Sure, the IBM trend at Lotusphere 2012 this year is about the magic social business. But this has nothing to do with that I am talking about social interaction with people.
With about 6,000 people hitting the conference in a couple days, I am amazed each year by the number of comments about how someone hardly 'met' anyone or could not find and interact with a blogger, speaker or just forum friend. You have to take the initiative in many instances and step outside your normal cube dwelling.
All the speakers pictures can be found in the amazing Lotusphere Sessions database, with links to their public social profiles. Send a note, DM or IM asking to have lunch, grab a coffee or even just say hi. Most will quickly set a time and place that works for you both. The rest will give you a list of times they will be planted somewhere at the conference.
Do not be afraid to walk up and just introduce yourself. Sure they always look busy and deeply involved. Doubtful, as they are there enjoying the conference as much as you. If they are in the middle of something see the above.
Make friends at the lunch table. I site year in and out trying to talk to people at the lunch tables. Amazingly about 50% really do not want to talk or interact. This is the time to find those with similar interests or even awesome ideas. You would be shocked at who you are sitting next to many times. I have been.
Make sure you get out at night. I know being at a large event alone is tough. I still find myself in that scenario at some newer ones. Make friends. Heck even pretend you know them and sit down if invited. Within a short time you get the feel of who is around and can decide to move on or hang out longer. Remember there are thousands more.
Lastly, watch the social streams to see where everyone is. Twitter, Foursquare and even some of the Facebook and LinkedIn networks will list parties and gatherings you are unaware of.
Don't go home whining that geeks are very unsocial. You were part of it while here.
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. [read] Keywords: domino
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 [read] Keywords: archive
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: [read] Keywords: domino
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 [read] Keywords: ibm
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 [read] Keywords: archive
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 [read] Keywords: notes
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 [read] Keywords: domino
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 [read] Keywords: admin