Author: Matt

After getting a degree in Political Science, I decided that I was spending too much time in the "lab," so I moved to IT where the pay is better than what a typical Political Science major gets out of College (which is whatever the restaurant will pay you for being a waiter, or how much a paralegal makes minus law school costs). This blog represents my random thoughts and information I have collected over time that I thought I would share.

19
Feb
SharePoint 2013 Ribbon

Using SPRibbon in SharePoint 2013 HTML Master Pages

In SharePoint 2013 Microsoft released HTML master page functionality. The default out of the box minimal master page makes use of PublishingRibbon, which is far less flexible than SPRibbon. It is not intuitive on how to replace the Ribbon in an HTML master page since SharePoint tries to add it automatically, but there is a trick.

26
Jan

Lessons From Kierkegaard: Life Shouldn’t Be Easy

When Kierkegaard said “I conceived it as my task to create difficulties everywhere,” he really had a great idea going in that practically it is rarely rewarding to live a life where everything is easy. It likely means that you are only exploring a small facet of experience, and leaving many rewarding paths left vacant.

21
Jan

The Worst Trend Ever: Technical Video Tutorials

Videos are the absolute worst medium for presenting technical information like programming or other computer related technology. If I have to look at another video where you watch a programmer programming on a screen to teach you how to do something, I am going to go insane. Use your writing skills people!

16
Jan

Morning Oatmeal Protein Shake Recipe

The morning is a time when most of us do not want to do a lot of cooking. I tried unsuccessfully to cook healthy eggs and vegetables for a long time, until I decided a breakfast in a blender is quick, healthy and easy. This recipe for a protein shake is what I drink every single weekday morning.

14
Jan

SharePoint 2010 KPI Web Part ListURL Weirdness

The SharePoint 2010 KPI Web Part can be instantiated in code, despite the limited documentation, however beware of a little nasty issue with trying to set the ListURL in code as you instantiate or edit the web part. SharePoint can do some weird things when dealing with this property that don’t make any sense, but getting around it is quite easy once you know what it is doing.

26
Nov

How to Deal with Me (or any INTJ)

First, let’s start with a good blue print of what makes up my personality. I am an INJT. This is a personality type from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual […]