I've started this blog post about 300 times in my head I think. The run downs has been posted about what an incredibly awesome OGS it was last Monday morning and what an incredibly odd CGS on Thursday. No need to repeat it here, so I won't. Lotusphere, in name, still remains. They even announced at the end of the OGS the dates for Lotusphere 2013. I speculated on here that this would be the last one and next year the event would be under a different name. I was wrong. It will still be Lotusphere. Which is a good thing because I think after what was shown last Monday, the community is on fire. More so then in years previous I think. We'll have to see how things look a month or two from now. I know I have a lot of work to do to make sure that we look towards where the product is going. No promises on the social aspects. I would love to see it. I just need to come up with a strategy to sell it. Put myself out there a little more, but in the right way, to show it's worth. We'll see.
But for me personally, this was the year I felt like I put myself out there and won. My session killed. I can't thank Tom Duff enough for all his mentoring and support. Also, Marie Scott for her advice and guidance. Of course, I would be wrong not to mention Gab Davis for her giving me the nudge to do it in the first place. I said it in the Gurupalooza session and I'll say it again here. If you have an idea of a session you want to do at Lotusphere, do it. Submit an abstract. If you are not sure about it, network with others in the community. Ask for help. THEY WILL HELP YOU. Still not sure, do a session at a local or regional user group to try your idea out. It can be done. Don't be afraid of it. The one song I listened to all week leading up to my session was Eminem's Loose Yourself. The first lines of the song say it all.
"Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted, In one moment Would you capture it, or just let it slip?"
I seized it, I captured it. I lost myself in the moment, I owned it and it's a feeling I never want to let go. I got over my fear of public speaking. So will I put in for another session next year? Don't know. We'll have to wait and see. But don't let a moment like that slip from you, ever. Taking that leap out of your comfort zone can sometimes land you on your feet feeling fine. It did for me.
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 7:36a Andy Donaldson So it's that time of the year again when all the good little Domino Admins and Developers get all starry eyed and anxious with the anticipation of going to Lotuspher...I mean Connect. One of the fun things that goes on at the event is the "Wednesday night party" at one of the local Orlando theme parks. For me, that's always something I look forward to. Not much of a thrill ride person myself, but enjoy the themes of the parks. In years past, it was a closely guarded secret on which park [read] Keywords: domino
The 8.1 Upgrade Blues
Fri, Oct 18th 2013 9:10a Andy Donaldson If you hadn't heard yesterday, Microsoft officially released their latest operating system, Windows 8.1, to the populace. With much excitement to officially get a "Start" button back, I raced off to the interwebs to try and download the software. Problem was, I had downloaded and installed the Windows 8.1 preview on my personal laptop. That was a problem. Well, not really a problem, but a pain. You see, to get the latest version I had to go through a refresh process which basically took [read] Keywords: applications
The curious case of the Trash folder design
Mon, Sep 16th 2013 8:25a Andy Donaldson I know. It's been a while and this post has nothing to do with photography...until I mentioned it just now. But I wanted to write this one out before I forget. Had a user call this morning saying that they had created a folder in their mail file and it took the design of a Trash folder. So when the user tried to drag and drop a message out of that folder, they go a message: "You cannot drag and drop out of Trash with Soft Deletes enabled. Please use Restore instead." Okay, this was a new [read] Keywords: admin
10 bloggy years
Thu, Aug 15th 2013 6:23a Andy Donaldson 10 years ago today, this happened Well, I'm still here. 827 post later, the blog remains. There are actually 880 posts in total, but there are some posts that I just write to get things off my chest and don't post. Various reasons, of course. When I started this thing, my intention was to join a chorus of others dedicated to spreading their knowledge and experiences. Being social. All before the time of tweets and Facebooks. I'm happy with what it has accomplished over the years. I [read] Keywords: ibm
My Birthday Edicts - OBEY!
Fri, Jun 28th 2013 7:14a Andy Donaldson So today I celebrate the 44th anniversary of my birth. Still am amazed I made it this far. But with the love of a good women at your side and two wonderful kids, it's not all that hard. But this morning after I awoke, I had a revelation. One day, the birthdays for me will end. Okay, I'm not saying that to be morbid, so stick with me here. But yes, one day I will slip loose from this mortal coil and no longer be "here". Okay, a little heavy, yes. So that has led me to come up with my [read] Keywords:
Windows 8 and Wifi Goofyness.
Tue, Jun 4th 2013 9:06a Andy Donaldson Well, I did it. I got a laptop for my new business. But, it's not an Apple. Those things are expensive you know. What I did end up getting is an Asus Q200E. It's a small form factor laptop that has Windows 8 and a touch screen. I'm not at all impressed with the Metro look of Windows 8, but, I do like it for the size. Fits great into my camera bag and is fast enough to get work done quickly in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But the problem I came across yesterday when I brought it into wor [read] Keywords: notes
Lotusphere/Connect Protip - Whatdoyaknow? You CAN use Traveler too!
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 5:46a Andy Donaldson Yesterday I posted a tip here on the House O' Blog about using mail rules to forward your often overlooked conference mail to an email account you check more frequently. After posting that, my buddy Don McNally pinged me on Twitter wondering if Traveler could be used like he had in the past. I hadn't noticed anything on the page that stuck out about that and didn't think much about it further. That was until this morning and I was on the site taking a look around and I see this. The infor [read] Keywords: lotusphere