February 2004

Untimely google search

February 28 2004

A google hit my site today for "concorde best seat". I'm like the 45th hit for that search, but apparently enough to click through. Note to googler: The Concorde isn't flying anymore....

Discovered quite an unusual feature of Mozilla Firefox on Win32 quite by accident this morning. If you press the key, the middle mouse button, and then move the mouse up or down, the font size of the display will change. Move the mouse up to make the font smaller, down to make it larger. I'm...

Das Wetter innen München

February 27 2004

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For some reason, three of the comments from Tuesday's posting are not showing up. Can't explain why, but I'll post them as responses to this new posting....

Tuesday's posting, where I was seeking input on what other kinds of Lotus events you might be interested in seeing, generated some interesting commentary. I think it can be summarized in three interest buckets: People who can't travel or can't spend money on training, who want webcasts, webi...

I see from RSS that John Head took a break from playing with his new car to blog. Not sure about those priorities, but it's a worthwhile read. John's latest discusses some of the Lotus futures banter that's gone around over the last couple of weeks as to what is real and what is fiction....

On my way out of Cambridge today, I ran into Sandra Marcus and Kristin Keene (no, I can't explain why she was in the office eleven days after having a baby...). The initial results from the Lotusphere '04 survey are in, and the feedback has been really really good. So we got to talking, and t...

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I'm in Cambridge today for a full day's worth of meetings with lawyers. Does that sound like fun? To me, it actually is. Even though I can't really talk about the subject matter of any of my meetings (or whether they are personal, professional, or both), I find business law fascinating. If i...

Couple of articles to point to. The first is a business-oriented article from Computerworld (thanks for the link, Tim) called "Chat gets serious".Indeed, Gartner Inc. estimates that by 2006, IM will be so ubiquitous that it will eclipse e-mail as workers' primary on-the-job communications tool...

Making something out of nothing.... As a Microsoft integrator, she said Avanade has been in talks with "the world's five largest Notes portfolios" about trialling Exchange, but was unwilling to name local customers involved in the pilot. Putting aside how blustery a statement that is, last I ch...

Wired: Beast on Wheels

February 22 2004

This can't be a particularly original realization, but sitting here awake again in the middle of the night got me thinking. There's an series of articles in the current issue of Wired on "Living Machines." One in particular, called "Beast on Wheels", talks about how to make automobiles more...

Some of you asked me about this article over the last few days...An IBM technical manager based in Sweden apparently spoke out of turn recently when he told several publications that Big Blue was working with Microsoft on porting Office to Linux. Representatives of Microsoft and IBM denied there...

Turn down the (RSS) volume?

February 20 2004

In the last week, I've seen a huge rise in RSS hits to this weblog. It might be correlated to a bunch of people trying out the madicon RSS reader that I blogged the other day, though unlike browser connections, I have no way to really know. Let me show you an example. Here are RSS hits from...

Doc Searls writes in today's newsletter: In other words, Exchange is a competent product. There are lots of increasingly competent competitors that work with Linux ...but I don't see a huge market rush toward any of these solutions, even when the problem being solved is just getting off Excha...

It's official -- Dr. Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Lotus Software, will be the lead keynote speaker at the 20th Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group meeting, May 10-12, 2004, in Karlsruhe. Matt Cain from META Group will also keynote. Does that mean that the last pair of Lotus and external DNU...

On MSDN, via Peter O'Kelly:Whether or not you have been developing for the Microsoft Office System for a long time or just getting started, you may be a little overwhelmed by the number of new, re-crafted, or updated Microsoft products available for building collaborative solutions. This is ju...

Shopping spree

February 18 2004

Yes, it appears to be toy shopping season around the Brill house. Having just finished the income tax return, the annual "spend the refund" tradition begins. First, I bought a new printer for my home office. Well, the stated project was "replace the old and dying HP Laserjet 5". The proje...

Saw this in an eWeek article about Demo2004... Convoq, of Lexington, Mass., is headed by former Lotus Development Corp. executive Chuck Digate. I've been at Lotus for almost ten years, and this name didn't immediately jump out at me. Visiting Convoq's website helps address that memory gap -- i...

If you read Lotus-related blogs, you must have heard by now about the madicon RSS reader. I mentioned it on my lotus.com/weblog last week, and Volker, Bruce, Rich Schwartz and others have all written about it as well. This is an easy app to get used to working with. Aside from being a go...

Dan Geer lost his job, but gained his audience. The very idea that got the computer security expert fired has sparked serious debate in information technology. The idea, borrowed from biology, is that Microsoft has nurtured a software "monoculture" that threatens global computer security. Geer...

In June, Microsoft said the Discovery suite would be delayed until 2005. However, the vendor has been silent about it since then...Sources familiar with the plans said some of Discovery's baseline capabilities will be channeled into the next-generation Windows operating system, or Longhorn, whil...

Lotusphere 2004 PDFs online

February 15 2004

Almost all of the Lotusphere '04 presentations from IBM speakers have been posted in PDF form on the Lotusphere section of the lotus.com website. This is something new in '04, based on a significant amount of demand from Lotus customers and partners. Hope you find it helpful....

Be lime

February 15 2004

The Diet Coke website has a cute little Flash running at the top that says: "be lime" Well, yesterday, in fact, I chose to do so, discovering and then purchasing a 12-pack of Diet Coke with Lime. Marketing boy had to wonder about this purchase occasion a bit, though. The question I asked my...

Discussion of a new movement to enhance SMTP with something called SPF (sender policy format). Also discusses other research efforts around spam... IBM Research is currently developing a spam filter that has been nearly 100 percent effective at catching spam, Wegman said. The filter takes into a...

Letting go of a good egg

February 13 2004

I just had one of those bitersweet moments in a manager's job...moving one of my staff into a new job. (Context -- I wrote this at the time when it occured, but since internal announcements sometimes take time, it's been sitting in "draft" for a bit). The team I manage at IBM Lotus is not par...

Q: Why is this a problem for Microsoft? ... ...[F]or Microsoft to have this code paraded in public is hugely embarrassing. Not least because the code is littered with profanity and might show that many Microsoft programmers do not do a very good job.Link: BBC Online: Q&A - Microsoft sourc...

and y'all make fun of IBM product and solution names... Looks like Sun announced a new messaging offering earlier this week. It was covered in yesterday's Network World messaging newsletter (not yet on the website, but it will show up in the archive here). The newsletter repeats Sun's amazi...

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Good to see that Eric Lundquist, eWeek's Editor in Chief, found a useful message coming out of Lotusphere...What won't go away: The Lotus name. ... The change you are seeing at IBM is the company talking more about solutions to business problems rather than individual technology-based opportun...

This one is too good not to double blog, but since it pertained to information I received in an official capacity, it needed to be blogged from lotus.com.... With all this focus on updated and relevant information, I find it quite funny that my competition is stuck in the past. A number of peopl...

He’s been portaled

February 11 2004

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Haven't heard much about Office Live Communications Server now that it actually shipped. This is the first indication I've seen of its future. It sounds like the next release ("Vienna") is a point update to try to address issues with the 1.0 code. I'm sure Microsoft customers will be thrille...

Promotion of an IBM & partner win over Microsoft -- specifically a Notes/Domino application....TDS chose KUDOS, Frontline's open standards-based service management solution, to help manage post-sale customer service support. Using KUDOS will enable TDS to provide more efficient product insta...

For those who weren't at Lotusphere, or those looking for a reprise of the content, I'll be doing a webcast in just two hours on e-Promag.com, basically a repeat of my "Boss Loves Microsoft" session from Lotusphere. I have a couple of new points, and a cool new graphic.... Link: Why Lotus ro...

Did it for the miles?

February 10 2004

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Scott Kingery found this nice article mentioning use of Domino on Linux (and I assume they just mean Domino, not Notes):"We have now been using Linux for email for about two to three years and have been gradually replacing Windows," he said. "We use Lotus Domino on Linux for email as we use it...

With contracts coming up for renewal this year, many Microsoft customers will have the opportunity to pass judgment on the company's software maintenance plan. Some analysts see the looming contract expirations as the biggest challenge yet for the much-critiqued SA (Software Assurance) program....

Just the title is worth the blog entry...MyDoom collects addresses from any number of sources: text files, Outlook Express's mail store (*.DBX), the Windows Address book (*.WAB), HTML files, and others.But not names.nsf. :) Link: OutlookPower: Another month, another virus (thanks to Brian Row...

"O" is one of the few Cirque du Soleil shows still on my to-do list... this article on the BBC online site talks about the technology behind the show -- not just music and lights, but climate control, feedback to the performers, etc. Pretty cool stuff. Glad to see it conclude with this, thou...

Today's Chicago Tribune travel section features the latest in a series on the seven manmade wonders of the world -- the Taj Mahal. A very good overview of the site itself, its history, the area around it, how to get there, etc. The online version doesn't include the photos that are in the pap...

Of coffeeshops and kings

February 7 2004

Well it turned out to be a great day in London. One thing I really enjoy when travelling abroad is shopping -- not that I spend a lot of money, but just checking out the shopping areas and different stores, people watching, etc. So I started the day (after a quick Starbucks caramel macchiato)...

Sunny Saturday in London

February 7 2004

and as such, I'm getting outta this hotel room -- five hours until I have to be at Heathrow. Thank goodness weather.com was wrong about the London forecast ;) It's a beautiful day Sky falls, you feel like It's a beautiful day Don't let it get away You're on the road But you've got no...

Too posh for takeaway

February 6 2004

Customer meeting ended earlier than anticipated this morning. Seemed like a good opportunity to finally head over to Wagamama for some hot noodles. Knowing that Kennsington High Street is the location closest to my hotel, I rushed right over on the Tube, and headed in, hoping I could get tak...

OK, this may well be the first minute I've relaxed since leaving home yesterday. About four hours sleep in the air. From Heathrow, the sequence was -- Heathrow Express to Paddington. Coffee shop for a macchiato (not what I expected it to be, it was the size of a thimble, but I think it did...

Welcome to Salt Lake City!

February 5 2004

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For those who were at Lotusphere last week, and either briefly glimpsed content queen Kristin Keene while she was around through Tuesday AM or wondered why you didn't see her... the reason was a new baby girl born last night (the 4th) named Scarlett Keene-Connole. 7 pounds 6 ounces, 20 inches...

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...the more I realize how many people I didn't meet last week. Aside from missing out on revealing who "file save" on LDD is, I'm reading blog entries that point to Rune Carlsen, Matt White, Tom Nichols, and many others having been there. Now, so many of the events were such a blur that may...

C'mon, who else saw the word "conjunction" and immediately started singing this old Schoolhouse Rock tune? ...

I'm heading to London tomorrow night (no chance to catch the daytime flight) for a couple of spontaneous meetings -- they were barely on my radar a week ago (of course, in the middle of Lotusphere, not much really is on the radar). Given the last-minute nature of the trip, I've not been able to...

Interview with Kevin Cavanaugh, VP of messaging development, Lotus:There was little mention of Domino 7 at the general session. Why? Cavanaugh: That's because a huge amount of what we're doing in Domino 7 is server oriented. The real answer is we struggled with how to make it persuasive in a st...

Computerworld running a Domino-based website ("You might be a Lotus Geek if you look for .NSF in a URL")....It's not often that you get something for nothing in this world. But happily, users of Lotus Domino and Notes (or at least those who are under maintenance licensing) will get just that w...

I just had a meeting with IBM Lotus Software GM Ambuj Goyal here at the company's annual Lotusphere conference. Judging from the general tone at the show, my numerous roadmap briefings with IBM execs, and discussions with customers, it seems Lotus is back on track after scaring the bejesus out o...

vowe seems to have discovered that Notes 6.5.1 runs on Linux with WINE. I'm sure this will make some Linux client fans happy.... ...

Another weapon, say integrators and IBM, is the threat of switching to IBM's WebSphere portal with applications-on-demand portlets as leverage for discounts. IBM Software Group Vice President Larry Bowden said a large European bank recently did just that. Microsoft had expected an $11 million re...

Well, that was a PITA -- trying to embed images in HREFs just didn't work. So, here is a page with all three of the pics I took at the e-Pro dinner during Lotusphere last week. Apologies to Chris Pepin and Jason Collier for not getting them into these shots....

Nice zinger at the end :)But overall, [META analyst Mike Gotta] says, Lotus so far appears to be beating Microsoft at the game of building a next-generation collaboration platform. Other quotes from The Turtle, Bruce Elgort, oh, and me. Link: Network World: Users: Lotus pointed in the right di...

At a 20-year celebration for the IBM PC, Bradley was on a panel with Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and other tech icons. The discussion turned to the keys. 'I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous,' Bradley said. Gates didn't laugh. The key combination also is used when Microsoft's...

"In addition to Lotus's unmatched collection of collaboration features and customizability, setting up our test installation of Domino was a far less headache-inducing prospect than setting up Exchange. Add to this a superior security record and strategy, and Domino is the clear winner of our Ed...

Geez, I only wish I had this column about one day earlier -- I could have added another line to the MS collaboration "Dead Products Society"....The handwriting has been on the wall for public folders for a year or two. I first heard a Microsoft speaker strongly discourage use of public folders a...

Yes, I'm trying to use the weekend to decompress, thus, no more Lotusphere-related postings at the moment. Monday will be different I'm sure, with tons of stuff still to go through in my brain and in my inbox ;) Anyway, I'm also cheating a bit on this book review. Technically not a review, a...