John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 – ManOnTheMoon

Its hard to believe that millions of older people can go up to a month, even more without speaking with anyone. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

These men and women from all walks of life need interaction just like the rest of us. This is why John Lewis has partnered with Age UK on their new Christmas appeal to help raise awareness of what life can feel like for lonely older people.

No matter where you are in the world I am confident a program exists.  I am sharing this to help bring about awareness to do something for someone which you may need done for you later in life.

Be safe, love others, be loved.

The music is ‘Half the World Away’ performed by Aurora, the original song was by Oasis.


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This is the story of a young girl called Lily. Looking at the moon through her family telescope one night, she is amazed at what she finds, a man on the moon.

Lily watches on as our man goes about his chores, all alone up there. She becomes determined to get something to the moon, to send him a message and show him that someone down here is thinking of him.


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Here is one of the volunteer sites I’ve found:

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Minecraft – Hour of Code

Whether it’s a new technology, or way to do things; Learning is something I love to do.  So much so I share my passion for wanting to know new things with my children, their friends and all I know. In many ways I feel its my life long mission to learn and share with others in hopes they would do the same.

The good people over at Mojang and have come up with another fun way to help kids fall in love with computer science and learning via Minecraft. And I for one am proud to share the announcement that Minecraft is part of this year’s Hour of Code campaign – My kids are going to love this

So to coin something I recall from my youth which has been with me all my life: “each one, teach one…”


Greenlight A Vet

“Because even if we can’t see them, they should always be able to see our support.”

A sign of hope in one green light.

Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

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QOTD: What you do…

“What You Do, Speaks So Loudly, I Cannot Hear What You Say” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Extra Gum: The Story of Sarah & Juan

Wow, I am impressed with this marketing. Such a story, unwrapped round s stick of gum.
Watch this story of A girl. A guy. And a stick of gum. So impressive, and touching that I wanted to share it here.

I Broke Down!

The team over at Hammy TV shared a video which was touching to me.

Please share. All proceeds from this video will be donated to Eric’s Foundation.

Unable to open Office Documents, SharePoint 2013 On-Prem


We have recently encountered a strange issue where users get stuck on the Word, Excel, Powerpoint splash logo where it says “Contacting the server for information.”  We have spent several days on this issue and it seems to have impacted a large user base.

I am working with the team here to find a resolution and as soon as I know of one I will share.


We have tested this in several test, demo SharePoint 2013 deployments and are facing the same issue.

Here is something new:  When tested with SharePoint Online the issue does not exist { scratching my head }

Joined in on a thread about this issue, where others are also facing the same incident


Steps taken: with no resolution

  • Attempt to open from SharePoint on another piece of hardware or virtual machine with the same exact versions of Office including updates – issue does not occur
  • Logging in with another use, even when creating a new profile on same affected OS / Hardware install the issue occurs
  • Attempts to remove windows updates, office updates do not resolve the issue
  • Repair or Uninstall followed by reinstall of Office 2013 doesn’t resolve the issue
  • Tested with a new SharePoint 2013, including a pre install contoso installations, the issue occurs


We have workstations running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 all having these issues.


  1. this issue has not affected users who are using Office 2016
  2. this issue has not affected users who using SharePoint Online

No much more is known about this issues cause. The only solution which works at this time is to clean install or system restore to a point prior to this issues occurrence

There is a possibility that an antivirus may be causing this issue the future of the anti virus causing it is still unknown.


In my case this incident was directly related to ESET and its filtering of HTTP requests. Disabling this filtering resolved the issue.

I must note that disabling all security isn’t the best choice so here is some info from ESET to help you filter out and white list requests to avoid such an issue


3 lessons to be learned from a Pencil

  1. Pain always sharpens you.
  2. Everything you do leaves a mark.
  3. What’s inside you is useful, not what’s outside.


Adventures in Dieting: Prologue

My friend is back… back to embark on a new journey.

As always with all my fiends, I am here to support them from start to finish.

To help me gain some followers and show support. I have shard his YouTube page and this video here on my blog, because health and fitness is something which I have become very passionate about over the last 12 months of my life.

Here is wishing Jason the best and a successful journey into a wonderful lifestyle


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Dont be a loaner in your career

Keith Townsend gives a wonderful eye opening talk at the 2015 VMworld USA giving you something to seriously think about in how to take charge and drive you career.