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David Hablewitz
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IBM’s next generation cloud email solution is coming to CONSUMERS for FREE!
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 5:13a   David Hablewitz
Last week IBM provided a glimpse into their next innovation in email.  Code-named MailNext, it is now formally named Verse.  This is the next evolution of Connections Cloud, their enterprise cloud suite of software. Now, just a week later, IBM has announced plans to make Verse available to CONSUMERS for FREE!!! This is unprecedented by […] [read] Keywords: connections ibm email enterprise

Roadmap of IBM Connections and IBM Connections Cloud (SmartCloud) Explained
Tue, Nov 25th 2014 5:12a   David Hablewitz
(Note: because the features of IBM Connections is so tightly tied to releases in IBM Connections Cloud, this story applies to both) On September 24th I published an article analyzing the Gartner report about Social business offerings.  In it I mentioned the lack of a roadmap for IBM Connections Cloud (SmartCloud).  The issue keeps resurfacing.  […] [read] Keywords: connections ibm

Domino Developer Needed
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 5:10p   David Hablewitz
Domino developer needed to support and extend Domino web applications.  Currently running Domino 8.5 and in the process of upgrading to 9.0. The Domino apps also integrate heavily with other business applications. The position involves frequent customer contact (both email and phone) so patience, professionalism, English language skills, and personality are very important. This position […] [read] Keywords: domino applications email

IBM requests feedback on webpage layout of IBM Connections
Fri, Oct 31st 2014 10:15a   David Hablewitz
If you use IBM Connections or Connections in SmartCloud, they would like your feedback. Even if you don’t, you might checkout the mockups.  See the letter below. This is your chance to influence the product design. I had much feedback on all 3 mock-ups, much like my blog post regarding their Passport Advantage website that […] [read] Keywords: connections ibm

You asked. IBM responds: Interim Fix for Domino to support SHA-2 and TLS fix for POODLE attack.
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 2:19p   David Hablewitz
All the information you need is in these two technotes: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21418982 http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21687167 Watch for the fix to be posted on Fix Central soon.  Then this can be marked Completed in Greenhouse and IdeaJam.net Note that one of these will only be supported on Domino 9.0.1.  The 8.5 code can’t support SHA-2 encryption. What does this […] [read] Keywords: domino ibm ideajam ideajam.net

From friend lists to ads clicked, find out exactly what data Facebook has on you
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 6:11a   David Hablewitz
Wonder what data Facebook has on you? Follow these steps to download and view everything they know about you. I expect you’re going to be surprised. Here’s how: 1. Log in to https://www.facebook.com 2. Click on the settings icon in the top right of the page, then click on Settings in the pop down menu. […] [read] Keywords: facebook network


Latest Gartner Magic Quadrant report on Social Software for Business
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 7:12a   David Hablewitz
When you hear the term Social Software, many of us think of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and other similar consumer-oriented websites.  But social software is becoming more broadly adopted in the workplace as well. Gartner recently published a report assessing 17 different vendors of social software solutions for business.  Some of these I had never […] [read] Keywords: facebook linkedin social software twitter

Witness to a Murder
Sun, Sep 21st 2014 11:14p   David Hablewitz
Taking a diversion from the usual technology-related topic to share a bit of what most people will never see,  Sunday morning, 5:30 AM, the first day of Fall, 2014.  My internal alarm clock wakes me up. It is still quite dark outside.  Charlie, our rooster hasn’t even woken up yet.  That reminds me of something […] [read] Keywords:

Quick Tip: Using the “like” feature in IBM Connections for more than just liking a file
Wed, Sep 10th 2014 6:13a   David Hablewitz
The Like feature in IBM Connections is a great way to show you “Like” a file that has been posted.  But don’t get caught up in the mindset of Facebook “likes”.  This feature can also be a shortcut for a document review cycle.  Instead of creating todos in an Activity and assigning it to each […] [read] Keywords: connections ibm facebook

SmartCloud Tip #05: Problems for mail and calendar delegates. You’ll get tons of helpdesk calls if you don’t do this.
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 6:12a   David Hablewitz
One of the points IBM stresses during your migration to SmartCloud is to migrate delegates of mail files, calendars, and contacts either ahead of or at the same time as the people who delegated them (delegators). This is necessary because a user cannot access databases on the SmartCloud servers until their own account has been added to the service. This is part of the security model. In other words, mail files in the service can only be viewed by users that are in the service. No problem. As you [read] Keywords: admin adminp agent ibm lotus best practice database ideajam ideajam.net security server

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 ibm development wiki

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 applications google profile

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 sametime community mobile

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 lotus notes

Webcast on Latest progress on IBM Mail Next
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 12:11p   David Hablewitz
Don’t miss the upcoming webcast showing the latest news on IBM Mail Next.  Register here:  https://ibm.biz/BdFES3 Personally I’m interested in the Notes web plugin and how this may make its way into SmartCloud. [read] Keywords: ibm notes facebook

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:

Request to repair Bothell road and provide pedestrian access to 1000 homes instead of spending $42M on a Boulevard
Mon, May 26th 2014 6:15a   David Hablewitz
Open letter to the Bothell City Council and City Manager: The 1000 households that live in Morningside, Hollyhills, and Pioneer Hills don’t need a wider sidewalk to connect Pop Keeney to the park at Bothell Landing as you are proposing with AB #14-75 to designate Main Street and the multi-way boulevard as parkways at a cost of $42 Million.   What we need is a safe way for our kids to walk or bike from our neighborhoods to the YMCA or the softball and soccer fields in the North Creek busi [read] Keywords: blackberry

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

IBM Connections in the Cloud New Service Update!
Thu, May 8th 2014 6:14a   David Hablewitz
So you aren’t a computer geek, but your job involves collaborating with others.  Do you use email?  Maybe share files and other content with people inside and outside your organization?  Maybe at work you bounce between email, calendar, todos, onenote, Sharepoint, Dropbox, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Skype, AIM, Google Apps, Yammer, SurveyMonkey, Yahoo Groups (or some other discussion forum), Google+,  WordPress, LinkedIn.  Then you use email to tell everyone about things like when a task is [read] Keywords: connections ibm email google linkedin sharepoint skype social software

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 facebook google

SmartCloud Tip #04: Special considerations for Soft Deletions with MMR
Sat, Mar 15th 2014 6:12p   David Hablewitz
The SmartCloud administration panel has a setting for how long deleted messages are in the trash.  From the administration screen, in the left navigation click on IBM SmartCloud Notes, Click Account Settings… Click Email Management. This setting overrides the setting in the database properties – advanced tab – soft deletions. However… If your users are using Managed Mail Replicas (MMR), then they have a local replica and the Notes client will still process soft de [read] Keywords: acl admin administration ibm notes notes client database email properties server

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

SmartCloud Tip #03: Important Details to Setting the ACL on your Mail Files
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 5:14a   David Hablewitz
When you move to SmartCloud Notes, you get many great benefits, but of course there are a few tradeoffs.  One of those is giving up Manager access to the mail files.  Whether you’re the mail file owner or the system administrator, the best access you’ll ever have is Editor.  And unless you explicitly configure it otherwise, by default only the mail file owner will have any access at all. This is actually great for enforcing best practices. Users should never have more than editor [read] Keywords: acl admin agent ibm notes application applications bug database server

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. Medal Counts 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 lotus google microsoft office

SmartCloud Tip #02: Best Practices to get mail files ready to move to SmartCloud
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 11:12p   David Hablewitz
Here are several essential tips to avoid users having problems after migrating users’ mail to SmartCloud and to avoid having problems during the migration. 1.  First, make an initial pass with the Onboarding Planning Tool (OPT) as early in the migration planning process as possible.  You will want to get a jumpstart on fixing all the errors it is going to find that you never knew you had.  This will also help to identify all those orphaned accounts no longer in use so you can get a more [read] Keywords: admin agent ibm ldd lotus notes desktop server wiki

Quick Tip: Fix for unexplainable common crashes of Lotus Notes 8.x with Eclipse
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 5:11a   David Hablewitz
Lotus Notes Version 8.x introduced the Eclipse-based extension with many new features and functions possible.  But along with that came a world of new opportunities for software failures. The introduction of the Fault Reports database made it easier to gather crash information, but still doesn’t provide any tools for fixing the issues or identifying the cause of many errors in the Eclipse configuration information that is stored in the Workspace directory located in the Notes data directo [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client database eclipse email properties workspace

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 notes email outlook

Connectosphere 2014 Final Day: GURUpalooza!, Ask the Product Managers, Ask the Developers sessions
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 11:10p   David Hablewitz
(Long article. Jump to the meat at the end if you don’t want the full story) If you left before the end of the conference, you missed the best part. Thursday always holds the crown jewels: GURUpalooza, Ask the Product Managers, and Ask the Developers.  Each of these sessions have a panel on stage and give attendees a chance to ask any question they wish or give their suggestions.  If you were there, you already know this is my favorite day of the conference. No surprise given my love for [read] Keywords: admin administration collaboration domino ibm lotusphere notes notes client R6 ray ozzie roaming sametime traveler applications development ideajam microsoft mobile office outlook server workspace

The tone is set for #IBMConnect 2014 and I am convinced Computing Power is the next Utility
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 10:11p   David Hablewitz
If you arrive for IBM Connect on Sunday, you’re late. There has already been a flurry of activity from great 2-hour Jumpstart sessions that dive deeper into topics that other sessions during the week won’t have time to do; to the chance to visit the product showcase Sunday evening where it isn’t competing with your time networking and attending sessions. As a business partner, the Sunday BP-focused sessions have been a wealth of info on how to better inform customers. The diver [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes sametime google mobile network networking

Get the most out of your Connections account at IBM Connect 2014 (Connect O’Sphere)
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 11:11p   David Hablewitz
If you’re attending IBM Connect 2014 next week you can get much more out of the experience by taking the time to get set up in the community on the conference Connections community well in advance of arriving in Orlando.  This will give you access to the session information, allow you to create your own schedule, connect with other attendees, and get a more socially interactive experience at the conference. First, you should have received an email from connect2014@us.ibm.com with your log [read] Keywords: connections ibm community email mobile network password profile server

SmartCloud Tip #01 Using the Notes admin client to compliment the SmartCloud web admin screens
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 12:11p   David Hablewitz
This is my first in a series of tips regarding SmartCloud Hybrid Notes migrations and administering SmartCloud Hybrid Notes environments that aren’t always obvious. First, as a user, I will say that the more I use SmartCloud Notes, the more I like it.  Yes, when doing administration tasks I keep bumping into walls that, as an experienced administrator, I wish weren’t there.  But I have seen the problems that a bad or malicious administrator can reek on a system given the opportunit [read] Keywords: admin administration notes database interface properties security server

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 ibm xpages

Updates for the IBM Connections mobile apps have been released
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 5:11a   David Hablewitz
Great news if you are using the Connections Content Manager (CCM). CCM is the version of FileNet with functionality enhanced by IBM Connections. Nice that in the latest release you can now approve files from the mobile app. Read more at Luis Benitez’ blog. And if you aren’t already using it, read this article to get the Connections plug-in for IBM Lotus Notes too. [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes mobile

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 facebook twitter

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:

Grand Canyon river permit holders scheduled to launch tomorrow (Oct 1, 2013) will be revoked!
Mon, Sep 30th 2013 10:11p   David Hablewitz
Other group showing organization at the put-in Wow, this is an injustice beyond belief or sanity.   When the Federal Government shuts down tomorrow, National Parks will be forced to close.  This isn’t just a matter of not being able to go camping.   For Grand Canyon river permit holders scheduled to launch during this government shutdown, it means they will be denied access to the river.  THEIR PERMITS WILL BE REVOKED.  OK, I know there are many things impacted, but the consequences [read] Keywords: policies community facebook interface sap wiki

How to download and install the IBM Connections plugin for IBM Lotus Notes
Mon, Sep 16th 2013 6:09a   David Hablewitz
Summer vacation is over.  I was deliberately taking a break from my blog to enjoy the fantastic summer and give focus on the business.  While I was quiet on the surface, I’ve been very busy in the background.  More on that later, but for now, some useful content… IBM Connections with Sametime is amazing.  It’s like a useful combination of features you will find on Linkedin, facebook, WebEx or GotoMeeting, Skype, dropbox, wordpress and IdeaJam  and it’s ideal for any [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus notes notes client sametime application desktop email facebook firefox ideajam ideajam.net interface iphone linkedin linux mac microsoft password server skype widget widgets

Links for those who attended my session at IamLUG: Hunting the Gremlins in your Domino System
Tue, May 7th 2013 12:16a   David Hablewitz
Here are some links I referenced in our best practices session Be a Domino Detective: Hunting the Gremlins  at IamLUG: MTBF 8.5.x – Mean Time Between Failures Sandbox app updated for Domino 8.x – Credit to John Paganetti and the update of MTBF for Windows 64 bit OS Details about my tips on client fault reports: The Single biggest cause of Lotus Notes client crashes and how to avoid them And some links for our Tuesday session: What’s in it for me? How Your Life as an Administrat [read] Keywords: domino ibm ldd lotus notes notes client email microsoft office wiki

Important secret detail about upcoming IamLUG conference in St. Louis next month
Sun, Apr 14th 2013 12:15p   David Hablewitz
Lotus IBM professionals, have you made plans to attend IamLUG? Perhaps you never get to attend Lotusphere / IBM Connect because it’s so expensive for the travel and the conference fee?  This is your chance to get all of the meat of the Big conference without all of the fluff.  You won’t get an evening trip to one of the theme parks.  You won’t have all the hoopla and grandeur of the Opening General Session or the intellectual entertainment of the Closing Session.  But you&# [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes community development laptop

A web resource by the Federal government to educate managers and employees about effective telecommuting
Mon, Mar 4th 2013 5:16a   David Hablewitz
In light of all the recent controversy Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has stirred up over telecommuting, you may be interested in checking out this online resource by the U.S. Government.  It has training materials if you are a telecommuter or if you manage telecommuters or if you are a telecommuter coordinator. http://www.telework.gov One trend I have noticed in the computer industry is that, when it comes to working remotely, companies tend to be much more tolerant of it for software developers than [read] Keywords: office server virtualization

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 development

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 application development mobile wireless

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 community email google

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

How IBM is raising the stakes with Social Business right in Microsoft’s back yard.
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 12:10p   David Hablewitz
IBM is coming to Seattle to talk about Social Business! See the event schedule. The event is March 5. Did I have anything to do with this?  Not that I’m aware of.  But I am glad to see IBM finally recognize the Seattle area market is tired of having no options besides Microsoft to choose from.  Like everywhere else, businesses here like innovation and they like competition. So from the makers of Watson, the computer that beat the champions on Jeopardy! and the perennial leader in new p [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm email instant messaging microsoft network networking

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 lotus community

Preparing for IBM Connect 2013 (Lotusphere) and another “Outlook can’t do that” moment
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 9:17p   David Hablewitz
As I review my flight itinerary, I’m looking forward to the Alaska Air non-stop from Seattle to Orlando, fondly known as…The Disney Flight.  No lie.  See the photo. This time there will be no missing B.A.L.D. due to missed connections, flight cancellations or delays because of a storm blanketing the center of the country.  Wuhoo! As I added my IBM Connect (Lotusphere) Conference travel plans to my IBM Lotus Notes calendar, Alaska Airlines graciously pointed out on their website y [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus lotusphere notes outlook

The Single biggest cause of Lotus Notes client crashes and how to avoid them
Sun, Jan 20th 2013 2:15p   David Hablewitz
While reviewing an environment with about 3000 users, I discovered an extremely high number of fault reports occurring.  On a daily basis there were from 100 to 200 faults reported.  Some users were crashing every single day.  Clearly this points to a systemic problem, probably due to some software conflict or other configuration issue widely used within this organization.  Yet for all these crashes, the users were not reporting any problems.  While they weren’t reporting problems, th [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client nsd application database

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

Overview of Windows 8 Unleashed Event held in Seattle
Fri, Sep 28th 2012 6:09p   David Hablewitz
If you do development in Visual Studio or even JavaScript, you should check out what is coming for developing in Windows 8.  I was impressed with what I saw at the Windows 8 Unleashed event held at Microsoft in Seattle.  They highlighted a few key new features available for developing apps to run in Windows 8.  The things that jumped out were the ubiquitous nature of apps now.  Content and states of applications can follow you as you go from machine to machine.  So if you play a game on you [read] Keywords: applications desktop development facebook javascript laptop microsoft vm

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 eclipse office

SmartCloud leads IBM to dethrone Microsoft on CNN’s “Four Horsemen of Tech” list
Tue, Aug 28th 2012 2:11p   David Hablewitz
The times, they are a’changin’!  In the shifting sands of technology, IBM is proving to be the Rock of Gibraltar. CNN Money just conducted their annual survey of technology and investment experts to determine which 4 technology companies are the best investments in the industry.  Apple, Amazon, Google, and IBM are what they describe as “The Four Horsemen of Tech”. Microsoft and Dell are no longer on that list.  And as recently as 2 years ago Research in Motion might ha [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes apple blackberry google iphone microsoft mobile outlook research in motion rim

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 javascript

Adapt or fail: Some Great Donated (free) Online Education for Professional Development
Fri, Aug 17th 2012 7:11p   David Hablewitz
Education has never been more accessible to the world as it is now, thanks to the Internet.  In just the past 6 months I have encountered numerous FREE resources, even instructor-led classes from sources like Stanford University.  Part of this is definitely a response of society to help people adapt and retool their job skills in an effort to get them back to productive work.  I think part of it is also a result of changing attitudes.  Parents are becoming more actively involved in their chi [read] Keywords: ibm community css development java javascript linux macintosh microsoft office sql xml

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:

What’s Special About Today: Edsgar W. Dijkstra, the GoTo Statement, and an Important Moment in History that All Software Developers Should Know
Sun, Aug 5th 2012 10:11p   David Hablewitz
As we race forward in technology, clamoring to be the first person to discover the next big innovation with all the chaos and enthusiasm of the great land rush of the American West, it is good to occasionally take a break from the race and check our bearings by looking back at our past. Today is a very special day in the history of computer science.  Not for the birthdays we are celebrating today (Happy Birthday Ed!) but for the memorial of one who passed away on this day in 2002.  Today I wri [read] Keywords: best practice development google security wiki

A critical lesson in customer service, connections and social media
Sat, Jul 21st 2012 8:12p   David Hablewitz
First, if you need help with a printer and you live in the Seattle area, I highly recommend the services of Infinity Communications.  Ask for Mark. But this story isn’t about printers, that’s just where it all starts.  I have an old HP Laserjet 4000 printer.  The manufactured date is April 15, 1998.  A classic.  It’s 44 pounds of metal and only 1 pound of plastic.  Definitely Old School.  I in inherited it along with an extra toner cartridge refill several years ago when [read] Keywords: connections email facebook google office oracle

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 twitter

Lotus Notes Quick Tip: Hold the Ctrl key while opening a different view to jump to the same document in that view
Tue, Jul 10th 2012 5:12p   David Hablewitz
Mat Newman’s tip about a clever use of categories reminds me of another useful but little-known feature.  First, put the focus on a document in a view (click once on it.)  Now hold down the control key and click on another view or folder where that document also exists. The view will be opened with the focus on that same document rather than where it was the last time the view was opened.  One example of how this is useful is if you want to see other documents that are related and appea [read] Keywords: lotus notes facebook twitter

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 facebook twitter

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 twitter

Microsoft Office annual certification test competition draws 300,000 students?
Mon, Jun 4th 2012 6:11a   David Hablewitz
Impressive marketing:  Not only can Microsoft get 750 million people around the world to pay for Microsoft Office, but they can get 300,000 students to proudly compete to show off their word processing skills at a worldwide certification test competition. Meanwhile, it’s considered a big deal that 1 million people have downloaded Symphony,  a free alternative.  That is only 0.1% of the Windows PC market (I can’t speak for the other operating systems).  P.T. Barnum clearly underes [read] Keywords: lotus symphony facebook microsoft office openoffice twitter wiki

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 facebook microsoft mobile twitter

Microsoft hires Lotus Professionals for Cloud Computing at Office 365
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 12:10a   David Hablewitz
That’s right.  You read the headline correctly.  I’m not the only Lotus professional working on the Office 365 project.  My friend, a fellow Lotus professional just joined the team.  Surprisingly, I didn’t know anything about it until a week before he started.  Now you might be asking yourself:  “What would Microsoft need Lotus professionals for?”  No, it has nothing to do with things like mail migrations.  It’s all about BlackBerry Enterprise Servers [read] Keywords: lotus notes blackberry email enterprise facebook google microsoft office twitter

Viruses Happen
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 notes email facebook laptop twitter virus

How to have your own Grand Canyon Expedition: Grand Canyon 2013 Main Lottery is Open and Accepting Applications
Wed, Feb 1st 2012 10:12a   David Hablewitz
As you read this tale do you wish you could have your own experience rafting the Grand Canyon?  It’s easier to get there than you might think.  Yes, you can take the easier, more expensive route of going on a professionally guided trip.  But doing your own private trip has an element of risk and excitement that you won’t feel if you have guides that have been down hundreds of times.  A private trip is truly an expedition.  Yes, there are significant logistics involved and you [read] Keywords: applications email facebook office password twitter

BlackBerry Business Cloud Services: The truth behind the story from one who knows
Tue, Jan 31st 2012 11:12p   David Hablewitz
There is a lot of talk going around about BlackBerry Business Cloud Services  on various blogs:  Paul Farris’ Blog   Volker Weber’s blog First, let me say, unless you work(ed) for Microsoft or RIM, this is totally irrelevant and transparent.  BlackBerry support has been available with Office365 for years.  The big deal here is that RIM finally finished their cloud solution which was code-named “Contrail”.  This has been long in the making.  It’s not insider [read] Keywords: domino bes blackberry enterprise exchange exchange facebook microsoft rim twitter

My Project Working at Microsoft is Complete: An update to the Lotus community
Tue, Jan 31st 2012 5:11a   David Hablewitz
In my May 30, 2011 post I explained that I had started a project at Microsoft where I would be working with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) team in Office365 to improve the process for building the BES servers, streamlining the process, reducing the bugs, and clarifying the instructions for the build team.  Well that project has come to completion and the results were fantastic.  We accomplished everything we set out to do and I made some great new friends in the process. It is rewardin [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus notes bes blackberry community email enterprise facebook microsoft server twitter

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 twitter

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 twitter

W3C Social Business Jam Report Just Released
Thu, Jan 19th 2012 5:12a   David Hablewitz
(If you’re following my Grand Canyon story, the next post is coming soon.  This week is Lotusphere.) The W3C sponsored an online forum to study opinions on social business. The results of the Jam have been compiled and they published their results yesterday. The jam focused on 6 aspects of social technology: - Identity Management for Social - Mobile and Social - Information Management - Business Process Meets Social - Seamless Integration of Social - Metrics for Social Business The [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus lotusphere notes applications community desktop facebook integration linkedin mobile social software twitter

Lotusphere 2012 live broadcast
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 7:12a   David Hablewitz
Here is the schedule of live streams from Lotusphere 2012 http://cdn.livestream.com/embed/ibmsoftware?layout=4&color=0xe7e7e7&autoPlay=true&mute=false&iconColorOver=0×888888&iconColor=0×777777&allowchat=true&height=193&width=300 Watch live streaming video from ibmsoftware at livestream.com [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotusphere facebook twitter

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 rim twitter

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 office twitter

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 rim twitter

Some tips are worth revisiting each year: Holidays in Dom Dir and Inbox Cleanup
Wed, Jan 4th 2012 12:12p   David Hablewitz
Some topics are worth revisiting every year. Here are two of my favorites: How to create holidays in the Domino Directory for importing into calendars Clearing your inbox for a productive start to the new year [read] Keywords: domino notes facebook twitter

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 twitter

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 facebook twitter

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 twitter

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 twitter

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 twitter

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 twitter

Sunday, Oct 23: Bryce Canyon, Lees Ferry, Flagstaff – 3 days and 1350 miles later
Wed, Dec 7th 2011 5:12a   David Hablewitz
Today was a sunny, warm day.  We made a short detour to visit Bryce Canyon National Park.  Mildly interesting from the rim.  Did you know it isn’t really a canyon?  It’s an escarpment.  Then we drove on, crossing the Colorado River by Lee’s Ferry.  We will be back here tomorrow!  Lots of cool places to check out in Southern Utah and Arizona, but we didn’t have time.  Gotta get to Flagstaff.  Got to the hotel by 4:00 and carried all of our gear to the room.  In a [read] Keywords: facebook laptop rim twitter

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 rim twitter

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 twitter

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 facebook rim twitter

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 rim twitter

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. Cheers, -Commodore Dave [read] Keywords: facebook twitter

Information leak about RIM and Lessons learned
Thu, Oct 13th 2011 1:11p   David Hablewitz
As a BlackBerry Deployment Engineer for Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service, I am sometimes privy to confidential information. In this case, I will leak to you that RIM had a huge BlackBerry service outage this week. While the root cause analysis (RCA) will take time to complete all the details, they did report that it came down to a network switch failed and the backup did not take over as expected. The result caused a cascade of system failures. Right now it sucks to be RIM. And it is e [read] Keywords: blackberry facebook leak microsoft mobile network office rim twitter wiki

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 email facebook iphone twitter

IBM and ESPN 3: Using social media to tell the world what they mean by “Let’s build a smarter planet.”
Sun, Sep 11th 2011 6:13a   David Hablewitz
You’ve heard me ask “What does IBM sell?”  Sure, *I* know what they sell.  But my point is: what do they do to make sure the average consumer knows? Well, on this idle Saturday afternoon, while watching my Gators on ESPN 3 crush UAB, *BAM*, there it was – A smarter planet ad on ESPN 3 with a twist: it ended with a URL: http://www.youtube.com/ibm What’s the big deal?  First, IBM is talking to consumers.  That’s right, beer-drinking, college football-watch [read] Keywords: ibm facebook twitter

Binary Tree no longer does migrations to Lotus Notes
Sun, Aug 28th 2011 6:10a   David Hablewitz
I just happened to notice a job ad for Binary Tree posted on LinkedIn.com.  Here is an excerpt: “Company Description Binary Tree is a leading provider of software for migrating enterprise messaging users and applications to on-premises and cloud-based versions of the Microsoft platform. Since 1993, Binary Tree and its business partners have helped over 5,000 customers around the world to migrate more than 20,000,000 email users. Binary Tree’s suite of software provides solutions for mi [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes applications email enterprise exchange exchange facebook linkedin microsoft sharepoint twitter

Of Earthquakes and Hurricanes: Stay safe
Sun, Aug 28th 2011 6:10a   David Hablewitz
I grew up in Florida, so I know what you’re all going through with this hurricane. I live on the west coast, so I know what you went through with the earthquake last week. At least 15% of my Linkedin connections live in the path of this hurricane.  I hope all of you stay safe and sound. [read] Keywords: connections facebook linkedin twitter

Website Design Case Study: IBM Passport Advantage Website
Wed, Aug 10th 2011 6:10a   David Hablewitz
Every year at Lotusphere in the Ask the Developers session someone will ask IBM “When are you going to make the Passport Advantage website user-friendly?!”  And every year the response from IBM is “What are you talking about?  It’s fine!”  Apparently usability studies are unnecessary.  After all, this is IBM.  How could the world’s second or third largest software company NOT know how to build a website?  Who are we to give them advice, right?  We’ [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere development email facebook google twitter wiki

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. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/07/just-a-myth.html 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 lotus apple facebook microsoft twitter

An amazing thing is about to happen at IdeaJam.net! (Where Lotus software ideas are promoted by you)
Fri, Jul 29th 2011 6:11a   David Hablewitz
IdeaJam.net is a great forum for the Lotus community to share their ideas on improving the Lotus software and voting on your favorites.  It gives IBM great feedback for what we really want.  And as smart as the few dozen developers at IBM are, most of the best ideas are bound to come from the thousands of us who use the software in ways they never considered. So what’s about to happen there that is so amazing?  First, it just surpassed 4,000 ideas submitted!  Over 10,000 comments have [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes community facebook ideajam ideajam.net twitter

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