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DMSki 2017: Adventures on the Slopes
Serena Shah-Simpson

DMSki 2017: Adventures on the Slopes

DMSki, an annual ski trip that DMCers have been making to Colorado since 2011, was Denver’s Yearly Office Event (YOE) again this year. The YOE is an opportunity for DMC employees to meet near one of DMC's five locations for a fun trip planned by employees in that office. What started as an awesome time has grown into an even more awesome time with more and more DMC employees joining each year! If you want to check out the fun we had in years past, you can read about past...

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Using IoT, a Particle Internet Button, and Slack to Feed a Fish
Eric Baggen

Using IoT, a Particle Internet Button, and Slack to Feed a Fish

"Stevie is a fish. Stevie has no motors. Stevie prefers that you don’t tap on the tank. Stevie doesn’t know what Wi-Fi is. This is a picture of a computer. It’s not a fish. Stevie is a fish! I bet Stevie wishes he had hands so he could play with tablets." This description is printed on a sign that sits next to Stevie’s tank. Who is Stevie, you might ask? Stevie is DMC Boston’s office fish, and he is a valued member of the team. Like us, he ...

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DMC Named a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work

DMC has been named a finalist for Crain's Chicago Business' annual list of Chicago's Best Places to Work. The finalists were announced in an article by Crain's on February 10, 2017 and include 50 Chicago companies. According to Crain's, the list "honors companies that do the very best by their employees here in Chicago." The 2017 list has been expanded to recognize more companies, and the top 25 Best Places to Work will be announced at a live event on A...

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BlueGecko BGScript Development with VScode
Tyler Brink

BlueGecko BGScript Development with VScode

This tutorial will outline the process to configure Visual Studio Code for developing Blue Gecko script code. It assumes you have some familiarity with the BlueGecko scripting language. If not, check out the developer guide. Blue Gecko scripting is a high level programming language designed for the Silicon Labs line of Blue Gecko Bluetooth modules. Installation Download and install the BLE SDK and the BLE Update Tool using the default location and agree to licenses.&...

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FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation
Molly Graham

FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation

DMC recently held our 7th FedEx Day across all offices. On FedEx Day, everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC. It’s one of our favorite company traditions! It's called a FedEx Day because part of the project must absolutely, positively be delivered by the end of the day. You can read about past FedEx Days on our blog: here, here, here, here, here, and here. Also, check out this classic FedEx Day video! How Does FedEx Day...

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Geek Challenge: Eccentric Traveler
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge: Eccentric Traveler

This month's geek challenge focuses on some strange sightseeing aspirations of an eccentric traveler. Our eccentric traveler's odd expedition begins by considering the following riddle: You walk one mile South, then one mile East, then one mile North. When you finish walking you are at your original location. Where are you? After initially deducing the solution to be the North Pole, our eccentric traveler realized there were other starting locations in ...

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DMC Quote Board - February 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - February 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.  

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Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release

Version 1.4 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a V13 SP1 update and also contains a Portal V14 beta release. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V13 SP1 Update 9 contains the following updates: Added dynamic fonts to all HMI faceplates for variable size HMIs Updates to several Supplementary blocks Added official blocks for SIMOCODE and SIRIUS Soft Starter Resolved bug in fbIO_AnalogInput when using RTDs Fixed ...

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Inside Whirlyball: Chicago's Weirdest Sport
Ross Bunker

Inside Whirlyball: Chicago's Weirdest Sport

Before I visited Chicago for my DMC training as a new employee, I had never played Whirlyball. In fact, I had never heard of Whirlyball until the week prior. I was excited to have the chance to play last week during a DMC activity fund event. It’s a fun tradition for the Chicago office. After trying it myself, I decided to spend some time researching this unique “sport”. Whirlyball Origins Despite its conception in Salt Lake City in the 1960's, there is a complete lac...

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DMC Blown Away by 2017 Holiday Party
Amy Costello

DMC Blown Away by 2017 Holiday Party

Last month, DMC employees and guests gathered to celebrate our accomplishments of 2016 and all we have to look forward to in the coming year. The annual Holiday Party is one of the most exciting events of the year. It's a great opportunity to chat with those you rarely get a chance to see and meet the new faces coming to DMC! Here's how we celebrated in each office. Denver DMC Denver started their evening with drinks and a social hour at Guard and Grace, a steak house in do...

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Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata
Anjali Bharadwa

Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata

Have you ever had a hard time searching for a document in a web of nested folders? So have I. What starts out as a few, organized folders can quickly turn into a messy and confusing file system. Fortunately, SharePoint offers a solution by tagging documents with metadata. Document Management in SharePoint allows you to find documents easily and determine information about the document before you open it. For example, using metadata allows you to tag documents with two different categorie...

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A Properly Pleasing Primer Tutorial for WPF Prism - Part 3:  Modules
Grant Anderson

A Properly Pleasing Primer Tutorial for WPF Prism - Part 3: Modules

In Part 2 of this series, I introduced the Shell and the Bootstrapper components of a Prism application. The stage is set. The crew's in place. It's time for Lights! Camera! Action! But first, we need to hire some actors. Modules To quote the Prism documentation itself: A module is a logical collection of functionality and resources that is packaged in a way that can be separately developed, tested, deployed, and integrated into an application. All modules contain a central c...

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DMC Earns InduSoft Certified Systems Integrator Status
Nicklas Thystrup

DMC Earns InduSoft Certified Systems Integrator Status

DMC is proud to announce our status as an InduSoft Certified Systems Integrator. After years of experience using Wonderware's Indusoft on projects, we have become the only Certified Systems Integrator in Chicago. InduSoft’s Certified Integrator Program is an incentive driven program open to all System Integrators who recommend and develop automation solutions utilizing InduSoft Web Studio software. The program allows DMC access to technical training and...

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Geek Challenge Results: Infinipool
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge Results: Infinipool

The results are in! Two people correctly answered December's geek challenge. Ken Brey of DMC and Jesse Batsche of DMC both identified the correct percentage as D: 60-65%. Ken supplied an exact solution for the probability as the grid of pool balls becomes infinitely large. However, Jesse is this month's winner because he wrote a really cool LabVIEW program to solve the problem! Ken's Exact Solution Where X and Y represent the row and col...

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SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update
Peter Rijks

SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update

Sometimes, when things seem to be going catastrophically wrong, the root cause can be simple. You just have to find it. After a recent batch of updates were applied to a SharePoint 2016 farm, a large number of items quit working on the application server. Outgoing emails stopped sending, workflows stopped working, and scheduled tasks that used the server object model stopped working.  It was a mess. Worse yet, troubleshooting this proved to be a challenge because the SharePoint tracin...

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Automatically Change Windows System Sounds
Frank May

Automatically Change Windows System Sounds

For those of you who are impatient, click here to download the completed executable, and see the results below. Have you ever said: “UGH, these Windows system sounds are so bland” And then wished you could change them to something better, and do it to all your company computers, but didn’t want to go through the hassle of clicking through Windows system settings while explaining to your coworkers what you’re doing to their computer? ME TOO! That’s...

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DMC Quote Board - January 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.

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Glow Sticks, Kickball, and Flip Cup in NYC
Becca Stussman

Glow Sticks, Kickball, and Flip Cup in NYC

This Fall, DMC New York participated in our very first sports team. The league, organized by NYC Social, was a combined Kickball + Flip Cup season. Games were held at a park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We were excited that the bases, ball, and players would be lit by glow sticks! Since we have a small office, we joined forces with other small groups to make a full team. The other people on our team were awesome, and being paired with non-DMC teammates was a great way to meet new ...

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Denver Beer Tasting: Round 1
Cameron Fyfe

Denver Beer Tasting: Round 1

It wasn't too long ago that DMC Denver celebrated Opening Day, and now it is expanding into additional office space, with an expected completion in early 2017. We're excited to gain two new conference rooms in the process! Knowing the new rooms will follow our current theme of being named after Colorado breweries (Great Divide and Renegade are our current conference rooms), DMC Denver saw this as an opportunity to try some local brews during the naming process. What better way...

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DMC Adds CLED to Its List of NI LabVIEW Certifications 
Darren Jones

DMC Adds CLED to Its List of NI LabVIEW Certifications 

DMC demonstrated our LabVIEW expertise again by attaining a new certification! Congratulations to our Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer (CLED), Jeremy Green!    The CLED National Instruments recently added a new exam, the CLED, to their list of certifications. There are only 38 CLEDs in the U.S. right now, two (including Jeremy) in Illinois. A CLED must demonstrate proficiency and expertise in analyzing requirements for and designing, developing, debugging, and d...

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