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3 Days to IBM Think 2018

Hey Guys

Its official, the count down has begun, 4 days to go!!

Here are a few things to remember and a few quick tips..

  • You can forget the sunscreen, unlike Orlando you will not be seeing the sun!!
  • For all you health conscious people you can attend Yoga, Jogging and kick boxing in the morning and Yoga and Jogging in the evening
  • When you arrive or go to the airport tell the cabby no Tunnel to avoid getting long hauled
  • There is a whole Food Grocery store further south at Town Square Mall
  • There several Walmart circling the Vegas strip.  If you Rent a car get your essentials at the Walmart next to the airport.
  • Mandalay Bay has the 3 rd largest Aquarium in North America, so check it out
  • There is a free monorail that connects Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur
  • There are other monorails that charge a fee. Monorail map
  • There is a shopping Mall that connects Luxor and Mandalay bay if you would perfer to walk.
  • Here is a property map of the Mandalay Bay
  • The official Hangout spot picked by the Queen of colaboration Gab is Mizuya
  • The Tuesday Night party “Ephox Aussie Party @ House of Blues so find their booth and get your invite (Hint booth 721)
  • The Sunday Sessions are opened to all registered attendees and the sessions are at MGM grand
  • There are shuttle buses from the different hotels
  • If someone is snapping cards on the Vegas Strip, its best you do not take their business cards.  If you don’t know what I am talking about.. you will before you leave vegas.
  • Bring more then one pair of shoes you will be doing a lot of walking
  • Know when to take it easy on the drinks
  • Each hotel has a different attraction worth checking out.  So do some home work.  Like the Bellagio fountains, Shark Reef ,  New York-New York rollar coster, Fremont Street 
  • What happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas, chances are your family will see what you have for dinner before you even taste it.  So keep it kool and remember this is still a cooperate place and you are representing your company
  • Always bet on Black
  • Time Zone and Jet lag + drinks and long days, early mornings will take a tool on you.
  • Bring your medication and a small pharmacy, or buy it when you arrive.
  • Sessions are kool but seeing what other are doing can be kooler, so go out and see the vendors, sponsors and Biz partners.  Plus gifts are nice too.
  • Meet the champions!! We are next to the food and drinks!!  Also if you know no one, we will gladly drink with you and party it up with you.

So See you there and stay safe

For Fun here are some quick pics from the past

Me on the jumbo Tron

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Me partying with Miss Inhi @ Aussie party

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Still @ Aussie Party

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Me the Fonze and the Man from curious george… Sorry your head got chopped Mat @ Aussie Party

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Always drink responsibly and safely, And know your limits.  I stopped @ 10

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If you Party.. make sure you do it in style

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In case you didn’t get it yet.. Aussie party

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See you guys in Vegas!!

Your IBM Champ

JT

 

 

 

 

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Domino 10, Optimus Prime and Node.JS

Hey Guys!!

Check out my vid talking about Dom 10, Las vegas, IBM Think, and featuring Optimus Prime.

For those of you who have been under a rock, here all the News about Domino 10!!

  • Auto DB repair
  • the 256 GB NSF limit
  • Docker
  • AD integration
  • Saml improvements

And Last but not least Node.JS integration!!

I really feeling good about this, I am about 25 years away from retiring and really feel that now there is a path to future proof my apps and more importantly future proof myself.  I really can’t wait to get started with this.

In case you missed it check out the replay

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Your IBM Champ

JT

Preparing for SF … IBM Connect 2017

Hey Its me, still alive, still working with Domino.
I have to admin my batteries are low, I ran out of the Blue Kool aid about 6 months ago and am in desperate need of a pick me up.
Having this event one month later, show how much I need this yearly get away. I almost feel like I am suffering from withdrawals. It may be a Canadian thing, one can only handle the cold for so long.

Here is a video of my hometown and what we went thru this year!!

2 Buses a police car and a snow truck on ice
Now you know why I miss Orlando!!  The Heat, not wearing winter boots and a jacket twice my size and of course the beer was so good last year20160130_222444

And of course the Parties, they all rocked!!

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Such fond Memories,.. had to have been my best connect ever.

That being said Miss Inhi Cho Suh you better bring it!!

So Orlando’s out, it is not only a new location, this year.. Its in  Freaking San Fran!!  I have no idea how this will affect my party stamina, being 3 hours off.   But I will try to make the most of it.  If you see me dosing off please hand me another drink.

Also a suggestion from my blog last year.. Any booth that offers a late breakfast will see me as soon as I wake up.

As usual my Boss asked me this year do you think it is worth it this year.  And my response was I have no idea.. no one is talking about the parties yet or the special event and we are less then 20 days away.  This worries both of us.   But hey its freaking SF downtown!!!  We can make our own party!  No Worries!

Plus I already contacted the party crew from last year and were all making it down.. so we plan to be causing some trouble In SF.

In other news we actually have a few concerns and questions we need answering so it may be worth attending and we will be able to justify the adventure.. I mean trip

Like….

  1. Watson Workspace.. when we getting it for real corporate use?? And not fun and games?  How will the Lic work
  2. Verse on Prem.. Yeah looks kool. Where the workspace..apps? I guess I need that browser thing whose name keeps changing?
  3. So wats the plan with the client.. They ever getting the fancy Verse look? Guess not..
  4. When can I use Webex in connection cloud?
  5. I played with blue mix I see the future in it .. but I still need help!!
  6. Can we have verse on Prem and Files, profile in the smart cloud
  7. Whats the deal with xpages.. u know wat I mean!
  8. How much time we have before the IBM Watson uprising starts
  9. We are in the process or running double check also .. So I am sure once done I will have tons of questions for pangenda and IBM.
  10. Also my annual complaint to the devs of how much xpinc sucks when you want to do something Big. To which they suggest use run of server option to which I say it prompts for a password.  To which they will say use a policy to Remember the users password.  To which I say can you provide a document on how to do that.  (because I have already done that and it was ridiculously complicated).  Then they will say talk to the policy team.  Then I will say I already have implemented this and the results in the users locking themselves out of the app when they change their password because now they also have to manual type there password in some random field in Notes Preferences, Accounts.  If you have no idea what I am talking about be thankfull!!
  11. Can you make this saml stuff easy

Other fun things or tips  to do in SF..

  • My son Asked me to go to Pier 39 and catch some Pokémon  Its supposed to be the best place in the world
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  • See if John Jardin remembers me and see If I can get a Foonze (thumbs up)
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  • Hang out with the Australians there just crazy.  if I included a pic the blog would be NSFW
  • Try to keep up with Kim Green drinking.
  • Hug the Man in yellow from Curious George.. I think his name is Matt
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  • Tell your Friends if you get separated to meet near Ben from Ytria,, the Giant in the Orange Jacket
  • Balance is key, Attend sessions and socialize, learn stuff
  • Balance is also key when drinking.
  • Last year I regret not having Tequila shots with Nathan TF so this year double them up!!
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  • Try not to cry when John Jardin shows you that you are doing everything wrong in Xpages again
  • For the Oldies.. there no water fountain meeting spot. So text each other or figure something new out.
  • Ask Volker how many clones he has forced to blog for him 24/7
  • Personal Goal: Hug Inhi Cho Suh.. she looks like such a QT! And I really think she is going  to shake things up for the better.

So lets see what u got Babes!!

As for everyone else.. if you see me roaming around.. Don’t be shy, say Hi, there a free beer in it for you.

JT

 

 

My Connect 2016 Story: Day 2 and something

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My Connect 2016 Story: Day 2 and something

For Those who missed the last post, Check it out here

Day 2 was an early start, I think it was the only time I managed to catch breakfast.   For any sponsor who want extra visitors to your booth if you had a breakfast giveaway each morning for all those who missed breakfast I am sure you would get a lot more traction.  Just a Granola Bar, a fruit, juice box would be enough.. hint hint 😉

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The OGS was kool, some people didn’t like the guest speaker, I found him entertaining.  The Canned demo and script was good, over all I liked what I saw.

The only thing missing was the big “Available Now product launch” but I can understand sometimes things don’t line up.  Knowing that verse on prem, is coming soon, runs on domino and some other magic was good news to me!   I have quite a few complaints with the current Notes Client, and the whole xpinc experience.  I hope it resolves some of these issues as well.

I really like this article describing the whole OGS best;

http://www.networkworld.com/article/3029257/collaboration/in-search-of-ibm-verse.html

Some of the Best sessions of the day for me included

– Nathan’s Once you go Graph…  the topic was a little out there but entertaining.  I would really need to see/play with some sort of Demo app before I am ready to make the plunge.  Always an amazing conversationalist!

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– John Jardin’s Optimus Xpages…  John, John, John, just yesterday you were my favorite presenter, We talked, shared stories, you were the man!!  Then you had to go and do this presentation and show me that everything I thought was best practice for xpages was wrong, (not actually wrong but out dated)  and just like that everything changed.  Just when I thought I got a handle of this Xpages thing and set up a whole bunch of internal best practices for it and thinking I know my sh*t.  John comes along and tells me I have fallen behind, and gave me a whole new set of best practices to follow.  Must see for session for any Xpages Dev.

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By the way John lied no Autobots or anyone on cyberton uses Xpages, not because its bad!!  They like it but they were never able to successfully download Domino from Passport advantage.  They are looking at Blue Mix, cause there is  nothing to download.

<-Actual image of Optimus using Blue Mix!! They changed watson’s name to telatram1

Next up were the parties, my aussie crew got tickets to of course the aussie party, and as usual I never made it to the booth to get my ticket, and there was no way I could fake an aussie accent anyways!!  So we agreed that if one of the parties were a bit dry we would crash the others party, and with that we were off.

My First stop was the Canadian Party(more of a standup dinner party) accompanied by two beautiful ladies, Ms Kim Greene and a coworker of mine Frankie.  The Canadian party was very nice, but filled with very few Canadians, sorta like the aussie party I guess minus the alcoholics and trouble makers, besides as Canadian were too polite to turn anyone down.

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We stayed till it was time to go and made our way to BB lounge thank you Wipro for a good night.  Food and open bar was good, band was good!   But the party had trouble starting, so the band did its best to find beautiful women to start the party I did my best to get the beautiful Kim selected and soon the whole bar was chanting Kim, Kim, Kim.  No good deed goes unpunished as I was forced to accompany Kim to the dance floor and got this party official started.  (My job here was done)  If anyone has pics of this please send em to me, in my heighten state of consciousness I am sure we looked a little like this.

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As usual no party is compete until some random guy jumps on stage and starts removing his attire (for the record it wasn’t me).  By the end of it all we made friends with the band the staff met a few random peeps and decided it was time to take on the aussies.

Like all people who are slightly intoxicated we hailed a bicycle taxi jumped on and headed to the aussie party.  No joke a bike taxi!!  How kool!! The Bike guy dropped us right in front of the bouncers and we were ushered in like we were superstars, it was even better than my prom.

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Aussie party rocked, thanks Ephox, and now that the crew was all together we were ready to party.

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Only weird thing was the guys who worked in the bathroom were overly friendly/aggressive, it was agreed for the first time in history no guy should venture to the bathroom alone.  You had to experience it to believe it.  The dueling pianos was amazing and of course we partied it up and made a few new connections as well as made friends with the band.  It was a memorable night.  Here a pic with the me and one of the band members. Thanks again Ephox!

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After they shut down the place we once again ended up on the 17 floor for the after party, whoever room it was love you man.  We met the sirius group there and for the life of me I had no clue who they were until they said they used to be Acendant.  I was like dude your south park commercial rock you have to bring them back.  They had no clue what I was talking about.  In case you sirsus guys are reading this bring these back.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruB1W8mQEpw

There was another girl there also who kept asking me to test her Rich Text Field, not sure if she was serious or just flirting with me, she made me pinky promise.  I have co clue which partner it was so someone let me know.  I pinky promised

So with that it made for 1 kool OGS, 2 Great Breakout sessions and 4 parties in 1 night.  Not bad for the First official day of the conference and day 2 and something.

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Sorry for the long post

Enjoy

JT