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Friday Funny: How to play Pokémon GO on Windows and WIN

David Meego - Click for blog homepageUnless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you would have heard about Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO is an Augmented Reality (AR) game for Android and Apple devices that brings the world of Pokémon (made famous by the Nintendo games) into the real world. The game has had both positive and negative feedback in the mass media, but primarily has been responsible for getting many people out and about walking around, getting fit and interacting with others.

But if you don’t own an Android or Apple device, you have been unable to join the fun…. or have you?

I am not from the Pokémon generation, but my youngest son has a Nintendo DS and has played some of the many Pokémon games available. So for those who need a bit more information here is a summary from Wikipedia:

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Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpoʊkeɪˌmɒn, -kᵻ-/ POH-kay-MON, POH-ki-MON) is a media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon” (short for Pocket Monsters), which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport.

Here is the launch trailer for the Pokémon GO game:

Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO! (direct link)

You can even (soon) get a connected wearable Pokémon GO Plus device to help you keep track of the game without even having your smartphone or tablet out.

This is all great, but to date the users of Windows and Windows devices have been left out in the cold. In fact a petition on change.org was created to ask the developers to release a version for Windows.

But the internet being what it is and with a lot of smart people out there, a way to play Pokémon GO on Windows has been developed and it allows you to not just play the game, but to play it and win, without leaving the comfort of your home. Ok, it allows you to cheat.

The first part of the solution came from a Reddit thread and is an Android emulator for Windows PCs which has been fine tuned for playing Pokémon GO. It allows you to spoof the GPS co-ordinates fed to the game and use the W,A,S,D keys to walk around. You can also jump bigger distances, but that will result in a soft ban of an hour or so.

The second part of the solution is a mapping app created by Daniel Gary that gathers data from the Pokémon Go servers and shows you the locations of Pokémon in real time. So now you know where to look for them.

Here are the links:

Why did I write this article?

Well, I just found it really funny how my eldest son (who has never played any Pokémon games before) was sitting watching television at home while it was raining outside and was “walking” around catching Pokémon. Then to get XP (experience points) which are used in the game to buy things, or make things happen you need to walk around lots. So, he showed off his inner geek and set up a macro to hold down the W key for 30 seconds, then the A key for 30 seconds and then the S key for 30 seconds and finally the D key for 30 seconds and repeat.:)

These games are huge wasters of time because to progress you need to dedicate lots of time to playing… unless you are using Windows and can make the game play by itself while you do other more useful activities.

Gotta Catch Them All!

David

PS: No judgements on the cheating…. If the game worked on Windows devices, there would be no need for hacks.

PPS: Today is the last day to get your free Windows 10 upgrade.

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Fun, News Tagged: Friday Funny, Fun, General, News

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July 29, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Go deeper into Microsoft Dynamics GP at reIMAGINE 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAre you coming to the reIMAGINE 2016 conference in Fargo, ND, USA?

If you are a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner, you should be there as it is the best place to discover what’s new from Microsoft and engage with your peers during dedicated networking opportunities only available to partners.

The conference will be held on 19th – 21st September 2016 in sunny Fargo – the original home of Great Plains Software and the Dynamics GP product.

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To make sure that the Partners attending get the most value from the conference, the team responsible for the content have been working hard to incorporate the feedback from previous years and include more deep content.

There will be content for all members of Partner organisations, from Consultants and Developers to Sales and Marketing to Leadership.

For more information, please have a read of Pam Misialek’s article and provide feedback to her if you want to see specific content.

So make sure you are registered: Register Now

See you there.

David

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Filed under: Conference, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft Tagged: Conference, General, reIMAGINE 2016

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July 28, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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PSA: ‘;–have i been pwned?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOver the last few years there have been some high profile security breaches where hackers have been able to steal user information and credentials from various websites and publish the details.

Would you like a way to know if your credentials have been caught up in the hack?

Well now you can…. and safely too.

Australian Microsoft MVP, Troy Hunt, created the site Have I been pwned? (in his words):

I created Have I been pwned? as a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or “pwned” in a data breach. I wanted to keep it dead simple to use and entirely free so that it could be of maximum benefit to the community.

Check if your email addresses have been exposed here:

See all the breaches covered by the site here:

If you want to see more of what Troy is up to, check out his blog:

Thanks to Virginia for making me aware of this cool site.

Let me know how you went in the comments.

David

PS: My email address showed up in one of the breaches (not Ashley Madison) but my password has been changed since.

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Filed under: News, Public Service Announcement Tagged: General, News

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July 25, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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PSA: Countdown to the end of free Windows 10 upgrade

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from my previous article: Upgrade to Windows 10 for free before time runs out, this is another reminder to make sure you take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 before it finishes on 29th July 2016.

If you let the offer expire, upgrading to Windows 10 will incur a charge of US$119 for Windows 10 Home and US$199 for Windows 10 Pro.

As of today, there are nine days left.

Windows 10 is the last version of windows, updates will be rolled out via windows update to keep the platform current.

In fact, the Windows Anniversary Update is due on 02-Aug-2016, but you need to be on Windows 10 already to get it.

For more information see:

Stop hesitating, upgrade now.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Microsoft, News, Public Service Announcement, Windows Tagged: News, Windows 10

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PSA: Microsoft will never call you or ask you to call them

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, I posted an article: Friday Funny: Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee, where an ex-Microsoftie had some fun with a scammer using a virtual machine which could be damaged without any actual risks to his computer.

Today, I came across a scam site that could catch the unwary. So I decided to write this Public Service Announcement (PSA) article to help keep people safe.

So, I accessed an old favourite on my internet browser and the web site that the shortcut URL accessed was no longer active. Watching the address bar, I saw it go through a few redirections before it ended up at the following scam site (not hyperlinked on purpose).

  • http:// mstech-online.site/en-warning.html

This site has the look and feel of a Microsoft site and even calls itself Microsoft Support.

Note: If you open the site you will probably need to use Task Manager to kill your browser session as the dialog will make it almost impossible to close nicely.

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Once loaded, it then opens a dialog and plays a sound file.

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So here is a reminder:

Microsoft will never call you or ask you to call them

This is a scam, designed to scare you into calling them. Once you call, they will scare you into giving them access to your machine via GoToMeeting or LogMeIn and will then either install a virus or apply a registry password to lock you out of your machine and exhort payment via credit card.

If you ever get a Virus or Malware notification from your browser that asks you to call a number or go to a website, it is a scam.

I have reported this site already, feel free to report it or any other technical support scam using the site below:

Keep safe

David

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Filed under: News, Public Service Announcement Tagged: General, News, Scam

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Friday Funny: Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis Friday Funny is also a Public Service Announcement.

Hopefully, most of you (as tech savvy readers of my blog) are aware of the “Microsoft support” or “Windows support” scams that are still catching people. The scam comes in a couple of variants, but the end result is the same…. They get money or personal data from you.

The scam as I have personally seen it, starts with a phone call to you from “Windows support” (they used to say “Microsoft support”) saying that your computer has sent data to them saying that it has a virus.


IMPORTANT NOTICE

Windows does not send any telemetry back to Microsoft that includes PII (Personal Identifiable Information). It does send error data and some usage data back, but this is all anonymous and designed to help Microsoft fix issues and improve Windows. There is nothing sent back that will allow Microsoft to know who you are.

Microsoft Support will never cold call you. Firstly because they don’t know that you have a virus and secondly because they don’t call you. You call them.


The second variant is when a dodgy website displays a message saying you have a virus and to call a number to get it fixed. If you call them, the scam takes a similar path.

In both cases, you don’t have anything wrong with your machine.

Once the “technician” (read scammer) has you on the call, they will get you to look at something in Windows that looks scary but is actually standard and behaving the way it should be. They will then get you to give them control via LogMeIn or GotoMeeting. Once they have control, they will show you more scary technobabble to make you believe you have a virus.

They will then try to sell you a support plan, or make you pay for them to fix the issue. Bingo, they just scammed you out of your hard earned money.

There is also the possibility that they might actually install software which is malicious, such as a real virus or Trojan that can capture your personal information such as passwords or credit card and bank details.

So I recently found this video by an ex-Microsoftie (like myself) who decided to “play along” with a scammer on a virtual machine and see where it took him.

Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee (direct link)

I think it is great to show how the scammers work and what they say.

For your info. I normally try to keep the scammers on the line for as long as possible. This way they are not calling someone else who might get caught. My record is having a scammer waiting 45 minutes for my machine to start up before he finally hung up.

If I don’t have time, then I will hit them with a 120db siren that I have on my desk. If they are still on the call after a 20-30 second blast, then when they ask what the noise was, I will say that my bullshit detector just went off…. they usually hang up.

I have also confronted them, asking how they can live with themselves and explaining that I work in IT and know that they are a scam. It is much more fun to get them so angry they hang up on you, than to just hang up on them.

Keep safe.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Fun, Public Service Announcement Tagged: Friday Funny, Fun

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#GPPT GP Power Tools Feature Demonstration Videos

David Meego - Click for blog homepageA few of you might have already noticed a couple of changes to the GP Power Tools portal and to the Winthrop Development Consultants YouTube channel.

What’s new is the release of the first in a series of new GP Power Tools Feature Demonstration videos.

We will be releasing a series of feature demonstration videos which are designed to be both a sales tool and also a support tool.  You should be able to watch the video to show you what the product can do, as well as learn how to use the features yourself.

The first video in the series covers one of GP Power Tools’ most popular features….

GP Power Tools – Company Based Color Schemes (direct link)

You can find the videos on a new GP Power Tools Videos page accessible from the GP Power Tools Portal page or by using the menu on the blog.

Enjoy

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, Products, Training Tagged: GP Power Tools, GPPT, Training

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