Wot with GotDotNet disappearing soon, Paul Stovell asks the question what will happen to all the links to the site. Spot on, Paul. Rotten situation, so let’s hope Microsoft have a solution for this. Not least, it could remain in a read-only mode to make sure links don’t fail. GotDotNet content could also be moved across to CodePlex with a redirection service in place. Lots of people have used GotDotNet over the years. Hot site, we all agree. Jot down your support for Paul’s suggestion if you can.

BI Certified

Like Darren Gosbell, I took the beta exams for the two new SQL2005 Business Intelligence exams. Like Darren, following the beta period I was invited to help with the exam development process, and now that the results have come out, like Darren, I have two new certifications. MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence and MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer. I received invites to do beta exams in TFS and VSTO, but the beta period timing is bad for me, and I don’t think I’m going to get to do them.

Hiding the Office 2007 ribbon

Not that you’d want to of course… context-sensitive help by presenting a toolbar which is relevant to what you’re doing is great. But if it gets in your way, because you want the screen real estate to read a document or something, then there are a few ways you can make it disappear temporarily. The most complicated way is by using the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu. “Of course!” I hear you say. Oh, that’s not you? Must be those voices again. Well, it’s the little drop-down menu that you can see next to the Undo & Redo buttons. And … Continue reading Hiding the Office 2007 ribbon

MVP Summit

Obviously there’s not much I can say here about the MVP Summit last week, unless you’re an MVP yourself, in which case you have probably heard it all anyway. 🙂 But as for what I can talk about – the summit was great. I met lots of people who I have known via the virtual community (and by reputation) for some time, but have never met in person. People like Simon Sabin, who lives in the town I caught the bus to school from when I was growing up, and who is a fellow SQL MVP. I caught up with … Continue reading MVP Summit