Introducing… You Drink Some, You Brew Some

Like many of my IT brethren that are going out and following their individual passions (also known as ‘things that keep them happy and sane’), I am also following their lead and getting more into the hobby of making my own beer, wine and spirits (also known as zymurgy). I wanted to keep track of the things I see, do and taste, so of course, I’m going to blog it.

Because I didn’t want to change this blog, or add content that might not be technologically related, I created a new blog, so I proudly introduce to you…

You Drink Some, You Brew Some – http://www.drinksomebrewsome.com

As I stated on my first blog post,

My goal for this blog is to take my passion and share it with the world. I want to do product reviews, book reviews, recipes, stories, beer tastings and anything else I can do, but only about beer.

Of course, as I get more into wine and spirits, I’ll add to that as well.

Why am I doing this now? Tomorrow I leave for Grand Rapids to attend the National Homebrewers Conference. I’m hoping to learn a lot, see a lot, drink a bit, and most importantly, share it all with you (on my new blog).

Who knows where this may lead me, but so far, I’m loving the journey…

Cheers!

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Any Domino administrators looking for a gig in Tampa, Florida?

I received this email and thought that I would share it. (I’m enjoying what I’m doing here right now, so I have to decline… at this time.) Although it says it’s for a developer position, everything in the qualifications scream administrator.

Dear Ray:

 

We have a urgent requirement for our direct client. Please find the job description below and let me know your interest.

 

Job title    :Lotus Notes Designer

Job locationTampa,FL.

Job Type      Full time.

 

Relevant Exprience :

  • Solid understanding of Domino basics such as mail servers, NAB components, domain documents, routing topology, etc.
  • Experience leading low-level projects and resourcing Domino tasks on larger-scale projects
  • Solid analytical and troubleshooting skills for Domino server issues, e.g., able to drive an issue to resolution, pull in other resources when needed, etc.
  • Able to work individually when troubleshooting issues with vendors, e.g., manage problem tickets with IBM or other vendors.
  • 5-8 years Domino mail and application server administration
  • Experience with with Sendmail SMTP (Unix command-line)
  • experience with administering messaging mobility services such as Traveler, Blackberry, and/or Good
  • Experience with IBM/Lotus Quickr (QuickPlace)
  • Has supported or administered Domino environments that worked with the following technologies:
    •    – Siteminder
    •    – Cisco ACE load balancers
    •    – Apache
    •    – SQL
    •    – Websphere

 

Shashi Mani Dubey
Techinical Recruiter
E*PRO Inc  
http://www.epro-tech.com/
Phone no:732-283-0499 Ext-234
Email id: 
mshashi@epro-consulting.com
http://in.linkedin.com/pub/shashimani-dubey/88/145/596/

Contact the recruiter directly if interested (but let them know that I sent you…)

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Quick reminder: Abstracts for MWLUG 2014 are due TODAY (May 23rd)

Make sure to get your abstracts in for MWLUG 2014 by 5PM TODAY (Friday, May 23, 2014)!

Register and submit your abstracts here: http://www.mwlug.com/

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MWLUG 2014 Abstract Submission Extended until Next Friday, May 23, at 5:00 PM

From Richard Moy and the MWLUG Committee:

With the sad news of Tim [Tripcony] passing away, many of us have not had the time to absorb what has happened.  Given that, the MWLUG committee has decided to extend the abstract submission period for MWLUG 2014 until the end of next week, May 23.  MWLUG was the first time that I met Tim in person.  He was one of the first to volunteer as a speaker when we first started the MWLUG conferences.  He will be sorely missed.

Great idea…

There’s also a mention that Tim has allowed Red Pill to use his last presentation given publicly, and they have submitted it for MWLUG. If I had a vote, there would be no question… I hope to see that presentation at MWLUG!

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An “Outsider’s” view of Tim Tripcony

I was at a loss yesterday when I heard about Tim from Scott Hooks. I’m still doing some soul searching, but since a lot of the ‘collaboration family’ is sharing their thoughts, I thought that I’d share mine.

As some of you know, I’m primarily an administrator, and I refer to myself only as a ‘closet developer’. I used to believe that when referring to administrators versus developers, it’s was ‘us vs. them’. That all changed the first time I met Tim.

I knew that Tim was a development rockstar, but had no idea how much of a nice person he was until I was just sitting one day with a few developer friends, and Tim walked into the room. All of a sudden, all eyes and ears were on him, and I too found myself moving closer and closer to listen in to some of the most eloquent code being discussed and some of the most far out ideas being discussed as though it was one line of code away from reality. (As it usually turned out, it was only one or two lines away from reality!) As I sat there, I found myself asking questions and Tim was usually the first one to answer me. When many of the ‘developer rockstars’ talk to me about what they’re doing, they talk over my head or talk down to me… Tim would talk over my head about his ideas, but then he would then explain what he just said in a way that I would understand AND he would never look down on me as ‘one of those admins’. It was Tim that helped me realize that we’re all in the same boat, but just rowing on each side of it.

From that initial day, we were friends. Whenever we caught up with each other, he would still talk way over my head, but I always seemed to hang on and keep up with what he was saying and doing. In some ways, he reminded me of my father, he was soft-spoken, but when he spoke, you listened, not because he forced you to listen, but that you wanted to listen. Every word he said was significant, whether it was about a piece of development code, current events, or anything in between.

Those of you that had the honor of knowing him better than I did should be thankful for those nuggets of time, because you are all better for knowing him. I know that I am….

Thank you, Tim, for speaking with me that first time… My life is better for knowing you and calling you friend.

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MWLUG 2014 Call for Abstracts Now Open

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Ok, time to submit your abstract for MWLUG 2014, which is being held at the historic Amway Grand Plaza on August 27-29, 2014!

For those of you that want to be on the ‘big stage’ at IBM Connect, this is a great way to feel it out and see if it’s right for you! (I also hear that track managers look to regional user groups like MWLUG for future speakers.)

Go check it out now!

http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Abstract.xsp

Deadlines for submission is May 16th at 6PM.

Registration for the conference will be open on May 1st.

P.S. – I hear that there may be some beer there…

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OT: Olympia Development Parking Services Job Fairs Coming up at Hockeytown Café

With Detroit Tigers Opening Day just weeks away, Olympia Development Parking Services is hiring part-time parking attendants for its staff. Please spread the word to friends, family members or other job seekers about upcoming Parking Services job fairs at the Celebration Room at Hockeytown Café in Detroit, Michigan.

The job fairs will take place at Hockeytown Café on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 19 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 20 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, February 24 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 25 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Applicants must bring a driver’s license or state identification card to be considered for the position. Resumes are also preferred, but not required.

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Live Blogging from OGS (Opening General Session) at #IBMConnect

755am – Getting ready to start… I’m basically front and center, about 6 rows from the front… Being an #IBMChamp has its benefits!

758am – Devin Olson (@Spanky762) stopped by and took my picture… probably for the Post Office wall.

801am – almost starting – lots of great pics on Instagram from here… go check them out (later)…

803am – we’re told it will start in 2 minutes

803am – Veronica Belmont (@Veronica) is our Social Host – she’s really one of us… She’s been joking with a few of us… Cool Nerd Girls

805am – starts off with the band The America Authors… Cool!

807am – posted a pic of the band on Instagram (and everywhere else)

810am – Theres something great about good rock music at 8am!!! BTW, Stuart McIntyre is multitasking like a NINJA!!!

812am – One of the guitarists looks like he’s playing a banjo…

813am – some are chanting for an encore… Now the band equipment is being moved offstage.

814am – The host for the day, Jay Baer, comes out. (OH: Who?) This guy is sort of funny… but we got a commerical for the American Authors new album (coming out March 4th).

816am – This guy is doing some monologue. OK, he’s someone… Social media guy, author, etc.

8:17am – Engergizing Live’s Work is not just a slogan… OK, this guy’s pretty good. “We must do this together!”

8:19am – This year’s special guest (OH: Justin Beber) is Seth Meyers!!!

820am – I lost the OGS Guest Speaker contest… I’m not going to say much because I love this guy so much! Sorry…

822am – Comedy writers are checked against their Twitter accounts now… I guess I’ll never get hired…

825am – Back in the day, Facebook was a book with a bunch of faces, but the data was safe.

826am – I just realized I still look at the video screen of Seth Meyers instead of him, and he’s really right in front of me… Some habits never die I guess.

828am – As soon as you say, be cool, be cool, you won’t be cool…

831am – Seth Meyers is the reason that Osama Bin Ladin is dead… per Seth! He finished right now and KILLED IT!

832am – Jay Baer is back to introduce GM of Industry and Cloud Solutions, Craig Hayman

832am – He’s talking about Rhythm… a RHYTHM OF SUCCESS!

835am – The Customer-activated Enterprise – Treat EVERYONE as an individual

837am – Mobile, Big Data & Analytics, Cloud and Social – This is what IBM is investing a lot in right now

839am – I just realized how warm it is up here… I’m sweating… making it hard to concentrate

840am – The Internet of People and the devices that connect us together

841am – Going to hear talks from 3 customers on how they’re making a SMARTER Workforce (Pepsico is one of them…)

842am – Performance Bicycle is mention how they are providing an exceptional client experience

843am – Cloud!!

844am – Jay is back! We’re connected like never before, and we need to collaborate like never before!

845am – Introduce Pepsico , but first a video about all the ways Pepsico affects our lives… AKA COMMERCIALS!

846am – I’m hungry and thirsty now… thanks Pepsico!

847am – The commericals ended with PIPED APPLAUSE and an introduction Fern Johnson from Pepsico

848am – She’s speaking a little fast, and really working the cue cards… Looks like they’re using Websphere Portal or Connections (they call it PEPnet). They’re also using CRM and Entrprise Search and Analytics

8:51am – 25K users using PEPnet now, 100K in the future

852am – Crucial is the Mobile Worker “On the go and always on”

855am – JAY! He called out #IBMChamp Brad – He’s almost got IBM Champion Bingo according to his Twitter feed – Jay gave him BONUS!

8:57am – Someone from Performance Bicycles (Sorry, didn’t get her name because the Bingo thing distracted me)

858am – Sounds like performance Bicycles wants to go toe to toe with small bike shops…

859am – They want to be known as The Authority on Cycling – using their colleagues as experts. Theyre using WCM and other IBM commerce tools. Customers like being able to get the latest info, and their associates like helping by creating over 400 videos and over 200 articles on cycling. Knowledge scores up 22% in the last 7 months.

902am – Keys to Success – Establish a brand voice, Develop specific goals – now commercial for their session (to learn more about them and how they did it)

903am – JAY! Who’s ready for some DEMOS??? Cool.. he’s giving a backstory to the demo scenario! Bank (sounds like [REDACTED] where I used to work, but they didn’t do this…)

906am – They are really working on the backstory… Nice touch! They keep talking about being a small business. I hope this means that this is a market that they want to work on getting.

907am – Greenwell Bank is the demo business… Looks like the bank site is a portal. Creating Contextual Experiences.

909am – Hmmm. I’m not sure if the tablet being used is live… no, I don’t think it is… Demo looks like they’re allowing small businesses to create their own sites. (showing the different IBM pieces and parts including Business Partner brightcove and IBM’s Rich Media support). Also mentioned IBM Worklight. IBM looks like they’re doing geofencing (like Groupon). IBM Interact allows them to target offers to customers.

915am – I’m really freaking hot! Ugh!

916am – Tealeaf, an IBM Company, allows a business to analyze why and how customers have problems with parts of their websites. Exceptional Digital Experience… this is a great story, but it’s just a story right now… I hope that IBM (and IBM Business Partners) go out and sell it…

918am – Two more people come up to continue the story… Now we hear the story from the HR perspective.

921am – IBM Kenexa stuff now… this is really cool stuff actually… ow, awkward comedy moment…

924am – RON!!!! New CEO of Greenwell Bank!!!!! (RON is Ron Sebastian, who is a Connect/Lotusphere legend. I would love to have a drink with him some day…) He was part of the IBM Social Education video demo.

926am – IBM Kenexa Survey… ooh, a mobile feedback app! All this stuff is nice, but how much is it? Can a small business afford it?

928am – IBM Watson Foundations – He combines human insight with analytics

930am – Luis Benitez is pretending to be from Greenwell. He’s with IBM’s Jeff Schick

932am – Mail Next – definitely looks Next Gen

934am – Browser based and has offline access

935am – Luis really looks comfortable up there! “Why does Mat Newman wear yellow?” – Luis types that during the demo! POWERFUL, POWERFUL STUFF!

938am – So we’re seeing IBM Connections in the Cloud! Now, a fake alarm goes off, and Mitch Cohen get’s his acting debut. (Don’t quit your day job!)

940am – Connections Next will be Cloud and On Premises. Now they are talking File Sync and Mobile app. Wow! Great stuff!

942am – Analytics and Personalized Portal pages

944am – Luis just placed on sunglasses and rocked it! Great job!

944am – Announced available beta of exceptional digital experience next

947am – They mentioned SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESS stuff!!!! Woo hoo!

948am – IBM MAIL NEXT is part of IBM Connections??? Hmm…

Sametime is IBM Connections Chat and IBM Connections Meetings

IBM Softlayer – Bring your IBM Domino Applications to the Cloud!

949am CEO of Actiance is introduced Kailash Ambwani – talking about compliance!

950am – I think the name change announcements were a shock to the audience. Message will need to be sold this week!

951am – Alcatraz – the first context-aware archive (single repository for all types of communications). Looks like it includes external social media as well (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), plus Sametime, mail, Dropbox, etc.

953am – Commericals for sessions and Actiance booth in Product Showcase

954am – JAY is BACK! “No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz!” (Sounds like a challenge… gulp!)

954am – Intro video for BR Petrobras – Oil

955am – Intro to their ‘Conecte Project Manager’ – 3rd company with a woman presenting – I don’t care, but I just noticed…

1000am – Honestly, I didn’t pay attention right now… but JAY IS BACK!

1000am – Christian Frey from Sika Services AG is introduced. [I’m sure a few people hit Buzzword Bingo by now… sigh!]

1003am – He’s talking about his SmartCloud Engage project, GECO, a portal.

1005am – He’s talking in monotone, so with the heat and his soothing voice, I’m getting sleepy.

1006am – JAY! Wrapping it up, and introducing Craig Heyman – Craig heard people saying that there wasn’t enough demos… #Truth

1010am – Best of Show and CTO Award = Teamstudio wins!

1012am – That’s the news and WE ARE OUTTA HERE!!!

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#IBMConnect – Begging for your help!

I have to admit… I love playing games, but I love to WIN games even more! This year at #IBMConnect 2014, there’s a new way for all of us here to share information… #IBMConnect – The Game!

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#IBMConnect – The Game
It’s time to join in on #IBMConnect – The Game. In this fun event, you will be rewarded points for participating in online activities, like posting pictures with an IBM Champion on Twitter and Instagram and using the #IBMChamp hashtag, or joining your team for a LEGO building challenge in the Social Café.
When you sign up at the registration desk, you will find which team you are on—red, yellow, blue or green. Your mission is to rally your team members and jointly gather as many points as possible. Watch around the conference for physical game stations you can visit to earn more points for yourself and your team. You can also earn points by going to one of the Mad hatters and asking for a ‘minute to win it’ challenge.

Here in Connect Online, click on the Social tab, click the Get In the Game ‘Start now’ widget to associate your Twitter and Instagram handles to your conference ID.

Highlights:

  • There will be individual play and team play
  • There is a team reward: The winning team will have offerings donated in their name to Vital Voices, an internationally respected nonprofit that empowers women making meaningful changes in their communities.
  • There are daily individual prizes:
    • Four GoPro cameras will be awarded – one a day – to the individual with the highest point total for that day or time period.
    • The first 100 players to reach a point plateau (total to be revealed during game play) win a prize to be picked up in the Social Cafe.

Earning Points:
Once you are set up, there are many ways to earn points, including:

  • Tweet using the #IBMConnect hashtag
  • Get retweeted. For each retweet of your #IBMConnect Tweet, you will receive points
  • Post pictures on Instagram using the #IBMConnect hashtag
  • Receive “likes” on that Instagram photo

To learn more, go to ibm.co/thegame, read the Frequently Asked Questions, or look for @Brenny online or at the conference. He’ll be wearing a stove-top hat and wandering around issuing challenges and giving away points.

I REALLY WANT TO WIN, so I need your help! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter, and please like and retweet my posts! The more that help, the better chance I have of winning! There are a lot of people here with more followers than me, but I’m hoping that with your help, I can push up the leaderboard! Thanks in advance for your help!

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Live blogging at IBM Connect 2014

I’m going to attempt to live blog the Opening General Session at IBM Connect 2014 (#IBMConnect).
I’ll do my best to keep all of you up to date with what is happening during the main events.
I will also try to get my colleague, Jessica Daniels, to blog about #IBMConnect on her blog, Domino Dev with JD.

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