• LauraJ's Weblog

    Bad things about the Treo 600, or I'm annoyed as hell

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    Okay, just to be "fair and balanced", I have to tell you about 2 things that I find extremely annoying about the Treo 600.  1) Download a ringtone, just one ringtone, and your system sounds are toast.  Apparently you have to...
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    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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    Getting Things Done: Update

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    Chris Sells pinged me today to ask about GTD. Actually, it was kind of funny... he sent me an email with the subject line “You've done this, what can you tell me?“ And the body was a link . That's it. When I first saw the subject line I thought...
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    MSDN is looking for a great SDE/T

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    If you're not a Microsoftie, you might be wondering what an SDE/T might be... it stands for Software Development Engineer/Test. These are highly skilled and incredibly valuable testers who work hand-in-hand with development and pm throughout the product...
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    Looking for answers on SharePoint and WSS

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    The first place that I go when I have a WSS problem or question is the WSS FAQ , which has a ton of great information. This site is a joint effort of Mike Walsh, Jim Duncan and Larry Strange, and represents the majority of the most frequently asked questions...
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    Wow, first time in over 5 years!

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    After reading in several blogs about David Allen and his book/process Getting Things Done , I decided to give it a try. The set-up has been significant, and I'm not done by any stretch, but I've finished my inbox, and for the first time since the day...
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    SharePoint Team Page

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    Today Betsy pointed out to me that SharePoint has a team page on GotDotNet ! They have all kinds of good info including SharePoint user community code samples and a categorized FAQ !
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    Is there a runtime version of InfoPath?

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    This seems to be a fairly common question, and recently there was an especially well-crafted answer provided on an internal InfoPath user discussion alias. I asked, and received, permission to include it here. (Thanks to the person who wrote this and...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Mixed Language pages - What do you think?

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    I'm working in London this week, and yesterday we were talking about mixed language pages. My question to the group I was working with was this: If we could provide components on signed in pages like the Visual Studio 2005 Developer Center , which is...
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    I'm obsessed with InfoPath...

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    Or at least it's capabilities.  For years I've struggled with, and invented, and fudged, and jury-rigged, many ways to deal with and track project information.  We have a status report InfoPath form in a Sharepoint library, and each...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Developer Perspective: Newsgroups or forums?

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    Yesterday I was talking with Betsy and Tina about Newsgroups vs. Forums, and whether developers prefer one over the other. For me, it's kind of a mixed bag.  In general, I like the rich client experience that I see in forums, but I also like...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    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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    Replacing my Treo 600

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    Some things are as easy as they should be. Recently the screen on my Treo 600 got injured . Okay, broken. While I have the insurance offered by SprintPCS, I thought for some reason that it didn't cover the screen… when I turned it on and saw the...
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    SharePoint in Educational Settings

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    Jared Evans contacted me via my blog to ask whether there were any white papers about using SharePoint in Universities. I hadn't seen any, but wonderful Adam in SharePoint marketing was kind enough to point me to a whole slew of case studies featuring...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Excel tip: Split first name and last name into separate cells

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    Recently, I helped out a local charitable organization by printing some labels from an Excel spreadsheet that had a single column called “Name” that contained both first name and last name. City, state and zip were also in a single column...
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    Ducks looking for work?

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    Today on the way back from lunch, I had to do a double take as I walked by the building 4 lobby because there were ducks standing at the door, waiting to get in. “There are ducks at the door,” I said to the receptionist, thinking she must...
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    A note for MVPs

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    MSDN will have a booth at the product fair that's happening during MVP Summit registration on Sunday evening -- I'll be there for most of the time, and I hope you'll stop by to say hello if we've already met, or introduce yourself if we haven't. If you...
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    I work with the funnest people!

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    Or is that the most fun?   Whatever.  This made me laugh almost as much as Sean and Chris dancing together at the last MSDN BBQ, but I guess it would be rude to post pictures of that without permission ;-)
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Outsourcing

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    I've been thinking about outsourcing a lot recently.  The difference in the apparent project costs is very appealing, from a management standpoint, but I wonder if outsourcing large chunks of development can really be successful over the long...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Liberating Chris

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    Scoble suggests, in the comments to this post , that we liberate the cardboard Chris (cC).  I'm totally game, should be easy to nip right in during dinner or late night snack one night this week -- I'm guessing there will be some late nights. ...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Friday at Lambert House

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    On Friday a bunch of Microsofties went to Lambert House in Seattle, a resource for GLBTQ youth and their allies for the Day of Caring . Microsoft, along with a bunch of other companies in the area, encourages employees to spend a day volunteering...
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    Fabulous concert, and venue!

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    What an amazing concert.  First of all, the new auditorium is beautiful, and very sound-a-licious.  The way they've arranged the seating is really wonderful -- the boxes look like they're floating in air (like at Benaroya).  Our seats...
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    NPR: They got me!

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    I had to run an errand this afternoon, and as I pulled out of the parking lot, a news story came on NPR talking about a US Post Office announcement about mobile zip codes. Modeled on the rulings that allowed people to take their phone numbers with them...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    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

    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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