Episode 91 recorded on Friday 1st March 2012.  Mat Newman and Theo Heselmans join Darren and I to discuss the upcoming BLUG and AUSLUG user groups, agenda highlights, key speakers and their related social events. I suffer from some impetuosity regarding upgrading my OS, and hours of bloopers ensue. 

Oh yeah, and sorry for the delay in getting this out. Work, life, what balance 😉

[An update since the show – unfortunately I will not be attend BLUG due to family commitments and hence have had to cancel my speaker slot. Apologies to Theo and the team.]

Hosts

Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests

Theo Hesslemans

Theo Heselmans (blog | twitter | BLUG) is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. In 1993 he started working as a Notes/Domino consultant with version 3. He delighted (and still does) many customers with custom applications. For 4 years now, he is responsible for BLUG. Theo visits other LUGs regularly, and has been to 17 Lotusphere conferences. He is an avid believer in all things ‘Social’. He loves to talk about Notes, BLUG, Excel (and wine)!<br>

Mat Newman (blog | twitter | company) is the Director of Education for ISW (an IBM Premier business partner in Australia).  An IBM Notes user since 1992, Mat is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions, owner of the coolest YELLOW suit around, friends with Lisa Duke, Sharon Bellamy and Femke Goedhart, and lately spending a lot of his time #Mythbusting. As you might notice in the bio pic, Mat is also partial to AS400’s 😉

Topics

‘You must be mad!’

  • Organisers of two of the biggest Lotus community groups worldwide
  • Hundreds of hours of effort given up free of charge
  • Stress of running large expensive events at you own risk
  • Why do you do it?

BLUG

  • When? March 22-23, Thursday-Friday
  • Where? Antwerp, Belgium, and all sessions are in English!
  • Keynote? Chris Crummey, Business Unit Executive at IBM and Lead Evangelist for Lotus
  • Who are other key speakers?
    • Alan Forbes, Bill Bucan, Bill Malchisky, Chris Miller, Devin Olson, Eamon Muldoon, Eileen Fitzgerald, Femke Goedhart, Florian Vogler, Frank van der Linden, Gabriella Davis, Howard Greenberg, Jess Stratton, John Beck, John Head, Kathy Brown, Luis Suarez, Martin Donnelly, Matthew Fyleman, Mikkel Heisterberg, Paul Mooney, Paul Withers, Rene Winkelmeyer, Rob Novak, Sean Cull, Steve McDonagh, Stuart McIntyre, Tim Clark, Tony McGuckin, Ulrich Krause, Warren Elsmore, Theo Heselmans, …
    • 17 of which are IBM champions
    • Other highlights
    • Double sided badges with TwitterID and QR Code
    • Large twitter wall #BLUG
    • Social panel with Femke Goedhart, Luis Suarez and Stuart McIntyre
    • Nerd Girls are repeating their successful Spark Ideas from Lotusphere with other topics/speakers
    • Speedsponsoring: 18 booths, so fast talking is required. Paul Mooney hosting, Bill Buchan and Tim Clark are his assistants
    • Something new: a developers’quiz: educational and fun guaranteed
  • Can people still register?

AusLUG

  • What: Lotus Week: 29th – 30th March, 2012
    • The View XPages Advanced Seminar 26th-28th March
    • AusLUG Admin Jump-Start with Gabriella Davis & Chris Miller, 27th & 28th March
    • AusLUG 29th & 30th March
  • Where: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Who are we: Some VERY passionate Aussies: Karen Hooper, Adrian Randall, Michael Little, John Stockbridge, Barry Sanders, Scott Beattie, Terry Boyd, Steve Hooper,Tony McPhail
  • Keynote: Ed Brill
  • Featured Session: Michael Sampson,
  • Key Speakers: Walter Adamson, Nick Baldwin, Darren Belford, John Bilson, Dion Boyd, Adam Brown, Paul Calhoun, Andrew Davis, Gabriella Davis, Geoff Dutton, Bob Hallewell, , Mark Hampton, Tony Holder, Karen Hooper, Steve Hooper, Declan Lynch, Russell Maher, Peter May, Chris a/k/a IdoNotes, Christian Petters, Michael Sampson, Ted Stanton, Florian Vogler, Sunny Wan, Steve Wellington, Gary Wickham, Stephan Wissel
  • 6 IBM Champions
  • Just got some great ideas for the badges – thanks Theo 🙂
  • Round 1 of the AFL is immediately following on Friday night featuring the Mighty HAWKS!
  • Nerd Girls, TWiL Live from AusLUG, the ‘Social Evening’, and an informal gathering with 100,000 (bragger, your number has to be the biggest 🙂 others on Friday night for the opening round of the AFL, did I mention the Mighty HAWKS
  • Oh, and IBM will find out where the Street Party banner from Sunday night’s LS12 welcome reception went to 😉

What else?

  • Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Baaarchelona (did I pronounce that right?)

From the TweetBag:

Tips

Darren:

Theo:

  • The obvious: Come to LUGs: you learn a lot, it’s not expensive (as in Free), and you’ll meet lots of people.
  • 2 useful iPhone apps: Tweetbot & i-nigma (=QR reader)

Mat:

  • Yes, it’s a Notes Tip 🙂 If you are compelled to let the world know your feelings on a piece of software dont just say ‘I hate …’Tell us what the problem is so we can help you!
  • Teamviewer Desktop for Mac/Linux/Win and apps for iOS and Android, remote control any computer with a http connection on port 80.

Stuart:

Episode 67, recorded live from Sydney, Australia and over Skype from the UK and Atlanta, Georgia. We discuss AusLUG, recent IBM announcements and more…

Hosts

Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests

Mat Newman Mat Newman (blog | twitter | company) is the Director of Educaiton for ISW (an IBM Premier business partner in Australia, and this years winner of the IBM South-East Asis Business Partner of the Year award), Mat is a Lotusphere speaker of repute and renown and owner of the coolest yellow suit around!
Mikkel Heisterberg Mikkel Heisterberg (blog | twitter | company) Been working with Notes/Domino, Sametime and Java for the last 17 years and have a strong foundation in the Lotus portfolio. I have written five articles for THE VIEW, spoken at several conferences (Lotusphere, ILUG, DNUG) and I’m a Design Partner for Domino NEXT and Lotus Connections. I am a frequent blogger (http://lekkimworld.com) and I am the author of the open source documentation framework LotusScript.doc and the TwitNotes sidebar plugin for Notes 8.x. I am a partner at IntraVision, a Premier IBM Business Partner from Denmark. IntraVision is the creator of the OnTime suite of products (http://www.ontimesuite.com).
Karen Hooper Karen Hooper (company | twitter | linkedin) is an Advanced IBM Certified Instructor in both System Administration and Development. Karen and her husband Steve own and manage Dr Notes Solutions, a Premier IBM Business Partner in Australia. Karen is the author of the IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide (available on Amazon). Her passion is to empower people so that they increase their productivity and use the tools available to them.
Craig Davies Craig Davies (twitter) is an Administrator and Developer of Notes since V4, and now a proud member of the AUSLug organising committee.  Works in IT Management for a global organisation.
Paul Calhoun Paul Calhoun (twitter) is Director of Enablement at GBS

Topics

A more informal chat than usual, recorded with a live audience… We cover AusLUG highlights, announcements made in the keynote, ‘social’ activities and much more.  Darren and Stuart then continue the discussion, covering MWLUG highlights and how Notes/Domino news seems to be ramping up toward Lotusphere.

Tips

No tips this week, sorry!

Episode 64, recorded on 11th August 2011, discussing AusLUG, the future of Notes & Domino, the new Connections native apps and more…

Hosts

Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests

Mat Newman Mat Newman (blog | twitter | company) is the Director of Education for ISW (an IBM Premier business partner in Australia, and this years winner of the IBM South-East Asia Business Partner of the Year award), Mat is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions, owner of the coolest yellow suit around and friends with Lisa Duke and Sharon Bellamy!
Karen Hooper Karen Hooper (company | twitter | linkedin) is an Advanced IBM Certified Instructor in both System Administration and Development. Karen and her husband Steve own and manage Dr Notes Solutions, a Premier IBM Business Partner in Australia. Karen is the author of the IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide (available on Amazon). Her passion is to empower people so that they increase their productivity and use the tools available to them.
Richard Smith Richard Smith (company | linkedin | twitter) is a skilled and passionate IT professional, able to communicate both at technical and business levels.His awareness of business systems, processes and workflows orginated from a business background, before making the jump to more technical systems development roles on IBM’s Lotus Notes and Domino platform. His grounding allowed him to quickly apply Notes and Domino technology to real business problems. He’s been architecting systems for this platform since 1996 (version 3). Richard’s overriding aim for the solutions he has architected, is to provide a defined return on investment and demonstrable wins for users of his systems.Richard is a PCLP Administrator and is the Technical Director and Owner of Basic Business Systems Ltd a IBM Lotus Business Partner in the UK..

Topics

Auslug

  • Why:
    • Why did you feel AusLug was needed?
  • The process:
    • Is it immense amounts of work?
    • How are you coordinating activities?
  • The details:
    • When? Sydney
    • Where? 29/30th August
    • Are there any other events taking place that week? TackOn by Chris Miller on Sametime on Wednesday, The View Bootcamp Weds-Fri.
    • Who’s speaking? 5 IBM Champions. Paul Calhoun, Chris Miller, Mikkel Heisterberg, Mat Newman, Adam Brown, Ed Brill presenting the keynote.
    • How is attendance looking?
  • How will it compare to other LUGs?
  • The social stuff:
    • What extra-curricular activities will be taking place?
    • Will the yellow suit make another outing?
    • How can people that can’t attend in person take part?
  • What’s your one wish for Auslug?

The future of Notes/Domino 

IBM Connections apps for Android, Blackberry and iOS 

  • All three apps now available on the App Stores
  • Is there still a place for iWildfire?
  • Mat runs down the differences between the IBM versions and iWildFire

Tips

Darren:
Free antivirus from Microsoft…..yes! Microsoft. And it’s pretty good. Good for home PCs and personal laptops. See the Microsoft Security Essentials site for more details.
Mat:
Web 1.0 was I’ll publish something, so you can you consume it, Web 2.0 is “let’s interact with one another”. I know a product that’s over 21 years old which does BOTH!  If your Admin hasn’t given you “social”apps in your Notes/Domino environment, things like Forums, Wikis, Blogs and SameTime you should be demanding them to improve your productivity and interaction with others – they are, after all – FREE!
Karen:
Attend the biggest IBM/Lotus conference in Australasia – AusLUG!  And buy my book – <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1849680205/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=twilotus-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=1849680205″>IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide</a>!
Richard:
Xpages and modern web interfaces mean that you need to know CSS, as well as everything else! A good CSS editor will help. Getting into this means understanding how pages will look in a different way. I user TopStyle but there are other tools. The trick is to lay out your CSS in a good way, so your processing order is correct as much as possible as styles are applied in order as they are read by the browser as they go through the sheet. The first style is applied and then the second and so on. That means  if a style appears at the top of a style sheet and then is changed lower down in the document, the second item of that style will be the one applied, not the first one. So what you might think should be black could be Red, as its defined again later in your sheet. !Important helps overide this, but its better to structure your CSS sheets in a logical way up front, using a defined structure. So, your most underlying elements, like pages, navigation, content containers and global styles such as default fonts, define at the top of your CSS sheet in clearly labelled areas. More granular stuff, define later in the sheet, but labelled according to the job the code is going to do, eg article styles,  call to action buttons, quote boxes or page specific items.
Stuart:
My word, these tips are getting tough!  Handbrake DVD ripping made easy. Awesome app, started on Mac, now on Windows & Linux too.  Oh, and Plex for viewing said rips, including new Plex iOS app.