My BIGGEST pet peeve!

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

Well, besides idiots clogging up intersections when the light turns red of course… I know this sounds silly, but I just can’t stand it when people don’t know how to SPELL product names. I don’t know why it drives me up the walls, but it does. At my firm, I’m constantly waging a campaign for getting people to spell product names correctly. By spelling I mean, proper spelling with the right letters capitalized! (Told you it sounds silly)

The one that always trips my wire, because it’s my product that I love, is when people spell SharePoint with a lower case “p” as in Sharepoint. Ug, it’s hard for me NOT to correct that last one in my blog! 😉 Here’s a good example I stumbled upon this morning:


Now this dude is “blogging all things” SharePoint. And it’s not like he DOESN’T know how to spell it either. The arrow points out where he clearly got it right the first time. But then it all just went downhill after that. This guy really doesn’t have ANY consistency to his spelling of SharePoint. At least most people are consistent in using an upper case “S” and a lower case “p”.

So I beg you PLEASE! If you’re going to use product names, not just SharePoint, please, PLEASE spell them properly! 🙂

Ah, it feels good to get that out of my system!




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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