Month: August 2012

Free Kindle books for the Homeschooler

This is just awesome.  I love technology and it has brought learning to a point where it has never been more accessible than it is today.  Sometimes I wish I was a kid again. I’ve had several Kindles for a while now and received some great resources for my professional career thanks to Microsoft’s Downloadable content for eReaders.  But it doesn’t stop there.  A couple of months ago I won a Kindle Fire at a Microsoft event.  Already having an iPad and the previous Kindles, I basically toyed with it for a few weeks and rooted and hacked it...

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Wash Your Organic Produce. No, Really.

Always wash your food, gross stuff happens in our food supply chain: According to Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group, the answer is an unequivocal yes, for several reasons. One is what the produce industry refers to as “pesticide drift”: The wind can—and frequently does—blow chemicals from nearby conventional fields onto organic crops.* Pesticide contamination can also happen in the warehouse, since many produce companies use the same facilities to process organic and conventional products. In that case, companies are supposed to use the label “organically grown” instead of “organic,” which can mislead consumers. “The...

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The Work-Life Balance Myth

So I was spending a few minutes researching some other stuff and this article caught my eye: http://blog.talentmgt.com/2012/08/20/the-work-life-balance-myth/ Amy Wrzesniewski is a professor at Yale who studies work patterns, and has identified what she calls “orientations,” or psychological motivations, toward work. They are three: Job (money), career(advancement, power, prestige), and calling (meaning, purpose and fulfillment). Not surprisingly, individuals with a calling orientation tend to have higher life and job satisfaction and miss fewer days of work, she found in her research. Why? When your job is a calling – and if you are lucky, you are in such a...

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SharePoint 2013 Designer–No Design View

Ok, so I’ve been playing with the SharePoint 2013 preview for a couple of weeks, mostly I’m impressed.  However, I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea that Microsoft is not going to include a “Design” view in their SharePoint Designer program. Granted, this application has its roots back in the dreadful days of FrontPage.  But seriously, to have to make changes to page formatting and save the file in order to render it?  It’s like going back to the old days of classic .ASP coding when you’d open a file in notepad, make a change, save, refresh browser to see results.  Ouch.  And since SharePoint is a collaborative platform do I allow the power users to have designer access to production to make these UI changes and potentially have them break live sites during their save/refresh cycles?  Honestly, I’m hoping this feature was excluded from preview because it “just wasn’t ready yet” and is not going to be a permanent change for the RTM. Additionally, I really like the fact that I can open a page in SPD split view, click on a UI element, and have it take me right to the code that deals with that UI element.  Especially useful if I notice some wording or style that I want to make a quick change to without having to scroll through the code...

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SharePoint 2013 – Importing User Profiles from AD LDS

So we’re going out of the box here, standard disclaimer is that MS won’t support the use of the cmdlets referenced in this post for on premises deployments. Interestingly, SharePoint 2013 does not officially support the importing of AD Lightweight Directory Services, and it is generally recommended that we approach it with the same sneakernet approach of LDIF files.  Interesting that with 2013’s new method of importing user attributed from Active Directory (AD Direct Mode) they did not include support for LDS.  But at least they managed to bypass the somewhat clumsy method of using Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) and the UPS service (Everyone remember the “stuck on starting” issue and having the Farm Admin in the local admin group?).  This is especially confusing as they also refer to it as the “light-weight Active Directory Import option”.  In our case, we’ll need the UPS to get LDS attributes into our SharePoint environment.  Still have to use the “old” ways, and in general this method is not something you want to do for a production environment.   There are numerous limitations to this method, and of course there are numerous reasons why reading users and attributes from LDS would be useful, especially when dealing with test data LDS. I think MS gives their reasons for not officially supporting due to Admin limitations (really???)  However, PowerShell again comes to the rescue...

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Windows Server 2012 Released To Manufacturing (RTM)

So this is some exciting news, the new version of WS 2012 has finally gone RTM.  That means they’ve got their final code ready and it’s going out to the hardware and software partners so that everyone can hopefully get on the same page for the official release and actually support the new OS.  Biggest item of interest is their “Cloud OS” features.  Microsoft has really been gung-ho about getting things into the cloud, and this new server OS appears to make the transition to and from the cloud rather seamless, so on premise or off, your customer base should not be able to tell where you’re running....

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