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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

Getting it done with Doit.im and GTD

Nice GTD App

If you like GTD, check this one out

I can’t think of many products that incorporate a period in the name of their product, but Doit.im isn’t like any other product I’ve seen. I believe that I’ve finally found a tool that works for me on all levels of GTD (Getting Things Done). There are multiple clients so that regardless of where you are capturing data you should be covered. I stumbled across this software in the form of an Adobe Air application while looking for something else for project management. Turns out, this product met a bigger need than what I had been looking for. It offers clients for the iPhone, iPad, and Android so you’ll have your mobile device covered if you are using a non-Microsoft format. There’s also a download for Windows, but I tend to prefer the web client. The web interface offers an old version and a beta version, and I tend to gravitate towards the old version a bit more. The best part of all of this is that the software is free. I’m not sure how long it will stay that way since it’s a pretty slick tool in my mind and way better than some of the other implementations of GTD that cost money. It’s all in the cloud as well, so your data is accessible from multiple places. They are located in China, so you might want to check out the privacy and terms so that you feel comfortable. I would advise to always be careful what info you put out there with new software.

Drop by their site and give it a go, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. You can read more about them on their website. Check out the API and see what you can do with it.

Doit.im FAQ Center
Doit.im Dev Center (API info)

Comments { 0 } Posted on August 29, 2011 in General, GTD, Tech, Windows

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

Weekly Reading Roundup 01.18.11

I want to begin a new process of sharing items I am reading or find that might be useful to others. I’m trying to break it down into 3 levels based on how important it can be. Try not to get hung up on which level I put it into, since I’m just trying to give more weight to certain links from my opinion.

Gold Level
iPhone Photo Management 101
This one has truly revolutionized the way I handle my pictures on the iPhone. I take tons of pictures and it can be a bit of trouble to scroll through all of them and find something I want to show someone. You could always just keep them on your computer, but if you have kids you’ll probably agree that your phone can become your digital wallet.

Pining a .BAT/.CMD File to Taskbar
If you are doing any type of Systems Administration then you will obviously find a need for this.

Wait statistics, or please tell me where it hurts
Another good resource for anyone dealing with SQL performance issues related to waits and queues.

Silver Level
The difference between the Microsoft’s Hyper-V and the VMware’s ESX hypervisor

7 ways to organize your email
I need to do a whole series on this one. If you can get an email triage going combined with GTD integration you’ll be going a long way to keeping things running smoothly.

5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Google Reader
I’ve been cleaning out my Google Reader lately and this can be a pretty helpful article.

Bronze Level
Motivational Posters: Founding Fathers Edition

17 Free Inspirational iPhone Backgrounds

The P&G 1-page memo

Comments { 1 } Posted on January 18, 2011 in Education, General, Links for the Week, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008