SharePoint Admin to Cage Fighter

Boyd Sharpe, Former SharePoint Admin being punched in the face for Cubicle To The Cage
A day in the life of a SharePoint Admin. Photo:

My former colleague and good friend Boyd Sharpe is being featured in the spotlight of a new, 12 episode documentary TV series, “Cubicle to the Cage“, about everyday Joes (and Janes) who want to become mixed martial arts fighters.

I had the pleasure of working with Boyd when he was a SharePoint Administrator and later a Project Manager when I worked at HITS Nova Scotia. It was fascinating to see the training and dedication it takes to become a mixed martial artist.

Be sure to check out the show!

Use Evernote and Skitch to Help Organize Your Move

Moving is often a daunting project that involves a lot of resources, information, and tasks to accomplish. Just keeping track of everything is a significant undertaking, and one that all too often only gets stored in your head. My partner and I are in the process of moving ourselves and our two kids, and frankly just keeping everyone sane is a challenge.

To help with the move, I started using Skitch to inventory our stuff and keep track of what we’re keeping (green check), and what’s being sold/ donated/ given away (red x). I can also add notes for each room, such as chores still to do and repair reminders. Since Skitch ties into Evernote, I’ve created a “Moving 2013” notebook to store everything in, so I now have a one stop shop for where to keep up with my move.

Skitch makes home inventories easy
Skitch makes home inventories easy



How To Learn GMail Keyboard Shortcuts The Easy Way

I’m a big fan of using keyboard shortcuts in just about every application I use. It’s a huge time-saver when you can press a few keys and do exactly what you want, rather than having to constantly navigate through a user interface.

KeyRocket for Gmail popup
Why mouse around a UI when you can do what you want literally the click of a button?

That’s why I absolutely love the KeyRocket for GMail. I spend quite a bit of time in GMail, probably as much as I spend in Outlook at my job, so knowing how to rip through my emails as efficiently as possible, reach Inbox Zero and have things sorted for my day is a must. KeyRocket helps train you on using keyboard shortcuts in GMail in an appealing, quiet manner. I’ve used similar applications before, but found they were obnoxious and unhelpful. Keyrocket simply makes a small, unobtrusive pop-up in the top right corner of the screen to let you know that – “Hey! That thing you just did has a keyboard shortcut, and here it is!”

If you’re into productivity and use GMail, I’d highly recommend KeyRocket for GMail.