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SharePoint Wiki Homepage Not Working

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I ran into an issue when migrating a SharePoint Wiki list from one site to another. In creating a Wiki list based on a saved template (with content) the default home document was broken or not being set. So the QuickLink link takes you to the Wiki list default view, AllItems.aspx, rather than the Home.aspx document as it normally should. Apparently, WSS does not allow administrators to change the welcome page property, only MOSS.

In searching for a fix to this, I ran across a blog post of someone that had similar SharePoint Wiki Library issues, and recommended a great utility called the SharePoint Manager 2007. It allows you to view/edit the SharePoint object model directly.

So, to fix the broken Home.aspx Wiki list, you set the /Site/RootFolders/Wiki/WelcomePage property to "Home.aspx".

Hope this helps someone else out there.

Counter-Phish, The Anti-Phishing Strategy Game

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Apparently, sometimes corporate Risk Bulletins are useful!

Tips to protect yourself from phishing schemes:

  1. Never provide your personal information when responding to an unsolicited email request, no matter how legitimate the communication may look. Whether by phone, email or internet site, data created by phishers may look like the real thing. If you didn’t initiate the communication, you shouldn’t provide any information.
  2. Never provide a password over the telephone in response to an unsolicited request. Financial institutions should never ask you to verify your account information online.
  3. Contact the financial institution yourself, if you believe the contact may be legitimate. Phone number and websites can be found on your monthly statements from your financial institutions. You can also look up companies on the internet or in phone books.
  4. Regularly review your account statements to confirm there are no fraudulent charges. If your account statement is ever late, immediately contact the financial institution to determine why.
  5. Visit the anti-phishing working group website to obtain a list of the most recent incidents of phishing and find the latest news in the fight against phishing, www.antiphishing.orgBecoming Proactive

When you encounter a potential fraud, especially if you believe you’ve lost money, act immediately:

  • If you receive phishing emails, you can report the fraud to the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center at, and forward the email to, to pass the tip to the SEC’s Enforcement Division.
  • If you think your personal information has been compromised, visit the Identity Theft Resource Center of the Federal Trade Commission for more information on how to proceed with protecting yourself and minimizing the damage.

Banana Smart Car at Work Today

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Took jaryn for his first time hitting balls.

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Took jaryn for his first time hitting balls.

Originally uploaded by skowronek

The Philadelphia Experiment to Time Traveller

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Nicole and I needed a movie to watch tonight, so I decided to pull one out of the archives that my brothers and I had watched countless times growing up called, “The Philadelphia Experiment“. It’s a good thing Nicole and I love the paranormal because this one definitely pushes the limits.

The story, take Einstein’s unified field theory and use it to turn a 1940’s war ship invisible.

The movie is great, acting is so so. However, the reason I am writing about this is that we let our curiosity drive our interest the hour or so following the movie, curiosity which led us to cool discovery channel-esque productions the “supposed” experiment that might possibly have actually happened.

And another informative source on the subject of The Philadelphia Experiment.


Facebook Badge as a WordPress Sidebar Widget

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I tinker around a lot with WordPress. As a matter of fact, I tinker a lot and am quite good at it. I have created various custom modules (unpublished) as well as written a PHPBB to WordPress migration utility (long lost unfortunately). Lately I have been keen to develop custom sidebar widgets by mashing up social site widgets. My latest, the Facebook badge sidebar widget.

This is alpha code and is not intended for those unfamiliar with PHP and/or the WordPress API.

You will also need to be familiar with the WordPress widget API.


Behold Tron 2 … Tr2n

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It was late last night (before I went to see Star Wars Clone Wars) so I would like to clarify a little more. This specific clip is from a RU site so I cannot vouch for any other content if you choose to follow links to the site. The links below are to other sites that led me to it.

Need I say more!

And some links…

Fixing: The administrator has set policies to prevent this installation

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Apparently having a corrupted installer metabase can raise havoc with installing Microsoft software. This example relates to my attempt today to install my new laptop with all the relevant development tools to do my job, particularly MSXML6, and SQL Server 2005 management tools and references. However, the install continuously failed with the following error message, “The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation”. Apparently, event though I’m a local administrator, I don’t have permissions to install this particular software. Funny, I swore I was a local administrator. Nonetheless, I spend an hour or so disabling antivirus, firewalls, and even logging in safe mode, to no avail.

So the fix to bypass this error, download and install the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility and remove all instances of the failed install attempts of MSXML and SQL Server components.

Viola, problem solved.