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#reIMAGINE2015 – Day 2

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Tuesday started again with breakfast in the Grand Ballroom at t Hilton Garden Inn. Mariano had some things to deal with so I headed over to the Microsoft Campus for the day’s sessions.

The first session for me was an Expert 1-on-1 Workroom with Leslie Vail. We had about 10 people join us in the room, but there were not many developer related questions. So I let Leslie drive the session and discuss various application level topics.

Later, I sat in on Mariano’s Expert 1-on-1 Workroom with Windi Epperson and relaxed a little as the others discussed a variety of topics, including options for Web Client deployment and Azure clouds vs other cloud services vs hosted services.

Then it was time for lunch in the Microsoft Cafe and Chef Kevin looked after me as he always does when I am in town. He ensured that the food I selected had no Flavour Enhancers (like MSG and its buddies) which have nasty effects on me :-(.

We then left the Microsoft campus and headed back to the Hilton Garden Inn. I had a meeting and so was unable to attend the Rapid Fire Partner Solution session, but the meeting went well.

Then it was time to get on a coach and go “Downtown, things will be great when you’re Downtown” to the Fargo Theatre.

The evening of the Fargo Downtown Experience started with a networking reception at the “Art Deco” Fargo Theatre (built in 1926 and restored in 1999). While the reception was in progress, we had some drinks (& popcorn) and listened to the organist who rose up from below the stage and played a great range of show tunes.



Then, as the organist disappeared back into the ground, it was time for Keynote Speakers. The first speaker was Wayne Morris from Microsoft (who originally hails from Brisbane, Australia). He reiterated Microsofts commitment to Dynamics and the small and medium market.

The rest of the speakers were all from the Fargo region and were introduced by our MC for the night Greg Tehven. We heard from Clint Howitz, CEO of DogIDs, who explained how an idea with one employee working from home has grown into large business with many employees. We also heard from Max Kringen, CEO of TellWell. TellWell is an organisation which helps other businesses with guidance and planning for social media strategies and design.

The final speaker was Mark Lindquist, who is a former United States Air Force Sergeant who now works as an actor, entertainer and motivational speaker. Mark was incredibly dynamic (no pun intended) and challenged everyone to get out of their comfort zones and do something that makes you uncomfortable as once you have done it a few times it will become normal.


To demonstrate he asked the audience to clasp their hands and then open their arms and do “Jazz” hands and then clasp them again. We repeated this three times and then he asked us to notice which thumb was on top. The point is that people always clasp their hands the same way ever since they were babies. Changing the clasp to the other way just feels wrong. Try it right now….. See what I mean?

We then tried the same process with crossing the arms and again one way feels natural and the other feels uncomfortable. Go on try it now…. no one is watching. The moral of the story was to get out of the comfort zone and reIMAGINE what you can do, soon it what was hard or felt wrong will be normal and you can move on to the next challenge.

After the session was over, we noticed that the first challenge for the evening was spelling related. :-) 


After the keynote speakers, many of the attendees started with the “Downtown Experience” which was a sponsored pub crawl with each of the conference sponsors taking over one of the local drinking establishments.

I skipped the pub crawl and instead had dinner with the teams from NexTec and Mekoma as well as some friends. We had a lovely meal at Mezzaluna, which is situated behind the Fargo Theatre (number 14 on the map below).

Mezzaluna Clockwise: Angel Blum, Mark Wiley, David Musgrave, Leslie Vail, Jen Kuntz, Craig Klapman, Corey Clay, Sheila Jefferson-Ross, Mike Davis, Belinda Allen, Mike McDowell, & Elsa Williams.

Note: Mariano was at Mezzaluna, but ended up on another table as we had too many people… more than the original booking number.

After dinner some of the group went and joined the Downtown Experience, while a few of us caught a coach and headed back to the hotel to get some rest.


Stay tuned for Day 3 and the final day of the conference.


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#Windows10Devices Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, 6th October 2015 at 10:00am US Eastern time in New York City, the Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing took place and it was an extremely polished presentation that introduced the world to the new Microsoft Devices for Windows 10.

The briefing announced some awesome new devices and games. Below are some of the videos from the event including the new Microsoft Band, new Microsoft Lumias, and the new Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book.

Microsoft Devices: Do Great Things (direct link)


Xbox One: Greatest Games TV Commercial (direct link)


The New Microsoft Band (direct link)


The New Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL (direct link)


The New Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (direct link)


The New Microsoft Surface Book (direct link)


I know what is now on my wish list. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the Australian releases.

If you want to watch the full presentation (which is definitely worth the time), click the link below:

The Hololens demonstration of the Project X-Ray game was amazing.



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OFF-TOPIC: Windows 10 and Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) Issues (UPDATE)

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This is my first post from Perth, WA. It’s been an excellent journey and so far so good. More about my Perth life later.

This is something that I never experienced before. When you download any file from PartnerSource or CustomerSource, Microsoft would let you do that only through it’s File Transfer Manager program. If you have that installed already, any download initiation would first invoke this program and then let you set the path/folder to take in that download and etc.

However, when I tried to do that from my new Windows 10 machine, the FTM did not open. I tried to figure that out, but later remembered this same issue happening on my Windows 8.1 machine.

Basically, from Windows 8.1, for some reason, calling the FTM from Internet Explorer worked only on a 32 bit Internet Explorer.

Looks like Microsoft has not fixed that yet. If you are wondering why your FTM…

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October 5, 2015 · Vaidyanathan Mohan · No Comments
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Friday Funny: What is Cricket?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from last Friday’s post: Friday Funny: What is AFL? Aussie Rules Explained, I thought it would be worth posting something about Australia’s favourite Summer sport…. Cricket.

Cricket is played all over the world but predominately in countries with an English heritage as it is the Brits who invented the sport.

The following video provides a good 5 minute introduction to the sport of Cricket and its various forms.

Cricket World Cup 2015 – What is Cricket and Overview All World Cup (direct link)




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#reIMAGINE2015 – Getting There

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Starting with a taxi ride at 3:00am Friday morning to the airport, my 31.5 hour journey to Fargo, North Dakota, USA for the reIMAGINE 2015 conference began.

This trip is the longest I have had in the US as I will be staying until the GPUG Summit 2015 conference in Reno.

My flights were uneventful, I watched too many movies (8 movies and 1 music concert) and did not sleep enough. I flew from Perth to Sydney (4 hours), Sydney to Dallas (15.5 hours), Dallas to Fargo (3 hours). The only downside was a long transit time in Dallas where I spent about 4 hours snoozing.

Once I got to Fargo (at 9:30pm Fargo Time), I was disappointed to find that the spread of Minions had got here was well. They seem to be taking over the world and one day they will turn on us and become our masters. :-)


Once I got to the hotel, I unpacked my stash of Australian yummy treats and Vegemite. This trip I have even more as I have 3 events to go to (the two conferences and Dexterity training in Mexico). I then went to bed to get some well deserved sleep.


The reIMAGINE 2015 conference is being held at the Convention Center attached to the Hilton Garden Inn with most of the attendees staying at Garden Inn or the Home2 Suites next door. I went out on Saturday morning to get some photos during daylight.

In the photo below, you can see the Convention Center to the left of the main building.


I am staying at the Home2 Suites next door.


The view from my room window shows the cross walk that takes you straight to the Convention Center.

Convention Centre

Looking forward with catching up with my friends as they start arriving on Saturday afternoon.

Next update from Fargo soon.


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Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client no longer working on Google Chrome 45

If you had gotten used to running the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client on Google Chrome, chances are you have just woken up to the constant requests for installing the Silverlight plugin. You may have attempted the installation a few times by now, only to notice that you are still being requested to install Silverlight.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client on Chrome 45 

Google Chrome users who normally relied on functionality that NPAPI plugins provided won’t be able to make use of them anymore with the release of Chrome 45. NPAPI-only plugins such as Java or Silverlight are used throughout the web and while their use is declining, there are numerous applications and services that make use of either one or another plugin – for example, your beloved Microsoft Dynamics GP web client.

This Chrome Extensions article explains the security concerns behind the use of NPAPI-based plugins, mainly, the ability of said plugins to gain access to a user’s local machines. Any security gaps in such plugins would render a user’s machine vulnerable to exploits by malicious code.

However, this should not at all come as a surprise, since Google had it in the works to remove NPAPI support since September of 2013, see Saying Goodbye to Our Old Friend NPAPI, with Chrome 45 selected as target for final deprecation.

So what are the alternatives?

Well, you can fall back once more to Internet Explorer 10 (desktop), Mozilla Firefox, or even Apple’s Safari. If my mind serves me correctly, the latter two will have some minor limitations (as in “may not be fully compatible”).

Option number 2 would have you downgrading Chrome, if you are willing to get the installer from non-Google sites like Old Apps or File Hippo.

As a final note, the following browsers DO NOT support Silverlight:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 modern UI
Microsoft Edge (formerly code name Spartan, available on Windows 10)
Google Chrome (version 45 and above)
Opera (version 20 and above, current version is 32)

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

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September 18, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Friday Funny: What is AFL? Aussie Rules Explained

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, I start my flights to the USA for reIMAGINE 2015 in Fargo, ND and GPUG Summit 2015 in Reno, NV. By the time this article posts I will have already left Perth and be coming in to land in Sydney.

As is customary when I visit the US, I will be bringing some of Australia with me (usually in the form of edible treats). In this article, I thought I would bring some Australian sports knowledge to my overseas readers.

I know that most of my friends in the US have heard that Australia has a “football” game of its own, but don’t really understand what Aussie Rules or Footy is really about.

The videos below have been created by the AFL (Australian Football League) and help explain the game.

The first video is a great 5 minute introduction to the game with comparisons to other sporting disciplines.

What is AFL? Aussie Rules Explained (direct link)


This second video is much longer (30 minutes), but does go into the history as well as details about the teams and their star players, as well as how the game effects the community.

AFL Explained (direct link)


For more information check out the ALF website at

As I write this article, both Western Australian teams (the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers) have advanced to the preliminary (semi) final round.  We need to wait until after this weekend’s games to know who they will be facing.


Time will tell if we will have an all West Australian “Derby” Grand Final.



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