The Information Worker

January 30, 2009

Kicking off the Community

Filed under: Brisbane SharePoint Users Group,Uncategorized — adamclark @ 7:50 am

As January draws to a close so does my time off from ‘officialy’ working within the community.  Tonight will be the first V-LAN for the year, where I hope to have a number of people that havn’t been in a while.  Also next Tuesday the BSPUG kicks off with it’s first evening meeting for the year.

2009 is going to be busy!!!

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November 8, 2007

Working to a new Blog Cycle

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamclark @ 8:37 am

It has been unfortunate, for the past six months I have not had the time I would like to post blogs on what is happening out in SharePoint land (which is what I created this blog for). Mostly work has put itself in the way with an ever increasing amount of work to be done and tighter deadlines, most of the time this translates into a feeble attempt at sleep rather than sitting down and blogging. So in an attempt to get back into the swing of things. I’m now putting aside a couple of hours on a Thursday to Blog on the latest and greatest I know around the SharePoint world.

August 24, 2007

Office DevCon in Sydney November 3-4

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamclark @ 10:58 am

Thanks to Chris Armstrong for notification of this. If you have been into Code-Camp or your a mad keen SharePoint Developer then this may just be the event you need to attend to finish out the year!

As I find out more details i’ll post them up!

“Long-time MVP Graham Seach is organising an Office CodeCamp-style DevCon to be held here at the MS Offices in Sydney over the weekend of November 3-4 (that’s closer than you think!). It will most likely be a free event and Graham is looking for expressions of interest from:

  • Attendees;
  • Speakers; and
  • Sponsors

If you’re interested in being involved in this great community opportunity, please contact Graham (gseach at accessmvp dot com) ASAP. He’s also after suggestions for content, so please inundate him with your thoughts and get behind this initiative.


http://blogs.msdn.com/acoat/archive/2007/08/21/office-devcon-in-sydney-november-3-4-will-you-be-there.aspx

Office DevCon in Sydney November 3-4

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamclark @ 10:58 am

Thanks to Chris Armstrong for notification of this. If you have been into Code-Camp or your a mad keen SharePoint Developer then this may just be the event you need to attend to finish out the year!

As I find out more details i’ll post them up!

“Long-time MVP Graham Seach is organising an Office CodeCamp-style DevCon to be held here at the MS Offices in Sydney over the weekend of November 3-4 (that’s closer than you think!). It will most likely be a free event and Graham is looking for expressions of interest from:

  • Attendees;
  • Speakers; and
  • Sponsors

If you’re interested in being involved in this great community opportunity, please contact Graham (gseach at accessmvp dot com) ASAP. He’s also after suggestions for content, so please inundate him with your thoughts and get behind this initiative.


http://blogs.msdn.com/acoat/archive/2007/08/21/office-devcon-in-sydney-november-3-4-will-you-be-there.aspx

October 12, 2006

The Lighter Side of SharePoint

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamclark @ 10:24 am

This is great Here’s to you… (1 minute MP3, courtesy Quest software)Found this on Daniel Larson’s Developer Blog

October 11, 2006

When old hardware fries

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamclark @ 9:07 am

In an effort to ensure that my personal network is ready for the next release of Microsoft applications and back end servers I have slowly been rebuilding my nextwork over the past few months.  My personal network at home consists of a number of ‘old’ workstations ranging from out of data Dell laptops to my fathers old retired PIII.  I basicly take these old out of date systems throw in a couple of new large Hard Drives, up the memeory, add a couple of network cards and suddenly i’ve got myself a basic server to host my network…  The only problem is that it IS old hardware and sometimes can die at the worst times.

Yesterday I took the day off so my wife and I could do a little running around for personal reasons, and while I had a few spare hours in the morning I thought I would begin the next stage of my network upgrades which included changing out the RAM in two old workstations and modifying the hard drive configuration in both.  When I powered these workstations down I noticed that the PSU’s where hot but not too bad so I set to work changing the items I needed to change.  with a little under an hours work I had both boxes ready to go and I even had a little time to make sure everything Looked the part as well.  So I go and plug it all in and WHAT NO POWER! 

So after spending some time going through the power cords and ensuring there was nothing wrong I cam to the conslusion that the PSU’s must have something wrong.  Opening them up they were all black inside… Now one of these PSU’s were quite old so I wasn’t too worried, these things happen.  But the other PSU was less then 3months old.  It appears that the mothboard I had was killing the PSU’s.  So after all that I now have to buy some new parts here is what I ended up getting!

  • Power Supply 350W (ATX) x2
  • AMD Sempron 3300 Processor Retail(Socket 754)(64Bit)
  • Gigabyte K8VM800M VIA K8M800 chipset Motherboard(socket 754)
  • Western Digital 80G SATA 7200 rpm HDD

This was this was the base that I bought, not the best spec thats out there but a decent replacement for the system that died and all for $200.00

On top of this though I have purchased a couple of extra items to help support these items

  • 1024M (single stick) PC3200 DDR RAM Kingston/Kingmax
  • Coolermaster 4-in-3 Device Module for CM stacker STB-3T4-E1

 Hopefully this is going to get me though the next 12months and let me run all the new Microsoft backend products to some degree!

October 9, 2006

Beta, Beta, Beta (and throw in an RC or two)

Filed under: SharePoint 2007,SharePoint Technology,Uncategorized — adamclark @ 2:59 pm

Sometimes you just have to laugh,  This coming year we are going to see so many new products come out on the market.  The biggest of course is going to be Microsoft Vista.  But supporting vista we have all the desktop and backend server applications that we increase functionality (in the long run is my guess), anyway i’m off topic…

Recently I bought a new laptop and with that I was talking to my  MS usergroup rep who mentioned that I should be running  Windows Vista RC 1 (build 5600) so having a nice new laptop I have – check!

Now since I do a lot of work with SharePoint and look after the Brisbane SharePoint Users Group I also thought that I should be running up the new Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh – Check!

Now since I am running vista and I want to run MOSS 2007 in a clean server environment on my laptop I need to load up either Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Virtual Server.  I have chosen Virtual Server becuase A. i’m not sure that Virutal PC has ANY support on vista yet. and B. I want to have a closer look at how IIS 7 (Beta) works in vista!  Now in that you can’t just load up the current Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 you have to load the new Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta… Check!

So here I am waiting for the Virtual Server Beta to finish downloading and load yet another beta on my brand new laptop, I honestly don’t know how healthy this is for everything that I am working on but at the moment I have no choice.  But perhaps I am painting this portrait with a few too many dark colours.  My expereince with these beta products from the RC’s and Tech Refreshes onwards have been great. I love the smooth UI and potential for the knowladge workers or the world to have all the information they require at the tips of their fingers through technology like RSS feeds, sidebar widgets and content queries (SharePoint), but at the same time I think that over the next 12 months we (I am mainly refering to tech’s here) are in for some growth pain as these products emerge into the market and begin thier true maturity cycle!

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