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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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#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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Friday Funny: Impossible Numeric Puzzles

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday’s Friday Funny comes from something I saw on the internet. I would normally give credit to my source, but as that will also give away the solutions, I will wait until later when I post the solutions.

Can you solve these three numeric puzzles? …… Despite the title of this article, they do have solutions.

Respond in the comments if you think you have solutions, but don’t give away any answers.

Here you go…

Puzzle 1

By only adding one straight line to the following equation make it a true expression.

Note: You are not allowed to change the equals to not equals.

Puzzle1

Puzzle 2

In the same way that three 20’s add up to 60, use the same number three times to create a sum that adds up to 60.

Puzzle2

Puzzle 3

Using only the four digits 2, 3, 4, 5 and the two symbols +, = make a true equation.

Puzzle3

Following challenging my family with these puzzles, I have to add the following clarifications/rules:

  • All puzzles are using base 10. No hexadecimal allowed.
  • In Puzzle 1, you cannot alter the equals sign in any way. For example: changing it to be less than or equal, greater than or equal, or not equal.
  • In Puzzle 2, you cannot add any other mathematical operations.
  • In Puzzle 3, you must use all four digits and two symbols. You cannot rotate the symbols to create multiply symbol or the number 11.

At least my family were trying for creative solutions. But they did manage to solve all three in the end.

Enjoy

David

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Microsoft Band 2 gets Explore Tile update

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFor those of you who enjoy the great features offered by the Microsoft Band 2, Microsoft have just announced the release of the Explore Tile along with an updated Microsoft Health app.

Also available with this update is the release of the PC version of Microsoft Health as a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app.

To get an understanding of what the Explore Tile can do, check out this video:

Microsoft Band | Explore Tile (direct link)

For more details see the post on the Windows blog:

Looking forward to trying this out. While I am not much of a hiker, I can see this being awesome when going on holiday and walking around foreign towns.

Enjoy

David

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Filed under: Band, Microsoft Tagged: Band

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Friday Funny: Software Development Issues

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday’s Friday Funny is not really a joke, but instead gives a few examples of how not to write software.

Even my previous employer, Microsoft, is not immune and will be my first example.

You might remember a joke along the lines of:

Patient: Doctor, it hurts when I poke myself here.

Doctor: Then don’t poke yourself there.

This appears to be the solution offered by Microsoft to a performance issue in Windows 8.1 when a user name contains the string “user”.

From: High CPU use by taskhost.exe when Windows 8.1 user name contains “user” (KB 3053711)

Symptoms
In Windows 8.1, when the user account name contains the word “user”, intermittently you will find the process taskhost.exe keeps consuming high CPU percentage.

Cause
This is a problem in the component DFPCommon.dl in Windows 8.1.

Resolution
To resolve the issue, do not create a user account contains the string “user” on the computer.


The next couple are screenshots which serve as reminders to avoid the mistakes made by others:

  • Even when you never expect an error message to be displayed, keep your language clean.

ErrorMessage1

  • Use the correct data types when storing data, for example: don’t use numeric data types for phone numbers.

ErrorMessage2

Click on the images for the original references on imgur.com.

Enjoy

David

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Friday Funny: Magnets, Marbles and Dominoes

David Meego - Click for blog homepageA friend of mine posted the first video in this article on the Book of Face last week and I wanted to share it because it is really clever.

The video takes the traditional domino toppling idea and turns it on its head with Marbominoes using marbles, ball bearings and magnets. The creator, Kaplamino, shows many different techniques and keeps you asking “What’s next?”.

At the time of posting this article the video has almost two and half million hits.

Magnets and Marbles! (direct link)

 

Here is another video from last year using dominoes that also is worth watching.

Random screen link! (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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May 13, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Upgrade to Windows 10 for free before time runs out

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWindows 10 was officially released on the 29th July 2015, and when it was released users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 were offered a free upgrade to Windows 10.

The free upgrade offer lasts for one year and so will expire on 29th July 2016. So this article is a reminder for everyone out there who has not upgraded yet to get a move on.

Windows 10 gives you everything that you loved about Windows 7 with the benefits of Windows 8 and store apps and heaps more.

Windows 10 is faster, more secure and has many new great features including Cortana, Edge Browser and DirectX 12 for gamers. Also there are lots of new features coming soon in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

To get the low down on why you should upgrade (like a boss), check out this video the Fedora Man himself, Bryan Roper.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon (direct link)

 

If you are ready to upgrade your device, then visit the site below to get started. You can do an “in place” upgrade over your existing system, or if you want download the ISO image and do a clean install and use your Windows 7 or 8 license key.

Note: If your only reason for staying on Windows 7 is that you can’t adapt to a new start menu, then you can install a third party start menu (eg. Start10, ClassicShell). That way you get most of the benefits of Windows 10 but still have an old start menu.

If your device is not one of the 300 million already running Windows 10, upgrade now before it will cost you (although the cost is not that much).

David

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Filed under: Microsoft, News, Windows Tagged: News, Windows 10

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