My favorites for week 17, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout redundancy

One road to simplification leads through reducing redundancy. Redundant solutions or processes lead to confusion, expensive overhead and loss of productivity. Thus, it is important to not introduce more redundancy in the attempt to reduce it or to “simplify”. Simplification  should mean throwing things away instead of adding more. Nicely illustrated in this Dilbert comic strip !

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout the smallest computer in the world

How small can you make a computer ? Well, this version, nicely presented by John, has a keyboard with just one key. John show us how to use it in this funny video “THE FUTURE TECHNOLOGY!”.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Egypt

Egypt
"Egypt" by NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

This impressive photo from NASA shows Egypt in spring, where you can see the green Nile delta and vegetation zone following the river throughout the desert.  The photo was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite on April 11th. Where the Nile begins to broaden and form the delta, the city of Cairo can be seen as a gray oval smudge.

Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout a nice little time saver for Lotus Notes
Tired of typing the same thing again and again ? “ has been a question I recently asked in my blog when I introduced a little gadget I developed using AutoIt: TypeBot, a little tool letting you define phrases to be typed into windows with a particular title through a simple single click on that phrase. Meanwhile version 2 became available allowing you to add, change and delete your own phrases through the GUI, allowing to handle multiple INI-files and also coming with an executable so that you can use the tool without having to install AutoIt.
Alan Lepofsky must have had a similar thought when he developed the Paste Information Application,  a little Lotus Notes database and tool to avoid re-typing the same things again and again, allowing you to paste pre-defined bits of information that you reuse often into Lotus Notes documents and mails with two simple clicks ( one to select that bit from a listbox, one to click OK ). In his blog he nicely describes the application and how to install it, and provides links to download the needed Lotus Notes database.
I installed it on my Lotus Notes 8.5.1 client and it works like a charm.
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My favorites for week 6, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout being social

How social are we these days when we meet with friends and spent most of our time with our mobiles, and when it rings we turn around and show them our backs ? Comic strips like “Moderately Confused” and “Herman” make that a topic to think about again and again …

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout URLs in microblog streams

Very often URLs posted in microblog streams like the one from Lotus Connections Profile don’t work for me and I get something like this when clicking the link, e.g. from Lotus Connections Glue:

The reason is that people sometimes put some character, e.g. a full stop, right behind the URL. So, before you give up, check carefully the URL in your browsers address bar and remove any strange character at the end to make it work.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout ice bears and coke

Here is a nice commercial by Coca Cola showing how ice bears open up a bottle of Coke. A bit kitschy may be, but well done with some nice music by Phil Collins.
http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x1i4qs?width=&theme=default&foreground=%23F7FFFD&highlight=%23FFC300&background=%23171D1B&start=&animatedTitle=&iframe=0&additionalInfos=0&autoPlay=0&hideInfos=0
pub Coca-Cola

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Under the Eiffel
"Under the Eiffel" by Stuck in Customs.

Awesome shot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, taken by Trey Ratcliff, whom I feature here exactly one year ago. I wonder what focal length he used for this one.

My favorites for week 5, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout ROI calculations

ROI calculations easily can become weird, like the one shown here in thís Dilbert comic. But perhaps there is more truth in this way to calculate the ROI of software and IT service business than we like to admit … ?

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout hints and tips for Google Chrome

Gizmodo came up with a great compilation of hints and tips for Goolge Chrome today: “Google Chrome Cheat Sheet: 10 Tips and Tricks”. Did you know that you can type in any math query into the address bar and get an answer instantly ? Goodbye, Windows Calculator ! And did you know that you can inspect any element on a web page through right-click and selecting the function “Inspect element” ? And even better: you can manipulate instantly to create your own version of that web page in your browser. A cheap way to zoom into images for instance: just type in a new width for the img html tag and voilà – the image appears in a different size in your browser window, without any need for extensions like Firebug or Image Zoom like I use them for my Firefox browser.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout basketball

Mission over-accomplished, I would say. OK, the ball should go into the basket, but that’s it, right ? Watch “Boy Gets Dunked Through Basketball Hoop ”.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout the U.S. Pacific Fleet

The U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world’s largest fleet command, encompasses 100 million square miles, more than half the Earth’s surface, from the West Coast of the United States to the eastern shore of Africa. The Pacific Fleet consists of approximately 180 ships, 1,500 aircraft and 125,000 Sailors, Marines and Civilians.
And they have 10.000+ photos on flickr, the latest under a CC license. Lets look at a few of the newer ones:

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SAN DIEGO (Jan. 31, 2011) Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) steams into San Diego Bay returning to Naval Base San Diego from local operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2011) – Seaman Matthew Honan, a search and rescue (SAR) swimmer, gives the thumbs up to be taken out of the water after rescuing "Oscar," during man overboard training drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62). Fitzgerald is the 12th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka as part of the Destroyer Squadron 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2011) Guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) fires its MK-45 5-inch/54-caliber gun during a pre-aim calibration fire (PACFIRE) training exercise. Fitzgerald is the 12th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan as part of Destroyer Squadron 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos)
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 2, 2011) – Fire Controlman 3rd Class Justin Faris, left, Fire Controlman 3rd Class Sarah Wells, center, and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Aleksey Yatskovskiy take in mooring lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) gets underway from Yokosuka. Fitzgerald is the 12th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka as part of the Destroyer Squadron 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos)

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout Lotussphere 2011

A new business context is emerging. The social model (…) has the ability to solve the problems that keep the people who run companies up at night.

Interesting quote – among many others – made during the opening session of Lotussphere 2011. Here are more of my notes I took while watching the replay of this session:

Watching The Lotusphere 2011 Opening General Session on Facebook.
Here is the link.

Allistair talks about openness, standards, APIs, empowering people to bring more and more social media into the business world … from outside and inside ! And he talks about simplicity and elegance. The latter still is a big challenge for us in my humble opinion !
Simplicity and elegance are essential attributes to drive adoption ! Well said !
We won’t celebrate our 100th anniversary. 😦 Apparently we are too busy to make the world smarter.
Wanna run LC on a Blackberry Playbook ? Seems to be no big deal …
Social software is about people, not technology. The stories from BASF, KBC, CSC and AT&T show: in most examples it is about finding the right people for a given problem.
Learned a new acronym from Sandy Carter, Vice President Collaboration Solutions Development & Support: ROE – Return On Everything. She talks about how w3 unities all of us every day, about using online role games to recruite new employees, about the power of jams.
A 5-year-plan is too slow to deal with the fast changing world of social media.
LotusLive Symphony is coming … !

Rich Media Library coming to Lotus Connections 3.0 … ! 

My favorites for week 47, 2010

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout Thanksgiving Day

  “Turkey Day” has come ( more about that further down below in the “blog” section … ) and thus it is time for those turkeys who wanna survive to think about some creative tactics. Like the one here shown in “Moderately Confused”.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout the job of a goal keeper

If you are somewhat familiar with Fussball ( soccer ) you know: the job of the goal keeper is to keep his goal clean. That doesn’t necessarily have to stop him from trying to ensure that the goal keeper of the other team has a difficult time to do so, as seen in “Goalkeeper Scores Across-the-Field Goal – CollegeHumor video”.

Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout Worldometers
Worldometers – real time world statistics is a nice web site where you can watch important metrics of our planet changing real time, like: current world population, births and deaths, cars produced, e-mails sent ( wow! ), blog posts today ( well, not bad ), forest loss, CO2 emissions, current average temperature ( wanna guess first ? ), tons of produced food this year, water consumed, oil pumped today and oil left. Very interesting to see these numbers changing real time !

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout searching in Lotus Notes

You certainly knew already that you can search through your entire Lotus Notes 8.5 Mail Database by typing a search term into the search box in the upper right corner of the Lotus Notes windows and hit ENTER. May be – like me – you have overlooked the option to search the particular folder you are currently working with: this folder is listed in the drop down list coming with this search box and thus allows you to narrow down your search to the current folder ( “EWeek 2010” it is in my example here ).

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout a pond and a chipmunk

Lets’s look at two nice photos this week from Trey Ratcliff aka Stuck in Customs and Eric Bégin: “The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds” and “Eastern chipmunk / Tamia rayé”.

The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds
"The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds" by Trey Ratcliff.
Eastern chipmunk / Tamia rayé
"Eastern chipmunk / Tamia rayé" by Eric Bégin.