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Connect with me, off Facebook

Connect with me, off Facebook

Update, August 9th, 2019: It’s been more than 8 months since I left Facebook and I feel more strongly than ever that it was the correct decision. Please watch the April 2019 Ted talk by Carole Cadwalladr about Facebook’s role in Brexit and the 2016 US elections. I’ve deleted my Facebook account. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to connect to you. In fact, you could argue, it’s the opposite. Where to find me now If you want to connect

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3 ways Epic’s Fortnite is changing gaming

3 ways Epic’s Fortnite is changing gaming

If you know 5 people under the age of 20, chances are, you know someone who’s played Fortnite. Epic Games, creator of this free, massively scaled, multi-platform game, is making billions of dollars from in-app game purchases. How did a game that didn’t exist at the beginning of 2017 come to dominate the gaming world before the beginning of 2019? In some ways, Fortnite is the ultimate software as a service success story. Whatever device you own, you can download

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Putty for Linux Azure SSH authentication

Putty for Linux Azure SSH authentication

I created my first Linux Azure VM this weekend. I chose the option to secure it with an SSH Public Key instead of a password. Creating a password would have been easier. SSH public key will be much more secure. It took some learning to get it right. First Step – PuttyGen for creating the key After choosing the ssh key option, the Azure portal required entering a public key. On Windows, PuttyGen was the tool suggested to create the

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More on UI Text Design

More on UI Text Design

Today, Episode 46 of the MS Cloud IT Pro Podcast was published. I was the guest and our conversation included some discussion of UI Text Design. UI Text Design was new to me a year ago and it’s something you don’t hear about every day, so I thought I’d share some more on the role. The screenshot above shows the list view drop down in SharePoint. Even as I look at it now, I see UI text that doesn’t follow

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The Power of 9 Characters

The Power of 9 Characters

format c: The MS DOS Manual taught me the true power of the PC. Typing those 9 characters and hitting Enter made a very large change in my computer. Before I ran that command, my computer booted. I turned on the power switch and I got a prompt to perform an action. After, it didn’t do anything. Something like this had never happened with my last “home computer,” the Atari 800 XL. No matter what I did with that device,

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1 Year at Microsoft!

1 Year at Microsoft!

Last week marked the one year anniversary of my employment with Microsoft in sunny Redmond, Washington. It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with the SharePoint product team after so long as a partner and community member. It’s really amazing how much work goes on to make SharePoint the best product it can be. And, I had no idea how much work went into content design, both the in-product experience and writing and maintaining user assistance articles. I’m

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“Alexa, ask Graph Bot to Send Email”

Alexa and the Microsoft Graph are connected in two new ways. Office 365 Calendar Did you know that Alexa can now check your Office 365 calendar? Connect your calendar to Alexa from the Alexa app or alexa.amazon.com. If you don’t have an Alexa device, try echosim.io for free. Graph Bot If you want to learn more about how Alexa connects to Office 365, check out the new Graph Bot skill added to the store by Paul Stubbs. When you add

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Beginning Code Resources for Women

Beginning Code Resources for Women

Update 5/22/17: Added Techbridge girls In more than 20 years in technology, I’ve met plenty of great women developers. And yet, men outnumber women in tech by a large margin. Major tech companies are being challenged to increase diversity and inclusiveness. Learning coding is a big opportunity for people of all types. With the help of a female friend, I’ve compiled a list of some opportunities that might appeal to you. In Person Coding Bootcamp Scholarships Coding bootcamps are very

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Change your Site Title, Change your Page Title

Change your Site Title, Change your Page Title

Have you ever noticed that the default SharePoint page type shares its homepage title with the site? I was just asked today how to change the title on the homepage of a team site today. It took me a few minutes to make the connection. Home Let’s say you created a new team site called test. The homepage will have a title of “Home”. Site Settings Drop Down To change the title of the page, start with the gear icon in the

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A Conversation with Alexa about SharePoint

A Conversation with Alexa about SharePoint

If you could talk to you Amazon Echo about SharePoint, what would you discuss? Conversation as a Platform (CaaP) is a hot topic in technology in 2016. The Echo device just celebrated it’s second birthday, Facebook Messenger just launched a new commerce model and millions in China are using messaging apps to transfer money every day. My Story with Personal Digital Agents I’ve been exploring conversations with personal digital agents like Alexa, Siri and Cortana for more than 2 years

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