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#GPUGSummit 2015 – GPUG All Stars

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At the GPUG Summit 2015 conference, in the Mekorma Hub, there was a display of the previous recipients of the GPUG All Star award.


GPUG All Stars are individuals who help the greater GPUG community by showing:

  • Courage – The strength to persevere and the talent to teach fellow GP Users
  • Passion – A willingness to share their passion for GP and technology with others
  • Resolve – A willingness to take time to help others face challenges
  • Advancement – The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development
  • Commitment – A deep-rooted responsibility to further the mission of GPUG for the good of the GP community and Dynamics industry

GPUGAllStars0GPUG All Stars

So I had the idea to get a picture of each of the GPUG All Stars with their respective “big head”. Over the conference I was able to grab each of them and get a photo.

So here is the results of the exercise:

GPUGAllStar1   GPUGAllStar2
Aaron Back & Beat Bucher

GPUGAllStar3   GPUGAllStar4
Belinda Allen & Bob McAdam

GPUGAllStar5   GPUGAllStar6
John Lowther & A very young looking Mark Polino

GPUGAllStar7   GPUGAllStar8
Michelle Kocher & Shawn Dorward

GPUGAllStar9   GPUGAllStar10
Terry Heley & Zubin Gidwani

After the closing session on Friday and the announcement of this year’s GPUG All Stars (including me), we will have more heads next year… if they decide to make them again.

GPUG All Stars for 2015
Left to Right: David Musgrave, Viola Shoell, Steve Erbach

Thanks to everyone who voted for this year’s GPUG All Stars.


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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Day 1 – Part 2 of 2

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Now that the work portion of Day 1 was finished, it was time to relax a little.

Starting with visiting the Expo Hall. My plan was to see a bit more of the what the exhibitors had on display, but after catching up with lots of friends we just did not get very far.

John Lowther and David Eichner

Beat and I did get to enjoy a drink, but had to wait about 15 minutes for a cold soft drink. I really don’t like pouring a warm soft drink into a glass of ice as it just immediately loses its fizz. So we asked the bar staff to put a couple cans into the ice bucket and came back later to claim a cold drink. :) Thanks to the bar staff for sorting this for me and Beat.

Pam Misialek chilling at the Epxo

I ended up at the Rock ‘n’ Rave stand where Jay Manley and Steve Linz from Mekorma where holding fort and handing out sheets to be used as togas for the Rock ‘n’ Rave party.

Mekorma’s banner showing the relationship with Winthrop Development Consultants

After the Expo, Beat and I headed back to the Peppermill to drop off our bags and then headed to the Edge Nightspot for the Rock ‘n’ Rave party (also on Facebook).

Here some photos from the evening:

Debbie Camp and Mike McDowell seeing red

Relaxing around the fire pits on the terrace, the music inside was very loud

Party go-ers wearing their sheets, ehem, togas

Mark Polino, Freakin’ Awesome MVP (even if he does have to say it himself)

Some of my favourite ladies in the GP world: Kim Peterson and Pam Misialek

I had planned only to stay for a little while as I was tired after a full day (and only 5 hours sleep the night before), but as I said my good byes I was dragged onto the dance floor and not allowed to leave. I did have fun with my dance partners for the night Sheila Ochoa, Kelli Sexton, Sheila Jefferson-Ross and Tanya Henderson. Thanks for a great night, just don’t publish any of the videos you took. :) I don’t want people to know that I am not always a geek!

Liquid Nitrogen on the dance floor…. it was cooooold.

Dancing the night away

GPUG Summit 2015 in Reno – Rock ‘n’ Rave (direct link)


Eventually, I had to leave as I was exhausted and had another busy day tomorrow. Oh well, another night with only 5 hours sleep. A special thanks to the sponsors of Rock ‘n’ Rave for a fantastic night: mc2, Accountable Software, ASC Software, Mekorma, k-eCommerce, PaperSave, Olympic Systems, Avalara, SalesPad and Concerto.


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#GPUGSummit – Pre Conference – Part 1 of 2

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After arriving Saturday afternoon after my road trip with Craig Klapman, I was able to spend the rest of the day writing up some blog posts on the time I spent in Mexico and then getting some sleep.

On Sunday, I decided to see how long it would take to walk from the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino to the Atlantis Resort Spa & Casino. I was thinking that I could walk to the Atlantis during the week of the conference as it did not look that far.

I was planning to continue past the Atlantis and on to the Meadowood Mall shopping centre. I was told that the Atlantis was about half way and the hotel was easily visible so it should be fine. Looks were very deceptive and it turned out to be quite a long walk, about 25 minutes to the Atlantis and about an hour to get to the mall.

My short walk, turned out to be 4.1km (2.5 miles)

On the plus side it did give me a chance to get some nice photos of the venues.

Peppermill Resort, Spa & Casino has an Italian theme for the entire complex

Atlantis Resort, Spa & Casino and Reno Sparks Convention Center

As I was walking away from the Atlantis towards the mall, I heard a funny noise behind me. I turned to see that the Atlantis which has a section that crosses the road and has pillars on each side was flaring torches at the top of the pillars.

Flaring the torches on the pillars on each side of the road at the Atlantis.

During the next few days, I asked a local taxi driver about the torches and he said that the don’t light them very often and that I was lucky to see them lit. Anyhow, I continued to the shops and did the shopping that I had planned. For the return trip, I caught the bus back to the Atlantis and went in search of some of my conference buddies (my friends that I only see in person at conferences).

Belinda Allen had left her smartphone at home, but I was able to call John Lowther on his phone and catch up with Belinda, John, and Mark Huff. We went across to the sky bridge to conference center and located the GPUG Academy training rooms where we would be running training of the next couple of days.

As the Summit Conference registration was open, we decided to get registered and pick up the conference name tags and guide, etc. As part of the registration, I was offered a GPUG Summit bag and bottle, which I did not take. There were more GPUG attendees than bags available so this would help those who wanted a bag and bottle get one. Also, I already travel with a bag and water bottle and would not have room in my luggage to take the extras home.

Just a comment here: I don’t want to sound ungrateful, I love branded things but in my opinion conference bags are not the best way to go. Most people already have a bag that they travel with and everyone having the same bag makes it easy to pick up the wrong one. I would prefer a conference shirt or polo. I still have many conference shirts from years ago, including the 1998 Great Plains World Wide Developers Conference in Fargo, ND, USA. You just need to ask sizing during registration and have a few extras of each size for late registrations and size changes. PS: I can’t fit into some of the shirts but keep them any way for the memories.

After registration we decided to head back to the Atlantis for lunch. During lunch we persuaded Belinda to go get a cheap “burner” phone so she was at least contactable.

Clockwise: John Lowther, Mark Huff, Belinda Allen and David Musgrave at the Purple Parrot.

At lunch, John decided that it was my job to organise a dinner for the friends who were already in Reno. So with Mark Huff’s help we organised a dinner for 10 people at the Atlantis Steakhouse. I then decided to head back to the Peppermill (by taxi as John told me I as mad to walk), to drop off my shopping and chill before dinner. On the way out of the Atlantis, I caught up with my friends Mark and Kelli from Rockton Software. It is always great to see Mark’s smiling face. Can you believe that it is 14 years ago that Mark and I presented the “Pushing the Limits with Dexterity” conference session?

Rockton Software’s Kelli Sexton and Mark Rockwell

I caught a taxi back to Atlantis and started to locate other friends who were joining us for dinner. The booking had been expanded from 10 to 17 people while I was at the Peppermill. What the hell, the more the merrier! We ended up being 16 as John Lowther counted himself twice (must be an ego thing). Also Leslie Vail could not make it, but I was able to call Thomas Garcia to come and join us (which saved him from eating alone in a strange city… not fun). After dinner, a few of us staying at the Peppermill caught a taxi back to the hotel to crash for the night.

DinnerDinner at Atlantis Steakhouse
Clockwise: Mark Huff, Tanya Henderson, David Musgrave, Belinda Allen, Zubin Gidwani, Michelle Kocher, Kim Peterson, Jay Manley, Craig Klapman, Mike McDowell, Barbara Gavron, John Lowther, Steve Linz, Bob McAdam, Sheila Jefferson-Ross, Thomas Garcia

I had an early start on Monday as I was running two GPUG Academy classes. I caught a shuttle bus from the hotel to the Convention Centre grabbed a light breakfast. I then ran two four hour training sessions for GPUG Academy.

  • Introduction to Support Debugging Tool / GP Power Tools
  • Advanced Support Debugging Tool / GP Power Tools

The sessions were originally labelled as Support Debugging Tool (SDT), but as the SDT has been discontinued, we instead focused on its replacement, GP Power Tools (GPPT) and highlighted where there were differences. Thanks to all the attendees to both sessions, I really enjoyed going through most of the features of the product. Apologies if the advanced session got a little in depth, but hopefully you now at least have an idea of how powerful the multilingual and cross dictionary scripting capabilities are.

After the training I headed back to the Atlantis Steakhouse for the PreGame to Summit Reception. It was great to catch up with many of the partners and sponsors for the PreGame partner event. I caught up with fellow MVP, Beat Bucher who was also there. I think the venue under estimated the demand for the bar as they did not have enough serving staff initially, and people were waiting a while for drinks. There was finger food, but not enough to count as a meal.

After the reception, Sheila Jefferson-Ross and Leslie Vail gave Thomas Garcia, Beat Bucher and I a lift back to the Peppermill and then the six of us grabbed some dinner at Cafe Milano. After dinner, Beat and I said good bye to the others and headed off to the GPUG Chapter Leader Bash which was being held at the Peppermill’s Terrace Lounge.

On arrival, Rose Spitzer grabbed the two of us and asked us to be part of the proceedings. We were involved in a fun activity giving the top ten reasons why it is great to be a GPUG Chapter Leader and work with the GPUG team of Dynamic Communities. There was also some live music and dancing.

GPUGChapterLeadBashKim Peterson and John Lowther tearing up the dance floor

Beat and I left the Bash while some of the others kept going. It was late after a long day and we both had a number of events scheduled for Tuesday.

More to come.


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A week in Northern California – Part 2 of 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is the second part of my time in Arcata, northern California.

This article will cover Thursday, a very busy last day before Craig and I started our road trip to Reno for GPUG Summit 2015 on the Friday.

So, this was the day that Craig had been planning for a while, to take me to see the giant Redwood trees (115m, 379ft) that cover parts of northern California.

We started with breakfast of savoury pancakes in Arcata before heading north on the Redwood Highway towards the Redwood National and State Parks near the small town of Orick.

On the road to Redwood National and State Parks

On the way, Craig decided to pick up a young couple (Cidney and Chianti) and their dog (Mama) who were hitchhiking north to Brookings. They were looking for work in Humboldt County but were a little early for the marijuana harvest, and so were travelling to visit some family first.

Cidney and Chianti with Mama in the back
(I promised to make them famous on my blog)

Originally, the plan was to drop them off at Orick before we went to see the redwoods. However, Cidney and Chianti ended up joining us on the The Lady Bird Johnson Grove Nature Trail (click link for map).

The trail was an easy walk (2.2km, 1.4m) over fairly level gound. Here are some photos from the walk.

David thinking about climbing a tree… NOT

All of us inside a burnt out but still alive tree

Redwoods1Even fallen trees (cut to allow the path to continue) were huge

Redwood trees at Lady Bird Johnson Grove near Orick, California (direct link)


The dedication plaque for Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Redwoods2Craig gives us a sense of scale with this huge tree trunk

Dwarfed by Redwood trees at Lady Bird Johnson Grove near Orick, California (direct link)


The forrest was also full of life with a large variety of flora and fauna (click for larger images).

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The experience was fantastic, you feel absolutely dwarfed by these gentle giants. A very similar experience to walking amongst the tall Karri, (80m, 260ft) Marri (50m, 160ft) and Jarrah (40m, 130ft) trees in the South West corner of Western Australia. If you have not walked in a tall timber forrest, you must add this to your bucket list.

After the walk trail we dropped Cidney, Chianti and Mama off in Orick and then headed south back to Arcata. On the way, Craig suddenly stopped the car without any warning or saying anything. I was confused until I looked up and spotted a couple of large “deer” on the roadside ahead.

We were in Elk country and a couple had decided to cross the highway to feed on the narrow strip between the road and the water of the bay.

Elk on Redwood Highway

Elk on the Redwood Highway south of Orick, California (direct link)


On the way home, Craig took me to see the Samoa Cookhouse. This is the last surviving cookhouse in the west. It still serves food “lumber camp style” as it has since 1890. It also serves as a museum to the history of logging in the region.

We did not stay for food, instead we ate at a restaurant on Woodley Island in Humboldt Bay, looking across the water to the town of Eureka. Dinner finished off a fantastic day before we headed home to Arcata.

Hopeful seagulls and seals hanging around a fishing boat

Thanks Craig for a great week in Arcata and for ensuring that I got the full Humboldt County experience.

Tomorrow we start on our journey to Reno, Nevada for the GPUG Summit 2015 conference.


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A week in Northern California – Part 1 of 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageContinuing the story of my epic trip in the United States and Mexico. In my last post, I had just finished the Dexterity Training in Mexico and was now heading to Northern California. I had been invited to stay with Craig Klapman, CEO of my distribution and support partner Mekorma, who lives in Arcata in Humboldt County on California’s Redwood coast.

The area is known for its beautiful coastline and tall forrests as well as being the home of the Humboldt State University. It has also been described by David Samuels of The New Yorker as “the heartland of high-grade marijuana farming in California”. So, I was not sure what to expect….

The flight from Mexico City to San Francisco was trouble free, but it took almost 2 hours to get through immigration and customs at SFO. Surely there must be a more efficient way to handle border control. :(

As Arcata/Eureka airport is small, there are only a couple of flights to there each day, so I had to wait a few hours in San Francisco. It gave me time to grab something to eat and watch a couple of the movies I have on my computer. Then it was time to board our Canadair Regional Jet from the single gate which was boarding 4 flights at the same time.

Four flights boarding from one gate. Flight to Arcata/Euraka was furthest away (second from left)

After boarding and waiting a while, we were informed that the aircraft had some issue with its navigation system and that we would have to “deplane” (disembark in English) and change to another aircraft. The end result was that we were delayed an hour.

Once I got to Arcata, I was greeted by Craig’s smiling face and a short drive to my home for the next week. A lovely holiday house called Wild Horses (click on link for interior photos).

Wild Horses Home of Arcata – highly recommended if you are in the area.

The next day, Sunday, Craig picked me up and we headed out to find breakfast. We ended up in Trinidad, north of Arcata, at the Trinidad Bay Eatery & Gallery.

Trinidad Bay Eatery & Gallery

I had a lovely Eggs Benedict (one of my favourite breakfasts) in this diner style restaurant that reminded me of old style diners we (non-Americans) would only see in the movies.

Diner with bar and booths. Craig was on his phone as usual. :)

After breakfast we went for a stroll/walk/trek/hike around Trinidad Head, the hilly penisula that sticks out into the bay. The walk was a little tiring and I was very glad I had grabbed my water bottle from the car. However, the scenery was stunning with beautiful views across the beach, out to sea and back to the town.

Trinidad Head looking north across the beach

Trinidad Head looking out to sea

Trinidad Head looking back to the town

Craig also decided that he wanted to explore another change in career and become a fashion model.

Craig modelling beside a section of shaded pathway

After our walk, we drove back to downtown Arcata. The town square, Arcata Plaza, was decorated with chalk drawings on the pavement from the various community groups and businesses in the area.

Arcata2Decorated drawings around Arcata Plaza

We stopped by Everett’s Club and had a drink (both of us had soft drink, very boring I know!) and played a game of Pool. I was showing how out of practice I was and trailing in the game, Craig had sunk almost all his balls before I finally started to clear the table. It is easier to sink balls when the only balls left on the table are your own. Craig had just to sink the 8 ball to win, but managed to just make it bounce out of the pocket. I was able to capitilize on the mistake and win the game.

Playing Pool at Evertt’s Club in Arcata, California

After an early dinner, Craig dropped me back to my accomodation for the night.

On Monday, I caught up woth Craig for breakfast and then went back to his place to do some work. I was finally able to start writing some of the blog posts from reIMAGINE 2015 up. While in town for lunch, I picked up some breakfast cereal from the fresh food market, so I could have some more “normal” breakfasts.

On Tuesday, I spent the day at the house working. The morning started with the Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing and then continued with writing up and scheduling the last of the blogs on reIMAGINE 2015. I also worked on preparation for the sessions I would be presenting at GPUG Summit 2015. While I did not get to do anything outside the house that day, getting the work done did make me feel at lot less stressed.

Wednesday morning was taken up with some more work until Craig picked me up and took me back to his place. For lunch, Josh (Craig’s assistant and all round great guy*), Craig and I went to the Six Rivers Brewery.

In the afternoon, Craig and I drove south to Eureka and Craig showed me the historic Carson Mansion. Built between 1884 and 1886 by William Carson, one of Northern California’s first major lumber barons, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of Queen Anne Style Victorian era architecture.

Carson Mansion, Eureka, California

Across the road is the Milton Carson Home (aka the “Pink Lady”), another Queen Anne style Victorian, completed in 1889, which was a wedding gift to William’s eldest son.

The “Pink Lady”, Eureka, California

We then went for a walk along the foreshore where this seagull decided it wanted to get its picture taken and published on a blog of the world to see.

Photogenic Seagull

On the way back to the car, Craig stopped by a clothing shop and bought a new shirt and jeans. While at the shop we mentioned that Craig had a rehearsal for his dance group and would not be finished until after 9pm, and that every restaurant seems to close by 9pm. The owner of the shop then made some calls for us and organised for her chef friend, Brad, at the Bayfront Restaurant to stay open a little longer so we could have dinner.

While Craig was busy at the rehearsal, I chilled at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates doing some work and listening to the live music. At the cafe, I met Rafael Franco from Franco’s Bones and Beads and I have asked him to make me a bone carving of a dragon to add to my collection.

Later, I walked down to restaurant to meet up with Craig. The food was great and even though we ordered one dinner between the two of us, we still had more than we could eat.

Teppanyaki Japanese BBQ at Bayfront Restaurant in Eureka (direct link)


A great meal to finish a productive and fun day.

More to come….


* Josh: You can pay me later. :-)

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