Here are three really good short videos from Seth Godin that I recommend you take a look at.
So what’s coming in the August update of the Windows SharePoint Operations Guide? Firstly, there is information about how to index Outlook MSG files in SharePoint (which is not enabled by default). Next, there is information about a free web part that allows users to quickly post comments up to a SharePoint page and finally there are some troubleshooting tips around import data using Excel, which can be problematic at times.
The Guide is now rapidly approaching 1,500 pages of information and is expected to easily break that barrier when SharePoint 2010 beta is released in the near future. These and future updates will be available to subscribers so they can take their SharePoint installation beyond the default and really make them shine.
After reading “The great WiFi robbery: police to patrol down your street” what I want to know is there some sort of bounty that I can claim if I find an open WiFi hotspot? It is interesting that police are now diverting resources to warn people about the issues of unprotected wireless.
"All unsecured WiFi networks out there are open for exploitation by the crooks and the average mum and dad don't understand the vulnerabilities”
I have no argument with this statement but is it likely that others are going to appreciate the seriousness of the issue? As I mentioned in another recent post, most people still have no idea about the differences a digital world has created. An even earlier post I detailed how, on a recent visit to a friend, I found an unprotected WiFi hot spot in the street. This is not a new issue.
The article also says:
“He blamed computer equipment sellers for not doing enough to educate customers on the importance of security.”
Again no argument there. For my part I have created a YouTube video that highlights the issues with WiFi security. When I teach my Wireless Networking course at community college I ensure that I drum into attendees that wireless is ALWAYS more insecure that wired. It can be made more secure but it can never be made totally invulnerable to attack or compromise. The biggest problem is that generally out of the box most WiFi is totally insecure.
So where does the responsibility for WiFi security lie? With the user? With the equipment provider? With the installer? With the police? As the article highlights:
“The Queensland operation could attract criticism from those who believe police time would be better spent seeking out drug dealers and robbers, but Detective Superintendent Hay said the issue was just as important as any other.”
Which again harks back to my thoughts on how little most people really understand our digital world and the interaction it plays in the real world. The best advice I can give is to take responsibility for your own digital security. If you don’t understand then learn, otherwise sooner or later you’ll become a victim.
A while back I was converted to the HUGE benefits of OneNote. Linked with SharePoint it is an absolutely awesome product. I recently published a document that shows you how to create a free shared OneNote notebook using Office Live Small Business. Now comes news of the soon to be released OneNote 2010 available with the new Office 2010. I’ve just been reading David Rasmussen’s blog and wanted to highlight these additions:
With OneNote 2010 we’ve added:
Sync to Cloud (Windows Live): Your notebooks sync and are available anywhere from any machine. Of course this is in addition to all the existing ways you can sync notebooks (file shares, SharePoint, USB drives etc.)
OneNote Web App: You can access and edit your entire notebook from a browser. Even on a machine that doesn’t have OneNote installed.
OneNote Mobile: A more complete OneNote version for Windows Mobile phones. Syncs whole notebooks. Syncs directly to the cloud. No need to tether your device. Richer editing support.
Note: The above are not yet available in the Tech Preview unfortunately. We’re still finishing some integration work for sync to Windows Live.
There are heaps of great improvements and I recommend that you take a look at this post from David to get the full run down.
I have also learnt that OneNote is going to available in EVERY version of Office 2010! This is absolutely BLOODY BRILLIANT in my opinion. My understanding of the upcoming versions of Office 2010 are:
Office Home and Student edition includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.
Office Home and Business edition replaces the previous Office Small Business edition. It includes all the programs from the Home and Student edition and adds Outlook.
Office Standard is the entry-level enterprise edition; it includes the programs from the Home and Business edition and adds Publisher.
Office Professional continues to be the high-end package for consumers and small businesses. It includes the programs in Standard edition and adds the Access database management program.
Office Professional Plus is the high-end enterprise offering, adding SharePoint Workspace (formerly Groove Workspace) and InfoPath.
Much simpler than what we had before I reckon.
So with OneNote 2010 you are going to get the ability to sync with the cloud as well as viewing through a web browser. That alone is worth the upgrade to me but when you throw in everything else OneNote is now offering I reckon it is going to be THE product that drives adoption of Office 2010. If you haven’t looked at OneNote I’d suggest you get up to speed now because it is going to HUGE.
We tell ourselves that technologies like the Internet, email, BlackBerry’s and mobile phones have given us more freedom. I believe that the situation is actually the reverse, that we have allowed technology to enslave us in a ways that we simply fail to even acknowledge now.
Don’t believe me? Well consider this situation and what would be the standard reaction (even more so in the current economic environment).
- You receive an email at home from you boss or a customer at 9.17pm on a week night.
what would be the most likely response do you think?
A. Ignore it.
B. Reply saying that you only deal with such matters during normal office hours.
C. Snap to attention and complete whatever the email asked.
I think most people would agree that in today’s environment option C. is going to be the likely course of action. Doesn’t that seem to indicate that the loss of boundaries between work and leisure? How has that happened? Because we have allowed technology to take control. We are no longer in control, we are no longer free to make our own choices. We ‘think’ we have more freedom but it is an illusion.
Here’s another analogy that I read recently. Imagine the reaction back in the mid 1950’s if you had tried to make an airline reservation and been told:
- You need to purchase a computer and set it up inside your house.
- You also need to pay for the electricity to run it.
- You also need to buy a printer, the ink to print and the paper that it uses.
- You now need to use the computer to do the work airline reservations people used to do since we don’t employ them anymore.
- Now, make your own reservations, print out your own ticket all on YOUR time.
Back in the 1950’s people would have thought this to be completely unbelievable while today we simply refer to it as ‘progress’! Isn’t the reality that you are now working for the airline to which you are also paying money?
So now you are working during the day, answering and attending to emails after hours (i.e. still working), then working for the airlines as well when do you get down time? How has you life been made better by technology if you are now effectively working from the moment you wake to the moment you fall asleep? How can you honesty say that technology like a Blackberry has improved the quality of your life? How can you say it has given you greater freedom? It hasn’t. It is all simply an illusion that we have allowed ourselves to believe.
Microsoft has had some questionable advertising and marketing of late but to me it seems like they are much closer to target with Office 2010: The Movie.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUawhjxLS2I&feature=player_embedded
So tell me why is good Microsoft advertising like this not getting any traction, while the other totally lame stuff is? Microsoft seem to me to have spent more bucks on Office 2010 the Movie than other recent ads, yet this is the first I have heard about it. Strange.
Unsurprisingly, Google has announced that it will release an operating system targeted at Net Books as the article “Google takes on Windows with Chrome OS” details. That made me ponder the following:
1. Why is Google only taking on Windows? Doesn’t MAC OS or Linux count? I can’t see Google OS only detracting from Windows market share, yet it is interesting in that everything I have read only talks about Google taking on Windows.
2. Microsoft has a pretty large support infra-structure around it, what does Google have? You know that some Google OS Notebooks ARE going to end up in the hands of non-technology literate people. What happens when they need support, where do they turn? How will that experience be? For all it’s faults Microsoft has been doing direct support for years on operating systems is that an advantage or a disadvantage?
3. Competition in the market is good for everyone. Many of Microsoft’s products have been lacking any real innovation when they have no direct competition. Any competition should help all players lift their game.
4. Will the average user trust a Google OS after all these years of Windows? Sure they bitch and complain but in the end they are comfortable with Windows. Does the OS really matter anymore? Do people with netbooks run applications they care about or do they simply want a word processor, spreadsheet and browser?
Only time will tell.
I was at a SharePoint seminar today and the age old issue of SharePoint vs Exchange Public folders was raised. The most common myth is that Exchange Public Folder are going away in favour of SharePoint, and the following blog post from the Exchange team confirms that:
and in there it says:
“For this reason, Microsoft will continue to support Public Folders in the next major release of Exchange Server, after Exchange 2007. This means Public Folders will have full support for 10 years from release of the next major release of Exchange Server.”
The post then goes on to discuss the strength of both SharePoint and Public folders, which is well worth a read.
If you think Public Folder in Exchange are going then think again! It should be a matter of using the best tool for the job and with SharePoint and Exchange Public folders you have the choice.
So it seems I wasn’t the only one that thought the new ad for Internet Explorer 8 was rank. As the article “Microsoft withdraws offending 'puke ad'” details Microsoft has stopped promoting the ad.
In this day and age it is really hard to be funny without offending or alienating someone or something. Microsoft has not had much luck of late with its Seinfeld ads and now this, whereas Apple has been able to really milk Mac vs PC.
I wonder what Microsoft has in the wings for Windows 7? Seeing this kinda worries you a bit doesn’t it?
Have a look at this “commercial” for Internet Explorer 8.
Now tell me that you think it’s an effective way of promoting the features of Microsoft’s latest browser. I understand the concept, but really I gotta say that they have missed their mark in so many ways. For one I can’t say that I like seeing someone repeatedly ‘puke’ on someone else. Secondly, you’re promoting a function of the browser that allows you to view porn at the breakfast table. Maybe I’m missing something here and that feature is in high demand, but not amongst the small population of Internet users I know at least.
I don’t know who Microsoft is using for their ad agency but there’s gotta be someone other better! Is the only feature of Internet Explorer that is better than Firefox or Safari is that it allows you to surf porn in private? I can’t see that making people switch, but hey I could way off base here.
I’ve just finished uploading the July release of the Windows SharePoint Operations Guide for subscribers. In this month’s update you’ll find:
- A free SharePoint log viewer that makes troubleshooting SharePoint easier.
- How to configure cross site lookups.
- How to customize Team Discussions to suit any need
- plus more
All subscribers will also receive the source file to my recently uploaded Getting started with Companyweb document so they can customize it to suit their own business. I plan to make more of these documents available over the coming months so if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see please don’t hesitate to contact me.