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REVIEW: Ed Sheeran in concert
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 101
BoxWorks 2014 Recap
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Create the infamous Pretzel Cookie at Home!
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 93
Farewell Robin Williams
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 91
Farewell Tim Tripcony
Fri, May 16th 2014 88
2014 IBM Community Photo at #IBMConnect
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Some other beginning’s end…
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 75
I Resolve That 2014 Will Rock
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Things I’ve learned
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John Roling
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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 [read] Keywords: apple

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotus notes email enterprise iphone social software widget

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 [read] Keywords:

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 [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere community google

Create the infamous Pretzel Cookie at Home!
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 3:20p   John Roling
Lotusphere Pretzel Cookie Alrighty, my awesome wife found a recipe at cookiesandcups.com that emulates the taste of the infamous Lotusphere Pretzel Cookie almost perfectly.  It requires the following: Ingredients 1 cup butter, melted and browned 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar 2 eggs + 1 yolk 2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 1/4 cups flour 1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels 2 cups chocolate chips How to Make Preheat oven to 350° Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. In a [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere

Some other beginning’s end…
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 10:50a   John Roling
I spent the past week at a conference in Orlando Florida like I have fifteen times prior.  IBM Connect (Lotusphere until last year) is an IT conference that focuses on IBM software and technologies.  It’s been a place where I’ve networked, met lifelong friends, learned all about the software that manages our business, engaged with IBM and had some fun along the way. I think this might be the last time I’ll make the trip. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the conference was great this year [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotusphere notes sametime traveler xpages community mobile wiki


2014 IBM Community Photo at #IBMConnect
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 1:20p   John Roling
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Cheating on the iPhone with the Google Moto X
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 11:40a   John Roling
As part of my job is to evaluate technologies, and I just cannot help being Android-curious, I decided to give the Google Moto X phone a try. The Moto X is the first real new phone out of Motorola after Google bought them and started inserting its influence.  As such, it’s a little different and more ambitious than other phones Motorola has released in previous years. First off, when you order the phone, you have a wide variety of choices through the Moto Maker site.  You can choose the colo [read] Keywords: apple applications google iphone twitter

I Resolve That 2014 Will Rock
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 4:50p   John Roling
Every new year, I like to come up with my resolutions here on the blog so they are public for all to see.  It gives me a little more motivation to actually complete some of them.  So, for 2014 my resolutions are as follows: Lose Weight (Again) – Two years ago I did really well on some Biggest Loser contests and lost a lot of weight.  This past year wasn’t as easy and I gained some back.  I miss how I felt when I had fewer pounds on this frame.  So I would like to get back under 200 [read] Keywords: gadget iphone

How ‘Bout Those Resolutions Fat Boy?
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 2:30p   John Roling
Well we’ve completed another trip around the sun, and I always like to look back at the prior year to see how I did on my resolutions.  Kinda half and half this year, so let’s see how I fared: Enjoy my family - On this one I think I did very well.  I made it a point to schedule work trips around recitals and gymnastics meets, and made it a point to say yes more often when I get asked “Do you want to play?”  Could I still be better?  Sure, but for the most part I didn [read] Keywords:

Da Coach Mike Ditka’s Number Retired
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 6:30p   John Roling
On Monday night, the Chicago Bears retired the number of legendary tight end and coach for the team, Mike Ditka.  I’ve always liked Ditka, even when I didn’t like the Bears, so it was awesome to see. After seeing him honored at half time, it reminded me of a time when my good friend and co-worker, Declan Lynch, and I got to meet the coach at one of his Chicago restaurants. It’s one of my favorite stories of all time: Declan Does Ditkas.  Check it out. [read] Keywords:

Things I’ve learned
Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 10:10a   John Roling
My 43rd birthday was back in October, and I had planned on doing one of those inspirational “Things I’ve Learned” posts to share what little wisdom I bring to the table.  So it’s taken a few months, but here are things 43 years of living have taught me. There is no better feeling in the world than returning home to be greeted by a happy dog, except being greeted by happy children. You will never regret hard work.  If you work hard at something, it means more. Do not be afraid to fail [read] Keywords:

The anodized aluminum grip of Apple’s Messages
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 12:50p   John Roling
Since my day job is running an IT Department, I like to keep up with all different kinds of technology. I’ll often get equipment to test out and utilize in order to be able to talk about it intelligently and give the appropriate pros and cons. To this end I recently obtained a Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone. It runs the Windows 8 Phone OS and sports a 41 megapixel camera. It’s a very nice piece of hardware, and takes amazing pictures. It doesn’t have all of the applications I normally use on [read] Keywords: apple applications email iphone mac

#ThanksBruce for your work at OpenNTF
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:10a   John Roling
Today my good friend Bruce Elgort ends his tenure as president of OpenNTF.  For those not in the Notes community, OpenNTF.org is a repository of open source software solutions for IBM Notes and Domino.  These free software offerings have helped thousands of people and companies implement great solutions, and inspired many developers to learn techniques for programming for the platform. This community would not be where it is today without Bruce.  His enthusiasm and dedication have really help [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes community openntf wiki

A Decade of Meanderings
Tue, Sep 24th 2013 8:00p   John Roling
Ten years ago today I started my public-facing blog with the following wide-eyed post: Wow, am I loving this blog software or what? It’s truly amazing what a great program this is, and what a tremendous amount of effort it has been to put together a killer blogging app. More to come as I tweak this damn thing. That software was Blogsphere by Mr. Declan Lynch. It’s how I first got to meet Dec and become friends. That software also gave me a way to join a community of writers, friends [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm lotus notes blackberry blogger blogging blogSphere community exchange exchange iphone

Dispensing Justice for Ten Dollars a Day
Wed, Aug 21st 2013 7:20p   John Roling
Last week, I was called upon to fulfill my job as a citizen and report for Jury Duty.  Basically, you get called to a courthouse and do a lot of sitting around.  Then, a group of 45 or so of you get corralled like cattle into a courtroom.  You get to answer answer awesome questions like: Do you have any religious objections to alcohol? or Does anyone here NOT believe in the US system of Government? Once you’ve answered the questions, then the attorneys get to dismiss people they think m [read] Keywords:

Back in the Saddle
Fri, Aug 9th 2013 9:23p   John Roling
In order to get back into the rhythm of blogging, you have to actually sit down and write.  That’s true of any writer, you just have to sometimes force yourself to put words to the page. I used to have the urge to write all the time, and that’s largely been satiated with various social media outlets, but I miss blogging. So I refreshed the blog template with a new Parallax theme from Themify.me that I like quite a bit.  It’s got some great ways to share photos, so that’ [read] Keywords: lotus blogging

We have four paws in the house again
Tue, Aug 6th 2013 9:40p   John Roling
It’s been quite some time since I blogged anything here, and I believe some of it was a little bit of depression every time I came to the site and saw my last post.  We had lost our dog Peanut to cancer, and whenever I came to the site to write, I never really had much to say. We recently started looking to give a dog a forever home because we knew we wanted to get a dog in the summer months to get them acclimated to our house and the dog run and everything before the fall weather and rai [read] Keywords:

Say Goodbye To My Little Friend
Fri, Apr 5th 2013 3:30p   John Roling
A little over three weeks ago on March 13th, we had to put our dog Peanut to sleep.  She had stopped eating, had a hard time getting around and looked at us like she knew it was her time to go.  She had some non-cancerous tumors but they must have grown pretty rapidly, because one week she seemed fine, and by the next it was really too late to do anything. If you didn’t know the story, Peanut came to us as a stray.  Keeshonden are not a common breed, and for her to show up on our doorstep w [read] Keywords: roaming

The Ongoing Notes “Legacy” problem
Thu, Mar 21st 2013 2:27p   John Roling
Last week I was honored to part of a webcast that announced the worldwide launch of IBM Notes 9 Social edition.  I was able to speak about how our company uses custom applications built on XPages and Domino to run our business.  I also spoke as to how Traveler has helped our workforce be more connected, and how we are looking forward to integrating Connections into our Notes investment via Activity Streams and embedded experiences. As the Director of IT for our company, I’m always trying to [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes traveler xpages applications development microsoft podcast

Bucket List: Visiting the TWiT Podcast
Sat, Mar 9th 2013 3:50p   John Roling
I’ve been a huge fan of Leo Laporte since his days at MSNBC’s “The Site” and TechTV.  Many years ago he started the TWiT Podcast Network.  TWiT started as This Week in Tech and expanded to tons of different programming options.  It’s all free and much of the tech news and punditry I get on a weekly basis comes from listening to those podcasts on my way into work. Since I’ve been such a fan, I really wanted to visit the studios where the TWiT podcasts are re [read] Keywords: network podcast wiki

IBM Connect 2013 Recap – The People
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 8:28a   John Roling
In my last post, I spoke of the IBM Connect show itself, and what it meant from a show and technology perspective for me.  That’s only part of the story.  The real value in Lotusphere for me has always been the people.  The business networking is invaluable, but the enduring friendships are what truly stand out.  These folks have become family over the years and this conference has always been our family reunion. That’s what I would really miss most if I decided not to come.  Not seeing [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere blogger community google networking

IBM Connect 2013 Recap – The Show
Sun, Feb 17th 2013 8:20p   John Roling
At the end of January I took my annual pilgrimage to Orlando, Florida for the IBM Connect (formerly Lotusphere) conference. It’s something I’ve looked forward to every year for a decade and a half. This year I approached it with some trepidation. I was afraid that IBM was changing it away from the conference I loved to something… well more corporate. I wasn’t wrong, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The change was pretty evident in the Opening General Session. IBM did a great [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotusphere notes quickr xpages twitter

Goodbye Lotusphere Hello Connect
Tue, Jan 15th 2013 1:10p   John Roling
The end of this month I’ll be attending a yearly technology conference in Orlando, Florida for another time. How long? Well, If I had birthed a child way back when I started attending, that kid would be in high school. It’s a long time to do anything in this world, and as with anything you do this long, change is inevitable.  Up until now, that conference had been called Lotusphere. This year, the moniker has changed to IBM Connect. For the first time in nearly a decade I’m not working th [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere blogger network

Planning a Resolute 2013
Wed, Jan 9th 2013 11:50a   John Roling
‘Tis a little late I know, but it’s time for me to outline my resolutions and plans for 2013.  So without further adieu, here it goes. Enjoy my family – I want to put this here to remind myself to continue to maintain a really good family/work balance.  This is going to be a busy year for my job, and I want to make sure I can balance work, time with my kids, time with my wife and even time with my buddies in the man cave.  Family is the most important piece, so I want to make sure t [read] Keywords:

2012 Post-Mortem
Mon, Dec 31st 2012 2:00p   John Roling
As is tradition in these here parts, it’s time to reflect on last year’s resolutions.  A couple of them I did pretty well on, a couple, not so much. Eat slightly less – Exercise slightly more.  This one was a pretty excellent success.  I was in a team based Biggest Loser contest where my team placed second (out of over ten teams) and I lost the most weight based on percentage and won the individual weight loss challenge. We had a second individual contest over the months leading up [read] Keywords: wifi

We live in the future
Mon, Nov 19th 2012 9:50p   John Roling
A couple of weeks ago I flew to the US west coast for a business trip.  Mid-flight I tweeted the following: I’m at 38,000 feet, playing Words with Friends, listening to NFL Sunday Countdown and drinking a screwdriver. THE FUTURE, I AM IN YOU! I had my iPad in hand and was connected to the WiFi in the plane.  I was streaming a football game in the background, checking Twitter and Facebook and playing Words with Friends.  It really struck me how insanely cool that is. As a kid, I would have n [read] Keywords: facebook twitter wifi wiki

Google Creeps Me Out
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 9:31a   John Roling
I know it’s because I’m logged in, but it creeps me out when I open the Google homepage and this graphic is waiting for me on my birthday.  Nice touch, yet still very creepy… [read] Keywords: google

Today, I am the Answer!
Sun, Oct 21st 2012 7:10p   John Roling
Today is another big milestone.  It’s the day I become the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.  Yup, I turn 42 years young.  I do have to say that I feel pretty good about things.  Been losing weight, loving my family, enjoying my job, and trying to focus on keeping things positive in life. I don’t always do a great job in this regard, and I recently had a couple of fairly pissy weeks.  That said, when I just started tallying all up all the thin [read] Keywords: wiki

Sharepoint is the next generation of Lotus Notes
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 8:34a   John Roling
I got an email from a sales rep at a company called HexaCorp in Somerset, NJ.  In my role I get emails from vendors trying to get my company’s business all the time.  Most of the time I delete them and move on.  Once in awhile I’ll respond and let them know that either we don’t need their services, or we don’t use the software they are shilling. So this exec, let’s call her Marilyn (because that’s her name) left me a voicemail and sent me a message stating [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes email sharepoint

Lotus Notes 8.5.3 now supported for Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion
Thu, Oct 4th 2012 12:36p   John Roling
IBM has released the updates to Lotus Notes to support Mountain Lion.  You can find the info here: Supportability Q&A about Lotus Notes and OS X 10.8.x [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes mac

Nine Years of Meanderings
Mon, Sep 24th 2012 7:50p   John Roling
Nine years ago today I officially started my public-facing blog.  I had done some personal blogging just for me before that (starting about a year prior) but it was Sept. 24th 2003 when I first said hello to the Lotus Notes and Domino blogosphere. Blogging has been very good to me over the years.  It’s been a creative outlet, a stress reliever, a matter of record, a gateway to paid writing gigs and a conduit to meet some people I’m very happy to call close friends. Starting to writ [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes blogging facebook planetlotus planetlotus.org twitter

My Brief Lusty Fling with the Galaxy S3
Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 4:33p   John Roling
Recently my long time love, the iPhone, had been seeming a little distant.  We had fallen in a rut, the two of us.  We did the same things, never switched it up, and life became kind of boring. Maybe it’s a mid-phone release cycle-crisis, but I was yearning for something more, that spark, that sexiness that was lacking.  That’s when I saw her. The Samsung Galaxy S III. She was beautiful.  Thin, gorgeous face, lightweight, and curves and buttons in all the right places.  I’ [read] Keywords: lotus traveler community email facebook firefox google iphone twitter

Twenty-Five Pounds
Wed, Jul 11th 2012 9:03a   John Roling
Our Biggest Loser weight loss challenge at work is exactly two weeks away from our final weigh in.  As of today, two months in, I’ve lost 25 pounds.  Twenty. Five. Pounds.  I know that’s not a lot in comparison to some folks in the world, but man it feels good, and more importantly “I” feel good. When grabbing 25 pound bag of dog food I can only think, “Holy crap, was I really carrying this much around as part of my body?”  And I was, and when you can visu [read] Keywords: application

The Power of Music
Thu, Jul 5th 2012 3:53p   John Roling
Last weekend, my family and I went to a little wine bar in town. It was open mic night, and a couple of my daughter’s friends were going to perform. We went and watched as the girls each performed, and then continued to hang out to see several different sets of people take the stage and do their own thing. Some of the people did original songs, some did covers, there were even some really good instrumental guitar from a couple of the guests. The music ranged from pop, to punk, to flamenco, [read] Keywords:

Weapons of Mass Reduction
Fri, May 4th 2012 12:00p   John Roling
Earlier this week, my office at work embarked on a Biggest Loser weight loss challenge. I had planned on attempting to lose weight soon, so this was the perfect thing to jump start me. Myself and three of my colleagues formed a team, and we weighed in this past Wednesday. We are up against seven other teams of four people each. So with the competition so rough, we trained… by eating total crap. For the week leading up to the weigh in, I ate all the nasty stuff I wanted as a last hurrah. P [read] Keywords: office

Close your legs #firstworldproblems
Fri, Apr 27th 2012 2:29p   John Roling
Man, I’ve been away from the blog for quite some time, and what’s the first thing I do upon my return? Bitch. There’s this burger joint near where I work that’s a Chicagoland landmark, and has been an awesome place to eat for years. Always has great food, and the waitresses (who have been there forever) are awesome. Well today I go in there, have a seat and I don’t see anyone I recognize. No worries, the place always rocks. My never-before-seen waitress takes my order and then things i [read] Keywords:

For Jen – Happy Valentine’s Day
Tue, Feb 14th 2012 9:12a   John Roling
Never Stop by Safety Suit This is my love song to you Let every woman know I’m yours So you can fall asleep each night, babe And know I’m dreaming of you more You’re always hoping that we make it You always want to keep my gaze Well you’re the only one I see And that’s the one thing that won’t change I’ll never stop trying I’ll never stop watching as you leave I’ll never stop losing my breath Every time I see you looking back at me I’ll never stop holding your hand [read] Keywords:

Lotusphere 2012 Recap
Tue, Jan 31st 2012 8:57a   John Roling
I know that Lotusphere was a couple weeks ago now, but this year I decided to digest it a bit before I put it down on the page here. The Show This year was one of the better Lotusphere events in recent memory.  The OGS started with OKGo rocking though three songs and then Michael J Fox was our guest speaker.  The OGS continued on a fast pace with lots of demos and nothing lagging.  It was a huge departure from last year for sure, and very welcome. The news was all mostly good.  IBM is making [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes blogger facebook twitter

The yearly Lotusphere Bloggers Photo
Fri, Jan 20th 2012 8:33p   John Roling
Many of these folks are like family to me.  Another Lotusphere in the can.  Miss everyone already! [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere

CES 2012
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 2:06p   John Roling
For those of you that don’t know, I work in the trade show industry.  I’m the Director of IT for a premier exhibit marketer.  We do everything related to exhibit marketing.  Design, Build, Warehouse, Ship, Install, Tear Down etc. Since I’m on the back-end IT side of things, I normally don’t go to the show floor to see how things happen leading up to an event.  This year I decided to change that, and go see what takes place before an event.  I figured I might as well [read] Keywords: apple gadget iphone macbook

It's not you, it's me!
Wed, Apr 20th 2011 10:50a   John Roling
Hey baby. Yeah, I know it's been quite awhile, and I'm sorry for leaving you hanging for so long. It's just that I've been so busy lately... I know, I know, that's never an excuse, it's just the way it is. Work has been insane, I've been travelling a lot, and I haven't had time to devote to us, and for that I'm sorry. What's that? Facebook and Twitter? C'mon honey, you know that you and I were never exclusive. Those two don't have nearly as in-depth of a relationship and you and [read] Keywords: facebook twitter

My Lotusphere 2011 Photo Album
Thu, Feb 10th 2011 8:35a   John Roling
Finally got around to developing all of my RAW files so I could post my Lotusphere 2011 photo album on flickr. If you've never seen any of my Lotusphere shots, you can see a collection of the last 8 years of Lotusphere pics here. I shot with a new camera (the awesome Canon 7D) this year, and tried to adjust everything manually. I also only brought one lens, so I wasn't AS happy with my photos this year as in year's past, but I still think things turned out pretty well. You'll find pictu [read] Keywords: lotusphere lotusphere2011 iphone wiki

Lotusphere 2011 Blogger Photo
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 3:30p   John Roling
BloggersLS11-1, originally uploaded by Greyhawk68. Here's this year's annual on-stage blogger photo. I have two more that you can also check out on flickr and figure out which one you like the best. Needed a lens hood as we got some flare from the lighting, and I didn't have the camera set up quite right before I handed it off, but they still turned out okay and captured the moment. Enjoy. Many of these folks are like family to me. It's a shame we only meet in person once or twice a y [read] Keywords: lotusphere blogger

Lotusphere 2011 Opening General Session Live Blog
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 12:22p   John Roling
Well that's it, the OGS is done. Time for the rest of Lotusphere to begin! Stay tuned everyone. Awards go to Trilog, Group, and ISW. Declan Lynch was a finalist for the Open Source award!!! WOO HOO. No matter what products you use, you are moving towards Social Business. LOL, Doug is saying that if you use a 'legacy' system for email like Exchange, you can still use it. Will integrate with Sharepoint, Exchange and Office. Beta releases of the Customer Experience Suite [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes quickr sametime symphony blackberry blogger blogging community email exchange exchange facebook google ideajam ideajam.net mobile office rim server sharepoint social software twitter

I take it back, Lotus IS Dead
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 12:22p   John Roling
Okay, okay I know. That was an attention seeking headline, but after the Lotus - Not Dead Yet post of a couple weeks ago, I figured I needed to eat some words a bit. That said, truth be told, 'Lotus' IS fading. Not the software mind you, that's as strong or stronger than it's ever been, it's the branding that seems to be changing. Lotusphere saw little mention of the word Lotus, and almost no glimpses of the Lotus logo anywhere. This was obviously by design. Ed Brill has a great post o [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes quickr sametime

Customer and Vendor panels CAN be cool
Mon, Feb 7th 2011 12:10p   John Roling
With all of the complaining about the panel discussions at the Lotusphere Opening General Session, imagine my initial thoughts when some of my press and blogger events included customer and vendor panel discussions. It was kind of a 'oh here we go again' reaction when I entered a couple of these special events. I was thinking that we might get more of the same generalizations as were seen during the OGS. I couldn't have been more wrong. The special events were so much better and mor [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus lotusphere notes quickr sametime blogger community

Lotusphere 2011 Recap - Be Social. Do Business
Thu, Feb 3rd 2011 12:01p   John Roling
Be Social. Do Business. That was the mantra of Lotusphere 2011. Social Business was the big theme of this year's Lotusphere. Everything revolved around the Social Interactivity of employees, customers, vendors and how it all impacts the world from a business standpoint. They talked about the major shifts in computing that caused huge disruptions in the ways people worked. Mainframes, Departmental Computing, PC's, the Internet and now Social Networking. Lotus seems very poised to jump on t [read] Keywords: admin connections ibm lotus lotusphere notes quickr sametime symphony blogger email google iphone mobile networking

Lotusphere 2011 OGS Live blog
Mon, Jan 31st 2011 6:00a   John Roling
Alright folks, I'll be live blogging and putting the newest info at the top of the post, replicating every 2 to 5 minutes or so. Sitting in the Blogger's Den as they are calling it this year. Couches, power and hard wired connections. We're ready to rock. [read] Keywords: connections lotusphere blogger blogging

Lotus - Not dead yet!
Tue, Jan 25th 2011 12:25p   John Roling
I love how we always hear the Notes is Dead rhetoric every year, and every year we soldier on. Well, I'm here to tell you that Lotus is very much alive and well within MY organization. We use Notes for email and calendaring, Sametime for IM, Traveler for mobile support, XPages apps for various purposes and old fashioned Notes client and web applications for things including our intranet. I've built a Notes team that I am very proud of, and to show you just how MUCH we support Notes, let me giv [read] Keywords: admin calendaring domino lotus lotusphere notes notes client quickr sametime traveler xpages application applications archive bleedyellow bleedyellow.com blogger blogSphere dojo email integration mobile openntf podcast

Leaving the Bullshit Behind
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 6:38p   John Roling
There's something I've really been trying my damnedest to do over the last while, and that's simply purge my life of bullshit that I don't need. Get rid of things that bring me down, and cast away people that are nothing but downers. Now I know that this might seem like it's aimed at the Lotus community right now, but it's not. It's to everyone. If you get rid of all the bad, you can start to really concentrate on the good. Some people are too quick to tear each other down, or engage [read] Keywords: lotus community facebook twitter

Resolutions: Making 2011 My Bitch!
Mon, Jan 3rd 2011 3:50p   John Roling
As is the tradition here, every year I come up with resolutions to try to make myself and my life better in some way in the upcoming year. I've had varying levels of success in the past, but I've also been fairly specific. So this year, I'll be a little more general. So without further adieu: Nurture my family relationships - This is just making sure I make time to spend with my family without distraction. More Daddy/Daughter dates, more trips to "do stuff" rather than just hanging [read] Keywords:

2010 Wrap-Up
Fri, Dec 31st 2010 9:20p   John Roling
I kick off every year with my resolutions for the new year, and then I recap them here just to keep myself honest. So without further adieu, how did I do? Keep up the Health kick - Well I wanted to keep the weight down, and possibly drop to 175. Well until the end of the summer I did pretty well. I played softball in the spring and really enjoyed it, and can't wait to play again next summer. My body at 40 takes a little more maintenance, but I can make it happen. Now, this fall, our sc [read] Keywords: lotusphere facebook outlook twitter

SIUED: Delicious Bookmarks
Fri, Dec 10th 2010 5:30p   John Roling
In the latest installment of Shit I Use Every Day, I give you the bookmarking service Delicious. Delicious is simply a website that allows you to save your internet bookmarks to it's website. The main thing this does for you, is that it makes your bookmarks available from any web browser. It also serves as a backup for your bookmarks. I'm sure you know people, or have been one of those people, that have all of their bookmarks on a computer, and once that computer crashes they lose them all. De [read] Keywords: firefox google mac

Wishes CAN come true
Fri, Dec 10th 2010 5:30p   John Roling
About a year or so ago. The Make-A-Wish foundation granted the wish of a seven year old little girl. This little girl wanted her and her family to go to Disney. Now for those of you that don't know, Make-A-Wish is a wonderful organization that grants wishes to children who are very sick, many of whom are probably not going to live much longer due to their illness. Well this little girl was stricken with cancer, and she wanted, just for a little while, to enjoy a vacation with her family. She go [read] Keywords:

Well Thank You!
Wed, Nov 24th 2010 2:49p   John Roling
Tomorrow in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving. A time punctuated by NFL football, family and tons of food. You are also supposed to reflect on what you are thankful for. I'm feeling particularly thankful this year, so I wanted to jot down a couple of reasons why. The health of my family - I'm so glad that myself and my family are healthy. I've seen too much bad shit in recent years happen to friends of mine. So not having to deal with sickness is a true blessing. Having a job I love [read] Keywords:

SIUED: 1Password
Thu, Nov 18th 2010 2:30p   John Roling
The second installment in Shit I Use Every Day is a password management program called 1Password. I first installed 1Password as part of a bundle of Mac software I had purchased, and then it quickly became essential in my day-to-day world. 1Password is simply a vault for storing all the passwords you use on various websites. You protect it with your master password, and it remembers all the rest. It can also generate random passwords for you with more security than something you might use y [read] Keywords: notes iphone ipod mac password security

Shit I Use Every Day (SIUED) : Dropbox
Fri, Nov 12th 2010 1:30p   John Roling
I often get asked by people what software I utilize a lot, so I thought that I would start writing articles letting people know the software I find useful and use nearly every day. The first installment is Dropbox. Dropbox is a nifty little utility that does one thing, and one thing perfectly. It synchronizes your files between computers, the web and mobile devices. You install a small piece of software wherever you want access to your files, and anytime you add a new file to your Dropbox f [read] Keywords: desktop iphone laptop mac mobile server

Oh No, Four Oh.
Thu, Oct 21st 2010 1:30p   John Roling
This Friday, Oct. 22nd, I turn 40 years old. 40. It’s actually kind of hard to comprehend hitting this milestone. It doesn’t seem so far away that I was a punk high school kid working in fast food and chasing tail. Or a college student working as a local radio DJ to pay the bills. Or living in a van down by the river with my future wife. None of those things seem that long ago, and I have vivid memories of them, but each were a minimum of a decade and a half ago. Overall, b [read] Keywords:

Fall Flowers (Week 26)
Wed, Oct 20th 2010 8:10p   John Roling
Fall Flowers (Week 26), originally uploaded by Greyhawk68. [read] Keywords:

Letting Go
Mon, Oct 18th 2010 1:10p   John Roling
Over the past year or so, I've been trying really hard to not let little things bother me. Part of that whole mentality came about with my epiphany post after a rather tumultuous summer. Since then, life has been much better. That said, that doesn't mean everything is roses all the time, far from it. I've had some really trying weeks where it became increasingly more difficult to just "let go" of the small stuff. Add to that the fact that I'm ending my thirties at the end of this week [read] Keywords:

IBM LotusLive wants to Vondle and Tungle you
Tue, Oct 5th 2010 11:34a   John Roling
Please excuse the sex-ay title, but the 13 year old me had to chuckle at it, and with the all the other "LotusLive" posts you are going to see letting us know about the new feature announcements, I figured I'd have some fun with my post. Yesterday I had the privilege of joining a blogger conference call in which Sean Poulley, Brendan Crotty and Ed Brill went over some new announcements for LotusLive. First off if you couldn't tell by my rapier wit with the title, LotusLive announced sup [read] Keywords: admin calendaring collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus lotusphere notes notes client traveler blackberry blogger community email integration mac mobile networking

Review: IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide by Karen Hooper
Mon, Oct 4th 2010 1:23p   John Roling
Last month, Packt Publishing gave me a free review copy of the IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide by Karen Hooper. Finally, someone had put out a book for the end user to really utilize to be able to learn how to use the Lotus Notes client. Would it be good enough to really help a user without overwhelming them in detail? The book starts out with an overview of the Lotus Notes interface, and does a wonderful job pointing out all the nuance in the Lotus Notes client. Clearly labeled screenshots [read] Keywords: calendaring ibm lotus notes notes client sametime symphony application applications email interface office widgets

Seven Year Blogoversary
Fri, Sep 24th 2010 1:10p   John Roling
Wow. Time flies when you are having fun I guess, and I’ve definitely had a lot of fun here over the last seven years. On Sept. 24th, 2003 I posted here for the first time, and it really changed a lot of things for me. Blogging has obviously always been a personal creative outlet for me, but even more than that, it allowed me to join a community of professionals centered around Lotus Notes and the companion products. I’ve made so many friends through this medium, and for that I a [read] Keywords: lotus notes blogging community

Tangled (Week 25)
Thu, Sep 9th 2010 9:20a   John Roling
Tangled (Week 25), originally uploaded by Greyhawk68. [read] Keywords:

Fall (Week 24)
Wed, Sep 8th 2010 4:04p   John Roling
Fall (Week 24), originally uploaded by Greyhawk68. [read] Keywords:

Reviewing Soon: IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide
Wed, Sep 8th 2010 12:00p   John Roling
Packt Publishing has a new book out. It's called the IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide. I'll be reviewing it soon, but in the meantime, you can download Chapter 2 : To Chat or Not to Chat and check it out for yourself. The book promises the following: (To help you) Understand and master the features of Lotus Notes and put them to work in your business quickly Contains comprehensive coverage of new Lotus Notes 8.5 features Includes easy-to-follow real-world examples with plenty of sc [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes sametime applications

XKCD: Falling Asleep
Wed, Aug 25th 2010 1:30p   John Roling
I've always loved xkcd, and this comic reminded me of my wife. Thanks for being my rock honey... [read] Keywords:

Mon, Aug 16th 2010 10:40a   John Roling
The smoke rolls across my lips Fading like the days Spreading wings through darkness The night clings to me Like an embrace in the rain It all feels so heavy sometimes So yet another drag So intent on the flames So often I want to burn this whole world down The last notes trail off And the silence remains "you're welcome" seems so empty today Another grain tumbles down And the coastline trails on for miles It seems so vast sometimes So strike [read] Keywords: notes

LotusLive Notes is Live... and its Notes!
Tue, Aug 10th 2010 5:40p   John Roling
Ed Brill announced this morning that LotusLive Notes will be available on August 24th. In addition, Lotus Notes 8.5.2 will eGA the same day. So some really good stuff coming to the table for Lotus in the typically quiet late summer months. For those that don't know, LotusLive Notes is a cloud based version of your Lotus Notes email. It includes calendaring, contacts, instant messaging, a 25GB mailbox quota, antispam & antivirus, and is hosted in IBM's data centers. You can hit it via [read] Keywords: calendaring ibm lotus notes notes client traveler bes blogger email enterprise google instant messaging linux mac microsoft red hat rim

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