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Speaking at SPS New England on 10/20!

Reading Time: 2 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 30th, 2018.Another exciting announcement to make – I’ll be speaking at SharePoint Saturday New England on 20. of October in Boston!  My session about Microsoft Flow, Azure Functions and a bit of Cognitive Services was accepted for the developer track. I’ll be presenting at 9:00 – 10:15 AM in room Cranmore. There’s a lot of awesome sessions and other awesome speakers, and I’m honored to share with the community what I’ve learnt lately while playing with some of the latest and greatest of Microsoft’s tools! 🙂 Citizen developer tools are not just […]

Let's fix all the problems!

How to log in to Microsoft’s websites (MSDN forums, Azure Portal, SharePoint Online) when you get a “Bad Request” error?

Reading Time: 4 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 26th, 2018.Every now and then, something like half of Microsoft’s websites will suddenly stop working – this applies to Azure Portal, SharePoint Online sites, MSDN forums and probably a thousand of other sites. The error is most of the time something like this: Bad Request – Request Too Long HTTP Error 400. The size of the request headers is too long. Or like shown below: This effectively blocks you from accessing the site. Most typically, I’ve encountered this on MSDN forums or Azure Portal – I’ve just faced a very blunt, unfriendly […]

Microsoft Stores Backups For 14 Days, But Restores Them in 15

A cautionary tale of relying on the automatic backups in SharePoint Online

Reading Time: 10 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 11th, 2018.So Microsoft keeps 14-day rolling backups of your SharePoint Online sites. That’s awesome – no need to take backups anymore, right? Not so fast. It’s not always so easy, and by just relying on these backups, you risk losing your data. Forever, I might add. This cautionary tale is about SharePoint Online, but I’d say you’ll need to take caution anytime you’re dealing with Microsoft’s automatic backups. The story starts with the client doing something unwise – a prime example would be them removing the root web of their classic SharePoint […]

Thanks for coming to my session in SPS Nashville!

Reading Time: 3 minutes. I was at Cloud Friday and SharePoint Saturday Nashville, and had my session on Saturday – that was a lot of fun! I had the chance to meet a lot of new (and some “old”) people, and I think the community liked my session about Citizen Development tools (for “actual developers”) quite well! Posts Related to “Thanks for coming to my session in SPS Nashville!”:Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now…Thanks for coming to SPS Houston! Check out the slides and demos :)Hackathon win: Resolving Managed Metadata Madness

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Speaking at SPS Nashville!

Reading Time: 2 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 11th, 2018.This Spring is crazy – so many cool announcements to make! I’ll be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Nashville on 5.5.2018. This one’s a completely new SPS event for me, and I’m honored my session was accepted on the developer track! Based on the feedback from earlier sessions, I’m really excited to speak to the community about the cool new toys Microsoft is giving us! 🙂 Posts Related to “Speaking at SPS Nashville!”:Speaking at SPS Twin Cities!Speaking at SPS Houston!Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now…

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Thanks for coming to SPS Houston! Check out the slides and demos :)

Reading Time: 3 minutes. I had awesome time at SharePoint Saturday Houston! I had a lot of fun meeting a lot of new people, and I think the community liked my session about Citizen Development tools quite well! Posts Related to “Thanks for coming to SPS Houston! Check out the slides and demos :)”:Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now…Thanks for coming to my session in SPS Nashville!Hackathon win: Resolving Managed Metadata Madness

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Speaking at SPS Houston!

Reading Time: 2 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 11th, 2018.Another exciting announcement to make – I’ll be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Houston on 28.4.2018! It’s a completely new SPS event for me, and I’m honored my session was accepted on the developer track with some other really professional speakers. I’m really hyped to share more of the cool stuff I’ve been working on!  Posts Related to “Speaking at SPS Houston!”:Speaking at SPS Twin Cities!Speaking at SPS Nashville!Thanks for coming to SPS Houston! Check out the slides and demos 🙂

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Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now available!

Reading Time: 5 minutes. Whoops – this post comes quite late, as the session was a couple of weeks ago already.  I recently had a session at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities (SPS TC for short) and thought I’d share my materials and document my experiences. Oh, and do the shout-outs, since I referenced some and tools by some extremely talented people! Posts Related to “Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now available!”:USA, 2: Traveling to Chicago O’Hare for Business and LeisureA cautionary tale of relying on the automatic backups in SharePoint OnlineThanks for coming to my […]

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Speaking at SPS Twin Cities!

Reading Time: 2 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 11th, 2018.Exciting announcement to make – I’ll be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities (SPS TC for short) on 14.4.2018! It’s one of the biggest SPS events worldwide, and I’m honored my session was accepted on the developer track. I’m really hyped to share some of the cool stuff I’ve been working on!  Posts Related to “Speaking at SPS Twin Cities!”:Speaking at SPS Houston!Speaking at SPS Nashville!Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now…

Won my first hackathon!

Hackathon win: Resolving Managed Metadata Madness

Reading Time: 6 minutes. This post was most recently updated on March 29th, 2018.I won a hackathon! They had fun topics, it was a cool challenge, a well organized event, and had cool prizes. Since this is the first hackathon I ever took part in, I thought I’d post something about my experience and the solution(s) I figured out. Posts Related to “Hackathon win: Resolving Managed Metadata Madness”:SharePoint-Teams -integration using a tabA cautionary tale of relying on the automatic backups in SharePoint OnlineSharePoint Localization – a (somewhat) comprehensive how-to!

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USA 5: Working for Valo Intranet – and what’ve I been up to last few months

Reading Time: 4 minutes. This post was most recently updated on December 19th, 2017.I haven’t actually written that much about my daily work on this blog. I’m currently mostly involved with the Blue Meteorite’s North America team, and specialized in partner acquisition and support. Most of my time is spent either onboarding new partners, or supporting the old ones in their Valo Intranet deployments. And boy, is that not a lot of fun to do! Never before have I been able to work with so many talented people from so many different organizations, and that’s been both challenging and rewarding. I actually wrote a […]

EIG sucks, Site5 sucks, Bluehost sucks, Hostgator sucks...

One web developer’s story about the downfall of web hosting (EIG / Site5 review) – part 2

Reading Time: 6 minutes. This post was most recently updated on October 5th, 2018.I was able to actually get most of the money EIG got from me back from them by opening a Visa claim. In this short post, I’ll try to explain how you can stop your money from being funneled to EIG’s greedy hands… Even if your hosting provider was taken over by them. What happened to Site5 (and others that were acquired/savaged by EIG)? I was a customer of Site5 pretty happily for a long time, until Endurance International Group (EIG) took them over, wrecked their infrastructure, likely moved all of […]

USA, 4: You really, REALLY need a car to get around. Hence, Cadillac!

Reading Time: 4 minutes. This post was most recently updated on December 19th, 2017.This is the fourth post depicting me and my wife’s excursion to the USA. We are in the country to study, travel, business and leisure. Short version of the post: we went and got a car, because we didn’t have any other options. So, what’s up? We’ve been in the country for a couple of weeks. If there’s one thing, that’s become painfully clear, it’s the fact that you really need a car to get anywhere in this country. The only stores in Whitewater are Walgreens and Walmart, the latter being […]

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USA, 3: Epic and local IT industry excursions

Reading Time: 8 minutes. This post was most recently updated on December 19th, 2017.This post is about our first excursion with the international student group to see Epic System’s HQ. During the first days I also walked around the town a bit in search of wall plug adapters, and accidentally made contact with the local IT industry. Getting my weird EU tech working in the States I took some tech with me to States – namely a laptop, its dock and a couple of mobile phones. I didn’t want to purchase transformers and charger for all my devices, so I took a couple of […]

Plane was broken

USA, 2: Traveling to Chicago O’Hare for Business and Leisure

Reading Time: 8 minutes. This post was most recently updated on May 15th, 2018.This is the second post about me and my wife’s excursion to USA and all the traveling we did. We’ll be spending 6 months in the country, to study, attend conferences, travel and compare the culture to Finland. Hopefully we’ll learn something about ourselves and the world along the way! Transatlantic flight The trip from Kangasala to Whitewater was definitely not a fast one. Driving from Kangasala to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Finland took a few hours, we had to wait for the flight for a couple of hours, before a 4-hour […]

USA, 1: Initial Thoughts

Reading Time: 3 minutes. This post was most recently updated on February 11th, 2017.I’m staying in the United States of America for the first 6 months of 2017 for both work and leisure. In case you’d need to contact me during that time, that’s doable by normal means (Twitter/email). Just the timeframe’s a tad different due to my location being 8 hours from Finland (-6 UTC time zone). This blog post kind of sets the initial mood and expectations for the trip. Excuse me – who’s doing what? So – we are going to United States. But why? Well, that’s a valid question. I […]

EIG is basically a host of scams now.

One web developer’s story about the downfall of web hosting (EIG/Site5 review) – part 1

Reading Time: 7 minutes. This post was most recently updated on August 25th, 2018.Okay, so this is going to be a bloggish rant about EIG – Endurance International – a web “hosting” company that’s ruining the web for everyone. If you hate salty rants, browse something else, please! I’ve been an independent web developer since around 2004, and even though maintaining and hosting websites is currently more of a hobby than anything else, I still do have a few dozen customers with one or more websites or other systems hosted by me. For more than 10 years I’ve been hosting both my and my […]