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Free Web Part (limited time!)
RSSBus (@rssbus) is promoting a "limited time offer - one per company" free 10-user site license for the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part. I don't know how long it will be available, but here is the link. The timing of this offer is quite nice for me since I have started the blog post series "10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts". Tags: SharePoint, RSSBus, WebPart ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:26 AM

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #1
This post marks the beginning of a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. After that intro you’re probably already wondering what the catch is, and yep, there is one. These examples will require the use of the highly acclaimed RSSBus SharePoint WebPart. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. And now…let’s get on with it! #1 – SharePoint Image Rotator Step one is to make sure you have the ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 30, 2009 3:00 AM

Stop Unfair Beer Taxation In North Carolina
I got the email below yesterday from the folks at "All About Beer" magazine - those that host the yearly Beer Festival in Raleigh and Durham. I don't know about you - but I don't want to my favorite small micro-breweries knocked out of business due to unfair taxation. We're already paying enough taxes on beer and wine. If you are a citizen of North Carolina, I would ask that you take a minute to do the two quick things suggested in the email. Thanks! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~... ......

Posted On Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:13 AM

Lance's Non-Techie Guide to Free HD TV
I have been free of my monstrous cable tv bill for many months now, and I love it! Woooo! A while back I posted about how I want to get revenge on Cable companies by helping as many people as I can kill their cable service in favor of free HD tv over the air and over the Internet. There are other “free TV” guides on the Internet – but they suck because they are too generic, too technical, or not technical enough. Hopefully this one doesn’t suck. Let me know if you have any questions – if you tell ......

Posted On Monday, June 8, 2009 12:30 PM

New Release of IMAP ACL Manager
An update to the IMAP ACL Manager has been published. Release Information June 4th, 2009 - Release V2.5: Added check/un-check all box Verify through UI that permission change applies to subfolders Added status bar and "busy" indicators Bug fix: logoff and re logging on resulted in folder tree not showing. Bug fix: avoid "busy performing current action" errors ......

Posted On Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:29 PM

5 PowerShell Oneliners to Manage IMAP Permissions
You can manage user permissions in Exchange and other mail servers with the same commands by using the IMAP protocol instead of server-specific tools. Here is how! Jumping right in, these all use get-imap and set-imap from NetCmdlets: #1 – Get ACL Here’s a one-liner to get the ACL for a specific folder in an account. In this particular case, my main INBOX has a subfolder named RESUMES, and I want to see who has what permissions to this folder. PS C:\> get-imap -server $mymailserver -cred $mycred ......

Posted On Thursday, June 4, 2009 11:11 AM

Get the number of current SharePoint connections
Here is a PowerScript function to automate the process of getting/logging the current number of connections to a particular Web Server. It will tell you the number of connections for each site on the server, so you can see the number of SharePoint connections, SharePoint Central Admin connections, etc. Thanks to MOW and Lee Holmes for their examples of using the PerformanceCounter class in PowerShell. function Get-WebServiceConnections(){ $results = @{} $perfmon = new-object System.Diagnostics.Performa... ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 3, 2009 10:29 AM

Smarter SharePoint Alerts – IM and Text
Many people configure email alerts in SharePoint through SharePoint Designer Workflows. The process is simple and useful, here it is outlined at End User SharePoint. In a nutshell, you create a workflow that sends out an alert, attach the workflow to a document library or list in SharePoint, tell SharePoint to run the workflow whenever the library/list changes. The options for sending the alert in SharePoint out of the box are limited to sending a plain email. I want more. Enter the /n software SharePoint ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 1:09 PM

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