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
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
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
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