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Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

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Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
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Many thanks to Tom Cone.

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  • Sandy Garrett
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    Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

    The Alpha community is not the only place Tom shines his light. Thanks from the Girl Scouts - here and there.

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  • SwissCharles
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    My sincerest congratulations!
    Does it sound too selfish to lift a glass for the next 20K posts? :D

    Thanks for all your help!

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  • Rick Sloan
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    Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

    Thanks for all of the help you have given me, and I'm sure most other non alphaholics out there.

    I tried to type something witty and profound, but after all of the smoke disappeared (my brain trying to think of something), all I can really say is thanks for all of the help you have given me by posting the 20,000 ++ , even though I never did ask the questions.

    Here's to another 20000 (I really need the help).

    Rick Sloan

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  • glenschild
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    Tom

    You epitomise everything that is good about this forum!

    Keep up the great work.

    Kind regards

    Glen

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  • NicholasWieland
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    Tom,

    Cheers and Thanks
    ;)
    :)
    :D

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  • Bob Whitaker
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    I would like to add my thanks to Tom for his enormous contribution to this forum and the Alpha community.

    Bob Whitaker
    UK

    PS Thanks Ton for spotting this great achievement

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  • Scott Emerick
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    Congrats Tom ... feels like just yesterday that you had 19999 posts ;)

    Mr. Bill .. Long time !! .. Glad to see your post

    Scott

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  • whanigsberg
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    Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

    Recently retired from Dawson and moved to Toronto for family and other reasons. Still programming but obviously not for the college. It's been a big change and moving is no picnic but things are working out well. Still sorting out the mix of academic and programming activities.

    Best,
    Bill

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  • martinwcole
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    Bill is good to hear from you. Are you still programming for the univ?

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  • whanigsberg
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    Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

    Let me add my voice, blast from the past though it be!

    Bill

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  • Al Buchholz
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    Tom

    Let me be the next to post after your 20,000th

    yipyip hooray!

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  • Tom Cone Jr
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    Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

    Hey, guys thanks for the kind words. Generous, indeed. I've enjoyed my time spent on the message board. Trying to help other people has proven to be a good way of keeping current myself. I also need to thank those who've gone before. I stand on their shoulders, and have received help from many many people. So, let's all pitch in together to help others discover the many ways Alpha Five can help them solve their data management problems. Thanks again,

    -- tom

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  • martinwcole
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    Tom Cone has been the best friend an Alpha_ite ever had.

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  • jkletrovets
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    Agreed......MANY thanks Tom!

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  • Ton Spies
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    Hi Tim,

    A was looking for a translation of the dutch word nestor.
    In politics translated as elder statesman.
    A wise and respected man.

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