October 2003

A fairly lengthy article that appeared incredibly quickly after my interview with the reporter yesteday. He got most of it right, and I hope you'll share this link with your colleagues.IBM's Lotus Software unit next week plans to reveal the next wave in its "Workplace" strategy, introducing a s...

Bratislava

October 31 2003

As threatened, I took the train from Vienna to Bratislava this morning. The debate on whether to do it or not, ironically, was helped along by the same topic as my last post -- the cell phone rang at 5:30 AM Vienna time. It was a colleague from Australia, who apparently didn't realize that I w...

and the wonders of GSM

October 31 2003

Yes, my sister's boyfriend did just call my cellphone, at 1 AM Vienna time. To ask me whether he should buy a 2.6GHz processor on their new computer, or the 2.8GHz one which is US$200 more. (For their use, 2.6 GHz, with 512MB RAM and a 120 GB hard drive should be just fine). Then he asks, "so...

A mixed work day/vacation day for me in Vienna today... conference calls back with the US from 4 PM local time to about 10 PM local time cut into the holiday a bit. No calls on Friday though :) Some of the calls were quite good, including three press interviews about the upcoming release of Lotus...

Three days in Vienna

October 30 2003

More glamorous business travel.... seven hours transit time from my hotel room in London yesterday to my hotel room here in Vienna. I hadn't ever realized this before, but Heathrow is not the best place to be if your flight is delayed. Because gates are announced "just in time", a delayed flig...

When I arrived on Monday, I really thought something was wrong -- we landed at Heathrow 40 minutes early, and the taxi time to the gate was only 5 minutes! This swift arrival meant that I was in the hotel bar having a beer with Bill Buchan, Warren Elsmore, Ian McCherill, Daniel Nashed, Urban...

Ron Anderson reviews Notes/Domino 6.5 and its integration with Lotus Instant Messaging. As Emeril would say, you can kick the combination up a notch by integrating a Lotus Sametime server for IM and a Lotus Quickplace server for collaboration and end up with the most mature and complete messagi...

Whereas IM and team collaboration once stood only as standalone products, "Workplace is blowing that out to include all forms of collaboration," he said. Customers building applications with Workplace will have collaborative functions such as presence awareness, Web conferencing, and IM availa...

This is where trackback would be kinda useful.... Volker linked to a blog on Dan Gillmor's eJournal about Microsoft's digital rights management capabilities in Office 2003. Being the anti-MS lemming that I am, I dutifully followed over, and even added some comments. I was surprised to see th...

IBM's Larry Bowden, VP of Portal and Lotus products, authored this guest column on CBS Marketwatch. In California, Los Angeles and San Diego counties have just launched a countywide "eFILE System" where businesses can go online and file personal property statements in real-time. Before the imp...

Seatguru.com

October 27 2003

Just mentioned this URL in a response to yesterday's Concorde-related blog entry, but I thought it deserved an entry of its own. Seatguru.com is a great site that answers the question: Where is the best seat on a US-based airline's flight? With detailed maps and information for the seven majo...

More funny googles...

October 27 2003

While I spend much of my day offline today (ahhhh), I thought I'd pass along some of the funny googles to hit this site in the last month. london times Remote Procedure Call -- does this operate on port 1352? IBM developed teleportation -- our researchers are good, but I don't think they are...

I just looked at AA.com's seat map for my morning flight from Chicago to London. Over half the economy class cabin is empty -- there are whole rows beyond 35 that have no passengers. I'm assuming that this also makes it likely that nobody is sitting next to me... should really make the differe...

Lots of words written this week on the end of the Concorde era. The hype was really out of control -- though it never had scheduled service to Chicago, British Airways ran a full page ad in the Chicago Tribune touting how important the Concorde spirit is to their ongoing operations. Uh huh (an...

My colleague Ian McNairn has spent a few sleepless nights getting a brand new blog up and running. Haven't seen or spoken to Ian in a couple of years, probably since that Dubai trip in 2000 when the world was a very different place. But out of the blue, we started pinging about blogging earlie...

One or two of you might be interested in this. This paper will provide developers, CTOs and other IT decision-makers with information on the tools and technologies used to support Lotus Workplace. This includes information about the application server platforms available for use with Lotus Wo...

PC Pro UK: Viral Overload

October 24 2003

I've had several conversations recently about my personal favourite email system, Lotus Domino, and not one of the Domino systems I see or maintain has participated in a propagation incident for either SoBig or Blaster.A long and sometimes rambling article by Steve Cassidy about the mistakes ma...

Thank you, Sarbanes-Oxley

October 23 2003

Then: "REDMOND, Wash., July 23, 2002 -- In a position shift for the worldwide integrated collaborative environments (ICEs) industry, Microsoft Exchange Server has leaped past IBM Corp. as the leader." Now: "Redmond, Wash. , Oct. 23, 2003 ... "In addition, with over 120 million seats sold...

IBM announced Wednesday a host of new content management products, including new software for small to medium-size businesses and Linux shops as well as new content management integration offerings and records management product enhancements. ...Other new products include a DB2 Content Manager...

I've been meaning to buy a reasonably high-capacity USB 2.0 flash drive for months. With my upcoming travels, the urgency increased -- last thing I'd want is to be travelling and have a hard drive crash (it has happened before...). So, I stopped into Best Buy this afternoon to finally check t...

Oy oy oy is right -- I've got two European conferences to keynote in the next two weeks, but is that enough for this starting-to-get-a-bit-weary road warrior? No, of course not! Now booked for one more international trip this year...mid-November... Five cities in five days -- Australia and ...

I was looking at some of the recent googles that hit my blog, and one was a funny look in the rear-view mirror... IBM's Taligent, Inc. subsidiary next week will begin shipping client software that makes it easier for Lotus Notes and Domino users to collaborate on projects. Taligent's Places fo...

Formerly known as Lotus Sametime, Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing has long been the dominant player in enterprise IM. It offers a combination of rich client capabilities, interoperability, cross-platform support, and increasing integration into personal- and team-productivity applic...

'In the Middle East these workers have not been able to get proper, secure access to business information systems and collaboration tools -- especially not in their native language. IBM's new Lotus Domino Web Access in Arabic opens doors for these workers, making them a more efficient part of t...

In case you thought I was ignoring today's Office 2003 launch, I'm not... First, I blogged about it on lotus.com -- probably one of the edgier postings I've put up there in a while. Second, I wrote a pretty strong editorial for IBM's Intranet -- nice to get an audience size of 330,000 on the t...

Trackback week at Notestips

October 21 2003

Surprised nobody else has written about this. Mike Golding has generously taken on the beast that is blog trackback -- and delivered. I am encouraged by the list of participants in the discussion on his site -- maybe we'll see updates to the various blog templates incorporating this soon, p...

What a brouhaha! I never said this. Here's what actually happened: On Oct 17, at a conference in Berlin for VC's, CEO's and entrepreneurs, I was on a panel on the subject of Linux and Open Source. The other panelists were the CEO's of MySQL, SuSE, and Trolltech. A number of conference a...

Exchange 2003 launch Q&A

October 21 2003

Wow, I'm excited. Customers are saying, "Hey, it's fantastic that you're making these complementary products all work together and releasing them at the same time."Gee, I remember when MS's competitive people used to beat Lotus up for shipping client and server simultaneously, suggesting that...

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Nice hands-on review of WebSphere Portal 5: Although WebSphere Portal competes in a crowded market, its performance, enterprise focus, usability enhancements, and open standards make it a strong challenger to more established products. More ...

This seems to be becoming a common theme in reviews of Office 2003...When Microsoft has already jammed so many features into earlier versions, why bother upgrading to this year's model? That's true more than ever in Office 2003, in stores Tuesday for Windows XP and 2000. The one component to get...

So much for "better together": Microsoft's strategy of increasingly integrating its server and client products -- as best evidenced by the Office System line-up which officially launches next week -- means some enterprises may end up paying 10 to 40 percent more to stay with Redmond's wares, a...

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Quoting the Inquirer twice in one week is probably dangerous, especially with this nugget: WE WERE IN SUCH a rush to file the story about IBM saying Linux was unstoppable that we missed out a piece of Deborah Magid's dialogue. Not only is Linux unstoppable, but IBM has abandoned using...

You may recall a few months ago that I lamented the passing of the Hayashi sushi restaurant down the street. At the time, I wondered " Who will benefit from your fall? " The answer is Oysy Sushi, a new restaurant carved out of part of Pacific Rim Kitchen in Northbrook. Very smart decision...

Because IBM Lotus started as a collaborative environment and an email system, it is better placed to bridge the gap between personal productivity and team-based environments. ... The workspace features of Lotus Notes, that seemed to be ahead of their time when they were first introduced, may w...

The five out curse

October 17 2003

So, it's the Yankees and the Marlins in the "World Series". Tonight, the Red Sox made the exact same mistake as the Cubs did two nights ago -- at exactly the same point in the game, with five defensive outs remaining. Simply, a bizarre turn of events unfolded due to leaving the starting pitc...

See my Lotus.com weblog....

Revenues from Software increased 11 percent (5 percent at constant currency) to $3.5 billion compared with the prior year's third quarter. Middleware brands, which include WebSphere and DB2 product families as well as Rational, Tivoli and Lotus products, experienced revenue growth of 14 percent...

From The Inquirer, via Duffbert: RUMOURS AND FEVERED SPECULATION AMONGST delegates here at the Etre conference in Berlin is that IBM is seriously considering dumping Windows as a standard within its organization. Discuss on Duffbert's site ...

The Israeli Ministry of Commerce has suspended all governmental contracts with Microsoft, and indicated that the ban will last throughout 2004. The de facto suspension means no upgrades for the duration, at a time when Microsoft is looking to roll out its Office 2003 upgrade; and the Ministry is...

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The real deadline for submitting abstracts to Lotusphere has been announced, and it's Monday, October 20. Give you a few more days for those quick fingers to do their magic. www.lotus.com/lotusphere ...

Despite the convergence, Bisconti says he doesn't expect the end of life for Domino anytime soon. "We will continue to invest in Domino, and it will have a long life as a rapid development environment," he says. But Bisconti also says the key area of investment will be to make Domino's collabora...

The idea of a Cubs vs. Red Sox baseball world series is very appealing, and looking at least somewhat possible at the moment. The media is hip to the idea as well, and I can only imagine that the hype will be deafening if either one or both of these teams move forward in their league champion...

Couple of other fun tidbits from last week's trip: Food and beverage costs in Japan have an amazingly large range. My favorite ice cream was only 100 Yen (90 US Cents), a can/bottle of Coke can be had almost anywhere (literally, there are vending machines on every block) for 120 Yen ($1.10)...

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I spent some time on my flight back sorting through Lotusphere '04 session abstracts. Some really good ideas coming in this year, but there's room for more to be considered. This is the first year that anyone -- customer, partner, IBMer -- can submit an abstract directly. The deadline for sub...

Gartner has issued a report suggesting that customers diversify their IT infrastructure away from a single vendor operating environment. The Gartner research note does not argue that Microsoft operating systems are inherently less secure, just that absolute reliance on only Windows computers c...

National tuna day in Japan

October 10 2003

Last day in Tokyo, and I finally got the meal I was seeking -- a tempura set-o at Matsuya. Highlight of the meal - when the tempura chef served us a piece of eel. As a way to overcome the language barrier and tell us what it was, he pulled a live eel out of a hidden tank and let it wriggle in...

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Engrish

October 9 2003

Today, I was a guest speaker at an IBM PartnerWorld event in Tokyo. The printed agenda indicated that I was "Ed Brill, Senior Manager Lotus, IBM Software Grope"...

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But if you want my advice, stay out of that trap, for a trap is exactly what it is. Look closely at some of the cool new features in Office 2003. Almost all of them will require you to upgrade your desktops and your servers. Almost every cool feature won't work with older versions of Office. Ar...

A pretty direct quote from MS that confirms Office 2003's "rip and replace" nature: ...Office 2003's breakthrough features -- its ability to let workers collaborate on intelligent work files -- work only by hooking into Microsoft's latest server products. Such high-end files can update themselv...

Discussed an interesting scenario with a colleague today -- a potential customer for Domino who is insisting on going with a shared mail/single copy object store approach if they choose to go with Domino. Shared mail has been a double-edged sword since first implemented in Domino. All of us ex...

O-cha, kudasai?

October 8 2003

Lunch in Gotunda.... a little strange. The lunch spot we were in reminded me of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago. "No Pepsi, Coke" In this case, despite the presence of menus, only two things were on lunch offer -- one kind of donburi and one kind of soba. We're still not sure what exactly...

This is the one of the first hands-on reviews I've seen of the product.... Since LCS's beta introduction, there's been concern about its networking requirements. Early reports indicated that the server-to-server exchanges were very chatty, and that bandwidth-saving features, such as being able...

Best seat in the house

October 7 2003

I know this is nothing new, but you would think by now that this idea would be more mainstream in the USA. The hotel where I'm at this week has those fascinating Japanese heated toilet seats. Now I can relax. :)...

This site hosts videos of Douglas Englebart demo-ing his work at Stanford Research Institute in 1968. Yes, many of these computing technologies were developed before I was born! "the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic...

Two completely unrelated topics, but I only want to hit "save" once so here ya go. I caught a bunch of new bloggers in my referrers last few days: Colin Pretorius is a welcome addition to the Lotus-oriented blogger world. He's had some very good thoughts on threads the last few months, so...

This week, The Straight Dope tackles an important, deeply puzzling question: what are all these useless keys and labels on my keyboard? In some cases oddball keys were put on the PC keyboard (or to be more precise, included in the ASCII character set, most of which found its way onto the PC key...

Well, after all the last minute legal wrangling, the US national "Do not call list" went into effect on October 1. For some reason, I haven't seen any "day two" press commenting on the reduced phone calls, lamenting loss of jobs, or whatever. Maybe I'm just not reading the right news sources. ...

I'm sure some of you are using or have tried out OpenOffice? I haven't, but I'm intrigued by some of the new features in 1.1. For example, they now have Acrobat PDF and Flash export formats. This is really intriguing to me... it's one thing to have export filters to .DOC etc., since by thems...

From Network World: Delivery of the Yahoo and WebEx product comes as rivals such as IBM and Microsoft are vying for a piece of the up-and-coming market. Microsoft on Oct. 21 will officially introduce its Office Live Communications Server enterprise IM product. The company introduced its Office...

I haven't been linking to it from here recently... and yes, I know I need to get an RSS feed going.... October 2: Who do you want to believe? (About sponsored research/white papers) September 26: Lotus Workplace Web Content Management demo now live on Lotus Labs September 23: Amy Wohl...

From Computer Reseller News: "There are some ISVs in the largest customers who prefer to work with IBM. [But ] what has traction in small and medium businesses? WebSphere? No traction. Notes? No traction. WebSphere in SMB space ... Hello? DB2? It's a SQL Server and Oracle world." I ran the Not...

I received both an e-mail and a call from American Airlines yesterday, from someone in the Executive Offices. Apparently, I got someone's attention on last week's 3.5 hour tarmac delay. The person on the other end of the phone/e-mail has actually done some real legwork on this. It sounds, cre...

The October issue of e-Pro magazine landed in my inbox yesterday. "Take Note" for October sneaks up on you. The first few paragraphs discuss the technology job market, how things were in the last boom, what's gone on in the recession, and predictions around what will happen in a recovery. I...

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Tim Latta from Hewitt just pinged me that the Turtle's Gonzo Lotusphere 2004 site is now live! I'll continue to post LS04 news here, but of course The Turtle is The Institution and authority. It's unlikely, for example, that I'd be writing my own version of the history of Lotusphere+Copa Ban...