The next big IBM Connections Community event – Social Connections 9 – takes place November 05/06 in Ehningen / Germany. The theme of the event is “Working out loud” and it offers tons of sessions all around IBM Connections and Adoption in the social software world. This will be my fifth Social Connections Event after Zurich, Prague, Stockholm and Boston, for me all of them were great experiences and personally very successful. I have been working with ESS / ICS / Lotus products since 2000 and I followed many other community members through blogs, forums, web events and tweets, but I rarely had the chance to meet any of them in person.

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Within the fixlist of the new released CR3 of IBM Connections 5 there are several new configuration options mentioned. One of the interesting ones for me is the mobile update parameter AllowRemoveAccount. The default value is “false” and your Connections environment still works before, but what’s changed when you set this to true? The official documentation is already uptodate and shows us: When you set this option to true, accounts can be removed from a mobile device without requiring the user to login and without any authorization check. The user is asked to confirm the deletion of an account before it is removed.

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I use markdown since years to create my articles or most of documentation stuff. It’s really cool to edit the text files on all of my devices, synchronize them fast through various internet services and create HTML, PDF or even DOCX files out of this sources. Until last week i converted the markdown sources with pandoc and pasted the html code to the different pages, where i need them. So i copy and paste it to IBM Connections, Evernote or WordPress. On WordPress i use a plugin now to render the markdown textes, but for IBM Connections i didn’t found a way.

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Julius Schwarzweller wrote a blog post with a collection of links to CR3 for IBM Connections 5.0 this week. A official update document with new features is missing. I installed it today (without CCM) and the first new feature i found is “sharing folders” with Communities: As shown in the screenshot only public folders can be added to community files widget. From files application you can still share a folder with people, groups and communities (but then the folder will be public available too):

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Last week i was at ConnectED 2015 in Orlando. I enjoyed the event very much, mainly because i met great old and new friends. The Lotus community is one of the best i’ve ever met, or i ever was part of. After coming home i found out that i have a flu and the headache and need of sleep is not age dependent. So the visits to kimonos and dolphin bar are a little bit shorter than last year, but i enjoyed them nevertheless. I did a session during ConnectED 2015, see the last version of slides here:

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