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Power to the People
If you read this blog, you know about the TechNet Wiki I helped start a while ago. The wiki represents many kinds of awesome. The best of which is the people who care enough about technology, and the wiki, to contribute content. The wiki has been nominated for an internal Microsoft Engineering Excellence...
23 Oct 2012
Server News - Free-as-in-beer App You Should Install Today
Wouldn't it be great if there was an App that you could run on your Win8CP or Windows Phone 7 that "pushed" you important Windows Server news? Do you read blogs like Ben Armstrong , Virtualization Team , Mark Russinovich ? Well colleagues Martin McClean (Poster Guy) and Brian Lich (Awesome Guy...
26 Mar 2012
How to find stuff I wrote on TechNet Wiki
The business case for changes to the TechNet Wiki is complex. On the "fit for purpose" side of the equation, I try to explain the numbers thusly: 1. There are orders of magnitude more readers than contributors 2. There are orders of magnitude more contribute-once users than there are contribute...
17 Feb 2012
Just the Diff’s Ma’am
IT Pros have longed asked for a way to understand “what changed in this information that you just updated”? A change log. The diffs. On the TechNet Wiki you can see this by using the History tab. Example, we just updated the Hyper-V: Update List for Windows Server 2008 R2 . It us around 2k words, in...
21 Oct 2011
Why Wiki? Case Study #2 AD Domain Svcs Event ID Map
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a visual representation of all the event IDs for a service, let’s say for example the Microsoft Windows Active Directory Domain Service, and when you clicked on one of the IDs, you could “drill down” into more info on that event? Let me wiki that for you . Kudos to colleague...
22 Feb 2011
TechNet Wiki Tags-onomy–The Hidden Differentiator
You can find some common TNWIKI tags at: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/wiki-common-tags.aspx Internet pundit Clay Shirky said “The Only Group That Can Categorize Everything Is Everybody.” The idea behind a tagging taxonomy, or “tagsonomy” as it is implemented on the...
8 Feb 2011
Most web pages you find print out all the extra crap in the “gutters” ( there is a appropriate feature name if ever there was one…), like this: On the TechNet Wiki , we figure you just want the information please, thank you very much. So, when you print from IE your TNWIKI page looks like this: We hope...
17 Nov 2010
TechNet Wiki (Beta): The Future is Stubby
On the TechNet Wiki (Beta) we encourage IT Pros and Devs to start a wiki article, even though they may not have all the information required to complete it. Troubleshooting articles, in particular, as well as “link aggregations” can profit greatly from this approach. Check out the How to Create a Stub...
13 Jul 2010
The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed…
…saith Wm.Gibson. The future of IT Pro documentation is here – colleague Jim Holtzman shows you how to setup your Windows Home Server router on the TechNet wiki . What’s especially fabulous about this article? 8 Different OEM routers are detailed, and anyone can add to it! One URL, all OEM router setup...
22 Jun 2010
“Everything is Going Extremely Well..”
The TechNet Wiki (Beta) continues to grow. Today, the article count exceeded 800. If you get the title reference, find more juicy tidbits here . I use the well.wav for my appointment reminders – it definitely gets my attention!
14 May 2010
TechNet Wiki: What They Are Reading?
Here are the top 10 most-read TechNet Wiki articles from last week, in order: social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-appfabric.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-powershell-survival-guide.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/active-directory-overview.aspx social...
11 May 2010
Son of What Has They Gots In Their Pocketses?
More and more I’m concluding that the SEO advice currently peddled on the interwebs is snake oil, sold to you by those with a financial interest in you following their advice. Last month I posted a quick TechNet Wiki status update with the completely un-SEO, lacking-in—helpful-keywords, title “ What...
10 May 2010
Almost two week in the wild and the TechNet Wiki is gaining visibility – seen today on the Windows Server TC :
27 Apr 2010
Be a Winner in Vegas
See you next week at MMS in Vegas. Visit us at the booth and enter the contest:
15 Apr 2010
TN Wiki Goes Social
One of the new enhancements to the TechNet Wiki (Beta) makes it easy for you to share wiki content with your social networks. At the bottom-right of the page is the little gizmo that allows one-click “socialization” to services like Twitter, Reddit, Digg, etc.. Check it out:
8 Apr 2010
TN Wiki: Wiki Down, but Not Out
It hasn’t happened very often during the Beta, but The TN Wiki is down right now for a few hours for upgrades. See you soon!
6 Apr 2010
Ever Wanted to Help Write a KB?
Ever wanted to help write a KB? Perhaps get the info a little faster? Now you can on the TechNet Wiki (Beta). Here’s an interesting ground-breaking example: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/biztalk-server-backup-job-does-not-delete-backup-files.aspx
18 Mar 2010
TechNet Wiki (Beta) Safari (Beta): How to Find Stuff on TNWIKI
The new TechNet Wiki (Beta) is (wide) open and folks are contributing some valuable content, and trying new things. As the content set grows, it becomes more and more challenging to find stuff. Inthe Beta, most folks are missing that the search bar at the top of the TN Wiki page is for searching the...
8 Mar 2010
This is Your Brain on Twitter
The interwebs quote “studies” that claim we humans have ~70K thoughts a day. That’s about .81 thoughts per second if you are awake every second of the 24 hour day (86400 seconds per day/70,000 thoughts). I can’t seem to find the underlying “studies” to determine if they are using an 18 or 12 hour “work...
15 Dec 2009
Duck, Duck, Goose: Can Non_Humans Participate in Community?
There’s an interesting experiment in community just started over at TechNet/MSDN called the Community Machine Translation Pilot . The first member of the community is the machine translation (MT) service (thanks Microsoft research!). The MT service (not HAL 9000, I just like the image as a referent to...
25 Nov 2009
Day in the Life of an IT Pro/Dev Writer/Editor
IO XKCD 1K words…cause his pictures say it all… BTW, among the ultra-coolness of XKCD: Re-use policy: http://xkcd.com/license.html Searchable! Try searching on organic fuel
20 Nov 2009
What Makes a Good IT Pro Video?
My team is investigating the use of video as a content type for IT Pros. We are compiling best practices and tips/tricks for creating this kind of content, but we need your feedback. Thoughts/comments? DO Have some lighting. It should be good enough to distinguish what’s important (for example, a person...
13 Nov 2009
Windows Server Content Joins the ‘Sphere
Twitter. IT Pros. Seems like vinegar and oil? Perhaps not. We’ve started a twitter feed to notify you when new stuff publishes into the IT Pro Library on TechNet for Windows Server . Come check it out at http://twitter.com/WinSrv Tell them Professor Windows sent you. “Friend” us or “Follow” us or subscribe...
10 Nov 2009
This Is Your Brain on Drugs
Scientists in Switzerland map the human brain on hallucinogens. Measured this way, all tripper’s brains look the same, yet internally, each drug-takers experience is different and personal… Warning : clicking the link subjects you to a short commercial before vid plays. Can anyone tell me how to skip...
26 Oct 2009
Forum Greatest Hits: Call Now, Operators Are On Duty
Markus, the moderator over on the ILM forum, has created an interesting new content form: Forum Greatest Hit . GHs are technical articles that are developed to address the following three key areas: Discoverability – For common questions, you should be able to find your answer quickly and easily...
4 Aug 2009
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