Archive for April, 2011

Random Rant On Bottled Soda

It is with excitement that I entered my local A&P just as the sun was setting on the last day of Passover.  At last, I could put the passover rules behind me and reach for the Corn-chips and corn-syrup based soda.  And what do you know, my local A&P had a sale.  2 two-litre Bottles of Coke for $3.  Come to think of that, Coke is now cheaper than a gallon of gasoline in New York state.  And so I pony up my $3.  As I open the soda I look for that satisfying FIZZ.  And I hear it.

With excitement, I pour it into my 16 oz plastic cup … pure golden brown goodness.  I bring it to my lips … and there the vision ceases.  The Coke is FLAT!!!!  Flat, acidic high-fructose corn syrup water.  ARGHH!!!!  And then I think.  Maybe there was a reason for that sale on Coke.  Maybe, there is a shelf-life for Coke (as the CO2 oozes through the pores of plastic).  Maybe, when the Soda is fresh from the factory and cost $2.49 a litre, I get better soda.  Have you ever wondered what the “expiration date” of soda is.  I have been so often disappointed by “discounted soda” even from main brands, that I wonder … when is the optimal time to buy a soda, one that preserves its fizz even in the face of ice.

To my Jewish friends, Happy Passover. And to others Happy Easter or whatever applies.

Time Matters 11 – HotDocs Active Integration (Bug Fix)

President of Basha Systems

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For 15 years I have been working with HotDocs and Time Matters, working to ensure the smooth data-flow between those 2 programs.  We have used several methods, including (1) template registration and field mapping, (2) active integration (lookup from HotDocs), and (3) SQL database integration.  But realize our surprise on a recent Time Matters 11 upgrade to a long-time client when the Active Integration ceased to work.  Rather than getting a Contact list or Matter list when we ran our HotDocs interview, we got a picklist, with NO DATA.  Quelle disaster!!

But, luckilly, there is an easy solution.  The issue has to do with a failure in TM11 to properly register Time Matters application in the section of the registry for HotDocs.  You have the choice of MANUALLY editing the registry.  Or, you can save the text below to a TEXT file in NotePad.  Call it “TM11-HotDocs10 Registrity Fix.reg”.  And then execute it on all workstation.

     Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
     [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HotDocs\HotDocs\Answer Sources]
     "Time Matters - Contact"="c:\\Program Files\\LexisNexis\\Time Matters 11\\TMHDASC7.DLL"
     "Time Matters - Matter"="c:\\Program Files\\LexisNexis\\Time Matters 11\\TMHDASA7.DLL"

Disaster averted.  There are of course other issues that come with the upgrade.  But this one will make your life much easier.

BTW … Welcome to my new blog.  Basha Systems LLC has moved their blog from ExpressionEngine to WordPress.  We have also consolidated all our Tips Blogs (for HotDocs, GhostFill and Time Matters) into the main blog.  However, for those looking for timps, you can still use a menu item or subscribe to just a category.  Cheers, Seth.

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