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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.

David

* 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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Filed under: Fun Tagged: Friday Funny, Fun

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April 24, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Social Media and Winthrop Development Consultants

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHello to my readers.

This is just a quick reminder of the various ways you can keep up to date with what is happening at Winthrop Development Consultants.

You have many options to connect with Winthrop through a variety of websites and social media platforms.

Please Favourite/Bookmark/Like/Follow/Connect/Subscribe to the following services with the links below:

Social-media-WDCWinthrop Development Consultants Company Website
http://www.winthropdc.com/

Social-media-RSS
Winthrop Development Consultants Blog
http://www.winthropdc.com/blog

Social-media-Facebook
Winthrop Development Consultants on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/WinthropDC

Social-media-Twitter
Winthrop Development Consultants on Twitter
http://www.twitter.com/WinthropDC

Social-media-LinkedIn
David Musgrave on LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/in/DMusgrave

Social-media-YouTube
Winthrop Development Consultants on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/WinthropDC1

Social-media-MS
Winthrop Development Consultants Syndicated Blog on Dynamics Community
http://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/winthropdevelopmentconsultantsblog

 

Stay connected

David

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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.

MarkCape
Mark Rockwell trying to emulate Leslie

JohnCape
John Lowther playing Leslie when he co-presented with her

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

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Leslie and the famous golden GPUG cape at Convergence 2011

Get well soon.

David

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BlackBox – The First Dexterity Game

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt has been many years since my BlackBox game got a mention and so I thought it was time to bring it up again.

I first wrote the game BlackBox for Dexterity in 1999 while I operated as Winthrop Dexterity Consultants. The game is based the original board game by Eric Solomon and was created with his kind permission.

The concept of the game is to find the location of a number of atoms hidden in a 8 by 8 grid.  Your only method of looking for the atoms is to “fire” beams into the grid from the edges of the grid and see if the beams are absorbed, reflected or deflected.

During my childhood, this was one of my favourite games and I had already written versions for the Apple //e, the Commodore Amiga, and the Sharp PC-E500 pocket computer. So, I thought why not create one using Dexterity.

Here is a screenshot of the game:

BlackBox1Screenshot of the BlackBox main game screen

When I first created the code it was hidden as an “Easter Egg” in products I was selling at the time. When I sold Omni Security and Omni Field Security to Great Plains (Microsoft) as Advanced Security and Field Level Security, I had to remove the BlackBox game from the code.

Later when I first developed the MBS Support Debugging Tool, it contained the BlackBox game. But it had to be removed when I finally got permission to release build 9 publically as the Support Debugging Tool.

While I was at Microsoft, I was not allowed to add the game to anything I developed, so it was released as a separate BlackBox product and for the last many years it has been available as a free download on the Winthrop Dexterity Consultants Downloads Page and Products Page.

So, if you want to try the game out, head over to the Winthrop Dexterity Consultants Products Page and download the BlackBox.zip file. It works with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Once the chunk is installed, you will find the BlackBox menu option on the Tools >> Customize menu. If you add it to Shortcuts or Quick Links, it can be played on the Web Client as well.

For more information, here are some related links:

Please add your comments to say what you think of the game.

Enjoy

David

PS: Its Dexterity Product ID is 900, so that should give you an idea or how old it is. New Product IDs are in the high 7000’s.

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Filed under: Dexterity, Dynamics, Fun, GP, Microsoft Tagged: BlackBox, Dexterity, Fun, Game

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April 13, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Visual Studio Integration Toolkit replaces Menus for Visual Studio Tools

David Meego - Click for blog homepageGreat news for Visual Studio developers.

Winthrop Development Consultants are pleased to announce the release of the Visual Studio Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics GP (VSIT).

The Visual Studio Integration Toolkit replaces Menus for Visual Studio Tools and is now available for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (including GP 2013 R2) and also for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.

The new name is to reflect the change of ownership as well as the future of the tool where its functionality will be extended to provide access to other “Dexterity only” integration features and not just the current menu navigation.

However, to maintain compatibility with existing installations and projects, the file and object names have not been changed.

The new product releases replace the existing code for GP 2010 and GP 2013 as well as adding the long awaited version for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.

Note: The original code for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 is also available, if needed.

Thank you for your patience as the agreement with Microsoft was reached and then the updated code and documentation was developed.

Important: When installing the new code on a system which already has the existing code, you will be asked to restart Microsoft Dynamics GP to complete the renaming of the product. You will also need to remove and re-add your reference to the Application.MenusForVisualStudioTools.dll assembly in your Visual Studio projects.

For more information please see the Visual Studio Integration Toolkit Portal page:

More information on the additional functionality being added to the registered version will be posted on this blog, so watch this space.

Please post comments and feedback.

David

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Filed under: 2010, 2013, 2013 R2, 2015, Development, Dynamics, GP, Menus for Visual Studio Tools, Microsoft, News, Products, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Integration Toolkit Tagged: Menus for Visual Studio Tools, MVST, News, Visual Basic .Net, Visual C#, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Integration Toolkit, VSIT

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April 9, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Kinect 2 Tutorial on Tracking Strategies

Microsoft has published a set of great tutorials for making applications with Kinect 2. http://kinect.github.io/tutorial/ These detailed hands on Lab/Tutorials for V2 were published last month.

I highly recommend the tutorial on tracking strategies – for keeping the application accurate when multiple people are in the room.

http://kinect.github.io/tutorial/lab14/index.html

This lab will explain the following:

Tracking a user who is the first to be seen.
Tracking the user who is the closest to the Kinect 2.
Tracking a user who is the most active in the scene.
Tracking several people simultaneously.

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April 8, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Microsoft Virtual Conference Sessions–May 14 & 15

As part of the MVP Virtual Conference – there are a range of sessions from Azure, to BI that you can attend for free. Register here – http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

Here are some I am keen on attending –

Detecting Facial Expressions with Azure Machine Learning and Kinect for Windows

Speaker: Dwight Goins

Moderator: Gian Paolo Santopaolo

This session is about learning how to use Microsoft Azure Machine Learning with the Kinect for Windows in order to detect Facial expressions. This session will cover an introduction to Machine Learning, and different algorithms used to detect data patterns. The algorithms discussed will be nearest neighbor, probabilistic learning, decision trees, and neural networks. It will also cover an introduction to the Kinect for Windows device, such as explaining the features and capabilities of the device and SDK. The session will show basic demos and data coming from the device. The session will then drill down into HD Face and describe the data which is generated from Face and HD Face tracking. Lastly the session will show a demo and provide steps on how to incorporate Azure Machine Learning features into a Windows 8.1 Kinect enabled application to detect facial expressions in real time.

Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Automation with PowerShell

Speaker: Trevor Sullivan

Moderator: Anil Desai

Many IT Pros in the industry have begun their virtualization training with VMware, but as the market shifts in other directions, a lot of administrators are finding themselves managing multi-hypervisor environments. Many businesses are now in the process of migrating some or all of their virtual workloads to the Microsoft Hyper-V platform for a number of reasons including, cost savings, scalability, and ease of management. While managing a Hyper-V cluster is somewhat similar in concept to ESXi, there are some fundamental differences. This session will cover Hyper-V clustering, management differences, and the migration of VMs from ESXi to Hyper-V. The entire session will be geared towards VMware administrators who are looking to broaden their horizons by adding Hyper-V know-how to their toolbox.

10 New Things for Developers on Windows 10

Speaker: Colin Melia

Moderator: Mark Schramm

It’s in the title. If you didn’t have time for Build or you just want to get a summary of 10 new features for developers from the new and/or updates APIs, tools SKUs and/or languages, from devices to the cloud, this is your chance to get on board.

Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Occasionally Connected Mobile Apps

Speaker: Michael Perry

Moderator: Bryan Hunter

In collaborative apps, a change made on one device appears on another. Data flows seamlessly across devices. But those devices aren’t always connected. And even when they are, users don’t want to wait for a network connection before they can see or work with their data. So data needs to be stored locally, and synchronized in the background.

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April 7, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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