December 2004

Shortly after blogging about Microsoft's upcoming roadshow, I decided that as IBM is a Microsoft partner, I might want to attend this seminar. I followed the instructions, including use of the RSVP code. At some point, I bailed out of the registration process -- I think I was off trying to determine IBM's MS partner level. When I came back to start over again, it seemed that the site must have set some kind of cookie around the RSVP code. For when I got to the appropriate page, I noticed that it had kindly applied the RSVP code discount a second time. ...

Every morning this week, I've awoken with a bigger pit in my stomach about the earthquake/tsunami-related crises in SE Asia. The scenes from the island of Phuket, Thailand, strike particularly close to home, as I've been on one of the beaches that was completely decimated. So, earlier this wee...

I'm pleased to confirm that Esther Dyson has agreed to be the moderator for the Lotusphere panel "Lotus Notes: From 1984 Through 2005 and Beyond" that I mentioned earlier this week. Kewl....

The holidays really haven't been very quiet this year, have they? From www.msreadiness.com/lotusnotes.asp:Lotus Notes customers may be concerned about the future of their Communications and Collaboration platform investments. At Lotusphere 2004, IBM delivered a clear message--IBM customers will...

I received this in e-mail a few days ago, and asked the author for permission to post it on the blog. I'll leave it up to him to decide if he'll be taking credit via the comments. The author was inspired to write as he reflects on a new assignment that will take him away from Notes/Domino I w...

Many of us have been there -- the phone call from the family member about a computer problem. Software doesn't load, a peripheral doesn't work. Ross ruminates on how to simplify computing environments for family members...If you are reading this, you are probably an early adopter. So when t...

Blazing saddles

December 27 2004

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As I mentioned last week, there's some more exciting Lotusphere '05 news out today. Two special sessions have been added to the agenda: Gurupalooza -- All the speakers in the Best Practices track will be invited to form a panel of experts on Thursday the 27th at 11:15 AM in the Swan. Ther...

The blogging year in review

December 26 2004

When I started blogging a little over two years ago, I had little sense as to where the endeavor might lead. I've enjoyed writing all my life, and initially, I thought that this would be little more than an online journal, gratifying to compose. In the first year in review, I didn't talk mu...

A colleague sent along this link to an article on MSExchange.org, highlighting the incompatibilities between Outlook Web Access 2003 and Windows XP SP2. Until I read this article, I had assumed the XP SP2 issues were all about the popup blocker. Turns out there is a lot more to it. I gues...

John Head is full of B.S.

December 25 2004

With the vacation and everything else going on right now, I missed the opportunity to congratulate my blog admin/designer and recent Lotus Award winner John Head on completing his undergraduate degree as a Bachelor of Science in computer science. And here I thought all that time he was spendin...

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A number of developments on the Lotusphere '05 front in the last few days -- - Lotusphere 2005 session dates/times have been posted. - Ben Langhinrichs has already posted this data in NSF format. He'll be updating it soon with more snazzy features. - The Workplace Forum event-within-an-...

[In case y'all thought I was stuck in a competitive groove....] Paul Robichaux, who writes a column for Exchange&Outlook update and blogs at Exchange Security, wrote about his experience attempting to buy IBM Workplace in order to evaluate it. He documents three problems with his exper...

Oracle has updated the published version of their OCS whitepaper -- it no longer says "Oracle internal use only". Where's my consulting fee? :)...

So much for intermittent blogging this week. :) Directions on Microsoft seems to have hit the nail on the head with Micosoft's Top 10 challenges for 2005. Number one with a bullet (emphasis mine):The roadmaps for many major Microsoft products--including Windows XP, Office, and Exchange--don'...

The analysts over at Ferris Research are buzzing about the latest shifting sands in the Microsoft Exchange world. First, Richi Jennings asserted thatThe Lotus community's scorn over the Exchange roadmap isn't entirely justified, but it seems to be getting louder by the day.(Good response co...

Microsoft next year plans to host its first developers conference dedicated to the Microsoft Office System, underscoring the company's strategy to make Office a foundation for customized business applications.... Microsoft created a conference dedicated to the Office System to promote the creat...

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Where am I?

December 21 2004

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The roadmap for Exchange hits another pothole...Microsoft's ever-changing messaging and collaboration roadmap is about to get another makeover, as the anticipated Exchange Edge Services platform, originally due out in 2005, is pushed to 2006 and given a bigger mission. .... Microsoft will now ma...

For the first time, Internet Explorer has been losing market share. According to a worldwide survey conducted in late November by OneStat.com, a company in Amsterdam that analyzes the Web, Internet Explorer's share dropped to less than 89 percent, 5 percentage points less than in May. Firefox no...

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Have you checked back in on the discussion on Mark Cuban's blog? I've been impressed with the passion displayed in so many of the comments. The Notes community appears in fascinating places....as do Notes supporters. It got me talking to a colleague about "celebrities" associated with Not...

The Lotus website and e-Pro have coverage of the winners of the 2005 Lotus Awards. Congratulations to the winners! Special shout-out to PSC Group, they who host this blog, for finally moving from bridesmaid to bride. :)...

vowe reports on a new hire within the Lotus team: David Marshak, formerly of the Patricia Seybold Group, is joining the Lotus product management team. He'll be responsible for the real-time collaboration products. Looking forward to working with you, David!...

True to form, The Turtle has broken the news of where the Wednesday night party will be at Lotusphere 2005....

With no offense to the other user groups I've spoken at in the last three months, the Dallas gathering on Tuesday night was probably the most interesting -- and challenging -- such meeting. There were 46 attendees, apparently the largest turnout they have had for some time. A lot of questions....

Had a great Notes user group meeting in Dallas last night; I'll write more about it in sum with tonight's Houston user group meeting. After the meeting, a few of us went to a pub called The Flying Saucer, which looked nothing like a Flying Saucer but maybe that's just how they do things in T...

This is awesome....Mark Cuban has taken a stroll down memory lane with the rest of us:I saw a note a couple weeks ago marking the 15th anniversary of Lotus Notes going on sale. Now for most of you, that mean absolutely nothing. To those of us who were systems integrators back then, it was a big...

E-Pro interviewed me last week about the big Lotus Notes anniversary. Others were interviewed as well:[Burton Group analyst Peter] O'Kelly attributes the staying power to Notes's unique place in the market, having been the first real platform for building collaborative applications. "Here we ar...

As mentioned last week, one of my speaking slots at Lotusphere is entitled, "How to 'sell' Notes/Domino inside your organization". This is a common need inside organizations already using Notes, as exemplified by the contents of an e-mail I received on Friday...paraphrased to genericize it: ...

With it being holiday season, like the rest of you, I'm doing a fair bit of online shopping. As mentioned previously, I'm looking for a new mobile phone, but also a mobile GPS system, a cordless phone, possibly a laptop computer. One of the great promises of e-commerce was price inelasticity [...

Chicago.Metblogs.com

December 11 2004

As a result of a vowe link, many of you are discovering one of my occasional contributions to chicago.metblogs.com. This site was launched about six months ago as part of the metroblogging network -- two dozen locally-authored, locally-focused group blogs. Metroblogging was nominated for "...

Robert X. Cringely has an interesting analysis of IBM's PC division partnership with Lenovo. I think it's an interesting analysis, but I'm blogging it specifically because ofAs the silicon manufacturer, IBM will be able to make some remarkably powerful computers and own the high-end computation...

With the exception of the Workplace Forum and the customer success stories tracks, 99% of the approved Lotusphere sessions/BoFs are now posted in all their glorious detail. I think it should be self-evident now that the content team has delivered on the promise of increased Notes/Domino content...

Remember back in the days when Lotusphere was like 10,000 people? One of the differences back then is that Lotusphere attendees tended to come from a range of organizational levels -- administrators/developers/architects, but also IT management, directors, and CIOs. In the last few years, fewe...

Ferris's new blog previews the Lotus Web Conferencing Service:For distributed teams, the service immediately strikes us as more functional than its main competitors, Microsoft/PlaceWare, and Webex. The audio integration is particularly elegant.More ...

Bloggers at Lotusphere

December 9 2004

Now that the agenda for Lotusphere 2005 is 99% final, it's a good time to start examining the content plans. The content team had a stated objective of increasing the proportion of Notes/Domino content on the overall agenda. If you examine the tracks and sessions list, it seems fairly clear t...

EDN isn't on my normal reading list, but Duffbert sent along this link. The article is an introduction to weblogs, and the author, John Dodge, is lamenting the fact that the design and electrical-engineering communities (EDN's audience) haven't embraced blogging. However,Major semiconductor c...

The finalists for the 11th annual Lotus Awards (formerly Beacon Awards) have been announced. Congratulations to all the partners! (Via InsideLotus weblog)...

What we're seeing from IBM Lotus on this front is pretty darn cool, actually: IBM is putting significant resources into collaboration solutions. They're improving the flexibility of their collaboration architecture, and you're going to benefit from it. IBM often gets nailed for building and...

The rumors are swirling yet again around IBM purchasing Apple and we're here to tell you, they're true! Big Blue has indeed put several offers on the table for Apple, but what you won't hear anywhere else is that Apple has counter-offered in an attempt to seize control of IBM! Our Inside Appl...

This extensive breadth of uses also creates a wide array of deployment scenarios. The Notes and Domino licensing model supports all of these scenarios, in ways that make it easy to acquire and deploy. IBM offers you three ways to license IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software to match your buyi...

A number of bloggers have written tributes to today's significant Notes milestone, and there is more press coverage. Brian Benz: "By 1996 we had a global Notes infrastructure sharing technical and financial information. The ROI? Millions. Information that used to take months and teams of I...

Today is really the day -- 20 years ago, Ray Ozzie, Tim Halvorsen, and Len Kawell founded Iris Associates. Five years later, on December 7, 1989, Lotus Notes 1.0 shipped, and the software world hasn't been the same since. If it had not been for IBM, I highly doubt that Notes would still be o...

Well, it took almost two years, but we finally have the Lotus weblog someplace that can be interactive. It's joining a dozen other weblogs hosted on IBM Developerworks. You can now find InsideLotus there, and it's all set with RSS, comments, and even a small blogroll ;)...

Ray Ozzie reminisces and envisionsFifteen years ago tomorrow, on Dec. 7, 1989, at an event at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, Mass., Lotus Notes Release 1.0 was born. Thanks to IBM and thousands of its partners, a well-evolved Notes is still actively in use by more than...

For the third or fourth time in recent memory, an IDG publication in Australia has run a story before the State-side publication. I understand timezones and all that, but it seems like a reporter would want their work published in their "home" publication before syndication. Anyway, let's focu...

Coming in Notes 7 beta 3

December 5 2004

Since we're getting close, I thought I'd share a couple of Notes 7 beta 3 tidbits... Jan Kenney, Notes/Domino beta program manager, posted this comment on the beta feedback forum:We are making numerous HTML rendering improvements in Notes. Evidence of these improvements will be in the upcoming 6.5...

From Microsoft Watch:Microsoft also is extending the custom-support period for Exchange Server 5.5. Microsoft officials said Friday that custom, paid support for 5.5 release of Microsoft's e-mail server will continue until December 31, 2007.So, what does it say about Exchange 5.5 that customers...

Customers increasingly want to buy just what they will use and install, not a lot of shelfware, many partners say. That is why Microsoft hopes to arm large account resellers (LARs) and other partners to better demonstrate why the latest-and-greatest Microsoft products bring real value. Un-deploy...

As I mentioned after my visit to Holland a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft in the Netherlands scheduled a couple of seminars for Lotus customers and partners to give the MS take on collaboration. Now that the seminars have been concluded, the presentations are posted on Microsoft's website. ...

Well, I was saving this topic for Tuesday, since the 7th is still next week, but apparently, some couldn't hold back their enthusiasm...Q: When did you know you had something big with Notes? Ray Ozzie: I'll say something that let's you see a little bit about my personality: I knew we had someth...

Time for some upgrades...

December 3 2004

I smell upgrades.... Mr. DHL should be bringing me an updated IBM Thinkpad later today. Some of you have commented at recent events that my T23 seems, well, a bit outdated. I've also had three hardware failures this year. Finally decided that enough was enough, and asked to butt in line...

It's not really hard to understand the "why" of it if you just take a mathematical moment to think it through. Outlook is a part of Microsoft's Office Suite, but it is something of an odd man out when it comes to the basic architecture of Office applications. It doesn't handle files the same way...

"The following is a sampling of the type of session content you are likely to see at Lotusphere 2005. Look for additional session information to be added on an ongoing basis. All sessions are subject to change without notice." Link: Lotusphere 2005: Tracks & Sessions ...

Jan Kenney, Program Manager for Notes/Domino 7, posted an update about beta 3 on the discussion forum earlier today:You may have noticed that IBM participation in this forum has been light recently. The reason is we are working hard to prepare the next beta release of Notes/Domino 7 for you. Bet...

Mark your Lotusphere calendars...The Lotus Certification Breakfast will be your chance to mingle with some Lotus "celebrities" and share breakfast with your fellow IBM certified professionals. This is one small way that we can say thanks to those of you in the front lines deploying, developing,...

If you aren't reading Ben Langhinrichs' weblog, you should surf on over for a dose of guest blogger Mike Midas.The low sexy voice came over the phone with the kind of invitation that grabbed you by the scruff of the neck and dragged you three thousand miles through the ether, no matter the conse...

Des Moines Notes update

December 1 2004

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What I wish they had said a few hours ago at O'Hare...Attention all passengers on United Airlines #317, delayed service to Des Moines: Your flight will now board at 10:25 PM, with an expected departure of 10:50 PM. This is one hour behind schedule. It's a late enough flight to begin with, you...