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  17. <pubDate>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:23:07 +0000</pubDate>
  18. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
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  26. <description><![CDATA[IBM Connect 2017 is just a week away.  I&#8217;ll be there and look forward to learning new stuff and meeting new people.  In addition to attending sessions and networking events, John Head and I will available to meet with YOU to discuss your collaboration roadmap.  And thanks to our partnership with LDC, we will also &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2017/02/13/ibm-connect-with-psc-and-ldc/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  27. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>IBM Connect 2017 is just a week away.  I&#8217;ll be there and look forward to learning new stuff and meeting new people.  In addition to attending sessions and networking events, John Head and I will available to meet with YOU to discuss your collaboration roadmap.  And thanks to our partnership with LDC, we will also be the onsite representatives for LDC Via.</p>
  28. <p>If you&#8217;d like to meet with us, then go check out what we&#8217;re offering and sign up <a href="http://connect17.psclistens.com" target="_blank">here, connect17.psclistens.com!</a></p>
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  36. <title>(Not So) Super Secret Discount Code for IBM Connect 2017</title>
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  39. <pubDate>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:50:36 +0000</pubDate>
  40. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
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  46. <description><![CDATA[Okay, it&#8217;s a secret in that I&#8217;m not blogging it, but it&#8217;s not so secret, in that all you have to do is reach out to me ( @IamKathyBrown on most social media ) or any other IBM Champion of your choice, for a $100 discount to attend IBM Connect 2017. If you read this &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2017/01/19/not-so-super-secret-discount-code-for-ibm-connect-2017/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  47. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Okay, it&#8217;s a secret in that I&#8217;m not blogging it, but it&#8217;s not so secret, in that all you have to do is reach out to me ( @IamKathyBrown on most social media ) or any other IBM Champion of your choice, for a $100 discount to attend IBM Connect 2017.</p>
  48. <p>If you read this in time, you can also listen to the ICS Community call this morning at 10AM ET <a href="https://t.co/C6eaD1E3sV" target="_blank">(link)</a>, where they will discuss &#8220;What To Expect at IBM Connect&#8221;.  If you miss it, they usually record it.</p>
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  56. <title>What’s Plasti Dip And How Did You Do That?</title>
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  59. <pubDate>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:15:18 +0000</pubDate>
  60. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
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  65. <description><![CDATA[I recently plasti-dipped my side mirror caps on my new MINI.  I posted pics in various places online and several people asked &#8220;What&#8217;s Plasti Dip?&#8221; So, PlastiDip is &#8220;an air-dry rubber coating&#8221;.  Originally used to cover tool handles by dipping them in the substance.  Then people started dipping their car tire rims, then other parts &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/12/07/whats-plasti-dip-and-how-did-you-do-that/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  66. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I recently plasti-dipped my side mirror caps on my new MINI.  I posted pics in various places online and several people asked &#8220;What&#8217;s Plasti Dip?&#8221;</p>
  67. <p>So, PlastiDip is &#8220;an air-dry rubber coating&#8221;.  Originally used to cover tool handles by dipping them in the substance.  Then people started dipping their car tire rims, then other parts of the car.  PlastiDip now comes in cans, so you can spray it on almost anything.  Why is it so great?  Because it peels off.  Decide you hate the color? Peel it off.  Spray the wrong part of your car?  Peel it off.  It&#8217;s getting old and needs to be redone?  Peel it off.  Want to go back to your original paint?  Peel it off.  It&#8217;s also a great way to protect your paint.  Some people dip their entire vehicles, either because it&#8217;s cheaper and more temporary than paint or to protect their vehicles from salt and sand during winter snow.  Some people, like me, dip parts of their vehicle for a quick, easy way to create an accent color.</p>
  68. <p>The next question is &#8220;How Hard Was It?&#8221; or &#8220;How Did You Do That?&#8221;  The answers are not hard at all, and I&#8217;ll show you&#8230;</p>
  69. <p>If you can remove the car part you want to spray, that&#8217;s the easiest and best.  If, like me, you can&#8217;t remove the car part (in this case, a stubborn mirror cap that I was afraid I would snap off the tabs that hold it on), mask, mask, mask.  While plasti-dip is super easy to peel off when it&#8217;s in thick layers, a fine mist that blows onto your car is much harder to clean up.  You can still clean it up, it will just take a lot of elbow grease.</p>
  70. <p><a href="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/IMG_0526-e1480988430441.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3225" alt="Masked car" src="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/IMG_0526-e1480988430441-225x300.jpg" width="225" height="300" /></a> So I masked off the entire sides of the vehicle.  The plastic drop cloth is taped to the mirror.  You can have exposed bits that ultimately won&#8217;t have plastidip on them because of how easy it peels.  Again, the drop cloth was just for overspray.</p>
  71. <p>Then I followed the instructions on the can and did my first coat.  This coat should only be a 50% coverage coat.  You&#8217;re trying to give the following layers something to stick to.  It&#8217;s MUCH better to do many thin layers, than a few gloppy ones.  If it runs and drips, you can&#8217;t fix it. (Short of waiting for it to dry, peeling it off, and starting over).</p>
  72. <p>I let each coat dry.  Dry time varies by temperature and humidity, but again, letting each coat dry helps avoid glop and drips.</p>
  73. <p>Five coats is what people seem to recommend as far as complete coverage as well as being able to peel it off.  So that&#8217;s what I did.  I let everything dry and then began removing the tape and drop cloth.  Next I peeled away the dip from the places I didn&#8217;t want it, like the small pathway light that shines out of the bottom of the mirror.  You may want a toothpick or something that won&#8217;t scratch the paint underneath to pick off pieces you want to peel.</p>
  74. <p>Finished product!  I asked my son what he thought and his verdict was &#8220;it doesn&#8217;t look like you did it&#8221;.  : &#8211;  )  I call that a success!</p>
  75. <p><a href="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/IMG_0533-e1480988594227.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3231" alt="IMG_0533" src="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/IMG_0533-e1480988594227-300x225.jpg" width="300" height="225" /></a>I practiced on my license plate holder.  Then I did the mirrors.  Since then I&#8217;ve applied vinyl stripes to the boot and bonnet, subsequently didn&#8217;t like that they didn&#8217;t match, so I dipped them, too!  When I dipped the stripes I was far less diligent in my masking off so I had a lot of overspray.  Just use a dry microfiber cloth and elbow grease to wipe them off.  One more note about dipping vinyl stripes, they are way more &#8220;slippery&#8221; than your car, so be really careful with those layers.  I had some drippage on my boot stripes.  Oh!  And, if you&#8217;re going to mask off, meaning use tape to create a hard line, then you want to remove the tape while the last layer is still wet!  If you remove it once it&#8217;s dry, it&#8217;ll try to pull up the entire dipped area.</p>
  76. <p>To recap: super easy to do and super easy to remove if you want to!</p>
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  84. <title>I Got a New Ride</title>
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  87. <pubDate>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:19:47 +0000</pubDate>
  88. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
  89. <category><![CDATA[MINI]]></category>
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  92. <description><![CDATA[The Background: I&#8217;ve never had a fancy car.  Cars aren&#8217;t really my thing, so I always chose utility, safety, price, etc.  I also have what I jokingly call &#8220;car dyslexia&#8221;.  I can never remember or distinguish between anyone&#8217;s cars.  Sure, I can tell the difference between a sedan and a truck, but all sedans look &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/11/18/i-got-a-new-ride/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  93. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Background:</p>
  94. <p>I&#8217;ve never had a fancy car.  Cars aren&#8217;t really my thing, so I always chose utility, safety, price, etc.  I also have what I jokingly call &#8220;car dyslexia&#8221;.  I can never remember or distinguish between anyone&#8217;s cars.  Sure, I can tell the difference between a sedan and a truck, but all sedans look the same to me.</p>
  95. <p>My first car was an &#8217;86 Honda Accord manual hatchback in &#8220;champagne&#8221;.  It was high school, the car was used and affordable. I never would have picked champagne as a color, but the car fit my budget.</p>
  96. <p>Fast forward past the 8 years I lived in NYC with no car.</p>
  97. <p>My next car was a manual silver Honda Civic, 2 door sedan.  Pretty sure I had base level on this one.  A safe, if slightly boring car.  Which quickly became inconvenient when I had babies (manual shift and 2-doors are NOT convenient with infants and infant seats), so I moved on to&#8230;</p>
  98. <p>The MomMobile, a blue automatic Subaru Forester.  This was obviously not a fun choice.  But I needed four doors.  I needed storage.  I liked the all wheel drive in New Hampshire&#8217;s winters.  Pretty sure this one was base level, too.</p>
  99. <p>My next car was a red automatic VW Jetta TDI.  I specifically mention that it was red because that sounds fun, right?  But it wasn&#8217;t my first choice at all.  I got the &#8220;leatherette&#8221; interior (easier to clean) and I wanted the beige (not as hot in the sun), so all they had in stock was a red car.  Budget meant I took what they had (and not what I wanted).  It did have heated seats and displayed the outdoor temperature, which oddly have become my &#8220;must-haves&#8221;.</p>
  100. <p>VW Jetta TDI.  Yep, that&#8217;s right.  The one included in the VW emissions scandal, which means (any day now) I should be able to turn in the Jetta and get a check.  So with my background, I decided my next car was going to be what I wanted it to be.  I wasn&#8217;t going to settle on a color.  I wanted to go back to a manual.  I love summer time and wanted this car to be fun, so that meant a convertible.  I test drove a VW Beetle.  When I was a kid, my friend&#8217;s mom had one and I&#8217;ve always loved them.  I brought the kids with me so they could test out the back seat.  They loved it.  It was fun.  However, VW only has a few levels of options, so in a way it&#8217;s nothing or everything.  The slope of the roof, which is so distinctive and cool-looking from the outside, means the interior feels really small.</p>
  101. <p>My dear, dear friend Jess Stratton has a MINI.  A MINI that I got to take on a <a href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/tag/nerd-girl-run/" target="_blank">2400 mile test drive</a>.  MINIs are FUN to drive.  And oh look, they have convertible versions.  And a <a href="http://www.miniusa.com/content/miniusa/en/tools/learning/build.html" target="_blank">configurator</a>, that allows you to add options a la carte to your car.  I love the concept that you can add whatever you want, without adding what you don&#8217;t want.  I assumed a MINI convertible was out of my price range, but using the configurator, I saw that for what you get, they&#8217;re actually quite reasonable.</p>
  102. <p>The decision:</p>
  103. <p>A 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible in Caribbean Aqua.  I used the configurator and created the car I wanted.  Some items were nice-to-haves, some were must-haves.  My must-haves: convertible, Caribbean Aqua, manual, heated seats.  I went for a test drive and realized I needed to add a must-have, the rear view camera.  The convertible (both VW and MINI) really restricts your view out the back.  Top up and the rear window is pretty small.  Top down and the top itself blocks much of the view out the back.  A quick look at dealer inventories online and I fully expected I&#8217;d have to order and wait for my perfect MINI.  The sales guy and his manager said &#8220;give me 10 minutes&#8230;oh yeah, here we go, we can have it here next week&#8221;.  My perfect MINI.</p>
  104. <p>A 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible in Caribbean Aqua with the Sport package and the Premium package and a few other extras.</p>
  105. <p>The result:</p>
  106. <p>My dream car.  I can&#8217;t believe all the awesome bells and whistles on this car.  Obviously, some of these are due to the options I added on, some are due to the packages that this particular vehicle had, but some of them are just standard MINI features.</p>
  107. <p><a href="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_0433.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3216" alt="My perfect MINI" src="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_0433-300x225.jpg" width="300" height="225" /></a></p>
  108. <p>There is so much to love about this car.  I&#8217;ve had her two weeks now, and in no particular order the things I love about her&#8230;</p>
  109. <p>Comfort Access.  This means I keep the key fob in my purse and I can unlock the car without taking the key out.  It also means I can start the car with the push of a button (also with the key still in my purse).  I feel much more like I&#8217;m launching a rocket versus driving a car.  Push button to shut off the engine and the auxiliary power shuts off automatically when I exit the vehicle.  Comfort Access also means I can open the convertible top with the key fob as I approach the car (and close it, too).</p>
  110. <p>Configurable interior ambiance lighting.  This one is just a silly little thing that makes SUCH a big difference.  The center console, the door handles, and the doors (plus probably other stuff I haven&#8217;t noticed yet) all have a colored light that you can CONFIGURE.  I chose purple, of course.</p>
  111. <p>MINI Connect means certain apps from your phone are integrated and controllable via your car display.  Pandora allows me to select my Pandora channel, thumb up or thumb down a song, browse channels, etc.  Just like I would in the app, but on my car display.  It even interacts with your GoPro app so you can stop/start recording from your car display instead of your phone.  Perfect for New Hampshire (and other states) that are cracking down on smartphone usage in the car.</p>
  112. <p>Stuff is customizable.  Lots of stuff.  The settings panel in the display is full of items to customize.  Simple stuff that makes a difference like the one-touch comfort access unlock button can be set to unlock all doors, or just the driver&#8217;s side, or the boot.  That always frustrated me in the Jetta to have to remember to click twice and do it before the kids tried the handle in order to let them and myself in the car.</p>
  113. <p>The Openometer.  Yep, I have a convertible, and this baby tracks how long I&#8217;ve had the top down.  I&#8217;ve had the car two weeks as of this writing and I&#8217;ve had the top down 18 hours and 13 minutes.</p>
  114. <p>The Community.  Jess told me &#8220;It&#8217;s the car that comes with friends&#8221; and she wasn&#8217;t wrong.  There are forums and subreddits and Facebook groups.  People regularly get together for rallys and events.  There&#8217;s &#8220;Rule #1&#8243;, where you always park next to another MINI if you see one.  MINI drivers wave to one another (or at least, they&#8217;re supposed to, I&#8217;m waving like a maniac [MINIac] and don&#8217;t get a lot of return waves, but I&#8217;ll keep trying).  MINI really encourages individuality, too, and the community embraces that to it&#8217;s fullest.  From color combinations, racing stripes, and swappable mirror caps to performance mods and a whole world of stuff I haven&#8217;t even explored yet.  People love to customize their MINIs.</p>
  115. <p>Green mode, Sport mode, pathway lighting, auto stop/start (which you can turn off, of course!), and I&#8217;m sure a million other things I&#8217;ll discover as I go!  It&#8217;s probably obvious, but I couldn&#8217;t be happier with my decision.  Stay tuned for more posts about my ride in the future!</p>
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  123. <title>Getting the Correct Syntax for JavaScript in XPages</title>
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  126. <pubDate>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:28:54 +0000</pubDate>
  127. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
  128. <category><![CDATA[Technology]]></category>
  129. <category><![CDATA[Java]]></category>
  130. <category><![CDATA[JavaScript]]></category>
  131. <category><![CDATA[PSC]]></category>
  132. <category><![CDATA[Xpages]]></category>
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  135. <description><![CDATA[I was recently working on a project where my code was injecting XPage elements onto the page at runtime.  To do that, you need to know a lot of syntax.  Syntax that isn&#8217;t in the help file, or blogged about, or easily findable.  Sure, there&#8217;s this, but that isn&#8217;t exactly reader-friendly, nor are there examples &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/10/05/getting-the-correct-syntax-for-javascript-in-xpages/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  136. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I was recently working on a project where my code was injecting XPage elements onto the page at runtime.  To do that, you need to know a lot of syntax.  Syntax that isn&#8217;t in the help file, or blogged about, or easily findable.  Sure, there&#8217;s <a href="http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/dw/lotus/Domino-Designer/JavaDocs/DesignerAPIs/index-all.html" target="_blank">this</a>, but that isn&#8217;t exactly reader-friendly, nor are there examples of how to use the elements.  Just because you know you&#8217;re using &#8220;XspInputText&#8221;, doesn&#8217;t mean you know how to use it.  What&#8217;s the syntax for adding an attribute, for example?  Or maybe you know the syntax structure, but need to know what the parameter looks like in the code.</p>
  137. <p><a href="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-05-at-10.19.39-AM.png"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3210" alt="Designer Data Panel for Date Field" src="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-05-at-10.19.39-AM-300x178.png" width="300" height="178" /></a> For example, you want to add a Date field with certain parameters set.  You know how to set them in Designer in the data panel, but how do you set those parameters programmatically in JavaScript?</p>
  138. <p>Thankfully, <a href="https://tobysamples.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Toby Samples</a> showed me a cheat to find out.  Create a dummy XPage, add your element and do whatever it is you want to do, i.e. set the parameters for your date field.  Save the page.  In Designer, go to Package Explorer and your nsf.  Expand the Local folder and then the xsp folder.  There you&#8217;ll see all of your custom controls and XPages with a .java extension.  Double-click on the XPage.java file.  It will open and there you&#8217;ll see the Java code used to generate that XPage, including your element and how the parameters were set programmatically.  This can be really useful when you&#8217;re adding something like an attribute via JavaScript and you can&#8217;t find any examples of HOW to add an attribute (or class or value binding or any other property).</p>
  139. <p>Example, if you set the above &#8220;display format&#8221; to &#8220;Date and Time&#8221; in the picker, how is that set programmatically?</p>
  140. <blockquote><p>converter.setType(&#8220;both&#8221;);</p></blockquote>
  141. <p>With the parameter &#8220;both&#8221;.  Good luck figuring that out on your own.</p>
  142. <p>File under: &#8220;Things you may have already known, but I didn&#8217;t, and I share it just in case you didn&#8217;t either&#8221; AND &#8220;Blog post titles I struggled with actually explaining what the post was about without actually typing the post in the title&#8221;</p>
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  150. <title>Back to Running</title>
  151. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/RunningNotes/~3/j0NzLPrdjkI/</link>
  152. <comments>http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/09/23/back-to-running/#comments</comments>
  153. <pubDate>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:46:12 +0000</pubDate>
  154. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
  155. <category><![CDATA[Running]]></category>
  156.  
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  158. <description><![CDATA[Tomorrow will be the fourth run of my current return to running.  Coincidentally, tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of my first run. (Excluding the time when I lived in New York and signed up for the Chase corporate challenge and did almost no training and attempted to run 3 miles..  I had no idea what &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/09/23/back-to-running/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  159. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Tomorrow will be the fourth run of my current return to running.  Coincidentally, tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of my first run. (Excluding the time when I lived in New York and signed up for the Chase corporate challenge and did almost no training and attempted to run 3 miles..  I had no idea what I was doing, I ran too fast, hated it, and immediately quit.  So I count September 24, 2007 as my first run.)  It was the &#8220;run&#8221; before I started the couch to 5k program.  After that I ran a 5k.  Then a 10k.  Then decided to run every day (for 3 1/2 years).  Ran some half marathons and eventually a marathon.</p>
  160. <p>A Few Stats (because I love stats):</p>
  161. <p>My first &#8220;run&#8221; was September 24, 2007.  Distance:  1.6 miles Pace:  18:45</p>
  162. <p>During the couch to 5k program, my pace seemed to bounce around 14:00 min miles</p>
  163. <p>My first 5k was a Turkey Trot on November 27, 2007.  Pace 11:10 (and I was ELATED with that pace)</p>
  164. <p>My best 5k was June 7, 2009 with an 8:51 pace! (I was even more elated with that pace)</p>
  165. <p>My current pace seems to be around 14:00 min miles.  That totally means 8:51 is in my future, right?  hahahahaha</p>
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  173. <title>Recent Adjustments to 6 Years Cable Free</title>
  174. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/RunningNotes/~3/eXVG9ZFyZ28/</link>
  175. <comments>http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/09/21/recent-adjustments-to-6-years-cable-free/#comments</comments>
  176. <pubDate>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:55:12 +0000</pubDate>
  177. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
  178. <category><![CDATA[Other Stuff]]></category>
  179. <category><![CDATA[Cable]]></category>
  180.  
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  182. <description><![CDATA[Like many people these days, I cut the cord.  In the summer of 2010, I moved into my current house and decided from the start that I wouldn&#8217;t have cable.  A few of my friends were already cable-free and could provide advice (thank you, Carl Tyler!).  Here&#8217;s the thing though, I&#8217;m lazy.  I want things &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/09/21/recent-adjustments-to-6-years-cable-free/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  183. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Like many people these days, I cut the cord.  In the summer of 2010, I moved into my current house and decided from the start that I wouldn&#8217;t have cable.  A few of my friends were already cable-free and could provide advice (thank you, Carl Tyler!).  Here&#8217;s the thing though, I&#8217;m lazy.  I want things to &#8220;just work&#8221;.  I don&#8217;t want to have to fiddle and futz.  So I knew I wasn&#8217;t going to jump through a bunch of hoops to go cable-free, it was going to have to be easy.</p>
  184. <p>So for the last six years, we&#8217;ve mostly had Rokus with Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.  In the last year or so, I added an Apple TV to the mix. For a short period, we had Aereo, which was a channel on the Roku that acted as a digital antenna so we could have local channels. Then they were sued and shut down.  We also had playon for a bit, but the machine that I had it on died and I just couldn&#8217;t be bothered to spin up another one (see above where I said I was lazy).  I&#8217;ve attempted unblock-us and have several friends who love it, swear by it, and even helped set me up (Carl) and troubleshoot it later (Gab), but every once in a while, Netflix gets all pissy about unblock-us and stops working.  Again, that means futzing and fixing and I just can&#8217;t be bothered.  So I don&#8217;t really use that either, unless I have to  (like to watch the Olympics this year).</p>
  185. <p>It&#8217;s football season, so I finally broke down and got a digital antenna so my son could watch the Patriots.  We should have bought the outdoor antenna (although again, I didn&#8217;t want to futz and an outdoor antenna would CERTAINLY require some fiddling with regards to wiring).  I bought the &#8220;50&#8243;, I think intended to mean 50-mile reach of the antenna, from the rather surly dude at Best Buy.  Me: &#8220;Do you have digital antennas&#8221;.  Surly guy: &#8220;Yeah, get this one, it&#8217;s the only one people don&#8217;t return saying it didn&#8217;t work&#8221;.  Well, okay then.</p>
  186. <p>Sadly, the antenna only comes with a 5-foot cable or something equally ridiculous, especially when the antenna probably will only work in one particular spot in your house, if at all.  Mine ended up only working in the window at the end of the hall of my upstairs master bedroom.  So, you know, TOTALLY inconvenient for anyone watching TV.  In theory, you can put it on a wall or bookcase, but mine ONLY worked in the window.  It had to be in the highest point and facing south (because I live north of Boston, where all the signals are coming from).  I bought a 50-foot coax cable, which apparently works better when it&#8217;s uncoiled.  Who knew?  But at least that way, it reaches to my TV (where it belongs rather than the hallway).  Unfortunately, this required a lot of fiddling, but it&#8217;s done now and set up and working and hey, my kid is happy.</p>
  187. <p>In summary, six years cable-free, Roku and Apple TV with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and now a digital antenna.</p>
  188. <div id="attachment_3204" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="width: 160px"><a href="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/tvinthehall.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-3204" alt="The kids sitting on bean bag chairs in my hallway, with the TV sitting on a bin of yarn in front of the only window we could get the antenna to work in." src="http://www.runningnotes.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/tvinthehall-150x300.jpg" width="150" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The kids sitting on bean bag chairs in my hallway, with the TV sitting on a bin of yarn in front of the only window we could get the antenna to work in.</p></div>
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  198. <title>Some Experiments in Running and Technology</title>
  199. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/RunningNotes/~3/lPxN0BQjXbA/</link>
  200. <comments>http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/09/18/some-experiments-in-running-and-technology/#comments</comments>
  201. <pubDate>Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:58:44 +0000</pubDate>
  202. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
  203. <category><![CDATA[Running]]></category>
  204. <category><![CDATA[Technology]]></category>
  205. <category><![CDATA[Gadgets]]></category>
  206.  
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  208. <description><![CDATA[Okay, technically it was one experiment testing several hypotheses, but anyway. Background for the experiment: I used to run.  I had a Garmin Forerunner for a very long time that I loved very much and then I had a Garmin 220, which I also loved very much.  These both served me well before there were &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/09/18/some-experiments-in-running-and-technology/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  209. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Okay, technically it was one experiment testing several hypotheses, but anyway.</p>
  210. <p>Background for the experiment:</p>
  211. <p>I used to run.  I had a Garmin Forerunner for a very long time that I loved very much and then I had a Garmin 220, which I also loved very much.  These both served me well before there were phones with GPS and apps and watches, oh my.  I also used to upload the data from these watches to the very awesome <a href="https://www.runningahead.com" target="_blank">RunningAhead</a> website.  I love the site, and especially the training log.   All my running data is on that site.</p>
  212. <p>I now have an iPhone and an Apple Watch.  I haven&#8217;t been running, but I have become addicted to the &#8220;Activity/Move/Stand&#8221; stats on my watch and also some of the health stats like steps per day.</p>
  213. <p>I also like to take walks and play Pokemon Go.</p>
  214. <p>What I wanted to have happen:</p>
  215. <p>I wanted to go for a run and NOT wear two watches (aka my Apple Watch AND my Garmin).  I wanted a way of tracking my steps taken during the run and have my run and steps count toward the Apple Watch activity/move stats.  I wanted a way to record all the great running stats that my Garmin normally tracks AND be able to upload it to RunningAhead.  AND, I wanted to play Pokemon Go during my run (gotta hatch those eggs!).  Oh!  And I also wanted training programs on the watch, like Couch to 5k or similar so I have cues to start/stop running.  No big deal, right?</p>
  216. <p>Pre-experiment trial and research:</p>
  217. <p>I tried a few apps with the watch to see what I could get out of the above requirements and had a really difficult time getting in all of my objectives.  If you open too many apps on the watch, they cancel each other out.  If I started Runkeeper and then the Workout app, Runkeeper stopped.  I tried different apps, same problem.  Then I found <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AppleWatch/comments/45okp8/lost_my_streak_runkeeper_workout_shows_in_health/" target="_blank">this awesome reddit thread</a>, where someone experimented with several variations on recording a run and realized I needed to do.  Further research showed I could upload Runkeeper&#8217;s export to RunningAhead.  AND Runkeeper has several free training programs on the app.  Runtastic was in the running (pun intended) for a while, but their training programs all cost quite a bit of money.</p>
  218. <p>Final experiment:</p>
  219. <p>I loaded Runkeeper on my phone, which automatically loads it on my watch.  I made sure both were fully charged.  I started Runkeeper on my watch (but didn&#8217;t start a run).  I started Runkeeper on my phone in order to cue up today&#8217;s run per the training plan.  I tapped start.  I checked my watch to see that my watch was running Runkeeper, it was.  I went back to the phone and started up Pokemon Go.  I walked/ran for 34 minutes.  I ended the run on my watch.  Saved the run on my watch.  Sat down at my laptop, opened up Runkeeper.com, exported my run.  Went to RunningAhead.com and uploaded the file.</p>
  220. <p>Experiment results:</p>
  221. <p>Phone battery went from 94% to 55$ on a 34 minute run with Runkeeper running and Pokemon Go.  Obviously, this isn&#8217;t something I&#8217;ll want to do on long runs, but it worked and I&#8217;m happy.  My training run worked perfectly from the training plan on Runkeeper.  It &#8220;counted&#8221; on the Apple Health/Activity apps (and I&#8217;ll incidentally get two new badges this week since my run was included!).  Everything exported and imported beautifully to RunningAhead.  ALL OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED.</p>
  222. <p>All in all, I&#8217;m very pleased with the results.  On longer runs, I&#8217;ll have to ditch Pokemon Go just for battery reasons, but I&#8217;m okay with that.  Extra super bonus that I&#8217;d love would be if Runkeeper could figure out how to get the running cues to use the haptic on the watch.  In a separate experiment I tried several apps to see if any of them would do that and none did.</p>
  223. <p>Anyway, I&#8217;m back to running and hoping that all this technology keeps me motivated to stick with it.  Happy running!</p>
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  231. <title>MWLUG 2016 Wrap Up</title>
  232. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/RunningNotes/~3/6tuUcdGrjgE/</link>
  233. <comments>http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/08/22/mwlug-2016-wrap-up/#comments</comments>
  234. <pubDate>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:49:43 +0000</pubDate>
  235. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
  236. <category><![CDATA[Technology]]></category>
  237. <category><![CDATA[MWLUG]]></category>
  238. <category><![CDATA[PSC]]></category>
  239. <category><![CDATA[Speaking]]></category>
  240. <category><![CDATA[Xpages]]></category>
  241.  
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  243. <description><![CDATA[Last week I was in Austin, TX for MWLUG 2016.  This was my second time speaking at this event, and once again, it was a great experience. I have been to Texas several times, but had never been to Austin.  I&#8217;m still not sure I can say I&#8217;ve been to Austin, I feel like I &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/08/22/mwlug-2016-wrap-up/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  244. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Last week I was in Austin, TX for MWLUG 2016.  This was my second time speaking at this event, and once again, it was a great experience.</p>
  245. <p>I have been to Texas several times, but had never been to Austin.  I&#8217;m still not sure I can say I&#8217;ve been to Austin, I feel like I only got to see a small slice of it.  Between humidity that felt like I was drowning (it IS August in Austin) and pouring rain, I didn&#8217;t get to get out and about as much as I would have liked (and I even stayed a couple of extra days).  Side note, I&#8217;m a giant taco snob and I finally found a good taco.  I don&#8217;t just mean in Austin, I mean ever since I moved out of California when I was 17 years old.  So that was exciting.</p>
  246. <p>I attended several sessions (though never as many as I&#8217;d like).  How we all still come up with new and interesting content is amazing to me, yet we all still seem to do it.  Lots of Champions were speakers.  You couldn&#8217;t go in the hotel lounge area without tripping over a Champion.  If you wanted to talk to a Champ, this was the place to do it.</p>
  247. <p>I talked to a lot of people.  That still feels new to me, and isn&#8217;t always something I feel I do well, but this week I had a lot of great conversations with clients, and sponsors, and Champions, and attendees, and speakers, and even taught one of the waitstaff how to play Pokemon Go.</p>
  248. <p>Shean McManus and I gave our session, which was well attended, and I think went very well.  Here&#8217;s a <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/kjbrown13/using-dashboards-to-transform-application-data-visualization-65256777" target="_blank">link</a> to the slide deck.</p>
  249. <p>They&#8217;ve announced that next year will be in Washington DC &#8220;or environs&#8221;.  I hope to see you there!</p>
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  259. <title>I had no idea how much I needed this</title>
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  262. <pubDate>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:08:06 +0000</pubDate>
  263. <dc:creator>Kathy Brown</dc:creator>
  264. <category><![CDATA[Technology]]></category>
  265. <category><![CDATA[Apple Watch]]></category>
  266. <category><![CDATA[Gadgets]]></category>
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  269. <description><![CDATA[Yep, put this in the category of &#8220;Things I had no idea I needed, but now I don&#8217;t know how I ever lived without it&#8221; &#8211; my new Apple Watch. When they came out, I had very little interest.  First, I don&#8217;t wear a watch.  Secondly, I always have my phone next to me at &#8230; </p><p><a class="more-link block-button" href="http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2016/08/08/i-had-no-idea-how-much-i-needed-this/">Continue reading &#187;</a>]]></description>
  270. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Yep, put this in the category of &#8220;Things I had no idea I needed, but now I don&#8217;t know how I ever lived without it&#8221; &#8211; my new Apple Watch.</p>
  271. <p>When they came out, I had very little interest.  First, I don&#8217;t wear a watch.  Secondly, I always have my phone next to me at all times, so a smart watch didn&#8217;t seem to do much for me.  Third, I have an awesome and dedicated running watch (and several different versions of things like fitbits that I never use), so the activity stuff didn&#8217;t do much for me either.  In the last few weeks, I started to get a bit more interested and considered buying one.  When I had a chance to buy one slightly used, I jumped at it.</p>
  272. <p>I had the watch on for one day.  One day.  And I love it.  I can&#8217;t believe how useful it is and how much I already rely on it.  Some examples:</p>
  273. <p>My car has bluetooth to connect to my phone, but it doesn&#8217;t always connect properly.  Half the time I can use the car controls to skip songs, but half the time I can&#8217;t and have to fiddle with my phone, which in New Hampshire is now illegal.  Apple watch has the &#8220;what&#8217;s playing&#8221; glance, so if the bluetooth didn&#8217;t connect properly from phone to car, I can just glance at my watch and skip the song.</p>
  274. <p>I have a Ring doorbell.  When someone is at the front door, I feel a little pulse on my watch, which is actually less disturbing then the chime on my phone.</p>
  275. <p>I get message alerts on my watch.  Now here&#8217;s the interesting bit.  I had zero interest in that, as I said, I always have my phone by my side, why do I need message alerts on my watch?  Well, let me tell you, it just gives me a little pulse to notify me and turns off the notification on my phone, while wearing the watch, which is automatic, I don&#8217;t have to turn it on and off.  That&#8217;s brilliant.  As I said about the doorbell, the pulse is way less annoying than any sound notification on my phone.  Especially when I&#8217;ve forgotten that it&#8217;s on and I&#8217;m on a conference call and my kid has decided to send me 10 texts.</p>
  276. <p>And much like any Apple product, you can customize it, but you don&#8217;t have to.  The notifications all start with &#8220;mirror my iPhone&#8221; as the default, so I don&#8217;t have to set anything, unless I don&#8217;t like it and want to change it.</p>
  277. <p>I realize I&#8217;m late to the party, but I&#8217;m extremely pleased with my Apple Watch, and I haven&#8217;t even had it 48 hours.  I&#8217;m looking forward to what else I can do with it.  Speaking of, have a favorite use for your Apple Watch?  Let me know how you use yours!</p>
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