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Collaboration and Analytics Discussed at IOD 2012
Thu, Nov 1st 2012 12:15p   Brian Benz
Information on Demand (IOD) is an annual IBM event specializing in the evolving world of Big Data. IOD 2012 was held in the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas in October 2012 (the next IOD event takes place there November 3-7 2013). You can get a good feel for the conference by watching the keynote replays as well as other IOD 2012 videos. via Collaboration and Analytics Discussed at IOD 2012. [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotususergroup.org

Listen to Steve Jobs Describe the iPad in 1983
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 6:14a   Brian Benz
It was also there that Jobs discussed his vision of the future of computing with a mind-bending amount of foresight. In one way or another, Jobs manages to touch on everything from the advent of the World Wide Web, which was still years away, to the inevitable takeover of mobile technology, which was decades away. He even gives the iPad a little nudge. via Listen to Steve Jobs Describe the iPad in 1983 – Technology – The Atlantic Wire. [read] Keywords: atlantic mobile

The AIIM OccupyIT Manifesto
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 2:12p   Brian Benz
Geoff posed this simple question in the context of the amazing period we are currently living through: Why is it that in terms of technology I feel so powerful as a consumer and so lame as an employee? http://pages2.aiim.org/occupy_it_when_ready.html [read] Keywords:

AIIM Research & Publications
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 2:12p   Brian Benz
AIIM’s research and publications provide neutral and unbiased market research reflecting the wisdom of our 65,000 community of information professionals, helping you match and measure your ROI and implementation issues. via Research & Publications. [read] Keywords: community

The Massive Workforce Shift: Bridging the Gap Between Millennials and Boomers
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 2:12p   Brian Benz
As 80 million Baby Boomers shift into retirement, 80 million Millennials (born 1980-95) take center stage as our next-generation workforce. This massive shift is changing the way work gets done as this new cohort brings a different mindset with expectations for a different work environment than the one know and loved by Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, and Gen Xers. via Cisco Blog » Blog Archive » The Massive Workforce Shift: Bridging the Gap Between Millennials and Boomers. [read] Keywords: archive

Windows Azure Mobile Services: New support for iOS apps, Facebook/Twitter/Google identity, Emails, SMS, Blobs, Service Bus and more
Sat, Oct 20th 2012 1:11p   Brian Benz
Earlier today we delivered a number of great improvements to Windows Azure Mobile Services. New features include: iOS support – enabling you to connect iPhone and iPad apps to Mobile Services Facebook, Twitter, and Google authentication support with Mobile Services Blob, Table, Queue, and Service Bus support from within your Mobile Service Sending emails from your Mobile Service in partnership with SendGrid Sending SMS messages from your Mobile Service in partnership with Twilio Ability to dep [read] Keywords: archive facebook google iphone mobile twitter

opticks – open source remote sensing application and development framework
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 6:11a   Brian Benz
Supports the following file formats: NITF 2.0/2.1, GeoTIFF, ENVI, ASPAM/PAR, CGM, DTED, Generic RAW, ESRI Shapefile, HDF5, AVI, MPEG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP Zoom, pan, rotate spatially large datasets Quickly layer GIS features, annotations, results, and other information over your data to provide context Many image display controls such as colormap, histogram, transparency, etc. Support for datasets larger than four gigabytes Analysts can quickly combine steps using graphical wizards Support for pr [read] Keywords: application development

Amazon Web Services Blog: Amazon RDS – Now Available in the AWS Free Usage Tier
Wed, Oct 10th 2012 1:14a   Brian Benz
We are now adding RDS to the AWS Free Usage Tier. New AWS customers (see the AWS Free Usage Tier FAQ for eligibility details) can use the MySQL, Oracle (BYOL licensing model), or SQL Server database engines on a Micro DB Instance for up to 750 hours per month, along with 20 GB of database storage, 10 million I/Os and 20 GB of backup storage. When you combine this new capability with the existing EC2 usage available on the Free Usage Tier, you may be to build and run a complete multi-tiered web a [read] Keywords: application database mysql oracle server sql


Functional Programmer? – Try F#
Tue, Oct 9th 2012 11:36a   Brian Benz
F# 3.0 offers innovative features that further support the needs of analytical and data programmers by harnessing the power of functional programming. Whether you are a researcher who wants to learn how the new F# 3.0 type providers can deliver data to your fingertips, a teacher who wants to introduce students to a pragmatic functional language, or a developer trying to solve complex analytical problems, then Try F# with its browser-based platform and easy-to-use tutorials is for you. via Try F# [read] Keywords:

WebPlatform.org – News on the Open Web Platform
Mon, Oct 8th 2012 10:43a   Brian Benz
WebPlatform.org will have accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive references and tutorials for every part of client-side development and design, with quirks and bugs revealed and explained. It will have in-depth indicators of browser support and interoperability, with links to tests for specific features. It will feature discussions and script libraries for cutting-edge features at various states of implementation or standardization, with the opportunity to give feedback into the process before the [read] Keywords: development

The Windows 8* & Ultrabook™ App Innovation Contest
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 1:56p   Brian Benz
The goal of this competition is to get your app into the Intel AppUp online store in time for Christmas. 300 round 1 winners will each be sent an Ultrabook, for free, to be used to test and fine-tune your app The first 50 successful round 2 entrants will receive a $1,000 prize for getting their app in the AppUp store All round 2 entrants are in the running for 1 of seven $10,000 cash prizes The final winner gets the $20,000 grand prize Every single entrant also goes in the fast lane for the app [read] Keywords: application

Creating an OData API for StackOverflow including XML and JSON in 30 minutes – Scott Hanselman
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 1:54p   Brian Benz
I emailed Jeff Atwood last night a one line email. “You should make a StackOverflow API using OData.” Then I realized that, as Linus says, Talk is Cheap, Show me the Code. So I created an initial prototype of a StackOverflow API using OData on an Airplane. I allocated the whole 12 hour flight. Unfortunately it took 30 minutes so I watched movies the rest of the time. You can follow along and do this yourself if you like. via Creating an OData API for StackOverflow including XML and J [read] Keywords: email xml

Starting with HTML + CSS
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 1:50p   Brian Benz
Back to the Basics -for those who want to or have to hand- code CSS This short tutorial is meant for people who want to start using CSS and have never written a CSS style sheet before. via Starting with HTML + CSS. [read] Keywords: css

Learn To Code #1: Does Everybody Really Need To Program? – Forbes
Sat, Oct 6th 2012 12:16p   Brian Benz
My answer is yes of course – But I’m posting this mainly because of the links here – I may have to add a Big List of Education Resources here! There are free resources like Codeacademy, Udacity, Coursera, Mozilla’s P2PU, Google Code University, and MIT Open Courseware. There are also more and more high-quality paid resources, both online and off, like General Assembly, Treehouse or Bloc…. via Learn To Code #1: Does Everybody Really Need To Program? – Fo [read] Keywords: google

The Perfection Paradox: When Computers Can Code
Thu, Oct 4th 2012 12:29a   Brian Benz
Computers can drive cars, win at Jeopardy, provide real-time suggestions, and give you control of a robotic body around the world. Meanwhile, computers are replacing jobs, as with factory automation. So far, computer programmers are safe. Their salaries are soaring, driving up real estate and rental prices. But what will happen when computers can code? Software is eating the world, as Marc Andreessen memorably put it. Will software one day eat the world of software development too? via The Perfe [read] Keywords: development

Open Archives Initiative
Fri, Sep 28th 2012 12:15p   Brian Benz
Standards for Web Content Interoperability The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. OAI has its roots in the open access and institutional repository movements. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. Over time, however, the work of OAI has expanded to promote broad access to digital resources for eScholarship, eLearning, and eScience. via Open Archives I [read] Keywords:

Open Government Data Initative DataLab
Thu, Sep 27th 2012 10:14p   Brian Benz
The Open Government Data Initative DataLab is an open source cloud-based Open Data catalogue. DataLab’s powerful data service makes loading & consumption of data easy: Enables governments, citizens & developers to access, browse, visualize, analyze & download data in multiple formatsEnables access and interaction with data via web services & Open Standard APIs Is used & updated by the Open Source community – providing continuous new features, improvements & da [read] Keywords: community

Spokeo: Making Social Media Creepy
Sat, Jan 14th 2012 8:10p   Brian Benz
Spokeo: Making Social Media Creepy via www.thecomplexmedia.com [read] Keywords:

Google Waves ByeBye!
Wed, Nov 23rd 2011 12:11p   Brian Benz
The California-based Internet titan also said that the Wave collaborative communication tool it stopped developing more than a year ago would finally hit the beach and be gone at the end of April next year. via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords: google

Soapgate Q! 2.5 goes open source
Mon, Nov 21st 2011 12:12p   Brian Benz
We decided to publish soapgate Q! - our generic web service based data access API for Lotus Notes Domino - as open source under GNU Affero General Public License - Version 3 (APGL V3) via flexdomino.blogspot.com [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes apple

Kayak answers the age old question, when are holiday airfares cheapest?
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 3:13p   Brian Benz
We asked Kayak and the company responded with tons of delicious data. The most important bit is this: The best time to buy a plane ticket for the December holidays is the first week of December, up until the 10th. You still have time! And if you don’t have a ticket for Thanksgiving yet, well, family is more important than money. via venturebeat.com [read] Keywords:

Lost cousins unite thanks to Holocaust database
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 2:13p   Brian Benz
It was just the latest successful byproduct of the memorial's database, established years ago as a means of commemoration aimed at gathering the exact names of all the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide. But since the database went online in 2004, it has become a powerful genealogy tool that has led to hundreds of emotional reunions of long lost families. via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords: database

Draconian copyright bill hits the Internet buzz saw
Thu, Nov 17th 2011 3:11p   Brian Benz
The Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial nutty, delusional and shortsighted bill created by people who could be construed as idiots, is hitting a buzzsaw of Internet opposition. Large companies are also starting to tabulate their potential compliance costs. via news.cnet.com [read] Keywords:

Google unveils Android-based online music store
Thu, Nov 17th 2011 3:11p   Brian Benz
Google has launched an online music store in the US, which will allow devices running its Android software to buy, store and stream MP3 files. via www.bbc.co.uk [read] Keywords: google

Egypt closes Great Pyramid after rumors of rituals
Fri, Nov 11th 2011 2:11p   Brian Benz
"Everything is normal," he said. "The only thing different is the closure of the Khufu pyramid." via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:

Looking forward to CES 2012 in January!
Wed, Nov 9th 2011 2:11p   Brian Benz
All conferences should have promos like this...Great stuff! [read] Keywords:

Hey! SameTime ads on Youtube!
Fri, Nov 4th 2011 1:11p   Brian Benz
Saw this video today - "Surfer almost swallowed by Whale"- check out the Google SameTime Ad!   [read] Keywords: sametime google

A good question for the future of the Lotus Platform (whatever the name is)
Tue, Nov 1st 2011 11:09p   Brian Benz
Over at vowe's blog people are counting the number of Lotuspheres they've been to.....Impressive numbers but....How about a better question for the future of the platform - who will be going for the first time? [read] Keywords: ibm lotus

Travel Tips for AUSLUG visitors
Tue, Aug 30th 2011 12:10p   Brian Benz
Looks like AUSLUG 2011 is a great success, and they're scheduling something for 2012! Wish I could be there.  For those of you who scheduled a few days after the event to look around - here are some tips (I used to live there): Get out of Sydney!  Yes, Sydney is beautiful, but you won't learn how amazing and unique Australia is if you stay there. Rent a car and drive to Jervis Bay, 3 hours south of Sydney.  Nice drive too, and very un-crowded.  The few times I've visited there are usual [read] Keywords: traveler bleedyellow bleedyellow.com community google

30 Years Ago Today - IBM's First PC
Fri, Aug 12th 2011 1:10p   Brian Benz
No matter how you're reading this, you're reading it on a device unfathomably more powerful than the 4.77 Mhz IBM 5150 PC. But 30 years ago, that machine was so powerful, it defined what PC meant for the entire world. via gizmodo.com [read] Keywords: ibm

2011 NoSQL Now! Conference - August 23-25 - San Jose, California
Tue, Aug 9th 2011 11:14a   Brian Benz
NoSQL Now! is a new conference covering the dynamic field of NoSQL technologies (Not Only SQL). It is scheduled for: San Jose Convention Center San Jose, California August 23-25, 2011 It is a vendor-neutral forum celebrating the diversity of NoSQL technologies and helping businesses develop objective evaluation processes to match the right NoSQL solutions with the right business challenge. via nosql2011.wilshireconferences.com [read] Keywords: sql

Emergency Team Of 8th-Grade Civics Teachers Dispatched To Washington
Fri, Jul 29th 2011 10:11a   Brian Benz
With lawmakers still at an impasse over increasing the debt ceiling, a special team of 40 eighth-grade civics teachers was air-dropped into Washington earlier today in a last-ditch effort to teach congressional leaders how the government’s legislative process works. via www.theonion.com [read] Keywords:

Finally, an Investment Roadmap for Social Business Buyers
Thu, Jul 21st 2011 10:09p   Brian Benz
This research was 100% funded by Altimeter Group, and we are releasing it under Creative Commons so you can use it in your planning, presentations, and blog posts. via www.web-strategist.com [read] Keywords:

Pass notes No 3,001: Google+
Wed, Jun 29th 2011 3:14p   Brian Benz
So what has Google+ got that Facebook hasn't? Google+ allows users to put contacts into groups according to status, and share content only with certain "circles". It also has "hangouts" where only permitted friends can have live video conversations. via www.guardian.co.uk [read] Keywords: notes facebook google

See the recorded PACLUG/VIEW Admin & Developer 2011 Keynote and the Lotus Champions Announcements here
Thu, Jun 23rd 2011 12:14p   Brian Benz
If you haven't already heard, the 2011 Lotus Champions were announced at the PACLUGVIEW Admin & Developer 2011 Keynote yesterday.  The sesssion was streamed live, and you can view a recording here.   [read] Keywords: admin lotus lotususergroup.org

Admin 2011 - Paclug 2011 - view devcon 2011
Wed, Jun 22nd 2011 10:14a   Brian Benz
Opening keynote with Debbie Lynd [read] Keywords: admin collaboration

Tue, Jun 21st 2011 11:17a   Brian Benz
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Tue, Jun 21st 2011 10:15a   Brian Benz
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PACLUG tomorrow, Vegas Geek's night out is tonight! Meetup details here.
Mon, Jun 20th 2011 1:14p   Brian Benz
PACLUG 2011 is tomorrow at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. But more importantly, the Vegas Geek's night out is tonight! Disclaimer: This is a totally unofficial event, and is in no way affiliated with any official PACLUG and View events. I live here and like showing people around, so join us to see some stuff a little off the tourist track, and let's have a good time! Meeting: We'll meet at the PACLUG registration desk at Planet Hollywood mezannine at 7, then proceed from there. [read] Keywords:

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Sat, Jun 18th 2011 12:14p   Brian Benz
¡suoıʇsǝnb sɐƃǝʌ ʎuɐ ǝʌɐɥ noʎ ɟı ʍouʞ ǝɯ ʇǝl  ˙ʇı oʇ pɹɐʍɹoɟ ƃuıʞool [read] Keywords:

Visiting Las Vegas with Children - Things to do
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 6:15p   Brian Benz
Visiting Vegas with kids used to be easy in the 90's when demographers said that Vegas should be kid friendly...they even had a full amusement park at the MGM Grand, where the MGM Grand Signature Towers are now.  Thankfully for those traveling with kids, there are still a few things left over on the strip that are still kid-friendly.  Plus there are other fun things off the strip - believe it or not, there are people raising familiies here, and the kids like to do stuff besides practice Blac [read] Keywords:

Amazing Indoor Skydive Choreography
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 3:14p   Brian Benz
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10 big Las Vegas thrills outside casinos and clubs
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 2:12p   Brian Benz
10 big Las Vegas thrills outside casinos and clubs via www.lasvegassun.com [read] Keywords:

Geek Challenge: Who wants to connect Kinect and XPages?
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 8:14a   Brian Benz
Think of the possibilities.... The Kinect for Windows SDK beta includes drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and human motion tracking, installation documents, and resource materials. It provides Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. via research.microsoft.com [read] Keywords: xpages applications microsoft

PACLUG registration is closed, but there are still a few spots for laggards.
Thu, Jun 16th 2011 4:11p   Brian Benz
It's less than 4 days to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas.  The official registration site is now closed, but if you show up we have a few seats left.  We'll give you a special procrastinator's badge, and a backpack full of stuff if we have any left :).   [read] Keywords:

Does this seem familiar to anyone else?
Thu, Jun 16th 2011 7:15a   Brian Benz
Here's SpringPad's Workspace, um, I mean, main page:   And then there's the home page: [read] Keywords: workspace

PACLUG - 200 registrations so far, rooms still cheap, registration still free, backpack is cool, Weather is fine!
Wed, Jun 15th 2011 12:11p   Brian Benz
Quick PACULG Update: It's less than 5 days to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. About 200 registrations....this is going to be a great show.  Join us for free in Las Vegas!  Don't forget to sign up Here.  It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both. Did you know we have a backpack?  Filled with gifts and useful items. Plus, there will be contests, games, and other o [read] Keywords:

Who's worried about SharePoint?
Wed, Jun 15th 2011 8:14a   Brian Benz
Yes, there's a SharePoint conference this year (FYI, they don't have one every year). And yes, it will probably sell out again this year.   And not just because their evening out is at Disney.  But if you can't make it, no big deal.   Good sportsmen learn how to be where the ball is going to be, not where the ball is.... [read] Keywords: sharepoint

Apple Engineer Fashions Computer Out of Legos
Tue, Jun 14th 2011 12:11p   Brian Benz
Carol acknowledges that his computer isn’t as powerful as Babbage’s would have been. “His would have been made of brass,” he says. “Mine’s made out of a plastic children’s toy.” via www.wired.com [read] Keywords: apple

The Beginning of the End of Windows
Tue, Jun 14th 2011 9:13a   Brian Benz
The company most at risk from this change is the largest vendor of Windows apps, Microsoft itself.  Microsoft Office must be completely rethought for the new paradigm.  You have about 18 months, guys.  Good luck. By the way, web companies are also at risk.  Your web apps are designed for a browser-centric, mouse-driven user experience.  What happens to your app when the browser melts into the OS, and the UI is driven by touch?  If you think this change doesn't affect you, I have an old c [read] Keywords: microsoft office

Help pick the Extension Library XPages Controls for Core Domino
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 4:11p   Brian Benz
From this list of controls that are available in the Extension Library,  please indicate which ones you think should graduate to become core controls. [read] Keywords: domino lotus xpages

Why Microsoft Has Made Developers Horrified of Coding for Windows 8
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 1:11p   Brian Benz
Key to the new Windows 8 look and feel, and instrumental to Microsoft’s bid to make Windows a viable tablet operating system, are new-style full-screen “immersive” applications. Windows 8 will include new APIs for developing these applications, and here is where the problem lies. Having new APIs isn’t itself a concern—there’s simply never been anything like this on Windows before, so obviously the existing Windows APIs won’t do the job—but what has many troubled is the way that M [read] Keywords: application applications javascript microsoft

PACLUG in 7 days in Las Vegas - Last day for cheap flights is TODAY!
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 11:11a   Brian Benz
It's less than 7 days to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here.  It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both. This is pretty much the last day to book cheaper flights.  Airfares are pretty good today, but will go up to the much higher less-than-7 day advance fares tonight.  Allegiant, Southwest, American Airlines and Virgin America still have s [read] Keywords:

Concerts and Events in Vegas June 18-26
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 8:11a   Brian Benz
If you're attending PACLUG and planned for some extra time, there are a number of events happing this week you'll probably like, from ABC to  Celine to Garth to Motley Crue to Frank Sinatra Jr. to Rush to something called Nikolai Tesla Dimension 4D.  Here's a full 146 event list on LiveNation and even more from the local newspaper, for June 18-26.       [read] Keywords:

More on the Renovated Tropicana Hotel
Fri, Jun 10th 2011 3:10p   Brian Benz
I seem to be posting a lot about the Tropicana these days - Oh well :).  It's 2 things that Vegas is not these days - Cheap and not Wasteful.  It's a recycling success story: An old, dying Vegas hotel that has been renovated with some pretty cool new features.  And it's competing in the right place against the new cool places in town: Renovated rooms as cool as many of the new hotel offerings, with everything new in the room for $50-70 most nights.  The casino has a fresh coat of whi [read] Keywords:

Panoramic Earth Virtual Tour - Valley of Fire State Park
Fri, Jun 10th 2011 9:14a   Brian Benz
This is a great time of year to get out to Valley of Fire State Park, about an hour north of Las Vegas. It's a real hidden gem that not too many visitors see, but it's worth the trip, as you can see from these panoramic images. [read] Keywords:

Cirque du Soleil has 2 for $100 tickets
Fri, Jun 10th 2011 6:14a   Brian Benz
Now through September 2011.  Here's a link to all offers, but this one is the best.  2 tickets for $100, when available. The best way to secure the deal is to call the hotel box office for the venue you're planning to attend (on the linked page). We saw Viva Elvis with the 2-for-100 deal recently.  We called the day before and got the second row of the balcony, which was a great vantage point for a great show. I've been to all the shows except Believe.  They're all good, but if you hav [read] Keywords: office

Two mob-themed exhibits stake out their territory in Las Vegas
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 2:14p   Brian Benz
City Hall is in the home stretch of a drive to open the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement — a sweeping $42-million museum that investigates the mob's engineering of Vegas' rise and the laborious effort by regulators and law enforcement to wrest control. Mayor Oscar Goodman estimated that the museum, a key piece of the redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas, could attract more than a half-million visitors each year. But in March, a separate attraction called the Las Vegas [read] Keywords:

Post-karaoke cuisine Arepas in Dino's parking lot in Las Vegas
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 2:14p   Brian Benz
Only in Vegas....As mentioned in my previous post: On May 7, Chef Felix Arellano realized his longtime dream of bringing the cuisine of his native Venezuela to Las Vegas Boulevard. Since Arellano has worked at some of the town's finest restaurants, including Valentino, B&B Ristorante and Carnevino, one might have expected him to bring his concept to a pricey casino locale. But that's not what the chef had in mind. A man of the people, he bought himself a trailer, and cut a deal with the [read] Keywords:

PACLUG in 12 days in Las Vegas - West Coast Represent!
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 2:14p   Brian Benz
It's less than 12 days to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here.  It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both. So far attendance looks good - I've been told that just under 200 people have signed up to see keynotes from Kevin Cavanaugh, Ed Brill, and Chris Crummey, plus many other amazing sessions.  We also have evening events and official get- [read] Keywords:

Paul Carr - The Strip Diary
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 8:11a   Brian Benz
A while ago, Paul Carr spent a night in every Hotel on the Vegas Strip, and did some other stuff, which apparently inspired him to write Haikus...great reading! [read] Keywords:

Just in time for PACLUG - A list of Las Vegas iPhone Apps
Wed, Jun 8th 2011 4:12p   Brian Benz
To help make your next trip to Las Vegas a winner, I tested iPhone apps (they also work on iPod Touch and iPad) that you can use to book a room, sharpen your card skills or even say, "I do." Many have an Android version that works on multiple platforms, including phones and tablets from Motorola, Samsung and Nokia. via www.latimes.com [read] Keywords: apple iphone ipod

Alice's Bucket List
Wed, Jun 8th 2011 2:10p   Brian Benz
I'm 15 and I have terminal cancer. I've created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life ... some are possible, some will remain a dream. My blog is to document this precious time with my family and friends, doing the things I want to do. You only have one life ... live it! via alicepyne.blogspot.com [read] Keywords: widget

Best Jamón Ibérico in Vegas - Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan
Wed, Jun 8th 2011 2:10p   Brian Benz
Jaleo celebrates rustic Spanish cuisine with the best embutidos (cured meats) available in this country — gorgeous jamón ibérico de bellota... via www.latimes.com [read] Keywords:

World's Largest projection Screen - Tropicana Las Vegas
Fri, Jun 3rd 2011 4:14p   Brian Benz
I linked to this in the previous post, but it deserves more attention - amazing use of the medium and materials to deliver a message. The "screen" is the actual Tropicana hotel tower in Las Vegas. Those little squares are Hotel room windows. [read] Keywords:

Paclug on the cheap June 20 and 21 in Las Vegas - Good hotels for less than $50 per night!
Fri, Jun 3rd 2011 2:14p   Brian Benz
It's less than 3 weeks to PACLUG 2011, June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here.  It's free but space is limited....And signing up for the VIEW conference does not sign you up for PACLUG - you need to do both. I just checked around, and hotels are VERY well priced for June 20-23.  On the 19th and 24th prices go up, but if you can fit into that window of the 20-23, they are very reasonable.  Vegas is one of the craziest places in the world fo [read] Keywords: properties

IBM Champions Announced at Lotus Developer/Admin2011 Conferences Las Vegas
Wed, Jun 1st 2011 3:10p   Brian Benz
These are the events just after PACLUG on June 20 and 21 in the same Hotel in Las Vegas :). Nominations closed on May 15th and were submitted from all over the world. Today IBM confirmed that, this year, they’ll be announcing the winners at the Lotus Developer/Admin2011 conferences in Las Vegas during the keynote. via www.lotususergroup.org [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotususergroup.org

PACLUG - Who's up for a raft trip June 19?
Wed, Jun 1st 2011 3:10p   Brian Benz
I've always wanted to do this, hoping to find a few adventurous souls to join me for a Black Canyon raft trip on Sunday June 19, the day before the PACLUG geek's night out.  The Canyon below the Hoover Dam at Lake Mead is beautiful, and incredibly refreshing if it's hot (Which it's likely to be)  The water comes from the bottom of Lake Mead, which comes from the Colorado river, which comes from Rocky Mountain Snowpack.  So it tends to be clear and COLD!  Note that there are no rapids, ju [read] Keywords: google

Planning a June 20 PACLUG "Geeks in Vegas" night out - Who's in?
Fri, May 27th 2011 2:11p   Brian Benz
It's 4 weeks to PACLUG 2011, June 21 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. Don't forget to sign up Here.  It's free but space is limited.... We have free official evening receptions and events scheduled for June 21 and 22, and I'm also planning a Vegas geek night on June 20 for those who can make it.  As with any Geek's evening out in Las Vegas, the festivities will be 90 percent mental, and the other half will be physical (thanks and apologies to Yogi Berra).... To be clear, [read] Keywords:

48 Hours of video every 2 Minutes
Thu, May 26th 2011 9:11a   Brian Benz
Today, more than 48 hours (two days worth) of video are uploaded to the site every minute, a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over last year. via youtube-global.blogspot.com [read] Keywords: apple community

THE VIEW Admin2011 and Lotus Developer2011attendees and Speakers - don't forget to sign up for PACLUG too!
Wed, May 25th 2011 3:10p   Brian Benz
It's 4 weeks to PACLUG 2011, June 21 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas.  For those of you speaking at and attending the THE VIEW Admin2011 and Lotus Developer2011 conferences June 22-24, please don't forget to sign up for PACLUG too.  PACLUG is free and I know you'll be there anyway, but we have to plan for capacity and space is filling up. For the rest of you, yet another reason to attend PACLUG: It's a great (and free!) way to meet and network with many of the attendees, s [read] Keywords: lotus network

8 Great Experimental Features to Enable in Google Calendar
Wed, May 25th 2011 3:10p   Brian Benz
This feature adds a simple, minimal world clock to the sidebar, and you get to pick and choose which cities to include in the list. It's especially useful for people trying to schedule events with co-workers who are located globally, and even better, it displays cities with dark backgrounds if it happens to be night time in their time zones. via gizmodo.com [read] Keywords: google

Managing 64-bit memory in IBM Lotus Domino 8.x
Tue, May 24th 2011 4:11p   Brian Benz
Good info here [read] Keywords: domino ibm ldd lotus

June is Learn XPages Month - PACLUG is June 21 and 22 in Las Vegas!
Tue, May 24th 2011 9:14a   Brian Benz
Of course PACLUG 2011 - June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas is a great way to participate in Learn XPages Month.  See you there! June is a great month to get started with XPages or enhance your XPages skills. IBM, other business partners and bloggers have declared June to be Learn XPages Month! There are free webinars, in-person events, lots of blogging, and special discounts on training from TLCC and others!  The month starts off strong with several webinars hosted by [read] Keywords: ibm xpages blogging openntf

On Strike: UKLUG. One Down: PACLUG. No MullyGrubbers.
Mon, May 23rd 2011 8:13p   Brian Benz
A quick shout out to UKLUG in Manchester....looks and sounds like fun and I wish I could be there!  (Trivia note about the title - I used to live in the same set of flats as Richard Benaud in Coogee, Australia.  He once tried to explain the rules of Cricket to me.  I had absolutely no idea who he was at the time, but it was fun.  I was entertained, if not educated....:) ) I'm excited to hear about how many people who are enjoying the UKLUG festivities this week are going to make it to PAC [read] Keywords: google wiki

Geek's Guide to Vegas for PACLUG 2011 - June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel
Mon, May 16th 2011 2:11p   Brian Benz
Sign up for PACLUG 2011 today!  Not only are there a great lineup of Speakers and Topics, but June is also the absolute best time to visit Las Vegas. Here's my advice on what to do and what not to do in Vegas during PACLUG 2011.  FIRST THINGS FIRST  - Flights, rooms, getting around Getting to Vegas: Flights - my favorite airline Virgin America has direct flights from the Bay Area and New York, Southwest has good deals from everywhere else.  British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both h [read] Keywords: atlantic applications google microsoft profile wifi

Last Day of the Sahara Hotel Today
Mon, May 16th 2011 12:11p   Brian Benz
Saturday marked a couple early closings across the hotel, a couple in fact and another more symbolic. House of Lords finally shut down, running out of inventory, or what diners commonly refer to as “food.” via www.lasvegassun.com [read] Keywords:

From Japan, of course...
Mon, May 16th 2011 11:11a   Brian Benz
"We have changed the meaning to suit human perceptions. To humans, it's kind of cute when cat ears are flat. So the most difficult bit was to fine tune cat ear movements." via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:

39 days to PACLUG - June 21 and 22 in Las Vegas! Reason #2 to attend...It's Free!
Thu, May 12th 2011 4:11p   Brian Benz
Reason #2 to attend PACLUG 2011: It's Completely Free!  And Hotels appear to be fairly cheap that week (more on that later...). The VIEW is sponsoring the PACLUG event, and there is no charge for attendees.  The VIEW also has a paid developer conference running concurrently, and it's great if you can attend both, but you don't have to attend the VIEW DevCon to attend PACLUG.  You can attend PACLUG for free by itself. [read] Keywords:

39 days to PACLUG - June 21 and 22 in Las Vegas! Reason #1 to attend...
Thu, May 12th 2011 3:11p   Brian Benz
Reason to attend PACLUG 2011: A great lineup of Speakers and Topics. Join us for PACLUG June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas! Sign up today, it's FREE! I live in Las Vegas and will be speaking at the conference, and also organizing a few events. Watch this blog for more reasons to attend (as if via www.paclug.org [read] Keywords:

Skype Buy First Of Many For DOJ-Free Microsoft
Wed, May 11th 2011 3:10p   Brian Benz
Starting this week, for the first time in a decade, the software giant is free to operate without hands-on scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice. Microsoft can now spend its $50 billion cash pile mostly as it sees fit. via www.informationweek.com [read] Keywords: microsoft skype

The last post - Penmachine - Derek K. Miller
Thu, May 5th 2011 2:10p   Brian Benz
Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. via penmachine-bu.appspot.com [read] Keywords:

SNL tribute to the Royal Wedding
Fri, Apr 29th 2011 1:10p   Brian Benz
Queens, Royals and a Musical Tribute.... [read] Keywords:

We need a good home for an adorable cat.
Tue, Apr 26th 2011 11:13a   Brian Benz
We found muchacho a few months ago and took him in.  Unfortunately, our older cat is unwilling to share the house with him despite our best efforts to get them to accept each other, so we need to find him a good home. He’s very affectionate, friendly and playful, very low maintenance, easy going, has full shots, is neutered, has a clean bill of health from a very good vet, and is chipped.  He needs a home where he’ll get plenty of affection and attention.  He’s great with kids and prob [read] Keywords:

You mean, nobody but the banks.
Thu, Apr 21st 2011 8:09p   Brian Benz
Finally the White house got the copy of Elephant Parts I sent them :) "We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain," via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:

Deer stands guard over goose nest in cemetery
Fri, Apr 8th 2011 7:14p   Brian Benz
"When he approached the bird with a net, the deer puts itself between him and the bird, and he's repeated that behavior for some time," he said. via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:

Decoding Vegas: See Vegas Like Never Before
Fri, Apr 8th 2011 3:13p   Brian Benz
WIRED, Inside Sports & Entertainment Group, and SA Studios Global present "Decoding Vegas," a dynamic, once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Outside of the city’s obvious attractions, there is a world of unexplored paths and thrills that we are making available to an exclusive group of guests for an unforgettable weekend. This exclusive opportunity will only be available to twenty guests, on a first come, first serve basis. via www.wiredinsider.com [read] Keywords:

FaceBook's Open Compute Project
Thu, Apr 7th 2011 4:11p   Brian Benz
We started a project at Facebook a little over a year ago with a pretty big goal: to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost. We decided to honor our hacker roots and challenge convention by custom designing and building our software, servers and data centers from the ground up. The result is a data center full of vanity free servers which is 38% more efficient and 24% less expensive to build and run than other state-of-the-art data centers1. But [read] Keywords: facebook

10,000-core Linux supercomputer built in Amazon cloud
Wed, Apr 6th 2011 4:11p   Brian Benz
"It's a really nice round number," via www.networkworld.com [read] Keywords: linux

Local News Team Tricks Anchor Into Licking iPad
Wed, Apr 6th 2011 12:15a   Brian Benz
In this heroically coordinated prank by a local news crew, an unsuspecting anchor is tricked into first sniffing, then licking her iPad. via gizmodo.com [read] Keywords:

Should we book these guys for PACLUG? The Ukulele Orchestra of GB plays The Clash
Thu, Mar 31st 2011 9:11p   Brian Benz
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Want to learn the Latest IBM Social and Collaboration Technologies for Free? Want to visit Las Vegas at the BEST time of year?
Thu, Mar 31st 2011 2:10p   Brian Benz
Then join us for PACLUG June 21 and 22 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas! Sign up today, it's FREE! I live in Las Vegas and will be speaking at the conference, and also organizing a few events. Watch this blog for more reasons to attend (as if the Speakers and Topics weren't enough by themsleves!) Make your plans today to join us at our inaugural Pacific Lotus User Groups Conference. This event will be the premier event for IBM Collaboration professionals in the Western US and surr [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus network

Reject the tyranny of being picked: pick yourself
Tue, Mar 22nd 2011 1:14p   Brian Benz
It's a cultural instinct to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission and authority that comes from a publisher or talk show host or even a blogger saying, "I pick you." Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you--that Prince Charming has chosen another house--then you can actually get to work. via sethgodin.typepad.com [read] Keywords: blogger

camelcamelcamel - Amazon price history charts, price watches
Tue, Mar 22nd 2011 1:14p   Brian Benz
camelcamelcamel provides free Amazon price drop alerts and Amazon price history charts, helping you buy when the price is right. via camelcamelcamel.com [read] Keywords:

Zediva taps loophole, offers new movies online
Thu, Mar 17th 2011 8:14a   Brian Benz
On Wednesday morning, it had Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" available to stream — a movie that Netflix users won't be able to rent even physical copies of until March 29. Other new movies, such as "The Fighter" and "The American," were also listed, though these two were rented out. via news.yahoo.com [read] Keywords:

A Heart Warming Dog Story From Japan: Tsunami and Quake Survivors
Wed, Mar 16th 2011 10:17p   Brian Benz
A loyal friend refuses to leave his injured buddy behind after the Japanese quake and tsunami. Thanks to the efforts of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, they both are currently in the care of a local shelter. [read] Keywords:

A New Approach to Amazon EC2 Networking
Wed, Mar 16th 2011 7:23a   Brian Benz
The features include: A new VPC Wizard to streamline the setup process for a new VPC. Full control of network topology including subnets and routing. Access controls at the subnet and instance level, including rules for outbound traffic. Internet access via an Internet Gateway. Elastic IP Addresses for EC2 instances within a VPC. Support for Network Address Translation (NAT). Option to create a VPC that does not have a VPN connection. via aws.typepad.com [read] Keywords: network networking

Making Twitter more secure: HTTPS
Tue, Mar 15th 2011 7:19p   Brian Benz
Using HTTPS for your favorite Internet services is particularly important when using them over unsecured WiFi connections. via blog.twitter.com [read] Keywords: connections twitter wifi

Tom Waits Inducted Into Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame By Neil Young At The Historic Waldorf Astoria
Tue, Mar 15th 2011 7:19p   Brian Benz
Some day, I hope to hear, “Hey Mack, take the cuffs off him, I think he’s a Hall of Famer!” via www.tomwaits.com [read] Keywords:

I'm on the Taking Notes Podcast!
Mon, Mar 7th 2011 8:22a   Brian Benz
Thanks to Bruce and Julian for making this an extremely enjoyable experience! This year at Lotusphere 2011 Brian Benz (blog) presented a session entitled "Running a Business on XPages" (slide deck, session abstract). Julian Robichaux and I spent 30 minutes with Brian discussing with him an incredible XPages app that he helped develop for Deloitte Recap. Brian also discusses things he learned during the project, recommendations for developers new to XPages, source control management and much [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes xpages openntf podcast taking notes

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