Horace Takes to the Air


Content Re-location

I haven't used this blog much for a while. I am a bit of a gypsy on the Web, which is slightly ironic given that I make a living from it.

You'll find that some of the content here and any new things that I post are over at Feel free to pop over and visit, unless you're a scummy spammer, in which case you can piss off elsewhere.

Uploaded - 15\02\2010


Problems with Mochahost (when it's good to tell people you suck)

I've put together a little article about their poor service over at my main site.

Missing Site Actions Menu in SharePoint

I had a bit of a mysterious problem whilst setting up a new publishing site. Well, mysterious if you don't know what you're doing! The Site Actions menu wasn't appearing for authors with contribute or approve permissions. The only time that it would pop up is if the 'Add and Customize Pages' option was chosen in the fine grained permissions.

It transpires that the master page can control the visibility of the site actions menu above and beyond the permissions granted. The site action menu is wrapped in a security trimmed control that controls its visibility (doh!).

The previous setting of:


would only have shown the control to people with the Add and Customize Pages permission and that means granting too many rights.

I changed the control to:
<SharePoint:SPSecurityTrimmedControl PermissionsString="EditListItems" runat="server">
<PublishingSiteAction:SiteActionMenu runat="server&qu…

New Toys

Yesterday Billy dropped round my allocation of our new radio and camera equipment. We've bought a couple of sets of each to use for training new observers and associates. One of the key issues for us is the requirement for us to establish formal training to support its use. You can't just throw people out on the road with kit like this, you need to make sure that they're working to a game plan (aside from it being an IAM requirement).

The X-Cam kit has a small screen that can be used to play rides back to associates. That can be incredibly useful as a training aid - you know what they say about pictures being worth 999.99 words.

The aim with the radio equipment is to initially use it with trainee observers. Once we've established what works, then we can look at using it more widely. IAM needs to look at its own guidance in this area, as it clashes with what the DSA teach for post test trainers. With the likely ultimate registration of all bodies, there needs to be some h…