Paint.net (free graphics tool)

Paint.net is a GREAT graphic’s tool. I tend to think of it as “Photoshop Lite”. If you have a camera and are downloading your pictures to your computer then paint.net is for you. If you’ve ever tried to email a downloaded photo to a friend, you’ve most likely found that the photo is too BIG[…]

Adobe Bridge (free software)

It seems like everyone is going to the “cloud” nowadays, and this can be good thing, especially when it comes to Adobe Bridge. Adobe Bridge was originally packaged with Adobe Photoshop, but it is now a stand-alone application.  Adobe allows you to download their “Creative Cloud” application, and once its installed, it will automatically download[…]

Lynda.com (free video tutorials)

I’ve been a huge fan of Lynda.com for a long time. I’ve found that their video tutorials are excellent, and for the cost of $35 a month, I could take courses, which were equivalent, if not BETTER, than what you could learn from a $400 to $600 college or university course. Well… I am pleased[…]

User Manager

The “User Manager” has been developed by Datacon Data Services and is the main component within the User/Login/Password system.  This complete system is included FREE! with any of our custom Access database applications. With the User Manager you can create new users, plus assign roles and permissions, so that users can only view, add, edit[…]

Define your Business Rules

The first step when building a database is to define your “Business Rules”. Every business is different, and consequently, every business has its own set of business rules. Business rules dictate how your business should operate and the database should be designed to enforce these rules. Business rules are often based on the answers to questions such[…]

Four Key Items To Consider

When creating a database for a small to medium sized business, there are quite a few things to consider. Here are just some of the questions that you need to ask yourself. How many users will be using the database? How many users will be using it concurrently? How important is database security? How important[…]

Roles and Permissions

“Roles and Permissions” might sound a little bit like “Dungeons and Dragons”, but they are actually totally unrelated.  A company needs to put limits on what a user can do, and roles and permissions are the way to do that. You might keep confidential information about employees in the database (e.g. wages) and not want[…]

Hash and Salt

Hash and salt, it sounds kind of tasty — right?  Well… to tell you the truth, it has nothing to do with food, and everything to do with passwords. Before we talk about “Hash and Salt”, let’s move back a square and talk about passwords, and what makes a good or a bad password. The World’s[…]

Power of Sales

Sales are the backbone of any business and the companies that are the most successful could he said to be “sales-centric”.  Without sales a company does not survive, so sales must be a top priority for any business. It is important for management to track the various stages within the sales process, from a marketing[…]

Art of Simplicity

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius Within business, simplicity is also key. Advertisers determined many years ago that “simplicity communicates”.  The simpler the message, the more likely that it will communicate to the average person, and the more likely that they will remember your product. Complex commercials, without[…]

Common Goals

With a world so immersed in internal strife; with economic, political, and religious differences; is widespread agreement possible? To find solutions to problems we must find a common thread, upon which we can all agree, and establish goals that people are willing to adopt. Finding common goals is not just a problem for mankind, but[…]