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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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 […]

Connecting Microsoft Access and Quickbooks using the Quickbooks SDK part 1 of 3

Aging Post Note: I considered taking this down. At this point, I’m not writing the series. I am busy with a myriad of projects – both programming and in other areas (see my music/writing blog). However, I will publish some VBA SDK code as more or less stand-alone blog entries. I’ll categorize them under the […]

Google adds voice to text to Google Docs

Google Drive/Docs = Amazing! First, let me say it again. If you are NOT using Google Drive/Google Docs, you need to start immediately! A few weeks ago I demonstrated how you can use your Android voice-to-text to dictate into a Google Document. That’s great technology for note-taking and even longer documents. Now Google has introduced […]

Mailmerge without using Microsoft Outlook uses only Excel, VBA, Word, and CDOSys

Summary: Send personalized emails to a list of email addresses and names in Microsoft Excel. Technologies used Microsoft Excel Microsoft Word VBA (Visual-basic for Applications) CDOsys (Collaboration Data Objects for Windows 2000) CDOSys Documentation It’s amazing how poorly documented it is.. but this link has some answers. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms526318(v=exchg.10).aspx And Dan at Microsoft has several links: […]

Speech to Text for Google Docs using your Android Smart Phone

Mobility, Productivity, and Creativity The other day I was scripting a podcast episode. I’ve used speech to text with Windows 7 in Microsoft Word and it works pretty well. But most of my scripts are collaborative and my team and I use Google Docs extensively. I’ve tried some of the speech to text plug-ins for Chrome […]