Packt Publishing: Buy One, Get One Free!

Congratulations to the good folks at Packt Publishing on reaching the impressive total of 2,000 published titles. That’s a lot of books! To celebrate, Packt are giving all their customers a chance to enjoy their books by giving them a free e-book copy for every purchase – “Buy One, Get One Free” The campaign runs […]

Speaking engagements this week

This week I’ll be pretty busy with both ongoing work for my favourite customer in New York, and also travelling to, and presenting at, a series of user groups around Europe. Here’s my schedule: Engage (formerly BLUG), Breda, Netherlands – Monday/Tuesday Social Sharing vs. Organized Structure (with Femke Goedhart), Tuesday, 1015-11:00 This Week in Lotus, Tuesday, 12:30-13:30 […]

Amazon Prime Instant Video comes to the UK

In 5 days Prime will include unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes. You will be able to stream exclusive movies such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Tower Heist, and TV shows such as Vikings and Downton Abbey. Starting February 26th, you can watch Prime Instant Video on game consoles, streaming players, […]

Twenty years from now…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

IBM Connect Day 0: The Community One

Saturday at IBM Connect.  It’s all about the people, man… The conference proper starts on Sunday, but there is no doubt that Saturday is one of the key days of the week for me, and the reason why I fly out on Friday (and thanks for allowing me do that, Philippa!).  From soccer to Mai […]

Avoiding CSS cache issues in IBM Connections 4.5

Many IBM Connections 4.5 admins may have seen this kind of thing in the past: Users see the page structure in their browser but with formatting badly mangled. Often clearing cache and refreshing page, or else just waiting a few minutes and trying again, appears to resolve it.  The issue is browser- and platform-independent, and […]

IBM Connections and WordPress

As a strong advocate of IBM Connections and a heavy WordPress user (8 sites and counting), I’m really really pleased to see this new integration from the expert folks at AppFusions: Features include: Post to Connections Activity Stream when a blog post is published Display Connections Community Card as a WordPress widget WordPress gravatar/profile pic […]

IBM Connections Activities: too many nodes

Hit this issue the other day with a customer (and yes, it was a mammoth Activity!)… Here’s the IBM technote (emphasis mine): In IBM Connections, what is maximum number of entries that can be added to an Activity? Question In IBM Connections, it is possible to add content to an activity either in the form […]

Interviewed: SocialBiz User Group

Having been sat on the producer’s side of the desk for over a hundred episodes of This Week in Lotus, it was exciting to be asked to partake in an interview with Celia Hamilton of the SocialBiz User Group a few weeks ago. Celia Hamilton from the SocialBiz User Group interviews Stuart McIntyre on what […]

How to stop FeedBurner from uglifying your clean URLs

I’ve had to do this a few times in the past, so found myself googling it again this morning when I was updating some feeds… If you use a Feedburner feed to allow others to receive posts from your blog or site, you may see URLs like this come through: [box color=”gray”]http://mysite.com/post-title/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+myfeed+%28My+Feed%29&utm_content=FeedBurner[/box] So what causes […]

Honoured and somewhat shocked!

I am truly honoured and somewhat shocked absolutely blown away to be on the list of IBM Champions for ICS 2014! Thank you to those that nominated me and stood by me through some tricky times in the last year or so.  Your support means a huge amount to me. Congrats to all those listed […]

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes(Turn and face the stranger)Ch-ch-ChangesDon’t want to be a richer manCh-ch-ch-ch-Changes(Turn and face the stranger)Ch-ch-ChangesJust gonna have to be a different manTime may change meBut I can’t trace time – David Bowie, Changes, 1971 Life never stands still, does it?  That’s one of the pure joys of it – you never know what’s around the […]

IBM Connections 4.5 CR3 released

After a couple of false starts, IBM Connections 4.5 Cumulative Refresh 3 (CR3) has been released on FixCentral for download. 4.5.0.0-IC-Multi-CR03-LO77120 is 742 MB in size and is available for all server platforms. It is a fairly major update, and therefore requires database schema changes.  If CCM is installed then there is a requirement to […]

Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall

All the Bond films are gathered together for the first time on high-definition Blu-ray in this one-of-a-kind boxed set – every gorgeous girl, nefarious villain and charismatic star from Sean Connery, the legendary actor who started it all, to Daniel Craig. A fitting tribute to the most iconic and enduring secret agent in movie history, […]

Why did Microsoft think this was a good idea?

It’s one thing to design a marketing campaign around attacking one of your competitors’ business practice (personally I don’t think that’s a great idea in itself), yet another to launch a range of merchandise advertising that campaign. Does it make me think badly of Google?  Nope, along with what I believe is the vast majority […]

One for the VMWare admins…

A quick lesson I’ve learnt this week. If using VMWare ESXi 5.5 (the most recent release), then make sure you update your VMs (or create new VMs) to use the VMXNET 3 adapter rather than the aged E1000 adapter. The reason? An ESXi 5.x host with virtual machines using an E1000 or E1000e virtual adapter […]

Michael Sampson launches ‘Insights on Connections’

Helping organizations with making collaboration work is the focus of what I do. Earlier this year I wrote and published Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013), a book that explores how IBM Connections can be used to help people in their day-to-day collaborative work. I have been pondering how to keep the ideas flowing with […]

Using recent versions of Firefox with iNotes 8.5.3 and 9.0

This issue has recently come up with a customer that uses our SocialCloud Messaging solution (that’s cloud-based iNotes in simple terms)… Updates made to Firefox, starting in Firefox 15, result in iNotes no longer working as expected. Firefox has removed support for signed scripts, and several iNotes features use signed scripts. Because signed scripts no […]

A true Champion #ThanksBruce

So, Bruce Elgort has stepped down as Chairman of OpenNTF… Thus a curtain comes down on an era. I first met Bruce in person out in Dublin at ILUG  in 2008 2007.  I remember it well (though not the year, clearly!). As I walked into the hotel lobby to check in for the conference, it […]

‘MyTools’ – an upcoming series

A few years ago, I ran a series of blog posts on apps, services, products and tools that I use in my day-to-day job and to run Collaboration Matters. Given the advances we’ve seen in the consumer and enterprise IT sectors, and particularly in cloud and mobile technologies, I figure that it is time to […]

What matters to Collaboration Matters ?

Collaboration really does matter to us. We started our business on the principle that helping people to work together in new and smarter ways was a good thing to do.  We won’t hire anyone in our business unless they exhibit a passion for this. So Social Business is in our DNA. We understand that many […]