It’s H.O.T. in Texas. I ventured out briefly to enjoy lunch with a friend. The Weather Channel said the temperature was 104! I don’t think the Weather Channel checks the temperature at ground level. I also don’t think they properly account for the impact clothing has on what I refer to as Perceived Temperature.
Perceived Temperature = Temp according to the Weather Channel + 7 degrees + IF (wearing clothes is True, 5, –9)
It’s advanced math, I realize… I know because I showed it to my 9 year old son and he didn’t understand it. I worked this calculation out during lunch and I take full credit. I think it needs further refinement because it doesn’t take into account the variety of clothing options available.
But it is a working model. According to definition, yesterday’s Perceived Temperature was 116. I gave considerable thought to showing up to lunch naked. The heat does crazy things to your mind.
Office news & editorials!
- Microsoft swallows Yammer for $1.2 billion :: Better business social networking is on its way. Eventually, it will “surface” (ha ha… get it) in Office 365′s SharePoint Online. Which I suppose this item belongs in the Office 365 Newswire… oh well. Yammer has over 200,000 corporate accounts (with 5 million users). I never heard of Yammer prior to 2 weeks ago. I think all this social network stuff is a fad.
- Will Yammer improve SharePoint? :: The author of this article thinks not. Best quote?”… this is just the latest in a long line of Microsoft attempts to look cool in social [networking software].” Ouch! I tend to agree… although I don’t consider myself fully informed yet. I need to check into Yammer and think about it first. What I can’t get my brain around is this… why do I need yet another social networking tool? Between email, Lync (and all messenger apps), Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn… I can barely focus on a single game of Words with Friends. There are too many interruptions to my work day already!
- How long before Microsoft drops SharePoint ‘On Premise’ altogether? :: If Yammer will only become part of Office 365, what is the impact to SharePoint on-premise? Is this a clue to help us discern the SharePoint product roadmap? Maybe. I don’t see on-premise SharePoint going the way of the dinosaur anytime soon.
- Microsoft Surface: Why it exists, why it matters :: A short, thoughtful history lesson with a lesson. Sorta like a fairy tale. Also, MSFT did it because Jobs was right… design matters… so does a unified experience. No one wants the PC makers crap ware either.
- Microsoft’s road to redemption :: Microsoft rising :: Two articles taking note of the”new” MSFT. The one that has rediscovered how to take risks and innovate. Both articles are great… particularly the first one. The comments are good too.
Office tips, tricks & tools
I helped my dad yesterday with an Excel spreadsheet. He’s a CPA and uses the heck outta Excel. He emailed and said,”I’m having some trouble with some of my VLOOKUPs resulting in #N/A. They are messing up my totals. Is there a way to correct this?”. Ha! Is there ever… it’s called ISNA. Dad now thinks son is a genius.
- Microsoft Office 2010 “How To” sills builder video series :: Lots of Videos. Spend a few lunch hours watching these and you will either 1) learn something new or 2) fall asleep. Either way I figure you benefit.
- Busylight for Lync – good idea or evil genius? :: Have I told that I’m not completely sold on all this social connectivity mumbo jumbo? The tools are amazing. We use Lync all the time. It’s amazing. But the downside is Lync tells on you. If you don’t have appointments at the moment Lync lets everyone know it! It makes you look like you are not busy. Maybe I could write an add-in that accomplishes the George Constanza method of looking busy.
- How to publish a post to a SharePoint 2010 blog directly from Microsoft Word :: You might use Word to right term papers, proposals, and/or TPS reports. But real writers use Word to blog. That’s right Word is for Bloggers.
Office developer items of note
- How many SharePoint developers are there really? :: It pays to do the math. Do you believe there are 10 developers for every SharePoint customer? No? Would you believe 8? No? How about 5? Well, if these numbers are correct, the hourly rates for SharePoint developers are about to drop. The thing I love about Bjorn Furuknap is that he is not afraid to state his opinion… something the world doesn’t appreciate as much as it should.
- Inside the SharePoint 2010 My Site Cleanup Timer Job :: Learn all about the My Site cleanup timer job. This is one is long and detailed. Grab some coffee and settle in.
- Developing and Managing SharePoint solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio :: A session from the recently completed Tech Ed 2012 North America conference. This video includes lots of demos of the Visual Studio tools that support SharePoint development. Special bonus is a sneak peek of the tools that will be included with Visual Studio 2012
- Moving exclusively to Boot-to-VHD’s :: Mr. Connell’s forward to this article is enough to make me consider doing the same. I plugged a 128 GB SSD into my desktop the other day and things haven’t been right ever since. I see a BSOD about every other day.
- Cross-platform mobile development for Visual Studio :: From Red Gate… use Visual Studio to write iOS and Android apps.
- Programming for Office 2010 on Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012 :: Pieter wrote a great article that begins the discussion near and dear to our Office development hearts.