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LH Pilot – 9.2.02

Update 9.2.02

Improved

- We have found and improved some of the Decode Weather code that struggled with certain specific locations that publish non standard METAR and TAF data.

Added

- New pattern recognition code that better handles non standard WX information for decode.

- Added Variable Winds Decode.

- Variable Visibility Decode.

- Recent SX WX Decode

- Sea Status in WX Decode

Notes

As it turns out, the decoding of weather world wide is rather complex. It is surprising just how many countries have their own format and data sets. Russia with Runway snow and braking information, temperate in different units, QNH, auto machine forecasts to name a few. We hop that any inaccuracies are reported via the feedback within the app, and screen shots.

LH Pilot – 9.2.01

Update 9.2.01

Improved

- Improved the retrieval of Weather TAF and TTF in multi thread and multi station simultaneous download.

Added

- This release includes decode information for TTF METAR and TAF data on a worldwide scale.

Notes

As it turns out, the decoding of weather world wide is rather complex. It is surprising just how many countries have their own format and data sets. Russia with Runway snow and braking information, temperate in different units, QNH, auto machine forecasts to name a few. We hop that any inaccuracies are reported via the feedback within the app, and screen shots.

 

Should I load windows 8?

Should I load windows 8? This is the question that many people are going to be asking themselves over the next year or two. So I though I would throw my opinion into the mix for those who value it. image

Windows 8 is an interesting beast

It gets really easy as I get older and the Blamer years draw to a close, to actively dislike most of the innovations coming from Microsoft. You can only feel sorry for them really as peoples user experience with other technologies makes consumers realise what a mediocre user experience the Windows years have been. Mean time, Microsoft have woken up to several facts that clearly have influenced the Windows 8 product. 1. People like the new technologies like iPads, iPhones and Android devices. 2. People like the new experience they have with company relationships with Apple, Google, Amazon, where they can single click and purchase information, apps and media super easily. 3. The alternatives to Windows are a LOT better then they used to be. 4. Microsoft has been dragging the chain with User Experience it’s entire life!   So knowing and understanding this, it becomes clearer as to what Windows 8 is trying to be. Simply, they are trying to close the gaps that Windows has to the multitude of great User Experiences to be found on other devices and operating systems.

The Big Question is…. Does it do this?

The answer is essentially yes. Microsoft have come a huge way in delivering what is in effect a lobotomised Windows user experience. It’s probably relevant that we introduce an understanding of what I mean by this. I have some 20 something years experience in the aviation industry, and in that industry I have experienced moving from some of the oldest (steam driven) equipment to the newest and most advanced and computerised aircraft in the air today. Moving from flying the Classic 747 to the Airbus A380. The old office (Boeing 747 Classic) image   In the new office (Airbus A380 at Night over India) image The distinction here is apparent and startling, but the differences as an aviator are less apparent. I’ll give you one User Experience difference that may help to draw the highlight between these two technologies. Stall Speed. The Stall Speed, without getting into too much technical details is the speed of an aircraft below which sustained lift is no longer generated sufficiently enough by the wings that the aircraft can continue to fly. (Not technically correct but you get the idea). Flying too slow = Bad. This is due to a whole bunch of complex interacting aerodynamics like, Angel of Attach, G force, Angle of Bank, Weight, Air Density, centre of gravity, Flap / Slat configuration… just to name a few. As a pilot of a 747, you are well aware of your stall speed as a figure bug and mark on your speed dial. As a pilot of an A380, you look at what the computer tells you is the slowest speed that it will let you fly the aircraft at. You know from your past experience that it has a direct relationship to stall speed, but there are literally too many variables taken into account that you could actually know what the figure is going to be. But you don’t need too, the computer tells you, and like some “Lobotomised” version of your former self, you believe the computer.

Hence the term “Lobotomised Windows User Experience”.

Makers of great operating systems no longer want you to understand file systems, gigabytes, hard disks, etc. They want you to behave as a lobotomised users and think in terms of:
  • Share this
  • Work Offline
  • Synchronized
Just simple, dumb end user experience stuff, and frankly this is a long login overdue approach. “Why should my mum have to know what hard disk to save something too.” Windows 8 is the first big step in this direction from Microsoft, and it really is intending a big change from the end users who engage it. It tries really hard to get you to engage it in simple ways to do simple bug fun things. The more common things that most users do.

So Should I load Windows 8?

If you are a power user, who smashes out a bunch of work from an existing multiple monitor, multiple program high speed connected computer. Definitely Not. If you are a system admin, or programmer, or IT Professional. – Definitely Not If you rely on mission critical work that has been working well for you to date – Definitely Not If you enjoy steeling programs, games, loading programs, installing and tinkering (script kiddy) – Definitely Not

So Who Should Load Windows 8?

Anyone listed above who buys a new surface or purposed laptop or tablet, and… Everyone Else Any End Users who can sit back from the past, say I am ready for a new experience, and let Windows 8 run as it was intended. With the “hood down”. Just let yourself be a user, not an admin. Have a quick Lobotomy!   I will be running Windows 8 on purpose devices. Probably a Surface and or other tablets. I will also have a virtual machine of it on my Mac to play with when the need arises to test and play. I fully expect to enjoy the experience when on the purposed devices, and I am dead certain that I will never use a Windows 8 environment as a Power User Machine, I also have no intention of being a Windows 8 expert, of ever running it as a network administrator, or being the IT “go to" guy” for friends and colleagues. I love being a Lobotomised User with OSX. I just flip the lid on my Mac Air, and smash away at apps and light weight work. A surface windows 8 environment would be interchangeable here.  

Will Windows 8 Succeed?

Yes and No. Yes Microsoft have dealt a hand that will keep them relevant and in business until the end of the Balmer years. No it was not a great hand. It’s 5 years too late, and playing catch up to a far superior user experience over at Apple, plus they have kind of boobed up the mashing of light weight devices and desktops. But it was they only hand they had to play with so it is here to stay. Hopefully it will be the beginning of a new approach to Microsoft’s world. One where stuff just works like it should, and without any technical “object not set to an instance of an object”. Lets hope for the end of The Blamer Years and an opportunity for someone with clear vision to have a crack with their massive resources.

Cantaport Shading System

Cantaport Shading System

Recently our client Totally Outdoors added a new cantaport shading system to their product list.

This Melbourne based builder now provides some commercial shading solutions that are excellent for both domestic and commercial designs.

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Check out their website here: http://www.totallyoutdoors.com.au/products/cantaport-shading-system/

Cantaport shading system design benefits provides an exciting range of options particular for School, Sporting clubs  and Local Councils for uses such as Open Shelters for bikes, Bus, play ground and sports grounds. Totally Outdoors professional structure of Architectural designs, 20 years of providing installed outcomes combine to deliver known outcomes across a range of project types.

CRM Anywhere – CRM Q2 CY 2012 Service Update Now Live

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CRM Anywhere Q2 CY 2012 Service Update Now Live

 

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Microsoft CRM 2012 - CRM Anywhere Q2 2012

 

Preview some upcoming features in Q2 "R8" such as mobility, BI and Analytics enhancements from Reuben Krippner a MSFT Technical Product Management Lead in this video.

One of the most talked about improvements in CRM Anywhere is the introduction of a new mobility component dubbed Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile.

Cross-Browser Support

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile isn’t the only reason Microsoft is calling the coming update CRM Anywhere. Users of CRM Online 2011 will now be able to access the application using the following browser versions (see below).

Understanding the importance of CRM Anywhere

To understand why this is so important for CRM Online 2011, let’s turn to a few third-party statistics on browser usage around the world. The following table compiles several different studies for easy comparison.

Understanding the importance of CRM Anywhere

You should notice that while Internet Explorer is definitely in the lead, other browsers remain popular. Since users of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari cannot use CRM Online 2011 now, CRM Anywhere will literally double the potential user base of CRM Online 2011.

CRM Anywhere

Are you beginning to understand why Microsoft named its latest update CRM Anywhere? CRM Online 2011, already a versatile application, is being fully extended to mobile devices and all major browsers! When you include the social-media enhancements, you start to see why we think CRM Anywhere is so important.

When CRM Anywhere is released, you will be able to download it either through Windows Update, or at the Microsoft Download Center. Stay tuned here and we’ll provide you with all of the information you need to update when the time comes.

Multiple browser support

  • IE on Windows 7
  • Safari 5.11 + on Mac OSX and iPad 2
  • Firefox 6+
  • Chrome 13.x

Enhanced Activity Feeds

  • Builds on current foundation
  • Adds Likes/Dislikes
  • Improved filtering of activity feeds

It sounds like this release will still only expose Dynamics CRM records on the activity feeds “wall”, but that the Q4 2012 Service Update will extend this to external communities.

new features and improvements in SQL 2012

If you’re attending Convergence you’ll probably want to attend some of the sessions on this important topic.

  • Performance improvements
  • Next-gen BI with Power View (Crescent)
  • Pre-defined Power Pivot models for CRM
  • Pre-defined Power View reports
  • Available on marketplace as a Microsoft Labs solution

Veranda's | Pergolas | Patios | Alfresco | Designs Kits Melbourne Builders

imageWe are please to announce the launch of one of Melbourne's premier builders websites. The site for TotallyOutdoors.com.au focuses on:

Verandahs | Pergolas | Patios | Alfresco | Designs Kits Melbourne Builders

As a supplier of:

Centenary Pergolas & Carports

Eclipse – Louver Roofs

Solarspan Roofing

Totally Outdoors are one of Australia's premier supplier and builder of outdoor roofing needs.

We are please to be providing services to them, and welcome them on board the InteractiveWebs team.

Financial Planning Advice in Sydney Owen Hodge

Today we launched a make over of the Owen Hodge Financial Planning website.

 

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At Owen Hodge Financial Planning we offer advice and create solutions that fit your individual needs. Importantly, our clients have trusted us to deliver worthwhile advice for over 60 years.

We would welcome the opportunity to learn about your financial needs and to offer worthwhile advice that you can benefit from, now and over the long term.

Check out the new website at: http://www.ohfp.com.au/default.htm

DotNetNuke iPhone iPad App Launched

If you like DotNetNuke and have an iPhone or iPad, then DotNetNuke - DNN News App if for you!

InteractiveWebs have released a DNN community specific App to help interested people say in touch with the latest goings on in the DotNetNuke world.

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http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dnn-news-dotnetnuke-news/id448890925?mt=8#

Now you can browse the latest news, modules and skin information about the popular DotNetNuke CMS system all from your mobile device.

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The App is a native Xcode universal app (meaning it works on both the iPad and iPhone natively.

It is designed to tap into community news and information and discussions around DotNetNuke to allow you to read stay up to date with the latest news and events.

DotNetNuke Automated Backlink Module

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Today we released an update to the Automatic Backlink Module for DotNetNuke.

Details of the update are available here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/automaticlinkbuilder/Support/VersionHistory.aspx

But include improvements on the way site monitoring is handled and the way the module works with the known GZIP issues.

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An example of the module can be seen here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/Admin/DotNetNukeWebsites.aspx?&action=add

where you can add your site for back linking.

DotNetNuke Users Online Gadget Widget iPhone App

Today we have released a new version of our Users Online gadget is getting ready for our iPhone app release that will support this module.

Today we have released a new version of the DotNetNuke Users Online Gadget module that allows you to monitor your website from:

  • Windows Gadget
  • Mac Widget
  • Google Gadget

Todays update can be seen here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/usersonline/Support/VersionHistory.aspx

and is getting the module ready for the pending release of our iPhone app that will allow you to connect and monitor your site directly on your iPhone.

iWebs News–Now available on the iPhone and iPad

imageToday marks a big day for us at InteractiveWebs. We have had approved and released our version 2.0 update to our popular iPhone app “iWebs News”.

What’s New

The App has been totally rewritten by us, and now is released as a native Xcode iPad & iPhone app in one.

So if you have an iPad, and have previously seen our iWebs News app, then please check out the app on your iPad. It is a terrific experience.

Why is it a Big Deal for us?

Much of our focus over the last 8 months has been on enabling our team to produce rapid iPhone and iPad apps. In order to do this, we felt it necessary to develop a framework that we have called “Mushroom”.

The release of this 2.0 update for iWebs News App marks the first release of any App by us that is built entirely on our new Mushroom Framework.

Naturally we are pleased that apple process approved the app first time around, as this means that all the hard work in testing and resolving any issues paid off.

What does it mean for us?

Actually it means quite a bit! Now we have the rapid deployment framework, that is a “Universal App” running on both iPhone and iPad, we are able to use and deploy the app on behalf of our customers and clients.

Because all of the code is ours, we can take the future development in any direction we like. We are really very excited to see the result, and see how well it performs.

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Would you like your own iPhone / iPad App?

If you like what you see, and are interested in having your own business with an App like this, then please contact us to discuss your needs.

Eating Our Own Dogfood – InteractiveWebs

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We “Eat our Own Dog food”; as the saying goes (user our own software), and use the module on our own site in many locations. Have a look at these pages, much of the content is from our blog site here:

www.interactivewebs.com/blog

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http://www.interactivewebs.com/feedbackdesigner/Support/HelpandSupport.aspx

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http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-image/Support/HelpandSupport.aspx

Check out the links and the way the Mushroom Lite Module for DotNetNuke works.

Description Field Templates for Picasa–Desc

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Google Picasa has the ability to enter a description for an image. That description text is usually an explanation of what the image is about.

We have the ability to access this description text of images using the token: ${item.description} within the template.

To make this easy, we have added a second template to the templates within this module, using the same name but with “Desc” in the name.

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Where The – Dec versions of the templates like the Light box-Desc will display the description text.

The templates remain editable as usual, to those of you who are skilled with HTML, CSS etc. We just thought it would be best to include these templates to simplify the process.

New DotNetNuke Module–Mushroom Image

imageThis week we are releasing the first of our Integration module suite. The suite called Mushroom is designed to allow integration between WordPress, DotNetNuke, Social Media, and iPhone App. The first module we are publically releasing is called “Mushroom Image” and is an image rotator style module that allows feeds from WordPress to run images directly into your DotNetNuke website. Like our other recent module releases, we have designed the backend for easy and fast configuration using JS as the basis of the User Interface.

Templates

With all our recent dnn modules, we have used a template CSS / HTML system to allow the end users interface to be customized. Here are some examples of the UI: image image image image image image image While we are still working on the website to support the sale of the module, you can see some of the demo templates on display here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-image/Demo/LightBoxEffect.aspx image http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-image/Demo/ShutterEffect.aspx image http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-image/Demo/RotateEffect.aspx image http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-image/Demo/HTML5Effect.aspx image http://www.interactivewebs.com/mushroom-image/Demo/LightHeadsEffect.aspx image There is more to come, so stay tuned.

Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011

This cracks me up. Some time ago, someone at Microsoft decided to add our team to the “metro” early adopter program for CRM 4.0 We never did anything, asked for anything and frankly could care less what is going on with Microsoft. Like we would want to throw our lives away testing Microsoft Beta releases! Anyway, from time to time I get messages from the metro team like this: Hello, We are writing from the Metro Early Adopter Program. Thank you for your Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011. The Dynamics CRM 2011 early adopter program has been shipped and is no longer accepting nominations. For this reason you, Interactivewebs.comhaven’t been approved to join this program. The Metro Early Adopter Program continues to add new programs throughout the year. Please go to the Metro Connect site (http://connect.microsoft.com/metro) if you would like to join other programs. Thank you for your interest in theDynamics CRM 2011 and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to metrohlp@microsoft.com Kind regards, clip_image002 Metro Team Now having never actually requested anything in relation to CRM 2011. Never having contacted them or requesting access to the early release, we find that we are indeed not been accepted. Well Ain’t that a surprise, being that we never filled in a “nomination form”! Actually we have a message for the Metro team. Dear Metro team, Thank you for not filling in a user registration form at http://www.interactivewebs.com Because you did not fill in a request for registration, we have not granted you status: Verified User”. InteractiveWebs continues to add users to our site at InteractiveWebs.com and you are not one of them. If you would like to join the program. You are not invited! Thank you for your interest in InteractiveWebs if you have any questions, then don’t ask as. Love… the team that have had enough of your junk!   It's funny... someone in the office just suggested to me it is like running down the road and knocking on the door. When the strangers answer... just say to them... "I just wanted to tell you that you are NOT invited to our house party tomorrow!" If some how you could deliver that in a very average looking email template, then you might be able to snag a job with Microsoft. Gold!

Free Online Quote website–Quoteroller website

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Today we were checking out a fellow developers online quote system. They have turned it into a free quote system that allows you to send a quote to a customer via email and the web.

This is a tremendous way to communicate quotes to potential customers and look professional while doing it.

  • Send and manage proposals online

    Super easy to use, Quote Roller saves you time and helps to close deals faster. You will find that creating proposals is fun and enjoyable process.

  • Automate the process

    Choose a proposal template, select a client, add products and services and hit send. Several simple steps to create a professional proposal.

  • Accept, discuss, collaborate

    Allow clients to instantly accept created proposals. Discuss any questions clients have directly in the system. Enable team work on proposals you create.

  • Reuse offerings from the list

    Organize products, services and subscriptions into an offering base and reuse items from the base in your proposal. Didn't think creating a pricing table was so simple?

  • Use proposal templates

    Having difficulties drawing up a proposal? Find a proposal template in our extensive community library. Share your templates with others in one click.

  • Stay informed

    Track clients' activity, get instant notifications and react immediately. Quote Roller will help you to convert your leads into orders.

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They have an easy to use dashboard that steps you through the creation process.

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An easy to use dashboard of all the interface send and reply messages you have.

Check out the free online quote system.

Auto Update to Widows Live Writer Killed my Launch Icon

imageThe recent auto update to the Windows Live 2011 Beta that automatically ran on my windows 7 system. Automatically and without me needing to do needing to do anything at all… killed the desktop launch icon that was used.

Isn’t is great that the thing that Microsoft is best at is killing things automatically.

I found a recent picture of the Microsoft “Leader”

Guess it all makes sense now why the only thing they do well tends to tick me off!

As for the new Windows Live Writer 2011. Works exactly like the old one, but has the following new features.

Feature List

  1. Removal of the word BETA from the program name
  2. Kills your desktop Icons for Live Writer

Ummm, That is about it really.

DNN Podcast about the DotNetNuke Pivot Module

The dnn podcast page has been updated with some profile data about InteractiveWebs, indicating some of the work we specialise in. If you would like to see more, click here.

David Finley, InteractiveWebs

David FinleyDavid is from InteractiveWebs based in Sydney Australia. InteractiveWebs is a technology focused business with extensive experience with DotNetNuke Module development, having released over 24 modules for public sale. As well as DNN Modules, InteractiveWebs has extensive experience with Microsoft CRM Customization, Silverlight application development, and iOS iPhone and iPad application development with integration into DotNetNuke.
For more information about custom dnn module development, please visit their site: www.interactivewebs.com

InteractiveWebs

34. DotNetNuke, Microsoft Pivot and DNN News

Sunday, October 03, 2010
Lee SykesInterview with:Lee Sykes
David Finleyand David Finley

In this podcast we discuss Microsoft Pivot and the DotNetNuke Pivot module, the latest DotNetNuke News as well as what has been happening with the DotNetNuke podcasts.

The podcast covers the following:

  • It has been a while
  • David interviewing Lee, background and what has been happening
  • DNN Creative background
  • DotNetNuke businesses and opportunities
  • Low cost entry into the market
  • Our 5th birthday
  • Microsoft Pivot background and explanation
  • Resources and free videos to view on Pivot
  • Exploration and manipulation of data
  • Navigating data as a web rather than page to page, deep diving, finding trends
  • Interactivewebs.com DotNetNuke Pivot module
  • Displaying data from a DotNetNuke website
  • Security roles, portals, logins, countries of registered users
  • Building a Pivot card and displaying with images
  • Potential for building Pivot views such as sales
  • Useful information for advertising with Google Adwords
  • Important ASP.NET security vulnerability

If there are any subjects you would like us to discuss in the podcast please submit your request in the Podcasts section of the DNN Creative Forum.

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DotNetNuke Podcast–Microsoft Pivot and DNN News

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This week we have released with Lee Sykes a DotNetNuke Podcast about Microsoft Pivot.

The podcast covers the following:

  • It has been a while
  • David interviewing Lee, background and what has been happening
  • DNN Creative background
  • DotNetNuke businesses and opportunities
  • Low cost entry into the market
  • Our 5th birthday
  • Microsoft Pivot background and explanation
  • Resources and free videos to view on Pivot
  • Exploration and manipulation of data
  • Navigating data as a web rather than page to page, deep diving, finding trends
  • Interactivewebs.com DotNetNuke Pivot module
  • Displaying data from a DotNetNuke website
  • Security roles, portals, logins, countries of registered users
  • Building a Pivot card and displaying with images
  • Potential for building Pivot views such as sales
  • Useful information for advertising with Google Adwords
  • Important ASP.NET security vulnerability