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I have had a version of Windows 8 running since the first day the Developer Preview was available for download. I did so out of necessity, not because the techie in me wanted to. The techie in me that has spent the last 10 years exclusively in Microsoft's world wants nothing more than my freedom from the Microsoft Empire. That will not be happening anytime soon since they own me and every enterprise I work with. I therefore have no choice but to keep learning the Microsoft platform as new releases and tools come out. Windows 8 RTM is no less annoying to me than the first time I downloaded it. I still don't run it on bare metal and do not plan to. I have found several ways to make it less painful. I do not use the Metro crap ribbon at all. As soon as it loads I hit the desktop. The biggest trick I have found to make it the least annoying so far is to run it in Parallel... (more)

Tool Update for Reverse Engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps

I have upgrade this tool and posted the new version. You now have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. You can now have the option to list the users on the sites, and flag sites that have not been updated for a while to show in RED. The user's emails are listed as well as their administration status. The DGML tool that creates diagrams for Visual Studio 2010 now ties all the site collects to the web application at the top level. Sites older than the day selected will be shown in RED. All the site nodes in the DGML... (more)

C# 4.0 Unleashed Book Review

The author of this book starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question as I turned to the introduction. He says "In short, what sets this book apart from many others is its in-depth coverage of how things work." As far as C# 4.0 books go, I have read C# 4.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference, Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, and CLR via C# (Dev-Pro) . All very good books, very good!!! C# 4.0 Unleashed belongs on the shelf with them. The author does indeed break down the C# language in a unique and very enjo... (more)

2nd Upgrade to Tool for Reverse engineering SharePoint 2007/2010 to HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps

I have upgraded the tool I created for reverse engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps. The tool is now versioned at 1.4. Sorry, 1.3 didn't get uploaded. You have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file (Version 1.0) because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. The folder includes the WPF Toolkit DLL. New features in this version include generating DGML diagrams which allow Root Sites to be put into groups, reports now include information on Services running on the Server and the Farm, user and group account information, and ap... (more)

Book Review: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture

This book is a mature book on Enterprise Information Architecture. By mature I mean thorough and packed with wisdom gained through experience. I am a member of the Microsoft camp. I have been for a long time now, and I have no intention of switching to IBM, but I wish Microsoft would be producing books like this that included their technology. Microsoft may able to in a few years, but they are no where close to being this mature with their Enterprise Architecture tools now. The Microsoft MDM tools are showing signs of improvement with Denali, but they still have a way to go befor... (more)