RE: Trying again re Cupertino Effect

Subject: RE: Trying again re Cupertino Effect
From: <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:03:47 -0700

The immediate problem with Excel is that its default setting - General -
changes (as Dan says) various date-like character configurations into a
PARTICULAR set of date-like character configurations. Changing the cell
format for the sheet to "Text", BEFORE inserting data, will stop that
from happening.

But I think the true problem is any of those things happening by default
in the first place.


Brian Henderson
Editorial Dept.
Private Label
Data Composition
http://www.mitchell1.com


-----Original Message----- From: Dan Goldstein

The gene sequencing error was observed for certain strings of three
letters with one or two numerals (mar1, dec-2, etc.).

But those of us who don't work with genes shouldn't get too complacent:
The same error occurs with certain short strings of numerals separated
by dashes and slashes (1-2, 9/18, etc.). As Kathleen points out, any
database is potentially vulnerable.

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