Going to Connect 2014
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 9:15p Victor Toal I have not been a prolific blogger as of late – being permanently busy does that to you I guess. I do have a few topics I want to blog about saved and hidden up my sleve but I just don’t have the time to sit down and put the virtual pen to paper as of yet … hopefully soon!
But for now I just wanted to let everybody know I signed up for Connect 2014 and will be going! Looking forward to it quite a bit since it is the one time in the year I get to meet up with allot of “u [read] Keywords: blogger
MWLug 2013 – The Agenda and Schedule
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 10:14a Victor Toal The actual schedule for MWLug are now out, here the link:
I am speaking on Thursday afternoon. Hmm, can I keep people awake that late in the afternoon, especially since they will be thinking of beer …. let’s see if I am up to the task!
Filed under: Admin Conferences, MWLug [read] Keywords: admin
MWLUG 2013 Open General Session Speaker – News!
Tue, Jul 16th 2013 8:15a Victor Toal This just came in email – a very interesting addition to the OGS with a new (additional) speaker. The OGS alone is worth coming, I hope to see a few of you guys there .Peruse the agenda, there are some really good sessions being offered.
From the Email:
Announcing the MWLUG 2013 Open General Session Speaker
We are very please to announce the MWLUG 2013 Opening General Speaker will be former US Marine, Author, and Indianapolis Colts Community Spokeperson, Josh Bleill. Josh the a [read] Keywords: admin
Announcing MWLUG 2013 IBM OGS Speaker – Scott Souder
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 8:17a Victor Toal Announcing MWLUG 2013 IBM OGS Speaker – email@example.com – ToalSystems Mail.
I am going to be there – will you?
I was on a panel with Scott recently (yeah, I like to partake in some name-dropping of famous people to enhance my own status) and he is well worth listening to.
If you are yet undecided, I suggest you take this as a reason to sign up for MWLUG ….
Filed under: Admin Conferences Tagged: Administration, conference, mwlug [read] Keywords: admin
I am going: Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2013 – Indianapolis, IN
Thu, May 23rd 2013 9:16a Victor Toal It is official – going to MWLUG! See y’all there. I also handed in an abstract, let’s see if my content is interesting enough to make the cut!
Your order for Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2013 – Indianapolis, IN is complete!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM – Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2013 – Indianapolis, IN
123 West Louisiana Street
Filed under: Admin [read] Keywords: admin
IamLUG – Louis Richardson of IBM joins IamLUG as part of the 2013 keynote
Tue, Apr 23rd 2013 7:17a Victor Toal IamLUG – the North American Lotus User Group Event.
Hey guys … this just in: Louis Richardson will be part of the opening (and very social) keynote address. I think you can expect some real gems at this year;s IamLUG – and not just because I am adding a few minor tidbits here and there, but because the list of (the other) speakers is pretty solid and with Louis R. (not to be mistaken with Louis CK – even though they are lookalikes) we are in for an action packe [read] Keywords: admin
Tonight only: IBMSocialBeerz in New York
Wed, Apr 10th 2013 7:14a Victor Toal As I posted last week, tonight is the night! This is a limited engagement with the master of collaboration, the sultan of social, the one and only Stuart McIntyre (room for applause)
We will be at the Pig N Whistle on 2nd Ave (NOT THE ONE ON 3rd AVE!!) tonight in Midtown, come up to the second floor and look for the very lovely Sharon who will be taking care of us – between Stuart and her the visit is definitely worth your time … to celebrate the momentous event I might even shut up [read] Keywords: collaboration
Social Connections V – StarWars all over again?
Wed, Apr 3rd 2013 9:18a Victor Toal If you are reading this you are social and somehow are involved with the whole IBM software stack relationship social thingamajig or another …. So, unless you live under a rock you have heard of the – very successful – SOCIAL CONNECTIONS shindig that happens on a regular basis and is instigated (among several other, very hardworking individuals) Stuart McIntyre.
In spite of being the model of British reserve and gentleman-ship, Stuart is well know and renowned for his stren [read] Keywords: admin
Mark your Calendar – IBMSocialBeerz April 10 in NYC
Wed, Apr 3rd 2013 8:16a Victor Toal Yes, Stuart McIntyre and I have rebranded the LotusBeer tradition … if IBM can do it, so can we . . .
Since Stuart was foolish enough to announce to me he will be in town I immediately started on a social campaign to compel him to public drunkenness and anti-social behavior – so was born the idea of the IBMSocialBeerz .. Henceforth look on the Twitter (and any other social network you can think of) for #IBMSocialBeerz and thou shalt find it.
APRIL 10, 8:00 PM at the Pig N W [read] Keywords: ibm
Technote: Connections iFix / CR installation problems
Sun, Mar 24th 2013 9:14a Victor Toal Just a quick one:
IBM Failed to perform extraction error when applying CR or iFixes to IBM Connections 4.0 – United States.
This technote just came through and I thought it was rather timely since I was battling this very scenario with one off the test/DEV environments at my current client a short while ago.
If you read the document you will see that it mentions “if the shared files space has changed” but there is another scenario under which this can happen (though relat [read] Keywords: connections
Speaking at IamLUG
Thu, Mar 14th 2013 9:13a Victor Toal Just got a mail confirming my session at IamLUG in St. Louis this year: “Keep Connections Running – What does a
Connections Admin have to do?“
So, now I actually have to appear like I know what I am doing on stage ….. oh well, there is always bourbon to help!
Filed under: IamLUG Tagged: Administration, iamlug 2013, IBM Connections [read] Keywords: admin
We are Newtown – Direct Donations to Newtown
Thu, Dec 20th 2012 2:18p Victor Toal This just came through in email from the town, it is an additional way to donate money to Newtown if you so choose to:
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR, TOWN OF NEWTOWN:
IF YOU WISH TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE TOWN OF NEWTOWN YOU CAN DO SO BY:
SENDING CHECK WRITTEN OUT TO THE “TOWN OF NEWTOWN”
IN MEMO SECTION (OR COVER LETTER) WRITE THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE
MONIES WILL GO INTO ONE OF TWO TOWN FUNDS DEPENDING ON THE PURPOSE STATED:
SANDY HOOK SPECIAL REVENUE FUND
Donations specif [read] Keywords: email
We are Newtown – List of Donation sites
Wed, Dec 19th 2012 11:11a Victor Toal First off – this is not a all-inclusive list as it is already impossible to list them all and actually check them out to be sure they are not scams, but this list here is brief and verified as far as I was able to.
However – these are Newtown’s own, in-town charities that popped up, so I can actually walk up to people and ask them directly (if I need to). Also make it more likely that the money will go to an in-town purpose and not be used up in fees and overhead of some k [read] Keywords: community
Newtown Strong, Newtown Proud – We are Newtown
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 7:11a Victor Toal I usually try to keep private things out of this blog and only contribute technical content that I feel is relevant and unique. This time , however, I need to break with this premise. As some of you might know, I am a resident of Newtown, CT. The tragedy that has befallen us is something I am still grappling with comprehending, hearing the name of my town on TV and radio over and over is something I am just not getting used to – we are supposed to be the town nobody knows – ̶ [read] Keywords: community
Open Mic Webcast: IBM Connections 4 Mobile – 23 October 2012
Tue, Oct 16th 2012 6:10a Victor Toal Looks like another interesting one, the new mobile client is very different and cool – this one should be well worth listening in to!
You are invited to join an Open Mic Webcast on the topic “IBM Connections 4 Mobile.” This event will be held Tuesday, 23 October at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC, or GMT -4), for 60 minutes. After a presentation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions directly of IBM Developers and Support E [read] Keywords: collaboration
Connections 4.0: Tails from the Upgrade Part 2 – Oracle
Sun, Sep 9th 2012 7:14p Victor Toal This is an interesting one for all of you out there that utilize Oracle as your database server.
The approved character set for Connections is AL32UTF8. You might have a look at your database and discover that you are running some other character set but that you are seeing no issues – at least in Connections 3.x
In comes Cognos . . .
Cognos will NOT install (fails to connect to the dB without errors) if your Oracle character set is anything other than AL32UTF8. The [read] Keywords: connections
FLASH: Apply iFixes LO71325 and LO71327 to IBM Connections 4.0
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 8:11a Victor Toal As mentioned in my previous blog post – here are the first of a few new iFixes that you will need to install for Connections 4 right out of the box. They are for core functions mainly so no fear about customizations you have being smashed in the process. Expect some more to be released
07 Sep 2012
Dear Subscriber (vtoal),
Here are your bulletin email notifications for your subscriptions at IBM My notifications.
Visit the IBM Electronic Support site to get con [read] Keywords: connections
Newsflash: Connections 4.0 WIKI/documentation is out!
Wed, Sep 5th 2012 1:11p Victor Toal Great news – just found it!!
But keep in mind, itis still in the process of being edited and will improve over time. Don’t look at the System Requirements pages yet – they will be updated soon as the current format is bit confusing.
Filed under: IBM Connections Tagged: IBM Connections [read] Keywords: connections
WebSphere: Errors installing Plug-in fix pack on IHS V7.x
Thu, Aug 30th 2012 8:11p Victor Toal This was a new one, not even the IBMers that I consulted with had run into this before.
I have been working at a client site on a large IBM Connections project since last year – V3.0.0, upgrade to 3.0.1, upgrade to 184.108.40.206 … now multiple code drops for V4 beta installs and preparation to get gold code V4 up as soon as possible (once it is released). In the course of the last year I have probably installed and upgraded more WAS and IHS servers that I have in several years previously [read] Keywords: connections
NYC Lotusbeer – Location, Location, Location!
Thu, Aug 9th 2012 12:15p Victor Toal The location of the upcoming NYC Lotusbeer, starring the indomitable Paul Mooney has been decided upon:
Monday, Aug. 13th – starting at 6:00 PM – ending at … who knows
21 E. 47th Str., between Madison Ave and 5th Ave
IF FOR SOME REASON Maggies Place is so full with all them damn tourists and other drinking folk, we will just move the whole shindig to the other side of the road and go to Connolly’s Pub which is just opposite on 47th Str.
I [read] Keywords: twitter
And there shall be a …. LotusBeer (NYC)
Wed, Aug 1st 2012 2:15p Victor Toal Yes, there has been no good LotusBeer in a while so I decided to shanghai a buddy and fly him in from the Emerald Island …. just for you.
The Sultan of Security, the Grand Vizir of Presentations, the Master of Disguise and Supreme Grand-Poopah of IBM Technology (that is an official title) – Paul Mooney will be here in the flesh.
Monday, Aug 13. – starting sometime around 6 PM – the location is still secret so we keep the Paparazzi from installing listening devices and [read] Keywords: ibm
WebSphere – The backupConfig script your friend
Wed, Jul 25th 2012 7:11a Victor Toal This is just a short post – But the built-in utility you get with the backupConfig script is worth looking into for everybody!
if you have worked with WebSphere for any significant time you have come across the built-in backup and restore utility that each WebSphere server has by default: [backupconfig.bat] or on Unix/Linux [backupconfig.sh] and the corresponding restore scripts [restoreConfig.bat] and [restoreConfig.sh].
At my current client we are working on application customization [read] Keywords: connections
DropBox – I love my DropBox ……
Wed, Jul 11th 2012 8:12a Victor Toal Just got this in the mail this morning:
We’ve got some great news for you – we’ve doubled your Dropbox Pro plan! Instead of 101 GB, you now have a healthy 203 GB for the same price! With all this space for your amazing photos, videos, and large files, your Dropbox will never have to go on a diet again.
As an extra thanks, we’d like to let you share a 3 month trial of Dropbox Pro 100 with a friend, colleague, or family member.
I have my various PC’s, l [read] Keywords: facebook
MWLUG here I come
Tue, Jul 10th 2012 10:11a Victor Toal I have been a bit quiet lately, but I have been gathering allot of stuff to post soon.
Also, I signed up for MWLUG in Pittsburgh in August and am very much looking forward to it!
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: lug [read] Keywords: facebook
Linux Kernel 3.3 Released, will support Android Apps
Wed, Mar 21st 2012 1:14p Victor Toal Linux and Android are going to be on friendly terms with each other again – it has been a long time. the article has all the details but to keep it short – you will be able to run Android apps on Linux machines with the 3.3 kernel and expect them to run .. more or less.
Again, this is fun … it’s upgrade time again soon!
Filed under: Linux Related Tagged: Android, Linux [read] Keywords: facebook
Social and the Search for Content
Wed, Feb 29th 2012 10:12a Victor Toal I was re-listening to the TWIL that I participated in (Feb 5) while I was in the car driving for hours, hours, hours, hours (yes, a reaaaally long time) to pick up my kids from their perspective schools to bring them home for the extended weekend.
Re-thinking the conversation:
I am sure virtually all of us are “Tony-Two-Timers” to some degree, i.e.: people who do better the second time around (story of my golf game – the successful second shot) or who, when re-reading meet [read] Keywords: connections
Interesting Tech Note for Linux – Testing the read speed of a hard disk
Tue, Jan 31st 2012 5:13a Victor Toal I look at IBM’s support feeds every day to see what interesting new info comes down the fire hose … this was a first one: Linux drive performance testing! I work with allot of Linux and AIX so this is interesting stuff, I just did not think I would see it in an IBM support feed.
How can I test to see if all drives are reading at the same speed?
One reason that hard disks fall out of RAID arrays is a difference in r [read] Keywords: ibm
Blatant Plagiarism …. by me – Worst Tech Predictions ever
Wed, Jan 18th 2012 4:12p Victor Toal I read this one over at Scientific American (written by David Pogue – I love his articles) and just had to plagiarize it .. it is to good!
“Everyone’s always asking me when Apple will come out with a cell phone. My answer is, ‘Probably never.’”—David Pogue, The New York Times, 2006Image: Wikimedia Commons/Linux insidev2
In my Scientific American column this month, I pondered why it’s so hard to predict the future of tech [read] Keywords: ibm
Technotics launches new web site – announces new cloud services
Wed, Jan 18th 2012 8:13a Victor Toal http://www.andypedisich.com/blogs/andysblog.nsf/dx/technotics-launches-new-web-site-announces-new-cloud-services.htm
I read this post early this morning in the train on my way to work.
HIGH TIME Andy and Rob did this!
Both Andy and Rob are well known in the Lotus/IBM community for their expertiese, experience, vision and skill. I think with this new offering Technotics is hitting the nerve of the Shakespearian question many clients face: “To go, or not to go.” What I particularly li [read] Keywords: ibm
Anatomy of a Science Fair Project | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
Sat, Jan 14th 2012 4:12p Victor Toal http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/01/12/anatomy-of-a-science-fair-project/
Not really technology content but I wish this kind of stuff had been around when I was a kid. I went to school in Austria and I attended a natural sciences high school so I had more classes in chemistry, physics, biology and (oh dread!) math. In those days Austrian schools did not do science fairs or prepare kids to present data and experiments like American schools do – unfortunately. I just wi [read] Keywords: facebook
The Tale of a Bored Doggie
Sat, Jan 14th 2012 11:13a Victor Toal I don’t normally blog about meembers of my family – but occasionally the four legged ones do something worth sharing.
I am at a Diner having my breakfast after I had to run out this morning to get some personal errants done and this cake in from my wife. I had wanted to play the dogs in the yard before I leave but my wife (The Empress) decreed that leaving early and coming back early is more important. I guess good old Sparky here had a different idea.
Filed under: Not Technical Ta [read] Keywords: facebook
IBM Support – Change to AVP Telephone Support Processes
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 4:12p Victor Toal This fluttered across my desk today at a client site I am currently working at. It appears that if y are an AVP client (Accelerated Value Program) IBM will no longer get you right to a technician if you call in a ticket but rather wants you to enter it online and wait for a call back. At my current client this is the standard way of operating and the call backs are rather quick – however I have been at other sites where those cal backs have taken somewhat longer in the past. I don̵ [read] Keywords: domino
IBM Connections – New Project
Mon, Dec 19th 2011 12:09p Victor Toal Just a quick update:
I have been on a new project with a new client since the beginning of December in NYC- very exciting stuff! We are working on setting up a brand spanking new IBM Connections 3.0.1 infrastructure inside of a technologically very advanced environment. I can’t really speak about the client nor project details but I can tell you that I am working with his Greatness; The King of Connections; The Mullah of Cyber-Funk; The Sultan of Socialness and Duke of Collaboration R [read] Keywords: collaboration
IBM Unknown errors running utilities – United States
Mon, Nov 21st 2011 9:12a Victor Toal Found this one looking through technotes today, really interesting. I often set up servers to run off-line maintenance on dB and often have servers running 32bit Domino on 64bit Windows. I have not yet run into a case where I noticed the additional errors that might pop up but is it good to now that I can ignore them. I like my off-line maintenance routines and do not want to have to change them.
IBM Unknown errors running utilities – United States.
Filed under: 64 bit, Domino, IBM Lo [read] Keywords: domino
Debmirror – Be independent on Linux
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 6:13p Victor Toal ToalSystems has finally decided that we have enough Linux servers to create out own mirror site – for multiple Linux releases. Over the last week we created a new Ubuntu mirror site on our internal network and will be adding a new CentOS mirror site as well. Currently we are still debating whether we want to register either or both sites for public use as the discussion is still going on whether we want to “adjust/change” the mirror site and add things of our own into it. If [read] Keywords: centos
Connectria – nice touch
Wed, Nov 16th 2011 7:11a Victor Toal As I mentioned a while ago I am now a proud client of Connectria and have one of my serves hosted with them in their cloud – Nirvana-land, nobody knows where it really floats.
It is a CentOS server and it came pre-configured with SELinux (well, that is a given) but also with logwatch turned on and set to send mail. Saved me the effort to set it up myself, all I had to do is edit the /usr/share/logwatch/default.conf/logwatch.conf file and change the sender and recipient address for the lo [read] Keywords: domino
I am a customer – Connectria
Mon, Nov 7th 2011 9:11p Victor Toal Just a short post for some news. I live in the North East and the winter storm hit us in Connecticut full force and I was out of power for 7 days. along with the power being out for private citizens it also affected most businesses in the state and I lost my mail server for a while.
So, I decided to finally create a back-up environment on a waaaaaaaay different part of the grid. So, looking at my options I compared all major ISPs who offer Domino server hosting and after comparing prices and s [read] Keywords: domino
Bold Stroke: New Font Helps Dyslexics Read [Slide Show]
Fri, Oct 28th 2011 1:09p Victor Toal http://rss.sciam.com/click.phdo?i=0d9a0c9460c04f2f2ca4dfk57b73e0bd4
Just came accross this on the Scientific American website. Being dyslexic myself this is of great interfest to me. I’ll be sure to blog about it once I have the fonts installed and have used them for a while. I wonder if I can use them on my blog as well? Hmmm …
Filed under: Not Technical Tagged: dyslexia [read] Keywords: facebook
NYC Lotus Beer with Paul, Kathleen and Mitch
Wed, May 18th 2011 8:10a Victor Toal Don’t forget – there is a great LOTUS BEER Palooza going on tonight in the city that never sleeps – New York.
I will be there as well, but as one of the lesser ones, I did not include myself in the title (aahh … the modesty is overwhelming).
I will be driving in all the way from Hartford CT just for the above mentioned Triumvirate of Lotus (and the beer – Guinness).
So if you are in town, have nothing better to do and want to watch geekoids go wild with their shirt [read] Keywords: lotus
Mooning, Beer and the Exalted one
Wed, May 11th 2011 6:08a Victor Toal If this title did not spike interest, nothing will …
Paul’s blog post
Paul Mooney ( a.k.a. the Mooney-Meister, Moon-Man, the Mooner) is in the NYC area soon and Mitch Cohen and I jumped (virtually) on him, nailed him to the wall and force-fed him gefilte fish until he consented to a Lotus Beer. Frankly, it did not take much convincing, he is after all Irish, but we did rough him up a bit just to make sure he really shows. From what I hear, Kathleen McGivney will show as well, it pr [read] Keywords: admin
SkiLUG 2011 – Are you coming?
Fri, Feb 11th 2011 6:12a Victor Toal I just received this attached newsletter below a d because it is so much better that what I could come up with my plagiarism gene kicked in and I used the old copy & paste for this post.
SkiLUG is almost upon us! I am signed up and am taking the EotH (Empress of the House), IES (Immer Essen son) and D&ED (Dancing and expensive Daughter). I will also be speaking and plan to organize some skiing specific stretching and fitness at the hotel for anybody interested.
Also – I just heard [read] Keywords: admin
2010 – Where dia all my Visitors/Readers come from?My
Mon, Jan 3rd 2011 12:22p Victor Toal I always find this interesting – where do all those bored people who read my blog come from? Well, here the breakdown for the period July – December 2010 … I even had a visit from somebody in Greenland – that is seriously cooooool . . . .
United States (US)
United Kingdom (GB)
Sweden [read] Keywords: facebook