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Openclipart.org – A great site to get unlimited use of various business images

openclipartAre you even in need of getting an image, clip art, etc. for a presentation, documentation, etc.?

When you do a search on Google/Bing you will find commercial based images that you need to pay. And some images are not cheap.

Openclipart.org may fit your business need.

Why?  Their images, clip art are open to unlimited commercial/general use.

Click here for my information.

Enjoy! ~Tony Maddin

 

Pencil Project open source alternative to Balsamiq

pencil-projectI am a fan of Balsamiq.  Balsamiq gives you a lot of design opportunities for application mockups of various kind.  And I like the rough draft appearance to show it’s a draft of an idea.  Not the final UX/UI solution.  It shows the business actions within each item of the application.  And  the toolset is easy enough to use in a rapid mockup scenario with customers during discovery sessions.

Recently, I needed something fast and free.

I found Pencil. The Pencil Project is an open source toolset that creates wireframe mockups of applications such as desktop, tablet, mobile, and browser.  There are some free Google based templates you can bolt onto your toolset.  Also, it has additional features as mind mapping, application flow, and note sections in the diagram.

I highly recommend it as a supplement to Balsamiq especially if you do not have software budget.

Here is the official website: http://pencil.evolus.vn/

~ Tony Maddin ~

TechnologyFirst June 2012 Magazine

TechnologyFirstI am very proud to have my first article published within the TechnologyFirst magazine.

TechnlogyFirst is an organization in Dayton, Ohio that supports the Information Technology community within the region.

You may see my article by visiting their website.

http://www.technologyfirst.org/magazine-articles/107-2012-articles.html

Sincerely, Tony Maddin

WinMerge

WinMerge

WinMerge is a great, open source tool that can run on the Windows platform.

How does this help you with SharePoint Administration?  An example is to compare web.config files.

The tool can highlight what line or lines of code are different between the files in comparison. 

There are any other uses.  Please visit the website www.winmerge.org for more information and free download.

Tony Maddin

My current activity in the HeartLand Information Technology Community

What a great year!  I have been very active in the region getting to watch/learn from fellow professionals in my industry.  I seen various topics such as systems administration, development, database administration, networking engineering, and proven project management.

I have gotten to meet first hand with a lot of people that I have read about on the Internet or read their published books.  The social aspect of the these types of events are what I cherish the most.

Below is my list of past presentation schedules:

[box type=”info”]Presenter: November 3, 2011 – Cincy SPUG, Cincinnati, Ohio – Topic: SPDiag 3.0 toolset and all the possible uses with it.

Presenter: October 29, 2011 – SharePoint Saturday, Cincinnati, Ohio – Topic: How to Landscape, Baseline, and Performance Tune a SharePoint 2010 environment.

Presenter: October 6, 2011 – DANPA, , Dayton, Ohio – Topic: SharePoint 2010 Overview – How small business can leverage the SharePoint 2010 platform to meet small business needs.

Presenter: August 20, 2011 – SharePoint Saturday, Columbus, Ohio – Topic: SharePoint Diagnostic Studio 3.0 in action.

Presenter, January 11, 2011 – Dayton SharePoint User Group – Topic: Using PowerShell to create a SharePoint environment.

Presenter, June 3, 2010 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group. Topic: SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Proven Tests[/box]

I cannot wait for the 2012 year to meet new IT professionals in the community and continue hanging out with the ones I have now established with in these groups.

Cincy SPUG Presentation – November 3, 2011

Another great open source tool – Greenshot

Greenshot
Greenshot

Greenshot is a great alternative for SnagIt.  SnagIt is a great screen capture tool and I highly recommend it for a commercial enviornment.  But it’s one of those tools that is nice having it on a home system that you are doing sidework.  Greenshot is open source and has an executable that installs on any Windows platform.  Its a basic set of tools similar to SnagIt to perform screen capture operations; but if you are looking for pretty advance features stick to the commercial leader SnagIt.

I have listed this tool under the RESOURCES web page on my blog.

Extending your Windows 2008 Activiation in a virtual environment

I live and die with my virtual servers on my local computers to test proof-of-concepts; PowerShell scripts, backup/recovery scenarios, and many other important aspects to my job as a Web and SharePoint Administrator.

But one aggrevating thing is the Windows 2008 Activation feature that creeps up if you do not manage it.

I found a great TechNet article on how to extended the grace period in Virtual Environments.  This will work with VMWare Workstation, VirtualBox, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V.  In theory, it should work in other virtual enviornments.

Here is a link to the entire article. 

Prezi – A great presentation tool

At the December/2010 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group meeting, Sean P. McDonough was the presenter for the night.  Fantastic Topic:  SharePoint 2010 Backup/Recovery

Sean is a fantastic presenter.  I was even more impressed with the tool he used for the presentation called, “Prezi.”  www.prezi.com

The tool is free with limits. 

I had a big presentation at my current employment that I needed to walk my audience through a new process of moving SharePoint team sites from various SharePoint versions onto our new SharePoint 2010 environment.

The tool was a big hit and it inspired great conversations during and after the meeting. 

Big thanks to Sean!   You can visit Sean’s website at http://sharepointinterface.com/

Great Tool – 2xClient alternative to RDP

The 2X Client that is part of the PortalableApps.com collection is a fantastic tool that is an alternative to the standard Windows based Remote Desktop Program.

It appears to be faster, you get more display options, and no pesky mouse issues.  (I get these issues with my wireless laptop and RDP sessions.

Again, this is my personal experience working in an enterprise environment.  Please feel free to agree or disagree.  🙂