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Wed 10 Jan 2007, 04:02 PM
So, far the public schedule (as opposed to private items such as having a milkshake with Bruce and Gayle and that sort of thing), is as follows:

Saturday
  • 3pm: Blogger Party, Big River Grille
  • 7pm-11pm: Penumbra Dinner, Fulton's Crab House


Sunday
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Beta Meet & Greet, Dolphin Oceanic 6
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm: Opening Reception, Poolside
  • 8:00pm - ?:??am: Wild Bill's Birthday Bash, ESPN Bar


Monday
  • 12:30pm-1:pm: Lotusphere Q&A for bloggers, Dolphin Americas Seminar Room
  • 6:15pm - 6:45pm - TEK Check, Dolphin South Hemisphere II
  • 8:30pm-???: Penumbra HOBnob, House of Blues


Tuesday

Wednesday
  • 12 - 1:15 pm: IBM Move2Lotus Round Table, Hampton Room at the Yacht and Beach Club Hotel
  • 5:45pm - 7:00pm: Speedgeeking: Geeks have Layers, too (don't miss this, either), Yacht & Beach Grand Harbor South
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm: Lotusphere Party, Animal Kingdom


Thursday
  • 11:15am - 12:15pm GURUpalooza (don't ask any tough rich text questions - I'll have no voice left)


That is without any sessions other than my own.  I guess if you want to meet, you'd better contact me quickly.  Also, if you see something critical I'm missing, mention it.

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Wed 10 Jan 2007, 12:55 PM
This year's Lotusphere Online is here, but I really wonder who designs these things.  The first place I went is to the profiles.  Here is a slightly condensed version:

Lotusphere Online screen

Looks pretty, but several issues seem to jump to mind:

1) Why do they give you a way to jump to a page (this is 4 out of 315, so if I want to find Larry, I should try about 87, hm, that's not it...)?

2) Why don't they give you a way to jump to the letter starting the search term?  That is fairly widely accepted.

3) Why do they take up the entire right hand side with two panes dealing with editing your own profile, which you will do exactly once?  Making that decision means that nowhere on the screen does it indicate that there is a search screen below this list, which could have fit nicely in that same space.

4) Why do they forget every single year that providing the information this way allows somebody to extract a complete list of all 4725 attendees, from Aadne Grimsgaard to Zhi Yu Yue?  Each year, it takes them a while, but they finally figure that this is not secure, so they hide all names, making people unfindable, and then allow people to make themselves visible.  By then, it is too late and nobody bothers.  Instead, they should ask on the Lotusphere registration whether people want their name visible and accessible.

5) If you click on somebody's name, it copies the data over to the right hand Content pane (name, e-mail address, and company and title, if you accept them, I guess), but they couldn't even make the e-mail address clickable, so you have to copy and paste it from here if you want to use it.  [Update: It turns out there is a way, but not an obvious one.  Click on the name, isntead of the first cliackable link, and a menu will (eventually) come up allowing you to e-mail]

6) Everything is painfully slow.  Now, I guess a few people are checking in, but how can it possibly be so slow with so few people on.

Anyway, sorry to be "snarky", as my daughter calls it.  Must be the nasty cold I have.

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