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Announcing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70 with mobile/web access and Linux
Fri, Dec 5th 2014 12:25p   Ben Langhinrichs
Genii Software is pleased to announce the immediate availability of CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70, the latest enhancement to its highly regarded coexistence and email fidelity software, now available for Windows and Linux. Along with additional performance and rendering improvements, the major feature is the ability to support rendering when Notes emails are read via mobile device through IBM Notes Traveler and via iNotes on the web or browser. These significantly enhance the value of CoexLinks Fideli [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes notes notes client traveler xpages email linux mobile

Mobile mail - Improve the mail along with the mailbox
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 11:34a   Ben Langhinrichs
The Coexlinks Fidelity 3.70 release announcement will be later this afternoon, but I wanted to show you a few screen shots first so people would understand what the big picture purpose is. It will come as no surprise to anyone that the workplace is going mobile. IBM has has thrown a lot of effort behind both IBM iNotes and IBM Notes Traveler in 9.0/9.01, and touts the new world as a "mobile first" world. The efforts have paid off. IBM Notes Traveler is sleek and easy to use. iNotes has improv [read] Keywords: ibm inotes notes traveler email mobile

Spotlight on Patreon: Peter Hollens
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 10:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
I am at the point in life where I seek to find meaning in more than the pursuit of filthy lucre (though I'm happy to continue doing that as well). One of the ways is by supporting independent artists and musicians who have chosen a path less lucrative. I have little native artistic talent (though I have fun with Gimp and can write fairly well), but I can throw a few bucks here and there and help out those who make the world a more entertaining, beautiful place. Hence, my interest in Patreon, wh [read] Keywords: google

Shadows and Shadow Play
Fri, Nov 14th 2014 12:47p   Ben Langhinrichs
It's been a while since I posted a Gimp 2.8 tutorial, though my recent one on Camtasia has been popular, so today I've released one which has two parts. The first part (about a minute long) shows a simple, but effective way to create a shadow for a cut-out figure when you paste it into a scene. It's easy and useful. The second part (about three minutes long) shows how to wake the shadow up and make it do something independent. Essentially, it becomes a cinemagraph (remember this one?) where t [read] Keywords:

The two barbers
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 11:33a   Ben Langhinrichs
There's a famous riddle which you have probably heard before, but I'll repeat it here. Skip to the end if you already know it. There is a small town in the midwest with exactly two barbershops, one on each side of town. The barbershop on the west side of town is pristine. Its floors are spotless, the windows are always perfectly clear, and the air always smells fresh. The barber has a friendly smile, shined shoes, a well-groomed head of hair, and a fancy shirt. The barbershop on the east side [read] Keywords: notes

CoexLinks Fidelity 3.65 available
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 9:03a   Ben Langhinrichs
Last night, Genii Software released CoexLinks Fidelity Version 3.65. This release incorporates three major updates as well as bug fixes and minor enhancements since the previous release. Version 3.65 is currently available for Windows 32-bit and Windows 64-bit, and it is planned that the Linux version will be available next week. Update 1 - 30% performance enhancementWith a complete code review and numerous changes to streamline, we have achieved a 30% or better improvement in email processing. [read] Keywords: rich text bug database email linux server


If fiction and free go together for you
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 11:42a   Ben Langhinrichs
For those who like short stories, and especially those who are have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited memberships, I've enrolled my book of short stories so that they are free to borrow. (They're only $3.99 to buy, but I guess free is in beer can't be beat.) I'm not sure what countries have Amazon Prime (maybe the US and Canada?) and which have Kindle Unlimited (I think the US and UK so far). Five star ratings on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Enjoy! Amazon US: http://amzn.to/S [read] Keywords:

Animated flowchart tutorial - video editing technique
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 12:03p   Ben Langhinrichs
I had so much fun with the animated flowchart yesterday, I stayed up late last night making a brief tutorial, and then did some polishing over my lunch hour. I used Camtasia 8, but the technique is easily transferable (from what I can tell) to Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro or any other professional level video editing software. The video is only two and a half minutes, but I think you'll find it interesting if you've ever wanted to do more with your videos. You can check out more details [read] Keywords: archive

Fun with quirky video techniques
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 10:52a   Ben Langhinrichs
I've been playing with some different techniques to show how CoexLinks Fidelity works compared with how IBM Notes/Domino works, and decided to mix up the flowcharts and demo. It's been interesting and fun, but I realized I could use a GIF (albeit, a large GIF - sorry for the bandwidth) to show the technique without forcing anybody to watch a whole video. I reduced a few of the effects and shrank this to 640x360 to fit the blog and keep the size somewhat reasonable. The actual video is in HD an [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes

Some like to go with the flow
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 8:06a   Ben Langhinrichs
My wife is an educator, and one of the concepts she tries to pound into my thick, unreceptive skull is that different people learn in different ways. Meaning that some people learn by reading a description, some people learn by watching a video, some people learn by diving in and trying without "bothering to RTFM". And yes, some people learn by reading a flow chart. Different strokes for different folks, or horses for courses as the British are said to say. In deference to those whose learnin [read] Keywords: google

Saving Grace - a different sort of haunted house story
Sat, Sep 13th 2014 6:46a   Ben Langhinrichs
My latest story video is up on Youtube on TheStoryTimeChannel, and I'l love to hear what you think. I tried a different approach as far as effects and all, but mostly I hope you enjoy the story, which was first published in a print anthology a few years ago and then in my short story collection, Savage Fire. Now you can listen to it free. If you enjoy, please give it the thumbs up. You can also subscribe so you hear about new stories as they come out. [read] Keywords:

Are videos like blog posts or like product pages?
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 7:26a   Ben Langhinrichs
Over the past year and a half, I've posted many videos on my primary Youtube channel (not to be confused with my new StoryTime channel). Many are tutorials on Gimp, Youtube and general topics, but there are also several that are product demos or product tutorials on Midas and CoexLinks Fidelity. These have been successful, but I face a new sort of issue I hope you can help me figure out. When a video grows out of date due to a new version or revised sample, should I create a new one that is up [read] Keywords: lsx notes sharepoint

Closed captions on videos - four reasons to add them
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 9:33a   Ben Langhinrichs
I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, if you are going to put out videos for an international audience (such as the Notes/Domino community), add closed captions. Youtube has made this easier and easier, though it is still a fairly time intensive and annoying process. But the value goes beyond providing access to the hearing impaired, though that is a good reason in and of itself. There are four advantages to using closed captions: 1) People who are hard of hearing or watching y [read] Keywords: domino notes community

How our Export to CSV is different than exporting from view
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 6:33a   Ben Langhinrichs
A question came up from a viewer after watching Domino Blog to WordPress using CSV about what differences there were between exporting to CSV using our Export to CSV logic vs. exporting from a custom view to CSV using File -Export. The primary differences and similarities are shown below: Export featureExport to CSV using MidasExport using custom viewSummary items (number,date, etc.)Fully supportedFully supportedRich text and non-summary fieldsFully supportedNot supportedFormulas excluding @DbL [read] Keywords: dblookup domino rich text archive

Domino Blog to Wordpress - an Alan Birthday vlog
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 6:33p   Ben Langhinrichs
A few days ago, Alan Lepofsky asked me a question on Twitter. I responded generally, but since it happens to be Alan's birthday today (Happy Birthday!), I thought I'd go to a little effort and make a birthday vlog of sorts showing exactly how this would work. The video is only 3 minutes long and demonstrates show some interesting new features in Export to CSV for Midas LSX 5.11. You can check out the exact field specifications at mini-lessons.info/MIDAS20. Best viewed in HD. Closed capti [read] Keywords: domino lsx twitter

Mind blowing echo of the last millennium
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 2:19p   Ben Langhinrichs
Tom Duff tweeted the following today. I had no idea, but it is exciting/scary/disturbing to think that my software has been running continuously in that application since Bill Clinton was in office, before hanging chads and 9/11 and so many things. 15 years. The sad thing is, Hard Copy Reporter was an abject failure in business terms. Technically, it worked well, but we were far out of our league selling reporting software. Of course, the Midas LSX itself is still selling well, but about many, m [read] Keywords: lsx application office

Zaminder X short emo how to make his son sex samples
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 10:53a   Ben Langhinrichs
Every once in a while, I get a reminder about why it is worth spending the time to create your own Closed Captions for a video. My most recent, AutoCheck - Technique to verify LSX installation in database , is just a brief video showing a technique, so I didn't worry about it. But when I happened to check the Automatic captions created, I remembered why I should always take the time. See screenshot below. Ouch. If you are making videos to put on Youtube, you might want to watch my demo on how [read] Keywords: lsx database

In which I recover somewhat gracefully
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 8:03a   Ben Langhinrichs
In my previous post, In which I kick myself, I pointed out that the rather obvious but belated point that the Midas LSX sample databases should recognize whether Midas is installed and make that point rather than simply failing. That may be a simple realization, but it took a lot of work to fix in a reasonably elegant and comprehensive way. Fortunately, the code may be useful to others, especially those who have an LSX to install. One thing I don't show in the video is that the page with instr [read] Keywords: lsx archive database

In which I kick myself
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 1:43p   Ben Langhinrichs
I fancy myself to be fairly good at listening to customers and solving their problems. But that is not always a good thing. One of the hardest things to do when supporting users is to stop and really listen to both them and to yourself. It is relatively easy to simply answer the question or address the concern, basically to "fix" the problem. Honestly, it is very much the same experience men often have in relationships. How do you step away from identifying and trying to fix "the problem" a [read] Keywords: agent lsx database

What if we promoted software like Buzzfeed?
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 6:52a   Ben Langhinrichs
At Genii Software, we usually promote our products using simple videos or straightforward blog posts. But it occurred to me, what if we promoted software like Buzzfeed? So, let's see what it might look like. 6 Questions You Didn't Know To Ask About Genii Software's Products 1. How many Notes developers does it take to export your whole database to CSV using Midas? 2) What will your customer do if you send a printed catalog instead of an eBook he can read on his tablet? (Midas [read] Keywords: ibm lsx notes rich text database email

The very opposite of YAGNI - more like IYBITWCE
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 10:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
There is a philosophy called YAGNI that many software developers and programmers will recognize. The acronym stands for You Aren't Gonna Need It, and it has been popularized along with the ideas of extreme programming and continuous refactoring. It probably even helps a lot of developers and teams, but at Genii Software, we go the opposite direction. A good part of what we build is not currently necessary, is purely speculative or is sufficiently far ahead of what customers want that it could b [read] Keywords: domino lsx notes application archive development email iphone mobile outlook xml

Demo: Preventing data loss in IBM Notes-Domino email
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 9:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
The high fidelity email rendering provided by CoexLinks Fidelity 3.6 is often viewed as primarily about appearance, but it is also about preserving data integrity. This demo shows a number of examples where actual data loss occurs when certain elements are sent via email and rendered by either the IBM Notes 9.0.1 client or the IBM Domino 9.0.1 server. (None of these data losses started in 9.0.1 - earlier versions were even worse). Problems shown have all been reported by Genii Software customers [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes rich text email server

With open source - trust but verify
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 7:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
I was very interested to read Paul Withers' article, 10 Reasons All Companies Should Use Open Source. I agree with many of its points, but wanted to bring up one caveat that seems too often ignored. If I might throw some caution on his first point, 1. Good Developers Write Good Code, Great Developers Steal Good Code, it would be to remind people that great developers can steal bad code as well. As the Goto Fail vulnerabilty, and even more the Heartbleed Bug should remind us, the fact that cod [read] Keywords: apple archive bug planetlotus planetlotus.org security

Another story video available - Circle Back
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 11:56a   Ben Langhinrichs
I posted another of my story videos on my channel, TheStoryTimeChannel, for those who enjoy these things. This is called Circle Back, and while it has a kid as the main character, it is not a children's story. It took me a lot longer to get to this one (because of lots of releases of our Notes/Domino related products). I played more with the production of the video, adding some effects and trying some different ways of showing the text. Of course, the story is the main thing, and while this is [read] Keywords: domino notes

Would you like that windmill rare or well done?
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 7:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
If your company uses Notes/Domino for email, you have probably learned that in spite of years of customer complaints, emails sent from Notes are iffy at best. On a good day, all the information gets through. On a bad day, data is misformatted, missing or just plain messed up. But it is just for such concerns that we at Genii Software tilt at the windmills of email fidelity and data integrity. Now, since the release of CoexLinks Fidelity 3.6, more and more companies are getting their windmills s [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes notes notes client rich text css email outlook server

Crazy quilt of Domino 9.0.1 HTML rendering
Thu, Jul 31st 2014 10:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
One challenging aspects of describing issues with Notes/Domino rich text rendering is that there seem to be so many engines. Even on IBM Domino 9.0.1, there are multiple rendering engines that render rich text differently (different ones fail in different ways). See below an example of Notes rich text rendered by three of the different engines (or at least they appear to be different engines given the results). (Traveler may have yet another engine, but these are all built into the core Domino s [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes lsx notes rich text traveler email server smtp

My fairytale story video is up on Youtube
Sun, Jun 29th 2014 9:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
I finished up my story video, and it is now up on Youtube. I put it on a new channel, TheStoryTimeChannel, as I felt like it was sufficiently far removed from the IBM Notes and Gimp and product videos I do on my channel. Of course, that means I am starting with zero subscribers and zero view, so if you like this, it would be great if you could share it and subscribe. Plus maybe let me know what you think. This one took a lot, as I am trying to learn something about music mixing, and for this sto [read] Keywords: ibm notes

Status of video fairytale production
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 7:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
Status of turning my story, Lucia's Wish, into a video fairytale (key: not started, partially done, completed) Narration of the story: recorded & editedIntro page art before we "open" the book: doneAllocating text to virtual pages: All 17 doneIllustrations for pages: 6 of 17 doneSynchronizing text and virtual pages: mostly doneMagical integration of 3.5 minute music and 8 minute story: startedClosing credits: Not donePost-production and publishing: Not donePost-publishing party: Ha! For [read] Keywords: integration

New videos using the Peter Jackson approach
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 7:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
No, no hobbits or elves or elaborate war scenes. Also, no CGI. But I am working on three (possibly four) separate CoexLinks Fidelity videos at one time. Each deals with a separate aspect of why fidelity matters, and each should be short enough (aiming for 3 minutes or shorter) that you can pull your boss aside after a meeting, pull it up on your tablet or phone and say, "Hey, I think you should see this." Now I just have to decide whether to release them all at once or one at a time. Well, tha [read] Keywords:

Sacrificing chickens under a full moon may not be enough
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 10:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
The response to our Out of Notes Pt 10: To SQL Server or DB2 video has been very positive, but has raised an issue more than once, especially among those companies moving applications from Notes to SharePoint. I have had a conversation like the following with a couple of customers in recent weeks. Most customers aren't like this, of course, but a couple. Customer: I want to be sure, we don't need to have any Notes developers for this? Me: That's right. Our Export to CSV sample database will l [read] Keywords: notes application applications consulting database db2 development server sharepoint sql

New pricing for CoexLinks Fidelity reflects increased use by Notes shops
Mon, Jun 16th 2014 9:17a   Ben Langhinrichs
Over the weekend, we posted new pricing options for CoexLinks Fidelity. Per server pricing didn't change much (base server still $8000, additional servers now $6500), but we added user based Enterprise licensing primarily to help Notes shops that want to use the new fidelity even though they are not migrating their mail to another platform. For many years, CoexLinks was mostly about doclinks, both preserving them and using them strategically. But now, CoexLinks Fidelity is also about high quali [read] Keywords: ibm notes notes client application email enterprise exchange exchange google microsoft office outlook server

Instilling confidence
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 11:47a   Ben Langhinrichs
Guess what? This isn't how Seriously, anybody know why IBM's main pages would trigger this? I was just going to download some IBM Domino software, but want to be sure I haven't missed something. [read] Keywords: domino ibm

Remembering my first PET - the Commodore PET
Thu, May 29th 2014 11:27a   Ben Langhinrichs
I saw Kathy Brown's post about how Ant Pruitt asked whether we remember our first computer. Or at least the first one we ever used. I remember mine, and how I eventually managed to kill it. Back in 1978, my school bought a computer that I am fairly sure was a Commodore Pet that looked something like the image below. That is, I don't remember much about what it looked like, but I remember that my good friend, Jeff, and I were the only ones remotely interested. We learned to do some things on it [read] Keywords:

I need brave voice volunteers
Sun, May 18th 2014 7:51p   Ben Langhinrichs
As some of you may have heard, I am working on a project to put out a rewritten and extended version of my sci fi humor serial, Judd Falcoln: Missionary to the Stars, as a series of Youtube videos. It will not be a script or movie, but it will be more than a simple narration of a story. Dialogue will be read by volunteers (that would be you, mate), and faces might be used as well in a manner of speaking. What I need are volunteers who are willing to record themselves reading expressively the lin [read] Keywords:

Fidelity: Not mission critical except when it is
Fri, May 9th 2014 9:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
We are releasing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.6 today, and I thought I'd address one objection which comes up in meetings with clients. Email fidelity isn't mission critical. While most people making the argument are shot down quickly by those who do actually think that how a company presents itself to its clients and customers is important, I want to show an admittedly slightly contrived example, though I think you can see how even in more realistic cases, important information could be lost. In thi [read] Keywords: ibm notes email mobile

Quit studying
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 7:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
I saw this journal entry on deviantArt today. I didn't respond there, but I thought it was worth saying something here. Personally, I have had a lot of fun being creative with software and programming. I wish the gentleman well, though I have to say that he may well discover that anything worth doing takes hard work, even photography. Hobbies are fun, but when you try to make them your profession, you have to put in a huge amount of time and effort (the proverbial 10,000 hours), some of which [read] Keywords:

You are in a maze of twisty SharePoint passages
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 10:29a   Ben Langhinrichs
Or rather, I am. And they are not all the same, but rather all are different, and in many different ways. After a long, long hiatus while Midas LSX 5 was finished and released and CoexLinks Fidelity 3.5 was finished and released, I am back to working on SharePoint. It is an adventure (see what I did there?), but after installing piece after piece, I have the SharePoint Online Management Shell working and connected. Next on the agenda is trying out creating a new site through the shell, followed [read] Keywords: lsx sharepoint

Audience retention
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 3:50p   Ben Langhinrichs
Sometimes, even small data can be useful. Once in a while, I go to Youtube and look at the statistics, because it helps me to understand what people like and how well I am keeping their interest. The following three shots are my most popular Gimp tutorial followed by my most recent Gimp tutorial followed by my channel intro video. As you can see at a glance, the first two are pretty good, but I need to work on that Channel intro. Most popular Gimp tutorial Most recent Gimp tutorial Channe [read] Keywords:

Brief demo of Message Store in CoexLinks Fidelity
Tue, Apr 8th 2014 6:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
A few days ago, we announced the release of CoexLinks Fidelity 3.5. Along with high quality MIME rendering for IBM Notes, CoexLinks has a new feature called the Message Store. I thought I'd put together a brief demo of the Message Store which also shows a little of the new fidelity. The Message Store is designed for companies who have mixed environments including Notes/Domino applications and possibly Notes/Domino mail users along with other users with Microsoft Outlook, GMail or other email sy [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes notes client applications email microsoft outlook

Maybe I should call the next one Bruce
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 5:30p   Ben Langhinrichs
Back in October, I announced that we were changing the name of the Midas Rich Text LSX to the Midas LSX after 16 years. Today, I announced that we were changing the name of CoexLinks to Coexlinks Fidelity after 11 years. Which brings up the obvious question, what will we call CoexEdit when we announce a new major release in a week or so? I'm thinking Bruce. Not for any practical purpose, only philosophical ones. Just to keep it clear. [read] Keywords: lsx rich text archive

Introducing CoexLinks Fidelity
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 2:06p   Ben Langhinrichs
Today, we are putting up a new version of CoexLinks called Coexlinks Fidelity. While it is technically CoexLinks 3.5 for internal reasons, it is the biggest addition of functionality for CoexLinks in years. The core CoexLinks functionality of converting doclinks to usable links in Outlook, Google Mail or other web mail is still in place, and more flexible and powerful than ever. But now, there are two additional areas of functionality added to enhance the power and value of CoexLinks: Email Fide [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client rich text css database email google outlook security smtp

A customer request
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 11:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
Without mentioning names, we got a customer request today: We need to migrate some data to SQL server and having difficulties with RTF's. By using @abstract, results are mixed. Some records have partial data from RTF field and also formatting is not retained. So we are looking for MidasLSX which allow us to easily export an RTF along with a few other fields directly into SQL server or write all the records from Notes database into a CSV file which can be imported into SQL table. We need to migr [read] Keywords: notes database server sql

Quick Mask - Fun easy uses in Gimp 2.8
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 8:19a   Ben Langhinrichs
While Gimp may not be relevant to IBM software or Notes/Domino, many business partners have chosen to use this free, open source image manipulation software for creating graphics, cleaning up photos and even building simple animations. Over on Mini-Lessons.info, I have twenty-two different Gimp tutorials along with many tutorials on Notes/Domino topics including some on the Midas LSX and CoexLinks. This is my latest Gimp 2.8 mini-lesson. Like all of my videos, there are no ads at all, and I aim [read] Keywords: domino ibm lsx notes

Beware: Will make you feel like family
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 10:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
As one of the many in the Notes community who have felt this way about Bruce Elgort over the years, it is nice to see that his students feel the same way. Congratulations on your well-earned adoration, Bruce! [read] Keywords: notes community planetlotus planetlotus.org

The pointy-haired boss takes a data dump
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 7:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
When your PHB needs to take a data dump from Notes to SQL Server or DB2 or SharePoint Lists or whatever, and your organization is low on Notes developers, there's always the Midas LSX and the completely data-driven Export to CSV database. Request an evaluation license today and see how easy it can be. Or watch the video for a short demo. High fidelity full screen is recommended, and closed captions are available both for following along in English or getting translations to other languages. [read] Keywords: lsx notes database db2 server sharepoint sql

Help needed in Lanes 1 and 2
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 8:03a   Ben Langhinrichs
Yesterday, I laid out a roadmap for Genii Software, defining three lanes that we see companies fall into and how we aim to address the needs of those companies. Over the next few days, I will post a few examples to illustrate our goals. Lanes 1 and Lane 2:Taking data from a Notes database to SQL server without Notes development Problem: a company has a Notes database, and they need to take a number of fields of a specific form and put them into SQL Server tables. They may be migrating (Lane 1) o [read] Keywords: lsx notes rich text archive database development server sql

Genii Software Roadmap
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 2:58p   Ben Langhinrichs
I thought it might be worth laying out a roadmap for where I see Genii Software and its products going in the future. While these are mostly continuations of current directions, not everybody is aware of the different overlapping features. So, here goes. Lane 1: People leaving Notes behind or moving part of their infrastructures away from IBM (news flash: there are such customers)This lane is often seen as "migration", but frequently turns into "coexistence". We support both things. This lan [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes lsx notes rich text xpages applications consulting database email enterprise google interface microsoft oracle server

Mobile app coders
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 6:19a   Ben Langhinrichs
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Oh myyyyy
Sun, Mar 9th 2014 3:50p   Ben Langhinrichs
My daughter proves again she's a social media darling with her selfie with George Takei. [read] Keywords:

Tremendous kudos owed to IBM
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 8:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
Given that I sell products which often enhance the features or patch the holes in IBM's products, I may sometimes seem a little hard on IBM, and particularly on their rich text and rendering capabilities. Over the next week, I will show a few posts which demonstrate how our CoexLinks Fidelity product corrects further issues with email, but before I do, I want to give a huge shout out to the Notes developers who worked on Notes 9. Customers have complained about rich text to MIME rendering for y [read] Keywords: ibm notes rich text email

Apple security hole - the one line of code myth
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 7:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
The widespread reports of the hole in iPhones, Macs using Safari and so forth have taken to repeating the myth that the problem is the one line of code with the "goto fail" problem. To be fair, it is a single line of code, so that is not a myth. The myth is that this represents the problem, that it was a typo (according to Wired), and that Out of all the million lines of code we run every day, this one happened to be printed twice and so forth, as if the coding error were the problem. It was n [read] Keywords: apple security

More Selective - another Gimp tutorial
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 2:20p   Ben Langhinrichs
This is actually one of my earlier Gimp tutorials, back before I bought a new microphone and learned to use Audacity to clean up the sound. I editied it, tightened up parts and recorded a new audio portion that is both clearer and more accurate. What can I say, I've learned a bit since then. Anyway, these are some techniques for doing more with the most basic of tools in Gimp 2.8, the selection tools. It turns out they have some nifty and non-obvious features, so this demo shows ways to use the [read] Keywords:

Resist the urge to monetize
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 7:43a   Ben Langhinrichs
I wrote a slight variation of this over on an Entrepreneur's community on Google+, but thought people might be interested here as well. It is business related rather than technical, but given the number of small businesses and entrepreneurs around, I thought I'd share it. Resist the urge to monetize One of the mistakes I see both small businesses and solo flyers make, one I've made myself at times, is to follow the siren call to monetize everything. Whether it is adding ads next to your blog [read] Keywords: community google

More Lysol As if dedicated to the name Notes by IBM
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 10:30a   Ben Langhinrichs
After today's Opening General Session at IBM Connect, I thought I'd reprint a poem I wrote a few years ago. Though it was not intended for this back then, today I felt that it could be rededicated to the name Notes as viewed by IBM: More Lysol! I smell the fragrance of your hair It lingers on each downward stair. The smell of you I cannot bear, So I spray Lysol in the air. You came to me to say good-bye. “Our love is dead!” said with a cry. I raised my fist and let it fly [read] Keywords: ibm notes

2014 IBM Connect Sessions database
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 8:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
I am tremendously pleased to see that Mat Newman, Rob Novak, Karl Henry Martinson, Vitor Pereira, Giuseppe Grasso, Andreas Imnitzer and Giulio Campobassi have put their skills and energy together to come up with such an IBM Connect 2014 Sessions database, and of course with Gabriella Davis for hosting the web version. (Okay, I am also delirious with joy at not having to put all that work in anymore.) As one might suspect, it looks and works better than ever. To quote Mat on instructions: You ca [read] Keywords: ibm notes database server twitter

Building a Business 1 - Find the right windmills
Sun, Jan 19th 2014 1:40p   Ben Langhinrichs
The first in a series of articles about entrepreneurship and business, based on my experiences with Genii Software and developing products for IBM Lotus Notes/Domino. If you wish to Like or comment on Facebook, visit the Genii Software FB page. [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes facebook google javascript widget

The ones that get away
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 1:04p   Ben Langhinrichs
There are days when a post pops up on Planet Lotus with an intriguing title, or at least an intriguing one for an IBM Notes oriented site. Inevitably, even if the post has made it to the What's Hot list, it isn't really there when I click on it. I always wonder about the ones that get away. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes planet lotus

Does the NSA encrypt the radio wave data from the computers it hacks?
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 7:30p   Ben Langhinrichs
Comment on the embedded Google+ post or on the Facebook post, if that suits you more. [read] Keywords: facebook google javascript widget

Midas LSX 5.00g released with critical bug fix
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 7:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
All customers using HTML exports with the new Midas LSX 5.00 after 5.00b should upgrade to 5.00g due to a specific issue where the cleanup process after an HTML export may lead to a crash. No changes are required to scripts, but anybody who has experienced the crash may want to recompile their agents to be on the safe side. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions are affected. [read] Keywords: lsx bug

A major company switched to IBM Connections. What happened next will shock you.
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 7:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
Well, actually, it likely won't. They used it, most thought it was pretty useful, but a few had some problems with it. Overall, about what you'd expect with a major software change. As much as I get hooked by the Upworthy headlines too, I am growing very tired of the constant barrage and hyperbole. That is all. [read] Keywords: connections ibm

Changing names midstream
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 1:20p   Ben Langhinrichs
Sometimes you make decisions that later turn out to be short-sighted. One of those decisions was leaving the names of the CoexLinks software DLLs the same for 32-bit and 64-bit IBM Domino versions. The decision seemed to make sense because we had already decided to leave the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Midas LSX the same, but there are different reasons there. With the Midas LSX, you need to use a line such as the following in your script: UseLSX "*lsxrtc" which then loads the LSX into m [read] Keywords: domino ibm lsx notes notes client server

A playful conference
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 9:30a   Ben Langhinrichs
While I have enjoyed Lotusphere through the years, and even had lots of fun, it was never as playful a conference as RootsCamp (or SXSW). My daughter clearly enjoys those a lot. Here she is on her way to RootsCamp 2013 this morning. [read] Keywords: lotusphere google

Just one short
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 12:40p   Ben Langhinrichs
As many of you have noted over on Facebook (thank you, thank you!), it is my birthday today. I am 51, or as I like to think of it, just one card short of a full deck. After going to a wonderful production of Wicked on Sunday, I spent the first half of my birthday in the best possible way, baby sitting (i.e., playing with) my surrogate grandson who just turned 2 a few days ago. Books, puzzles, playdough and more for four and a half hours. What a delightful way to spend half a birthday, Of course [read] Keywords: facebook

You wanna buy me out?
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 9:18a   Ben Langhinrichs
I am so tired of the endless solicitations from companies who want to show me what to do if I am approached by somebody who wants to buy my company. I have not tried to sell my company. I don't have a lot of interest in selling my company. But guess what, if somebody approaches me to buy my company, I think I can handle it. Ten million bucks. We'll go with the Zillow approach. You want to buy my company? Let's save the haggling. Send me a check for ten million dollars, and I'll send you the [read] Keywords:

Who will be the first to pop the bubble?
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 7:15a   Ben Langhinrichs
A number of people have expressed an interest in the Yellow Bubbles project, but who will be the first to burst? Will it be you?!? If people hurry, it would make a great stocking stuffer. (Especially if loaded on a lovely new tablet or mobile device of one's choice.) Below are answers to the frequently asked questions. (Okay, each has been asked just one.) Question 1: How do I submit what I have written. I can use anything from a Notes document in a blank database to an email or a file in .doc/ [read] Keywords: notes database email mobile

Trying out SharePoint - Day 3
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 2:20p   Ben Langhinrichs
Going to put this out earlier because it is a Friday, so I plan to finish up soon. I made some good progress today. Went into the SharePoint-community.net discussions and searched for CSV, which is my highest priority for understanding. Found only a few posts, but somebody else seemed to be asking the same thing. Replied asking if he ever got an answer, and a very knowledgable user answer me shortly after that, pointing me at the Import-CSV Cmdlet (a new vocabulary word for me), and also a link [read] Keywords: community database server sharepoint sql

Trying out SharePoint - Day 2
Thu, Nov 14th 2013 6:20p   Ben Langhinrichs
Not a lot of progress today, but good places to start. Started up my own "site" with Microsoft for Office 365 and SharePoint last night, so I went back and it was all there and functioning. Impressed at how easy that was. Maybe I am just a bit leery of large corporations and websites after Partnerworld. Anyway, a pleasant surprise, but only if I can figure out what to do. Played around a little, then when and sought Tom Duff's advice on where/how/why to get started. Both he and Joe Litton ch [read] Keywords: community microsoft office sharepoint

Yellow Bubbles - Stories of the Lotus community by YOU
Thu, Nov 14th 2013 7:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
In a comment on my last post, Christian Tillmanns suggested that writing a whole book was too much, but one chapter would be doable, and Paul Mooney chimed in that a history of the Lotus community would be fun. What if anybody in the Yellowverse who was interested tell your story/stories about what the Lotus community has meant to you. No particular rules, tell the good, bad or ugly. Anything that would be fun for the rest of us to share. I would then publish them on Smashwords for free (and on [read] Keywords: lotus community

If only I could talk Bruce into it
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 6:17p   Ben Langhinrichs
While this isn't a real book, maybe if I asked really, really nicely, I could talk Bruce into writing it. I'd love to read a book by him about the pros and cons of open source projects, and what his thinking is these days about the open source movement. Maybe if we all asked him. How about it? (I have a book cover all ready for him. That's the heavy lifting right there, eh?) [read] Keywords:

Trying out SharePoint - Day 1
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 1:40p   Ben Langhinrichs
I've decided it is time to learn something about SharePoint. Whether that means, "Know they enemy" or "Abandon Help, all ye who enter here" or "Follow my bliss" will remain to be seen. At the moment, I just want to figure out what it is. Looking at the system requirements, I do not want to set up my own SharePoint server just yet. Looking about, I can see lots of talk about SharePoint Online. My wife says my head is in the clouds anyway, so I'll try that. I could sign up for SharePoint O [read] Keywords: office server sharepoint

What possible advantages are there to being short?
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 10:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
With apologies to those in the community who are shorter than I am (most of you), and whom I have teased about it on occasion (a select few of you), I must admit that there are advantages to being short. At least if you are an ebook. There was a time when most sources of information about technology were long. (1990s and early 2000s, I'm looking at you.) Lotus and other tech companies produced books with information about their products, and there were many independent books published as well. [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes xpages community iphone mobile

Making XPages Run by Kathy Brown - a birthday gift
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 7:15a   Ben Langhinrichs
Of course, it isn't a real book, but it seemed so appropriate for Kathy Brown that I went ahead and made it. I was going to use it for my Instant Ebook demo, but I think I'll just leave it out there. Of course, if Kathy would like to make it a real book, I'd be happy to help. As it happens, today is Kathy's birthday, so consider this a Happy Birthday book cover. [read] Keywords: xpages

Rich Text 101 - finally a real book
Tue, Nov 12th 2013 7:39a   Ben Langhinrichs
Finally, a real book (I hope I haven't cried wolf too often). I decided to demonstrate how the Instant Ebook sample works by taking a popular, and still surprisingly accurate and useful, set of articles I wrote about Notes rich text starting ten years ago and updated occasionally to reflect version changes. I made a few more updates, pasted each of the articles into the Instant Ebook sample, added the cover you see above and pressed the button. In less than a second, the ebook was available, so [read] Keywords: domino lsx notes rich text database

IBM Software Stack by Gab and Tim Davis
Mon, Nov 11th 2013 2:16p   Ben Langhinrichs
Okay, okay, it's another fictitious book, but I couldn't resist. As far as I can tell, the entire IBM software stack pretty much relies on Gab and Tim, which explains how little time off they get. In any case, I'd rather see this than SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis Using IBM Spss, which appears to be the most popular IBM Software title right now. Really cool stuff there, I'm sure, if you are into SPSS, which I haven't personally been into since the late 1980s, b [read] Keywords: ibm

Code Warriors vs. XPages by Nathan T Freeman
Sun, Nov 10th 2013 1:30p   Ben Langhinrichs
Okay, so this also is not a real book, but it could be. All that it would take is Nathan, a graphic artist and a little bit of knowledge. But just imagine if potential developers found this sort of book up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and so forth? They might stop thinking of Notes as legacy software, at least a little. Of course, since our Instant Ebook sample will handle putting those images into EPUB, Nathan could mix text and links and images all together and make a really gripping book. It [read] Keywords: notes xpages

IBM Connections: Meeting the Modern Single Woman
Fri, Nov 8th 2013 1:28p   Ben Langhinrichs
I am mixing a bit of self promotion with a bunch of passion here, so bear with me... Imagine for a moment that the book shown above were real, and that Carl published it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other on-line bookstores. Then, imagine that customers who were thinking about IBM Connections and wanted to see what was published went and did a search there. Do you realize that Carl's book would likely be the first hit when they searched? When I did a search on Amazon in Books for "IBM Con [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus lsx notes database enterprise social software

Dem Eyes - Selective color with Gimp 2.8
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 11:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
It's been a while since I posted a Gimp 2,8 tutorial. As it happens, over on Google+ the Artistic Google theme is Monochrome/Selective Color. I thought it might be handy to do a short tutorial on making selective color images. See two whimsical examples below the video if you aren't sure what I mean. These are very easy to make (assuming you have a good image to start with), but not everybody has the time to play around and figure out how. his uses Gimp 2.8, a free open source alternative to P [read] Keywords: google

Midas LSX 5 announcement
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 8:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
I've learned to wait a few days before making these announcements, but here is the press release for Midas LSX 5. Announcing Midas LSX 5Contact: Ben Langhinrichs Genii Software +1 216‒991‒5220 Ben@GeniiSoft.com Cleveland, Ohio, Today -- Genii Software is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Midas LSX 5.00, a major new release of the widely acclaimed product extension for IBM Notes/Domino. After sixteen years of ongoing success as the Midas Rich Text LSX., the name has [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lsx notes rich text xpages archive development email exchange exchange firefox google microsoft mobile sharepoint sql

IBM Redbooks available in EPUB format
Wed, Oct 30th 2013 2:04p   Ben Langhinrichs
This has nothing to do with my products, but I was glad to see that IBM has embraced the EPUB format as well, making 786 of its IBM Redbooks available in EPUB format as well as PDF. They've published 14 of them this month alone, so there are likely to be more where these came from. Visit http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks.nsf/epub?Open to search for a favorite Redbook and get it in EPUB format. [read] Keywords: ibm

Want the Domino Designer Help DB with Eclipse help docs?
Wed, Oct 30th 2013 12:10p   Ben Langhinrichs
A few people have written and asked about getting a copy of the IBM Domino Designer Help db with the Eclipse help documents included. While I'd like to just post it, I don't really want to step on IBM's toes on this. So here is the deal I have for you. Since you could go ahead and import the documents yourself using Midas V5, there's no harm in giving you the database if you have an evaluation license for Midas. So, if you want a copy, fill out the evaluation license request, download versio [read] Keywords: agent domino ibm lsx sametime database eclipse email

Notes/Domino 9.0.1 Fix List in EPUB
Wed, Oct 30th 2013 11:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
It occurred to me it might be useful to use Midas V5 to create an EPUB version of the 300 fixes in the IBM Notes/Domino 9.0.1 release. You can download a copy or read it directly from FixList901.epub. Of course, if you requested a Midas LSX 5 evaluation license, you could generate your own EPUB, HTML or MHT files for any release, or combination of releases, or topic area, or whatever. The full agent I used is below. The only extra thing I did was create a shortened version of the Public form ( [read] Keywords: agent domino ibm lsx notes

Eighteen minutes to a searchable Designer Help
Tue, Oct 29th 2013 7:30p   Ben Langhinrichs
We released Midas LSX Version 5.00a with a few bugs fixes, and with the Import from Zip functionality turned on. To test it, I looked at the Eclipse help packages where all the Designer help has gone. These are packages in zip files, with an XML table of contents. The code I used looks like this after I traverse the XML files with the standard classes, then for each .html file in the Zip file, it creates a blank document, sets the form and such, then imports it. Call rtitem.CreateBackend(doc.Han [read] Keywords: domino lsx css database eclipse xml

Notes Client Help in Kindle format
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 2:00p   Ben Langhinrichs
This community always impresses me with the constant desire to help one another. Brian Moore of Thomson Machinery wrote: Ben, I follow your blog, and I appreciate you putting out the client help as an epub. Since I need mobi for my Kindle, I converted it I'm attaching it for you, in case you'd like to share it as well. If you're interested, this is the program I used: http://calibre-ebook.com/ Cheers, Brian So, here it is in MOBI format. Simply download or email to your Kindle the IBM N [read] Keywords: ibm notes notes client community email

Seeing is believing
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 10:49a   Ben Langhinrichs
To give you an idea of the fidelity you can get with the Midas LSX V5, this is a page from the IBM Notes 9 Social Edition Client help db that I posted yesterday in an EPUB version. The entire agent used to create this complete database conversion are below. (I added a page for the Cover image, but otherwise touched nothing in the database.) If you want to try this sort of export for yourself, request an evaluation license of the Midas LSX V5 today. Dim s As New NotesSessionDim gColl As New Genii [read] Keywords: agent ibm lsx notes database

Any other databases you would like to see as EPUB?
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 2:30p   Ben Langhinrichs
IBM Designer Help? Sessions database from a conference? Something else? I'd be happy to oblige. (If you missed it, see my last post which has the Notes Client Help database as an EPUB file. [read] Keywords: ibm notes notes client database

Midas LSX V5 released plus a small gift
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 7:49a   Ben Langhinrichs
Last night, Genii Software Ltd. released Version 5.00 of what is now known as the Midas LSX (formerly the Midas Rich Text LSX). This new release offers powerful features for using Notes/Domino data outside of the standard client, whether in XPages, mobile apps, portal apps and more or whether the data is to be migrated to SharePoint, Google Apps or elsewhere. Data can be exported as separate files or in capsule views. Midas LSX 5.00 supports all Windows 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Notes/Domino [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lsx notes rich text xpages community google javascript mobile sharepoint

Pardon the dust while we ready Midas LSX V5
Mon, Sep 30th 2013 6:55a   Ben Langhinrichs
Things may be a little scattered as we update the website and documentation and samples, but it should all come together by the end of the day. Don't be confused if the page says that 5.00 is out when it isn't available yet. If you would like to try the new collection logic or try exporting to CSV, EPUB, JSON and the rest of the formats, don't hesitate to fill out a Midas LSX 5 evaluation request, and as soon as the version is ready, you will be sent a license file. Customers already on our m [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lsx notes rich text archive

Out of Notes 9 - Professional Polish
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 10:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
This is the ninth in my series, Out Of Notes (see Part 1 - The Challenge, Part 2 - Capsule Views, Part 3 - ePublish from XPages, Part 4 - Linked Collections, Part 5 - To SharePoint, Part 6 - By a Thread, Part 7 - MultiDatabase Export and Part 8 - Integrating with Notes 9 and the Browser Plugin). It is the last before the release of Midas LSX V5. In this, I show how you can professionalize the exported ePub file, but with changes that would also work for Web Archive (.mht) or HTML/XHTML. The [read] Keywords: lsx notes xpages archive mobile sharepoint

Munching on my own dogfood
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 9:05a   Ben Langhinrichs
Kibbles and bits. Kibbles and bits. And ePublishing (.epub) and Web Archive (.mht) and HTML/XHTML (.htm) and so forth. Specifically, I'm working on finishing up the Midas LSX V5 Help database so that I can generate an ePublishing version, a Web Archive version and an XHTML version all from the Notes database that I will (of course) maintain. These are both to give people a sense of how those work and to offer the content in various formats that might be useful. For now, I am playing with the eP [read] Keywords: lsx notes archive database

Even in simplicity there is complexity
Mon, Sep 16th 2013 11:02a   Ben Langhinrichs
One of the challenges of writing software is to balance the simplicity and complexity so that the users can mostly revel in the simplicity, but can harness the power of the complexity when necessary. For example, the following are all fairly simple agents, but the first uses only defaults and thus renders all the non-system items on the document, and renders the full rich text field. The second narrows down the export to specified fields. The third uses those same narrow set of fields, but renam [read] Keywords: agent rich text application

Notes to JSON - Curb Appeal
Sun, Sep 15th 2013 7:18p   Ben Langhinrichs
While there are different ways to create JSON output, this is a sample of how it looks when Midas V5 generates data from IBM Notes, including Notes rich text aand images. Please note that the formatting is due to JSONLint where I was validating the output, as a long stream of JSON is not too identifiable, and Midas defaults to unformatted JSON because it is is more efficient. The top is a screen capture pf the first of the four documents from the search results. The bottom is the JSON output for [read] Keywords: agent ibm lsx notes rich text database

Not everyone with data is a programmer
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 1:00p   Ben Langhinrichs
Sometimes, even non-programmers want to ePublish data or export it to other formats. [read] Keywords:

I am not an IBM champion
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 8:26a   Ben Langhinrichs
I understand that it is an honor for many to be named an IBM champion, and I cheer their efforts and recognition. I understand that my products have enhanced IBM's offerings in many ways, and my coexistence products have even made it possible for a lot of IBM customers to continue using IBM's offerings. Maybe that would be enough for some to consider me an IBM champion. But I am not. I am a champion for my customers, regardless of what technologies they choose. I help people moving to IBM offe [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere ray ozzie

Embedding JSON post from Google Plus
Wed, Sep 11th 2013 9:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
Google has recently announced the ability to embed posts on our websites. I thought I'd give it a whirl with the following post and see how it works. [read] Keywords: google

Edging the community into a conference
Tue, Sep 10th 2013 7:28p   Ben Langhinrichs
When you hold a physical conference such as ICON UK or EntwicklerCamp or IBM Connectlotuspherekenexa, a key element is the community element. Parties, good beer, places to hang out and talk. But while I love those parts of a physical conference, I think it's a mistake to try to reproduce them in a virtual conference. Instead, a virtual conference needs to play off its strengths, not its weaknesses. A virtual conference has more time and scope, and will likely be attended by some live and by oth [read] Keywords: admin ibm notes community office profile security twitter

Data URIs for small embedded images
Wed, Sep 4th 2013 3:47p   Ben Langhinrichs
One of the small features that has been added in Midas V5 is support for generating data URIs. These allow the content of a data object, particularly an image, to be converted to Base64 and stored directly in the HTML. For example, this image is embedded in the HTML. The source for it looks like: which is pretty hideous, but this allows the images to be part of the single HTML file instead of requiring separate image files or integrated MIME files. As you might guess, this allows capsule views [read] Keywords:

Sharp-eyed folks might notice
Wed, Sep 4th 2013 7:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
In one of those last minute "Aha!" moments before releasing Midas V5 to a few early adopters, I realized that the GeniiRTCollection name did not make sense anymore. Like so many things, the original purpose has been changed. The class was originally designed to be a collection of GeniiRTItem objects that might be from multiple documents, even multiple documents in multiple databases or put together in an ad hoc way. The idea was to do GeniiRTItem and GeniiRTChunk type actions on them. As time [read] Keywords: lsx rich text

A virtual conference would require different preparations
Tue, Sep 3rd 2013 11:59a   Ben Langhinrichs
When you set up a physical conference such as ICON UK or EntwicklerCamp, a lot of the preparations for the event involve travel, housing and feeding both presenters and attendees, including special events such as parties, but also including getting the right meeting spaces, video equipment and so forth. Of course, you have many other items such as getting sponsors and making t-shirts, name tags, etc. etc,. etc. A virtual conference has many different requirements, though some are similar. For ex [read] Keywords: google office

The fourth dog
Tue, Sep 3rd 2013 6:33a   Ben Langhinrichs
The fourth dog In both business and in life, I am most intrigued by what the fourth dog sees that the other three don't. Entrepreneurs don't simply follow the crowd, they find a new way and the crowd follows them. I've had a lot of people over the years ask how to make a successful business selling software rather than services. I'm hardly an expert, but clearly I'm doing something right. My advice has always been to find the nastiest, most intractable problem around that nobody wants to to [read] Keywords:

SphereCon - time for a virtual tech conference?
Fri, Aug 30th 2013 1:57p   Ben Langhinrichs
Obviously, there are already webinars and virtual conferences of various sorts run by individual companies, but perhaps we should do a user conference more like ICON UK using something like the Hangouts On Air technology on Google+. We could have an agenda, solicit abstracts and so forth, but the presenters would present from wherever they live/work. Maybe there already is something like this, but if there isn't we should do one. If there is, I should know about it, so tell me. Posting this lat [read] Keywords: google office

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