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Topic # 139092 27-Jan-2014 22:45 2 people support this post Send private message

Got my invoice via email today, thanks.

The file name is 230114.pdf (DDMMYY, 23 January 2014). This is what it looks like when stored in a folder:



A bit hard to find an invoice by name (yes, could sort by date but that's not the point).

To make it easier to find invoices, it would be logical to actually have the file name as YYMMD.pdf instead. This way everything would be automatically order. 

Easy to do, right?






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  Reply # 975475 27-Jan-2014 23:42 One person supports this post Send private message

You have uncovered the secret to sorting dates by ASC/DESC, a secret passed down by the secret order..... :p

I always use ISO date format now and 24 hour time as an aside. Encourage all others to do the same!





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  Reply # 975488 28-Jan-2014 00:58 Send private message

ISO-date format is what I use for any files I want to be able to easily list by date.

So that would be yyyymmdd. Its pretty awesome.






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  Reply # 975502 28-Jan-2014 07:16 Send private message

I didn't uncover the secret today but thought it would be a good time as ever to pass it to the sacred developers at Vodafone who might not know it ;)





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  Reply # 975512 28-Jan-2014 07:26 Send private message

I just sort by date the file is created or modified, a recent addition to file browsers ;) That doesn't work if you download a years worth of invoices at once, but does if you download monthly.

YYYYMMDD seems like a reasonably request, but you'll have to go back and rename all the old ones.




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  Reply # 975569 28-Jan-2014 09:22 Send private message

Forget the filename (just change it yourself) ... they need to cut the, ovften overbloated, file size down since some of us are still using dial-up and they refuse to send paper invoices in the mail! X-(

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  Reply # 975681 28-Jan-2014 11:17 One person supports this post Send private message

If you are using dialup then what on earth are they invoicing you for? Or is it a credit each month? :P

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  Reply # 975694 28-Jan-2014 11:27 Send private message

Zeon: 
I always use ISO date format now and 24 hour time as an aside. Encourage all others to do the same!


Yup, I too am a firm believer in this format for dates and times.  I wish more other people were too! Even amongst developers I'm still surprised at how many stick with hard to sort and potentialyl ambiguous formats (Hmm, is it US or NZ??)

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  Reply # 975755 28-Jan-2014 12:15 Send private message

What is this new 'dial up' you speak of?

Where can I get some too?

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  Reply # 975776 28-Jan-2014 12:34 2 people support this post Send private message

Jaxson: What is this new 'dial up' you speak of?

Where can I get some too?


Its in a far land beyond the ISAM's and beyond the Conklin's. Its a dark land that none may speak of without sin. A land where time stopped 15 years ago. God forbid whoever speaks of.




 


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  Reply # 975852 28-Jan-2014 13:32 Send private message

Archer77:
If you are using dialup then what on earth are they invoicing you for? Or is it a credit each month? :P


If only that were so ... unfortunately Vodafone is probably THE most expensive dial-up provider in the country. They charge $20.45 per month, whereas you can get it for under $10 at some providers. :(




TimA:
Jaxson:
What is this new 'dial up' you speak of?

Where can I get some too?

Its in a far land beyond the ISAM's and beyond the Conklin's. Its a dark land that none may speak of without sin. A land where time stopped 15 years ago. God forbid whoever speaks of.


Yep, the land called ... [whisper]Auck-land[/whisper] ;-)


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  Reply # 980033 4-Feb-2014 12:17 Send private message

Buzz Bumble:

If only that were so ... unfortunately Vodafone is probably THE most expensive dial-up provider in the country. They charge $20.45 per month, whereas you can get it for under $10 at some providers. :(



If you ask really nicely, I can probably still hook you up with unlimited ClearNet dial-up for $3.95. ;)

Edited to add: Just on the extreme offchance someone does genuinely want this product, we no longer sell dial-up only, so you'll need to be an existing ClearNet customer or have a good friend/relative willing to let you tack it onto their account, and it comes with (of all things) a 12-month contract. The more you know..




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  Reply # 980036 4-Feb-2014 12:19 Send private message

hmm ... (learnt something new today)

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  Reply # 980059 4-Feb-2014 12:53 One person supports this post Send private message

Even the invoice number as the filename would allow you to sort properly (presuming they don't use different number ranges for different document types). Worst in my opinion are when you receive and email with "invoice.pdf" as the filename.

I'm like jarledb - home movie files are started with yyyymmdd.




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  Reply # 980099 4-Feb-2014 13:42 Send private message

NikT:
Buzz Bumble:
If only that were so ... unfortunately Vodafone is probably THE most expensive dial-up provider in the country. They charge $20.45 per month, whereas you can get it for under $10 at some providers. :(

If you ask really nicely, I can probably still hook you up with unlimited ClearNet dial-up for $3.95. ;)


$3.95?!? Geez, that's over-priced. ;-)

My mother used to have free (completely free, not an add-on to something else) dial-up a few years ago with a company I forget the name of, but they closed down.

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  Reply # 980109 4-Feb-2014 13:55 One person supports this post Send private message

Buzz Bumble:

My mother used to have free (completely free, not an add-on to something else) dial-up a few years ago with a company I forget the name of, but they closed down.


That's surprising, the business model seemed so sound...

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