Rugby World Cup 2007 and RSS feed update for 7 September 2007

Hope all of you worn your casual day stickers and contributed your bit.

Today is also the start of the Rugby World Cup being held in France.  As a patriotic South African I do support the Boks … good luck to them and I honestly think they have the team to bring the cup back.

Now for my feed entries:

One of Jupiters icy moons — Europa:

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

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Lotus Collaboration Summit

Today I attended a Lotus Collaboration Summit that was held here in Cape Town.  The more I see and hear about IBM’s new Lotus range of products the more impress I get.  Products like Notes 8, Sametime 7.5.1, Quickr 8 and Connections 1 will put IBM back where it should be in the collaboration space.  IBM has really embraced the idea of social networking and collaboration with these group of products. 

It was also good to see how modern looking these products are by using WEB2.0 technologies.

I am off to go install Notes 8.  And I can now even get rid of Word, Excel and Powerpoint since I can do all that within the Notes 8 client.

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Spring and RSS Feed update — 2 September 2007

Yesterday was supposedly the start of Spring, well you could have fooled me. Not here in Cape Town, it was raining and very winter like.

Onto my RSS feed items for today:

With the eclipse earlier this week, I came across this photo. Click on the image for more information.

Credit & Copyright: Yuichi Takasaka

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27dinner Cape Town report back

I actually thought a bit whether I should blog about this months 27dinner.  I arrived there somewhere before 7 and left about a hour later.  I did not enjoy it at all.

First the good:  I touch sides with Dave, Ian, Max, Eric, Henk, Miquel and also met Rafiq eventually face to face.  Had a couple of beers and that is where the good ended.

The place was just to crowded.  You could not had a decent conversation with anybody since it was so loud.  I did not stick around long enough to find out whether anybody ate anything but it must have been a mission to eat anything in a crowded room like that.

I managed to see the first presentation which was about creativity but it was hard to see anything on the screen and I lost most of the talking due to the noise levels.

Maybe it is just me but do not think this venue worked well at all.  Still think the Hotel school is an ideal venue and if it only can accommodate around 80 people then we should limit the 27dinner to that number.

More is written here:

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What is up with Facebook? Something seriously wrong with its security and privacy.

Something is really screwed up with Facebook today.  I have now been able to play scrabble as somebody else.  Look at photos of people I have no idea who they are.  And read the wall posts and personal details of a lot of other people I have no clue who they are.  Everytime I click the Profile/Home or any link in Facebook, information of some random person get displayed. 

I could just now go into some random persons profile and Edit his details — no I did not do it.

And this is not just me .. have seen in my twitter feed that Andy has the same problem so have to assume it is widespread.

Anybody got any idea what is going on.

Update: If you do not see your own information then just refresh with CNTRL-F5.  More information here.

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Facebook and business

Having read a posting by Duncan McLoad, asking the question whether Facebook is a thread to business, I want to share my views and opinion. 

Facebook is a tool just like any other tool and cannot just be banned because some decision makers do not understand the technology and the value it might add.  Yes there must be controls and guidelines around the use of it and what employees may or may not publish on it.

I am fortunate to work for a company, IBM, that operates in this space and make tools and technology available in this Web 2.0 environment. We have a similar tool inside IBM called Bluepages which is of great value in finding people with particular skills.  IBM is now selling this same technology in the form of Lotus Connections.  However this tool provide for internal community building inside a business.  How does a company build communities with it suppliers/customers and this is where Facebook has a role to play.

And not all big companies is against Facebook.  I was in a customer meeting a week or so back where the CIO of this customer promoted the use of Facebook and other Web 2.0 technologies and tools like blogging.  In his opinion, via these technologies, companies can get an idea of the pulse of their workforce.  What is the morale of the people etc?  What are the employees talking about, what are their concerns?  Some might view this as spying, I do not.  Each and everyone decide for themselves what we divulge via Facebook and why should our employers not read this?

On a similar vain.  Facebook has also helped me to get in contact with a fellow employee in a crisis situation.  Being away from my office I could use Facebook to get the telephone number of this employee, yes he was part of my friends list and luckily for me he published his phone number for his friends.  In the end I was able to contact him and he was able to resolve a crisis situation with a customer.

I have used Facebook not just inside my company to build valuable networks but have also used Facebook to get in contact with groups outside my company to add value to the work that I do.

And lastly we must also remember that Facebook is a social networking tool and work/life balance should be important to each and every company.  Employees that have a good work/life balance also tend to be happy and more productive employees.  Facebook plays a role in the social happiness of people.

See you on Facebook 🙂

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27dinner – 27 June 2007

Firstly I am back to using ScribeFire to blog since Qumana did not live up to my expectations .. for some reason it will just die on me at the most unappropriated time.

Yesterday evening I went to the 27dinner held at the Hotel School and overall it was a great evening.  Not as good as the first one at the Hotel School but great none the less.  The food was ok .. nothing to write home about and the last talk did not go down well — rather not mention names.

Once again Stormhoek provided some wine — Graham, the pink one is not for me thanks but the Shiraz on the table was great.

I met 2 guys from Die Burger who attended this for the first time — sorry guys but with all the new people I already forgot your names.  It is good to see old media embracing new media.

Met some people in real life that I have met previously in the virtual world.  Eric and Lorynne, it is was good to meet.  Lorynne, you must have a great time in Spain.  Oh and the guy from Yeigo .. good to meet somebody whose product I am actually using.

And then there was all the old faces — Dave, Max, Nikki, Tania, Joe, Malan, Henk and a couple of people I probably have left out.

Lastly thanks for the cupcake.

Other blog entries:

I really need to find a way so that I remember the next morning who the people was that I met .. is it ok to ask for a business card or something at these kind of events? 

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IBM announces Quickr

We knew this was in the making but Quickr has now been officially announced by IBM … the Quickr Blog has all the details.  The date for General Availability is 29 June 2007 which happen to be the same date Lotus Connections will be available.

So what is Lotus Quickr .. I quote

an open standards-based team collaboration tool that helps teams inside and outside the company firewall easily and effectively work together across geographies, working styles and operating systems.

Lotus Quickr provides a rich set of team collaboration capabilities, including blogs, wikis and team space templates supporting a variety of business processes to get a collaboration project up and running quickly.

Now I just need to get my hand on using these tools.

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Good to be a South African!! — Synthasite

One of the RSS feeds that show up in my feed reader is of Ajax MagazineOne of the feeds was on Synthasite, developed in Cape Town, South Africa.

It is good to see work done in South Africa gets mentioned on prominent international sites and being tested by big companies like Amazon.

Synthasite is also being tested on
Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, which in theory allows it to be
infinitely scalable, although accounts will initially be limited.

I have not had a look at Synthasite yet but will give it a test and see how it performs.

Well done to Vinny and the team .. keep up the good work.

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Geekdinner – Cape Town – 28 May 2007

It is another Geekdinner tonight and I cannot make it.  I looked so forward to it but having only returned from overseas make things a bit tight when it comes to time.  In any case, I still have not catch up on all my lost sleep so would probably fell asleep in my dinner.

Enjoy and see you all around next time.  Will catch up on everything when all the reports hits the blogsphere.

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