Thank You to Eric Mack and Our IBM Hosts for a Great DC Lotus Professional Meetup



As a follow up to last week's terrific DC Lotus Professionals meetup, I want to extend a few well deserved Thank Yous. The first goes out to our featured guest Eric Mack of GTD/eProductivity fame for imparting his invaluable insights and practical tips on increasing our personal productivity. The group was enjoying Eric's presentation and the accompanying conversation so much that we blew right through our 5PM end time because no one in the room felt like stopping. That should tell you something. I have to say that I have been inspired to take the next steps and start applying GTD principles to my daily routine using Eric's eProductivity Notes template. You'll probably see an up-tick in blogging here as that process unfolds. There are two other group members who already use the template and report great results, so I am especially looking forward to following their example.

The second thank you goes out to IBM for arranging to host our meetup in their brand new Washington DC offices. Maurice Cogdell and Jeanette Coury really came through for us in the face of a challenging timetable, especially considering IBM has only been in their new office for a couple weeks.. The conference and training room they have there is state of the art and very well designed. It is large enough to accommodate the much larger groups we hope to see attend future meetups, but has a coziness that works well with smaller crowds too.

I would also like to apologize to any folks out there who didn't see the meetup announcements in time to attend. As mentioned above it took some extra work to get our meeting location confirmed, so that meant a very short turnaround to promote the event. If you haven't already, please register on our Meetup site so you are always informed about upcoming plans.

And finally, Eric would like me to remind those who did attend last week that he is offering you a free eProductivity Reference Database with GTD Materials. If you haven't already made arrangements with Eric and want to avail of this offer feel free to contact him directly. Two lucky attendees also received a full Pro & Premier license of eProductivity in the drawing we held during the meetup.

We are now planning our next meetup for January and are looking for ideas on speakers and/or topics. I would encourage you to join our Meetup Group and use the site's idea features to make suggestions.

Simple Idea to make Grouped Tabs in Notes Client Really Shine



If you like the way the Windows 7 task bar works then you'll really like this idea to put some polish on a cool but not quite perfect feature of the Notes client. I'm talking about the option to group multiple windows from the same application under a single tab, as discussed recently by Bob Balfe in this blog post. Here's what you get now...

A picture named M2

...but if you want to make it better, go vote and add comments if you have additional thoughts:

Improve "Group documents from each application on a tab" usability

Keywords: Group documents from each application on a tab

DC Lotus Professionals Meetup Featuring GTD Guru Eric Mack - Nov 17th



DCLUG MeetupAnnouncing a new Meetup for DC Lotus Professionals (aka DCLUG)!

What: GTD Expert Eric Mack on Getting Things Done with Lotus Software

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:00 PM

Where: IBM Office
600 14th Street NW Room 356
Washington, DC 20005

NOTE: You must RSVP by Monday morning, Nov 15th, because of IBM's building security requirements. Sorry for the short notice but our IBM hosts just relocated their offices.


Join the conversation Wednesday, November 17th 3-5PM when well-known GTD expert Eric Mack will show us how we can use Lotus Software coupled with proven best practices to become more productive and get things done!

Most people think of Lotus Notes as an organizational tool. That’s the way it’s marketed and it’s often the way organizations deploy it – as a top down solution. Seldom do you hear about Notes being used for personal productivity or knowledge management. As a consequence, users see Notes as a company system and not “their” tool. Lotus knows when tools become personal, productivity increases, and when personal productivity increases so does the productivity of the workgroup and the organization.

All Attendees will receive a free eProductivity reference application with GTD and other resources.

There will also be a drawing for free software licenses and subscriptions - bring your business cards!

Eric Mack, MKM, is an expert in personal productivity and knowledge management. A Notes user since version 2, he is also the creator of the popular eProductivity application for Lotus Notes which brings the best practices of David Allen's "Getting Things Done", or GTD methodology, inside of Lotus Software.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Whether or not you can attend next week's DC Lotus Professionals Meetup, I strongly encourage you to RSVP anyway and join the DC Lotus Professionals Meetup group so you can easily stay informed about future local Lotus events.

PlanetLotus Hack and the Danger of Private Clouds - Lessons from Ground Level



The narrowly averted collapse of PlanetLotus this past weekend helped crystalize my thinking on the whole issue of cloud computing, or rather the risks therein...

First of all, Yancy, thank you. Secondly, thank you again.

Thirdly, this strikes me as yet another example of the dangers of relying on the "cloud". Specifically, privately run clouds. Private entities have various motives for maintaining some service (online or otherwise), be it profit or altruism or simple enjoyment. The dangerous part comes when a specific service reaches a point where a significant community of people come to depend on it heavily, to the extent the very health of that community will be impacted by its demise. When something that important is held together by a single individual, we are bound to have problems.

We've seen this before, on a much grander scale and right here at ground level, but the idea is the same. A century ago many American cities were blessed with pretty good public transportation networks in the form of streetcars. These services were integral to the health and vibrancy of the urban communities they served. They were largely if not completely privately run. After WWII, as cars and suburbs diminished the ability of these companies to run their services profitably, they pretty much all disappeared before the communities that depended on them figured out what they had lost. The basic mistake these communities made was not to realize that *public* services cannot be trusted to private companies, at least not over the long term. Some manner of public subsidy is sometimes a required, and sensible, measure to ensure those essential services are maintained. This particular failure helped ensure decades of urban blight across many American cities that fractured those communities in too many ways to cover here.

How this lesson applies here or more generally to other, much bigger, private clouds (I'm talkin' to you Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Flickr, et al.) is a question that obviously concerns me. It should probably concern everyone. Unless that is you don't care what happens to your stuff in 5, 10, or 50 years.

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