Category Archives: Joe Average vs Modern Technology

GOTCHA – how to LOSE content using Office365… and how to AVOID it !

2012-04-04 MV: This morning I came across my first genuine “gotcha” when using Office365, and thought I’d share with you all a best practice for avoiding problems… COMMON SCENARIO: You’ve opened a browser, logged into your organization’s o365 space, launched (say) OneNote, created a journal article (I do this every day – it’s now my online professional journal), and started […]

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HOW TO: Install & configure MULTIPLE IP cameras in a single LAN with DDNS

2012-02-20 MV: SCENARIO: You have several IP cameras operating in (say) your home LAN, and you wish to have all of them accessible outside your router on the public Internet, and with something like your own “vanity URL”. Example: You want to be able to browse to Camera01 at http://purplezone.dyndns.ws:8021                                                                                    and Camera02 at http://purplezone.dyndns.ws:8022   In this how-to posting we’ll cover just how […]

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COOL FEATURE: Outlook 2007 can MERGE SharePoint & Outlook calendars!

2011 02 14 MV to All: Here’s a trick I think never gets enough publicity, no matter how often I demonstrate to fledgling SharePoint 2010 users…. Many people – myself included for a LONG time – didn’t notice the small “arrow” icon in the tab of the SharePoint calendars displayed in Outlook… But when you CLICK on that arrow, you’re […]

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MUST TRY: Camtasia video capture & editing software for SharePoint & other training videos

2011 01 13 MV to All: Just recently I was asked to prepare a set of SharePoint 2010 training materials, and recognized it was an excellent time to blog about one of my favorite tools in recent history – Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio. Even after using it now for several years, I still find myself impressed at how useful it can […]

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UNDERSTAFFED? That's when SharePoint matters MOST…

2011 01 02 MV to All: An interesting & ironic phenomenah I witness regularly is companies initially deploying SharePoint, then all-but-abandoning it “because they’re under-staffed, and need the resources elsewhere.”… 😐 The irony is this: if your organization is under-staffed, that is when you need SharePoint MORE THAN EVER, because it is the only technology you have available to help your organize & synergize the […]

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BEST PRACTICE: include "Session Purpose", "Session Goals" and "Preparations" clauses to your meeting invites!

2010 12 09 MV: Ambiguity is the hidden serial killer of productivity in any organization. In organizations which hold lots of meetings with lots of attendees, much time is wasted with poorly-worded invites. Obscure titles, no clear purpose or goals… the result is all too often a bunch of people getting together, mindlessly discussing whatever comes to mind… and accomplishing […]

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COOL CHRISTMAS GIFT – MARK'S COOL DIY TYVEK WALLET !

Looking for a clever gift for all your boys this Christmas? Running low on finances? Believe in the quality of hand-made over store-bought? This year I’ve devised what I think is the coolest, easiest, most practical Tyvek wallet you’re ever going to see & make…  I’ve made a video on YouTube, and it turned out pretty darn good (thanks to daughter […]

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CAN'T run-as the IE7 icon on your task bar? That's because it's the SHORTCUT…

2010 09 13 MV to All: A colleague of mine was recently complaining that he could never get the “Run-as” command to work on his IE7 icon on his desktop. He always got the error message “Directory not found”… After a brief experiment, I discovered that it’s that you can’t run-as the SHORTCUT. If you browse to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe, […]

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BEST SO FAR: Opensource Data Protection Utility "TrueCrypt" actually makes SENSE…

DURING my most recent “aggravated evaluation” of folder encrypting/protecting utilities, I stumbled – really – upon an opensource tool called TrueCrypt. Here’s their website: http://www.truecrypt.org Here’s a few screenshots of the UI:   I know I know, it’s NOT what you expected. Me neither. But think about it for a moment: You simply use this tool to mount an encrypted, […]

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