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Access codes in Cardbox

27 September 2012

The purpose of access codes is to make things less convenient.

Specifically, access codes exist to make it impossible to:

  • Set up the first user profile for a database
  • Encrypt a database

without knowing the code.


Build 4299: End of Windows 9x support

16 January 2012

Support for Windows 95, 98 and Me has been removed from Build 4299 onwards, and the installer will refuse to install Cardbox on these systems.

64-bit Windows and fractal images

15 May 2007

Cardbox is fully compatible with 64-bit editions of Windows, but there is one small exception.

If you have old databases that were created by versions 1 or 2 of Cardbox for Windows, and those databases contain images, and those images were stored with “fractal compression”, then those images will not be visible in 64-bit Windows. This is because the “helper” program for fractal images, made by the defunct company Iterated Systems, is a 16-bit program and Microsoft have removed support for 16-bit programs from 64-bit Windows.

This probably does not apply to you:

  • Most people have created their databases with Cardbox 3.0, which doesn’t provide fractal compression for images.
  • Most people who used Cardbox for Windows 1.0 and 2.0 did not use the Fractal option when storing images in their databases.
  • Hardly anyone is buying 64-bit editions of Windows.

If you have old databases that contain images and you are contemplating a move to 64-bit Windows, this article provides a macro that will scan your database and convert “Fractal” images to a more modern form.

How to run VBScript from non-.VBS files

17 April 2007

If your network administrator has prevented you from downloading or running .VBS files, you can get round this restriction by storing your VBScript in files of a different type: for example, .TXT.


Why the newsfeed world can’t work

26 March 2007

The vision of the new, simple, beautiful world of information, where everyone can gather information from anywhere, select it, customise it, and reformat it (perhaps even read it sometimes) is a seductive one. At one end you have RSS or Atom feeds generating streams of news items, blog entries, or whatever; at the other end you have personalised home pages that display those streams, or stand-alone newsfeed-reading tools, or plug-in feed readers such as Sage for Firefox. The tools get cleverer and cleverer, both for formatting and for searching: a recent blog post by David Tebbutt shows a nice tool that takes a search term, passes it to Google’s blog search page, and creates a live window that shows a list of matching blog entries. “Try it,” he says.

So I did.

It doesn’t work.