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Loadmaster / Loadmaster 44.0.1.15 released - 07/12/2017
« Last post by norman on December 07, 2017, 03:37:28 pm »
Contains a number of updates including the ability to import Raw data from Pallex,

Sage field increased in size to allow for the longer codes now in use. Xero export added.

Norman
 ;)
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TPN Invoicing / TPN SOAP WEB 2.98 released - 07/12/2017
« Last post by norman on December 07, 2017, 02:51:42 pm »
Updated to give a warning message where you have the data on a network drive and there are Windows access restrictions which prevent data from downloading or updating.

This update also has minimal Windows security restrictions and if you load it over a version installed with higher 'rights' then you may get an error message :-

“Unable to open or create <C:\ProgramData\ZiPZAP Computers Limited\TPNSOAP\SParam”

This is all to do with ‘rights’ in Windows. If this is happens then follow these instructions :–

Go into My Computer then Local Disk C: and the folder ProgramData (not Program Files) and you will find a directory called ZiPZAP Computers Limited.

(Note that ProgramData is a hidden folder and you may have to unhide it. In Windows 10 click on Local Disk C: then View and Options. The setting is on the View tab.)

Enter this directory and you will see a folder called TPNSOAP. Right-click on this and choose PROPERTIES.

Click on the SECURITY tab. Half way down you will see a button that says EDIT. Click this.

You will get a new screen with a list of users. Click on the ADD button.

Add a user called Everyone

Hit the CHECK button. It will be accepted. Click on Everyone in the table. Put a tick in Full Control at the bottom and hit the APPLY button.

Now OK and come out. You can now access the system.

Norman
 ;)
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Sameday Express / Sameday Express - now on version 2.61 06/12/2017
« Last post by norman on December 06, 2017, 02:18:06 pm »
New version on web site.

Fixed some display issues. Also corrected the Countries file which caused it not to be visible to all users.

Norman
 ;)
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Sameday Express / Sameday Additions
« Last post by norman on December 06, 2017, 02:16:30 pm »
Additions allow your customers to view their proof of delivery details online 24/7. Much of the setup is very easy.

You need either a fixed IP address on your router or the use of a Dynamic DNS Server, like DynDNS of No-IP. In the case of the dynamic address you simply complete the details on the router setup page (normally by using 192.168.0.1 in your browser). This simply 'pins' the location so it can be found on the web.

You set up a web server on one of the network computers (comes as standard on Windows after version 7) and load PHP on it, you then give it a fixed IP address on the router. You install a copy of Sameday on this computer as it loads an ODBC driver and connects to the data. You load the pages we supply on the wwwroot directory under the inetpub directory.

On the router you then redirect calls on port 80 to this computer. You can test by going to 127.0.0.1 in a browser on this computer. You should be able to query the database.

You issue your individual customers with their one username and password. They can then access the basic details of their jobs back as many days as you allow them. You can do this for all your customers.

A good idea is to redirect to these internal web pages from your web site.

Our Logistics Manager software uses a similar idea of using your computers but we redirect on port 4999 in that case. We also use a proprietory Manta server which is accessed by desktop computers and Android devices.

Norman
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Loadmaster / TPN - S L O W
« Last post by norman on October 31, 2017, 04:33:13 pm »
TPN have moved address of their servers. The new ISP has not registered their site with all the DNS servers. Until they all get updated most requests get routed to the old server, time out then go off on a different search until they locate it.

This is the cause of the considerable time delay to some sites.

The temporary cure is to go into CONTROL PANEL then NETWORK CONNECTIONS then right-click on your current network adapter (adapter properties) and choose PROPERTIES.

Go down to Internet Protocol Version 4. Highlight this then choose PROPERTIES.

Down the bottom if your DNS server is set to Automatic or 192.168.0.1 then choose 'Use the following DNS server'.

Set the Primary to 8.8.8.8
Set the secondary top 8.8.4.4

These are Google DNS servers.

OK and CLOSE.

You need to do this on the individual computers.

I got a 20+ fold speed increase.

Norman
 ;)
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TPN Invoicing / TPN - S L O W
« Last post by norman on October 31, 2017, 04:32:20 pm »
TPN have moved address of their servers. The new ISP has not registered their site with all the DNS servers. Until they all get updated most requests get routed to the old server, time out then go off on a different search until they locate it.

This is the cause of the considerable time delay to some sites.

The temporary cure is to go into CONTROL PANEL then NETWORK CONNECTIONS then right-click on your current network adapter (adapter properties) and choose PROPERTIES.

Go down to Internet Protocol Version 4. Highlight this then choose PROPERTIES.

Down the bottom if your DNS server is set to Automatic or 192.168.0.1 then choose 'Use the following DNS server'.

Set the Primary to 8.8.8.8
Set the secondary top 8.8.4.4

These are Google DNS servers.

OK and CLOSE.

You need to do this on the individual computers.

I got a 20+ fold speed increase.

Norman
 ;)
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Windows / Windows 10 - unresponsive - 25/10/2017
« Last post by norman on October 26, 2017, 10:00:33 am »
In the last few weeks Windows 10 seems to have developed an annoying feature, probably following the Falls Update.

If you leave the computer for any time then when you come back to it then the computer is unresponsive. You may get a window pop up that tells you that Windows Explorer is unresponsive and you get an OK/Cancel (neither of which work). The mouse pointer moves but if you click on anything then nothing happens. The keyboard is unresponsive.

The only solution is to do a physical reset as CTL-ALT-DEL doesn't work either.

It appears to be caused by the screensaver/sleep function as turning these to a NEVER option stops the effect. This setting is in Settings/Power & Sleep.

Norman
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Windows / microsoft.explorer.notification in Windows 10
« Last post by norman on October 25, 2017, 09:18:47 am »
With the latest Windows 10 version these seem to be popping up annoyingly as there is no explanation as to what they refer to.

You will find reference to them in the Registry in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications\Backup

To turn them off go into File Explorer then Options. Go into Folder Options and View.

Remove the tick from Show sync provider notifications and Apply.

Perhaps Microsoft will tell us what they are doing?

Norman
 ;)
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Windows / Windows 10 - An app default was reset
« Last post by norman on October 20, 2017, 10:20:03 am »
An app caused a problem with the default app setting for ..... files, so it was reset to .....

This keeps on popping up, resetting image files, browsers etc to the Microsoft default versions.

This has just started on Windows 10. It does things like change your default browser to Edge. It is really annoying.

This details the problem and gives a solution -

http://techdows.com/2016/02/prevent-windows-10-resetting-file-associations.html

Basically it's caused by Microsoft update KB3135173

Norman
 ;)
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Linux / Lincoln Linux Group meeting - 18/10/2017
« Last post by norman on October 17, 2017, 08:41:05 am »
Next meeting at the LIncoln Bowl on Wednesday 18th October at 7pm.

All welcome.

Norman
 ;)
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