OGS. The abbreviation seasoned 'spherians use for the Opening General Session. The fear in the community was a repeat of last year, with endless customer panels with readings from teleprompter and no demos. But IBM listened. There were plenty of demos, and the customers on stage were on for just a few minutes, were well rehearsed and had interesting stories to tell.
The OGS started, as in previous years, with a musical performance. This year by the band OK Go.
Then this years guest speaker was introduced: Michael J Fox. He talked (among other things) about how 75% of people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease (which Michael is suffering from) are members of an online community.
What new products did we see? Well, we got to see what came out of Project Vulcan: the new Activity Stream. It is integrated with the next version of Connections as well as in Lotus Notes/Domino Social Edition and other products.
Another very interesting product that was demonstrated at the OGS is a plugin that let you run Notes applications totally modified in a browser, without having to rewrite it using Xpages. Finally, LotusLive Symphony has been renamed IBM Docs.
What version number is Notes/Domino Social Edition? Answer: It isn't. It's a feature version, but it is built atop the simultaneously-forthcoming planned Notes/Domino 8.5.4 release.
It includes the activity stream, but if I understand it correctly, you need Connections in order to fully benefit from this.
Personally I think this was one of the better opening sessions I have been to. It was well paced and had enough news to keep the audience awake. The four customer cases were fairly short, but next year, try just three, and add even more demo, especially on the main product we all use, Lotus Notes.
After the OGS, I had some meetings. When they were handled, I managed to catch two good sessions.
AD111 - The X Path: Practical Guide to Taking Your IBM Lotus Notes Applications to IBM Lotus Domino XPages, presented by Hunter Medney and Stephan Wissel. This was a great session, explaining the recommended steps to move existing Notes applications to Xpages. The speakers explained what to look out for, and how to best perform the conversion.
AD106 -IBM Lotus Domino XPages -Write Them Ones, See Them Everywhere, by Viktor Krantz and Stephan Wissel. Another great Xpages session, showing how Xpages can be consumed by different platforms, including mobile phones and pads.
Then it was on to a reception for an hour, before heading to Joe Litton's Mai Tai night. Then we all migrated over to Shula's for the traditional UK Night. The night then continued on the Swan side outside Kimono's, where a smaller group were hanging out, smoking cigars and swapping war stories from previous 'spheres.
I am now an IBM Champion!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 8:32a Karl-Henry Martinsson This morning I received an email that I have been selected as one of 87 IBM Champions from 18 countries around the world. This is the first time I am awarded this honor, and I am humbled to be listed together with some of the greatest names in the ICS/Lotus community (a.k.a. the Yellowsphere).
So what is an IBM Champion? This is how Oliver Heinz (who takes over after Joy Davis as Community Manager) describes it:
These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledg [read] Keywords: collaboration
Code – Mask text to remove PII
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 10:10a Karl-Henry Martinsson Sometimes you need to remove personal identifiable information (PII) from the data you present in an application or on a web page. In the last couple of weeks this issue popped up twice, including one application which needs to be be HIPAA compliant. One solution is to mask any personal identifiable data so that the recipient can still verify the information, without sending it all in clear. I am sure you all seen this on for example credit card statements, with only the last 4 digits of your cr [read] Keywords: domino
“Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2″
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 12:47p Karl-Henry Martinsson The other day I found an interesting article at arstechnica about the history of OS/2, the IBM operating system that was supposed to replace MS-DOS. “Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2” brings back a lot of memories for me.
I worked at Microsoft in 1988/89, when the first couple of versions of OS/2 had just arrived on the market. IBM was just down the road, and one day my boss gave me a stack of floppy disks containing the Microsoft-developed OS/2 version 1.1 [read] Keywords: ibm
Book Review: A man called Ove
Mon, Nov 11th 2013 10:20a Karl-Henry Martinsson One of the most talked about books in Sweden in 2012 was “En man som heter Ove” (“A man called Ove”) by Fredrik Backman. Fredrik did the unusual thing to debut with two books at the same time, his other book was called “Saker min son behöver veta om världen” (“Things My Son Needs To Know About Life”). Earlier this month his third book, “Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt” (no english title yet, translates to roughly “ [read] Keywords:
API for ZIP Code Distance, Radius, and more
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 5:15p Karl-Henry Martinsson The other day I stumbled on a really cool website, where they offer a free API to calculate distance between two US ZIP codes, all ZIP codes in a specific radius from a given ZIP code, as well as a few other ZIP code related functions.
The results can be returned in different formats, like JSON, XML and (in some cases) CSV. Highly recommended! The URL is http://zipcodedistanceapi.redline13.com/
I am considering creating a Lotusscript class for some of the [read] Keywords: lotusscript
Excellent Bootstrap select plugin with great support
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 5:03p Karl-Henry Martinsson For a project I am currently working on, I needed a nicer looking select box (drop down) than what Bootstrap offers out of the box. I did some searches and found a handful of free ones, most of them pretty good but not exactly what I wanted. Some did not handle different themes, other had additional functionality I did not want/need, etc. I probably been looking for a good alternative for 3 weeks by now.
Then the other day I found an inexpensive plugin at CodeCanyon. Custom Select for Twitter [read] Keywords: bug
Bose takes on Sonos
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 11:44p Karl-Henry Martinsson Bose, well known for their noise-cancelling headsets and bluetooth/iPhone speakers in the SoundLink/SoundDock series, today presented a new series of multi-room audio products, which they intend to compete with Sonos Multi-Room Music System.
Today three products were released in time for the holiday season, with more products in the works for next year. I was able to play around with them for a little while, and I have to admit, they sound really good.
SoundTouch 30, Soundtouch 20 and Soun [read] Keywords: iphone
Time to nominate IBM Champions
Tue, Oct 8th 2013 10:02a Karl-Henry Martinsson Kathy Brown recently posted about the nomination of IBM Champions for 2014, and I wanted to spread the word as well.
Anyone can nominate non-IBMers who are sharing their knowledge, evangelize and advocate for IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS), help grow and nurture the community and provide feedback to IBM (both negative and positive) in a professional manner.
You can learn more at the IBM Champion website, and (more important) you can also nominate someone you feel should be an IBM Champion. [read] Keywords: collaboration
Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 9:42a Karl-Henry Martinsson Today I logged in to IdeaJam (#thanksbruce) and for some reason I decided to look at my own old ideas, something I haven’t done in a while. I noticed this post, from december 2010, almost a year before IBM launced the XWork server in October 2011…
Perhaps IBM listens sometimes, even if they did not make it free, $1000/year is not a bad price for a powerful server like Domino/XWorks. [read] Keywords: domino