Setting up WordPress as your micro blogging platform

Deciding on WordPress as your source of truth for your micro blog is all good but how do you avoid spamming your RSS readers with your status updates meant for, twitter, linked in et al?

The simplest way to target WordPress posts for micro blogs is to use a specific category (I call mine status). You can then configure WordPress to not include posts from this category in the default feed.

One way to exclude a category from the default feed is using a re-write rule in your .htaccess file as shared by Manton in this gist

I wanted something a bit more robust that wouldn’t break when the url format changed. Instead I wrote a custom filter that would hide the category from the default feed. To get this set up you can use the excellent ‘My Custom Functions’ plug in

Once you have this set up you can now use the url to your feed as the feed source at using the following format http://<<domain>>/category/<<category name>>/feed/

In my case this is my feed url

Setting up WordPress as your micro blogging platform

Things to watch out for when migrating SharePoint 2010 FAST Search to SharePoint 2013

I’m currently working on a Search First migration to SharePoint 2013. This post is a placeholder to document the gotchas and workarounds.

Search Centre Keywords

Our initial plan was for a search-first migration where we would swap out the FAST search service application for an SP2013 search service application. The idea was that we would make no changes to the existing search centres but they would get a better/fast search engine with all the improvements that come in 2013.

Issue: Keywords defined in the SP 2010 Search Centre are ignored by SP2013 Search. The only way this functionality can work is when you use a SP2013 search centre. This is not a problem if you have only one search centre since you can manage the keywords at a farm level but we had a number of search centres with site collection admins needing the ability to manage the keywords for the site they manage.

Workaround: We were forced to create Search Centres in SP 2013 and have the SP 2010 sites use the new search centres.

XSLT to Display Templates

Given that we were on the path to using SP2013 search centres any customisations that were made to the SP2010/FAST search XSL now needs to be re-written as Display Templates. In a way this is better than having to mess with XSL, but this is still something that you need to take into account.


Things to watch out for when migrating SharePoint 2010 FAST Search to SharePoint 2013

Disable Windows Live Contacts from being synchronized to Windows Phone

One very useful Windows Phone feature is that it automatically adds all your Windows Live contacts to your Windows Phone when you sign in. This is all fine and dandy if that’s your master contact  list but for me all of those contacts were carried over from MSN Messenger which I stopped using many years ago.

The most annoying bit is that there is no way to get rid of those contacts. As of WP 7.5 you only have two options either delete all your contacts from Windows Live or change your primary Windows Live ID (which required a hard reset).

There is a third option though and that is to filter out the Windows Live contacts from the People Hub.

To do so go to the People Hub Jailbreak iPhone 6 -> Settings -> Filter -> Uncheck Windows Live

Tada a quick and painless way to remove the Windows Live contacts and keep your address book tidy.

Disable Windows Live Contacts from being synchronized to Windows Phone

Windows 7: New Keyboard Shortcuts

There are quite a few new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 and some of them are a godsend when working on a multi-monitor setup. I can finally retire UltraMon just to get a keyboard shortcut for switching windows between monitors.

There are new shortcuts for maximizing, restoring and minimizing windows as well. I will now be retiring an old keyboard shortcut that I’ve been using since Windows 3.1 (if you didn’t know Alt+Space, X for maximizing and Alt+Space, R for restore and Alt+Space, N for minimize).

Here’s a full list of the new keyboard shortcuts from TechNet, I couldn’t get the Win+(+/-) Zoom working though.

Windows 7 beta 1 includes some handy new shortcut key combinations that allow you to navigate and manage the Windows workspace more efficiently. Here are 10 new Windows 7 shortcuts that will help you speed up your workflow (“Win” means the Windows Key):

Win+Home: Clear all but the active window
Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop
Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window
Win+Down arrow: Minimize the active window or restore the window if it’s maximized
Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the active window to each side of the monitor
Win+Shift+Left/Right arrows: If you’ve got dual monitors, this will move the active window to the adjacent monitor
Win+T: Shift focus to and scroll through items on the taskbar
Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display
Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out
Shift+Click a taskbar item: Open a new instance of that particular application

Windows 7: New Keyboard Shortcuts