Field Firing Solutions (FFS) Delta V for Tablets?

As you may have guessed from my other posts I shoot, my interest primarily is long range shooting. In this field the best software in my opinion is Field Firing Solutions (FFS) Delta V, this is what I was trained on it’s use by Glen at Precision Shooting. I do however have one issue with it, this is the requirement for dedicated hardware, specifically a Windows PDA. Now whilst I understand all to well that this makes it easier for development in some regards, I personally would prefer an “App” for either iOS or Windows 8.

There as I see it a number of benefits to this model. firstly most smartphones and PDA’s now offer bluetooth, wireless and in some cases 3G/4G Data connectivity allowing easy connectivity between services, but also internet data, which has never been as readily accessed before, and can provide a whole new level of data input to the device, as well as allowing communications of solutions between teams and commanders in a military or police application.

This brings me to another point, digital distribution. With one of these dedicated hardware devices, they are not only often pricey, they are also more difficult to obtain. If for instance the device breaks just before that yearly hunt or competition (as they always do) then it is not easy to obtain another one quickly, or if in fact you can, cheaply. I mean sure, I could keep a spare one on hand but most people do not a budget that allows them to keep multiple devices on hand.

However, if they for instance used an iOS based device (or Android, or Windows 8 etc.), one could simply go to the nearest stockist (of which there are many, as after all they are consumer devices not specialist devices after all) and purchase a replacement, install the app from the digital distributor and there is your replacement, pair this with a cloud service such as iCloud, Skydrive, Dropbox or one of any of the other numerous options and you can simply get your data back from the cloud, no loss (that is assuming backups are run reguarly, which people do right… ok on second thoughts background syncing would be better) .

There you have it, my thoughts on why Field Firing Solutions should make a iOS/Android/Windows 8 App version of their otherwise wonderful software

Internet Explorer & Other Multi-Tab Group Policy Settings

So visiting a client today and I noticed that the group policy settings for Internet Explorer were not applying correctly, some settings were aplying, some not. After looking at the settings and the RSoP, I decided to take a look at the XML generated for the GPO, and that’s when I saw it… disabled=1, hello. Now the question is where did it come from, I know the GPO is working in other respects, and checking the XML confirms this, so I re-generate the settings, 5 minutes work but still no resolution, its still stating that it is disabled.

What is a IT professional to do, woe is me… Looking further into the situation I came across something I had long forgotten, and filed under “I will never need that”. What was happening or rather not happening was  I was not enabling the fields, specifically in a multi-tabbed setting you will see a red dashed line or a red “No” symbol (the same red border and line that you see everywhere something is prohibited, no smoking sign for example). As shown below

stopped symbol   Dashed Line

To enable the settings you need to hit one or more keys depending on how you want to do it, these keys are as outlined below

F5 – Enable all items on the Page/Tab
F6 – Enable Currently Selected item on Page/Tab
F7 – Disable Currently Selected item on Page/Tab
F8 – Disable all items on the Page/Tab

Once you have enabled the items you will get either a solid green line or a green OK symbol as shown below

green line  go symbol

 Once this was done, I simply forced an update of group policy, and viola, everything worked as it should once more

Moral of this story, its the things you think you don’t need, that ultimately you will need