Lori Wyer’s WS320 Blog

February 11, 2006

Pluggin’ Right Along….

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 5:13 pm

I’ve been diligently inputting the information for my database.  At this point, I’m not sure if I’m going to include the actual product that they bought — but we’ll see. 

I’m using Microsoft Access.  It’s a new program for me, so I’ve had to tinker around with it quite a bit.  Since I’m not doing a real sophisticated project, I’m sure it’s going to work out fine.

If I can manage to keep it up, this database could prove to be invaluable.  I think just having the basic customer information will be helpful for contacting prior customers when sales or new catalogs become available.  Since I don’t anticipate doing specialized mailings, I’m not sure that the detailed info about their prior purchases is necessary.

The primary function of this database will be to use it to make mailing labels to send out catalogs or promotional flyers.  It will also be beneficial to have the customers’ phone numbers at my fingertips when it’s time to re-schedule parties with the new catalog.

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February 6, 2006

Database Topic

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 3:08 pm

I’m an Independent Designer for Home & Garden Party and I will design my database to include my customers’ personal information (name, address, phone number) in addition to when they attended a party, what kind of party it was (in-home or catalog), as well as what they bought.

January 29, 2006

The problem with “Letitia Greer”

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 3:53 pm

Part of my problem is that her name is actually Letitia Geer (no r)!  But I’m having difficulties finding information about her online.  I suppose this is where consulting with the librarian would be helpful.

I am also finding that my initial subjects are American.  I’m hoping that Letitia Geer isn’t.  So until I find out otherwise, Letitia Geer and her invention of the medical syringe will be my subject.

Who is Letitia Greer???

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 1:42 pm

On the list of inventors from factmonster (noted in previous post), it indicated that Letitia Greer got a patent for the medical syringe in 1899.  When I “googled” her name I got nothing.  When I “googled” the question, “Inventor of medical syringe?” I got some very different information!  According to the article at http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blsyringe.htm,  two men are credited with the creation of the syringe in 1853: Dr. Alexander Wood (a Scottish physician) and Charles Gabriel Pravaz (a French surgeon).  Not very encouraging information!  I’ll keep looking.

January 23, 2006

Possible Culture Site Topic

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 11:12 am

I did a bit of poking around and found a link in the resources wiki to “Female Ingenuity” from FactMonster.com  http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768070.html.  Listed there is a partial list of some really cool things invented by women.  Some of the women I’m considering are Letitia Geer (medical syringe, 1899), Josephine Cochran (dishwasher, 1872) and Florence Parpart (refrigerator, 1914).  I have to look into each of them further to find out if they are from another country.  If not, I’m back to the drawing board!

January 15, 2006

I did it!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — wyerl @ 4:00 pm

I have to admit, I’ve never even read a blog, let alone set up one!  I am so proud of myself!  Ahhh, the little things in life that make us happy!

Setting Up Blog

Filed under: Blog — wyerl @ 4:00 pm

Although I took the easy route, this was a bit daunting.  But then again, learning any new software is.  I’m really excited at the prospect of learning new programs.

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