Month: May 2012

Wall Street Journal says Tri-Tip is “New Cut”

So I occasionally read articles in the Wall Street Journal.  One that caught my eye was their recent “New Steak on the Block” article for several reasons.  The first was that they quoted Gordon Ramsay, and watching Hell’s Kitchen is a guilty pleasure of mine.  And the second is that they announced the “tri-tip” cut was being rolled out to the mid-west, and called it one of the new cuts of beef. Now, I happen to love Tri-tip, this is still one of my favorite recipes: Barbeque: Santa Maria Smoked Tri-Tip, so it’s nice to see the rest of...

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100 hours of free Microsoft PPM Content from customers, partners, MVPs and Microsoft!

Just saw this on: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chrisfie/archive/2012/05/17/100-hours-of-free-microsoft-ppm-content-from-customers-partners-mvps-and-microsoft.aspx Following yesterday’s announcement on the main Microsoft Project blog: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Session Recordings Are Live! please find below the full list of sessions (by code, presenter’s company and title). I have also attached an Excel spreadsheet with this list to this post (navigate to the end). Grab you favorite beverage and snacks and enjoy the shows! PS: there are four outstanding recordings we are still in the process of publishing and I will update this list once they are live. PC200, AMD Corp,Detangling project demand, resource supply and capacity with Project Server PC201, AXTEL, X-treme EPMO: Creating the Enterprise Project Management Office and Culture at AXTEL PC202, Exxaro, Exxaro Resource: Project 2010 Case Study in Mining Industry PC203, Kemira Oyj, Rapid Implementation of the Microsoft PPM solution and SAP-integration in a global Chemical company PC204, Marquette University, Project and Project Portfolio Management that Works PC205, Pioneer Hybred, Doing More with Less: Effective Capacity Planning and Reporting PC206, Shire, Microsoft Project replaces Primavera: Why Shire made the switch and trusts Microsoft Project Server 2010 to manage $300M PC207, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPM@EPA: Accelerating Maturity in the Cloud PC208, Verizon Communications, How Verizon saved millions with Microsoft PPM: Turning data into useful information PC210, Project Step by Step, Care and Feeding of the Zealots: Why Project users are disproportionately invested in their product,...

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SharePoint 2010-Change Survey Option “Specify your own value:” to “Other:”

Recently I had a request from a business unit to change the Out of Box wording on a survey that employees were taking from the SharePoint standard of “Specify your own value:” to “Other:” which seemed fairly routine and something that could be done easily with a few lines of JavaScript, a quick Google search turned up some interesting an unique ways of doing this including: Changing the default.master page to include JavaScript and adding a function call in the body tag This of course would add a bit of overhead for every single page that uses the master...

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Saving Money and the Environment By Washing Dishes

Washing dishes is a chore, sometimes they pile up.  But eventually they get done. As with any modern family, washing the dishes at our house means getting the scraps into the compost bowl and placing them into the dishwasher. Not that hard.  I tell myself that for every load of dishes we wash we’re saving about $20. It’s not a precise calculation, but here’s the rationale: I typically think in terms of opportunity code.  We spend around $40 every time we go out to eat as a family. I guesstimate that we spend about $10 to $15 on groceries when we cook a meal at home. Add to that another $3 to $5 for water, electricity and dishwasher detergent. If you’re an accountant, you can factor in depreciation of the plates, silverware and dishwasher itself, but I prefer to keep things simple. So basically, we spend $20 for a meal at home instead of $40 at a restaurant. Voila – $20 savings. Consider how this example can play out over a year’s time. We run the dishwasher four to five times per week.  Extrapolating out, that means we’re saving $80 a week by washing dishes at home. Multiply that by 52 weeks in a year. That’s a savings of $4,160 over the course of year. Economics of running the dishwasher: $20 savings per load versus not dining out $80...

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Microsoft Certification reinvented for the Cloud Webcast

Just saw this and thought I’d throw it out there… Friday, May 11, 2012 – 2:00–3:00 PM EDT The US Partner Enablement & Learning Channel and Microsoft Learning North America Sales Teams cordially invite you to attend an exclusive Readiness Event on the NEW Microsoft Certification Program. Join us on May 11 as Don Field, Senior Director of Microsoft Certification, engages the MPN Community with: Overview on changes to and corresponding benefits of the certification program Overview on changes to and corresponding benefits of the certification program Walkthrough of solutions-based certification paths Summary of available certification offers and promotions Opportunity to address questions that you may have on the new program To join the meeting, simply use this URL and join via Live Meeting*: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/join?id=MSLMay11&role=attend&pw=webcast For your convenience, this event will be recorded and made available for your review. A link to the recording will be distributed shortly after the live event concludes. We hope to see your team participate in this informative event. Scott Akin Director US Partner Enablement & Learning Channel Microsoft Corporation Email: sakin@microsoft.com Lawrence Kaye Business Development Manager Microsoft Learning North America Sales Microsoft Corporation MCT | MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010 Email: lakaye@microsoft.com *NOTE: If you do not have Live Meeting already installed, you will be prompted to do so when you join the meeting. Please do not join using the Web Console since that...

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