Question: My favorite database program (AskSam 7) cannot be updated. Its developer in Perry, Florida went out of business years ago. I held my breath when installing it from its CD on my new computers (both Windows 10), but it has worked well. I am concerned that a Microsoft Windows 10 update will disable AskSam. If so, how can I find a compatible program? Will a virtual desktop as you recently described (Geek Note: I.G.T.M. Issue #616, May 12-18, 2019) for hardware enable me to continuing using this database?– Doug B.Niceville, Florida WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Answer: Having never used AskSam 7, I had to do a little bit of research to bring myself up to speed on it before attempting to answer your question. There is a surprising amount of information floating around out there. At least it seemed so to me, considering I’d never even heard of it before reading your e-mail. There’s even an AskSam entry on Wikipedia, which describes it as “a ‘free form’ database desktop application that competed with a number of other personal information manager applications.” The author made special mention of the software’s ability to aggregate many unrelated types of information together into an easily-searchable format, which could be made into a report, or exported to a spreadsheet on demand. Sounds like a pretty useful program, and one that is a far cry from modern relational database programs that require extensive programming before they can be used to organize anything. I suspect the dawn of devices such as smartphones sounded the death knell for such software. Rather a pity, really. The release of the last version in 2008 would seem to bear-out this theory, as the first iPhone became publically available the prior year.You’re working on a totally different playing field than reader John H., whose question I answered in Issue #616. The software he asked about was self-written, and was over 30 years old. You, on the other hand, are dealing with a commercial product, that was written not too long before the rise of Windows 7. Although that doesn’t make it thoroughly modern, it does make it a far sight more likely to work on a modern operating system. Nevertheless, I commend you for not merely waiting for a problem to occur.To directly answer your question, I don’t see any reason why a virtual machine wouldn’t work for your software. In fact, if you were to go this route, you could run a Windows 7 VM, and put your software into an operating system that is far closer to the native environment its developers intended than you could hope for with any current or future version of Windows 10.It might interest you to know that in applying my Geekodon Blackbelt in the dark art of Google-Fu (i.e. – running a simple Google search) for AskSam showed that it is still available for download on popular shareware sites, and even for sale in remote corners of the Internet. So, the product isn’t dead yet, and even still enjoys a following out there, albeit a minor one. There is also another software application named MyInfo that touts itself as “a suitable alternative for the discontinued free-form database tool AskSam.” However, at least one other blogger on Quora.com stated that “the whole layout and interface is different, as are its functions” so it’s not exactly a drop-in replacement. There are also numerous other alternatives to be found, but again, while they might fill a similar role as AskSam, they aren’t compatible with its data. That means whatever you choose (other than AskSam itself) you’ll need to re-create whatever collections, models, schemas, documents, or whatever you choose to call them. Good luck.To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com!) Twitter Pinterest Facebook GEEK TO ME: Hanging on to discontinued software By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local News Twitter TAGS Pinterest Previous articleOAT060719 Texas Tech OSU 42Next article060819_PBR_Caveman_03 Digital AIM Web Support
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Zach Newlin finished fourth, with Ryan Lynn taking fifth. PORT ROYAL, Pa. (April 27) – In a performance worthy of his nickname, “Nitro” Nick Sweigart blasted the Pennsylvania Sprint Series field to earn his first victory since 2017 in the 20-lap feature Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. Flying past competitors on the outside from his 10th starting position, Sweigart took the lead from Jaremi Hanson on lap seven and never looked back, scoring the win by a 1.448-second margin over Jonathan Jones, who passed Hanson in the fourth turn of the final lap. A stellar field of 39 cars was in the pits and with the large field, Port Royal lead promoter Steve O’Neal added two starting positions to enable 26 cars to race in the feature. The series returns to action this Saturday, May 4 at Path Valley Speedway and to Port Royal on Saturday, May 11. Sweigart raced to seven top five finishes last year, including two runner-ups, but he hadn’t visited victory lane since August of 2017 at BAPS Motor Speedway. He had added two more top fives this season and had finished in the top 10 in all five previous PASS IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car events. PASS representatives raised nearly $300 from team members who purchased decals for former series regular Dylan Shatzer, injured in a recent highway accident. Nick Sweigart won his first Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature since 2017 with a convincing run to the checkers Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) Feature results – 1. Nick Sweigart; 2. Jonathan Jones; 3. Jaremi Hanson; 4. Zach Newlin; 5. Ryan Lynn; 6. Ken Duke; 7. Drew Ritchey; 8. Colton Hoover; 9. Kassidy Kreitz; 10. Johnny Scarborough; 11. Devin Adams; 12. Cale Reigle; 13. Nathan Gramley; 14. Reed Thompson; 15. Scott Ellerman; 16. Robert Garvey; 17. Josh Dressley; 18. Doug Dodson; 19. Dylan Proctor; 20. Jay Krout; 21. Dave Wickham; 22. Fred Arnold; 23. Jake Waters; 24. Brett Jaycox; 25. Wally Eshenaur; 26. Kyle Ganoe.
It’s been almost two years since Jerry Akaminko suffered a horrible ankle injury while playing for the Black Stars. And it’s been just over a year since striker Kwesi Appiah also did his cruciate ligament.Both players have been forgotten by fans as they have faced lengthy periods of rehabilitation, says deputy Ghana skipper Andre Ayew.Speaking at a ceremony to accept his 2015 Personality of the Year Award bestowed on him by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), the attacker sought to offer some perspective to the long-held belief that senior national team players are only interested in making money from the country.Ayew used Akaminko’s precarious career condition to illustrate how perilous it can be to one’s club career when featuring for the Black Stars.”He was doing very well with his club but since his [injury], Jerry has cancelled his contract with his club and it ‘s very difficult. Nobody has ever said ‘Oh Jerry, [get this help or that help].”The former Heart of Lions defender had been expected to play again three after the injury but it simply got worse, leading to Eskisehirspor terminating his deal. He has since not found any team willing to sign him up. Ayew have another example, “The same thing happened to [Black Stars and Crystal Palace striker] Kwesi Appiah. Most of you have forgotten! For a year now, Kwesi has not trained; he has not played after injuring himself while playing for the Black Stars.”In that vein, André noted that the players of the Black Stars do not play for the money but for the pride in the shirt.”Money? Is it the 5,000 or the 3,000 or the 1,000? For me – and not just me, but my colleagues [too], all of us – we play for the Black Stars we love the badge here on our hearts. We play because it is our dream since we were young and we wanted to play for the Ghana Black Stars.””It’s just an issue of money. Money is just something aside. What is important is the game. What is important is the trophy coming home”. The event was held at the headquarters of MTN Ghana, headline sponsors of the SWAG awards on Wednesday.VIDEO—