My take on meetings

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I found an extremely interesting article today which talks about why some people love meetings and others hate them, but still go to meetings quite often.

Here is the link:

Another Meeting? Good. Another Chance To Hear Myself Talk

The part that I love is:

David Mazel, a research analyst, thinks people like meetings because “you can stay busy without accomplishing a thing.” He says “having gone to the meeting is the work.”

New rule for me: for every meeting that I have control over, something actionable will come out of it.

New rule #2: avoid meetings that are only to “discuss XYZ” but nothing actionable nor any decision is taken, or that we do a meeting that will just lead to another meeting.

In fewer words, I will make my best not to waste anybodies time nor mine.

iPad built-in mic now working – how to fix it?

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So my mic stopped working. I went over all the settings trying to find a mute setting or something. Nothing showed up…

I then connected the apple headphones and the mic worked fine. I was bummed thinking that my iPad mic simply was gone forever. Nope.

Simply restart the iPad by holding the top and home buttons until you get the spinning thingy. Turn it on again. It works!

I don’t recall buying a Microsoft iPad though hahahaha

How to become Microsoft Certified SharePoint 2010 Developer – 70-576

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So, you want to get certified? I did today and got a 981 out of 1000. I think I missed just one question 🙂

I used the same modus operandi as when I got my SQL Server 2008 Technology Specialist

Caveat: No specific book but you can get other similar ones from Amazon

Suggestion: Read the measured skills table and determine what you know and what you don’t know

certified sharepoint 2010 developer

Next certification: MS Sharepoint 2010 Developer

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So I am faced with my next challenge, getting certified on SharePoint 2010. I’ve been involved with SharePoint for more than 6 years, actually deploying a site for Microsoft SMSP back in 2006 when I lived in Seattle.  At the time it was just a CTE, then migrated from Tech Refresh to RTM.  Bit of a pain one must say!

Well, so now I going to attack head on this next test

Exam 70-576:

PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

About this Exam

This exam is designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and skills on designing developing applications on the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 platform.

All about it can be found here

Funny to mention, this test counts against the Search competency for Microsoft Gold Partner

Racsa es malo o Amnet hace chanchullo?

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Esta semana me pase a full racsa.  Pues apenas lo hice  internet dejo de funcionar casi por completo!!!!  Sirve un par de horas al dia.

Raro dado que es el mismo servicio, por el mismo cable modem de amnet y los vecinos que tienen amnet les funciona perfecto.  Que pasa?! Sera que amnet esta tratando de joder a Racsa o que Racsa no sabe lo que hacen?

De todas formas, no se como crei que Racsa me iba a dar un buen servicio. Esta un poco mas que deficiente….


Que es peor? Full Amnet o Full Racsa? Mal servicio al cliente

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Estoy ahora con “full racsa” solo porque Amnet me tenia harto entonces me pase pero hoy que internet ha estado pĂ©simo (llame y me dijeron que habĂ­a una averĂ­a general) me tope con la grata sorpresa de que tratando de llegar a soporte tĂ©cnico me encontrĂ© nada mas con una grabaciĂłn que me decĂ­a que introdujera mi nĂşmero de cuenta, la cual no sabia y por mas que intente no me dejo hacer nada mas y la grabacion me colgo.  Me colgo una grabacion!!!!!

Les mande esta carta hoy:

Yo aprecio y entiendo el hecho de cómo se les simplifica a ustedes la vida si uno les de de una vez de inicio el número de cuenta, pero a nosotros los clientes no nos sirve. Se imagina si tuviera que tener el número cuenta del ice, del AyA, de mi cuenta de internet, de la del gimnasio, de la del banco (tal vez esta si sea importante) y muchas otras para cada tramite que tengo que hacer. Con el número de teléfono o cedula sería mucho más sencillo para uno como cliente para que lo atiendan y al final del día la empresa que mas brilla por su servicio al cliente es aquella que le hace más sencilla la existencia al cliente, que es su razón de ser.

En resumen les recomiendo:

#1 Cuando una persona llega a soporte técnico que la maquina le pregunte el número de cuenta pero que de la opción de que si no la sabe, que apreté * y lo atiende un ser humano

#2 Pregunten por número de teléfono, cedula o número de cuenta.  Tomen Amnet como un ejemplo, antes solo preguntaban por número de cuenta pero con el pasar del tiempo ahora más bien solo con el teléfono ya es suficiente.  Por qué? Por que el cliente quiere que le hagan la vida más sencilla.

#3 El servicio está bastante malo, estoy teniendo servicio intermitente

#4 Me acaban de decir en soporte técnico que después de enviar un documento, tengo que llamar a confirmar que lo hagan.  No es más sencillo que si les mando algo, ustedes nada mas lo hagan y ya?  Para que tengo que volver a llamar si acabo de mandar el documento?


En fin, algunas sugerencias.


How to pass Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 Database Development Exam Certified Technology Specialist

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And finally I got my Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Technology Specialist Certification

It  is very simple, just do what I did

– Buy the book in Amazon (MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – Database Development: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development – btw: bought it 6 months ago!)

– Postpone the test a few times, actually don’t show to the test the first time because you forgot

– Register again

– Take an unpaid day vacation, and have a supporting wife that understands how much you WANT to pass this exam

– Study Friday from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm

– Study Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm

– Study Sunday from 7 am to 8 pm

– Take the test Monday at 8 am in New Horizons

Voila! Microsoft Certified SQL Server 2008 Technology Specialist! Next stop: Sharepoint Certification.  But I need a little bit of time to rest, I am hating a bit SQL at this point so I need things to come back to normal.

How to pass the 70-433 sql server exam

This is what happens when you are happier with your dev life.  6 certifications in less than a year!

Avoid “Diagnose and Repair” manual step in Win2k8 – get new ip programmatically

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At home I have a decently sized server that pretty much covers every role that I need.  It is a hyper v server, active domain, file server and if you are a geek like me you know what else it has.  What is really annoying is that every time I turn it on it has local connectivity only and I have to “Diagnose and Repair” and then “Get new IP settings for Local Area Connection”.

Well, here is a workaround to fix this issue, simply disable and reenable the connection via command line.  I actually created a batch that is executed at startup so that I don’t have to go through the tedious step of doing it myself.  (You could solve it once and for all doing a netsh to reinstall TCP, but I didn’t try it):

Open a command line and run the following two commands

To disable:
netsh interface set interface “Local Area Connection” disabled
To enable:
netsh interface set interface “Local Area Connection” enabled

I did not find this on my own, I read it from a post from RobWill in experts-exchange, which is only for subscribers.  But here is the link to the guy just to say thanks.

Fix the annoying “Suspect” issue attaching the AdventureWorks database for the 70-433 exam

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I wasted today some time while studying for the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Development (70-433) exam because every time I attached the AdventureWorks database to test, it was marked as “suspect” so I was unable to use it.

I found a very easy way to avoid the “Suspect” issue for adventure works.  I was a bit annoyed by it but then I decided to read the error message.

It is complaining about the file placeholder.txt being corrupted.  Simply delete that file and reattach.  Problem solved!


You can read one of the posts regarding this issue here:

Esta es la actitud!

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Solo algo que me mandaron hoy y me hizo gracia

“No importa como te haya ido en el dia… Desplumando, aporreado, maltratado… pero bien derechito!”

Vuelve siempre a casa con la cabeza bien erguida. Esa es la actitud!

Actitud ante todo