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IBM adds audio video calling to IBM SmartCloud for Social Business

IBM announced they added one-to-one audio and video calling to IBM SmartCloud for Social Business this past week. This has been needed for many years.
IBM SmartCloud for Social Business Sametime contact list

While Lync in Office 365 has had this capability since as far back as 2011 (from what I can find), it is a welcomed addition to the IBM SmartCloud. While it is limited to only the SmartCloud and web only, they are promising expansion to mobile devices.

As you can see in the image above, right clicking on any name in your contact list (that is also on SmartCloud) will allow you to launch into the new audio and video capabilities. No, you cannot just do a video call by itself, audio is always required.

I hope this spurs some more interest in the SmartCloud, but I wonder if adding this now is way too late against some of the competitors. There is a bit more on the Sametime blog posting
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    On Wednesday, August 27th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide - book review

I was able to get an early copy of LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide by Philip Wilkinson for review. This is quite an impressive coffee table type book.
LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide


The packaging itself of LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide let's you know what you are about to experience with this book. At just under 5 pounds in weight and over 200 pages, the book comes slips out of it's own hard case. The pages are heavy weight with black background and white font.  (that is my one complaint I will address later).
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    On Monday, August 25th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Why Did They Remove Lite Mode from IBM iNotes 9?

Many were surprised to find out that IBM removed iNotes Lite as a menu option in IBM iNotes 9.  Tracking down what changed took a bit. here is what I found.
IBM iNotes 9 Full Mode



I found an IBM document explaining what features were reaching parity between Lite and Full and why they retired it. Once you upgrade all URLs redirect and even adding the Lite Mode to a URL will still go to Full Mode. It just is not there to use

Read the full article in my Sys Admin Tips newsletter right here.

NOTE: Per some people's request, I am asking why did they remove it when the parity is not totally complete. There was a technote recently issued on the topic
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    On Thursday, August 21st, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Sametime "Too Many Chat Windows Open" Warning

In the middle of IBM Sametime client preferences is an option to warn when you have too many chat windows open.  However, it had no information. Here is what I found.
IBM Sametime preferences
This setting in your Preferences, disabled by default, will generate a warning when you have too many chat windows open. Adding to the confusion I already had is that  the documentation actually uses an entry in the preferences file which does not match the UI name, making it even harder to find for the normal person.

Continue reading the entire article in my Sys Admin Tips newsletter for August right here
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    On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

IBM Notes Extended Search Plugin for IBM Notes 9

IBM released the IBM Notes Extended Search Plugin for IBM Notes 9 which mimics what FewClix does (without the better ui) for searching archives and email.
IBM Notes Extended Search Plugin for IBM Notes 9
The plugin has a basic and advanced search mode. Including the ability to add multiple conditions for further improve your search results.  The plugin uses the standard IBM Notes Search engine, where FewClix built it's own index locally. Here are the key features per the website
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    On Monday, August 18th, 2014   by Chris Miller