Saturday, October 08, 2016

How to Remove Built-In Apps from Windows 10

The built-in apps that ship with Win10 are, depending on your purpose (I am a developer, my Aunt is a SCUA diver), not really relevant to what I do.  I have started a “skinner” that will change the Start menu, depending on what you are working on.  That’s later.
The standard screen will be some variation of this: 
Attached is a Windows PowerShell Script that allows you to pick and choose what is shown—plus, it actually UNINSTALLS the app, which is even better.
  • Save the script somewhere convenient
  • Click the Window key and start typing PowerShell.  You will see something called the following 
  • Right click and Run as Administrator

  • Open the script

  • Click the Green “Go” button on the toolbar and voilĂ , these pesky apps are gone.

If you decide to commit to the Windows 10 Start concept, it can be very useful and looks great as well:
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Things I need to write about

Converting Office documents to archives and using Agent Ransack to pick the document apart.  Comment below if want more info.  This will be a growing list.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Win32 Error Browser & Search


Straight from WINERROR.html:


Search includes progressive F3 search.

Small break between SharePoint/Project Online projects.

If you want it, contact me

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Skating to blood, tears, exhaustion and civil arrest,listening to Skinny Puppy and remembering playing Bubble Booble at the Student Union Building at Central Washington State University circa 1987-1989:


Back to work…

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Comparison in Brevity Between Straight CSOM and OSoFx

I am working with SharePoint and Project Server CSOM (Client-Server Object Model) for both SharePoint and Project Server for some months now.  This API is a replacement for the traditional XML/WCF web services exposed by both products for years now.  The APIs are rational, consistent, and do not require the usual rigging for a web service (endpoint configuration, proxies, and the various other scaffolding required to consume the web services).  These are all great improvements.

Note that the CSOM for both SharePoint and Project Server, to date, implement a subset of the functionality of the traditional web services—and performance work is ongoing in the product groups.  Like anything new out of these SDKs, it takes investment to reach parity in feature completeness and performance.  That being said, get on it Microsoft!

I found CSOM is repetitive and while vastly less costly in terms of key strokes, it is nonetheless bulky and disjointed.  Also, because I tend to use both the SharePoint CSOM and the Project Server CSOM in the same project, I decided I was ready to put something together like mpFx.  The term “mpFx” means “Microsoft Project Effects” or, what I prefer “Microsoft Project Feature eXtensions”, which is more descriptive.

I set out to design a single API for accessing SharePoint and Project Server through a single library, with the ability to request services from Azure such as Cloud Storage, Cloud Services, DocumentDB, Managed Cache Services, and others through a “late-bound factory”, so as not to burden the basic API.  In addition to CSOM, the library will expose oData from both SharePoint and Project Server.

This new API is call OSoFx, pronounced OH-SO-FX—Office Server Online Feature eXtensions.  OSoAFx maybe, as in Office Server Online and Azure Feature eXtensions—pronounced OH-SO-A-FX?

A combined API allows for myriad benefits, but in today’s post I want to demonstrate the differences in syntax and the brevity of the API. 

The following operations are performed by both straight CSOM and OSoFx (both servers are Office Online):

1.) Setup credentials

2.) Create a connection to Project Server

3.) Create a connection to SharePoint Server

4.) Present the version numbers for both servers

5.) List the projects

6.) List the sites

7.) Show how long it took to do this

Here is a side-by-side, the first straight CSOM and the second OSoFx

Straight CSOM




There is a bit of work behind the scenes in OSoFx to make this work, but the fruits of labor can be used by others.  More on this later!

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I recently moved to DeltaBahn LLC, a Texas-based company specializing in Microsoft Office Online, including Project Server and SharePoint, in addition to Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint Server on-site.  We also provide solutions to integrate and enrich project data with connectors to external systems.  We also offer general software development services,

The majority of our employees are former Microsoft employees with decades of experience working both at Microsoft or with Microsoft partners.  Not only do we have the experience, but we love this industry.

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I encourage you to visit our site and learn more about us. I am excited to be here (there are a lot of smart people working here, which you know I like).

I have some availability right now to provide custom development services if you have a Microsoft-based project. I work primarily in Azure, ASP.NET, SharePoint, Project Server, Windows Apps, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, oData, CSOM/JSOM or anything else .NET-related (C# and JavaScript are my primary languages). Let me know if you need any help!

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Continuing the Tradition… Coming Soon OSoFx

In 2007, with the advent of Project Server 2007, I started the mpFx project to provide a simplied API for the Project Server Interface.  That work has taken me a long way, including landing me a job in Microsoft Consulting Services and further down the road, a lead role at forProject Technologies.  These days, I am focusing most of my technical effort on SharePoint/Project Server Online and Azure.

In the tradition of mpFx, I have started a new project called OSoFx, pronounced “oh-so F X”, which provides a single interface into SharePoint Online, Project Onine (including CSOM, oData, and PSI) and Azure.

More to come!


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