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Merry Christmas 2015 and a Happy New Year 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is just a quick note to wish everyone in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community and all my friends and readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I will be taking some time off between now and late January and so don’t expect too many posts in that period.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): The last year has been an amazing and exciting journey, below are a few articles from the last year that you should check out if you haven’t seen them already:

I hope you all have a fantastic time with your families and hopefully get some time to relax.

Thanks for your support.

Email Signature Christmas

David

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Friday Funny: Microsoft spreads the spirit of the season on 5th Ave

David Meego - Click for blog homepageTo celebrate the holidays, Microsoft employees, who were selected from across the country, gathered together, meeting each other for the first time, at the new Microsoft 5th Avenue Store in New York City, New York, USA to spread some holiday wishes. Joined by a local NYC children’s youth choir, they share a message of peace and harmony with their neighbour down the street.

Check out the video below:

Microsoft spreads the spirit of the season on 5th Ave (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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Take Ten 10@10 – GPUG All Star Edition! Series

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe Dynamics GP User Group (GPUG) has a new learning series for you. Introducing the Take Ten 10@10 – GPUG All Star Edition! series.

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Learn from the best in the time it takes to catch up on emails or drink a cup of coffee! These are 10-minute Tips & Tricks on 10 topics, presented by our GPUG All Stars. These individuals have an in-depth knowledge of Dynamics GP and have contributed significantly to educate the GPUG community.

Have a look at Kim “Mamma” Peterson’s blog post with the schedule:

All sessions but one (mine :-) ) in this edition are live at 12:50 p.m. ET (9:50 a.m. PT). Quick and to the point, you’ll benefit each time you participate! All tips are recorded and placed on GPUG.com under ‘Access Webinars On Demand’. Use the Take TEN tag at www.gpug.com/onesource to filter all webinars in this series.

My session is scheduled for Thursday 4th February 2016 at 9:50 a.m. ET (6:50 a.m. PT) in the USA. In Australia that translates to 10:50 p.m. AWST in Perth (Friday 5th 1:50 a.m. AEDST in Sydney).

Below is the session description:

Reduce Stress with Dynamics GP Power Tools by David Musgrave

Since leaving Microsoft, MVP and GPUG All Star, David Musgrave has continued work on his Support Debugging Tool and enhanced and expanded its functionality to create GP Power Tools, the ultimate tool for Administrators, Consultants and Developers to demystify their Dynamics GP systems.

In only 10 minutes you’ll watch him show the following features:

  • Company Color themes.
  • Defaulting last company used and increasing field widths on the Company selection window.
  • Preventing windows opening off screen
  • Fixing security issues with Security Profiler, Resource Information, Security Information.

This is part of the Take Ten 10@10 Series by GPUG All Stars.  Because David is in Australia, we’ll hold this at 9:50 Eastern time in respect of the time difference.

Make sure you take advantage of the sessions and “Take Ten 10@10”.

David

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Friday Funny: If animals were round…

David Meego - Click for blog homepageCame across these videos which I think you will enjoy.

Rollin’ Wild asks the question:

If all animals became round overnight, would their daily life still run that smoothly?

Check out the video playlist and a Christmas video below:

Rollin’ Safari Playlist (direct link)

 

Rollin Christmas (direct link)

 

For more information, check out:

Enjoy

David

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RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 National Championships

Wombat Fitness - Click for blog homepageWhile David was away in the USA and Mexico, I got to accompany Rohan to the RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 National Championships on 26th and 27th September 2015. You may know from past blogs that robotics has been a bit of a hobby for David and our sons. This year, being in the National Competition meant travelling to Gawler, South Australia.

Aaron, who has been successful in the Rescue competition is now too old to compete. He has been mentoring the younger students and would have been very useful to have with us, but we have an ageing puppy dog who was already pining for the master of the house, so Aaron got the job of house and dog sitting while Rohan and I flew to Adelaide with the other competitors and parents from All Saints’ College.

In all we were 4 teams; 10 students, 11 parents and several siblings and 1 school staff member. (Cat herding now seems simple in comparison.)

Open Dance: Pickle Jar Productions (Josh, Megan, Noah, Sarith and Rohan) with Priscilla the Gorilla

Secondary Rescue: Team Sonic (Jay, Liam and Mason)

Open Rescue: BEN (Pragash) & Vindaloo (Disura)

The competition venue was about a 40 min drive out of Adelaide (the state capital city) and accommodation for such a large group was scarce, so we ended up staying at Tanunda Discovery Holiday Park in the Barossa Valley, an area you may well know for its excellent wines.  Tanunda is a lovely, historic little village, still about 40 mins from Gawler, but without the city traffic. This was fine with me as I got the added task of driving the bus (a surprisingly speedy Hyundai iMax van) handed on to me thanks to David’s past efforts as chauffer extraordinaire.

I have to confess here, that despite being given strict instructions from David to follow all the teams and competitions, I am a Mum first and foremost, so I may have spent the vast majority of my time watching the Open Dance Competition, where Rohan’s team was competing.

I did watch some of the Secondary and Open Rescue competition and it is amazing to see the work and development that has gone into all the rescue robots.  Since we started this journey some 7 years ago, the standard of competition has improved incredibly.  From very unreliable, line-following robots that could navigate some simple obstacles to locate a “victim” (soft-drink can), this year I witnessed very sophisticated robots meet the challenges of ramps, speed bumps, sloping terrain and more.  In the finals of the Open Rescue the students’ robots had to autonomously navigate the course to the “chemical spill” and identify and rescue (in a controlled manner) multiple “victims” without falling off raised tiles. The following photos and video (apologies for the adjudicator’s legs) may explain that better:

Course1Example Course 1

Course2Example Course 2

RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 Open Rescue National Championships – BEN (direct link)

 

When you think that the competitors are mostly 12 – 16 year old school children, it gives me a lot of hope for our future. 

Teams had travelled from Korea and Croatia sent their National Team to compete in the Australian National competition.  The All Saints’ teams did well, but “Michael” from Box Hill High School (Victoria) won Secondary Rescue and “Marshmallow” from St George Christian College (New South Wales) took out the Open Rescue Competition.

Meanwhile, in the Open Dance Competition the stress levels were high.  This was Rohan’s last year of competing and the pressure was on the rest of his (younger) team mates to bring home the bacon.  You can look at the photos and watch the video but they will never truly convey the hours and hours of work that has gone into all the competition entries.  Without wanting to sound like I am bragging too much you need to know that the 5 kids in Pickle Jar Productions:

  • Selected and mixed the music
  • Built and painted the backdrop
  • Wired and soldered the LED lighting that runs along the backdrop
  • Choreographed Pricilla’s movements, the truck movements and their dance.
  • Built Pricilla, the truck and the spinning big top
  • Programmed Pricilla, the truck and the spinning big top
  • Made Pricilla’s feet, hands and face by painting latex over clay moulds that they also made
  • And probably a whole lot more that I have missed

Remember that once the “go” button is pressed the performance is totally autonomous without any input or interaction from the team.

Here is the video of Priscilla the Gorilla and the Pickle Jar Productions finals performance:

RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 Open Dance National Championships – Pickle JAR Productions – Finals (direct link)

 

Robocup Junior Australia – 4 controllers, 16 motors and one very cool monkey!

 

At the end of the day, when scores from the performances and interviews were tallied, Pickle Jar Productions came second, pipped at the post by the other West Australian team, The NX-Twins EVolv3 (Melville Senior High School). This reversed the results from the WA finals where Pickle Jar won and the NX-Twins came second. All I’m saying is that it must have been close.

PickleJar1Pricilla gets some love before for the big day

PickleJar2Pickle Jar Productions relieved it’s all over

After the competition was over the All Saints’ Teams and the NX-Twins with Mum and Dad enjoyed a rather noisy dinner together at a local tavern in Tanunda. We had a day to relax and see some sights before boarding the plane home.  We chose to visit the local hill lookout and sculpture park and the Adelaide Zoo.  Yes, and we managed to sneak in one (just one!) winery.

For the previous posts on the RoboCup robotics competition see:

This is the final year that our boys will be competing in the RoboCup Junior Australia competition as they are finishing or have finished secondary school. David will continue to be involved as a mentor to the All Saints College Robotics Club.

Till next time.

Jennifer

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Friday Funny: What is the Angle for X?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is another mathematical puzzle for you.

This was recently asked in a Year 12 Further Maths exam in Victoria, Australia.

It was a multiple choice question, so I thought I would have a poll to see how well you can answer the question.

The question is:

A 50 cent coin has 12 sides of equal length. Two 50 cent coins are balanced next to each other on a table so they meet along one edge.

What is the Angle for X?

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What is the Angle for X?

Take Our Poll

Enjoy

David

PS: What is a 12 sided polygon called? (Answer in the comments).

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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Day 1 – Part 2 of 2

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Now that the work portion of Day 1 was finished, it was time to relax a little.

Starting with visiting the Expo Hall. My plan was to see a bit more of the what the exhibitors had on display, but after catching up with lots of friends we just did not get very far.

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John Lowther and David Eichner

Beat and I did get to enjoy a drink, but had to wait about 15 minutes for a cold soft drink. I really don’t like pouring a warm soft drink into a glass of ice as it just immediately loses its fizz. So we asked the bar staff to put a couple cans into the ice bucket and came back later to claim a cold drink. :) Thanks to the bar staff for sorting this for me and Beat.

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Pam Misialek chilling at the Epxo

I ended up at the Rock ‘n’ Rave stand where Jay Manley and Steve Linz from Mekorma where holding fort and handing out sheets to be used as togas for the Rock ‘n’ Rave party.

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Mekorma’s banner showing the relationship with Winthrop Development Consultants

After the Expo, Beat and I headed back to the Peppermill to drop off our bags and then headed to the Edge Nightspot for the Rock ‘n’ Rave party (also on Facebook).

Here some photos from the evening:

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Debbie Camp and Mike McDowell seeing red

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Relaxing around the fire pits on the terrace, the music inside was very loud

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Party go-ers wearing their sheets, ehem, togas

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Mark Polino, Freakin’ Awesome MVP (even if he does have to say it himself)

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Some of my favourite ladies in the GP world: Kim Peterson and Pam Misialek

I had planned only to stay for a little while as I was tired after a full day (and only 5 hours sleep the night before), but as I said my good byes I was dragged onto the dance floor and not allowed to leave. I did have fun with my dance partners for the night Sheila Ochoa, Kelli Sexton, Sheila Jefferson-Ross and Tanya Henderson. Thanks for a great night, just don’t publish any of the videos you took. :) I don’t want people to know that I am not always a geek!

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Liquid Nitrogen on the dance floor…. it was cooooold.

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Dancing the night away

GPUG Summit 2015 in Reno – Rock ‘n’ Rave (direct link)

 

Eventually, I had to leave as I was exhausted and had another busy day tomorrow. Oh well, another night with only 5 hours sleep. A special thanks to the sponsors of Rock ‘n’ Rave for a fantastic night: mc2, Accountable Software, ASC Software, Mekorma, k-eCommerce, PaperSave, Olympic Systems, Avalara, SalesPad and Concerto.

David

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