Only 3 weeks left until MWLUG 2014 – Hotel Discount Expiring!
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 11:12a Ray Bilyk There’s only 3 weeks left until MWLUG 2014 in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan at the even more beautiful Amway Grand Plaza Hotel from August 27-29, 2014!
I have some simple questions for you:
Why haven’t you registered yet?
Why haven’t you booked your room yet? (Hotel discount is expiring)
Why don’t you want to be cool like the rest of us that are attending? (Yes, you can be cool simply by attending)
Why don’t you like beer? (See Thursday Social Event at Founders [read] Keywords:
Introducing… You Drink Some, You Brew Some
Tue, Jun 10th 2014 12:15p Ray Bilyk Like many of my IT brethren that are going out and following their individual passions (also known as ‘things that keep them happy and sane’), I am also following their lead and getting more into the hobby of making my own beer, wine and spirits (also known as zymurgy). I wanted to keep track of the things I see, do and taste, so of course, I’m going to blog it.
Because I didn’t want to change this blog, or add content that might not be technologically related, I created [read] Keywords:
MWLUG 2014 Abstract Submission Extended until Next Friday, May 23, at 5:00 PM
Fri, May 16th 2014 12:11p Ray Bilyk From Richard Moy and the MWLUG Committee:
With the sad news of Tim [Tripcony] passing away, many of us have not had the time to absorb what has happened. Given that, the MWLUG committee has decided to extend the abstract submission period for MWLUG 2014 until the end of next week, May 23. MWLUG was the first time that I met Tim in person. He was one of the first to volunteer as a speaker when we first started the MWLUG conferences. He will be sorely missed.
ThereR [read] Keywords: domino
An “Outsider’s” view of Tim Tripcony
Tue, May 13th 2014 10:10a Ray Bilyk I was at a loss yesterday when I heard about Tim from Scott Hooks. I’m still doing some soul searching, but since a lot of the ‘collaboration family’ is sharing their thoughts, I thought that I’d share mine.
As some of you know, I’m primarily an administrator, and I refer to myself only as a ‘closet developer’. I used to believe that when referring to administrators versus developers, it’s was ‘us vs. them’. That all changed the first t [read] Keywords: collaboration
MWLUG 2014 Call for Abstracts Now Open
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 11:10a Ray Bilyk Ok, time to submit your abstract for MWLUG 2014, which is being held at the historic Amway Grand Plaza on August 27-29, 2014!
For those of you that want to be on the ‘big stage’ at IBM Connect, this is a great way to feel it out and see if it’s right for you! (I also hear that track managers look to regional user groups like MWLUG for future speakers.)
Go check it out now!
Deadlines for submission is May 16th at 6PM.
Registrat [read] Keywords: ibm
OT: Olympia Development Parking Services Job Fairs Coming up at Hockeytown Café
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 10:11a Ray Bilyk With Detroit Tigers Opening Day just weeks away, Olympia Development Parking Services is hiring part-time parking attendants for its staff. Please spread the word to friends, family members or other job seekers about upcoming Parking Services job fairs at the Celebration Room at Hockeytown Café in Detroit, Michigan.
The job fairs will take place at Hockeytown Café on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 19 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, February 20 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday [read] Keywords: development
#IBMConnect – Begging for your help!
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 5:11a Ray Bilyk I have to admit… I love playing games, but I love to WIN games even more! This year at #IBMConnect 2014, there’s a new way for all of us here to share information… #IBMConnect – The Game!
#IBMConnect – The Game
It’s time to join in on #IBMConnect – The Game. In this fun event, you will be rewarded points for participating in online activities, like posting pictures with an IBM Champion on Twitter and Instagram and using the #IBMChamp hashtag, or joining your team [read] Keywords: ibm
Live blogging at IBM Connect 2014
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 11:11p Ray Bilyk I’m going to attempt to live blog the Opening General Session at IBM Connect 2014 (#IBMConnect).
I’ll do my best to keep all of you up to date with what is happening during the main events.
I will also try to get my colleague, Jessica Daniels, to blog about #IBMConnect on her blog, Domino Dev with JD. [read] Keywords: domino
Heads up if you used the #IBMConnect ‘My Schedule’ iCal export
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 7:09p Ray Bilyk This was announced a couple of hours ago on the #IBMConnect site:
Please be advised that if you used the My Schedule page and have already setup your schedule, downloaded the iCal and imported into your calendar, you will want to do that again to get your timezone information correctly imported.
We have made an improvement to the iCal download that we have tested with many calendaring clients that will correctly import the timezone information. When you get to Orlando your devices and normal ca [read] Keywords: calendaring
Error with Notes Traveler To Do app on iOS – Fix coming, but workaround available
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 12:12p Ray Bilyk There was a issue reported to me by a very important colleague related to the To Do app running on his iPhone. When he tried to sync between the Traveler server and his device, he got this error:
After a quick call to IBM Support, I was given my answer:
There is a recently discovered problem in the ToDo app that causes HTTP requests to be malformed when the server redirects the requests. A fix will be published to the App Store, however, it may take 1-2 weeks to appear. In the meantime, t [read] Keywords: ibm
Social Media Trends in 2014 #GetRealChat December 10th at 9PM ET w/ #IBMConnect
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 7:15a Ray Bilyk Join the #GetRealChat on Tuesday, December 10 at 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 7pm MT / 6pm PT
Join Pam Moore, host of the weekly Twitter chat, #GetRealChat on Tuesday, December 10 at 9pm ET as she talks with experts about Social Trends in 2014 in HR, digital experiences, social business, mobile, analytics and cloud.
IBM is joining as a special guest on #GetRealChat 12/10/13 at 9:00 pm ET. Below you will find more information and details for how you can join the conversation.
Topic is Social Trends in 2014 [read] Keywords: ibm
Announcing the 2014 IBM Champions – I’m honored to be selected!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 1:13p Ray Bilyk They announced the 2014 IBM Champions for ICS this morning, but I wasn’t in my email yet when a colleague came by and congratulated me. Sure enough, as I looked at the list, I could not believe it… I WAS CHOSEN AS AN IBM CHAMPION!
Never in my wildest dreams would I think I would be on the same list as many of those that have been and currently are IBM Champions! I consider all of them as legends and heroes in this space.
I was honored to be nominated, and even more honored to be sele [read] Keywords: ibm
Nominations for IBM Champions are due tomorrow (October 15, 2013)
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 10:12a Ray Bilyk This is just a reminder to everyone (including myself) that nominations for IBM Champions are due tomorrow, October 15, 2013. If you haven’t done so yet, go to http://ibm.co/nominatechampion and nominate someone today. You can nominate more than one person, and yes, you can nominate yourself. (It’s a good idea to do that actually, because you know more about you than anyone else…)
Good luck! [read] Keywords: ibm
Heading to MWLUG 2013? Don’t forget your best homebrew or favorite local brewery’s beer!
Tue, Aug 20th 2013 2:17p Ray Bilyk It’s not too late to sign up for MWLUG 2013, the Midwest ‘Lotus’ User Group Conference, in Indianapolis. Register HERE now!!!
One of my ‘brothers in beer’, Gregg Eldred, was scheduled to coordinate a new event this year, but due to scheduling/work conflicts, it’s been passed along to me. This gives you an opportunity to show your homebrewing skills! You don’t make your own beer? Why not? Seriously, if you have a beer from a microbrewery/brewpub by your h [read] Keywords: ibm
Weird issue printing from Lotus Notes (with resolution)
Thu, Aug 8th 2013 11:16a Ray Bilyk Got a weird one at work today…
User was reporting that when they tried to print certain mail messages in Lotus Notes (on Windows), the client would close or crash. After upgrading the client and reinstalling the client, I finally got some support files over to IBM.
They came back with what seems to be a simple fix:
Add BrowserRenderPrintNotes=1 to the user’s NOTES.INI file
This tells Notes to use the Notes print dialog box for messages instead of passing off the print dialog to the [read] Keywords: domino
I miss you, Dad!
Tue, Jun 4th 2013 9:17p Ray Bilyk On this date 21 years ago, my father passed away. It was the first time that I ever saw him weak, and as I saw the life leave his eyes, I saw that I thought was fear. I always thought that it was him fearing what was next. I now realize that he was fearful for what was going to happen to all of us left behind.
After many trials and tribulations, I think that we’re hanging in there.
As I’m getting older, I’m seeing someone familiar looking at me in the mirror…
I miss y [read] Keywords:
IBM Notes Traveler 9 – Looks good on my Samsung Galaxy S3
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 7:17a Ray Bilyk I found out Friday that IBM Notes Traveler was available on at the Google Play Store. As I read the description, I noticed that the app was “compatible with IBM Notes Traveler server version 220.127.116.11 and later fixpacks, as well as 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1, 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2, and 9.x”, and since our server is in that range, I had to pull the switch!
The device worked great all weekend! Now to review that upgrade documentation… [read] Keywords: ibm
LotusBeers / IBMSocialBeerz – Detroit
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 10:17a Ray Bilyk I cross-posted this at SocialBizUG.org‘s Detroit Notes Professionals Community… If you haven’t joined the community (or SocialBizUG.org), now’s the time to join! (SocialBizUG.org is the website formerly known as LotusUserGroup.org)
The concept for ‘LotusBeers’ (now IBMSocialBeerz… thanks Stuart McIntyre!) is simple… we get together at a central (or near-central) location after work one day and have a couple of beverages… notice I did not sa [read] Keywords: notes
Happy 11th Birthday Kiara Anne!
Sun, Mar 24th 2013 11:13a Ray Bilyk What happened to the years? You’re growing up to be a very beautiful young lady! We’re so proud of you and we love you very much!
Kiara at almost 6 months
Kiara’s 5th Grade picture [read] Keywords:
Lotus Notes group documents only print the first three group members
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 1:11p Ray Bilyk Here is another one that got me… IBM Technotes to the rescue! (This one is IBM Technote #1414908 – Group Document Print and Print Preview only shows First Three Group Members):
When you Print or Print Preview a Group document, the output only shows the first three member names in the members field
Steps to reproduce:
Open a Group Document, either in the Personal Address Book (Contacts) or in the Domino Directory. Ensure the Group Document Members field has more than 3 names [read] Keywords: domino
How to fix Message Tracking in Lotus Domino
Tue, Mar 12th 2013 10:14a Ray Bilyk There have been times that the Message Tracking (MTC) functionality on my Domino servers have gone south. It’s rare but it does happen. When it does, it needs to be deleted and recreated. Fortunately, IBM has created a Technote (Reference #1221830) for just such an occasion.
What are the steps to recreate the Message Tracking Store (MTSTORE.NSF) database and its associated MTDATA subdirectory?
To recreate the MTSTORE.NSF and MTDATA subdirectory, do the following:
1. Shut [read] Keywords: domino
Fri, Feb 22nd 2013 7:10a Ray Bilyk SocialBizUG.org (formerly LotusUserGroup.org) had a contest to see how many buttons people kept from different Lotuspheres and other conferences through the years. I found a few of them, but I know that a few more are in boxes under boxes in my basement. I’ve got to get in there and see how many more I have…
What do you think? [read] Keywords: lotususergroup.org
IBM Connect 2014 Dates?
Fri, Feb 15th 2013 7:10a Ray Bilyk Is there going to be an extra day added on to IBM Connect 2014? I just followed the link to http://www.ibm.com/connect and found this:
Very strange… Something they haven’t announced yet, or a typo? [read] Keywords: domino
Amazon Time Machine
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 7:16a Ray Bilyk Either Amazon (and the shipping service) has a time machine, or I should start worrying about when my package is going to be delivered:
Maybe it was delivered before I ordered it… [Note to self: watch the Back to the Future trilogy] [read] Keywords:
Great post by Kathy Brown on how to be a Lotusphere/Connect speaker
Fri, Nov 16th 2012 1:10p Ray Bilyk There is a great post by Kathy Brown (aka @RunningKathy on Twitter) on how to go from someone who attends a technical conference to one who SPEAKS at a technical conference.
At first, I thought that this post may be too late, but it’s exactly on time! Start your steps now for next year… you can thank her later, but I’m sure she won’t turn down a beverage sooner than that. (Quick tip – she runs EVERY DAY, so don’t give it to her while she’s running becau [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Get out there and VOTE!!!
Tue, Nov 6th 2012 6:13a Ray Bilyk It’s time to stop the annoying commercials and all of the partisan talk out there and vote your heart! Do your self a favor this time… VOTE YOUR HEART, not who you think is going to win!!! I hate hearing people say, “I’m not going to vote for because then my vote will be wasted.” If you vote for ANYONE, you’re NOT WASTING YOUR VOTE!!! JUST VOTE!!! [read] Keywords:
16 Years Ago
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 6:10a Ray Bilyk 16 years ago, I married my friend, my true companion, my partner (both in and out of crime), and the only person that puts up with me completely. This ride has been great so far, but is going by fast… Let’s slow it down and enjoy the view and the ride…
You are still ‘Beautiful in My Eyes’!
Happy anniversary, Jennifer! I LOVE YOU!!! [read] Keywords: application
The West Wing Reunion
Thu, Sep 20th 2012 11:14a Ray Bilyk This is a great video, even if it’s for a Democrat… LOL! It features A LOT of the cast of the TV show “The West Wing”, which was a very well written show made by Aaron Sorkin. He didn’t have anything to do with this one, however. This was the brainchild of actress Mary McCormack, most recently starring in USA Network’s “In Plain Sight”. The first video is part of a campaign to encourage people to vote on the non-partisan part of election ballots, e [read] Keywords: network
SNTT: Lotus Notes–How to prevent return receipts from being sent in Mail
Sat, Sep 8th 2012 9:10a Ray Bilyk This is a quick tip, but a nice one. Thanks to my colleague, Jessica Daniels, for showing me.
We had a situation where we had to look at a test mailbox, but all of the messages inside had the ‘send return receipt’ flags enabled. We didn’t want to send out all of these receipts when we opened the mail messages, but we still needed to open and see the contents of the message. (Previewing wouldn’t work in this case…)
To accomplish this, all that needed to be done was to add the user (ours [read] Keywords: acl
Fri, Aug 24th 2012 9:14p Ray Bilyk This just in… courtesy of Tom Duff (aka Duffbert):
Looks like nobody will be going to “Lotusphere” ever again… http://t.co/nnRsEFsP
Lotusphere is dead… Long Live Connect! [read] Keywords: lotusphere
The Next Chapter in My Life starts June 18th!
Mon, Jun 11th 2012 12:18p Ray Bilyk If you been stopping by my blog lately (and who isn’t), you might have noticed the countdown widget on the right…
Since February 4th, 2008, I’ve worked for a great organization that has helped me keep a roof over my family and food on their plates. I’ve learned a lot, and more importantly, I’ve made some great friendships.
The biggest challenge with this position has been the drive to and from work each day. My drive would take a little over an hour each way, and th [read] Keywords: domino
Lotusphere 2012: Say Hello to me and OpenNTF at booth 516
Sat, Jan 14th 2012 7:44p Ray Bilyk From their post on OpenNTF.org:
OpenNTF will be participating in the Lotusphere 2012 Product Showcase at pedestal number 516 and look forward to having you stop by! Members of the OpenNTF community will be hand to discuss all things OpenNTF. We have some really great OpenNTF stickers to give out as well.
Please also ““Follow Us” on Twitter.
If you are looking for me (and who isn’t), you can find me there on Monday from 10AM-12:30PM and 6PM-8PM, on Tuesday from 9:30AM-12:3 [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Lotusphere 2012 – I’m here!
Sat, Jan 14th 2012 4:29a Ray Bilyk From the moment I got off the plane, I’ve had one thing on my mind… Sorry, can’t tell you what it is, but if you care, feel free to ping me @raybilyk on Twitter or just stop by the OpenNTF booth this week and ask.
What I didn’t expect, is all the love I’ve received from everyone… These people are like a second family to me, and I have some really strong friendships from attending this event. It feels like home…
What I know I will get out of this event is [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Lotusphere 2012 – It’s True! It’s Damn True!
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 8:00a Ray Bilyk As some of you figured out by now thru Twitter and Facebook, I’m heading down to Orlando to visit my ‘Lotus’ family and catch up. I will be working a pedestal for OpenNTF, so make sure you stop by and see me… I want to see EVERYONE this week.
I have other reasons for coming to #LS12, but this is not the best venue to explain… see me for details. Let’s just say that I’m testing the power of “Social Business” and “Community” to hel [read] Keywords: lotus