Episode 115, recorded on Tuesday 30th August 2016.  We discuss the MWLUG 2016 conference, the future of IBM Domino and xPages development, what Project Toscana means for all of us, and the IDC announcement that IBM leads the Social Business marketplace for the 7th consecutive year. Oh and on our final TWiL ever, we share an exciting announcement – WTF?


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


Jesse GallagherJesse Gallagher (blog | twitter) is CTO at I Know Some Guys and a second-generation Domino developer. He is on the board at OpenNTF and blogs semi-regularly at frostillic.us.


We’re Back!

  • Just a one off, as we were all at MWLUG
  • TWiL archives coming back online on a brand new site… Relive the glory days at thisweekinlotus.com! Up to episode 74 now, remainder to come very soon

Introducing Jesse (0:02:17)

MWLUG (0:05:15)

Future of IBM Notes & Domino? (0:30:39)

App Dev and app modernisation (0:40:14)

More clarity on Project Toscana (0:52:48)

IBM partnering with key competitive collaboration SaaS vendors (1:06:43)

What else?



Darren: Universal Remote for iPhone and Android….will be some good once it works

Jesse: Eclipse Mylyn plugins for GitHub and Bitbucket

Stuart: Yet another headset! Plantronics Voyager Focus headset Great for desk and mobile use, pairs with USB, dongle and at least two bluetooth devices. I use with iPhone, iPad Pro and iMac. 10 hour battery life and very light.  Also, TWiL archives are (mostly) back…

An Announcement

Listen to the show!

UPDATE: the new podcast is ‘WTF Tech’ and is available to stream or download at WTFTech.fm. Listen now!

Recorded on Wednesday 4th April 2012.  Mat Newman joins us to review AusLUG 2012, and to discuss how we can reach those Lotus and ICS advocates and users that are not part of the community today.


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


Mat Newman (blog | twitter | company) is the Director of Education for ISW, an IBM Premier business partner in Australia, who recently won both IBM ICS and IBM Websphere ANZ Business partner of the year awards.  ISW are also the folks behind WildFire! and Kudos Badges.  An IBM Notes user since 1992, Mat is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions, owner of the coolest YELLOW suit around, who by day educates Users, Administrators and Developers on IBM Software and spends his spare time keeping a bunch of people amused while they organise AusLUG.


AUSLUG is done

  • Was it easier or harder 2nd time around?
  • Biggest LUG in the world? (350 registrations)

So why do you do it?

  • the team behind AusLUG: Adrian Randall, Barry Sanders, John Stockbridge, Karen Hooper, Michael Little, Scott Beattie, Steve Hooper, Terry Boyd and Tony McPhail are all very single minded in this: We want to reach out to as many people as possible and provide an excellent opportunity for them to improve their skills and gain a better understanding of the technology they work with.
  • What’s this about the ‘bubble’?
  • Is our world really as small as 300 bloggers and maybe 1000 readers?
  • So how do we reach those outside the bubble?
  • Are LUGs the primary route, or are online activities like LinkedIn groups, Connections communities, Greenhouse, Facebook, Twitter etc as important?
  • Is the community still Notes/Domino focused, or are products like Connections and Quickr becoming more key?
  • How do we get more ‘outsiders’to have and use their voices?

Where do you go for AusLUG 2013?



  • Right double click in iNotes closes the current tab. At least in 8.5.3…..


  • Sametime clients for mobile devices – check out QuipIM?


Recorded on Friday 23rd March 2012.  Simon Vaughan, Mac Guidera and Baan Slavens join Darren and I to talk Connections – roll out of a new release at Cardiff University, futures for the mobile apps, fix pack one for 3.0.1 and even Windows Explorer access to your Connections files.


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


Mac Guidera (blog | twitter) is a Project Manager on IBM’s Social Software Team.

Simon Vaughan

Simon Vaughan (twitter) is Deputy IT Director at Cardiff University and an IBM champion

Baan Slavens (twitter) is a Project Manager on the IBM Social Software Team and is responsible for social mobile solutions.


Cardiff just upgraded to Connections 3.0.1

  • What’s Connections being used for?
  • Will it be rolled out to students as well as staff?
  • Is mobile access in demand?  Are Cardiff allowing users to access from mobile?
  • Connections mobile clients

What has the take up been like so far?

  • What’s coming next?
  • Multiple server access
  • Profiles integration with address books
  • Customisation of apps to fit organisation changes
  • Native files access

Connections as a platform for development

  • As Social Business develops, do we see Connections as becoming more of a development platform?
  • Developers need to understand OpenSocial
  • Will we see Connections competing with Portal as an integration point for multiple applications

Connections released

  • What’s included?
    • Fixes
    • New features
    • MS IE 9 and Firefox 9 support
    • Redhat Linux 6.1 support
    • Sametime 8.5.2 Proxy support
    • Issue with Chrome duplicate headers also fixed 🙂
  • Forums/Posts configuration etc
  • Was the ‘Super Community admin view’feature incorporated in this release?
  • How is it installed?
  • New Update Installer required
  • Should all customers upgrade?

Connections plugin for Windows Explorer released

  • What does it do?
  • How is it installed/deployed?
  • How does it compare with the Notes plugin for Files?
  • Can you upload multiple files?
  • Does it obey quotas etc?
  • Can you have multiple Connections servers configured?
  • drag and drop of files into Connections files
  • Video by Luis Benitez

Connections 4 was previewed at Lotusphere 2012

  • What are the highlights?
  • When will it be available?
  • Which features are you most excited about?



  • Veeam. Best virtual backup and replication solution on the market. And sold by STS 🙂


  • Open documents in Connections app on the iOS platform by pressing and holding attachments.


  • Mac users, use the files plug-in for Notes to drag and share files from your machine to Connections.



Recorded on Friday 30th March 2012. Darren joins Mat Newman and the crew at AusLUG 2012 for live This Week in Lotus review of the conference. Darren and I discuss RIMs demise, Connections101.net and the rise of the LUG.  Lastly we have some excellent interviews made by Sean Cull at BLUG.


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


RIM takes a tumble

AUSLUG 2012 (Sorry for the poor sound quality)
BLUG 2012

No tips this week, back next time!

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.


Episode 90 recorded on Friday 24th February 2012.  We meet with four IBMers about the latest XPages book, the XPages Portable Command Guide, to discuss the aims and content of the book, who should read it, which resources someone new to the technology should read and more. Oh and Darren takes questions from the audience. Dangerous!


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


Martin Donnelly

Martin Donnelly (LinkedIn | Twitter) is a software architect and team lead for the XPages runtime team in IBM Ireland and has worked on all four XPages releases from Notes/Domino 8.5 through 8.5.3. Martin lives in Cork with his wife, three daughters, and two greyhounds. He admits to playing soccer on a weekly basis (should have hung up his boots YEARS ago) and salmon angling during the summer when the opportunity presents itself.

Tony McGuckin

Tony McGuckin (LinkedIn | Twitter) is a Senior Software Engineer on the IBM XPages development team working from the IBM Ireland Software Labs.  He is also co-author of the Mastering XPages and XPages Portable Command Guide books.  Currently he is focussing on XPages Mobile and Social tooling/controls for XPages futures.

Maire Kehoe is a Staff Software Developer at the IBM Ireland Software Labs, where she has worked on the XPages technology for Lotus Notes and Domino since the 8.5 release. She is a co-author of the book XPages Portable Command Guide.

dan o'connor

Dan O’Connor (LinkedIn | Twitter | IBM) is the team lead for Domino Designer based out of Littleton, MA. He is a co-author of the book XPages Portable Command Guide. Dan has worked on Domino Designer since the 8.5.0, prior to that Dan worked on Lotus Component Designer and Rational Application Developer.


xpages portable command guideThe XPages Portable Command Guide

  • (Amazon US Paperback | Amazon US Kindle | Amazon UK Paperback | Amazon UK Kindle)
  • Follow on to the magnificent Mastering XPages
  • How did Maire and Dan get involved?
  • What does it cover?
  • Do you get stopped in corridors?
  • If one was new to XPages, would you still read ‘Mastering Xpages’first?
  • Who is it for?
  • Available in what formats?
  • Does it cover the extension library as well?
    • No, but new book coming from Paul Hannan, Tim Tripcony, Paul Withers et al in April

Meet the Authors video:

  • How did this come about?
  • Do you think it will help sales of the book?

Where are we with XPages?

  • Has it now completely replaced ‘classic’development techniques?
  • Are we seeing some leading-edge apps written with it yet?
  • What is IBM developing in XPages internally? Any great use cases you can share?
  • How do you feel about the vitality around XPages now that it’s a toddler 😉

Andrew Pollack’s “Delving into XPages”post

  • Lots of comments
  • Is he right? Is documentation inside of the product lacking?

From the TweetBag:

  • From Steve Pitcher, “What does the major lack of Quickr sesions at LS12 indicate?”
  • From Keith Brooks, “If not yellow, which color will ICS be?”



  • Watch out when deploying Symantec Endpoint Protection with Notes preloader in 8.5.2 and later. It seems to be SEP 11.0.7 and higher but don’t take my word on that. Basically it crashes Notes at log on and the only fix (so far) is here. So far the issue seems random (not all PC’s are affected), but YMMV.


  • Get on OpenNTF.org and try our latest stuff as a habit – whenever you can. Give us early feedback, and contribute where you can …it’s a great chance to influence XPages futures!





Episode 89 recorded on Thursday 16th February 2012.    We meet with Dave Durazzano of IBM and Elaine Murray from Applicable to discuss the planned rename of Lotuslive, announcements from Lotusphere 2012 and plans for new bundles to clear up a few confusing names…

[Full title: Lotuslive becomes SmartCloud for Social Business. Longer name but less confusion?]


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


dave durrazano

Dave Durazzano (twitter) is Program Director for IBM SmartCloud for Social Business.  David joined Lotus in 1994 as a technical support analyst, he then went on to co-founded a Lotus Business Partner consulting company and later started a cloud computing services company.  David rejoined IBM in 1999 where he has held several technical leadership roles on the Lotus Notes/Domino, Workplace & Greenhouse teams before shifting his focus in 2007 to contribute to the IBM on-line collaborative SaaS business previously called LotusLive.<br>

Elaine Murray

Elaine Murray (twitter) is IBM/Microsoft Messaging & Social Collaboration enthusiast at Applicable. A Marketing Manager with a passion to promote powerful collaboration.


SmartCloud for Social Business

  • For those new to the community, what is Smart Cloud for Social Business?
  • IBM SmartCloud portfolio
  • Formerly LotusLive
    • New brands to be established in Q1 (next few weeks)
    • SmartCloud Engage to be key brand, various levels within that
    • What happens to customers that have LotusLive contracts?
  • New URL in Q2 – http://ibmcloud.com/social
    • What is the proposition that SCSB represents?
  • Many would see Office 365 and Google Apps as the main competitors
    • What are IBM’s advantages?
  • Will the iNotes and Connections brand confusion be cleared up?
    • Yes!
  • Whats coming in 2012?
    • Will the newly named IBM Docs be part of SmartCloud too?
      • Yes, 2H12


  • What does winning the Lotus Award mean for your business?




  • Start a 60 day trial of IBM SmartCloud for Social Business – See first hand how your business (any size) can leverage the cloud to collaborate with customers, partners, vendors today.   IBM SmartCloud for Social Business Toolkit – Found in IBM DeveloperWorks.  Access the IBM SmartCloud APIs for integration development!


  • Knowledge is Power.. Keep up to date with the customers who visit your web pages and learn more about them and their areas of interest: http://www.trovus.co.uk/


  • TweetBot v2.0 – fab new Twitter client for iPhone and iPad. Granular notification settings, no nasty panels, customisable buttons. It rocks.
  • UC Expo – effectively the biggest Social Business trade show in the UK – 6/7th March at Olympia.