#GPUGSummit – Getting There – Part 2 of 2

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Day two of the Road Trip had us heading out from our overnight stop in Chico, California and finishing the drive to Reno, Nevada.

Below is the map of the route for the second day:


Now, I know that Australia has some funny place names, but it seems that the United States has its share too. During the drive we passed the turn off for a town called Rough and Ready in Nevada County (which is still in California).

Rough and Ready Highway

We decided to pull off the highway in a town called Grass Valley so we could find some lunch. We ended up at the Holbrooke Hotel, where we had a very nice meal. I really appreciated that the waitress made a special effort to ensure that there were no flavour enhancers in the food. She also helped identify that Ranch Dressing (both bottled and packet mix versions) usually contains one or more flavour enhancers*. Shame as I like the taste, but can not longer risk eating it.

The Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley

Before we left Grass Valley, Craig decided he wanted to get a coffee for the road and dropped in to a small corner store called Cousin Jack Pasties.

Cousin Jack Pasties, Grass Valley, California

This small shop is not remarkable, what is remarkable is what we found on the shelf in the store. I did not expect to find Vegemite in a small store a small town in the remote northern California.

Vegemite and Marmite – Australian and English yeast extract spreads

Once we were back on the road we were treated to some great scenery again.

Driving through the pine trees

Another fantastic view over the wilderness

We are getting closer now, Reno is on the road signs

Wide straight roads – a nice change from yesterday

Still driving through the mountains

Crossing the state border into Nevada

Arriving in Reno, Nevada

Finally, we came over a crest and Reno, Nevada appeared in the distance. With a little bit of help from GPS on the phone we arrived at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino on South Virginia Street where I would be staying for the conference.

Approaching the Peppermill Resort

The two day road trip was over and I had survived. Thanks Craig. :)

Now to get ready for GPUG Summit 2015.


* Common Flavour Enhancers which can cause headaches, nausea, irritable bowel, asthma attacks and more include:

  • 621 – Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG),
  • 627 – Disodium Guanylate,
  • 631 – Disodium Inosinate,
  • 635 – Disodium Ribonucleotide

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#GPUGSummit – Getting There – Part 1 of 2

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Road Trip!

Yes, it was time to leave Arcata and head across the mountains to Reno in Nevada. While it would have been possible to make the trip in one day, we decided to take two days for a more relaxing drive and so we could see some of the sights on the way.

After breakfast, Craig picked me up from the Wild Horses house in his pickup and the journey began.

Below is a map of the first day’s route:


I knew that we would be travelling through the mountains and expected some windy narrow roads with huge drop offs. What I did not expect was that Craig would drive is pickup truck like it was my BMW 125i coupe. My car hugs the road and does not roll when taking corners and would have been amazing to take on a drive like this. All I will say is Craig’s pickup does not handle corners like my car…. :-) The fact that I am writing this article (and that I did make it to Reno) belies the fact that Craig did try to scare me to death.

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Craig’s pickup and David’s car (for comparison)

Now that the terror has subsided, I can say that the trip was through some amazingly beautiful wilderness and national parks.

The road followed the course of the gorge that the river flowed through

Scary narrow windy roads with cliffs on both sides and missing barriers….

More views of the road following the course of the river

We stopped for lunch at a small historic gold rush town called Weaverville. Our timing was perfect as just as we were sitting down to eat, the town’s Homecoming Parade started. This was my first experience of this purely American tradition and it was fun to see the community gather to celebrate another year.

Homecoming Parade at Wearville, California

The town is also the location of the Weaverville Joss House (also called “The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds”), a Taoist temple, was built in 1874 and is California’s best preserved example of a Gold Rush-era Chinese place of worship.

The Joss House in Weaverville

The interior of the Joss House in Weaverville

After visiting the Joss House and some of the other historical buildings in town, we continued our journey with even more scary roads.

Not a straight section of road anywhere to be seen

There was a section of the road on the 299 (Eureka Way) between Weaverville and the Whiskeytown lake that was ridiculous in the number of tight turns.

Section of road where Craig had the tires squealing to make the corners

The road straightened up as we passed by Whiskeytown Lake, so we stopped to grab a drink, a view and for my heart to slow down. :)

View looking back at the Whiskeytown Lake

Once we passed through Redding the roads became larger and straighter but not as scenic. We did find a small bridge over Craig Creek and so had to stop and take a photo of Craig in “model mode” again.

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The destination for the first day was still in California at the city of Chico. We stopped at the Mariott hotels just off the highway. Craig had managed to get one room in each hotel for us to spend the night.

Mariott Courtyard and Mariott Residence Inn, Chico, California

The day finished with dinner in downtown Chico at Smokin’ Moe’s Bar-B-Que which was recommended to us when we asked at the hotel for a place that did good ribs. They were right, the ribs were really good, that would explain the large number of awards they had on the walls.

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Day two of the road trip to Reno, Nevada, next….


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A week in Northern California – Part 2 of 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is the second part of my time in Arcata, northern California.

This article will cover Thursday, a very busy last day before Craig and I started our road trip to Reno for GPUG Summit 2015 on the Friday.

So, this was the day that Craig had been planning for a while, to take me to see the giant Redwood trees (115m, 379ft) that cover parts of northern California.

We started with breakfast of savoury pancakes in Arcata before heading north on the Redwood Highway towards the Redwood National and State Parks near the small town of Orick.

On the road to Redwood National and State Parks

On the way, Craig decided to pick up a young couple (Cidney and Chianti) and their dog (Mama) who were hitchhiking north to Brookings. They were looking for work in Humboldt County but were a little early for the marijuana harvest, and so were travelling to visit some family first.

Cidney and Chianti with Mama in the back
(I promised to make them famous on my blog)

Originally, the plan was to drop them off at Orick before we went to see the redwoods. However, Cidney and Chianti ended up joining us on the The Lady Bird Johnson Grove Nature Trail (click link for map).

The trail was an easy walk (2.2km, 1.4m) over fairly level gound. Here are some photos from the walk.

David thinking about climbing a tree… NOT

All of us inside a burnt out but still alive tree

Redwoods1Even fallen trees (cut to allow the path to continue) were huge

Redwood trees at Lady Bird Johnson Grove near Orick, California (direct link)


The dedication plaque for Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Redwoods2Craig gives us a sense of scale with this huge tree trunk

Dwarfed by Redwood trees at Lady Bird Johnson Grove near Orick, California (direct link)


The forrest was also full of life with a large variety of flora and fauna (click for larger images).

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The experience was fantastic, you feel absolutely dwarfed by these gentle giants. A very similar experience to walking amongst the tall Karri, (80m, 260ft) Marri (50m, 160ft) and Jarrah (40m, 130ft) trees in the South West corner of Western Australia. If you have not walked in a tall timber forrest, you must add this to your bucket list.

After the walk trail we dropped Cidney, Chianti and Mama off in Orick and then headed south back to Arcata. On the way, Craig suddenly stopped the car without any warning or saying anything. I was confused until I looked up and spotted a couple of large “deer” on the roadside ahead.

We were in Elk country and a couple had decided to cross the highway to feed on the narrow strip between the road and the water of the bay.

Elk on Redwood Highway

Elk on the Redwood Highway south of Orick, California (direct link)


On the way home, Craig took me to see the Samoa Cookhouse. This is the last surviving cookhouse in the west. It still serves food “lumber camp style” as it has since 1890. It also serves as a museum to the history of logging in the region.

We did not stay for food, instead we ate at a restaurant on Woodley Island in Humboldt Bay, looking across the water to the town of Eureka. Dinner finished off a fantastic day before we headed home to Arcata.

Hopeful seagulls and seals hanging around a fishing boat

Thanks Craig for a great week in Arcata and for ensuring that I got the full Humboldt County experience.

Tomorrow we start on our journey to Reno, Nevada for the GPUG Summit 2015 conference.


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A week in Northern California – Part 1 of 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageContinuing the story of my epic trip in the United States and Mexico. In my last post, I had just finished the Dexterity Training in Mexico and was now heading to Northern California. I had been invited to stay with Craig Klapman, CEO of my distribution and support partner Mekorma, who lives in Arcata in Humboldt County on California’s Redwood coast.

The area is known for its beautiful coastline and tall forrests as well as being the home of the Humboldt State University. It has also been described by David Samuels of The New Yorker as “the heartland of high-grade marijuana farming in California”. So, I was not sure what to expect….

The flight from Mexico City to San Francisco was trouble free, but it took almost 2 hours to get through immigration and customs at SFO. Surely there must be a more efficient way to handle border control. :(

As Arcata/Eureka airport is small, there are only a couple of flights to there each day, so I had to wait a few hours in San Francisco. It gave me time to grab something to eat and watch a couple of the movies I have on my computer. Then it was time to board our Canadair Regional Jet from the single gate which was boarding 4 flights at the same time.

Four flights boarding from one gate. Flight to Arcata/Euraka was furthest away (second from left)

After boarding and waiting a while, we were informed that the aircraft had some issue with its navigation system and that we would have to “deplane” (disembark in English) and change to another aircraft. The end result was that we were delayed an hour.

Once I got to Arcata, I was greeted by Craig’s smiling face and a short drive to my home for the next week. A lovely holiday house called Wild Horses (click on link for interior photos).

Wild Horses Home of Arcata – highly recommended if you are in the area.

The next day, Sunday, Craig picked me up and we headed out to find breakfast. We ended up in Trinidad, north of Arcata, at the Trinidad Bay Eatery & Gallery.

Trinidad Bay Eatery & Gallery

I had a lovely Eggs Benedict (one of my favourite breakfasts) in this diner style restaurant that reminded me of old style diners we (non-Americans) would only see in the movies.

Diner with bar and booths. Craig was on his phone as usual. :)

After breakfast we went for a stroll/walk/trek/hike around Trinidad Head, the hilly penisula that sticks out into the bay. The walk was a little tiring and I was very glad I had grabbed my water bottle from the car. However, the scenery was stunning with beautiful views across the beach, out to sea and back to the town.

Trinidad Head looking north across the beach

Trinidad Head looking out to sea

Trinidad Head looking back to the town

Craig also decided that he wanted to explore another change in career and become a fashion model.

Craig modelling beside a section of shaded pathway

After our walk, we drove back to downtown Arcata. The town square, Arcata Plaza, was decorated with chalk drawings on the pavement from the various community groups and businesses in the area.

Arcata2Decorated drawings around Arcata Plaza

We stopped by Everett’s Club and had a drink (both of us had soft drink, very boring I know!) and played a game of Pool. I was showing how out of practice I was and trailing in the game, Craig had sunk almost all his balls before I finally started to clear the table. It is easier to sink balls when the only balls left on the table are your own. Craig had just to sink the 8 ball to win, but managed to just make it bounce out of the pocket. I was able to capitilize on the mistake and win the game.

Playing Pool at Evertt’s Club in Arcata, California

After an early dinner, Craig dropped me back to my accomodation for the night.

On Monday, I caught up woth Craig for breakfast and then went back to his place to do some work. I was finally able to start writing some of the blog posts from reIMAGINE 2015 up. While in town for lunch, I picked up some breakfast cereal from the fresh food market, so I could have some more “normal” breakfasts.

On Tuesday, I spent the day at the house working. The morning started with the Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing and then continued with writing up and scheduling the last of the blogs on reIMAGINE 2015. I also worked on preparation for the sessions I would be presenting at GPUG Summit 2015. While I did not get to do anything outside the house that day, getting the work done did make me feel at lot less stressed.

Wednesday morning was taken up with some more work until Craig picked me up and took me back to his place. For lunch, Josh (Craig’s assistant and all round great guy*), Craig and I went to the Six Rivers Brewery.

In the afternoon, Craig and I drove south to Eureka and Craig showed me the historic Carson Mansion. Built between 1884 and 1886 by William Carson, one of Northern California’s first major lumber barons, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of Queen Anne Style Victorian era architecture.

Carson Mansion, Eureka, California

Across the road is the Milton Carson Home (aka the “Pink Lady”), another Queen Anne style Victorian, completed in 1889, which was a wedding gift to William’s eldest son.

The “Pink Lady”, Eureka, California

We then went for a walk along the foreshore where this seagull decided it wanted to get its picture taken and published on a blog of the world to see.

Photogenic Seagull

On the way back to the car, Craig stopped by a clothing shop and bought a new shirt and jeans. While at the shop we mentioned that Craig had a rehearsal for his dance group and would not be finished until after 9pm, and that every restaurant seems to close by 9pm. The owner of the shop then made some calls for us and organised for her chef friend, Brad, at the Bayfront Restaurant to stay open a little longer so we could have dinner.

While Craig was busy at the rehearsal, I chilled at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates doing some work and listening to the live music. At the cafe, I met Rafael Franco from Franco’s Bones and Beads and I have asked him to make me a bone carving of a dragon to add to my collection.

Later, I walked down to restaurant to meet up with Craig. The food was great and even though we ordered one dinner between the two of us, we still had more than we could eat.

Teppanyaki Japanese BBQ at Bayfront Restaurant in Eureka (direct link)


A great meal to finish a productive and fun day.

More to come….


* Josh: You can pay me later. :-)

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Windows 10 Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Network Problem: SOLVED!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageEver since returning from my trip to the United States and Mexico for reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015, I have been experiencing issues with my networking.

OK, it has only been a week, but it has been annoying and today after yet other search of the interwebs, I have a solution.

The issue has been that whenever I try to use the Surface Pro 3 Dock’s ethernet adaptor, my computer loses the network connection entirely and I would have to restart the machine or at least disable and enable adaptors to get connected again.

The problem would surface (no pun intended) whenever trying to copy large files over the wired network. After a small amount of data would transfer, the networking fail and the computer would disconnect. A temporary fix was just to rely on wireless networking, which is fine for small files, but relatively slow for large files.

I have now applied the fix from user Uebernerd that was detailed on the Windows Central forums and highlighted on Dan Holme’s blog post. Everything is working nicely again and I can copy large files around my network using the gigbit wired connection again.

Links to the blog and forum thread below:

Blog: Windows 10 Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Network Problem: SOLVED!

Forum: Surface Pro 3 / Windows 10 10240: Networking issue with SP3 Docking Station Ethernet

Note: Using Update Driver Software via Device Manager did not work as it said I already had the latest version.

Thanks to Uebernerd for the fix and to Dan Holme for highlighting it. I am posting it again for my readers who might be having the same issue.



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Excel Copy/Paste feature not working on General Entry modified window

If you have grown used to the relatively new Excel Copy/Paste feature in the General Ledger Transaction Entry, you are probably enjoying the benefits of collecting journalized spreadsheets from around the company and simply integrating these into Microsoft Dynamics GP without too much effort.

Excel Copy/Paste in GL Transaction Entry window

The fact is, not having to run an integration from another tool for something apparently very simple, always seems to be the way to go.

Recently, however, I ran into a situation where this window had been customized with Modifier (but the same can be said for a third party alternate version of window) by a customer. The customer reorganized a few fields within the window and added a couple others with Modifier to address some specific business needs. As it turned out, the Excel Copy/Paste functionality no longer worked, even though the target fields remained the same. Reverting security to the original window rendered the feature usable once more.

If you must modify this window _and_ still require the Excel Copy/Paste feature, you will need to create an additional user with access to the original (core) window. This is very similar to what’s required for Integration Manager to function when a window has been modified with Modifier or changed by a third party product.

Well, now you know! Happy copy/pasting!

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP

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Friday Funny: Surface Tablet PC

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWith the recent launch of the fourth generation of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet PC, I thought would be fun to remember back to early days of tablet computing.

These fun images are just a reminder that Microsoft has always been the visionary company when it comes to tablets.

I will let the following speak for itself.


The comic strip was created in 2012 and predicted that Apple would copy the Surface Pro design in 2015…. and guess what happened….

This final one just highlights the IPad’s lack of a simple USB port.




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