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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.

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

Filed under: Dexterity, Dynamics, Fun, GP, Microsoft Tagged: BlackBox, Dexterity, Fun, Game

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Microsoft Virtual Conference Sessions–May 14 & 15

As part of the MVP Virtual Conference – there are a range of sessions from Azure, to BI that you can attend for free. Register here – http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

Here are some I am keen on attending –

Detecting Facial Expressions with Azure Machine Learning and Kinect for Windows

Speaker: Dwight Goins

Moderator: Gian Paolo Santopaolo

This session is about learning how to use Microsoft Azure Machine Learning with the Kinect for Windows in order to detect Facial expressions. This session will cover an introduction to Machine Learning, and different algorithms used to detect data patterns. The algorithms discussed will be nearest neighbor, probabilistic learning, decision trees, and neural networks. It will also cover an introduction to the Kinect for Windows device, such as explaining the features and capabilities of the device and SDK. The session will show basic demos and data coming from the device. The session will then drill down into HD Face and describe the data which is generated from Face and HD Face tracking. Lastly the session will show a demo and provide steps on how to incorporate Azure Machine Learning features into a Windows 8.1 Kinect enabled application to detect facial expressions in real time.

Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Automation with PowerShell

Speaker: Trevor Sullivan

Moderator: Anil Desai

Many IT Pros in the industry have begun their virtualization training with VMware, but as the market shifts in other directions, a lot of administrators are finding themselves managing multi-hypervisor environments. Many businesses are now in the process of migrating some or all of their virtual workloads to the Microsoft Hyper-V platform for a number of reasons including, cost savings, scalability, and ease of management. While managing a Hyper-V cluster is somewhat similar in concept to ESXi, there are some fundamental differences. This session will cover Hyper-V clustering, management differences, and the migration of VMs from ESXi to Hyper-V. The entire session will be geared towards VMware administrators who are looking to broaden their horizons by adding Hyper-V know-how to their toolbox.

10 New Things for Developers on Windows 10

Speaker: Colin Melia

Moderator: Mark Schramm

It’s in the title. If you didn’t have time for Build or you just want to get a summary of 10 new features for developers from the new and/or updates APIs, tools SKUs and/or languages, from devices to the cloud, this is your chance to get on board.

Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Occasionally Connected Mobile Apps

Speaker: Michael Perry

Moderator: Bryan Hunter

In collaborative apps, a change made on one device appears on another. Data flows seamlessly across devices. But those devices aren’t always connected. And even when they are, users don’t want to wait for a network connection before they can see or work with their data. So data needs to be stored locally, and synchronized in the background.

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Everyone Must Watch: The Cyberbully (2015)

David Meego - Click for blog homepageSome of you may know that while I was at Microsoft I volunteered for an internet safety program called ThinkUKnow.

ThinkUKnow in Australia is based on the UK Police’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s ThinkUKnow program in the UK.

In Australia, the ThinkUKnow program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. It is delivered in collaboration with the State and Territory Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

Since leaving Microsoft, I was worried that I would not be able to continue being a volunteer presenter for the program. However, my fears were unfounded as the organisers were pleased to continue having me on the team.

The program is targeted at the parents, carers and teachers of school aged children and is designed to help make the adults aware of the risks and dangers associated with internet usage, so they can help protect their kids, with the aim of avoiding problems or knowing what to do when problems occur.

As a father and someone who has been in the computer industry since the internet was only at universities, I have seen many changes, most good, but some not so good, brought on by the use of the internet. Knowing the way that some people use the internet for criminal behaviour, scams, cyberbullying and sexual predation, makes me want to use my knowledge to help protect those at risk, and the ThinkUKnow program gave me the opportunity to do that.

On Thursday night the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) showed a TV movie called The Cyberbully. This is not the older US movie with the same name, but a new movie from the UK. It stars Maisie Williams, who you might know as Arya Stark from the Game of Thrones series. She shows her amazing talent in this movie as she is the main character and on screen for the entire sixty minutes.

After watching that movie, I said to my wife that everyone doing ThinkUKnow should watch the movie. However, I have changed my mind. I think EVERYONE. should watch it. I found it on the Tube of You, see below:

The Cyberbully 2015 (direct link)

 

If I can help just one kid avoid facing the sorts of issues raised in the movie, all the time I have volunteered would be worth it.

If you live in Australia and have kids at a school or are involved with a school in any way, suggest to them to go to the ThinkUKnow.org.au website and book a presentation.

If you want to watch more internet safety related videos please my playlist below:

WARNING: Some of the content in the videos is confronting.

Share this article to your friends, family and colleagues on the Book of Face and other social media.

David

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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015 (#CONV15) – Day 4

Phew! How about that OneRepublic concert?

Day 4 is finally here and with it, all good things must come to an end. For a change, today David and I managed to make it down to the GWCC on time and had a fairly relaxed breakfast at the Meal Hall to then move over to the Phillips Arena for one very interesting closing keynote.

As customary, an energetic Judson Althoff, President Microsoft North America welcomed the crowd to the event and proceeded to recap the week and what will be seen from Microsoft in the coming months.

Judson Althoff, President Microsoft North America

The first thing in his opening was to remind the audience how Convergence is becoming the premier event for business and that Microsoft, at its core, is “the productivity and platform company for the mobile first, cloud first world” and how the company is thinking about innovation and technology.

Althoff then introduced the upcoming events, Microsoft Ignite which is geared to showcase innovations for IT professionals, the Dynamics User Group Summits hosted by Dynamic Communities.

Microsoft Ignite

Dynamics User Group Summits

Althoff then zeroed in on the upcoming Convergence events and announced the dates and locations for Convergence 2015 EMEA and Convergence 2016 New Orleans. The latter received a round of shouts from the audience.

Convergence next stops

Then came the topic of the day: Cyber-security and the work being conducted by Microsoft and its Digital Crime Unit to counter the effects of online criminal activity.

After a short intro video (above), David Finn, Executive Director Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit who then introduced the work of the new division opened just 16 months ago and located in Redmond, Washington. The unit fights two types of crimes: Technology-facilitated crimes which targets vulnerable population such as children and the elderly, and Malware and reduction of digital risk.

David Finn, Executive Director Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

Finn then presented a number of grim statistics around the children victimization and introduced Microsoft PhotoDNA, a new cloud based solution that can be licensed by anyone to detect awful images and report them to law enforcement organizations around the world.

Microsoft PhotoDNA

David Finn then addressed the topic of malware and cyber criminal activity using botnets and how Microsoft assisted with the Citadel Malware case, which involved the infection of over 91 million PCs and the hijack of close to half a billion dollars ($500M). The case had a particular focus on using visualization and big data to analyze infection patterns across the world.

The Citadel Case

Citadel Infection Pattern

As a result of these efforts, Microsoft is experimenting with new visualization and sonification techniques to understand infection patterns. One such technique is dubbed the Specimen Box and was presented during the session.

Specimen Box – Live Mode


After the closing session, we returned to the GWCC to do some walk around the Expo. I stopped at the booth of my friends and partners at FieldOne to congratulate them for their new achievement. Microsoft has named them a Dynamics CRM Global ISV which shows their commitment to developing the channel and producing quality products.

The FieldOne team

From the Expo, I went to Mark Polino’s session CS15G003-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP: New 50 tips in 50 minutes, a jammed pack session filled with bite size tips on Microsoft Dynamics GP functionality. Mark had a full room and as the rock star he is, he commands quite the attention from the attendees. I have to admit I picked up a few good tips for my toolbox.

Up next, I had to complete the repeat of my upgrade session, CS15G002-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Upgrading and deploying. I had been assigned the last slot on the last day of the event, which I have been doing for the past 6 years now. While I did not have the same amount of attendees as with my first bout at this session, 85 people were still pretty good, considering that a lot of people left to catch their flights early in the morning.

After my repeat session, it was time for some relaxation and the famous Tim Tam Slams. Earlier, I had sent out a tweet to a number of people to meet up at the Omni Hotel bar for what has become a tradition among a select few of us. Before the slams though, I managed to meet with a group of friends from Colombia to explain some good ol’ fashioned Microsoft Dynamics GP architecture and deployment options for their company and how the web client and Microsoft Azure have revolutionized the way Microsoft Dynamics GP is deployed.

I then moved over to the bar with my friends Olga Acosta and Eddie Yepes to grab a drink before sitting down for Tim Tam Slams.

Olga Acosta does the Tim Tam Slam

Eddie Yepes does the Tim Tam Slam (and fails miserably!)

The final stretch of the evening would have me doing dinner with my good friends and fellow MVPs Belinda Allen, John Lowther, and of course David Musgrave at Dantanna’s Downtown location, inside the CNN Center. We spent the evening chit-chatting from one thing to another and enjoying John’s vicious appetite for Thousand Island dressing on his salad.

After a wonderful meal and excellent service we proceed to leave, not without running into the Njvity folks.

Chris Dobkins, Mariano Gomez, Emily Roen, and David Musgrave

The event was now over for good and it was time to leave. I really could use some sleep… but wait, still more to come.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Post Conference and Getting Home

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When I booked my flights for Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, I specifically added extra days after the conference so I could relax and spend time with Mariano and his family. Maybe we could do some sight seeing as business travel often fails to take in the sights around the city you have travelled to.

All this sounded great, until I came down with a nasty cold. It had been brewing on the last day of the conference, but by Friday it was fully in control. If it wasn’t for my trusty Neurofen Cold & Flu tablets that I travel with, the “Man Flu” would have really knocked me about.

Once the tablets had taken effect, Mariano and I drove into Atlanta Midtown area and picked up Olga Acosta and Eddie Yepes from their hotel. Mariano had mentioned to them that he and I were planning to go to the Microsoft store in the Lenox Square Mall and they asked if they could join us.

At the store, I tried to get my Microsoft Band replaced as it had gotten a little beaten up since I bought it in November and I had paid for the additional cover which allows for a replacement. However, they were out of stock… as usual. The Microsoft Band is really popular and is continuously selling out, so Microsoft must have done something right.

[Edit]: Mariano did try and pick up a replacement for me the following week, but I had taken my Band back to Australia and the store needed the old one before they could provide the replacement. I will organise something on my next US trip, before the warranty cover runs out.

As you cannot purchase them outside of the US, I had friends request that I pick up a Band for them. Before leaving Australia I had ordered three from the online Microsoft store and got them shipped to Mariano. By Friday two had arrived with the last one due for delivery on Monday (more on that later).

Anyhow, Olga, Eddie and I did some shopping at the Microsoft Store (I bought Xbox One Minecraft for Mariano’s son, Marcus) and at some of the other stores before having lunch at the Corner Bakery Cafe. The whole idea of eating a sandwich was that it would be quick and that we would have time to return Olga and Eddie to their hotel in time to catch the shuttle to the airport for their flight back to Colombia. Well, after chatting for a while after lunch we realised that we were now short of time. We probably would have been fine except there had been an accident on the freeway and the journey took longer than expected, with us arriving about ten minutes after the shuttle had left. So, we left Olga and Eddie stranded at the hotel and wished them luck in getting home.

Just kidding… We grabbed their luggage and went for a drive down to the Airport. Not exactly what we had planned, but it was fun. After dropping them off at the airport we headed back to Mariano’s place.

On Saturday Mariano and his kids went off to do some volunteer work while I had a lazy day feeling sorry for myself with my Man Flu. Boring I know, but I was not feeling well and ended up sleeping most of the morning away. In the afternoon, I played Minecraft with Marcus until the evening when we went to the local Imax movie theatre to see Insurgent in 3D, the second Divergent movie. Some of the calibration tests before the movie started where amazing in the crispness of the images. The movie was pretty good, but it did not help that I had not seen the first movie.

Sunday was miserable. I was still sick and it rained all day. While I chilled out at home with the dogs. Mariano spent the morning getting drenched at a car enthusiasts meeting with his BMW M5 (He loves that car, almost but not quite more than his family).

Sunday dinner was my last dinner in town and was my treat to say thanks for having me. We ended up going to Ichiban Steak & Sushi in Alpharetta for a Hibachi Grill meal. I know Mariano has mentioned in his blog posts my intolerance to MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) and related Flavour Enhancers (numbered in Australia as 620-640), so going Asian was risky. However, they only use Kikkoman Soy Sauce, which I know contains no MSG, and so I was good to go. Below are some photos from a fun night (with no MSG related side effects :-) ).

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Mariano, David, Tatyana and Marcus ready for a great meal and a fun show

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Mariano trying to catch rice thrown at him by the chef, almost got it too

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The chef making a volcano from a stack of onion rings

Monday, was my last day in Atlanta with my flight leaving that afternoon. In the morning I packed my bag and then Mariano drove me north out of the city and into the surrounding countryside. We stopped for a little bit at Lake Zwerner at Yahoola Creek Reservoir to take in the view.

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Chilling by Lake Zwerner

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Panorama of the lake (click for larger image)

After the lake, we drove to the City of Dahlonega in Lumpkin County and visited the old part of town with lots of historical buildings. While walking around the area, we found the Outlaw Jerky and Trail Grub store where we bought some very nice Jerky. They even had Kangaroo, but it was out of stock. The jerky I bought was to nibble on during the flight home as you cannot bring meat products into Australia.

Note: A quick aside, I believe that Australia is the only country in the world that eats its national emblems (the Australian crest has a kangaroo and an emu). While on the topic, neither the kangaroo or the emu can walk backwards.

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The Dahlonega Gold Museum in the old Lumpkin County Courthouse

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Mariano stuck on the phone again as we waited for lunch to be served

After lunch we drove back to Mariano’s place. We had about an hour and a half to kill before it was time to head out to the airport for my flights home.

Remember the third Microsoft Band, well it had not been delivered yet and I did not want to fly back to Perth without it. The shipment was coming via UPS (United Parcel Service) and we had the tracking number details. Mariano called UPS to ask when the delivery was expected, it took a while, but dispatch were able to contact the driver and get an ETA of 4:00pm. The problem was that was an hour after when we would be heading out to the airport. Mariano asked if we could meet the driver at the entrance to the suburb to get the parcel sooner rather than wait for the driver to do the rounds. Now normally this sort of request would not be allowed, but the driver knows Mariano as he has delivered to him before. The bottom line is that UPS diverted the driver from his normal route so that he could get the parcel to us at a roadside rendezvous so that I could get to the airport on time. How about that for great customer service? Thank-you UPS. Now I had all three Microsoft Bands I had ordered.

The flights from Atlanta to Los Angeles to Sydney to Perth were uneventful. However, I was able to watch Divergent on the way home, which explained some of the happenings in Insurgent. I left Mariano’s place at 3:00pm Atlanta time on the 23rd and was home by 12:00pm Perth time on the 25th, that gives an elapsed door to door travel time of 33 hours, the same as the journey to Atlanta. My son, Aaron, picked me up from the airport and drove me home, much nicer than having to catch a taxi.

It is always nice to have a shower and climb into your own bed after a trip away.

Wrap up post to follow.

David

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

Filed under: Conference, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, News Tagged: Conference, Convergence 2015, News

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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 4

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The last day of Convergence 2015 had arrived.

Today, we actually arrived at the conference center early enough to grab some breakfast in the Meals Hall before heading over to the Philips Arena for the Closing Keynote presentation.

The introduction to the keynote contained information on the upcoming conferences, including Microsoft Convergence EMEA in Barcelona, Spain and next year’s Convergence in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Convergence

Also mentioned were the Dynamics User Group Summits being held in Reno, Nevada, USA.

UserGroupSummits

Then it was time for the keynote speaker, David Finn who is the Associate General Counsel and Executive Director, Microsoft Cybercrime Center.

DigitalCrimesUnit

David discussed the work of the Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft and how they are using “big data” and visualization techniques to fight cybercrime.

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David Finn from Microsoft’s Cybercrime team

By analysing the various botnet viruses and Trojans, Microsoft is able to apply to legally have the call back pings for instructions from the botnets diverted to Microsoft servers. This allows the botnets to be rendered harmless while also capturing data on the location and volume of the infections. This information can be visualized to show global infections of each virus.

CyberThreatIntelligence

David also discussed how Microsoft developed PhotoDNA technology which can be used to fight child pornography and can still identify illegal images even if they have been modified. This service is being used by many of the giants of the IT world.

PhotoDNA

For more information on the topics covered in the Closing Keynote, the best method would be to watch it yourself online via the Convergence Video Library.

Use the link below to go directly to the session video:

You can also view similar information on the following web article:

After the keynote, I was able to get back to the Expo for a while and complete the section of the floor that I had not got around to in my previous visits.

Then it was time to attend the one and only session that I went to that was not being presented by myself or Mariano…..

  • CSG003-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP: New 50 tips in 50 minutes

Mark Polino has the formula for these sessions just right, he rattles through 50 cool tips with just enough information to get you interested enough to jot down the tip number before he is on to the next tip. All the actual detail about the tips can be found on his website: www.DynamicAccounting.net (go to Free Stuff >> Presentations).

After sitting down the front and heckling Mark, it was time to sit down at the front and heckle Mariano in the final session of the Convergence 2015 conference. This was repeat of the CS15G002-R2: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Upgrading and deploying session. Mariano still managed to pull a good crowd and keep them awake. The last timeslot in a 4 day (4.5 day, if you count PreGame) conference is always hard as everyone is tired and overloaded with information by that time.

And then it was all over, except for the most important part of any conference that I go to….

It was time for Tim Tam slams at the Omni Hotel’s Lobby Bar. Mariano had sent out a tweet to the usual suspects and we also had a few new suckers people join us for some chocolaty fun.

For the uninitiated: The Arnott’s Tim Tam (original) is a chocolate coated, chocolate cream filled, rectangular chocolate biscuit/cookie. If you nibble the chocolate from each end and then use it like a straw with a hot drink (hot chocolate or coffee), you can suck hard and then as soon as the liquid reaches your mouth throw back the entire biscuit into your mouth. Where it will dissolve, melt and disintegrate into an amazing chocolate “orgasm” in your mouth. This is known as the Tim Tam Slam.

Check out some videos below of your favourite GPUG team:

Andy Hafer doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)

 

Kim Peterson doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)

 

Bob McAdam doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)

 

For a full playlist of videos click: Tim Tam slams from Convergence 2015 Atlanta

Featuring:

Note: Can you hear Emily Roen in the background? She wimped out at having a go at doing a Tim Tam Slam but was happy to watch others try.

After we ran out of Tim Tams, John, Mariano, Belinda and I walked through the CNN Center Mall on our way to Dantanna’s. We walked past the Cartoon Network shop and I got a photo with my intoxicated friend Rick from the show Rick and Morty.

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Rick and David

We had a lovely farewell dinner at Dantanna’s. The steaks were excellent. I heard from John that the salad was good, even though I am not sure how he can tell.

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John, Would you like some salad with your Thousand Island dressing?

As we were leaving the restaurant, the Njevity team arrived and so I got a chance to say one last good bye to Chris and Emily.

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Chris Dobkins, Mariano Gomez, Emily Roen, David Musgrave

That’s it. Convergence 2015 Atlanta was now officially over.

David

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

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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 2

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I was exhausted already and it was only Day 2 of the Convergence 2015 conference.

As there were no sessions Mariano and I planned to attend first thing in the morning, we started the day a bit later. The downside is that the morning traffic had built up by the time we left and so it took a bit longer to get into Downtown Atlanta.

Once we got to the Georgia World Congress Center, we went to the Speaker Workroom to make final preparations for customisation session later in the day. Not very exciting, but it did help make the session better for those who attended.

At the CSG024-R1: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Customizing the user interface session as Mariano and I were getting our machines setup and the audio guy was wiring the microphones for us, I noticed someone in the audience with writing on their shirt that looked like it had my name on it.

I had to stop and investigate further. It turned out that Steven Vallarian, knowing that I was negotiating with Microsoft for the rights to the Support Debugging Tool, Menus for Visual Studio Tools and SnapShot, had got a number of t-shirts made up with the wording “Free David Musgrave’s Code”.

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David Musgrave and Steven Vallarian with the Free David Musgrave’s Code shirts

Thanks to Steven, a few lucky people have one of these rare shirts. While I loved the thought that went into the shirts, the negotiations with Microsoft had already been successful by the time Convergence started. This meant that Beat Bucher’s #FreeCode hash tag, did not really trend on Twitter. However, it did provide everyone with a laugh. Thanks Steven for the shirts and for putting a smile on many faces.

After that the session went very well, with brief explanations of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the options for customizing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 user interface. We covered Modifier & Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Visual Studio Tools (VST), Modifier with VST instead of VBA and Dexterity. We had demos of each tool in action, but due to time constraints, only discussed the code at the conceptual level. The source code for these demos will be posted soon on this blog and Mariano’s blog.

The message for this part of the session was that there are many options available to you and you can mix and match the tools to find the best solution for your customization.

We also surprised people by including a couple of demos for the new Service Based Architecture functionality added to Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. We showed posting a batch via a web service call and pulling data into a Project Sienna application.

The message here is that you no longer have just limit yourself to customizing the user interface, but you can now extend the user interface into other environments and devices using REST based web services.

Thank-you to everyone who came to the session, especially those who answered questions or came up afterwards to ask questions or say hello. Hope you enjoyed the Tim Tams.

After the session, I had a meeting to go to, but wanted to see if I could find Pam Misialek. Pam was my contact at Microsoft for the software code negotiations and I had to give her one of Steven’s t-shirts. While looking for her, I found Chad Sogge, who had always been supportive of giving me the code for the products I developed. I thought it appropriate for him to have a shirt as well.

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Chad Sogge showing his support. Thanks Chad

Chad told me that Pam was in a particular room, so stuck my head in the room to see if she was free…. Only to be spotted and called to the front of the room by Mark Polino, just before they started the popular DDG101: Excel, Excel, Excel. An Excel Shootout session. I had time to wave to everyone, give Pam the t-shirt (without an explanation, which confused her as the code was already “free”) and make a quick exit.

After my meeting, I went back to the Expo and continued visiting the various exhibitors. Sadly, I ran out of time and the Expo closed after I had only been there a little while.

I caught up with Mariano and we headed back to the Omni Hotel Lobby bar to relax and chat with other attendees and presenters. While there I caught up with the eOne Solutions team who are always ready to have their photo taken.

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eOne Solutions team, including my ex-Microsoftie pal Patrick “Superman” Roth

After a few drinks, Mariano and I sat down at the Omni Hotel’s Prime Meridian restaurant (just next to the lobby bar) to have some dinner before the Rock-n-Rave party. Just after we sat down, Cindy and Tanya (who were at our customisation session) came in and were going to sit at another table. As much as I enjoy Mariano’s company, dinner would be much more interesting with additional people, so I asked them to join us. They are much prettier than Mariano anyway.

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Dinner: Mariano Gomez, Cindy Reeves, Tanya Markwith and David Musgrave

After dinner we headed over to the Rock-n-Rave party which had a zombie theme to it this year. Thanks to the sponsors of the party: http://www.rock-n-rave.com/sponsors/

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John Lowther and Mike McDowell: One is ugly and the other is a zombie

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Rock-n-Rave party at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot

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Zombies don’t scare me … much

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Craig Klapman and Ora Goldman scare Ora’s daughter

Mariano and I did not stay too late as we needed to be awake for the repeat of our customization session the next day.

David

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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 2

March 31, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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