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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: 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

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

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

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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

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Friday Funny: The Four 4’s

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIf you enjoyed last weeks mathematical challenge, Friday Funny: 6 The Hard Way, this challenge steps it up a level. This challenge from the internet adds a ten minute time limit to see how far you can get while under pressure.

I take no responsibility for mental breakdowns caused by trying to solve this challenge.

This puzzle is called “The Four 4’s” and involves you creating mathematical equations that will make four 4’s equal to all the whole numbers starting from zero.

Below is the chart for zero to ten, but you can keep going as far as you can for ten minutes. Getting to 20 is achievable.

Four4s

Here are the rules:

  • Use any mathematical symbol, as long as they don’t include a number.
  • There probably will be more than one solution for each equation.
  • Start at 0 and work your way up. You must go in order.
  • You have 10 minutes to complete as many as you can, aim for at least 20.

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

Hint: Watch for patterns as they will help you quickly solutions for groups of equations.

Enjoy

David

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

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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.

6TheHardWay

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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#MSCONNECT GP – Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Documentation

David Meego - Click for blog homepageTime to vote.

This is the third in a series of blog posts where I will be highlighting Microsoft Connect product suggestions that need the community’s support. If you agree with the product suggestion, please help get as many votes as you can.

The issue which is the subject of today’s article is the lack of updated documentation for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016, submitted by Vaidy Mohan.

Ever since Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 the documentation available for the product has been becoming scarcer. With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 there were 96 files installed into the documentation folder.

From Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 onwards there have been only 15 files in the folder and those have barely been updated for the GP 2015 and GP 2016 releases. If you open the pdf manuals, they mostly refer to GP 2013.

Updates for the documentation for Dexterity and the Dexterity help file as well as the SDK documentation has been lacking in the last releases.

I know that keeping the documentation up to date requires time and resources, but it is a valuable part of any software product, especially something as large and complex and Microsoft Dynamics GP.

So if you want the documentation kept up to date with the software, please vote using the links below.

Click on the link below:

Here is the URL for the link

Note: If the link does not work for you, go to https://connect.microsoft.com/directory/ and sign in with your Microsoft Account (MSA) and then find Microsoft Dynamics – Microsoft Dynamics GP in the list and click Join. Then try the links above again.Thanks

David

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

Filed under: 2016, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, Microsoft Connect, Public Service Announcement Tagged: GP 2016, Product Suggestion

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#MSCONNECT Allow Dynamics GP Desktop client to resize correctly based on screen DPI percentage

David Meego - Click for blog homepageTime to vote.

This is the second in a series of blog posts where I will be highlighting Microsoft Connect product suggestions that need the community’s support. If you agree with the product suggestion, please help get as many votes as you can.

The issue which is the subject of today’s article is the ability to resize Microsoft Dynamics GP for various screen sizes and DPI settings.

Back when Windows 7 was released, I came across an issue where the font size for Microsoft Dynamics GP was incorrect. In my case the font was larger than it should be and prompts were getting cut off (and it looked ugly).

I discovered that the issue was caused by Windows defaulting to a DPI setting of 125% on installation (based on my monitor and display card) and setting the default bitmap font size to 120%. Even though I was able to return the DPI setting to 100%, the bitmap fonts remained at 120%.

After a fair amount of research I was able to find the cause and a solution and documented how to edit the registry to change the size of the bitmap fonts. I even included an interface to make the registry changes simple into the Support Debugging Tool (now GP Power Tools).

The issue has raised itself again, but this time going in the other direct. Machines are now running at super high resolutions above Full HD (1920×1080) such as the Surface Book (3000×2000) or 4K screens (3840×2160) and GP just cannot size up to be easily readable on these displays. The bitmap font only has 100% or 120%.

Windows 10 does seem to offer better resizing abilities, even with the bitmap fonts. However, it would be great if Dynamics GP could resize like other applications.

For more information on the issues caused by the use of bitmap fonts see the original blog posts below:

So if you want to be able to use any DPI setting for Microsoft Dynamics GP and have it resize just like any other Microsoft product vote using the links below.

Click on the link below:

Here is the URL for the link

Note: If the link does not work for you, go to https://connect.microsoft.com/directory/ and sign in with your Microsoft Account (MSA) and then find Microsoft Dynamics – Microsoft Dynamics GP in the list and click Join. Then try the links above again.Thanks

David

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

Filed under: 2016, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, Microsoft Connect, Public Service Announcement Tagged: GP 2016, Product Suggestion

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