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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: 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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Donald Trump mandates using Microsoft Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAt yesterday’s political rally at the FargoDome in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, Republican party nominee for the position of President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, promised all US companies will be mandated to use Microsoft Dynamics GP for their financial management system when he is elected.

This fantastic news for Microsoft comes as Mr Trump reveals that the only businesses of his that have actually succeeded were those using Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The ERP solution known as Microsoft Dynamics GP was originally developed by Great Plains Software, an independent company located in Fargo, North Dakota, which was run by Doug Burgum. Dynamics Release 1.0 was released in February 1993. It was one of the first accounting packages in the USA that was designed and written to be multi-user and to run under Windows as 32 bit software. In late 2000, Microsoft announced the purchase of Great Plains Software for $1.1 billion. This acquisition was completed in April 2001.

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Mr Trump was very pleased to endorse Microsoft Dynamics GP, saying “In spite of my mismanagement, my companies using Dynamics GP were able to break even and sometimes even make a profit.”.

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At the event he held up a profitable balance sheet report as an example. He was very emotional as he emphatically declared that Microsoft Dynamics GP is the best of all the ERP systems on the market.

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Mr Trump made sure he told everyone that in his opinion Dynamics GP was “Number One” and that he was really looking forward to the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.

When interviewed after the event, he mentioned that he was “just blown away” by the Dynamics GP product, its features and the awesome level of support he has received from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product team as well as the Support team and also from the GPUG community.

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This is an exciting development and bodes for a very profitable future for America.

(c) 2016. Reuters.

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Announcing Advanced Dexterity Training in Mexico City on 26-30 September 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast year, between reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015, I ran Dexterity Fundamentals Training in Mexico City for the Microsoft Partner, Axentit.

So, this year they have asked me to come back and run an Advanced Dexterity Training class for them between reIMAGINE 2016 and GPUG Summit 2016.

The training will run in the week following the reIMAGINE 2016 conference and will be located at the Axentit offices in Mexico City from Monday 26th September 2016 to Friday 30th September 2016.

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This gives me another excuse to show the “Exploding Head” Dexterity logo

After this course I will be running the Dexterity Fundamentals Training in Tampa, Florida in the week before GPUG Summit 2016.

Below is some draft information on the training, however, the agenda might change as I will be getting feedback on specific topics that the attendees would like covered.

Dexterity II (Dexterity Advanced Integration Techniques)

Course Synopsis:

The Dexterity II course is designed to build upon the skills acquired from the Dexterity I course. It will provide advanced knowledge necessary to build applications that are tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP. The class will focus on building integrations associated with maintenance windows, transaction windows, inquiry windows and reports. In addition, topics such as creating SQL data and upgrading applications will also be discussed.

By actively participating in this class, you will learn:

  • Advanced programming techniques used by Microsoft Dynamics GP to develop Dynamics GP modules
  • How to develop add-on applications that will interact with the Dynamics GP products to meet specific customer requests
  • How to develop add-on applications that will “look and feel” like Dynamics GP and provide a seamless interface between the applications to ensure a professional finished product

Who should attend?

Customers or Partners who will be customizing or building applications to integrate with the Dynamics GP products.

Prerequisites:

  • A basic understanding of Dynamics GP is also needed.
  • Hands on development experience with Dexterity, preferably Dexterity I training course.
  • Familiarity with the Dynamics Software Developer Kit.

Agenda

Monday to Friday (5 days) 8:30-5:30 each day

Course Topics

Day 1
Introductions and Overview
Maintenance Window Integration Project
– Using the Great Plains Note object
– Using companion tables
– Implementing triggers to synchronize data

Day 2
Installation Window
– Creating SQL Tables
– Pass through SQL
Transaction Entry Window Integration Project
– Adding fields to an existing scrolling window
– Implementing triggers for data manipulation

Day 3
Inquiry Window Integration Project
– Modify existing inquiry window
– Create a new inquiry window
– Working with temporary tables

Day 4
Reports
– Modifying existing reports to add 3rd party data
– Using calculated fields and Report Writer functions
– Building a Report Options window

Day 5
Reports
– Building a Report Options window (continued)
Upgrading
– Table Conversions
– Installation scripts – adding to a palette, setting security, and adding to the shortcut bar
Error Handling and Debugging

The above agenda is a guideline and might be re-organised to fit additional topics if time allows.

To register your interest, so you are notified once more details are available, please contact Mariano Arias via email marias at axentit dot com dot mx.

Hope to see you there.

David

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#GPPT Understanding GP Power Tools User vs Administrator features

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, a question was raised about what was required to access GP Power Tools (GPPT) Administrator level features.

GP Power Tools features can be broken down into to levels or modes:

  • Standard Mode or User Level features
  • Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features

Standard Mode features can be used safely by all users and can be accessed once application level security is granted to the windows using the GP POWER TOOLS USER Security Role. This role should be granted to all users for all accessible companies in the system.

Standard Mode includes the following features; Manual Logging Mode, Dex.ini Settings, Resource Information, Security Profiler, Security Information, Security Log, Runtime Executer, SQL Executer, .Net Executer, Configuration Export/Import , ScreenShot, and Send Email.

Advanced Mode features are those administrator level features that could provide access to view or modify data and include scripting in multiple languages and Export/Import facilities. Advanced Mode features require the following:

  • Application level security using the GP POWER TOOLS ADMIN Security Role or POWERUSER Security Role.
  • SQL Server system administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system database and company databases.
  • The Dynamics GP System Password or the GP Power Tools Administrator Password (depending on how the system is configured).

Advanced Mode features include; Automatic Debugger Mode, Dictionary Control, XML Table Export, XML Table Import, Runtime Execute, SQL Execute, .Net Execute, Configuration Maintenance, Administrator Settings, Administrator Password Setup, Dex.ini Configuration, Database Validation, and Setup Backup and Restore.

If the user does not have the elevated privileges at the SQL Server level, they will receive the “You must be logged on as a user with SQL Server system Administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system and company databases to access this feature.” message.

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Note: The message was previously “You must logged on as a user with DBO privileges to access this feature.“, but has been updated to provide more information.

The user who will be accessing Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features does not need to be a POWERUSER, ‘sa’ or ‘DYNSA’. They just need access to the windows and to be granted elevated permissions at the SQL Server level. The permissions are required both for technical reasons and as an extra level of security to ensure that only administrator users can access Advanced Mode features.

Please note that even though the user has elevated privileges, due to their password being encrypted, they can only log in to Dynamics GP and so cannot use those privileges outside Dynamics GP.

For more information on GP Power Tools, please visit the portal:

Hope this explains everything

David

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Friday Funny: Americans Don’t Understand English – The Jonathan Ross Show

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe topic of today’s Friday Funny is something that I have always noticed when I visit the USA. I try not to comment anymore on the various differences in language as it is too late to change anything now.

I believe it was George Bernard Shaw who said “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”.

In the video below, English comedian Michael McIntyre explains how Americans feel the need to simplify English words to the extreme.

Americans Don’t Understand English – The Jonathan Ross Show (direct link)

 

Just remember, in the same way that I did not get a fizzy lemon flavoured soft drink when I asked for lemonade, if you ask for an entrée sized Spaghetti Marinara outside of the USA, you will receive a small serve of seafood pasta.

Enjoy

David

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Announcing Dexterity Training at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt’s official, after discussions with Rich Beliveau from GPUG Academy, it is confirmed that GPUG Academy, with me as trainer, will be offering Dexterity Fundamentals training in the week prior to GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

The training will run from Monday 3rd October 2016 to Friday 7th October 2016 and will be held at the Microsoft Office in Tampa. GPUG Summit 2016 will follow on 11th to 14th October 2016.

The details and links to register will be published as soon as they are available in mid 2016. This announcement is so you can start the planning process and book the time into your schedules.

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I know it is the old logo, but I have always liked this one.

Below is details of the Dexterity Fundamentals training class:

Dexterity I (Dexterity Product Fundamentals)

Course Synopsis:

Dexterity I will teach you about the development environment used to build the Microsoft Dynamics GP family of products. This course will provide you with the foundation you need to build integrated, database-independent applications. In addition, you will learn how to provide powerful application functionality for Dynamics.

By actively participating in this class, you will learn:

  • Basic programming techniques used by Microsoft Dynamics GP to develop their core modules
  • How to modify existing Dynamics GP forms and reports in order to make customizations for customers
  • How to develop add-on applications that will interact with the Dynamics GP products to meet specific requests by customers
  • How to package and ship your dictionary allowing Microsoft Dynamics GP to make updates to Dynamics GP without affecting the developer’s dictionary
  • How to register your product with Microsoft Dynamics GP using a unique Product ID to ensure no duplication of add-on applications with the same name
  • How to develop add-on applications that will “look and feel” like Dynamics GP and provide seamless interface between the applications to ensure a professional finished product
  • How to use object triggers, which are scripts in your applications that are invoked by events in Dynamics GP, allowing several developers to deliver enhancements to the same Dynamics GP form

Who should attend?

Customers or Partners who will be customizing or building add-on or standalone applications to integrate with the Dynamics GP products.

Special Instructions

Prior to attending the course, it is highly recommended that students prepare for the course by going through the Dexterity Quick Start reference manual and working through the lessons in this manual. The Quick Start manual is installed with Dexterity and can be found under the Help-Online Manuals option from within Dexterity. Dexterity is located in the tools folder in the Dynamics GP DVD image.

Agenda

Monday to Friday (5 days) 8:30-5:30 each day

Course Topics

Day 1
Introductions and Overview
Dexterity Resources and Components
Create Basic Data Entry Project

Day 2
Complete Basic Data Entry Project
Script Debugger
Create Basic Lookup Project
Create Multi-user Data Entry Project

Day 3
Complete Multi-user Data Entry Project
Create Transaction Entry Project

Day 4
Complete Transaction Entry Project
Dexterity Utilities
Dynamics Integration Project

Day 5
Object Triggers
Additional Resources and Topics
Report Writer

The above agenda is a guideline and might be re-organised to fit additional topics if time allows.

To register your interest, so you are notified once more details are available, please email Rich dot Beliveau at dynamiccommunities dot com.

Hope to see you there.

David

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