Thursday, December 5, 2013
Hey guys I wanted to let you all know that we are having an open house at BlueMetal Architects NYC Office here are the details:
Your invitation to an exclusive event!
moved to a new space in NYC!
Join us at our Open House and celebrate the launch of the NYC Open
invite you to join us for an evening of food, drinks, and
great conversation at our new office space on 36th St. Come
network with your peers and start the year with us in style!
We're also celebrating the launch of the NYC Open Device Lab, where you can
explore and test apps and websites on our collection of devices,
and see what’s possible for your mobility strategy with our
showcase of custom applications.
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 4-6 pm
Location: 53 West 36th Street, Suite 1002, New York, NY 10018
We're just two blocks from Penn Station, and parking is available
at 59 W 36th St., 67 W 36th St., and 91 W 36th St.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hey guys I just started at BlueMetal Architects. I wanted to let you guys, especially in the NYC Area know about a case study/networking event that we are doing for one of the coolest projects. It's a multimedia and SharePoint project. Here is the blog post with the details in NYC, Boston, and Chicago: http://blog.bluemetal.com/?p=7261. I am going to try and make the NYC if I can.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
I just took a super long trip that lasted from September 27th until today. I flew into St. Louis and then rented a car and drove over 12,000 miles. I just dropped the rental off last night. I went to a ton of states, did a lot of really cool things, saw a lot of really cool people, and bought a ton of beer. I made some decisions, but this post isn't really about my decisions. It's more about the question that everyone has been asking, "Where am I going to work?".
So here's the answer...BlueMetal Architects as a Senior SharePoint Engineer. Here is their website: http://www.bluemetal.com/. I basically start tomorrow. I didn't want to post anything super early, because I didn't want to jinx things. I am really excited. Now that I'm back I'm hoping that things will start to turn around for me. I look forward to the future.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I am a 31 year old girl sitting in Keystone, SD just 10 miles outside of Mount Rushmore. I am on vacation visiting a ton of national parks and monuments, but they are closed. I am not here to lecture you to open the parks and monuments back up.
So here is my story I grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri in a two bedroom apartment. My dad spent my entire life trying to work to support me and my brother. My mom couldn't work for the most part, because she is chronically ill. She was always on medication and going to see doctors. My dad spent years struggling to keep the lights on and keep my mom medicated.
Right now I'm on vacation and didn't realize how much this government shut down affects him. I don't get to see national parks and monuments, which is really nothing compared to what he doesn't get. He doesn't get paid. If this continues my mom might not receive health insurance, which means he can't pay for her meds. Not to mention, he won't be able to pay his mortgage or any of his bills for that matter.
Since I was a freshman in high school my dad has gone into work at least 5 days a week and sometimes 6 days. He is doing at least three people's jobs right now at the USDA. He has never done anything to provoke losing his salary, so why should he suffer?
Now I have to ask the question all these people are out of work right now and congress (not a tiny sum I might add). Congress is receiving health insurance too. How is this fair? Why should my dad lose his salary and his health insurance if Congress is the one shutting down his job? For that matter what about the countless other people losing their salary and their health insurance right now. Why is this fair?
So I'm going to say it's not fair. So what are you going to do? I have a solution, especially for those people in Washington D.C. I think you should picket Congress. I think that all the disgruntled federal employees right now should go march on the Capitol. I don't think this shut down is just or fair to those poor people like my dad who are getting ripped off right now. If that doesn't work I think we should march on Washington. I think we should show our government that it's not right to hurt countless Americans bickering over something like 12 year olds. I don't care who is right and who is wrong. People are suffering right now.
We need to do something big, because every couple of years Congress threatens to shut down. This year they actually shut down the government. If we sit down and write passive aggressive twitter comments or articles it's going to do nothing to help the situation. Our parents did things like protest Vietnam and march on Washington for Civil Rights. What are we doing? We are sitting back and complaining about government on twitter.
I for one am sick of complaining on twitter about this shut down. If in a couple of weeks this thing doesn't resolve itself I might just show up at the Capitol Building. I will drive 1,000+ miles from whatever state I am in, because I believe in justice for my friends and family. So please if a resolution is not made go out and take a stand. Stop sitting on your butts. We need to organize and fight for what's right. We need all federal employees back at work getting paid at their posts. No man left behind.
Friday, September 27, 2013
When the dolphins left earth when the Vogons were about to destroy it they told the humans "So Long and Thanks for all the Fish". Two weeks ago on a Monday I submitted my resignation to Planet Technologies. There comes a point in time when a company serves its purpose in your life and you have to walk away. I feel like that time has come. I really enjoyed my time working at Planet. Thanks to the following people:
- Patrick Curran
- Greg Hurlman
- Matt Barger
- Michael Van Cleave
- Rob Horan
- Ken Amann
- Fabian Williams
- Shannon Bray
- Miguel Wood
- Don Kirkham
- Katie Tobin
- Matt Bramer
- Jim Bob Howard
- Xenox Garavito
- a ton of others...
I feel like I learned a lot from these guys and they helped to get me to this point in time. I had a lot of good times with these guys hanging out at conferences, such as TechED or SPC or SPSes. I will see them around in the community.
So what's next for me?
I have decided that after 8 years of working constantly and planning just about every trip for the past 5 years around SPSes I'm taking a month long vacation. At the end of this vacation I will have completed the 48 inland states and all I will need to do to state that I've been to every state is plan a trip to Alaska and Hawaii. Most of the states are out west and include the following cities/parks:
- Keystone, SD
- Bismark, ND
- Denver, CO
- Dallas, TX
- Albuquerque, NM
- San Diego, CA
- Sacramento, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Portland, OR
- Crater Lake National Park
- Phoenix, AZ
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Painted Desert/Petrified Forest
- Highway 1 in CA (from San Francisco to Los Angeles)
- Lake Forest, CA
- Boise, Idaho
- Saint Louis, MO
- Kansas City, MO
This trip is going to refresh me, so that I can start my new job on November 4th. I will make an announcement once I have finalized the details. I am also moving to Hoboken 2 weeks after I get back from my trip. I have a lot of big changes coming up, but I believe they are for the best. I am hoping this energizes and refreshes me, so that I can start going to more events. So as I've been stating the past few months...To the Undiscovered Country!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
So in an effort to blog more and focus on life outside more I have deleted facebook and twitter from my phone & tablet iDevices. This will be the first of many blog posts on mosslover.com again related to SharePoint, mobile, and other things. I am hoping I can cultivate my blogs again.
. Some of you maybe know the location of this secret file and some of you may thank me later. I understand the hassle.
At this point in time you are singing "We Are the Champions" and contemplating the beer you will be drinking later on in the day. Then you go in and drop this line of code into your js file: "myList.get_defaultEditFormUrl()".
You drop in a context.load and an ExecuteQueryAsync and you think you are done. Then you load the file in Office 365 and a property is not loaded pops out at you. That's when you pop out the IE Developer Toolbar and start debugging. Your list is completely loaded, your fields, and your items, but this one property will not load, despite the correct syntax. It gets to be about 6 pm in your day, one hour past quitting time, and you realize it's about time to stop. You even went to the trouble to open all the js files in the hive without luck. So the moral of this story is that sometimes things don't work in JSOM, despite what you think they should do. That's when you have to do the thing you dread and hardcode in the list url partially. I hope that this helped someone learn that this property is like a carrot dangling in front of a rabbit that keeps getting raised higher and higher. Have a good night guys!
Monday, August 12, 2013
Hey guys I will be going to Boston for the SharePoint Techology Conference to help Cathy Dew with the panel for Women in SharePoint (specially I will be a microphone jockey w/ Lori Gowin probably). Cathy and a few other women will lead a panel during lunch time (around 12:45). If you are going to the conference and you support Women in SharePoint or you are a Woman in SharePoint you should definitely attend the luncheon. Here is a link to the conference page with the information: http://www.sptechcon.com/boston2013/specialevents.html.
I will be roaming around after the panel at the conference if anyone is interested in meeting up let me know. I know a few people contacted me on twitter, but I don't remember who wanted to get together. I am only at the conference until I hope on a train at 9:30 pm to go back home for the night. You can post in the comments or just find me at the conference. I will be wearing a tannish dress with an arguyle sweater most likely. I'd be more than willing to talk about iOS or SharePoint development with any interested parties. Hope to see you guys at the conference!
Friday, May 31, 2013
I know I’ve been AWOL for over a month. It’s partially depression, partially sickness, and partially work related. I had insanity going on with various things in my life that I’m working on right now (like going outside when daylight happens). I’m trying to get back on track and everything in order.
I will say I finally got to work with 2013 for real and the UPS stuff is really similar to 2010 unfortunately when working with two way sync. The old method from 2007 works pretty easy and well too if you don’t want to do a two way sync. I have noticed that a lot of the controls are just as broken as they were in 2010. I am a little sad that the threat to get rid of on premise is possible. There is a lot of broken api pieces that I’ve seen in 2007 that still exist in 2013. I am a little saddened that none of this stuff has been fixed. I’m not really going to spell the issues out, because if you’ve been using the product you know exactly what I am talking about in this post. I am not here to write another SharePoint rant post.
I am here to prove that I am alive and kicking. You might see me more at events or at least outside. I want to return to user groups and meetups. I want to get out of the funk that I’ve been in for a bit. I came back from PAX with a series of illnesses that rolled into this whole working crazy hours thing. So soon you should me out and about around the city user groups, but not so much in June. I am going to TechEd and helping out with the hands on labs. If anyone wants to come by the SharePoint section to say hi I should be around. I will also be talking on iOS Development in SharePoint 2013 at SPS DC. Beyond that I am going back to St. Louis for a week to work at my best friend’s house. If anyone in St. Louis wants to see me let me know, but I’m not sure I will have much time for community members.
Once I get back from my big St. Louis trip, then I am going to run in the color run and SPS NYC will roll around. So I guess I’m not stating that I will be posting more. I just wanted you guys to know why I wont be posting. I have made an active priority to put my friends and family first plus do stuff outside of work and the SharePoint Community. I want to put myself back on track after the past few insane months. If you don’t see love on this blog, then it’s because I did that at this point in my life. You have to realize the past 8 years were great, but the past year has been even better. I will be around and I will post about what I’m doing, but you might not see as many here’s what I’m doing in SharePoint posts. Like I said before I’m around just not as much as I have been in the past. Until next time guys. It might be a few months, but if you check on twitter you know I’m not dead.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Hey guys just a friendly reminder submissions are still open until Tuesday, April 30th for SharePoint Saturday New York City on Saturday, July 27th, 2013. Rumor has it Tasha Scott and myself will be wearing centurion hats this year.
Some may ask what are we looking for this year. I will say everything. People submit on Logistics, IT Pro, IT Pro Advanced, Development, Development Advanced, End User, and Special Interest. We get topics from search to how to build apps in 2013. We are looking for full submissions from anyone in the world, however lightning talks are for n00b speakers who are locals. What this means is that if you have never spoken at an event or user group and you live within the NYC Metro Area you can submit a 7 minute talk and chances are good that you will get into the event to speak. You can cut your teeth at this event and eventually this will lead you down the slippery slope of more SharePoint Saturdays.
So basically what am I stating in this blog post kids? I think you should all submit, despite thinking that you might not get into the event it’s a blind vote. Everyone has a chance to get there submission selected or denied. If I were you I wouldn’t live with regret and go to this website to submit to SharePoint Saturday NYC: http://spsevents.org/city/nyc/SPSNYC2013/Pages/Speakers.aspx.
If you guys still are not convinced to submit my first event was MOSS Camp St. Louis in 2008. I was about 26 years old and nervous. I was speaking on a windows application I wrote for admins to quickly add a bunch of people in batch to security, plus read active directory users in groups, plus create a bunch of SharePoint Sites. My dad and Paul Schaeflein were in the session. It wasn’t amazing, but look where I am now. I spoke at SharePoint Conference, a couple Best Practices Conferences, The Expert’s Conference a few times, SP Tech Con, several SharePoint Saturdays and Code Camps. It’s worth a shot no matter who you are in this world. If you know something about SharePoint and you think you can talk about it at an event you should fill out the form and write an abstract. It’s a really great confidence builder plus it leads to a lot of great things in the long run. If you have any questions contact me or the form on this site. You can run ideas off of me if you don’t feel comfortable submitting. I hope to see you at the event in July!
Monday, April 8, 2013
So I had a fun day last week and today trying to figure out why a managed metadata column would not get consumed within the search indexer for SharePoint 2013. I spent several days on this issue. I spoke with Corey Roth and various other SharePoint people on twitter. I ran at least 6 full crawls within a few days. I had at least 100 tabs open on FireFox and at least 20 google searches going trying to figure out this issue. I sent an email to an internal dl at work. Then finally Shannon Bray spent about 30 minutes with me and sends me an email on how to consume a managed metadata field into the search crawler.
At that point I had this crazy idea what if the “Document” Content Type had some crazy issue and for some reason stopped custom columns from entering the search indexer. I thought this is not possible, but why not try it. I removed the column from the “Document” Content Type and then created a custom content type. Guess what after I threw in a few fake documents with metadata…BAM…It just worked.
So remember guys don’t add any custom columns that you want to be searchable to any of the base content types. You need to go in and create a new custom content type that inherits from the base content type that you want. Then the search crawler will auto index that field once you attach it to a library or list and drop some data in using that column. The column has to be attached to something in a list or library, otherwise it won’t work either. I believe this existed in 2007 and 2010, but I am not sure if the base content type issue exists. I still don’t understand why you can add more columns to a base content type. I think that should not be allowed if you can’t consume the column in the search indexer. There must be some code in the form of a handler or receiver blocking the crawler. Anyway I hope that this saves one of you guys trying to attempt the same thing that I did last week. I do dumb things on accident, so that the rest of you can learn from my mistakes. Until next time…