SharePoint Time Zones; IE 10′s ‘Do-Not-Track’ is DOA; Why Hate Windows 8?
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Time Zones in SharePoint (AIIM)
I recently had to deal with time zones for individuals across the world for their My Sites. Rather than letting people choose their time zone, the goal was to populate the field from a third party human resources app. The concept behind this was fairly straight forward. I would get the field into Active Directory and then use the User Profile Service to populate the Time Zone field. Then I dug into the Profile DB to find out what the values are. That is when I discovered that they are integers. This really didn’t help me since I didn’t know what the integers meant and had to do some digging to find out what the values were. The file that will help you decipher these integers is timezone.xml. It is located in the CONFIG directory in the SharePoint Hive. The version I have has 99 time zones in it. I was going to put an example of the whole file here but it took about 50 pages so I decided against it. Here is the first one along with the zero time zone and the header information.
IE 10′s ‘Do-Not-Track’ Default Dies Quick Death
Well, that didn’t take long. The latest proposed draft of the Do Not Track specification published Wednesday requires that users must choose to turn on the anti-behavioral tracking feature in their browsers and software. That means that Microsoft IE 10, which the company announced last week will have Do Not Track turned on by default, won’t be compliant with the official spec. Which means that tech and ad companies who say they comply with Do Not Track could simply ignore the flag set by IE 10 and track those who use that browser. Which means Microsoft has no choice but to change the setting.
The Digital Skeptic: Why Does Everyone Hate Windows 8 (The Street)
When you're dealing with Microsoft(MSFT) it's not that it's going to get bad, it's about managing how bad it's going to get. Take its radical new touch-based desktop and tablet operating system, Windows 8, due out this year. Never mind investor grumbling about the ugliest rollout of any major tech product, probably ever. Company management is pretty much winking at the ugly days ahead.
Microsoft Azure Starts Embracing Linux and Python (ZDNet)
While the full picture will only emerge at an official event on Thursday, Microsoft server and cloud chief Bill Laing has already highlighted some of the key features, such as virtual machines that allow virtual hard disks (VHDs) to be moved between premises and public Azure cloud infrastructure.
Does It Matter That Windows Phone Has 100k Apps Now? (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
Microsoft unlocked a new achievement this month, surpassing 100,000 apps for its Windows Phone mobile platform. The figure comes from All About Windows Phone, which tracks app data and has a treasure trove of detailed information about the software, ranging from price points to countries with the most apps available. While the app catalog is growing, software for Windows Phone doesn’t seem to be boosting sales as much as software did for Android and iOS devices.
Microsoft's Reaction to Flame Shows Seriousness of 'Holy Grail' Hack (ComputerWorld)
The exploit of Microsoft's Windows Update system by the sophisticated Flame cyber espionage malware was a "significant" event in the history of Windows hacking, experts said today. And by its response, Microsoft appears to agree: It not only issued an immediate fix just days after the malware's public unveiling with one of its increasingly-rare "out-of-band" updates, but it has turned its certificate-generation process upside down and will revamp how it secures Windows updates.
Around the Blogosphere
Personalization Permissions (SharePoint Nirvana)
On some projects you may want SharePoint Page Personalization enabled and in others not. Here I detail what you can set (or unset) to enable or disable page personalization. First port of call would be Site Collection Settings. Normal Contribute role permissions usually have the Personalization options turned on, but you may have custom groups and custom permissions without those options. To check, go to Site Collection Settings and click 'Site Permissions'. You'll go through to the user.aspx settings page. The ribbon should be as below;
SharePoint: Common Problems when Creating a New "Send To" Location (ITPro)
SharePoint 2010 introduced the ability for SharePoint administrators to create a new “Send To” connection, which is a facility that allows a user to send a document to another location via its action menu. It specifies the web application from which the document has to be sent and the document repository or records centre that will eventually receive it. The screenshot below presents the configuration screen for adding a new connection.
SharePoint Beginner’s Guide (Asif's Blog)
SharePoint explained very nicely and simply in this video tutorial: SharePoint in plain English.
Security Trimming InfoPath Fields with SharePoint 2010 InfoPath Forms Services Based on SharePoint User Groups & Claims-Based Authentication (The SharePoint Swiss Army Knife)
Yes, I know variations of this topic have been blogged about quite a few times but I couldn’t find one that fit my particular use case and environment variables. Also, it was difficult for me to find a clear and concise guide in setting this up so hopefully this write-up will help you achieve what I’m about to show you in as few steps as necessary. But first of all, I should give props to the following blogs and links for giving me a head start and some food for thought:
The Harry Potter Approach To Enterprise Social Computing (Symon Garfield)
I’ve just been reading an article on Forbes, “How this CIO Helped Bayer Become Social”, and became incensed enough to write this riposte. What the article says: The article is discussing the success of Bayer’s Material Science CIO Kurt De Ruwe, who apparently has created an irreversible movement by introducing social technologies in his organisation. “You can’t stop it. Once you make it available to the right people on the right platform the magic happens. The users are all driving adoption, creating value and they are much happier. All in all its inexpensive to run and the impact it has on the organisation, though difficult to quantify in numbers is huge.”
Around Bamboo Nation
SPTechCon Returns to Boston in July with More Than 90 Classes & Workshops (The Bamboo Team Blog)
The arrival of the 2012 edition of SPTechCon Boston, taking place July 22-25, will bring more than 90 classes and workshops from which registrants may choose to attend over the four-day conference. Session speakers include many of the world's foremost SharePoint experts—including 23 Microsoft SharePoint MVPs—and this is your chance to learn from and interact with all of them personally.
SharePoint Job Listings*
SharePoint Marketing Associate - Reston, Virginia
Bamboo Solutions is currently accepting applications for a full time, entry level Marketing Associate. Assist with leading the graphic design for in-house Web and print; collaboration with the Web Design team in Vietnam; copy write assistance with CRM campaigns, press releases; creation of product and event marketing materials.
SharePoint Support Technician - Reston, Virginia
As our customers embrace Microsoft SharePoint in their organization, our products are used in more and more business critical applications across the customer enterprise. New customers often come to Bamboo for one or two web parts, but over time as the use of SharePoint expands in their organization, they come back for more web parts, applications, and eventually to purchase our entire suite of products. Therefore, we need to ensure that our customers have an exceptional experience with our product and service all of the time.
Office 911: Unify Domains with Office 365 (Channel 9)
If you've got a bazillion different domains from all kinds of services, Office 365 has a better way to bring it all together and give your customers an easy way to interact with you.
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Jun 07 2012, 07:42 AM
Filed under: Enterprise Social Computing, SharePoint Events, SharePoint Training, SharePoint Jobs, Windows 8, Windows Phone 7 Apps, Microsoft Azure and Linux, SharePoint Time Zones, Flame Hack, SharePoint Personalization Permissions, Microsoft Azure and Python, IE 10 Do-Not-Track, SharePoint Beginner’s Guide, SharePoint 2010 InfoPath Forms Services, SharePoint Send To Location
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