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.
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
Lotusphere/Connect Protip - Don't neglect the conference mail
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 6:29a Andy Donaldson For years there has always been a lot of complaints/jokes about the Lotusphere Online, now SocialBiz Online, user experience. Okay, I agree that spinning up a system for the community to use for a month and then tearing it down doesn't make for great adoption. However, for customers like me, I do find some use out of it. Not getting to play with Connections a lot, (yes, I know there is Greenhouse), this is nice because it forces/reminds me to use it. Then, there is the mail system included [read] Keywords: connections
Wed, Dec 19th 2012 10:21a Andy Donaldson So I'm sitting in the office right now and it's almost time for me to scamper out of here for the rest of the year. 2012 was a busy year for me. Spent a lot of time working on stuff outside of work, which is a good thing. So here's my random rundown of the cool things, at least for me, that happened this year. Spoke at Lotusphere 2012. Couldn't have done it without the help and support from my family putting up with me talking to the wall in the basement for a month while I practiced. [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Update on Domino Directory to LDAP migration
Sun, Dec 16th 2012 3:30p Andy Donaldson Well, it's done. I migrated my Sametime infrastructure this morning to support LDAP. A lot of people had warned me it wasn't pretty. They were right. I got a nice early start in hopes that I would get done quick. That didn't happen. It took over three hours to get the first server updated. The problem I ran into which I hadn't seen before was that my Domino program folder and data folder are on too different drives. So when you run the stnamechange.cmd file, it's assuming the data f [read] Keywords: domino
My Connect 2013 abstract has been.....
Thu, Dec 6th 2012 1:17p Andy Donaldson Declined. Am I sad? Maybe a little, but not really. I'm actually kind of relieved that I'm not presenting this year. I can head to Orlando and enjoy myself! Relax! Learn lots of good stuffs! No stressing out all week leading up to the session. I mean, I did get to speak at Lotusphere 2012, the last time the conference was officially called Lotusphere. And I did get to share the stage with Tom! I also got to present the same session again at MWLUG2012 in Pittsburgh and, I had my son Ale [read] Keywords: ibm