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Friday Funny: What happens when you reply to spam email

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI must apologize for my web absence. I have been very busy working on a couple of things; the renovation of my younger son’s bedroom and developing the next builds of my products GP Power Tools and Batch Posting Service Toolkit. More info on those new builds coming soon.

So, just to let you know I am well and still around (thanks to those who checked up on me), here is something to entertain you. Enjoy this TED talk about spam email.

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch (direct link)

 

Have fun

David

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April 29, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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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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April 15, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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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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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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Legendary British comedian Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI grew up in the United Kingdom and one of the funniest programs on television was “The Two Ronnies” with Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker.

If you have not heard Ronnie Corbett passed away last Thursday at the age of 85.

It is sad to lose him, but now heaven is much funnier with both of the Ronnies (and Robin Williams).

Ronnie_Corbett

Here is some of his comic genius in action:

My Blackberry Is Not Working! – The One Ronnie, Preview – BBC One (direct link)

 

Goodbye Ronnie

David

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#GPPT Understanding GP Power Tools User vs Administrator features

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, a question was raised about what was required to access GP Power Tools (GPPT) Administrator level features.

GP Power Tools features can be broken down into to levels or modes:

  • Standard Mode or User Level features
  • Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features

Standard Mode features can be used safely by all users and can be accessed once application level security is granted to the windows using the GP POWER TOOLS USER Security Role. This role should be granted to all users for all accessible companies in the system.

Standard Mode includes the following features; Manual Logging Mode, Dex.ini Settings, Resource Information, Security Profiler, Security Information, Security Log, Runtime Executer, SQL Executer, .Net Executer, Configuration Export/Import , ScreenShot, and Send Email.

Advanced Mode features are those administrator level features that could provide access to view or modify data and include scripting in multiple languages and Export/Import facilities. Advanced Mode features require the following:

  • Application level security using the GP POWER TOOLS ADMIN Security Role or POWERUSER Security Role.
  • SQL Server system administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system database and company databases.
  • The Dynamics GP System Password or the GP Power Tools Administrator Password (depending on how the system is configured).

Advanced Mode features include; Automatic Debugger Mode, Dictionary Control, XML Table Export, XML Table Import, Runtime Execute, SQL Execute, .Net Execute, Configuration Maintenance, Administrator Settings, Administrator Password Setup, Dex.ini Configuration, Database Validation, and Setup Backup and Restore.

If the user does not have the elevated privileges at the SQL Server level, they will receive the “You must be logged on as a user with SQL Server system Administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system and company databases to access this feature.” message.

GPPT_DBO_Error

Note: The message was previously “You must logged on as a user with DBO privileges to access this feature.“, but has been updated to provide more information.

The user who will be accessing Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features does not need to be a POWERUSER, ‘sa’ or ‘DYNSA’. They just need access to the windows and to be granted elevated permissions at the SQL Server level. The permissions are required both for technical reasons and as an extra level of security to ensure that only administrator users can access Advanced Mode features.

Please note that even though the user has elevated privileges, due to their password being encrypted, they can only log in to Dynamics GP and so cannot use those privileges outside Dynamics GP.

For more information on GP Power Tools, please visit the portal:

Hope this explains everything

David

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