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Friday Funny: Can you understand Strayan?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWhile I was originally born in London, England (yep, I’m a Pom*), everyone knows that I come from Australia. My family emigrated to Perth when I was 13 and I have had the operation to naturalise me as an Australian.

Probably due to my English background and the fact that accents in Perth are not strong, I don’t have a strong Australian accent (Not like Paul Hogan’s Crocodile Dundee character – watch trailer or Steve Irwin real character – watch trailer). However, I do use some different words and sometimes use Australian slang or abbreviations.

Today, I came across some videos on YouTube by Queensland filmmaker Kieran Murray who has travelled the world and introduced the inhabitants of other nations (primarily USA) to Australian slang. The confusion he creates is very funny.

G’Day Mate! How You Going? (direct link)


G’day Mate: The Sequel (direct link)


Aussie Slang (direct link)


There are a number of sites online where you can look up Australian slang (sometimes called the Strine* vernacular):


So a challenge for you ….

What does the following sentence from the end of one of the videos above mean?

“This arvo I’m gonna go down to the servo get a packet of durries and maybe some grog.”

Post your answers in the comments.


* Pom = Actually POHM which stands for Prisoner of His/Her Majesty and harks back to Australia’s beginnings as a British penal colony.

* Strine = Say “Australian” quickly as a single syllable with your back teeth lightly clenched together… you don’t want to let the flies get in.

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Update: Positive Thoughts for Leslie Vail

David Meego - Click for blog homepageJust wanted to post a quick update from my friend Leslie Vail after my original post:

I heard from Leslie today that the surgery went well and she is now resting comfortably.

She wanted to thank everyone for their positive thoughts and lovely comments.

Please keep the positive vibes flowing as Leslie continues on the road to recovery.

We need her well and back at the conferences. No-one else can wear the capes like she does.

Mark Rockwell trying to emulate Leslie

John Lowther playing Leslie when he co-presented with her

Leslie, Jennifer (my wife) and Sheila from Convergence 2012

Leslie and the famous golden GPUG cape at Convergence 2011

Get well soon.


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Friday Funny: Another puzzle for you to solve

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAfter last week’s puzzle, I came across something a little harder that has been keeping people awake at night.

Singaporean high-school students were presented with this logic problem in the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad test paper last week. The test is aimed at the top 40 per cent of students in one of the most mathematically gifted countries in the world.

Here is the question:

Albert and Bernard just become friends with Cheryl, and they want to know when her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates.

  • May 15,         May 16,        May 19,
  • June 17,        June 18,
  • July 14,         July 16,
  • August 14,    August 15,    August 17.

Cheryl then tells Albert and Bernard separately the month and the day of her birthday respectively.

Albert: I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know that Bernard does not know too.

Bernard: At first I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know now.

Albert: Then I also know when Cheryl’s birthday is.

So when is Cheryl’s birthday?


Can you work out the solution?  No cheating. No looking up the answer until you have worked out a solution of your own.


For more information see these articles from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Please don’t post the answer in the comments, just let me know how you went with the puzzle.



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How to enable Visual Studio Tools Customisations for the Web Client

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHave you ever written some cool Visual Studio Tools (VST) code that worked great on the desktop client, but does not work on the web client? VST code that does not use any WinForms or uses WinForms but only with supported controls and so should work?

Well, I have. A great example is the Company Login window customisations covered in the blog posts below:

The code worked fine on the desktop client, but had no effect in the web client. Something was missing, but I did not know what.

When I mentioned my problem to my good friend Mariano Gomez (The Dynamics GP Blogster), he knew what the issue was and sent me the link to an MSDN article.

The MSDN article below explains the details of what is required to make Visual Studio Tools customisations work on the web client.

In the code samples below you can see the added SupportedDexPlatforms attribute which is used to tell Visual Studio to make this code available for the desktop client and the web client. Without this additional attribute, the default behaviour would be to only work on the desktop client.

Visual C# code sample

namespace CSharpSample



Visual Basic .Net code sample

Public Class GPAddIn
    Implements IDexterityAddIn

    ' IDexterityAddIn interface

    Sub Initialize() Implements IDexterityAddIn.Initialize

    End Sub

End Class


Hope you find this useful.


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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Wrap Up

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Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA has come to an end and it is now time to post the final wrap up.

I really enjoyed the social and networking aspects of the conference and loved presenting. It is also great to hear feedback from customers and partners about how the work done in the community (forums, blogs, etc.) is appreciated.

As promised here are the source code files and development environment from the CSG024: Microsoft Dynamics GP: Customizing the User Interface session as well as the link to the Company Login example used.

Below are all the posts for Convergence 2015 Atlanta from this blog:

I hope you enjoyed the series.

If the rumours are correct and that Convergence will be changing to have less Dynamics focus, less technical content and less Microsoft Dynamics GP content, then I think I will be focussing my travel arrangements on the smaller GP specific events listed below.

Just one last quick reminder to mark your calendars for the upcoming events

  • reIMAGINE 2015 in Fargo, ND, USA on 21-23 September 2015
  • GPUG Summit 2015 in Reno, NV, USA on 12-16 October 2015
  • PreGame at Summit 2015 in Reno, NV, USA on 13 October 2015

Hope to see you at there.


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Everyone Must Watch: The Cyberbully (2015)

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSome of you may know that while I was at Microsoft I volunteered for an internet safety program called ThinkUKnow.

ThinkUKnow in Australia is based on the UK Police’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s ThinkUKnow program in the UK.

In Australia, the ThinkUKnow program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. It is delivered in collaboration with the State and Territory Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

Since leaving Microsoft, I was worried that I would not be able to continue being a volunteer presenter for the program. However, my fears were unfounded as the organisers were pleased to continue having me on the team.

The program is targeted at the parents, carers and teachers of school aged children and is designed to help make the adults aware of the risks and dangers associated with internet usage, so they can help protect their kids, with the aim of avoiding problems or knowing what to do when problems occur.

As a father and someone who has been in the computer industry since the internet was only at universities, I have seen many changes, most good, but some not so good, brought on by the use of the internet. Knowing the way that some people use the internet for criminal behaviour, scams, cyberbullying and sexual predation, makes me want to use my knowledge to help protect those at risk, and the ThinkUKnow program gave me the opportunity to do that.

On Thursday night the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) showed a TV movie called The Cyberbully. This is not the older US movie with the same name, but a new movie from the UK. It stars Maisie Williams, who you might know as Arya Stark from the Game of Thrones series. She shows her amazing talent in this movie as she is the main character and on screen for the entire sixty minutes.

After watching that movie, I said to my wife that everyone doing ThinkUKnow should watch the movie. However, I have changed my mind. I think EVERYONE. should watch it. I found it on the Tube of You, see below:

The Cyberbully 2015 (direct link)


If I can help just one kid avoid facing the sorts of issues raised in the movie, all the time I have volunteered would be worth it.

If you live in Australia and have kids at a school or are involved with a school in any way, suggest to them to go to the website and book a presentation.

If you want to watch more internet safety related videos please my playlist below:

WARNING: Some of the content in the videos is confronting.

Share this article to your friends, family and colleagues on the Book of Face and other social media.


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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 4

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The last day of Convergence 2015 had arrived.

Today, we actually arrived at the conference center early enough to grab some breakfast in the Meals Hall before heading over to the Philips Arena for the Closing Keynote presentation.

The introduction to the keynote contained information on the upcoming conferences, including Microsoft Convergence EMEA in Barcelona, Spain and next year’s Convergence in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.


Also mentioned were the Dynamics User Group Summits being held in Reno, Nevada, USA.


Then it was time for the keynote speaker, David Finn who is the Associate General Counsel and Executive Director, Microsoft Cybercrime Center.


David discussed the work of the Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft and how they are using “big data” and visualization techniques to fight cybercrime.

David Finn from Microsoft’s Cybercrime team

By analysing the various botnet viruses and Trojans, Microsoft is able to apply to legally have the call back pings for instructions from the botnets diverted to Microsoft servers. This allows the botnets to be rendered harmless while also capturing data on the location and volume of the infections. This information can be visualized to show global infections of each virus.


David also discussed how Microsoft developed PhotoDNA technology which can be used to fight child pornography and can still identify illegal images even if they have been modified. This service is being used by many of the giants of the IT world.


For more information on the topics covered in the Closing Keynote, the best method would be to watch it yourself online via the Convergence Video Library.

Use the link below to go directly to the session video:

You can also view similar information on the following web article:

After the keynote, I was able to get back to the Expo for a while and complete the section of the floor that I had not got around to in my previous visits.

Then it was time to attend the one and only session that I went to that was not being presented by myself or Mariano…..

  • CSG003-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP: New 50 tips in 50 minutes

Mark Polino has the formula for these sessions just right, he rattles through 50 cool tips with just enough information to get you interested enough to jot down the tip number before he is on to the next tip. All the actual detail about the tips can be found on his website: (go to Free Stuff >> Presentations).

After sitting down the front and heckling Mark, it was time to sit down at the front and heckle Mariano in the final session of the Convergence 2015 conference. This was repeat of the CS15G002-R2: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Upgrading and deploying session. Mariano still managed to pull a good crowd and keep them awake. The last timeslot in a 4 day (4.5 day, if you count PreGame) conference is always hard as everyone is tired and overloaded with information by that time.

And then it was all over, except for the most important part of any conference that I go to….

It was time for Tim Tam slams at the Omni Hotel’s Lobby Bar. Mariano had sent out a tweet to the usual suspects and we also had a few new suckers people join us for some chocolaty fun.

For the uninitiated: The Arnott’s Tim Tam (original) is a chocolate coated, chocolate cream filled, rectangular chocolate biscuit/cookie. If you nibble the chocolate from each end and then use it like a straw with a hot drink (hot chocolate or coffee), you can suck hard and then as soon as the liquid reaches your mouth throw back the entire biscuit into your mouth. Where it will dissolve, melt and disintegrate into an amazing chocolate “orgasm” in your mouth. This is known as the Tim Tam Slam.

Check out some videos below of your favourite GPUG team:

Andy Hafer doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)


Kim Peterson doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)


Bob McAdam doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)


For a full playlist of videos click: Tim Tam slams from Convergence 2015 Atlanta


Note: Can you hear Emily Roen in the background? She wimped out at having a go at doing a Tim Tam Slam but was happy to watch others try.

After we ran out of Tim Tams, John, Mariano, Belinda and I walked through the CNN Center Mall on our way to Dantanna’s. We walked past the Cartoon Network shop and I got a photo with my intoxicated friend Rick from the show Rick and Morty.

Rick and David

We had a lovely farewell dinner at Dantanna’s. The steaks were excellent. I heard from John that the salad was good, even though I am not sure how he can tell.

John, Would you like some salad with your Thousand Island dressing?

As we were leaving the restaurant, the Njevity team arrived and so I got a chance to say one last good bye to Chris and Emily.

Chris Dobkins, Mariano Gomez, Emily Roen, David Musgrave

That’s it. Convergence 2015 Atlanta was now officially over.


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