New PayPal Privacy Policy


I use PayPal off and on,  but think I might actually delete my account altogether.  At the least,  guess who will never,  ever post ANY content on PayPal.  This is from their new privacy policy that goes into effect in May:

15.5 License Grant from You to PayPal; IP Warranties.  Subject to section 15.6, when providing PayPal with content or posting content using PayPal Services, you grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable, and sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights against PayPal, its sublicensees or its assignees.  You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any intellectual property or publicity right: your provision of content to PayPal, your posting of content using the PayPal Services, and PayPal’s use of such content (including of works derived from it) in connection with the PayPal Services.”

Irrevocable? Perpetual? Transferable? Sublicensable? ….. Kidding, right? Making money is one thing, but PayPal makes money off my purchases and through a fee structure … but this is just a bit much.

Social Connections VI – I am signed up and going!


Well then, Stuart McIntyre announced the conference this morning and here I am already signed up! I Used to live in Europe and had visited Prague often on business and I am looking forward to see how it has changed in the last 15 years. Beer and dumplings … well, I guess I will have to listen to some presentations as well if that will get me beer and dumplings!

 

Hi Victor, this is your registration confirmation forSocial Connections VI – Prague

Organized by Social Connections

Message from Social Connections

Thank you for your registration for Social Connections VI in Prague on 16/17 June 2014!

Program: The session program will be announced closer to the conference date and will be located on our site.

Hotels & travel: For people traveling who need information on transportation and or hotels check out the FAQ page. We will be updating this page so check it regularly for updates and discounts.

Prague: Prague is a fabulous city to spend a few days in. If you are coming over and have some time then visiting the city is definitely a must. For more information on Prague pleasevisit this official tourist guide.

Evening program invite:To allow participants to continue the conversations into the night we would also like to extend a special invitation to our evening program. The evening program will over you transportation to a stunning location in Prague where we will enjoy drinks & dinner and a chance to engage with fellow participants and speakers in a relaxed atmosphere. Afterwards busses will ensure that you are returned to the city. Seats for the evening event are limited so please use this link to register. This is a separate registration from the day event.
If, for whatever reason, you find yourself unable to attend, please cancel your registration via the EventBrite site. If you have any issues doing so, please let us know. Seats for this event are limited and we would hate to have to turn down people for nothing.

Last but not least…. We want to thank our fantastic sponsors who are making all this possible. Without them there would be no Social Connections!

We look forward to seeing you in Pragueon June 16th and 17th!

Social Connections – The IBM Connections User Group

info@socialconnections.info http://socialconnections.info

Have a question? Contact the organizer at info@SocialConnections.info

Rebranding of Notes Mail / Connections Mail and Consequences – #RebrandingFail


I received this marketing/sales email earlier today and reading it made me a bit confused and also concerned. Not because I think that IBM and email is going away, but because f the way that IBM has initialized it’s latest round of rebranding Notes (aka Connections Mail) there is confusion in the marketplace and this is a great example for what clients are going to be bombarded with:

Dear Victor,

IBM is ending the “Lotus” brand, and has been building more functionality into “IBM Connections”, suggesting that they may be trying to get rid of email as a single platform. Notes users have had no choice but to look for alternatives and make plans to switch over to another system.

Unfortunately, migration away from Notes is tricky and companies need 3rd party assistance to make the switch. For companies who plan to consolidate control over legacy data, the most important consideration in selecting a 3rd party is the subsequent accessibility of historical Notes data.

ZL Technologies has years of experience successfully migrating our customers off of Domino systems and specializes in providing them with a Unified system of information governance. To find out how ZL is able to accurately migrate all your legacy data while drastically reducing storage footprint and minimizing resulting operational costs, read our complimentary datasheet.

To learn more about us, please visit our website at http://www.zlti.com, or reach out to ZL experts directly at zl_info@zlti.com.

 

I have worked with ZL’s previously and they have a very kick-ass product. However, I can’t see the necessity for my clients to now suddenly “run for the hills” and look for another mail system. Again, I don’t really blame ZL that much as they are simply taking advantage of IBM’s efforts to sell their products. Rather, I lay the blame for this squarely at IBM. I don’t feel that the whole rebranding thing was well explained (a all!) at Connect2014 nor did I as a business partner get any follow-up and additional info. I am no sure if and how much effort IBM has extended to the follow-up of their (for me very confusing) announcement at Connect, but clearly it ain’t enough. In the absence of a clear and resounding message, messages by third parties like this is all that clients will be hearing.

I assume more companies will be using this as an opening to try and sell their services and products to make sure that those poor IBM customers that will be abandoned by IBM can safely migrate to another – hopefully much safer – platform with all their data intact and enjoy another 100 years of email longevity . . ..

Should I tweet it … #rebrandingfail ??

Connections Certified – Finally!


As if yesterday I am now finally IBM Connections certified:

cert

I had had just no time previously but here at Connect the certification tests are all free for participants so I went for it – and past! It was about time too, having worked with Connections for the last 6 years not having a certification just seemed strange. I do not test well (my dyslexia makes it hard for me) but I guess doing all these crazy IBM Connections projects finally paid off.

Yippie!

Lotus Protector and the endless search


I have been helping a client with a new Lotus Protector setup and I ran into a new problem for the first time myself and as I can’t find anything on the web or in the documentation this is a prime candidate for a blog entry:

By default Lotus protector is accessible by two ports: https on port 443 for the admin interface and over https on port 4443 for the client access (e.g. the Notes client displaying your spam queue). I had never felt it necessary to change this before but my current client wanted it the other way around as they felt it would be easier on clients to not have to have them add a [:4443] port to the end of the url to look at their spam queue in a browser. Sensible – I totally agree. Not a difficult thing if you follow this Forum entry on how to do it.

Unfortunately there is not really good technote on how to do this and make sure you cross all your T’s and dot your I’s. What we found out is that you can change the ports (easy peasy) but now when we looked at the spam queues for users they never updated and we just got an endless search loop. Otherwise the system was functional and there were no errors in logs or anything.

One of my colleagues opened a PMR and this is what we got back:

Indeed the problem occurs because the customer changed the ports
between admin user interface (default = 443) and end user interface
(default = 4443). In order to make sure that browsing the message store
does properly work although the ports are changed the following needs
to be done:

Edit
/var/www-enduser/proventia_html/pvm_msgstore_backend/search_handler.inc
and set the proper ports:

Well, now we know how to do it for the future. Hopefully this helps somebody else out there as well. I really like the Protector device, especially the integration with the Notes client which is really great. I like giving end users the power to look and decide themselves WITHOUT having to open another interface outside of their mail client. Here is a link to a presentation I did a while back on the Consultantinyourpocket.com site. It is for an older version  of Protector but the basics are still the same.

 

2014 – What is waiting at the starting line for this year?


Since I finally got back to my bog and wrote a short / brief “2013-in-a-nutshell” post, I thought it might be time to also look ahead. There is allot hat I am working on, here the short list:

 

Connect2014

Yes, I mentioned I am going and what my (not very short) list of must-see presentations are. The other reason I like to go is that is a great time to talk to vendors and colleagues to see where the market and technology is going and what clients are (likely/maybe/hopefully) looking for for the future. It is not just fun and golf – even if my wife thinks otherwise.

Connections Training

I speak frequently at LUGS and seminars on IBM Connections administration, that goes hand-in-hand with the Connections training that I offer as part of my business. This last year has seen allot of one-on-one / one-on-many training where I make the whole Connections install a training seminar for the client where they learn not only how to install but how to document, what decisions they need to think of ahead of time and then how to think ahead to production / operations. I also do class-room hands-on training where I bring in a VM environment and the participants get hands-on and get to break it and repair it. When necessary I actually created “broken” snapshots that I have them fix. Hands-on is the only way to go really

For 2014 I am thinking slightly larger …. I am partnering with a good friend of mine to munch off his good reputation and experience … ;) there will be some more detailed announcements on this later in the 1st quarter. for right now it is still  “Pssssst .. it’s a secret

Technology Trends

Over the last few years I have seen a big uptick in my IBM Connections business and a decline in Domino work. Not because I think Domino itself is declining but because the base knowledge in the market place out there is good and clients see less need in bringing in outside talent – upgrades and migrations yes – or integration work with other systems but not really for basic Domino operations.

Recently I also see a large uptick in Sametime inquiries – ST9 is making allot of clients thinking of upgrades and they want help. Also, they want ST to integrate with more – video, telephony, awareness in every other system they can get it to work in … ST9 looks good for me and I like the changes and (some of) the simplifications in the product – and I think that the licensing changes that IBM put into place will drive allot more adoption.

International Work

I also see an uptick in my “international” work. Whereas my focus used to be 99% North America I do get more inquiries for Europe and Asia … I speak several languages which helps but that is not the real reason, I just guess this internet thing really makes the world smaller and brings us closer in many different ways. Now, if I could just somehow get an app that does something about time zones and jet lag …..

 

 

I am curious to talk to my colleagues out there and see what the technology barometer is showing them – that is one of the reasons I always try to attend Connect (LotusPhere) – but for now all I can say is that 2014 looks good!

2013 in review – My Blog Stats


As far as blogging goes, 2013 was not my most productive … but this will likely change in the near future with some more regular posts and interesting technical tidbits I hope!

 

See you guys at Conenct 2014?

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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