SharePoint Daily for October 20, 2008

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Top News Stories
Microsoft PDC to Feature Various Technologies (InfoWorld)
Microsoft bills its upcoming Professional Developers Conference as a gathering of developers and architects and a chance to understand the future of Microsoft’s platform. From this backdrop, the Los Angeles conference, which begins on October 26, is set to feature insights on a host of technologies ranging from model-driven software development to cloud computing and the Windows OS.

How Web 2.0 Will Transform Local Government (Government Technology)
A set of technologies called Web 2.0 is transforming the Internet. Web sites such as YouTube, MySpace and Facebook, in addition to RSS feeds, blogs and wikis attract hundreds of millions of people. Yet this Web 2.0 transformation of government is just beginning. How might it occur?

How Microsoft Will Compete With ‘Free’ (CNET)
How do you compete with free? That’s the question Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, is trying to answer every morning when he goes to work. On the server software side, Windows Server is doing well, especially with the Exchange e-mail server and the unheralded but very good collaboration server, SharePoint. These products have matured, they’re relatively easy to set up and manage by IT organizations. The Exchange component is a spectacular success: it manages e-mail, contacts, calendars for hundreds of thousands of organizations all over the world.

Windows 7 or Strata? (MyBroadband)
Windows 7 or Strata? If you’re a Windows user then one of those is likely to be the name of your next operating system. Microsoft has now confirmed that the “7” name is in fact not just a codename for the successor to Vista but will also be the name printed on the boxes that will hit retail shelves in late 2009.

Microsoft Eyes Oslo as Game-Changer for Application Development (ComputerWorld)
With its ambitious Oslo software-modeling platform, Microsoft Corp. is seeking a new application-development paradigm that raises the level of abstraction. But the effort has brought up questions about whether Oslo crowds the modeling landscape and whether Microsoft can achieve its lofty goals.

Gmail Outage: Not Enough Reason to Avoid the Cloud (ZDNet)
In case you didn’t hear, Gmail had an outage yesterday. I wasn’t affected personally – the company said it affected only a small number of people. And even though it was rumored that the outage could last close to 24 hours, apparently the problem was relatively short-lived and quickly resolved. (Unless you were one of those affected, in which case I’m sure it felt like an eternity.)

Browser Speed Tests: The Compiled, Up-to-Date Results (LifeHacker)
Back when Firefox 3’s final release candidate dropped, we ran some tests to compare its page-loading, memory use, and technical timing to Internet Explorer 7, Opera, and Safari for Windows. Then Google Chrome arrived, so we pitted it against the betas for Firefox 3.1 and Internet Explorer 8, and shared the results. The tests were by and large the same, but many commenters wisely asked to see all the results, betas or no betas. Well, today we’ve patched together all our data, thrown in a fresh test of the Opera 9.6 beta, and we’re sharing all the graphy goodness. Read on to see a full comparison of the major browsers you can load on Windows.

Around the Blogosphere
The Next SharePoint Best Practices Conference Announced (Bill English Blog)
Due to the overwhelming demand that we experienced for the last SharePoint Best Practices Conference, we’re pleased to announce that we’re holding another conference February 2-4 in LaJolla, California. Our last conference sold out in roughly 10 weeks. We have doubled the size of this conference in the hopes that we don’t have to turn away anyone at this conference. Of course, we have our limits, but we’re hoping that those who were unable to attend the last conference plus those who would like to come back along with those who would like to attend for the first time will be able to come to this event.

My PMI Global Congress 2008 Presentation (meetdux)
Thanks for those who attended my presentation: “7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success” this morning at the PMI Global Congress 2008 in Denver, Colorado.

The SharePoint Infrastructure Update – What We’re Recommending (A Matter Of Degree)
On July 15, 2008, Microsoft announced an Infrastructure Update for Office Servers.  There were a number of issues with the release, and our SharePoint team recommended that the update could be applied to simple farms with one web front end server and custom development, for more complex farms, it was advisable to wait for a rollup of subsequently issuefixes.

SharePoint Designer Workflows, Tasks, and the Annoying “Access Denied” Error (Binary Wave)
As most of you know, I try to avoid SharePoint Designer like that creepy distant relative at family reunions who always gives you the heebie-jeebies. But lately we’ve had some clients who insist on doing everything “out of the box”, so I’ve had to grit my teeth and, with great trepidation, fire up ye old SPD for some simple workflow creation.

Using Log Parser with SharePoint (Todd Klindt’s Blog)
A recent blog post of Joel Oleson’s got me thinking about who visits my blog. I run my blog on my own server and I have access to all of the logs. SharePoint sits on top of IIS and I can get all the information I need from the IIS logs. In this blog post I’ll cover how I tackled going through my IIS logs and getting some useful information out of them, all with free products.

Don’t Feel Bad if You Struggle With SharePoint (Clever Workarounds)
This project was not SharePoint, but I have seen some people try and do this with SharePoint. But you can imagine how much stress this project would have caused to participants. “The South Australian government has pulled the plug on its $5 million records management system project, ending a five-year saga plagued by repeated cost blowouts, delays and confusion.”

Allowing Multiple New Content Type Menu Options in a SharePoint Library (SharePoint Blank)
By default, there is only a single content type available under the (create) New dropdown menu within a document library.  In the default document library on my My Site, for example, the only options under New are New Document (i.e., a Word doc) or New Folder:

SharePoint in London: The Movie (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Ok, so this isn’t so much a movie as a respones to Nate’s recent post of the cool Knowledge Base Solution Accelerator “film”.  But I just can’t resist the misleading attention grabbing headlines! I do have a few things to note about London though:

SharePoint Events
October 21, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
October 21, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
October 21, Perth, Australia, Perth SharePoint Users Group
October 21, Sydney, Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
October 21, Tallahassee, Florida, Tallahassee SPEED
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 22, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
October 22, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
October 22, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
October 22, Toronto, Ontario, Toronto SharePoint User Group
October 23, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
October 23, Richmond, Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 25, Orlando, Florida, MOSSmosis Orlando
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group: SharePoint Sprint
October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
October 28, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
October 28, Franklin, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
October 28, San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio SharePoint User Group

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 4, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group November Meetup
November 4, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
November 5, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group November Meetup
November 5, New York, New York, SharePoint User Group: New York City
November 6, Kansas City, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 11, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Sharepoint Users Group
November 12, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
November 12, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 13, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
November 13, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of the District of Columbia
November 13, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
November 19, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
November 20, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
November 20, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
November 20, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
November 20, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group

January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference

* Please contact Chris Dooley ( to include your event in our listing.

Microsoft Updates
SharePoint ACLs (Shared Points for SharePoint…)
A collegaue of me in MCS Norway, Kjell-Sverre, describes in more detail the SharePoint ACLs about RoleDefinitions, RoleAssignments and Inheritance. It’s worth to take a look if you plan to play around with these. Go over to his blog and read

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