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Friday Funny: Check out The Floppotron 2.0

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou might have seen music played by devices with stepper motors before. You know, moving the drive head on a floppy drive or the print head on a dot matrix printer to play a simple tune.

Well, Paweł Zadrożniak from Poland has taken it to the next level with his mad creation, The Floppotron 2.0.

Using sixty-four floppy drives, eight hard disks and two scanners, he has built a computer hardware orchestra and has now recorded a number of musical pieces for the world to enjoy.

Below are the videos he has released so far:

The Floppotron (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Smells Like Nerd Spirit (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Hawaii Five-O (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Game of Thrones (direct link)

 

The Floppotron: Darude – Sandstorm (direct link)

 

Watch Paweł’s YouTube channel for his new releases.

Enjoy

David

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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.

Bullshit3

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

Bullshit

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

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

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

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#GPPT GP Power Tools Feature Demonstration Videos 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is just a quick post to let you know that another GP Power Tools Feature Demonstration video has been releaed on the Winthrop Development Consultants YouTube channel.

Read on for more information.

We will continue to release more feature demonstration videos as time goes on. These videos 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 second video in the series covers GP Power Tools usability enhancements ….

GP Power Tools – Usability Enhancements (direct link)

You can find the videos on the 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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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 FAQ: What features belong to each GP Power Tools Module?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWith the release of Build 21 of GP Power Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP last week, the product has now been broken up into three modules which can be registered separately. This allows users to only purchase the parts of the product that they want to use.

Below are a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) with their answers:

Why was GP Power Tools separated into modules?

When GP Power Tools build 20 was first released in August 2015, the annual subscription was priced with a special introductory offer. It was always known that this offer undervalued the product, but it was offered to help the transition from the previously free (read as subsidized by Microsoft) Support Debugging Tool.

With the release of GP Power Tools build 21 in July 2016, the special introductory offer finished and the pricing model for the product was changed. GP Power Tools has many features and our research showed that some features were not being used by some users. To allow users to only pay for the features they wanted to use, the product was broken into three modules:

  • Administrator Tools
  • Developer Tools
  • Database Tools

What is the function of each module?

Below is the summary descriptions of what each module does:

Administrator Tools

  • Resource Information, Security Information, logging and Analysis, Company Color schemes, and Usability enhancements, Automated Dex.ini configuration, Dictionary Control troubleshooting tool.

Developer Tools

  • Scripting for Dexterity, SQL Server, Visual C# and Visual Basic.Net. Triggers for both debugging and customisation. User interaction with scripts via Parameter Lists. Custom RW functions and custom Service Based Architecture web services.

Database Tools

  • Database Validation to check User and Company settings as well as Table structures. Export and Import of data via XML files.

What features are available to all modules?

The following System Module features are available when any module is registered:

  • Manual Logging, capturing screenshots, email and workstation Dex.ini settings

Are there still Standard mode and Advanced mode features?

Yes, the features are still divided into standard mode and advanced mode features.

Standard Mode features are “user level” features that are safe for any user to use. They only require standard application level security to access.

Advanced Mode features are “administrator level” features that should only be used by administrators, developers or partner consultants. They require application level security as well as sysadmin or dbo privileges on system and company databases at the SQL level. They will also need to know the GP System Password (or GP Power Tools Administrator Password) if one is in use.

What windows are contained within each module?

To be more specific, below is a list of the windows that are contained in each module:

Administrator Tools

  • Resource Information
  • Security Profiler
  • Security Information
  • Security Log*
  • Security Analyzer**
  • Administrator Settings (A)
  • Dex.ini Configuration (A)
  • Dictionary Control (A)

Developer Tools

  • Automatic Debugger Mode Status
  • Runtime Executer*
  • SQL Executer*
  • .Net Executer*
  • Automatic Debugger Mode Setup (A)
  • Runtime Execute Setup (A)
  • SQL Execute Setup (A)
  • .Net Execute Setup* (A)
  • Parameter Lists** (A)

Database Tools

  • XML Export (A)
  • XML Import (A)
  • Database Validation* (A)

System Module (available once any of the three modules are registered)

  • GP Power Tools Logging Control
  • Capture Screenshots
  • Send Email
  • Dex.ini Settings
  • Administrator Password Setup* (A)
  • Logging Settings** (A)
  • Email Settings** (A)
  • Configuration Export/Import

Additional windows (available at all times)

  • About GP Power Tools
  • GP Power Tools Feedback Survey
  • Configuration Maintenance (A)
  • Setup Backup and Restore* (A)

(A) Advanced Mode Feature
* New for Build 20 of GP Power Tools
** New for Build 21 of GP Power Tools

How does the menu navigation relate to the modules?

Below is a screenshot of the GP Power Tools Area Page showing the windows on the menus and the modules they belong to:

GP Power Tools Area Page Navigation 3
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Note that windows under the Transactions, Reports and Inquiry sections are all standard mode features.

Can I trial features I am not registered for?

Yes, you can. Once GP Power Tools is registered (the System Module is registered when any of the three modules is purchased), you can open a window for a module you do not have registered. A dialog will open and tell you that the window is not registered and offer to open the window in Preview mode.

Once the window is open in Preview mode (“Preview:” will be shown in the window title), you will be able to use the window with limitations. Some functionality will be disabled while the window is in preview mode. For example: You can create and edit scripts but you cannot execute them.

If you want to trial the feature with full functionality, please contact Mekorma (sales@mekorma.com) to organise a 30 day trial period of the relevant module.

Can I use GP Power Tools without registration in the sample company?

Yes and No.

GP Power Tools is a system based module which means that most of its functions are available regardless of which company you are logged into at the time. Because of this, it is not possible to just allow it to be registered when in the sample Fabrikam company.

If you use GP Power Tools on a system where the ONLY company installed is the sample company, then you will be able to use its features in Trial Mode. As soon as another company exists, you will need to be registered.

I purchased GP Power Tools with the special introductory price, what modules do I get now?

All sites that took advantage of the introductory offer for build 20, will be registered for all three modules on build 21. The first subscription renewal will also be at the same special price.

For the second subscription renewal, the site can decide if they wish to keep all three modules registered or if they would like to change which modules they have registered. They would then pay the current subscription price for the modules they decide to keep.

 

Hope this explains everything.

David

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

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

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Friday Funny: The Four 4’s

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIf you enjoyed last weeks mathematical challenge, Friday Funny: 6 The Hard Way, this challenge steps it up a level. This challenge from the internet adds a ten minute time limit to see how far you can get while under pressure.

I take no responsibility for mental breakdowns caused by trying to solve this challenge.

This puzzle is called “The Four 4’s” and involves you creating mathematical equations that will make four 4’s equal to all the whole numbers starting from zero.

Below is the chart for zero to ten, but you can keep going as far as you can for ten minutes. Getting to 20 is achievable.

Four4s

Here are the rules:

  • Use any mathematical symbol, as long as they don’t include a number.
  • There probably will be more than one solution for each equation.
  • Start at 0 and work your way up. You must go in order.
  • You have 10 minutes to complete as many as you can, aim for at least 20.

Respond in the comments how you went, but don’t give away any answers.

Hint: Watch for patterns as they will help you quickly solutions for groups of equations.

Enjoy

David

PS: I will post the source links later as they include solutions.

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