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Friday Funny: How to play Pokémon GO on Windows and WIN

David Meego - Click for blog homepageUnless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you would have heard about Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO is an Augmented Reality (AR) game for Android and Apple devices that brings the world of Pokémon (made famous by the Nintendo games) into the real world. The game has had both positive and negative feedback in the mass media, but primarily has been responsible for getting many people out and about walking around, getting fit and interacting with others.

But if you don’t own an Android or Apple device, you have been unable to join the fun…. or have you?

I am not from the Pokémon generation, but my youngest son has a Nintendo DS and has played some of the many Pokémon games available. So for those who need a bit more information here is a summary from Wikipedia:

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Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpoʊkeɪˌmɒn, -kᵻ-/ POH-kay-MON, POH-ki-MON) is a media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon” (short for Pocket Monsters), which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport.

Here is the launch trailer for the Pokémon GO game:

Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO! (direct link)

You can even (soon) get a connected wearable Pokémon GO Plus device to help you keep track of the game without even having your smartphone or tablet out.

This is all great, but to date the users of Windows and Windows devices have been left out in the cold. In fact a petition on change.org was created to ask the developers to release a version for Windows.

But the internet being what it is and with a lot of smart people out there, a way to play Pokémon GO on Windows has been developed and it allows you to not just play the game, but to play it and win, without leaving the comfort of your home. Ok, it allows you to cheat.

The first part of the solution came from a Reddit thread and is an Android emulator for Windows PCs which has been fine tuned for playing Pokémon GO. It allows you to spoof the GPS co-ordinates fed to the game and use the W,A,S,D keys to walk around. You can also jump bigger distances, but that will result in a soft ban of an hour or so.

The second part of the solution is a mapping app created by Daniel Gary that gathers data from the Pokémon Go servers and shows you the locations of Pokémon in real time. So now you know where to look for them.

Here are the links:

Why did I write this article?

Well, I just found it really funny how my eldest son (who has never played any Pokémon games before) was sitting watching television at home while it was raining outside and was “walking” around catching Pokémon. Then to get XP (experience points) which are used in the game to buy things, or make things happen you need to walk around lots. So, he showed off his inner geek and set up a macro to hold down the W key for 30 seconds, then the A key for 30 seconds and then the S key for 30 seconds and finally the D key for 30 seconds and repeat.:)

These games are huge wasters of time because to progress you need to dedicate lots of time to playing… unless you are using Windows and can make the game play by itself while you do other more useful activities.

Gotta Catch Them All!

David

PS: No judgements on the cheating…. If the game worked on Windows devices, there would be no need for hacks.

PPS: Today is the last day to get your free Windows 10 upgrade.

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Go deeper into Microsoft Dynamics GP at reIMAGINE 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAre you coming to the reIMAGINE 2016 conference in Fargo, ND, USA?

If you are a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, you should be there as it is the best place to discover what’s new from Microsoft and engage with your peers during dedicated networking opportunities only available to partners.

The conference will be held on 19th – 21st September 2016 in sunny Fargo – the original home of Great Plains Software and the Dynamics GP product.

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To make sure that the Partners attending get the most value from the conference, the team responsible for the content have been working hard to incorporate the feedback from previous years and include more deep content.

There will be content for all members of Partner organisations, from Consultants and Developers to Sales and Marketing to Leadership.

For more information, please have a read of Pam Misialek’s article and provide feedback to her if you want to see specific content.

So make sure you are registered: Register Now

See you there.

David

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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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PSA: Countdown to the end of free Windows 10 upgrade

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from my previous article: Upgrade to Windows 10 for free before time runs out, this is another reminder to make sure you take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 before it finishes on 29th July 2016.

If you let the offer expire, upgrading to Windows 10 will incur a charge of US$119 for Windows 10 Home and US$199 for Windows 10 Pro.

As of today, there are nine days left.

Windows 10 is the last version of windows, updates will be rolled out via windows update to keep the platform current.

In fact, the Windows Anniversary Update is due on 02-Aug-2016, but you need to be on Windows 10 already to get it.

For more information see:

Stop hesitating, upgrade now.

David

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Filed under: Microsoft, News, Public Service Announcement, Windows Tagged: News, Windows 10

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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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Friday Funny: Solutions to Impossible Numeric Puzzles, 6 The Hard Way and The Four 4’s

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs promised when I posted the recent maths related Friday Funny articles, I would credit the source of the puzzles (at least where I found them).

The reason, I waited until after posting all 3 of the puzzles was that once you know where the site was, you would probably have found the puzzles and their solutions.

The puzzles were found as videos on the Scam School YouTube channel with Brian Brushwood. So below are the videos.

UNBEATABLE Number Puzzles (direct link)

 

The HARDEST Puzzle Yet! (direct link)

 

The HARDEST Puzzle… Part 2! (direct link)

 

Note that there are other solutions possible to some of the puzzles, these are not the only solutions.

Enjoy

David

PS: As a non-drinker I don’t really condone the use of these puzzles to get frinks (free drinks).

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#GPUG Nominate your GPUG All-Star for 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs GPUG Summit 2016 approaches, the process of selecting the new GPUG All-Stars for 2016 has started.

Nominations for your GPUG All-Stars are open and waiting for you. You must complete the survey before 29th July when the survey closes and the next voting phase begins.

The GPUG All-Star Award program recognizes three GPUG Members who have a passion for Microsoft Dynamics GP and have made significant contributions of their time and expertise to educate and connect the greater GPUG community.

GPUG All-Star Award candidates are determined by criteria associated to participating, volunteering, and sharing across all areas of GPUG:

  • Courage – The strength to persevere, hold the talent to teach fellow Dynamics GP users.
  • Passion – For those who share their Dynamics GP and technology passion with others.
  • Resolve – Willing to take the time to help others with challenges they face.
  • Advancement – The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development.

The winners will be announced at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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So go nominate a deserving community member now…

See you in Tampa

David

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