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Quickr FixPack 47 Came Out
Tue, Jul 7th 2015 25
Amazon AWS Summit in Tel Aviv in Review
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 17
Startups Against Blogging
Fri, Jun 12th 2015 12
Peek a Boo with O365 and Bits
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 13
A Rabbi Walks into a Social Media Stream
Tue, May 26th 2015 15
Breaking Out of The Bubble
Fri, May 15th 2015 11
Explaining the Mixed Mindset of a Social Organization
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Quickr FixPack 47 Came Out
Tue, Jul 7th 2015 25
Time Travel the Daylight Savings Time Way
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 20
Amazon AWS Summit in Tel Aviv in Review
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 17
A Rabbi Walks into a Social Media Stream
Tue, May 26th 2015 15
Captain Kirk, to the Bridge! No! Wait, Go to Engineering!
Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 14
Email vs. Status Updates, my slides from today
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 14
Explaining the Mixed Mindset of a Social Organization
Wed, May 6th 2015 14
I am speaking at Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 13
Peek a Boo with O365 and Bits
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 13
Startups Against Blogging
Fri, Jun 12th 2015 12


Keith Brooks
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Quickr FixPack 47 Came Out
Tue, Jul 7th 2015 1:44a   Keith Brooks
Look at that, a new fix pack. #47, we long ago passed the #42 and are heading to the magic #50 but first things first. IBM would like you to know the following: 2015/06/15 - Quickr for Domino Migration 8.5.1 to IBM Connections Content Manager 5.0 CR1Please find the updated instructions for migration on the IBM Connections Wiki in the Best Practices section:http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/lcwiki.nsf/dx/Migrating_Quickr_Domino_to_Connections_CCM You of course would like to know where to get this,
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Amazon AWS Summit in Tel Aviv in Review
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 8:02a   Keith Brooks
I attended the Amazon AWS Summit event in Tel Aviv the other day and it was a very impressive roadshow event. How many roadshow events gather over 2,000 people to them in your country? This being a startup capital not surprising to see so many people in attendance. There was a 2 hour keynote given by Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO and the local Israel Territory Manager Harel Ifhar. Werner has been here a few times, this is not your typical CTO, hard not to like a guy that wears a suit with a Ra
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Startups Against Blogging
Fri, Jun 12th 2015 3:35a   Keith Brooks
Maybe they are, maybe they aren't. The better ones, pack their blogs early for that flight into the stratosphere. Hubspot as an example, plans for a methodical path and even break out their blogging into 4 or more parts! Groupon started out as a blog and became the app/platform that is now common. Blogs can be powerful, but they can also be an albatross. The power lies in the long term view of indexed information about your company or business. The more you put into the SEO and links and u
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Peek a Boo with O365 and Bits
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 8:40a   Keith Brooks
Collaboration means different things to different people. Business collaboration is about sharing of information, ideas, details, actions, and presuming everyone does the same in return so you truly reach that 1+1=3 world. I am spending sometime on a side project with a company that is leveraging O365. On the outside looking in, it seems to be just what one wants for work. Online shared space for files, email, IM, ESN, team/group space, Office tools, and much more all wrapped up in one price a
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A Rabbi Walks into a Social Media Stream
Tue, May 26th 2015 3:29p   Keith Brooks
Sure there is a joke here, leaving that to some of my funnier fiends. This is about a different view of being social, so hang on while I explain. This post is somewhat different than the original one posted over here a few days ago. What happens when you disagree with your Rabbi? No, you don't go to hell or get banned from synagogue, but in some places this is implausible. One should never go against their Rabbi's rulings! (For the record I never asked about the internet but the view is comp
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Breaking Out of The Bubble
Fri, May 15th 2015 2:44a   Keith Brooks
What an amazing day I had yesterday! So full of life and learning, every day of work should be this great! How did it get to be this way? What did I do? Who did I meet? Where was I? My day started out like any other day, get up, wake up the kids, walk the dog, drop the kids off at school and then head East for about 15 minutes to the nearby city of Modiin. Modiin is about 10 km east of Ben Gurion Airport, 35 km southeast of Tel Aviv and about 30 km west of Jerusalem and 20km from Rehovot where
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Explaining the Mixed Mindset of a Social Organization
Wed, May 6th 2015 7:40a   Keith Brooks
If you were not at my session at the Social Connections conference in Boston 2 weeks ago, you can still see and download my slides, but I don't think you will quite get the gist of the message I expressed. A catch-22 of great magnitude that while your outside persona is free to post, your "business" head is confused or full of fear. Let me explain. Email vs. Status Updates, or Single vs. Blended, is a metaphor for the way your organization works. Collaboration or as the marketers call it
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Email vs. Status Updates, my slides from today
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 2:15p   Keith Brooks
My slides from today's Social Connections VIII conference in Boston. Single Malt vs. Blended, The Email vs. Status Updates Game Email vs. Status Updates as presented at Social Connectiosn VIII Event from Keith Brooks
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Time Travel the Daylight Savings Time Way
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 12:05p   Keith Brooks
Over here, we change the clocks tonight. It is a random event decided by the government. But that is not the point of this blog post. Governments suck at understanding technology, be it farming or digital, they should just stop messing with us. But I digress. While working on a client site I noticed that the log file view shows a time, say 9:45am-10:02am. When you open the document, I saw 8:45am times. Please be aware this will not hurt your server in any way as it is a client side view iss
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SOCCNX 8 Invades Boston And I will be Speaking on Single Malt Vs. Blended
Wed, Feb 25th 2015 1:49p   Keith Brooks
I expect a few vendors to order Magic 8-Balls (US people know what is, for everyone else see this page) For those who do not know, Social Connections (SOCCNX) has been running across Europe for the last few years and providing a different type of event. Not as much of a user group as an affinity group for people that want to be social and collaborative. The dates are April 16-17, 2015 in Boston. Register to attend if you have not already. Ideally it represents IBM Connections and some derivativ
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6 Months? Has it Been that Long?
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 10:48a   Keith Brooks
Not since I blogged, but since we left the US. August 12thwe picked up the family and the labrador and moved to Israel. And it has been the best thing we have done in years. Many of my friends at the IBM event formerly known as Lotusphere in Orlando remarked how much happier I seemed, that I must be enjoying myself. The truth, of course, is not as rosy as Facebook posts, but there is much truth to it nonetheless. Life is different. You get used to creature comforts in the US that just do not ex
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The IBM Ver, Ver, Ver, Ver, Ver, Ver, Verse
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 11:16a   Keith Brooks
Sorry Duran Duran for taking liberties. By now IBM has done their marketing show to bring you the “new” email client called Verse. Those from the outside and even within will say it is the new iNotes or Webmail. They would be correct in that description. It is. But it is also so much more. It turns out, for whatever cyclical reason, which is beyond the space time continuum, Microsoft, Amazon(?!), IBM, Google and numerous others are presenting new ways and formats of email. Oddly enough Faceb
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The ConnectED 2015 Edition is Closed For Renovations Until Further Notice
Fri, Feb 6th 2015 8:07a   Keith Brooks
This is the first Lotusphere (that is what a very yellow clad IBMer proclaimed) in years I did not do any blogging. Not a daily, no recaps, no massive posting. Just one posting, my SpeedGeeking session slide deck. Why the silence? I chose to follow IBMs lead. No fanfare, no big PR team push, no daily main tent sessions, no branding on stage. IBM hit the target, they wanted it to feel like a LUG and it did. Friends gathered, speakers presented, SpeedGeeking rocked, as usual, and somewhere in bet
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SpeedGeeking 2015 "How to Manage Exchange Admins (and their servers) with Domino"
Tue, Jan 27th 2015 1:45a   Keith Brooks
Speedgeeking was awesome, as usual. We hope you enjoyed it, learned something, and of course drank, ate and had fun. For those that ask, here are my slides up in SlideShare, these are the clean editions, if you were there, you will understand.
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Going to IBM ConnectED...ME TOO!
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 8:30a   Keith Brooks
So you, thought you, might like to, go to the show. The annual Lotus, IBM show known as Lotusphere IBM Connect now IBM ConnectED. Well, you got lucky today. I am going to give you some insights to this year’s edition. Whether you have a room at the top of the world of the Swan or Dolphin or just out on 192 or by the Downtown Disney area, you are getting ready for what will be a condensed, packed schedule of mostly hard core development and administration related topics across the IBM spectrum.
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4.3 Billion Emails in my Inbox
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 12:20p   Keith Brooks
A few days ago I had posted some Tweets about my inbox being filled with some unreal amount of emails. It was not: a DoS attack massive SPAM campaign incorrect marketing blasts gone bad large attendee confirmation for an upcoming conference Actually I have no idea in the end what it was, but it was showing mails as far back as 2009. I got this clip of the screenshot where you can see, what may well be a record for the largest inbox, just under 4.3 BILLION emails. After some discussions, bot
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Building Competiitve Pitches #EvangelistGuide
Mon, Dec 29th 2014 7:10a   Keith Brooks
In my previous post in the #EvangelistGuide series, I discussed writing competitive pitches, but covered quite a bit of ground as well. As promised, we now move on to the way one builds a competitive pitch. This may take many forms, and formats, with the idea being the same throughout, namely helping the customer say what they need and why they need it. If you start a conversation with an attack, you put people on the defensive, which is not always in your favor. However, there are times when
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A Few New 2015 IBM Champions I want To Thank
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 12:40p   Keith Brooks
Oh the stories we could tell... Many of us know each other, if not in person, then online and usually we found each other through blogs and sessions we gave at various events. Or at a User Group event or Lotusphere, IBM Connect, now IBM ConnectED. But sometimes we never meet which is a shame and some people, myself included, never know just how much we helped or are helped by others until they come up and tell us. I was named a 2015 IBM Champion for ICS for the 3rd year in a row. I don't know
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Writing Competitive Pitches #EvangelistGuide
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 7:40a   Keith Brooks
Once upon a time people would have discussions with one another and argue the finer points of The Beatles Vs. The Rolling Stones, beer vs. wine, blended vs. singe malt scotch or is Eric Clapton really God? Should we be in Vietnam or Korea or do we colonize Mars. iPhone vs. Android, Jobs vs. Ford, 72' Dolphins vs. anyone. But the fun and good times eventually gives way to serious business discussions at work when you are in sales and now you not only need to have a good argument, you also need t
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Don't Ship Shit! And Other Things learned from the #IBM #NewWayToWork LiveStream
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 11:40a   Keith Brooks
If you spent the two hours online watching the video and speakers (link to watch the replay) during the IBM event today, you found yourself going back and forth across a spectrum from amazement to amusement. The new name of the Mail.Next product is IBM Verse, no mention, that I recall, of the server name being changed. I am not going to try to explain the name, Alan Lepofsky did it quite well here. This mobile/browser based communication portal unleashes the power of Watson to help you automat
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Questions are Free, Answers Cost Money
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 3:00a   Keith Brooks
I had some discussions around presenting and training and my blog style over the last few days. When preparing presentations, and blog posts, that are of a technical nature, there a few steps involved. The premise of the problem, some investigation work to solving it, testing the solutions then providing details around the one that worked. Many times I provide the question, and the answer, in order to help make other techies lives easier for them, when they run into the same problems. When I w
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I Finally Experiencd the Social Connections Conference
Sat, Nov 15th 2014 1:10p   Keith Brooks
If you have been living outside of the collaboration or social space you probably have no idea what conference I am discussing. The Social Connections Conference, which has just completed their 7th conference in 3.5 years, is an impressive effort that you should experience too. Having been a part of or attended so many conferences over the years I had been unable to get to any of the Social Connections events until this one in Stockholm, Sweden and what makes it so impressive? I have a 10 11 1
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Didn't you see my Updates?! Slides posted
Fri, Nov 14th 2014 4:20a   Keith Brooks
On Slideshare are my slides from today's Social Connections VII session from Stockholm. Off the cuff speaking and the ONLY session at #soccnx that was done in Lotus Yellow. If you need help with adoption, please let me know, I am in Europe and happy to help your organization. http://www.slideshare.net/kbmsg/accountability-rocks-soccnx2
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SnTT - In Which Port Settings Don't Quite Work
Thu, Nov 6th 2014 3:13p   Keith Brooks
Been a long time since I wrote a Show n Tell Thursday so let's get on with it. Building an IBM Domino cluster is not as difficult as it was years ago and I was done with the basic parts and wanted to test the fail over. I figured easiest way to do this was to enter at a server console "stop port tcpip" while connected via rdp to the server. I tested mail clients could fall over to the 2nd server and mail routed. Great. Back to the server and server console and tell it to "start port tcpip
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Hey Politicians, There is this thing called the Internet
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 4:56a   Keith Brooks
Where we live there is a newspaper, in print, that is free and is very pro the current government. I say good for them if they can keep it going on dwindling advertising revenue, or the owner is some wealthy patron who feels the need to lose some money, either way, what is the problem? The problem is some government officials think this is propaganda with the aim of helping the existing government officials stay in office and should be treated accordingly. They are trying to pass a law that ne
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Curios Reading from 2007 About Collaborative Networks and Conflict
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 6:53a   Keith Brooks
“A Manager’s Guide to Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Networks” (Washington, D.C.: IBM Center for The Business of Government, 2007) While researching my upcoming session at Social Connections VII in Stockholm, Sweden in 2 weeks I came across this article from 2007, naturally backed by IBM, on collaboration, conflict and accountability. The authors: Lisa Blomgren Bingham, Professor and Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service, Indiana University andRosemary O'Leary, Edwin O. Stene Dist
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Have You Designed a Car without an Engine Today?
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 6:53a   Keith Brooks
Half baked ideas? No, they were completely baked and ready to go....except for a strategic piece. Lost in translation or just lost in space, hard to know sometimes where to assign the lack of accountability. A Cloud solution that is not quite ready for the Enterprise or an application that you are working on when you suddenly realize no one thought about who would use the solution, let alone, why they need it. Governments, countries, airports and many organizations run into this it seems more
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NIche SEO Worked for Us
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 6:53a   Keith Brooks
We ended up here, didn't we because of SEO? This is the revelation that occurred to me recently when looking at how we ended up in a city in Israel that is not on most people's vacation itinerary. Rehovot was the home of Ubique, a little company IBM bought to include inside their Sametime offering. They still retain offices here for Sametime development. Many people spend tons of money to increase their exposure and search ranks which boils down to SEO methods that are a mix of data analytic
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Captain Kirk, to the Bridge! No! Wait, Go to Engineering!
Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 6:46a   Keith Brooks
Apologies to +William Shatner (@williamshatner) for the title but let's talk about V'ger (@_vger), I mean The Cloud. Cloud discussions may not come from IT, in fact, it seems IT is the last to know about the idea sometimes. While asking some fellow consultants and Business Partners, we are seeing an interesting situation arise and hope this example helps you to not find yourself in the same predicament. Business leaders are making choices, then telling IT. The opposite of the way things have b
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The Royal Scam or just a CopyCat App?
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 6:46a   Keith Brooks
Apologies to Steely Dan. By now everyone has heard of Ello. The question still remains why? Someone posted about it shortly after I read Robert Scoble's post about it.Being a messaging and communication person, figured I should check it out. I described it as a mix between Pinterest and Twitter. Many said it was like Facebook. It does not really matter because it doesn't do anything special, yet, that I can tell. Maybe Jerry Seinfeld is behind it. You know, it's an app, about nothing...ge
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I am speaking at Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 7:23a   Keith Brooks
After a few years of trying to get to the event, I have finally made plans to not only attend, but speak at the IBM Social Business and Connections User Group meeting, referred to as Social Connections VII (#soccnx) which is in Stockholm, Sweden November 13-14th. Event and registration details here. The event has had about 200-300 customers attend previous meetings.Vendors and sponsors are of course welcome and want to help you with your business. The topic of my session is “Didn't you see
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Friday Frustrations - Online Bill Paying UX Failure
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 4:06a   Keith Brooks
Received our first gas bill today from the Supergas company here in Israel. I can setup an automatic bank draft or pay by credit card. I can't do the bank draft yet so I figured I would pay by credit card. Go to their site, find the pay my bill page, get to the screen where I put in my information and there is one small problem...the area code. Mine, 058 is not listed. Link to their page here Naturally like any good hack I figured just pick an area code and let it go, like entering jay@jay.com
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My BlueMix Day of Coding
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 8:26a   Keith Brooks
I rarely code anymore, but when I found out about this class, not far from me in Israel, I figured why not check it out. Last time I did something like this was at IBM Impact 2 years ago when I sat in on a Worklight development hands on session. Which was more useful? Bluemix is this year's iPhone from IBM and Worklight is a bit quieter. Bluemix is a term loosely translated to me as "Websphere lite". Why do I say this? There are a lot of pieces to make this environment come together. Not
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Accountability and the ESN
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 6:33a   Keith Brooks
In this Golden Age of social networks that pretend to be burying email servers like Rod Stewart goes through wives, we have a black hole that is not discussed. Email is not perfect, but better than most countries normal postal services. IM is great for awareness of who is online, but just because I show up online does not mean I really am at the machine, phone or browser. Twitter is awesome....when you are connected to the internet. SMS is far from perfect, as anyone who travels can tell you wh
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What is your Candy Corn?
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 6:33a   Keith Brooks
For those not familiar with the reference, Candy Corn is a sweet confectionery candy which is quite sugary and shaped like a triangle with 3 colors in it. Wikipedia explains it this way. The picture below is from Wikipedia as well. I could eat a mound of it and not think twice about it. To me Candy Corn is one of the best candies. It is a happy candy, for me, and I enjoy eating them, in many ways which I will not bore you with here. Sadly for me the only Kosher ones I know of are from the Jelly
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What Are You Doing, HAL?
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 6:33a   Keith Brooks
My friend Chris Toohey posted this on Twitter: Ever have one of those mornings where you just want to blow off billable work & code something fun?? #stayOnTarget! — Chris Toohey (@christoohey) September 3, 2014 I replied, I just want my servers to talk to me. What would you have your server say, if it could talk? "My Router hurts, are you spamming people again?" "Drive C has eaten all the chips and needs a bigger belt (no free space)" "That agent you ran just now, were you seriousl
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Think About This for a Moment
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 7:13a   Keith Brooks
According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.This table, can give you more details of breakdowns, data up to 2009. Because of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, which has raised over $94 Million since July 29th alone, there are now
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Conference Season is Picking Up
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 12:33p   Keith Brooks
I have been a bit out of the loop the last 4-6 weeks but for those who have been in the know, there are many conferences, especially IBM ones, over the next few months. Some are asking for abstracts. Hint, hint. MWLUG in Grand Rapids NEXT WEEK, August 27-29 ICON UK September 12th in London Social Connections VII in Stockholm November 13-14 (abstracts due by end of August) DanNotes November 20-21 in Korsør (abstracts due by end of August) 2015 Lotusphere/IBM Connect/ IBM ConnectED in Orla
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Apps That Make Life Easier in Other Countries
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 7:10a   Keith Brooks
On my travels lately we have been using extensively a few apps which some of you may need or want when you travel as well. I am not so excited by any of the lame efforts of gamification, so ignoring this GAM (Game Spam) the apps are: Everyone knows about WAZE and if you don't, go get it now and never get lost or late anywhere you drive. Like WAZE, MOOVIT does for you bus users and train users what WAZE does for drivers. A bit confusing of a UI but once you get used to it you will not stop. It
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Are you a Catalyst?
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 6:50a   Keith Brooks
About two weeks ago I was involved in a discussion on Twitter with someone about blogging and awareness. He writes a blog about AIX systems which I like but rarely get to play with any more. He tweeted to me about how management doesn’t “get” his blogging nor gives him any credit for it. My answer is, this too will pass and his time will come. Writing for a few weeks or months, even in some cases years, does not produce tangible results until some catalyst brings you into the spotlight. I
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Next Stop, Israel
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 8:03a   Keith Brooks
Yes, I gave it all away in the title of this post. For the rest of you that clicked through to read about this topic, let me start with this story. This quite possibly may be my longest blog post I ever write. You have been warned.Around 1994 or 1995 I was managing Citibank's Latin American Lotus Notes network. I visited numerous countries there and checked on our cc:Mail, Notes and OpenMail installations and personnel.One trip scheduled was to Bogota, Colombia. In those years it was common, a
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Daf Yomi, 2 years down, 5.5 to go
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 7:10a   Keith Brooks
Happy Birthday to my baby who turned 7 years old yesterday which also happens to be the anniversary of when we started Daf Yomi. When I started the Daf Yomi, you can read past posts from last year at the 1st anniversary, I wondered if I would stick with it. It is hard to spend about 45 minutes a day, on average, doing something for yourself. No PR side, no monetary side, no work benefits, just pure learning for the sake of learning. What have I been learning? Here is a simple breakdown of the




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