Prison Pete

Sunday, August 01, 2004
  Computers in prison.
Even through the computers here have no network, printer, or floppy access for all intents and purposes, they recently went from the Windows 95 operating system to Windows NT4.

The "cheer up, things could be worse" saying is true. I cheered up, and they got worse!

They decided to eliminate a bunch of stuff including the help files for Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel! We also have no access to any macros and a whole bunch of other features like the ability to hide the grid lines in Excel! Since we have no printer access, and they did not install any printer driver, we cannot run any reports in Microsoft Access!

Try using Access without any help files! How do you use any of the field programming, etc.?

And is 64 Mb even the minimum amount of memory that Microsoft recommends for Windows NT?

What they have us do is logon to specific machines, each user with their own folder on the D: drive. When you login, the operating system wipes out all your personal files on the C: drive. Well, this works for Microsoft Word, but it turns out that Microsoft Access was saving our databases on the C: drive by default! Oops!

Then, if you botch your password three times, the teacher has to log in and reset your account! For some reason, after I had typed a bunch of stuff, when the teacher logged in she could not get into my folder. I don't understand why, because she is supposed to have Administrator rights.

So we had her create a new folder and log out, and then I went back in and sure enough I could get to the new folder she had created! So for now I copy my stuff to her folder, log out, and then she logs in and copies the files to a floppy.

Efficient it is not!

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