Top 5 Domain Name Generators

Choosing a domain name for a new business, or product / service can be difficult – especially as a large number of domain names are already taken.  Finding a name that's both catchy and relevant to your business, in addition to one that's available can be a challenging task.  Here's 5 tools that can be…

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Personalisation Approaches in SharePoint 2010

Digital Marketing Personalisation There are three primary types of personalisation used across Digital Marketing today – these are: Declared Personalisation – the user “ticks boxes” or includes words such as “[X]  Camera Enthusiast”, “I like: Cameras, Walking”.  The SharePoint 2010 Audience Targeting feature is a “declared” approach to personalisation Learnt Personalisation – An approach whereby…

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available!

Something I’ve been waiting for!  Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available for download from: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso  (ISO images) Enjoy! From the site: “The Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO files (.iso) are provided as an alternative to using Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup. If you are on a PC running Windows and want to install the consumer preview on another partition, another PC,…

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SharePoint 2010 – configuring URLs for Internet use (AAR, URL rewriting, alternate access mappings)

Introduction The Alternate Access Mappings (AAM) of SharePoint allows a website to function correctly under different “inbound” domain names.  This feature can also include reverse proxies and load balancing scenarios.    Assuming that you have two domain names: “fourthcoffee.com” and “contoso.com” – how can you arrange for SharePoint to not just accept and respond to…

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Ascentium Commerce Server 2009 and SharePoint 2010

Commerce Server 2009 R2 has now transitioned to Ascentium  – the company that purchased “Cactus Commerce”.  Ascentium will be continuing the development of Commerce Server in the future, and will be directly engaging with existing Microsoft Commerce Server customers in order to continue to innovate the platform through the future. The statement from Ascentium is…

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Office Materials Generator – Beta 2

The Office Materials Generator (OMG) is now at beta 2 and includes full source code under the Apache 2.0 licence.  The original (old) beta announcement is here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/digital_musketeer/archive/2011/10/18/office-materials-generator-beta-document-generation.aspx.    All time-limitations have been removed, and full source code for Visual Studio 2010 is included. The licence is at the bottom of this page, and all aspects…

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Office Materials Generator beta – document generation

The Office Materials Generator (OMG) is now beta released.  The code works for core functions, although the beta is time-limited to Dec 31 2011.   The licence is at the bottom of this page, and all aspects of the licence must be complied with in order to use the beta code.  ​Digital Marketing Office Materials Generator…

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SPinaBox – SharePoint in a Box – Alpha One release

SharePoint 2010 is an Enterprise class environment, and as such presents a wide range of installation options.  SPinaBox (which can be pronounced as spin a box) provides an extensible installation meta-framework for simplified SharePoint installations in small configuration environments.  It installs and configures all the SharePoint required infrastructure (such as Active Directory and SQL Server),…

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Enabling TCP/IP on multiple interfaces using PowerShell (part of hands free SQL Server installation)

In trying to install SQL Server completely “hands free” I struck a snag  – by default the TCP/IP protocol is installed, but the interfaces are all “Enabled=false”, which would require a manual step to enable them. Naturally – PowerShell to the rescue! To view the basic post-install state, open up the SQL Server Configuration Manager (below)…

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