Sharepoint allows you to utilize web service calls to retrieve and manipulate data. To do this though you will need to be able to write CAML to create your queries. I found this site pretty useful when it came time to really dig into creating my own custom CAML-based Sharepoint queries.
E-mail is a fundamental part of any business today. Unfortunately, not all web hosting provides adequate email service. From SPAM to webmail, there leaves a lot to be desired depending on your provider.
MediaTemple’s DV server is a powerful option for any developer or business. But the webmail and SPAM prevention just aren’t up to my (or my clients’) expectations. The default Horde webmail is clunky, renders HTML poorly, and lacks many features that you might expect out of business email.
There are many different options these days for webmail and email hosting. But what about free?
So this weekend I set out to do a little experiment. I wanted to try out Google’s business email hosting service. This has the benefit of not only being free (for the standard version) and comes with the niceties you might already be used to with using Gmail for your personal account.
The premise is to move all aspects of your server’s mail services to Google which will include some changes to your domain’s MX record (and CNAME records). Keep in mind this could result in a short interuption of service. The limited amount of effort thus far has proven to be well worth it.
Since I use a MediaTemple DV server for most of my hosting, I sought out some guidance and found some great instructions here. Be sure to follow it completely as if you do not disable the mail service in Plesk it will not work.
Now as of today I have shiny new mail service, all backed by Google’s infrastructure. This is hosting-independent, has Google’s famously awesome webmail, and is still accessible on all my devices using the native mail clients via IMAP.
This really is a great option for anyone wanting business class email (and all of the other Google apps).
Update: I have been using this service now for a couple months. It has worked without a single hitch. I run all my email through IMAP which keeps all my devices in sync, and don’t get a drop of spam. I have to say that I highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you aren’t satisfied with your host’s webmail solution.
I picked up a couple of Magic Mice recently. I wasn’t sure how I would like them but so far I am enjoying the multitouch goodness. One thing that I ran into unfortunately is when paired with my Macbook Pro things didn’t work quite right.
I could pair it easily, and even move the cursor, but I could not scroll or use gestures. I tried removing LCC (Logitech Control Center) and USB Overdrive from System Preferences but this didn’t seem to help. But I still felt it had something to do with these programs. As it turns out the culprit was indeed USB Overdrive. To remove it completely (not just the pref. pane) you have to use the uninstaller which should have come with it. For me this was just a quick Spotlight search away.
You will need to do a reboot after the uninstall but once you do your Magic Mouse should be working as it should! Now if I can just get used to the pesky native acceleration curve 🙁
Looks like the author of USB Overdrive is indeed working on a Magic Mouse update. So I will hold out and hope it comes soon.
This is a great post on doing a join in Sharepoint, all through Sharepoint Designer w/o any code.
View the post at Yet Another SharePoint Blog
This is a pretty common task. But one that there may be some “mystery” around if you haven’t done it before. It is actually pretty simple once you get under the hood. Check out these directions to find out how to create your own custom theme (based upon an existing one) quickly and easily.
Note: when you are editing the server XML file and putting in the new entry for your images, the images folder referenced is actually up a level from your themes directory. The existing ones start with TH (there is a ton of other stuff in that folder). Grab an existing one to get your dimensions.
This is one of those random WTF kind of issues that I run into when trying to connect to Coke’s Sharepoint servers while not on VPN. I think I have finally found a nice workaround which is painfully easy.
Instead of clicking the option to open a site via the icon or File->Open Site simply use File->Open instead. Here enter the full path to the site/subsite you are trying to open. Worked like a champ for me!