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IBM ConnectED 2015 - my sessions and the agenda announced

I am happy to be back presenting at Lotusphere aka IBM Connect aka IBM ConnecED 2015, This time I am honored to partner with Wes Morgan for Sametime Deployment Do's & Don'ts and my own Considerations for the Cloud..
IBM ConnectED 2015

In each of these sessions I hope to bring you a unique perspective on decisions you will make while deploying your solutions and how to avoid the common mistakes.  Also we look at mistakes that come to haunt you after you have begun roll-outs. I sit in a unique position at Connectria in seeing so many varied deployments both in the cloud and on your own site.

Take a look at the agenda via the Session Preview Tool to get one of the remaining seats for IBM ConnecED 2015. You can get the current pricing at the registration page.
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    On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive review

Lets start with the low price for 16GB in a flash drive that makes the PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive a great gift option. Packaging was easy to open unlike most that are contained in plastic so tough it takes scissors and a hacksaw to get to.  I pulled the cardboard back and was ready to go.
 PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

One thing keeping the price down of the PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive  is the USB 2.0 speeds. For most people this is not a problem or worry. I am finding most do not even know the difference yet. I streamed content from the drive and quickly transferred files.

The size and look of the PNY Metal Attaché 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive was a selling point.  at just over 1" long and 1/2" across, the sleek outer shell with the brushed metal look makes it a great business usage drive. No cheap plastic cover or writing all over it. They did a great job with the no cap design and the lanyard hook idea. It made it easy to hook to a badge at work or my bag. Even though I honestly keep it inside the bag to avoid being pulled off.

This drive also comes in a 32GB and 64GB option.  You can get the 16GB version right here and choose larger sizes on the same page.

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    On Thursday, December 11th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

All-in-one Admin Tool for agent troubleshooting

The All-in-one Admin Tool for agent based troubleshooting and problem solving has been around IBM since version 7. I first wrote about it back in July 2011 but that was removed when SocialBizUG was born and content migrated.  So you needed a refresher as we did having to use this very recently
All-in-one Admin Tool for agent based troubleshooting and problem solving

The tool is quite powerful and offers a wide array of troubleshooting abilities that have saved us some time. Here is a great list of what it offers Continue Reading here" All-in-one Admin Tool for agent troubleshooting" »
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    On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

AOL to start charging in 2015 for Sametime Gateway connectivity

IBM has announced that AOL will charge IBM Sametime Gateway customers to connect through the Clearinghouse to the AOL AIM public IM service. There is also a new form that everyone must fill out to continue your federation and this comes with a cost now.
Direct federation with AIM tiers

AOL has offered this magical behind the scenes service for a long time. The Clearinghouse acts as the intermediary connectivity point between enterprises and the public AOL IM service. It has been free up until this point. Based on the above image I imagine there is tiered pricing that will be given.  You have to fill out this form to even get a quote on the pricing.

You should also be aware of the quickness at which you need to act on this announcement
AOL needs to complete all on boarding requests by the end of the year. They will start deprovisioning on January 5, 2015 for those companies that do not reach out to them before December 31, 2014

I did manage to find an FAQ on the AOL site about the changes. This new agreement also elevates you into the AIM Total Access program for enterprises. There is a ton of benefits to being in this program if you are a heavy Sametime to AOL user. If you use it sparingly then this program offers way more than you will use.
What is changing?
Since 2006, in partnership with AOL, IBM has intermediated the set-up of federation between AIM and IBM Sametime with its own provisioning process. This process is being decommissioned at the end of the year. Both AOL and IBM recognize that there is still a demand for AIM Federation with IBM Sametime, and we are working together to minimize disruption and ensure that the change will not have any impact on your daily operations.

I will update this article soon on what pricing I receive back and other obstacles. Yes my old book on Installing the Sametime Gateway is still out there.
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    On Thursday, December 4th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery review


The Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery velcro wrapped solar charger is light enough to be in everyones backpack, computer bag or purse. Having solar charging it removes that requirement of being plugged in to charge, but that is still an option as well. You will need direct sunlight and not many clouds to meet the 10 hours of stated charging by sunlight. You can easily plug this into any USB powered adapter (wall plug not included but we have so many now) and it only takes 4 hours.
Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery

We successfully used the 1A output of the Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery to charge a phone and an iPod. However you will not be able to charge an iPad as that need 2A and the product in no way states it would do that anyway being a mini model. We got almost a full charge of the phone on a full charge of the SolarWrap mini. Some phones just need even more power than is included in this to get back to 100%.

We like the rolling up ability of the Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery with the end that allows you to hang this via grommet. It makes camping and ten your office window an easy way for recharge. The total length is under 4.5" long and the width when rolled up is about 1.2". Unrolled it is over 18" long.

While we will not use this everyday with some of the other more powerful portable batteries we have, this is a good camping and portable one when you will not be near plugs

You can get your Bushnell Outdoor SolarWrap Mini Portable Battery today right here http://idonot.es/bushnellpsm

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    On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014   by Chris Miller