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Friday Funny: This Is Why You Shouldn’t Interrupt a Programmer

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is for everyone who works with or lives with a software developer.

My wife has long since learnt to leave me alone when I am in programming mode, even when I walk away from the computer to grab a drink or remember to eat (5 hours after meal time). She does not like being groaned at when she makes me lose my “train of thought”.

As most developers would understand, when you are working on solving a problem, working out a new technique or solving a complex bug, your brain is busy processing many possible solutions and discarding the ones that don’t work. Eventually it will find a working solution. All this thinking is happening too fast to write anything down, so please don’t interrupt us just because we are not typing on the keyboard.

This comic strip from Jason Heeris sums it up.

ProgrammerInterrupted

Here is the link to Jason’s site:

Enjoy

David

PS: Never suggest to a developer that it is late and they should go to bed and work on it again in the morning. You will be likely to get yelled at.

PPS: Then again, when a developer is not actually working, it is safe to make a suggestion to them in the evening. They will often have a solution by the morning…. and sometimes get up in the middle of the night to code it.

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May 6, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Install Error

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI came across an interesting issue yesterday when I installed Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and its matching Dexterity 16.0 version.

When installing Dexterity I received an error message which in turn caused the installation process to be cancelled.

Note: We have skipped version 15.0, so that GP 2016 is version 16.0. This avoids the confusion we have had previously with the version “year” not matching the version “number”.

The error was as follows:

Dex Instance Error 1

The internal instance name is already in use. Specify a different instance transform.

This first error dialog is then followed by an Installation Failed message.

Dex Instance Error 2

I did not get this error when I first installed Dexterity 16.0 from the first ISV drop of GP 2016. But I did get it when re-installing Dexterity 16.0 when I updated to the second ISV drop of GP 2016. I thought this was because I accidently started the Dexterity install before the GP install had finished.

Now, because I have written installers for my own products, I had a fairly good idea of the cause of this issue. I was able to locate the registry settings which tell the installer what instances of Dexterity 16.0 are installed and remove them. Then I was able to reinstall.

However, after uninstalling the second ISV drop yesterday to install the RTM versions of GP 2016 and Dexterity 16.0, the same error occurred and this time I was careful to wait for the GP 2016 installer to finish before starting the Dexterity 16.0 installer.

It appears that the Dexterity 16.0 installer is not cleaning up the registry correctly when un-installing.

So, if you come across this problem while re-installing Dexterity 16.0, here is the fix:

Using RegEdit.exe go to the following key:

HKLMSOFTWAREWOW6432NodeMicrosoftDexterityv16

Dex Instance Error 3

And delete the v16 key and all its sub keys.

Then Dexterity 16.0 will re-install successfully.

Hope this helps

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: 2016, Development, Dexterity, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft Tagged: Development, Dexterity, GP 2016

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May 3, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 has released!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have just received an email from my friend Terry Heley from Microsoft letting me know that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 has now been released to general availability and can be downloaded (my download is already completed:) ).

Thanks to everyone who has made this release possible. Lots of hard work goes into getting all the new features and fixes developed and tested.

The GP 2016 release adds some great new features including:

  • A new HTML5 browser with multi-device support for Web Client
  • Key additions to the All in One Doc viewers
  • ODATA service for Power BI
  • New service based architecture entities
  • plus 35+ functionality features prioritized by customers

For the download file go to the following page:

I have also updated my page on the blog with the links for all current versions:

Also check out the following blog series on the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog:

For the GP 2016 Feature of the Day articles published on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog, use the following link to access the PDF files on the OneDrive archive.

Click here for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 What’s New PDF document.

Enjoy

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: 2016, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, News Tagged: GP 2016, News

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May 2, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Friday Funny: What happens when you reply to spam email

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI must apologize for my web absence. I have been very busy working on a couple of things; the renovation of my younger son’s bedroom and developing the next builds of my products GP Power Tools and Batch Posting Service Toolkit. More info on those new builds coming soon.

So, just to let you know I am well and still around (thanks to those who checked up on me), here is something to entertain you. Enjoy this TED talk about spam email.

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch (direct link)

 

Have fun

David

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Friday Funny: Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMy eldest son is responsible for many things, but excels at the Art of Procrastination.

He once asked my wife, “Do you want to practice your procrastination skills?“. She replied “Sorry, I don’t have time now.“. To which my son said, “It’s OK, we can do it tomorrow.“.

He recently found this video of a TED Talk by Tim Urban, which explains everything….

Check out the video below:

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban (direct link)

 

//TODO: Finish this post with witty comment.

David

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Friday Funny: Dilbert – The Knack “The Curse of the Engineer”

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMany years ago (in fact, in September 1999 … I found the file in my archives), I heard a very funny wave file (remember .wav, that was before .mp3 was common) called “The Knack”. It was about a mother taking their child, Dilbert, to the doctor because “he’s not like other kids”.

Well, I was recently sent a link to the actual video clip that the sound file came from and yes it was from the cartoon, Dilbert by Scott Adams.

Here is the video for you to enjoy:

Dilbert – The Knack “The Curse of the Engineer” (direct link)

 

Smile

David

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Hololens Holoportation: Virtual 3D Teleportation in Real-time

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWhile we are highlighting videos of really cool technology from Microsoft, a video on Hololens Holoportation was recently published and it also shows amazing possibilities.

Microsoft Research have taken the three dimensional camera technology to capture people and objects in an environment and combined this with the Augmented Reality ability of the Microsoft Hololens to display the captured virtual people and objects in your field of view at a remote location.

This concept looks very much like the communications holograms we have seen in the Star Wars movies… but now for real and not blue monochrome and fuzzy.

star-wars-hologram

Check out the video below:

Hololens Holoportation: Virtual 3D Teleportation in Real-time (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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Filed under: HoloLens, Microsoft, News Tagged: General, HoloLens, News

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