Author Archives: David Hablewitz
Many beginner Toastmasters see their speech from their own point of view, both in how they talk and how they use the stage. With practice, speakers learn to see and hear (and deliver) their speech considering the audience’s point of view. Before explaining how that works, it is helpful to understand the terminology.
Stage Left & Stage Right
House Right & House Left
The term “House” or “Stage” is in reference to what you are looking at. So if you’re in the audience, you are looking at the stage. If you’re on stage, you’re looking at the house. (And if you’re one of my whitewater paddling friends, you already know River Left and River Right is the perspective as you look down river.) Here is a video explaining it:
Read the full article about it here.
Now how do you use this info? Most cultures read from left to right and observe the passage of time going from left to right. So for clarity to your audience your story should follow that flow. So if you are talking about an event that came first, you would stand or point to Stage Left. As you refer to events through time, you move across the stage to Stage Right. You may make several trips through time this way and your story may come to a conclusion in the present which you would come back to front and center to deliver final the message.
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A Notes client (sort of) for the iPad has just been released! This is the announcement. I’m looking forward to the next steps when they port this to the iPhone and Android phone. All the security, replication, workflow and offline functionality of Notes with the portability of a mobile device and no redundant develop to web-enable any apps. Nice job IBM and HCL.
It’s always been there, quietly doing what it does oh so well. So good that you probably forgot it’s there. The unsung hero. Watch…
Is your company small? medium? large? Grande? Domino does it. Learn more at https://www.ibm.com/destinationdomino
The marketing might have taken a 2 decade break, but the software never did.
(Updated 3/21/2019) If you ever wondered why you should keep up to date with your server installations, this IBM Technote published today describes one really good reason. Less than a year ago Google announced they are deprecating Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and have replaced it with Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM). Google will remove GCM support at any time on or after April 11, 2019 (3 weeks from today).
Why do you care? This service is used by IBM Traveler (server) to communicate with Android devices (Verse for Android). When Google made this announcement, IBM quickly incorporated the new service into the latest Android Verse app (V10.0.4) and the latest release of the Traveler server code stream (V10.0.1). NOTE: This is the Traveler version, NOT the version of Domino that Traveler is running on. Traveler V10.0.1 works on Domino 9.0.1. Yes, if you are running Traveler on Websphere, you still need to upgrade Traveler.
If you get automatic updates from the app store, you will already have this version of the app on your device. If you have automatic updates disabled, be sure to update this app before April 11, 2019. But Traveler on your server still needs to be upgraded.
If you are using IBM SmartCloud Notes (IBM Connections Cloud) for your email service, you have nothing to worry about. IBM already took care of it for you.
Read this IBM Technote for details.
Here are a few ideas I have posted on the Idea Jam forum for Notes & Domino. If you see one you want added to the product, please vote for it. While you’re there, take a look at the many other ideas that are being contributed by the community. Post your own ideas too!
Email retrieved via POP should display the date the message was received by the server, not the date it was POP’dWhen mail is retrieved using POP in Notes, the date/time stamp of the message is set to the date/time it was retrieved by Notes. It does NOT use the date the message was sent or the date it was delivered to the receiving mail system. As a result…
Add the feature to show the list of downloaded files (saved attachments) and make it possible to open the file from there. Every web browser does this. Many applications also include a Recent files list too. I was told this feature exists, but …
File – Preferences – Basic Notes Client Configuration – Additional Options.In V10 there are 44 options in the list. Number the list so it is easier to find a given option. Also include the number in the corresponding entry on the User Policy Set…
You have a choice for Notes. You have a choice for Domino Designer (and xPages) You do not have a choice for Notes Administrator. (See screenshot attached) Please add a category for Notes Administrator ideas. Just because there are more devel…
After saving an attachment, provide a button to open the folder where the file was saved or open the fileAll web browsers provide a feature to open any file right after downloading it. Notes should do the same thing. -David Hablewitz
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Easter Egg in the Server Config Doc and How to configure Domino to restrict which groups can receive Internet mail
Sometimes you want email groups to receive email from the Internet, but you don’t want every group reachable that way. IBM did a great job hiding it.
Watch the video or follow these steps to accomplish that:
- Open the server configuration document for the Domino server that receives inbound Internet mail.
- Click on the Router/SMTP – Basics tab.
Change the Address Lookup field from “Fullname then Local Part” to “Fullname only”. (This forces the email address to be an exact match. Otherwise spammers can make random guesses that will more likely resolve.
- Click on the Router/SMTP – Restrictions and Controls – SMTP Inbound Controls tab.
In the Inbound Intended Recipients section, change the “Verify that local domain recipients exist in the Domino Directory” field from “Disabled” to “Enabled”.
- When that field is enabled, two additional fields will be displayed.
Change the “Reject ambiguous names” field from “Disabled” to “Enabled”.
Leave the “Deny mail to groups” field set to “Disabled”.
While I appreciate that it doesn’t allow changing these two additional fields until you enable the overall setting, I find it frustrating that these fields are hidden from view until the feature is enabled. There are hundreds of settings for controlling mail routing scattered across server docs, server configuration docs, domain docs, etc. They don’t need to make it harder to find the relevant setting by hiding them. But that’s what makes the job challenging. If you liked this tip, you may find this slideshare deck by IBM ICS Support Enginneer Jayesh Parmar helpful.
Joining Toastmasters and speaking in front of members of your club can be intimidating. So the thought of competing in front of strangers who are judging your performance can be downright terrifying. Many Toastmasters would never even consider competing. It is easy to forget that Toastmasters is a safe place to fail, not just in front of your friends in your own club, but in the company of Toastmasters everywhere in any Toastmasters setting. The value of competing is in stepping further outside your comfort zone, experiencing the success of speaking to perform, and meeting people from other clubs who have the same goals.
It is not that only the best speakers compete, but rather
those who compete become the best speakers.
The following video is a speech I delivered at Willows Voices Toastmasters on 2/1/2019 giving a bit of insight into my experience competing and a few tips on the evaluation contest. But whether you are competing in the Speech Evaluation, Table Topics, Humorous Speech, or International Speech, there is value in watching this short presentation.
Here are the links referenced in the video:
Judge’s Ballot for Evaluation Contest: http://bit.ly/evaluationballot
Toastmasters.org videos on judging contests: http://bit.ly/judgingspeeches
July 2018- June 2019 Contest Rulebook: http://bit.ly/2018-2019rulebook
People often assume that the contests are only for those who are good speakers. Au Contraire! It is not that only the best speakers compete, but rather those who compete become the best speakers.
My favorite non-human went missing on Superbowl Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 from our home in Bothell, WA near Woodinville, WA. Then Monday morning we had 6″ of snow and temperatures have been down to 17 degrees. She needs our help!
Daisy is shy, but sweet and though she probably won’t let you get too close, she will respond if you call her by name. Please keep an eye out for her, especially watch for “cat found” posts on Facebook or other social media. If you see one, please Direct Message me on Facebook so I can respond quickly. I may not notice comments posted here in time to be useful. Thanks everyone for helping to rescue Daisy!
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If you’re in the Seattle / Bellevue WA area, don’t miss the next BleedingBlue IBM technology topics meetup. The subject for this meeting is:
Whiskey & Watson, Carrots & Robots: Visual Recognition & Machine Learning Demo
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:45pm – 7:45pm
5:45pm – 6:00pm Meet & Greet
Presenter: Lukas Peterson, IBM Technical Specialist Data Science and Business Analytics
We will dive into some data science techniques and tools using IBM’s Watson Studio. Using whiskey data, you’ll learn how to build a dashboard, machine learning model, and Watson visual recognition model all without coding.
Try out Watson Studio at https://www.ibm.com/cloud/watson-studio.
Micro Mobility, Autonomous Delivery and Robotics
Learn about dew•E, The AR app assists the user plan, plant and predict their garden harvests with the robot tasked to provide a per plant status update.
Inspiration:We are inspired by the very feasible prospect of combining spatial computing and robotics to do something as meaningful as growing food…where there wasn’t before,by the average person – like us.
What it does:dew•E solves for the creation and maintenance of a food-producing garden. dew•E provides the path of least resistance for people and communities to grow their own food.dew•E consists of a user experience empowered by AR + cloud analytics + robotic automation.
I’m glad you asked. IBM describes it as:
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The IBM Champion program recognizes these innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards these contributions by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates: IT professionals, business leaders, developers, executives, educators, and influencers who support and mentor others to help them get the most out of IBM software, solutions, and services.”
Champions are the people who put in the extra effort to make a difference in the technical community around IBM products. There are several areas of expertise that IBM recognizes champions: