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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.

David

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April 25, 2015 · WinthropDC · 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:

Social-media-WDCWinthrop Development Consultants Company Website
http://www.winthropdc.com/

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Winthrop Development Consultants Blog
http://www.winthropdc.com/blog

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http://www.facebook.com/WinthropDC

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Winthrop Development Consultants on Twitter
http://www.twitter.com/WinthropDC

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http://www.linkedin.com/in/DMusgrave

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Winthrop Development Consultants on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/WinthropDC1

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Winthrop Development Consultants Syndicated Blog on Dynamics Community
http://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/winthropdevelopmentconsultantsblog

 

Stay connected

David

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Update: Positive Thoughts for Leslie Vail

David Meego - Click for blog homepageJust wanted to post a quick update from my friend Leslie Vail after my original post:

I heard from Leslie today that the surgery went well and she is now resting comfortably.

She wanted to thank everyone for their positive thoughts and lovely comments.

Please keep the positive vibes flowing as Leslie continues on the road to recovery.

We need her well and back at the conferences. No-one else can wear the capes like she does.

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Mark Rockwell trying to emulate Leslie

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John Lowther playing Leslie when he co-presented with her

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Leslie, Jennifer (my wife) and Sheila from Convergence 2012

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Leslie and the famous golden GPUG cape at Convergence 2011

Get well soon.

David

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Positive Thoughts for Leslie Vail

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is a shout out for my great friend Leslie Vail. Leslie is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Dynamics GP and has been a stalwart of the Microsoft Dynamics GP community for many years. She also known as the Dynamics Confessor on her Dynamics Confessions Blogspot.

Between you and me, she does not like it when I mention that she worked with Great Plains Accounting before Great Plains Dynamics 1.0 was even released. So don’t mention it to anyone.

Well, Leslie needs our help.

You might remember that when we last saw Leslie at reIMAGINE 2014 last November, that she was walking with a cane (which she decorated in typical Leslie style).

The issue is that Leslie has done so much walking around (wearing one of her capes) when training and at conferences, that her hips are playing up. So they are working on rebuilding her by replacing first one and then the other hip.

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Leslie showing off her decorated cane at reIMAGINE 2014.

One hip has already been done, but Leslie was not yet ready for all the walking at Convergence 2015, and so could not make it. We really missed you in Atlanta Leslie.

Anyhow, a couple of days ago, she let me know that she has been diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. She is scheduled for surgery on this coming Monday morning (US time). This is her second brush with cancer and Leslie says she will beat this “bump in the road” like she did before.

Leslie also said this information was not newsworthy, but I disagreed. So I requested and received permission to post something as I wanted her to see how much she means to the Dynamics GP community.

Please keep Leslie in your thoughts and send lots of positive energy to her. Also add your comments and well wishes below.

Looking forward to see a healthy (and Bionic) Leslie soon at reIMAGINE 2015 (in Fargo) and/or GPUG Summit 2015 (in Reno).

Love you Leslie.

David

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BlackBox – The First Dexterity Game

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt has been many years since my BlackBox game got a mention and so I thought it was time to bring it up again.

I first wrote the game BlackBox for Dexterity in 1999 while I operated as Winthrop Dexterity Consultants. The game is based the original board game by Eric Solomon and was created with his kind permission.

The concept of the game is to find the location of a number of atoms hidden in a 8 by 8 grid.  Your only method of looking for the atoms is to “fire” beams into the grid from the edges of the grid and see if the beams are absorbed, reflected or deflected.

During my childhood, this was one of my favourite games and I had already written versions for the Apple //e, the Commodore Amiga, and the Sharp PC-E500 pocket computer. So, I thought why not create one using Dexterity.

Here is a screenshot of the game:

BlackBox1Screenshot of the BlackBox main game screen

When I first created the code it was hidden as an “Easter Egg” in products I was selling at the time. When I sold Omni Security and Omni Field Security to Great Plains (Microsoft) as Advanced Security and Field Level Security, I had to remove the BlackBox game from the code.

Later when I first developed the MBS Support Debugging Tool, it contained the BlackBox game. But it had to be removed when I finally got permission to release build 9 publically as the Support Debugging Tool.

While I was at Microsoft, I was not allowed to add the game to anything I developed, so it was released as a separate BlackBox product and for the last many years it has been available as a free download on the Winthrop Dexterity Consultants Downloads Page and Products Page.

So, if you want to try the game out, head over to the Winthrop Dexterity Consultants Products Page and download the BlackBox.zip file. It works with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Once the chunk is installed, you will find the BlackBox menu option on the Tools >> Customize menu. If you add it to Shortcuts or Quick Links, it can be played on the Web Client as well.

For more information, here are some related links:

Please add your comments to say what you think of the game.

Enjoy

David

PS: Its Dexterity Product ID is 900, so that should give you an idea or how old it is. New Product IDs are in the high 7000’s.

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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Wrap Up

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Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA has come to an end and it is now time to post the final wrap up.

I really enjoyed the social and networking aspects of the conference and loved presenting. It is also great to hear feedback from customers and partners about how the work done in the community (forums, blogs, etc.) is appreciated.

As promised here are the source code files and development environment from the CSG024: Microsoft Dynamics GP: Customizing the User Interface session as well as the link to the Company Login example used.

Below are all the posts for Convergence 2015 Atlanta from this blog:

I hope you enjoyed the series.

If the rumours are correct and that Convergence will be changing to have less Dynamics focus, less technical content and less Microsoft Dynamics GP content, then I think I will be focussing my travel arrangements on the smaller GP specific events listed below.

Just one last quick reminder to mark your calendars for the upcoming events

  • reIMAGINE 2015 in Fargo, ND, USA on 21-23 September 2015
  • GPUG Summit 2015 in Reno, NV, USA on 12-16 October 2015
  • PreGame at Summit 2015 in Reno, NV, USA on 13 October 2015

Hope to see you at there.

David

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Microsoft News: MS-DOS Mobile, Surface 3 and new MVPs

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHappy Easter to you.

There has been lots happening over the last few days and I wanted to highlight a some of the news.

So please keep reading for a summary of the week’s news.

MS-DOS is back. Yes, you read that correctly. Microsoft has gone back to basics and launched a version of MS-DOS that you can carry with you anywhere, anytime. Try MS-DOS Mobile for your Windows Phone. The simplicity of the solution is just amazing and monochrome text never looked so good.

Welcome to MS-DOS Mobile (direct link)

 

MS-DOS Mobile is available for download today http://lumia.ms/msdosmobile (direct link)

[Edit] You can even play games and run Windows 3.1 on it. Just fantastic. AND…. you won’t believe the gobsmacking quality and resolution of the camera.


Next up is the launch of the Surface 3. A smaller, thinner, lighter, less powerful, and cheaper fanless sibling to the Surface Pro 3. Unlike its predecessors, The Surface 3 is running on an Intel Atom processor and not ARM based architecture, which means it is running a full version of Windows 8.1 and not the now defunct Windows RT.

Introducing the new Microsoft Surface 3 (direct link)

 

To understand the differences in the Surface models, check out the comparison chart at


Finally… Congratulations to our latest Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). See their announcement posts below:

Beat Bucher (Blog: The Dynamics GP Geek Blog)

Mahmood M. AlSaadi (Blog: Dynamics GP Essentials)

I have updated the MVP Blogs links on the right hand navigation pane with their blogs.

Well done to Mahmood. And a grudging well done to Beat as he withdraws his support for the TWMBSSDGPPPSATPLCPAT4MSDG. :-)

David

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April 3, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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