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Is Sybase in search of stupidity ?

Is Sybase a good candidate for "in search of stupidity" ?
I am afraid they are going the way "Ashton-Tate" did.

If you click here :
you'll be asked to login.

Since i am a registered user i can tell you the result :
"You can access Solved Cases if you have a Sybase Support Contract and are a designated Technical Support Contact".

It used to be free.
And competitor (MS, Borland, IBM, Oracle, BEA)'s tech notes are wide open.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Actually I don't think there's anything wrong with this.

By limiting access to their articles to those who trully want (if you need help you won't think twice about losing 2 minutes to register for free) they are saving a lot of bandwidth and they can control patterns of usage much much better.

Ogami Itto
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

I agree that this is a good idea to ask people to register before you can read article.
It used to be that way.
But now, registered users do not have access to solved cases.
You need to PAY for that.

But we already bought that product. PowerBuilder is everything but cheap.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Oliver are you sure? It went that way for ASE for a little while but after we all complained on the Sybase-L listserv they turned it back around. You might try having your usergroup do the same if they only let us ASE folk into the site.

Captain McFly
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Just logged in. Got the same error; I might have been thinking of ASE EBFs...

Captain McFly
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Oracle requires a login for their "Metalink" database of tech issues/cases.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Sybase hates their customers.

When people complained about this in their newsgroups the rep said: "Lots of companies do this!" and "The bandwidth was to expensive!"


Wednesday, August 25, 2004

subscribe to the proper subase.public....  newsgroup on

Users and volunteers may be able to help.

If you have a powerdesigner question it may even be me!

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Hi Karel,
thank you for your help.
I use powerdesigner, despite the company bought Rose (now XDE).

The issue with powerbuilder (great language and 4gl tool) is when you have a bug, you may need to know if you can resolve it with downloading an EBF.

Seems to me that Sybase should take more care of his customers.

off topic : Joel, powerbuilder variable can handle "SQL NULL" values. 

Thursday, August 26, 2004

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