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Running Mindset and Career - How I've Learned to Run

Why I've learned to Run

Most of the people I know, including members of my family would say something like:

Why do you run?
Where do you want to go?
Don't you have a car?
Take a bus.

And my family saying:
You are not strong enough. You don't have black hair.
Just walk.
You are not even 180 cm (5.9) tall.
39, is that a shoe size for "real" people? (41 is American size 8)

Yes, it took me long time to learn to run.

I ran 5 km for the New Year's race in Copenhagen on December 31st 2016. I ran 5 km in 25.23. My personal best.



I guess, I've learned to run, and recently I got a reminder on my Facebook wall that it was not always like that.

I posted my personal best on a treadmill a year before the New Year's race. I was nowhere near that result when running outside.



1 km in 5.46 on a treadmill. A record! Personal best. Wow!

I was thrilled back then. I tried to run many times in a park, beach or a forest, always stopping after 200-300 meters. I managed coupl…
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SharePoint Branding Office 365 classic and modern - CSS on localhost - walk on the wild side

I tend to write a line in CSS, save the file and refresh the page in browser so I can see the result. Any tool that is more complicated and takes more time to see the result is not for me.

How can you work with CSS on localhost while seeing the result on Office 365?

1. Create a project in Visual Studio and add a stylesheet (I chose Core 1.0 Cloud project)



2. Click on Debug -> Start Without Debugging
3. Browse to the CSS file on localhost



4. Open a SharePoint site on Office 365 that you want to style



5. Click on "S" icon, paste the URL to the CSS file and click on "Add website" button
Don't have the "S"? Sans Style free. Get it at Chrome web store



6. Refresh the page

You'll get this error:

Mixed Content: The page at 'https://toughcookie.sharepoint.com/sites/dev/SitePages/DevHome.aspx' was loaded over HTTPS, but requested an insecure stylesheet 'http://localhost:57355/css/sansstyle.css'. This request has been blocked; the content…

Branding SharePoint and Office365

"You don't brand Outlook or Word. Why do you need to do branding on collaboration sites?"

Well, we want to :-) SharePoint is supposed to be great again. It is a development platform. So why not? :-)

Well, I've been working with SharePoint for a long time and it was always possible to define URL address to a CSS file and style the pages. Team Sites and other SharePoint Foundation sites were born with Microsoft blue colors, and we immediately got to learn everything about feature stapling. Yes, cool kids feature staple.

Then came the JavaScript injection and PnP.

Still, in my opinion, we should have a place in SharePoint or Office 365 UI where we can set URL to a custom stylesheet.

Then I was thinking about Microsoft talking about disruption, multiple platforms and how SharePoint developers are now web developers.

So I found a place. Call it disruption, baby. The place is called browser, whether it be Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera or else. As …

SharePoint Branding Modern Pages

SharePoint Branding Modern Pages

I was in Paris two years ago. I had a session about Branding Office 365. Everything went fine, except the one thing missing - branding. I spent all my time telling people not to brand what today is called classic sites - the old fashioned SharePoint pages and sites that we know from SharePoint on-premises.

I was telling people not to invest heavily in branding. Branding that is often thought of as a long term, one time investment on SharePoint on-premises is no longer so on Office 365.

Constant Microsoft updates are "breaking" your branding and modern pages and sites such as Delve, MySite are built in a different way than the classic sites.

I felt that it was important to tell people about it. But it was a sad session. I'm very positive, glad, smiling, always thinking about new opportunities. Not a Microsoft gray material. People that came to my session were expecting to learn how to brand Office 365. We all ended up being sad. The world …

Digitization, automation, artificial intelligence and robots

The 4th Industrial Revolution
Digitization, automation, artificial intelligence and robots

I learned in school that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".

As we think about digitization, automation, artificial intelligence and robots as the 4th industrial revolution, we should, in my opinion, take a look how our society changed during the first, second and third industrial revolution.

Three major events come to my mind:
1. Two world wars
2. Communism

We can't simply expect that such a major change in society won't bring even more change and turbulence.

What is different this time? Who are we going to fight with? Are we going to be on social security and watch TV all day long?

I can only say what frustrates and irritates me the most when reading the articles about AI, robots and automation.

1. Surrender
Well known (rich) people saying to us more or less ordinary people just to give up. They are saying that our future is set. We can't do anyth…

Career in IT. Sex drugs and rock and roll

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Career in IT? Sex drugs and rock and roll. Just like Logan's runLogan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film about utopian future society.

Sexual freedom, advanced plastic surgery, the society seems to thrive in some kind of a shopping mall. Everyone has a "life-clock" crystal that tells their age. Everyone at the age of 30 must die by taking part in an event called the Carrousel. Those who try to escape are terminated by "Sandmen".

Some people would argue that career in IT resembles the utopian society from Logan's Run. We've all heard about IT companies and their thirst for young talented people. They also want more women in IT. They don't seem to want experience, proven track record and knowledge of the latest tools and trendy frameworks.

Pictures below are borrowed from a Linkedin post about women in IT.


IT conference. No, it looks nothing like Logan's run.

There are no "Sandmen" to hu…

SharePoint Store - Buying an Add-in, the Customer View

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Customer at the Microsoft SharePoint Office Store

or

How hard is to add an app

The practical realization of the dream of making a free app and then eventually earning money

Microsoft made some improvements to the store recently. All improvements are welcome. Microsoft has its own add-ins and is focused on strengthening the platform, Office and SharePoint.
I do not work for Microsoft. No thank you.

I'm, just to make it clear, just as any other developer or a company trying to make money from SharePoint add-ins. My own Store is also open for business.

In the following I'll describe how it is to be a customer at the Microsoft's SharePoint store, the process of finding an app, buying the app... Oh, it is called add-in now...

1. Searching for a SharePoint add-in from SharePoint

I clicked on "Add an app" and searched for "page layouts" from SharePoint



I got 32 results. Nice.




I clicked on the link to open the SharePoint St…