General Insights

I’ve got back from the the Sage Insights conference on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. There were a couple of things that I’ve found of key interest:

  • We saw a demo of the Sage ACT! Premium for Web HTML5 interface. Really liked the look of this, quite excited about this as I’m sure a number of our clients are going to love this.
  • Got to speak with some Sage NA staff re the 2012 ‘feature that isn’t a feature’ Sage Analytics. I see this as being of benefit to a number of our clients as it allows them to quickly rearrange a view of their data to show their key metrics.
  • Hearing the continuing focus on allowing the clients to choose if they want on-premise deployment or cloud/private cloud deployments. Good to know the plan is not to force clients into a SaaS only model like Salesforce.
  • Hearing Chris Gordon at SwiftPage (providers of Sage ACT! E-Marketing) talk about what they’ve seen work for e-marketing users and give examples of those. Great info.

Of course it was great to catch up in person with those that came from the Sage USA, Sydney and Melbourne and especially the other ACC’s that attended from around Australia and New Zealand. The next 12 months promise some change. I’m looking forward to it.

Two Important Product Rules

Steven Poole has a great post up. In it he states two ‘rules’. He may not be the first to verbalise them, but he’s got a great commentary on them. Go take a read.

For that that are still reading here and not over there, here are the two rules:

  1. If you’re not paying for something, you’re not a customer; you’re the product being sold.
  2. If you’re not paying for something, you have no reason to expect it to be there tomorrow.

You’ll need to go here to read it – it’ll make you sit up and think about the ‘free’ services you’re using on the internet.

RDP setup

I often need to connect to servers via RDP. I’ve found these posts below helpful for configuring RDP connection settings, specifically getting the new RDP window to open on the screen I want in the position I want.

Firstly, GrandPixel’s comment on this blog post at hydrous.net at 9:00pm on August 17, 2010.

Secondly, this post at blogs.msdn.com

The final RDP file contents for me are:

screen mode id:i:2
use multimon:i:0
desktopwidth:i:1440
desktopheight:i:900
session bpp:i:32
winposstr:s:0,3,-1440,100,1400,900
compression:i:1
keyboardhook:i:2
audiocapturemode:i:0
videoplaybackmode:i:1
connection type:i:2
displayconnectionbar:i:1
disable wallpaper:i:1
allow font smoothing:i:0
allow desktop composition:i:0
disable full window drag:i:1
disable menu anims:i:1
disable themes:i:0
disable cursor setting:i:0
bitmapcachepersistenable:i:1
full address:s:{removed}
audiomode:i:0
redirectprinters:i:1
redirectcomports:i:0
redirectsmartcards:i:0
redirectclipboard:i:1
redirectposdevices:i:0
redirectdirectx:i:1
autoreconnection enabled:i:1
authentication level:i:0
prompt for credentials:i:0
negotiate security layer:i:1
remoteapplicationmode:i:0
alternate shell:s:
shell working directory:s:
gatewayhostname:s:
gatewayusagemethod:i:4
gatewaycredentialssource:i:4
gatewayprofileusagemethod:i:0
promptcredentialonce:i:1
use redirection server name:i:0
drivestoredirect:s:*
username:s:{removed}

Hopefully, others looking to open the RDP windows to a specified location will find the two posts above of use.