Learning new things the hard way

I’m continuing to learn more about websites, WordPress ins & outs, and css… the hard way!

Last year I switched my website from Expression Engine to WordPress… for the most part to be on a platform that is more mainstream, ideally easier to get support on, and hopefully a platform that I could do more things myself with.

All was good! I liked the re-design, and all seemed great… until I tried to post articles with media attached (screenshots etc.). Permissions errors out the wazoo… it was very frustrating but a busy time for me with other things, and I ignored it for months.
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Spammers, go away!

Yes, that means you, if you send me emails (or phone me) on any of the following topics (plus many others I’ve forgotten about already):

  • you think my website needs redesigned (it might, but I happen to like it!).
  • you promise to improve my search engine rankings and all those SEO things (swell!).
  • you guarantee me a lot of Facebook likes and Twitter followers (who cares?).
  • you are offering me mobile application development services
  • you work for any competing product to Microsoft Dynamics GP and added me to your “partner” list because you think I’d love to hear about your marketing pitches too

It’s been a while since I’ve ranted. 🙂
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Don’t forget about your reminders!

As most of my blog topics start, this begins with fairly standard question from a client asking why their taxes are not defaulting on their Purchase Order in Dynamics GP.

This situation is something I see a lot of in various clients:

  • Something isn’t working
  • They try to troubleshoot it themselves but can’t find the answer
  • They are getting more and more frustrated at the “randomness” of GP by the minute (their words not mine!)
  • They email me with the equivalent of a “WTF?” with screen shots showing me when something works fine and when it doesn’t, assuming it’s completely randomly doing something just to piss them off.

The answer nearly always ends up with some variation of one of these:

  • Someone did something they shouldn’t have done
  • Someone didn’t do something they should have done

Sound familiar?
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GP & Lowercase Database IDs

Some days I feel like I’m on a game show, where troubleshooting is a contest… “I’ll take strange GP errors for $400 Alex!”.

Today is one of those days!

One of my clients imports in SOP and Payables transactions via eConnect and then uses Postmaster Enterprise to post the batches.  Today one of the QA users was doing some testing of GP and their integrations after a recent database refresh from the production company. She calls me and says something isn’t working right. Postmaster keeps logging posting errors but the batches look fine and nothing has changed except refreshing the environment.
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reImagine 2014 – Day 4

The last half of day 3 and the first part of day 4 was post-conference training that you could sign up in advance for.  I saw there was a deep-dive on Reporting and I thought “cool”… I feel a bit behind on some of the reporting tools and surely could use some in-depth training on things like SSRS.  What I neglected to pay attention to, was the deep dive covered about 7 different tools. That should have tipped me off to the fact that we were not covering anything in depth.
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reImagine 2014 – Day 2

Day 2 of the reImagine 2014 conference was a full day of sessions, followed by an evening keynote and pub crawl through downtown Fargo.

This day they swapped the locations of some sessions and had Sales & Consulting at the Holiday Inn, and Marketing & Development at Microsoft. I was initially a bit concerned that I would want to go to content at both places but the Development sessions proved to be more technical than my expertise, so I stayed at the hotel all day again.

There were 23 sessions at the hotel and 15 sessions at Microsoft, not including the work rooms where you have some 1 on 1 opportunities. Lots of choice again.
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