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Discussion: MeOS

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Mar 12, 2020 3:32 PM # 
MNOC has started using MeOS for our meets (we had been using Or previously). While I have figured out most of the features that we use, I still have some questions, and it would be nice to connect with someone who is well-versed in the program.

One of my sticking points right now is loading entries. With Or, we had a startlist template that we could fill out in Excel, and then import the startlist into Or. MeOS allows importing entries from xml or oe-csv files. Is someone able to provide a sample of an oe-csv entries file that we could use as a startlist template?
Mar 12, 2020 3:52 PM # 
Hi Philip -- Let me know your email address (it's not in your profile), and I can send you an example of the Entries file from OE2010.
Mar 12, 2020 5:56 PM # 
Much easier, in excel ctrl-c copy the data you want in Meos, and paste that into free-entry (I believe it is called). Note that names are a single field, not separate first name, last name. Or go into table mode, rearrange your columns as you have them in excel, then paste there. This is my preferred method.
Mar 13, 2020 2:33 PM # 
@bbrooke, email sent. Thank you.
Mar 13, 2020 2:39 PM # 
@erict, I had been using the free-entry mode, but one person's name was causing problems. His name is similar to a European club name, so every time he was in the list, it shifted the columns. The problem persisted even after I removed that club from the database. I haven't tried pasting into table mode. Thanks for the suggestion!
Mar 13, 2020 2:43 PM # 
I can't help you with the advice but I am curious. We are 98% happy Or users here in Florida.
If you can spare the time what has motivated you to switch to MeOS? My e-mail address is with my profile if you prefer.
Mar 13, 2020 3:06 PM # 
We liked Or for its simplicity. It was easy to get a new volunteer up to speed on running it at a meet. There are two main reasons we have switched:

1) Or does not properly sort score-o/rogaine results. It sorts only by points, but does not have a secondary sort by time (this is only a minor consideration).
2) It needs an internet connection to open the program. When this first became an issue, there was a workaround for a while. But when the workaround no longer worked, it became a big headache. In some parks, we could have someone create a mobile hotspot with their phone to connect long enough to open the program, but in some of our parks, the cell data service is inadequate or nonexistent. I had started opening Or at home and leaving it running while traveling to the meet, but it is too easy for something to go wrong.
Mar 13, 2020 6:45 PM # 
Yes, #1 is a problem for us, too and our tech genius guy even offered the Irish guy to write the code to sort the scores also by time and was turned down.
Blaik wrote a program that does the same thing outside Or. So we are good.
I'm sure I have run Or without an Internet connection but I accept your explanation. Thank you.
Mar 14, 2020 2:52 AM # 
This thread again illustrates the value of Attackpoint!!! Thanks Ken!
Mar 14, 2020 9:49 PM # 
Some time ago, there was a bug in Java which meant that Ór could not be run without an internet connection. However, this was fixed by Oracle and I have not come across the problem for months, if not years.


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