Sunday, December 08, 2013

Using Windows 8 and 8.1 - Comprehensive How-To Video Tutorials - YouTube

Using Windows 8 and 8.1 - Comprehensive How-To Video Tutorials - YouTube

TFS Reporting Guide - Home

TFS Reporting Guide - Home

Regularly Expressing on .NET: ALM Rangers ship the TFS Reporting guidance books ...

Regularly Expressing on .NET: ALM Rangers ship the TFS Reporting guidance books ...: It has taken a lot of people a long time to work on an extensive guide on extending the TFS reporting capabilities and getting some report d...

The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History - Businessweek

"I met with all 32 teams at their technical summit. We had 31 of 32 teams standardized on BlackBerry. The only team that didn’t go for it was the Cowboys, because they wanted us to pay them to use the device."

The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History - Businessweek

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

TFS: How to tell what process template is in use from Visual Studio 2012

How to tell what process template is in use from Visual Studio 2012.

Go to the Team Home Page.

If the backlog contains “Product Backlog Item” and “Bug” work items, you used the Scrum process template
If the backlog contains “User Story” work items, you used the Agile process template
If the backlog contains “Requirement” work items, you used the CMMI process template

Upgrade your 2012 team project from RTM to Update 2 - Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Friday, October 18, 2013

Why Bother With Software Updates? | SUPERAntiSpyware Blog

Software Updates
What do you do when you see those little icons and pop-up messages that appear in the system tray, indicating there is a new software update available for you to download and install?  

Most people find such notifications and the process of installing new software updates insignificant and disrupting. The truth is, people ignore such notifications for various reasons, such as, ‘Do I really need to install this update?’, ‘My computer is working just fine, I don’t think this update is for me!’, ‘I don’t have time to reboot my computer’, etc. If you are accustomed to dismissing those update notifications, you need to reconsider that practice.

Applying software updates is one of the most important things you can do with your computer. In fact, if you don’t do it, you’re very likely going to get some kind of malware in your system and even get hijacked.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Installing Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 3 - TFS 2012.3

Installing Team Foundation Server

I looked all over for real world posts for doing a very simple upgrade. TFS 2012.1 to TFS 2012.3. I found one post I think. And it was for an error.

Let this post be good news then. I have a beefy TFS 2012.1 server created from Scratch right around January of 2013. Today on October 5th I "UPGRADED" to TFS 2012.3. The good news is that it went flawlessly.

TIP: if you are like me, then you don't have physical access to your server and likely don't have a DVD either. I downloaded the iso file and used 7-Zip (I think) to extract it to a folder. I then moved that folder to my server's hard drive.

I guess at this point I should state that I had my Server Admin create a snapshot of my server prior to any work done on it.

I use SharePoint and Reporting on this server as well, with one external SQL server.

After navigating to the new folder with the TFS 2012.3 files I right mouse click "Run as Administrator" on the TFS_Server.exe file.

Everything was pretty normal and default after that. I did (with help from my DBA) backup my databases to a location on the SQL Server. This went very fast. I only have about 25 Team Projects and about 15 companion SharePoint sites.

Updates to my SharePoint were fine, reporting was fine, configuration was fine. Though its one of those status bars that hardly moves for about 10-15 minutes and then goes very quickly after the mid point.

Anywho, the process went very smooth and the whole process was completed within about 90 minutes. It would have been shorter had I not futzed around overthinking each click.

If this helps at all leave a comment!

TFS 2012 Upgrade 3
TFS 2012 Update 3

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Dr. Andrew Weil: Pressing The Bar

Dr. Andrew Weil: Pressing The Bar: Personally, I've learned that it's best for me to shut my devices off at about 3 p.m. It's often painful, but within a few minutes, the craving subsides and I move ahead with my day. If people insist that I must be "on" more than that, I am quite direct with them -- I don't, and won't, abandon this rule. If your job requires 24/7 connection, propose a change in company policy (as The Huffington Post has done), and if that fails, consider getting another job. We are often more free than we believe.

A must read for all.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters - Raj Chetty, Harvard study

Check out the calculator on the page!

"The team of researchers initially analyzed an enormous database of earnings records to study tax policy, hypothesizing that different local and state tax breaks might affect intergenerational mobility.
What they found surprised them, said Raj Chetty, one of the authors and the most recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, which the American Economic Association awards to the country’s best academic economist under the age of 40. The researchers concluded that larger tax credits for the poor and higher taxes on the affluent seemed to improve income mobility only slightly. The economists also found only modest or no correlation between mobility and the number of local colleges and their tuition rates or between mobility and the amount of extreme wealth in a region."

In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters -

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tivo problems getting to Netflix C141 error

Been having problems with my TiVo getting to Netflix. I have a Premiere that hasn't been able to get to Netflix. Read a few support posts about restarting it etc, blah blah. I remembered something else that worked so changed the HD menus to SD menus and VIOLA it works, What the heck? Get this FIXED TIVO!


Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Insights From Google On Recruiting and Hiring | LinkedIn

 “One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation,” Bock said. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and G.P.A.’s and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything. What’s interesting is the proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time as well. So we have teams where you have 14 percent of the team made up of people who’ve never gone to college.”


On GPAs and Brainteasers: New Insights From Google On Recruiting and Hiring | LinkedIn

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Cong. Sensenbrenner –Patriot Act author – says NSA surveillance goes too far; Assembly votes to uphold new laws in dispute, more state news | Hudson Star-Observer | Hudson, Wisconsin

Conservative Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and former liberal Senator Russ Feingold both agree that provisions of the Patriot Act that allow government officials to secretly monitor citizen cell phone activity go too far. 

Cong. Sensenbrenner –Patriot Act author – says NSA surveillance goes too far; Assembly votes to uphold new laws in dispute, more state news | Hudson Star-Observer | Hudson, Wisconsin

Internet Companies you can trust..

"Everything you do on the Internet is Available to Certain People

This is the first thing people need to realize.

The Internet is like a giant record of everything you do, think of doing, want to do, or actually do.

Nothing you do or search or write about or participate in is actually private.

A lot of what you do on the Internet is Available to Anyone who Looks

It gets worse. Pretty much 70% of what you do and what you add to the Internet is available to anyone who searches for it (or for you).

People get rejected from jobs for stupid things they write every day. As we build larger and larger online ‘profiles’ with our actions, we create bigger and bigger ‘files’ of ourselves. These are available to anyone who’s interested.

How do you think Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter are going to make REAL money in the future? By selling these ‘online behavior profiles’.

Where can you find privacy?

Well, here’s where you can’t expect to find privacy;

Internet Websites. Just doesn’t exist. Internet in General. Nah.

Phone Calls. No. If Verizon is handing over all call data there’s a very high chance other carriers are too.

Apps. No. With Apps you have multiple vectors of data being accessed – The App Maker, the App Store, The Device, The ISP.

Email. Worst of All. Here again you can have ISPs or the Email Provider take your data.

Basically, the Internet is the EXACT opposite of what you think it is. It’s 100% anti-privacy.

It’s 100% ‘an infinite record of everything you ever did or wrote or searched for’."

Internet Companies you can trust; Apps you can trust | Kindle Review - Kindle Phone Review, Kindle Fire HD Review

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New city law lets police fine parents of bullies

New city law lets police fine parents of bullies
Police in a Madison suburb say they’ll use common sense in enforcing a new anti-bullying ordinance.
The law allows police in Monona to ticket the parents of children who are caught bullying others. The first violation carries a $114 municipal court fine.

Monona Police Chief Wally Ostrenga said the measure will only be used when parents don’t cooperate in investigations of bullying by their kids. The chief said parents sometimes avoid talking to police, because they take children’s side no matter what.

Ostrenga said parents will not be ticketed if they try in good faith to address their children’s behavior.

Freezing temps still linger in northern Wisconsin; New city law lets police fine parents of bullies; State budget deal seems close; More state news | Hudson Star-Observer | Hudson, Wisconsin

Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership Card -

Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership Card


Sunday, June 02, 2013

Cold, Wet Spring Causes Trouble for trees

Our cold, wet spring is contributing to a disease spreading in Minnesota trees.Anthracnose disease affects popular shade trees, causing new green leaves to turn brown and fall.
Cold, Wet Spring Causes Trouble for Minn. Trees | News | Western Wisconsin News

Stinger Malware threat removal tool - FREE

McAfee Stinger detects and removes prevalent Fake Alert malware and threats identified in the "List Viruses" section of the Stinger application. While not a replacement for full fledged antivirus software, Stinger is updated multiple times a week to include detection for newer Fake Alert variants and prevalent viruses.

Stinger | McAfee Free Tools

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Compare long distance phone plans, providers, services, rates | PhoneDog

PhoneDog is one of the largest and most popular interactive mobile news and reviews resource that attracts a community of more than 2.5 million unique visitors each month. The site may have a "cute" name, but it offers up serious editorial content and video reviews that users rely on to make important decisions about their next mobile purchases.

Where in Western Wisconsin to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables.

Where in Western Wisconsin to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

Polk County

  • Apple River Vegetables - broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, and pre picked produce
    117 hwy. 65, Star Prairie, WI 54026. Phone: 715-338-8165 
  • Directions: 2 miles north of Star Prairie, WI. on State Hwy. 65 Crops are usually available in July, August, September. Open: 8am to 7pm daily; Please call to schedule visit. Payment: Cash, only. cauliflower, brussel sprouts, spinach, lettuce, radish
  • Deedon Lake Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, apples, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop
    562 138th Avenue, Turtle Lake, WI 54889. Phone: 715-986-2757. Email: Open: Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: West of Turtle Lake on US Highway 8 approximately 6 miles, turn north on 50th Avenue, go approximately 1 mile, then turn west on 138th Avenue and go approximately 1/2 mile. Orchard entrance will be on your left. Click here for a map and directions. Weather dependent but generally open on Saturdays from Labor Day through October. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: December 07, 2009)
  • Demulling Farms - asparagus, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, farm market
    466 - 240th Street, Osceola, WI 54020. Phone: 715-294-3742. Email: Open: PYO Strawberries - June Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm Saturday 7am to 7pm Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Crossing into Wisconsin using the Stillwater Lift Bridge This will be WI highway 64. Follow highway 64, it will go from 1 lane to 2 lanes. Take the first Somerset exit and go left, this will still be WI highway 64. Go through Somerset and turn LEFT at the Dairy Queen on State highway 35, heading North. Follow State highway 35 for about 12 miles. Turn RIGHT on county Road X Turn LEFT on 240th Street. We are the second farm on the RIGHT. Address: 466 – 240th Street. Look for the strawberry signs!. Click here for a map and directions. We harvest asparagus from May to July and strawberries are available for picking June to July; We hope to see you at the farm!. Payment: Cash, only. We offer summer shares of our CSA. Contact us for details. (ADDED: May 03, 2010)
  • Glenna Farms - corn (sweet), cucumbers, pumpkins, winter squash, tomatoes, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    1333 - 120th Street, Amery, WI 54001. Phone: 800-310-5050. Email: Directions: Located between St. Croix Falls, WI and Turtle Lake, WI, 1/4 mile north of US Hwy 8 on 120th Street. Look for signs! And for a map to our farm, Click here. And Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available all year. Open: Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm Maple Syrup: March to April Cucumbers: July to August Sweet Corn: July to August Tomatoes: August to September Pumpkins: September to October Squash: September to October Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
  • Indian Creek Orchard - Apples, pumpkins.
    139 350th Avenue, Frederic, WI. Phone: 715-653-2689. Open: 10 to 5 daily from the last Friday of August until Halloween. Pick your own, every day in season. Apples, apple cider, gift baskets, honey, jams and jellies, maple syrup, popcorn, pumpkins.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sirius XM Radio Inc (SIRI) Bulls Emerge Before Earnings | Daily Option Blog | Schaeffer's Investment Research

Sirius XM Radio Inc (SIRI) Bulls Emerge Before Earnings | Daily Option Blog | Schaeffer's Investment Research

As noted, Sirius is due to report earnings next Tuesday, April 30, ahead of the open. Analysts are currently projecting per-share results of 2 cents, matching the company's year-ago profits. In the past eight quarters, Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) has turned in mixed results, matching estimates half the time, exceeding them three times, and missing once. 

Adobe Paper Infographic

Interesting but knowing certain demographics, I just can't believe the numbers are this high.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fix MS Office Application Problems With Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool - Jkwebtalks

The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) is a program that can help you identify and fix any problems you might be having with your Office application, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, etc. OffCAT supports Microsoft Office 2003 (offline scan only), 2007, 2010 and 2013 and provides a quick and easy method to analyze MS Office for common configurations that may cause problems.

The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool is quite simple to use. Just install it (Required Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0), accept the license terms, and check for updates (click OffCAT update).

I found several updates needed to be installed on my Win7 desktop with O2k7. Scans for my three installed apps were reasonably fast. Since no problems, I cannot review the actual ability to fix, but I did feel better knowing that my office install was fine.

Note: Outlook must be running in order to perform a scan of Outlook.

Fix MS Office Application Problems With Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool - Jkwebtalks

Monday, April 08, 2013

What Would It Look Like If The Moon Was Replaced By Other Planets?

Definitely Saturn.... I vote for Saturn..

What Would It Look Like If The Moon Was Replaced By Other Planets?:
Minnesota-based writer and artist Ron Miller invites you to imagine what the night sky would look like if the Moon was replaced with any other planet from the Solar system. In order to feel the change better, Ron’s photo manipulations keep the same distance between the Earth and the new replacements (which in reality is about 240 000 miles) and real size proportions. Ron even imagines what effect the switch would have on the Earth: with Venus, which reflects 6 times more light than the Moon, the night would be as bright as a day, and Mars would let all the details of the surface to be seen with a naked eye. Which one would be your favorite?









What Would It Look Like If The Moon Was Replaced By Other Planets? originally appeared on DeMilked on April 8, 2013.

Shower Power - YANKO design

I will gladly trade my english proofreading skills for an installation of a shower with these features...

Shower Power:
Showering is supposed to be a catharsis of the day and of our daily environmental exposure. The last thing we should be dirtying up is our conscience with wasteful habits like using up way too much life-giving water. The “Sshower” for Roca was conceived by designer Marco Antonio Esquiró San Román for that very reason. With built in sensors that can automatically detect when you are actually under the shower head, this shower will turn of the stream and replace it with steam until you are ready to rinse off. But wait, there is more! While you are being a good and clean Earthling, you can also be informed as to the day’s weather, stock prices, how much water you are using and even what song is up next for your foam party for one. Of course its Bluetooth and Wifi ready, but then again…what isn’t these days?
Designer: Marco Antonio Esquiró San Román

Yanko Design

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Beau street HOARD

Archaeologists came upon what was clearly a very large number of coins contained within a cist (a stone-lined box). Upon further excavation, they quickly came to realise they were looking at one of the largest coin hoards found in the UK, representing quite a tumultuous time in Roman Britain – about AD 270.  In order to preserve its shape and context, the archaeologists cut around the hoard and lifted it in a soil block.