BleedingBlue meetup: Whiskey & Watson, Carrots & Robots: Visual Recognition & Machine Learning Demo

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

Register at

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:45pm – 7:45pm
2 presentations

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
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.


What is an IBM Champion?


I’m glad you asked. IBM describes it as:

“IBM Champions demonstrate both expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions.

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:

Cloud Integration
Power Systems

You can read more about it at the IBM Champion website and get more details about what they are and how to nominate someone for the recognition by watching this webcast from IBM.


Pre-release Domino 10 webinar on 10/4/2018 at 2PM EDT

1200x350_DominoV10_1Learn more about Domino 10 and a bit on how we can assist you in maximizing its benefits ASAP.  Register for the webinar  I am doing in conjunction with Sirius Computer Solutions and IBM.  The webinar is tomorrow at 2PM EDT.  It is free, but you must register in advance. Register here.

An important detail when fixing IBM Traveler for iOS 12 or inbound SMTP mail will quit working

If you have devices on iOS 12 and you have session-based authentication, you are probably getting complaints from users that they can’t get their email.  You may have already encountered Detlev Poettgen’s article on this or the IBM technote on the issue.  That technote is helpful, but it left out a subtle, but rather important detail.  You will also  need an internet site document for smtp too or your inbound Internet mail will stop getting accepted.  Read more at this IBM technote.

At least this gave me something to do as I sit here with Mom in ICU.  She does appear to be getting better too.

#Domino10 will be turning heads 10/10/2018 Launch Event Schedule. #IAM


Click here to see details on the blog post by Bob Schultz, General Manager IBM Watson Talent and Collaboration Solutions or
Click the image below to get to the PDF with live links.

Domino10 Event schedule

Thank you HCL for taking the Kryptonite out of IBM’s pocket!
Domino is truly Superhuman Software.



IBM Champion 2018 digital badge


ibm champions

Click to read more.

Learn About IBM Notes & Domino 10

Divergent Solutions is now a certified IBM Notes & Domino 10 Sales Advisor which is fancy-talk that means you can contact me to learn…


WHAT… the new features are in Notes and Domino 10 and the new partnerships
HOW… to take advantage of the new software and partnerships
WHY… these features and partnerships are going to radically change your company’s application development strategy


Why Use Domino & Notes for collaborating among teams: A Customer Testimonial

My recap of CollabSphere is coming soon.  Meanwhile, my friend Bernd Gewehr is featured on IBM’s website right now, and he does a great job of explaining the benefit of using Notes for app development for his company.

Small companies do big things with Notes apps.


Learn more about what is coming in Domino V10 in just a few months:

I will be speaking at CollabSphere 2018!

My abstract has been accepted and I will be speaking at the CollabSphere 2018 conference in Ann Arbor, MI next month.  This is the place to be if you want to learn about collaboration software and in particular IBM collaboration software.  The conference is put on by a user group, NOT IBM.  The sessions will focus on technical information targeting the I.T. professionals and decision-makers without sales stuff.  I expect we will also see more insight into the upcoming release of Notes & Domino V10.

collabsphere 2018 logo

Details of my session:
Title: DIY: How to build your SmartCloud Notes Hybrid environment. Easy as 1-2-3.
This session will cover everything you need to know to build your SmartCloud Notes / Connections Cloud hybrid environment. Getting it right the first time will save headaches and lengthy rebuild time later. Also learn some of the pitfalls and best practices that will make your move the cloud smooth and seamless and how to implement it using the just-announced Domino Applications on Cloud service (DAC) and move ALL of your Domino infrastructure to the cloud.

The cost of the 3-day conference is only $75.  Click to Register Now.

Would you intentionally hit someone with your car?


Scenario:  You’re driving down a rural 2 lane highway with no shoulders.  You see some people on bicycles ahead and slow down because just as you reach them you enter a NO PASSING zone and the road goes around a long, sweeping blind curve to the left.  The cyclists have spread out to ride 2 abreast so you can only pass them when it is safe to use the other lane.  This is the prescribed procedure for bikes and any other vehicle.  You are stuck behind them waiting for the passing zone, or so it would seem.  Would you ever do this?…

I live on the eastside (that is all the cities on the other side of Lake Washington from Seattle.)  I like to ride my bike to get places (and avoid traffic) as well as for exercise.  I also drive a car and own a house and have a daughter, family, friends.  I run a business and have people working for me that rely on me.  It is easy to become disconnected from the reality of our actions as we drive behind the wheel, windows up, radio playing.  It feels more like a video game than actually being there.  It is easy to forget that the person walking along the street or traveling on the bike is not a target, but a person.  Never, ever allow yourself or anyone else to get away with this brutal behavior.

Read the full story about this video:

Everything you want to know about Toastmasters Pathways is at this interactive website

Discovery! Leave it to the Toastmasters district headquartered in Silicon Valley to come up with a website that tells everything you could want to know about the new Pathways education program in Toastmasters.  Thank you District 4 (San Francisco/Palo Alto)


Start Here.  Go ahead, It will open in another window. I’ll wait here.
As you go through the information, everything about Pathways will become clear.
Of all the resources on that page, this one is the heart of it all.  Once there, click on one of the paths and then surf through the tabs of each project level and under each level, click through the projects.  It’s all there! Every project description.  This will help you choose your path.  When you click on this link, I expect you’ll get too caught up in it to return here, so enjoy.  Bookmark that page or come back here and click on the Toastmasters Resources I will be adding to the menu.  Other handy resources they have list are:

Pathways Resources


Why Attend this TED style 1-day conference hosted by Toastmasters? …

To learn from this amazing speaker and World Champion of Public Speaking for one.

If you know a CEO, manager, supervisor or friend who could benefit from learning better leadership or public speaking skills, you might ask them to consider coming to this event in Lynnwood, WA.  Suggesting they attend may be like telling a friend they have bad breath: Once they get over the embarrassment, they will thank you for it.
This 1-day conference on leadership and public speaking is good enough that you won’t care how nice the weather is outside.  Seriously.  No, I’m not getting paid to say that.  I’ve just attended in the past and I know how good the presenters are.  It made a huge difference in my presentation at IBM Think Conference last month.

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