I have been de-cluttering my stuff the last week, unsurprisingly I have too much stuff, which makes it difficult to tidy it all the way.
This book is amazing, it has changed me from a messy person to a tidy person who now folds his pants and socks! because as the author says “folding is fun”
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever
The two key points which have changed the way I view tidying. You are not deciding what to throw out but what to keep. If an object doesn’t give you joy then get rid of it.
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
― Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
The other key concept is once you have decluttered, everything has it’s place. All of your items should have a distinct place and you put an item back in it’s designated place.
Buy the book, it’s awesome and if you click the link from this page I will get 5 pence or some huge amount :-). I will be buying some for Christmas presents
Quote of the week
Knowledge alone is static. Know-how is knowledge in motion – Gold rule of software engineering
Article the week
Understanding the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Performance Center
Microsoft have added an awesome tool to show you the performance of your CRM forms but then it seems to get hardly mentioned.
The Cobalt blog is the best explanation of how it works I have read.
The most important bit which I keep forgetting, how to get the form up
Hit Control+Shift+Q to open the Performance Center window
Dynamics CRM performance troubleshooting
Good blog with lots of tips on finding performance issues
Best of the Rest
CRM Web API Preview – Generate Strongly Typed Objects from Metadata Document
Great blog post on using the new Web API preview to create strongly typed objects and I personally loved strongly typed objects
What happens when you publish a duplication rule
have you ever wondered, me neither but someone has.
Online proctored Microsoft certification exams are now available
You can do your CRM exams in your pants in the comfort of your own home, beware they will use your laptop webcam to check your are not cheating.
CRM 2015 – Advanced find to return all enabled users with a security role
A Hosk blog talking about advanced finds
A list of CRM blogs you should be following
A small list of great CRM blogs you should be following
What’s new in CRM 2016 and why you should read the preview guide
Hosk’s looks at the CRM 2016 preview
Getting Cortana to Work on Australian Windows Phones
It’s good to see people putting Cortana to work
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 White Papers & Technical Documentation
A great list of all the CRM 2013 white papers
Storing the “Last Activity” on a Microsoft Dynamics CRM record
Good blog to show you how to store the last activity, who needs machine learning
CRM 2011 shortcuts
CRM has lots of shortcuts, who knew
CRM Plugins – Stopping infinite loops and understanding PluginExecutionContext.Depth
How to stop infinite loops in your plugins, it’s all about the depth
How to get the server time in Dynamics CRM?
You never know when you need to get the server time, it’s like hammer time but better
Great list of CRM version numbers, Release Dates, Build Numbers, and Collateral
It’s hard to remember build numbers, so luckily someone has collated them all in one list for you
how to Manage Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online updates
A great article from Microsoft about managing updates, you can turn them off to have one a year.
CRM 2015 – Why filtered views are useful
Filtered views are more awesome than you know
New Forms Authentication in ADFS 3.0 and IFD for Dynamics CRM
Lookup Field vs Option Sets in Dynamics CRM
Which is better, when should you use a lookup field?
MobileCRM: A different mindset in projects
great article on how to approach mobile CRM projects
Entity Image updater tool
It’s a tool to update entity image
he Golden Rule of Software Engineering
Sleep May Be One of Our Most Powerful ‘Antibiotics’
Tires, coffee and people
Tim Ferris Morning Rituals podcast
How Do Excellent Performers Differ from the Average?
a dozen things I’ve learned from charlie munger about mistakes
tips on Writing Funny by Scott Adams
Keeping Things Simple and Tuning out Folly
Solitude and Leadership
What Two Teenagers Learned From Watching Every Best Picture Oscar Winner
Previous top picks
Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 21st September
Useful Hosk Links
Hosk list Of CRM 2013 Tools
A list and review of CRM 2013 tools, this will probably work in CRM 2015 as well
Hosk’s CRM Developer Articles
A collection of my favourite CRM Developer articles I have written
MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Certification Information
All the CRM 2013 content to help you pass the exam
HoskWisdom – Hosk Developer Quotes
Words of Wisdom from the Hosk. I have written over 900 articles, surely I should have said a few memorable things