Friday, March 02, 2007

Blog migrated to WordPress

If you accessed this blog via then you probably didn't read a previous post that my site has shifted domain name. I have also now migrated all my posts to WordPress.

My blog can now be accessed at
My RSS feed has not be changed and is


Thursday, March 01, 2007

BDC Meta Man

I just found this useful tool BDC Meta Man for managing metadata for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Business Data Catalog (BDC).

BDC Meta Man provides the ability to create Application Definitions for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) Business Data Catalog (BDC) without writing a line of code.

The BDC Meta Man is offered in three different versions, Developer, Professional and Corporate. For a comparison of the different versions, see this document. Developer is free, doesn't expire and gives one activation, Professional is $US1200.00, doesn't expire and gives one activation, Corporate is $US12,000, doesn't expire and gives unlimited activations.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Has Clippy been replaced with "Stapley"?

I previously posted about Clippy being retired from the Microsoft Office product. It looks like Google might be adding a new persona to their search engine, "Stapley".

"It looks like you're searching for porn!"


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Remaining application templates for WSSv3 released

The Microsoft SharePoint team have just announced that the 20 remaining Application Templates of the “Fantastic 40” are now available for download!

[via Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog]

These server admin templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provide more enhanced functionality than the first 20 templates, including some with built-in workflows, heavily customized lists and libraries, and advanced data views. Moreover, these new templates (full descriptions here) are available not just in English but 10 additional languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese (BR), Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese (simplified), and Chinese (traditional). The additional languages will be available within the next few days. You can try out the fully functional demo versions of the English templates here, here, or here.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

MOSSIG Updater Vista Sidebar Gadget

I have just submitted my first Vista Sidebar Gadget, download it at Live Gallery.

The Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group (MOSSIG) meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month in Melbourne and Sydney. This gadget is a countdown timer to next MOSSIG meeting, with the meeting agenda in flyout. You can select either Melbourne or Sydney in the settings to get local meeting content.


Sunday, February 18, 2007

MOSSIG Meeting - 28 February 2007

This months MOSSIG meeting will again be at Microsoft Southbank, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place Southbank on 28 February 2007 at 5:30 (pizza, drinks and networking), 6:00pm (presentation starts).

Show and Tell Session

Willy Vloedmans has developed a simple add-in for Excel that enables rapid navigation to workbooks and worksheets, especially when they contain hundreds of pages. Willy will show case his handy work for the MOSSIG group.

Business Session

Tim Wragg has expanded his show and tell session that was planned for last month and will be presenting a business session on conducting effective meetings using Microsoft Office OneNote.

Technical Session

Marc Dimmick will be diving into Groove to show how to customise and extend Microsoft Office Groove 2007.

To register please email by COB Monday 26th February 2007.

MOSSIG are also working with Steve Iatropoulous to arrange more Live Meetings this year for preview presentation to the ANZ Office Usergroups. The next Live Meeting will be on 14 March 2007 10am-12pm EST and will present Chris Boyd from the Project product group to discuss Microsoft Project 2007. I will be providing more information and the Live Meeting links in the next MOSSIG newsletter/update.

If you would like to recieve the monthly MOSSIG newsletter send an email to and request to be added to the mailing list.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Will, the BBQ king!

My employer SDM just purchased a BBQ for our Melbourne office, so I just had to wheel it out the front of the office and test it out for my lunch...yummy snags!