My SAS-related blog site is being encrypted, so please be patient!

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My SAS-related blog site is being encrypted! However, some links on the blog pages may still open pages that haven’t yet been encrypted until the process has been completed, so please be patient.

If you access the blog site using “”, then you will now be automatically directed to the secure blog site (with the URLs beginning with https://). If you are using a direct link (beginning with, then you may have to update that link to use “https://” instead of “http://”.

Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused, but the changes will make this site more secure in the future.

Scheduled blog server maintenance in the evening of 17Jul2018 (UK time)

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My blog server runs WordPress software, which I can update hourly while the server is running, if necessary. However, the underlying Apache, PHP and MySQL software requires server downtime to update, so I have scheduled their updating to take place in the evening (UK time) of Tuesday 17 July 2018. I am hoping it will only take 1-2 hours to complete, but, having never done this big an update before, I can’t be more precise.

Vote for my SASware Ballot Idea: Browsing SAS data sets in Enterprise Guide without locking

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I’ve posted a new idea for the SASware Ballot about how to avoid locking SAS data sets when browsing them in Enterprise Guide (EG). Anyone who uses EG now will have discovered this at some point! However, I will need your help to get this idea into the real SASware Ballot for users to vote for it, which is why I need my idea to be voted up in the SASware Ballot Ideas Community at “Browsing SAS data sets in Enterprise Guide without locking“.

If you think this is a good idea, then please vote for it and tell your colleagues to vote for it too!
Just click on the blue voting button after logging into SAS Communities.

Many thanks in advance……….Phil

PS. The idea above is not the only SASware Ballot Idea I have submitted: