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Microsoft issues bizarre Oracle workaround

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
May 26,  2009

For anybody using ODBC with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, we all know how crappy Microsoft products are, some of the worst implementation in the history of software engineering.

However, this one redefines crapware. 

The Microsoft page on XL97: Data Not Returned from Query Using ORACLE Data Source.  Check this out, workaround #2:

Method 2: Move Your Mouse Pointer

If you move your mouse pointer continuously while the data is being returned to Microsoft Excel, the query may not fail. Do not stop moving the mouse until all the data has been returned to Microsoft Excel.

PS - It's been reported that a more elegant workaround is to stand on your head and chant "Bill is better than Larry" 7 times.




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