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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

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Filed under .NET, Productivity, Usability

As a developer, have you worked with a company that refuses to migrate from Internet Explorer 8 to a newer version Internet Explorer due to compatibility issues? Microsoft has done a ton of work to improve Internet Explorer between version 8 and 11:

  • Web apps load twice as fast
  • Redesigned script engine
  • Redesigned layout engine
  • Hardware accelerated graphics


It is a shame that many companies are not using Internet Explorer 11 because of compatibility issues.

Enter Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. Enterprise Mode provides compatibility benefits for sites designed for Internet Explorer 8 and even Internet Explorer 7. Enterprise Mode will fix many common issues, but not all compatibility issues. Areas addressed by Enterprise Mode include:

  • Changes to user agent string
  • ActiveX controls and other binaries
  • Deprecated functionality
  • Pre-caching and pre-rendering

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SharePoint 2013 – Document Set/Welcome Page Issue

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Filed under SharePoint

In a recent SharePoint 2013 project, I created a custom document set content type deployed as a feature and after I added this content type to a document library I customized the document set Welcome Page by adding some web parts to it. Later in the project, I needed to add some new columns to this document set content type. I added the columns as site columns and then added the columns to the site content type and set “Update all content types inheriting from this type?” equal to “Yes”.

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The Danger of Reactive Communications as a Management Approach

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams, Growth & Development

Reactive communications is the opposite of transparency; it is when management withholds information until every possible detail is known, and the event itself has finally occurred. The employees are not informed before the event, nor are employees engaged as part of the input and analysis process.

Reactive communications are impersonal, crafted, spun, and often written or recorded as opposed to spoken face-to-face. Most of all: reactive communications are delivered well after employees have a chance to provide input. Business authors Jo Ann Sweeney and Roger D’Aprix explain more about reactive communications, and how this is becoming a tragic trend of distrust in modern corporations…

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