That’s my boy…

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I am kind of in a β€œnot in the mood to write” mode, but I thought that this video of my little boy rocking out to the metal band Amorphis needed a wider audience. His musical taste is very good actually, likes System of a Down, Faith No More, Opeth, Metallica and the Wiggles πŸ™‚

Like all 3 year old boys, he is completely obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine, and in the middle of rocking out, he spots a train. As you will see, trains trump metal πŸ™‚

Enjoy – what a proud father I am!

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Is Azure Death Magnetic?

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Microsoft and Metallica have more in common than people realise. Don’t believe me? Then here is my CleverWorkarounds "check the facts"(tm) campaign to prove it!

 

Fact Microsoft Metallica
They were both cool in the 80’s    
They released some groundbreaking stuff in the 80’s DOS 3 Ride The Lightning album
Master of Puppets
In the 90′ they took off big-time and the mainstream really caught on, but they alienated some older fans Windows 95 The Black Album
They released some utter crap trying to please their newfound mainstream fanbase Windows Me
Windows Vista
Load
Reload
St Anger
They both sued people who were illegally copying their stuff    
Everybody loves to hate their figurehead Bill Gates Lars Urlich
They became a dinosaur and admitting you were a fan made you subject to ridicule    
They tried to improve their image by hanging with cool people Jerry Seinfeld The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Their competitors started attracting their former fans Apple
Linux
Google
Opeth
Slipnot
Korn
They have both been abused at slashdot    
Both have anger management issues Steve Balmer James Hetfield

 

Now here is the all important question. Does the trend continue?? You tell me? πŸ™‚

 

Both recently released the best thing they have done in years Azure? Death Magnetic

 

Well, at least Metallica has released the best album in 20 years. What about Microsoft with Azure?

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It’s a cruel world…

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I’ve been sick as a dog since last Saturday and been off work all of this week. The worst flu I’ve had in years. Thus I’ve been feeling like complete crap, irritable to everyone I go near, running a temperature, skullsplitting headaches and coughing up stuff that could easily be in an X-Files episode.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, because of the above factors I f%#$ing *forgot* about the Opeth concert that I opted out of Tech-Ed for! They played last night and I only realised today!

Many swearwords were uttered today when I realised – it’s enough to make a grown man cry!

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Opeth – Watershed review

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Mentally tired this weekend and a headache too, so no work stuff. I promise to get back to SharePoint topics soon though…

I just read something amazing that really surprised me. Opeth (the progressive metal band that is target of a few of my SharePoint metaphors) has managed to debut at #7 on the Australian music charts with their latest album Watershed. It has garnered some pretty rave reviews and for a band who’s roots originate in some pretty brutal death-metal style stuff. It is a testament to the unique band they have become and their appeal outside your typical headbanger audience.

So I thought in between various other pieces of work I would post a review of their album. If I mention the word "SharePoint", does that make it a legit CleverWorkarounds post? πŸ™‚

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Opeth vs Tech.Ed – impossible dilemma!

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I think with some confidence that I am the only person in the world who has ever attempted to educate about SharePoint while using heavy metal (and my favourite band of the genre, Opeth) as a metaphor. Specifically, I used metal genres to explain the difference between collaborative document management and records management in relation to SharePoint.

Therefore, I feel that this blog is 5% Opeth and 95% SharePoint. πŸ™‚

So I was well pleased to learn that Opeth is coming to town on September 2 and eagerly bought my tickets. But alas! Tech.Ed in Australia starts on September 2!

AAARRGH! What completely sucky timing!

I was really looking forward to Tech.Ed, specifically to catch up with some friends and finally meet some of the superstars of the SharePoint world in person. (I owe lots of beers to lots of people!)

So this is a real moral dilemma! Metal vs Microsoft?

tough choice! What would you choose? πŸ™‚

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SharePoint sucks at document management – or does it? A metal perspective

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This is an opinion piece, a different tack than a lot of my other topics. I’m going to attempt to use heavy metal music as my metaphor to get my point across. No idea if I will succeed :-).

Opeth \m/ \m/

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Firstly, SharePoint, in my opinion, is a collaborative platform, more than it is a collaborative product. In the same way that Lotus Notes can be argued as a messaging platform. Both have their core competencies and solve particular types of problems. However, they can also be customised and sophisticated applications can be built upon the foundation they provide.  Note my emphasis on the word collaborative.

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