Xtify: Measuring my campaigns performance
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 10:10p Bob Balfe I have been running the Xtify reactor on my blog now for a few weeks. I have already seen a couple of the campaigns working well. For instance, the “Subscribe to my blog” message has received many clicks and a … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:
Getting and setting check boxes with jQuery
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 6:40a Bob Balfe Getting and setting check boxes in jQuery is a lot easier than setting radio buttons and we can thank the “prop” function for that. Here is the HTML, notice each check box has its own Id, that is the key … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:
CKEditor comes to the Eclipse platform!
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 8:33p Bob Balfe I am not sure if this is the first time the CKEditor has been ported to the Eclipse platform but today I noticed on the Eclipse.org marketplace site there is a new plugin for editing HTML files using the CKEditor. This … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: eclipse
Coremedia Part 2 – Image maps and site style!
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 6:03a Bob Balfe In this video I continue the kids micro-site story and I demonstrate how easy it is to construct image maps with Coremedia. We are going to create a new banner that has mouse over popups (image map) of products in … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:
Xtify is now running on my blog!
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 9:30a Bob Balfe So I am playing around with Xtify and I pretty impressed with this technology and I am even more impressed with management of the messages/alerts. Don’t know what Xtify is? Watch the video at the end of this blog post. … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:
What do you think of YouTube channel trailers?
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 6:40a Bob Balfe I had a channel trailer on my Youtube channel for a while and I actually found it annoying. I don’t like click on a link or a page and immediately launching into a video with sound. It is similar to … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:
A great advertisement example!
Thu, Oct 24th 2013 2:40p Bob Balfe How cool is this? I went on to the New York Times site and Ralph Lauren has a very cool multi-place advertisement for their The Dog Walk campaign that is a seamlessly connected video. The video is blurry because I … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:
Update on iOS Siri security flaw
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 3:10p Bob Balfe So my phone has the IBM account settings on it which disables the use of Siri on a fully locked phone. My wife’s phone, which is running iOS 6, doesn’t even have a setting to disable Siri when the phone … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm
Check out this very cool art
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 8:30a Bob Balfe My step daughter just started posting her art into products online. She is very talented and is looking to pursue Art in college. Check out her work and help support her! [read] Keywords:
MAXCDN is now active!
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 1:30p Bob Balfe It will be interesting to hear if any of my readers abroad see a performance difference with my site. I just subscribed to MAXCDN and it already appears to be much faster. My hosting service is out of California so … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:
Will corporations move to fingerprint reading on devices for authentication?
Fri, Sep 13th 2013 7:20a Bob Balfe With the launch of the new iPhone 5s I am sure many IT security people are working to figure out whether or not to support fingerprints to get access to the device.
My company has a pretty stringent password policy for my mobile devices and most of my friends and family make fun of me having to enter such a long password every five minutes. I would love nothing more than to move to a fingerprint reader, however, I have some reservations about the technology.
This is clearly the way to go in my [read] Keywords: apple
New Video: Dynamic Merchandising with Custom Category Page Layout
Tue, Aug 27th 2013 12:50p Bob Balfe In this video I show how you can use template page layouts to give a custom experience for a book store that sells books for University classes. The video shows how you can have “landing pages” for courses to show the instructors picture, name, and biography along with the course description.
Then, instead of using a regular product listing, I use merchandising attributes to put course material and optional course material into two different eSpots. You can imagine the page could hav [read] Keywords:
IBM SupportTV – A great source of information for IBM products
Tue, Aug 27th 2013 6:20a Bob Balfe I received my weekly email from YouTube stating I would be interested in this channel called IBM SupportTV and the video was for IBM Extensions for Memory Analyzer to debug out of memory issues so I decided to check it out.
First off, I had no idea an IBM SupportTV channel even existed! I watched a couple of videos and I really like them. They are very similar to the way I do my videos on my channel. The channel looks like it spans a lot of different topics – BPM, WebSphere, Mobile Develo [read] Keywords: ibm
Coremedia plus WebSphere Commerce – an excellent integration story
Tue, Aug 20th 2013 11:20a Bob Balfe I happen to be engaged with a customer where we will be teaming up with Coremedia for some pretty amazing content management integration with WebSphere Commerce. Coremedia has been around for over 15 years and has a pretty large presence in Europe. Based out of Germany, Coremedia is starting to make grounds in the United States – see the video below for more information on that and make sure you check out their WebSphere Commerce page on their site for some key differentiation they bring t [read] Keywords: ibm
NBS Systems 2013 e-Commerce Benchmark – WebSphere Commerce still the leader!
Thu, Aug 1st 2013 9:10a Bob Balfe This is an excellent analysis of the various eCommerce systems in the market today. I only viewed the shortened free version which I found extremely comprehensive and much better than the Forrester and Gartner reports – so great job NBS Systems! What is also interesting is NBS Systems actually does hosting for Magento and Hybris implementations.
I really like the “Turnover to consider solution” benchmark because this really is the struggle trying to convince a company to come [read] Keywords: interface
Recommend Promotions 101 in WebSphere Commerce
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 9:40a Bob Balfe One of the most challenging parts of a commerce site is having the technology to tie the front end advertisements to the back-end promotion engine. For instance, you don’t want to show an advertisement for 15% off an item or items in a category when the promotion is not applicable or not even valid at that time. In this video I show how you can tie promotions and web content together on your WebSphere Commerce site to insure the advertisements are only visible when the promotion is availab [read] Keywords: websphere
Three cool examples of dynamic segment rules in WebSphere Commerce
Mon, Jul 29th 2013 7:23a Bob Balfe I have blogged about dynamic segments in WebSphere Commerce a few times because I think they are extremely powerful and allow marketing to do all kinds of very cool things to make their site more interesting to a buyer. The InfoCenter has a really good page with three great examples for how the rules for dynamic segments can be constructed. Remember, this is in the Management Center and these flows are constructed with basic drag and drop gestures.
In the first example you want to categorize yo [read] Keywords: ibm
Adding the Pinterest “Pin it” button to WebSphere Commerce
Wed, Jul 24th 2013 12:50p Bob Balfe With social media becoming more and more popular many sites offer a “Pin it” button for their products to be posted on Pinterest. If you are working in WebSphere Commerce and modifying the Aurora storefront, here is a quick snippet of code you can put into the ProductDisplay.jsp to enable this functionality.
First thing to do is define the variables that will hold the image URL. I actually stole this code from the product display widget and modified it a little to construct a full U [read] Keywords: facebook
Leaders For Life International – a camp every teenager should attend
Fri, Jul 12th 2013 2:00p Bob Balfe I had the pleasure of going to the end of camp ceremony today for my daughter and I must say I was totally impressed with the outcome of this six-day camp.
Leaders for Life International empowers teens entering grades 9-12 to fulfill dreams and achieve success. – link
The camp has two locations, one at the YMCA in Colorado and one at Hamilton College in Clinton NY. It was amazing to hear how many kids absolutely did not want to go and at the end of the week how the camp literally changed [read] Keywords:
What is the one word that defines you?
Thu, Jul 11th 2013 9:20a Bob Balfe The other day I read this very interesting article by Dharmesh Shah, the Founder and CTO at HubSpot. I found the article interesting because any time I am in a situation and asked or told about another professional I hear the same old descriptions – which in the end mean nothing to me. I am going to start using some of the words Dharmesh identified in this article to start describing the people I know. Of course this also opens the door for argument because the word only has meaning in th [read] Keywords: linkedin
College hire interviews: Internships, personality, and drive
Thu, Jun 20th 2013 9:03p Bob Balfe I recently read the article about Googles position on GPA’s and Brainteasers in interviews. This is really a new college hire interview as a professional interview is vastly different from someone coming right out of college.
When I interviewed candidates right out of college while I was at Iris Associates and my early days of Lotus it seemed we only really got the double majors with a 5.0/5.0 out of MIT. I remember one year we had three candidates and all three of them had almost identic [read] Keywords: lotus
Getting the Pulse of the social world
Fri, Jun 14th 2013 6:00a Bob Balfe If you haven’t seen the “Pulse” area on Klout you might want to check it out. You can see the most influential people by many different categories ranging from Late Night hosts to Universities. [read] Keywords:
Congratulations to my son Nathan, best Fathers day gift ever!
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 10:22p Bob Balfe I don’t normally write much personal stuff on my blog but I was so proud of my son Nathan last night I have to put this on my blog so I will always have this here.
Last night my son had his “moving up ceremony” from fifth grade to sixth. This is a pretty big deal because three elementary schools merge to one school – about 240 kids total. What I did not know was what I was about to hear when the awards ceremony started. At all of these events I record as much as I can dur [read] Keywords: facebook
Product delivery date: An online shopping experience
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 7:50a Bob Balfe I have been in the process of remodeling my kitchen. I am not going to mention any companies here but you can imagine two very large home improvement stores in the United States and those are the two I will be talking about. Oh yes, and I also checked Amazon.
This particular order was for a new faucet you see in the post. It is the Delta 9192T, it is very cool and can be turned off and on by touching the metal casing.
The two stores in question did not have this model “in stock” s [read] Keywords: connections
Using XPath API to figure out my stats post is now translated in Spanish!
Tue, Jun 11th 2013 8:00a Bob Balfe A bit back I was asked if one of my blog posts could be translated on a support page for a hosting company’s site. The post was originally put on this blog on 12/19/2012 and is titled “Using the XPath API to figure out my stats“. Here is a snippet of the translated post and link to the site:
Uno de los problemas principales que tengo con WordPress básico es que si bien hace un buen trabajo proporcionando tus estadísticas alrededor de las vistas (el número de vistas que obt [read] Keywords:
Introducing my new Commerce channel on Youtube
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 7:30a Bob Balfe I have a collection of videos on my YouTube channel and most of my recent ones are about commerce and more specifically WebSphere Commerce. The commerce related videos are similar to what we would show to a customer in a meeting or at a conference but in a smaller scope and generalized.
Since YouTube decided to make my channel pretty ugly and harder to find things I attempted to arrange my videos in sections by content type – I hope this helps. If you are looking specifically for commerce [read] Keywords: ibm
Sorting a HashMap in Java: SortedMap to the rescue!
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 8:50p Bob Balfe I recently had to populate a list and make sure there were no duplicates so I immediately thought of a hash map. While this worked great, I also needed the output to be sorted alphabetically. This is where SortedMap comes into play.
While I could have done this a few ways, I found this method very simple and straightforward. The hash map provides the unique values while the SortedMap provides the auto sorting I needed. I only had about 1000 records to sort so I didn’t have to worry about p [read] Keywords: java
The WordPress subscription feature is awesome!
Wed, Jun 5th 2013 7:30a Bob Balfe In case you do not use the Jetpack plugin for your WordPress site you might want to consider it. The plugin is packed with some professional features. One of those really cool features is the Subscriptions feature. Not only is it easy to subscribe on a WordPress site – see my home page on the upper right for an example, the administration of the subscriptions is basically seamless.
Many visitors land on your site once, never to return. Convert more visitors into regular readers by making i [read] Keywords: administration
Want to learn Dojo? Then check out this site today!
Sitepen - Development, support, and training from the makers of Dojo. [read] Keywords: applications
Book Review: jQuery Hotshot
Fri, May 31st 2013 8:10a Bob Balfe Did you ever go to a web site and think, wow, how did they do that? Or, wouldn’t that be cool to write? I know I do.
Well, this book is filled with 10 small projects you can use in real life. So unlike an API book where it focuses on the small granular API calls this book focuses on completed solutions.
Smarter Commerce: Having trouble putting the pieces together?
Wed, May 22nd 2013 1:50p Bob Balfe So you are at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit and you are seeing all kinds products and services from IBM and Business Partners. If you are asking yourself questions like this:
What value do I get choosing IBM for a specific piece of my Smarter Commerce puzzle?
What is the value of choosing IBM for multiple products?
What value is there in having these solutions integrated versus a competitor?
What business partner would you recommend for X, if any?
Why should I choose IBM for our eCommerce [read] Keywords: ibm
Subscriptions now enabled!
Mon, May 20th 2013 9:00p Bob Balfe So I had the pleasure of sitting next to and meeting Drew Neisser (@DrewNeisser), CEO of Renegade LLC on the plane to the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit today. We had a lot of great exchanges and he gave me a tip I should I have known already and that was having an email subscription form on my blog. I guess I thought that was “the old” way but Drew convinced me many people use his so I figured I would give it a try.
So in conference fashion you should see some pictures and p [read] Keywords: ibm
The insanity of the Marketing Technology landscape!
Tue, May 14th 2013 7:20a Bob Balfe A very interesting graphic from LUMA Partners (LUMAscape) was recently published. You will notice pretty much all of IBM’s recent acquisitions (in the last 3 or so years) are on this graphic. This is in my opinion a validation of the IBM’s Smarter Commerce strategy as their products become more and more integrated. Having a single company with best of breed technologies integrated and supported by one company makes this landscape a bit more consumable and less daunting.
Many of IBM [read] Keywords: ibm
Make sure you check out CrossViews booth at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit!
Wed, May 8th 2013 7:50a Bob Balfe CrossView is a premier provider of cross-channel commerce solutions and services that enable a smarter, more personalized shopping experience. You can see their sponsor listing on the Smarter Commerce Global Summit page here. One of CrossView’s customers is Moosejaw - a fast-growing Midwestern retailer specializing in extreme outdoor equipment and apparel. Moosejaw’s site, based on IBM’s WebSphere Commerce is often considered the poster child of social commerce. They have a br [read] Keywords: ibm
Book Review: Creating an MP3 Player with HTML5
Creating a custom build with Dojo Toolkit Web Builder
Fri, May 3rd 2013 7:20a Bob Balfe Do you want to use only a small piece of Dojo? Does Dojo have a really cool feature you want but you don’t want to take the entire library?
Then the Dojo Toolkit Web Builder is for you. I recently created a desktop web application where I wanted to use the Swipe function in the Gesture package of Dojo. I am not using a lot of Dojo at all in this application so I really only wanted the dojox.gesture.swipe package. The web builder allows you to select the packages you want and it builds a s [read] Keywords: ibm
My first day with the Microsoft Surface – this is no tablet
Thu, May 2nd 2013 7:00a Bob Balfe I now see the attraction of the Microsoft Surface. While it has been documented, written about, reviewed, etc by many and in a sense does not get the recognition some of the other tablets get I think it is clearly getting short changed. And the reason is…
This is not a tablet, its a PC. It does pretty much everything my laptop and desktop can do and a whole lot more. The “tablet” is very thin and compares nicely against the other tablets on the market. I have the 128GB model an [read] Keywords: desktop
How to add swipe support to your web application
Wed, May 1st 2013 2:10p Bob Balfe Are you creating a web application that you want to be able to be used on a tablet? Then you might want to check out the Dojo toolkit. Dojo provides a very simple way to handle swipe events in your web application. In this post I used the dojox.gesture package. Why would you want to use Dojo? Here are a few good reasons from the documentation:
dojox/gesture has been designed with the following rationale:
Device neutral – The target is to be compatible with most popular devices(single tou [read] Keywords: application
What are your thoughts on Worklight?
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 1:10p Bob Balfe I have been playing with Worklight over the past several weeks and its definitely a very cool platform to do your development on for web and devices. I am really interested to hear some real world experiences around creating applications based on Worklight. If you care to share them here I would appreciate your feedback. Or if you have a review on your own blog or know of one please share! [read] Keywords: applications
Gift Registry: A pleasurable experience!
Wed, Apr 24th 2013 9:23a Bob Balfe My cousin and his wife are having a baby, we get the invite to the baby shower and see they have a gift registry at Target. We start by simply going to the store but we could have just gone to the Target web site and found the name to see what is there and even order the items online. We enter the store and we go to the gift registry kiosk and look up my cousins’ name. Bingo, it comes right up. I clearly see a “Print Registry” button and click it. What prints out is the entire [read] Keywords:
Image maps now supported in the WebSphere Commerce Business User tooling!
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 8:50a Bob Balfe As promised, my second blog post on the new features in WebSphere Commerce is here. This is a really nice feature because now you don’t need a third-party tool or HTML snippet to create image maps in your content. This enables marketing teams to do a lot more right within one tooling. There is an entire tutorial posted in the InfoCenter for how to do this with the new Feature Pack 6. [read] Keywords: ibm
This is what an omni-channel solution solves…
Wed, Apr 17th 2013 12:20p Bob Balfe A woman (Linda) buys a pair of jeans from a store that will not be mentioned. After a bit she decides to buy another pair of jeans. Linda wants the same exact pair – same style, size, color, etc. Linda tries to go online and order the jeans but to no avail they are out of stock. There is no indicator on the web site to say if the jeans are available at a store nor any indication they will become available at a later date. Linda then goes into the store and attempts to find the same jeans. [read] Keywords: ibm
WebSphere Commerce meet Tealeaf
Wed, Apr 17th 2013 8:40a Bob Balfe If you read the “What’s New” section on the InfoCenter for WebSphere Commerce you will notice a single line that states:
The Tealeaf User Interface Capture API is embedded in the checkout pages for registered and guest shoppers to allow for high-fidelity replay in Tealeaf. –link
Once again IBM has delivered on its promise of further integrating the products it has purchased in the last several years into its core set of products – forming solutions. This is only one [read] Keywords: ibm
Why do you favorite a tweet?
Wed, Apr 10th 2013 7:20a Bob Balfe I have seen an interesting pattern while watching people favorite my tweets and others tweets. I have never really been a fan of favoriting tweets because I read them and then possibly open the associated link and it its good I re-tweet it. I have come to the conclusion there are three reasons at play here – maybe you can think of more:
They favorite a tweet to read later because they don’t have time to read it now but don’t want to lose it.
They favorite a tweet to keep a l [read] Keywords: twitter
Opinion: Non-relevant promoted content on social networks is BAD.
Fri, Apr 5th 2013 12:10p Bob Balfe You are on your favorite social site and you search for something. The results come back and guess what? The top result has nothing to do with your search term nor does it even contain your search term.
In this scenario I searched for “IBM” on Twitter and it gave the “Top people” which was good, it was two IBM accounts but look at the first entry in the “Top Tweets” section. Its a CISCO promoted tweet from two months ago and IBM is not even a word in the tweet [read] Keywords: ibm
Smarter Commerce Info Graphics on Pinterest!
Thu, Apr 4th 2013 6:59a Bob Balfe Just in case you missed this, the Smarter Commerce team has created an Infographics category on their Pinterest place. I am a very visual person and I really like these kinds of graphics to tell a story.
It also looks like they are preparing for the Smarter Commerce Global Summit in May and created a Gayload Opryland Hotel & Convention Center category so stay tuned!
If you have not signed up for this event then make sure you do. It has a packed agenda of IBM’s customers giving testimon [read] Keywords: ibm
Finding eSpots in WebSphere Commerce
Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 1:26p Bob Balfe As a followup to my post “What the heck is an eSpot?“, I created a video where I show how easy it is to use the site preview function in Management Center to find the names of eSpots throughout the site. I also explain how the Aurora starter store automatically defines different eSpot names for all catalog categories, making eSpots unique across your product catalog. [read] Keywords: websphere
Baiting the Big Guy, the Smarter Shopper has arrived
Mon, Apr 1st 2013 7:43p Bob Balfe Customers are getting smarter. Smarter about products, brands, services, and most of all the way social works. The younger generation catches on quickly and often thinks outside of the box to get what they want. They call you out when they learn things, often using social media to tout their findings. In this post I outline two approaches “kids” use to figure out about a brand or get that special discount. I say kids but the reality is many internet savvy people are doing these thin [read] Keywords: email
What the heck is an eSpot?
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 8:50a Bob Balfe No, I am not talking about a municipality in the comarca of the Pallars Sobirà in Catalonia, Spain. (see here if that’s what you are looking for). However, on that page is actually a really good picture of what an eSpot in the sense of WebSphere Commerce is. Think of a place on a web page, a “spot” if you will, that has a boundary and takes up a rectangle in that page. Just like Espot does in the boundaries of Spain, an eSpot is a piece of real-estate that can be controlled b [read] Keywords: development
What does your next point of sale terminal look like?
Tue, Mar 5th 2013 1:00p Bob Balfe PR Newswire Photo
Yesterday I posted this (Point of Sale, No, Point of Commerce!) article on the Smarter Commerce Blog about the new point of commerce collaboration Toshiba and IBM have done. I saw a very slick demo of this at NRF and I just heard they will be at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit in Nashville this May. If you have not seen this product and are looking to change the way your stores do business then get to the summit to see what the hype is all about! Check out the article on th [read] Keywords: collaboration
Properly cleaning up a JQuery Dialog box to prevent memory leaks
Story boarding your customer interactions with WebSphere Commerce
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 2:53p Bob Balfe I started creating a presentation to show to a customer about the journey map a customer has while dealing with your web site and/or mobile device. I wanted to show this in a unique way and have it be in the context of the presentation which was precision marketing using out of the box WebSphere Commerce. Precision marketing is essentially putting forth offers and dialog to the customers that are relevant to them – either through segmentation, online behavior, or purchasing behavior. The [read] Keywords: email
Oreo takes advantage of the power outage with social media
Mon, Feb 4th 2013 6:50a Bob Balfe In case you missed this, which you probably haven’t since it is all over the news now, but Oreo and their ad agency (360i) took advantage of the power outage at the Super Dome last night and tweeted “Power Out? No problem” with the picture on the right. Brilliant! The picture was re-tweeted over 13,000 times. [read] Keywords: twitter
Getting and setting radio button values with JQuery
Thu, Jan 31st 2013 1:13p Bob Balfe I figured I would share this because I found so many inconsistent hits on the internet searching for a solution. I have this dialog that I pop up and want to set the values and then retrieve the values once OK is hit using JQuery.
The HTML is pretty straight forward:
The code to set the value from my model looks like this:
var $radios = $('input:radio[name=transition]');
$radios.filter('[value=' + model.options.transition +']').attr('checked', true);
The code to retrieve the value loo [read] Keywords:
Printing from the iPhone and iPad
Wed, Jan 30th 2013 6:50a Bob Balfe I have waited for this for a while and didn’t think to check the app store for this little app. No, I am not an apple Airprint guy so I don’t have the native print capability in my iDevices. I have an HP All-in-One printer I bought several years ago. So all of you HP fans who are not aware of this cool application you should think about getting it. I have already used it a few times for some web printing and got the application installed on my iPhone and iPad. You can connect dir [read] Keywords: apple
New Video: Subscriptions in WebSphere Commerce!
Sun, Jan 20th 2013 12:00p Bob Balfe In this video I show how subscription based products can be configured in WebSphere Commerce using the business user tooling – Management Center. After seeing the magazine in the store front I show how the product is setup and then show how different rules can be setup for subscription events like a new subscription and a cancel subscription. You can also do another event type “subscription is about to expire” and offer a similar coupon to entice them to renew, more on subscrip [read] Keywords: admin
A great marketing and customer dialog example!
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 11:30a Bob Balfe It was a cold winter night as I went into the garage and retrieved the almost empty Princess House Crystal Truffle bowl my mother left with the a small amount of the tasty dessert remaining. I picked up the expensive bowl and realized there was a crack almost all the way around it, my heart sank as I realized I now have to call mom…
Ok, enough with the dramatics! After much searching I went online and found a replacement site to order the 15+-year-old bowl. Of course the sticker shock was [read] Keywords: email
What’s new in Eclipse Juno?
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 5:20a Bob Balfe Finally got around to installing Eclipse Juno. It has the long anticipated E4 modules that I was playing with a couple of years ago. Check out the E4 page to learn about the underlying SDK.
First off, it has a new shinny logo (on the right) and a pretty cool looking splash screen, see below.
I was able to simply download the zip file and run it! I installed the 64bit for Java EE Developers, check out the page here. You have to love that install model – so simple. I even loaded my older wor [read] Keywords: css
LinkedIn Groups come through again!
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 7:40a Bob Balfe While playing around in Sametime I came across this apparently not too well-known feature and blogged about it last week - Can’t remember that person who Sametime’d you?.
Before I begin I want to thank everyone for responding, liking, and emailing me!
Of course the post shows up on PlanetLotus but I also posted it on LinkedIn in the group named “Lotus Notes/Domino Technologies (7.000+ members)“. Which I usually do when its relevant to Notes and Domino. What I didn’t expect [read] Keywords: domino
Reinventing, Risk, and Parents – One on One with Ginni Rometty
Mon, Jan 14th 2013 10:50a Bob Balfe What a great interview with our Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty. All business professionals should listen to Ginny and her views on becoming the CEO of one of the largest companies in the world and her views on strategy and the company. I took a lot away from this interview and will be sharing with my kids. In my short thirteen years (and over twenty something career) I have seen IBM reinvent itself and its products many times. I love change and I am always looking to expand and reinvent myself. [read] Keywords: connections
Meta tags and WordPress and an interesting answer
Sun, Jan 13th 2013 7:31p Bob Balfe First off, what is a Meta tag??? A meta tag is text that describes your site or individual post inside of the HTML header. It was designed so search engines can quickly index your site and use the “key words” in those tags to provide more relevant results. Here are a couple of examples:
Back in the day, maybe 5-10 years ago, you would place these tags in your HTML so you would be more relevant in the search engines. So why am I writing about this?
Well, for some reason I wanted [read] Keywords: application
The careful re-tweeter, some tips for Twitter
Sun, Jan 13th 2013 9:00a Bob Balfe There is a stigma in the social world where one regurgitates information. These are the people who re-tweet things carelessly and often not even reading the content of the Tweet. This specifically addresses Tweets with URL’s. Too often I see a great Tweet, open the URL and the content has nothing to do with the Tweet text. This is a form of phishing or spamming to get a click-through view. Here are some basic tips I try to follow:
Stick to your Twitter ID persona. If your account is for [read] Keywords: profile
Upgraded WordPress and now using ImageMagick for images!
Sat, Jan 12th 2013 9:50a Bob Balfe I just updated this blog to WordPress 3.5 and I also enabled the ImageMagick plugin for my image re-sizing for better quality. I don’t really post high resolution images (photos) but I figured I would check it out and see how it works. I then re-sized all of the images with the tool and saw little change – I am sure if they were photos there would have been a big difference. Here is a high resolution image that I sized with the new tool. The original image was 2848×4272, this wa [read] Keywords:
Shopperception – The future of shopping and some new metrics!
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 10:01a Bob Balfe Location, location, location.
Check out this new video shown at CES 2013 where a system based on the Xbox Connect technology shows where the most physical activity is on a shelf in the store. While most products “sell themselves” this kind of data could be very useful in making sure the most popular items are “in the right spot” on a given shelf. A couple of possible metrics I can see coming from this:
Products on a shelf that get picked up a lot but have little sales mi [read] Keywords:
Why LinkedIn should be worth more than Facebook
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 4:10a Bob Balfe It’s an age-old adage - Business vs Pleasure.
In a world where athletes make millions and the average business person makes less than $100K it is hard to argue that a market designed for entertainment isn’t big business. However, the customers are clearly in it for pleasure. This is why Facebook on paper is more valuable than LinkedIn – how can you argue with almost a billion users? LinkedIn, however, has over 200 million “business users” and the entire focus of [read] Keywords: connections
Can’t remember that person who Sametime’d you?
Thu, Jan 10th 2013 10:00a Bob Balfe There is a cure for that!
With over 400,000 employees, IBM can be considered a very large company and too often I have accidentally closed a chat window or had to reboot and could not remember who I chatted with! Well, there is a tiny little down arrow in the title area for the Sametime Frequent Contacts window in your Notes client. You can select what contacts to show in the list. Notice you have several options:
Sametime Frequent Contacts – shows a list of contacts you often chat with.
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Online and FREE Image map tool for HTML
Thu, Jan 10th 2013 4:00a Bob Balfe I was poking around the internet and thanks to Google I found very quickly this Image Map Tool site that lets you create image maps for your graphics. I quickly created a simple graphic, uploaded it to the tool and create maps for different tag categories on my site. I then copied and pasted the HTML into my blog post and viola, works like a charm!
Eclipse | Websphere | Graphics | Gaming | Image Map
Feel free to check it out and donate if you like it!
Online Image Mapp Tool [read] Keywords: eclipse
Gamification for coders, how cool would this be?
Tue, Jan 8th 2013 4:13a Bob Balfe After some dialog with Facebook friends I thought it would be entertaining to write this post. Imagine an extension to Eclipse that connects to a leader board where you can see what “badges” coders are awarded through daily coding. While this is just for fun, I actually think this could end up being valuable in the end. Similar to the way people +1 your skills on LinkedIn, this could give anyone a very good idea of your skills.
So, using Java, I created a few hypothetical badges you [read] Keywords: eclipse