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A Rose by Any Other Name

As you are aware, Tower Concepts was acquired by Visible Systems Corporation in December 1998. Since then we have been working to combine our respective businesses with the ultimate goal of continuing to provide superior products and services.

We have integrated our Web site with Visible's. Razor's new URL is We have also decided to change the name of this newsletter to "TheEdge". The newsletter format and content will remain unchanged. It will continue to provide Razor-specific information of the type you've grown accustomed to including the light-hearted side that makes it (hopefully) enjoyable to read.

We encourage you to visit our Visible Web site at If you have any questions on this change, feel free to contact us. We love to hear from you!

New Razor Release Is Just Around the Corner!

Razor v4.2, Visible's latest release of its powerful problem tracking and file version control product, is due to be released soon. It represents Visible Systems commitment to producing high quality, customer centric products. "We are moving Razor from a 'power tool for UNIX power users' to a 'power tool for every type of user'. We are very excited about this release and we know our customers will be as well!" says Mark Duening, VP/GM - Razor Products at Visible Systems.

Highlights of this new release include:

  • Graphical Reporting Users can now create reports through a point-and-click interface producing bar graphs, pie charts, text, and HTML output.
  • Integration with Windows IDE's Razor can now be used to manage your files from many of the popular Windows development tools such as Microsoft Visual C/C++ and Symantec's Visual Cafe. If your IDE supports the Microsoft SCC API, the Razor integration will be available to you.
  • Graphical Database Administration Windows users will now be able to perform all of their database administration tasks through a single graphical user interface. This functionality includes not only status checking, but also complete database configuration and updates.

Spring Training

Well, not baseball, but Razor training. For all of you who hibernated through our February class...Spring is on its way! We will be offering our End User/Administrator training course on May 9th - May 12th at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort located in Vernon NY.

We have already started accepting registrations for the Spring class...don't get shut out...get registered! Visit our Web site for details on the course; including content, cost, and accommodations ( It's sure to be a hit!

Technical Quick Tip

Here is a tip for the TIME_STAMP attribute. The third field is the time format and may be in a form as specified in the man pages for strftime. Here's an excerpt (your mileage may vary): %% same as % %a locale's abbreviated weekday name %A locale's full weekday name %b locale's abbreviated month name %B locale's full month name %c locale's appropriate date and time representation %C century number (the year divided by 100 and trun- cated to an integer as a decimal number [1,99]); single digits are preceded by 0; see standards(5) %d day of month [1,31]; single digits are preceded by 0 %D date as %m/%d/%y %e day of month [1,31]; single digits are preceded by a space %h locale's abbreviated month name %H hour (24-hour clock) [0,23]; single digits are pre- ceded by 0 %I hour (12-hour clock) [1,12]; single digits are pre- ceded by 0 %j day number of year [1,366]; single digits are pre- ceded by 0 %k hour (24-hour clock) [0,23]; single digits are pre- ceded by a blank %l hour (12-hour clock) [1,12]; single digits are pre- ceded by a blank %m month number [1,12]; single digits are preceded by 0 %M minute [00,59]; leading zero is permitted but not required %n insert a newline %p locale's equivalent of either a.m. or p.m. %r appropriate time representation in 12-hour clock format with %p %R time as %H:%M %S seconds [00,61] %t insert a tab %T time as %H:%M:%S %u weekday as a decimal number [1,7], with 1 represent- ing Sunday %U week number of year as a decimal number [00,53], with Sunday as the first day of week 1 %V week number of the year as a decimal number [01,53], with Monday as the first day of the week. If the week containing 1 January has four or more days in the new year, then it is considered week 1; other- wise, it is week 53 of the previous year, and the next week is week 1. %w weekday as a decimal number [0,6], with 0 represent- ing Sunday %W week number of year as a decimal number [00,53], with Monday as the first day of week 1 %x locale's appropriate date representation %X locale's appropriate time representation %y year within century [00,99] %Y year, including the century (for example 1993) %Z time zone name or abbreviation, or no bytes if no time zone information exists

An example of a time format is the string %m/%d/%Y. This format will display the date in the format MM/DD/CCYY. Note that conversion characters (i.e. "%m") must be separated by white space or a non-alphanumeric character (i.e. "/").


This month's puzzler...

A man fires a bullet from a gun and another man catches the bullet with his bare hands. The bullet does not touch anything (except air, of course) from the gun to the hand. The second man is uninjured. How does he do it?

Answer to the above puzzle can be found here.

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