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Friday Funny: Dilbert – The Knack “The Curse of the Engineer”

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMany years ago (in fact, in September 1999 … I found the file in my archives), I heard a very funny wave file (remember .wav, that was before .mp3 was common) called “The Knack”. It was about a mother taking their child, Dilbert, to the doctor because “he’s not like other kids”.

Well, I was recently sent a link to the actual video clip that the sound file came from and yes it was from the cartoon, Dilbert by Scott Adams.

Here is the video for you to enjoy:

Dilbert – The Knack “The Curse of the Engineer” (direct link)

 

Smile

David

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April 8, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Hololens Holoportation: Virtual 3D Teleportation in Real-time

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWhile we are highlighting videos of really cool technology from Microsoft, a video on Hololens Holoportation was recently published and it also shows amazing possibilities.

Microsoft Research have taken the three dimensional camera technology to capture people and objects in an environment and combined this with the Augmented Reality ability of the Microsoft Hololens to display the captured virtual people and objects in your field of view at a remote location.

This concept looks very much like the communications holograms we have seen in the Star Wars movies… but now for real and not blue monochrome and fuzzy.

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Check out the video below:

Hololens Holoportation: Virtual 3D Teleportation in Real-time (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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Filed under: HoloLens, Microsoft, News Tagged: General, HoloLens, News

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April 6, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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#GPUGAmplify Early Bird Discount ends Friday 25th March 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAt the beginning of the month, I posted an article announcing the new GPUG Amplify conference being held at the Marriott Anaheim, in Anaheim, California, USA on 23rd to 25th May 2016.

Today’s post is to remind you that the Early Bird Discount ends on Friday 25th March 2016. So make sure you take advantage of the discount and Register now.

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If you want to understand the difference between GPUG Amplify and GPUG Summit (in October 2016), please review the diagram published by Bob McAdam.

The GPUG Amplify conference will cover the future direction and roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP including the upcoming of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016. This is your chance to have an open dialog directly with Microsoft and the team behind Microsoft Dynamics GP.

So Register today.

David

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

Filed under: 2016, Conference, Dynamics, GP, GPUG, Microsoft Tagged: GPUG, GPUG Amplify, News

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March 23, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Friday Funny: Camel Maths

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI came across this funny maths puzzle recently. This time it has the answer with it, so you don’t need to work it out.

However, it does have a moral to go with it. :-)

So the story goes:

A father left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The will of the father stated that:

  • The eldest son should get half of 17 camels.
  • The middle son should be given a third of 17 camels.
  • The youngest son should be given ninth of the 17 camels.

As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.

So, they decided to go to a wise man. The wise man listened patiently about the will. The wise man, after giving this much thought, brought one camel of his own and added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.

  • Half of 18 = 9. So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.
  • A third of 18 = 6. So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.
  • A ninth of 18 = 2. So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.

The sons were happy. But add this up: 9 + 6 + 2 = 17. This leaves 1 camel, which the wise man took back.

Moral: the attitude of negotiation and problem-solving is to find the 18th camel, i.e. the common ground. To reach a solution, you must believe that there is a solution.

Enjoy

David

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Getting ready for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe launch of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 is getting closer.

A good sign that the release is approaching is the publishing of the schedule of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 upgrade blog articles.

Check out Sarah Purdy’s article on the Dynamics GP Support and Services blog with the details of the upcoming series.

The Connect slide on the homepage inside Dynamics GP will also start to show information for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.

Exciting times ahead…. HTML web client, more all-in-one windows. Yeah baby!

David

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

Filed under: 2016, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, News Tagged: Blogosphere, GP 2016

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March 17, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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#GPPT Top Benefits of GP Power Tools

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI was recently asked to distil the top benefits of GP Power Tools (GPPT) down to a short list which can be used for marketing purposes by partners and consultants.

This will be difficult as GP Power Tools has so many great features, but listing them all can be a little overwhelming. So, here goes….

I will break down the benefits into four areas: End Users, Administrators, Developers and Support Engineers.

End Users

GP Power Tools benefits for End Users of Microsoft Dynamics GP:

  • Always knowing which company you are logged into. This ensures that data is not mistakenly entered into the wrong company. Using a combination of Company based Colour schemes and add the company ID to the title bar of all windows provides visual cues to avoid errors.
  • Never have a window open outside the visible desktop. Windows that remember their last position and size (such as Note windows) can sometimes open off screen, causing confusion. GP Power Tools can monitor all windows and prevent this issue from occurring.
  • Simplify switching between companies. GP Power Tools can make the files on the Company Login window wider so you can read long company names and also defaults the company selection to the last company used.
  • Easily provide application logs, screenshots and system information to support. A user can start and stop up to five logging features with a single click and send screenshots of all open windows along with a system information report with another click. No need to change Dex.ini settings or restart the application. Works well on terminal servers as it only affects the current instance.

Administrators

GP Power Tools benefits for Administrators of Microsoft Dynamics GP:

  • Simplify administering Application Security. With profiling and logging capabilities it is easy to see what users have access to and what they are using. Providing access data to auditors and making changes is simple with multi dimensional views and reporting of the relationships between Operations, Tasks, Roles, Users and Companies.
  • Update settings on workstations remotely. Dex.ini settings on workstations can be administered centrally and be automatically updated the next time a workstation logs in. No need to physically visit machines to change settings.
  • Validate all users, companies and tables in your databases. Ensure that the application settings for users, companies and their access are correctly reflected in SQL Server. Check for and fix differences between application definitions and actual tables and columns. Simplifies moving servers, creating test systems and minimizes upgrade errors.
  • Create Self-Service scripts for users. Create custom scripts and publish them for end users to execute to resolve issues or perform additional actions without needing to provide access to any development tools.

Developers

GP Power Tools benefits for Developers of Microsoft Dynamics GP:

  • Easily identify application resources. Quickly and simply identify any resource in any dictionary in the system, including fields, windows, forms, tables, reports, security objects and scripts. Just provide or lookup what information you know and the rest is displayed for you. Just click on a window field and have the full details displayed for you.
  • Create scripts in multiple languages. Create and execute scripts in Dexterity, Transact-SQL, C# and VB.Net without having any extra development tools loaded. Trigger of multiple events in the application to create customisations. Create scripts and publish them to end users. Prototype and test code in the live environment. Use helper functions to mix and match languages, dictionaries and database in a single script.
  • Create custom Report Writer Functions. Write Dexterity scripts and expose them as user defined functions in the report writer to include data on reports that cannot be added using standard methods. Optionally execute additional scripts written in Transact-SQL, C# and VB.Net.
  • Create custom Web Services. Write Dexterity scripts and expose them as Service Based Architecture web services to return any data or perform any action not supported by the built in web services. Optionally execute additional scripts written in Transact-SQL, C# and VB.Net.

Support Engineers

GP Power Tools benefits for Support Engineers of Microsoft Dynamics GP:

  • Automate capture of Logs. Create triggers to capture and email logs and screenshots when specified events occur and an error condition is identified. Capture logs only when specific events occur. Find those issues which cannot be reproduced easily but can be seen in the data.
  • Simplify troubleshooting. Temporarily or permanently disable installed product dictionaries without having to change security settings, edit the Dynamics.set file or restart the application. Works well on terminal servers as it only affects the current instance. Also temporarily disable Visual Basic for Applications or Visual Studio Addins.
  • Transfer Data between systems. Export and Import XML files with data from specified tables to obtain data from a system or send fixed data back to a system. No need to backup and send massive company databases via the internet.
  • Create scripts to fix issues. Resolve issues by running scripts written in Dexterity, Transact-SQL, C# or VB.Net on a target system. Use Dexterity triggers to execute the scripts more than once if the fix needs to be applied more than once.

Ultimately all of this boils down to saving time and eliminating frustrations; Users are going to make fewer errors, Administrators and Developers can quickly access essential information and automate repetitive tasks and Support Engineers can go straight to the heart of any problem, all of which adds up to one huge benefit for the Company Managers – Efficient, happy staff.

Hope this helps explain why every Microsoft Dynamics GP system should have GP Power Tools installed.

David

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

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

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#GPPT GP Power Tools says it is unregistered on login, but is registered

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSome GP Power Tools (GPPT) sites which also have Mekorma MICR have reported an issue where GP Power Tools reports that it is not registered during login, but when you open the About GP Power Tools window it says it is registered.

This article explains the cause of the issue and the resolution.

The Issue

The dialog displayed after logging into a company says “GP Power Tools is not registered. Do you want to open the About GP Power Tools window?“.

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This dialog will be displayed only for the first time a user logs in each day and then will be hidden until the next day.

Even if the dialog has been hidden, you will be able to see the issue occurring if you look in the GPPTools__.log file where it will record an entry similar to the one below:

26/02/2016 18:18:06 : GP Power Tools is Not Registered

When you open About GP Power Tools window, it will show as registered (highlighted below).

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The effect of this issue (other than the dialog itself) is that any GP Power Tools features that should start after login, don’t. Features such as changing the window Title bar, Company Color schemes, automatic starting triggers, etc. fail to initialize.

The Cause

The cause of this issue is a timing problem, where GP Power Tools is checking if it is registered before the Mekorma Product Manager has initialized the registration system.

The original approach to fixing the timing issue was to change the Mekorma Product Manager to perform its initialization earlier, AND to ensure it ran before GP Power Tools checked the registration by moving Mekorma Product Manager above GP Power Tools in the Dynamics.set launch file. This worked as long as you had the appropriate build of the Mekorma Product Manager installed.

However, Mekorma MICR sometimes installed a different Mekorma Product Manager (MPM) build which did not include the change made for GPPT. You could get into a loop where the MPM packaged with MICR did not work for GPPT and the MPM packaged with GPPT did not work for MICR. Mekorma Support could provide an updated MICR installer which came with a MPM build that was compatible with both products. But this is no longer required….

The Solution

While researching a related issue where registration was failing for Batch Posting Service Toolkit (BPST) when called as a Web Service via Service Based Architecture (SBA), it was identified that the Mekorma Product Manager was not initialized as SBA does not log into Dynamics GP with the same scripts as the full client. After a bit of testing, I was able to identify a small change which allows the registration check to work.

This change also fixed the registration issue for GP Power Tools without needing an updated version of the Mekorma Product Manager or needing to change the order of the products in the Dynamics.set launch file.

If you are facing this issue, please make sure you download the latest GP Power Tools build from the Mekorma GP Power Tools page. It will have a Last Modified Date: 26-Feb-2016 (as highlighted on the screenshot above) or later.

Thanks

David

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

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

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