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Quickbooks hosted notes: for Server 2014

When setting up QuickBooks on a server there are a few things I had to do to get it correct:

Install QuickBook's on the server under custom and sellect hosting You need the clients to access the dat using the unc path rather than a mapped drive
\\<servername>\\<sharename>\<folderWhereFileIS>\<QBFilename>You need to install the database system on the server, and then set the scan folders correctly (although this did not seen really neccessary)Run Quickbooks on the server and choose: File > Utilities > Host Multi-User Access The using windows firewall add incoming ports TCP,
Select TCP and in the specific local ports box, enter in the following ports: QuickBooks 2015: 8019, 56725, 55363-55367QuickBooks 2014: 8019, 56724, 55358-55362QuickBooks 2013: 8019, 56723, 55353-55357QuickBooks 2012: 8019, 56722, 55348-55352QuickBooks 2011: 8019, 56721, 55343-55347QuickBooks 2010: 8019, 56720, 55338-55342 Read more here: Quick books support

My brief Android experience forced me to buy an iPhone

Recently I took my iPhone 4 in since once again I had cracked the screen, 3 times in 4 years.

Firstly I must say I was slow to go to the iPhone, but once I did I was in love. Finally with one device I could really and simply manage all goodies. To give you an idea these are the applications I use almost daily:
Email, for both company (Microsoft Exchange based) and personal use (Gmail Apps) AccuweatherAudibleiTunesDeezerEvernoteStandard Bank AppBrowsing (using chrome)HAI (for home automation) Camera with sharingNot so often facebook and twitter too So once I got use to the weird Android interface I install all the above besides iTunes (I tried a few rip off products, we cannot use Google Music in SA at the moment so I was unable to use that, perhaps that was one of the reasons I was unhappy with the experience) and I was not paying another R700 for my HAI software.

Besides that I was surprised that many features I considered standard were not there, I had to down load Sleep and torch s…

Page 404 for Outlook Web Access 2003 - fixed

After reinstalling a server, with active website our Outlook web access allowed us to login but after logging in gave us a page not found error 404.

We check the permissions the folders etc. We could browse the Exchange virtual directory but we could not browse the exchange-owa folder.

After searching a number of websites, including that pathetic experts exchange I stumbled upon this site:

In IIS I checked that .net version and after reading it figured out that the .net version of the intranet site was version 4.

I checked the exchange virtual folder and saw it was greyed out, so this means it is inheriting it so by right-clicking on the Default Web and going to properties of the default site I change it to version 2.

Then I went to the intranet sites and changed them to version 4, and the Exchange sites inherited the default…

Quick Items to remember when restoring data after a crash.

Quick Guide restore and backup Items you should have done Things that you need to have done before, sometime we have not done them all but see what you can do
Made backupsOf data (try have more than one place and more than one backup)Config - especially website and applicationOf databases Stored in a text file (and also backed this up) or some other placeNetwork IP address and configuration infoDriver letters and sharesuser namesHardware config, ram, hard drive size etc Restoring GuideGet server / machine up and runningInstall all patches and update FIRSTInstall ApplicationsDo restoreIf you have had to reimplement domain, or as a precautionLog into workstations and back up setting to external drive / USBIf there is problem with the mail profile create a new one DO NOT overwrite the old one, you may need it

A summary of an audio and text book journey of growth...past midlife crisis

There is a common concept out there of the mid life crisis.

According to physcologists there is no such term, but on feeling unfulfilled I took a journey to try and grow as a person, and here is a choronical of this journey.

Initially I went back to books I had read in my twenties, but found that this knowledge while interesting again did not assist. Deepak Chopra, Dale Carnegie did not quite hit the spot. I started turning to many others, and I also started listening to audiobooks.

For me atheism was not answering many questions I was asking. Questions like: What causes life? If we are all conscious, then is consciousness finite or infinite? What happens to consciousness when we die, it is energy and energy cannot be destroyed?

While the formal occasions and traditions of religion have been dissected and picked apart by many people, not the least of which was Dawkins which is so well known, these concepts are either mythical or magical, to use Ken Wilber’s words.

The first few …

outlook out of office does not work exchange 2003

I had this issue for a while and decided to sort it out. After googling I found it was a setting on the exchange:

To turn on out-of-office replies to the Internet, follow these steps:
On the Exchange server, start Exchange System Manager.Double-click Global Settings, and then click Internet Message Formats.In the Details pane, right-click a particular domain name, and then click Properties. The default SMTP domain is "*".In the Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab, and then click to select the Allow out of office responses check box, and then restart the SMTP and Routing Engine services.

Note After you do this, the e-mail messages that are sent from users in the Internet domain that were configured in step 3 receive an Out of Office response from the users in the Exchange organization that have enabled Out of Office on their mailboxes.Stop the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and Microsoft Exchange Routing Engine services, and then restart them. From http://supp…

Read XML file and run commands in it for C#

Storing of SQL commands When coding we use an offline database (or sandbox) that allows us to change whatever we like duirng development. As we make changes to the database we store the SQL commands that are used to make these changes.

Getting tired of copying and pasting the commands back into the SQL manager once we took the changes live I decided to write a some code to read from an XML file and implement the changes. 
Structure of the XML file The strurcture we decided on was something that was general enough to allow for room to grow, so we came up with this:

XML structure:

  <command type="sqlcommandtype">

sqlcommandtype: is the type of commnad: select, insert, update, alter, etc or disabledSQLCommandText: is the actual command Example of XML file Here is an example of the a file:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <command type="d…

Model view controller.

For years I have heard MVC model view controller banded about willie Nillie. 
I got the basics but finally I really get it. It should actually be called cmv or vmc. Not MVC. 
So how do these layers work. 
Let's start at the controller layer. 
The controller is where all and I mean all the data is dealt with. Using this layer classes Adler created the rerun Lists of items air a single item from the data. All items from his class are returned to the model in a structured data class or as a data type. This means that the model becomes data implementation agnostic. 
At no time should the model directly manipulate the data rather it works with the data types passed to it from the controller and uses those variances and structures to develop the logic or model on what happens to the data. 
Which brings us to the model. 
He model is the logic that links the controller to the view. Using the data the view provides it and manipulating or changing it view calculation or any other logic so it can b…

iTunes song purchased on iPhone not showing in the library, only show purchased

I recently purchase an album on my iPhone, and then when I wanted to mke sure it was in my iTunes library it was not there, but in the Store I found it and it said purchased.

If I clieck on Check for Available Downloads, it said nothing.

After some search i found this:

Which had this fact: "Music can't be redownloaded in all countries, so depending upon where you are you might not be able to redownload music. If music does show as a category, but not that album, then is it hidden :"

I then connected my iPhone and saw that to copy a purhcase your computer's iTunes via File > Devices > Transfer Purchases

Restoring music to iTunes from you iPod

There are many posts telling people what to do to restore from the iPod, but just though I would post what worked for me.

here is on of the beter posts:

The one I used was CopyTrans.

You do need to enable direct access in iTunes to the hard drive on the iPod.

It restores the data to your ITunes library.

Quality as a measure

I have a question for Joe Soap out there, do you need price to dictate quality?
How do we determine if something is quality? Well it by assessing the product and comparing it to other products and developing a subjective perspective on the products, then determinng which product is a beter quality. 
Well that sounds logical but does it work like that. I saw a test on mind games where they took the same wine and presented it differently, using price and packaging as a guide. And guess what the more expensive the consumer was told the wine was the beter they thought it was even though it was the same product. 
This is a quite sad. Is. Is it based in the fact that we are unable to determine quality as a measure without a pricing and packing as a guide?
Do we need others to tell use what is good and what is not? We all say we have our own choices but do we?
Recently this came to light when I discovered that people were sure that a product that cost more was beter when in fact it was …