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Minor Public Announcement: Windows Live Security Settings and Contacting Space Owners

I receive a handful of messages from individuals via the built-in "send a message" function Microsoft provides with live spaces (which also hosts my blog) every month. About one third of the time, those users have secured their live spaces acco…

Simple Explanation: “Value does not fall within the expected range.”

UPDATE: An anonymous poster left a great comment about internal names. Be sure to read it. When working with event receivers and other code that references SharePoint list items via the object model, I often make mistakes that generate this error at…

Presenter in the Shaping the Future Workshop

I presented the Demo on Architecting distributed applications using Grid Architecture in Accenture Shaping the Future workshop. This is my second presentation in Accenture’s Shaping the Future.

End User Quick Tip: Sort Views in a Document Library, List, etc.

We can, should and do create many views in SharePoint lists (document libraries, custom lists, etc). SharePoint always lists available views in alphabetical order. We cannot change this using out of the box functionality. If it can be done via cu…

Sunday Funny: “When I Was a Little Boy”

As a parent, somewhere along the line I discovered the "When I was a little boy" trick. My son, probably four or five at the time, was playing a balloon and like most little boys that play with balloons, he popped it. He was very upset. …

Views and Columns on Lists and Document Libraries Cannot Be Secured

UPDATE (02/29/08): This new codeplex project seems to provide a method for securing individual columns: http://www.codeplex.com/SPListDisplaySetting. If you have any experience working with it, please leave a comment. Forum posters frequently ask a …

How to Force MOSS 2007 Timer Jobs to Execute

Use the Following stadm command to force the timer jobs jobs to execute. no need to wait for the interval to execute the timerjobs. stsadm.exe -o execadmsvcjobs

Quick Tip: BDC ADF Version Numbers Are Your Friend

If you’re hand-coding ADF files and doing a lot of code/import/test cycles, use the version number to make your life easier. I hate to admit it, but until this week, I was always deleting the ADF and re-importing it. This would break my busi…

Solution: BDC Picker Shows Only One Column Of Results

In my on-going attempts at providing a more useful lookup column using BDC, I hit a wall with the BDC picker. If you haven’t see it, the BDC picker is similar to a people picker except that it works with columns of type "business data"….

Quick & Easy: Create a Folder and Assign a Content Type (Or, Have Your KPIs and Eat Them Too)

In order to work around a KPI problem I wrote about here, I did some testing and discovered that KPI’s work against folders with meta data in the same way that they work against documents or list items. I proved it out by creating a new conte…