Episode 54, recorded on Friday 3rd June 2011, discussing UKLUG, the state of mobile technology, GSX 10, Sametime 8.5.2 and IBMers leaving for the competition..


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


Paul MooneyPaul Mooney (blog | twitter | company) is Senior Technical Architect from Bluewave Technology with 15 years experience supporting Lotus messaging products.


UKLUG 2011 

  • UKLUG? How did it compare to previous UK/ILUGs?
  • How does it compare to other LUGs, e.g. in the US?
  • MOSI is an amazing place
  • Mobile

Paul had some rather interesting observations in in his Bluewave/Teamstudio session in NY 

  • I will do an overview of the day/workshop and point out the issues I found with device setup
  • First month with an Android
  • Windows Phone 7 demand?
  • Windows 8 demo released

GSX 10 update 

  • Paul has been looking at GSX 10.
  • Now in flex goodness. Yep – can go through what I saw
  • Does Quickr, Traveler and BES too

Sametime 8.5.2 released 

  • Will the real Sametime 8.5 stand up? This looks to be the one.
  • Gab’s write-up is excellent
  • Does web conferencing still live on-premise?

Are you a Domino hosting company? 

  • Add yourself to the wiki

Talking of wikis… Lotus Wiki feedback survey 

  • Launched by Mary Beth Raven, give your feedback on how the Wikis work and how they can be improved.

June is Learn XPages Month 

LSOnline is being retired, but content being moved to permanent location 

Darren J Adams has left IBM 

  • The most recent loss to Microsoft
  • Can one person make a difference?
  • Does Social Business mean these individuals are more important?


Superb travel charger kit if you are in the US La Crosse Charge4All. I only need to travel with one device charger now. This one. Does iShiny, mUSB, miniUSB and others out of the box. With car and wall charger and can charge up to 4 devices at once.

If you use Lotus Traveler, you may have a requirement to display names in lookup/typeahead mode.  By default that works after you type in 4 characters.  You can alter this though – Go to NTSCONFIG.xml.  There is a parameter called NAME_LOOKUP_MIN_LENGTH. You can alter the required number of characters.

Matt White’s user group template – will be on OpenNTF soon. Fabulous value, works so well, covers most elements of organising a LUG – info sharing, registration, abstract submission, sponsorship and more.  Written in XPages, so also a great way to learn XPages best practice from one of the gurus.  Using it to organise a Connections user group, to be announced very very soon.  Look out for details in the next couple of weeks.

Episode 53, recorded Monday 23rd May 2011, live in Manchester at UKLUG 2011…


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


Mary Beth RavenMary Beth Raven (blog | twitter) is IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in the Lotus User Experience Design team
Mat NewmanMat 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!
Julian RobichauxJulian Robichaux (blog | twitter | company) is Programmer/developer at SNAPPS. iPhone, Java, IBM, Lotus Notes, etc. Accidentally funny at times.
Bill BuchanBill Buchan (blog | twitter | company) is a technology consultant, focused on enterprise collaborative applications. I’m based in North-east Scotland but work all over Europe, and sometimes I present at technology conferences using a mixture of deep-technology and humour to keep the audience awake.


We’re live at UKLUG 2011, how’s the conference
Talk about the keynote – get social, little notes and domino
A plug for Auslug
What will Lotus be called?
Should IBM give away solutions for free?
Are we in danger of becoming disliked as Microsoft is?
Is Microsoft still the most significant vendor for integration and competition?
Mobile first application development strategy?
Does data all have to held remotely with the cloud?
Does the need for partners go away with the cloud?


No tips this week, sorry!

Episode 52, recorded Thursday 19th May 2011, discussing a year of this show, Sametime 8.5.2, UKLUG, the Exceptional Web Experience conference, new XPages Application Server license and more…


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


Lisa DukeLisa Duke (twitter | company) is Business Development Manager for Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc. (also known as STS), an IBM Lotus business partner specializing in collaboration, mobility, and virtualization.  STS also resells IBM System X hardware and related storage.


This Week in Lotus is a year old:

  • Have we enjoyed it?
  • What have been the main topics:
    • May 2010: LUGs and the launch of the iPad
    • June: decline of RIM, Radicati – Notes/Domino to have 266m seats by 2015, Notes App Store
    • July: IBM Named Worldwide Marketshare Leader in Social Platforms Software, Lotus Protector, Project Northstar
    • August: Death of Google Wave, Directory Independence, Notes/Domino 8.5.2
    • September: Quickr 8.5, NLLUG, IBM Customer Experience Suite, a world without email, XPages Extension Library
    • October: ExtST, new LotusLive, Symphony 3, virtual conferences, Cognos integration
    • November: XPages source control, Connections 3, ILUG, BES Express, Transformer, XPages performance
    • December: Social (inside firewall and Twitter), leadup to Lotusphere, Higher Education
    • January: Live show, lots of Lotusphere! Sandy Carter
    • February: Lotus rebranding, Social Business, Mastering XPages, DDE on the Mac, Design process
    • March: Analysts and developers, User Groups (Australia), Business Inteligence and Social software, RAD
    • April: WCM renaming, RAD again, IBM Champions, Connections 3.0.1, iWildfire
    • May: ISVs, Management of Connections, LotusLive new release
  • Highlights of the year:
    • Episode 7 – Darren admits to enjoying being Rick Rolled (I think I said I liked Rick Astley)…..
    • Episode 6 – Michael Sampson & User Adoption – this is only going to be more important as social software comes into business – I would love to see IT take a lead in bringing in technology and be seen as thought leaders, not as “server janitors”
    • Live show at Lotusphere
  • Guest Stats
  • What did you learn from a year of doing the podcast?
    • Lisa – found out about Dogear Nation & have been keeping up on robot news
    • Stuart – how many great people there are in this community
    • Stuart – how tough it is to keep audio quality high
    • Stuart – how many IBMers are willing to reach out
  • What surprised you most?
    • Stuart & Darren still in shock they got the location of the Lotusphere Party
  • What were some of your favourite moments?
  • Running jokes/themes
    • Stuart asked Darren to be his co-host because he can pronounce Duke? Stuart getting all non-UK surnames wrong
    • Darren panicking about tips
    • RIM on the slide
  • What do you want to change/do differently in Year 2?
    • More people volunteering to be on
    • More customers, analysts and journalists
  • If you could ask listeners for one favour, what would it be?
    • More feedback!!
  • Plan for This Week in Lotus at UKLUGOther News:
  • Stuart & Lisa presenting end of day Monday at UKLUG on social business – if there are no chairs left in Mary Beth and Mat’s session come see us
  • Sametime 8.5.2 released, loses IBM moniker, solves NAT traversal issues
    • New Sametime Unified Telephony Lite
  • Exceptional Web Experience conference in Orlando
    • Shocked at how small compared to Lotusphere
    • No major announcements
    • Previews of Portal 8
  • Ed just announced new XPages Application Server license at DNUG, coming later in the year…


Lisa: If there are managers & line of business people in your office who don’t “get”social, let them know about the Get Social Do Business podcast I host – fairly non-technical discussion of how people are using social tools to transform business
: Matrox M9120 Plus LP graphics card. You can never have enough monitors, this puppy drives 4!
: Audio Hijack Pro for the Mac $32, free trial available. ‘Record any audio – three simple words to explain Audio Hijack Pro. Record from applications like iTunes, Skype or DVD Player. Record from microphones, Radiosharks and other hardware. If you hear it, you can record it.’Used on This Week in Lotus!

Episode 42, recorded Thursday 10th March 2011, discussing upcoming Lotus User Groups in Belgium and the UK, why the Lotus community should ‘put up or shut up’ in Australia, IBM’s stance on Nokia devices and more…


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



Warren Elsmore

Warren Elsmore (blog | twitter | company) has worked in the Lotus arena for 15 years and is a Senior Architecture Consultant with the Bluewave Group.  Bluewave provide technical architecture consultancy and advice to a range of large and small customers across the globe. Warren has spoken at many Lotus events including Lotusphere, Collaboration University, the View Admin conference, ILUG and UKLUG. He also writes for Clippings and in any spare time he has left he runs the UK Lotus User Group!

Theo Hesslemans

Theo Heselmans (blog | twitter | company) has been doing Notes/domino development for almost 20 years. He became an independent consultant about 10 years ago and founded Xceed. He’s been to almost every Lotusphere, and got involved into the Lotus community when he started blogging about 4 years ago. He’s been running the BLUG now for 2.5 years.


User groups

  • What are Lotus User Groups?
  • Why did you chose to organise them?
  • What’s involved in organizing such an event: find Venue, Date, Speakers, Sponsors, Attendees, Staff, Merchandising
  • Who attends user groups?
  • What is the format of your events, days/numbers?
  • What are the benefits of attending?
    • to attendees?
    • to sponsors/exhibitors?
    • to speakers
  • Shouldn’t IBM be responsible for running these events?


  • When is it? (March 31th – April 1st)
  • Where? (Crowne Plaza In Antwerp, we needed a bigger venue, as we grew: more than 200 people per day)
  • Why Antwerp this time? (Great city, we wanted to a change from Brussels)
  • Now a two-day event – why the change? (so many topics to cover, and we had to turn down too many excellent speakers last time)
  • Who is speaking? (70% international Lotusphere speakers)


  • When is it? (23rd-24th May)
  • Where? (Manchester Museum of Science and Industry)
  • What is planned? (2 days of conference sessions with a fantastic line-up of speakers)
  • What are you looking for in session abstracts?

The future of LUGs

  • Are more user groups required around the world?
  • If someone wants to organise a new one, where do they start?
  • How do you get the word out?
  • Does the move to Social Business change anything?

Other news:



1) Book your flights (if flying!!!) soon, fuel surcharges are being added to prices at an alarming rate.
2) IBM stop changing your technote URLs!!!


1) Register for UKLUG – as an attendee, speaker or sponsor (Abstracts and sponsors close 5th April Final session by the 18th April.
2) If you can’t make it to UKLUG, find your local LUG through LotusUserGroups.org
3) If you don’t have a local LUG – start one!


1) Register for BLUG: about 50 seats available
2) Go to UKLUG: you won’t regret it
3) Ytria updated their tools to version 10. Especially ScanEZ is a lifesaver. Bought it in 2004 and practically use it daily.


1) Google Chrome 10 just released, features new preferences UI, and sync of apps/bookmarks/extensions/password/preferences/themes etc between machines, even between operating systems.  Faster than ever too.  IBM support still an issue, but otherwise, why aren’t you using it??!
2) Also, look out for TWiL goodies at UKLUG…