…and the tween shall inherit the earth…

In the beginning there was TechNet and there was MSDN. Separate technical content on different Microsoft websites for developers and IT Pros. Then, one day not too long ago, some folks in each camp, primarily the ones involved in using Windows Powershell, said “Hey, there are some things, sometimes a lot of things, that are…

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I’m so Meta - TNWIKI as Forum for Technical Content

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a discussion forum for every piece of technical content on the Microsoft properties? There have been several attempts, including the TechNet “Community Content Control” launched back in 2006.*** TechNet Wiki users are trying some interesting experiments with this idea. For example, the wiki article PowerShell Script to Create…

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An evolution in perftune content

IT Pros love acronyms and jargon because of the efficiency they bring to comms (communications). Perftune is the jargon for performance tuning, which is also sometimes called …because the brutally honest and technically correct answer to the question is “it depends.” Your specific hardware, network and workload characteristics are all complex variables that make the…

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Interview with the Non-Invisible Wiki Ninja–Ed Price

There is a group of community supporters inside Microsoft who are building community around the the TechNet wiki. Inside Microsoft, the employees working on this are called TechNet Ninjas. They have a blog. One of the most prolific* of the Ninjas, Ed Price, sat down with me recently for a chat. Here is the short…

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Occupy TechNet!

End the tyranny of arbitrary sort-order! Now! Technical content providers have a constant problem:what is the best way to present a list of stuff? For example: Troubleshooters might appreciate the order in “fastest –solution-first, slowest-solution last.” Shoppers might appreciated “least-expensive to most-expensive option”” order Forensics likes the time-tested LIFO (Last In First Out) order so…

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Wiki Life-Teach a Ninja to Fish

Today’s blog post is based on the wiki article at: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/how-to-find-stuff-on-the-technet-wiki.aspx. Feel free to add to the wiki article – it is the wiki way! Can you add instructions for your favorite RSS reader? Thanks in advance! The TechNet wiki shows two RSS feeds: Home (for the home page) TechNet Articles (for the TechNet *WIKI*…


Interview with Ed Price: What is a Wiki Ninja? And Why?

Wiki Ninja Ed Price explains what a Wiki Ninja is and why they have a blog (and twitter account) in this short video. This is Ed This is the video of Ed. [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cadL8YheMss:0:0]   What is a Wiki Ninja? Check out the blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/ and the Twitter account: https://twitter.com/#!/WikiNinjas  Come join the community on the…

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“And the good girls are home with broken hearts”

In the Tom Petty hit “Free Fallin’” there is a lyric that has been on my mind relating to the TechNet Wiki and community (little “c”). “,,,and the good girls are home with broken hearts…” Leaving aside pop-pysch analysis of the memes in the song, one thing you are not going to find on the…

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TNWiki Article Spotlight – Windows PowerShell Survival Guide

This week’s spotlight is the Windows PowerShell Survival Guide. This wiki article is one of 40+ as of this writing that use the naming convention “survival guide” on the TNWiki. At customer events a few years ago we started handing out these one-page “Survival Guides” (printed both sides and laminated) with links to important resources….

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