Well got in late last night from a two week trio to France with some incredible kids. While there I wanted to keep in touch, capture all the content (images and video), and most importantly, not have the trip dominated by tech. It was after all a vacation not a work trip. With summer vacations kicking in many of us geeky types face the same dilemma. How can I be more present in the moment with my family and friends while still capturing all the digital goodness? On this Monday’s return broadcast of Mid Day Cafe I will share all the gear, software, apps that I used on my France trip. I will also break down what worked well and what not so well and will take your questions. If you are planning a summer vacation and want to lighten your carry load, lesson your digital time while increasing your personal down time then tune in and bring your questions to   Mid Day Cafe is live this Monday at 12 noon EST here.


Yesterdays Mid Day Cafe will be the last broadcast out of the Philadelphia MTC for the next several weeks. I will be heading off to France this upcoming Monday for several weeks with my wife as we accompany my daughter who will be singing at concerts throughout France. I am very excited and looking forward to a few weeks mostly offline, soaking up the beauty of the country and enjoying the family time. During the trip I will be bringing a number of devices and leveraging a number of apps to capture the experiences, the concerts, and the sights. When I return I will be kicking off Mid Day Cafe with a Summer special featuring all the devices and apps I make use of during the vacation. I’ll be running through how they were used and the pro’s and cons of each. So if you are looking to pick up any tips for your own travels coming up be sure to tune in June 29th for the return of Mid Day Cafe at 12 noon EST. Tour stops for Chester County Voices Abroad in France: 2014 Tour of France June 16 - 27, 2014 Lourdes – The small market town nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains is now famous for the Marian apparitions of the Blessed Mother to Bernadette Sorbirous in 1858. We’ll visit the Grotto of Massabielle, site of St. Bernadette’s visions and experience the faith of thousands of pilgrims who visit the baths each day. Loire Valley –  Often called the “Garden of France,” the valley is an enchanted land of vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand chateaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle pace life that has, for centuries, made it a sought-after location for poets and writers. It is a step back through the history of some of France’s finest works of art. Among the stops planned here are the world-famous Cathedral of Chartres, Chambord, the largest of all the Loire Valley castles and Château de Chenonceau, known as the Ladies Castle. Normandy – The Normandy region of France combines a 360-mile dramatic coastline, including the dramatically evocative World War II landing beaches, with a verdant interior of lush farmland, bustling market towns, and historic landmarks such as the cities of Caen, Bayeux and Rouen. The Caen War Memorial is the perfect backdrop for deepening our appreciation of the events leading up to D-Day, the cost of freedom in contemporary society and the sacrifice made by America’s brave men and women. In this region, we’ll also have a chance to reflect on the lives of Wiliam the Conqueror and Joan of Arc, Claude Monet and Leonardo DaVinci. We’ll make a stop at the Abbey of Mont-St-Michel, one of the greatest sightseeing attractions in Europe and the second most visited place in France after the Eiffel Tower. Lisieux – Home to the youngest ever and only fourth women to be declared a Doctor of the Church, our arrival in Lisieux will offer an opportunity to contemplate the power of her “little way” of life and of the role of women in the Church. Paris – Five days will only allow travelers to scratch the surface of this world center of art, architecture, science and culture. Many of the most recognizable sites in the “City of Lights” will be on our itinerary. Among them will be museums Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Forum du Centre Pompidou; churches Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur and L’église de la Madeleine and historic monuments the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Château de Versailles and much, much more.


This past May was a pretty busy one webcasting at the Philadelphia MTC. Yesterday we rolled out some new functionality that we will be building on moving forward. Next month we will only be doing two Mid Day Cafe broadcasts as my work schedule is pretty loaded the first half of the month and the second half I will be in France. The two Mid Day Cafe webcasts will be combined with material originally slated for separate Friday sessions. This Past Month: Managing Teams and Projects With Office 365 – Brownbag Session 05-30-2014 MovieJax – Windows Phone App of the week featuring Sam Gannotti Virtual Lab: Building a line of business application with Microsoft Project Siena Office for iPad for the Enterprise Mid Day Cafe 05-19-2014 Data Cleansing Rights Management and More Mid Day Cafe 05-12-2014 Office Mix – SharePoint Search Parts Virtual Lab: Building Windows Phone and Windows apps with Microsoft App Studio Mid Day Cafe 05-05-2014 Visualize Access Web App Data With Excel On Tap For June: Mid Day Cafe 06-02-2014 Office MIX For PowerPoint 12 noon EST Mid Day Cafe 06-09-2014 Microsoft App Studio Actions 12 noon EST


Do you need to manage teams and or projects, have Office 365 but still struggle as to where/how to get started? Join me this Friday for a special hands on session of Managing Teams and Projects with Office 365. We will walk through setting up a site, surfacing your bidirectional calendar/tasks from the site in Outlook. We will integrate Microsoft Project Plans with the site, create and publish an Access Web App, add workflow, publish Visio diagrams, create a custom list…..and more! Throughout the session you can post your questions and we will respond in real time and address them as a part of the hands on experience. It will be instructive, fun, and if you have struggled in getting started this may be just thing to help you jump start your usage of Office 365 and get real value out of your investment. So pack your lunch, invite some colleagues, friends, family, the dog ;-) and join me this Friday from 11-12:30 EST To register for this free session click here To download the Outlook oft invite template to send to colleagues, friends etc. right click here and select Save Target As To view the Calendar event page at click here


This past week was a busy one at work with multiple clients coming on for Office 365, SharePoint, and more. Additionally, we had 3 separate broadcasts over at If you missed the live sessions you can catch the recordings via the links below. Each recorded session has the session video as well as any related content/links from the broadcast. To catch future webcasts check out the sites Events Page. Virtual Lab: Building a line of business application with Microsoft Project Siena Office for iPad for the Enterprise Mid Day Cafe 05-19-2014 Data Cleansing Rights Management and More

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