Love My Traveling Secondary Monitor

I LOVE having two monitors while I am working. It makes it easier to compare documents, write step-by-step documentation, and keep an eye on TweetDeck.

My first travel monitor broke after a couple short months. Although it was very inexpensive I did not choose to purchase it a second time. If you’d like to see the first monitor, check out my old blog post Dual Monitors on the Road.

I decided, after much research, to kick in an extra $100 (total under $200) and go with the Lenovo ThinkVision.

  • Weighs about the same as my iPad (3) and the screen is just a little wider than my laptop screen.
  • No need for an extra outlet. This thing is powered through the USB (the only hook-up) port on your laptop.
  • I’ve actually hooked up a VGA cable monitor and the ThinkVision; Hello three monitors without changing cards.
  • It comes with an easy-to-slide-on cover to protect the screen. Wish the first one had that feature.
  • You can watch webinars and screencasts without pixelation or lag time. Don’t think I’d try video games.

This monitor has been in constant use since November 2010. I’m talking five to seven days a week. It ROCKS.

UPDATE 10/12/15 – Still using the monitor, though not as much as I used to since taking a full-time job. Still works. Still recommend it.

UPDATE 8/8/2022 – Just used it last week while working from a friend’s house. Really made a huge difference in productivity.

Upload Documents in SharePoint 2013

There are at least two ways to upload documents to a SharePoint 2013 library.

  1. Old School – Click on Documents tab and in the New Group, select Upload. Just like in 2007 and 2010.
  2. New School – Just drag and drop the document into the library. No need to open in Explorer View, get a cup of coffee while you wait for it to open, and then drag and drop files.

Click on the video below to check it out.

SharePoint Permissions So Easy a Caveman Can Do It

CavemanThese drawings, found in a cave in Redmond, WA, date back to early 2001. The pictographs have stumped archeologists throughout the ages, until now.


Recent discoveries by a SharePoint addict reveal the true meaning of these images.

“It looks like the four building blocks of SharePoint permissions.” Take a look at the cave drawing again, this time with annotation.


But how do SharePoint Permissions work?

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Add users to the SharePoint group
  2. Give the group a permission level
  3. Grant the group access to somewhere

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Of course if you are not satisfied with the permission levels or SharePoint groups that are available, given the correct rights, you can create your own groups and permission levels.

Although it is not considered a Best Practice, you could also give permissions directly to a user.

  1. Give the user a permission level
  2. Grant the user access to somewhere

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Some of the drawings show another figure. This additional figure depicts secure Active Directory (AD) groups.

  1. Add AD groups to the SharePoint group
  2. Give the group a permission level
  3. Grant the group access to somewhere

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Further interpretation of the drawings revealed another option

  1. Give the AD group a permission level
  2. Grant the AD group access to somewhere

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Some archeologists were stunned that there was no pictograph for audiences, but then someone pointed out that SharePoint audiences are not part of permissions or security. SharePoint audiences are just a way to reduce noise on a page.

In our next session we will discuss the pros and cons using AD Groups and Users to manage SharePoint Permissions.

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View and download the entire deck here.