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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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May 23, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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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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May 20, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Secret Squirrel Business at The Secret Partner Update at Amplify

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMy good friend Pam Misialek from the Dynamics GP Product Marketing team has announced a secret meeting for Partners and ISVs to be held the day before the Amplify conference.

Now that it has been announced and reposted, I don’t think it is very secret any more, but it should still only be spoken of in hushed reverent tones and sign language.

So, if you are a Partner or an ISV (Independent Software Vendor for those who don’t like TLA’s) and will be attending Amplify or are just in the vicinity of Anaheim, California, USA then you should attend.

The session will cover partner only topics not discussed in the actual conference. I cannot provide details here (it’s secret, you know), but go to Pam’s article for the low down.

For more information on the Amplify conference click on the logo below:

Amplify_Logo

Sorry I won’t be there…. just to far to travel.

But I will be at both reIMAGINE 2016 and GPUG Summit 2016 and hope to see you there.

David

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

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May 18, 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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May 9, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Friday Funny: This Is Why You Shouldn’t Interrupt a Programmer

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is for everyone who works with or lives with a software developer.

My wife has long since learnt to leave me alone when I am in programming mode, even when I walk away from the computer to grab a drink or remember to eat (5 hours after meal time). She does not like being groaned at when she makes me lose my “train of thought”.

As most developers would understand, when you are working on solving a problem, working out a new technique or solving a complex bug, your brain is busy processing many possible solutions and discarding the ones that don’t work. Eventually it will find a working solution. All this thinking is happening too fast to write anything down, so please don’t interrupt us just because we are not typing on the keyboard.

This comic strip from Jason Heeris sums it up.

ProgrammerInterrupted

Here is the link to Jason’s site:

Enjoy

David

PS: Never suggest to a developer that it is late and they should go to bed and work on it again in the morning. You will be likely to get yelled at.

PPS: Then again, when a developer is not actually working, it is safe to make a suggestion to them in the evening. They will often have a solution by the morning…. and sometimes get up in the middle of the night to code it.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 has released!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have just received an email from my friend Terry Heley from Microsoft letting me know that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 has now been released to general availability and can be downloaded (my download is already completed:) ).

Thanks to everyone who has made this release possible. Lots of hard work goes into getting all the new features and fixes developed and tested.

The GP 2016 release adds some great new features including:

  • A new HTML5 browser with multi-device support for Web Client
  • Key additions to the All in One Doc viewers
  • ODATA service for Power BI
  • New service based architecture entities
  • plus 35+ functionality features prioritized by customers

For the download file go to the following page:

I have also updated my page on the blog with the links for all current versions:

Also check out the following blog series on the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog:

For the GP 2016 Feature of the Day articles published on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog, use the following link to access the PDF files on the OneDrive archive.

Click here for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 What’s New PDF document.

Enjoy

David

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

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Friday Funny: Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMy eldest son is responsible for many things, but excels at the Art of Procrastination.

He once asked my wife, “Do you want to practice your procrastination skills?“. She replied “Sorry, I don’t have time now.“. To which my son said, “It’s OK, we can do it tomorrow.“.

He recently found this video of a TED Talk by Tim Urban, which explains everything….

Check out the video below:

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban (direct link)

 

//TODO: Finish this post with witty comment.

David

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