Another off-topic post from me. And this time, it is for a very interesting issue.
I was trying to install and configure a new virtual machine for Kubuntu 18.04 LTS on my Mac, using Parallels Desktop v13. The installation went on well. My new Kubuntu VM was ready for configuration. All done, except Parallels Tools.
Trust me, I’m no good at Linux at all. I’m just beginning to explore. So whatever was discussed on this forum post was beyond my limited knowledge. However, on page 2 of this post, there was a link provided which took me to Rudolf Ratusinski‘s step-by-step guide on how to hack Parallels Tools installer and make it work.
I’m slowly moving away from Windows. However, being a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant, that’s not entirely possible. I’ve been working hard to overcome every single roadblock since the last couple of years.
One major gripe, among several others, was the inability to connect the SQL Server instance on my Windows 10 virtual machine, mounted using Parallels. Until now.
Microsoft released SQL Server Operations Studio, which is still under preview, for us to connect to a SQL Server from Windows, Mac OS or Linux. I now have the choice to work from either my Mac OS or my Windows 10 VM.
However, there are some steps we must follow to successfully connect to a SQL Server instance on a virtual machine. This post, from Anton Sizikov, is probably the easiest one to follow. Following the steps explained on this post, Connecting SQL Operations Studio to SQL Express Server in Parallels VM, I was able to successfully use my SQL Server Operations Studio to connect to my VM SQL Server. Below is the SQL Ops Studio in all its “dark theme” glory:
I couldn’t use my Mac more than pretty much for just browsing, emailing and other daily digital chores. This is one huge step forward to start utilising it well.
I’m blogging after a painfully long time. And, I’d like to share something really interesting that happened on my MacBook Pro this week.
I reset my Mac with Mac OS High Sierra (10.13.4) and all of a sudden, all my notifications stopped working. The Dock labels would show, sound would be there, yet mysteriously, banners wouldn’t come. Upon checking the notification area, there wasn’t any recent notifications listed at all. Baffling, to say the least.
Despite the discussion being for Mail App, the solution given on this discussion worked for me for all apps’ notifications.
Solution is quite simple; change the alert notification from “Alerts” or “Banners” to “None” and change it back. Easy, isn’t it? Not exactly. I had to do this for all of my apps, using the notification centre.
I can’t complain though. It’s working now, that’s all I need.
If someone’s having same issue and is looking for a solution, look no further. Check out the discussion on Apple Support Forum (link provided above).
I have been looking for a solution/workaround to get this functionality on my Mac’s Mail.app. The issue is that Apple’s Mail.app do not have the simple yet handy feature of creating a reminder out of an email, like how Outlook does.
But I did not want to get out of Apple’s ecosystem, that comprises of Mail, Reminders and iCal. This is basically a great combination.
Whenever I accidentally press the power button on my MacBook, it switches off the display. This behaviour change happened from OS X Mavericks (10.9).
Earlier it used to let us choose with following options:
OSXDaily.com has got a workaround for this trouble. It does not straightaway enable these options the moment you press the power button, but it prevents OS X Mavericks from switching the display off, which is far more relieving.
To invoke the above power button options: press power button continuously for a second or two.
One of my users use Mac OS X Mavericks and his major concern was to batch print files in a folder without opening each one of them. He somehow (?!?!?!) trusted my expertise in Mac OS to find a solution.
My best friend, Google, came to my rescue again. I got this gem of a post by Jesse Chapman (sorry Jesse, I tried getting a profile page of yours, but could only get your twitter page) on his blog wait, really? that saved my day.
Everything works other than pictures; that’s what I had found. Upon drilling down further, what I realised is that it sounds obvious that it doesn’t work on Mac based browsers. Reason: Native Pictures.
Definition of Native Picture says following:
Consider, for instance, the following snapshot of GP login window on a web client rendered on Mac Safari:
It’s not shown. Initially I thought it was something to do with Silverlight rendering. But not exactly. It’s because, this picture is a Native Picture. And by definition, it’s specific to Windows OS. Look at this picture definition below:
Apparently, by nature, it’s NOT supposed to show up on any OS other than Windows.
It’s not just this picture. Lookup Button icons, Note icons are all Native Picture types. And due to that, they are not going to render on any other OS. And if I am not mistaken, this will remain as it is at least till next major version of GP.
Those who implement GP web client MUST be aware of this.
We all know GP 2013 Web Client is rendered on Silverlight. Though Silverlight plugin is available for Mac based browsers, rendering is not same as how it is rendered on Windows based browsers.
Below are some samples:
Mac OS X Safari:
Windows IE: Mac OS X Safari:
Mac OS X Safari:
Apparently, there seems to be a rendering issue on showing pictures (and ONLY that I guess).
On the surface, it seems like Silverlight doesn’t render properly on Mac based browsers, while it could work perfectly on Windows. Thinking on this further, it’s only related to images. There could be something that we have to tweak on Silverlight plugin. Not sure what it is exactly at the moment.
Those who have implemented Web Client for customers with Mac, would you please step forward and shed some light on this?
It’s been an awkwardly long time since I had written anything on this blog. Now is the time probably to break that jinx.
I have been working on testing GP2013 Web Client on our environment. I have been constantly keeping myself updated with GP Web Client by reading our community blogs and forums, but never had seen it on my own machine till today.
Below is the snapshot of GP2013 Web on my MacBook Pro; on Mac OS X Safari browser.
All you need to do is to install Silverlight for Safari on Mac. If it’s not there, you would be prompted to download and install.
I am now excited to get my customisations work with it. Will post anything that’s interesting and worth to be shared in coming days.