Monday, October 24, 2011

Signs that Show the Season is Coming to an End

Well if looks like the season for biking is coming to an end. Thanks to mother nature I am squeezing a few more days of good biking weather. Today was one of those days. I go a chance this morning to spent some time taking some great pictures since I brought my camera with me. Here in Chicago, it starts turning really bad around Halloween. We have been very fortunate this year with good weather overall. There was a few times of incredible weeks of rain and cold. But I am closer and closer to my distance goal this year. Unfortunately, they are predicting colder than normal temperatures and snow for winter.



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MWLUG 2011 Community Outreach Donation and Special Thanks to Meridian IT

MWLUG 2011 was the second year of our MWLUG Community Outreach Program.  Each year we raise money for a food bank in the area where we have our MWLUG conference.  This year the conference was in Milwaukee and the receipt of donation was the Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.  We raised $1000 for the food bank which translates to 5000 meals for the hungry.  The raffle prize was donated by the Sheraton Milwaukee-Brookfield hotel and was a weekend stay with breakfast.  We recently received a nice thank you letter from the President of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

I would like to thanks everyone who participated in the raffle or donated their registration fee to the outreach program.  I would like to give a special thanks to one of our MWLUG 2011 sponsor, Meridian IT.  Beside being a one of our Gold Sponsors, Meridian IT was also kind enough to donate $100 to MWLUG Community Outreach Program and help our community.  Remember, our community extends beyond our Yellow Bubble and it is important to be part of the larger community.  Thanks again everyone.

Monday, October 17, 2011

GRANITE LUG Meeting Webcast Live Now!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Live Webcast of Sessions at GRANITE LUG, October 17, 211

We will be have two great presentations at GRANITE next week at the IBM Center on Monday, October 17, 2011.  If you are in the Chicagoland area, please join us.  If you can not make it in person, we will be doing a Live Webcast of the sessions.  If you would like to register for the Webcast go to:

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GRANITE Meeting - October 17th, 2011 Agenda and Webcast Registration

The October 17th GRANITE meeting will be an historic first for GRANITE. For the first time, the GRANITE meeting will be webcast live to other Lotus User Group throughout the United States. For this meeting, we will be presenting extended versions of two sessions were presented at MWLUG 2011 in Milwaukee, WI. in addition to other presentations and discussions. If attendees cannot attend in person, please register for the live webcast.

8:30 - 9:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast, Refreshments & Networking at IBM Center for on-site attendees

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Presentation: "What's New With Lotus/IBM Update"
Presenter: Marcie Kane, IBM Collaboration Solutions

Marcie will provide the audience an update in on the up and coming IBM/Lotus events and what is new from IBM/Lotus.

9:10 AM - 09:25 AM
Presentation: Social Media and Social Business Update
Speaker: TBD

09:25 AM - 10:45 AM
Presentation: "Social Media Circa 1861"
Presenter: Robert Burton - Phora Group, Technical Consultant

Straight from MWLUG 2011, Robert will present an extended version of his historical overview of social media. The ability to communicate instantly across vast distances and forge relationships with people who never meet face to face is not just a modern phenomenon. Many of the challenges of today's social media were encountered over one hundred and fifty years ago with the advent of a new technology called the telegraph, the information superhighway of its day. In this instructive and entertaining session we look back on how the people of the nineteenth century responded to this new technology and became the first consumers of electronic social media. We will look at how the technology impacted personal relationships, businesses, news reporting, governments, and international diplomacy, and how it had a major impact on the American Civil War and enabled Abraham Lincoln to become one of the most connected presidents in history.

10:45 AM - 10:50 AM - Break

10:50 AM - 12:10 PM
Presentation: "The Ties That Bind: Examples of XPages Data Binding"
Presenters:Mike McGarel, Collaboration Solutions Developer,Czarnowski Exhibit Services and Roy Rumaner, Owner, Rumaner Consulting

Mike and Roy, in their own inimitable style, will demonstrate common ways to connect various XPages user interfaces with data from documents and views. This presentation includes examples from their MWLUG 2011 XPages workshop in August.

12:10 AM - 01:10 PM
Lunch (provided on-site attendees).


01:10 PM - 01:30 PM
Presentation: "MWLUG 2011 Summary and MWLUG 2012 - Pittsburgh Planning"
Presenter: Richard Moy - Phora Group, Managing Director

Richard will update the audience on the highlights and announcements at MWLUG 2011 that was held in Milwaukee, WI in August. In addition, Richard will provide an update on the planning of MWLUG 2012 that will be held in Pittsburgh, August 15-17, 2012.

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Group Discussion: Social Business, Smoke and Mirrors?
Moderator: Bernie Leung, Mesa Technology

Social Business is the new buzz word for collaboration. What is it really and is your company embracing this message? In this group discussion, share your thoughts. Is social business something that is being embraced by your company or is it just an buzz word.

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Groups / Workshop / Networking
Focused, moderated discussion groups to address topics of major interest to attendees. So bring your problems, your laptops, your questions, and let's share some solutions. We can all learn something new at every meeting.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Passing of a Great Innovator

It was announced that Steve Jobs just passed away. He was a true innovator.