October 2006

In building my "History of Notes" presentation for today's e-Office event, one thing that struck me is how inconsistent Lotus has been about adding incremental features to Notes releases. It's an issue I'm thinking about a lot not just because of the past, but because of the future. According to t...

Want some great content about Lotus Sametime 7.5? For a limited time, the book Sametime for Dummies is available as a free PDF download from ibm.com. You can also order a hardcopy edition from the same page. Link: IBM Lotus Sametime For Dummies, Limited Edition (Thanks, Hynek)...

A few people out and about in Rome this weekend... and what do you think these guys are talking about?...

Rome if you want to

October 27 2006

Out of the office for a few days. :-) Credit: Flickr/rayced...

Tumi’d by an angel

October 26 2006

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that my Tumi laptop bag had bit the dust, and had been assessed by Tumi as irreparable. There were lots of good suggestions on what to go with as a replacement, and I was thisclose to buying a Briggs & Riley bag. But that's when the e-mail came -- Tumi sent me an...

The final score -- 55 accepted sessions, 164 rejected. In one track. Yowsa. So what have we got in there? More sessions on the Notes client than the past few years, which only makes sense given "Hannover". Some great new sessions on the Domino server side, with a mix of advice and tips for curr...

Well, it's been more than a month since I wrote anything on this topic, but this case study is too useful to ignore. It describes how Hyperion migrated a mixed Domino/Exchange environment to Exchange 2003... at a cost of $1.2 million... for 3800 users. In other words, US$315 per user. And what di...

I was only sort of serious when I mentioned one of the R5 easter eggs the other day....but voila! Thanks to Bradley in New Zealand, I've got my screen shot: Funny, too, since Dwight Morse just rejoined the Notes product management team :-) Join the fun, if you, too, still have R5 around: Elv...

Phillip Storry muses that with IE7 out, Firefox 2.0 almost released, and many other variables, the promise of browser-based applications is getting as complicated as rich clients....And that is the point for web applications - any update to the browsers yur application is designed for must be tested...

Next week, I'll be in Europe for a couple of days, including a pretty cool event being organized by e-office in Maarssen, Netherlands. I'm just starting to work on the first half of my presentation -- a 45-minute historical review of the history of Lotus Notes. Clearly, I'll be drawing on the "His...

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A new threshhold has been reached in the last day or two -- over 1000 comment spam attempts on edbrill.com in the last 24 hours. Of them, only one made it through -- a manually entered one (and it didn't even have a link in it, weird). While it's great that the blog template has such powerful an...

Nice quote:This morning I upgraded our domino server. It wasn't planned but I needed to process some of the Windows updates and reboot, so I figured that if I had any spare time, I'd upgrade Domino. ... The upgrade itself took less than 10 minutes and was faster to implement than the standard Wind...

Chicago commute

October 19 2006

I was downtown in the city today (Londoners aren't the only ones who refer to being in the city as "the city") for some meetings at IBM. Of late, my stops in at IBM Chicago have been hit-and-run, so I've been driving. Today I was able to take the train, and it brought back all sorts of memories fo...

I'm not commenting on the IBM earnings report itself (IBM policy) -- but an interesting quote inside a financial analyst's analysis...As we file this report from Shanghai, China, we can also add that Websphere, Tivoli and Lotus are becoming a defacto standard in web-based applications design, based...

Bruce Elgort asked me the other day if there was any shot of getting Mike Rhodin to do an interview for the Taking Notes Podcast. Well, I asked, and the answer was, "I'm game". While the date for the podcast is being worked out, Taking Notes is soliciting ideas for questions to ask Mike. He won't...

Every week, I read an update on how Lotusphere registration is proceeding. This week's report showed a huge increase in registrations...perhaps people taking advantage of the early-bird discount before it passed. Any which way, the numbers look good. I'm especially pleased to see that the firs...

IBM.com: Blogs go to work

October 18 2006

IBM.com has an extensive feature on the notion of corporate blogging....right on the home page of ibm.com! The link goes to this page called "Blogs go to work": I guess there's no question of IBM's support for my blogging efforts, is there. :-) A very cool webpage that highlights things like...

New York user group meeting

October 18 2006

About 30 customers/partners at this morning's user group meeting in New York. I only learned a few days ago that there is another Lotus-related event going on in NYC tomorrow, so we might have had a little bit of event fatigue. But if you didn't make it and you are in this area, I'd be interested...

Something really cool out of IBM research, called MASTOR. Looks like the babelfish in your ear is becoming reality on the battlefield...When used in Iraq, Mastor will act as an automated bi-directional, English-to-Iraqi Arabic translator capable of translating more than 50,000 English words and 100...

NECN TV (New England Cable News) interviewed Lotus Notes chief architect Jeff Eisen last week about Notes 7.0.2. Check out Jeff's in-studio appearance on Boston.com. Nice job, Jeff! Taking your work on the road is nothing new- IBM Lotus, is offering Lotus Notes, which stores documents, pictures an...

Matthew White announces a really cool defect-tracking application built on Domino using the Dojo framework...If you're a Domino developer, then it may be worth a look as pretty much the whole site has been developed using the Dojo framework. This ranges from the block layout (positioning isn't done...

Going back on offense

October 16 2006

Ben Langhinrichs left a great comment here last week...I sometimes read your blog and wonder if others think IBM is struggling and trying to hide it, which I really doubt is what you mean to impart. Just at a time when the Notes/Domino market seems to be doing well, and Hannover promises great thin...

Reminder that I'll see a bunch of you on Wednesday morning, October 18, 9 AM, at IBM / 590 Madison Avenue, New York. Full details on the MNYNUG website...

My dad, sister, and I were just having this discussion the other day...When it comes to "cursive" -- those letter formations on the alphabet chart over the chalkboard that I struggled with in 3rd grade and that my kids struggled with in 3rd grade-- the only time I ever use it anymore is when I scr...

Lotus's Ken Bisconti writes for Mass High Tech....but instant messaging continues to grow in use among workers as they communicate with one another, and with customers and vendors. Here are some practical tips for using instant messaging most effectively in a professional setting:Helpful reminders....

More coverage of the 7.0.2 announcement from this week...Don't expect IBM to create the next MySpace or YouTube. However, it looks like this corporate IT giant is starting to use some of the dazzle of Web 2.0 -- such as blogs, community and RSS. ... I interviewed Chris Heidelberger, the CEO of Nexa...

PR7

October 12 2006

Wow, what have I done to deserve this?...

Via Bob Sutor, I was definitely curious what was being said about Office 2.0 / Web 2.0 "versus" technologies like Lotus Notes (and MS) at the Office 2.0 conference...The approach is built around online applications with collaboration at the core. It is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Accordi...

The discussion in the last five days that came out of Rod Boothby's simple recipe to leave Lotus Notes has been fascinating on several fronts. It's enough that my brain is busy trying to sort some of this out at 4 AM, so I'd like to try to get the thoughts out while they're fresh. I've taken a fai...

That does it for the Tumi

October 11 2006

Not even three years ago, I bought what I thought would be the laptop bag for a long time from Tumi. In the last few months, though, it started to deteriorate quickly. There were two tears in the fabric, including one at the shoulder strap mount point. The exterior on the back/bottom was all scru...

The official press announcement of Lotus Notes/Domino 7.0.2 availability is out goes out later today. I'll add the link once it's live. Alan Lepofsky and I have done many press interviews about the 7.0.2 release over the last few days, so I'm expecting to see some coverage in the various trade pub...

I'll add this link to my overall 7.0.2 entry, but I thought there was a good quote in it worth highlighting separately:IBM also believes these features will help customers innovate more easily through more user-friendly and cross-platform collaboration. "Customers are asking for the ability to lev...

...Rod Boothby has posted a new blog entry entitled, "Lotus Notes - The Asbestos of Enterprise IT". I've left some comments there....

Bruce Elgort tipped me off earlier today to a big announcement at Saleforce.com's conference...emphasis mine:Lotus Notes Edition -- Responding to customer interest, Salesforce SFA will feature Lotus Notes integration so users can easily collaborate across platforms. Salesforce Notes Edition will fe...

But [Ozzie] sees lots of ways to use the Web to complement Windows and Office that Microsoft has barely tapped. "Take PowerPoint, for example," he tells a gaggle of analysts crowding around him at a Microsoft cocktail party in July. "Wouldn't it be great if you could hit F5 when you finished...

Free wifi at 33,000 feet

October 9 2006

I was confused when I sat down as to why the "hotspot" signs were still up. Answer--The homepage says the service is free - what does this mean? Connexion by Boeing has decided to no longer provide in-flight internet service. From now until the end of the year the service will be provided free of...

...don't worry, I'll be back tomorrow....

The new version of the product formerly known as IBM Workplace Designer is now available for beta download. Chris Reckling explains the name change:it didn't make sense any more to call it Workplace Designer, even though I liked that name, because now it supports deployment to WebSphere Portal and...

Andy Broyles sums up the last 48 hours of online drama quite well, in an entry entitled "The danger of asserting your industry knowledge": I would like to speak to the blogosphere's ability to quickly point out psuedo-experts' shortcomings. ... The majority of the comments were quick to acknowled...

Therapeutic reboot

October 8 2006

If there's one thing my competition and I can agree upon, it's the need for an occasional "therapeutic reboot" to prevent system crashes. A simple ten or fifteen minute process will make everything run so much smoother after it's done. But the hard part is predicting when it will have the most use...

Rod Boothby claims to have figured out the magic recipe for migrating Notes applications:I have heard outrageous estimates for the cost of moving off Lotus Notes, should a large company want to switch. The problem is that companies have built a great deal of information into their Lotus Notes databa...

The "open source" reference in the title is to the Eclipse platform.... The reporter captured the key point of the interview -- that Sametime is a real-time platform, not just chat and meetings.The new version has 150 new features, says Brill. One of his favourites is the location-based awareness...

IBM developerWorks has just added a new newsletter focused on all things Lotus. The newsletter highlights new articles, demonstrations, upcoming webcasts, and events. Sign up at developerWorks: Newsletters...

Have questions about the Sametime SIP gateway, Mac client, Linux server, or anything else on the road ahead for Sametime? Check out Adam's blog for updates to many of your FAQs. Note that in some cases the answer is "no new news" -- but kudos to Adam for ack'ing the most common questions. Link: A...

Not an illusion

October 5 2006

and not just in mail......

After the whirlwind tour through ANZ last month, I had several requests for copies of my presentation. We could (or did) post them on each user group's website, but that wouldn't reach everyone. So the Lotus team asked me if I could post the slides somewhere else more accessible, like perhaps on e...

Computerworld has a pretty extensive writeup on all the major instant messaging technology in the market. Very favorable comments about Lotus Sametime 7.5...Lotus Sametime 7.5, which is just being shipped this quarter, offers what may be the most flexible IM environment available today. Not only do...

While it's not on his blog yet, Rob Wunderlich confirms that he can now be congratulated on joining IBM this month as a technology evangelist. Rob will be working on some of the Web 2.0 and SOA products and innovations coming from across IBM Software. I think the job is a perfect fit for Rob, and...

Declan has updated his blog to an early V3 version of his BlogSphere blogging template for Domino. In his latest entry, he outlines a dozen new features in the template, including: Comment moderation and locking Anti comment spam Site skins and layout templates New improved side blocks Enhanced RS...

Twisted security patch

October 3 2006

Last night, my PC faithfully downloaded the latest Microsoft Windows security patch from IBM's automated system. Because of the severity of the issue, IBM forced the installation and then an automatic reboot. Imagine my surprise when, upon reboot, my Windows password no longer worked. No, I didn'...

An in-depth view of some of the new directions for Lotus software....IBM is building social networking tools into its collaboration software in an effort to bring the concepts of Web 2.0 and online communities inside corporations. In the coming weeks, IBM's Lotus division will announce updates des...

I haven't been super-good about keeping my upcoming events page up-to-date, but here's what's on the calendar in terms of events and user groups in October and November: October 18, I'll be in New York for the Metro New York Notes Users Group meeting at 9 AM. IBM building, 590 Madison. (this pre...

Cool to see MacRumors pick up some recent press about the Notes 7.0.2 Mac client beta...Many in the Mac community have been wondering whether Apple's Intel switch would bring forth increased interest from enterprise customers. Rhodin's comments can't be taken to represent the entire enterprise Mac m...