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  1. jfwilson

    jfwilson Guest

    A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    publisher and access software. These were the versions
    for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(
    I installed win95 for her and (totally ignorant of office
    software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    free, which would get her going again.
    jfwilson, Sep 5, 2003
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  2. On Fri, 5 Sep 2003 12:55:19 +1200, jfwilson <> wrote:
    > A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    > computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    > publisher and access software. These were the versions
    > for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(
    > I installed win95 for her and (totally ignorant of office
    > software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    > free, which would get her going again.


    Similar and for free go to http://www.openoffice.org
    It's a large download though, you might like to look
    at recent computer magazines with cover disks and
    see if they have it.

    Cheers, Liam
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Liam Greenwood, Sep 5, 2003
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  3. jfwilson

    jfwilson Guest

    "T.N.O." <> wrote in message
    news:bj8njo$ggfus$-berlin.de...
    > "jfwilson" wrote
    > > A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    > > computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    > > publisher and access software.

    >
    > Doh... that was silly.
    >
    > > These were the versions
    > > for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(

    >
    > Fair enough.
    >
    > > I installed win95 for her

    >
    > Fully legal copy of it of course?
    >
    > > and (totally ignorant of office
    > > software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    > > free, which would get her going again.

    >
    > Open Office... it's on this months PC World Mag... cost you under $10
    >

    Thankyou. That was an easy one. :)
    jfwilson, Sep 5, 2003
    #3
  4. jfwilson

    SNOman Guest

    jfwilson wrote:
    > "T.N.O." <> wrote in message
    > news:bj8njo$ggfus$-berlin.de...
    >
    >>"jfwilson" wrote
    >>
    >>>A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    >>>computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    >>>publisher and access software.

    >>
    >>Doh... that was silly.
    >>
    >>
    >>>These were the versions
    >>>for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(

    >>
    >>Fair enough.
    >>
    >>
    >>>I installed win95 for her

    >>
    >>Fully legal copy of it of course?
    >>
    >>
    >>>and (totally ignorant of office
    >>>software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    >>>free, which would get her going again.

    >>
    >>Open Office... it's on this months PC World Mag... cost you under $10
    >>

    >
    > Thankyou. That was an easy one. :)
    >
    >
    >

    Open Office won't replace Access of course as it does not have a
    database component included.
    SNOman, Sep 5, 2003
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  5. "SNOman" <> wrote in message
    news:bj8rf1$f1d$...
    > jfwilson wrote:
    > > "T.N.O." <> wrote in message
    > > news:bj8njo$ggfus$-berlin.de...
    > >
    > >>"jfwilson" wrote
    > >>
    > >>>A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    > >>>computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    > >>>publisher and access software.
    > >>
    > >>Doh... that was silly.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>>These were the versions
    > >>>for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(
    > >>
    > >>Fair enough.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>>I installed win95 for her
    > >>
    > >>Fully legal copy of it of course?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>>and (totally ignorant of office
    > >>>software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    > >>>free, which would get her going again.
    > >>
    > >>Open Office... it's on this months PC World Mag... cost you under $10
    > >>

    > >
    > > Thankyou. That was an easy one. :)
    > >
    > >
    > >

    > Open Office won't replace Access of course as it does not have a
    > database component included.
    >

    http://dba.openoffice.org/

    Database Access Project
    New PostgreSQL driver!

    There is an alpha version of a PostregSQL driver available. Check out the
    News section for more information, or jump to the driver's home page
    directly.

    Project Overview
    The Database Access is dedicated to enabling OpenOffice.org applications
    with database access. To reach this, we provide a full and flexible API
    (similar to the JDBC API), implemented in UNO (OpenOffice.org's component
    model).

    Currently, there are implementations enabling access to JDBC, ODBC 3.0, ADO
    providers, MySQL, dBase and CSV files, and Adabas D. However, the component
    technology behind SDBC,SDBCX, and SDB is flexible enough to be extended with
    new drivers easily.

    Forms (data-aware forms as well as HTML forms) are a part of the Database
    Access Project, too.


    Mission Statement
    We want to provide the user with the possibility to work with her favourite
    database (no matter how it is named) from within OpenOffice.org, as seamless
    as possible.
    Olson Johnson, Sep 5, 2003
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  6. jfwilson

    Steve Guest

    jfwilson wrote:
    > A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    > computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    > publisher and access software. These were the versions
    > for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(


    That's why you never help anyone without making the limits absolutely
    clear......and ensuring they have original media for all software that
    MAY be affected.

    Now she is asking you to pirate software for her. Great, eh.

    > I installed win95 for her and (totally ignorant of office
    > software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    > free, which would get her going again.


    Open Office.

    It's better than what she had as it will support current file formats as
    well as the old ones.
    Steve, Sep 5, 2003
    #6
  7. jfwilson

    Steve Guest

    jfwilson wrote:
    > A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    > computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    > publisher and access software. These were the versions
    > for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(
    > I installed win95 for her and (totally ignorant of office
    > software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    > free, which would get her going again.


    Just remembered.....this month's issue of PC World NZ has Open Office
    1.1 for Windows and Linux on the CD.
    Steve, Sep 5, 2003
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  8. jfwilson

    jfwilson Guest

    "Steve" <> wrote in message
    news:W4X5b.2626$...
    > jfwilson wrote:
    > > A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    > > computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    > > publisher and access software. These were the versions
    > > for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(

    >
    > That's why you never help anyone without making the limits absolutely
    > clear......and ensuring they have original media for all software that
    > MAY be affected.
    >
    > Now she is asking you to pirate software for her. Great, eh.
    >
    > > I installed win95 for her and (totally ignorant of office
    > > software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    > > free, which would get her going again.

    >
    > Open Office.
    >
    > It's better than what she had as it will support current file formats as
    > well as the old ones.


    It was an old office computer brought home from a workplace
    that I was told was for their son for internet and homework.
    they never told me the missus was using the installed software.
    She was more than happy with open office.
    jfwilson, Sep 5, 2003
    #8
  9. jfwilson

    JohnO Guest

    <snip>
    "Olson Johnson" <> wrote in message news:<c8W5b.2436
    $>...
    > http://dba.openoffice.org/
    >
    > Database Access Project
    > New PostgreSQL driver!
    >

    <snip>

    So, in plain english, does that mean there is an Access-like database
    front end for OpenOffice or not?

    Cheers,
    JohnO
    JohnO, Sep 5, 2003
    #9
  10. jfwilson

    Gordon Guest

    On Fri, 05 Sep 2003 05:32:28 -0700, JohnO wrote:

    > <snip>
    > "Olson Johnson" <> wrote in message news:<c8W5b.2436
    > $>...
    >> http://dba.openoffice.org/
    >>
    >> Database Access Project
    >> New PostgreSQL driver!
    >>

    > <snip>
    >
    > So, in plain english, does that mean there is an Access-like database
    > front end for OpenOffice or not?


    Yes, but you meant to ask is it here now? ;-)

    --
    Gordon

    Google knows where to find things, ask at http://www.google.com
    Works for me, will work for you, so be it.
    Gordon, Sep 6, 2003
    #10
  11. "Gordon" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Fri, 05 Sep 2003 05:32:28 -0700, JohnO wrote:
    >
    > > <snip>
    > > "Olson Johnson" <> wrote in message news:<c8W5b.2436
    > > $>...
    > >> http://dba.openoffice.org/
    > >>
    > >> Database Access Project
    > >> New PostgreSQL driver!
    > >>

    > > <snip>
    > >
    > > So, in plain english, does that mean there is an Access-like database
    > > front end for OpenOffice or not?

    >
    > Yes, but you meant to ask is it here now? ;-)
    >


    The answer to both is that its been there for a while.

    Heres a howto
    http://www.roninsoftwaregroup.com/mysql/ooo.htm
    Open office works as a front end to different types of database.
    Some like mysql are free and have been around longer than openoffice.
    Olson Johnson, Sep 6, 2003
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  12. "Gordon" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Fri, 05 Sep 2003 05:32:28 -0700, JohnO wrote:
    >
    > > <snip>
    > > "Olson Johnson" <> wrote in message news:<c8W5b.2436
    > > $>...
    > >> http://dba.openoffice.org/
    > >>
    > >> Database Access Project
    > >> New PostgreSQL driver!
    > >>

    > > <snip>
    > >
    > > So, in plain english, does that mean there is an Access-like database
    > > front end for OpenOffice or not?

    >
    > Yes, but you meant to ask is it here now? ;-)
    >
    > --
    > Gordon
    >
    > Google knows where to find things, ask at http://www.google.com
    > Works for me, will work for you, so be it.
    >


    Googling found this

    http://articles.linmagau.org/module...s&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=230&page=1
    6.1 - OpenOffice.org: Where is MS Access?

    You should try it some time ;-)
    Olson Johnson, Sep 6, 2003
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  13. jfwilson

    Mainlander Guest

    In article <c8W5b.2436$>, says...
    >
    > "SNOman" <> wrote in message
    > news:bj8rf1$f1d$...
    > > jfwilson wrote:
    > > > "T.N.O." <> wrote in message
    > > > news:bj8njo$ggfus$-berlin.de...
    > > >
    > > >>"jfwilson" wrote
    > > >>
    > > >>>A friend of mine asked to help sort out her
    > > >>>computer. In the process I deleted her microsoft excell,
    > > >>>publisher and access software.
    > > >>
    > > >>Doh... that was silly.
    > > >>
    > > >>
    > > >>>These were the versions
    > > >>>for win3.1. ...and now she is asking me to replace them :(
    > > >>
    > > >>Fair enough.
    > > >>
    > > >>
    > > >>>I installed win95 for her
    > > >>
    > > >>Fully legal copy of it of course?
    > > >>
    > > >>
    > > >>>and (totally ignorant of office
    > > >>>software) I would like to find minimum size similar software,
    > > >>>free, which would get her going again.
    > > >>
    > > >>Open Office... it's on this months PC World Mag... cost you under $10
    > > >>
    > > >
    > > > Thankyou. That was an easy one. :)
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > > Open Office won't replace Access of course as it does not have a
    > > database component included.
    > >

    > http://dba.openoffice.org/
    >
    > Database Access Project
    > New PostgreSQL driver!
    >
    > There is an alpha version of a PostregSQL driver available. Check out the
    > News section for more information, or jump to the driver's home page
    > directly.

    snip

    Postgresql is not available for Windows 95
    Mainlander, Sep 9, 2003
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  14. On Wed, 10 Sep 2003 00:10:45 +1200, Mainlander wrote:

    >> >

    >> http://dba.openoffice.org/
    >>
    >> Database Access Project
    >> New PostgreSQL driver!
    >>
    >> There is an alpha version of a PostregSQL driver available. Check out the
    >> News section for more information, or jump to the driver's home page
    >> directly.

    > snip
    >
    > Postgresql is not available for Windows 95


    Nor is MS SQL server. Your point being?

    There _is_ a ODBC interface for postgreSQL
    Uncle StoatWarbler, Sep 9, 2003
    #14
  15. On Wed, 10 Sep 2003 00:10:45 +1200, Mainlander wrote:

    > Postgresql is not available for Windows 95



    Mysql is available for Windows 95
    Openoffice has a datasource architecture which works with several
    databases.
    Olson Johnson, Sep 9, 2003
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  16. jfwilson

    Mainlander Guest

    In article <>, alanb+google4
    @digistar.com says...
    > On Wed, 10 Sep 2003 00:10:45 +1200, Mainlander wrote:
    >
    > >> >
    > >> http://dba.openoffice.org/
    > >>
    > >> Database Access Project
    > >> New PostgreSQL driver!
    > >>
    > >> There is an alpha version of a PostregSQL driver available. Check out the
    > >> News section for more information, or jump to the driver's home page
    > >> directly.

    > > snip
    > >
    > > Postgresql is not available for Windows 95

    >
    > Nor is MS SQL server. Your point being?


    Not much point suggesting Postgresql as open source replacement for MS
    Access
    Mainlander, Sep 11, 2003
    #16
  17. On Thu, 11 Sep 2003 21:50:53 +1200, Mainlander wrote:


    >> Nor is MS SQL server. Your point being?

    >
    > Not much point suggesting Postgresql as open source replacement for MS
    > Access


    Access is a spreadsheet, not a database. There are plenty of *nix
    spreadsheets and you were talking about using access as a database
    frontend.

    The ODBC interface allows w9* to trivially talk to postgresql, oracle or
    mysql on a *nix server and in a complete *nix environment there are better
    ways of doing it anyway.


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    2: Fraud
    Uncle StoatWarbler, Sep 11, 2003
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