November 2005

Yeah, its easy to migrate a Notes application, as long as you have no data, no code, no agents, no lookups and no workflow... Hang on while I just shut down all the domino servers. I laughed out loud that Paul's use of the analyzer finds that a standard out of the box discussion database is co...

Browser usage

November 30 2005

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A 30 page management-level white paper discusses the roadmap for Lotus Notes and Domino, building on the strong foundation for these products in market. Discussion includes the Domino platform products (Sametime, Quickplace, etc.) as well as how Notes/Domino fit in the overall IBM Workplace fam...

Ben Rose and I were discussing plans and timing for a meeting of the UK Notes User Group. He suggested the meeting be after Lotusphere: Ed (9:01:09 AM): when is the first physical meeting? Ben (9:01:27 AM): i'm going to make it new year, post Lotusphere Ben (9:01:38 AM): hoping to get...

InfoWorld writes about Azaleos and their value-add plans around the Exchange 12 upgrade plan. The quotes are from Keith McCall, who worked on the Exchange team at Microsoft as well as with the Domino "Dot" products (.Action, .Merchant) back in the day at Lotus::Microsoft's plan for Exchange 12...

mail client hatred stats

November 28 2005

Ben Poole, blogging about my recent Mac experiences, prompted me to take a look at a couple of Google strings. "I hate Notes" -- 277 google hits, including some that are clearly off-topic "I hate Outlook" -- 1480 google hits, most of them squarely on-target....

John Roling writes up his experience moving a Domino 6.5.4 on Windows 2000 to a Domino 7 server on Windows 2003, in a total time of three hours. So in the course of 3 hours, I moved an entire Notes server from one hardware platform and one OS to another piece of hardware and a newer OS. I then...

Alan is headed down under

November 28 2005

In an attempt to prove once and for all that Alan Lepofsky and I are -not- the same person, Alan is taking a couple of months off to travel in Australia and New Zealand. While we will miss his Notes and Domino hints and tips, Alan has recruited a world-class cadre of guest bloggers during his...

We're a week away from ADMIN 2005 Europe. Uffe Sorensen and I will be sharing the conference keynote next Monday in Amsterdam, and I'll also be presenting on Notes/Domino 7 benefits and advantages. This is my first trip to ADMIN Europe, and I'm looking forward to what I hear is a first rate e...

Blogging from the Mac

November 25 2005

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Happy Thanksgiving! Loads to be thankful for this year. Take a short break from blogging about the new iMac and get back to Notes. Overnight, I received two e-mails with end-user questions/comments/observations about Lotus Notes. We'll take the first one now, which came from an end-user at...

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AOL AIM Triton

November 23 2005

Looks like AOL has launched its new AOL Instant Messenger client , "Triton", at least in the US. Intriguing that they're using an "I AM" theme for their launch messages -- hasn't that been done before? Not just by Lotus? Looking under the covers....new catch-up features include easier audi...

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Lotusphere 2006 Frappr!

November 22 2005

I had not previously heard of Frappr until Carl Tyler blogged about it the other day. He set up a Lotusphere 2006 Frappr, already with 27 Lotusphere attendees on the map. Add yourself if you are attending Lotusphere -- should be interesting to see the event demographics mapped out. It look...

A recent case study on ibm.com just crossed my desk...The environment is so valuable that today DaimlerChrysler deploys 40,000 Lotus Notes and Domino applications spread over nearly every aspect of its operations. These range from standardized applications such as group discussion databases and...

Can I claim dibs on being the first non-MS person to say this sounded like a bad idea? I guess maybe I'm a little more biased than these... Peter Pawlack of Directions on Microsoft is quoted in Information Week, Analyst Criticizes Microsoft Making Exchange 12 Only 64-Bit :"Only a small subs...

Channel9 is featuring its first-ever interview with an Exchange guy. Some great quotes in there: "Almost everybody uses Exchange, they just don't know it" "So far we've given developers 42 different APIs...developers have found that confusing" "My e-mail server might be down....yup, i...

A very wide-ranging interview with Mike Rhodin. He discusses his vision for the future of productivity and collaboration, the "Hannover" Notes release and its architecture, market share, and innovation. Sample quote:One of the dangers we all recognize is the e-mail mentality where you live in...

Some info coming out of this week's DNUG meeting: Alexander Kluge says, "Lotus Notes / Domino is more alive than ever". He talks about the Workplace Managed Client, the "Hannover" Notes release, and some other goodies. He also links to a photo of Kevin Cavanaugh's presentation, with a pic...

7 days to join the Mac crowd

November 17 2005

A few weeks ago, I wondered whether it was time to buy a Mac. I was on the fence, trying to decide whether to wait for the Intel chipset, whether it was the right machine, etc. Well, my daughter made the choice simple. When we went into the local Apple store, she sat down at the iMac G5 and p...

I wasn't the only one who said "wow" when the earth moved under Microsoft Exchange the other day (ref: Exchange 12: 64 bit only?). Some other blogger views: Andrew Pollack:Exchange 12 will do what every previous version of Exchange has been targeted to do. It will have enough new features an...

The Notes/Domino documentation team has published the ND7 upgrade guide:Describes how to upgrade existing Lotus Notes clients and Domino servers to Notes/Domino 7, and how to migrate information in existing messaging and directory systems to Notes/Domino 7.Download here in a .ZIP file or view ...

Matthew White has recently been using Outlook/Exchange and has some observations about what differs from Lotus Notes...over the years I have been spouting the line that Notes was a great mail client without ever having actually used Outlook / Exchange (my employers have always been rather enligh...

Dec and Bill are both pointing to Microsoft employee Eileen Brown's weblog:but the thing that really caught my eye was the statement about Exchange. Exchange 12 (E12) will only be made available in 64 bit. Yes, I said only.....I almost want to assume that this was a misunderstanding. Even...

Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft is again describing Exchange "12" as a "late 2006/early 2007" deliverable.Microsoft execs announced earlier this year that Exchange 12 would ship in 2006. Now Microsoft is back to saying to expect Exchange 12 in late 2006 or early 2007.That will make more th...

This fits somewhat with my comments the other day about how Notes has a halo effect but is sometimes perceived as outdated simply for being old.The fact that the Notes demo concluded without interruption while the UMTS one fell over at the crucial moment didn't seem to matter - there's marketing...

My colleague and fellow Chicagoan Jon Raslawski informs me that there are a bunch of new downloads on ibm.com/lotus/nd7live... Screensavers and wallpaper New demos Two new events (Power of ND7 and Planning & Implementing) User group webcast archive and informationThanks, Jon!...

Saw Network World's John Fontana just outside the Lotus office in Cambridge last week...knew that something good was coming up. And here it is...IBM/Lotus chief Michael Rhodin this week will quietly finish his first 100 days at the helm, but it is the coming months that will tell if he is the o...

The list of 99% final Lotusphere 2006 sessions has been posted. I'll be highlighting sessions, themes, and new stuff in the coming days/weeks, but for now, surf on over. Hope this helps those of you "on the fence" or waiting for more ammo to justify the trip....

On the ride to Washington National on Friday, the hotel's shuttle bus was shared with a flight crew from an airline I don't typically fly. After that ride, I'm glad I don't. These airline employees in uniform spent the entire fifteen minute ride complaining about their work environment. Espec...

A blogger named Arno rants about how he doesn't like the usability of Lotus Notes:So when talking about Lotus Notes (the client only, as this is all I know about), I will not lose my temper. I will not raise my voice. I will quietly continue voting on the "Software Tools of Dirt"-Page (in German...

Ironic props to Mr. Ozzie

November 11 2005

Every time Mr. Ozzie is in the news, my blogdigger feed for "Lotus Notes" takes off. It continues to be standard practice to acknowledge Ray in the press and blogs as the creator of Lotus Notes. I think it's kind of funny and ironic that Ozzie's contribution to Lotus Notes is always men...

Bill Buchan picks up on a Wikipedia entry comparing e-mail clients: Ranking Client Number of known vulnerabilities Oldest known vulnerability 1-9 Eudora 0 - 1-9 Lotus Notes 0 - 1-9 KMail 0 - 1-9 Mail 0 - 1-9 Mozilla ...

A great meeting of the local user group last night. About 20 in attendance, with a good 90+ minute discussion. Since there was an ND7 launch in the DC area just a couple of weeks ago, I eschewed my normal presentation format and made it more of an informal Q&A. The evening meeting time fu...

"Taking Notes" podcasts

November 10 2005

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More coverage of IBM's press/analyst event this week .One IBM customer on hand to lend its support to the advancement of new social networking applications was investment bank Morgan Stanley, which said that it is testing tools meant to help its employees communicate more effectively while keepi...

On Thursday, I'll be speaking at the Washington DC Notes Users Group meeting. The fun starts at 6:30 PM. Geekdinner to follow. See you there!...

Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to a press event which IBM software held earlier this week, entitled "The future of social networks". David Weinberger did, though, and has a very detailed writeup:They're talking about 1) Social Nets Analytics, a "solution" [yech, I hate that term -- Wha...

Doc Searls takes our conversation about Attack of the Blogs further...Dan's right when he says, in the podcast, that we [bloggers] don't know the "rules of engagement" yet. I think that's actually a good thing. Link: Doc Searls: Save a CEO. Don't post today. ...

After the recent Forbes: Attack of the Blogs article, the blogosphere exploded in discussion about the article. Perhaps this was Dan Lyons intended effect after all, like yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre. Ten days later, the hue and cry has mostly passed, though I am still getting pings ...

ZDNet is running edbrill.com content under their "sponsored blogs" section. I'm planning to write a few lengthier articles in the next couple of weeks given the broader audience... if I can find the time to do so. Hmm, three flights this week......

SearchDomino comments on upgrade plans for Notes/Domino 7:Lotus Notes users have earned a reputation for brand loyalty. If the results of SearchDomino.com's recent survey of Notes/Domino developers and administrators are any indication, that loyalty will continue with Notes/Domino 7.0. The s...

The Lotusphere website features an interview with Kristin Keene, discussing how Lotusphere 2006 will be even more technical than ever."Each year, the number one piece of feedback we receive from Lotusphere attendees is a request for more technical content," says Kristin Keene, who has been at th...

SearchDomino has a story today about an organization running a hosted messaging environment, using Domino 6.5 and Outlook clients. Apparently, they're having problems with POP3 errors.According to Frank, someone at the hosting service told him, "Notes and Outlook do not work well together."... ...

SearchExchange writes about a last-ditch attempt to restore a corrupted Exchange server from Outlook users' OST files.Recently, I was recruited by a colleague to help him recover Microsoft Exchange data from a failed hard drive. Unfortunately for us, he had a corrupt backup. The failed drive con...

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Question came up during the Notes/Domino 7 launch here today. Remember, I'm not a developer.... Apparently, Notes 6 doesn't provide an ability to customize letterheads in the mail template. I remember this as being one of the most common R5 customizations. Anyone have an easy solution for...