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.
Train Tips for European Traveling - Part II
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 6:13a Bill Malchisky Jr. As I covered last year in Train Tips for European Traveling, train travel is a fun adventure. For my second installment, this year I chose the Dutch Intercity high speed and Eurostar lines and wanted to provide some information that may save you some time or alleviate logistical concerns. Enjoy! Train Service in The Netherlands 1. When arriving in Holland, you can take the local trains (making all major and minor stops), or the InterCity branch which runs express from city to city (major [read] Keywords: exchange
Some "Great Train Rides" of the World
Sun, Aug 10th 2014 10:12p Bill Malchisky Jr. The Wall Street Journal released an Off Duty Travel section article entitled, "Great Train Rides: Run Away on the Rails", covering six scenic and enjoyable routes on four continents plus the island nation of New Zealand--including input from Mike Smith, The Man in Seat Sixty-One. Although hardly cyclopedic nor meant to be, reader comments do indicate additional favorites. The leadoff permutation limns the joy of the London to Edinburgh run, which I am happy to say I enjoyed -- twice, while pre [read] Keywords:
Travel Tip: Getting Answers to Obscure Travel Questions Before You Depart
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 6:12a Bill Malchisky Jr. Have a food allergy and are curious if you can eat on a river cruise in Bali? How about whether a planned exotic purchase from a foreign country can be brought back home? Will you be able to replenish lost or stolen medicine at your destination? Or is it possible to purchase a vegan meal in Concourse A of an unfamiliar airport terminal? There is a site which offers such a service: Tripatini. On their site (right most pane) you will see the Ask a Travel Pro badge. Click it and you will be able [read] Keywords:
Soccer Saturday, The First IBM ConnectED Activity Announcement!
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 6:12a Bill Malchisky Jr. crosses community at Once again, we will kick-off the IBM Connect(ED) conference properly. Join in the fun as a player or spectator. Meet familiar faces in the community and make new friends on the sandy pitch at Disney World's Dolphin and Swan hotel. We all enjoyed it the last two years, so I ensured we had the pitch reserved for 2015 before leaving IBM Connect 2014. Please feel free join us even if you do not play -- all spectators are welcome. Event Details Date: Saturday, 24 Jan [read] Keywords: ibm
Which Hotels Have the Best WiFi?
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 10:16a Bill Malchisky Jr. As we all travel, one of the biggest gambles with any new property is the quality and availability of Internet access -- especially WiFi. A new travel oriented site helps to solve this matter, entitled Hotel WiFi Test. As it is very new, the city list and properties are quite small, but growing quickly. They added a link that allows you to run a speed test if you are in a hotel and it will catalog it. Thus, you can plan your trips by the data of others, while also contributing easily when you ch [read] Keywords: properties
IBM ConnectED 2015 Preview Site Launched!
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 1:12p Bill Malchisky Jr. Just a few minutes ago (as of this writing), IBM announced the new site link and conference name for Connect. It is now entitled IBM ConnectED 2015! Here is the preview site, which just went live. They are evolving the conference into a "more in-depth technical event", which should be welcomed by many of the Lotusphere alumni of years past--particularly those that felt the event deviated slightly from its roots. You can tell the site is quite fresh as the IBM ConnectED 2015 Resources wiki stil [read] Keywords: collaboration
How To Receive Ubuntu 12.04 Kernel Updates After 7 August 2014
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 1:11p Bill Malchisky Jr. Certain versions of Ubuntu have an older version of their Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) and thus it needs to be upgraded, or on 7 August 2014 you will no longer receive kernel and graphics stack updates; all other software updates will proceed unimpeded. Below is what I learned along with excerpts from the Ubuntu wiki post on the event. The current release schedule and EOL announcements for each Ubuntu build is located here. What is HWE? "Hardware Enablement Stacks (HWE) are incorpora [read] Keywords: domino
World Cup 2014 Skype Chat Announced
Thu, Jun 12th 2014 6:10p Bill Malchisky Jr. Just in-time for the World Cup, the ICS Community has a Skype chat to capture all the comments from our community on the great game. If you would like to join your friends from around the world in a zealous environment -- especially when the Dutch play -- let me know via Skype, or comment on this post with your skype name, if I'm offline. Links for the official FIFA World Cup: social media accounts, widgets, RSS Feeds, Twitter team lists - click accordingly. See you on the virtual pitch [read] Keywords: application