Newest Bug is a real Cockroach
Cockroaches are "bugs" of the order Blattaria or Blattodea. They are one of the most noted pests to man. The earliest cockroach-like fossils are from the Carboniferous period 354–295 million years ago (that’s a heck of a long time ago). Cockroaches are also among the hardiest insects; it is in fact theorized that cockroaches will "inherit the earth" if humanity destroys itself.
The newest cockroach species is “QBsificus targeterroridicus” (I coined this term myself), about which I gave you a preliminary alert only 15 days ago in an article titled “Be On the Look Out for these QuickBooks file errors”. In that alert I cited a recent technical support article (KB ID# SLN75545) that spoke about an error which Intuit was ‘working to resolve’. At the time of that article I had no examples or, or experience with, this new ‘pest’, but since that time the mega-monster has reared its head. This article’s Headline illustration shows an excerpt from a swarm of 600+ of such errors (cited below) arising in a file of which a copy had fully verified only two weeks prior to this infestation.
LVL_ERROR--Error: Verify Item: Item history Item Latest Target Date mismatch error. Item ID 902, expected value: 12/04/2013, found value: 12/11/2013
LVL_ERROR--Error: Verify Item: Item history Item Latest Target ID mismatch error. Item ID 902, expected value: 6285125, found value: 6311530
Over a 4+ day period, both Shannon Tucker of QuickbooksUsers.com and I, each worked on the file swarm in an attempt to eradicate these pests, but to no avail; we were unable to accomplish the task at hand and I am afraid these bugs will slowly overcome the entire 2.8 GB file.
One must ask the questions, where did this new "bug" come from, what is causing these sudden infestations, and why is there no way to ‘rid’ ourselves of these pests? Perhaps the bugs have laid dormant for countless numbers of company-file megabytes, or maybe they snuck into a maintenance update, or were they the result of eggs laid in a software version's new feature(s) that have only just now hatched and begun to spread. Maybe they are the symptoms or results of a programming "bug" associated with advanced features that have overwhelmed the functional capabilities of our favorite accounting software. Could this be the beginning of the end of our Company-files, in which only this new species of bug will survive?
Have I got your running scared, good this really is scary stuff. In my mind this now goes beyond the 'wanted poster' alert status to an all out 'Warning'. If you see any of these pests please let me know; as resistant as these characters are, it is going to take a heck of a lot of 'festering bugs’ to perfect a means of eradicating them.