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The Visible Edge 17

The Edge - September 2003
New Release! Razor 4.3d is now on the web.

The latest version of Razor, Razor 4.3d, is now available on our web and ftp sites.

The much requested functionality of attaching files to Issues is included in this version of Razor. Additionally, Razor users can now set a different startup group for each database and, a different startup directory for each group within a given database for Issues, Versions, and Threads.

Note: The file attachments functionality will not be available with IssueWeaver and in Master/Slave databases.

Various bugs have also been corrected, including a correction to the Razor password file and a bug with the Server/Client version mismatch message.

To obtain more detailed information regarding the changes in Razor 4.3d, please see the Release Notes. It is a good idea to read the release notes prior to doing any software upgrade. :)

If you are upgrading from Razor 4.3c/4.3c.01 and currently using the Razor password file, please review the release notes prior to upgrading. ( See Tech Tip below. )

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Razor Sales Promo

Now you can address all of your Product Lifecycle Management requirements when we ship you 1 free license of LCSIS with your next purchase of our new release of Razor. LCSIS, Life Cycle Support Information System, offers comprehensive product data structure, workflow task processing, versatile communication links, and ironclad data vaulting and access control -- all in one easy to use, interactive network environment.


**This offer may NOT be used with any other discounts and is not valid on previous purchases.

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Conferences, Trade Shows, etc.

The Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA), is holding their 37th Annual Engineering & Technical Management Conference on September 8-12, 2003 in Seattle, Washington. Razor will have an exhibit. Stop by our exhibit and see a demo of the latest version of Razor.

The U.S. Naval Institute's Eighth Annual Warfare Exposition and Symposium is being held on October 8-9, 2003 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A Razor representative will be at the exhibit. Stop by and see the latest Razor functionality.

The fourth Lockheed Martin Mission Critical Enterprise Systems (MCES) Symposium is scheduled for October 7th-10th, 2003, and will be held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Florida. A Razor representative will also be attending this conference.

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Razor User Forum

A Razor Users Forum is planned for November 17th and 18th in Orlando, Florida. Besides going over the roadmap of future releases and feedback on users' priorities, this year's Forum will highlight new features available in Razor including the new file attachments feature. Other topics will include a preview of the new web-enabled Versions tool for Razor and an inside look at Razor LCSIS for those of you who need to manage hardware configuration items along with software builds and releases.

For more information and reservations, please call 1-800-724-3545.

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Razor Training Classes in Orlando

Visible Systems will be offering our Razor End User/Administrative Training Class on October 20th - October 24th and our Implementing a Process Course on October 27th - October 30th at the Courtyard Marriott Village located at Lake Buena Vista, 8623 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL.

We have already started accepting registrations for the Fall class... Don't get shut out...get registered!

E-mail razor_training@visible.com for your registration form today!

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Tech Tip

Changes to the Razor Password File in Razor 4.3d:

A correction has been made to the password functions in Razor. Due to an indeterminate private key in the password algorithm, the 4.3c/4.3c.01 razor_password_file is incompatible with this and future versions of Razor.

If you are currently using Razor 4.3c or 4.3c.01 and also using the Razor password feature, your Razor password file will be incompatible with this and all future releases.

To avoid having to recreate the user IDs, you will be asked to execute a script that will save this information prior to upgrading Razor. The filename of the script is create_passwd_list. This script is provided in $RAZOR_HOME/examples of the Razor_4.3d release. For PC users, the script will be placed in the Razor_lm directory during the upgrade process.

The create_passwd_list script will produce a temporary data file with all user IDs. This data file is used once by the license manager at startup to re-create your password file. The passwords for each user will be set to their user ID. Users will also be asked to re-set their passwords when they first login to the new 4.3d Razor release.

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And here is the Puzzler

Question: You have two hourglasses--a 4-minute glass and a 7-minute glass. You want to measure 9 minutes. How do you do it?

Answer to the above puzzle can be found here.

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