It’s taken me a while to post this – mainly becuase I am still recovering from the ‘Zombie Flu’ – aka the hideuos cold and chest infection which is now on week number 4!!
Social Connections II was in a not so sunny Cardiff Wales and my adventure started when I picked Ms Lisa Duke up at Gatwick airport very early the day before the conference.
To cut a long story short, 5 trains, a quick lunch, much social and work related brain storming, a very wet walk in some ‘angry rain’ and much cussing the googlemaps mobile app, we arrived in Cardiff.
We had a great afternoon / evening on thrusday – finalising a few things at the venue, finishing off the badges and then off out for a meal at a fish resturant in Cardiff centre.
Friday AM we were all go, reception desk to set up, badges to sort, signs etc … the catering appeared at the correct time and so did most of the speakers (Mr Paul Mason from my own company Applicable was coming at lunchtime), and virtually all the attendees appeared when they were supposed to – so all in all a good start.
We had a few minor issues with the streaming sorted out very quickly – and judging from the #soccnx has tag on twitter we had lots of people watching and interested.
All the session slides will be available shortly as well as the video’s – please watch the Social Connections site for details.
Highlights for me:
Finally getting to meet mr Louis Richardson – what a top man, he was engaged through the entire day and it will be fantastic to catch up with him again at lotusphere
John Scott and Joe Nicholls presentation on students and social – it was brilliant and I am looking forward to watching that back
Meeting many new people, the social interaction was fantastic – many questions at the end of sessions, good two way diaglog and conversations inbetween sessions, over coffee and lunch and at the after conference dinner.
I would personally like to thank Mark, Gary and the boys from the Salvation Army who did a fantastic job of the videoing again – they are superb. Thanks guys you are amazing
Claire from Cardiff Uni who assisted on the reception desk and generally helped throughout the day – thank you xx
and to Lisa Duke for not only being an awesome friend, pod casting queen and social media “finder-outer”, but she was my able bodied assistant for the day as I was completely disabled by the “zombie flu”
So thanks guys from me and Stuart and Simon .. and here is to the next one
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
I’m back .. it’s been a while
Tue, Sep 25th 2012 6:08a Sharon Bellamy Many of you may have noticed that I have been AWOL for a while.
I had much going on in my personal life and I would publicly like to thank my close friends for assisting me through that difficult time.
I am now back .. with a vengeance.
Since mid June 2012 :
I have lost over 36lb in weight – and I feel like a new person
Presented at UKLUG with a trapped nerve in my back – thanks to Bill Mal, Steve Mc D, Wild Bill especially for being so fantastic.
Changed jobs – I am now very [read] Keywords: collaboration
Social Connections III – 3 weeks to go
Fri, Jun 1st 2012 10:11a Sharon Bellamy Only a few weeks until the 3rd Social Connections user group, held in the IBM Labs Dublin.
We have a few places left if you are interested in attending this unique user group. We have some fantastic sessions such as:
What’s New in Connections 4?
What Do I Need To Know? Designing A Training Plan For IBM Connections
Using Social Controls in XPages
Connections Administration: Understand the challenge … and find your way how to do it
Using Social for social good – the case for Soc [read] Keywords: admin
Customizing Connections Demo Files
Wed, May 23rd 2012 9:12a Sharon Bellamy The demo files that acompany my Customizating Connections Presentation can now be downloaded here
Inside the zip file you will find :
The templates and css files from customizationcommonnav
The custom community thumbnail image from customizationcommunitiesimages
The custom strings required for the twitter profile extention from customizationstrings
The JustNudge profile twitter ear file – LCC_Twitter_EAR-latest.ear
Instructions on how to deploy this and how to extend the profile R [read] Keywords: connections