Recently, I had the privilege to observe a couple of hours of Paul Mooney's mobile management seminar covering Lotus Traveler. Like many people covering such a topic, Paul went through the software requirements, hardware requirements, architecture decisions, plus recent patches and issues--ensuring currency. What I really liked was his emphasis on covering the vast arsenal of customizations that are possible with the product. This facet allows administrators the ability to lock-down and provide security for their environment. The most interesting component is that seemingly the best parts of Traveler are undocumented. Paul's session covers extensively, this facet well. It is quite extraordinary how much of what the Traveler product can do is so lacking any, let alone proper documentation.
Now keep in-mind his session is not a pro-Traveler or anti-BES session. Quite the opposite. Paul carefully provides what the Traveler server can do well along with opportunities for improvement, and also where Research In Motion's (RIM) Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) excels. For example, one aspect mentioned there exist approximately 500 policies that a BES administrator can set to manage their mobile hardware and over 400 for the express version of their server product. Whereas the Lotus Traveler has only 100+ rules that can be applied. Additionally, BES is optimized for more users on each respective server, due to its longevity--allowing for finely tuned code. However, as most of you know, BES really only works with its own brand of hardware. So, there are points to consider with your mobile strategy and these are articulated with lucidity.
Unlike most sessions, Paul ensures that people expand their sphere of knowledge with hands-on configuration experience on mobile devices they typically do not use or know. He brings to the session an assortment of phones worthy of making any border customs agent think twice before letting him pass. One of the fun aspects of being a technical administrator in the modern era. (Fortunately, he passes through every time.)
The best part of this session is that you can bring Paul to your place of business and get your team up-to-speed on the deeper particulars of Traveler. He also offered this unique opportunity as the administration component for the IamLUG Tack It On event back in August 2011. Although intended for business, I am almost certain that if you wanted to bring Paul to your home and train your kids on Traveler that could be arranged as well: for a fee, of course. Besides his bag of mobile phones will keep your kids busy for hours.
You can contact Paul here or email him for further information on pricing and availability for this worthwhile session.
Engage 2014 Slides Available
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 12:11p Bill Malchisky Jr. I published my Engage 2014 session slides to both SlideShare and My Presentations page. I took time to review the deck and decided to test further the remote access redirect slides, ultimately dramatically simplifying the steps. The result is an easy two-step process that should work fine for about 80% of use cases. If your needs exceed what I provided, please contact me and I can offer some suggestions for an alternate approach. Just remember, if your desktop system is Windows, load your X Wind [read] Keywords: administration
Wisdom on Longevity From a 96 Year Old Skier
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 4:11p Bill Malchisky Jr. George Jedenoff started skiing at the age of 43 and has been hooked ever since. Earlier this month, he once again carved some turns at Alta and Snowbird with the Ski Utah crew and talked about longevity, keeping motivated, the importance of staying fit, and how skiing has been a part of his life every single year since 1960. Hardly timid, George seeks out powder and has a wonderfully cordial demeanor, with excellent diction. Applicable life advice for even non-skiers. Enjoy this short video. [read] Keywords:
New ICS Linux Skype Chat Announced
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 10:11p Bill Malchisky Jr. During a packed room at Linuxfest V during IBM Connect 2014, an attendee asked if there was a place where we could collaborate on using Linux with ICS. Enter Community in action: Tim Clark immediately stepped-up to start a new Skype chat entitled, "ICS Linux Chat". Therefore, if you would like a place to go and chat about Linux between Connect events or my Linux sessions at LUG events, then please contact myself, Tim Clark, Devin Olson, or Christoph Stoettner to get invited. We would be happy [read] Keywords: ibm
Get the Line on Linuxfest V -- Only at IBM Connect 2014
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 6:11a Bill Malchisky Jr. I am thrilled to announce that we have secured a room for another unofficial all-Linux session at IBM Connect. Linuxfest returns for the fifth consecutive year. We have great digs inside the Dolphin at Oceanic 2, so it is really easy to find. Red Hat is sponsoring us for the third consecutive year and I am thrilled to be working with them to help move Linux forward within the IBM/Lotus Community. ic14-linuxfest-v.ics Date: Thursday, 30 January Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM Place: Dolphin -- Ocea [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Connect 2014 Saturday Social Events Calendar
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 5:10a Bill Malchisky Jr. It's that time of year again, everyone heading to Orlando is excited about IBM Connect 2014 and Lotusphere. Mat published his unofficial unsupported ConnectOsphere Notes DB this week and Andy published his annual guide too to kick-off the new year in style. Saturday at Connect/Lotusphere allows us to get the week rolling in a big way. So, let's go to it! Here are the three main networking opportunities to meet and socialize with the IBM/Lotus community. Get your sleep this week, as come Saturd [read] Keywords: ibm
Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 5:12a Bill Malchisky Jr. Just in time for the new year, the Wall Street Journal published a piece on scenic classic ski lift rides at domestic ski areas, which actually let you slow down a bit and enjoy the ride. Sure, sometimes when you seek to meet a friend at the mid-lift area quickly, the slower pace can be irksome if you grab the wrong chair, but outside of that, taking time for a nice conversation with a local, or your ski buddies makes a great day even better. This is an excellent compilation. Of course, other re [read] Keywords:
Simple Tips to Keeping Warm and Staying Safe in Winter
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 5:11a Bill Malchisky Jr. In the midst of some quite cold temperatures experienced over the northern USA this week, into the weekend and coming week, I thought I would put together a quick list with a goal to keep you warm--as this is an area of expertise for me. It is amazing that even with activities quite common for many to most, how cold people still get when say, attending a football game, shoveling snow, running errands, volunteering at an election poll, sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. As I really enjoy cold we [read] Keywords:
"IBM iNotes on Firefox 26 is Inoperable" -- FIXED
Thu, Dec 26th 2013 12:11p Bill Malchisky Jr. Here is another great reason to upgrade to 8.5.3 FP6 or 9.0.1 IF1 -- it addresses an iNotes issue with the latest Firefox release. The official Fix List for 8.5.3 FP6 is listed here, but omits any reference to this iNotes issue. You have to dig further and go through the product fix list located here under Upcoming Releases, to see mention of the SPR for this problem. If you have Domino 9.0.1, then the respective documents are a bit more challenging to locate, but you will find technote 16579 [read] Keywords: domino
Grateful to be an IBM Champion Once Again
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 3:15p Bill Malchisky Jr. This morning IBM announced via the Social Biz User Group site that list of the 2014 IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions. The announcement also appears on the IBM Social Business Insights Blog. I am very pleased to have been accepted once again. The group of community members are quality people and I appreciate very much the new friendships I made over the past several years as a result. There are 87 of us now, spanning the globe. Congratulations to the new names and re-confirmed individual [read] Keywords: collaboration