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Microsoft releases Lync for iPhone

I’m a pretty big fan of OneNote, and although I have debated switching to EverNote I always come back to it. I’ve been using it on the iPhone with some success and now Microsoft has released Lync shortly after porting OneNote over to the iPad and add SkyDrive functionality (limited) to the iPhone. IMHO, this opens the floodgates on what a business can do with iPhones and iPads as laptop replacements. I’m currently working on getting an iPad to use in this format so hopefully I can have plenty of test cases to write about. Maybe they will port Management Studio over so that we can use it as well. That’s going on the wish list.

I’m still waiting to get an iDevice on the domain to test with, but if you happen to try Lync on an apple device let me know how it is working out for you as I will hopefully be doing the same thing pretty soon.

Comments { 0 } Posted on December 20, 2011 in Education, GTD, iPhone, Productivity, SSMS, Tech

Don’t sit up straight at your desk

Going in a slightly different direction than a previous post on “The downside to being in IT”, I saw a post by Michael Hyatt (Blog|Twitter) recently that had an infographic about why sitting down so much is killing  us. The biggest part about the graph for me was sitting at a reclined angle was actually less strain on  your back than sitting upright.  I guess you could argue that sitting that far back is going to put more strain on your eyes, neck, and other important body parts so maybe it’s a wash. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do to help your body handle all this “desk stress” that we put on it in the office.

image courtesy of visual.ly

Comments { 1 } Posted on December 8, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Productivity, Tech

24 Hours of SQLPass means free SQL training

Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
Karl Marx

I guess if you are only in it for the money you wouldn’t want to tell your friends about an excellent opportunity to improve, but I bet you aren’t that selfish. Why don’t you go ahead and pass on the word about a great chance to learn how to do things in SQL Server you’ve only heard others blog about.

So start off on the preview page to register or get a little more info.

Here’s a download of the calendar in your time zone without registering, but if you register then you’ll have your own shiny reminders and you’ll need that info to view the sessions anyway.

my calendar

Click the image for the CST quick glance.

 

Comments { 0 } Posted on September 6, 2011 in Education, Networking, SQL, SQL General, SQLPass, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication

The downside to being in IT

slouching

Can't be good on the back

How many times have you found yourself slouching or basically stuck to your office chair. If you are anything like me, you spend an average of 10-12 hours a day in a desk chair while in front of a computer. I was amazed when I first saw this planning worksheet that would help you determine the proper position for your desk, monitors, keyboard and even chair. The first time I measured I was so far off that I figured there was no wonder my back was hurting. You can go to the Ergotron website and fill out the form to print a copy or you could just print some blank ones out to hang up on the corkboard at your office. I hung up one copy last week, and someone made copies and pinned them beside  it. Hope this helps you not feel so sore from sitting in a chair all day, and maybe it’ll convince you to get up out of your chair more.

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 22, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Tech

WordPress Google XML Sitemaps Plugin Fix

One of the more popular blogging  platforms is WordPress, and you probably already know that there are plugins which can greatly enhance the functionality of your blog.  If you care anything about letting others know about the information you are sharing on your blog, then you probably already know about Sitemaps and how they help search engines index your site.  Google XML Sitemaps is a great plugin that will get your sitemap out there for the search engines to see. Don’t let the fact that Google is in the name fool you, as it’s also effective for Yahoo and Bing.  I’ve been using this plugin for sometime, but at some point it stopped updating the sitemap when a new post was made. The only way around it was to do a manual update. The latest stable release of the plugin is 3.2.4 at the time of this writing, but that doesn’t seem to play well with WordPress 3.0.4 and a few releases below that as well. I had been searching for a  fix for some time and I finally found one that worked. A little further down the page from the latest stable release, you’ll find the following comment:

“This release is not compatible with the new multisite feature of WordPress 3.0 yet. The plugin will remain inactive as long as this feature is enabled. If you are using this feature, try out the new Beta version which fully supports multisite mode as well as network activation!”

Credit to tylercruz for the fix.

If you currently have 3.2.4 installed, you can’t install the beta without deleting your current plugin. I made a screenshot of the settings beforehand, but it looks like all the settings stayed in there so that was nice.  Hopefully someone will find this bit of info useful.

Comments { 0 } Posted on January 27, 2011 in Blogging, Education, Tech, WordPress