IBM Connect 2014 By the Numbers
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 12:16p Mitch Cohen Here is a quick look back at IBM Connect 2014 by the numbers
I felt like I did not take that many pictures this year, as I left the big camera behind most of the time and stuck with my phone, at the end of the week I somehow ended up with 2251 pictures between my phone and camera.
Here is my Flickr Collection for IBM Connect 2014
Everyone knows you walk, and walk, and walk at IBM Connect here were my Steps per day as tracked by my Fitbit One
Sunday – 18,428
Monday ̵ [read] Keywords: ibm
The 2014 Lotusphere Closing Ceremony
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 11:10a Mitch Cohen Yes it is called IBM Connect now, and the Closing General Session wraps up around 4:30 in the afternoon, but the true closing session takes place many hours later when Mat Newman finally removes his badge (well has his badge removed). The honor this year was given to Amanda Bauman.
The 2013 Lotusphere Closing Ceremony [read] Keywords: ibm
Live Blogging at IBM Connect
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 7:11a Mitch Cohen I will be live blogging (or at least trying) once again from IBM Connect. For now I plan on live blogging 2 sessions, though I might add more later on.
Monday January 27th 7:45 AM IBM Connect 2014 Opening General Session
Thursday January 30th 11:15 AM Ask the Product Managers
My full blogging and speaking schedule is available on my IBM Connect 2014 page, and visit the IBM Connect Livestream page for live coverage [read] Keywords: ibm
Some useful Amazon S3 Tools
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 9:33a Mitch Cohen I find myself using Amazon S3 for storage more and more these days. Yes I have a Dropbox account, and a Box account (and probably a Copy account too). There are times that I need a little more space then I have available in Dropbox and among other things I have been using Amazon S3 to give my self a little extra space as needed.
What is Amazon S3 you ask this is a quick explanation
Here are some tools I have found useful working with my files in S3
Android: S3Anywhere Free and Pro version [read] Keywords: apple
Holes I Need Holes
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 12:12p Mitch Cohen (Yes the post title is a Seinfeld reference see below)
One of my cardinal rules in life is ABC (Always Be Charging). I like to keep my devices charged, and you can usually find me with a spare battery of some sort on me when I am out and about. Much as I have tried to avoid Kickstarter, last year The Practical Meter caught my eye and I backed the project.
I have been playing with it for some time now, and it is definitely helpful in making sure that when speed matters devices are charging [read] Keywords: application
Superbowl Tickets Maybe Not
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 7:14p Mitch Cohen The Superbowl will be played in my backyard this year, today the NFL was nice enough to send me an email letting me know that tickets are now available.
Out of curiosity I clicked, the cheapest tickets
and the most expensive tickets
I guess I will be watching it the comfort of my den [read] Keywords: email
Making Two Factor Authentication (a little) easier
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 9:15a Mitch Cohen I am a big fan of Two Factor Authentication. If you are not familiar with two factor authentication, there is a good explanation here. I have enabled Two Factor authentication pretty much on any account I have that supports it.
Many Two Factor implementations use the Google Authenticator app to provide the authentication code. Setting up the authenticator is easy, you generally scan a QR code, and then enter the code to confirm the setup.
One of the difficulties when using Two Factor [read] Keywords: google
2013 By The Numbers
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 6:12a Mitch Cohen An abbreviated version of my annual look back at the last year, by the numbers.
My blogging output was way down this year. I am not exactly sure why, it was a busy year not leaving as much time to care and feed the blog as I would have liked. On my to do list for this year is to give the blog theme a much needed update, and hopefully get back to posting a little more regularly
Much like blogging a big drop off in the number of Tweets from 2012 to 2013. I can’t say I [read] Keywords: blogging
Speaking at IBM Connect 2014
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 7:11a Mitch Cohen I am looking forward to warm weather in Orlando a few short weeks from now, and looking forward to speaking twice at IBM Connect 2014
First on Monday a Show and Tell session with Chris Whisonant
SHOW304 : How to Create a Perfect Profile: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to A Smarter Workforce
Date/Time : Mon, 27/Jan, 02:00 PM-03:45 PM
Room : Swan-Osprey 1 & 2
Profiles are the centerpiece of IBM Connections and your social business. IBM Connections ships with scripts to connect to your LDAP Dir [read] Keywords: connections
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Tue, Dec 24th 2013 9:11a Mitch Cohen On December 24, 1968 one of NASA’s most famous pictures “Earthrise” was taken during the Apollo 8 Mission. NASA recreated how the photo was taken in this video [read] Keywords: twitter
Google Chromecast – The Good, The Bad, and the Wishlist
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 9:14a Mitch Cohen I have had a Google Chromecast for a couple of months now, and until recently was disappointed with it. That all changed this week when Google announced support for 10 news apps including Plex. Previously I had used Netflix a little over Chromecast and it worked well, but I have quite a bit of content on my Plex server to watch as well. With Plex on Chromecast it comes closer to taking over for the Roku box. So here is my good, bad and wishlist for Chromecast
Very easy to set up us [read] Keywords: apple
2014 IBM Champion
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 8:10a Mitch Cohen Last week the 2014 IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions were announced. I am honored to have been selected again along with 86 other deserving champions.
Thank you to anyone who might have nominated me and to the selection committee.
Now would also be a good time to welcome Oliver Heinz who was recently appointed as the new ICS community Manager. [read] Keywords: collaboration
My Google Reader Replacement(s)
Wed, Jun 26th 2013 5:47a Mitch Cohen After Google announced the shutdown of Google Reader in March I went through a period of denial, surely Google would change their mind. By mid May I realized I better start looking for alternatives, and with less than a week to go until Google Reader shuts down I think I have settled on my replacements.
I check my RSS feeds on my PC, Android Phone (Samsung Galaxy SIII), and on my iPad. Having them all in sync is probably the most important feature to me. After trying a few alternatives her [read] Keywords: apple
Bad Marketing or Clever Spam?
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 6:40a Mitch Cohen This morning I arrived in my office to find an envelope waiting for me on my desk. Physical mail of any sort is a rarity at the office these days, let alone a hand addressed envelope from someone I don’t know.
Curiosity made me open it and look inside where I found this
Note the custom URL with my name.
NO I did not type that in to a browser and I have no plans on doing so, but it leaves me wondering is this a terrible attempt at marketing something, which missed in both credibility an [read] Keywords: email
Sun, May 5th 2013 5:21p Mitch Cohen Survivor is the only reality TV show I watch. I have been watching it since it went on the air in 1998. Some seasons have been better than others, some of the survivors have been more fun to watch than others, but through the years for some reason I keep watching.
This morning we are celebrating real survivors, including my favorite survivor pictured here.
Feel free to support our team and raise money for Breast Cancer Research and Support here [read] Keywords:
Speaking at IamLUG
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 8:23a Mitch Cohen IamLUG is back in St Louis, MO next week and I will be there and be presenting. My Session is titled “Fast track users for IBM Smart Cloud for Social Business with Tivoli Directory Integrator“.
I will be showing how to use Tivoli Directory Integrator to provision your users in to IBM SmartCloud. In addition I will be covering the basics of Tivoli Directory Integrator, so if you are working with SmartCloud, IBM Connections Profiles, or have any other Directory Integration needs t [read] Keywords: connections
Farewell Google Reader – The “Free Problem”
Thu, Mar 14th 2013 8:15a Mitch Cohen Everyone loves Free products, but just look at the last few weeks/months here is a list of services or apps I use(d) that are going away
Tweetdeck (Air version)
There are others like Otixo which I used which transitioned from Freemium to paid, at which point I made a value judgement that it was not worth it to me to pay for that service. Ultimately you get what you pay for, and when you are not paying, you are simply hoping the free service you are us [read] Keywords: facebook
Oxford University Blocks Google Docs
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 6:15a Mitch Cohen This story caught e eye this morning, Oxford University made a decision to block Google Docs on the campus network at least temporarily for security reasons. You can read the article for why Oxford made this decision, the key though is how they say Google’s response (or lack thereof) to Phishing attacks running in Google Docs
Unfortunately, you then need to wait for them to take action. Of late that seems typically to take a day or two; in the past it’s been much longer, sometimes on [read] Keywords: email
Automatically Managing Attachments with Gmail & Dropbox
Wed, Feb 13th 2013 9:12a Mitch Cohen I mentioned earlier in the year I am focusing on reducing the overall amount of traffic in my inbox, and at the same time the amount of time spent managing my inbox. In my work life IBM Connections Files has greatly reduced the number of attachments received in email, and the ones I do receive are simply dragged and dropped into Files using the Notes Sidebar plugin.
In my personal life no such luck, I still get quite a deal of attachments in email, and I have found a pretty good system for dea [read] Keywords: connections
A Clarification on Traveler High Availability
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 7:11a Mitch Cohen Last week at IBM Connect Chris Whisonant and I presented a Show and Tell Session on IBM Notes Traveler High Availability. One of the attendees at the session was a developer from the Traveler team. I had worked with Smith (actually his first name not an alias) many times before during Traveler Betas, and on a couple of PMR, but met him for the first time at a Birds of Feather session on Traveler that morning.
While I was confident in my knowledge on the subject, a couple of times while pre [read] Keywords: domino
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The Lotusphere Closing Ceremony
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 12:12p Mitch Cohen Most people believe that when the Closing General Session ends Lotusphere is over. Lotusphere isn’t over though until the official closing ceremony much later on that night.
It is not easy leaving ones #happyplace [read] Keywords: lotusphere
20 Random Thoughts from IBM Connect 2013
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 6:59a Mitch Cohen 1. The batteries on Mat Newman occasionally need recharging
2. They label these things for a reason – double check the sign before entering
3. It’s So Fluffy
4. The only thing better than Minions is Dancing Minions (The person working the gift shop laughed a lot while we were visiting)
5. The Wifi was worthless this year, thank goodness for 4G (and unlimited data plans)
6. I love Roller Coasters but I skipped the Rocket at Universal which was probably a [read] Keywords: ibm
Farewell and Thank You IBM Connect 2013
Fri, Feb 1st 2013 5:12a Mitch Cohen Seven Days, 426 Tweets, 1620 pictures and videos, and very few hours of sleep, I am headed home from IBM Connect 2013.
As I have in past years I always like writing down a few thoughts and thank yous on my way home.
Thank you to my wife Elisa, every year I spend a week in the warmer climate of Florida, while Elisa stays home and takes care of the kids. This year I was thrilled that Elisa was able to join me in Orlando for a couple of days, and meet so many of the people that makes Lotusphere s [read] Keywords: ibm
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The (unofficial) Blogger Open: Where to Hangout After then Closing Session
Wed, Jan 30th 2013 6:39a Mitch Cohen There is no officially planned or sponsored Blogger Open this year, thanks to those who generously offered to sponsor, unfortunately I was not able to raise the dollars needed to officially run the event.
The unofficial community hangout after the IBM Connect Closing Session will be Splitsville bowling Alley at Downtown Disney.
Downtown Disney is located conveniently close to the Swan, Dolphin, Yacht, and Beach Club. Disney offers shuttle buses or it is a short cab ride away.
Splitsville offers [read] Keywords: ibm
Keep Calm and Travel(er) On
Fri, Jan 25th 2013 9:15a Mitch Cohen The Show and Tell session that Chris Whisonant and I will be presenting at IBM Connect has been featured on the IBM Social Business Insights Blog, read all about it here.
If you are interested in High Availability for IBM Lotus Notes Traveler here are the details
Show100: Making IBM Traveler Highly Available – Part 1: IBM Traveler Design
When: Tuesday January 29th 10:30 AM
Where: Swan Osprey 1 & 2
Social Business Insights Blog:Keep Calm and Travel(er) On [read] Keywords: collaboration
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Worlds Collide (What a Difference a Year Makes)
Fri, Jan 25th 2013 7:14a Mitch Cohen Last January I headed down to Orlando for Lotusphere with very mixed emotions, on one hand I wanted to be there, in some ways I needed to be there, and at the same time I was a little worried about leaving home one week after Elisa had major surgery. It was Elisa who months earlier knowing what was ahead insisted I make my plans and go to Lotusphere as I have been doing for years now.
It was around this time that the idea was born that Elisa should come to Lotusphere 2013. Over the course of [read] Keywords: ibm
Results of The 2013 IBM Connect Tablet Survey
Thu, Jan 24th 2013 1:14p Mitch Cohen The results are in, thanks to all who responded this year. There was 155 responses, and not surprisingly the iPad rules at IBM Connect. I was surprised that there were not more iPad Minis, I thought there would be more of them in the mix.
The presence of only one response of Microsoft Surface tablet did not surprise me, for a while it looked like it was going to finish at zero.
In the “Other” Category there was one Lenovo Yoga, one ”Etch a Sketch” and one “ [read] Keywords: ibm
Planning Your IBM Connect Calendar
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 7:13a Mitch Cohen Later this week I will be heading down to Orlando for IBM Connect. This is my 9th Lotusphere/Connect and over the years I have come up with a method for planning my schedule and keeping up with it while at the event. I warn you in advance this involves printing (yes printing) and despite all the mobile devices and calendars, I have stuck with this system as it works for me.
Step 1: Plan your schedule
Thanks to Mat Newman and his team there is once again a Notes Database for planning your sc [read] Keywords: collaboration
The 2013 IBM Connect Tablet Survey
Wed, Jan 16th 2013 7:39a Mitch Cohen Once again this year I am asking you take a moment and share with me your gadget plans for IBM Connect.
In addition to asking about tablets there is also a second question this year asking about a laptop. I am hoping for the first time to travel to Orlando with out a laptop, I wonder how many others might be planning the same. Feel free to drop a comment why you require or don’t require a laptop.
Poll is open until January 23rd, results will be published on the 24th
2012 Survey Resu [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Lotus Traveler, Android, and Browsers
Tue, Jan 15th 2013 7:52a Mitch Cohen This is documented in the IBM Lotus Traveler Documentation, but it is worth pointing out. If you are using IBM Lotus Traveler on Android the browser used to download the client on the device will determine which information is populated in the client.
What this is saying is that if you download the Traveler client using the Browser that came with the Android OS (Usually labelled simply ‘Internet’) the Server name and Username will fill in and after installing the configuration s [read] Keywords: ibm
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 6:48a Mitch Cohen One of the things I have been looking at recently is the volume of email I receive how to cut it down. No this is not a email is evil we must stop using it post, rather a focus on using it more efficiently.
There are two problems I am trying to solve:
1. Keep my inbox manageable and clutter free
2. Reduce the number of notification I receive on my phone (turning email notifications off altogether is just not an option)
To accomplish this I am taking a few specific steps
1. Unsubscribe: When em [read] Keywords: community
Sonny and Cher Return for IBM Connect 2013
Thu, Jan 10th 2013 9:05a Mitch Cohen Last year at the conclusion of Lotusphere those who were lucky enough to be in Kimonos on Thursday night saw Tom Duff & Andy Donaldson do their best imitation of Sonny & Cher with their rendition of “I got you babe“. Tom and Andy will be back (there might even be two shows this year) and we need your help picking a song for them.
Please make your suggestion (if the form does not appear below click here)
I Got You Babe – Lotusphere 2012 [read] Keywords: ibm
Roll Your Own Netflix
Thu, Jan 10th 2013 8:13a Mitch Cohen I have had my Roku box for a little over a year now, I mainly use it to connect to Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, and occasionally Pandora. I have always known there is more to do with a Roku but never took the time to explore.
Over the holiday season I was reading many of the “Got a new_____ Here are some tips” posts and found this one on Roku, which introduced me to the Plex Media Server.
Plex took 5 minutes to install on a machine at home, and less time to configure and p [read] Keywords: integration
The Blogger Open, There Might be Life in this Thing Yet
Wed, Jan 2nd 2013 8:34a Mitch Cohen I delivered the bad news last month that the Blogger Open would not be back for IBM Connect 2013. I appreciated all the feedback, and it is clear that there is interest in a post Closing Session event so I followed up on some suggestions. I have good news and bad news.
The Good news
The new bowling alley at Downtown Disney is the perfect location to hold and event, they will reserve a section of the bowling alley, and serve food. While it is a bus ride away from the Swan & Dolphin, ther [read] Keywords: collaboration
2012 By The Numbers
Wed, Jan 2nd 2013 7:08a Mitch Cohen My usual look back at the past year, by the numbers
Blogging was a bit down this year, especially in the second half of the year, I am not sure exactly why but a combination of being incredibly busy, and working on some projects that did not lend themselves to blogging definitely contributed. I have a list of posts I want to write or need to finish, hopefully some of them will get done in January.
January’s twitter explosion can be easily explained as the combination of [read] Keywords: lotusphere
IBM Notes Traveler 8.5.3 Update Pack 2 adds To Do’s
Wed, Dec 12th 2012 10:24a Mitch Cohen IBM Notes Traveler 8.5.3 Update Pack 2 adds To Do functionality to the Traveler family. After a quick update to my dev servers this morning here is what it looks like on Android
To Do now appears as a sync option
Here is the To Do app (before any of my To Dos had a chance to sync, trust me you don’t want to see that list)
As Mr. Newman said “a whole lotta blue” (*The Blue Traveler icons were introduced in UP1)
A Traveler To Do app for iOS should appear in the App Store [read] Keywords: ibm
We are The Champions Again
Wed, Dec 12th 2012 9:13a Mitch Cohen During the December IBM Collaboration Solutions Community Webcast IBM announced the 2013 IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions. I am honored to be on the list again for 2013 and happy to see many others return as well as some new names added to the list.
I would like to thank those who nominated me, and IBM for the recognition.
Congratulations to all the Champions.
IBM Champion Program [read] Keywords: collaboration
Speaking at IBM Connect 2013
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 7:04a Mitch Cohen I am excited to be back in the Show and Tell track again this year at IBM Connect (for my friends outside the IBM world IBM Connect is the conference formerly known as Lotusphere).
Chris Whisonant and I have teamed up again to present on High Availability for IBM Notes Traveler.
Making Traveler Highly Available: Part 1 Traveler Design
So, you have IBM Notes Traveler deployed in your organization. Deployed quickly, easily and at minimal cost to you. Of course now is has become mission criti [read] Keywords: collaboration
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Will the Real Blog Addict Please Stand Up
Tue, Dec 4th 2012 3:11p Mitch Cohen Having already lost the title of ‘family blogger’ to Elisa last year she just keeps raising the bar. Elisa actually tweets now too, but today she really outdid herself.
Today was a very special day for me and my family. Today was the day that my port was removed! Those who have dealt with a port themselves, or had a family member with a port, will understand the significance of having it removed. Many patients will leave their port in for a year, or more, after chemo. It is a decisio [read] Keywords: blogger
Farewell Blogger Open… Thanks for the Memories
Mon, Dec 3rd 2012 6:48a Mitch Cohen For the past four years following the Lotusphere Closing General Session, the Blogger Open has taken place at the Disney Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course. If you are not sure what the Blogger Open is was you can find out all about it here.
I am sorry to announce that the Blogger Open is done, history, finished. Why you may ask? Simply put I can not come to an agreement with the folks at Disney to run the event this year,
The facts are as follows:
Disney will not (for any price) grant u [read] Keywords: connections
Hurricane Tales part 2
Tue, Nov 6th 2012 10:14a Mitch Cohen Part 2 of some of the more humorous moments from the past week, this one is about a simple task we all take for granted, filling our gas tanks.
Before the hurricane hit I had filled both of our cars with gas, which turned out to be a good thing. I knew that stations might be without power and unable to pump gas, but had no idea how bad the search for gas would be after the storm passed.
New Jersey instituted an odd/even gas system reminiscent of the early 1970 gas crisis in the US. The rati [read] Keywords:
Hurricane Tales part 1
Mon, Nov 5th 2012 11:14a Mitch Cohen I am going to attempt to share some of the funnier moments from the past week while we were without power and displaced from our home. Here is the first installment.
On Tuesday when We realized we would be without power for a while, we packed up our refrigerator and freezer, grabbed some clothes and headed to my parents in Brooklyn who fortunately had power.
We consider ourselves very lucky to have a place to go, not everyone without power is so lucky, but apparently the accommodations were no [read] Keywords:
The City Geeks Hurricane Survival Guide
Fri, Nov 2nd 2012 6:53a Mitch Cohen For the second time in a year we find ourselves with out power for an exteneded period of time. Last year after escaping hurricane Irene with no issues at all in August, we lost power for a week in the crazy October snowstorm. Ironically one year later to the date hurricane Sandy blew through and knocked out our power, to be restored who knows when (Best Estimate is at least a week).
We are very lucky for a number of reasons
1. No one in our family was hurt in the storm
2. We did not suffer any [read] Keywords: apple
Hacked! Now What?
Wed, Oct 24th 2012 7:21a Mitch Cohen Earlier in the week a couple of friends were nice enough to let me know that Google was reporting that my site contained malware. Unfortunately when I investigated it appeared that malicious code had found its way on to my site.
Fortunately I take regular backups, and the easiest way to fix was to restore the WordPress files from a backup (after of course confirming that the backup was Malware free). My Database was not impacted so I did not have to restore it.
I am still trying to determine [read] Keywords: database
Important Links for IBM Connections 4.0
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 5:58a Mitch Cohen IBM Connections 4.0 is available for download today, just so I have all these in one place:
Technote 4033179: Download IBM Connections (includes all the part numbers)
Technote 7035893: IBM Connections 4.0 Detailed System Requirements
IBM Connections Wiki: Connections 4.0 Documentation
and of course always remember to check Fix Central for the latest fixes. [read] Keywords: connections
Back to School (Part 2)
Thu, Sep 6th 2012 9:11a Mitch Cohen Following yesterday’s sendoff of their big sister the boys returned to school today, their last year in preschool.
They chose to sit in the corner we didn’t put them there.
This was their mother after dropping them off at school this morning [read] Keywords:
Back to School (Part 1)
Wed, Sep 5th 2012 8:13a Mitch Cohen Molly’s first day of fourth grade and her 9th birthday*
I don’t know why but Molly likes the sign on the sneakers picture every year
Off to 4th Grade
Back to school is a little different than when I was in school
This is what we actually did on our summer vacation.
Back to school part 2 tomorrow.
*Yes there will be Carvel Cake later to celebrate [read] Keywords: twitter
What is your J-Score?
Wed, Aug 22nd 2012 11:15a Mitch Cohen One of the apps that I installed on my new phone is Carat
Carat is a research project that aims to detect energy bugs—app behavior that is consuming energy unnecessarily—using data collected from a community of mobile devices. After running Carat for about a week, you will start to receive personalized recommendations for improving your battery life. We are based out of the AMP Lab in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, collaborating with the University of Helsinki
[read] Keywords: apple
Migrating from Posterous to WordPress
Wed, Aug 22nd 2012 8:12a Mitch Cohen For the past few years I have used a site on posterous. I liked posterous easy approach to posting via the web or e-mail and it’s ability to display photo albums. Add to that the iOS and Android apps it was a great place to easily post, and not spread photos around a variety of services (twitpic, twitter, yfrog and others).
Then came the acquisition by twitter and the vague acquisition FAQ which makes it clear that at some point they will shut the service down. This is when I d [read] Keywords: facebook
Classic Domino Admin
Thu, Aug 16th 2012 7:15a Mitch Cohen This used to be a mainstay in my Notes client toolbar, and for some reason I forgot all about it, until someone was nice enough to remind me yesterday.
In preferences customize your toolbar and add a new button with a Formula of
Make sure that button is in a visible toolbar, and you now have an instant classic domino remote console
I am sure this is documented elsewhere, but leaving it here as a reminder to myself. [read] Keywords: admin
First Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S III
Tue, Aug 14th 2012 1:19p Mitch Cohen Yesterday it finally arrived, my brand new Samasung Galaxy S III, my first Android phone that was not manufactured by Motorola. This is not a full review of the phone, I haven’t even tried any of the new features like NFC, or any of the Samsung specific features like S-Beam, S-Voice, S-Memo or S-Suggest. So far just focused on getting all my apps installed and configured, and finding my way around the phone.
Size and Feel
The phone is slightly larger than my Droid X, but not noticeab [read] Keywords: application
No iPhones or iPads in 2015?
Mon, Aug 13th 2012 7:13a Mitch Cohen via Jump Start
The Back to the Future trilogy are among my favorite movies, one of the reasons seeing Michael J Fox live on stage in January was so great.
Michael J Fox takes the stage to Johnnie B good #ls12
— Mitch Cohen (@curiousmitch) January 16, 2012 [read] Keywords: twitter
Building the (Lego) Space Shuttle Expedition
Mon, Jul 16th 2012 10:12a Mitch Cohen Back in June on Fathers day my wife surprised me with the Lego Space Shuttle set. I had my eye on this for a while and was very excited build it. The set is 1230 pieces, not sorted in any logical or easy to find order.
It probably took in the area of 4 hours total to build the Shuttle and another couple of hours to complete the fuel tank, booster rockets, and launchpad.
The level of detail and the custom pieces Lego crafts to design these sets is just incredible, though I am convinced the des [read] Keywords: office
Tue, Jul 10th 2012 6:11a Mitch Cohen Yesterday marked the fifth birthday of CuriousMitch, my first post coming from Collaboration University back in 2007. Things appear to have been a little slower than usual here recently, partly because of a lack of time, and partly due to working on a couple of projects that don’t lend themselves to blogging. I have lots of posts in drafts that one of these days I will finish and post (or I might simply discard them).
Thanks for stopping by enjoy help yourself to a piece of Blogiversa [read] Keywords: collaboration
The Problem with Android
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 7:15a Mitch Cohen Back in 2009 (when apparently I was a much bigger fan of iOS) I wrote about how Apple got it right in how they managed OS upgrades compared to RIM who let the carriers control when and if devices got upgraded. Sound familiar? Substitute Google/Android for RIM and it is the exact same scene playing out all over again.
To highlight the absurdity of this yesterday Google announced Chrome for iOS, while Chrome for iOS is far from perfect if I choose to I can install it today on my original iPa [read] Keywords: apple
Am I Blue?
Wed, Jun 27th 2012 6:14a Mitch Cohen After upgrading to Traveler 8.5.3 UP1 the answer is mostly
I like the new icons, and glad to finally have High Availability in my Traveler environment, my dev system is upgraded from beta to gold, and now working on the plan to migrate a rather large Traveler production environment in to a High Availability cluster.
Just have to wait for an updated Sametime Client icon now to match the others. [read] Keywords: lotus
Swiftkey 3 The Best Android Keyboard
Thu, Jun 21st 2012 7:14a Mitch Cohen Swiftkey 3 was released today, I have been a long time Swiftkey user, including the beta of Swiftkey 3. There are many things I prefer about Android over iOS, but typing use Swiftkey is high on the list.
Swiftkey learns how you type to give you better predictions, if you give it permission it can also learn your typing style by reading your Twitter and Facebook posts, as well as read your Gmail account and blog.
Swiftkey 3 on Google Play [read] Keywords: facebook
Instagram Revisited (OK So I like it)
Fri, Jun 8th 2012 7:11a Mitch Cohen Back in March when Instagram announced it was coming to Android I asked if I should care. Of course when Instagram shipped for Android I tried it. Almost 100 pictures later I have to admit I like it. I am still not sure I get it though.
What do I like about Instagram? The camera interface is simple, and takes decent pictures, I almost never use the filters, or effects, though it does do a good job of adjusting the lighting when needed. I like the ability to easily share with Twitter an [read] Keywords: facebook
Updated IBM Connections Mobile App with Multiple Account Support
Thu, Jun 7th 2012 7:10p Mitch Cohen If you use IBM Connections you should be running the mobile app on your phone or tablet. Today an update shipped adding lots of new features including support for multiple accounts, useful if you have a need to connect to more than one instance of IBM Connections. I received the update on my Android tablet, and am guessing that it is working it’s way through the Apple approval process and will be in the App Store soon
IBM Connections on Google Play
IBM Connections on Appl [read] Keywords: connections