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    Blog: Doing SharePoint 2010 Development - What's in your rig?

    Over the last year I’ve been working with SharePoint 2010 in various ways. With the new requirements of x64 hardware in this release, I got a lot of questions at the SharePoint Conference , on Twitter and via my blog on what hardware I use to do my SharePoint 2010 development and demos. Here it goes… hopefully this helps someone else out there. The setup First, let’s get on the same page: SharePoint 2010 *requires* a 64-bit operating system in Windows Server 2008.
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    Blog: It's time to break my personal NDA and out myself

    Next Monday in Las Vegas Microsoft lifts all the NDA’s on SharePoint 2010 at the SharePoint Conference … good times and watch your RSS readers as I’m sure folks have queued up quite a few posts. So I figure now is a good time to break my silence… No people… not an NDA with Microsoft! A few years back I had a semi-Vegas moment that I’d like to thank the 150 or so folks have been kind enough not to let get out in the public domain.
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    Blog: PSA: My social networking / contact method TOS

    Man that blog title sounds so darn official! A public service announcement (PSA) for my terms of service (TOS)? That’s not how I mean it to sound, but it will at least catch someone’s eye. The purpose of this post is to have something to point folks back to in the future and hope some people take note of it going forward. Like many other people, I’m on Twitter ( @andrewconnell ), Facebook and LinkedIn .
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    Blog: And now for a brief update...

    I usually don’t like blog posts that say “oh, I’ve been quiet lately… you’ll see more posts coming soon” because most of the time, those posts are a crock of bull as the authors never pickup the pace… but I feel like I need to drop a little message after a few inquiries and being so light on the posts the last few months… specifically since March. This might be a bit more therapeutic for myself, so please, indulge me for a moment (or mark this post as read in your RSS reader and move along)…
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    Blog: Do you use music to zone out and be productive?

    For years I’ve always used music to get myself into the zone and be as productive as possible. It only works when I’m doing solitary stuff like development, writing a paper/article/book, or just knocking tasks out. At first I had to use headphones to not disturb others (our whole production room was silent with everyone blasting their headphones) then when I started working from home I was able to use my home office speakers.
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    Blog: MVP Renewed for Office SharePoint Server - 5th year!

    Gotta love April 1st… that’s my anniversary date for my MVP award. You never know if you’re going to have your leg pulled or what. :) At any rate, got my email this morning that I got renewed for my 5th year. My first two years were as a MCMS MVP and the last two have been as a Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) MVP. Here we go for another year!
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    Blog: OK, so I do like Twitter... (I guess this is a mea culpa post)

    So a while ago I poked my head into the twitterverse and decided it just wasn’t for me … but after hearing so much about it… I decided to give it another fair shake about 4 months ago. I can say that now I’m actually enjoying this. Don’t get me wrong… it’s still a lot a noise. Twitter is very much like walking into a bar at happy hour and hearing EVERYONE’s conversation at once.
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    Blog: So what's on your SharePoint development machine?

    Occasionally I get a comment from someone who hit an old page on my blog called What’s on My PC… an oldie that others were doing at the time. In the last few weeks I’ve been hit by a higher than normal amount of these in part due to my Setting up your SharePoint development environment post at the end of August. After migrating my virtualization rig to Hyper-V last week , I build out a brand new clean SharePoint development machine.
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    Blog: Join My Blog Network on Facebook

    Want to be part of the conversation on this blog and general SharePoint development or WCM topics? Maybe just join a network on my blog… at any rate, you can join my network by clicking on this link: Join AC’s Blog Network on Facebook .
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    Blog: Following me on Twitter? I don't recommend doing that...

    Little public-service-announcement here. A few months back I created a Twitter account and followed a few friends. I gave it a chance… but personally I think Twitter is a grand waste of time. I know, many people disagree, but for me, it’s like walking into a bar at happy hour and hearing every single conversation at the same time. That’s not a positive… that’s a negative. It’s too much effort to get anything of value.
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    Blog: Wrapping up a fantastic trip to Australia

    First of all, I want to thank Angus Logan for inviting me to speak at the APAC SharePoint Conference in Sydney, Australia this week. This was my first trip to Australia and I didn’t know much of what to expect. Thankfully some friends, old and new, were gracious hosts pointing out things to do and places to see. Thanks to Mick Badran , Niki Page, Ivan Wilson , Sezai Komur , Kathy Hughes (one of my fellow co-authors who I finally got to meet in person at the conference) and so many others who took us out to dinner and pointed out great places to see and things to do while in Sydney.
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    Blog: Sydney - Day 4 (plus pictures)

    Today was the first day after the SharePoint Conference, so I had some time to really see the city. This morning Joel , Meredith and I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge . We You start climbing the bridge well back before the arch or the towers, walking horizontal to the ground about 50 meters up. Then, climbing a series of ladders, you emerge up through the roadway… seriously… you literally come up between two lanes!
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    Blog: SharePoint Conference APAC - plans and social aspects

    Now down to less than one week away before I head out for my first trip to Australia for the SharePoint Conference APAC in Sydney on May 14-15. Over the last week I’ve been working with my co-presenter Sezai Komur on our demos and general transition stuff. It’s gone quite smoothly considering we only get to exchange live emails in the early AM & PM hours when our days overlap.
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    Blog: I got a Zune (and a killer set of headphones)

    Well, I got my wish and my fabulous wife scored big points getting me a black Zune for my birthday yesterday. She did a great job of throwing me off, taking the player out of the box and sticking it in the pocket of a new pair of jeans… damn she’s good! Still getting used to it, but early feedback is positive! The Zune software is very easy to use, although it took a bit for me to figure out how to tell it to not sync automatically (music collection > Zune… I only want a subset of my music on it, so I can also move over some podcasts I want to check out.
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    Blog: Chasing a dream…

    For the majority of my professional career, I’ve always wanted to go out on my own as an independent consultant or own my own company. Right after 9/11, I gave it a shot for a few months, learned quite a bit… but in the end, I wasn’t at a point in my life where it the smart or right thing to do so I eventually returned to a full time position with a local company.
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    Blog: Few changes to this blog...

    I’ve recently made a few changes to my blog over the last two months or so… Name change to Andrew Connell [MVP MOSS] - yup, we got word today that MOSS was officially added as a competency and those of us Content Management Server MVP’s (and those SharePoint Portal server 2003 MVPs) have been transitioned to the new competency. Next step go update those biz cards, email signatures, upcoming presentations… Upgraded to SubText 1.
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    Blog: Being a dad is a lot more fun than I expected

    We take a break from the SharePoint/technology focus of this blog for a more personal post… Just over two years ago, my son was born . I was never the type that was ready, or I think would ever be ready, to want to have a baby. I mean, I wanted to have a family, I just liked my routine and didn’t really know what I was getting myself into.
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    Blog: I've been tagged, so here are "5 things you don't know about me"

    You seen this whole I’ve been tagged thing? Man, a search for that phrase on Technorati has over 34k hits (all within the last few days)! After not checking my feeds for a few days (ya know, New Years Eve, college football, duh!), I see that I’ve been tagged by Shane Perran , Sahil Malik , and the new Mindsharp employee Keith Richie . Geez guys, all this tagging and I feel like the grafiti’d wall under an overpass, loaded with local gang symbols!
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    Blog: **FOR SALE** Sprint PCS PPC-6700 Windows Mobile 5.0 phone

    Interested in a Sprint PCS PPC-6700 Windows Mobile phone? I just listed one on eBay… bid away! » SprintPCS PPC6700 w/ extra extended battery
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    Blog: No going back... cut over to Vista!

    Yup… bit the big one. After two presentations last Thursday, I paved my laptop and installed Vista Ultimate RTM… no going back baby! Just like last time, the installation experience was a piece of cake . Everything installed just fine with only two exceptions. Thankfully since the last time I tried my Vista install, Dell has released a few drivers (QuickSet & ALPS touchpad drivers) which installed just fine. Still waiting on the Wave Security Apps to get my fingerprint reader working again.
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    Blog: All I want for Christmas is...

    Is a National Championship! Florida vs. Ohio State , January 8, 2007 in Glendale Arizona… Go Gators! BTW, anyone know of a good sports bar in Loveland, CO where I can watch the game (traveling that day)? GO GATORS!
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    Blog: Offline for the week...

    Next week I’m heading out with the family to spend the week with my wife’s family at Folley Beach, just outside of Charleston, SC. I’m greatly looking forward to it as I’m not taking any geek stuff with me to read up on like I have in the past. This time it’s going to be just my cell phone (which doesn’t get service at the house, but necessary for the drive), the book I’m currently absorbed in ( Ghost Wars by Steve Coll ), another book in case I tear through that one too fast ( The Making Of The Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes … really been looking forward to this), and my notebook (the non-powered one… pen and paper).
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    Blog: The cell phone and camera gods are friends and were at TechEd last week

    Here I sit, waiting for another long running VSS operation so now’s a good time as ever to post this (did I mention I hate VSS with a passion?)… Upon arriving at TechEd in Boston last Sunday, one of the first guys I ran into was Bil Simser at a MVP event. The first thing I say to him after the typical “long time no see” greeting was “what’s the over/under on losing this camera” as I poked at his shirt pocket.
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    Blog: TechEd 2006 - Thursday night, June 19th ... a night I'll never forget

    This year’s attendee party at TechEd 2006 was at Boston’s Fenway Park , home of the Boston RedSox (gee, who didn’t know that)? Now, I’m not a huge MLB fan… the last few years I have gotten back into it and I did find myself pulling for Boston in the playoffs the last two years. But that’s not the point. I’m a sports fan at the core, and I fully grasp this truly special historic place called Fenway.
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    Blog: Subtext v1.0 is fully baked!

    Congrats to the entire dev team , SubText v1.0 was wrapped up on March 1. I’ll migrate my blog once things settle down a bit. Right now I’m hosting two copies of my modified .Text for my blog and my son’s blog , with two copies of the tables in one database. What I’d like to do is merge the two into one Subtext database. From the docs, it looks like I can do this … just need to verify and migrate my two skins to the Subtext codebase.
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    Blog: My scariest night ever: February 3-4, 2006

    I’ll preface this with: If you plan to fly anytime soon in bad weather, this isn’t the story to read. Before Friday, the roughest/scariest flight I had taken was from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 120mph crosswinds… that’s now the 3rd roughest/scariest flight. After my MSP->ATL flight was delayed 2hrs, I finally board my standby ATL->JAX flight (missed the first one due to the MSP delay) at 9pm… expected to arrive home NLT 10:45p… but Mother Nature had different plans.
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    Blog: Not so much of a New Year's resolution, rather a New Year's change...

    People usually start the New Year with a resolution; this time I’m doing something different. What better way to start the New Year than with a change… Those of you in the Office Server community, especially those working with SharePoint, likely know the names Bill English , Todd Bleeker , and their company, Mindsharp . If you don’t, they are highly respected SharePoint MVPs, developers and trainers. I’ve had the fortune to attend their private summits when the company I work for hired them for a few on-site training sessions early on in our SharePoint adoption.
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    Blog: Blog & Comment Policy v1.0

    I’m sure I’m not the first one you’ve seen post their personal blog & comment policy, and I’m not claiming to be starting a little trend, but after a bit of a flare up between a comment/email poster to my site this weekend, I decided I’d go on record too: **AndrewConnell.com Blog Policy:**It seems everyone has their own definition of what classifies as a post on their blog. My engine (a modified version of the .
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    Blog: RSS Feed updated for good...

    Previously I mentioned I was moving all my subscribers to my Feedburner URL for a few reasons (outlined in my post). Tonight I made the switch. Now, it will be interesting to see how my syndication numbers are affected after a few days… I wonder how many were still using my old default .Text RSS/ATOM feeds and not my Feedburner feed. If you subscribe to this blog via my Feedburner URL ( http://feeds.
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    Blog: JAXDUG Election Results

    Last night we held elections for the Jacksonville Developer User Group (JAXDUG) for President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster, and Director of Marketing. I ran for President, but lost in a close vote to Dennis who’s now the JAXDUG President. I will take on the role of Vice President. The new structure will be posted to the website shortly.
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    Blog: MVP Global Summit Day 2-3

    I’ve been quite impressed with the MVP Global Summit & the Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area. It’s been a blast meeting and hanging out with everyone (not to mention the content!… seriously… I’m not mentioning the content of the Summit). Some nights have turned into be quite rough (like last night), but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve added thumbnails to all my pictures at the end of this post. On Wednesday night I headed over to Quest Field where we had the Americas Regional Dinner.
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    Blog: I'd like to be your president (of your user group if you're in NE Florida)

    Next week on Tuesday, October 4 from 6–8p , the Jacksonville Developer User Group ( JAXDUG ) will hold elections for a new group of leaders of the user group. We are holding elections for the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The current President of the JAXDUG , David Strommer , recently announced his intention to step down from his responsibility to spend more time with his family (not to mention the recent birth of his 2nd child), career, and other interested including returning to school.
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    Blog: Blog UI update

    I uploaded a new UI skin to my blog tonight. Thanks to a good friend, things are a bit more unique from the OOTB .Text look & feel. Now it feels a bit more like home!
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    Blog: Time for dad to be proud...

    Excuse me while I take this .NET / MCMS / SharePoint / gearhead blog away and share a bit of my life. It’s been six months to the day since our son (our first) Steven was born. I was one of those guys who never went charging into it saying “I’m ready to have a baby!” I was more of the type “Now is a good time, don’t want to wait too long and be 60 when he’s graduating.
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    Blog: Now THAT was a vacation!

    If you’ve emailed me or posted comments in the last two weeks… this is why I haven’t replied. I’ll do my best to catch up. Two weeks ago, on June 17th, I stated I was off onto a two week vacation. The plan was to hit my wife’s family reunion at High Hampton, North Carolina at a little resort… well the High Hampton Inn & Country Club , for 3.5 days (Saturday – Tuesday), where we ate, visited with family, and played some golf.
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    Blog: Email interruption

    I’m in the process of having my email host switching IPs so there may be an interruption of service over the next 24 hours.
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    Blog: Google AdSense & placement on your site

    At the end of February I signed up for Google AdSense and added it to my site in the footer of all pages. What I didn’t want was to have this ad on mysite that was competing with the content, esp on my homepage. Then one Sunday I decided to shake things up a bit. I removed the AdSense panel from the footer and moved it to the top of some templates (article & blog detail, links, etc), but left it in the footer of others (homepage).
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    Blog: My recent lack of blogging

    In general, you may notice that the last few weeks I haven’t been blogging much. There has been a ton of news related to MCMS 2002 and SharePoint, but I haven’t published it on my blog (like other bloggers are) in recent weeks. I’ve been quite consumed by events inside and outside of work over the last month: worked two 80hr+ weeks leading up to a massive MCMS-SharePoint site implementation, launched said MCMS-SPS site, had our first baby , and my dad went in for emergency quad bypass surgery (2 day’s after my son was born… he’s doing great BTW).
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    Blog: Introducing Steven Connell

    Last week I became a daddy. Steven Daniel Connell was born at 11:30am EST on Wednesday, January 26, 2005, weighing in at 9lbs 10oz and 20.5" long (although I swear it was more like 21.5" or 22" because they couldn’t extend his leg because he was bigger than the little exam tray!). It’s been quite an experience so far. Why has it taken so long to post something about this? Well, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the new baby and my dad…
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    Blog: Some blog news...

    A few weeks ago I posted some news about some upcomming changes to my blog. I’ve been a bit delayed by quite a few last minute items related to a project I’m on and doing the finishing touches on our nursery (we’re execting our first literaly any day now). I still plan all those changes, and have implemented a few already in my local copy. I’m also going to add a “printer friendly” version of every post among a few other things.
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    Blog: .Text v0.96 users out there?

    I wonder if anyone is using the v0.96 engine for .Text out there. I have the source, but there are some obvious problems with it. While Community Server is on the cusp of a final release, I’m not 100% sure it’s going to be exactly what I’m looking for, but I’ll take a look at the next beta when it’s released this week. They say the RTM release will be free an open source.
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    Blog: Site update - adding CAPTCHA, subscription buttons, and more

    For a fresh start to the new year, I made a few additions and changes to my blog: CAPTCHA, post ratings, subscription buttons, and more.
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    Blog: My blog roll is now on BlogLines

    In reading a .NET security blog, I noticed that they had their blog roll on bloglines . I already had a bloglines account, so I wondered how big of a deal it is (since I am in the middle of a dev task at work). Aparently piece of cake. Just export your OPML in your RSS reader, import the file into your account, and mark your account as public, so anyone can see it.
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    Blog: Fun with Hurricane Frances

    Well, that was an interesting weekend. I live in northern St. John’s County (which is just south of Jacksonville, FL). We had sustained winds of 40-60mph on Sunday off and on throughout the day. The St. Augustine airport (just south) says they were getting gusts in excess of 80mph and the naval air station (just north) said they had gusts in excess of 70mph. We didn’t have any major damage to the house (ie.
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    Blog: Here we go again... Hurricane Frances

    A few weeks ago it was Charlie… now Frances. Still too early to call if it’s going to hit near us (Jacksonville, FL), but the projections put it very close. We’re looking into what factors would make us decide to pack up the irreplaceables, dogs, and hit the road for 2-3 days but we won’t know what happens until tomorrow. If we decide to stay, and the storm does hit or come very close, I think I’ll try to blog my pictures and experiences… think that would be pretty cool.
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    Blog: Hurricane Charlie back out to sea... misses Jacksonville

    Yet again, Jacksonville dodges a strike at the 11th hour. Last time was Floyd… I remember being holed up at my parents house with my wife. When we went to bed, Floyd was 50 miles off the coast of Jacksonville and heading towards us. When we woke up, it was 125 miles north and had taken a short northerly turn away from Jacksonville. We never got more than some above normal rain and winds.
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    Blog: One of Charlie's bands is coming to rock in JAX

    Looks like one of Charlie’s bands is about to rock my area in the next few 20-30 minutes. This is the same band that’s spawed a handful of tornadoes in the last few hours. When it went through Orlando, my wife said it was real bad… prob weakened by now, but from the radar, not by much. The Jacksonville airport is now closed until 9a tomorrow at the earliest. My wife says winds are about 40mph in Orlando right now.
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    Blog: Here comes Hurricane Charlie...

    If you didn’t know, I live in Jacksonville, FL… specifically I live almost half-way between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. The last two days have been a little hectic. Yesterday I was in Houston and had a flight that was going from Houston to New Orleans to Tampa and then to Jacksonville (the joy’s of SouthWest). Yeah, fun (especially when we all thought it was going to hit Tampa)… the flight from New Orleans to Tampa was very rough… NOT fun.
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    Blog: Recent blog updates...

    For those who syndicate but don’t read my blog, I want to comment on a few updates I’ve done recently… content related. Added an “About Me & Blog Overview” page: this page has a little background of who I am, the purpose of my blog and what I use it for, as well as an explination of the post categories and link prefix codes for all the links I’ve added (see left panel of the site).