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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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SoftLayer launches new pricing and configuration options
Mon, Jul 20th 2015 3:15p   Chris Miller
IBM is announcing a new pricing model for SoftLayer bare metal and virtual servers and new server configuration options effective 1 July, 2015 New options include: New standard server configurations and included services, with lower starting prices Lower prices for local storage disks for both virtual and bare metal servers Lower prices for RAM for both virtual and bare metal, with bare metal RAM capacities now up to 3TB New outbound, public bandwidth packages at 1TB/month, 5TB/month, 10TB/mon
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for July 2015
Tue, Jul 14th 2015 2:18p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for July 2015. Here is some of the updates: IBM Verse for iOS app update IBM is expecting to provide an updated IBM Verse for iOS application in early July. Primary targeted new enhancements: iPad, iPhone 6+ tailored experience Chair actions for repeating calendar events Selectively subscribe/unsubscribe, add/rename/delete personal folders Read more about these enhancements right here See the past cloud enhancements posts on the IdoN
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OLALA G3 10400mAh Power Bank Charger Dual USB Port external battery review
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 3:00p   Chris Miller
These portable batteries are becoming more common and we got to look at the OLALA G3 10400mAh Power Bank Charger Dual USB Port for review. What we liked right away about the OLALA G3 10400mAh portable battery charger was the sleek look and finish. The dual ports were labeled well to help you choose which port to use (1mAh and 2.1mAh). The four battery status indicator lights shows percentages of charge remaining and were faintly labeled(25-100% respectively). We tested it against numerous
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Managing Sender Policy Framework (SPF) Records
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 12:29p   Chris Miller
One of the things a mail administrator must understand is Sender Policy Framework or SPF records in DNS. With the advancement in spam filtering, the ability to verify a server is authorized to send email on a domain's behalf is critical. So I wrote a brief introductory article on SocialBizUG. SPF allows the owner of an Internet domain to specify which computers are authorized to send mail with sender addresses in that domain, using Domain Name System (DNS) records. Receivers verifying the SPF
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Goodbye Notes Browser Plug-in and hello ICAA
Tue, Jun 23rd 2015 8:28a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced that the name of the Notes Browser Plug-in will be changed to IBM Client Application Access (ICAA) starting somewhere in June 2015. IBM Client Application Access This lightweight solution helps clients who want to move to a browser-based interface for email (IBM SmartCloud Notes web, or IBM Verse), while continuing to work with existing Notes and Domino applications on-premise. This complete solution helps subscribers work efficiently, benefiting from all the new capabilitie
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for June 2015
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 2:56p   Chris Miller
IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for June 2015. Here is some of the updates: Multi party audio video in meetings New multi-party video capabilities in meetings is available from either the browser or the Connections meetings mobile application, and supports continuous video presence for a more interactive and social experience. Video conferencing is available at no additional charge for customers with subscriptions from IBM Connections Cloud S1, S2, and Meetings. Andr
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Update on IBM Verse and the IBM Messaging Roadmap
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 11:00a   Chris Miller
Today was the ICS Techtalk with an update on IBM Verse and the IBM Messaging Roadmap. I anticipated some defined timelines for IBM Verse enhancements and what we can expect in Domino Next. Here is the slide for the IBM Messaging Roadmap as of May 2015 One thing to note about the roadmap slide is the date for IBM Verse on Premises which looks like mid 2016 to 2017 now. Here is screenshots of some of the other key points IBM Client Application Access now takes the name of what was Notes Br
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Sametime Screen Sharing and Google Chrome
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 9:55a   Chris Miller
The issue of IBM Sametime screen sharing and Google Chrome came up again in a chat and with a customer so I figured I would point everyone to my SocialBizUg recent article: Chris, We used to use Sametime screen sharing successfully with Google Chrome. After recent Chrome updates, this stopped working for our users. Do you know of a fix or what happened? ‎I turned to notes Sametime expert Carl Tyler of Epilio to get some info on the versions and what he had been seeing. He knew right a
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VYSK Ep1 Privacy Charging Case for iPhone review
Thu, Jun 4th 2015 11:52a   Chris Miller
The VYSK Ep1 Privacy Charging Case for iPhone along with it's companion application helps provide security, a sturdy case and extra battery life for those long days. The case is solid and provides a solid backing for your iPhone. The shutter control slider is tough to move to protects both the front and back camera form any app attempting to use it without your permission. The built in 2200 mAh battery was able to bring our 15% left battery back to 100% but you will not get another charge out
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BSHW iPhone 5 (all models) 4200mAh external battery and kickstand case product review
Tue, May 26th 2015 2:12p   Chris Miller
We look at the BSHW iPhone 5, 5S and 5c with a 4200mAh battery and kickstand case in this product review. It has a decent battery but some overall design flaws that we look at in the review video. This case is for the iPhone 5 series of phone models and is definitely a way to recharge your iPhone on the go. Let me summarize what we show you live in the video. Pro: - It will fully recharge an iPhone from zero battery to 100% in just about 3 hours (from our test) and leave about 25% battery
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Memorial Day 2015 in St Louis, MO events
Wed, May 20th 2015 10:26p   Chris Miller
Each year there is so much to do in St Louis, MO for Memorial Day you often lose track. Here is a growing list of 2015 Memorial Day events with a live Google Map showing the events and links. A summary of events on the growing map is as follows: 43rd Annual Gypsy Caravan St Louis Blues Week Festival 24th Annual St Louis African Arts Festival St Louis County Greek Fest Wizard World Comic Con Bob Costas Benefit St Louis Ribfest Missouri River Irish Fest Eckert's Memorial Day Festival Black Dance
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for May 2015
Thu, May 14th 2015 11:03a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced enhancements coming to IBM Connections Cloud for May 2015. Here are some of the updates. Upload an email file attachment to the cloud Let others know when you're out of the office See the report-to structure for mail recipients Switch between IBM Verse and SmartCloud Notes web (iNotes) IBM Verse for iPhone New push notifications for Lotus TravelerEach month they continually add featured and functions. You can read more about the May 2015 enhancements right here. See the
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IBM Verse does not currently support sending encrypted messages
Fri, May 8th 2015 10:48a   Chris Miller
I found an IBM Verse technote on encryption interesting when I was investigating another issue: IBM Verse does not currently support sending encrypted messages, though messages that were received encrypted can be read within Verse. While all transactions between the web browser and IBM SmartCloud are transmitted over a secure network connection, the actual content of messages cannot be additionally encrypted by IBM Verse using S/MIME or Notes encryption. This applies to both new messages comp
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What’s new in IBM Traveler 9.0.1.4
Mon, May 4th 2015 12:01p   Chris Miller
IBM has released IBM Traveler 9.0.1.4 with a few fixes and enhancements. Here is a brief outline and the links to the update and documentation Support for IBM Verse (there seems to be some issues however) Marking IBM Verse contacts as favorites Attendee status displays for meeting chair The At-Glance widget displays when receiving new mail from "Important to me" contacts Actions menu on Android clients Support for Redhat Enterprise Linux Server 7ou can see more details at the Knowledge Cent
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IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for April 2015
Thu, Apr 23rd 2015 12:30p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced enhancements coming to IBM Connections Cloud for April 2015. Here are some of the updates. Luis Benetiz was kind enough to give everyone a sneak peek of this at Social Connections Customize community layout and navigation Type ahead search New theme aligned to IBM Verse Policy to disable chat history on file transfer IBM Verse for iPhones Apple Push notifications for To-do's Google Cloud Messaging integration for Traveler users. (Using GCM is easier on Android to get notif
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IBM Verse Basic (or freemium if you like)
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 11:57a   Chris Miller
IBM Verse Basic is the starter kit of welcoming users to try IBM Verse. We previously referred to it as freemium. The final statement of restrictions seem to be announced. We want you to see how Verse helps declutter your inbox. You can: Send up to 100 emails in a 24 hour period. Send mail containing up to 10 recipients per email. Send mail messages up to 100MB in size. Have a mailbox quota of 500 MB. Experience spam filtering for emails sent from outside domains.I formerly mentioned the restr
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Engage 2015 Conference in Review
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 11:46a   Chris Miller
I had the opportunity to attend and present at Engage 2015 (formerly BLUG) in Ghent, Belgium. I wanted to provide a quick summary of the event in my monthly articles on SocialBizUG Engage 2015 had an excellent keynote (that was recorded and will be available soon) with Kramer Reeves and other IBM speakers. They really did not cover much new outside of some more new on IBM Verse as it prepared to become generally available right when the conference was going on. He shared much of the IBM vision
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IBM Verse Technical Boot Camp - free day training
Thu, Apr 9th 2015 3:31p   Chris Miller
IBM has launched free one day IBM Verse Technical Boot Camp at select cities as shown below. Date Location 4/22 Costa Mesa, CA 4/23 San Francisco, CA 4/24 Montreal, Canada 4/24 Dallas, TX 4/28 Chicago, IL 4/29 New York, NY 5/5 Westford, MA 5/5 Toronto, Canada 5/7 Atlanta, GA 5/12 Raleigh, NC You need an IBM Greenhouse account to log in to register and select and register for the city. The agenda looks simple Verse intro, Overview, Adoption How to mak
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IBM Verse Entitlements for SmartCloud users
Thu, Apr 9th 2015 11:09a   Chris Miller
IBM SmartCloud users are eligible for IBM Verse entitlements per the following: Organizations with S1 and SmartCloud Notes subscriptions (active before March 31) have entitlements to IBM Verse. These entitlements will be deployed gradually. As Verse entitlements are activated for your organization, administrators will control assigning Verse to their organization’s subscribers. To help customers effectively manage the roll-out and adoption of IBM Verse, IBM invites you to contact us at su
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Engage 2015 Keynote replay is available
Wed, Apr 8th 2015 10:57a   Chris Miller
If you missed the Engage 2015 keynote address in Ghent, Belgium then you will be happy to know the replay is online and available for streaming. Do not forget to catch up on my Flickr photo album from Engage 2015 also. Please subscribe to all the IdoNotes videos on YouTube to keep up with things like the conference keynote playlist
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DE Lumi illuminated earbuds review
Tue, Apr 7th 2015 8:37a   Chris Miller
We loved the idea of the DE Lumi illuminated earbuds for someone like a teenager that wants to get noticed. The packaging is simple with the earbuds, an instruction booklet and two additional sizes to adjust the part that goes into the ear itself. The headphones did arrive with a charge so we were able to test them right away. The booklet stated that it would take hours for the earbuds to get a full charge when needed. These earbuds are definitely heavier than most others due to the cable needed
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Engage 2015 user group photos on Flickr
Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 4:30p   Chris Miller
I was happy to attend and present at Engage 2015 for my third or fourth formerly BLUG event. This year Theo took us to Ghent, Belgium to an amazing venue and city. Here are my travel photos. You can read more about my Engage 2015 experience in my Sys Admin tips newletter on SocialBizUG shortly (I will link it here later)
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Introducing the Mail Onboarding Tool
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 4:18p   Chris Miller
Today IBM had a webcast Introducing the Mail Onboarding Tool (MOM) launching an updated tool for migrating users to the cloud. IBM Design helped build the new interface as shown below. MOM is designed as a browser-server model as a Windows service on your side. Partial migrations are allows and recovery from failures is possible. The list is quite impressive with limited installs needed on premises. The tool currently only works with a single domain and is for moving to the cloud. It does
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Skiva Apple Certified A2600 PowerVault review
Thu, Mar 19th 2015 4:59p   Chris Miller
I was pleasantly surprised when receiving the Skiva Apple Certified A2600 PowerVault to know it had both the lightening and micro USB adapters built into the portable charger. No extra small cables or pieces to carry around with me. The built in male USB also allows me to plug it into any computer or (not included) plug piece to charge. The Skiva Apple Certified A2600 PowerVault came pre-charged about 3/4 of the way for their testing so I charged it fully before using it. You will now you
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IBM Connections Files on Cloud with 1TB storage
Thu, Mar 19th 2015 11:25a   Chris Miller
IBM has launched IBM Connections Files on Cloud with 1TB of space to directly compete with the other file hosting providers. I first talked about this on Feb 9th and was waiting on more confirmed details. Here is the announced pricing model for IBM Connections Files on Cloud. As you can see, IBM is going after this market hoping to wrap their IBM Connections on Cloud services around it as the upsell. I will say that many of the other services miss this opportunity to offer additional services
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Samsung MC11H6033CT Samsung MC11H6033CT Countertop Convection Microwave SmartOven review
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 11:32a   Chris Miller
Samsung sent over the MC11H6033CT Countertop Convection Microwave SmartOven for review. This all-in-one convection, microwave, no oil fry and a grill unit fit nicely on the counter. As we look at the Samsung MC11H6033CT Countertop Convection Microwave we focus heavily in the video on packaging and showing you the look, fell and how it fits on your counter. This item does weigh over 40 pounds so be prepared when lifting. The packaging is simple and not too complicated to take apart as we show.
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What happens when you break the IBM Verse send limit?
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 3:46p   Chris Miller
Well I went ahead and tested the 25 pre day send limit in IBM Verse to get a feeling what user will see. Here is the errors and a bad thing. So the above error itself is not an issue but what happened to the entire message I created and did not know I was near some approaching limit? I can go back to editing it fine. Luckily it was auto saved in drafts too. I think that will be coming just beware you may hit the limit and not know you are there yet and then have drafted something long.
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IBM Verse freemiuim information
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 1:33p   Chris Miller
IBM has opened the IBM Verse floodgates to attendees of IBM ConnectED and it seems we are getting the freemium model. Based on these specs here is what you can expect from freemium We hope you'll find this to be a delightful experience. In addition to mail you also get: Calendar, contacts, in-line attachment preview, one-click tracking of actions that need attention, and analytics-based identification of important people and content. Upload, store, and share files with individuals, with up
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IBM Verse freemium information
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 1:33p   Chris Miller
IBM has opened the IBM Verse floodgates to attendees of IBM ConnectED and it seems we are getting the freemium model. Based on these specs here is what you can expect from freemium We hope you'll find this to be a delightful experience. In addition to mail you also get: Calendar, contacts, in-line attachment preview, one-click tracking of actions that need attention, and analytics-based identification of important people and content. Upload, store, and share files with individuals, with up
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IBM Verse General Availability on March 31 - IBM website states
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 12:07p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced the General Availability of IBM Verse on March 31, 2015 to new subscription purchases. IBM Verse will sit on top of the IBM Cloud hosted mail system and integrations with the full IBM Connections suite: IBM Verse offers: Web-based mail, calendar and contact information in the cloud, including tracking of actions that need attention, analytics based identification of important people and content, in depth search, in line preview of attachments and Connections Files, team
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FewClix for Outlook launches free and subscription versions
Tue, Mar 10th 2015 3:50p   Chris Miller
FewClix (now GBS owned) has released it's Microsoft Outlook integration for easier searching, prioritization and personalization in your inbox. Previously they only had a Lotus Notes extension that I reviewed here. FewCLix is based around the idea of faceted search (that IBM Verse is now promoting). It allows easy clicking for finding emails based on senders, dates, attachment (types, names, extension), if you were a To CC or BCC and tons more. I will have a video review up shortly. For no
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DE 14500 Li-ion Button Top Rechargeable Batteries with Charger review
Thu, Mar 5th 2015 11:45a   Chris Miller
The DE 14500 Li-ion Button Top Rechargeable Batteries with Charger device is very lightweight and worried us due to the feeling it was cheap plastic at first. We soon discovered there really isn't any need for a heavy device that recharges a battery. We did not like how the battery sits in the spring loaded slot, and we point out our issue in the video. You have to place the 14500 battery just right to make it fit properly. The LED lights on the DE 14500 Li-ion Button Top Rechargeable Batte
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Tea Beyond 24oz Non Drop Infuser Teapot review
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 10:18a   Chris Miller
We take a look at Tea Beyond Teapot with Infuser in the 24oz size. Tea Beyond makes blooming flower and loose teas that sit nicely inside the all glass tea pot infuser. The flowers come in a variety package as well as the loose teas. You are able to use the flowers more than once in the Tea Beyond Infuser which is a great selling point, just leave some water in the tea pot and refill. We enjoyed watching the blooming or even using the loose teas through the clear glass design. The only down
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Miss your free exam voucher at IBM ConnectED 2015?
Fri, Feb 27th 2015 10:28a   Chris Miller
If you were an attendee of IBM ConnectED 2015 then you may recall my blog post about the free exam/test voucher for customers and partners for ICS related products. This kind of fell apart while there. Due to some communication issues they did not have the vouchers on site at IBM ConnectED. IBM took remediation steps quickly (awesome move and kudos to Kristin) but you had to read a tiny posting on the event page about going to the Expertise Zone. Most of us saw this when we got back from IB
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Sabre Door or Window Alarm review
Fri, Feb 27th 2015 8:51a   Chris Miller
We take a look at the Sabre Door or Window Alarm which is a compact, self adhesive and battery powered system with two types of notifications. You can choose chime or alarm mode. The packaging of the Sabre Door or Window Alarm is the standard hard to open shrink wrap. Once you get past that you find the main unit and side piece that get mounted to anything you want to be notified is opened. Four watch type batteries are already installed (with a plastic insert to save the batteries until you
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Managed Replicas and Mail Delivery Time
Wed, Feb 25th 2015 3:25p   Chris Miller
In a recent SocialBIzUG article I wrote about Managed Replicas and Mail Delivery Time. I had a request to figure out why they had some lag times that were not anticipating Chris, I saw your video on using Managed replicas for clients. I currently have Managed replicas set up and 2 server clusters set up. What I noticed is since I set this up, the email is taking much longer to be delivered. I am looking at more of a delivery time of 4-5 minutes for messages as opposed to less than 1 minute.
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IBM ConnectED 2015 Business Partner session replays online
Mon, Feb 23rd 2015 12:28p   Chris Miller
IBM has released audio and presentation files from Business Partner day at IBM ConnectED 2015. They are available via PartnerWorld with login only. This year at IBM ConnectED 2015, we hosted a track of sessions exclusively for our IBM Business Partners. We shared the vision and strategy for 2015. This track included a special Business Partner kickoff featuring Channelcorp’s Bruce Stuart as the keynote speaker. Bruce provided executive education on how Business Partners can successfully tr
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IBM ConnectED 2015 slides now available to the public
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 2:14p   Chris Miller
IBM has made the IBM ConnectED 2015 slides available to the public via SocialBIzUG (free registration required). These are the slides found from the IBM ConnectED site. You can still see all the speaker shared ones in the IBM Connect/Lotusphere/IBM ConnectED database. We’re happy to announce that SocialBizUG.org members can now download presentations from ConnectED 2015! Visit our ConnectED 2015 community and click the Download presentations link next to the track names to start downloa
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IBM ConnectED and Lotusphere slides database updated for 2015
Wed, Feb 11th 2015 9:50a   Chris Miller
I am happy to announce for IBM ConnectED 2015 (aka Lotusphere) the sessions database now has over 30 slidesets from presenters for 2015. All are sorted by time and/or track. Searching is also available on the upper right. 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 or wan
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IBM ConnectED 2015 overall conference and session evaluation forms online
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 3:55p   Chris Miller
IBM has not communicated well that IBM ConnectED 2015 overall conference evaluation and individual session evaluation forms are online to be filled out. The homepage of IBM ConnectED 2015 now has a link on the right (note the arrows) to take the overall conference survey. You will need to have an IBM Event Connect account for IBM ConnectED to submit the survey. There are numerous sliders, questions and freeform text boxes looking for your input. PLease go and fill that out. there is no free
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IBM announced a cloud file sharing service at IBM ConnectED 2015
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 1:25p   Chris Miller
IBM, via Jeff Schick, announced at IBM ConnectED 2015, a cloud file sharing service to compete with services like Dropbox, Box and Copy. While exact dates were not offered this is an interesting market for IBM to enter now. This cloud based file sharing will be based on IBM Cloud Connections and is likely an entry point into upselling users on a full IBM Connections deployment. While an exact date for this offering was not made, the infrastructure beginnings are already in place. What I fou




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