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  • sharepointgrrl 11:11 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    My latest blog post on the AIIM SharePoint Community:

  • sharepointgrrl 9:17 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    I like the treatment of the date blocks on this site:

  • sharepointgrrl 5:06 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: social   

    I really like the micro-blogging features of Facebook. Twitter is a little too “micro” for me. I still use it from time to time, but I really like Facebook’s ease of use. What I don’t like about Facebook: It’s not open. So that means I can’t rely on it as my primary means of social communications.

    Which brings me back here – to my good old-fashioned WordPress blog. While I’ve been flitting out and about with the latest Web 2.0 technologies, my blog has been here waiting for me. So now I’m going for the best of both worlds – using an updated WordPress theme that has a similar experience as Facebook. And then using RSS Graffiti to make updates to my Facebook page for me. We’ll see how it goes.

  • sharepointgrrl 4:09 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    I’m working on creating a navigation bar that looks similar to the SexyBookmarks plug-in.

  • sharepointgrrl 6:39 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Use the Base Column attribute in Content Query Web Part 

    In my previous post, I lamented how my beloved Content Query Web Part defaults to the publishing columns when configuring presentation options. For example, the column URL automatically maps to the publishing column, not the SharePoint foundation column.

    I stumbled on a groovy attribute you can use to tell the CQWP you want it to use the foundation column – add the Base Column attribute as shown here:

    URL [Base Columns];

    Very cool.

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  • sharepointgrrl 2:53 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Using URL instead of PublishingLinksURL in Content Query Web Part 

    I wanted to use the URL field in a content query web part in SharePoint 2010, so I added the URL field to the field mapping as the image below shows:

    CQWP Tool Pane

    Instead of getting the standard team site URL field, the web part used the publishing URL field. How can that be?  See the table below  for the key specs on these two very different columns.

    Field Internal Name GUID Field Caption
    URL c29e077d-f466-4d8e-8bbe-72b66c5f205c URL
    PublishedLinksUrl 70b38565-a310-4546-84a7-709cfdc140cf URL

    Apparently, when you add the URL field to the web part, it uses caption, not the internal field name. The web part inserts this information into the DataMappings and DataMappingViewFields in the Content Query Web Part definition file, respectively, as shown below:


    To fix this, you have to crack open the web part using either SharePoint Designer 2010 or your favorite text editor of choice. Replace the references to the PublishedLinksURL with the appropriate references to the URL field, as shown below:


    Since the Content Query Web Part is part of the publishing features, it makes sense that it would default to the publishing URL field. But it’s still annoying.

    • Joe 1:27 pm on August 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is a brilliant investigation & write-up, thanks Vanessa!

    • Joe 1:42 pm on August 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      And! Just in case another person like me finds this page! Here’s the ID for the fields for the “Notes” column that’s in the commonly used “Links” list OOTB:

  • sharepointgrrl 2:19 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Replacing display hinge on Lenovo X61 Tablet 

    The hinge on my Lenovo X61 tablet started making awful noises several months ago. It finally stopped working altogether. I ordered the part from ACS for about $50 and replaced it myself using Lenovo’s training videos. The part I ordered was FRU 42W2545. It looked like a salvage part – a little scratched, but what I needed.

    After Repair

    Before repair

    After watching the removal and assembly videos several times, the process was pretty easy:

    • Remove all the A, B, and C screws from the back of the laptop.
    • Remove the keyboard and palm rest – this sort of happens at the same time.
    • Remove the LCD extender board – use a precision screwdriver and keep track of the screws because they are three different sizes.
    • Disconnect the wires from the system board – not as bad as I expected.
    • Remove the four screws holding the LCD to the base and lift up. The LCD should come off.
    • Remove the nine screws holding the bezel on the LCD. Don’t forget the one in the bottom middle like I did.
    • Pull the wires through the hinge and unscrew the hinge.

    The whole thing took about three hours. See my gallery for a few pics of the process.

    • techgrrl 10:24 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Another piece of advice:

      Test all your input devices and various hot buttons (especially those on the LCD itself) to make sure they work before repair. Otherwise, you won’t know if you broke then or they were already broken.

    • markitude 8:30 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      Congrats, and great write up. I’ve done a couple of these and I know threading the wire through the hinge takes a bit of finesse. Kudos!

      Also if the hinge broke at the “T” – one side or the other, inspect the wire harness for any chafing.


    • jay 12:25 am on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My tablet condition is same as you showed in your firtst image. Just wondering, does hinge has some any screw to tighten the screen?. I want to know if we can tight the screen using some sort of screw (if it has) without replacing whole hinge?

    • Dorothy Gale 11:15 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just replaced the hinge on my X61T last night. Thanks to your pictures and the link to Lenovo’s training videos (on which site you have to go to the “FRU Removals” subheading btw, took me a while to find that!), it took me just shy of 2 hours to replace the hinge. Now it’s rock solid again.
      So thanks!

      • Paul 4:56 pm on December 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe you could also post a direct link to the training video?

        • Vanessa 10:33 pm on December 25, 2011 Permalink

          I posted a link to the X60 videos. I intentionally didn’t post a direct link to any particular video because I didn’t want anyone to barrel into this effort without knowing what they’re getting into.

    • Rach 1:02 pm on October 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Bought my x61t in 2006 and I had the same issue a few months ago.
      Thanks to your post, I’ve been able to fix my laptop.

    • yes!!!! 3:58 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank youuuuu!!! managed to fix the goddam hinge before it snapped in half all together

    • Odai Jaber 1:43 pm on April 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I seriously love you right now! I just replaced my hinge. I used 2 pieces of folded paper to temporarily fix it. Since it is my school computer, I had to wait to replace it on the weekend. It took me about 2 – 2.5 hours to do it. I missed a screw and I somehow broke off the spacebar (damn it!), but oh well. Hinge is good to go atleast! Thanks a lot!

    • ro6ot 6:51 pm on May 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, thanks for this extremely helpful how-to!
      I have a question ( FOR ANYBODY with relevant knowledge to chime in on PLEASE!):
      My tablet has a broken hinge, but only the tilt ~really, more “holding up”, it tilts TOO well you might say~ function is impaired, the swiveling around function is fine! should I swap out the whole mechanism as you’ve done, or is mine a different issue?
      any info much appreciated!

      • Odai 12:53 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I say replace it. Get it out of the way because you don’t want anything to happen in the future when you actually need it.

    • Alex 4:55 am on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for your posting! I was able to recognize and fix the problem with your information.

    • zono 11:52 pm on December 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      hi , your link to gallery is broken . please update . and thank you for post..

    • Laurence Fox 6:51 pm on December 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Just did this for a friend .thanks for help. Horrible job.
      Worst laptop I ever worked on. Worse than macs.

    • inn.ova.tion 7:01 pm on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      My Lenovo X61 is a bit loose too. The rotation is ok but if you give it a little push the screen falls completely backward.

    • Robert 11:51 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I just did this repair, but the replacement hinge I got (off ebay) is very stiff. It makes a snapping sound before it starts bending. HAs anyone else had this problem? Is there a way to make it a bit looser? Right now it’s so stiff it can’t even close properly without the latch.

      • Daniel 9:22 am on September 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Mine doesn’t make a cracking sound but it doesn’t close fully with the new hinge. I think that maybe a bit of oil will fix it?

    • Matthew 9:21 am on September 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This took no time foe me. The hinge I bought though made the screen swivel the opposite way then before though.

    • Wim van der Welle 9:54 am on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply


      The link in your article for the lenovo training video’s nor the link foor your oictures does’n work.
      The problem I have is how to unmount the cables which are going through the hinge.

      Hop to hear from you,

      Kind regards,

      Wim van der Welle

    • Chandramouli 11:50 pm on October 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys,

      Same problem with the hinge need replacement,
      where can i order x61 hinge in INDIA.


  • sharepointgrrl 5:43 am on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Improving User Experience in SharePoint 

    The image below is from a web-based time and billing app. Note the ‘manage tabs…’ language to the right of the tab navigation. There’s no reason a link like that can’t be provided for site admins in SharePoint instead of making them navigate to site settings.

    We should always look for ways to pull hidden SharePoint commands to the forefront for both site admins and end users.


  • sharepointgrrl 1:52 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting SharePoint 2010 Activity Feeds in RSS 

    SharePoint 2010 offers activity feeds that provide two views –

    • You can see some of the actions of your colleagues – what they tag and comment on, when they update their profile, etc.
    • Your colleagues can see those same actions about you.

    SharePoint 2010 offers a couple of web parts for displaying activity feeds. You can also get the contents of the activity feeds in RSS format.

    To get your activities in RSS format, browse to the activityfeed.aspx page:

    To get the activities of your colleagues in RSS format, use the consolidated=true query string:

    To get the activities of a particular user, pass  in the user account using the publisher parameter:

    Here are a few screen shots:

    I’ve tested the output in the SharePoint 2010 RSS Viewer Web Part, and it works. It’s not the most interesting read, but it could be extended to provide a richer RSS experience for activity feeds.

    • Ricky 7:26 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Vanessa – great post. We’ve found when you add this feed to the RSS Veiwer you get this message: “The RSS webpart does not support authenticated feeds” any work arounds?

    • Bastiaan Jacobs 5:13 am on June 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I get this error: “The requested RSS feed could not be displayed. Please verify the settings and url for this feed. If this problem persists, please contact your administrator.”

      • Kristin 4:18 am on October 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Bastiaan, i got the same error. Did you find a solution?

  • sharepointgrrl 4:50 pm on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Still looking for a way to archive personal email 

    E-mail is an important information repository. I’d like to be able to filter through e-mail using SharePoint search. I’ve experimented with forwarding or cc’ing e-mail to an e-mail enabled document library. That works okay, but the problem is that the e-mail is still in a proprietary format. I want a tool that is smart enough to read inboud e-mail and extract the header info into metadata.

    I’m looking at two possible solutions:

    • MailArchiva can intercept e-mail from virtually any e-mail server, convert it into a standardized format, archive it to a file system, index it using Lucene, and then provide a retrieval interface. Sounds pretty good so far.
    • Emailchemy (love the name) converts mail to standardized format, but it’s geared towards migration and forensic analysis. Looks like they could accommodate a larger scale solution via their old-school Service Bureau.

    Looks like  a proof of concept is in my future…

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