Lotusphere keynote available online

by Volker Weber

Now you can watch the Lotusphere Opening General Session.

Step 1: Login with your IBM ID.

Step 2: Review and edit your personal information as necessary.

Step 3: Install either Real Player or Windows Media Player.

Some IBM Webcast functions require browser support for ActiveX when using Windows Media. Your browser configuration does not appear to support ActiveX, so these features will be disabled if you choose this option. Consider using either Real Player or Internet Explorer as an alternative. Please review the WMP Troubleshooting Tips for further assistance

Step 4: Watch a movie in 125 kbps, a little bit less than a standard 128 kbps MP3.


Step 5: Go to Apple.com and watch their keynote instead. No login, no personal information to review. Just watch it. In low, medium or high resolution. Or in HD.

Apple Keynote in HD

The difference in technology looks more like the 10 years it probably is.


You are right. It's a true pain and all the slides have the wrong aspect ratio.

Lotus Knows that IBM can do better.

Giuseppe Grasso, 2010-02-01

Thanks god for MPlayer and "-dumpstream" "-dumpfile" option. Just dumped both streams to disk so I can watch them later :) Wish the slides would have been in a higher resolution then those small GIF images but I guess it's okay. The slides are anyway not connected to the video when watching off-line.

I fail to see why IBM is making such a big secret about the opening session. Let knowledge flow. Let people look at the opening session. Let them participate. Don't make such a big issue about the opening session. You are only scaring potential users away.

In the past IBM used such nice slogans like "Super Human Software", "Working Together", etc... and each time they disappoint me with their actions and show me in a brutal way that it's not about "Working Together" and that it's not about "Superhuman Software", etc...

Stevan Bajic, 2010-02-01

Step 1: Just go to the WMV file directly: http://bit.ly/d5LIHG

Apple's keynote requires Quicktime, which I don't have installed, so I can't view it at all. Is that really any better?

Charles Robinson, 2010-02-01

Yes, Charles, QT is better than both WMP and Real.

Volker Weber, 2010-02-01

I believe that IBM really wants to know how many people have viewed the OGS, much like they like to know who is downloading, for example, Symphony (which requires the same logins and such). Apple, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care about that information and wants the video to be viewed by as many people as possible. A difference in thinking about the consumer of the media, I suppose.

Gregg Eldred, 2010-02-01

It is frustrating at the amount of registration required to do get almost anything from IBM. My data center guys wanted to get me a SQL driver, and they had to create an IBM ID to download it...frustrating. I don't know that IBM does anything useful with that data, so why collect it? It's similar to using a full name on this blog.

I see QT as equally evil. I despise how apple hides the QT only download and attempts to get you to install iTunes with it, which installs yet more 'helper' processes. Oh HTML 5, save us!

Mike McPoyle, 2010-02-01

Gregg, it is very, very, very easy to find out how many people watched the video by looking at the server log. Or put it on YouTube and Google counts it for you.

Volker Weber, 2010-02-01

Release the OGS and all the recorded sessions as plain old MP4 videos in a Podcast feed.

TED do it, so do Apple. Who gets more buzz from their events?

Stuart McIntyre, 2010-02-01

Volker, my point was the only option from Apple doesn't work for me. IBM may interject a pointless and onerous registration step, but at least I can get to the content. Apple's is a much worse failure.

Charles Robinson, 2010-02-01

Point taken. We can assume that nearly everybody who would want to watch Apple's video would have iTunes and thus QT installed, while everybody who would want to watch IBM's video would have Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and an IBM ID.

Volker Weber, 2010-02-01

vowe: I certainly agree there are much better/easier methods of distribution. However, IBM doesn't get any leads/marketing opportunities from YouTube (or others). I think that is the reason for registration. But I could be wrong.

Gregg Eldred, 2010-02-01

Yup. That is going to work.

Volker Weber, 2010-02-01


IBM in their OGS mention a lot about standards, HTML5, Web2.0, etc...

Ref.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_medium_is_the_message

Pierre Lalonde, 2010-02-02

Has any one downloaded the OGS slides in PDF and the transcript in Word DOC format? When I download them then I get a content about "IBM Smart Oil and Gas" and nothing about the Lotusphere 2010. Looks like they linked the wrong PDF and DOC to the OGS 2010. Can any one here verify if they have the same issue?

Stevan Bajic, 2010-02-02

@Stevan Bajic: yes, seme issue here. wrong PDF and DOC. (and no ODF)

Giuseppe Grasso, 2010-02-02

It's obvious that people are much more interested in Apple products then IBM. The fact that there were over 100 000 people watching the live 'unauthorized' stream on ustream (TWiT) goes to show how apple builds hype around it's products. I'm sure that higher then the entire number of people going to watch the Lotus keynotes combined.

Registration baffles me, they are trying to sell products in the end, they should have the info as open as possible.

Bryan McDade, 2010-02-02

Maybe this is IBM's way of not competing with Apple (or the difference between consumer and enterprise)? Honestly I quite adore you all not having resigned on IBM and web usability yet. I mean how many years has it been like this?
Be prepared when IBM will change their mind and try to do an App store.

Henning Heinz, 2010-02-02

No ODF format ?

It is hard to believe IBM does not understand HOW bold the message is they send out about Symphony by not providing ODF format.

Can anyone imagine MS providing their documents in ODF only and not in DOC format? And can you imagine the public reaction to such a "move" or the blog entries in the yellowsphere where chearleaders would go crazy about the forseeable end of MS?

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2010-02-03

I get a server not found after logging in and reviewing my contact information now. Oh well, didn't really want to sit through it anyway

And then get an email thanking me for my interest with a link that doesn't work either

Dan King, 2010-02-03

Oops, ignore the last post, compete coincidence, as I was browsing here and then clicked through our DNS went down

Dan King, 2010-02-03

*sigh* Embarrassing, to be frank, very embarrassing.

William Eberle, 2010-02-22

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