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IBM ConnectED 2015: A Few Problems
Fri, Dec 12th 2014 16
Forbes: How to Fix IBM
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 24
iOS 8 and Traveler
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Golf as “Exercise?”
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 7
A Lesson From Riding New Mexico and Colorado
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 6
Dash4Dosh 2014: Let’s All Laugh
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 6
Dash4Dosh 2014: A Quick Overview
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Forbes: How to Fix IBM
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 24
IBM ConnectED 2015: A Few Problems
Fri, Dec 12th 2014 16
Connect 2014: Domino Onboarding Manager
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 10
Dash4Dosh 2014: An Update
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 10
Open Mic Webcast: Notes Traveler Support – Common issues, Interim Fixes, Q&A – 30 April 2014
Wed, Apr 30th 2014 10
Social Media: I’m Doing it All Wrong
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 9
Connect 2014: Some Additional Highlights
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 8
iOS 8 and Traveler
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 8
Liberté! Publicis ditches Lotus Notes
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 7
Golf as “Exercise?”
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 7


Gregg Eldred
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IBM ConnectED 2015: A Few Problems
Fri, Dec 12th 2014 1:00p   Gregg Eldred
After giving this topic some thought, and soliciting some comments, it isn’t news that IBM has a few image problems with ConnectED. One could make the argument that these problems started a couple of years ago. As it is, this being the last (IMHO) conference for this particular IBM software group in Orlando, here are a few problems with ConnectED 2015: If you change the name of something, you will instantly lose a percentage of the customers you had attending. Remember all that goodwill,
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Forbes: How to Fix IBM
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 8:03a   Gregg Eldred
I’ve been waiting for this article, since IBM announced that they were abandoning their 2015 plan (I think that a lot of people were calling it “Death March 2015″). The money quote comes early in the article: IBM forgot the most important part of running a business.  While shareholder value is important, it is customers that make business possible. On Global Services: IBM’s Global Services have seen the worst cost cuts and the most layoffs.  These cuts have hurt many of IBM
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iOS 8 and Traveler
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 7:13a   Gregg Eldred
A new TechNote, published yesterday, outlines iOS 8 and Traveler issues/responses. The good news: If you are currently on Traveler 8.5.3 UP2 or later, you are ready. If you’re on Traaveler 9.0.1 IF5 or IF6, you are really ready (those versions recognize iOS 8 devices). But watch the TechNote for notification of any Interim Fix that addresses iOS 8 specific issues.
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Golf as “Exercise?”
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 2:20p   Gregg Eldred
Last week, from Thursday to Saturday, I was again asked to play in an annual Ryder Cup. It pits a team from Ohio against one from Michigan (Ohio State versus Michigan/Michigan State, or more accurately, friends from the states of Michigan and Ohio). I, again, played on the Michigan team. They need me to round out the number of players and also, so that I can play with my friend, Steve. The format is Thursday, 36 holes, Friday, 36 holes, Saturday, 18 holes. Or, 90 holes in 3 days. The actual tour
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A Lesson From Riding New Mexico and Colorado
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 10:40a   Gregg Eldred
This past weekend, I took an opportunity to ride New Mexico and Colorado. Let me first say that to prepare for travel, you look at the weather forecast in northwest New Mexico and see that it will be 98°F (36.6°C). You then bring the proper gear for such a temperature. This means: half helmet, sunglasses, mesh armored jacket, Kevlar and armored riding jeans, and light gloves. You allow a family member, who also rides, to decide on the route. Through the good graces of the father-in-law-to-be,
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Dash4Dosh 2014: Let’s All Laugh
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 2:00p   Gregg Eldred
For your enjoyment, some random pictures from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. First up, Chris pitching his tent. Yes, the photo looks grainy, but that isn’t the fault of the photographer, it was raining. In an epic fashion. Doesn’t he look happy that he will be “sleeping” in a tent? I found Paul’s toilet in a Statoil station: And Paul’s bike: The Arctic Circle, Sweden: Chris, in his natural pose, taking photos (at the Sweden/Norway border): And photograp
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Dash4Dosh 2014: A Quick Overview
Sun, Jun 8th 2014 3:20p   Gregg Eldred
There will probably be a few blog posts concerning this adventure over the coming weeks. This post is simply a quick overview. Stuff I brought but didn’t need: Flashlights. I brought three little LED flashlights but didn’t use any of them. Thankfully, they didn’t take up hardly any room at all. Ben’s Wipes. Brought two packages of these excellent tick and insect repellent wipes but only used two wipes. Total. Leatherman. While I didn’t use it, there is no way I wou
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Finding Connections on Google Play
Thu, May 1st 2014 2:40p   Gregg Eldred
When searching for “Connections” on Google Play, here are the results: I might suggest a different search: “ibm connections,” unless you actually have found what you were looking for.
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Open Mic Webcast: Notes Traveler Support – Common issues, Interim Fixes, Q&A – 30 April 2014
Wed, Apr 30th 2014 6:00a   Gregg Eldred
Anyone else get this invite just a day or two ago? Join members of the IBM Notes Traveler Development team as they share information on supporting IBM Notes Traveler, including common issues, Interim Fix deliveries and more. After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM SmartCloud Meeting Web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively s
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Dash4Dosh 2014: An Update
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 10:50a   Gregg Eldred
We are less than a month away from riding motorcycles to the Arctic Circle, via Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. And camping. God, are we REALLY camping? We must be, I have a sleeping bag, a camping pad, and a spork. Paul Mooney bought a tent! (let that sink in for a minute). Never before have I asked for donations to any sort of cause. Yes, I support those that ask, but fundraising just isn’t my thing. When Paul setup the Dash4Dosh 2014 JustGiving page, and I saw the £4,000 goal, I
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Dash4Dosh 2014: Riding to the Arctic Circle
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 7:10p   Gregg Eldred
I really haven’t figured out a good opening paragraph to this story. Too many thoughts going through my mind (giving back, relatives lost to cancer, father beating cancer, and so on). So, let’s cut to the chase. I have scheduled eleven days of my corporate provided holidays to join Paul Mooney, Sean Cull, Vladimir Veletic, and Chris Harris, to meet up with some friends from Denmark, and a few support cars, and embark on a motorcycle ride that supports Macmillan Cancer Support. This i
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Liberté! Publicis ditches Lotus Notes
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 10:20a   Gregg Eldred
Back in July of 2013, I wrote about Publicis moving from IBM Notes to Exchange. Now, seven months later, it appears that the holding company is starting the migration. It’s official: Publicis Groupe is ditching Lotus Notes. The long ad agency email nightmare is over. The holding company’s staffers collectively sighed in relief this week when they heard news it is switching to Microsoft Outlook for its email needs instead. “This is quite possibly the greatest day for employees in their hist
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Social Media: I’m Doing it All Wrong
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 2:40p   Gregg Eldred
Fame and fortune are just a few mouse clicks away and I easily let it go by me. Whether they’re getting retweeted by members of One Direction, or liking the Hunger Games Facebook page for a chance to be included in the movie’s credits, today’s teens are directly interacting with pop culture — celebrities, movies, music, and, increasingly, brands — in ways never before possible. Tweet pictures of yourself at a Lady Gaga concert, and maybe she’ll call you from the stage — a moment
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Google: How Not to be a “Glasshole”
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 3:10p   Gregg Eldred
On its website for Glass, Google has posted advice for testers in its current Explorer program and, presumably, the folks who will be entering the world of Glass when the headset goes on sale to the public . . . DON’T: Be creepy or rude (aka a “Glasshole”) Yes, Google itself used the derogatory term “Glasshole” (although it’s been massaged into a description of bad behavior, as opposed to its broader meaning as a slur, voiced by some critics, used to describe
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Preordered: Warren Elsmore’s Brick Wonders
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 6:23a   Gregg Eldred
After the wonderful Brick City, Warren Elsmore is back with his second book, Brick Wonders. I’ve preordered my two copies (one is for Number Two Son, the other for myself).
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Two Step WordPress Authentication: This Won’t End Well
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 6:03p   Gregg Eldred
Looking at my Security settings, there does not seem to be a method to resend the QR code to my phone. However, I have printed out my backup codes and have used one of them. I’d like to know how I generate a QR code to my new phone in order to have two step authentication work. I believe that I am well and royally screwed.
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Connect 2014: Some Additional Highlights
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 2:33p   Gregg Eldred
Some highlights/announcement from Connect 2014: IBM will consolidate the collaboration applications under one name, “Connections.” Example, Sametime will be rebranded Connections Chat (the instant messaging portion) and Connections Meetings (the meetings portion). Based on what I heard from the Product Managers in this area during “Ask the Product Managers,” it will be some time before they start using the new branding. It will take you and I much longer. From PCWorld, co
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Connect 2014: Domino Onboarding Manager
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 2:33p   Gregg Eldred
A feature in an imminent release of Domino was kinda/sorta announced at the Opening General Session. It was at the “What’s New in Domino” session where more information was shared. However, slides are not available for that session on the Connect site. Pity. Not to worry, dear readers. You download have a rather small PDF of Domino Onboarding Manager right here (see below). What is Domino OnBoarding Manager? A tool which can migrate users/groups from Active Directory to Domino
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Connect 2014: My Thoughts
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 4:33p   Gregg Eldred
Unlike previous years, it has taken me longer to process what I saw and heard at Connect in order to have an opinion of the conference. Until now, when asked, “How was the conference?” I answered “good.” It was all I had. Now, I have a better answer. “Transitional.” I believe that you have to be in denial to not get the overall direction IBM is taking with this conference and their products. Last year, it was, for the most part, the same as in previous years.
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Connect 2014: MailNext-Screenshots and Thoughts
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 2:33p   Gregg Eldred
During the OGS at Connect 2014, IBM demonstrated the next iteration of, what can be described as, the next release of Notes. It’s called “MailNext.” While the OGS gave a fairly good overview of the interface, it was when I took the time to visit the Design Studio UX Lab that I received a much better view of MailNext. The “home” page: The pictures below the search bar are of people who you are interacting via e-mail. The floating numbers show you the number of mes
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Relive the Connect 2014 OGS . . . In Cleveland!
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 2:10p   Gregg Eldred
Truthfully, not all of the Connect 2014 Opening General Session. Only the first bit. Friday, 4 April, you have the opportunity to experience American Authors, at The Grog Shop. Tickets are only $15. With your ticket in hand, you can see something like this: And this time, there will be a mosh pit (enter at your own risk). “It’s gonna be the best day of my life.” See you there? m/ If Cleveland is not on your travel plans, you can meet up with American Authors by checking out th
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Truth
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 3:10p   Gregg Eldred
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IBM Redbooks Mobile App
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 10:40a   Gregg Eldred
Features of the app include: Read thousands of Redbooks publications, from classic Redbooks to the latest Solution Guides, Product Guides, Redguides, and more Find Redbooks publications by those most recently published or updated, most popular, subject area, or publication type Search within publications and create bookmarks Save your favorite publications and organize them in convenient, customizable folders Share what you’re reading through Facebook, Twitter, and email Get the latest news f
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Connect 2014: Fitbit Report
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 7:20p   Gregg Eldred
The best advice I give to all Connect attendees is to wear comfortable shoes. This should show you why, it’s my Fitbit results for the days of Connect. Since I usually stay the weekend, and take advantage of the Walt Disney World parks, this is the result of the week, including 3 Day Park Hopper Pass: Wear comfortable shoes. And a Fitbit.




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