December 2006

In perfect Harmony

December 29 2006

Thank you again to all those who suggested the Logitech Harmony 880 as the universal remote to buy. This bad boy arrived today, and as I was using my last vacation day of the year, I had some time to get it configured. It took more time than I would have hoped, though some of that was pilot error,...

Earlier this week, I began what I expected to be a simple task -- fix a doorbell that was not ringing. I started with the most logical search -- "how to repair a doorbell". The first challenge presented itself in Google's search results -- I read seven of the ten links on the first page, and found...

Some interesting changes in the pricing structure for Exchange 2007. Mary Jo picks up the elimination of Outlook from the Exchange 2007 CAL...Simplification? Sounds more like a way for Microsoft to wring more dollars from customers, to me.The comments are even more interesting -- pointing out some...

OK, I'm starting with the easiest goal for 2007 -- getting my input stream right. I've been struggling with this for a while, as the pool of bloggers gets bigger and bigger -- who should I read? Yes, I have a blogroll on this site and I strive to keep it relatively current. But the reality is tha...

One more holiday-related topic is a toy not yet purchased. I am so confused! I am trying to buy a universal remote for my TV/DVD/stereo/TiVo/cable setup, and I am so lost. I was all over www.remotecentral.com which was helpful, but clearly written for people who are seriously into the category....

2006 blog year in review

December 25 2006

As the year heads into its final week, I present my fourth annual blogging year-in-review. Most interestingly, this year I don't feel much of a need to discuss the general market impact of blogging. I spoke at several conferences and was interviewed many times about the business impact of blogging...

Hello, Moto

December 24 2006

If I may share the joy of the holidays for a moment....no, this isn't about some new cell phone. :-) My father is an observant man, and noticed at some point that my girlfriend is quite a "foodie". So his holiday gift to us was dinner at Moto, one of the hottest and most creative restaurants in...

Lotus Awards 2007

December 22 2006

Congratulations to the 2007 Lotus Awards winners, announced yesterday. The winners are: Best Messaging and Collaboration Solution: Intravision / Denmark, 4IPT Phone Suite Best Contextual Collaboration Solution: Relavis Corporation / USA, Relavis CRM Best Portal Solution: Kryos Systems /Canad...

A happy day. A customer contacted me recently about a problem with their Macintosh users accessing Quickplace 7 using Safari browsers. Basically it didn't work, even though IBM announced it as a supported platform. The initial answer was "SPR'd and being considered for the next release". I was...

Texxi: A cool Domino app

December 21 2006

I got a note the other day from the nice people at Texxi, letting me know that their business is running on Notes/Domino. Pretty cool stuff -- their system lets taxi passengers aggregate themselves for shared rides, yet reap the benefit of having an on-demand service. They feel like it is an esp...

Rocky picked this up last week, but since some seem to think it's unusual to see Outlook users migrate to Notes, I thought I'd highlight it here:Soon, the airline will roll out IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes groupware to its sales operation in the U.S. and Canada, which had previously been using Microsoft...

This is an increasingly bizarre story. A few months ago, Peter de Haas, who works for Microsoft in the Netherlands, forgot to renew his .com domain. While he moved his site over to peterdehaas.net, the .com domain ended up falling into the hands of domain traders, who recently tried to auction the...

Proud parents Bruce and Nathan have both pinged me that today is the fifth anniversary of when they started OpenNTF.org. Wow! There is no question that OpenNTF has been a hugely positive influence on the Lotus Notes marketplace and community. OpenNTF applications have had thousands of download...

Bah, humbug

December 20 2006

In my e-mail today -- An e-mail from a customer (via a partner) asking if the rumor is true that IBM is going to stop supporting the Notes client after release 8. No, the rumor is not true. IBM has made public commitments to two subsequent releases after that. There's a whitepaper that has be...

Andy Porter picks up a slashdot thread and techdirt posting about a recent Microsoft patent filing:Slashdot is reporting that Microsoft have taken out a patent on "Emotiflags". To quote from the patent; "While composing an email message, a user may associate an emotiflag with the email message such...

Kathy Sierra wonders why the industry has endured a decades-long norm of all conference t-shirts being men's XL size:How are you helping your users kick ass? I put "helping them look good" in the "kicking ass" category. But that's not even the point. The point is showing us that you care about mor...

The official release date is a couple of weeks away, but starting today, you can download Notes 7.0.2 for Macintosh. Background and details in this lotus.com interview with Mike Mottola and Jason Dumont:Mottola reports that Mac customers in the Lotus Notes 7.0.2 Beta program have provided tremendou...

Congrats to Andrew Pollack for the recent flare-up in coverage around his new Second Signal project. A smokin' good reference story has been posted about the Cumberland Maine fire department's use of Second Signal. As Andrew is hot to point out, the case study actually highlights, on microsoft.com...

Soundbite economics

December 17 2006

During a truly bored moment yesterday, I ended up browsing the latest ringtone offerings from my wireless provider (no, the Pearl has not arrived yet...). I suppose this is captive market economics at its finest: Ringtone download: US$2.49 In the meantime, I can buy the whole song over at iTune...

Earlier this week, IBM and Yahoo! announced IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, a no-charge entry-level easy-to-use enterprise search tool. The Yahoo! search blog says this:IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition which we believe will enable employees, partners or customers to find answers that they know are sitting...

Thank you, western Canada!

December 14 2006

Over the last 45 days, I've met with over 100 Canadian customers and business partners across Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary. This morning here in Calgary even surprised me -- we had about 10 more people turn up than had registered for the event. I always learn something from the Q&am...

We're finalizing the schedule for birds-of-a-feather sessions at Lotusphere. Originally, I was given Wednesday evening as a time slot for BOF508: The Lotus blogging community (not just bloggers!). For a couple of reasons, I asked to change that time slot -- mainly because of a new content concept...

Another merger/acquisition story goes in favor of Lotus Notes...Microsoft's Exchange collaboration platform will no longer be used by Amalgamated Holdings (AHL), as the diversified Australian company has started standardising its operations on IBM's rival software Lotus Notes. ... "Half the busines...

Defining "work hours"

December 12 2006

I guess I should have anticipated this would happen eventually. Yesterday, I received an invite for a conference call with some other IBMers at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time. Taking calls late or early isn't uncommon in a worldwide sales role -- I occasionally speak with colleagues in Germany or Aust...

80% market share :-)

December 11 2006

Not bad when four out of five laptops I can see on this flight are using Lotus Notes :-D What I find almost more interesting is the assortment of non-laptop electronic gizmos in use... tons of iPods, PSPcs, portable DVD players. There are actually people watching the in-flight movie (Davinci Co...

Well this was a welcome new addition to United's C Concourse at O'Hare. Where a bank of payphones used to be, there's now a bank of small desks with power outlets. I know other airports (like MSP) have had "business centers" in the concourse for some time, but O'Hare has always been a bit of hide-...

Exchange 2007 released to manufacturing last week. Lots of changes for an admin to think about versus Exchange 2003, with little net-new in the way of feature benefits as a result of these changes. Takeaway: Here are some of the features that Microsoft is taking away in Exchange 2007; ones that co...

Western Canada this week

December 10 2006

Just a reminder, I'll be speaking at IBM-hosted customer events this week in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon/evening, Victoria on Wednesday afternoon, and Calgary on Thursday morning. I have heard from several readers who I look forward to meeting this week. For details on location and to RSVP, sen...

Formaggio / fromage

December 9 2006

Ever since my October weekend in Rome, I have been on a cheese adventure. I've always enjoyed the 100% European custom of a cheese course, and I'm not talking Kraft cheddar sticks. Through my many travels to Europe, I've had the good fortune to try many many different kinds of cheese. But now I c...

We've had beta going of Notes/Domino 8 for over a month, with a group of about 40 organizations as managed beta participants and another couple dozen design partners. That number is going to expand later this month with a wave of extended beta participants (which have already been selected, so don'...

The Domino team blog features a new article with some long-sought details about the new features in Domino 8:Today, we start a series of reports on some of the new features of Domino 8 to whet your appetite to learn more (plug - to get you all to come to Lotusphere). We'll begin with an overview of...

Yesterday, the industry association Ecma approved Microsoft's Open XML as a standard, and agreed to submit the standard to the ISO for adoption. Standardizing Open XML will aid interoperability between Office, the most widely used productivity suite among consumers and businesses, and other competi...

Always good to see such positive case studies come from the "day jobs" of bloggers in the community....Warren Elsmore, Technical Director of BE Systems, explains: "With clustering, Norbord could run Lotus Domino across a number of servers, to improve load balancing. This would help ensure high avail...

Google highlights yesterday's IBM announcement...This means that Google Talk and Lotus Sametime IM users can simply invite one another to chat, bringing together enterprise and personal IM users around the world. If you use Lotus Sametime at the office and have colleagues who use Google Talk, now yo...

This morning, Lotus has announced the availability of Lotus Sametime 7.5 gateway interoperability with AOL Instant Messenger and Google Talk, with Yahoo Messenger following imminently. The press release also announces that the Sametime Gateway will now support XMPP in addition to SIP.IBM has thrown...

IBM developerWorks: Lotus has its second Domino-based weblog going...This blog is intended to focus on the quality and consumability of software in general, and on IBM Workplace Portal and Collaborative (WPLC) software in particular. "WPLC" covers all Lotus branded software plus WebSphere Portal. Th...

Make that twelve...

December 5 2006

In a press conference earlier today, South African Airways announced that they will begin service between Chicago and Johannesburg (via Dakar). That makes twelve Star Alliance airlines serving Chicago from May, 2007 (updating my entry from last week, where I mis-counted). In the meantime, I e-mail...

Craig Lordan highlights the way the Out-of-the-Office process is updated in Notes 8...It seems to happen all the time that I receive Out of Office replies for people I've never heard of, and I can't remember what email I sent them -- probably because it was some reply-to-all situation. It seems I ge...

Notes 8 is feeding my blog

December 4 2006

A couple of weeks ago, Mary Beth Raven previewed the Notes 8 sidebar feature. This was probably the first place IBM publicly noted that the Notes 8 client will include an RSS feed subscription capability. In her entry, Mary Beth noted that for beta, there are a few Notes-related feeds pre-populate...

As usual, the Microsoft Exchange roadmap depends on who you ask and when...Microsoft is still hazy on what direction future features in Exchange Server will take. Exchange Server 2007 is set to launch this month. Although many had thought Microsoft would have committed by now to some new capabiliti...

I've decided to make Flickr my primary public photo sharing resource. I'm sure others are facing the same challenge I am -- I've got photos kind of littered all over the web right now, and no way to rationalize them. But for photo sharing -- as the site is correctly described -- Flickr has some gr...

Pearl of wisdom

December 2 2006

As Ben Rose said to me yesterday, "the world must be coming to an end!" After a visit with vowe, borrowing from Buchan, banter with Ben, and jealousy with John.... I am in the process of acquiring a Blackberry Pearl. Beautiful design, lightweight and small, easy to use. But. I am not connecting...

Snow Day

December 1 2006

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Fans of David Allen's "Getting Things Done" methodology will be pleased to see the GTD and Lotus Notes implementation guide. I know that many GTD fans find that GTD and Notes go hand-in-hand, now there's a guide to doing it. Eric says:If you use Lotus Notes and the GTD methodology, you'll be pleas...