# Friday, May 5, 2017

Yesterday, I showed how to automatically generate lorem ipsum text in a Word document. While this is useful for showing what a document layout will look like with text in the appropriate places, you may prefer actual English words to the pseudo-language of lorem ipsum.

To generate paragraphs of English text, enter the following on an empty line of your document

=rand()

Press ENTER and the text above will be replaced by the following:

Video provides a powerful way to help you prove your point. When you click Online Video, you can paste in the embed code for the video you want to add. You can also type a keyword to search online for the video that best fits your document.

To make your document look professionally produced, Word provides header, footer, cover page, and text box designs that complement each other. For example, you can add a matching cover page, header, and sidebar. Click Insert and then choose the elements you want from the different galleries.

Themes and styles also help keep your document coordinated. When you click Design and choose a new Theme, the pictures, charts, and SmartArt graphics change to match your new theme. When you apply styles, your headings change to match the new theme.

Save time in Word with new buttons that show up where you need them. To change the way a picture fits in your document, click it and a button for layout options appears next to it. When you work on a table, click where you want to add a row or a column, and then click the plus sign.

Reading is easier, too, in the new Reading view. You can collapse parts of the document and focus on the text you want. If you need to stop reading before you reach the end, Word remembers where you left off - even on another device.

I have confirmed that this works in Word 2016.

Friday, May 5, 2017 2:16:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Thursday, May 4, 2017

Here is a Microsoft Word feature I recently learned.

For sample documents, it is often useful to insert some meaningless text to fill sections of the document. This is especially useful when you are just starting a document and you don't have any content yet, but want to show how the completed document's layout will look. A popular method is to use "lorem ipsum" text filler - paragraphs of nonsense words that have similar word size and letter selections as English.

In Microsoft Word, you can quickly create a section of lorem ipsum text.

Type the following on an empty line of your document and press ENTER:

=lorem()

The entry above will be replaced with the following text, which you may delete or copy-paste to adjust the length.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue massa. Fusce posuere, magna sed pulvinar ultricies, purus lectus malesuada libero, sit amet commodo magna eros quis urna.

Nunc viverra imperdiet enim. Fusce est. Vivamus a tellus.

Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Proin pharetra nonummy pede. Mauris et orci.

Aenean nec lorem. In porttitor. Donec laoreet nonummy augue.

Suspendisse dui purus, scelerisque at, vulputate vitae, pretium mattis, nunc. Mauris eget neque at sem venenatis eleifend. Ut nonummy.

I am using Word 2016, but this appears to work on older versions as well.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:47:19 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, May 1, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017 11:25:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, April 24, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017 12:54:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, April 22, 2017

The next couple months include lots of travel and lots of presentations

Date Event Host Location
Apr 22, 2017 Big Data Solutions in Azure Global Azure Boot Camp Downers Grove, IL
Apr 22, 2017 Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to your apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services Twin Cities Code Camp Bloomington, MN
Apr 29, 2017 Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to your apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services Chicago Code Camp Chicago, IL
May 1, 2017 Cognitive Services and HoloLens GoTo conference Chicago, IL
May 8, 2017 Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to your apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services Dubuque .NET Software Development User Group Dubuque, IA
May 9, 2017 Building Powerful Applications with AngularJS 2 and TypeScript Cedar Valley .NET User Group Cedar Falls, IA
May 9, 2017 Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to your apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services CRIneta : Cedar Rapids .NET User Group Cedar Rapids, IA
May 10, 2017 Building Powerful Applications with AngularJS 2 and TypeScript Iowa .NET User Group Des Moines, IA
May 12, 2017 Keynote: You and Your Tech Community Convergence Detroit, MI
May 20, 2017 Big Data Solutions in Azure Chicago Data Science Conference Chicago, IL
May 25, 2017 Big Data Solutions in Azure IT Camp Cluj-Napoca, Romania
May 25, 2017 Building Powerful Applications with AngularJS 2 and TypeScript IT Camp Cluj-Napoca, Romania
June 1-3, 2017 Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to Your Apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services Music City Code Nashville, TN
June 1-3, 2017 Big Data Solutions in Azure Music City Code Nashville, TN
June 1-3, 2017 Own Your Own Career - Advice from a Veteran Consultant Music City Code Nashville, TN
Jun 6, 2017 Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to your apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services Xamarin University Online
June 8-9, 2017 Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to Your Apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services DevSum Stockholm, Sweden
June 28, 2017 Building Powerful Applications with AngularJS 2 and TypeScript Node Indy Indianapolis, IN
Jul 10-12, 2017 The Hitchhiker's Guide to Azure Mobile Apps Detroit.Code() Detroit, MI
Jul 10-12, 2017 Big Data Solutions in Azure Detroit.Code() Detroit, MI
Aug 3-4, 2017 Effective Data Visualization KCDC Kansas City, MO
Aug 3-4, 2017 Building Powerful Applications with AngularJS 2 and TypeScript KCDC Kansas City, MO
Sep 20, 2017 Big Data Solutions in Azure VS Live Chicago, IL
Sep 20, 2017 Building Powerful Applications with AngularJS 2 and TypeScript VS Live Chicago, IL
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:57:07 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, April 17, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017 8:28:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, April 10, 2017
# Friday, April 7, 2017

I spoke recently with CVP Erich Andersen and Director of Marketing for Azure Tanuj Bansal about the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage program, that assists companies with patent issues.

Watch below or click here.

Friday, April 7, 2017 2:30:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017 4:51:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, April 2, 2017

4/2
Today I am grateful for an opportunity to finally offer a long-overdue apology. And that it was accepted.

4/1
Today I am grateful that everything on the Internet is true!

3/31
Today I am grateful for lunch with Dan yesterday.

3/30
Today I am grateful to reconnect with old friends and to meet some new ones in Indianapolis yesterday.

3/29
Today I am grateful to spend yesterday with Ted.

3/28
Today I am grateful that we were close to a gas station when we ran out of gas.

3/27
Today I am grateful for drinks with Mike last night.

3/26
Today I am grateful to the organizers and volunteers at yesterday's Global Integration Boot Camp.

3/25
Today I am grateful to kick off a new project with a local startup.

3/24
Today I am grateful to see Al Stewart in concert last night and to meet him after the show.

3/23
Today I am grateful to see Kris Kristofferson in concert last night.

3/22
Today I am grateful that some people want to hear me talk.

3/21
Today I am grateful for the vibrant startup community in Chicago.

3/20
Today I am grateful for springtime.

3/19
Today I am grateful that Tim came to visit me this weekend.

3/18
Today I am grateful for a couple days back in Kentucky.

3/17
Today I am grateful for dinner with Ed last night in Louisville.

3/16
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Mike and Lee.

3/15
Today I am grateful for:
-Attendees who told me they enjoyed the IoT camp last night
-New running shoes, thanks to Nick

3/14
Today I am grateful I can work from home when I need to.

3/13
Today I am grateful to Bret for his help getting me through these IoT labs on a Sunday night.

3/12
Today I am grateful for dinner and a movie last night with Emilija and Larissa.

3/11
Today I am grateful to see Delbert McClinton in concert last night.

3/10
Today I am grateful for an evening with my team at Second City yesterday.

3/9
Today I am grateful for breakfast with Angela yesterday.

3/8
Today I am grateful to see Marcia Ball in concert last night and to meet her after the show.

3/7
Today I am grateful for lunch with Hao yesterday.

3/6
Today I am grateful to all those who chose to listen to my presentation on a Sunday afternoon, even though the weather was nice and they had other options.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:34:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)