BLUG has been really good event this year. Again!
Theo is a great host, doesn't matter if you're speaker or attendee, he treats you well. Extremely well. All that chocolate in a speakers room! I was full of energy and good mood until late night hours even after the whole busy day at a conference. Splendid!
Day 0: Wednesday
Being a speaker for the first time on LUG event and presenting in English for the first time ever was kind of difficult for me. I was very shy at the opening event on Wednesday evening (and usually I'm not shy at all), Sean Cull helped me by "dragging me" into the conversation (thanks!) and then it went just fine. I met several speakers I had talked to year before and they remembered me! The fact that I had traveled 15 hours by bus last year to get to BLUG was probably very unusual, I don't know why :-) Martin Donnelly introduced me to guys from XPages and Connections development team and it was an evening well spent. And those nice beers! And synchronized swimming! I had to leave early but it was for good, because having hangover and speaking is not my favorite combination.
Day 1: Thursday
First day began with quick opening by Theo Heselmans followed by keynote by Christopher Crummey and although I was nervous I enjoyed it - especially some jokes as "Eire & Notn Iron" :-D
There is a replay of the keynote available.
During the following coffee break I set up my notebook and tried projector, checked my notes and started to wait for attendees. As minutes passed there still was nobody in the room! Even at 11:30, when the session should start, there were 2 people there (not counting my friend Dave Horak - who was helping me to calm down - and me). That did not help me at all. Room filled a bit more in 5 minutes, fortunately. My guess is around 30 people. Much better than two. When I started to talk I heard my trembling voice and realized that it's not good. So I frankly told attendees that I'm nervous and my voice is just attempting to synchronize with my body (I'm really happy nobody shouted "thanks Cpt. Obvious!"). Looking back those approx. 50 minutes were exciting experience for me. I found out that people are not cruel creatures waiting to take you down on any small mistake and - because I was adventurous enough to show a lot of live demos - that not everything breaks in the worst possible time. Even the projector lamp blew off near the end of the session! Just last two slides were skipped and one of them was "Thank you" slide. You can see all the slides here.
There was Spark ideas session during lunch break. If you're not familiar with it, there is replay of Lotusphere 2012 Spark ideas sessions available. And I saw Chris Miller with camera there so I guess there will be replay available for BLUG Spark ideas as well.
I took a little break after the lunch so the next session I attended was Everything about LotusScript by Bill Buchan. And it was fun! He is a great speaker and also the content was very interesting. And I'm not talking about the content of his pants. This remark sounds VERY strange, I know, but I'm not going to clarify it! :) You had to be there!
Next session about Teamstudio's Unplugged product was interesting as well. I only wonder how many of attendees were there because of the content and how many because of the free drinks and possibility to win iPad 3...
There were free beers also at the next XPages Blast session and Tim Clark at the beginning told us that those who drink highest number of beers during the session are going to win XPages Portable Command Guide. We did drink most - Dave and me - but shock! horror! books went to people ASKING questions not BURPING them :-)
I had really liked speed sponzoring part of BLUG last year and this year it was great again. 12 or so different presentation styles, different products, different gifts, different chances to win valuable prizes. And free beer. Excellent combination.
2015 - wrap up
Mon, Dec 8th 2014 5:12a Martin Jinoch End of the year is approaching at increasing speed (more deadlines you have, more speed you get) and as we're headed to our annual vacation soon, I'm calling this year "a day". (this probably doesn't work in English as I mean it, but you understand it, right?)
It started right after we returned from Vietnam at the end of January, with a lot of projects to catch up on, followed by speaking at ENGAGE with Paul Withers and being on This Week in Lotus discussion panel (yes, THAT This week in Lo [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Champion 2015!
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 3:11p Martin Jinoch I'm very honoured to be selected as IBM Champion in ICS for 2015. I'm very very very happy to be on the list with so many great people. 96 people from all around the world. Two of them from Czech Republic.
Congratulations to all IBM Champions 2015!
To people who nominated me: Thank you for the nominations!
P.S.: my secret tip how to become IBM Champion is to wear a wig while working at the registration desk for Social Connections conference, but shhh :-) [read] Keywords: connections
Social Connections VII - Stockholm - short recap
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 1:44a Martin Jinoch We did it again!
Two day conference for over 160 people, packed with IBM Connections related (and social software in general) content. Organizing team had 7 active members, who worked at their free time to prepare and run this event.
Photo by Oliver Heinz
Thursday and Friday last week in Stockholm at Odenplan 7a conference center we had many great sessions and plenty of networking with people from around the world. Which is exactly what I LOVE about these events.
This time I (at the registrat [read] Keywords: connections
Fall - time of the conferences and hard work
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 12:10p Martin Jinoch For me the end of the summer means increased number of projects I'm involved in. To finish all of them until the end of the year - that is something I've never managed to achieve. This year seems to be a bit different. Hopefully.
Up until now I've resisted to say yes for too many of "just a small 10 mandays work" (usually ending up as 50 MD). One of the reasons is that after Social Connections VI in Prague I'm part of the team preparing the next event - Social Connections VII in Stockholm. [read] Keywords: connections
Social Connection VI
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 6:10a Martin Jinoch Well, that was really great experience to be part of the team organizing Social Connection VI conference in Prague.
Our team was working hard to make it happen. All other members were also presenting, which I can only admire. I can not imagine myself doing all that work AND preparing for the session(s) as well. Let alone being able to deliver it.
After spending some time at the registration booth I'm a bit afraid that my new nickname "registration booth babe" will be with me for some time. It [read] Keywords: connections
Fri, Mar 21st 2014 10:15a Martin Jinoch In the beginning of this week I've attended the best European "Lotus related" conference called now Engage, up until last year named BLUG.
For the first time it has taken place outside of Belgium in a nice city called Breda located one hour (by fast train) from Amsterdam. Venue was very also interesting - Chassé Theater.
There is no need to point out that organization of the conference was fantastic, because that is automatically assumed when you know who is organizing it - Theo Heselmans. [read] Keywords: domino
Speaking at BLUG...I mean ENGAGE
Sat, Mar 15th 2014 1:11p Martin Jinoch Tomorrow morning I'll be heading to the airport to catch flight to Amsterdam and then via train to Breda to attend ENGAGE conference (it used to be called BLUG). I'm always looking forward to being there. I hope to meet a lot of old friends and even more new ones. I persuaded a couple of Lotus-positive friends to come this year, so be prepared for more Czech geeks :-)
This is my second time as a speaker on this event so I'm even more excited to go there. Paul Withers and I will be presenting [read] Keywords: domino
Automatic building of NSF from (git) repository
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 8:49a Martin Jinoch I finally had some time to try new "experimental" feature that has been added to IBM Notes in 9.0.1 release. And it is the ability to automatically take repository containing so called on-disk project and build NSF out of it. Which is something you probably do daily, but you have to do it manually in Designer.
After couple of tweets about this matter Jonathan Roche from IBM offered me help in case I have any problems. I always have problems ;-) But this was easy... What was missing in slides f [read] Keywords: domino
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 7:08a Martin Jinoch This year's last digit is going to be the first digit of my age. And that makes me think a lot. Because I always considered age as something not important. I have friends of all ages and have never really cared about how old is a person I'm dealing with. But since my very good friend died 5 years ago and my father died nearly 2 years ago, I started to be aware of age a bit.
I still feel like being in my late twenties except I no longer can drink all night and be ready next morning. Nope, it t [read] Keywords: domino
Domino Designer and .git folder mystery
Wed, May 1st 2013 8:36a Martin Jinoch Twitter conversation about version control has brought me to the debate about .git folder appearing in NSF file and how to avoid having it there.
I remember seeing one NSF file with .git folder in it a while ago and I've deleted it from NSF without any consequences. NSF is still fine, git repository it is connected to as well. But Cameron Gregor (and probably Sean Cull too) had different experience.
Cameron was kind enough to "record" how this happens on his computer. When I was reproducing [read] Keywords: domino