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28 March 2005 @ 03:25 pm
Talk about penny-pinching...  
My final Pittsburgh bills looked something like this:

Gas: a little over $6.00
Electric: a little over $5.00
Phone: $0.08

Yes, that's right. Fuckers made me write out a check for EIGHT CENTS. It's going to cost nearly five times that much to mail the check. Shouldn't there be something where if your bill's under a certain amount, they consider the balance paid off and just forget about it? I mean, really, is eight cents going to make or break anybody at a national telecommunications firm?

And before you ask, yes, they do enforce ridiculously small bills like these. At Pitt, I once got a phone bill for $0.10- must've called the area code that someone down your street could have and yet is still considered long-distance, silly me- which I essentially giggled at and threw out. The next month, I not only got a repeat bill, but also a late fee attached. A late fee of one penny. Eleven cents, please.

Does this not seem like undue pettiness? I'd recommend doing a certain something with the loose change I'm sending them, but I don't think that particular orifice of theirs could accommodate something dime-sized, much less penny- or nickel-sized.

I think that last paragraph proves that a) I need more sleep and b) teaching night class tonight is going to be very interesting.
 
 
 
Lisa Maesielisamaesie on March 28th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
So I had to export it to Excel and then back into Access and good god how do I do a report? ::pulls out hair::

(This is not a serious question, as I can ask someone downstairs who teaches Access to show me. 'Cause we do lots of classes here also. This is just Lisa getting mind-boggled by a program for the first time in ages.)
Miusheri: Feliciamiusheri on March 28th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Reports aren't too bad! You can click on the Reports tab on the database window, then double-click Create Report Using the Wizard to make one that way. It'll pretty much hold your hand and help you a) choose what's shown on the report and b) make it pretty.

However, if you just want a quick-and-dirty report listing the full contents of a table or query, you should be able to do an AutoReport (this may not be available in Access 2000, but we can try): select the table or query in question from the database window, then in the toolbar underneath the menu options, there should be a button that has a little form icon and a lightning bolt on it. If you click the down arrow to the right of that button, you should be able to select AutoReport, and Access will spit out a generic report based on the selected table or query.

If you need anything else, lemme know! ^_^
Lisa Maesielisamaesie on March 28th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
Well, I did manage that part. The problem was that the database has, for example, "quantity" and "price per" and "additional" and I have to get it to add all that up. I didn't really have time to go bug Susan about it but I will tomorrow.
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on March 28th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Bills like that are where online paying would be more convenient...

At least I can't have any bureaucratic complaints right now, since my loan money came in! *snoopyfeet!*