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Lotusphere 2015 Photos Are Up
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 11
Fear the Beard
Wed, Feb 4th 2015 8
Oliver Heinz’ ConnectED Community Photo
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 2
ConnectED: The Good Stuff
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 14
ConnectED: Lowering the bar
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 10
The best customer XPages team in existence
Sun, Feb 1st 2015 4
Lotusphere: Thanks for the Memories
Sat, Jan 31st 2015 4
Top 10
ConnectED: The Good Stuff
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 14
Lotusphere 2015 Photos Are Up
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 11
The 2014 Greyhawk Recap
Thu, Jan 1st 2015 10
Resolute 2015 – This time it’s Personal!
Fri, Jan 2nd 2015 10
ConnectED: Lowering the bar
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 10
BoxWorks 2014 Recap
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 8
Fear the Beard
Wed, Feb 4th 2015 8
We’re the subject of an IBM Whitepaper
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 7
Farewell Robin Williams
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 5
Some other beginning’s end…
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 4


John Roling
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Lotusphere 2015 Photos Are Up
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 10:04a   John Roling
All of my photos of Lotusphere 2015 are now up, as is my collection of all of the Lotusphere photos over the years.  Lots of great memories in this group of pictures!
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Fear the Beard
Wed, Feb 4th 2015 3:43p   John Roling
Here is a professional headshot taken by my good friend Andy Donaldson.  It’s the last remnants from the runaway beard before I trimmed it back to normal levels.  So, if I ever DO grow it out again, I have a headshot to go along with it
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Oliver Heinz’ ConnectED Community Photo
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 3:43p   John Roling
Normally every year I have someone help me get a good photo of the yellow community.  Unfortunately, I messed up the settings on my camera this year, so the person helping with the photography wasn’t able to get good shots.  That said, Oliver Heinz got a wonderful shot, and it’s posted on flickr with a great ConnectED 2015 photoset.  Check it out.
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ConnectED: The Good Stuff
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 10:22a   John Roling
Okay, I know the last post seemed completely down on IBM, and mainly it was because of logistics and cheaping out on basic stuff. It?s just that such a high bar had been set by Lotusphere in the past. I was there when 10,000 attendees took over everything, and comparing this year to even prior down years was pretty bad. That said there were some excellent things that came out of ConnectED. IBM Verse The main one is IBM Verse. For the first time in a long time IBM has something sexy to sell, a
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ConnectED: Lowering the bar
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 1:51p   John Roling
I?ve seen a lot of folks who have written up their thoughts on ConnectED, and most are fairly positive. Me, not so much. Don?t get me wrong, there were some good things, and I?ll get to those in another post, but my thoughts can be summed up in something I said all week. ?I came in and set the bar low, and IBM limboed right under it.? Let?s do this as a list as well shall we? Having one hotel at $299 a night, with no official alternatives and no shuttles sucked for those who might not be able
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The best customer XPages team in existence
Sun, Feb 1st 2015 2:06p   John Roling
Best group I could hope to work with.
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Lotusphere: Thanks for the Memories
Sat, Jan 31st 2015 9:56p   John Roling
On my last day in Orlando this week, I took a walk around the lake, the boardwalk, the beach and the Dolphin and Swan hotels. I just wanted to take it all in again, one last time. Myself and many of my friends have been migrating south every January for nearly twenty years to gather as a community, learn, network, and see each other in real life. It?s been an awesome ride, but Lotusphere as we know it in Orlando, is probably finished. Since that?s the case, that walk brought back a ton of mem
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We’re the subject of an IBM Whitepaper
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 1:40p   John Roling
It’s been a long time in the making, but myself and the company I work for are the subject of an IBM Whitepaper: IBM Notes and Domino Applications: A Road Map for Modernization using IBM XPages.  I’d like to thank John Head and PSC Group for their work on this whitepaper as well, and thanks to IBM for getting us involved. Lastly, I’d like to thank my development team at work.  They are some of the best in the business, and their hard work is what drives us.  It’s easy
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Resolute 2015 – This time it’s Personal!
Fri, Jan 2nd 2015 2:30p   John Roling
Alright.  Since I failed so miserably at last years resolutions, I’m going to really try to focus on these this year and make them a reality. Get Healthier.  I just added a standing desk at work, so that will help.  I think I’ll cut back on cigars some and replace them with vaping instead.  I’ll eat a little less, eat a little healthier and when a certain health conscious watch comes out this year, I’ll probably integrate that into my routine.  I looked at my weight chart for the p
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The 2014 Greyhawk Recap
Thu, Jan 1st 2015 12:40p   John Roling
Okay, I completely sucked on my resolutions this past year.  Lose Weight?  HA!  Have fun with photography?  Nope.  Learn More? Not enough.  Put some reviews on the blog?  One. Did I keep a good work/life balance?  There I think I did pretty well.  I didn’t let work consume me to the point where I would sacrifice the family.  And since that was really the most important resolution, I think things went well. So 2014 in general for ME was okay, even though I didn’t do anything resolut
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REVIEW: Ed Sheeran in concert
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 8:13a   John Roling
A couple of years ago, I heard a song by a new artist out of Ireland named Ed Sheeran.  That song was Lego House, and I was instantly hooked.  I love a good singer/songwriter and after delving into his album I really loved his style.  He plays acoustic guitar, can sing wonderfully and can really flow with his lyrics if he wants to.  So much so that a couple of his songs can even be considered hip/hop in nature. When I was getting into the album, I brought my wife out onto the deck one late n
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BoxWorks 2014 Recap
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 11:13a   John Roling
As a person who has worked for a long time in the IBM Software space, I’ve been to a ton of IBM conferences. This past week, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go to BoxWorks, the conference for box.com. For those unfamiliar, box.com is a cloud-based secure enterprise file sharing and collaboration service. It’s a new hip company that’s been kind of an analyst darling as of late. I brought it into our organization a couple years ago now, and usage has grown quicker than anything e
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Farewell Robin Williams
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 8:00p   John Roling
Three months ago I said farewell to my friend Tim Tripcony.  Tim was a kind gentle genius, who felt that he needed to leave us far too soon.  This past week, I learned that a childhood idol of mine, Robin Williams, felt he had to do the same. It’s a horrible feeling to write back to back posts about people who felt they had no other option to combat the darkness they carried with them.  Depression is a very real disease, and I’m thankful that I’ve never felt that level of despair.  For
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Farewell Tim Tripcony
Fri, May 16th 2014 2:40p   John Roling
My friend Tim Tripcony passed away this weekend.  As many others have said, he was a kind, caring soul who always gave of himself, and it’s a tragedy that he is no longer with us. Since hearing the news, I’ve been haunted by something he said to me one time.   One night after too many drinks at Kimono’s or some other Lotusphere party, we were talking and he no-so-jokingly said that he always felt “like he didn’t fit in.”  When I asked “Where?” h




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