cyber security advice

CYBER SECURITY BASICS – aka: The advice I know you’ll ignore

Summary: I provide a summary of some things you SHOULD do to improve your digital security. I then explain each in a little detail. Then, I admit that most people will ignore the advice. But.. here you go. We want security but not really Most people freak out about things like Facebook privacy settings and […]

Is your SAGE 50 Accounting too slow? Virtualization and Terminal Server

Technologies Sage 50 Accounting 2017 & 2018 Windows 2016 Hyper-V Windows 2016 Remote Desktop Server (Terminal Server) Dell Poweredge T330 Server Sage 50 Performance Sage has performance issues going back to its Peachtree roots. It is inefficient on a network and has poor utilities for purging and compressing data. My client was at their wits […]

Parsing Quickbooks Customer (CustomerRet) Response using XML (DOMDocument)

As I indicated in my Quicbbooks Part 1 of never post, I would post some Microsoft Access and other Quickbooks source code and blog entries, rather than do a more detailed step by step explanation. I hope this is helpful. Quick Explanation You can parse Quickbooks response using a ICustomerRetList – and I may post that […]

VBA Solutions - webpage scripting msxml

VBA solution: Scraping website information using MSXML, HTMLDocument, and getElementsByClassName

Summary An explanation of how to retrieve/scrape website data using MSXML and HTMLDocument but not using the InternetExplorer Application Object. The problem with the InternetExplorer.Application object I have a few blog entries demonstrating how to get web site data using InternetExplorer and the HTMLDocument object. However, there are a few problems with this: Microsoft is […]

Microsoft Access and Excel programming in Los Angeles

Quickbooks SDK iAddCheck using VBA. Add a check from Excel or Access

Someone reading my part 1 of ??? tutorial on Quickbooks – sorry.. read the notes. 😉  – was struggling to find how to add checks. I wrote them this morning about what to look for in the On Screen Reference OSR for the Quickbooks SDK. iCheckAdd Under the Onscreen Reference, there is a iCheckAdd message. […]

Campus Mesh WiFi using Sonicwall, Ubiquiti, and Open-Mesh (network integration)

Overview Our client, an RV resort, needs a robust and scaleable WiFi network for guests. Technologies/Vendors SONICWALL Open Mesh Ubiquiti   The Challenge A family of four can easily be responsible for 7 to 10 WiFi connections: 1 smart TV 2 laptops 1 tablet 4 smart phones 8 connections These connections are likely streaming Netflix, […]

Get Multiple Distances Using the Google Maps API and VBA for Excel or Access includes sample file

Automate Everything I hate manual processes. NOTE: If I get one more email from someone nagging me to finish that Quickbooks SDK Tutorial.. I’m going do it!!!  😉 Edit: 7/26/2017 – Okay.. I lied. I cannot get to it per se… but I am posting some code to help with QuickBooks integration from time to […]

Retrieve Data from Website in Microsoft Access or Excel using VBA

File Download: Microsoft Access/VBA Sample File Edit: 7/23/2017 – an improvement to this solution. This will require some refactoring. A week or so ago a reader asked (on this blog post), if we could place the file online that performs the operation in this blog post (and video). I’ve included it below as a download. The […]

Programatically retrieving data from a website into a database

Summary: Our client wanted to extract data from a web portal. We wrote a VBA script to the requested information and store it in an Access database. The example below demonstrates the same technology, but the data is stored in Excel. Edit: 7/23/2017 – An improvement on this solution. Edit: 9/9/2016 – I posted a download […]