Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Sat 20 Apr 2013, 11:21 AM
While a number of people I know in the IBM world are active in Google+, there are many others who clearly tried it out for a while but gave it up after last posting in early 2012.

It's time to revisit your profile and see how things like Communities and improved Hang Outs have made Google+ more and more useful. There are IBM-related communities such as XPages and IBM Domino Developers and IBM Connections Professionals & Power Users, as well as many, many more active communities on other topics such as Android with almost 13000 members, the Writer's Discussion Group with over 11000 members and so forth.

Support and capabilities for company pages has improved dramatically, and while I don't do much with that, a number of companies have run with the idea of  page that can have related communities, invite people to Events and Hang Outs.

While I know that IBM has its own communities based on its own software and such, the one other thing that Google+ has is new customers. Facebook is not an ideal way to meet new people and do soft marketing, and Twitter is too staccato for developing new relationships, but Google+ makes that very easy and integral to the experience. At the very least, don't leave your account like an orphan advertising that its owner no longer cares or engages.

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Thu 18 Apr 2013, 12:45 PM


It seemed about time to create another video demo on IBM Notes, so this is a short exploration of some of the things you can do with borders in tables either in documents or on a form/page/etc. (which are rich text as well). No third party tools or even Domino Designer needed. All of this can be done by any Notes user. Think of it as virtual Speedgeeking.

If you are curious, you can download the image file used for the border.


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Wed 17 Apr 2013, 05:52 PM
It's hard to believe that it was only a month ago that I posted my Elevator Pitch demos post in which I suggested that very short Youtube demos, like an elevator pitch compared to a full presentation, might have a special appeal to people. Since then, I have produced fifteen of these short videos (plus a longer one for the Crystal Coex story) averaging under two and a half minutes. Those videos have accumulated 2500 together with momentum growing all the time. Several have been on Gimp 2.8, the FOSS image processing software which is roughly comparable to  Photoshop. Others are on the Midas Rich Text LSX, CoexLinks, Notes 9 and general rich text topics. I expect more of all of those in the future, but I think the concept has been validated. People like short and sweet videos.

My latest among the Gimp 2.8 mini-lessons is below, but you can see the whole playlist at Gimp 2.8 mini-lessons playlist..



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Mon 15 Apr 2013, 01:00 PM
My approach of making very short demos and tutorials has been well received (in my estimation). The average length of all sixteen Gimp and Notes videos is under two and a half minutes. The most popular video showing the Midas Rich Text LSX has about 500 views, while the most popular Gimp 2.8 mini-lesson has about 1000 views. I have been encouraged enough to purchase a better microphone and pop filter, so I will re-record all of the tutorials and demos when that arrives. Until then, I apologize for the scratchy audio.

I created my first playlist for the Gimp 2.8 videos (see below), and as soon as I figure out how best to group them, I'll create playlists for the IBM Notes and Midas Rich Text LSX videos, as well as the Mike Midas and Crystal Coex stores. (If you missed them, you can go to Luck Be A Lady Tonight - a Mike Midas case file and Size Matters - a Crystal Coex case file directly).

You can go to the Gimp 2.8 Mini-Lessons playlist directly or view it below:


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Thu 11 Apr 2013, 01:24 PM
I can't only make tutorials on tech features of Gimp, Notes and our products. It seemed about time to turn my Crystal Coex story into a video.




You can find more serious information on CoexLinks and how it can help with your doclink issues either on the CoexLinks page or in the video below. You can also request an evaluation license and try it out for yourself.


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Wed 10 Apr 2013, 02:09 PM
Since Devin Olson happened to mention regular expressions yesterday in a post, I thought I'd make a very short video demo of using the Midas Rich Text LSX to find and replace strings inside rich text (in tables, text or anywhere) using regular expressions. This capability has been available since Midas 4.x was released a few years ago, and allows batch processing with all of the speed and reliability you have come to expect of the Midas Rich Text LSX. You can download the Credit Card Redaction with REGEX  sample db from our Midas LSX Samples page. If you want to give it a try and don't yet have a Midas license, request an evaluation license and get started in a few minutes.



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