E L S U A ~ A KM Blog by Luis Suarez

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IBM Research Turns 60

Earlier on this week you have probably seen an article at CNET to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of IBM Research. It looks like it was yesterday but it is already 60 years since its creation and still going strong ! And while reading through that news article, along with the discussion over at /., you can see the kind of impact IBM Research has had in our daily lives.

During the course of the week there have been a number of different events taking place, with lots of people from different IBM background getting together, sharing experiences, knowledge and whatever other bits and pieces of information around the anniversary and so much more. Thus from here I just wanted to say HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY to IBM Research ! Let’s make it another 60 years of changing how the world operates. Let’s continue making a difference !

For those of you interested in reading some further stuff on the same topic check out this news article from ZDNET: IBM Research turns 60.

As I said, Happy birthday, folks ! And thanks for being there making this world a better place to live in ! Well done and may I wish you many more years to come !

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Updates to Weblog Template Are Now Completed

As you may have been able to see already, I have just finished updating the template for elsua and by the looks of it I doubt I would be making some other major changes for the time being. There are a couple of different things I would want to add but they seem to be down at the moment, so we will have to wait on those and see what happens.

However, everything else is working just fine. Thanks to the help from a good friend (And work colleague) of mine, Aneel, I have managed to include the final touches fixing the archives along with the Blogroll. Thus we are up and running, folks ! Everything should be working just fine, but if you find that there is a broken link or something that is giving you unexpected results just drop a comment or contact me offline and will look into it right away.

I must say that I thought updating the template would be a little bit painful since I got started with an almost empty template, but over time I was finding out that except for a hack or two it was not too difficult overall. And I am glad that is the case, because from now on I can concentrate on sharing some further content in my weblog and get engaged on the conversations.

Thus to everyone out there who has been reading off my weblog during the course of the last few days thanks a bunch for the patience and for sticking around ! Let’s now have some more fun !  


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Who Am I ?

Ok, folks, now that elsua is almost done (I just need to put together a Blogroll for the Links section and that would be it) I think it is now time that I let you know a little bit about myself, what I do for work, what some of my passions and hobbies are and so forth. And instead of doing it over here in this particular weblog post I would like to invite you to visit the About page I created where you can read a little bit about myself, my work, my interests and what I get to do on my spare time, apart from writing in weblogs.

As you will see there, I have been working for IBM Netherlands for the last 8.5 years now and along with the main themes I will be weblogging about here in elsua you can also expect from myself to weblog about some of the stuff that is going around in the company that I work for, as long with some interesting links to other IBM webloggers that I follow on a daily basis. Thus stay tuned for some more to come ! And now just head over to the About section, read on and let’s get on further with it ! Let’s get busy !

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Work in Progress …

Yes, indeed, folks. Still working on the template from elsua tailoring it a bit. And I think I have made some good progress as I feel I am almost done. There are a few tweaks here and there I would still need to complete and then I would be off to a good start.

As you can see I have been adding a number of different items into both columns from elsua. I have added the calendar option; the Weatherpixie code to let you know a little bit of the weather we have got over here where I live;  I have added as well a counter with Miarroba; and, of course, a selection from my collection of photos over at Flickr.

Then on the left column you will find a disclaimer for this weblog; a subscription into Feedburner to grab your feeds, amongst others; I have also added another option to subscribe to elsua via e-mail for those folks who may want to get notified via e-mail whenever there is new content at my weblog; I have also added my Technorati profile, my Plazes profile; a nice little offering called Buzztracker; my Skype profile; and, finally, the possibility to tag my e-mail address through Tagalag.

Lots of items in my weblog template indeed, you are right. But there is a reason for it. Over the next few weeks you will actually see me weblogging about the different items I have got added in my weblog template as a way of sharing with you how each of these tools can be used in the context of Knowledge Management, Learning, Collaboration and Communities, in short, some of the major subjects from my weblog. Thus stay tuned for each of those weblog posts on each of these applications because they will show you how you can work with each of them and get the best out of all of them.

For the rest I would think that would be it for the time being. I think I still have got a couple of things to add here and there but they will get added in their due time. The ride is about to get started, folks ! Hang on tight !

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Weblog Migration Is a Painful Process or Is It Not?

As I am continuing to work on elsua further, at the moment I am having a look at the template customisation where I will be adding a number of different features, thus stay tuned !, there was one single item that got me wondering what I would be doing with it now that the weblog is up and running and I am not longer posting content into LSR. Yes, indeed, that is the migration of the contents from one weblog to the other. Both weblogs are running WordPress and although I know I could probably get the data from one to the other I am not sure it would be an easy task.
I think that this is due to the fact that LSR is hosted over at Blogsome and I am not sure I would be able to get all the contents from them in one single go. I know I may be able to use FTP to grab those contents if I would have access to it, but since that FTP access is not possible within Blogsome I think it is going to be a painful and slow process. So that is why I have decided to take a bit more of a radical approach and just move those weblog posts over here that I find still relevant and that I would want to keep.
Then for all the others I will just leave them for the time being in my Blogsome weblog and if I ever would want to get them back I know where they are. One step at a time. Thus you will have to bear with me while all this migration and template tweaking takes place. I am going to make sure that there will be some updated content as well during the course of the day so that you can also check out and read some of the stuff of what is going on in elsua and which may not have been include in my other weblog.
You may be actually wondering how I am planning to make that migration from one weblog to the other, right ? Well, I though about using Qumana for this same purpose. I am sure that you know already about this, right? The latest version of Qumana actually allows you to get former posts from your weblog and bring them back to edit mode and then with a single change of the weblogging platform I can re-post the weblog content but in my new weblog: elsua. So what I thought would probably have been a painful process it may not be so any longer. It may take some time as I am also planning to add some more information details on each of the weblog posts if applicable, but I hope to eventually get there over the next few days.
However, if you know of a way about how to migrate easily content from Blogsome into a WordPress based weblog please do post a comment with the info or contact me offline. Let’s see how it all goes, folks. More to come later on.
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Welcome to elsua !

No, this time around I am not going to start this weblog with the famous “Hello World !” sentence either. Pretty much like I did with LSR, when I first got started into the Internet weblogging phenomenon back in April this year, I am just going to say “Welcome to elsua !” As most of you already know, my name is Luis and this is my new weblog. I have been maintaining LSR for a bit over six months and now that I am done with that experiment I think it is time I get started with a new challenge: that is, a new weblog hosted and maintained by myself and called elsua.net.

As I go ahead and start sharing some more content you will notice that in this weblog I am going to continue weblogging about the stuff that I have been weblogging all about during all this time: Learning & Knowledge, Communities, Collaboration, Online Facilitation, Social Networking, Work-Life Balance and a whole bunch of stuff going from photography, to travelling to whatever comes to my mind at that very moment. In short, my own personal weblog.

As you have noticed I am actually hosting my weblog in my own domain: elsua.net and this is going to be a new exciting experience that I am hoping I will be able to share with you all. I am new to some of the stuff that I will be dealing with but I am sure it will work out in the end. For the time being just bear with me while I tailor the WordPress template and update it to match the look and feel I would be comfortable with. There are lots of things that I need to update and to add, so it is going to take a bit of time. And then another task I also need to get busy with is the migration of the weblog content from LSR into elsua.net.

Indeed, there are a number of different weblog posts that I am still very keen on keeping them in my active weblog so over time I am going to move those over here and continue from there. Also as you probably know by now already, I maintain an Intranet weblog in the company that I work for and I am planning to copy across some of that content that I have been sharing for nearly two years now.

So with all that said, I just wanted to let you know that I am up and running, after a couple of days of setting and tweaking things up here in my new weblog. Welcome aboard and hope you enjoy the ride just as much as I do ! Welcome to elsua.net !

And, finally, I am going to leave you with one of my favourite quotes of all times from one of my favourite authors, which also explains a bit why I am here, starting this weblog … “We must decide what to do with the time that is given to us!“

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