. DOS never got this signal, and wasn't aware that there was a new floppy in place, but continued to read as if it was the same old one. (There was no buffering/caching in those days, so there was no risk of flushing buffers to the wrong disk.)
Pushing the 34-pin connector firmly onto the pins, so that even the last pin made contact, solved the problem.
a mathematical object analogous to but more general than a vector, represented by an array of components that are functions of the coordinates of a space.
a muscle that tightens or stretches a part of the body.
"the tensor tympani muscle of the middle ear"
Well, I kind of get the anatomical version, otherwise: "Whoosh!"
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