Friday 28th January – LS11 Trip Day 1 - 2 Days to Lotusphere
My day started off really early, very early, possibly too early - my usual 4am start as I had to train it halfway across Kent to meet up with my friend Sam (who's not a technical but is a fellow Disney fan) who was hitching a ride to Orlando with me. We arrived at the airport at approx 10 am (flight was at 13:00), checked in, dumped bags and headed for a McDonalds.
From the MaccyD’s we spent 2 hours planning an attack on the land of the mouse as I was only going to have Saturday to play – Sam had the whole week so we decided we’d hit the Magic Kingdom Saturday. I spotted fellow yellow geeks in the airport Alex Forbes from IBM and Mick Moignard from Unipart, I am sure there were more keeping a low profile.
The plane boarded on time and for some bizarre reason they hadn't sat me with Sam. As the plane was half empty - we played musical chairs until we could sit together. We were off at 13:00 on the dot and I got straight into the films as I knew I would be too excited to sleep.
I managed to get through "The Expendables" (twice - as I was only half arsedly watching it), "Sorcerer’s Apprentice" - which I really enjoyed and then got a couple of chapters of my Warhammer book read before I listened to a TWiL (well it would have been rude not to). The airplane food was not bad and they continually were plying us with hot and cold beverages to the point where I spent a fair bit of the flight in the world’s smallest toilet (that may have been TMI but I am trying to be factual here).
The plane landed in Orlando a little earlier than expected and with that lucky omen I just knew that something weird was going to happen.
Once the stampede that was disembarking was over – we appeared at boarder control just as the national computer system fell over!! Yay .. The queue was HUGE. Manual processing and no backup plan – 30 mins spent, queue didn’t move. Great way to start my Lotusphere trip!! As if by magic the border control reopened - *Phew*
Once out the other side Sam and I hunted for the Lynx 111 – the $2 bus – yes!! I kid you not – a bus from Orlando Airport to the Disney transport centre for just $2!! Should take about 50 mins !! You’ll notice the should! We found the bus, we got on the bus and all was well until we were almost at Disney.
The bus driver then got *lost*, I kid you not !! He was giving another passenger directions and took a wrong turn and then had no idea where he was. There was a guy on the bus that worked at Universal and knew where he was so he got us on track. The bus driver guy then dropped us off at the wrong stop in Disney !! The day had started SO well and had gone totally to rat poo poo.
Once at the Disney transport centre Sam and I were rescued by a Disney Bus Driver called Mike who took us to the door of The Dolphin Hotel – thank you Mike. We finally made it to Dolphin just before 8 pm – checked in, dumped bags, unpacked very quickly and went on a mission to find some food.
Sam and I headed down to the boardwalk and ended up in the ESPN bar – we parked at a small table ordered a burger and a beer and soaked up some atmosphere. Burger and beer went down a treat after such as long day.
By 10pm we were both mostly knackered. I was stupidly excited about the idea of heading to the Magic Kingdom tomorrow and meeting some of the community guys and my good friend Stuart McIntyre was flying in – so it was back to the Dolphin and collapsed into bed for some well needed sleep.
Tomorrow would be the real start of my first Lotusphere Adventure.
Speaking at Connect 2014 what an honor
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 7:18a Sharon Bellamy It is an honor and a privilege to have been chosen with my friend and Christoph Stoettner to speak at this years Connect / Lotusphere conference.
This will be the 4th Connect / Lotusphere I have attended but the first I have spoken a full session at – in previous years I have helped run a BOF and have spoken at speedgeeking.
We will be speaking in the Best Practices track, sharing our admin and scripting tips and tricks to help make a Connections Admin’s day a little easier
The ful [read] Keywords: admin
mod_deflate compressing your Connections pages before they hit the client
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 8:15a Sharon Bellamy I have also posted this over on the Cube Soft Blog
The Apache v2 module mod_deflate is extremely handy if you are serving IBM Connections up to remote locations with little bandwidth. Some of the Connections pages have large css or java script files that are required to function correctly but for countries that have poor connection to the remote server this causes slow page load times and sometimes timeouts.
So mod_deflate to the rescue ..
open your httpd.conf file and ensure that the mod_defla [read] Keywords: connections
Screen for linux how did I not know about this
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 7:14a Sharon Bellamy thanks to my friend Gabriella Davis for the heads up on this awesome linux tool
I was having issues with the Sametime TURN server timing out due to my linux session dying or timing out and Gab suggested to look up the screen command.
It is a simple yet affective tool which is implemented usually by default on a linux server that allows you to reconnect to a screen initiated session
you simply enter the command screen from your linux servers command line – the remote session may look like n [read] Keywords: sametime
ConnCtrl bash script for IBM Connections
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 7:16a Sharon Bellamy I have also blogged this over on the Cube Soft company blog - with my good friend Mr Tim Clark we have created a script for starting and stopping IBM Connections on Red Hat (RHEL)
The script has a bunch of variables to allow you to input the path to the WebSphere deployment manager and nodes, and a place to enter the names of your Connections servers.
Please visit Tim’s blog for all the information and to download the script. [read] Keywords: connections
Connections 4.x search – well that was a weird problem
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 11:09a Sharon Bellamy If you have migrated or moved an IBM Connections instance from 3.0.1 > 4.x (either 4.0 or 4.5) or moved data between 4.x servers you may have noticed a weird issue with searching, especially around communities.
The reason I have been a bit quiet on the blog of late is because I am working on a few Connections projects many of which have involved migrating data between test and live servers or replicating data between servers. I have come across a few issues relating to search so I thought I w [read] Keywords: connections
Issues with Install manager GUI on RHEL 6.3 ?
Wed, Apr 3rd 2013 6:12a Sharon Bellamy If you are attempting to install Connecitons 4.5 on RHEL 6.3 you will have noticed that there is an issue with using the GUI for the IBM Installation Manager with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3
The IM won’t fire up a GUI even though xterm works for other GUI’s on the machine, no errors, no splash screen, no nothing !!
It has been driving both Stuart and I bonkers .. after a lot of digging here is what you need to get it to work :
yum install gtk2.i686 gtk2-engines.i686 PackageKit-gtk-m [read] Keywords: ibm
Sorry for the radio silence ….
Wed, Apr 3rd 2013 6:12a Sharon Bellamy I want to apologise for my lack of blogging and tweeting – there has been a lot of ups and downs in my personal life over the last 10 months, serious injury which is still not totally resolved and a bunch of other things that have contributed to not only my lack of blogging – but has stopped me attending and speaking at LUGs.
I would like to think that I may be over the worst of it – I had a fantastic holiday with my daughter Emily in Feb 2013 to Disney World, I am working with [read] Keywords: connections
Social Connections V – coming soon
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 8:09p Sharon Bellamy The international and independent IBM Connections user group will be visiting beautiful Zurich, Switzerland on June 28th 2013!
IBM Switzerland has graciously offered us the use of their IBM Client Center and it already promises to be a busy day
To register for this event please visit our registration page here, or use the button below: [read] Keywords: connections
Social Connections IV fun in Amsterdam
Wed, Dec 12th 2012 11:15a Sharon Bellamy After months of planning, much panicking by certain members of the SOCCNX team and a small amount of winging it – the 4th Social Connections User Group for IBM Connections Users hit Amsterdam on the 30th of November 2012.
Considering this user group was an idea that Stuart and I had over a coffee in the Uni cafe a couple of years ago, we have gone from 60 attendees at Social Connections I to a massive 203 attendees from 16 countries representing 99 unique organisations at Social Connection [read] Keywords: connections