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.
MWLUG here I come
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 4:10p Sharon Bellamy I have been a bit quiet on the blog lately. I have been a little busy both work wise and home wise what with making costumes and building armour (more of that in another post) but this weekend I fly out to my very first MWLUG.
I am really looking forward to it after hearing so many great things about it. I will be speaking on the thursday morning, but am arriving on sunday the 24th so will get to spend a few days seeing the sites and working from the hotel room.
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dandering for dosh -the story so far
Wed, Jun 4th 2014 6:14a Sharon Bellamy We are just about to start dandering for dosh day 3 & so far despite a few injuries (mainly to me), some very rough terrain and much scorching of the sun – we all appear to be enjoying it
Day 2 mostly involved us being mountain goats, although we did get an hour on the beach on the fabulous Warren & kitty ‘ s inflatable sofas.
Loving the dander so far – more news and pictures to follow ;).
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Registration for ICONUK now open
Thu, May 1st 2014 6:12a Sharon Bellamy Registration for Icon UK is now open
Head over to the registration page and sign up early as placed are limited.
If you would like to speak please submit your abstracts before 30th June. There are four tracks this year, Management/Strategy, Development, Admin and Open Source. If you are interested in sponsoring please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am all resisted and really looking forward to the event – see you there
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Please sponsor us Dandering for Dosh
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 6:12a Sharon Bellamy The Cube Soft team (Nathan and I) have joined with some other fantastic members of the ICS (Lotus) Community and are joining this years Dander for Dosh.
10 Geeks, 100 Miles, 5 days – what could possibly go wrong
In previous years a group of community members have raised money for worthy causes with a sponsored walk across some of the British Isles most beautiful country side.
This years walk is the Lleyn Peninsula Coastal Path (Edge of Wales Walk) 85 miles in five days, and as our coordinato [read] Keywords: lotus
Fun and games with Commuity wigets
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 6:11a Sharon Bellamy Last night we managed to close a PMR that had been open for a few weeks on a strange issue with Community Widgets.
After remapping the connections admin user everything worked exactly as expected except for 2 tiny issues – Adding the blogs and surveys widgets inside a community thew a nasty error.
Thanks to Justin Cornell in IBM support we managed to get to the bottom of the issue by remapping the widgets admin user even though it was mapped correctly.
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Help shape connections search
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 1:11p Sharon Bellamy If you are interested in helping IBM shape the search application inside Connections there is a survey that you can participate in.
This is a short survey to better understand attitudes and behaviours around search and how users – well – use it
You can find the search survey here
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Odd issue with Connections Mail
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 6:10a Sharon Bellamy I have been looking to implement Connections mail for a while for one of my customers, after finally sorting out some SSO issues we had been seeing I was ready to deploy into their DEV/TEST environment. No problem I thought – Connections mail is a very simple install a couple of config files and a quick wsadmin command to get the help to work.
Once I had deployed I was seeing the strangest issues -
Contact your system administrator:
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Speaking at Engage
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 11:10a Sharon Bellamy I will be speaking at Engage by BLUG in March – a big thank you to Theo and the team for the opportunity
On Monday the 17th of March I will be Christoph Stoettener’s assistant again in delivering – Adm04. Practical Solutions for Connections Administrators – Tips and Scripts for Your Daily Business – 14:45 – 15:30, room: B
On Tuesday the 18th of March I will be speaking with my friend and college Mr Tim Clark – Adm08. Collaboration Stack – Lessons L [read] Keywords: collaboration
so I DID make it to Connect
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 3:10p Sharon Bellamy So thanks to some very good fortune and help from an old and awesome friend I was able to make the Connect conference in Orlando last week.
I will post my full round up later in the week – but the highlights
SPEAKING for the first time with my good friend Christoph Stoettner I am not ashamed to say I was extremely nervous about speaking at Connect for the first time, but if I have the opportunity to do so again I will grab it with both hands
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Alas I will not be at Connect this year
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 10:09a Sharon Bellamy Due to circumstances out of my control, I will not make the IBM Connect conference this year.
To say I am devastated would be an understatement – as I was due to speak with my friend Christoph.
I will miss the great sessions, the opportunity to catch up with remote colleges, visit the user experience lab (which I have done every year I have been), chat with the product managers and developers and participate in the Champion activities.
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