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Let’s rename the Internet of Things! #letsrenametheIOT

Why? Because it’s an old-fashioned buzzword!

Read more here: The “Internet of Things” sounds just stupid.

More on my new blog JACKED IN.

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JACKED IN

Since the beginning of the year, I am pursuing a masters degree in international journalism at a Scottish university.

As such, I have had the great pleasure to talk with a former FT.com editor about my blog here at Scilogs.com, and she gave me great advice. Moreover, one of our first assignments is to come up with a multimedia blog.

These are some key takeaways of my current blogs’ analysis:

  • Use lots of images
  • Use lots of links
  • Use a blog roll
  • Write preferrably short pieces
  • Use a compelling layouts and graphics
  • Create unique content

Short and sweet: Today, I launch a new blog (which is kind of a spin-off of this one). Of course, I will continue contributing to Scilogs/Algoworld and writing about algorithms and prediction models.

The new blog is called JACKED IN, and it is less scientific but more about how technology secretly runs our lives.

Some of the topics will be:

  • The Internet of Things
  • Cyborgs
  • Sci-fi movie reviews
  • Tech projects that influence our future lives

You can read more about it here: Welcome to JACKED IN!

The first post is about a case for renaming the “Internet of Things”.

Are you jacked in?

Martin

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Dear readers,

I have decided to discontinue this blog and not further publish posts on SharePoint. Thank you for more than 160,000 visits!

I am now writing a blog on algorithms and science, which is hosted at http://www.scilogs.com The blog is called Algoworld:

Algoworld is all about algorithms, mathematical and computer models and how they influence and shape our daily lives. They are either inspired by science, or they are aiding it.
The models and algorithms you will find here deal with the prediction of hurricanes, earthquakes, health and crime (and many more to come!), but also with solving engineering problems like traffic jam optimization. Many of these algorithms are strongly interwoven with the analysis of scientific “big data” – hence they are also facing its implied problems.

You can find it here: Algoworld – algorithms meet science.

I hope to see you there!

Best wishes,
Martin W. Angler

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Dear all,

The developer dashboard is a very handy tool in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, when it comes to analyzing how your site is loading and finding potential bottlenecks. It displays information about databases, webservices, the current page itself and so on. You can see an example of the developer dashboard here. Once enabled, it can be found scrolling at the bottom of the page you want to analyze.

The Developer Dashboard

There are three states the developer dashboard can be in:

  • On: Displayed
  • Off: Not displayed
  • On Demand: Can be toggled by the user.

And you have three possibilities of turning it on or off:

  • STSADM.exe
  • PowerShell
  • SharePoint COM

In this post, we’ll just focus on the STSADM.exe method, since it is the fastest one. STSADM.exe is located in the HIVE folder of SharePoint 2010 (usually “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\”, and there in the “BIN” folder).

The STSADM.exe Method:

On:  stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv on

Off:  stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv off

On Demand:  stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv ondemand

Turning it on “On Demand” creates a new button in the menu, which is shown in the following picture:

On Demand Developer Dashboard Toggle Button

On Demand Developer Dashboard Toggle Button

That’s it! The command takes a few seconds to run and then quits with a “Operation successful” message.

Best regards and stay tuned till the next time,

Martin

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Dear all,

this week is just awesome! After receiving the Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award,

it is a great great pleasure & honour to announce that today I have been awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award as of July 2011, in the field of SharePoint Server 2010!

This means I am the first SharePoint MVP in South Tyrol and one of only a hand full in Italy!

It is awarded by Microsoft for outstanding commitment and contributions in technical communities and it is an appreciation for the voluntary work of contributing to the community.

I am really enjoying having received this award and I’m looking forward to be contributing even more to the Microsoft SharePoint, and even more: to join the network of the MVPs worldwide. Currently, there are 4,000+ MVPs in 90 countries worldwide, and about 180 German-speaking MVPs, among which I am (plus Italian & English 😉 ).

 

It is a great motivation to carry on like this, and I’m looking forward to contribute many more times! Thanks to the community, and thanks to Microsoft!

 

Now I’m looking forward to 2 weeks of holidays in Calabria, Italy and will check back with all of you on July, 18th.

 

Best regards,

Martin

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I just received the Microsoft Community Contributor Award!
Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011

Today, while watching TV, I received an email from support@microsoftcommunitycontributor.com. It was stating:

Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award.

The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions in Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN and Answers. The value of these resources is greatly enhanced by participants like you, who voluntarily contribute your time and energy to improve the online community experience for others.

[…]

This is a great honor to me to be awarded with this recognition. After all, it’s a great pleasure to dedicate time and to contribute something meaningful to the community. So thanks, Microsoft for awarding me the MCC award, and thanks also to the unknown promotors who have proposed me for this.

This is a big motivation for going on like until now. So I’m looking forward to many, many more contributions!

Thanks and best regards,

Martin

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Hi fellows,

Today I released the first version of the WADA Visual Studio 2010 extension for web developers – it enables you to being able to attach processes to the VS debugger – not simple processes, but the w3wp. I guess, some of you know the issue:

  • > 1 application pools
  • > 1 w3wp processes

How could we know which process is right for being debugged by us? First, we could use one of the numerous scripts out there (like iisapp.vbs for Windows 2k3), but they provide poor integration into the VS2010 IDE (actually none at all). This is where the strengths of using WADA come into play.

What this Tool Can Do:

  • List all w3wp processes, along with the application pool names
  • List w3wp processes for a specific application pool
  • Attach a selected process to the debugger

Why should I Choose This over Scripts?

  1. You can remain in the IDE
  2. Directly attach W3WP to the Debugger (not possible with e.g. iisapp.vbs)
  3. Filter by Application Pool of Interest (not possible with e.g. iisapp.vbs)
  4. No more need for manually matching IDs (from script output) against the “Attach to Process” window’s process list

Is it Bulletproof?

No. Not at all. Please be aware that this extension comes in its first version and may contain errors and/or undesired behaviour. It also assumes that you have administrative rights on the machine you are working with it (also VS must be run in administrator mode). Hence, I’d like to emphasize that I cannot be held liable for any usage of the code causing undesired behaviour, loss of data, any damages caused to any soft- or hardware (including source code) of the user. Please do not try it in production environments. It is intended for testing purposes only.

In case you intend to test it, it would be really nice if you provided some feedback on it using the post.

Screenshot

WADA_Screenshot

Usage

  1. Go to View -> Other Windows -> WADA Advanced Attacher
  2. Select Application Pool of Interest (optional, otherwise all will be considered)
  3. Click “Get Procs” (ensure that “Only W3WP” is checked)
  4. Select Process from list
  5. Click “Attach”

Download

WADA 1.0 (Visual Studio Gallery)

Installation is done simply through double-clicking on the downloaded .vsix package.

I hope you enjoy it!

Best regards,

Martin

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