March 2007

With quarter-end today, my attention has been elsewhere than the blog, but I have been participating in a few interesting online postings this week. Scalix's CEO, Glenn Winokur, and I have been doing serve-and-volley over at the Scalix blog:Hopefully many of you saw the Mary Jo Foley blog this week...

The developerWorks Lotus security page lists a few new technotes -- a Domino Web Access cross-site scripting issue, and LDAP and IMAP buffer overflow issues. All issues were fixed in Domino 6.5.6 and Domino 7.0.2 or 7.0.2 FP1....

One IBM System i to do it all...3Com and IBM have pulled together a converged set of IP telephony, email, messaging, and business apps, all running on IBM's System-i -- the AS400, as it used to be called. The duo say it allows Lotus Sametime users to make voice calls by clicking on IM contacts, fo...

Sounds like Lotus Connections is coming in the right market space at the right time...It's all about integration and security," said Oliver Young, an analyst at the Cambridge, Mass.-based research firm. "They trust Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and SAP. They're running half of their enterprise applications...

Rob Ingram has some updated information on directory updates in Domino 8, including a view for tracking in-use Notes clients, a directory "lint" cleanup tool, and the inclusion of a limited license to use IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator:With Lotus Domino 8, customers are granted an entitlement, or "...

The last planned maintenance release for Notes/Domino 6.5.x, release 6.5.6, is scheduled for later today. This is primarily a bug fix release, but it also includes 6.5 support for Lotus Notes access for SAP Solutions. No end of service date has been set for Notes/Domino 6.5. After the 6.5.6 main...

Last week, vowe wrote about a request to IBM to donate some Lotus Notes licenses to Sternenbrücke children's hospice in Hamburg, Germany. Unfortunately, the original request was turned down. One week later, after some a few e-mails, vowe's follow-up has good news (translated):The Lotus boss in Ge...

"Daddy, what's a 'magazine'?"....As of April 2, 2007, InfoWorld is discontinuing its print component. No more printing on dead trees, no more glossy covers, no more supporting the US Post Office in its rush to get thousands of inky copies on subscribers' desks by Monday morning (or thereabouts). The...

BBC business editor Robert Peston takes a second look at his progress moving to Microsoft Windows Vista. The going is not good at all:I installed Office XP on my new [Vista] laptop, and have been puzzled and irked that Outlook will not save sign-on passwords. It means I have to type in my p...

Mary Jo Foley covers a new Yankee Group report ..."In an ominous portent for Microsoft, 23% of the survey respondents indicated they intend to migrate away from Exchange Server and switch to an alternative Linux or open source Email and messaging distribution platform over the next 12 to 18 months....

I've now posted photos from both Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Lisbon to my flickr pages. I had no preconceived notions about Lisbon before visiting, other than that I've heard more from a tourist perspective about Portuguese cities like Porto. Lisbon, though, seems like it has a lot to offer. On Frida...

Niklas Heidloff and team has posted some good pointers in the last few days, including: How you develop Eclipse components in an Eclipse IDE and run them on Lotus Notes Developing composite applications -- Notes components Designing composite applications -- Component design Building Composit...

Add Lisbon to the list of better than expected attendance for Lotusphere Comes to You. Here, the event is a full day agenda covering just about every component of the Lotus strategy. Partners have been presenting their plans for products like Connections and Quickr. And the attendees have been cr...

Good articles about Notes/Domino 8 public beta -- now at over 22,000 downloads -- continue...Things change, though, and IBM is legitimately thrilled to be introducing a beta version of Notes/Domino 8 with a redesigned interface, handy e-mail conveniences, no-cost productivity editors, and greatly ex...

So, the strike in Israel has ended, but not without cost. We were delayed an hour leaving Tel Aviv, which translated into missed connections for dozens of Lufthansa passengers. As has often been the case, I am totally impressed with Lufthansa. Before I was off the plane, they had rebooked me f...

Next year in Jerusalem

March 21 2007

The last 24 hours have been pretty frustrating. My hope and plan for today had been to take a few hours in the morning and get to Jerusalem's old city. It doesn't feel right to be in Israel and not visit the most important place for my religion, even if I have been there before. Well, that didn...

This is not what I wanted to hear on my last scheduled night in Tel Aviv....Israel's largest trade union on Tuesday announced it was launching a sweeping general strike at daybreak that would shut down the country's only international airport and many other services. ... The strike is set to begin...

IBM VP Bob Sutor sums up the perilous position of Microsoft's Open XML effort vs. the ISO approved Open Document Format standard:I think there are many reasons why Microsoft's XML specification for its own Office products, OOXML, will ultimately fail in the marketplace. Many people, including myself...

We had a really successful event today at the IBM offices in Petach Tivka. OK, so it took me 70 minutes by taxi to get there (vs. a 15 minute ride back), but no matter. Over 100 customers and partners attended, very good turnout. The local team made a deliberate decision to bill the event with...

Right justified

March 18 2007

In preparing for my visit to Israel, I had a meeting last week with John Beck, the program director for Notes/Domino release management. I asked John to give me the short course in localization issues for the Israeli market. We talked about Hebrew translations and "bi-di" (bi-directional) language...

Shabbat in Tel Aviv

March 17 2007

I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of the observance of the Jewish Sabbath in a city that is generally considered more secular. I wasn't in Israel over Shabbat during my 2000 visit, and if I was back in 1983, well, I don't remember much about it. Last night, I had Shabbat dinner in the hotel's...

Volker has a short entry at vowe.net featuring the announcement of the Notes/Domino 8 launch event in Germany, taking place on 24 October. He asks a reasonable question -- if the launch event is in October, when is the product launching? Well, I can't answer that yet. The announced ship date is "...

Day of rest

March 17 2007

Erev tov... It seems that my body took the notion of Shabbat, the day of rest, just a bit further than I anticipated. For the second time in a month, jet lag hit me hard on an overseas trip. As such, any grandiose plans I had for today went out the window. On the other hand, I've spent more than...

Computerworld is busy in the collaboration market this week....Most of the problems don't appear to be the result of underpowered PCs or of faulty or misconfigured e-mail servers. Instead, users say, and Microsoft acknowledges, the underlying cause is changes made under Outlook's hood to accommodate...

This afternoon, I wandered through Ha Carmel and Nahalat Binyamin markets in Tel Aviv. In my mind, I had somehow managed to blur these two together, and ended up in a deja vu moment where I was walking through a food market thinking I had gone to a touristy crafts market. This happened to me when...

The CEO of InBoxer, Inc., writes on his product's process to become certified for Lotus Domino:I am extremely impressed by IBM and its partner program. Ever since we decided to add IBM Lotus Domino and IBM Lotus Notes support to the InBoxer Anti-Risk Appliance, IBM has vastly exceeded my expectatio...

Computerworld runs a more comprehensive story about the Notes/Domino 8 public beta, quoting John Head, Nathan Freeman, and proud papa Chris Whisonant ..."This is not your father's Notes," said Ken Bisconti, vice president of Lotus messaging and collaboration products at IBM. At the same time, he add...

Not in Kansas anymore

March 16 2007

I don't live far from O'Hare Airport, so normally I get to the airport about 90-100 minutes before an international flight. Flying El Al, on the other hand, conjures so many preconceived notions that I allowed a whole extra hour. Reputation precedes -- but even still, it's a disarming process (pr...

We've just passed the 15,000 download mark for Notes/Domino 8 public beta...Beta versions of the next generation of IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino 8 collaboration applications are now available for free download by users who want to test the new functions and user interfaces incorporated in the produc...

A religious experience

March 14 2007

Over the next week, I'll be participating in events and customer meetings in Israel. I'm looking forward to what clearly will be an interesting and unusual business travel experience. When I started this weblog, I promised my hosting provider that a few topics would generally be off-limits: sex, p...

My colleague Andy Porter (Ports) has had his 15 minutes of fame this week.... one blog entry with over 20,000 hits. Andy writes:Last Monday I was flying to Scotland for a few days to have a chat with a few of our customers up there. I thought I would show them due respect so on Sunday afternoon I p...

In no particular order.... Tagging: It has been suggested that bloggers adopt the Technorati tag "notes8beta" for postings about the Notes/Domino 8 beta. Seems like a good idea. Reporting bugs: In addition to the discussion in the Notes/Domino 8 public beta forum, there is a specific way to rep...

Ooh, pretty

March 12 2007

My Tuesday is occupied with Lotusphere Comes to You in central Wisconsin USA. While I'm off buying cheese at Mars Cheese Castle, I'll leave some eye candy behind. When's the last time anyone said that about Lotus Notes?!?!?! Via Alexander Kluge -- "Lotus Notes 8 in CinemaScope"...

Clearly, the earlier-than-expected public posting of Notes/Domino 8 beta 2 was a hot ticket this weekend. Even with the server overload on Saturday afternoon, I'm told the first 24 hours were "unprecedented" in the number of downloads -- surprising to all, considering that it was competing with ot...

OK, the development team has helped me as a salesperson, exceeding customer expectations. Instead of posting early next week, they decided to go live with Notes and Domino 8 beta 2 very late last night. You can find all the cool stuff, including downloads, at www.ibm.com/lotus/getnd8now. This...

I've seen a number of reviews of Lotusphere Comes to You in the blogs...here are three from down under: Adam Osborne has travelled along with the show, and says:From conversations with people who sat through the presentations I can confirm that it was an overwhelming success for IBM. I had the p...

CRN's Barbara Darrow blogs about an upcoming Lotus "reunion"...If you miss Lotus--well its parties anyway--there's a doozy coming up. On May 12, some venerable alums are hosting a soiree on the River Charles. The Hyatt actually. So get yourself a ticket (They're not cheap at 100 clams.) For that y...

Oops...The OneCare bug, first reported by users writing on a OneCare support message thread six weeks ago, seemed to be deleting Outlook and Outlook Express data files -- .pst and .dbx files, respectively -- after a malware scan. ... As of midday Tuesday, no solution had been posted to the forum, e...

We've just communicated to IBMers and business partners that the Notes/Domino 8 beta 2, the "public beta", will be posted early next week. Keep an eye on ibm.com/lotus/getnd8now, and of course, I'll announce availability here....

At VoiceCon earlier today, IBM and Cisco made an announcement around the UC2 client platform, combining the Eclipse/OGSi capabilities of the Lotus Expeditor platform with communications tools and APIs made by Cisco Systems. There's also a component of the announcement where IBM and Cisco will expan...

Different regions take different approaches to "Lotusphere Comes to You" events....To underscore the user-friendly message, the MC at the Auckland event, where the atmosphere was decidedly upbeat, played the comedian, and speakers threw out T-shirts and other goodies to the audience, as Jonathan Ste...

Lotus Support has published a series of technotes documenting key Notes/Domino best practices. Great stuff!Below is a list of articles that every Notes/Domino application designer, administrator, and IT manager should read, regardless of their responsibilities. In addition, the following links take...

A good overview of how the business, culture, and results at IBM are changing. Good Lotus mentions, too. Read up: IBM Annual Report 2006...

After rebate, buy.com has a 1GB MicroSD card on sale today for US$3. It's even shipped free. So, do I want one for my Pearl? I can think of various upsides, especially if I want to use some of the phone's multimedia features (do I?). Downside? Probably reduced battery life. I guess for $3 I ca...

Tomorrow is the Lotusphere Comes to You event here in Chicago. I'll be presenting the Notes/Domino session at 10:30 and the Notes 8 breakout at 11:30. In talking with a colleague a few minutes ago, I realized that the Hyatt McCormick Place is going to be an adventure to get to. As if inbound rush...

I suppose this needs a bit of an irony tag vs. my previous posting... anyway, if your organization is upgrading or testing Windows Vista, IBM has now published a technote related to running Lotus Notes on Vista.What versions of Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino Administrator and Lotus Domino Designer will s...

Looks like at least one organization is jumping off the rip-and-replace treadmill...Citing concerns over cost and compatibility, the top technology official at the federal Department of Transportation has placed a moratorium on all in-house computer upgrades to Microsoft's new Windows Vista operatin...

(Note: I wrote this on Friday, didn't get around to uploading the presentation until Sunday evening...thus the date/time on the posting. ERB) After three straight days of presenting the overall Lotus story, I've been thinking a lot about the messages that are in the Lotusphere Comes to You keynote...

Bob Balaban has posted a guest blog on Rocky's lotusgeek.com. Bob is looking for feedback on the use of the LSX Toolkit for Notes/Domino: (edited for clarity in the quote)We may really have an opportunity to "fix" the LSX Toolkit . I'd like to know a few things: 1. Who is using some version of...

None other than Bill Buchan is a co-speaker here at Triangle's Lotusphere Comes to You event today. Before the day kicked off, he showed me the registration database for the May Irish Lotus Users Group event. There are now over 150 registered delegates!!! (= "attendees" for Americans) They ar...

Alexander discovers a feature that, without benefit of caffeine, I'm not sure whether it ships in Sametime 7.5, Sametime 7.5.1, or Notes 8+Sametime 7.5.1...but any which way, a new Sametime feature:Today I found a feature in Lotus Sametime 7.5 I was not aware of. If you reply in a chat window after...