Episode 92 recorded on Friday 9th March 2012.  Mike McGarel joins Darren and Stuart to discuss the XWork Server offering  6 months on, the new OpenNTF XPages development contest, a new and improved xpages.info site and community efforts to improve IBM Connections documentation.

[The XXX Episode – That’s XWork, XPages contest and xpages.info, hope that still proves arousing ?]


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


Mike McGarel

Mike McGarel (blog | Twitter) , As a Collaborative Solutions Developer for Czarnowski Display Services, “XPages marks the spot”in my career right now. All of our new development efforts have been XPages-focused for over a year.  I am Vice President of GRANITE, the Chicago-based ICS user group. I also help out with various community get-togethers such as the Blogger Open at Lotusphere and the annual Midwest Lotus User Group conference.


XWork Server Update – TNG

  • Ed asks what next for the newest member of the Domino family
  • “Social Business Databases”?
  • ISV chicken and the egg issues?
  • “. . . awareness is lower than we expected at this point in time.”Proof that it needs its own marketing campaign?

Third OpenNTF Development Content

  • Sponsored by We4IT
  • Deadline: June 3rd, 2012
  • Two categories (Controls and Applications). Each category will have 2 winners. The Control category winners will receive $800.00 each, the Application category winners will receive $1600.00 each. The winners can choose between Amazon vouchers or payment via Paypal.

“New look”of http://xpages.info

  • Fantastic work by Bruce and the team

Connections Community Documentation

iPad Fever

  • Stresses the need to get up to speed on mobile development. If you’re company is still thinking about mobilizing your apps, it time to stop thinking and start doing.
  • So how many iPad 3’s will Stuart be buying? 😉

MWLUG 2012

  • Dates: August 15th – 17th
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
  • 5 Tracks: Administration, Application Development, Business Cases and Strategy, New Technology and Integration, and Social Business
  • YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/mwlug (videos from 2009-2011)
  • Website: new XPages-based site plans to debut at the end of March
  • Call for abstracts:  Planned for mid-April 2012



  • Notepad++. Notepad they way it should have been. One of the first things I install on a new machine. Excellent light weight editor.


  • In the grand tradition of developers stealing borrowing from one other, I saw this site mentioned within a Planet Lotus blog post from Mark Roden: http://jsbeautifier.org/. It makes JavaScript code more readable by adding indents and line breaks.


  • Chrome with IBM Connections Files issue workaround. Great job, Sjaak!

Episode 93 recorded on Thursday 15th March 2012.  Sharon Bellamy and Femke Goedhart join Darren and Stuart to discuss the upcoming user groups in Belgium and the Netherlands, how to recover from Connections database failure and why Yammer’s business model is so persuasive.


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


Femke Goedhart (twitter | blog | company) is a Business Consultant at Silverside, The Netherlands. She specialises in Collaboration, Social Business, Document Management and Workflow solutions.
IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions and enthusiast on all things Social.

Sharon Bellamy

Sharon Bellamy (blog | twitter | company) is a Business Consultant at Applicable, working with IBM Connections implementations and anything WebSphere or Lotus related IBM Champion, iSeries fan girl and friend of Mat Newman.


BLUG 2012

  • March 22-23, Antwerp
  • Fantastic lineup
  • Listen to TWiL 91 for all the details
  • What are you looking forward to?
  • Social Panel

Social Business Event NL / NLLUG 201

  • http://socbiz.nl/
  • May 15 & 16, Feyenoord stadium Rotterdam
  • 4 tracks: Admin/Development/Best Practises/Business  both Dutch as well as international speakers
  • Double conference: Social Business aimed both at new and existing customers – NLLUG aimed at existing user group
  • focus in business tracks on Line of Business: HR, Marketing, Communications and Management.

Lotusphere 2013 site already up, and looking good!

Connections issues dealt with this week:

  • Recovering Connections from database failure
    • Learnt a lot this week
    • Lose your recovery logs and next time your system restarts, the DB2 DB will not come back up
    • Crash Recovery fails
    • DB2 goes down when Connections connects
    • Speak to IBM support fast!
  • Media Widget timeout
  • Connections custom theme issue

Silverside become a Kudos partner

Yammer – 500.000 users in NL makes it second biggest market for Yammer after US.

Product Wiki design

  • UXLab are looking for help on this – they need volunteers
  • If you want to improve the product wikis please volunteer – lotusdoc@us.ibm.com



  • www.yoono.com great social stream tool to have as a desktop app but for me most particular to have in the sidebar of my browser (Firefox/Chrome). Handles FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Talk, MySpace, etc, etc. Even allows you to check in with 4square and do multi updates to all of those in one go if you want.



  • Time has come for all laptops/desktops to have mirrored disks, sick of recovering dead/corrupted drives.  DiskWarrior is worth its weight in gold 😉  Also AppleJack – install on every Mac *before* you have a problem.

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.]


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


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 😉


‘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?


  • 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?


  • 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:




  • 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)


  • 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.