That should narrow it down

Pilot fish at this growing manufacturing company gets an emailed request from a user who needs access to Access.

"We still manage some of the day-to-day data collection, storage and reports with Access databases," fish says. "IT is trying to replace many of these with web-based and SQL-driven solutions, but we still have some 70 Access databases running across seven different buildings."

So what's the problem? Sighs fish, "The user said, 'I need access to Access' -- end of request.

"My head was spinning with several witty comebacks to his request, but putting some of them in writing, maybe not a good career plan.

"All computers in the production area have Microsoft Access installed. So my only option was to inquire which database he would like access to. His answer: 'The database on the P: drive.'

"Nearly all the databases are on the P: drive..."

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