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Friday Funny: Impossible Numeric Puzzles

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday’s Friday Funny comes from something I saw on the internet. I would normally give credit to my source, but as that will also give away the solutions, I will wait until later when I post the solutions.

Can you solve these three numeric puzzles? …… Despite the title of this article, they do have solutions.

Respond in the comments if you think you have solutions, but don’t give away any answers.

Here you go…

Puzzle 1

By only adding one straight line to the following equation make it a true expression.

Note: You are not allowed to change the equals to not equals.

Puzzle1

Puzzle 2

In the same way that three 20’s add up to 60, use the same number three times to create a sum that adds up to 60.

Puzzle2

Puzzle 3

Using only the four digits 2, 3, 4, 5 and the two symbols +, = make a true equation.

Puzzle3

Following challenging my family with these puzzles, I have to add the following clarifications/rules:

  • All puzzles are using base 10. No hexadecimal allowed.
  • In Puzzle 1, you cannot alter the equals sign in any way. For example: changing it to be less than or equal, greater than or equal, or not equal.
  • In Puzzle 2, you cannot add any other mathematical operations.
  • In Puzzle 3, you must use all four digits and two symbols. You cannot rotate the symbols to create multiply symbol or the number 11.

At least my family were trying for creative solutions. But they did manage to solve all three in the end.

Enjoy

David

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#GPUGSummit Come train with me, let’s train, train away

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSorry for the out of tune singing and altered lyrics… I just changed the mode of transport. Also, apologies to Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble.

But registration for the pre-conference Academy training at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa is now open and that makes me want to sing.

Just to get you in the mood, play the following video while you read the rest of the article:

Michael Buble – Come fly with me (direct link)

 

Firstly, if you have not registered for GPUG Summit 2016, do it now as it is filling up fast and accommodation in Tampa, Florida, USA is getting harder to find.

DCI-SUMMIT_GPUG-LOGO

Secondly, register for the Pre-Conference Academy Training you want to attend.

GPUGAcademy

I would like to highlight the training classes I will be presenting:

Dexterity Fundamentals Bootcamp (5 Days)

Dexterity I (Dexterity Product Fundamentals) will teach you about the development environment used to build the Microsoft Dynamics GP family of products. This course will provide you with the foundation you need to build integrated, database-independent applications. In addition, you will learn how to provide powerful application functionality for Dynamics.

See my previous post:

Note: This training runs in the week prior to GPUG Summit 2016 (from Monday 3rd October 2016 to Friday 7th October 2016) and will be held at the Microsoft Office in Tampa. I will be staying close to the Microsoft Office at the Crowne Plaza Tampa – Westshore for the week of the training before shifting to a different hotel for GPUG Summit.

Click here for details and registration: http://sched.co/77Lx

Introduction to GP Power Tools (1/2 day, morning)

GP Power Tools (previously known as the Support Debugging Tool) is a powerful suite of tools to help you support, administer and customize your Microsoft Dynamics GP system.

This workshop introduces the user level (standard mode) features of the tools such as; identifying resources (windows, tables, fields, etc.), resolving application security issues, capturing screenshots and logs, troubleshooting the cause of an issue, controlling Dex.ini settings and even avoiding issues by color coding companies.

David Musgrave, the original developer, will guide you through the installation process and use of the tools. You will learn what the recommended configuration is and how to set up the tools to get the most out of it. This session is a must for those wanting to also attend the advanced workshop.

Click here for details and registration: http://sched.co/77M9

Advanced GP Power Tools Tricks and Tips (1/2 day, afternoon)

GP Power Tools (previously known as the Support Debugging Tool) is recognized by system administrators and consultants as a valuable tool that eases the task of administering Microsoft Dynamics GP.

In this advanced workshop, we build upon the foundation from the introduction workshop and look further into the administrator level (advanced mode) features of the tools. We will look into the scripting and programming capabilities of the tools, showing how it can be used to customize the system and fix issues. Also, we will explore the Database Validation feature to understand how this will help ensure your system is in “tip top” shape and so avoid upgrade issues.

David Musgrave, the original developer, will guide you through practical, hands-on examples using a variety of scripting languages including SQL, Dexterity and now C# and VB.Net. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience with, we can guide you through.

Click here for details and registration: http://sched.co/77Lt


While not part of the GPUG Academy Training, I will also be running Advanced Dexterity Training in the week before the Dexterity Fundamentals bootcamp in Tampa.

The training will run in the week following the reIMAGINE 2016 conference and will be located at the Axentit offices in Mexico City from Monday 26th September 2016 to Friday 30th September 2016.

Dexterity II (Dexterity Advanced Integration Techniques)

The Dexterity II course is designed to build upon the skills acquired from the Dexterity I course. It will provide advanced knowledge necessary to build applications that are tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP. The class will focus on building integrations associated with maintenance windows, transaction windows, inquiry windows and reports. In addition, topics such as creating SQL data and upgrading applications will also be discussed.

See my previous post for details:

So “Come train with me, let’s train, train away” …..

Hope to see you.

David

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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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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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Friday Funny: Magnets, Marbles and Dominoes

David Meego - Click for blog homepageA friend of mine posted the first video in this article on the Book of Face last week and I wanted to share it because it is really clever.

The video takes the traditional domino toppling idea and turns it on its head with Marbominoes using marbles, ball bearings and magnets. The creator, Kaplamino, shows many different techniques and keeps you asking “What’s next?”.

At the time of posting this article the video has almost two and half million hits.

Magnets and Marbles! (direct link)

 

Here is another video from last year using dominoes that also is worth watching.

Random screen link! (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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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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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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