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Chris Miller
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IBM Survey on Mobile Device Usage
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:46a   Chris Miller
IBM has asked for help with a mobile device usage survey. The following survey asks about your experiences using a mobile device. If you own more than one mobile device, please choose the device you use most frequently to answer the questions. The results from this survey will be used in aggregate form to drive future mobile app design decisions I would like to say I do not agree that "In the car" should be a choice or even considered due to safety reasons. That could have said "on mass [read] Keywords: ibm mobile

Belkin QODE Ultimate Wireless Keyboard and Case for iPad Air review
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 10:47a   Chris Miller
The Belkin QODE Ultimate Wireless Keyboard and Case for iPad Air goes to the top of our list for the iPad Airs around the studio. We previously did a video review for the QODE Slim Style and MultiTasker Pro cases so we were anxious to see and test this iPad Air case since it was labeled Ultimate. Here is what we found in our test of the Belkin QODE Ultimate Wireless Keyboard and Case for iPad Air Pro: -solid look and feel with the aluminum. Really shows in the white version we tested. Al [read] Keywords: archive wireless

PhoneSoap Phone UV Sanitizer review - CES 2014
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 11:45a   Chris Miller
PhoneSoap is a UV sanitizzer unit for placing your mobile (or anything that fits) into the unit to have germs and bacteria destroyed. Here are the specs and cleaning ability.. *UV-C Sanitizer - Safely kill 99.99% of bacteria *Universal Cell Phone Charger - Standard USB port for charging iPhone's, Androids, etc *Acoustic Audio Amplifier - Hear your notifications while your phone is sanitizing *Inner Dimensions (Sanitizing Space): Inches: 6 L x 3.74 W x .78 H *Disinfect in 5 minutes o [read] Keywords: iphone mobile

IBM acquires Silverpop for behavior marketing platform
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 11:32a   Chris Miller
IBM announced it is buying Silverpop, an Atlanta based company, for it's behavioral marketing platform. Silverpop's behavioral marketing platform enables marketers to take action on customer behaviors in real time, deepen brand loyalty and deliver the perfect customer experience. Silverpop is a digital marketing software company focused on helping marketers transform the customer experience— increasing engagement and driving revenue. Silverpop makes this possible by using custome [read] Keywords: ibm

IBM survey on search in IBM Connections. Go give feedback!
Fri, Apr 11th 2014 6:12a   Chris Miller
IBM has issued a public survey on how you use search in IBM Connections. It supposedly helps influence the product so the more responses the better. As you can see the survey is very short. Help them out by taking the search in IBM Connections survey right here Feel free to ignore this weird question at the end about what generation you identify with. Sounds like another way of asking "how old are you?", which shouldn't make a difference in this type of survey. [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus

Kramer Reeves says new EOL for 8.5.x extended. And everyone wants cloud?
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 12:12p   Chris Miller
In a recent blog posting from Kramer Reeves, Director/Product Management for Messaging and Collaboration, he announced the extension of End of Life (EOL) for 8.5.x support until September 2016. This is good news to give companies even more time to plan upgrades. Speaking of companies he goes on to say... Every day I meet with IBM Clients to share our vision and roadmap for the future, and it's an exciting story. They tell me they want to invest the right level of planning to prepare for a [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm notes enterprise server

Acer Iconia A1-830 Android tablet review and setup
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 9:32a   Chris Miller
The Acer Iconia A1-830 Android tablet proved to be a great entry tablet for everyone during our testing and now continued use. If you are looking for an alternative to the standard iOS tablets, the Acer Iconia A1-830 Android tablet is a great choice. With a processor upgrade over the 810 model, it moves quick even with numerous applications open in the background thanks to the 1.6 GHz. The ports on the device were all readily accessible and even labeled. Which is non-existent in most other dev [read] Keywords: application applications


Great Geek Challenge 2014 replay from IBM Connect 2014
Tue, Apr 8th 2014 6:12a   Chris Miller
The Great Geek Challenge took place once again at IBM Connect 2014 due to the hard word of Gabriella Davis, Tim Davis and the team. Watch the replay here. Special thanks to Nerd Girls and all the sponsors that allow this to happen each year. It is a great FREE event that bends your mind and fills your belly. [read] Keywords: ibm

iHome Swivel Folio Case for iPad review
Mon, Apr 7th 2014 10:01a   Chris Miller
We take a look at the iHome Swivel Folio Case for iPad (generations 2-4). It has the ability to rotate between landscape and portrait modes. We review a lot of cases and this goes to the top for the pre-Air cases with the iHome Swivel Folio Case for iPad landscape and portrait mode swivel. Too many times you are stuck with landscape only. While this does not have a proper typing mode, the three angles that work for both landscape and portrait make it a winner. The iPad fit easily into th [read] Keywords:

Watch Warren Elsmore get electrocuted at IBM Connect 2014
Mon, Apr 7th 2014 8:30a   Chris Miller
While editing the Great Geek Challenge video from IBM Connect 2014 I came across a clip that was too good not to share. Yes, the LEGO master himself, Warren Elsmore, gets a jolt during a game. [read] Keywords: ibm

Troubleshoot inaccurate freetime in IBM Domino
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 1:39p   Chris Miller
Calendar issues and freetime are always a challenge to troubleshoot in Lotus Notes and Domino. In this article on SocialBizUG I run through some steps we use each time. The first thing we noticed in the calendar preferences dialog was that the user had no time range listed but everyday selected as available. We thought that was strange and had the user put some times in the fields. We then ran the commands I discuss below and saw that the user was only available each day starting at 7am but [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm lotus notes

Amazon launches Fire TV streaming media box
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 9:27a   Chris Miller
Amazon has finally launched Amazon Fire TV to compete with Roku and Apple TV. Includes voice search, making search simple for once. Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV. It's the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, low-cost video rentals, and more. With instant access to over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, plus all your favorite subscriptions and streaming services, you can watch what you want, when you want. If you're a Prime member, [read] Keywords: apple interface

Connectria - I am hiring an admin for my team
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 9:37a   Chris Miller
Connectria is hiring an ICS engineer to join my team. Yes this is heavy administration only, not developers. Below is the information. If you are interested make sure you get in touch with me directly. This doesn't happen often as we usually hire within but we are growing quick in this group. Connectria has been listed 3 times as one of the Best Places To Work in St. Louis, and listed among the Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies for 5 years in a row. Connectria was also ranked as the Top [read] Keywords: admin administration collaboration connections domino ibm lotus sametime traveler google linkedin microsoft

Accell UltraAV 4x2 HDMI Matrix review - CES 2014
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 9:54a   Chris Miller
The Accell UltraAV 4x2 HDMI Matrix and Distribution Amplifier is now part of home media setup. With 4 HDMI inputs that can be split into 2 outputs across monitors or even multiple inputs on the same device. The UltraAV 4x2 HDMI Matrix and Distribution Amplifier accepts signals from up to 4 HDMI enabled audio/video sources and distributes the signals to up to 2 HDMI enabled displays. The matrix can be configured to send any input to any utput,supporting all HDMI displays, monitors, projecto [read] Keywords:

IBM Mail Next to be delivered from the cloud?
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 10:34a   Chris Miller
IBM announced IBM Mail Next at IBM Connect 2014 this past January. I have tons more to write but this flyer hit my desk today. According to the image, IBM Mail Next will be delivered from the cloud? Their cloud? Your private cloud at your enterprise? Look for more info I still need to write that was discussed pub;icly and also an upcoming webcast from IBM. [read] Keywords: domino ibm enterprise

Happy World Backup Day!!
Sun, Mar 30th 2014 11:12p   Chris Miller
Of course we need an official World Backup Day and they made one. March 31 2014 is the day you promise to backup all your important files. Back them up to something, anything. The cloud, a USB drive, Google or even floppies (ok not that). THE WORLD BACKUP DAY PLEDGE “I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st.” I will also tell my friends and family about World Backup Day - friends don't let friends go without a backup. So what will yo [read] Keywords: google

Beta testing ConsoleEZ from Ytria - review coming
Fri, Mar 28th 2014 12:04p   Chris Miller
Ytria had a beta for ConsoleEZ that is ending this weekend and I had not spent enough time testing it I am quite pleased with some of the features so far. The above multiple server console window is just one view of what it is capable of. From there you can do even more Interestingly, you can open multiple consoles on the same server and use filters to streamline what you see. For example on you could be user access while another has mail routing. I will have a full review coming (and m [read] Keywords: domino interface podcast server

Links to get Microsoft Office for the iPad
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 12:40p   Chris Miller
As promised, Microsoft released Office for the iPad today. Finding it can be tough so here are the links. It is freemuim so viewing is free, while editing requires a purchase or Office 365 subscription. Microsoft Word for the iPad Microsoft Excel for the iPad Microsoft Powerpoint for the iPad Microsoft OneNote for iPad That should help you find Micrsoft Office for the iPad a bit easier since there was numerous knockoffs for a couple years now. [read] Keywords: apple exchange exchange microsoft office

Follow up: Is renaming Sametime a mistake? Again?
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 10:12a   Chris Miller
I wrote Is renaming Sametime a mistake? Again? about a week ago. While the discussion thread here was limited, LinkedIn took off. Here are some excerpts and links. I made the same discussion thread inside of a couple LinkedIn groups and the feedback has been terrific. Some of the threads are generating some good conversation. Starting with the ICS Lotus Software Professionals group: How about a focus group? I'd bet hard cash that "IBM Connections Chat" would be perceived as a l [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes sametime linkedin

STM Blazer small laptop bag review
Wed, Mar 26th 2014 10:11a   Chris Miller
STM was kind enough to send one of their small over the shoulder Blazer Laptop Sleeve for review. The Blazer is made for light travel and has a shoulder strap and a side handle for easy carrying. The STM Blazer bag comes in multiple sizes and colors handling everything from phones and tablets to larger laptops. I easily put my 13" Macbook Pro inside the sleeve on the small bag model. The laptop area is decently padded for some added protection. There are some other slots for papers and maybe [read] Keywords: laptop macbook

The IBM Connect 2014 slides database now with video and 70 sessions
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 11:06a   Chris Miller
Thanks to IBM we have added some audio/video to the IBM Connect slides database. For the 2014 event we are up to 70 sessions (and the 2013 sessions are in there too). Keep in mind all of this is publicly posted content that is embedded. We have posted nothing (*cough* someone complained *cough) so that all content is owned and attributed to the person that posted it inside the IBM Connect and Lotusphere slides database. As time allows and even more people send me the links to their posted [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere database

SKLZ Air Station Dryer System product review
Fri, Mar 21st 2014 1:51p   Chris Miller
The SKLZ Air Station Dryer System should help reduce equipment drying times with some avid sports people in the house, including snow boarding, soccer, tennis and other random ones. It should also reduce clutter of gear all at once. It is a nice hanging rack but reduced drying time was really hard to verify. Let me explain after we talk setup. (The video has it all) The larger size of the SKLZ Air Station Dryer System box is due to the good height of the dryer system. There are smaller box [read] Keywords:

Actiontec 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit (PWR200K01) review
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 10:35a   Chris Miller
We have used and tested products similar to Actiontec 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter and brought one along for a work site, just in case. We were happy we did. There was no wifi and no network access to be found in the temporary office in another country. The walls would not let the wifi through. Luckily we found that the entire place was on the same electrical and we tried this out. Success! We plugged one Actiontec 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter next to the router (into the plug as [read] Keywords: network office wifi

Is renaming Sametime a mistake? Again?
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 9:46a   Chris Miller
At IBM Connect 2014 we watched, well tried to catch, the announcement from Jeff Schick that IBM was changing the IBM Sametime name to IBM Connections Chat and IBM Connections Meetings. Is this a repeat mistake from years ago? First let me look at how fast the announcement was made. I barely had time to pic up my trusty camera to capture the moment. It was on the screen and gone so fast you can see the words changing Here are my thoughts on why the IBM Sametime name change is a mistake [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus sametime database instant messaging

Tampa General Hospital calls Notes "Stone Age" at Lync event
Mon, Mar 17th 2014 9:55a   Chris Miller
The Lync Conference 2014 was held in February 2014 and they had some case studies on stage. Tampa General Hospital sounds like they had bad admins The second Lync deployment story session I attended was delivered by representatives of Tampa General Hospital. They opened by saying as recently as three years ago, the hospital was in the "IT Stone Age." This was defined as being dependent on a mainframe and using Lotus Notes, Sametime, WebEx and BlackBerrys. Three years ago, the hospital replace [read] Keywords: lotus notes sametime blackberry microsoft

JBL Flip Wireless Bluetooth Speaker review from Best Buy Audio Fest
Fri, Mar 14th 2014 9:50a   Chris Miller
Best Buy was kind enough to send over the JBL Flip Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for review as part of their March Audio Fest. The JBL Flip is an excellent sounding Bluetooth speaker with the added bonus as a speakerphone. We found it simple to pair to any device and got great sound quality. An optional line in port allows you to connect any device with a standard 3.5mm connector. Included in the package for the JBL Flip Wireless Bluetooth Speaker was a neoprene sleeve and power adapter with a [read] Keywords: wireless

Harbour 2 case for iPhone 5 from STM product review
Thu, Mar 13th 2014 9:48a   Chris Miller
STM sent over their Harbour 2 case for the iPhone 5/5s (there is also a 5c model) for a quick review. The case is made of thermo polyurethane (TPU) and gives a snug fit and good corner protection. The main purpose of the case is the hinged design on the bottom. The hinge allows you to fit the phone into any doc station or simply use it as a stand as I did in the picture above. All the ports were easily accessible with the case on and closed. It comes in a variety of colors and can be fou [read] Keywords: iphone

IBM SmartCloud for Social Business enhancements for March 2014
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 2:12p   Chris Miller
IBM is enhancing SmartCloud for Social Business in March 2014 to include Sametime with SAML support, IBM Docs enhancements, also web users and Notes user enhancements. IBM Sametime chat with SAML support is coming If your organization uses federated identity management handled by Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), you can now download and chat using a stand-alone Sametime Connect client and log in with your organization's authentication credentials There there is SmartCloud Web user [read] Keywords: ibm inotes notes sametime email security

ChargeKey key sized charge cable review - CES 2014
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 1:26p   Chris Miller
A tiny envelope from Nomad, the makers of ChargeKey and ChargeCard, arrived soon after CES 2014. What I found was a key sized yet flexible charger cable. This tiny device comes in two models. One fits standard micro USB devices and the other fits iPhone devices (ordered separately). Originally funded through Indiegogo, they have expanded quick. At 2.5mm thick you barely notice it is there. The cable itself plugged easily into the phone and USB port for power or synching [read] Keywords: iphone

Installing IBM Domino language packs
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 11:59a   Chris Miller
I wrote about installing IBM Domino language packs over on SocialBizUG and just got another email asking about it. So here is the excerpt and link to the longer answer for those dealing with language packs and Domino. A Domino Language pack is the translated version of the standard English version of the Domino templates. It includes the translated versions of standard Domino system templates, such as the Discussion and Mail templates, as well as certain binary files required by the server. [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm email server

IBM SmartCloud Essentials by Edwin Schouten - book review
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 9:59a   Chris Miller
I was provided a digital copy of IBM SmartCloud Essentials by Edwin Schouten, Master IT Architect for IBM Global Technology Services, from PacktPub for an online book review. The book, digitally shows 46 navigation sections covering 112 pages, is a great starter for those attempting to enter into the world of using IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. Starting with the basics of cloud computing, this guide covers the wide range of cloud components, services, and solutions in the IBM SmartCloud portfo [read] Keywords: ibm archive enterprise linux

Belkin WeMo Motion Sensor review
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 9:13a   Chris Miller
The Belkin WeMo Motion Sensor is a single piece unit that has the power connector and the motion sensor connected via a long cable. This can be used stand-alone or as part of the larger Belkin WeMo system If this is the first part you are setting up in your home of Beklin WeMo systems do the following: - Load the free WeMo app from belkin on your device (look under iPhone apps if using an iPad) - Plug in the motion sensor into any outlet - Connect your iPad or iPhone (or Andrpoid) to the [read] Keywords: iphone network wifi

IBM Sametime Limited Use Entitlement for 9.0.1 announced
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 12:16p   Chris Miller
IBM announced an update to the entitlement program for IBM Sametime that version 9.0.1 is now supported. The new IBM Sametime Limited Use Entitlement for IBM Notes and Domino V9.0.1 customers delivers a way to chat with coworkers in real time, view online presence status, availability status, customize status messages, view someone's geographic location, and location awareness. It contains the functional equivalent of the capabilities provided in previous releases of IBM Sametime to IBM Notes [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm inotes notes sametime desktop

IPEVO Articulating Video Stand (AT-ST) for iPhone/iPod review
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 9:31a   Chris Miller
The IPEVO Articulating Video Stand (model AT-ST) is a great home, office or video stand companion for your iPhone or iPod Touch. This IPEVO Articulating Video Stand for iPhone and iPod is incredibly useful here at the studio already. As I show in the video, the 2 pound base is well weighted so there is no fear of tipping over. While the stand itself does not rotate at the base, the arms and top shovel let your device sit at any angle. The main arm will go to almost straight up, then there [read] Keywords: iphone ipod office

Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun review
Fri, Feb 21st 2014 12:10p   Chris Miller
I am always curious the actual size of such items and we show you in this video the sizing and capabilities of the Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun. It was able to drive the included staples flush into a 2x4 letting us know things like picture frames, furniture and even the walls we plan on hanging insulation will be no problem. The Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun handles a wide sizing of staples which adds to it's capabilities. We easily loaded the staples using the secondary trigger to rel [read] Keywords:

Belkin LEGO case & shield for iPad Mini review
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 10:06a   Chris Miller
I am stuck between a 3 and 4 star on the Belkin LEGO case & shield for iPad Mini and gave them the benefit. The LEGO Case from Belkin with Smartcover function for iPad Mini is a great idea but a few issues we found in testing. As some other reviewers noted the case is very stiff plastic and touch to get back off. We slightly damaged a corner of the case taking it on and off. The LEGO board is always royal blue with the three color choices which is nice. The LEGO board functions perfect [read] Keywords:

What Makes IBM Connect great each year? (from SocialBizUG)
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 1:35p   Chris Miller
For the February Sys Admin Tips newsletter on SocialBizUG I made a posting about What Makes IBM Connect great each year. Photo courtesy of John Roling (Greyhawk68) See entire IBM Connect 2014 Flickr photo pool I have counted mentally and also the number of hanging badges in my office and keep coming up with 18 different Lotusphere/IBM Connect events I have attended. It always surprises me to come back with the number 18 now. Eighteen years is a significant amount of time at any conferenc [read] Keywords: admin ibm lotusphere office

CES 2014 - AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic headphones review
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 10:47a   Chris Miller
From AcousticSheep comes SleepPhones, the "pajamas for your ears". These are headphones designed as a sleek and soft headband to be worn at night and while you fall sleep. I review the AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic model above, but they are available in a Bluetooth wireless model. The SleepPhones are made from a majority of recycled plastics to be environmental friendly and have flat speakers that slip easily in and out of the headband. This allows you to remove them for easy washing [read] Keywords: wireless

Aluminum Handheld 3-in-1 Flantern review (ADX-FL-01)
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 1:58p   Chris Miller
This compact (4 inch and 3 ounce) Aluminum Handheld 3-in-1 Flantern is both a lantern and flashlight giving it the Flantern name. At under $10 it has benefits. At under 4 inches in height and just over 3 ounces, this Aluminum Handheld 3-in-1 Flantern (flashlight/lantern) had low expectations in the review center. However, once we found the tiny box it shocked us in illumination and function. As we show in the video, it is small and powerful with three functions. Note: the 3 AAA batteries [read] Keywords:

CES 2014 - Pioneer WeGo2 portable DJ gear review
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 2:37p   Chris Miller
We review the Pioneer WeGo2 DJ Controller live from CES 2014. we walk through the functionality, connection options and flexibility of this portable DJ device I was impressed with the the functionality, connection options and flexibility of this Pioneer WeGo2 portable DJ device as we walked through the features. The Pioneer WeGo2 comes in three colors (white, black and red) and has Lightening connector for the new iPad and iPhones. The Jog FX allows DJs to combine multiple effects and use t [read] Keywords:

Logitech P710e Mobile Speakerphone review
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 1:02p   Chris Miller
I try to walk you through everything of the Logitech P710e Mobile Speakerphone from unboxing, pairing, call quality and features in the video. The Logitech P710e is a weighty little device (9 ounces) in a nice thin foam carrying case. It has a very sleek look and flat black matte finish allow it to blend in to any desk or work setting. The foam pouch does not have room for the provided power adaptor that uses the built in USB cable on the bottom of the device to charge it. The good news is [read] Keywords: laptop mobile office

Connectria wins 2014 IBM Beacon Award in PureSystems
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 9:12a   Chris Miller
I am happy to announce Connectria has won a 2014 IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding Expert Integrated Systems Solutions in the PureSystem category Connectria Hosting, a global managed and cloud hosting provider, was named a winner of a 2014 IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding Expert Integrated Systems Solution, PureSystems Category. Connectria’s winning solution involved the delivery of a HIPAA Compliant Private Cloud based upon the IBM PureSystems Platform. The hybrid private cloud sol [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus

IBM Connect 2014 slides and videos database now over 55 sessions inside
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 2:37p   Chris Miller
With IBM Connect 2014 slides not posted on the official sites yet we are ahead of the curve offering over 55 slidedecks and videos embedded for your viewing in the slides database. Search, explore by track or browse by tag. There is a tag cloud for easy sorting and on the right a breakdown by track for more sorting options. Full text searches are also available for digging into specific abstract content. So head over to the IBM Connect sessions database find the slides you were missing [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere database

Upgrade of Notes Traveler servers recommended to address issues with BlackBerry 10.2.1 devices
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 6:14a   Chris Miller
I have written quite a bit about BlackBerry Z10 devices and some about using it with Lotus Traveler, IBM has released the following information on issue and the fixes Issues: Several issues have been discovered with using IBM Notes Traveler with BlackBerry devices running the new 10.2.1 OS (released 28 January 2014). The IBM Notes Traveler team evaluated and tested this new OS level and has issued new Interim Fixes for Notes Traveler that include fixes for BlackBerry 10.2.1-specific issues [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler apple blackberry server

Connectria and Tripwire join forces to enhance compliance hosting solutions
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 8:37a   Chris Miller
Connectria, a global managed and cloud hosting provider, has announced an expanded partnership with Tripwire, a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions. To enhance its Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant hosting solutions, Connectria has added Tripwire Enterprise Compliance Monitoring and Tripwire Log Center to its services portfolio. Tripwire Enterprise pro [read] Keywords: lotus enterprise security

IBM Connect 2014 and AllianceTech for evaluations
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 9:56a   Chris Miller
Once again IBM chose AllianceTech for the evaluation system of IBM Connect 2014. They have been using AllianceTech for years for all the collection of attendee evaluations and RFID data. As my post earlier alluded to, I have been having issues again. So today an email came reminding me to fill out evaluations. I saw they included an email address connectsupport@alliancetech.com which I proceeded to email with all my information. Here it went wrong again Well, I shouldn't be surprised. Th [read] Keywords: ibm email google

IBM Connect 2014 I just want to give feedback and you won’t let me
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 5:45a   Chris Miller
Once again the annual IBM Connect evaluation (and speaker reports) is broken. For IBM Connect 2014 it seems you cannot add sessions it didn't see you enter nor see reports as co-speakers. I won't go into previous year issues, but this year once again used RFID. Unfortunately it does not always catch you entering a room. So how do I add sessions? Not even my own are showing as me entering. No link exists to look up sessions and add evals. Another problem I really have here.. I r [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere

IBM Connect 2014 slides for BP303 Empowering ICS Communities for SocialBizUG with IBM Connections
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 12:34p   Chris Miller
I had the pleasure of presenting at IBM Connect 2014 with Celia Hamilton (SocialBizUG), Mike Smith (Turtle Partnership), and Mark Myers (LDC) on Empowering ICS Communities for SocialBizUG with IBM Connections. session BP303 Socialbizug.org has evolved to provide a dynamic home for ICS communities and content. It was designed by WIS, hosted by Connectria, built by The Turtle Partnership and developed by The London Developer Co-Op on a combination of IBM Connections and IBM Domino. Attend to [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus database development server

IBM Connect and Lotusphere slides database updated for 2014
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 5:11a   Chris Miller
We launched the IBM Connect and Lotusphere slides and video database last year. It is already updating for 2014 with a dozen embedded slidesets. This is all due to the awesomeness of the speakers. There is a tag cloud for easy sorting and on the right a breakdown by track for more sorting options. Full text searches are also available for digging into specific abstract content. So head over to the IBM Connect 2013 sessions database find the slides you were missing or want to see and thank [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere database

IBM messaging roadmap from IBM Connect 2014 - what’s missing
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 8:15a   Chris Miller
IBM announced the IBM Messaging Roadmap at IBM Connect 2014 and here is what was included. Also, here is the major piece I noticed missing. image courtesy of Per Henrik Lausten during IBM Connect If we study the IBM Messaging Roadmap image above, updated January 26 2014, we see updates to the IBM Notes 9.0.1 client. More than one fixpack and release schedule actually taking place now, July and November 2014. With a maintenance release, to include the IBM Mail Next coming in early 2015. [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes outlook twitter

new Mars Rover images shown at IBM Connect 2014
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 3:07p   Chris Miller
At IBM Connect 2014 we had the pleasure to see Dave Lavery, NASA, show us Mars Rover images never shown to the public yet. Above are what was shown on the screen as he walked us through the history of the project and numerous humorous stories. They had just completed stitching them together after hours of download from the Mars Rover. [read] Keywords: ibm

IBM Mail Next announced at IBM Connect 2014 - what I know
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 3:13p   Chris Miller
IBM announced IBM Mail Next at IBM Connect 2014. This is a new proposed inbox interface via the web for working with Domino based email that aims to helps prioritize and balance tasks. This is a sample screenshot of IBM Mail Next shown around different sessions at IBM Connect. As you can see this is an entirely new interface to the look and feel of your email. A few key things to consider: Domino back end (not Websphere as some thought) HTML5 Apache search engine New web interface (as sugge [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm inotes sametime email interface network websphere

IBM Connect 2014 - Innovation Lab experience
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 12:59p   Chris Miller
I always take time for the Innovation Lab at IBM Connect and this was no different for 2014. However this year I was highly disappointed. The amazing talent and work they do astounds me. The staff was courteous, brilliant and still had things to show. However, this year it seems they were forced into only working on talent, expert, skills or voice of people from social media. They lab was split into three distinct areas. Social Business Innovation Sprints Smarter Workforce Visual Analytics W [read] Keywords: calendaring ibm interface mobile

IBM Connect 2014 OGS and day 1 recap - Lotusphere Podcasts
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 10:01p   Chris Miller
I recap IBM Connect 2014 day one activities and the Opening General Session (OGS) in this Lotusphere Podcast video. We dig into the backpack, the badge attendees wear and how the opening party went. From there it is all about the OGS: IBM Mail Sametime getting renamed lack of demos tons of customer stories with no demos Snuch in announcements Alcatraz the product See the video for the whole story and make sure you subscribe to the IdoNotes podcasts and Spiked Studio channels on YouTube, [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere sametime podcast

Goodbye IBM Sametime, we loved your name
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 8:02a   Chris Miller
At IBM Connect 2014 opening session minutes ago, we watched Jeff Schick announce the new IBM Connections Meetings and IBM Connections Chat. This ends an era of Sametime This doesn't mean much to you about the current path of enhancements. What it does mean is that a long term and known name is being changed. They did this one before when they renamed Sametime to Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing. That failed and one year later it was back. I do not see this name ever going bac [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus sametime instant messaging

IBM Connect Live 2014 starts at 8am EST
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 4:29a   Chris Miller
Do not forget that Lotusphere Live (IBM Connect Live will be open again to live blogging the entire Opening General Session for 2014. Live stream, commentary, Flickr and more. Carl Tyler and myself are backat 8am EST to live blogging opinions of the OGS at IBM Connect and Lotusphere./ We include live Twitter streams based on the hashtag as well as Flick and YouTube integration Why not join the thousands of unique visitors we get each and every year that join us for watching the Opening [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere blogging database integration interface iphone twitter

My serious privacy concern with #ibmconnect 2014 online
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 12:38p   Chris Miller
IBM launched IBM Connect 2014 online weeks ago. The modifications to IBM Connections have raised a privacy concern. Here is my summary. We have a video coming, but the IBM Connect 2014 online system allows you to follow anyone on the system. the person being followed does not have any ability or control to block this ability. Then, by default, they publish every session you add to your schedule. Imagine you are not wanting competitors to see what sessions you are attending. Or worse, you h [read] Keywords: connections ibm

IBM to launch IBMSocialystics cloud based on SIFT at Connect 2014
Sat, Jan 25th 2014 11:07p   Chris Miller
IBM will be announcing and launching IBMSocialytics cloud at IBM Connect 2014 in Orlando, FL possibly based on SIFT, the Social Insight and Fusion toolkit. The IBMSocialystics web URL (registered in Jul 2013) shows the above image tonight but redirects to YourInterlnet (registered in Sep 2012 by Global Technology Solutions) which seems to be a Portal based product A search on IBM Socialytics turned up this from the Sponsor Showcase at IBM Connect 2014 Socialytics = Social Business [read] Keywords: ibm application enterprise network networking websphere

IdoCheckin at IBM Connect 2014 - what’s differnt
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 1:12p   Chris Miller
IdoCheckin, the ability to check in using location service, will be back to IBM Connect and Lotusphere 2014 with a few changes Walt Disney World has once again taken it upon themselves to not want individual meeting rooms listed for IdoCheckin for most of the Dolphin Convention Center. They have merged out the following into one giant cess pool of check-ins called Dolphin Convention Center: Northern Hemisphere A-C Northern Hemisphere D Northern Hemisphere E Southern Hemisphere I Southern Hem [read] Keywords: atlantic ibm lotusphere facebook twitter

IBM announces Jay Baer as host of IBM Connect 2014
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 5:11a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced, via a Facebook page, that Jay Baer will join Craig Hayman, the new IBM General Manager, as a host of IBM Connect 2014. Jay Baer is an author and constant speaker (over 75 times a year he says) on marketing and hype-free social media. You can get his newest book Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype on Amazon by clicking the link. Make sure to follow me on here, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook for updates and photos. [read] Keywords: ibm facebook twitter

IBM Connect 2014 Business Partner Event Guide
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 12:24p   Chris Miller
IBM has released the IBM Connect 2014 Business Partner Guide that lists the schedule for Business Development day sessions at IBM Connect 2014. It is attached to this posting for download. [read] Keywords: ibm development

IBM Connect and Lotusphere annual Flickr group
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 10:56a   Chris Miller
Each year the community starts an IBM Connect and Lotusphere group on Flickr to bring all the photos together from the event. The 2014 year is no different. with IBM Connect 2014 group on Flickr. You simply join the group and share your photos from your uploads. You still have total ownership, rights and controls. It is just a place to aggregate photos from some of the talented photographers in the community like Warren, Andy D, Volker and others. Here are some past ones to give you an [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere lotusphere2011 lotusphere2012 community facebook twitter

IBM Connect Live and Lotusphere Live back for 2014
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 11:53a   Chris Miller
We are happy to announce Lotusphere Live (IBM Connect Live if you want to be practical) is back for live blogging the entire Opening General Session for 2014. Live stream, commentary, Flickr and more. Carl Tyler and myself are back for year number 7 offering our live blogging opinions of the OGS at IBM Connect and Lotusphere./ We include live Twitter streams based on the hashtag as well as Flick and YouTube integration Capabilities: Live commentary from myself and Carl about the OGS T [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotusphere blogging database integration interface iphone twitter

Dolphindor - the adventure at IBM Connect 2014
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 9:58a   Chris Miller
Welcome to the Dolphindor quest, where adventure awaits you at every turn, during IBM Connect 2014. This is a card base game developed by Gab Davis, Kathy Brown, Julian Robichaux and myself for fun while at IBM Connect. Look for one of the four of us to get your hands on your own card deck to start the Journey to Dolphindor. This is a quest to do some fun tings while at the event. Some will be easy to complete, while others may take effort or even taking someone along to take the picture [read] Keywords: ibm facebook properties

IBM Connect 2014 agenda at a glance sheet
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 1:14p   Chris Miller
IBM has sent over an IBM Connect 2014 agenda at a glance that covers the keynotes and other major events of importance. This includes the Business Partner Day speaker and parties, Opening General Session band, keynote speakers, Tuesday night party and Closing General Session speaker. Attached is your own copy if you want it. Make sure you follow the IdoNotes and Lotusphere playlists for all the videos from IBM Connect 2014. [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere

CES 2017 - Interview with Geonaute 360 Degree Camera
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 10:31a   Chris Miller
CES 2014 allowed my to test the Geonaute 360 Camera and talk to product manager, Justin Schneller. We talk about the Geonaute 360 capabilities including the three 8 megapixel cameras, their custom software and how they fit mounts from GoPro cameras. The Geonaute 360 Camera compact design has a micro-Sd card slot, video resolution 2048x1024 at 25 fps. The camera can do 360 degree shots in video, photo, burst and timelapse, helmet mounts, tripod mounts and more are available. The entire size is [read] Keywords:

IBM Connect 2014 one day pass for $99 - Florida residents only
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 9:19a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced that for IBM Connect 2014 there is one day passes for Florida residents available for $99. If you wanted full access on either Monday or Tuesday and live in Florida, then this pass is for you. I am not sure how they are verifying location, but if you live in Florida make it happen for IBM Connect 2014 [read] Keywords: ibm

CES 2014 - Neptune Pine Smartwatch CEO interview
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 11:12a   Chris Miller
While at CES 2014 I had the chance to interview Simon Tian, the CEO of Neptune Computers, and get hands-on time with the Neptune Pine Smartwatch. I have previously written about this and did a technical interview with their CTO. Above is the video interview from CES 2014. You can read more on Spiked Studio. Make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel or playlist as tons of video are coming out the next couple weeks. Subscribe, subscribe is all I can say to keep up. [read] Keywords:

IBM announces Geoffrey Moore, guest speaker, for Business Partner Day at IBM Connect 2014
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 7:24a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced the guest speaker for Business Partner Day at IBM Connect 2014. IBM welcomes author Geoffrey Moore. We are excited to have Geoffrey Moore as our guest speaker for Business Partner Day at IBM Connect 2014 on Sunday, January 26. Moore is an American organizational theorist, management consultant, and author of six books for business leaders in the high-tech sector, including Crossing the Chasm, The Gorilla Game, and his latest, Escape Velocity. It seems to be an interesting t [read] Keywords: ibm

Connect 2014 - how to turn off those danr notifications
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 3:12p   Chris Miller
When IBM launched the portal for IBM Connect 2014 they have the default notifications in IBM Connections set to notify you often. Here is how to change that. In my video above I introduced the Connect 2014 website for attendees to you. I also showed how IBM Connections was hidden behind the scenes. If you want to turn off all the notifications they automatically enabled, or just adjust when you are notified, here is the direct link and a screenshot. So feel free to reduce, reset or modi [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotusphere

IBM Connect 2014 says goodbye to the outdoor Sunday night reception
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 9:11a   Chris Miller
We have seen the decline of the Sunday night reception at Lotusphere and IBM Connect over the years. From long lines that made you wait 45 minutes and huge tents, to no tents at all, removing the TVs showing football games on the beach and adding girls floating in bubbles on the water (don't ask). The current site is showing that the entire Sunday evening will be in the vendor floor. I predicted it was coming with the blog post for the 2013 event - IBM changes Sunday night reception and mor [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere

IBM SmartCloud for Social Business new features launching Jan 2014
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 12:37p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced new features in IBM SmartCloud for Social Business going live around January 11 2014. Here is a summary of enhancements and changes New meetings and chat changes: Download a new version of the Sametime Connect rich client Navigate the chat and meeting applications, and launch their communication tools more easily with new context sensitive icons and user flows that have been streamlined to minimize the number of clicks Share rich content immediately with file transfer* a [read] Keywords: connections ibm notes sametime applications mobile

CES 2014 - watch me live today on TPN.tv
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 9:43a   Chris Miller
I will be live from CES 2014 this afternoon with the TechPodcastsNetwrk on TPN.tv from 1-3pm PST. But you can watch the live stream, interviews and more all day. [read] Keywords:

CES 2014 - Audio-Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX7iS review
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 10:37a   Chris Miller
Audio-Technica was kind enough to send a CES 2014 early preview of their Audio-Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX7iS headphones. Overall I liked the headphone design and ability to swap out the different ear piece sizes. The only downside we found was the microphone placement and lack of a clip. See the video for more on the Audio-Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX7iS headphones See more from Audio-Technica at CES 2014 and get your hands on the headsets right here on Amazon. You can read the entire revi [read] Keywords:

CES 2014 - where to find me broadcasting live
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 11:32a   Chris Miller
CES 2014 is days away and I will be part of two teams live (TPN and aNewDomain) broadcasting as well as doing my own reviews for Spiked Studio. Here is where to find me: TPN..tv for TechPodcasts live They have a great presence at CES including a booth where live interviews are done in 10 minute rotations. Then in the evenings there is uploaded floor reviews and replays. We will be on Livestream.com and embedded everywhere plus a live blog, including my IdoNotes live page. I will be on Tuesd [read] Keywords:

IBM Connect 2014 site launches | IdoNotes Episode 140
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 7:11a   Chris Miller
IBM has launched the website for IBM Connect 2014 and Lotusphere at a new URL of Connect2014.com. I dig into the new site capabilities, why they chose the URL, and ask the question of will this site just go away again? We have talked before about IBM opening and closing down annual sites and each time we take a step ahead it seems we fall right back. Here are some posts over the years Lotusphere 2011 online closing - and they listened from 2012. They sent you to an IBM Collaborations Soluti [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere community

Belkin MultiTasker Pro and QODE Bluetooth case reviews
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 10:31a   Chris Miller
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Case Logic iPad Case IFOL-301 review
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 12:10p   Chris Miller
The Case Logic iPad Case (model IFOL-301) comes in multiple colors and offers a few different angles in landscape mode. This is not a portrait mode case. This Case Logic iPad Case (model IFOL-301) includes a magnetic cover for sleep mode but no latch to keep it shut. It also sits nicely in the grooved notches on the inside of the cover giving you a few different options. It also provides a hard back shell for the back of the iPad for added support. All the necessary ports are exposed. [read] Keywords: protector apple

Sending Meeting Invites to the Entire Company at Once
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 10:12a   Chris Miller
I received an email on someone asking about sending a meeting invite to the entire company via IBM Lotus Notes. If you are doing something like this I presume you wouldn't want responses back. Broadcast announcements are the solution to this problem as long as you have the required groups you can send to defined in your directory. Read more on this via my article on SocialBizUg (yo) Go join my IdoNotes Network Facebook page, Instagram or YouTube channels, I am trying to grow those too :-) [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes email facebook network

TP-LINK TL-WN823N 300Mbps Wireless Mini USB Adapter review
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 1:50p   Chris Miller
The TP-LINK TL-WN823N 300Mbps Wireless Mini USB Adapter is an awesome add-on for laptops that have older wireless cards or ones that need a wifi boost in range. It brings speeds up to 300 Mbps with Windows and Mac support. The TP-LINK TL-WN823N 300Mbps Wireless Mini USB Adapter is about the length of two US pennies laid side by side. However, this means that it does stick out the side of the laptop and is not flush with the USB port. Otherwise the esthetics of the device are clean including t [read] Keywords: laptop mac macbook security wifi wireless

What Is an IBM Champion?
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 9:13a   Chris Miller
First of all thanks to anyone who nominated me as an IBM Champion for 2014. I am honored to have that designation once again. However, I reached out to other Champions for my SocialBizUg (yo) article to see what it meant to them. Here is a Champion quote that arrived just after the article published and you can read the entire article on SocialBizUG. Tim Clark Being an IBM Champion add kudos and credibility to me and my consultancy as we are quite new in the marketplace. It's also very re [read] Keywords: ibm community facebook network

Free IBM Collaboration Solutions Certification Testing at IBM Connect 2014
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 3:10p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced that at IBM Connect 2014 there will be FREE certification testing. Unlimited free! Yes free certification testing for IBM Collaboration Solutions software One of the biggest draws at this event has always been the certification testing and prep labs. IBM is pleased to announce, for the very first time, that unlimited complimentary IBM Collaboration Solutions exams will be available for all registered attendees for the duration of the conference. All other Software Group exa [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm facebook network

Security Bulletin: Java Applets and JavaScript Inside HTML Emails
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 7:13a   Chris Miller
IBM has made a security announcement that the IBM Notes mail client versions 9.0-8.0 are able to receive HTML emails that may include Java applet tags and JavaScript tags that could load scripts from remote locations with no security prompts. IBM has released fixes and patches, or remediation steps, to solve the issue. The fix is included in Interim Fix 1 for Notes 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4* and Interim Fix 1 for Notes 9.0* for Windows with the Mac version coming soon. For Linux, clients are encoura [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes java javascript linux mac security

3M Easy-On Privacy Filter and Screen Protector for the Apple iPad review
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 9:44a   Chris Miller
The 3M Easy-On Privacy Filter and Screen Protector for the Apple iPad lives up to it's name. The adhesive corner tabs allow you to take the screen on and off the iPad for numerous applications. The privacy feature performs great as 3M has been in this market for laptops for a long time already. Moving to tablets and other mobile devices was just fitting the protector to the right sizes. Note that this privacy screen comes in two different formats based on how you want the screen protect [read] Keywords: protector apple applications mobile

IBM is transitioning from Prometric to Pearson VUE for testing services
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 10:12a   Chris Miller
I received the notice twice today that IBM is transitioning from Prometric to Pearson VUE for testing services effective January 2, 2014. The IBM Professional Certification Program will transition certification and mastery exam delivery to Pearson VUE (PVUE) on January 2, 2014. There will be no disruption to your ability to take and report your exams. As always our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for IBM testing candidates, and if you have taken an IBM exam in the past, you [read] Keywords: domino ibm

Updatesite.ntf is now open sourced - I disagree with that idea
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 7:15a   Chris Miller
IBM announced that updatesite.ntf, the site update template provided with the Domino server, has been open sourced and sent to OpenNTF, I think this was a mistake for a key system template. The updatesite.ntf template is used to deploy plug-ins, composite applications, and XPage extension libraries to the IBM Lotus Notes client. Well in theory it was supposed to, but I have written on that topic before. It was also supposed to be able to update the Notes client at some point, but that will n [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes notes client ntf application applications database openntf security server

IBM announces the 2014 IBM Champions for ICS
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 11:58a   Chris Miller
IBM announced today the new IBM Champions for ICS for 2014. I am thankful to everyone (or anyone) that nominated me to return as a Champion. These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on social business and IBM Collaboration Solutions. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy and resources on community efforts — organizing and leading user group events, answer [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm applications community wiki

Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System review
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 10:15a   Chris Miller
The incredible Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System was sent over for review. This is like having your own coffee shop with full bean grinding, steamed milk and cup warmers. While this Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System is the width from wall to edge of most counters, it is a whole bean coffee system that offers way more than coffee, even making two cups at once. Here are the key points from our standard video reviews of the Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System! - This was easy to se [read] Keywords:

Summer Sure Sight Digital Video Monitor review - Holidays 2013
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 8:52a   Chris Miller
This Summer Sure Sight Digital Video Monitor baby monitor is actually a great video monitoring system including these things we wanted to highlight: multiple camera support (only one camera comes in this package) night vision audio listening long battery life in the receiver easy to adjust volume and brightness levels great range mounting equipment for the camera included belt clip and kickstand for the monitor. The starter kit for the Summer Sure Sight Digital Video Monitor, as we are cal [read] Keywords:

Misfit Shine activity tracker review via Best Buy
Thu, Nov 28th 2013 10:12p   Chris Miller
The Misfit Shine, available in exclusive colors at Best Buy, is a incredibly stylish wearable activity tracker and monitor. I put the MIsfit Shine through the unpackaging, setup and usability tests. See the video for more from our review. Shine Features: Activity Tracking Steps Activities: Swimming, Biking, Tennis, etc. Sleep Calories Clock Waterproof Extra Accessories (includes Magnet clip) Leather Bands Sport band NecklaceSince the Misfit Shine may be worn a variety of ways, as shown in th [read] Keywords:

CES 2014 - Neptune Pine Smartwatch technical review
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 12:17p   Chris Miller
Spiked Studio was given the chance to get the first technical interview with Neptune, the makers of Pine Smartwatch. Prepare for tons more as Spiked Studio will be at CES 2014. We cover a lot of ground in this interview with the CTO, Aaron Wilkins. Read the posting at Spiked Studio for all the information. - 3G / Quadband / GSM (1:45) - CDMA (2:05) - tethering app (3:40) - it is unlocked (4:00) - Voice calls and wifi - bluetooth (4:40) - battery life (9:40) - Snapdragon processor (10: [read] Keywords: wifi

IBM Sametime 9 Compared with Microsoft Lync 2013
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 2:35p   Chris Miller
IBM has released an IBM Sametime 9 compared with Microsoft Lync 2013 report from the IBM Competitive Project Office Here is an overview of the report IBM Sametime 9 compared with Micrsoft Lync 2013: In this new white paper from the IBM Competitive Project Office, we show how in common usage scenarios Sametime provides numerous productivity boosters that help employees get work done more effectively. Social awareness is also infused throughout Sametime and its tight integration with IBM Conn [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes sametime application exchange exchange facebook integration microsoft mobile network office sharepoint

IBM taking down most user forums and wikis this weekend for maintenance
Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 9:58a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced that forums, wikis and apps on www-10.lotus.com, www-12.lotus.com and infolib.lotus.com will be down the afternoon of Friday November 22 2013 to morning of Monday November 25 2013. all other wikis, forums and other applications hosted on www-10.lotus.com, www-12.lotus.com, and infolib.lotus.com are expected to be unavailable from 4:00 PM EST (9:00 PM GMT) Friday, November 22nd, 2013 to 9:00 AM EST (2:00 PM GMT) Monday, November 25th, 2013 due to maintenance work at our facil [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes applications

IBM updates IBM Sametime and IBM Sametime Meetings for iOS
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 10:01a   Chris Miller
IBM has released version 9.0.0 for IBM Sametime and IBM Sametime Meetings for iOS devices. Here are some highlights of the updates For IBM Sametime: Softphone (on supported servers) A new iPad interface Point to point audio on phones (on supported servers) POint to point audio and video on iPads (on supported servers) Server-side policy updates Runs on iOS 7 For IBM Sametime Meetings: Continuous presence audio and video for iPad Support for conference call only meetings Invited versus [read] Keywords: connections ibm sametime desktop facebook integration interface network server

BlackBerry, Smart Tags and BlackBerry AppWorld
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 9:56a   Chris Miller
Yes BlackBerry you have done something dumb again, this time with Smart Tags and BlackBerry (AppWorld) World. It all started when I found a cool app I wanted to load. It all started when I wanted to try out BlackBerry Express. An awesome new presentation creation tool for the BlackBerry devices. The article took me to BlackBerry World which had the QR code on the page. From here the experience sucked. I opened BlackBerry World on my BlackBerry Z10 device and looked for the simple way to sc [read] Keywords: application blackberry

IPEVO USB SuperCharger review - Holidays 2013
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 11:50a   Chris Miller
As I show in the video there is not a lot to describe on IPEVO USB SuperCharger product review. Plug it into the wall and you have four 2.1A USB ports instantly available. A great space saving tool. The IPEVO USB SuperCharger plugs directly into a wall socket, freeing valuable plug space in your home of office. The power provided by the IPEVO USB SuperCharger is then capable of charging up to 4 iPads at once. You can charge normal mobile phones, backup batteries or anything else that norm [read] Keywords: google mobile office

IBM Connect 2014 BP Surround Activities
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 6:24a   Chris Miller
IBM Connect 2014 has quite a few changes including the new BP Surround Activities. These activities will not be competing against scheduled IBM events as shown in the IBM Connect timeline at a glance posting (see links below) From the information available, the BP Surround Activities will be events lead and driven by IBM Business Partners on Wednesday night that may include a more enhanced experience then just gathering in a hotel suite. Business Partners should make special note that th [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere facebook network

IBM Connect 2014 timeline at a glance - Lotusphere and Kenexa World too
Thu, Nov 14th 2013 9:37a   Chris Miller
IBM has put out a high level grid of the IBM Connect 2014 / Lotusphere / Kenexa World timeline. Note the moving of the Wednesday night party to Tuesday for the Kenexa people to be able to attend. It is in red titled Network Event. I will make another blog post about the new BP Surround Activities [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere network

Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker review
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 10:23a   Chris Miller
Comparing the Withings Pulse Activity Tracker against other wearable health gadgets I own was easy to do. While the basics are the same they all have certain features that make them selling points for different individuals. The Pulse is a strong contender for someone that has normal activity and wants to add features like sleep pattern tracking and resting heart rate monitoring. The application (for iOS and Android) uses Bluetooth to sync the Withings Pulse Activity Tracker. I ran the devi [read] Keywords: application bug google interface mobile wireless

Connectria and Brightlight Consulting team to offer big data Netezza Cloud offering
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 6:12a   Chris Miller
Connectria and Brightlight Consulting have teamed to provide customers a scalable IBM Netezza® solution in the cloud using a monthly pay-as-you-go model with IBM PureData System for Analytics. The solution leverages IBM Netezza, also known as PureData System for Analytics, which is part of the PureSystems family. Connectria will host the solution in the Cloud and Brightlight, an expert in Big Data, will provide the services surrounding the Big Data application, database and analytics. The [read] Keywords: ibm lotus application consulting database

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