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What happens when you break the IBM Verse send limit?
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IBM ConnectED 2015 slides now available to the public
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Chris Miller
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
IBM Connections Cloud is changing IP ranges again
Thu, Feb 5th 2015 8:05a   Chris Miller
IBM announced that IBM Connections Cloud will be adding new IP ranges and sunsetting previous ones. Here is the announcement IP Address Changes in February 2015 Action required if your firewalls require IP addresses! On or after February 07, 2015, IBM will be adding several new IP address ranges to the network supporting the Connections Cloud and SmartCloud Notes services in our United States based data center. We plan to transition to these new ranges, sunsetting some of the current ranges
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for February and March 2015
Wed, Feb 4th 2015 12:41p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced enhancements coming to IBM Connections Cloud for both February and March 2015. Here are the updates New feature coming on or after February 4 See meeting invitee status on mobile devices You can now view meeting invitee status in your calendar using Traveler on your iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone and Windows Tablet devices. Possible statuses are accepted, tentative, declined, and no response. Additionally, the Android client can show a status of deleg
IBM ConnectED 2015 slides for BP207 - Considerations for the Cloud
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 11:45a   Chris Miller
At IBM ConnectED 2015 I had the pleasure to present BP207 - Considerations for the Cloud. Here are the slides presented in that session. Also see the unofficial IBM Connect and Lotusphere sessions database below. Are you considering a move to the cloud? Where do you start? One of the most important questions you will need to consider is around access and performance. Start your path by gaining insight into actual bandwidth usage for users in the cloud with examples and things to consider. Explo
IBM ConnectED 2015 OGS and week in review video - Lotusphere Podcasts
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 11:42a   Chris Miller
A whirlwind IBM ConnectED 2015 tour in under ten minutes. From the Opening General Session and onward. More of a peek instead of a full summary that needs to be written. IBM Verse was everywhere IBM Verse has a freemium model Digital Experience is a new way to work if you know what it is IBM Lotus Domino barely made a dent of a mention in the OGS The OGS went by quick Non-IBM speakers are delivering some high quality sessions (I have only seen two IBM sessions) The welcome party was not as it w
IBM ConnectED 2015 Live will be launched!
Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 12:33p   Chris Miller
IBM has confirmed (so far) there is no livestream of the IBM Connect 2015 Opening General Session (OGS) so Carl Tyler and myself need to launch IBM ConnectED 2015 Live again. This is our seventh year of providing you our commentary on everything going on in the OGS along with live pictures as we find them. You can access the live commentary for 2015 right here and even on your mobile devices Carl Tyler and myself are backat 8am EST to live blogging opinions of the OGS at IBM ConnectED
Lotusphere bloggers annual photo gallery
Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 9:20a   Chris Miller
Each year since 2005 the Lotusphere (or IBM Connect) bloggers gathered for an end of conference picture. John Roling (Greyhawk68) has been the curator of this annual photo. Here is the building gallery Most blogging really kicked off in late 2003/early 2004 with numerous sites like the infamous Turtle that were a foothold in the community before the blogs started. So as time went by the size of the crowd grew and we even started getting access to the main stage for the final picture. Who k
IBM ConnectED 2015 Opening General Session - what to expect
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 1:37p   Chris Miller
With IBM ConnectED 2015 just days away we are receiving tons of emails with information. This bit was included about the Opening General Session on Monday morning ConnectED 2015 Opening General Session IBM ConnectED-A New Way to Engage Engagement is about people-building relationships and getting work done, simply and intelligently in ways never imagined. Learn how IBM is the only company who can harness the powerful combination of leading enterprise social and digital experience software, an
The Totally Unofficial Totally Unsupported IBM ConnectED Session Database
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 11:46a   Chris Miller
Each year wonderful partners, developers and community build an unoffical IBM Connect and Lotusphere sessions database. 2015 is no exception for IBM ConnectED!! As you can see the data is sorted numerous ways and includes an action to add sessions you want to attend right to your Notes calendar (after you give the proper ECL rights). You can also update this database via replication thanks to the Turtle Partnership and their pubic server. Get your hands on the database today right here. A H
Tile bluetooth tracker and locator for iOS and Android review
Mon, Jan 19th 2015 10:10a   Chris Miller
The Tile tracker attaches to most everything and uses bluetooth and crowdsourcing to help you find lost devices. The Tile app is available for iOS and Android. As we walk through in the video, set up for the Tile is so simple. Load the app on iOS or Android, create an account and add your Tiles You can add a maximum of 8 tiles per account for tracking purposes. The Tile device itself is small in nature, as shown the in video. There is no external port for recharging so the battery will
How to slow down IBM ConnectED 2015 online site notifications
Thu, Jan 15th 2015 2:44p   Chris Miller
The IBM ConnectED 2015 online site went live, as I blogged earlier, but I want to slow down the notifications. Here is where you go to slow them down. First use your supplied login information to get to the event site. Navigate to the following URL From there you get the below options for all the alerts, newsletters and more. Set your preferences, save these and enjoy.
IBM ConnectED 2015 site launches | IdoNotes Episode 142
Thu, Jan 15th 2015 9:07a   Chris Miller
IBM has launched the website for IBM ConnectED 2015 and Lotusphere at a new URL of IBMEventConnect.com/ConnectED. I dig into the new site capabilities and ask the annual question of when 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 Sol
OXO Cookware Good Grips Non-stick Dishwasher Safe 10-inch Fry Pan review
Wed, Jan 14th 2015 2:15p   Chris Miller
Review a 10-inch pro fry pan from OXO Good Grips labeled dishwasher safe with a triple coating non-stick? Sure thing. It has now replaced my older one. The weight and balance of this OXO Cookware Good Grips Non-stick Pro Dishwasher Safe 10-inch fry pan was fantastic. The handle felt sturdy unlike some of the cheaper ones that just look decent. Picking them up and holding the pans is definitely a key factor. I like the larger rivets they used. Most other pans I saw had screws or small rive
IBM announces the Chalktalks for IBM ConnectED 2015
Wed, Jan 14th 2015 9:23a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced the Chalktalks (formerly Birds of a Feather) for IBM ConnectED 2015. They will take place Tuesday morning/evening and Wednesday morning. For Tuesday January 27, 2015 you can expect 7:00am - 7:45am Chalk101 Bring Your Application to the Next Level with Open Source Software from OpenNTF – Christian Guedeman, WebGate Consulting AG / OpenNTF SW 1-2 Chalk103 My Company Can't Become a Social Business Because… – Louis Richardson, IBM SW 3-4 Chalk303 IBM Digit
IBM ConnectED 2015 photo group is live on Flickr
Tue, Jan 13th 2015 8:11a   Chris Miller
The annual group photo pool on Flickr is live for IBM ConnectED 2015. Please join in with the hundreds of members over the years and share your experiences while there. You can join the IBM ConnectED 2015 group on Flickr right here. **Previous years** IBM Connect 2014 group on Flickr IBM Connect and Lotusphere 2013 group on Flickr Lotusphere 2012 group on Flickr Lotusphere 2011 group on Flickr Lotusphere 2010 group on Flickr Lotusphere 2009 group on Flickr Lotusphere 2008 group on F
IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for January 2015
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 9:52a   Chris Miller
It is time for IBM to update the IBM Connections Cloud again with new features and enhancements. Here is what you can expect after January 17 2015. Work with larger files in Activities We’re continuing to make it easier to work with more content, continuing the improvements announced last year with storage increases for Files, Communities, and Wikis. Now you can upload files as large as 2 GB when you use an HTML-5 browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. Additional browser supp
IBM ConnectED 2015 Business Value Assessments
Fri, Jan 9th 2015 9:09a   Chris Miller
IBM is offering Business Value Assessments at IBM ConnectED 2015 for free to customers. The BVA Consultations are a 1-hour session offered to customers where IBM Executive Consultants will work with them to explore and discuss business issues related to their Digital and Social Business initiatives. This forum provides the opportunity for customers to begin framing the business benefits, to learn about the BVA process and to identify possible next steps that will help them gain stakeholder's
No certification testing at IBM ConnectED 2015 - but free testing vouchers available
Thu, Jan 8th 2015 9:49a   Chris Miller
With the changes coming for IBM ConnectED 2015 you can add in no certification testing while there. However, IBM will be handing out one free test voucher to each customer and partner attendee. Each voucher will enable the holder to take one IBM Collaboration Solutions exam at any Pearson Vue testing center and will be valid for only six (6) months from the close of the conference. Details on how to obtain your voucher will be found in conference materials or in the News section of the ICS Cer
IBM Verse exclusive BP Enablement Session at IBM ConnectED 2015 announced
Wed, Jan 7th 2015 11:29a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced an exclusive Business Partner enablement session for IBM ConnectED 2015 that is not on the agenda. Hopefully we will see and get plenty of deep tech info outside of some marketing buzz. You must be a business partner to attend it seems. According to the information (session details are non-NDA in case anyone wants to raise a flag) are as follows.. In this session, Business Partners will get an in-depth look at the revolutionary IBM Verse client for Connections Cloud. Top
My IBM ConnectED 2015 sessions
Tue, Jan 6th 2015 10:27a   Chris Miller
I am happy to have two sessions at what is called IBM ConnectED 2015. (yes the ED are capitalized). Below are the direct links, details and more. I hope to see you there. Considerations for the Cloud - Are you considering a move to the cloud? Where do you start? One of the most important questions you will need to consider is around access and performance. Start your path by gaining insight into actual bandwidth usage for users in the cloud with examples and things to consider. Explore o
IBM announces keynote speaker at IBM ConnectED 2015 BP Day
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 3:58p   Chris Miller
IBM has announced the keynote speaker as Bruce Stuart of Channelcorp for IBM ConnectED 2015 Business Partner Day, We are pleased to announce that Bruce Stuart, President and co-founder of Channelcorp, will be our special keynote speaker for the Business Partner kickoff on Tuesday, January 27. Please plan to join, as Bruce will provide world class executive education on how to successfully transition current business models to better leverage cloud, SaaS and service, including how to make your
DE Lipstick Style 2600mAH PowerBank with flashlight review
Fri, Dec 19th 2014 10:21a   Chris Miller
The DE Lipstick Style 2600mAH PowerBank with 3 function flashlight is a metal cased, compact and sleek design with added 3 function flashlight. A great stocking stuffer and addition to the portable arsenal. The simplified packaging was welcome, no scissors needed just to get it open. Included was the DE Lipstick Style 2600mAH PowerBank and the USB cable you will use to either charge your device or the PowerBank. A plug end is not included. (I just installed USB plug combos in the house to solv
IBM ConnectED 2015 - my sessions and the agenda announced
Tue, Dec 16th 2014 12:34p   Chris Miller
I am happy to be back presenting at Lotusphere aka IBM Connect aka IBM ConnecED 2015, This time I am honored to partner with Wes Morgan for Sametime Deployment Do's & Don'ts and my own Considerations for the Cloud.. In each of these sessions I hope to bring you a unique perspective on decisions you will make while deploying your solutions and how to avoid the common mistakes. Also we look at mistakes that come to haunt you after you have begun roll-outs. I sit in a unique position at Co
PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive review
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 11:33a   Chris Miller
Lets start with the low price for 16GB in a flash drive that makes the PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive a great gift option. Packaging was easy to open unlike most that are contained in plastic so tough it takes scissors and a hacksaw to get to. I pulled the cardboard back and was ready to go. One thing keeping the price down of the PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive is the USB 2.0 speeds. For most people this is not a problem or worry. I am finding most do not even know
All-in-one Admin Tool for agent troubleshooting
Tue, Dec 9th 2014 11:55a   Chris Miller
The All-in-one Admin Tool for agent based troubleshooting and problem solving has been around IBM since version 7. I first wrote about it back in July 2011 but that was removed when SocialBizUG was born and content migrated. So you needed a refresher as we did having to use this very recently The tool is quite powerful and offers a wide array of troubleshooting abilities that have saved us some time. Here is a great list of what it offers This is general to help analyze, workaround, or solve
AOL to start charging in 2015 for Sametime Gateway connectivity
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 9:38a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced that AOL will charge IBM Sametime Gateway customers to connect through the Clearinghouse to the AOL AIM public IM service. There is also a new form that everyone must fill out to continue your federation and this comes with a cost now. AOL has offered this magical behind the scenes service for a long time. The Clearinghouse acts as the intermediary connectivity point between enterprises and the public AOL IM service. It has been free up until this point. Based on the above im
Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery review
Tue, Dec 2nd 2014 9:26a   Chris Miller
The Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery velcro wrapped solar charger is light enough to be in everyones backpack, computer bag or purse. Having solar charging it removes that requirement of being plugged in to charge, but that is still an option as well. You will need direct sunlight and not many clouds to meet the 10 hours of stated charging by sunlight. You can easily plug this into any USB powered adapter (wall plug not included but we have so many now) and it only takes 4 hours.
Thoughts on IBM Verse launch plus tons of resource links
Wed, Nov 19th 2014 12:46p   Chris Miller
IBM officially announced via a live event and webcast IBM Verse, formerly IBM Mail Next, as a new way to interact with your email using advanced analytics and a new user interface. There was a lot of anticipation and marketing put into the launch. Here are some of my thoughts and what the press thought. We can start with the IBM posting from the Social Software blog entry defining the design principles that inspired the work and the new personas they built to go along with it. There are qu
IBM Verse announced - formerly IBM Mail Next
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 6:57a   Chris Miller
IBM launched the website and YouTube video for IBM Verse, formerly IBM Mail Next.. Sign up for the general public also seems to be open. The actual webcast of the launch is hours away. Look for another blog posting later today about IBM Verse with details from the launch event. You can read all my my IBM Mail Next blog postings right here.
IBM taps Spredfast for IBM Mail Next social media aggregation launch
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 1:18p   Chris Miller
IBM seems to have chosen Spreadfast (also merged in Mass Relevance) from Austin, TX as their social content aggregator and conversations for the IBM Mail Next launch event. Spredfast offers a few services and products around social media management, curation, listening, analytics and more. Our platform processes 650 million pieces of social content per day across every major social platform out there. Capture conversations across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+
SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker review
Fri, Nov 14th 2014 9:17a   Chris Miller
The SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker did not disappoint for it's durability and ruggedness. We take our reviews serious and we have reviewed quite a few Bluetooth speakers (some with mics for calls too). The SOL Republic Punk met everything it advertised. We received it in black but it comes in a few colors. Setup was simplistic as expected being a Bluetooth speaker. We also connected it via the 3.5mm cable. Both provided the same sound quality as long as you are in range f
IBM Mail Next Road Show Regional Events registraion open
Thu, Nov 13th 2014 10:19a   Chris Miller
IBM is hosting a Mail Next Road Show all through December as regional events. You will see they are all afternoon events held at museums or upscale locales. Below is the list of cities, dates and custom registration links. Agenda: 3:00 PM – Welcome/Networking 3:30 PM – Codename: IBM Mail Next: Take Back Control of Your Workday -- presentation/demo, blended with spirit tasting & hors d'oeuvres 6:00 PM – Close Cities / Dates / Venues:
IBM Mail Next versus Microsoft De-Clutter early thoughts
Wed, Nov 12th 2014 9:31a   Chris Miller
IBM is announcing Mail Next shortly and Microsoft launched De-Clutter for Office 365 today. Both promise to hide your email bring the important mail to the front for you to work better. The goal of each is to learn your email behavior and start working for you via analytics and consistent actions you perform in your email. For example, if in your organization tree your direct manager sends email, then the system would recognize you need to see that email from them constantly. While emails
Braven BRV-X Bluetooth Speaker review
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 12:21p   Chris Miller
I was impressed right away with this Braven BRV-X bluetooth speaker. The sound was clear. It is waterproof and has an internal battery for charging your devices while you stream your music. Finding a bluetooth speaker that is outdoor ready can get very costly. Luckily the Braven BRV-X bluetooth speaker (available at AT&T stores and Amazon) solves this an many other issues. The waterproof capability is great for having it outdoors near the water and not being afraid of a simple splash. Ju
Whistle Activity Monitor For Dogs review
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 8:51a   Chris Miller
The Whistle Activity Monitor for Dogs is an interesting way to gauge how much activity and keep a diary of food and other notes about your dog. The Whistle Activity Monitor for Dogs device itself was sturdy, waterproof and stayed clasped with the double locking rubber strap. It kept the Whistle close to the neck and out of the way. We played with location a couple times on the collar to see where it didn't bother the pet and was out of the way. Where they wear it on the collar should not m
Private Meeting Information in the RnR Database in IBM Domino
Thu, Oct 30th 2014 10:32a   Chris Miller
Have you ever had a users private meeting information from their calendar show in the RnR database in IBM Domino? This is normally something most users would not want. Luckily there is an easy way to prevent it from happening. IBM has had a recommendation since 7.0.3 to place a server side notes.ini variable to place a new descriptor in the database so as to not show any potential private data from entries marked Private.The downside to this setting is that older entries already in the dat
Protecting Directories on a Web Server
Tue, Oct 28th 2014 8:27a   Chris Miller
The Domino web server is still powerful (never mind the current POODLE and SHA-2 talks and fixes) and offers the easily ability to control access via File Protections Documents. Groups and users can be listed allowing or blocking access to files and directories served by the Domino web server. Since .nsf files already have their own access controls, these File Protections extend to files such as HTML, JPEG, and GIF that you can enforce file protection for that browser users can access. As an a
Domino Migration Utility - where did you go?
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 6:15a   Chris Miller
IBM announced and demonstrated the Domino Migration Utility back at IBM Connect 2013. This tool was designed to move Microsoft Exchange users into IBM Domino. Apparently it was rebranded and not made available free to the public. It is a paid service only. Today someone asked about the Domino Migration Utility in a Skype chat looking for updated information on it or how to download/install it. After some digging online I found that back in June 2013 IBM stated in the Notes and Domino Forum
Vulnerability Management for Dummies - free ebook offer
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 12:54p   Chris Miller
My readers have the opportunity to get Vulnerability Management for Dummies for free. With all the current talks of POODLE, this came along at the right time. Over 60 pages of entry level information. Vulnerability Management for Dummies covers a lot of ground quickly As someone responsible for network security within your organization, you need to understand how to prevent attacks and eliminate network weaknesses that leave your business exposed and at risk. Vulnerability Management fo
What is the PODDLE vulnerability - back to basics
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 9:00a   Chris Miller
As we fight to fix the POODLE vulnerability in all systems, we should know what it is. POODLE stands for Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption . In simpler terms it exploits an older form of encryption your browser may use to communicate with servers. As long as both the server and the client (web browser) support SSL 3.0, the attacker can force a downgrade in the protocol, so even if your browser tries to use TLS, it ends up being forced to use SSL instead. The only answer is for eith
IBM addresses Poodle and SHA-2 issues in new technotes
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 8:56a   Chris Miller
IBM has addressed SHA-2 support and the Poodle vulnerability for IBM Domino in new technotes that were released. Here are the links and info. Technote #1418982 titled Planned SHA-2 deliveries for IBM Domino 9.1 SHA-2 support for Domino 9.x is planned to be delivered over the next several weeks via an Interim Fix. Technote #1687167 titled How is IBM Domino impacted by the Poodle attack? IBM intends to release Domino server Interim Fixes over the next several weeks that implement TLS 1.0 with
CliMate Environment Tracker by Rooti review
Mon, Oct 20th 2014 9:52a   Chris Miller
CliMate, by Rooti, is your personal environment tracking device. It syncs via bluetooth and provides information on temperature, humidity, UV indexes and more. It can be worn and attached to bags and clothes via a flexible lanyard or mounted on the included stand. In the free application, a plant symbolizes you in relation to your surrounding climate. When you're protected, the plant flourishes. When you're exposed, it withers away. The app parses all your data into daily, weekly and monthl
Skype 6.21.104 is consuming way too much memory
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 10:12a   Chris Miller
I am an avid user of Skype and have let it update itself pretty regularly. Even automatically. However the Skype 6.21.104 update this week is consuming tons of machine memory. And it continued to grow So I uninstalled Skype 6.21.104 to go back to an older version. My choice was the last Skype 5 version I could find of and ran into a new issue Since yesterday, all versions of Skype below Skype 6.13 for Windows and Skype 6.14 for OS X are blocked and do not allow you to sign i
What is the IBM Bridge to Cloud program?
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 9:49a   Chris Miller
IBM launched the Bridge to Cloud program to help users move easier into their IBM Connections (formerly SmartCLoud) Cloud offerings. The goal is to keep entitlements in place and move to subscriptions. "Bridge to Cloud" allows a customer to switch from on-premises Notes CALs to SmartCloud (now Connections Cloud) Notes subscriptions at renewal time, keeping the same entitlements whether they stay on-prem or move to IBM Connections Cloud Domino server licensing remains as-in (customers trans
The IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes Clients
Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 12:50p   Chris Miller
Do you still use or have users with the Lotus Notes Workspace? Then the IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes is a cool tool. The DSKTOOL.EXE Utility essentially remediates the user's desktop icons in a recertification exercise. What that means is that you can use the tool to rename the server that an icon points to with a simple script text file. It is currently supported up to version 8.5.x for Notes Builds 194 and earlier. Read the rest of the SocialBizUG article I wrote right here.
Rebranding IBM SmartCloud offerings name to IBM Connections family
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 8:17a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced the rebranding of IBM SmartCloud to IBM Connections. As you can see in the chart below, IBM Connections is now a platform and not a product. We were first told of this at IBM Connect 2014. Here is a quick chart with the new names plus more news. These changes will be implemented on or after September 20. No customer actions or changes will be required, and no URLs will change. There will be a dual entitlement option to help you move to the IBM Connections cloud for your
Toilet paper should go which way? Carl and I debate
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 11:13a   Chris Miller
On our recent World Cup 2014 adventure to Brazil, Carl Tyler and myself had daily car debates we recorded. Here is the one on toilet paper direction. See our Worldcup blog for more photos and videos via the Flickr group and YouTube channel.
Wink Connected Home Hub (PWHUB-WH01) review
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 9:59a   Chris Miller
The simplicity of the Wink Connected Home Hub makes this a bit confusing to some. The Wink Hub is only the hub and a power cable. During configuration you connect it to your wifi (which should have Internet access) and then use the mobile app on iOS or Android to finish the configuration. The easy steps are as follows (which we cover in the video) - Plug in the wink Hub - Load the iOS or Android app - Connect to the Wink Hub and begin configuration - Add supported devices by simply scann
Top 10 reasons to choose IBM SmartCloud for Social Business over Microsoft Office 365
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 7:12a   Chris Miller
IBM has released Top 10 reasons to choose IBM SmartCloud for Social Business over Microsoft Office 365 whitepaper. Here are some highlights. Documents from either IBM Connections or SmartCloud for Social Business which are synced to your laptop or mobile device are encrypted. Microsoft’s offline files are not encrypted which may result in the loss of confidential information if your device is lost or stolen. This is generally a large requirement by organizations. I would not be surpris
IBM ConnectED 2015 conference tracks
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 9:18a   Chris Miller
IBM has placed the ConnectED 2015 tracks online for the January 25-28, 2015 event replacing IBM Connect/Lotusphere. Gone are BOFs and Show and Tell but a new tracks take theirs place. IBM has introduced Chalktalk Sessions in track seven to replace BOFs. This means a more interactive and open communication approach to the early morning/late evening sessions. Also new is "Beyond the Everyday" which gets itself in quotes and seems to place the Show and Tell track. The rest seem to be prett
Google launches Cloud platform for startups
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 9:38a   Chris Miller
Google has come out with an offering to give startups $100,000 in credit with full support of application, database and storage servers and all their Cloud Platform products. Getting eligible is not too difficult: You must be in an approved accelerator, incubator or VC fund Have not received Cloud Platform credits before You have less that $5M in funding Currently less than $500,000 in annual revenueEven companies like SnapChat are on the Cloud Platform at Google. Which gives them a good edge
Does Server_Restricted Do What You Think?
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 10:00a   Chris Miller
In another SocialBizUg article I had to question how we think about the Server Restricted ability in Domino. It does not always work how we think it should. Since IBM offers it we definitely want to use server_restricted=x with the appropriate value. There are four possible values (previous to 8.5.2 FP3 there was only 2): The problem is that some of the options still have unintended results. Mainly allowing users access to the server still based on database ACL rights. You can read the whole
iLuv Wavecast Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker review
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 9:00a   Chris Miller
The iLuv Wavecast Portable Bluetooth Speaker comes in four colors, with the pink apparently hard to find. The sound quality was decent for such a lightweight device. It sits at just under one pound in weight. The battery life in the iLuv Wavecast was about four hours on a full charge. The back indicator light stays lit while charging until the battery is full. Make sure to turn the power switch on the top off between uses to converse the battery on this one. Pairing was simple. Hold the
BLU Studio 5.0C HD review - An unlocked, dual sim Android phone
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 8:45a   Chris Miller
The BLU Studio 5.0 C HD phone with dual SIM cards, quad core processor, a close to stock Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system, 8MP camera and more for under $150? In four colors too. From the moment I opened the box I knew we had a winner with the BLU Studio 5.0 C HS phone. A dual sim, unlocked phone with an almost non-modified Kit Kat version of Android. That right there would cost you hundreds more in most phones. But the pricing on this made me skeptical until I did some real world testin
IBM Champion 2015 nominations are open
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 9:00a   Chris Miller
IBM has opened nominations for IBM Champion 2015 program. Anyone can be nominated and yes you can nominate yourself. I have been astounded to be part of the program since inception four year ago now. So what is an IBM Champion? I wrote a blog posting back in 2013 trying to give you a snapshot into what other Champions think it means to hold the designation. To sum everyone up it recognizes those people that give back to the community. From user group founders to OpenNTF contributors to someon
Thinkware X300 Dash Cam with LCD Touchscreen review
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 8:50a   Chris Miller
As we show in the video, the Thinkware X300 Dashboard Camera with LCD Touchscreen is simple to configure and use providing exactly what they state in the product description. However, there were a couple areas keeping us form giving it a perfect 5 stars. See the video or read the detailed explanation below. Packaging: Compact with all the necessary accessories outside of one item. A way to provide power to the camera when not in the car if you wanted to set menus or anything else while sitt
IBM adds audio video calling to IBM SmartCloud for Social Business
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 10:49a   Chris Miller
IBM announced they added one-to-one audio and video calling to IBM SmartCloud for Social Business this past week. This has been needed for many years. While Lync in Office 365 has had this capability since as far back as 2011 (from what I can find), it is a welcomed addition to the IBM SmartCloud. While it is limited to only the SmartCloud and web only, they are promising expansion to mobile devices. As you can see in the image above, right clicking on any name in your contact list (that is
LEGO Architectire: The Visual Guide - book review
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 10:07a   Chris Miller
I was able to get an early copy of LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide by Philip Wilkinson for review. This is quite an impressive coffee table type book. The packaging itself of LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide let's you know what you are about to experience with this book. At just under 5 pounds in weight and over 200 pages, the book comes slips out of it's own hard case. The pages are heavy weight with black background and white font. (that is my one complaint I will address later).
Why Did They Remove Lite Mode from IBM iNotes 9?
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 1:45p   Chris Miller
Many were surprised to find out that IBM removed iNotes Lite as a menu option in IBM iNotes 9. Tracking down what changed took a bit. here is what I found. I found an IBM document explaining what features were reaching parity between Lite and Full and why they retired it. Once you upgrade all URLs redirect and even adding the Lite Mode to a URL will still go to Full Mode. It just is not there to use Read the full article in my Sys Admin Tips newsletter right here.
Sametime "Too Many Chat Windows Open" Warning
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 9:23a   Chris Miller
In the middle of IBM Sametime client preferences is an option to warn when you have too many chat windows open. However, it had no information. Here is what I found. This setting in your Preferences, disabled by default, will generate a warning when you have too many chat windows open. Adding to the confusion I already had is that the documentation actually uses an entry in the preferences file which does not match the UI name, making it even harder to find for the normal person. Continue
IBM Notes Extended Search Plugin for IBM Notes 9
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 1:08p   Chris Miller
IBM released the IBM Notes Extended Search Plugin for IBM Notes 9 which mimics what FewClix does (without the better ui) for searching archives and email. The plugin has a basic and advanced search mode. Including the ability to add multiple conditions for further improve your search results. The plugin uses the standard IBM Notes Search engine, where FewClix built it's own index locally. Here are the key features per the website Key Features of the IBM Notes Extended Search Plugin: Can
Notes Traveler: SEVERE <username> Error parsing ActiveSync message
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 9:10a   Chris Miller
If you get the Notes Traveler: SEVERE Error parsing ActiveSync message error on your IBM Lotus Traveler server console for Android users, the fix is quite simple. To remove this error from appearing on the Traveler server's console, the specified users will need to not use the device's native mail application to sync their mailfile, instead make use of the IBM Notes Traveler application/client downloaded directly from the server via the Traveler Server's URL or from the Google Play store.
Is St Louis now only known as Ferguson?
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 1:03p   Chris Miller
As we watch the story unfold about the shooting in Ferguson, MIssouri many think it is a major part of St Louis. I finally decided to write a post showing the scope of size of Ferguson inside St Louis. On the right of the image is the entire State of Missouri which covers 69,709 square miles. Next to it on the left is the cutout of St Louis County which covers 524 square miles. Inside of that left image is Ferguson which covers 6.2 square miles. Yes you read that correctly. All of the n
Contact delegation in Lotus Notes
Tue, Aug 12th 2014 9:13a   Chris Miller
I received an email asking about contact delegation in Lotus Notes for user to user controls. Unfortunately this is not easily done, even with the integrated contacts in the mailfile. What you are trying to do is use the mail delegation abilities to manage contacts that are stored in the mail file itself. While this option does not exist, I might have a suggestion that would work perfectly for you. You can read the full question and my answer on my Sys Admin Tips monthy newsletter and article
Can I Throttle and Restrict SMTP Connections in Domino?
Mon, Aug 11th 2014 6:12a   Chris Miller
While most companies now use a SMTP appliance to scan for viruses and spam, you may still want to throttle connections from individual internal servers or the appliances to your IBM Domino server. This leads to questioning how Domino can throttle SMTP traffic from specific hosts. After some quick verification of what I was almost sure was not fully possible, there is a partial solution I know of. By default, the Domino SMTP service supports an unlimited number of inbound sessions; that is, as
BlackBerry Passport - have you seen this new device yet?
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 8:46a   Chris Miller
BlackBerry is at it again with the new BlackBerry Passport coming out. A square looking device with full 1440x1440 resolution. I have waited to write about it to read more of what it will offer. The reasons are solid Imagine getting back a real keyboard for starters. People just loved the keyboard. You also get the ability to load Android apps, which closes that compliant door. I know I have been loving my Z10 even more now that I grab anything I want from Google Play and no sideloading.
FREE Windows 8 Guide – expires 8/8/14
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 9:12a   Chris Miller
A quick offer for FREE Windows 8 Guide - Getting Started with Windows 8 Volume 1 until August 8th, This 41 page book is from Windows Secrets with tips, shortcuts and more.. The first section in Volume 1 – An introduction to Windows 8 – covers the confusing differences between Windows 8 and Window RT – since they look and work very similar but have some extraordinarily important differences. We then take you through the basics of navigating Windows 8’s dual (some say, du
Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi HD+ Camera with Night Vision review
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 8:23a   Chris Miller
The Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi HD+ Camera with Night Vision (F7D7602) is a great indoor camera with automatic triggering, cloud recording ability, mobile apps and simple configuration. Let's clear something right away. The camera does what the product states it will do. While we always have plenty of suggestions for improvements, I didn't find any areas where it did not function as stated and designed. This is an indoor camera only and I would not even leave it in direct sunlight all day. You will
AmazonBasics Mini Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Speaker review
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 9:44a   Chris Miller
The AmazonBasics Mini Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a great compact device with decent sound for the value. Small enough for a jacket pocket and good battery life. It does come in multiple colors. Amazon does a great job with it's AmazonBasics line of goods and makes them competitive with many major brands. This AmazonBasics Mini Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Speaker is right in line with the quality I expected. The packaging was good and the box included the speaker, a charging cable (m
A Guide to Office 365 - ebook free till Aug 5
Thu, Jul 31st 2014 6:12a   Chris Miller
This ebook presents the fundamental concepts of Office 365 for consumers. You’ll get an overview of Office 365 and learn to understand the program on a higher level in 15 small chapters. This eBook will shed light on some of the following topics: Office 365 System requirements How to install and configure Office 365 How Office 365 is different from Microsoft Office? An overview of the features in Office 365 A quick look at the different plans Consumer plans in detail Office 365 free tri
V.ALRT (VSN400) Personal Emergency Response Device review
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 8:44a   Chris Miller
The V.ALRT (VSN400) Personal Emergency Response Device is a bluetooth enabled device that activates to send emergency texts with your location and a help message. It came well packaged with the device, a pendant hook (no necklace included as indicated) and the wrist band. The device is attached to the package via a sticky tab so do not be afraid to give it a tug to dislodge it. Also included is a simple quick start guide. NOTE: Please make sure you have a supported phone with the ability to se
What is the Repair Calendar Feature?
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 7:50a   Chris Miller
IBM added a Repair Calendar feature to help repair your Lotus Notes client by automatically detecting duplicate repeating calendar entries. However, most users do not know this has existed since version 8.5. Repairing the entries actually save them into a view. Read more at my article on SocialBizUG
IBM Connections 5.0 Entitlements for Notes & Domino customers
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 9:30a   Chris Miller
IBM has announced entitlements for IBM Connections 5.0 with IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1. Customers will get access to the Files and Profiles features freely with Domino licenses. With this update, IBM Notes and Domino customers continue to receive access to the Files and Profiles features of IBM Connections 5.0 with the entitlements listed below. The entitlement lets IBM Notes and Domino customers deploy and access the Files and Profiles features of IBM Connections through all clients, browsers,
GreatCall Splash - Waterproof Medical Alert Device review
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 9:37a   Chris Miller
Overall the GreatCall Splash - Waterproof Medical Alert Device does what it states as a medical alert device. The downside in rating revolves around clarity of expectations, setup and performance. See the review. The device itself is tiny and we like the simplicity of the front with a single button. We could also see this getting misplaced or forgotten. The addition of the belt clip was nice and stayed on during our tests. We could see the clip breaking if caught on something though. Peo
IBM Mail Next update for July 2014
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 10:50a   Chris Miller
IBM Mail Next updates as of July 2014 as presented by IBM for a SocialBizUG webcast. Design Advisory Program updates, web updates and timelines. These are my notes as they happened. Key announcements Kramer talked IBM Mobile First and iOS-ready apps and the Apple announcement Now on to the good stuff..... a long list with tons of screen images Design Advisory Program update basically they will open it more but they have a select list of people in the advisory group they chose the
D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router & Charger review
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 8:44a   Chris Miller
The D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router & Charger (DIR-510L) is the next step in portable routers for the road warrior. With AC band, profiles, USB charging ports, USB 3G/4G support, router, access point and more. I have numerous portable routers, repeaters and access points now (most with reviews up). D-Link is trying to bridge together more than a few features in one device and has done so very well. This also adds the newer AC band for improved speed but you need your devices and network
New in Blakcberry OS 10.2.1 is IBM Lotus Traveler connection type
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 11:39a   Chris Miller
I upgraded my Blackberry Z10 to OS 10.2.1 to get my hands on a ton of new features. IBM Lotus Traveler now shows as an account type when adding email, calendar and todo. I was surprised at the number of new features, not just fixes, that are available in this release. http://crackberry.com/whats-new-blackberry-os-1021 See my posting comparing the Blackberrry Z10 and Q10 devices. See more updates and hands-on with the BlackBerry 10 devices on BlackBerry Today.
Brydge iPad Keyboard & Speaker case review
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 9:04a   Chris Miller
We review both the aluminum and carbonate Brydge iPad Keyboard and Speaker case. These are made for the iPad 2nd through 4th generations and connect via Bluetooth. (The iPad Air has a different case that is available) The full QWERTY keyboard on the Brydge iPad Case was responsive with many hotkeys already available. We had no issues paring the keyboard with the iPad. Indicator light on the switch tells you if it is in pairing mode, low on battery or charging. Make sure you place the iPad
 IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop - FREE
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 12:13p   Chris Miller
IBM is offering a free IBM Connections 5 instance on SoftLayer and workshop materials as a lab environment for business partners. You can request to provision a server or use the lab materials on your own server. The materials were written using an IBM Connections 5.0 device on SoftLayer but they also outline it so your own Linux based system could be used. In the IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop, you will learn about the new and existing capabilities of IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile
Wallett TrackR versus Kensington Proximo bluetooth trackers
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 9:12a   Chris Miller
I compare the Wallet TrackR and the Kensington Proximo bluetooth tracking devices and their applications in this head to head comparison. From setup, function and to ease of use. See below for the full review and who wins. Here is a breakdown of each device and links to get your hands on them -==Wallet Trackr review==- http://idonot.es/wallettrackr Wallet TrackR was kind enough to send me an updated device for testing. It met the promised abilities of either finding the TrackR or us
Allen Sports Aluminum Folding 2-Bike Rack review
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 10:12a   Chris Miller
If you are an on and off bicycle riding type person (like me) then having a carrier was always a task. This Allen Sports Aluminum Folding 2-bike Rack solves so many problems. Fist of all the packaging for the Allen Sports Aluminum Folding 2-bike Rack was incredibly small so I figured it would be cheap, hard to assemble or would not hold a single kids bike let alone two adult bikes. The entire unit is assembled and folds into a 17"x8"x4" shape. Amazingly compact. The aluminum frame is stu
Denny’s Inc leaves Lotus Notes citing inefficient and not mobile first
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 9:25a   Chris Miller
According to numerous press releases, Denny's Inc. has migrated away from Lotus Notes to Google Apps for Business due to being inefficient to manage and not mobile first. The press releases all have statements quoted from the CIO names Alex Lewis. I wanted to summarize and talk about a few areas. Denny's operated an on-premise Lotus Notes email system for many years. The environment resulted in many complex and cumbersome Lotus Notes applications. As the company streamlined its operatio

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