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Friday Funny: Finally…. The correct way to eat Vegemite

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIn recent years when I have come to conferences in the US, I have been bringing a stash of goodies with me.

Usually, this includes Arnott’s Tim Tams and Allen’s Chicos*, which are liked by almost everyone who tries them. And then there is the Aussie Icon, Vegemite.

The reaction I get from most people is one of abject terror, completely horrified when I suggest they try some vegemite. They will tell me how they have seen other Americans try it and that it is horrible, disgusting and compared to vomit.

US TV Hosts try Vegemite for the first time live on-air to celebrate Australia Day (direct link)


The problem is that those people who have tried it (including celebrities and TV show hosts) usually have tried it wrong. Usually very wrong. To quote one of my favourite TV comedies:

Wrong, wrong, brimming over with wrongability – Rimmer, Red Dwarf.

The problem is that Vegemite is very (read VERY) concentrated. Imagine an extremely salty beef and vegetable stock boiled down to a thick paste. Would you eat a spoonful neat? You just can’t spread it thick like peanut butter or Nutella and expect it to taste anything but disgusting.

It was first made as a by-product from another Australian favourite, beer. It is a dark brown food paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives developed by Cyril P. Callister in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1922.

Here is another reaction from a recent episode of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight show:

Jimmy Fallon and Steve Higgins try Vegemite (direct link)


So, finally it takes a famous Australian actor (and X-Man) Hugh Jackman to show Jimmy how to really eat Vegemite:

Hugh Jackman Shows Jimmy How to Really Eat Vegemite (direct link)


Hint: The butter (not margarine) should melt into the hot toast and the vegemite should be spread extremely thinly. If you can’t see the surface of the bread, you have it spread too thick and need to scrape some off.

That little 150g (5oz) jar should last a good 5 to 10 years. You can ignore the use by date. It never goes off and does not need refrigeration.

Go find some Vegemite and enjoy.


* While Allen’s is a Nestle brand, it seems they are too embarrassed to include Chicos in the product list.

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May 22, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics Bite Sized Webinars – May 2015

This article contains the list of Microsoft Dynamics Bite Sized webinars which we have scheduled EXCLUSIVELY for partners for May 2015, so that partners can benefit from these workshops. If you are a partner of Microsoft, please feel free to register for these sessions and improve your readiness on Microsoft Dynamics products.  Customers can reach out to their partner for this information.  The details of these sessions are provided below

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May 15, 2015 · Tara Higgins · No Comments
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#StarWarsDay: Star Wars Day 2015

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWhat did Luke Skywalker say to his friends on midnight of May the third?

“May the Fourth be with you!”

Yes, corny jokes aside, it is 04-May-2015 and the geeks and nerds of the world are uniting for Star Wars Day 2015.

This has become a day to celebrate all things Star Wars related and help hype the new movies coming and sell more Star Wars toys and paraphernalia. I am sure that makes George Lucas (and now Disney) quite happy.


Now to help you celebrate the day I wanted to combine a number of really geeky things together to amuse you.

Have you heard for Simon Jansen from New Zealand? Maybe not, but you might have come across his project. Started in July 1997 still ongoing (last updated in January 2015), he has be recreating the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) movie using text characters. Using ASCII characters his animation, ASCIIMATION now covers about 80% of the movie. You might ask Why? According to his FAQ, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.“.

Sten Spans, a Dutch Unix engineer, took Simon’s work and made it available from his Telnet server. Some people believed that this was an “Easter Egg” hidden in the command line of Windows, but it isn’t. It can be accessed from any device or operating system that has a Telnet client installed.

Note: You might need to go to Control Panel >> Programs and Features >> Turn Windows Features on and off and select the Telnet Client, then click OK to install Telnet on Windows.

Finally, there is Minecraft. Now owned by Microsoft, Minecraft is a another world wide phenomenon loved by geeks, nerds and children around the world. So, I present the following video for your pleasure:

Starwars ASCII (via Minecraft) (direct link)


Just in case you don’t like the silent treatment, here is a version which has had dialogue and music added:

Star Wars Asciimation With Sound (direct link)


For more information about Star Wars Day (and fun), check out the following sites:

Enjoy today, but be careful tomorrow as you could get caught up in the “Revenge of the Fifth”.


PS: Did you see the surprise in the first video at 13:59?

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Refreshable Excel report for monthly GL budget in Dynamics GP

Dynamics GP has some great functionality for uploading a General Ledger budget from Excel. However, if you have a lot of accounts, getting the data back into Excel is sometimes a little more time consuming than desired. I recently created a refreshable Excel report that uses a SQL stored procedure for this and wanted to […]

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April 28, 2015 · Victoria Yudin · No Comments
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ANZAC Day 2015

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday (25-April-2015) is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

On 25th April 1915, Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What was meant to be a quick decisive attack ended up as a eight month stalemate with the eventual withdrawal of the allied forces. The campaign was a failure with the most successful part being the evacuation without loss of life.

If you have some time to spare, watch Peter Weir’s masterpiece, Gallipoli, with a very young Mel Gibson. If you haven’t seen it, it will help explain what is meant by the ANZAC spirit and Mateship:

Gallipoli Full Movie (1981) (direct link)


I know the following video is not about the First World War, but it is about Australian soldiers involved on combat and how it affects them. I get emotional every time I listen to this song:

Redgum – I Was Only 19 (1983) (direct link)


For more information see the following sites:

Lest we forget.


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Updating Dynamics CRM OnPremise to work with Microsoft Dynamics Marketing 2015

If you have Dynamics CRM OnPremise and it is integrated with Dynamics Marketing this post is for you. This post will focus on the steps to you need to perform to allow your integration to continue to work after Dynamics Marketing is upgraded to 2015. Download the Dynamics Marketing resources: Install the Microsoft Dynamics Marketing 17.0.3711 – CRM Connector.msi file on the server you had the previous version installed on.

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April 24, 2015 · Corey Hanson · No Comments
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Social Media and Winthrop Development Consultants

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHello to my readers.

This is just a quick reminder of the various ways you can keep up to date with what is happening at Winthrop Development Consultants.

You have many options to connect with Winthrop through a variety of websites and social media platforms.

Please Favourite/Bookmark/Like/Follow/Connect/Subscribe to the following services with the links below:

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