Automagic #ftw

OK, what did I say – I may add some “syndication automagic stuff from there to here” … and here’s this blog, there’s the Google+ page of frogpond, administrated by a proxy G+ user named Martin Koser – who incidentally has a private G+-profile as well.

I’ve decided that it’s a good idea to share some links (and short snappy remarks) from the GReader inbox of the Google Apps user mk<at> into here – and channel them via Google+ (not at least because it’s easier and modern than to write an individual blog post every time). I expect this to be a faster and more efficient way to blog curate relevant content, but I am not sure if it’s a cool way to go … (please, tell me if it’s cool or cold ; ‘)

Now, there should be no flooding the blog with half-baked links (I guess you get enough of that from Twitter, huh?) … but some worthwhile and relevant stuff found on the web, ideally with additional comments and additional information. That’s the beauty of Daniel Treadwell’s google+blog plugin, you get the Google+ comments into the blog as well. So I will add some people again in the next 24 hours – this time from the G+ frogpond page – in addition to an earlier circling I’ve probably done with the all private account.

This bit of redundancy is the price one pays for G+ being not yet able to merge accounts – but I guess I can live with that. If all works well some interesting discussions can be sparked – happening in G+, yes – but their shine will be reflected and collected in here as well.

(syndicated G+ posts get tagged with via_googleplus, so it’s easy to spot them. And there’s always a link to the Google+ source, too)



Is it ironic that while I am blogging less in here (due to heaps of non-observable or -bloggable client work) I am also installing visitor-observing software? All-friendly open-source Piwik of course, and only because I am such a nosy inquiring type 😉

Blogging Lotusphere

Even when the press room at the Dolphin is getting emptier now there’s been a lot of blogging action going on during Lotusphere. I feel the need to collect some of the best parts in here. Partly this is for me so that I can find the interesting posts easily later on (yes, one could use the blogsearch thing), but I assume that others will find this useful as well. Worthwhile blogging takes time and is also quite an effort, but then blog posts they stay longer than the gazillion tweets that we’ve had in the past days. So let’s get some limelight and drum-banging.

There’s of course the german Lotus team, ie. Stefan Pfeiffer with german language notes (see eg. OGS: Activity Streams, Mobility und Social everywhere) and the not-so-affiliated folks (Volker WeberAlexander Kluge, die Noteshexe und mehr …).

Some of the prolific bloggers I had the pleasure to (re-)meet are Bill Ives from Portals and KM, Falk Hedemann from german magazine t3n (german blogging hence, interesting report on the RIM PlayBook), Luis Benitez and my irregular friends from the enterprise 2.0 sphere (Luis Suarez, Susan Scrupski, Bertrand Duperrin, Rawn Shah, Larry Hawes, Vinnie Mirchandani …) and other spheres (James aka Monkchips to start, I am curious to see what he’s writing, always insightful commenter on Twitter he is, plus the always knowledgeable Alex Williams from ReadWriteWeb Enterprise too – how can one person do such good live-blogging?).

I haven’t met Turbotodd so far (and it’s getting late, yes) but one can’t have everything, no?  But I have shook hands with Scott Treggiari, who’s the last press/analyst/blogger with me in the press room on Wednesday evening. More to meet at tonight’s party – an appointment with Harry Potter it is.

ps. I will update this blog post with links to the posts as they come in (and I come around reading them, tomorrows a time of travel.

Another intermission at #ls11

Something I wanted to write forever – now’s the time – there’s nothing more annoying than reading ranty blogposts (you know the kind, “there’s nothing new here, this is the wrong direction, I don’t see how my customers will need this, last time was much better, them Enterprise 2.0 boys are just kids – this is not ready for our serious business, yadda yadda yadda ….”).

Rant over, anybody who finds recursion in here is free to keep it. And no, I won’t give you any links.

Be different …

… that’s what they say one needs for succeeding in the new business environment:

Right, so for a change I was really quiet here (a bit more action on Twitter, buzz and bmid as usual). This will change in the coming days as I am now packing my bags for Lotusphere 11 (one always needs to leave some extra room in them bags for all the gadgets and books one buys in the U.S. – stuff like thisthis and yes, this one are on my list this year).

After my bags are done I will get down to some real Lotusphere information, thoughts and links.

Hacking learnings

In the spirit of sharing and to get into the mood for the big knowledge-work-and-workflow post (later, later)  I thought it’s probaly cool to jot down some of the things I learned and hacked last week. Obviously these weren’t day-time-things but night-time-instead-of-watching-television projects. Let’s see:

– got a new Arduino Uno board and resurfaced soldering iron, LEDs, transistors, capacitors and a lot more hardware. You know I’m an electrical engineer by training (this gets lost sometimes by the added shields of business administration fluff etm.) Big fun and I’m seeing a robotics project coming up.
– designed and set-up a Contao Website. Contao, formerly known as TypoLight is a light-weight PHP/MySql/Apache OpenSource content management system and a likely addition to my toolbox, probably replacing systems like Mambo, Joomla and Typo3, yes.  My Drupal hacks and OpenAtrium prototypes are safe, don’t worry.
– set up two home servers on the Dockstar platform, running Debian Squeeze and  providing printing and NFS services to my local network. DynDNS is set up for the first machine (sic!) named zwergle, the other one gnomle will stay behind the firewall. These names are only part-joking, given that the machines are booting from USB sticks and consuming less than 5 Watt.
– downloaded tons of scientific papers during the last days of the SAGE free journals program – honestly I don’t know when to read skim them. It’s probably an idea to make some sort of blogging project out of it?

Upcoming: LeWeb 2010, December 8. / 9.


Announcing this early and in time makes sense – I am again going to LeWeb as an official blogger. Thanks to those that put up my name on the list Steph chose from – I definitely appreciate that 😉

This will be my third time in a row, first time in the new venue, Les Docks in St. Denis. Topic this year will be platforms, if you’re going to attend, let me know. It’s in a way same procedure as every year:

“It’s about meeting and talking to people face-to-face after all”

ps. this year I will be covering the conference in German – the LeWeb team are trying to get more international grip and attention, that’s fine with me and it’s German from now on. I may add english summaries to the posts – very much like Steph does all the time – so you, the English-speaking audience of this blog mustn’t unsubscribe right now. All my blogs are kind of eng-ger-language hybrids, it’s just the way I am doing knowledge work all of the time and it feels very natural to me.