Attended a Focus Group led by Bill McCook, who is the Certification Exam Development Manager for Lotus Software. Besides Bill and myself, we were joined by Rudi Knegt and his friend (sorry, I didn’t get your name), who are a couple of the coolest guys from Germany that I’ve met so far. This focus group was mainly designed to see what Lotus needs to do to get people going with Lotus Workplace. The Saturday morning session is always “light”, but there are 2 more sessions over the next 2 days.
After the one hour delay for the flight and the forty minute delay for de-icing, we made it to Orlando at 11pm. We then proceeded to stand in line at Alamo Rent-a-Car for 1.5 hours! By the time we got to Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, it was 1:20am. Finally got to sleep at 2:30pm. Jennifer and Kiara get to sleep in while I have a “Focus Group” (formally known as a JTA, or Job Training Analysis). Good night!
I can’t believe how friendly people become when your daughter becomes the center of attention. The pride got here around 4:45pm for a 7:14pm flight. From the time we got out of the car, everyone has been great. A special Lion King “shout out” goes to the folks here at Detroit Metro Airport. Everyone from the custodian to the airline service reps have been extra friendly. Compared to my other experiences here, I feel like I’m in “Bizarro Metro Airport” (obscure Superman reference). Personally, I think that it’s my daughter, but who knows…
In other news, the flight out is about 35 minutes late, and my daughter is getting cranky. Wish us luck…
Once again, our apologies to the flight we are on for any evil attitude coming from my daughter. She’s just a cub…
Got the boarding passes printed. Hopefully soon heading out to pick up the rest of my pride so we can hit the airport. I almost have a nausious feeling. This is the first time on an airplane for my daughter, Kiara. In advance, I’d like to publicly apologize to the other passengers on our flight for any problems Kiara may cause.
There are some great tips and tricks to Lotusphere out there. I thought about doing some of my own, but the only one I can think of is:
BUY ME A BEER!
Other than that, check out some other sites for some great ideas (some I’ve even missed):
- Richard Schwartz (who also does some LDD articles LIVE (sort of) from the ‘Sphere)
- Julian Robichaux (from NSFTools.com)
- Rocky Oliver (NotesGeek)
- Ben Langhinrichs (Maker of the cool Lotusphere Agenda nsf… WHICH HAS JUST BEEN UPDATED TO INCLUDE DUPLICATE SESSIONS!!!)
and of course, you can’t forget The Turtle from the Gonzo Lotusphere site… A MUST READ!
(There is a mirror of his site here …he’s been having some server issues lately)
Do yourself a favor and take a look at these. You won’t be sorry…
The message came in at 7:30ish last night. We can finally access our online accounts. They’re using Lotus Workplace as the front end, and despite some problems with accessing the mail there, it’s working okay. I’m real excited because IBM/Lotus is using an application from OpenNTF.org! They’re using domBulletin for the discussion board. Very cool stuff! BTW, if you want to e-mail me while I’m there (besides the normal work and home addresses which I will be checking), you can also e-mail me at: 141738(at)online2004(dot)com.
Here’s what I look like to the rest of you:
This is how I look to myself:
Now that you know…come over and say “Hi!” while at Lotusphere (and maybe buy me a drink!)
Just before Lotusphere every year, I try to figure out what sessions to attend, what tests I’m going to take, and what I’m going to do with my free time. As I near departure time (T minus 3 days and counting), I’m feeling the crunch. Hopefully, I can get over this ‘hurdle’ and keep my focus.
I also have had a great time on eBay. I bought a wireless LAN PCMCIA card, a PCMCIA modem, and a CompactFlash PCMCIA reader card all on eBay. It rocks, and when I get back, I’m going to sell everything I can get my hands on.
On the website front, some of you should be seeing something different about your bookmarks to this site, as well as your address fields. Yup, that’s the LK (Lion King) logo up there. That little item is thanks to this cool site that takes your graphics and turns them into FAVICON.ICO files. I found the link on another site, and if they see this…leave a reply so I can give you credit for showing me this site.
Julian Robichaux from nsftools.com has mentioned on his blog how those of us “Domino Bloggers” should try to get together to talk, share stories and share beverages. (I’m trying hard to not make a Highlander reference.) He’s even made up the logo that you see on the right and is making up some stickers to use. What I want to do is take his logo and add it to mine to make up a t-shirt design. Nothing fancy, just something so that others know. Check out Julian’s site for more information. Hope to see some of you there!
My plans at Lotusphere are looking more like my plans while I was Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. I’m planning to attend the Turtle (Gonzo) bash on Saturday night, the Domino Blogging gathering on Sunday, and the OpenNTF BOF on Monday night. I also am scheduled to do a job tasks analysis type of thing on Saturday morning. It’s going to be a blast!