Author - Andrew

Golden Records Update

The last update for Golden Records introduced a filter to prevent a handicap of 100 being allocated for any three rounds being shot, not just official Archery GB rounds.  This had an unintended consequence in that it also filtered legacy rounds such as Short Metric and Half Metric (withdrawn by Archery GB in 2014).  The update released today includes these legacy rounds (inc FITA) in handicap calculations unless Option Strict is set.

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Golden Records Update

A new version of Golden Records is available.  This fixes a few bugs, and enforces handicap calculations only on the rounds in the AGB tables and Frostbite.  The use of option Strict further restricts rounds to only those listed in AGB tables 1-8.

There are a few other minor changes, but the major change is an update to Microsoft .Net version 4.5.  This is ahead of PCI DSS requirements that demand the disabling of the TLS1.0 security protocol by 30 June this year.  This requires Golden Records to be updated to support only TLS1.1 and TLS1.2.  This version of .Net is unfortunately not supported by Windows XP and Windows Vista, except Vista service pack 2.  Consequently, while existing installations will continue to work, this version and future versions can only be installed on Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later.  When TLS1.0 is disabled on our server on 30 June, existing versions will continue to work, but will be unable to connect to any web services.  Update notifications will cease, and cloud services will be disabled.

All users are urged to update to this version as soon as possible.  We regret the inconvenience, but PCI DSS compliance is a requisite of being able to sell online.  In addition TLS1.0 is now regarded as a weak security protocol.  We have already disabled SSL.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/p/dotnet45xp/

Please contact us if you need further information.

 

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GDPR

New Data Protection Regulations come into force on the 25 May 2018.  Known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), they significantly increase data protection obligations and the rights of individuals.  Our privacy policies have been updated to comply with the GDPR and can be viewed here and here.  They explain how we lawfully use personal data we hold and explain the rights of our customers and users.

Regarding data security, all databases are encrypted, including the local database used by Golden Records.  Backups are encrypted, as are the data files used by Golden Arrow.  Connections to the cloud server are also encrypted.  Website connections are now SSL only, and weak protocols are disabled.

GDPR also places on data controllers an obligation to not keep data when it is no longer needed and to obtain explicit consent to the processing of that data.  We do not share your data with anybody else.  When you send us data to investigate a problem or for help, we will destroy that data when it is no longer needed.  Cloud users will have noticed that when they log in to the cloud, they are being prompted to give explicit consent for data storage.  New users now have to give consent as part of account activation.

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Two-factor Authentication Now Available

For cloud users, two-factor authentication is now available. Activate it from the settings/profile page. You will need an Authenticator app like Authy or Google Authenticator (no Google account required) on your phone. With two-factor authentication enabled, a code generated on the phone will need to be entered when you log in.

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Old Versions Still In Use – Upgrade Now

Logging update requests has shown that there are some very old versions of Golden Records still in use. These are versions that have problems picking up update availability.

If you are running 3.2.11 or 3.2.8.1 these will report as being up to date. As of today the current version is 4.2.5.18089.

Updating is free. So whoever is still using 2.7 please update.

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Updated Handicap Tables

The Archery GB handicap tables in Golden Records have been updated to the latest published version. There are no changes as such but a handful of errors (in 10300 records) were identified and corrected, the Half Metric and Half FITA have been deleted from the tables as these are no longer official AGB rounds. Handicaps for distances (eg 2 dozen at X yds) that were missing have been added.
 
Users of the cloud service will have the changes synced down when they next connect. Other users of Golden Records 4 can update by using the Update Handicap Data tool on the Tasks toolbar.
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Release of Golden Records 4

Golden Records 4 has been released today. This adds cloud synchronisation to Golden Records and the ability for members to submit scores online, and view their score records online. Online access is also available for club officials. An annual subscription is needed for the cloud services, but otherwise there is no cost to upgrade to version 4.
 
Due to database changes Golden Records 4 will not recognise the database used for Golden Records 3. It will be necessary to transfer data from version 3 to version 4 using a transfer file.
 
Features added to the core Golden Records include:
 
  • Option to use SQL Server as a database
  • Export to Microsoft Access
  • Export to SQL Server
  • Updating of Handicap and Classification data to latest version without needing to upgrade the software
  • Updating lists of rounds, classes from a remote data source
  • Checking for new club records
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Golden Records Update

An update to Golden Records has been released. This resolves a problem calculating Master Bowman and higher classifications. It contains a new set of the 2016 classification tables, The previous set returned GMB instead of Grand Master Bowman with the unintended consequence that it prevented archers be classified correctly.

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