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Brian T. Jackett
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Stir Trek: Thor Edition Registration Opens March 17th

Registration for Stir Trek: Thor Edition opens at 12:00am “Thors"day March 17th. Stir Trek is now in its third year and this is the second year I’ve helped with planning. For those unfamiliar the Stir Trek conference here is the description from the website. Stir Trek is an opportunity to learn about the newest advances and latest trends in Web and Mobile development. There will be 30 Sessions in six tracks, so you can pick the content that interests you the most. And the best part? At the end of ......

4 Reasons Why You Should Use SYSPREP

If you build virtual machines running Windows operating systems and aren’t using SYSPREP you are costing yourself untold amounts of time. This post will explain be a brief explanation as to why. Background Over the past few weeks I’ve been rebuilding about a dozen of my virtual machines (VMs) due to getting a new work laptop and finally having the hardware to run 3+ of them at once. The last time I went through a rebuild of VMs like this I started to dig into using SYSPREP so reduce the amount of ......

Dell E6410 Integrated HD Graphics Driver Update Causes Blue Screen of Death

If you’re not wincing already by see those feared words “blue screen of death” (BSOD) then allow me to detail how this story got even worse. This situation may affect you if you are running Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Dell E6400 or E6500 series laptop. If you’d like the solution steps skip down to the bottom, although you may not like what I tell you since (at the time of writing) it involves installing Server ‘08 R2 Service Pack 1 beta. Background Our story begins with me in Ney York for SharePoint ......

Motorola Droid App Recommendations

Just as a disclaimer, the views and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own and I’m not getting paid or compensated for anything. Ok, so I’m one of the crazy few who went out and bought a Droid the week it was released a few months back. The Motorola Droid was a MAJOR upgrade in phone capabilities for me as my previous phone had no GPS, no web access, limited apps, etc. I now use my Droid for so much of my life from work to personal to community based events. Since I’ve been using my Droid ......

Announcing Stir Trek: Iron Man Edition

Today marks the official launch day of Stir Trek: Iron Man Edition. This year’s conference will take place on Friday May 7th, 2010. In case you are unfamiliar, Stir Trek is a regional conference hosted in Columbus, OH that focuses on covering topics from Microsoft’s annual Mix conference along with other web, mobile, and development related topics. In addition to great session content from the conference, the day ends with a private screening of the new Iron Man 2 film. This is the second year for ......

How I Blog

After my last post about goals for 2010 when I realized it has been over 6 months since I started blogging, I began to think about my blogging process and how it has changed over that time. I’ve made quite a few changes and upgrades to various portions of my blogging process over that time. Here’s a quick overview of where I’m at now as well as some tips for those of you thinking about starting up a blog but not knowing where to start. Tools Live Writer – Based on various buzz from other bloggers ......

Organize Your Desktop With Fences™ From Stardock

Are you a presenter having to deal with your desktop getting jumbled while switching resolutions for a projector? Are you an end user who has too many unorganized desktop icons? I feel like Ron Popeil with lead ins like these, but really I just wanted to pass along a great FREE product I’ve been using the past few months to help me organize my desktop for multiple needs. Stardock released their desktop management tool called Fences which a coworker referred me to a few months ago. Essentially you ......

Windows 7, SharePoint 2010, and Events I’m Speaking At Coming Up

As most of the technology world knows (and even the general public thanks to commercials like the one below… who doesn’t love unicorns, kittens and rainbows) Windows 7 is releasing to the public on Oct 22, 2009. Normally this would get me very excited except that I’ve been running Windows 7 RTM as the primary boot on my home desktop and as the secondary boot on my work laptop for a few months now. I didn’t get much chance to use Vista over the past few years (client workstations with XP, working ......

Lessons Learned from Automating a SharePoint Deployment

Now this is a topic that really excites me. It combines two things I love: automation and SharePoint. At my current client we are in the process of moving our custom SharePoint applications to the production environment. As we are moving to production, that means that we develops have less handle on the implementations be they databases, code migration, etc. To ease the load on the infrastructure team who is implementing our custom application I took the liberty of automating as much of the process ......

Exporting A SharePoint Site Into A Feature: Part 1 - The Tools

Part 1 – The Tools Part 2 - Exporting the Site Part 3 – Exporting the Lists Part 4 – Exporting the Site Columns and Content Types Part 5 – Wrap Up <Update>Please read the intro paragraph of part 5 for a correction relating to the title of this series. It should more appropriately be called something along the lines of “Exporting A SharePoint Site Definition and Features” but I’ll keep the original titling for now</Update> As I promised a blog post or two ago, I’ve been wanting to write ......

Technologies I’m Using and/or Watching

As this week has been very busy I haven’t had time to write up a full blog post about some of the fun things I’m working on, but instead I thought I’d throw out a listing of some technologies I’m currently working on or watching. Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) – I have this installed as my primary OS on my home desktop. Loving the slick interface and list of new features that keep getting announced. My only gripes so far are that the included build of IE8 is beta and can’t be upgraded to RTM, and that ......