An April Fools Prank For Nerds

So let’s say you have a sense of humor and your co-worker fails to lock his or her computer (and they have a sense of humor too [very important]). Checking out the calendar you notice it’s April first, BAM a perfect opportunity has just landed in your lap – now what? First, don’t do anything that will get you fired, because that isn’t really all that funny. So what should we do to this poor sap’s computer?

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Employee 45832 Has Left the Building

This Friday, 11-11-11, will mark my last day at Microsoft. After 15 years of working for the best software company in the world I have decided to accept another challenge. I have so many great memories, experiences, and friends this move was not trivial but ultimately could not be passed. I owe so much to Microsoft and all of the co-workers I have ever worked with. When my kids were in the hospital I was worried sick but I did not have worry about any bills or costs for the visits — Microsoft’s health benefits are the best around. Having the opportunity to work with the smartest folks around only made me want to work that much harder and made me a better engineer but more importantly a better person. I have so many friends I have worked with around the world whom have all contributed to my successes and my hope is one day I will have the opportunity to payback what they have so unselfishly provided me.

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Don’t Tell SharePoint The Name of Your SQL Server

SQL Aliases have been around for a while however I am amazed at how many folks either don’t know about them or don’t use them. A SQL Alias is just a really easy way to do a string substitution of a connection string just before a connection is made to a SQL server. The SQL Alias configuration is stored in the registry and the anywhere the server name portion of the connection string matches the server alias the substation is made.

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Waiting for My Royalties From Pixar

I spent some time recently in Microsoft Studios recording SharePoint videos which will soon be released to TechNet. During the review of the videos a friend of mine, Vesku, pointed out one video in which my expression was a bit odd. Taking a look at the image I immediately discovered an unfortunate truth – I look like Carl Fredrickson…

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