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Friday Funny: If animals were round…

David Meego - Click for blog homepageCame across these videos which I think you will enjoy.

Rollin’ Wild asks the question:

If all animals became round overnight, would their daily life still run that smoothly?

Check out the video playlist and a Christmas video below:

Rollin’ Safari Playlist (direct link)


Rollin Christmas (direct link)


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#BPST What is the Batch Posting Service Toolkit?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou might have heard of the Batch Posting Service Toolkit by now and might be wondering …

  • What is the Batch Posting Service Toolkit?

This article explains what you need to know and points you to further resources.

The Batch Posting Service Toolkit (BPST) is the second Winthrop Development Consultants product to be released via my distribution and support partner, Mekorma.

BPST solves a long-term problem with integrating transactions to Microsoft Dynamics GP. Tools such as Integration Manager, eConnect, Web Services (SOAP) and the new Service Based Architecture Web Services (REST) all allow you to create transactions in batches in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The problem is that none of these tools can post the transaction batches created.

Enter Batch Posting Service Toolkit, which provides a service call to retrieve a list of ready to post batches and a second service call to post a batch…. Problem solved.

The BPST is available for Microsoft Dynamics GP versions GP 2010, GP 2013 and GP 2015. Its services can be called from Dexterity, Visual Studio Tools (C# or VB.Net) and via Web Services (GP 2015 or later).

The tool supports all standard batch types used in the Master Posting window. It does not have a user interface and is designed for developers, ISVs and integration consultants to leverage to complete the integration process.

For more information, check out the links below:

Now you can integrate your transaction batches AND post them too.


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Thoughts on the new Microsoft Surface Book

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOn Thursday 12th November 2015, the Microsoft Store in Sydney opened. Located at Westfield Sydney on the Pitt Street Mall, this is the first flagship Microsoft Store to be opened outside of North America and is a wonderful commitment to the Australian market.

Along with the opening of the store was the Australian launch of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book computers announced at the Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing.

I had already planned on getting a Surface Pro 4 based on the leaked information and speculation I had heard prior to the Devices Briefing. But when Microsoft surprised us with the Surface Book (well done on keeping it secret), I changed my mind and ordered the top of the range Surface Book (i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GPU) and Surface Dock the next day on the Australian Microsoft Online Store.


After owning a Surface Pro 3 for more than a year and loving it, my reasoning for wanting the Surface Book over the Surface Pro 4 was as follows:

  • I found that I could not use the Surface Pro 3 easily on my lap. Once opened with keyboard and stand, it would not fit on my lap (something about short legs and fat gut).
  • I liked the idea of a larger screen. The Surface Pro 3 screen was a bit small when travelling (and not using an external screen).
  • I like playing FPS games (although I rarely have the time), and a discrete GPU would be useful.
  • I used to have a much larger and heavier laptop and so a little extra weight was acceptable, especially when it gives a longer battery life and discrete GPU.
  • OK, it is also freaking cool for a Microsoft Fan.

After waiting patiently while my friends in the USA got their Surface Books and posted on Facebook how much they liked them (looking at you Belinda), finally launch day in Australia came around.

I had received emails on the day before showing that the extra Surface Pen and the Surface Book & Dock where shipped “priority” (read as overnight) as a single consignment. So, I am working while waiting for the shipments to arrive. The door bell rings and I go to the door to find it was one of my son Rohan’s friends dropping in. Disappointed, I go back to my office. The door bell rings again and I go to the door to find it was one of my son Aaron’s friends dropping in. Grumpily, I go back to my office. Finally, the door bell rings again and Aaron shouts out that it is the courier. Yay, I think, my new toy computer has arrived. However, it was just the spare Surface Pen (one of the two packages in the shipment) and the second package was nowhere to be seen. Oh well, the pen looked nice.

After most of Friday, I contacted the courier company to see where the other package had got to as according to the online tracking site, it had not been scanned since it supposedly left Melbourne on Wednesday. They initiated a search to locate the missing package. I was concerned that it might have gone AWOL by nefarious means. I also contacted the Microsoft Store support and let them know that the package was currently missing. I was also worried that if the unit needed replacing, I would have to wait a while as I knew they were out of stock.

After a weekend with no news and wondering what was happening, I received an email on Monday 16th saying the package was scheduled for delivery that day. Great News. Late in the afternoon, the same courier guy delivers the package and says “So this is the package you were waiting for.”.


So, it was finally here and now started the process of configuring the machine with all the software and tools I needed. This process takes about two days and I will not go into too much detail, but will list a summary of the software and files installed.

  • Windows updates: Update to the Windows 10 Threshold 2 release
  • Office Pro Plus 2016
  • All my personal documents, media files and tools, including sync relationships with SyncToy
  • Windows tools such as Acrobat Reader, WinZip, WinAmp, Java, PerfectDisk, etc.
  • Microsoft Expression Suite
  • SQL Server 2012 & SP2 (I still need to support Dynamics GP 2010)
  • Dynamics GP 2010 & Dexterity to match
  • Dynamics GP 2013 & Dexterity to match
  • Dynamics GP 2013 R2 & Dexterity to match
  • Dynamics GP 2015 & Dexterity to match
  • Dynamics GP 2015 R2 & Dexterity to match
  • Visual Source Safe
  • Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 (I still need to support Dynamics GP 2010)
  • Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010
  • Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
  • Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015
  • PoorMan’s T-SQL Formatter SSMS Addin
  • InstallAware
  • And lots more

During the set up of the machine, I experienced a known reported issue (many times) where the video driver would continuously reset and cause the machine to be unusable for a bit.  I did have the firmware update from 02-Nov-2015 installed, but the problem still continued. Not only did it make the machine unusable until it settled down, it changed the Windows Explorer windows to be really small.

Anyhow, by Wednesday morning, I finally had the machine fully configured and ready for use. On the morning of Thursday 19th Windows update installed another firmware update (18-Nov-2015) and the screen resetting issue is now fixed. My sons were happy now as it means that the previous machines shuffle down. Aaron now has my old Surface Pro 3 as his primary machine and Rohan has Aaron’s Surface Pro 2 as his portable device for university to compliment his gaming desktop.

Here is my final configuration: Surface Book with the screen reversed on a laptop stand, so that the keyboard is attached but does not take up much room on the table. Surface Pen magnetically attached to left of the Surface Book screen. The Surface Dock is connected to the external 27″ Dell monitor and Edifier Aurora speakers (under monitor, sitting on stand). The monitor has a USB 3.0 hub which connects to an external USB 3.0 WD My Passport drive and BluRay Combo Drive (below monitor on left). Rounding off the setup is Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop and Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset.


Also in the picture, but a little difficult to see is the Microsoft Zune HD 64GB (below monitor on right) and the audio switch box (below monitor on left) which allows me to change audio signals sent to the speakers between 4 available sources (PC, Zune, HDMI out from monitor and DJ console – not in photo).

Final thoughts: I am really enjoying the Surface Book. It is faster than the Surface Pro 3 and has more storage. I don’t need to use a 128GB MicroSD card to store my media anymore. Having a full sized SD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports make connectivity easier. I have used the “clipboard” tablet by itself and it is incredibly thin and light. Adding the keyboard in reverse makes it heavier but works as a stand and gives much longer battery life. I have used it a little bit in laptop configuration and it has worked well. I was concerned about the screen resetting issue, but that has not recurred since the last firmware update so everything looks great.


PS: The Mini DisplayPort ports on the Surface Dock are very close together and close to the other ports. The Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adaptor barely fits between the audio cable and USB cable, in fact both cables are angled slightly and under pressure. I have ordered a different adaptor which has a short lead on it so will fit better.

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Inaugural Class of Credentialed Professionals Announced

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAfter Microsoft removed the requirement for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners to be certified and shutdown the examinations for those two products, the community decided that some sort of certifications were still needed.

To this end, the Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro) was formed.

From the Association’s web site:

The Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization which exists to serve the Microsoft Dynamics community by establishing competency standards and assessments, and to positively impact the Dynamics community through member-led advocacy initiatives.

At the recent reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015 conferences, attendees were given the opportunity to take the examinations for Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV (at Summit).

Joe Carroll has recently published an article with a list of the Inaugural Class of Credentialed Professionals, including yours truly. :-)

For details see Joe Caroll’s blog post below:

So, get involved and get credentialed.


PS: The certifications are open to partners and customers alike.

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Microsoft Product Management team to present for Australian GPUG Chapter

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This month we have something special: The Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management team will be presenting a remote session for the Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter meeting in December.

The Perth December GPUG Chapter meeting approaches and the Agenda has been set. It will be held at the Microsoft Office in Perth on Wednesday December 9th at 6:45am for a 7:00am start. We plan to finish by 9:30am. All times are Perth times (AWST, UTC+8).

This time we have a special treat, I have organised for Brian Meier from the Microsoft Dynamics GP product management team to remotely present a session for us. The session will look at What’s new in GP 2015 R2 as well as the upcoming HTML Web Client in GP 2016 and the future product roadmap.

This session is not to be missed as this information is coming directly from the Microsoft Dynamics GP development team in Fargo, ND, USA.

For the Partners and Customers based in Western Australia, please invite anyone on your team who works with Microsoft Dynamics GP so they can see where the product is heading. Partners, please invite all your customers and ask them to attend.

For Partners and Customers based elsewhere in Australia, please feel free to register and we will provide you with details of how to join us remotely closer to the date.

Below is the proposed Agenda:

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • GPUG News & Chapter Business
  • Educational Session – What’s New in GP 2015 R2, What’s Coming by Brian Meier, Microsoft
  • Member Showcase – Cash Converters by Kate Sexstone
  • Roundtable Discussions (socializing)

It is important that you register your attendance in the system so we can correctly plan for the appropriately sized room and catering. Use the link below to register.

Looking forward to a great session.


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RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 National Championships

Wombat Fitness - Click for blog homepageWhile David was away in the USA and Mexico, I got to accompany Rohan to the RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 National Championships on 26th and 27th September 2015. You may know from past blogs that robotics has been a bit of a hobby for David and our sons. This year, being in the National Competition meant travelling to Gawler, South Australia.

Aaron, who has been successful in the Rescue competition is now too old to compete. He has been mentoring the younger students and would have been very useful to have with us, but we have an ageing puppy dog who was already pining for the master of the house, so Aaron got the job of house and dog sitting while Rohan and I flew to Adelaide with the other competitors and parents from All Saints’ College.

In all we were 4 teams; 10 students, 11 parents and several siblings and 1 school staff member. (Cat herding now seems simple in comparison.)

Open Dance: Pickle Jar Productions (Josh, Megan, Noah, Sarith and Rohan) with Priscilla the Gorilla

Secondary Rescue: Team Sonic (Jay, Liam and Mason)

Open Rescue: BEN (Pragash) & Vindaloo (Disura)

The competition venue was about a 40 min drive out of Adelaide (the state capital city) and accommodation for such a large group was scarce, so we ended up staying at Tanunda Discovery Holiday Park in the Barossa Valley, an area you may well know for its excellent wines.  Tanunda is a lovely, historic little village, still about 40 mins from Gawler, but without the city traffic. This was fine with me as I got the added task of driving the bus (a surprisingly speedy Hyundai iMax van) handed on to me thanks to David’s past efforts as chauffer extraordinaire.

I have to confess here, that despite being given strict instructions from David to follow all the teams and competitions, I am a Mum first and foremost, so I may have spent the vast majority of my time watching the Open Dance Competition, where Rohan’s team was competing.

I did watch some of the Secondary and Open Rescue competition and it is amazing to see the work and development that has gone into all the rescue robots.  Since we started this journey some 7 years ago, the standard of competition has improved incredibly.  From very unreliable, line-following robots that could navigate some simple obstacles to locate a “victim” (soft-drink can), this year I witnessed very sophisticated robots meet the challenges of ramps, speed bumps, sloping terrain and more.  In the finals of the Open Rescue the students’ robots had to autonomously navigate the course to the “chemical spill” and identify and rescue (in a controlled manner) multiple “victims” without falling off raised tiles. The following photos and video (apologies for the adjudicator’s legs) may explain that better:

Course1Example Course 1

Course2Example Course 2

RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 Open Rescue National Championships – BEN (direct link)


When you think that the competitors are mostly 12 – 16 year old school children, it gives me a lot of hope for our future. 

Teams had travelled from Korea and Croatia sent their National Team to compete in the Australian National competition.  The All Saints’ teams did well, but “Michael” from Box Hill High School (Victoria) won Secondary Rescue and “Marshmallow” from St George Christian College (New South Wales) took out the Open Rescue Competition.

Meanwhile, in the Open Dance Competition the stress levels were high.  This was Rohan’s last year of competing and the pressure was on the rest of his (younger) team mates to bring home the bacon.  You can look at the photos and watch the video but they will never truly convey the hours and hours of work that has gone into all the competition entries.  Without wanting to sound like I am bragging too much you need to know that the 5 kids in Pickle Jar Productions:

  • Selected and mixed the music
  • Built and painted the backdrop
  • Wired and soldered the LED lighting that runs along the backdrop
  • Choreographed Pricilla’s movements, the truck movements and their dance.
  • Built Pricilla, the truck and the spinning big top
  • Programmed Pricilla, the truck and the spinning big top
  • Made Pricilla’s feet, hands and face by painting latex over clay moulds that they also made
  • And probably a whole lot more that I have missed

Remember that once the “go” button is pressed the performance is totally autonomous without any input or interaction from the team.

Here is the video of Priscilla the Gorilla and the Pickle Jar Productions finals performance:

RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 Open Dance National Championships – Pickle JAR Productions – Finals (direct link)


Robocup Junior Australia – 4 controllers, 16 motors and one very cool monkey!


At the end of the day, when scores from the performances and interviews were tallied, Pickle Jar Productions came second, pipped at the post by the other West Australian team, The NX-Twins EVolv3 (Melville Senior High School). This reversed the results from the WA finals where Pickle Jar won and the NX-Twins came second. All I’m saying is that it must have been close.

PickleJar1Pricilla gets some love before for the big day

PickleJar2Pickle Jar Productions relieved it’s all over

After the competition was over the All Saints’ Teams and the NX-Twins with Mum and Dad enjoyed a rather noisy dinner together at a local tavern in Tanunda. We had a day to relax and see some sights before boarding the plane home.  We chose to visit the local hill lookout and sculpture park and the Adelaide Zoo.  Yes, and we managed to sneak in one (just one!) winery.

For the previous posts on the RoboCup robotics competition see:

This is the final year that our boys will be competing in the RoboCup Junior Australia competition as they are finishing or have finished secondary school. David will continue to be involved as a mentor to the All Saints College Robotics Club.

Till next time.


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Friday Funny: What is the Angle for X?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is another mathematical puzzle for you.

This was recently asked in a Year 12 Further Maths exam in Victoria, Australia.

It was a multiple choice question, so I thought I would have a poll to see how well you can answer the question.

The question is:

A 50 cent coin has 12 sides of equal length. Two 50 cent coins are balanced next to each other on a table so they meet along one edge.

What is the Angle for X?

What is the Angle for X?

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PS: What is a 12 sided polygon called? (Answer in the comments).

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