Wi-Fi, Firesheep and Lotusphere

Using the Wi-fi at Lotusphere has been a real nice experience so far this year (of course the OGS on Monday being the true test). Coverage is better and the bandwidth seems to have been upped quite a bit. I do find it a bit sad though that the network is still open and unencrypted. Even a passphrase like “Lotupshere” would make security so much better. Why you ask? Why because a place like Lotusphere which is, lets face it, a big gathering of geeks. A worse a big gathering of geeks using social software sites. And using them a lot.

Lotusphere will be a nice place for someone running Firesheep to come in a harvest 5000 accounts in a day or so. I wont let it stop me but I think people should be aware of it. If you are afraid of it I suggest using a tunneled VPN connection to access your accounts.

If you want to learn more about Firesheep see the Wikipedia article or simply search for Firesheep on Google. Also just to be fair – this is a problem, and will continue to be a problem at all conferences or gatherings with open wi-fi hotspots.

Lotusphere 2011: Mark your calendars

Just got word of the date and time for the two sessions I’m involved in for Lotusphere 2011 so I thought I would post them here.

JMP103 (Jumpstart Your “Jedi Plug-in Development Skills” with the Masters, track: JumpStarts and Master Class Sessions) with Ryan Baxter is on Sunday 30 Jan 2011 at 1:30pm in DL S. Hemisphere I.

AD201 (How the Jedis Do Plug-in Development, track: Technology for Collaboration Solutions: Application Development) with Bob Balfe is on Monday 31 Jan 2011 at 3:45pm in SW 7-10.

Lotusphere 2011: Two sessions accepted

If you’re following Lotusphere and if you sent in abstracts you know that Friday was abstract-reply-day. I too got my replies and keeping with tradition I would like to tell how it went. I sent in three abstracts and had two of them accepted. I’m honored to be co-presenting both sessions with IBM’ers – one session with Bob Balfe and one with Ryan Baxter. Both sessions are on plugin development as you might imagine.

Below are the abstracts and if you have comments or input to what you would like to see in the sessions let me know by commenting, by e-mail or on Twitter.

Jumpstart Your “Jedi Plug-in Development Skills” with the Masters

Two hour jumpstart session on Sunday with Ryan Baxter.

Come to this session to get up and running on plugin development for Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Symphony and learn the ropes to get started. We will take you from getting the Eclipse IDE and Lotus Expeditor Toolkit installed to configuring, testing and verifying your setup. Next you will learn the basics of plugin development and based on real life examples you will see just how easy plugin development can be and how to reap the rewards. As there’s no good in having great plugins if they never reach user workstations we will finish of the session with end-to-end information on plugin signing and widget deployment. This is a must see session it you want to get started with plugin development but never knew how.

How the Jedis do plugin development

One hour regular session with Bob Balfe.

So you did your first sidebar plugin for Lotus Notes and deployed it to users but now you’re stuck… If you want to do more with your Lotus Notes or Lotus Sametime client, you want to learn cool extension points, learn best practices and see real life examples then this session is for you. Learn about object contributions, fly the magic carpet and do OAuth authentication from plugins. This is how the Jedis do it – may the Force be with you!

Project Agora Next – imagine this for Lotusphere 2011

I’m currently commuting doing some late catchup on what happened at Lotusphere. Among other things I was lucky to have Stephan tell me to go and check out Project Agora Next in the Innovation Lab (Agora: Next Generation Meetings). This is very cool technology.

Agora: Next Generation Meetings
Agora is a collaborative media service with the primary goal of surfacing information buried in monolith meeting recordings by making it accessible from a collaborative point of view, as well as from an information mining aspect. This web-based solution enables users to upload recorded meeting video and/or audio, automatically create transcriptions and attach metadata such as micro tags and comments. Tags and comments are identified along the meeting timeline highlighting items and segments of interest. The metadata can be edited and improved upon through collaboration. Metadata is used to facilitate searching for segments of interest, as well as collaboration and discussion.

So what does it actully do? Well imagine that you missed a web meeting and/or wanted to see what happened in the meeting. Instead of having to sit through the entire recording the system has transcribed the audio, indexed the transcription and slides for searching AND made a note when something of interesting happened. So what’s “something of interest” you may ask. Well that’s a slide changing, new speaking appearing, a question being asked etc. With all this info you can jump directly to the interesting sections instead of having to sift through it all. Way cool. Oh! And the system also automatically updates your calendar so that when you search your calendar for that meeting you cannot quite remember, you’ll see the thumbnails and links to interesting spots right there in your very own calendar. It just got even more cool.

Besides being available in the Innovation Labs at Lotusphere Agora is also available now in LotusLive Labs (probably requires login to LotusLive but has some cool recorded samples) so you may check it out there as well.

Imagine stuff like Agora for all Lotusphere sessions coupled with a persistent Lotusphere Online community. How cool would that be. Persistent access to all sessions, transcribed for easy searching with a community aspect of tagging cool demos and the like. Wicked!!