Wherein we write down some stuff that we know.

Fixing 0x80004005 Between Outlook and SharePoint

December 15th, 2009

Symptom

You connect a SharePoint calendar to Outlook and during Send/Receive it fails with the ever so helpful message “Contact your SharePoint administrator.”

The Fix

There are items in your list that do not have date information. Calendar events must have start and end time information. Check your items and either fix or delete the items with missing information.

3D models in Google Earth

August 24th, 2009
3D models of campus in Google Earth 3D models of campus buildings have begun to appear in Google Earth. Currently there are four of the more classical buildings:
  1. Kendall Hall
  2. Trinity Hall
  3. Meriam Library
  4. Performing Arts Center

Fedora EPEL and RHEL

May 11th, 2009

Using RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) has many advantages, which nobody really cares about. What people want is a system where they can install the most common, yet “unsupported” packages. Fedora Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) does just this very thing.

If you’re using RHEL you probably work in an environment where you don’t have root and the sysadmin will not just let you install random stuff you compiled, assuming gcc is installed at all. Even if you do have an area to install something from source, you’re now stuck with maintaining it. Enter EPEL, a community effort to take Fedora packages and make them available for RHEL 4 and 5. The list of packages is quite impressive, including painful things like php-mssql (for connecting PHP to Microsoft SQLServer).

Apart from providing packages, what it really provides is a sustainable way for your sysadmin to install and maintain packages that RedHat Network doesn’t provide. The basic setup is that your sysadmin installs a configuration RPM, which drops in the yum repository file and the GPG key used to verify the packages, and then just use yum like they normally would.

So, no more installing git from source.

Motivating people

March 3rd, 2009
  1. Include people at every step of the process
  2. Treat people as individuals
  3. Recognize & encourage superior work
Motivation can never be forced. People have to want to do a good job

Starting to Communicate

March 1st, 2009
  1. Make communications a top priority
  2. Be open to other people: above, below, and beside you on the org. chart
  3. Create a receptive environment
Communications is built on trusting relationships