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2012 in review

January 2 2013

This felt like one of the busiest December closes in a long time, and as such, even in the midst of last week's Christmas-to-New-Years semi-vacation, finding the time to look back on the year was somewhat challenging. Still, even if this exercise continues to primarily catalyze gathering statistics...

50,000

August 30 2011

With Bill Geimer's comment on yesterday's posting about IBM social mobility, this blog now has received fifty thousand valid, non-spam comments over the course of eight years and eight months. It's impossible to identify the first comment, as we migrated the blog after a few months into Dominoblog....

Bye bye blogroll

August 31 2010

It's been a long time since I thought about my blogroll or, for that matter, really paid attention to anyone else's. I find blogs today through PlanetLotus (and there are a number of new ones found there), Google alerts, Twitter and Facebook links, and our internal implementation of Lotus Connectio...

Note: Wrote this on Saturday's flight home....sounds a bit ASW-ish but I am definitely interested in discussing perceptions. I had a great week in Germany, once again. My 26th visit (I think) was just as good as the previous 25, and I start to feel more and more "at home" in Germany every visit....

TheInfoBoom.com is a community website run by CIO.com and IBM. The site's focus is on mid-market-sized organizations. Last month, Kevin Hansen wrote the site's weekly "Expert's opinion" about Lotus Notes and had a lot of great discussion with other InfoBoomers. This week, I am the guest expert an...

Once again, the time has come to look back on the year that was. I find that I really enjoy writing these annual snapshots -- it is timed well with my professional review cycle, but also as a way to reflect on everything that has transpired and its relative impact. 2009 was a year professionall...

13% of all visitors to edbrill.com arrive here via PlanetLotus.org. This aggregation site, bringing together nearly 350 bloggers who write about Lotus software, has clearly become a key focal point for the Lotus community. At Lotusphere 2009, Yancy Lent bestowed the first annual PlanetLotus.org Bl...

New levels of transparency

October 15 2009

Most of the comments in yesterday's posting about Domino Designer and Domino Express customers are along the lines of "here's what you [Ed/IBM] should do". It struck me as I scrolled to about comment 28 this morning, we are having a truly remarkable and transparent discussion. My team and...

New blog design

September 8 2009

This morning, Steve Castledine kindly updated my blog to the latest version of the Domino blogging template, and the design to something more modern than the out of the box Typepad UI we have been using since 2003 on this blog. Thank you to Steve and much appreciation. There are still a few cosmet...

Well, my carbon-neutral presentation of "My career as a corporate blogger" to re:publica 09 in Berlin, Germany today turned out to be even more neutral...the conference network is performing so poorly that we had to resort to a call to a mobile phone piped over a microphone in the room and someone l...

On Wednesday afternoon, I'll be speaking at the re:publica conference on social media in Berlin, Germany. In what I hope will be an increasingly-frequent opportunity, my presentation will be done remotely, using make.tv technology. The site needs a lot of horsepower and bandwidth, but that's a wor...

Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking with students and faculty at Bowling Green State University's 3rd Conference on Students Global Competitiveness. The conference was organized by Jake Gallardo, a senior at BGSU, and the officers of the Students Initiative for Global Competitiveness. I enjoyed...

Lotus bubble up

March 10 2009

This afternoon, I was talking with my boss about some of the recent discussions on the blogs in the Lotus community. I have been struggling for days with whether to say silent or speak up. Earlier today, I was content to read silently. Tonight, Bruce Elgort's posting tonight prompted me to speak....

With all the travel that I do, sometimes there are "moments" that happen when I'm at 37,000 feet, rather than on the ground. And by the time I disembark from a nine-hour journey, they've boiled over or played out. At the same time, those long flights give me some time to think. I was all set to c...

While I was in Boston earlier this week, I finally got to catch up with Yancy Lent and take delivery of the Planet Lotus blogger of the year award. Somehow we never connected in Orlando! I want to thank David Leedy and his wife for making the cool plaque, now hanging in my office, and to all of...

Taking a momentary break from the Lotusphere flow and recap, this is a very timely and useful discussion with IBM's Adam Christensen about our social media philosophy. I get asked a lot why IBM doesn't have a few well-known voices in the blogosphere or Twitterverse. Adam captures that with laser f...

As has been tradition here for the last several years, the end of year marks the anniversary of starting this blog -- now over six years ago -- and a time to reflect. This has been an incredible and busy year, with many opportunities and changes. It has been hard to summarize or highlight, given a...

Last week, I inadvertently slighted my hosting provider in the process of deflecting an attempt to change the subject on a blog posting. I wrote:edbrill.com [is] not [a] "mission-critical" mail server, and in my case I certainly wouldn't ask PSC to run it on a UPS, cluster the serve...

You may have noticed...

October 26 2008

...that the rate and pace of blogging has slowed down here a bit. In part that was a result of busy travels in the last weeks (which continue for the next few days), but also, obviously, I'm adjusting to the new role. After three full weeks at it, my primary observation is that expectations are...

Stack overflow

October 17 2008

I realize it's been mostly radio silence here during my travels this week. It can be summed up in a short comment I made to Maja Kumme, Director for Lotus here in Germany, last night. She asked me if I get any opportunities during my travel to enjoy, or at least experience, the places I'm visiting...

Twitter ramp-up

September 13 2008

I'm honored to now have over 700 people following me over on Twitter. There is a weightiness to that number that, like this blog, reminds me that a lot of you are reading what I write, and your interest and attention is appreciated. One aspect of such a large population of Twitterati that I hav...

Can we get to 300?

August 12 2008

The community-organized Yellow Day earlier this week drew my attention to the volume of participation we have online in the Lotus community. As Nathan reported, YellowDay was a success, with 109 blog posts during the day and 50% more PlanetLotus clickthroughs than the prior Monday. For somethin...

Based on the "miss Juliet" spam from over the weekend, I've banished your e-mail addresses from the publicly-visible comments on edbrill.com. Even though they were obfuscated by the Dominoblog template (by using a bit of javascript code), somehow some spammer decided to view source and manually har...

I saw your profile today

August 9 2008

New spammer approach:How are you today .my name is miss Juliet from Africa i saw your profile today(www.edbrill.com) and become very interested .so please it is urgent that you have to contact me immediately through above email id so that i will tell you my mind and give you my picture.Congratulati...

Amongst the many website reports provided by Google Analytics, one viewed frequently is the traffic sources report. I'd like know if there is a sudden spike in edbrill.com readers coming over from networkworld.com or msexchange.org or cosmopolitan.com/hot-guys (ok, that last one isn't likely to hap...

The Journal comments on a new Forrester Research report:A new study by Forrester Research reviewed 90 blogs run by business-to-business companies in the Fortune 500, and surveyed about twice that many B2B marketers. Like most businesses, these companies want to use the Internet to reach their custom...

I guess the only surprise here is, why it has taken 4½ years for this to ever happen. Since there is no identity validation for comments on this site (as with many blogs), anyone can post under any name. By site terms, though, comments must be posted using one's real name and a valid e-mail addres...

Business Week runs a cover story on blogging, updating their observations and predictions from a similar piece in 2005. Some interesting components to this article... The magazine article, archived on our Web site, kept attracting readers and blog links. A few professors worked it into their curr...

In the last few months I've noticed an increase in an interesting communication style. I'm on the receiving end of what has become a near-daily volley of "could you consider blogging this" kinds of requests. That in and of itself isn't new....it's been happening for a year or two. The requests ar...

Breaking my own rule of not linking to another blog more than once in a given period of time, but for a good cause. Sam Lawrence at Jive was named on a list of "Seven leading corporate social media evangelists today" over on ReadWriteWeb earlier in the week. Others on the list included a Forreste...

A month into Twitter, it has been a fascinating model of online networking for me. The simplicity of thinking in 140 character bites is a good minimalist challenge, while the pervasive availability of the Twitter stream (web, IM, e-mail, txt message, Notes plug-in, and Blackberry) makes it really a...

The Dopplr box

April 9 2008

Yesterday, two weird things happened. I added a "badge" from Dopplr.com to edbrill.com, and 1) a few people noticed that it is rendering too wide on IE -- while I had a complete blind spot in thinking about IE, and 2) the discussion about me adding Dopplr occurred almost entirely on Twitter. I sta...

Sorry haven’t written

March 31 2008

OK, rule number one of blogging is, don't apologize for not blogging. Still, a pretty busy schedule the last 48 hours means I haven't had much of a chance to write. I'm also waiting for a few things to post -- for example, several ISVs are announcing Domino 8.0.1 or Notes 8.0.1 support for their p...

In just a few short months, PlanetLotus.org has become the second-most popular referrer to edbrill.com...second only to Google. More than 12% of all web visits to this site originate from planetlotus.org. Interestingly, of those, only 6% over the last month were brand-new visits to edbrill.com --...

Two weeks with Twitter

March 17 2008

Two weeks ago, I started using Twitter as a microblogging tool. This wasn't a new discovery -- I originally signed up last year, but didn't immediately see the utility. The more I saw others using Twitter, though, the more I understood how small "what am I doing" updates weren't so much an additio...

Jason Corsello blogs about a public FUD skirmish between two vendors in the workforce management space. Observing the legal filings, CEO statements, and other skirmishes, Jason writes:One thing I do know for sure....our enterprise customers despise when one vendor bashes another. Frankly, its bad...

One of the interesting changes that results from the ever-improving tools to find blog content is that many of you find the same postings I do, and often comment or otherwise take action on what you are finding. No longer are we "unleashing the sickos" (as the community was once unflatteringly desc...

Two really interesting experiences yesterday at DePaul University in Chicago. My first meeting was with James Moore, who studies and teaches Internet marketing. We did an on-camera interview on blogging, social networking, and marketing that was plain-and-simple fun. The best part of a teacher br...

Worth checking out Chris Reckling's blog entries from the past few days, which have covered a behind-the-scenes look at building the opening general session, the UX lab, and the new hardware platform for Lotus Foundations....

In the week before Lotusphere, there's so much being written right now about Lotus that planetlotus.org is pretty busy. What intrigues me about looking at it today is how the more vague, or more sensational, headlines are generating the click-throughs: I feel like I should post a topic that...

It is an honor to have been chosen as one of the seven finalists for the LotusUserGroup.org Best Blogger award for 2008. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. There are many bloggers/contributors deserving of this and other types of recognition. It is great to be part of a commu...

Friends and readers, here we are again in the concluding days of the year -- always a good time for reflection. As such, here is my fifth annual blogging year-in-review. One of the points I've been making in presentations of late (and in a blog entry a few months ago) is how aware I've been this...

An intriguing invitation in my inbox this morning.Our community - the Business and Financial Blog Network, will launch in January 2008. Your blog will be promoted to our roster of blue-chip advertisers and we will only run campaigns that are appropriate for your audience. Wow, sign me up! I can't...

David recognizes what some of the challenges have been over the years with Notes as a collaboration environment:I saw IT departments effectively emaciate Lotus Notes by insisting that Notes applications be developed by a centralized team and driven by a rigorous functional specification. This was no...

Fifth anniversary

December 11 2007

Yep, it's been five years of edbrill.com today. A little over 3,000 posts, a little over 30,000 comments. Not bad for something started on a whim as a hobby. I'll save all the statistical analysis for the year-in-review posting in a few weeks. For now, I want to thank all of you for reading and...

Breaking IT News

December 7 2007

I was having a conversation with a colleague the other day about corporate blogging best practices. Since so many marketing types these days think "oh, we're going to do a blog!", it's always a good idea to think about how not to do it. Here's exhibit "A", from my own organization, on how not to d...

A note made the rounds in IBM over the last couple of weeks, mentioning a new feature from Feedburner.com. It seems that, just for registering your feed through their site, they'll give you some HTML code to create banners and e-mail signatures featuring the latest from your weblog. I added thei...

It's great to see the community working to recognize outstanding contributions to the community...The LotusUserGroup.org Blogger Awards recognize the importance of blogging in the Lotus world and celebrates the contribution of bloggers to the Lotus community. Although we recognize that all bloggers...

My colleague Bob Sutor expresses some of the thoughts and concerns that I've been having since starting to use Facebook three months ago:The basic problem is who gets to know what about me. Short of someone doing something illegal and stealing, say, confidential payroll information, I'm talking abou...

What a very nice compliment....Government and private organisations need to think twice about adversarial approaches to online criticism and must learn how to engage with social networking and other websites if they want to control their public image. That's the message from Steve Hodgkinson, the d...

Mainstream media covers the good and not-so-good of corporate blogging...For businesses, blogging is a way to reach customers, colleagues and clients, but it's about more than just slapping down an electronic stream of consciousness. It can be part of a larger strategy to reach out. "Blogging stand...

Steve Castledine writes about some of those strange-looking comments we've seen in the last few weeks...It seems the Domino community is being targetted right now by the dull, nothing better to do script kiddies who put javascript calls into web site comments. ... The Domino Blog template has alway...

All politics are local

September 30 2007

My head hurts. No, not because I've spent some time this weekend working on Lotusphere 2008 content selection. Nor because reconstruction has begun on the interstate highway that routes from here to Chicago (watch for more whining about the Chicago commuter rail system in the coming weeks). No, i...

A big Lepofsky thank you

August 13 2007

Back from vacation and a lot on the plate already. Many topics to blog upon... Please join me in thanking Alan Lepofsky for his thought-provoking, responsive, and fun blogging here while I was on vacation. I think he brought some visibility to some really interesting vision and market awareness wo...

Might be some downtime tomorrow as I update the blog software....

Last 30 days view. Firefox in blue, IE in green....

I am very excited to be a part of the September Business Blogging Summit in Chicago. High tech in the windy city, woot woot! We do not get enough of these kind of conferences around here, but the Blog Business Summit team is bringing their annual event to town September 17 to 19. My topic is the...

Eric Mack, a guru in the GTD (Getting Things Done) and eProductivity space, has launched a new blog called "notes on productivity: my journey getting things done with Lotus Notes". The site contains dozens of entries about using the GTD methodology and Lotus Notes to be more productive. I've had...

Has anyone noticed the relative blogging explosion going on within IBM Lotus in the last few months? I almost can't keep up with my colleagues who are blogging these days. There are ten blogs now on developerWorks Lotus (using Dominoblog) -- nine of which didn't exist 100 days ago. Only a subset...

25,000 comments

April 29 2007

With comment #22 on Friday's Notes 8 beta refresh posting, Bruce Elgort posted the 25,000th legit comment on edbrill.com. Why does this seem apropos :-)...

After Wednesday's posting about Lotus in SMB, I had a number of pings from customers and partners asking why I set myself up for a beat-down. Similar questions were asked in the comments, where some wondered if anything had changed or will changed from prior conversations on the subject. So why d...

Recent blogosphere activity is driving a logical maturing process for the blogosphere Did we really need the Kathy Sierra situation to raise awareness of why anonymous comments, trolls, cyberbullying, and harassment are wrong?Last week, Tim O'Reilly, a conference promoter and book publisher who is...

In the category of "a good problem to have"... There are now so many IBMers blogging that I am finding I can't read all of the great blogs on a regular basis. I suspect many of you are being more selective about who you are reading generally. Thus, in the interest of streamlining, I've moved a n...

Some new blogs have popped up on referrers and blog searches in the last couple of weeks. My normal practice is to keep an eye on new blogs to see where they go, participate in discussions, and then see about how I can help successful blogs become more successful. But there's a different trend goi...

Civility in blog discourse

February 2 2007

Last week at Lotusphere, I did an interview with Dorte Toft of Business.dk. It's in Danish, so I'll summarize here, with big thanks to Henrik Pedersen for translation. Toft wanted to talk about the business impact of blogging. We covered a lot of different aspects in our interview -- she was v...

Mike Rhodin now blogging

January 22 2007

Welcome Mike Rhodin to the blogosphere, blogging on a Domino 7.0.2 blogging template hosted by PSC. I know I'm struggling with time to blog during the conference......

Browser usage stats for edbrill.com for 10 to 16 January, 2007: Internet Explorer -- 48% Firefox -- 47% Safari -- 2.4%If it were an election, we'd call Safari the "Ralph Nader" swing.... More interesting to me are the versions in use. Despite IE7 being a supposedly "forced" upgrade, only 28.5%...

Last week, I started to write about blogging goals for 2007. The first goal is to find ways to improve my information consumption. Some useful comments there, though I probably wasn't clear enough in how I stated this goal. I wanted both tools (which are well-covered in that discussion) as well...

OK, I'm starting with the easiest goal for 2007 -- getting my input stream right. I've been struggling with this for a while, as the pool of bloggers gets bigger and bigger -- who should I read? Yes, I have a blogroll on this site and I strive to keep it relatively current. But the reality is tha...

2006 blog year in review

December 25 2006

As the year heads into its final week, I present my fourth annual blogging year-in-review. Most interestingly, this year I don't feel much of a need to discuss the general market impact of blogging. I spoke at several conferences and was interviewed many times about the business impact of blogging...

This is an increasingly bizarre story. A few months ago, Peter de Haas, who works for Microsoft in the Netherlands, forgot to renew his .com domain. While he moved his site over to peterdehaas.net, the .com domain ended up falling into the hands of domain traders, who recently tried to auction the...

Last week saw a rather intense discussion take place on codestore.net. Jake Howlett posted an entry entitled "Having a stab at Domino", which linked to Andrew Tetlaw's perspective on Domino. Jake then prompted readers to have their say, writing:Come on guys, don't be afraid to speak your mind.A lo...

Last week, I delivered a presentation entitled "Business Aspects of Social Software and Collaboration" at the ICE Conference run by the CIPS in Edmonton. I've posted the slides via SlideShare. The presentation was intended to educate an audience overall on how collaboration and social software...

A new threshhold has been reached in the last day or two -- over 1000 comment spam attempts on edbrill.com in the last 24 hours. Of them, only one made it through -- a manually entered one (and it didn't even have a link in it, weird). While it's great that the blog template has such powerful an...

IBM.com: Blogs go to work

October 18 2006

IBM.com has an extensive feature on the notion of corporate blogging....right on the home page of ibm.com! The link goes to this page called "Blogs go to work": I guess there's no question of IBM's support for my blogging efforts, is there. :-) A very cool webpage that highlights things like...

PR7

October 12 2006

Wow, what have I done to deserve this?...

Declan has updated his blog to an early V3 version of his BlogSphere blogging template for Domino. In his latest entry, he outlines a dozen new features in the template, including: Comment moderation and locking Anti comment spam Site skins and layout templates New improved side blocks Enhanced RS...

What is trocadeiro.com?

September 29 2006

My referrers lately have been showing a lot of blog hits originating from trocadiero.com. In the last week, it's become 3% of all pageviews. www.trocadeiro.com (not making that a live link for reasons which should become obvious) just looks like one of those spammer search homepages. There's a...

Technorati traffic

September 4 2006

So much of the blogging meme is focused around Technorati. Tags, friends, rankings...bloggers seem to put a heck of a lot of focus on the site. Myself included. Thus it is with some surprise that I was reviewing my referrers tonight, and noticed that only 0.4% (yes, less than 1%) of my last 50,00...

My colleague Luis Suarez picked up a blog entry from Rod Boothby about corporate blogging and guidelines. The discussion ensues from Rod's fair question of why aren't there more corporate blogs? I wanted to respond to Rod's postings, but haven't had the time to put my thoughts together yet. In th...

Some time ago, I passed the inflection point where I was no longer watching blog hit stats for edbrill.com on a regular basis. You're out there, you're reading, and I'm glad to have you. Tell your friends and all that, but whether it's 3000 or 4000 browser hits a day, not really critical. Still,...

New Plazes badge

August 9 2006

The Plazes team contacted me this morning about their new-and-improved embedded site badge. The Plazes website provides the wizard for building your own customized badge, and it only took me a few minutes to set it up. I simply cut and paste the code from their site into a "block" in the DominoBlo...

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel at the American Marketing Association's marketing educators' conference. The panel was entitled, "The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Relationship Marketing: An Analysis of Consumer vs. Business Markets". The other panelists were al...

There's been some blogosphere discussion in the last week about the best way to help bloggers survive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. A couple of bloggers have proposed the concept of a Distributed Guarantee of Service (DGoS), and even started a project around DGoS over at SourceForge...

Stu Downes has written an excellent article about the upcoming blogging feature in Domino 7.0.2, and the role Domino could play in enterprise blogging. He answers questions: Who will use it? How will IT departments manage blogs? Is Domino the right platform?Good article, check it out. To answer o...

Another Loti enters the blog world...Adam is the offerings manager (what most other companies call a "brand manager") for Lotus realtime solutions, e.g. Lotus Sametime. Visit his PSC-hosted blog at www.adamgartenberg..com Welcome, Adam!...

Plazes karma rising

June 22 2006

Apparently I'm now in the Plazes top 20 users, coming in at #18 with (currently) 84 plazes discovered. And I still haven't even snagged the Starbucks down the street from my new home. No, I'm not obsessed.......

In college, I was a proud member of the Indiana University Marching Hundred. One thing was funny about that elite Big 10 group -- we had somewhere between 240-320 members. Regardless of the numbers, being part of the band was definitely the highlight of my college experience. And not just b...

By now there is little to add to the story of Robert Scoble's decision to depart Microsoft. I heard hints of this months ago, and am not surprised given work/life balance stuff that dad would want to be nearer to son. Plus there's the whole bargain of the deal -- in Scoble's blog entry about h...

A couple of my colleagues have some new stuff worth reading: John Simonds interviewed IBM Chief Scientist/Distinguished Engineer Jeff Jonas. Jeff is something of a legend within IBM Software Group, having joined us as part of the acquisition of SRD last year. The interview sheds some lig...

Leave it to Nathan to stir things up. :-) After "Hannover" UI guru Mary Beth Raven's first blog posting, Nathan Freeman opined:Lotus, please don't lose the plot on this. You need RADICAL simplification. And because you can't start stripping features, you need to do the next best thing -...

Availablogging

March 31 2006

Last week, when once of my customer meetings for this trip fell through, I blogged about having a free day in Europe in an effort to maximize this trip. Now as I rush back home, I think this "availablogging" was a good idea and something I need to do more often. As a result of the blog ent...

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New Plazes beta

March 27 2006

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At Lotusphere 2006, one of the big discussions at the birds-of-a-feather on blogging was, how do we best keep track of Notes/Domino-related bloggers? Well, a simple short-term solution has been set up at dominoblogs.com. Laurette Rynne explains the site's inspiration:Since Lotusphere there h...

At the birds-of-a-feather entitled "The Lotus Blogging Community" last week, Mikkel Heisterberg made a comment that is worth sharing with a broader audience. His comment was that, as a result of the blogosphere, "the distance between me and IBM has never been shorter". His example is a goo...

On Thursday, February 16, I'll be participating in a panel discussion called "Customer Evangelism: Customer Loyalty Is Not Enough" for the Business Marketing Association of Chicago. The other panelists are: Wes Shepherd, chief executive officer and founder of Channel Velocity; Ben McConnell, au...

Putting another blogging face on Lotus marketing, VP Surjit Chana has joined the bloggers on IBM developerWorks. Looking forward to his insights from Lotusphere next week, and beyond. (some weird MIME rendering issue is converting part of the link (b l o g = 8 0 8) incorrectly. See correct...

Moderated blog comments

January 6 2006

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2005 in review

December 25 2005

This is the review that was never meant to be. At the beginning of the year, a prediction was made that "Blogging will fade away from the corporate world and be considered a consumer tool, no longer a credible source of news. " Here at the end of the year, when I think about things like IBM's corp...

Typepad has lost a week

December 16 2005

Three different typepad-hosted blogs (like the Dilbert Blog) that I read have gone through a time warp this morning...their most recent entries are over a week ago. What happened?...

No, it's not about the analyst you think.... Recently, there have been several analyst reports that I've found interesting and think would be worth discussing on the blog. Only thing is, I've read them as part of IBM's subscription, and due to copyright and licensing, I don't think I have the...

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Browser usage

November 30 2005

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A blogger named Arno rants about how he doesn't like the usability of Lotus Notes:So when talking about Lotus Notes (the client only, as this is all I know about), I will not lose my temper. I will not raise my voice. I will quietly continue voting on the "Software Tools of Dirt"-Page (in German...

Doc Searls takes our conversation about Attack of the Blogs further...Dan's right when he says, in the podcast, that we [bloggers] don't know the "rules of engagement" yet. I think that's actually a good thing. Link: Doc Searls: Save a CEO. Don't post today. ...

After the recent Forbes: Attack of the Blogs article, the blogosphere exploded in discussion about the article. Perhaps this was Dan Lyons intended effect after all, like yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre. Ten days later, the hue and cry has mostly passed, though I am still getting pings ...

ZDNet is running edbrill.com content under their "sponsored blogs" section. I'm planning to write a few lengthier articles in the next couple of weeks given the broader audience... if I can find the time to do so. Hmm, three flights this week......

My evil twin Alan is being introspective...I've noticed that lately I've been having conversations with many of my friends, family, and coworkers about how our industry is really starting to "wear on me". There are so many battles going on: IBM vs. Microsoft, Domino vs. Exchange, .Net vs J2EE,...

The Information Technology Services Marketing Association's newsletter describes IBM's blogging efforts...Practicing what they preach, IBMers are launching all manner of public blogs, building on the reported thousands of internal blogs already in use. ...[Other] IBM bloggers represent (official...

Remember how IBM issued blogging guidelines back in May? It seems to be having the intended effect, with tons of new IBM bloggers in the last few weeks. I've added several to my blogroll - IBMers: Bob Sutor: Vice President of standards and open source. Bob is writing a lot lately about...

I read this article just before dinner last night, but hadn't had a chance to respond. Steve Gillmor, writing on ZDNet:"The big problem for Bill and Ray is that the other team can call audibles at the line of scrimmage and run a 2-minute offense from kickoff. Ironically, that's why Ozzie's the...

I was interviewed a few weeks ago for this article about blogging, published in the American Marketing Association's newsletter. The author is also the writer who wrote this article in the Chicago Sun-Times. The article covers some of the benefits of business blogging, and some advice for nov...

For many months, I've been debating giving this weblog a real name. It just sounds so boring to say "Ed Brill's weblog", when there are so many out there with catchy names. In fact, I noticed in looking at Feedster's new Top 500 blogs feature that the vast majority of the top blogs have brand...

I hope this doesn't become an obsession... DISCOVERIES OF edbrill discovery date name 2005/08/17 at 21:08 IBM, Marysville, MO 2005/08/17 at 19:01 Lucas Park Grille 2005/08/12 at 06:30 Las Vegas Hilton 2005/08/11 at 23:39 UNLV, Las Vegas, NV USA ...

Blog hardware upgrade

August 1 2005

John and PSC have just completed a hardware upgrade for the server running this blog. The main thing you'll notice is that things are a heck of a lot faster, especially site searches. Thanks, y'all! I appreciate it, and I'm sure readers do, too......

WHERE IS SIMONBARRATT?

July 25 2005

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Early this morning, I learned that e-mail to @edbrill.com was bouncing. DNS services for edbrill.com are managed by zoneedit.com. When I learned of the mail problem, I contacted their customer support. A response to my query came back in less than 20 minutes, and the problem was resolved...

So I get an e-mail a few minutes ago with that subject line. Intrigued, I check it out... and sense quite quickly that this e-mail could just as easily been sent to any blogger. The author is asking me to blog about a topic that isn't of interest to me, isn't something I've ever written about,...

My inbox today included a note about the release of a book called Business Blogs: A Practical Guide, by Bill Ives and Amanda G. Watlington. Ives and Watlington interviewed seventy bloggers, across a wide spectrum of blog types, formats, and content. They've analyzed and synthesized this into...

Another addition to the "Blogroll - colleagues" section...Susan Bulloch is now blogging about Domino administration and stuff. Check her out, y'all!...

I haven't really had a chance to follow up here on last week's Notes "Hannover" announcement. You've read some of the press, and there have been a lot of bloggers writing on the topic. The news has been all positive -- summarizing what we've heard -- great UI, good to hear that Notes has a co...

My colleague Volker Jürgensen suggested I revisit a blog topic from a few weeks ago...at that time, it seemed humorous to note that Google had a page about OS/2 as the top hit for "IBM Strategy 2005". Funnier still that just by blogging about that, I've unseated ibm.com as the #1 hit for...

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Somewhere along the way, searching directly on edbrill.com seemed to deteriorate. Not sure when it happened, though Ben mentioned it to me a few times in the last few weeks. John and I discussed it this week, and I think things are back to operational....

I've been profiled in today's Chicago Sun Times, specifically as it pertains to blogging. Putting any ego aside for the moment, this is pretty cool because it is one of the first times the MSM (mainstream media) is covering an IBMer using blogging to connect with customers/ partners/ competitor...

Stop, blog thief!

May 28 2005

For the second time in two weeks, Technorati has alerted me to republishing of my blog's RSS feed. In both cases, my RSS content has shown up as blog entries on what essentially are spamblogs on blogspot or typepad -- one advertising recreational vehicles and the other advertising travel to Ala...

Link:IBM today began encouraging all 320,000+ employees world wide to consider engaging actively in the practice of breathing. This move follows several years of persistent grassroots efforts by an informal community of IBM employees who breathe. Aerobic leaders like Sam Ruby, Grady Booch, R...

I sense a theme...after today's release of the IBM blogging guidelines, Christopher Byrne alerted me to this article that he and Richard Schwartz wrote:Even though blogging is the hottest trend on the Web right now, it might not be on your compliance team's radar. Start getting policies in pla...

Some large companies, including Boeing, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, are letting senior executives blog, but not a single blogger is known to be a Fortune 1000 chairman and/or CEO. In part, that seems surprising. Blogs, short for weblogs, are personal Web sites for p...

For whatever reason, a lot of the comments on various discussions this week have been anonymous or pseudonymous. They tend, of course, to be like slashdot's "anonymous cowards" -- the particularly biting and conjecturous comments that are known as "flame-bait". Now is the end of that. It's...

Well, we had a few problems here over the weekend and into today. Site seems to be back up and running, but the comment counts are a bit b0rked and some comments appear to be missing. I'm still doing some rebuilding and reindexing kinda stuff, we'll see what happens....

Corporate blogs don't have to be public. IBM has several outward-facing blogs for communicating with customers, but the company also has BlogCentral, an internal IBM pilot program that enables employees to keep personal blogs. As of March 2005, BlogCentral has nearly 8,000 registered users and a...

Whatever magic Steve Castledine has done to prevent comment spam in the DominoBlog template is working wonders. edbrill.com is receiving 10-20 attempted comment spams a day, yet only two have successfully posted all month. I note that he is adding a similar referrer spam blocking capability...

Google´s top 40

March 19 2005

..."and the hits don't stop, 'til we get to the top!" This amazes me -- edbrill.com is now the 40th hit on a Google search for "Ed". "Ed" is also short for editor, editorial, edition, education, and erect1le dysfunct1on.... and there's me in the top 40. Wow. ...

Scott Rosenberg, Salon's managing editor, takes me to task for this week's "not-for-quote-by-press" comment:When you post something on a public weblog, you're posting it to the open Web, which is to say, you are making it public to anyone who follows a link to it. ... But, um, Ed, you've poste...

Nothing like a little slashdot action to drive the blog traffic today... Nice to see for a change that there's some voice-of-reason to balance out the "Notes sucks" rants. In the meantime, there are some excellent new comments on my posting from earlier this week about having to defend Notes...

Ed B-R-to-tha-izzill

February 14 2005

I know that I'm not the first to discover Gizoogle.com, but oh my heavens I just can't stop laughing at the way that site "translates" edbrill.com. It isn't real family-style language, so you'll just have to click through to check it out, g dawg!...

My weblog was referenced in part two of this report about analysts and weblogging. It's not because of what you think...rather about a different analyst report and its reaction. Would have been interesting to go back a few months to that series of competitive reports from the summer, though......

PubSub Top 1000

January 18 2005

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Wishful thinking

January 11 2005

Blogging will fade away from the corporate world and be considered a consumer tool, no longer a credible source of news. vowe, Bruce, Ben, Rocky, and Rich have the details. (Update: Andrew now too) [comments disabled on this post]...

I noticed blogdigger.com in my referrers a couple of weeks ago. It's a search engine which mines RSS (and Atom) blog feeds. It's far from a complete survey of the blogging world, but it does capture a large number of sites. I know their are other blog search and aggregator tools, such as tech...

Ben Poole raises a question that's been discussed in the blogosphere before, namely, will blogging help you (or hurt you) in getting a new job? Interesting discussion, and clearly the answer is it goes both ways. On the one hand, blogging can give you visibility, cred and respect, and a networ...

While you were out...

January 3 2005

I know today is still a bank holiday for the Brits, a company holiday for parts of IBM, etc., but most people seem to be in "back to work" mode. For those who, like me, attempted to (or were successful at) taking vacation/holidays since Christmas, it's always a bit tough to get things going aga...

The blogging year in review

December 26 2004

When I started blogging a little over two years ago, I had little sense as to where the endeavor might lead. I've enjoyed writing all my life, and initially, I thought that this would be little more than an online journal, gratifying to compose. In the first year in review, I didn't talk mu...

Chicago.Metblogs.com

December 11 2004

As a result of a vowe link, many of you are discovering one of my occasional contributions to chicago.metblogs.com. This site was launched about six months ago as part of the metroblogging network -- two dozen locally-authored, locally-focused group blogs. Metroblogging was nominated for "...

EDN isn't on my normal reading list, but Duffbert sent along this link. The article is an introduction to weblogs, and the author, John Dodge, is lamenting the fact that the design and electrical-engineering communities (EDN's audience) haven't embraced blogging. However,Major semiconductor c...

Well, it took almost two years, but we finally have the Lotus weblog someplace that can be interactive. It's joining a dozen other weblogs hosted on IBM Developerworks. You can now find InsideLotus there, and it's all set with RSS, comments, and even a small blogroll ;)...

If you aren't reading Ben Langhinrichs' weblog, you should surf on over for a dose of guest blogger Mike Midas.The low sexy voice came over the phone with the kind of invitation that grabbed you by the scruff of the neck and dragged you three thousand miles through the ether, no matter the conse...

There are a lot of social software tools that I never have time to explore, nor see any value in. Others make perfect sense right away. It's a challenge to stay on top of trends in the market while not getting sucked in by flash-in-the-pan hype. This week, I've dipped a toe in the water on...

Another reason why I blog

November 5 2004

An e-mail:Just wanted you to know that your blog entry came in very handy yesterday when my boss who happens to read Slashdot questioned me about why we are using Notes instead of Wikis in some cases. The heads up is immensely useful because I would have never found that article on my own.Act...

It appears that Google has a very long memory. On a typical day, I'm getting over 100 Google-based hits to this site. While some are searching for the obvious ("ed brill", "Lotus user groups"), others are finding phrases I've used in the past, old topics, or just random junk ("soda pop expira...

Portland nerd dinner

October 19 2004

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This is awesome -- I received an e-mail from a blog reader commenting on IBM's recent acquisition of Systemcorp. I have to admit, this acquisition had hardly hit my radar at the time of the e-mail. The blog reader's note says that he thinks the acquisition is great news, and wonders whet...

I can tell from the logs that many of you had issues reaching edbrill.com today.... John explains why....

The Portland Domino/Notes User Group has announced their next meeting, where I'll be speaking about Notes/Domino 7, Lotus Workplace, and a competitive update. The date is October 19, at 11:30 AM PDT, at Regence BCBS's offices on Market Street (follow that link for full details). Those plannin...

Geeks in the ´hood

October 5 2004

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In Dan Gillmor's book We the Media, he discusses an example of blog-based fake grassroots buzz creation, or "astroturfing". I quoted from it in part 3 of my book review. Pete Snyder, who is the CEO of New Media Strategies, stopped by and commented on that thread.Now, we use this as an examp...

Henning Heinz had two clever blog entries yesterday -- 1) commenting on a discussion in the Notes/Domino 7 beta forum, he notes that the answer is refreshingly blunt.The setting speaks for itself.2) Heini noticed a post on GaryDev's blog, where Gary says:Well I'm dumping my old demos and lo...

In case you've been hiding under a rock, I've been intermittently blogging about an impressive book called We the Media by Dan Gillmor. (Part 1 Part 2 Part 3) One last quote from the book:...[W]e must all recognize that the rules for newsmakers, not just journalists, have changed, thanks t...

and about time, too! Nathan Freeman is now blogging at Escape Velocity. I was just thinking when I saw Stan Rogers' new blog yesterday that Nathan had to be next in line. I'm actually quite interested in Nathan's blog, since he has completely changed his life -- marriage, moving to South A...

OK, this is too funny. I received the following e-mail last night...Mr. Brill, I liked your article about gmail. I, too, am a gmail tester. Wonder what Google is up to by acquring the info of who is linked to who by monitoring who we send invites to. It's one of those things that make you g...

One of the awesome things about the Dominoblog blogging template is how flexible the UI can be. There are some wicked cool Dominoblog sites out there, including this one for a Dutch field hockey team. Steve Castledine has basically made it easy to "skin" the template with various designs.......

I finished reading Dan Gillmor's We the Media over the weekend. As previously discussed in my first and second postings about this book, I've found it to be incredibly powerful -- and empowering -- discussion of how the world of social software is changing the face of journalism and media. ...

This is an incredibly powerful story of the interconnected community.... I commented on Scoble's success at building community here He acknowledged said compliment. In return, he tried to make a witty competitive comment, but without an emoticion, it sounded beligerent I blogged my surpr...

Robert Scoble noticed my compliment (and it was quite sincere, especially because he has blogged a general idea of his salary recently) yesterday about how he's been successful at creating online community. I am a bit surprised at what I got in response, though:I don't understand people who...

Over the weekend, I started to read Dan Gillmor's "We, the Media". I'm only about 100 pages into the book, but it is so tightly aligned with how my thinking has evolved in the last 24 months, that I simply must start writing about it now. Warning -- this book will probably prompt some rants....

John just upgraded this site to Dominoblog 2.2.1e, which contains several anti-comments-spam features. If you encounter any issues with posting comments, let me know. I'm slowly looking at other cool features that have been added in the latest template upgrades... for example, did you know th...

Not a link trader

August 25 2004

For some reason, in the last week or so, I've received a ton of requests to link to pages/products/people from edbrill.com. Generally speaking, I'm going to deny requests like this. Why? Well, there are a lot of ways to publicize your site/product/self, and while I'm flattered that this blog...

First comments spam

August 22 2004

A sad day for the blog. I suppose it was inevitable.... a half-dozen spam comments were posted to some of the most recent blog topics. Three different IP addresses, many different linked websites. Looks like Steve is one step ahead; as such, we'll be planning to upgrade to the latest domin...

Has anyone else taken a look at Technorati lately? I haven't blogged about it in well over a year, but recently took another look after a link on Peter O'Kelly's blog. I think the site is intriguing -- primarily because of its understanding of the linkages among various weblogs. I also foun...

I was chatting with Duffbert last night about his latest book read. Dan Gillmor's "We, the Media" discusses the way the web, including weblogs, newsgroups, wikis, RSS feeds, and more, has changed journalism and media forever. Gillmor is at the heart of bridging old media and new -- he writes...

By the way, a little known fact: you can get fired for what you put on your personal blog just as easily as you can get fired for what you put on your corporate blog -- there really is no difference in my mind. At NEC I saw an exec get fired for a comment he made on a Web forum. Be careful out...

New on the jargon watch --"astroturf": "The tactic of anonymously attacking competitors or artificially fomenting tides of support for or against a cause". Sean Gallagher has blogged about the Radicati Group report and discussions related to it that have taken place here, on Vowe.net, etc. Se...

Ross Mayfield, who is the CEO of Socialtext (and a blogger I read regularly), has some thoughts on recent discussion of analyst reports:I point all this out because we have gone from a general distrust of analyst projections post-Boom -- back to case-by-case due dilligence. This kind of back and...

Colin picked up a subtlety in some of this week's discussions:I've noticed a trend, though, for people to start labelling the Domino blogging/online community in ways that are not particularly flattering. Some folks have insinuated that we're all a bunch of self-congratulating, back-slapping cro...

Blog template upgrade

July 26 2004

Well, as several of you noticed, John and Steve upgraded this weblog's design to the latest DominoBlog template. It's been a long time in coming, and I know Steve has been working long hours to test/debug/perfect the upgrade. Some of the new features include (in my non-technical terms): S...

OK, I guess i've spent a bit of time on the ZDNet site today ... On the ZDNet blog, Dan Farber has posted a quote and link to a paper from Nemeretes Research regarding last week's Microsoft IM interoperability announcement. Two thoughts I want to chase from this: 1) So far, the Nemeretes ana...

Looks like Colin P. has found a new home for The Corner Office. I'm not sure why I hadn't noticed, esp. since it looks like he's been back for a couple of weeks. Some interesting events covered in his recent blogs -- including a sighting of Mr. Nathan T. Freeman in .za land....

There seem to be a bunch of new Lotus-related bloggers coming on-line, which I think is great news! Here's some that I've come across in the last few weeks -- this is no slight of the "old school" bloggers, you're all great too.... Christopher Byrne -- The Business Controls Caddy; Christop...

Direct over-marketing

July 6 2004

A few weeks ago, register.com sent me a letter offering a discount if I renewed my registration of edbrill.com early...six months early. The discount was decent, the letter was in front of me, so I figured that it was worth doing. I completed the transaction last week, taking that off my radar...

An outgrowth of an e-mail conversation over the last 24 hours.... Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun, has started a weblog. In Schwartz's first entry, he bemoansWhat should you expect in my blog? Relatively frequent updates. Less frequently when I'm on airplanes (which is sadly quit...

Until recently, the thought of employees blabbing freely to the masses about their work on company time -- without the suits from PR hovering over them to stay "on message" -- would have created panic in the executive suite. But in the past year, employee blogs have begun to multiply across Corp...

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I got a note last night from "Your friend, Dave", thatI am sorry to say that edbrill.com has fallen off our radar for June. Last month edbrill.com placed 54th in the [site name withheld] Lead Exchange promotion. We believe that with very little effort on your part, you can easily qualify for t...

More discussion out of last week's e-mail vs. RSS thread...How does a for-profit company (raises hand here) whose main product is information create a return on its investment in RSS?...How would ads in RSS feeds be different from the ads we now put in our e-mail newsletters? What if we offered...

Googles of the week

June 12 2004

Well, after a week in which the blog traffic was anywhere from 3x to 4x normal, I wasn't sure what to do for an encore today. Honestly, I expected more discussion to come of yesterday's post...maybe it will yet over the weekend and into Monday. I've got a pretty interesting post queued up for...

Simple formula: Write something that the Scobelizer links to. Right before he leaves for a couple of days. Leaving your blog linked to as the very top entry on one of the most widely-read weblogs. For a long time (especially with the frequency he updates!). Cool....

Eric Mack alerted me to the Scobleizer's take on Barb Darrow's "old fart" article from yesterday. In his blog, Scoble wonders aloudhow many bloggers does IBM have? They have six times more employeesWell, first off, I would assert it is quality over quantity :) There are tons of IBMers who b...

Group blogs a-plenty

June 7 2004

Well, 21 comments here and a bunch elsewhere later, the clear consensus is that there is value to the lotus.com/weblog. The strong suggestion is to turn that into a "group blog" format with contributions from throughout Lotus. That makes a lot of sense, I just need to figure out what my sales...

Over at Notestips.com, Mike Golding has often posted rather provocative discussion topics about ways in which Lotus has screwed up -- product problems, marketing deficiencies or perceived errors, etc. Like I said yesterday, I'll take the good with the bad, and so I'm always willing to read and...

The thin grey line

May 7 2004

Earlier today, I was contacted by an industry figure about some comments I made a few weeks ago regarding their published work. The e-mail interchange served as a fair reminder that I have a diverse readership, and that when I express opinions here, they can still be interpreted as "Ed on behal...

Welcome back Colin -- The Gutted Geek has returned to my blogroll. As has Rob Novak, who was running silent for a while, too. In other site news, Steve Castledine has released a new version of DominoBlog -- Chris, Libby, and others have already updated. The new version finally addresses ...

Several months ago, I lamented that there are many people with great ideas in the Lotus customer community, but that the voices are being lost. With the introduction of two excellent Domino blogging templates, we've seen a proliferation of bloggers. Some have ended up silent already -- qualit...

"Olaf" isn’t "dead"

April 18 2004

Rumours of Olaf Bjorklund's death have been greatly exaggerated. More likely, my blog entry about Olaf's death sent the hit counter on that weblog through the roof, and the person behind the nom de plume decided that they might as well keep it going. At least I can sleep at night knowing that ...

Rob Novak:While standing there, I saw a title from Microsoft Press: "Secure Messaging for Exchange Server 2003". ...Why in the WORLD would you need a 506-page book to tell you how to do secure messaging??? Update: Well, now, I should have thought to look up the particular book before blog...

OK, now this is a strange comment left on an old blog entry of mine about the Concorde: I thought you might be interested in or know someone that might be interested in a Product Manager career Opportunity with Oracle Corporation. We are looking for several Product Managers as well as Product...

Please ignore above google bomb link ;) I've noticed a strange trend on this blog and others in the last few weeks. It seems more and more that the majority of comments left on the blogs are only from other bloggers. Now I know that the readership of this blog extends well beyond the blogg...

Talk about an auspicious day to premiere her blog... Kathleen McGivney, frequent speaker at Lotus-related conferences and writer for Lotus-related publications, launched her own Lotus-related weblog this morning at www.kmnow.com. No April Fool's joke -- the very day she began blogging, IBM...

Several people have alerted me today to the new weblog of David Allen. Mr. Allen has a consulting firm focused on productivity and is quite well known, with FastCompany calling him "one of the world's most influential thinkers on productivity." David Allen's blog has already attracted att...

New blogger...

March 16 2004

Jon Johnston, of Creative Business Solutions in Minneapolis, has started a weblog. Jon is a long-time contributor to the Lotus Partner Forum, and he's never short of an educated opinion. If I recall correctly, he's one of the guys who made fun of the word "blog" itself when I first announced...

My posting from yesterday which referenced the MS Exchange team's weblog seems to have caused a bit of a stir. In one case, I've been flamed a bit (perhaps justifiably) for turning what was likely an attempt at proactive customer communication into a competitive flareup (the other is simply a...

Turn down the (RSS) volume?

February 20 2004

In the last week, I've seen a huge rise in RSS hits to this weblog. It might be correlated to a bunch of people trying out the madicon RSS reader that I blogged the other day, though unlike browser connections, I have no way to really know. Let me show you an example. Here are RSS hits from...

If you read Lotus-related blogs, you must have heard by now about the madicon RSS reader. I mentioned it on my lotus.com/weblog last week, and Volker, Bruce, Rich Schwartz and others have all written about it as well. This is an easy app to get used to working with. Aside from being a go...

Buga DiFino busted

January 26 2004

One of the stories I heard last night at the Welcome Reception is the troll named Buga DiFino has been caught. When I say "caught" I don't mean he/she is now spending lonely nights in a small prison cell, simply that they know that their little hijinx on notestips and other blogs have been t...

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Ben has boldly written a blog on a topic I've been considering for days...the recent trend of several bloggers adding Google AdSense advertising to their blogs. If I am a potential client, might I assume that somebody who needs to put advertising on their site to pay for it must be pretty smal...

Volker provides us with another reminder that the Internet is not anonymous:Yesterday Buga made a very stupid mistake by sticking out his tongue and now I know his real name, his occupation, employer and so forth. I do not intend to publish this information, but to everyone else: Consider yours...

Batting 1000

January 9 2004

Yesterday was the first time ever that this blog had 1000 pageviews in a single day (and another 2K RSS hits). The 1000 number is low, actually. The Dominoblog template doesn't seem to track hits for people who click through to blog entry comments popup unless they actually post a comment. Ma...

Recent googles

January 7 2004

Jonvon did his semi-regular blog entry about googles hitting his site. Here at home, the volume of google hits has been on the rise... I think some of it is based on the calendar. Some of these are from search.yahoo.com, too. With 50-100 googles landing here a day, this is but a very small s...

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Via Bob Congdon, the Are you a blogohoic? quiz! My score? 68%: "You are a dedicated weblogger. You post frequently because you enjoy weblogging a lot, yet you still manage to have a social life. You're the best kind of weblogger. Way to go!" ...

A year of blogging in review

December 12 2003

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Yahoo Photos has changed...

December 2 2003

Anyone else noticed that Yahoo has modified their photos service? My photos site looks pretty different today. The Good: The banner ads are gone!!! I like the single thumbnail "cover" for each album. I wonder how Yahoo chose the defaults (not that you can see them, I just went in and...

Thank you for your patience.... A long-overdue feature of the lotus.com/weblog is now online...an RSS feed! I know how many of you have said that you don't remember to check in with my more professional voice as often as I might like... so, no more excuses folks. Stick this in your reader: htt...

Bloggers come and go....

November 25 2003

Was cleaning out my RSS feeds this morning. It's funny that once you add 'em, you have to consciously think about whether they should stay. For example, and not to pick on any one person in particular, I noticed that "e-Random on Demand" hadn't updated in a while... in fact, I think the entir...

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More funny googles...

October 27 2003

While I spend much of my day offline today (ahhhh), I thought I'd pass along some of the funny googles to hit this site in the last month. london times Remote Procedure Call -- does this operate on port 1352? IBM developed teleportation -- our researchers are good, but I don't think they are...

My colleague Ian McNairn has spent a few sleepless nights getting a brand new blog up and running. Haven't seen or spoken to Ian in a couple of years, probably since that Dubai trip in 2000 when the world was a very different place. But out of the blue, we started pinging about blogging earlie...

Trackback week at Notestips

October 21 2003

Surprised nobody else has written about this. Mike Golding has generously taken on the beast that is blog trackback -- and delivered. I am encouraged by the list of participants in the discussion on his site -- maybe we'll see updates to the various blog templates incorporating this soon, p...

Two completely unrelated topics, but I only want to hit "save" once so here ya go. I caught a bunch of new bloggers in my referrers last few days: Colin Pretorius is a welcome addition to the Lotus-oriented blogger world. He's had some very good thoughts on threads the last few months, so...

Weekend blogging

September 15 2003

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Must´ve been quite a fight

September 12 2003

OK, we had some minor service disruptions yesterday. It seems that some of my new neighbors in the PSC server room were attracting the wrong kind of vistors. "I knew there was something going on in there -- I shoulda called the cops months ago!" Anyway, please welcome to the neighborhood --...

Getting hard to keep up with all the new blogs and other interesting floatsam on the referrers list... e-Random On Demand: Someone named AJ Harrison running the DominoBlog template. Francois Lafleur: Bilingual blogging Airblog: Airplay's take on the world Bob Congdon: Not through referr...

From some other blogs....

August 30 2003

Will blogs be the end of the shared Notes forum? -- Good question well asked by newcomer blogger Andrew Pollack. Corporate concepts that will never make it -- from Jess, including some kewl ideas on how to e-project manage What's on your pizza? -- some blogjacker seems to have taken ove...

Alrighty, then....

August 21 2003

Well, I landed back in Chicago about four hours ago, after almost a week in Los Angeles and Orange County. Put almost 500 miles on the rental car, despite not even using it one day and riding with the brother-in-law another. I like driving, sure, but now I understand why LA has such a car cult...

Guest bloggers upcoming

August 12 2003

Both of my weblogs will be featuring some guest blogging this week and next. Here on edbrill.com, my friend and expert Notes hacker guru John Head will be keeping things moving. John promises not to turn this into a life-of-a-bachelor blog, though you might have to endure his current metal-he...

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