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Friday Funny: Check out The Floppotron 2.0

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou might have seen music played by devices with stepper motors before. You know, moving the drive head on a floppy drive or the print head on a dot matrix printer to play a simple tune.

Well, Paweł Zadrożniak from Poland has taken it to the next level with his mad creation, The Floppotron 2.0.

Using sixty-four floppy drives, eight hard disks and two scanners, he has built a computer hardware orchestra and has now recorded a number of musical pieces for the world to enjoy.

Below are the videos he has released so far:

The Floppotron (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Smells Like Nerd Spirit (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Hawaii Five-O (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Game of Thrones (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Darude – Sandstorm (direct link)

 

Watch Paweł’s YouTube channel for his new releases.

Enjoy

David

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July 22, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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PSA: Microsoft will never call you or ask you to call them

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, I posted an article: Friday Funny: Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee, where an ex-Microsoftie had some fun with a scammer using a virtual machine which could be damaged without any actual risks to his computer.

Today, I came across a scam site that could catch the unwary. So I decided to write this Public Service Announcement (PSA) article to help keep people safe.

So, I accessed an old favourite on my internet browser and the web site that the shortcut URL accessed was no longer active. Watching the address bar, I saw it go through a few redirections before it ended up at the following scam site (not hyperlinked on purpose).

  • http:// mstech-online.site/en-warning.html

This site has the look and feel of a Microsoft site and even calls itself Microsoft Support.

Note: If you open the site you will probably need to use Task Manager to kill your browser session as the dialog will make it almost impossible to close nicely.

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Once loaded, it then opens a dialog and plays a sound file.

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So here is a reminder:

Microsoft will never call you or ask you to call them

This is a scam, designed to scare you into calling them. Once you call, they will scare you into giving them access to your machine via GoToMeeting or LogMeIn and will then either install a virus or apply a registry password to lock you out of your machine and exhort payment via credit card.

If you ever get a Virus or Malware notification from your browser that asks you to call a number or go to a website, it is a scam.

I have reported this site already, feel free to report it or any other technical support scam using the site below:

Keep safe

David

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Filed under: News, Public Service Announcement Tagged: General, News, Scam

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July 18, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Friday Funny: Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis Friday Funny is also a Public Service Announcement.

Hopefully, most of you (as tech savvy readers of my blog) are aware of the “Microsoft support” or “Windows support” scams that are still catching people. The scam comes in a couple of variants, but the end result is the same…. They get money or personal data from you.

The scam as I have personally seen it, starts with a phone call to you from “Windows support” (they used to say “Microsoft support”) saying that your computer has sent data to them saying that it has a virus.


IMPORTANT NOTICE

Windows does not send any telemetry back to Microsoft that includes PII (Personal Identifiable Information). It does send error data and some usage data back, but this is all anonymous and designed to help Microsoft fix issues and improve Windows. There is nothing sent back that will allow Microsoft to know who you are.

Microsoft Support will never cold call you. Firstly because they don’t know that you have a virus and secondly because they don’t call you. You call them.


The second variant is when a dodgy website displays a message saying you have a virus and to call a number to get it fixed. If you call them, the scam takes a similar path.

In both cases, you don’t have anything wrong with your machine.

Once the “technician” (read scammer) has you on the call, they will get you to look at something in Windows that looks scary but is actually standard and behaving the way it should be. They will then get you to give them control via LogMeIn or GotoMeeting. Once they have control, they will show you more scary technobabble to make you believe you have a virus.

They will then try to sell you a support plan, or make you pay for them to fix the issue. Bingo, they just scammed you out of your hard earned money.

There is also the possibility that they might actually install software which is malicious, such as a real virus or Trojan that can capture your personal information such as passwords or credit card and bank details.

So I recently found this video by an ex-Microsoftie (like myself) who decided to “play along” with a scammer on a virtual machine and see where it took him.

Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee (direct link)

I think it is great to show how the scammers work and what they say.

For your info. I normally try to keep the scammers on the line for as long as possible. This way they are not calling someone else who might get caught. My record is having a scammer waiting 45 minutes for my machine to start up before he finally hung up.

If I don’t have time, then I will hit them with a 120db siren that I have on my desk. If they are still on the call after a 20-30 second blast, then when they ask what the noise was, I will say that my bullshit detector just went off…. they usually hang up.

I have also confronted them, asking how they can live with themselves and explaining that I work in IT and know that they are a scam. It is much more fun to get them so angry they hang up on you, than to just hang up on them.

Keep safe.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Fun, Public Service Announcement Tagged: Friday Funny, Fun

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July 8, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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#GPPT GP Power Tools Feature Demonstration Videos

David Meego - Click for blog homepageA few of you might have already noticed a couple of changes to the GP Power Tools portal and to the Winthrop Development Consultants YouTube channel.

What’s new is the release of the first in a series of new GP Power Tools Feature Demonstration videos.

We will be releasing a series of feature demonstration videos which are designed to be both a sales tool and also a support tool.  You should be able to watch the video to show you what the product can do, as well as learn how to use the features yourself.

The first video in the series covers one of GP Power Tools’ most popular features….

GP Power Tools – Company Based Color Schemes (direct link)

You can find the videos on a new GP Power Tools Videos page accessible from the GP Power Tools Portal page or by using the menu on the blog.

Enjoy

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, Products, Training Tagged: GP Power Tools, GPPT, Training

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#GPPT Last chance to get the Special Introductory price for GP Power Tools

David Meego - Click for blog homepageNew Pricing and Product Modules will be released 1st July 2016 for GP Power Tools (GPPT).

Last day to order GP Power Tools at the introductory price of US$365 will be 30th June 2016.

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New pricing for GP Power Tools will be released on 1st July 2016. You still have one week to order at the introductory price of US$365. Sites that purchase GP Power Tools at the introductory price can renew their first year subscription at US$365 before switching to the new pricing model.

The new release of GP Power Tools will separate the features of the product into three individual modules. You can purchase all three or choose the ones that best fit your needs. Core functionality such as manual logging, capturing screenshots, email and Dex.ini settings will be included with any module purchased.

GPPT Administrator Tools includes Resource Information, Security Information, Logging and Analysis, Company color schemes, and Usability enhancements, Automated Dex.ini configuration, Dictionary control troubleshooting tool.

GPPT Developer Tools includes Scripting for Dexterity, SQL Server, Visual C# and Visual Basic.Net. Triggers for both debugging and customisation. User interaction with scripts via Parameter Lists. Custom RW functions and custom Service Based Architecture web services.

GPPT Database Tools includes Database Validation to check User and Company settings as well as Table structures. Export and Import of data via XML files.

Don’t miss out on the final days of the introductory price.

Order GP Power Tools Today

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: GP Power Tools, News, Products Tagged: GP Power Tools, GPPT, News

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June 24, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Friday Funny: 6 The Hard Way

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is another numeric challenge from the internet to keep you thinking. This one does involve mathematics unlike the previous Friday Funny: Impossible Numeric Puzzles post.

This one should have the gears spinning as you work out the solutions.

The puzzle is called “6 The Hard Way” and involves you creating mathematical equations that will make three digits (from 0 to 9) equal 6.

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Here are the rules:

  • You cannot draw a number.
  • To get to 6, all you can use are mathematical symbols – as long as they don’t include a number.
  • You can solve the equations in any order.

To get you started, I will give you one of the solutions:

6 + 6 – 6 = 6

Respond in the comments how you went, but don’t give away any answers.

Hint: The solution to the 8’s equation is the hardest and needs all the techniques you would have worked out to solve the other equations, so do that one last.

Enjoy

David

PS: I will post the source links later as they include solutions.

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#GPUGSummit Conference Infographic

David Meego - Click for blog homepageNow that the Amplify conference is over, the next big event on the GPUG conference calendar is GPUG Summit 2016. It will be held on 11th to 14th October 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA. If you haven’t registered yet, get a move on!!

For partners, we also have the reIMAGINE 2016 conference in Fargo ND, USA on 19th to 21st September 2016.

Click on the image below to visit the GPUG Summit 2016 site.

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For a great summary of the conference, check out this infographic recently published by Aaron Back in the GPUG Forums.

GPUG Summit Infographic
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Here it is as a PDF if you want to download and print it: GPUG Summit Infographic2

Also, check out my post on the training classes I am running:

Hope to see you there.

David

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Filed under: Conference, GPUG, News Tagged: GPUG, GPUG Summit 2016

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