Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Should I attend Lotusphere 2012?

Lotusphere is one of those things that has escaped me for a long time. I have wanted to go for about the last 10 years.  I finally had the chance to go last year and it was everything I had hoped it to be.  I figured it was one of those once in a career things for me and I took advantage of all the pre and post session meetings, BOF's, speed geeking, This week in Lotus Live recording, etc...  


Several people I know say you don't need to go every year if your an admin, the admin stuff doesn't change that much. I was OK with that when I was more of an Admin / Engineer.


Well my position has changed, I am now the IT Manager. I really wanted to send another person on my team in 2012.  However, he really has no desire to go to a HUGE conference like Lotusphere, and honestly would probably get overwhelmed.


I will be lucky if I get to attend another major conference like this in 2012.  Do I go back to Lotusphere? It's going to be the "On" year, with big announcements around Notes Next, right?


Or, since I am responsible for all aspects of IT, do I look for another conference to attend in 2012?  Something like VMWorld or Citrix Synergy? 


 I really loved the energy and excitement at Lotusphere, you can tell these people really love the product. 


Thanks for any input.

Friday, September 23, 2011

When a Lotus Traveler user deletes an item on their device it does not delete on the server

Since we have had a lot of users switch from Blackberries to iPhones lately we have been running into this scenario.  A user deletes a bunch of emails on their new iPhone, comes into the office and they are all still in the inbox.  Looks like it's an easy fix.  Check the ACL of the users mail file and make sure LocalDomainServers is listed as a Server Group and has the ability to delete documents. Of course make sure your traveler server is in the LocalDomainServer group.


Before

After

Looks like this only effected user accounts that were created in the year 2000. Not sure if we did this on purpose back then, or it was just a 4.5 ish issue.

 I am shocked that most people didn't even complain about this. Well I guess I shouldn't be.



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kia Soul tech

In order to "Evacuate" NYC before Irene hit we rented a car.  We got a Kia Soul for Budget. A huge thanks to Budget for not screwing me on a last minute, one-way rental at 8pm on a Friday night.  It took over 2 hours to wait in line and get a car with a full tank of gas. I wasn't picky and took whatever they gave me. I really wanted the new Focus I saw sitting outside, but I wasn't going to ask for favors by the time they got me a car.

I noticed on Saturday that the Kia had Bluetooth, USB and Aux inputs.  Here is what worked and what didn't.  

Bluetooth
I tried to pair my phone while driving and it gave me an error message something like "Not Available, car in motion."  I could not get out of this screen until we stopped the car. We could not even listen to the radio, it muted the sound when I went into the setup menu and would not exit until I stopped.

After we stopped I paired my Incredible just fine, fired up Google music and streamed music across PA on I-80. It worked well until I got into some 1X coverage areas, the music started skipping and randomly replaying tracks we already listened to.

Since we had to call Southwest to re-book our flights I also got to use the hands-free speaker phone. It worked OK, but at 80+ MPH there is A LOT of wind noise in the Soul. It was hard to hear even with the volume turned up all the way. The lady at Southwest even asked to be taken off of speakerphone, she was having a hard time hearing me as well. I guess I could have slowed down. Nah, we had flights to catch!


USB connection 
  • For my wife's iPhone this would do nothing. No Sync, no audio and would not even charge it. In the Hyundai's you need a special cable that uses the Aux AND USB to get an iPhone to work. I guess we needed that cable to make it work.
  • It charged the Incredible just fine, didn't try USB disk mode because of Bluetooth.
Aux Connection
We didn't use this at all since Bluetooth worked so well for audio.

Oh and we got almost 30mpg out of it as well. 


Too many chargers!

As we were packing for our romantic get away to NYC last week my wife said. "You know, most people take more clothes than chargers on vacation!"  Yes it is true, I took a lot of chargers with me. I rely way too heavily on mobile tech and I was worried about running out of power on the go. We went to NYC for 2 nights last week (we had to leave early because of a hurricane or something.)  Here is the list of tech we took with us.


Wife's

  • iPhone 4
  • iPad 2 wi-fi / Verizon
  • Sony DSLR with 1 lens, extra battery, extra CF card, External Flash, 8 AA's
Mine
  • Droid Incredible (Running Cyanogenmod 7)
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Verizon LTE MiFi
  • Canon ELPH 300HS (I just bought this because I can't find my Canon SX210is. Turns out Canon released new models last week, so this one is getting returned.)
Chargers taken
Things we never used on this trip
  • Spare DLSR Battery, Spare CF Card, DSLR Charger, Flash Charger
  • Spare Canon Battery, Canon Charger
Things I used all the time
  • Portable battery charger
  • iGo Charge Anywhere
So is that TOO much tech / chargers for a weekend getaway?  I'd like to say it is, but I think it's kind of normal for us now.  I wonder if there are better solutions?  What is everybody else using to charge multiple device while traveling?

More tech posts are coming for this trip, things like. Verizon Coverage in NYC, carrying  multiple devices each day, what worked / what doesn't etc...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Random Post- Theme Park Ticket Prices

This post has nothing technical about it, but for some reason I feel the need to vent.  Theme park ticket prices have always been expensive, but as I look at buying tickets for an upcoming trip I am horrified at the cost.  My biggest complaint is the cost per age group. A 3yr old costs $79 for 1 day at Disney, while an Adult is $85 a day.  I could go on and on about this, but here is my suggestion to increase customer satisfaction and increase park attendance.


Ages 0-5 - Free, end of story
Ages 6-16 - Junior Price 50% of Adult ticket
Ages 17-59 - Adult - Full Price, i'm ok with that.
Ages 60+ - Senior, again a 50% price cut off an adult ticket


Disney, do you have any idea how many more families would come if the little ones were free for longer?  We still need to feed and buy gifts for our little ones and I am sure we would come more often.  I highly doubt Disney would lose any money at all by raising the free limit to 5.


Disney considers you an adult at age 10.  Seriously 10?  This one aggravates me the most. If tickets were cheaper for this age range I am sure we would start bringing friends along on vacation, increasing attendance.


Adult prices, I'm ok with the price, not the age range.


Seniors - Again, if you make them cheaper our parents are more likely to tag along.  Most grand parents I know can't handle day after day full day in the parks anyways , but they want to go and experience it with the grand kids. I bet they spend half as much time in the parks anyways, so why not charge them less?  Again they still need to eat and buy gifts while in the parks.


For our family of 5 (2 Adults, 3 kids)


2 days at Disney $801 - No park hopper, no water parks
2 days at Universal $597 - no park hopper


Unbelievable. Don't get me started on food prices.....



Monday, June 20, 2011

My take on SageTV being acquired by Google.

SageTV is some awesome PVR software that runs on a PC. I have been running it for 3 years now and I have Extenders on every TV in my house. I don't run coax to my TV's just Ethernet to the extenders.  All the recording. scheduling, program guide etc is on my SageTV server.  I have 4 tuners and can record up to 4 HD shows at once.  I love this system. Before SageTV I was a Beyond TV user for 5 years. I haven't had a regular DVR in my house in a long long time.  In fact I just built a new "server" for SageTV and upgraded to version 7, wow it looks awesome now.

My first reaction to the news of being acquired by Google was negative. I LOVE this product and it runs my house, all our TV, Movies, Music and Pictures are accessible from any TV, PC or Laptop, whether they are in the house or not. My kids all know how to use it, even the 2 yr old is picking it up.  I can't imagine what I would do if I had to replace it. Google has a history of buying products, trying them out and leaving them for dead.  For example Orkut. They also try new things and then kill them, IE Wave.

I've been thinking though, Google TV is supposed to interact with existing DVR's. SageTV has mentioned several times over the last few years that they were working on a Linux based DVR on USB stick concept. Take stock hardware, add a supported tuner, plug in the USB jump drive, boot from USB and have a fully functioning DVR with none of the configuration problems.

So maybe, just maybe this is a good thing. Maybe the next GoogleTV companion product is a SageTV based DVR appliance.  Maybe through the power of Google we get official Cable Card support in SageTV? Interesting.....

Now, what does this mean to me and all the SageTV guys that run windows based PVR's?  I don't know and that kind of scares me.  

Google and SageTV, please don't screw this up and make me use Windows Media Center. I am not building a PC or buying an XBox for all my Tv's.


Here is to hoping that Google is quick to make an Android Placeshifter client for SageTV. That would be awesome.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I got a Chromebook this week.

I could un-box it and explain how i got it, but its pretty much just like Mitch describes it  HERE.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Will Android take over iOS?

During my idoSphere presentation I was asked the following question. "Do you think that Android will overtake iOS?"

To be honest I wasn't prepared for questions like this and I kind of blew it. I said something like "I'm not sure, my wife has an iPhone and it is perfect for her."

Well after thinking about it a little I have a better answer. And my answer is a resounding YES. I can  say that without hesitation because of one word "Choice."

As good as iOS is you don't have any choice on the hardware and for the most part carrier. Plus you have to deal with whatever Steve thinks is the next big idea.

Let's compare them to buying a car. If you buy a Honda Civic, you really only have 3 options. Trim level, Auto / Manual and Color. That sounds a lot like an iPhone. 3GS or 4, 16gb or 32gb, that's it. 

Now let's look at a Chevy truck. 1/2, 3/4 or full ton, 2wd or 4wd, gas or diesel, Auto / manual, rear-end gear ratios, colors, etc...  With Android you can pick your screen size, carrier, keyboard or no keyboard, 1 camera or 2 cameras, etc...

So that's my take on it. What do you do you think?  Leave me a note in the comments.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Android 101, idosphere slides posted

Here are my sides from today's IdoSphere webinar.  If you want to see how to install Traveler on an AT&T device take a look at the slides.  It's easy and it works, but of course it's not supported.



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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

IdoSphere Registration Discount Update

IdoSphere is just a week away, oh crap only a week to go?

Anyways as you probably already know there are several discount codes available for registration.

If you register here and use my discount code, IDS2011DH  I will personally donate $7 per registration to Give Kids the World.  GKTW is a great organization in Orlando that works with the  Make-a-Wish Foundation to help kids live out their dreams of visiting the Orlando theme parks.

So if you have not already registered and happened to see me on Ben's blog, then please register now with my code and help some kids out.

It's only $31.50, you get some world class content and can help kids live out a wish. How can you say no?

Dennis

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Save on your IdoSphere registration!

Did you miss the early registration discount for IdoSphere?  Here is your chance to save 10% on the already ridiculously low price of $35.


Don't know what IdoSphere is? Shame on you. Head over to the website and check it out.  Chris Miller (idonotes) is putting together an online event to capture some of great sessions that were submitted to Lotusphere 2011 but were rejected for whatever reason.


Simply go to http://bit.ly/IdoSphereDiscount and enter IDS2011DH for the discount code to save 10% on your registration.


I will have a session on Android in the enterprise, so if you want some more information on Lotus Traveler, ATT side loading, finding the lotusinstaller.apk or common problems and issues then be sure to sign up today!


Again, go HERE and use the discount code of IDS2011DH to save 10%


I look forward to seeing you all on the webcast or maybe even at Lotusphere in 11 days!


Dennis

Friday, January 14, 2011

Disney Tips for Lotusphere attendees

Although this will be my first trip to Lotusphere, it is not my first trip to Walt Disney World. Here are some tips for touring the Disney parks either before or after Lotusphere. From what I hear there is no way to tour a park during the week with the hectic schedule of Lotusphere and the short park hours.


Tickets

  • This is the one thing you can't get around. Tickets are expensive and there is really no deals for 1 or 2 days.
  • The more days you buy the cheaper they get. 1 Day is $82 but after 4 or 5 days they get a lot cheaper per day. For instance a 10 day ticket is only $262
  • Tickets expire 14 days after first use.
  • Tickets can be upgraded within 14 days of first use. 
  • Tickets have optional upgrades like; 
    • Water park, Fun and more - Select from two fabulous Water Parks, DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park, ESPN Wide World of Sport; Complex or a round of golf at Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course, a relaxed, nine-hole walking course designed for the entire family.
    • Park Hopper -  lets you go to multiple parks in 1 day. And NO you cannot buy a 2 day ticket and use it in 2 parks on the same day, Disney tracks the tickets with biometrics.
    • Non-expiring - is what it says. The tickets will never expire.
  • Tickets increase in price EVERY year, usually 16% or more.
  • Tickets can be bought with (or upgraded to) non-expiring. This can be a good idea if you know you are coming back next year. Currently a 10 day non-expiring ticket is $475. If you go to the parks for 2 days a year, you will be set for the next 5 Lotuspheres!
  • Discounts are available from AAA and other ticket brokers online
  • I suggest you use the lowest price ticket calculator from Touringplans.com is searches Disney and online ticket brokers for the best prices
Discounts
  • If you are an Annual Pass Holder, Disney Vacation Club or Disney Visa card member you can get additional discounts on food and shopping.

Touring the parks
  • I highly suggest using a touring plan to get the most out of your time in the park. 
  • A touring plan basically tells you what to see and when to see it.
  • There are several websites that have these plans and you can even find personal guides to take you through the parks.
  • I highly suggest Touringplans.com I have used them on my last 8 trips and they have been extremely helpful and accurate.
    • They have different kinds of plans for adults, kids, early or late arrival, etc...
    • They have a mobile app called Lines, very useful.
    • It does cost $10.95 a year but it is money well spent and it gives you full access to the data in their mobile app "Lines"
Some good books

Mobile Apps
  • "Lines" from Touringplans.com - Android, iOS, Blackberry, Palm
    • I love this app! It will tell you estimated (and predicted) wait times and fast pass times for attractions. You can be in the Germany pavilion and see what the wait time is for Soarin' or see if any fast pass's are left. Absolutely priceless.
  • eTicket - iOS
  • Hidden Mickey's - iOS
  • Many Many more, these are ones i've used.
Websites 
Podcasts
  • DisUnplugged
  • WDW Today
  • Betamouse
  • Netcot - Hey Van, how about a new Episode?
  • Wedway Radio 
  • Be Our Guest Podcast
Fireworks!
  • Don't miss them!
  • Wishes is every night at the Magic Kingdom
  • Illuminations is every night at Epcot and can be seen from the bridge near the Boardwalk / Beach club area. 
Sorry I don't have any tips for Universal or Islands of Adventure. The Lotusphere party will be my first visit to Universal.

If have any questions or need more info on something, leave a comment or follow me on twitter @dheinle

I'll be in Epcot on Saturday with one of our business partners if anyone wants to join us.


PS:  I do not have any financial relationship with any of the above mentioned companies. I have just used them before and I am very happy customer.

PPS: If you are interested in DVC (Disney Vacation Club) let me know, sometimes they have discounts if a current member has refereed you.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I'm a believer!

Two things happened this month that I never thought would happen.

1. Verizon announced an iPhone
2. I'm going to Lotusphere!

WOOT!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I'm going to Lotusphere!

I've been wanting to attend Lotusphere for about 10 years now. For several reasons it has never worked out. I've always felt like there is so much our organization doesn't know about notes and it would be valuable to attend.

The last couple of years have been better thanks to Chris Miller's and Carl Tyler's www.lotuspherelive.com site and all the users on twitter using the lsxx hash tags.

Even though I asked again this year to attend I didn't expect to be going. I'm not the domino guy, well right now we don't even have a domino person. So even though I love the lotus brand and all the products it's not really my main focus at work.

Anyways I am extremely excited to finally be attending a Lotusphere and also a little scared.

I am probably more prepared that most first timers. I've been listening to a lot of lotus podcasts and they give tips for Lotusphere. Podcasts like, idonotes, takingnotes, this week in lotus, the Lotusphere podcast and some others.

So I need some more tips. I managed to get a room at the Dolphin and I've already heard to bring comfortable shoes.

What else does a first timer need to know?

Thanks for the help.


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