Technology and the occasional justified rant


Take 47… lights, camera, action

I’ve been dreading this, but actually I don’t think it’s turned out too bad. A few weeks ago our Marketing team asked my frolleague Brendan Tutt and me to record some videos for ZDNet, and we had to choose four pertinent subjects. The tricky thing was we couldn’t mention any product names… just speak on that hot topic.

Daz on ZDNetThe first of mine hit the web today, so you can see me talking about Unified Communications and Collaboration. I wasn’t allowed to mention IBM Lotus Sametime or IBM Lotus Notes 8, but obviously a lot of what I talk about pertains to these two products.

I optimistically thought the recording session was going to be easy – after all, the videos were supposed to be just 3 – 4 minutes long. I do so many presentations and stand-up routines that I don’t usually think about it, I just stand up, open my mouth and some sort of verbal auto-pilot takes over. This was a different kettle of aquatic life – I wonder if writing a script that I tried to stick to hampered me rather than helping me. But with a bit of editing it worked out okay.

Anyway, see what you think… and stay tuned for the other three which will be just as much fun.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.


Darren Adams • 16 October 2007

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  1. Stuart McIntyre 17 October 2007 - 5:42 am Reply

    Great job Darren. Very impressed indeed…

  2. choddo 17 October 2007 - 12:14 pm Reply

    frolleague? Is that like a female German you work with?

  3. Darren 17 October 2007 - 12:19 pm Reply

    Frolleague is a term credited to Ports meaning “friend / colleague”.

  4. Ports 17 October 2007 - 8:21 pm Reply

    If you had managed a kipper tie that would have been just like the open university circa 1978 πŸ™‚

  5. Steve 17 October 2007 - 8:46 pm Reply


    I was thinking that… plus an unusually large man-perm and some horn rimmed glasses.

    Armpit sweat rings optional.

  6. Steve 17 October 2007 - 8:48 pm Reply

    By the way “Frolleague” has made it into the urban dictionary.

    Congrats Ports on the new word…. but I doubt it will make you rich.

  7. Paul H 17 October 2007 - 9:03 pm Reply

    You missed the red jumper out of the OU look – or maybe that was just Geographers.

  8. Steve 17 October 2007 - 9:10 pm Reply

    I seem to remember that most of the presenters on the OU either couldn’t quite grow a real beard and had that nasty bumfluff look going on or they were total David Ballamy clones.

  9. Darren 17 October 2007 - 9:43 pm Reply

    There’s still one more video to shoot… I could ask them to convert it to monochrome, and I’ll draw a bell curve on the whiteboard with an unintelligible differentiation equation.

    Ports, I asked Andy Walter if he had a kipper tie, but he said he preferred coffee (note to everyone else, the boy Walter is a Brummie).

  10. Ray Davies 18 October 2007 - 1:47 pm Reply

    Hi Darren, way cool! Nice one. Can I be a Frolleague as well!

  11. Kieran O’Byrne 22 October 2007 - 2:06 pm Reply

    Like it!

  12. Steve 27 October 2007 - 1:15 am Reply

    Number 2 in the series is up.,1000002009,39290270,00.htm

    I actually understood a bit of what you were talking about this time. I must be getting a bit more tech savvy.

    By the way… you should have had your hands waxed before your presentation…. they are very hairy, like monkey!!!

  13. Darren 27 October 2007 - 10:01 am Reply

    @12 – there’s a bit missing from that one, must have been edited out. Perhaps no-one will notice.


  14. Steve 27 October 2007 - 2:32 pm Reply

    I didn’t notice… perhaps it wasn’t an important bit.

    What I did notice was that your delivery was much more realaxed this time. Looking forward to number 3. Have you already filmed it or can we have a different coloured shirt next time.

  15. Darren 28 October 2007 - 12:41 am Reply

    I have filmed it, two weeks apart, but they asked me to wear the same shirt. I guess my hair will look a bit ‘longer’. I did it in two takes rather than, errr, several.

  16. Steve 4 November 2007 - 8:48 pm Reply

    Number 3 is up,1000002009,39290442,00.htm

    Your delivery is getting better πŸ˜‰

  17. Darren 4 November 2007 - 9:57 pm Reply

    Next week I’m recording another video… this time interview-style for VNU.

  18. Steve 4 November 2007 - 10:48 pm Reply

    You’re rapidly becoming IBM’s spokesperson….. I’d ask for more money if I were you. πŸ˜‰

    By the way… have you applied for your equity card yet πŸ™‚

  19. Steve 15 November 2007 - 8:50 pm Reply


    Where’s number 4 of the series? Shouldn’t it be out by now?

    By the way, Brendan did a great job on his.

  20. Darren 16 November 2007 - 11:52 am Reply

    Brendan’s was #4

  21. Steve 16 November 2007 - 12:58 pm Reply

    Oh… I thought you were doing 4 of them.

  22. Darren 16 November 2007 - 5:42 pm Reply

    No, I only did three. However, I did do another for VNU earlier this week… so that is four in total. Not sure when that’s on-line, they said we could see it first to check the edit is okay.

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