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Wed 21 Jan 2004, 05:31 PM
Finally, thanks to the quick intervention of Ed Brill (he sent a PDF of the pocket guide), I have added repeat sessions to the Lotusphere 2004 Sessions DB Build 4.0.  Every repeat is marked with an (R1) or (R2) to give you a clue that there is a repeat.  Since I had to type the repeats by hand (no Midas for PDF available), there might possibly be an eror or two in those marked (R2).  

Besides these, there seem to be some new sessions added.  Hurry on over andf get your updated Lotusphere 2004 Sessions DB.  For iPod users, there is also an interesting link for you to Seth Ober's site.

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Wed 21 Jan 2004, 12:36 PM
For those going to Lotusphere, if you get tired of the fancy restaurants with iffy food and want good food at a reasonable price, walk around the lake and stop at the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.  Great milkshakes, great veggie burgers (they probably even have "real" hamburgers for those who like such stuff) and a friendly atmosphere, and a real break from the stresses inherent in 7000 geeks crowded together for so long.

Oh, and by the way, any of you who have offered drinks as a thanks for the Lotusphere 2004 Sessions DB, or for whatever other good deed you think I may have done, I don't drink beer, but a chocolate milkshake would be more than adequate repayment. (subtle hint, eh?)

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Wed 21 Jan 2004, 10:50 AM
I have had a few inquiries about when and where my Lotusphere session would be this year.  I'll be presenting in the Swan Pelican room on Tuesday at 2:30pm.  I'd be very happy to see any customers or readers or just the curious, and I think you'll take away a fair amount of valuable information.  The topic is BP102 Advanced Lotus Notes/Web Coexistence, and you can read about it here, or in our handy-dandy PDA compatible  Lotusphere 2004 Sessions DB, which has already been downloaded over 1000 times.

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Wed 21 Jan 2004, 09:19 AM
As Julian has pointed out, there will be many bloggers at Lotusphere.  In fact, for those of you who are following the US election slogathon, it is going to feel a bit like being a reporter in New Hampshire next week.  So the question is, with all these bloggers, are we going to fall into the same trap the reporters and pundits do, nattering on about each other and who we met by the pool?  There is at least one intrepid soul is trying to take advantage of the scene.  Lance Spellman of Work Flow Studios is offering a free Studio Blog Reader 1.0, which is an RSS aggregator of Lotusphere bloggers.  Not sure what features it has, or whether it will simply accentuate our vapidness.

So, what could any one of us do to offer more?  Rocky and I are trying to work out something with Rich Schwartz to use his aggregator and the frequent technical content put on Rocky's site and my site, and other Penumbra sites to better effect, but we are not quite ready to launch that.  I have thought of starting a One Great Thing I Learned Today series to go through Lotusphere.  I have also thought of bagging it and actually enjoying the show.

So what do you (the readers) think?  What would you like to see out of Lotusphere blogging?  Sharing the experience (e.g., "yup, I met Volker by the pool, and here is a picture")?  Sharing the knowledge (e.g., "I attended a session on Lotus Workplace, and the presenter explained the whole concept in this new and exciting way")?  Sharing the aches and pains (e.g., "Ow!  My feet hurt!")?  Sharing clever tips and tricks picked up from the labs (e.g., "An IBM developer told me that the date on Websphere's xxywbts.dll determines the performance, so if you change it to Jan. 25, 2010, Websphere practically screams.")?  All of it?  None of it?  You'll be too busy in Orlando to read my blog anyway?  You'll be too busy in New Hampshire writing about Kerry's wife's doctor's dog?

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