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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Disaster Recovery Guide

The name of the game in of this SharePoint book is SharePoint Disaster Recovery (DR), which also falls into the category of business continuity or high availability. The depth and breadth of the SharePoint DR can be quite daunting because often the reader is new to SharePoint and does not quite know how the pieces of the puzzle all fit together and is facing the challenge of determining how to implement a DR within their organization.

This book is structured to fill in the SharePoint knowledge gaps of how to apply a SharePoint DR approach that is documented, easy to understand and is executable.

By applying knowledge from each chapter, this book will demystify the DR process and you will learn how to identify risk and appropriate DR approaches, and out of the box SharePoint tools for your DR plans.

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cool site to test your connection speed


I know there’s plenty of other sites out there.   but this one seems cool

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Link to Silverlight 3.0 plug in for Safari


for the iPad fan

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SharePoint ECM- Going green event- ppt deck

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200 Countries, 200 Years

  Mark Miller     from NothingButSharePoint, spoke at tonights’s SharePoint NYC User Group’s meeting and discussed amoung other things, future graphing methods, such as this:

More about this programme:
Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810,

 Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.  Nobody can say statistics is boring after this!

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Still on XP and Office 2003?

I came across this artile on Harvard Business Review and it struck a cord.  I often sit down with the CTO of a large fortune 500 and and discover that their wallet has been closed for almost 8 years with certain purchases.

Just as the ecomony has changes in the last 5 years, so has users’ bevaviour.  Social networking, crowd sourcing, personal tagging.  Data growth as well.

To learn about the risks and costs of an existing system, the CIO can do such things as solicit user feedback, monitor industry forums, engage a research firm to do an analysis, hold discussions with the vendors, and use a tool such as the Strategic Grid published in 1993 by Richard L. Nolan of Harvard Business School and research associate Katherine N. Seger. That tool can help identify strategically important technologies whose utility is fading.


TCO is much more than the purchase of the software and hardware.

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Decade Review

As we come to the end of the decade that’s been called the “aughts”, technology has come along leaps and bounds and we are using it in unthinkable ways from 10 years ago. Here’s a list of what I view the best, worst and the goodbye technologies of the past 10 years.

Best technologies

1. Blackberries. Notice a worst technology as well
2. Web X
3. Remote Desktop
4. 1 Phone / iPod. “1000 songs in my back pocket”
5. VOIP – AKA Skype . Now call anywhere for free.
6. IM, yes been around since the 90’s with ICQ (where are they!!!!!!)
7. GPS- car. No excuse for getting lost on the way to a meeting.
8. VM forwarding email. A wonderful feature.
9. Cloud computing. Saleforce, Windows Live
10. Ajax. Making web forms so much of a richer experience.

Of course: Google News, Social Networking, and YouTube. YouTube. Launched in early 2005, YouTube has changed the way we communicate. The video-sharing Web site has given us a new way of reaching each other, not to mention shortcuts to product launches, virtual adverts and togetherness. Favorite technical

Some technology just didn’t do it for me.

1. SOAP: The communication software that didn’t speak well. CORBA is a failed protocol stack.
2. Scrum project management technology. Consultants made a lot of money on this one.
3. Browsers for the TV
4. Ribbon Interface on Office
5. Blackberries
6. Bus ticket vending machines at Port Authority bus terminal. Completely useless user interface.
7. TV’s in elevators. Total waste of technology
8. Roaming profiles in the browser
9. Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard. Looks good, but doesn’t really work well.
10. SUV’s. Not technology, but in NYC please.

Goodbye technologies
1. The pager
2. Channels in the MS explorer browser. Similar to bookmarks, but not sure on their purpose.
3. Sony Mini disk player. I had one of these
4. MS Millennium – Worst O/S released by MS.
5. Answering machine in the house
6. Novell GroupWise
7. WordPerfect, Lotus 123, Lotus Freelance graphics
8. Napster. The original iTunes store
9. Pam Pilot.
10. The fax machine…Becoming very rare these days.

Next decade

1. Cloud computing- The talk of the town
2. Finger recognition on your computer login
3. Web cams on your PC
4. Increased mobile power. Workflow, decent streaming video
5. Faster internet connections. Would be nice to be on a web x and VIOP at the same time without sounding like you are underwater.
6. Twitter. Perhaps reaching a critical mass. Can your company function without twitter

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Happy Birthday, Internet!

Yes in 1969 in a lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, two computers passed test data through a 15-foot gray cable. Stanford Research Institute joined the fledgling ARPANET network a month later; UC Santa Barbara and the University of Utah joined by years end, and the internet was born.

So where does Al Gore fit into all of this?

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The 10 dumbest ideas

From the Times

Missed out the virtual mall by former IBM execs and NBC’s search engine Snap.

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The New World of Work..

I like the slide: Co—coordinate, Collaborate, Connect, Co create, Control

Nice tag line.

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