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A Quick Note on Blog Images…

As some of you may have noticed many of the images no longer render within a limited set of posts within my blog; rest assured I am working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  Prior to about June 2007 I used an ISA published Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 server farm running in Active Directory account creation mode offering host header-based site collections – by enabling Anonymous Access on a Document Library within my personal site collection I was able to both host and manage images consumed by this blog.  Unfortunately the server farm is scheduled to be decommissioned, at least partially at this point…the initial concept was to promote Windows SharePoint Services technologies, develop hosting knowledge from an administrative perspective, and provide actual user data and experiences for patch and upgrade testing in addition to providing a Windows SharePoint Services baseline for performance measurement and analysis.  There is a remote possibility that may site collection may be retained in which case images and other hosted collateral will once again become available or alternatively I will migrate “legacy” posts content to another host.  During the decommissioning phases of this server farm I will also be taking the opportunity to update the tags I currently am using to simplify navigation and make relevant content easier to locate.  In the interim, if there is a specific image that you would like to have made available, please submit a comment letting me know…

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Stuff I Wouldn’t Want to Live Without – Joel Made me do it…

It appears Joel invited me to participate in a chain-letter of sorts with the context being stuff I wouldn’t want to live without.  After thinking about the question for a moment, I found it much easier to compile a list of things I could live without, but to keep with the intent of the invitation – I’ve derived the following list:



  1. My wife and son; without their support I likely would not be where I am in life today.
  2. SharePoint – when I looked around me I found that nowhere do I have a machine that has no less than Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) installed and where I do not or can’t install WSS or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) – I have access to a number of public facing WSS/MOSS resources available or alternatively use Mobile Views when without a PC.  It’s obvious I am a dedicated supporter of the platform having come from a Web development/CMS background and completed my Six Sigma project using SharePoint Products an Technologies as means to increase productivity and remove collaborative barriers resulting in noticeable gains in ROI and efficiency…at the time STS was the platform that served as the basis of this project.
  3. Technology – I have always been drawn to emerging technologies, having worked for Apple Computer Corporation, First Data Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard (see profile), the latter three through acquisitions; I have had the opportunity to experience a broad range of technological advancements and innovations come to realization from concept.
  4. History – I am fascinated with history – having been raised in Europe I had the opportunity to experience history first hand, medieval discussions were not only relegated to text books, but were also envisioned in their true form.  This approach inspired thought and interest – it is always easier to touch and feel something firsthand and draw your own conclusions based on what you have seen and experienced.
  5. Geography – Geography has always been an interest and compliments my passion for history.  I’ve always been curious to understand why people settled in a particular area, what resources drew them there, what resources did they previously lack prompting the move to this location and what was the state of the land when they arrived – I guess that would be both a combination of history and anthropology, but nonetheless something that keeps me interested. 
  6. Travel – I enjoy traveling, pleasure more than business, but traveling nonetheless – I’ve visited just about every country in Europe west of the Czech Republic and the contiguous 48 U.S. States and Canada.  Time and resources permitting I would enjoy the opportunity to explore Africa and the Middle East.
  7. The ability to read – comes in useful at times 😉

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Nothing SharePoint

It’s nothing SharePoint related, but a rare treat to catch a glimpse of an unobscured Mt. Rainier – these were taken over on a semi-clear afternoon around 6:00 P.M. from the Puyallup-Graham area about 30 miles south of Seattle.  You’re looking south/southeast in these photographs, in the distance beyond the Evergreens is the Puyallup Valley and the town of Orting along the banks of the Carbon River.  (more info…)



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Mt. Rainier is an active stratovolcano in the Cascade range; at an elevation of 14, 410 feet (4,392 meters) it is also the tallest mountain in the range.  It appears throughout the year as it does in these photographs encased in over 35 square miles (~91 square kilometers) of snow and glacial ice.  It is this runoff that feeds the Carbon, Cowlitz, and Puyallup Rivers.  Mount Rainier’s size places it on the list of most volumous stratovolcanoes in the world and its’ prominence greater than that of K2.

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Feng Shui for my Surface…

It’s early, but I’m already reorganizing furniture in preparation for Microsoft Surface (Winter 2007).  If you’re unfamiliar, I encourage you to visit http://www.microsoft.com/surface/ and learn more.  Microsoft Surface among its great potential and possibilities, offers what is known as direct interaction, basically the ability to “touch” something that has always been virtual and just out of our reach such as digital images, music, etc. sans mouse or keyboard.  The Microsoft Surface form factor (30″ tabletop horizontal) permits a multi-user computing experience through recognizing, simultaneously – many items at once. Although various iterations have floated around campus for some time, it’s exciting to know that soon one may be sitting in front of my television, or maybe my kitchen, or…


More Surface reading:


Popular Mechanics, July 2007 Issue

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A Blog Related Blog-Post

One of the most common and discouraging issues related to maintaining a blog or any other system permitting user-driven comments and moderation is the persistent annoyance of spam and related content. Unfortunately measures such as Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA’s) have become increasingly susceptible to being bypassed or relegated to a best-available security measure in the prevention of spam partially due to the increasing capability of technology and problem solving investment by hackers more commonly through the addition of a human workforce, often compensated, for solving various CAPTCHA puzzles. Another popular method is reusing the session ID of a known image or leveraging a client side image for translation and submission to the server. Recently while having some discussion on the topic, I found over in Microsoft Research they are working on a system known as Animal Species Image Recognition for Restricting Access or Asirra.  Asirra differs from CAPTCHA’s being a human interactive proof (HIP) by asking people to identity images of cats and dogs (courtesy of PetFinder.com).  The task of identification is particularly difficult for a computer, but is easily solved by people and supports a good cause.  Asirra uses the PetFinder.com database, consisting of over 2 million images, adding to its overall security and complex challenge-response system.  The best part about Asirra is it’s FREE!  For more information on the Asirra project visit http://research.microsoft.com/sn/asirra/FAQ.aspx.

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Blogging Activity…

After having spent the last two weeks in the Colorado Rockies, I’ve unfortunately have had very little time to blog; albeit, most of the time was spent digging out from the numerous blizzards which seem determined to keep me indoors during my vacation 🙂  I’ll be spending the next few days organizing and consolidating posts and cleaning up some older posts, but have some great upcoming material beneficial to those both deploying and developing on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in the next couple of weeks….Stay tuned!

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SharePoint Community Search by Lawrence Liu

Lawrence Liu recently posted his Live Search macro enabling a consolidated search against the SharePoint Community; to add to that capacity I’ve put together a small bookmarklet that will enable you to run this search from your browser without having to navigate away from your current page.


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https://wbaer.officeisp.net/Shared%20Documents/SharePoint_Community_Search_Bookmarklet.zip

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