October 2007

Charles evaluates his transition to using Outlook 2003 versus his experiences in Notes. It's a useful analysis, both of things right and things wrong. But one sentence actually captures it all:The lack of options in Outlook means people can't get confused as easily.For example, I've heard complain...

The Lotus España team has posted a useful eight-minute video demonstration of the Lotus collaboration story en español. Covers all products including Notes 8, Connections, and Sametime -- but more importantly, covers them from the perspective of an end-user, rather than product-by-product. Find t...

Just posted some photos taken across the Italian Lotus Collaboration Summit events (and I snuck one in from New York City) here....

John Fontana takes us down memory lane...This one can back up to Lotus cc:Mail vs. Microsoft Mail, two early e-mail systems finding their way in a new world called LAN-based communications. While cc:Mail had a devout and passionate following, which formed an angry mob at their annual user conference...

Mainstream media covers the good and not-so-good of corporate blogging...For businesses, blogging is a way to reach customers, colleagues and clients, but it's about more than just slapping down an electronic stream of consciousness. It can be part of a larger strategy to reach out. "Blogging stand...

Red pearl

October 28 2007

Over the weekend, I converted from my first Blackberry Pearl to a slightly newer red Pearl. I am really really pleased with the new device. First of all, the conversion was, in the end, pretty easy. I didn't have to copy anything manually over from the old device -- after the initial sync and a...

The 400 pound Buddha

October 28 2007

A few weeks ago, I posted a plea for help looking for someone with contacts or knowledge dealing with international cargo. A month later, my first-ever experience has finally concluded. The Buddha has arrived. Honestly, when my wife and I purchased this during our honeymoon, I really had no i...

I was asked this morning about compatibility between Sametime and the new version of the Mac OS... The answer is that Lotus Sametime 8.0 (due out this quarter) will support Leopard. Lotus Sametime 7.5.1 will not support Leopard. (And as has been confirmed by people who have tried to run Lotus Same...

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the proposals for Lotusphere 2008 were in and session selection had begun. I was staring at a pile of 200 great submissions and wondering how to get that down to 55 great sessions. Charles Robinson pointed out that 200 was 10% fewer proposals than the infrastru...

November trip to Oz

October 24 2007

In something of what is becoming an annual spot on my calendar, I've confirmed travel through Australia for the first week of November. Invitations have gone out for user group events in Sydney (6th November 7:30 - 10am) and Melbourne (9th November 8:00 - 10am) from ANZ Customer Care manager Nicole...

Cristian writes of his fondness for IBM's Swiftfile tool for Lotus Notes...I'm trying to love Notes mail folders, and I must say that one handy tool is helping me a lot: its name is SwiftFile ! (SwiftFile 4.0 for IBM Lotus Notes 8.0 , [part number] C1436EN) In my opinion, SwiftFile is a gre...

The AP follows up on their story from earlier in the week...Comcast has repeatedly denied blocking any Internet application, including "peer-to-peer" file-sharing programs like BitTorrent, which the AP used in its nationwide tests. On Tuesday, Mitch Bowling, senior vice president of Comcast Online...

The team at Teamstudio has started a group blog on Lotus Notes and IT governance. Some good topics already being discussed, such as this one:Then the other day I was speaking with another customer who had 8,000 databases (not counting mail files). Not so impressive you may think. However, they only...

A Quickr pickr uppr

October 22 2007

Still love that line, which Art Thomas coined when we announced Quickr.... Anyway, today there's a new Quickr promotion running in the US and Canada (only -- no other countries have implemented this promotion, so, well, don't ask :-). Now through December 31st, 2007, customers buying 25 Lotus N...

Another update from the front lines...We started getting reports from some of our users last week that large e-mail transfers via Lotus Notes were once again working on the Comcast network. I did some testing this weekend and every upload was successful. So it would seem the filtering, at least for...

It seems the story is much bigger than thought when Kevin Kanarski first wrote about it.Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally. The i...

The IdeaJam

October 18 2007

It's been a couple of days since Bruce Elgort and Elguji software announced their project, the IdeaJam and "Elguji Ideas" software. There was obviously quite a conga line of congrats and good tidings in the community following the announcement. My silence was not meant to convey anything other tha...

Alan discovered a really cool Notes 8 feature...There is no "Reply To All"! So now in Notes 8 when you are Bcc'd on an email, you can no longer emabarrsingly reply to everyone, considering they (everyone but the original sender) did not know you recieved the email in the first place!That's right --...

Business partner The Learning Continuum Company has released its Notes/Domino 8 application development, system administration, and end-user courses. Details available on tlcc.com Also, my colleague Joel Demay, who recently starred in a Notes 8 video en français, has posted an English language v...

IBM Lotus is highlighted on the homepage of ZDNet.co.uk, including links to a white paper on Unified Communications and collaboration solutions. Right above that link, about halfway down on the middle of the page, there's an embedded video. No direct link to it, but once you find it and click, you...

Unsurprising unintended consequences of mucking with the standards process...SC 34 is one of the more important and active committees in JTC1, and has a constant stream of standards under active consideration and balloting. In anticipation of the OOXML vote, its membership surged -- with 23 new Nat...

Nobody wants to be first

October 15 2007

In my inbox today are two requests from large Notes customers, asking to speak to a reference of similar size who has already deployed Notes 8. I think 2-3 such requests a day is my average for the last few weeks. The problem is, there just aren't many organizations that a) have completed a rollou...

Concluding a long trip and realizing... I won't be at home tomorrow, either! Tomorrow is the Chicago edition of the Lotus Collaboration Summit, in the way-cool venue of the Field Museum! (I have no idea where the sessions actually take place, and whether Sue will be looking over my shoulder during...

A few days ago, a partner forwarded along a non-confidential e-mail from Microsoft announcing their new "Notes Transition Partner Program (NTPP)", which is also found on their website. Could it be, that after three failed attempts to run a Notes platform migration effort, they'd really try again?...

Lotus Notes 8.0.1 video

October 12 2007

As already blogged today by Alan Lepofsky, Ron Sebastian has created a video showing some of the new features in Notes 8.0.1, now posted to YouTube. What Alan didn't mention is how quickly this happened -- I think I saw the first request to create such a video yesterday. Ron just went and did it....

What an amazing 24 hours. First, thank you all for the comments on my slightly-frustrated post from yesterday. It meant a lot. In fact, I felt better about having walked Rome for a few hours yesterday morning. Once I arrived in Germany last night, I had the pleasure of joining a small birthday...

Rob Ingram is pretty jazzed about the Domino 8 performance report:It reveals very significant reductions in I/O utilization compared to Domino 7, and at the same time shows no other significant performance tradeoffs e.g: similar CPU usage compared to Domino 7. To sum up the report conclusions in on...

Working two work days

October 11 2007

As wonderful as yesterday's Collaboration Summit in Rome was, I found myself at end of day thoroughly exhausted. I was asleep at 10 PM, struggled to wake at 7:30 AM, and felt light-headed by early afternoon today. At that moment, I should have been thoroughly content. A last-minute meeting can...

When in Rome...

October 10 2007

...well, you know the line. A bigger-than-expected turnout for today's Lotus Collaboration Summit here, somewhere above 250. I think we had the right pacing going with the translation, and the team made some adjustments to the plenary session to keep it interesting. Lunch was better today -- the...

Announced today:Effective on the [U.S.-formatted] dates listed below, IBM will withdraw support from the following product releases licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement: 5724-E70 6.5.[x] 4/30/09 IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 55724-E89 6.5. ...

Molto bene in Milano

October 8 2007

Over 500 attended today's Lotus Collaboration Summit in Milan, filling the auditorium, eating the lunch buffet's entire stock of delicious prosciutto and smoked salmon, and generally having a great event. I had the opportunity to present the Lotus strategy as well as the Notes/Domino 8 update....

I've posted my presentation from Wednesday's Minneapolis user group meeting online on slideshare.net. You can also peruse the meeting notes, posted by John Smart on the user group website. Any questions let me know -- for now, I'm off to Milano, Roma, Paris, and Düsseldorf/Köln -- should be a gr...

The Taking Notes podcast has a 20 minute discussion with product manager Shawne Robinson about Lotus Notes Traveler, the new 8.0.1 feature for Domino mail/calendar/etc on Windows Mobile devices. Take a listen: Link: Taking Notes Episode 68: 2007.10.04 - Lotus Notes Traveler with Shawne Robinson...

An answer to one of the questions asked yesterday at the Minnesota Notes user group meeting...Notes.exe does the following three main things, then calls Nlnotes.exe: - it displays the splash screen - checks to see if Notes is already running (and aborts if so) - loads Qnc.exe if you have it configu...

My colleague Joel Demay has posted a 15-minute online end-user demonstration of Notes 8 with narration en français. Mais oui! Lotus Notes 8.0 Demo - Part 1 - IntroductionUploaded by jdemay...

Getting from the airport to downtown in Minneapolis via the light rail is one of the easiest and most pleasant airport-to-town journeys anywhere in the US. I also can't think of any other major US city that has adopted the no-entry-gate approach to a rail line. A full and busy day ahead, culminati...

Steve Castledine writes about some of those strange-looking comments we've seen in the last few weeks...It seems the Domino community is being targetted right now by the dull, nothing better to do script kiddies who put javascript calls into web site comments. ... The Domino Blog template has alway...

I don't know which product it was, but I'm pretty sure I can guess which product it wasn't..."I just looked through my calendar to see when I last had an unscheduled e-mail system outage. It was on Aug. 10, 2002. ... "I remember this incident well because that was the only unscheduled e-mail syste...

Michael Miller writes his first impressions of the Notes 8 client:Now I know many of you reading this think Notes vanished years ago, and indeed, it sure felt like IBM gave up on it for years, preferring instead to talk about things like Workplace, which never took off. But the Notes client and Domi...

I know Notes/Domino is the market leader in Germany, but the results of last week's Frage der Woche on Computerwoche.de still is a bit surprising. Which messaging/groupware platform does your enterprise use? This link was sent to me mid-week last week, but I deliberately chose not to blog it unt...

Among the many impressive new tools coming from Lotus to understand Notes 8, I found this gem last week via the developerWorks Lotus: Lotus Notes and Domino 8 technical content page. Called "Exploring New Features in IBM Lotus Notes 8", this 15 minute tool orients the end-user to all of the key new...