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Weblog Content Migration Is about to Get Started

That is right, folks. The weblog contents migration from LSR into elsua is just about to get started. If you remember correctly, last week I mentioned how I was looking into the possibilities of getting all of the contents from my old weblog into the new one and how I talked about the fact that it may be a bit more difficult than what I thought it would be. Well, that is actually not going to be the case.

Late last week I got contacted by the folks over at Blogsome and they have sent out to me a zipped file with the entire contents from LSR.. Yes, indeed, all of it ! (Thanks a lot for that, by the way !). Then right after that I decided to talk to the folks where I am hosting my weblog and shared with them the zipped file and they agree to have a look and see if they could grab all the content into elsua. And by the looks of it they have managed to do so because I just got an e-mail from one of the Admins telling me that they have managed to place all the different weblog posts as drafts so that I can review them and repost them or just delete them if I am not too keen on keeping them in the new weblog.

That was actually something I asked them to do, to be able to leave all the weblog posts in draft mode so that I can redit the ones I want to keep and go further with that. So, for the next few days you will have to bear with me while I go through those updates as they will be showing up once again from the previous weblog into the new one. It shouldn’t take too long since I am not planning to keep everything. Thus we shall see how that goes.

I will also include a reference indicating that is not an original post but part of the overall migrated content. Let’s get started then !

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Research on Internal Corporate Weblogging

One of my colleagues inside of IBM, Lindsay, has been busy the last few weeks conducting a research around the topic of Internal Corporate Weblogging, so that she can finish off her thesis for her master’s degree in Management Communications and in order to complete the study she just launched a web survey, hosted at the always fine service SurveyMonkey, where she is asking for input from other people whether they are having a weblog or not, and whether they are having an Intranet or an Internet weblog. In short, she needs input based on the topic of corporate weblogging and she has asked a whole bunch of us to actually spread the message around so that she can get as much input as possible.

Thus here you have got the e-mail she has just sent out to us a little while ago:

Hello and Happy Friday!  Before you head out to enjoy the weekend, I’d like to ask for your help.  As you may know, I am just about to complete my master’s degree in Management Communications with a thesis on the topic of corporate blogging as an internal communications tool.
To supplement the research I’ve read so far, I’m conducting my own survey.  I’ve included a link to my online survey below.  At your earliest convenience, please complete the survey (which includes a brief description of my thesis and the definition of blogging – just in case you are new to the topic).  I would also like to ask you to forward this survey to as many people as you can.
Please note, this survey is NOT restricted to only those whose employers offer internal blogging – so please share it with everyone you know – inside and outside of IBM.  The more I can learn about companies outside of our own, that are or are not blogging internally, the better!  Also – those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
Thank you, in advance, for your input and time — and have a great weekend!
Link to Survey: 

There you go. If you can spare 10 minutes of your time, it would be great if you could add some further input into the survey so that the more data there is the better and the much more accurate the study would be. I have been advised as well that the results would be available as well afterwards and as such it may be a good chance to show how important you think weblogging is, specially in the business world.

If you take the time to fill in the survey thanks a lot for that, and if you do not have the time to participate just forward it to all those folks who you think would be willing to participate. As I said, the more, the better.

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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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