Great Performance Does Not Always Indicate Great Ability

1 May , 2014  

Wizards #dcrising

Watching the excellent Bulls/Wizards play-off series is a funny critique on a societal lie: that if you put in your best, you will succeed. It seems that a lot of people still don’t understand that life is not fair, and sometimes successful results are misinterpreted as extraordinary ability.


Using SPRibbon in SharePoint 2013 HTML Master Pages

19 Feb , 2014  

SharePoint 2013 Ribbon

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.


The Best Stouts: Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

18 Mar , 2013  

I Love Stouts

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is a complex, deep beer that goes well with just about anything. One of the best stouts I have had and highly recommended.


How to Override and Set the Correlation Id of a SharePoint Request

11 Feb , 2013  

In SharePoint it is easy to get lost in the huge amount of logging. Correlation Id can help in many situations, but when you have a complex Ajax requests in addition to a page request, you have lots of correlation Ids that should be related. By setting the correlation Id, you can make it easier to read your logs.


Lessons From Kierkegaard: Life Shouldn’t Be Easy

26 Jan , 2013  

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.


The Worst Trend Ever: Technical Video Tutorials

21 Jan , 2013  

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!


Morning Oatmeal Protein Shake Recipe

16 Jan , 2013  

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.


SharePoint 2010 KPI Web Part ListURL Weirdness

14 Jan , 2013  

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.


AD FS 2.0 Service Communication Certificate Lost

28 Nov , 2012  

How to address a problem with Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (AD FS 2.0) loses its Service Communication certificate, which can happen if the certificate is deleted from the computer store without first removing it from the AD FS 2.0 Management console.


How to Deal with Me (or any INTJ)

26 Nov , 2012  

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 … Continued