How Your Learning Mindset Can Cost Your Job (and how to avoid it)
Mon, Sep 1st 2014 6:13a David Hablewitz It’s Labor Day (U.S. Holiday) A great day to write about work. If you work in a computer-related profession you can never stop learning if you wish to remain employed. And that trend is spreading across professions like wildfire as the benefits of technology influence almost every profession. But not everyone is cut out for a lifetime of success through learning. In a recent article published by Salman Khan, the creator of KhanAcademy.org, he wrote about Learning Mindsets:
“D [read] Keywords: connections
WARNING: Google Apps for Business Terms of Service
Sat, Aug 30th 2014 2:12p David Hablewitz These are the terms of service you are agreeing to in your Google Apps Business account. See the text highlighted in RED. Does this agreement concern anyone?
(Taken from Google Business TOS https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/ )
Your Content in our Services
Some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send or receive content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.
When you [read] Keywords: policies
How to get Sametime Video Chat in SmartCloud
Sun, Aug 24th 2014 11:12p David Hablewitz The maintenance window is over and SmartCloud Sametime chat now includes audio and video. Some details to know:
First, the feature is accessible only via a browser or via the mobile app. It is not available in the Notes embedded client (yet). Also, all parties in the chat must be logged into SmartCloud. That makes sense. If they weren’t, you couldn’t chat with them either.
Once logged into https://collabserv.com website, logged into Sametime, open your contacts list. You wi [read] Keywords: notes
New easy way to get your IBM software downloads via SmartCloud!
Tue, Aug 12th 2014 4:14p David Hablewitz OK, you’ve seen my article giving a detailed review about how bad Passport Advantage website was for many years. It took awhile to get fixed. But for the most part, much of that has improved dramatically since – and at least partially because of – that article. But downloads are still a bit of a pain. That is, until now!
If you subscribe to SmartCloud Notes, you can get to your downloads in Passport Advantage directly from the Apps – Downloads and Setup menu. It [read] Keywords: ibm
Bothell City Council exposed for avoiding due process to build a new $47 Million City Hall without a Public Vote
Wed, May 28th 2014 12:12a David Hablewitz If you live in the City of Bothell, you will definitely be interested in watching what happened at the City Council meeting on May 20th
It is long, but you need to watch the first 20 minutes and again at about time stamp 2:54:00.
After watching it I am certain you will be motivated enough to visit the next City Council meeting in person and let them know how you feel about what they are planning to do with your money. The next meeting is Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM at City Hall.
In summar [read] Keywords:
Here’s to my friend Tim Tripcony
Mon, May 12th 2014 4:11p David Hablewitz Tim, your passing is felt around the world, even here in Washington state. Your genius only eclipsed by your humble nature. So much more I want to say, but I’m without words.
Follow Scott Hooks for more info.
https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140512170336-24024491-tim-tripcony-you-will-live-on-in-our-hearts [read] Keywords: linkedin
Helping my friend the best I can. His story will move you.
Thu, May 8th 2014 6:14a David Hablewitz Brian Steele is my good friend and one of the best managers I have ever worked for. I remember the day when he quietly explained to me that they had just learned his son Cullen had Pulmonary Hypertension. I never heard of it before and asked “Is it bad?” “Yeah, it’s bad.” he said. Watch this video and learn Cullen’s story.
At the time Brian mentioned it, I didn’t fully appreciate what it all meant or the impact it would have on him and his fa [read] Keywords:
SmartCloud Demonstration at Seattle Technical Forum Meetup, Redmond, WA
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 11:10p David Hablewitz If you are a CTO, IT director, computer professional or enthusiast of cloud computing technology, you won’t want to miss out on this meeting of the Seattle Technical Forum meetup group.
There will be 3 presenters at this meeting speaking on the following topics:
- Google Cloud Platform: Top 10 Edition
- Properly securing your cloud infrastructure
- SmartCloud – IBM’s Biggest Little Secret
I will be presenting a demonstration of SmartCloud for Social Business with IBMer David [read] Keywords: ibm
Wealth is not measured by how much you have, but by how much you give
Thu, Mar 13th 2014 11:12p David Hablewitz This time of year I am normally helping out at my YMCA with their Partners With Youth campaign, sitting in a phone bank with other volunteers, calling people in the community asking for donations to help their cause.
Phone bank volunteers working hard
This is a charity that helps provide funding for kids whose family can’t afford to put them into programs like before and after school care, swim lessons, or summer camp. In some cases this care is vital in making it possible for their parent [read] Keywords: community
iSecurity hole is not so good
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:12a David Hablewitz Be wary of using your iWhatever on public networks until the patches are made. The scary part is not knowing how long the “bad guys” have been exploiting this.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/apple-security_n_4847109.html [read] Keywords: apple
2014 Winter Olympics Numbers Games
Sun, Feb 23rd 2014 11:11p David Hablewitz When looking at the medal count from the 2014 winter Olympics, at a glance it appears the United States did really well finishing with the second-highest medal count of any country.
But then I saw Norway was in third place, and it made me wonder…
So I drafted a quick spreadsheet (using IBM SmartCloud Docs) and came up with this graphic, of medals per million people in each country. Suddenly the U.S. didn’t do so hot while Norway totally owns the winter games, all 5 mi [read] Keywords: ibm
Computer gaming companies are choosing IBM over Amazon
Sun, Feb 16th 2014 10:12p David Hablewitz A few weeks ago I mentioned on the first day of IBM Connect conference that it is clear now beyond any doubt that computing power is becoming the next utility like electricity, phone, water, and cable TV. I predict that there will come a day in the very near future when few companies will still have their own physical data center. This article is more proof of that as the gaming industry is the first to make this move. But even more interesting is that IBM, not Amazon, Google or Microsoft, [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM published list of business partners certified in SmartCloud mail onboarding
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 5:12a David Hablewitz IBM has published the list of business partners certified in onboarding to IBM SmartCloud mail.
Our company, Divergent Solutions LLC, is one of only 10 companies currently listed for the entire U.S. that IBM has entrusted to perform such migrations. So what exactly does that mean? Well if you are considering a cloud alternative for your company’s email (whether it is currently on Outlook, gmail, or Notes), Divergent Solutions can handle the process from end to end . Licensing, plan [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Connect 2014 Session Selection: First round posted, setting the tone
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 5:14a David Hablewitz If you submitted an abstract for IBM Connect 2014, Look here to see if yours has already been chosen.
If you are attending IBM Connect 2014, this will give you a taste of what to expect at the conference.
Some of the selections are no surprise. Mat Newman, with his new role at IBM; Gabriella Davis and Chris Miller will be talking about SAML, a big deal for integrating any cloud services with single sign-on; Wes Morgan has two sessions already on the list; Ed Brill will be there to talk about [read] Keywords: connections
Grand Canyon is Temporarily Open for 7 Days
Sat, Oct 12th 2013 8:14p David Hablewitz Permits issued to people to navigate the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon are once again being honored, at least for the next 7 days. Thank you to everyone who helped right this injustice. The Governor of Arizona offered to have her state pick up the tab to keep Grand Canyon National Park open for the next 7 days and the park service finally accepted the offer. This is great news. Please join me in taking a moment to thank the following people:
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Twitter: @ [read] Keywords: email
1200 people still in Grand Canyon National Park. And doing just fine.
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 2:11p David Hablewitz Rafters waiting and hoping they may still get on the river. (photo by Tom Martin)
To my government representatives at all levels:
There are currently over 1200 people in the Grand Canyon National Park, rafting the river right now.
In the heat of all that is going on with the Federal government shutdown, there is one thing that is happening that just makes no sense. I know there are many people severely impacted by this, but in one case actions are actually being taken that are using more reso [read] Keywords:
Breaking News: The Passport Advantage website has been updated!
Thu, Feb 28th 2013 10:11p David Hablewitz In case you hadn’t noticed, the Passport Advantage website has a new look. I have not yet had a chance to explore it in detail. It looks like some (but not all) of the old issues have been cleaned up and it sports the new IBM website skin. I will post a more detailed review later. Meanwhile, take a moment to have a look. For comparison, see my article reviewing it almost 2 years ago. I’m anxious to see what was done that took 2 years of business justification and web development to [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM announces MobileFirst and partnership with AT&T
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 11:14a David Hablewitz News sources are reporting the new announcement of IBM MobileFirst solutions portfolio. This is big because, unlike other players in this market, IBM is the leader in remaining device agnostic in the BYOD (bring your own device) business world. Mobile technology is blurring the lines between consumer and business tools. There is no doubt in my mind as I watch my 13-year-old daughter do 90% of her computer-related activities on her smartphone that this is the destiny of technology. It is [read] Keywords: ibm
Putting Social Media to the test: Face-to-face vs. Online
Thu, Feb 14th 2013 3:11p David Hablewitz Which delivery method do you think has the greatest impact: Face-to-face, telephone, or online? Certainly face-to-face allows you to deliver the most personal message, but the web allows for a much broader reach. Phone calls are somewhere in between. So here is the challenge…
I am a firm believer in charity. I feel it is important to give back to the community. Over the years I have been helping with the YMCA Partners With Youth (PWY) campaign. This fund provides scholarships to families [read] Keywords: connections
Doing well or not, it’s all about attitude.
Tue, Feb 12th 2013 7:11p David Hablewitz I first posted this in my status on Facebook. But the comments that followed my post made me realize this is relevant to a broader audience, so I will share it again here.
These people on the Carnival cruise adrift in the Gulf of Mexico are complaining because they have no air conditioning, no lights, no flushing toilets, limited hot and cold food, stuck in close quarters with a bunch of people they don’t know. Some are sleeping in tents outside because it’s so hot. Funny. We h [read] Keywords: facebook
Passport Advantage Revisited 2 years later…
Thu, Jan 31st 2013 6:12a David Hablewitz In August 2011 I posted an article giving a detailed analysis of the design of the IBM Passport Advantage website. That article received a great deal of attention, not only from the Lotus user community, but also from executives at IBM. I was even contacted by the person who oversaw the team responsible for the site. Finally, I thought, we would see some relief in our pain dealing with this website.
It’s nearly 2 years later. There have been some changes to the IBM websites, but Pas [read] Keywords: ibm
Bothell, WA Mayor Mark Lamb in Sex Scandal Mirrors General Petraeus in Washington DC
Thu, Nov 15th 2012 5:13a David Hablewitz What does Bothell, Washington and Washington DC have in common? How about a sex scandal involving leaders that finally revealed their true lack of integrity and demonstrated why they can’t be trusted that they will serve the best interests of the people. Within a week of General Petraeus resigning after his extramarital affair was exposed, the improprieties of our mayor Mark Lamb here in Bothell, WA have been similarly revealed.
In the past, there have been questions about Lamb’s [read] Keywords: community
Save Our Farms and Wine Country in King County, WA
Mon, Sep 10th 2012 2:38p David Hablewitz This is an open letter to King County Council and the City of Woodinville with regard to their plan to open up the Sammamish River corridor to urban development:
Dear King County Council:
I live a mile from downtown Woodinville, WA. Before living here, I lived on 3 acres in a semi-rural part of South Carolina. When I first moved to Puget Sound 12 years ago, I was immediately drawn to this spot because of the country feeling it has, yet is so close to everything in the city. My commute to work [read] Keywords: development
Chef Innovator Salad
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 2:12p David Hablewitz This may be more appropriate on Pinterest than a technology blog, but indulge me for a moment.
Ariel is a counselor at summer camp. Yesterday they were going around the group asking everyone what their favorite food is. Many of them she had never even heard of. So when I picked her up from camp she wanted to go to the grocery store. She led me to the fresh fruits and veggies section where in the past I couldn’t get her through that section fast enough. Her goal was to make a salad from in [read] Keywords: apple
Slideshare: 5 Tips for presenting to Executives
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 1:11p David Hablewitz Everyone is a salesperson. Understanding this one fact could have the biggest impact on your career advancement.
Check out this article and short slideshare presentation on presenting to executives.
5 Tips for Presenting to Executives from speakingppt
Whether you know it or not, whether you want to be one or not, you are a salesperson. Don’t think so? Ever had a job interview? You were selling yourself. You might find yourself in a meeting discussing a new project. You had to [read] Keywords: google
Khan Academy Launches The Future of Computer Science Education
Fri, Aug 17th 2012 12:14p David Hablewitz Reblogged from TechCrunch:
As educators struggle to motivate more students to take up technology-related majors, breakout online education startup, Khan Academy, has a novel approach. ”Computer Science is an intensely creative field,” says Shantanu Sinha, President of Khan Academy, which gave TechCrunch an exclusive look at their brand new education portal that teaches Computer Science fundamentals through interactive drawing. “We really wanted to focus on creating something [read] Keywords:
Of Dogs and Whitewater Rafting
Wed, Jul 11th 2012 12:15a David Hablewitz Recently I have noticed people bringing their dogs with them on the river when they go whitewater rafting. As a dog lover and a whitewater boater, I want to stir a discussion on the merits and risks of taking dogs whitewater rafting. I once had a great river dog that made many trips with me to the river. Jenny was a black lab who LOVED the water. We did many flat water trips where she would swim beside me for awhile and then climb onto the back of my kayak or sit in my lap and ride for a [read] Keywords: facebook
Geoffrey Castle: Proof the Violin is not Just for Orchestra Music
Wed, Jul 4th 2012 5:15p David Hablewitz The Notes Guy in Seattle isn’t just about software. There are some musical roots to the name too. I would like to tell you about my friend and the inspiration that got me to pick up the violin as an adult. He plays this crazy 6 string electric violin. Yes Six strings. As if a violin isn’t challenging enough. He is an amazing musician and has a great stage presence. One of those musicians that sounds great on the radio as well as on the stage. Rock, Celtic, Blues, Coun [read] Keywords: notes
5 Reasons why it’s a GOOD THING when your cloud service goes down.
Sat, Jun 30th 2012 1:17p David Hablewitz In light of the recent outage for AWS, people are questioning the reliability of cloud services. The more appropriate question should be “is it better or worse than on-premise services?” Here are some perspectives to consider:
1. CFO’s perspective: Not My Money.
SLA’s are backed by monetary compensation. If you were smart, you put it into the contract that if you are down, they pay you for the lost revenue. You can’t get that kind of insurance for self- [read] Keywords: facebook
Apple Dominates Even In Seattle With 81% Market Share
Wed, May 16th 2012 6:10a David Hablewitz I have been extremely busy lately, spending much of my time working on preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam (which I passed on Friday!), taking a class on entrepreneurship and small business management, and working on applying this knowledge in a practical way, at the sacrifice of my blog and sleep. But I thought I would take a quick break from my break to drop a few links for my MacFriends and to illustrate just how much this region is just like everywhere [read] Keywords: apple
Mon, Feb 13th 2012 2:12p David Hablewitz The good news: I still have never had a computer get infected with an email virus while using Lotus Notes. That 18-year run is still going.
The bad news: My laptop got a virus through a random act of browsing. It happened thanks to a touch pad strategically located between the palms of the hands where it can occasionally cause the mouse to move or misread a mouse click. It has happened many times in the past. I’m typing away when suddenly the cursor jumps to somewhere else on t [read] Keywords: lotus
Added a page with all Grand Canyon Story Links
Sun, Jan 22nd 2012 10:13p David Hablewitz If you have been following the story of our Grand Canyon expedition, I have created a page with all the links to each day’s journal entry. Click Grand Canyon Journal Links in the banner at the top. Now you can be sure you haven’t missed a day!
Thanks for all the questions and comments. It adds life to the story to have the dialog. [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon Expedition Day 7: What it means to be living on Canyon Time
Sun, Jan 22nd 2012 8:12p David Hablewitz Previous Post: Day 6 – Little Colorado R and a birthday
First Post: The Story Begins…
Morning of Day 7. This is the earliest I have gotten up so far. It’s 5:30 AM and still dark, a good time to do some writing by headlamp and watch the sunrise.
TRIP TIP: If you go camping, get a headlamp with a red light. It uses much less battery power and it doesn’t affect your night vision or disturb others.
Quiet time in the morning
I had a lot of vivid dreams again last night a [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon Expedition Day 6: Little Colorado River and a birthday
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 5:12a David Hablewitz Previous Post: Day 5+ Hidden Danger
First Post: The Story Begins…
A beautiful morning, the best so far! It started out maybe in the low 50′s and warmed quickly today since our camp got good morning sunlight. You could watch the shadow of the east rim move down the west wall until the sunlight suddenly hit the camp. Pancakes with syrup for breakfast. Or in Ariel’s case, syrup with pancakes. [Note in the photo the cleanup crew is using a 4 bucket system for washing: pre- [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon Expedition Day 5+ Commodore’s Log supplimental: Hidden Danger
Thu, Jan 5th 2012 10:11p David Hablewitz Previous Post: Day 5: A Father-Daughter experience
First Post: The Story Begins…
(Three people named David on 1 trip is too confusing, so they’re call me Commodore.)
Some noteworthy trip leader observations I have made: I am pleased to report that everyone is respecting my request that they behave appropriately for my 12-year-old daughter. A few off-color jokes aside, no foul language, public nudity nor drunk and disorderly conduct, yet everyone is having a great time. Funny [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon Expedition Day 5: As good as it gets! A Father-Daughter experience
Wed, Jan 4th 2012 11:13p David Hablewitz Today is a layover day. That means we’re staying here for another night to relax and catch up on things.
First the injury report: Elizabeth cut her elbow 3 days ago. She thinks she cut it on the oar when they ran the hole (hydraulic) in Badger Rapid. Now it is swollen and is probably infected. If it is and we don’t have anti-biotics, we may be looking at an airlift. I plan to at least use the satellite phone and make a call for medical advice.
This morning many of us went [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon Expedition Day 4: Nautiloid to Nankoweap
Mon, Jan 2nd 2012 5:11a David Hablewitz Next Post: Coming soon – Day 5: layover day, injuries, hike to the graineries
Previous Post: Day 3 Nautiloid Camp
We did much better at getting going today. Cereal for breakfast was fast and easy. It is warmer and sunny. About 60 degrees warming up to over 70. Gotta love this Canyon weather. I changed our plan from going 15 miles to Dinosaur Camp to going 18 miles to Nankoweap, which is a better camp and has a great hike. Before we left camp we hiked up to see the fossils em [read] Keywords: facebook
Social Media 101: Social Media Disasters (be careful with that keyboard, it’s loaded)
Thu, Dec 22nd 2011 4:12p David Hablewitz Taking a brief break from my break from discussing Social Media to post about this good slide deck from IBM about Social Media and how NOT to use it. The presentation sites more than a dozen examples of how companies have blundered on the web, but my favorite is definitely Ryanair’s press release stating “Ryanair can confirm that a Ryanair staff member did engage in a blog discussion. It is Ryanair policy not to waste time and energy in corresponding with idiot bloggers and Ryana [read] Keywords: ibm
Grand Canyon Day 3: Redwall Cavern, Nautiloid Canyon and the Roaring Twenties
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 5:11a David Hablewitz I woke up at 5:15 today. Slept mostly through the night. Everyone was a bit anxious in the morning about rowing the Roaring Twenties, but no one more than me with Ariel onboard after nearly flipping the raft yesterday, But I am much more confident again after a clean run through Twentyfour Mile Rapid, the first class 6 rapid of the day. (The Roaring Twenties are the 5 miles of river starting at river mile 21,so named for the series of rapids that, by Grand Canyon measurements, are packed [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon Day 2: Jackass Creek to North Canyon
Thu, Dec 15th 2011 5:11a David Hablewitz (If you’re just checking in for the first time, I am posting my daily journal entries from my month-long rafting trip leading 16 friends down the Grand Canyon. You may want to go back and start at the first post of the series and work your way forward.)
An exciting day! I got up around 5:30 AM, just before sunrise. Around 6:30 AM the wind suddenly picked up, gusting over 20 mph. Then the rain came and it poured. Ariel put on her drysuit before she even got out of the tent. Best [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon 2011 – Day 1: What’s Special About Today?
Mon, Dec 12th 2011 5:16a David Hablewitz Commodore’s Log, River Day 1. There are 3 Davids in the group. To make things easy, they’re calling me Commodore, leader of the fleet.
On the river at last! Quite a special day. Last night it actually started to rain around 2:30 AM. I woke up and put the rain fly on the tent and then it stopped raining. I couldn’t get to sleep after that. Excited about the morning. I still got up by 6:00 AM without an alarm clock. Bryant from PRO Outfitters, showed up at 7:00 [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon 2011 – Oct 24: Day 0, Finally at the River
Fri, Dec 9th 2011 5:12a David Hablewitz I woke up at 5:30 AM without an alarm clock. After going out for breakfast we all piled our gear in the parking lot to wait for the outfitter to arrive and shuttle us to the river. Some people made a last-minute visit to the drug store across the street to buy sunscreen, hand lotion, sunglasses, postcards. Our ride showed up at 11:00 AM, right on schedule. We loaded gear into the truck, piled into the van and headed up Highway 89 to Lee’s Ferry.
Waiting for the shuttle.
Ariel and [read] Keywords: facebook
Saturday, October 22: Idaho, Utah & Malad Gorge State Park
Sun, Dec 4th 2011 5:12p David Hablewitz Sunday at 5:30 AM. Writing this journal entry in the morning while I lay in bed waiting for sunrise. Yesterday we covered a lot of miles. The best part of the day was when we passed a really cool place in Idaho where a river cut a gorge into the flat land: Malad Gorge State Park, a segment of Thousand Springs State Park. We pulled off the Interstate to check it out more closely. I’ll bet a lot of people drive right over this and never even notice. (See the aerial photo of the p [read] Keywords: facebook
October 21, 2011: On the Road
Sun, Dec 4th 2011 2:10p David Hablewitz October 21, 2011
It’s been a great day. It was a typical rainy day as we left Seattle this afternoon. Fortunately, it’s a “warm” rain and Snoqualmie Pass was just rain too, not snowing.
Leaving rainy Seattle
And as usual, get far enough over the mountains and the rain gives way to sunshine. The forests give way to windmill-laced plains. We made it as far as Deadman’s Pass, Oregon. Camping in the back of the truck tonight after moving some stuff up front [read] Keywords: facebook
Grand Canyon: Final Preparations are complete!
Mon, Nov 28th 2011 11:12p David Hablewitz Thursday evening, October 20.
All the gear is laid out and ready to be packed into the truck. We’re finally ready to start the adventure.
Gathering the gear
Actually this story began October 10, 2008. I was leaving to go on my first Grand Canyon adventure when my 9-year-old daughter begged to go with me. “No honey” I said, “not this time. I need to check it out before I bring you. But I promise I will take you the next time I go.” I had been on the wai [read] Keywords: symphony
Just returned from an amazing place where Social Media is totally irrelevant. The story begins…
Sun, Nov 27th 2011 11:10p David Hablewitz I just returned from my adventure as trip leader, taking 16 people on a rafting expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon; 21 days, 226 miles. It was an amazing journey that explored the geologic depths of the Earth exposed by The Canyon like a biology student examines the internal organs of a frog through a scalpel cut. Yet this expedition was as much about delving into personal introspection and group dynamics as it was about examining the physiology of the Earth. They [read] Keywords: facebook
Ditch the technology and experience the real thing
Mon, Oct 24th 2011 12:11a David Hablewitz Reporting from Flagstaff, this is my last post before heading into the Grand Canyon tomorrow where I will be leading a trip down the river and I will be rowing a 2000 pound, 18′ raft for the next 21 days and traveling 220 miles down the Colorado River. There is no connectivity there, so don’t expect any blog posts for awhile. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter (@davehabz) then you have already been following me on my journey.
-Commodore Dave [read] Keywords: facebook
Going unplugged: Beyond the iPhone 5 and beyond your imagination
Wed, Oct 5th 2011 6:10a David Hablewitz iPhone 5 is about to become irrelevant.
Imagine a world without email or text messages. No spam or viruses or pop-up ads. No steady stream of status updates from Facebook or Twitter. No television with presidential debates and reality TV. No “who-shot-who” on the six o’clock news. Imagine a world without rush hour traffic or smog alerts. No sirens screaming in the night and no alarm clocks screaming in the morning. Imagine if you can, a world without cell phones o [read] Keywords: connections
Brand as Mythology: Could the Lotus brand elevate to Mythology?
Sun, Jul 31st 2011 3:11p David Hablewitz Here is an interesting perspective on branding, marketing, and the idea of a brand elevating to mythology.
How true is his statement: “People use a Dell. They are an Apple.”
I think Seth is touching on something that could be applied to the marketing of Lotus IBM software: “Isn’t that the dream of any marketer? To create a myth?”
As Lotus completes the long and painful process of being absorbe [read] Keywords: ibm
A split perspective on Quality. Does Quality really matter?
Wed, Jul 27th 2011 12:11a David Hablewitz I came across this great article “Defining Quality” by Seth Godin discussing just what quality is and how it influences the success of a product. Seth describes the two types of quality: Quality in Design and Quality in Manufacturing. These two are as different as a brand new Bentley and a one-year-old Honda Civic. He also applies these concepts to the software industry.
What I find particularly interesting is his comment regarding these measures of quality:
“The bala [read] Keywords: facebook
Recap of PACLUG 2011
Thu, Jun 23rd 2011 9:14a David Hablewitz The first edition of the PACLUG user group conference was held this week at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The two-day event was scheduled to piggy-back the View’s AdminDev2011 conference. They actually overlapped schedules a bit on Wednesday and PACLUG was invited to the keynote presentation of AdminDev2011. The Tuesday sessions of PACLUG were focused mostly on Domino-related topics while the second day was mostly related to Websphere Portal. Had I known thi [read] Keywords: connections
IBM’s Watson makes person of the year
Tue, Jun 14th 2011 11:10p David Hablewitz This should be a great boost to the IBM brand recognition:
(excerpt from Webby Awards )
The Webby Awards would like to honor Watson as the Webby Person of the Year in celebration of his groundbreaking scientific and technological achievements as the most comprehensive question-answering computer system. As the first computing system with an unparalleled handle and understanding of the natural language, Watson captivated millions as he competed on the game show, Jeopardy!, ultimately becoming the [read] Keywords: ibm