January, 2004

  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Orcut Overload?

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    I've played a little with Orkut , the new social networking software. I love the design, it's so clean and functional. Did you notice the title letters are all made with people? This afternoon when I checked my email, there were a bevy of invites and...
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    Sound of Music, Rocky Horror style

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    Last Sunday we went to see The Sound of Music, with a twist.  It was billed as a "sing-a-long". The movie is one of M's favorites, so I took a chance and got tickets for the three of us to go as one of her Christmas gifts.  It wasn't until Sunday morning...
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    SharePoint: Adding icons for other document types (like PDF)

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    I've seen lots of questions on various SharePoint newsgroups about how to get PDF files to show up with the right icon in document libraries. The process is documented in the WSS admin guide , but it's not that easy to find. I'm working with the folks...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Bits and Pieces #1

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    Mads Nissen from Oslo, Norway has a very cool .Text template, and interesting posts to boot! Jonathan Hodgson pointed me to an article he has written on Generating Thumbnail Images from PDF Documents using VB.Net Tommy wonders " I wonder why you have...
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    CNet: Google and Social Networking

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    Google tip-toed into the hot market of online social networks with the quiet launch of Orkut.com on Thursday, CNET News.com has learned. The search company, which is expected to go public this year, is flexing its power with its Internet fans by constantly...
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    Dev Days 2004, coming to a city near you

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    Registration for the US Dev Days 2004 is now open, and if you register before February 10, it's only $75. Coming to 32 different US cities , it's sure to be interesting and rewarding for professional developers across the country. From the site: With...
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    Scoble: What about Favorites, asks Ed

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    Robert says" I stopped using Favorites about five years ago. Hint, what happened about five years ago? Google. My favorites file back then was about 5000 items. It just got so big, and so out of date, that I stopped using it. Today my "favorites...
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    SharePoint links added to right nav

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    I've mucked with my style-sheet, and added two sets of SharePoint links to the right nav (Microsoft and non-Microsoft). If you know of good sites for SharePoint information, feel free to leave a comment here or send me email. I will also be adding a set...
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    InfoPath 2003 Resources

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    InfoPath 2003 Technical FAQ InfoPath 2003 Support Center InfoPath 2003 SDK Download MSDN InfoPath Resources InfopathFAQ.com (Stephen Cummins)
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    Washington State Democratic Caucuses: Feb 7

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    This year, the Democratic party in Washington is opting for a caucus rather than a primary. Caucuses require, in my opinion, much more commitment than voting. You show up, talk, listen to other people talk, move around into groups (hopefully of 15% or...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Eric Legault: Indexing Adobe PDF Files in SPS 2003

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    Continuing on the topic of PDF files in Sharepoint, Eric Legault has a post on how to get the PDF files indexed so they show up in search. As you may know, SharePoint includes filters to index many file types (Office docs, web pages, Tiff images, Visio...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Translate this page

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    Check out the new links to the left, one for Translate this page , which takes you to Systran, where you can type in the web page address and select a language, and one specially for Erol and Stramit , that automagically translates this page to French...
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    Integrate an InfoPath Form with an Access Database

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    In the InfoPath webcast on Friday January 23 , Raghu mentioned an article about Integrating InfoPath and Access. He said he thought it was in the Access section of the MSDN Library , but it actually lives in the InfoPath Section . Microsoft Office...
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    Best Practices for SharePoint Portal Server Management

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    Kent pointed me to this article by Kenton Gardinier in Windows Server System Magazine (previously known as .NET Magazine). It walks you through ensuring adequate capacity for your SharePoint Portal Server installation, while at the same time reducing...
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    Decision Trade-offs

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    As I was catching up on my reading last night, I found this post . Peter Torr was talking about "always making the wrong decision", and asking for forgiveness in advance for making *someone* unhappy when their project is released. (Peter works on the...
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    WSS and Visual Studio.NET 2003

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    Conrad has an interesting post on interactions he's experiencing between WSS and VS.Net 2003, and how he solved the problem. And besides being interesting, his post reinforced my nascent belief that I need a new home computer, so I can use the old one...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Why all the SharePoint/InfoPath posts?

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    As the whole blog transition has wound to a close, and I've ended up with two separate homes, I've been thinking a lot about how I can add value to the community through this blog (other than a series of perhaps interesting, but generally inconsequential...
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    Black and White M&Ms?

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    Weird. Tonight I went to the store to buy the requisite 6 pounds of M&Ms (it's a Microsoft tradition to treat your team to a pound per year on your anniversary*) and all they had was black and white. Apparently there is some sort of promotion going...
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    MSN Ads

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    Some people love the MSN Butterfly ads and some people hate them -- to each their own. If you're in the "love 'em" camp, though, only4gurus.com has them available for download .
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    Difference between Windows Sharepoint Services and Sharepoint Portal Server 2003

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    I ran across a Microsoft Knowledge Base article the other day that has a good comparison of the features in Windows Sharepoint Services and Sharepoint Portal Server 2003. This information exists in other places, but this is a nice concise summary. It...
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    InfoPath Webcast Series Jan/Feb 2004

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    Session 1 of 8: InfoPath Architecture and Form Design Date: Thursday, January 22, 9:00 – 10:30 am (in the past, but I did post about this one before) Content Level: Level 300, Experienced Abstract: In Session 1, we will first get acquainted...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    New KB Articles of interest to SharePoint fans

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    There were a couple of interesting new KB articles in the last couple of days that I haven't mentioned yet: 831090 "Cannot run the FrontPage Server Extensions on this page" error message when you try to upload a file to your SharePoint Web site. This...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Wow that was quick!

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    There's a new KB article on PDFs in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 . It addresses getting your PDF files indexed as well as getting the icon to show up . Many thanks Gabe and Iyaz for getting the answer to this common customer question documented! Update...
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    OfficeZealot.com

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    Wow, I was just cruising OfficeZealot.com 's front page, and there are lots of goodies there! John Durant points to an update to the MSDN Office Developer Center featuring InfoPath, James Edelen talks about a new SharePoint Database Explorer tool he's...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    InfoPath Webcasts/Training continued

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    After watching the second webcast in the series yesterday (which was good but fast paced), I downloaded the Training Materials I talked about earlier in the week. Unfortunately, some of the instructions are kind of confusing (nothing you couldn't figure...
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