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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for July 2016
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 56
IBM does not take public holidays anymore it seems
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IBM mail support for MS Outlook (IMSMO) V2.0 announcement - formerly Project Hawthorn
Tue, Jul 5th 2016 27
Under $50 3D VR Headset showdown and reviews
Fri, Jul 1st 2016 10
iDevices Thermostat (HomeKit enabled) review
Tue, Jun 14th 2016 11
BLU VIVO 5 GSM unlocked Smartphone review
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 9
Remocam Smart Home Security Camera review
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for July 2016
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 56
IBM does not take public holidays anymore it seems
Thu, Jul 14th 2016 52
Lepow Magnetic External Battery "ADD" review
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 45
IBM mail support for MS Outlook (IMSMO) V2.0 announcement - formerly Project Hawthorn
Tue, Jul 5th 2016 27
60+ in 60 - Admin Tips Power Hour session slides from IBM Connect 2016
Wed, Feb 10th 2016 24
What is IBM Sametime Complete 9.0.1
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 23
IBM Project Hawthorn Today & Tomrrow at ICON US 2016 replay!
Tue, May 17th 2016 18
Disable Non-Delivery Reports
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Notes Traveler: SEVERE <username> Error parsing ActiveSync message
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IBM Connect 2014 OGS and day 1 recap - Lotusphere Podcasts
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 12


Chris Miller
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for July 2016
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 8:20a   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for July 2016. Here is some of the updates Connections Search: Find it faster and see your page history Search has been streamlined to help you find Connections Cloud content faster and it remembers the pages you visited. Copy the format in table cells and lists Now you can copy the format of table cells and lists and apply that format wherever you need it. Expand all and collapse all sections in Activities Now find content
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IBM does not take public holidays anymore it seems
Thu, Jul 14th 2016 11:05a   Chris Miller
A reader caught this and sent it over. IBM has once again not not updated the public holiday documents in IBM Domino. Since IBM uses Domino as the back end (and IBM Verse as the overlay) for email, I would imagine they are facing this same issue. Or have stopped taking public holidays Hey Chris, Just wanted to share with you my latest frustration with IBM. You may or may not be aware, that the "Holidays" import that "Lotus" provided 10 years ago, will end at the end of 2016. Ju
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IBM mail support for MS Outlook (IMSMO) V2.0 announcement - formerly Project Hawthorn
Tue, Jul 5th 2016 8:27a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced the General Availability of IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlook (IMSMO) version 2.0. This means that everyone is now eligible to download and install IMSMO. Here is the announcement from IBM about the general availability of IMSMO IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook enables you to connect a Microsoft Outlook client to a Domino V9.0.1 Server. As a Domino V9.0.1 user, you can download IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook at no charge from Passport Advantage If you ar
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Under $50 3D VR Headset showdown and reviews
Fri, Jul 1st 2016 11:21a   Chris Miller
It does not have to be expensive to play with 3D VR games with these under $50 headsets. We pick a winner of the group and warn you about some others. We took the time to test quite a few VR 3D headsets that are affordable and give you the clear winner. VR House 3D VR headphones The VR House 3D VR headsets were the clear winner in the under $50 challenge from the ones we were able to test. The phone fit into a locking tray in the front. This was excellent and allowed more movement of y
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iDevices Thermostat (HomeKit enabled) review
Tue, Jun 14th 2016 11:47a   Chris Miller
iDevices has a line of products for the home using Apple HomeKit technology. I had the chance to review the iDevices Thermostat in my first jump into Apple HomeKit technology. You can see the full review video here on Amazon. Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy and secure way to control your home's lights, thermostats, and more. Control your iDevices connected home products by using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We found the setup of the iDevices Thermostat simple, the
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BLU VIVO 5 GSM unlocked Smartphone review
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 12:52p   Chris Miller
BLU was kind enough to send their VIVO 5 GSM unlokced smartphone over for review. Coming in under $200 USD it packs quite a punch. Let's get deep into a video review of the BLU VIVO 5 here. The BLU VIVO 5 is an excellent under $200 USD unlocked phone if you are on the right networks for usage. It comes in 3 colors, but we look at the gold version. The phone looks amazingly like high end phones and many people asked what version of iPhone or Galaxy I had when testing this around town. The spe
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Remocam Smart Home Security Camera review
Thu, Jun 9th 2016 11:35a   Chris Miller
Remocam has become a winner to us in home security cameras after our tests. I walk you through the unpacking, ease of setup, app functions and all the features Remocam offers. One of the immediate things you nice about the Remocam is the sleek look. With the pan and tilt, night vision, audio listen/talk and alerts I hoped it would be easy to use and I was not disappointed. The Remocam Smart Home Security Camera setup is so simple as I show in the video. Unlike others (where you connect to th
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for June 2016
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 2:06p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for June 2016. Here is some of the updates Verse Filter messages to show unread when offline Filtering messages by unread messages is not new, but having that feature available when you're in offline mode is. Tackle your inbox and get organized by identifying which messages are new and which ones have been read. A new envelope icon now appears in the message list toolbar. Click the icon to toggle the display to show only
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What is IBM Sametime Complete 9.0.1
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 11:49a   Chris Miller
IBM has a package called IBM Sametime Complete 9.0.1 that claims to have at its core the most advanced standards-based media engine. Here is more information on IBM Sametime Complete IBM Sametime V9.0.1 features content curated from IBM Connections Chat Cloud and IBM Connections Meetings Cloud as well as new powerful capabilities designed specifically for on-premises deployments. The following features are included in Sametime V9.0.1: A new direct-registration softphone that gives users the ab
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BuddyTag - child locator wristband and app review
Thu, Jun 2nd 2016 11:10a   Chris Miller
The makers of BuddyTag were kind enough to send over BuddyTag child locator devices and water warning via Bluetooth for review. We look at the device, the application and all the functionality in this review. BuddyTag uses Bluetooth and a mobile phone application to alert you when your child: goes out of range; enables the panic button; possibly falls into water and even can send last known location via email alert. In the video review we dig into how all the pieces fit together. One of
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Dog & Bone LockSmart weatherproof bluetooth padlock review
Tue, May 31st 2016 10:34a   Chris Miller
This Dog & Bone LockSmart padlock is a heavy duty, waterproof and Bluetooth enabled. It just rocks We happily got to see this at CES 2016 and couldn't wait to get it to test out. You feel the weight right away just from the packaging which has the lock and a micro USB cable to charge it up. You find the charging port for the Dog&Bone LockSmart inside the orange rubber seal at the bottom. A single charge is reportedly good for 3000 opens or up to two years. The application that you ne
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iPhone Lens Kit Showdown for 6/6S/Plus YOPO vs DAOTS
Fri, May 27th 2016 4:29p   Chris Miller
I had the chance to test out multiple lens kits for the iPhone 6/6S/Plus recently. Here is the YOPO and DAOTS lens kit showdown and the reviews with links. YOPO Camera Lens Kit The box for the YOPO iPhone Lens kit comes packed with surprises. A carrying bag for the tripod, zoom lens, fish eye, wide angle and a macro lens are all inside. I preferred this kit of the two with the better tripod, counter weight and overall look. The phone cases themselves were identical and were there to only
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IBM Project Hawthorn Today & Tomrrow at ICON US 2016 replay!
Tue, May 17th 2016 3:30p   Chris Miller
Luis Guirigay of IBM to presented IBM Project Hawthorn: Today, Tomorrow, On Prem and Cloud at ICON US 2016. He covered the following: Since IBM introduced “Project Hawthorn” (aka IBM mail support for MS Outlook) many customers have been taking advantage of this new deployment option to provide Mail to users using their client of preference. Project Hawthorn provides the unique capability of “Bring Your Own Client (BYOC)” by allowing them to use MS Outlook without having
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ICON US 2016 keynote replay is available
Mon, May 16th 2016 3:30p   Chris Miller
ICON US 2016 completed last week and the keynote was from Rob Koplowitz of IBM. The replay is online and he did a fantastic job conveying: ..a vision for unleashing cognitive capabilities and advanced analytics to create a more intelligent collaboration environment that assists employees and proactively surfaces experts and insights. See IBM's vision on the role of AI based Personal Assistants and cognitive Expert sources that will drive breakthrough results and move your organization and tho
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IBM announces the IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition at ICON US
Mon, May 9th 2016 5:16p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced their 2016 ICS Developer Competition at ICON US with solutions leveraging Bluemix. Registration for the competition open may 13th with the competition running from Jun 9-Sep 9,2016. Did we mention prizes? We're looking for you to work together with colleagues in your company, or even better, in other companies to take an IBM Domino or IBM Connections system and leverage IBM Bluemix and the many services like IBM Watson, Box, Internet of Things, to deliver an engaging experie
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You are missing the ICON US 2016 keynote? People are still registering
Mon, May 9th 2016 9:47a   Chris Miller
ICON US 2016 went live at 8am CST this morning with Rob Koplowitz of IBM presenting on cognitive. Why not see the full agenda and still register and join in? The keynote is covering: The pace of work is accelerating and the volume of information is overwhelming. Join Rob Koplowitz as he conveys a vision for unleashing cognitive capabilities and advanced analytics to create a more intelligent collaboration environment that assists employees and proactively surfaces experts and insights. See IBM
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ChargeTech 27000mAh Portable Battery Pack review
Fri, May 6th 2016 11:33a   Chris Miller
ChargeTech has raised the bar offering a 27000mAh portable battery solution with AC outlet and two USB ports. The unit comes in both black and white offerings. See my review video on the Amazon page linked below Finally a single power solution for long no power outlet days **see video**. I anticipated this arriving and made sure I put it to the test more than once before posting a review. At over 2 pounds it is not made for you pocket. This is definitely something you want to plan on having
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IBM to make special contest announcements at ICON US 2016 - register today!
Thu, May 5th 2016 3:49p   Chris Miller
IBM has noted that during ICON US 2016 online next week on May 9-10 they have slotted a special announcement for a contest open to the public. This special announcement is sponsored by Panagenda (no affiliation to the contest) We cannot give too much more away in advance, but you will have to attend ICON US 2016 online next week by registering below. Seats are still open in registration for ICON US on May 9-10th 2016 online!!! Hurry though before it closes.
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Integrate Bluemix with Your XPages Applications for a World of Possibilities
Thu, May 5th 2016 10:39a   Chris Miller
Want to know about Integrate Bluemix with Your XPages Applications for a World of Possibilities? Then register for ICON US 2016 virtual event taking place May 9-10th 2016 and see John Jardin of Ukuvuma present this awesome session. In this session John will take you through a gripping LIVE demonstration where he pieces together an "Integrated Circuit of Services", binding an on-premise XPages application with the IBM Bluemix cloud. Learn how to implement Web Sockets for real-time communicati
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Normalizing xPages Web Development
Wed, May 4th 2016 3:45p   Chris Miller
Want to know what Normalizing xPages Web Development is? Then register for ICON US 2016 virtual event taking place May 9-10th 2016 and see Shean McManus, of PSC Group, present this awesome session. The XPages runtime is versatile and extends beyond just the components that come out of the box. While the core XPages/Domino platform has not changed materially since it’s initial release, the way this platform is being used certainly is evolving rapidly. Learn the best ways to optimize your a
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Virtual, Faster, Better! - How to virtualize the Rich client and Notes Browser Plugin (NBP and ICAA)
Mon, May 2nd 2016 12:23p   Chris Miller
At ICON US 2016 online in just a week you can catch Virtual, Faster, Better! - How to virtualize the Rich client and Browser Plugin by Daniel Reimann. But only if you register for ICON US 2016 while seats remain Virtualizing the IBM Notes client or the IBM Client Application Access (formerly known as IBM Notes Browser Plug-in) is an effective way to standardize your client infrastructure, to reduce costs for workstation hardware and to give your users a consistent experience. Learn how to imple
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Coin 2.0 Mobile Virtual Wallet review
Fri, Apr 29th 2016 1:34p   Chris Miller
The Coin is a credit card device that allows you to carry multiple credit / debit cards, rewards cards, membership cards all in one. We take the Coin 2.0 through months of testing payment via tap-to-pay (EMV) and swiping. Read along and see the YouTube video for unboxing, setup and more on usage. (you can also see our run with the Coin original version right here) I am a previous user of the original Coin and the 2.0 version adds EMV or tap-to-pay technology which we were eager to test. I th
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IBM announces IBM Connect - not that IBM Connect the other IBM Connect
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 12:05p   Chris Miller
In a confusing move, IBM announces IBM Connect for hybrid clouds, not the annual IBM Connect conference that they hold. Ready, set, connect… to the hybrid cloud with IBM Connect! Today, IBM Cloud is announcing a new series of Connect offerings that provides the full spectrum of hybrid cloud solutions for enterprises of all sizes. Without all of your apps and data working together on the cloud made possible through IBM Connect, you risk placing last in this digital race. This will be int
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IBM Project “Hawthorn" - Today. Tomorrow. OnPrem. Cloud - at ICON US
Wed, Apr 20th 2016 2:39p   Chris Miller
Register today for one of the virtual seats at ICON US to see Luis Guirigay of IBM present IBM Project “Hawthorn" - Today. Tomorrow. OnPrem. Cloud. This session will cover: Since IBM introduced “Project Hawthorn” (aka IBM mail support for MS Outlook) many customers have been taking advantage of this new deployment option to provide Mail to users using their client of preference. Project Hawthorn provides the unique capability of “Bring Your Own Client (BYOC)” by
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From the Inbox: I think DAOS is screwed up
Thu, Apr 14th 2016 12:40p   Chris Miller
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Did you know? IBM Collaboration Solutions Business Partner Enablement Program
Thu, Apr 14th 2016 11:57a   Chris Miller
Apparently there is a Partner Enablement Program for IBM Collaboration Solutions Business Partners that is coming up. Registration is open for a short time longer for this part of #NewWayToLearn 2016 program I happened to run across this article by Alan Hamilton on LinkedIn New Way to Learn is all about helping our Business Partners get quick, easy and productive access to the information they need to be successful with IBM Verse, Connections, Sametime, Notes & Domino and Digital Exper
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for April 2016
Tue, Apr 12th 2016 1:51p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for April 2016. Here is some of the updates Connections Connections: Real-Time alerts focus your attention Stay up to date with things that require your attention and response. The new notification center in the navigation bar increases your awareness less disruptively. See alerts with a single click - no matter where you are in the service. Allows you stay on track or swiftly shift gears depending on what is required at the
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Open Mic for IBM XPages on Bluemix on April 12 2016
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 12:45p   Chris Miller
IBM is hosting an Open Mic call covering XPages on Bluemix on April 12, 2016. A live Q&A will be part of the open mic call. This session we are sharing information regarding Xpages on Bluemix. the XPages runtime, service, and boilerplate were released on Bluemix last year and with that release, additional Bluemix tooling was released for Domino Designer, via the open source XPages Extension Library. This session will provide details to expand your success with XPages on Bluemix You can att
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ICON US 2016 announces keynote speaker
Wed, Apr 6th 2016 1:10p   Chris Miller
ICON US 2016 announced that Rob Koplowitz of IBM will be the keynote speaker. Session announcements will start coming tomorrow. Registration for ICON US 2016 still has some space for this virtual event. They keynote will cover the following abstract: The pace of work is accelerating and the volume of information is overwhelming. Join Rob Koplowitz as he conveys a vision for unleashing cognitive capabilities and advanced analytics to create a more intelligent collaboration environment that assis
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Box for IBM Connections integration guide and steps
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 11:33a   Chris Miller
IBM announced some time ago the integration between Box and IBM Connections. I happened to find an online guide to setting up the connections via the Box website. In summary: Download the widget XML and Javascript from Box Host both on a web server that requires Dojo. Luckily the IBM HTTP Server does this via IBM Connections Update the widget XML with the particulars for your IBM Connections Community Restart Profiles and Communities inside of IBM Connections management screens Add the widget
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IBM developerWorks Open Tech Talks
Fri, Mar 11th 2016 2:26p   Chris Miller
IBM developerWorks Open Tech Talks have now launched and are open for registration. They currently have eight categories of content. Some have nothing there yet however. You should be able to use your developerWorks login credentials (or register) to gain access to these open Tech Talks. As you can see they cover Analytics Cloud Data Management Mobile IoT Security Social WatsonHead over to developerWorks Open Tech Talks to get access.
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ICON US 2016 lanches with a virtual event
Tue, Mar 8th 2016 1:38p   Chris Miller
I am happy to finally announce ICON US 2016 is officially launched with a twist. This will be a one time virtual event on May 9-10, 2016. Registration is already open as well as call for abstracts and sponsor opportunities. More information will be coming on the website, but space is still limited. Even with a virtual event. Head over to http://IamICONUS.org and get registered before it fills. Also make sure to submit abstracts and get in touch to sponsor either here or via the site
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Kapture Audio Recording Wristband review
Tue, Feb 23rd 2016 3:06p   Chris Miller
Kapture Audio Recording Wristband is designed to grab the last 60 seconds of any audio and save it off to your mobile device for sharing, editing or your own personal revisiting later. We dig into features, functions, privacy, quality and the application in this review. I love the design and look overall of the Kapture Audio Recording Wristband. It really is not much higher than some of the large watches now. It is definitely as thin as the medium watches. The look itself and the ability to c
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SocialBizUG closes but the Sys Admin Tips newsletter goes on!
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 10:53a   Chris Miller
Recently, SocialBizUG.org announced the closing of the site that was the hub of the IBM Social Business User Group and community for the last few years. My monthly Sys Admin Tips newsletter became part of that site. Now it is coming home to IdoNotes. I have been writing the monthly newsletter with extended commentary for over a twelve years now. That means every month for 144 editions you have seen 4-5 articles (that is well over 600 that are now available right here on IdoNotes). Well I
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for February 2016
Tue, Feb 16th 2016 7:18a   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for January 2016. Here is some of the updates Connections Chat SAML auto-login support on desktop clients The Sametime Desktop Client now will remember the user name and password in SAML authentication scenario. The Sametime Desktop Client will be automatically logged in once the user name and password are remembered. Connections Meetings Support for Safari 9 & Mac OS 10.11 SmartCloud Notes IBM Mail Onboarding M
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Box integration with IBM webcasts
Fri, Feb 12th 2016 7:45a   Chris Miller
IBM integration with Box has two upcoming webcasts about their integration as a file storage service. Below is the information that IBM Business Partners need to attend the webcasts SalesTalk: How to succeed with Box for Americas/EMEA time zones: Tuesday, February 16 at 9 a.m. EST / 3 p.m. CET SalesTalk: How to succeed with Box for Asia Pacific time zones: Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 a.m. IST / 10 a.m. SGT / 1 pm AEDT TechTalk: A deeper look at Box integration: Wednesday, Feb
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IBM Connect 2016 - Logging Wars session slides
Thu, Feb 11th 2016 12:15p   Chris Miller
I had the pleasure of presenting Logging Wars: A Cross Product Tech Clash Between Experts with Ben Menesi, of Ytria, at IBM Connect 2016. He did an amazing job making slides for us from all our conversations. Thanks to every that attended or has reached out looking for the slides. Do not forget that all the slides are in the IBM Connect sessions database with over 200 since 2013 publicly available for your review and searching.
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iGearPro 32GB micro USB to USB flash drive review
Wed, Feb 10th 2016 1:11p   Chris Miller
I had the luck to get the iGearPro 32GB flash drive that moves files between your smart device (micro USB) and the computer easily. Or just acts as a flash backup for your phone files. This can be a life saver or a way to simply move files around. One of the issues we all face Is having tons of pics/videos/music on our (non iOS) devices here due to this being the micro USB version. It takes forever to sync things to whatever service where we have limited storage anyway. Then we also hate leavi
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60+ in 60 - Admin Tips Power Hour session slides from IBM Connect 2016
Wed, Feb 10th 2016 8:52a   Chris Miller
Above is the content for my 60+ in 60 - Admin Tips Power Hour session from IBM Connect 2016. With a guaranteed minimum of 60 administration tips in 60 minutes you will walk out with a list of items to immediately help you tune your collaboration environment. Covering IBM Domino, Sametime, Connections, Traveler and more will have you eager to get back and implement some of the ideas. We will take best practices from the my SocialBizUg Admin Tips newsletter, customer case stories and other best
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IBM Connect sessions database for 2016
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 7:45p   Chris Miller
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IBM Connect 2016 slides are starting to appear online
Thu, Feb 4th 2016 7:54a   Chris Miller
Session slides from IBM Connect 2016 are beginning to appear in the IBM Event Connect site and on public blogs / SlideShare. Each year I bring all of the publicly shared slides that can be embedded or linked into the IBM Connect Sessions Database. They are sorted by track/topic and it is full texted indexed for quick searching to find just what you need. As you can see this is what the uploads look like in the IBM Event Connect portal for IBM Connect 2016. Note that they use the hidde
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IBM Connect 2016 OGS and day 1 review - IdoNotes Episode 145
Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 1:40a   Chris Miller
IBM kicked off IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando, FL. I summarize the Opening General Session and more for you. The IBM Connect 2016 episode covers the following: As usual I give you an idea of what the IBM Connect bag looks like this year We talk about the conference guide a/k/a large newspaper you have to use I mention the Event Connect app Project Toscana was announced at the OGS The new blended interface for IBM Connections and Verse using tiles (think Notes workspace on the web that is dyn
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IBM announces the acquisition of Ustream
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 11:45a   Chris Miller
IBM officially announced the acquisition of Ustream today. Here is some of the press release The Ustream acquisition will extend the IBM Cloud platform to help enterprise clients unlock the value of video, a rapidly-evolving digital media and data asset. Ustream provides cloud-based video streaming to enterprises and broadcasters for everything from corporate keynotes to live music concerts. IBM Cloud is assembling transformational capabilities into the new Cloud Video Services unit to he
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for January 2016
Wed, Jan 27th 2016 9:54a   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for January 2016. Here is some of the updates: Verse Verse Mobile Updates (available on or after Jan 8) While in other iOS applications, Verse is now a selectable mail application for sending pictures, file attachments, URL links, and more. On Android, calendar events processed when using the application offline are now immediately reflected in the Verse application calendar. No more waiting for a sync to complete.
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IBM Go now has IBM Connect 2016 available
Fri, Jan 22nd 2016 12:00p   Chris Miller
IBM GO, the digital conference extension, now has IBM Connect 2016 listed. I like to think I had something to do with that from my IBM Connect 2016 preview post and video. Sign up is free to access whatever content they will stream and allow you to replay. You will have to fill out a sign up form which then sends a verification email message. Hilariously the welcome message has links to upcoming content... from October 2015. Sigh... I certainly hope they update this to let everyone kn
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What’s new in IBM Traveler 9.0.1.9
Mon, Jan 18th 2016 3:59p   Chris Miller
IBM has released IBM Traveler 9.0.1.9 and has some new enhancement and of course many fixes. Here is what is new Ghosted calendar events on iOS and Android devices Events that have not yet been accepted now display as "Ghosted" on the calendar view on iOS and Android devices. You can select these entries from the calendar to work with them. Exporting IBM Verse contacts to the device Contacts app on iOS devices You can now export your Verse contacts to the Contacts app on your iOS device, and
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IBM Connect 2016 free certification exam vouchers
Mon, Jan 11th 2016 9:19a   Chris Miller
IBM is bringing back free certification exam vouchers for IBM Connect 2016. Now IBM had issues last year over this initiative and I presume that is all ironed out for IBM Connect 2016 According to an article on the IBM Software Services for Collaboration blog at IBM.com they state the following: we're offering customers and business partners a voucher for a FREE ICS certification exam. The voucher allows you to complete an ICS certification exam within about 6 months of your return from th
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CES 2016: Keezel wins my best of Day 1 award
Thu, Jan 7th 2016 12:07p   Chris Miller
At CES 2016 this week we got a closer look at Keezel, which is your own portable VPN network connection device. You connect everything to Keezel and let it connect to public (or any) network to protect your data. Keezel has reached agreements with numerous global VPN providers to allow this device to work pretty much anywhere you can get online. Setup was amazingly simple. Turn on the Keezel, connect all your devices to it and then have Keezel log into whatever wireless network you desire. B
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IBM Connect 2016 OGS is 2 1/2 hours long
Wed, Jan 6th 2016 2:26p   Chris Miller
For those headed to IBM Connect 2016 prepare yourself for the Opening General Session that shows up as 2 1/2 hours long with a 45 minute break in the middle. The normal time runs much like the first session listed above at an hour and half. But this extra hour with no sessions and a break seems rather confusing. I am guessing we all leave the main conference hall for 45 minutes and then file back in for another large session. Here is what is supposed to be included in each session slot.
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Delta Compel Touch20 bathroom faucet review - model 561T-DST
Mon, Jan 4th 2016 4:14p   Chris Miller
Delta surprised me with the Compel Single Lever Handle Bathroom Faucet with Touch2O Technology (model 561t-DST). From the fairly simple installation (see the video for full details) and ease of use it made an instant impact. ****See the video for unboxing, how it works, install considerations/needs, and even more***** The packaging for the Delta Compel Faucet with Touch20 contains all of the required parts, even with the guide and their online help missing to mention a small part you must
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Try IBM Connections and Verse for 60 days free!
Mon, Jan 4th 2016 12:29p   Chris Miller
IBM has made a 60 day free trial for IBM Connections and IBM Verse on the IBM Connections Cloud S1 to new customers. No credit card required. The 60 day free trial starts when you get your confirmation link in email. There is also a quick start guide available to get everyone started. The trial includes the following: This 60-day trial will allow your customers to add up to 25 different users to their account, with unlimited Meetings, Chat, and IBM Connections Social capabilities. And now
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What’s New in IBM Connections Docs Next
Wed, Dec 16th 2015 11:45a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced enhancements to be found in IBM Docs Next due XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Enhancements will include some of the following: One of the enhancements for IBM Connections Docs Next is instant, real-time co-editing for up to 20 editors that can utilize @mentions to grab the attention of specific editors. I guess that is instead of just selecting their name as some other programs offer. Comments will be available offline and chat awareness will be available while online. You can see a s
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What’s New in IBM Connections 5.5
Wed, Dec 16th 2015 11:08a   Chris Miller
IBM has finally announced some of what's new in IBM Connections 5.5 due soon for everyone. Some of the highlights of enhancements include nested folders and: A new user experience theme. Not much else to say but a new theme. Communities get new looks and feel with new features You can also now: add events to your personal calendar Discover private communities Better organize communities Control email notifications so much better (not like what I had to blog about before) Real-time
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IBM Connections plugin update December 2015
Tue, Dec 15th 2015 3:35p   Chris Miller
IBM has added a new feature for nested folders into the IBM Connections plugin update for December 2015 This month's updates introduce a much anticipated capability - nested folders. Instead of a flat view of all your files, you can now manage your files in a hierarchical tree structure of folders to organize them the way that suits you. This capability is now available in the IBM Connections Desktop Plugins for Microsoft Windows and the IBM Connections Plugin for Microsoft Outlook. (Note tha
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for November 2015
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 4:36p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for November 2015. Here is some of the updates: Social Participate in polls and surveys from the Connections mobile app (available on or after Dec 11) The Connections app on iOS and Android now allows you to list polls and surveys in a community, submit responses, and see a summary of results if allowed. Guest invitations are sent with your email address on copy(available on or after Nov 21) Connections Cloud will now ad
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IBM Watson Trend - let the computer tell you what’s hot this holiday
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 2:29p   Chris Miller
IBM Watson Trend is an application and website that reads the tone of the web to tell you what items are hot for shoppers this 2015 Christmas. At IBM, we started dreaming of harnessing the collective knowledge of billions of people on the planet to help shoppers easily make more informed decisions. There is both an Android and iOS application for IBM Watson Trend, but the website is quick and easy to use. Even the mobile web version is easy enough. I found it interesting because most of th
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IBM pulls IBM Notes Standard 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 from download due to install error
Wed, Dec 2nd 2015 4:55p   Chris Miller
IBM announced moments ago that they are pulling IBM Notes Standard 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 from download due to the following A critical problem has been discovered with upgrading to Notes Standard 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 from an earlier 9.0.1 Fix Pack or Hotfix. The install ends with the message "The wizard was interrupted before IBM Notes 9.0.1 FP5 could be completely installed." At this point, Notes may not launch. Installing 9.0.1 FP5 on 9.0.1 Gold installs without error. Apparently this does not aff
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MUZO Cobblestone audio stream receiver review
Tue, Dec 1st 2015 11:46a   Chris Miller
MUZO was kind enough to send over the Cobblestone for review. This device supports streaming of Airplay, NAS, Spotify, Pandora and more. Here is a look into the features and the accompanying application. When you start looking to reuse old powered speakers or amp system with new streaming technology, finding something affordable and flexible is tough. I got lucky when I was able to test out the MÜZO Cobblestone. The Look and Design The MUZO Cobblestone looks just like a river cobblestone th
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IBM Connect 2016 Technical Labs
Mon, Nov 30th 2015 12:30p   Chris Miller
IBM has provided some information on the IBM Connect 2016 Technical Labs. These labs have varied over the years and there is three this year. You can view the full details right here at the conference site but here is a summary of each: Meet the Developers Lab - One of my favorite places to track down those that make the product hum. If you ever found that nagging issue and want to know if they can or will fix it, go here. Or sometimes they even have the workaround in their head and show
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iLuv SmartShaker bluetooth alarm review
Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 12:10p   Chris Miller
The iLuv SmartShaker is perfect for heavy sleepers or not waking up someone else in the room with early alarms. Set up using BlueTooth and their app, the SmartShaker uses vibration, a tone or both to wake you from under your pillow. Coming in at 1 ounce and 5 inches across by 1.5 inches high, the iLuv SmartShaker fits easily under or inside your pillow as an alternative way to wake up. The app itself is easy to work with and stores up to 10 alarms that are then synched to the SmartShaker.
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IBM launches IBM Support Agent Tool in beta
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 10:19a   Chris Miller
IBM has launched the IBM Support Agent Tool into beta. Relying heavily on Watson it is designed to automate responses to your support questions and even update your support requests. As you can see, the IBM Support Agent Tool leverages Watson to take your normal conversation and interpret your needs. Then it gives possible results or even asks you to log in to update your open support requests. Now this is in beta and only covers Websphere and something else. IBM Domino and IBm Connections
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Bissell Symphony Pet All-In-One Vacuum & Steam Mop review
Mon, Nov 16th 2015 11:23a   Chris Miller
So many of us have pets so the chance to review the Bissell Symphony Pet All-In-One Vacuum & Steam Mop was perfect for me too. I gladly accepted the challenge. From the ease of assembly to the great work it does, this one just replaced a few items for cleaning up hard floors around the house. We used this a good month around the house before even attempting to do the review so we could give a great overview. As we show in the video, most of the parts for the Bissell Symphony Pet All-In-On
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IBM officially launches IBM developerWorks Premium
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 7:30a   Chris Miller
IBM officially launches IBM developerWorks Premium for an annual price of $399 USD per year. Here is what you get with the annual subscription available to over 60 countries. developerWorks Premium members enjoy: 12-month Bluemix subscription 240 USD credits on Bluemix to develop apps with services including Watson, IoT, mobile, and many others Credits of 45 USD per month to create your development sandbox in SoftLayer (up to 540 USD annually) 500+ online technical books from Safari covering
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IBM Connect 2016 preview video - Lotusphere Porcasts
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 11:10a   Chris Miller
IBM has tons of scattered information on IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando, FL. I try and summarize a lot of it in one place for you. Here is a rundown of the show notes First of all we have a new location for IBM Connect 2016 at the Hilton Orlando. We are no longer at the Dolphin & Swan area (video link) Things to do and eat around the new conference center location (video link) Jump on the iRide Trolley to get to Starbucks and Sea World or just around the area. Hint: Get an unlimited m
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IBM Security Alert of GIF Processing Vulnerability in Domino
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 2:00p   Chris Miller
IBM has released a Security Alert of GIF Processing Vulnerability in Domino. Here are the particluars and the link to the rest of the article with remediation, BM Domino contains two GIF parsing buffer overflow vulnerabilities. A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to execute code or crash the Domino SMTP server. This alert also affects most of the versions companies are running that are under support. Here is the most recent list of server versions: You can read more about t
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Qi Wireless Chargers are now my friend
Fri, Nov 6th 2015 1:33p   Chris Miller
I was hesitant about this Qi Wireless Chargers but getting a Samsung Galaxy S6 meant the capability was built in. I got to test a handful and here are my thoughts. The way they are dropping in price makes them such a simple charging solution. Some of you may ask what Qi is? ssentially Qi wireless charging uses two coils of wire. The charging station contains one coil which produces an oscillating magnetic field, which in turn induces electricity in the receiving coil in your smartphone. I en
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IBM Traveler 9.0.1.8 Is Released and Has a New Tool!
Wed, Nov 4th 2015 1:53p   Chris Miller
With the release of IBM Lotus Traveler 9.0.1.8 there is a bunch of fixes and enhancements but also a new tool. It is called the Traveler Database Maintenance Tool (DBMaint). Running this command performs an online reorganization of the IBM Traveler table's indexes. It will also run statistics on all indexes in the IBM Traveler database. If IBM Traveler is stand alone, then it will set the configuration parameter NTS_DEFRAG_ONCE to one. This will cause the server to perform maintenance on the
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Nest Cam review and setup
Fri, Oct 30th 2015 2:31p   Chris Miller
I am already a Nest Thermostat user so the Nest Cam was the next logical addition. Luckily Nest wanted to send one over. I walk through the setup, app and functions. The simplicity of setting up the Nest Cam makes it quick and easy for any homeowner or business. Make sure you dowload the Nest app and register an account. Also make sure you do the setup before mounting this camera. The easy setup relies on the QR code scan. The QR code just happens to be at the back of the camera. As I s
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New Initiative for IBM Certification Test Security - Update
Thu, Oct 29th 2015 11:48a   Chris Miller
I previously updated everyone on the IBM initiative for IBM Certification Test Security and the changes. IBM has provided an update you should all be aware of. In September, we advised Business Partners that IBM is launching a new initiative, designed to detect Non-Independent Test Taking (NITT) in IBM certification tests. A small number of candidates have since been informed that non-independent test taking was found in their case. This means that IBM has identified certain people that hav
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IBM Partnerworld is closing Connections communities?
Tue, Oct 27th 2015 9:39a   Chris Miller
Call me crazy here but why would IBM PartnerWorld move communication from it's own platform into channels it does not own when they have a platform? PartnerWorld Community Members, By year end, the Connections based PartnerWorld Communities experience will cease. Therefore, please join us on our IBM PartnerWorld official social media channels to collaborate and converse. You will find the topics that have been included in the IBM PartnerWorld Communities and more! IBM PartnerWorld Social M
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IBM launches IBMGO - social hub for conferences
Mon, Oct 26th 2015 11:18a   Chris Miller
IBM has launched IBMGO as a central source for all things around their global conferences. The new social hub and free interactive digital experience for all IBM Global Conferences, available at any time, anywhere. Live and on-demand broadcasts of general sessions, keynotes and interviews as well as CrowdChats and exclusive access to Social VIPs. The sad news is that IBM Connect, their global conference for IBM Collaboration Solutions, doesn't really seem to be listed or considered a global
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IBM Champion nominations for 2016 closing soon!
Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 8:00a   Chris Miller
Each year everyone gets a voice in nominating IBM Champions for Social Business (IBM Collaboration Solutions aka ICS) and that final date for 2016 nominations is approaching at the end of October. The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community -- and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors ot
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Fever Smart - Smart Path Thermometer review
Thu, Oct 22nd 2015 2:55p   Chris Miller
Dislike having to constantly put the thermometer under your kids tongue? Fever Smart has the Smart Path Thermometer that works via Bluetooth and the cloud to send constant updates to remotely watch someone's temperature. The Fever Smart - Smart Path Thermometer allows you to remotely monitor temperature using your smartphone as a client or relay device to the cloud. Fever Smart’s technology is simple and easy to use. Here how it works: a small electronic device, or “Brain Unit
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Wood watches by Jord review - a new favorite timepiece
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 2:07p   Chris Miller
I have had the pleasure of testing a Wood Watch by Jord that turned into me personally buying another. With modern looks and great craftsmanship it makes them a constant talking point when first seen. Here is a layered image shot done while playing pool. Based here in St Louis, MO (with me luckily) this was a pairing meant to happen since I love collecting watches. All the watches are made from aged hardwoods and the list is quite impressive (Ebony, Koa, Purpleheart, Zebrawood, Rosewood,
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You can now watch TED@IBM replays
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 3:45p   Chris Miller
I missed the live TED@IBM event through streaming (totally missed it in person) and am happy that the replays are online with free registration. Make sure you sign up now or if you have already and have the password then go replay TED@IBM now.
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You can stream TED@IBM live next week Oct 15 2015
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 7:49a   Chris Miller
For those not going to TED@IBM in San Francisco, CA on Oct 15, 2015 they have made it possible to register and stream the event. While the cost to attend live is up to $10k (they report) it is only a half day event with two sessions covering 16 speakers, a lunch and a cocktail reception. I really thought it was more intense than that so I am glad they are offering this free live streaming! You can register for the live streaming right here.
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for October 2015
Fri, Oct 9th 2015 2:44p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for October 2015. Here is some of the updates: Verse Send Encrypted Mail (available now) Now you can send signed and/or encrypted mail from within the Verse client experience. Upload, tear off and view files in separate windows (available now) Now you have more options at your fingertips when viewing a file in Verse. You can upload the file to Connections Cloud and you can’ tear off’ the file enabling
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IBM (Lotus) Greenhouse is being retired?!?
Thu, Oct 8th 2015 12:43p   Chris Miller
I was looking for some IBM Partnerworld content that linked to IBM Greenhouse when I found it. On the page was the following words: The IBM Greenhouse is scheduled to be retired in late 2015 or early 2016 I believe I sat stunned for a few moments. The IBM (Lotus) Greenhouse has been an outstanding place for companies and individuals to test a plain install of IBM Connections, iNotes, IBM Sametime and even more. It is stated that content was being moved to IBM Developerworks. That leaves out
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IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2016 Moves to Orlando from Las Vegas
Mon, Sep 28th 2015 11:21a   Chris Miller
IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference has had a history of being located in Las Vegas. For Feb 15-18, 2016 it will move to Orlando, FL and be held at the Hilton Bonnet Creek. Join us and learn how to grow and transform your business in today's highest value opportunity areas – Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Commerce, Security, Watson, the Internet of Things and more. Explore new ways to work and new ways to succeed. You can get more information and wait for registration to open in Oct
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Important New Initiative for IBM Certification Test Security
Wed, Sep 23rd 2015 11:15a   Chris Miller
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LIFX Smart LED lights review and setup
Thu, Sep 17th 2015 12:57p   Chris Miller
I dig into the LIFX Smart Led light system, where each bulb is wifi enabled and no hub is needed. The complimentary mobile application gives you full controls over color, brightness, and tons of cool automated settings. I walk through LIFX setup of the individual bulb and mobile application plus discuss a few hurtles we had to overcome during initial setup. While the cost of LIFX seems to be higher than the kits for things like Phillips Hue system, each bulb acts independent with no hub
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External User Registration Application - free from Turtle Partnership
Wed, Sep 9th 2015 4:05p   Chris Miller
Gabriella Davis, on the Turtle blog, announced the availability of the Domino based External User Registration Application they have written and use for customers. This app makes setting up external users for accounts so simple, including allowing self registration. This will help companies with IBM Connections, IBM Sametime and apps in Domino itself. There is a simple configuration or, and I recommend, let Gab and her team do a few hours of work to configure and tune it for you! If you choos
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IBM roadmap for messaging and social platform - updated Sep 1 2015
Tue, Sep 8th 2015 11:44a   Chris Miller
IBM sent an email to business partners with the IBM Roadmap for Messaging and Social Platform. I was hoping to summarize it for you and give a link but I was hit with this: When you click "I agree" you agree that this information will not be disclosed to anyone inside your company without a demonstrated business need to know as they market or support IBM products. will not be disclosed to any party outside your company without express permission from IBMThis information is intended for IB
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Coin Virtual Mobile Wallet review
Mon, Aug 31st 2015 12:26p   Chris Miller
The Coin is a credit card device that allows you to carry multiple credit cards, rewards, membership and debit cards all in one. We take the Coin through a month long testing. Read along and see the YouTube video for unboxing, setup and more on usage. Look and Feel The first ting we noticed about the Coin was the resemblance to an actual credit card. The sizing and thickness were the same. The look of Coin is sleek being all black except for a small LCD type window where information is disp
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for August 2015
Thu, Aug 27th 2015 10:06a   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for August 2015. Here is some of the updates: Verse Send Encrypted Mail (available on or after August 31) IBM Verse now offers the ability to send signed and/or encrypted mail from within the Verse client experience. Updates to Needs Action and Waiting For (available on or after August 31) The sort order for messages with due dates in the Needs Action and Waiting For message lists has changed. The messages now sort with th
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IBM Cloud Portfolio Navigator (for Business Partners)
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 12:48p   Chris Miller
IBM has released the IBM Cloud Portfolio Navigator as a pdf file that you navigate. It was made to hopefully help you wade through the vast cloud portfolio IBM offers. I am not sure it helps. With over 440 pages (at time of this blog post) it is massive. Three entry points are provided to discover our IBM cloud portfolio: By the client initiative (e.g. Cloud Enabled Data Center, Business Solutions) By the capability (e.g. Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service) By the brand (
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IBM announces flexible demo accounts for Business Partners
Mon, Aug 17th 2015 12:14p   Chris Miller
IBM has had demo accounts for Business Partners in the IBM Connection S1 Cloud for a while, but has now enhanced the offering. Flexible Service Activation for Connections Cloud S1 Demo Accounts The new Flexible Service Activation part for IBM Connections Cloud S1 Demo accounts, allows Business Partners to selectively activate components of the bundled S1 service. PartnerWorld members are eligible for this no charge, one year renewable Business Partner demonstration account for up to 30 aut
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Brinks Push Pull Rotate Door Lock review
Wed, Aug 12th 2015 5:39p   Chris Miller
Brinks has created an awesome line of door locks and handles that allow you to push, pull or rotate the handle to open them. We take a look at an interior door lever model. See the review video on Amazon I was hesitant when thinking this Brinks Push Pull or Rotate door lever would be useful or work as advertised. This doorknob just makes life simpler. The ability to work with the door when your hands are full by bumping the handle, pulling the handle or using it regularly makes you frustra
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DUBS Acoustic Filters review - I love these
Thu, Jul 30th 2015 12:53p   Chris Miller
DUBS was kind enough to let us run the DUBS Acoustic Filters through field testing. We used them just about everywhere and have the results for you below. I admit to being a person that would often wear foam earplugs at loud events to be cheap and better protect my ears. I am glad I was able to wear DUBS Acoustic Filters. I now carry them everyday and use them at least once a day. The DUBS help filter out that loud and harsh middle range of sound while still allowing me to hear easily. They a




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