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  • Blog Post: Wiki World Cup

    The FIFA World Cup football is currently taking a fairly significant amount of my personal time, and so far my favourite team, the Dutch team is absolutely great. This is at the time of writing, it is very possible that by the team you read this blog post we’ve been eliminated, but I have good...
  • Blog Post: Hunting the unknown species

    I guess that when you're the right person for that particular brand of excitement, the recent finding of a new mineral called "Putnisite" ( http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/minsoc/mag/2014/00000078/00000001/art00010 ) will be quite the event. When I stumbled upon a new MS product...
  • Blog Post: Rubber Duck Ninja

    It came to my attention that we, as TechNet Wiki Ninjas, are not the only ones proudly using “ninja” as a “geuzennaam” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geuzen ), but on the latest SharePoint conference I found out there was a company that used the term “SharePoint Ninjas”...
  • Blog Post: The Subtle Art of Not-Convincing People

    Next to my regular job as either developer/architect I enjoy teaching classes about SharePoint. Ultimately, when I do that, my goal is to inspire people. If I can’t attain that goal, at least I want to explain the concepts included in the course as clear as possible and add some additional related...
  • Blog Post: My Eleanor

    The end of a year is a natural time for reflection and thinking about New Year resolutions. Although I do have some mid-term and long-term resolutions (such as implementing some ideas for gallery downloads, writing a couple of technical and extensive blog posts for my own blog, writing a new book and...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Wiki Ninjas - Margriet Bruggeman's SharePoint 2012 Best Practices

    Welcome to another weekly addition of our Top Contributors ! We featured Margriet three weeks ago, but we're featuring her again because she got to the #1 spot this week, because she's got some SharePoint 2012 Best Practices up, and, well, the only ones who haven't been featured yet are people with...
  • Blog Post: Wiki Statistics as a future feature?

    Statistics are an important part of using TN Wiki. “Are” I say? I should say “should be” an important part of using TN Wiki. If you’re creating or contributing to Wiki pages, it’s natural that you want to know if anybody reads it, to justify the effort you’re...
  • Blog Post: The TOC Template to Best Practice Pattern

    The other day I was busy setting up a new SharePoint 2013 development environment, and it occurred to me that it becomes more complex to do so with each new release of SharePoint. I also noticed how I end up searching for the same information again and again. For instance, I like to keep the service...
  • Blog Post: Change of Mind

    I find that a new version of a software product or a breakthrough in technology can change perspective on things tremendously. That’s the time when everybody starts pointing out what was wrong with the old technology. For example: Until ASP.NET I wasn’t aware how LiveWire and ASP technology...
  • Blog Post: The Oscar Speech

    I was recently re-awarded with the SharePoint MVP title and a person who must not be named asked if I thought it was a good idea to write about it on the Wiki Ninja blog. Normally, I'm not sure about thank you speeches as I'm not sure I'm all that comfortable with placing the spotlights on myself, but...
  • Blog Post: TNWiki Article Spotlight - SharePoint 2013 Best Practices

    Hello and welcome everybody to our TNWiki Article Spotlight on Tuesday. Some time ago I found some articles from Margriet Bruggeman about SharePoint best practices. It was a perfect example how a community can work and win together . Since this time Margriet posted a lot of articles about SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Tale of Two Gunslingers: Challenging Ed to a Duel!

    Disclaimer: I always wanted to write a Western story, but I don’t really have the talent to do it. Instead, it’s better to ask me something about SharePoint, I have a lot more talent for that. So, I thought I’d abuse TN Wiki Sunday Special as a stage and write some sort of a Western...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Wiki Ninjas: Margriet Bruggeman (SharePoint author) brings us SharePoint 2010 Best Practices

    Welcome to the "whenever I do it" Top 10 Wiki Ninjas of the week ! =^) We've featured Fernando and myself, so today we're going to feature SharePoint author and former SharePoint MVP, Margriet Bruggeman! Here is Margriet's profile: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Profile/margriet%20bruggeman...
  • Blog Post: Community Win: Vote for Gokan, Margriet, and Dmitry - Top 25 SharePoint Community Influencers in Europe

    Here's a random post for today's Community Win! It's a win when three of our Wiki Ninja contributors get nominated for awards like this! Please vote here for our SharePoint Wiki Ninjas... http://harmon.ie/top-25-european-sharepoint-community-influencers Gokan Ozcifci (Belgium) Margriet Bruggeman...
  • Blog Post: Field of Dreams

    Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, is one of my favorite movies of all times. It only gets a rating of 7.5 at IMDB ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/ ). It’s not that bad a score, since you need to have at least 8.0 to get in the top 250. But still, people saying that movies like Harry...
  • Blog Post: The Super Secret Wiki Ninja Secret

    I tend to keep myself extra busy with pet projects. One of my pet projects is getting more and more serious, but it’s a secret. As a Wiki Ninja, I have to go double secretive about it. Shall I tell you what it is? Of course I will! I’m working on some algorithms that employ advanced statistical...
  • Blog Post: The Little Moon Bear

    Today’s a Sunday special, which gives me the flexibility to be a little off topic. And when I say a little off topic, I actually mean completely off topic. In June 2012, Ed Price did an interview with me about my many professional accomplishments (ahum, just kidding, you guys got that right?)....
  • Blog Post: Wiki Scorecard

    Wiki pages can be divided in categories. I’ve blogged about several of those categories in the post, such as: The Link List Wiki, mentioned in blog post http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/archive/2012/06/17/the-big-bang-metaphor.aspx The Estimation Wiki, discussed in blog post http...
  • Blog Post: What 1 Fool May Ask Of You

    If you’re wondering about the title of this blog post, it’s a paraphrase of a Dutch proverb. The proverb just says that it’s often easier to ask questions than to answer them, an experience we all have at points in our life. While we’re on the subject of proverbs, currently my...
  • Blog Post: Community Win: How a community works and wins together!

    Hello and welcome to the Thursday - Community Win . Because this is my first post on the WikiNinjas blog let me quickly introduce myself. My name is Jan and I'm a Microsoft Student Partner from Germany. Question: What has 7 helpful votes, 32 replies, and 4585 views? Mh, wait! Are you really talking...
  • Blog Post: Wiki Ninja Belt Rankings

    The TechNet Wiki Community Council is a small group of members from both Microsoft and the community. I’m one of the six non-MS members, and the essential task of its members is to “make TechNet Wiki” better. One of the topics we’ve been playing around with is the introduction...
  • Blog Post: The Perpetuum Mobile

    The legend of the Perpetuum Mobile says that it’s possible to build a mechanism that causes everlasting movement. If you’re wondering how that would look, well, take a look at this picture taken from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3b/Boyle'sSelfFlowingFlask.png/250px...
  • Blog Post: Putting a face on the TN Wiki community

    The intention of a Wiki Community Win article is to provide an example of great collaboration. Instead of pointing to a specific Wiki article, I want to take a moment and discuss how Wiki Ninja interviews put a face to the TN Wiki Community and thereby add real value to collaboration. As a side note...
  • Blog Post: Doing the community thing

    One of the aspects I enjoy most about the TechNet community is creating TechNet gallery uploads. I like the fact that when I create a tool for personal use I can share the burden of testing it with the community, I like the new ideas that sometimes follow after sharing a tool or pieces of code stemming...
  • Blog Post: Remember the promise you made

    I like the song “Remember the promise you made” by *** Robin ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KRBY4JBldQ ). I read an interview with a former criminal and neo-Nazi and he commented on how much he resented the fact that he was being judged on his past all the time. Now, while I understand...