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Sameday Express / Sameday Express 2.66 - release notes
« on: October 16, 2018, 09:23:00 pm »
All Google API calls are replaced by OpenStreetMap equivalents.

We used the Google API to decode postcodes and create maps. All calls have now been replaced and in most cases exceed the results from Google. The reason for doing this was because Google have started restricting these to a a few calls without payment. Google now charge a minimum of $200 a month for this facility.

We have tried to exceed the previous calls. You can decode postcodes to the associated street address or enter the address and it will return the postcode. In addition, in mapping it will give you the wind direction and the temperature.

We also added two slots for additional people involved in a job i.e. in addition to the collector and deliverer.




Loadmaster / Loadmaster V44.0.1.24 - release notes
« on: October 16, 2018, 09:09:49 pm »
This update includes all Google API calls being replaced by OpenStreetMaps.

Google was used for looking up addresses from postcodes and the production of maps. Unfortunately, Google have started charging for anything but a low use of these calls. The curent cost is a minimum of $200 a month.

We therefore recoded everthing that used the Google API and replaced it with the OpenStreetMap versions. In all cases we have produced a better result.

The postcode lookup now lets you work the other way, so that you can put the address in instead and it gives you the postcode. You can even out in a location of any type e.g. EIFFEL TOWER. It also displays the wind direction and temperature for the chosen location.


Loadmaster / Local Parameters blank after update
« on: September 12, 2018, 08:37:41 am »
Copy the four files that start with LOCAL from C:\ProgramData\Zipzap Computers\Loadmaster to C:\ProgramData\Zipzap Computers Limited\Loadmaster

These are -



Windows / Frequent Crash log warning - Windows 10
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:02:24 am »
You keep getting notified of a Crash by a message box. Nothing seems to be wrong.

When you look in the log it says -

The highlight filter query for the "Thread Activities" preset in the "Regions of Interest" table is invalid.
The initial filter query for the "Thread Activities" preset in the "Regions of Interest" table is invalid.

Researching this you find that this is a non-harmful message that Microsoft say you should ignore. Something to do with One Drive.

The chances are that you are running Iolo System Mechanic and it is reporting the issue whereas Windows ignores it.

Hopefully either Microsoft or Iolo will sort it. It's just annoying.


Raspberry Pi / Our latest Pi - a journey
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:54:38 pm »
Our latest Pi is a 3B in a Makerhawk case 12.2 x 9 x 5.6 cm with X820 expansion board. 60GB SSD. Complete with 7 inch LCD screen. Not quite a nanocomputer - but getting there.

Cannot see why the X820 wouldn't connect to the Pi Zero.

Might try an Orange Pi or a Beagleboard next!

The aim is to get as much computing power in the smallest possible space.


Any questions / Banned?
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:43:46 pm »
We do ban users. All you have to do is to get on the list of the Anti Hackers Alliance or similar and you will get banned permanently.

We take abuse very seriously and attempts at hacking or DDOS attacks will result in an instant ban plus your IP address being logged. Any such attempts breach EU legislation and potentially you could get prosecuted.

Apart from the Bulletin Board database there are no other databases held on this connection. You are simply wasting your time trying.

And the FTP server which we use simply gives us your IP address and a log of hacking attempts. Again there is no other data available.

Get a life if you do this.


Cybersecurity / BIOS updates
« on: August 29, 2018, 01:41:57 pm »
It is recommended that you update your BIOS if your computer is susceptical to Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

Don't know if you are? Then goto (home of Gibson Research) and try their InSpectre tool. Highly recommended.

If so, go to your manufacturer site and check for a download. Be safe and not sorry.


Operational Status / Server update
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:04:28 pm »
The Bulletin Board is now operational on 3 Raspberry Pi's.

1. Main Pi
2. Backup Pi
3. Redundant Pi

We can switch remotely from one Pi to another in the event of an issue. The Main and Backup Pi's run SSD drives rather than relying on a MicroSD.


Loadmaster / Loadmaster now on V44.0.1.22 - 21/08/2018
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:58:50 pm »
Done a lot of updates on mapping due to companies changing from http: to https:


Logistics Manager (LOGMAN) / LogMan - up and running
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:45:01 pm »
The working version of LogMan has been updated and is now up and running on our test server. See the LogMan page on our main web site.

You can download the program and test it using our test server.

The LogMan database can be run on a local server or an internet server running either Windows or Linux. If running on an external internet server then you need to ensure that you do not have a restriction on storage space that would cause operational issues. We have tested the database with 900 simultaneous users.

You can move from the test server to your own server in a matter of minutes.

LogMan client can be run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.


TPN Invoicing / Emailing using Outlook 2016 - problems
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:15:16 am »
You can test if Outlook 2016 is working properly by going into Windows Explorer, find any small file, right-click on it then choose Send To -> Mail Recipient. It should open Outlook 2016 as a draft email and the file attached. If it opens a different version of Outlook, Microsoft Mail or other email client then it's set up wrong.

It seems that Outlook 2016 has a problem with certain Sage products, Quickbooks and other programs that use MAPI and MAILTO functions i.e. any program that asks Outlook to perform emailing. Earlier versions of Outlook work fine as do other email client programs.

TPN Invoicing uses MAPI to send emails. If you cannot email out of TPN Invoicing using Outlook 2016 then got into Control Panel/Default Programs and choose the button that says 'Reset to Microsoft recommended defaults'.

Run Outlook as an Administrator and go to the Trust Centre. Find the Programmatic Access Security and set the 'Never warn me about suspicious activity'. Exit Outlook.

Test a simple function such as generating a CSV invoice. This should now work.

You should seek any further technical assistance from your original supplier of Office 365/Outlook 2016.


Loadmaster / Mapped Drives - works with IP address but not URL
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:24:02 pm »
We have been looking at various mapped drive issues, in particular the dreaded red cross on a drive in Windows Explorer.

On our system we could map \\\PiShare but not \\RASPBERRYPIPLUS\PiShare to a P: drive. We could not see either when we looked in Network but both were valid.

We use Kaspersky Secure Connection (VPN).

If we turn the VPN off then we can map using the computer name instead of the IP address even though we could still not see it in Network.

With the VPN off we can map P: using \\RASPBERRYPIPLUS\PiShare

We can then switch the VPN on and still use it.

However if we then disconnect the drive and try to reconnect using the computer name it fails and will not connect at all.

We have resurrected the Drive Connect program which deals with mapped drives. This avoids the need to use NET USE commands to reconnect drives. Simple to use and set up.

This seems to work OK with the computer names on start up even though the VPN is on. It probably establishes the connection early and before the VPN invokes.


Loadmaster / Mapped drives issue - cannot choose them
« on: July 04, 2018, 01:23:25 pm »
Symptom - You go into Windows Explorer and you can see a variety of drives but when you go into Loadmaster to change the Data Directory then the one you want to use is not there.

The difference is due to Windows Universal Access Control (UAC). The missing drives are not visible due to the fact that either the program was installed under a Windows Administrative Account or the shortcut is being 'Run as Administrator'. In Windows if you run a program as Administrator then when it tries to do something that requires a higher level of privileges then these are not granted, this includes viewing mapped drives from inside a program.

A sign that you have this issue could be that when you install an update you get a message about files having ACCESS DENIED in C:\Program Data\Zipzap Computers Limited\Loadmaster

Resolution - You should install Loadmaster as a Standard User and not as an Administrator. Do not 'Run as Administrator'. Loadmaster does not need special 'rights' to operate.

Note: In Windows Explorer if you see Drive Letters that have a red cross on them then that is a different issue. The cause of this is not accessing the drive for a long period of time and the connection is automatically severed by the operating system. This is a Windows issue often caused by the power save option of your network card. Rebooting often 'fixes' this instantly. Using NET USE command with the Persistent option may also resolve this. 


Loadmaster / Editing CSV files prior to import - a warning
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:40:58 pm »
As a general rule DO NOT use Excel to manipulate CSV files - Use Notepad.

This is why.

Before a file went into Excel it looked like this :-

"123456789012345","ABC123","32, The Street","Anywhere"

After it was saved by Excel as a CSV file it looked like this :-

1.23457E+14,ABC123,"32, The Street",Anywhere

Long numbers get altered into Scientific notation and it removes formatting. This can cause all sorts of problems.

A worse case scenario would be :-

1.23457E+14,ABC123,32, The Street,Anywhere

This now has five fields when the original had four.


Windows / Mapped drive available as Admin but not as a User
« on: June 23, 2018, 07:01:14 pm »
This is the effect of the User Account control (UAC) which was added in Windows Vista in 2006. When you map drives at logon, they are mapped with the filtered token (standard rights). When you now run an application elevated (with full admin token) it can't see the mapped drives of the normal permissions.

When network shares are mapped, they are linked to the current logon session for the current process access token. This means that if a user uses the command prompt (cmd.exe) together with the filtered access token to map a network share, the network share is not mapped for processes that run with the full administrator access token.

To allow admin programs to see the normal mapped drives, enable the setting EnableLinkedConnections

Click Start, type Regedit in the Start programs and files box, and then press ENTER.

Locate and then right-click the registry subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.

Point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

Type EnableLinkedConnections and then press ENTER.

Right-click EnableLinkedConnections and then click Modify.

In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

Restart the computer.

As a general guide, do not map drives under an Administrative account.


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