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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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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.

star-wars-hologram

Check out the video below:

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

 

Enjoy

David

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Microsoft Cognitive Services: Introducing the Seeing AI app

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast week, to coincide with the Build 2016 developer conference, Microsoft’s YouTube channel released a new video demonstrating the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) being used to create a Seeing AI (Artificial Intelligence) app.

This is a great example of why I love working in the technology and computer industry. To see technology being used to make people’s lives better and easier is what gives me hope for a future where computers improve our lives rather than making us work harder and be more stressed.

Check out the video below, also included is the audio descriptive version:

Microsoft Cognitive Services: Introducing the Seeing AI app (direct link)

 

Microsoft Cognitive Services: Seeing AI app (audio description version) (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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17th Century Shipbuilding and Your Failed Software Project

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe Vasa was a Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. The ship foundered and sank after sailing about 1,300 metres (1,400 yards) into her maiden voyage on 10th August 1628.

There are a number of lessons that can be learnt from the design, building and testing phases of the ship building process that could be applied to today’s software development world.

This is the topic of Pete Cheslock’s lightning talk at Monitorama PDX 2014:

Monitorama PDX 2014 – Lightning Talk – Pete Cheslock (direct link)

 

For more information on the ship and its history go to Vasa Museum or Wikipedia.

Enjoy

David

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Friday Funny: The Wintergatan Musical Marble Machine

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI found this newly released video from Swedish band Wintergatan.

Martin Molin designed and built the musical marble machine over 14 months and composed the music for the video. The machine uses 2000 marbles and has 3000 parts.

Check out the video:

Wintergatan – Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles) (direct link)

 

For a summary of the making of the machine and video watch:

The Marble Machine is Finished! 2000 marbles, 3000 parts (direct link)

 

For more videos on this very cool marble machine, click on the link below:

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David

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#GPUGAmplify Welcome to the New GPUG Amplify Conference

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAnnouncing the new GPUG Amplify conference just for Microsoft Dynamics GP users.

GPUG Amplify is a collaboration between Microsoft and GPUG (Dynamics GP User Group) and is happening on 23rd to 25th May 2016 at Anaheim, California, USA.

This new conference is targeting the Dynamics GP users and will offer education sessions, product roadmaps, opportunities to meet with the Microsoft Dynamics GP product, support and development teams and learn the latest about the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.

Here are the details:

  • From: Monday, 23rd May 2016 (7:00 AM) (Pacific Time)
  • To: Wednesday, 25th May 2016 (12:00 PM) (Pacific Time)
  • Where: Marriott Anaheim, California, USA

Check out the conference site at the link below:

Early Bird Registration for the conference is available until 25th March 2016.

Also there is $100 off Amplify registration for GPUG Members, so join GPUG now.

To register for GPUG Amplify, click on the link below:

For more information see these articles from the blogsphere:

Enjoy

David

PS: Maybe you should take a few extra days to visit Disneyland.

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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

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