The Seven Seas Lagoon, in-front of The Magic Kingdom®, is a decent sized body of water and also connects to Bay Lake, located between Disney's Contemporary Resort and Wilderness Lodge. Unlike the speedboat rentals at The Yacht & Beach, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach -- which all exist in No Wake zones and thus go 5 MPH only -- the Sea Ray® Sea Raycers at The Magic Kingdom resort marinas are far more enjoyable. They are a lot of fun and something I enjoy annually, weather permitting. Follow the wb link for details on getting there, prices, etc.
FUN103 Bloggers Annual Lotusphere Dinner (BALD) (web link) Speaker: Bloggers and Wannabes Big River Brewhouse - Saturday 6:00pm - 6:00pm
Hang out with very cool (and mostly short and almost all balding) bloggers and their groupies whilst imbibing lightly (see FUN104 for heavy imbibing).
FUN104 The Turtle's Annual Drink-A-Lot Party (web link) Speaker: Bloggers and Wannabes ESPN on Boardwalk - Saturday 8:00pm - 11:59pm
Hang out with somewhat cool (and mostly already slightly inebriated) folks whilst imbibing heavily (see FUN103 for light imbibing).
But there is more to do than fun stuff. Today is your day to buy the food and supplies that will keep you going throughout the long week. Don't forget some healthy snacks such as raisins or nuts to hold you through after all the crap and snacks. It may even be a good idea to buy some of those high powered Vitamin C tablets.
Speaking of which, wash your hands frequently. I know I'm not your mom, but it is horrible to get sick on Saturday and stay sick throughout the conference.
Finally, some book picks from the Virtual Bookstore. This is the only day you may have time to browse through the Sessions db, and books you order now will likely be waiting for you when you return, easing the landing.
Admins: If you are German, you may want to see look at Lotus Notes Domino 8/8.5-Administration: Lotus Groupware installieren, betreiben und verwalten [German], and if you are French, you may want to see Lotus Domino 8.5 Administration: Tome 1, Installation et configuration [French], but for everybody else, I recommend you take a look at:
Survival Guide for Lotus Notes and Domino Administrators
IBM’s® Practical, Hands-On Guide to Supporting and Administering Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino
This is the only book that focuses entirely on the specific technical, desk-side, and infrastructure issues that support professionals and administrators encounter when implementing and running Lotus Notes in production environments. Authored by one of IBM’s top Lotus experts, it draws on the firsthand experiences of IBM professionals working in hundreds of client environments. Mark Elliott has created a true “encyclopedia” of proven resolutions to common problems and has streamlined processes for infrastructure support. Elliott systematically addresses support solutions for all recent Lotus Notes and Domino environments.
Developers: I know, I know, you are all rushing out at buying Mastering XPages, which is clearly the hit of the conference, having sold 11 copies through the Virtual Bookstore already, but there are other great books. Think outside the box. If you are going to be developing with XPages in Lotus Domino, you really ought to be very secure in your knowledge of Dojo, as they go together, so I recommend you take a look at:
Business People (aka Suits): There are lots of great books in the Virtual Bookstore for you, but the first you should look at is:
Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World
"If you want to understand why Wikipedia is changing the world, this book is a must read." –Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia
"This book is a must read for all - social activists, politicians or managers - who have an interest in understanding how our society is morphing." –Professor C.K. Prahalad, #1 Management Guru and author of Competing for the Future
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
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
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
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
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
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
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