April 2003

What’s a Wiki?

April 30 2003

I listened to a Ferris Research teleconference this morning about shared workspaces and future trends. Ferris had chosen Kubi, Groove, Sitescape, and HPQ to speak on the topic. My primary take-away from the call was that there is no one technology that solves this problem for everyone, and th...

Volker Weber has added a "google searches" list to vowe.net. As he mentioned yesterday, some clever people are having fun with this referrers list. I have to admit I was one of them... edbrill (8:20:48 AM): did you see my one attempt at google spam on your site last night? Might have scrol...

A number of London-area Domino developers met up last night for a pint or two. Sorry that I was nowhere near Mother England and couldn't tag in... actually, I suppose if I was anywhere, it would have been Admin2003. Notwithstanding that, I had a laugh out loud moment this morning when I read...

Nobody caught it

April 29 2003

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Location, location

April 28 2003

Mike Golding noticed that I've been having a little fun with the newly-added location field on the blog. I should probably explain my intentions here... Many of you know that I am a telecommuter... my office, if there was such a thing, would be in Cambridge, Massachusetts (and at one time i...

Right now, it's 75oF, sunny, light breeze here in Chicago's north suburbs. I had some errands to run, so I took the 318ti out for a spin...sunroof open, windows down, stereo cranking Smashmouth. (As for speed, well, too many cars to have any real fun). I have to admit that, after 9/11/01, it'...

E-mail Retraction

April 26 2003

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First-hand from Beijing

April 25 2003

I know some of you think I have some kind of bizarre SARS-related affinity.... trust me, I don't. In fact, I did just turn down a trip back to Toronto next month, mainly 'cause it didn't fit in the schedule, but surely I was thinking about the whole situation. Still, there are others right i...

Local prosecutors in the town of Mundelein, Illinois, were able to reach a plea agreement with the night manager of a Burger King arrested on drug dealing charges. It seems that drive-through customers were able to order something "a little extra" to go with their flame-broiled Whopper. Back w...

The discussion of Lotusphere/"all marketing" the other day hit on a challenge I've been having recently. Clearly, I commented on that topic from the perspective of an employee of IBM who works in the Lotus brand team. However, I used edbrill.com as the platform. Why? Well, probably because I...

Not sure where this link is surfaced on the Lotus.com website. We've published a Lotus brand portfolio guide, available here via FTP. ...

Well, overnight was, uh, interesting. The hotel had a planned power outage (though nobody told me) at 3 AM. I was awoken at 3:52 AM, thanks to the television turning on with the power (I had not had the TV on last night). So I've been up for a while. That meant I left for Logan Airport early...

You know, I knew this was a doomed itinerary last week... SMS alert on my mobile at 8:30 PM this evening... voicemail at the office. It's Air Canada, saying that my 8:50 AM flight to Ottawa has been cancelled, and I've been rebooked on a connection through Toronto that gets into Ottawa at 1...

"all marketing"???

April 22 2003

I'm a little irked this morning by guest blogger Mike Lazar's entry in Bruce Elgort's blog. Specifically, I'm bothered by the characterization of Lotusphere as "all marketing." We have worked hard for the last two years to reduce the marketing content and put a lot more technical depth into...

Both Joe Litton and Robert Basic have been discussing the idea of having collaborative documentation for Notes/Domino. It's a great idea, but the execution could be a monster. Here's the text of my response on Robert's site: Hmmm... we already do host the documentation online of course. Mak...

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Such a spam deal!

April 20 2003

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Today's Chicago Tribune arrived in two layers of plastic, as often is the case on rainy or snowy days. The inner layer included an advertisement for Wrigley's Eclipse Flash Strips. As is often the case when a consumer product is promoted on the newspaper wrap, there was also a pouch for a fre...

Among the entries in my new links page is one on the BBC website entitled "50 Places to See Before You Die." This is actually a survey of bbc.co.uk readers from a year ago. As a result, it has a slightly anglo-centric view, but it's still a pretty useful list. In the last few weeks, I've pre...

It's not much to start (especially visually), but I wanted to start capturing the sense of community I was describing the other day. New links page: here ...

All I can say is, it's about time. From Computerworld: In its complaint, the FTC alleged that Westby's operation used deceptively bland subject lines, false return addresses and empty "reply-to" links to drive business to an adult Web site called Married But Lonely. The subject lines disgui...

URL cloaking is gone

April 17 2003

This site is now really and truly www.edbrill.com. I made a couple of changes on my DNS entry, John made a couple of changes on the Domino server's configuration, and voila, the IP address has been banished. Referrers lists on other sites now list www.edbrill.com, too. I feel so alive for t...

More from Grady Booch

April 17 2003

In my notes from IBM DeveloperWorks Live, I mentioned that Grady Booch is a man to watch. Yesterday, I was alerted to this fascinating interview with Booch that covers many of the same themes as his DWLive pitch. Worth checking out. I can only aspire to be this smart on as wide-ranging a se...

I was speaking with an IBM colleague today about the value of blogging in both the business and personal contexts. It was a wide-ranging discussion, and one of the topics was the intersection of my lotus.com weblog and my personal weblog, and also how the two play out in terms of referrals, lin...

Japanese food

April 16 2003

For a guy trying to lose weight (and succeeding), I sure seem to write about food a lot. Today, it's because Matt is in Japan, and Jess asked him "how's the sushi?" Food in Japan is great; in fact for me, the food is the reason to visit Japan! There's just an amazing variety, and for touri...

Details available on the Lotus Developer Domain. Read my thoughts on what 6.5 means on my lotus.com/weblog...as soon as it replicates (which might be tomorrow morning at this rate). Ah, there's the update. I think they were waiting to get all the 6.5 content up on lotus.com now....

Notes/Domino vs. Weblogs

April 15 2003

A business partner alerted me to Matthew Langham's comments about Notes vs. weblogging a few days ago. "I want to create a mesh of information that also has the relevant links to the outside world. I'm up against stiff competition - Lotus Notes - and a strong following. At the moment I'm...

long day

April 14 2003

Sorry about the server problems today, folks.... my fault for trying to get too fancy with this morning's entry, we think. So I just made it a darn bitmap and you all can figure out how to scroll to view it :) I won't do that again. It's been a long day work-wise, too. I am in the same place...

copycat marketing?

April 14 2003

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I'm cleaning out the buffet in our dining room this afternoon, as a new set of dining room furniture is moving in later this month. One drawer is stuffed to the gills with "old" photos -- from Paris, Berlin, Prague, Santa Fe, Tokyo, Australia, and other wonderful places I've had the privile...

Let the pointy-haired-bosses rejoice! Now in a form that even the most Dilbert-esque manager can understand, the new Notes/Domino 6 Flash demo really rocks. Check it out!...

Justin Knol writes: I want a personal Discovery Server that understands my mail, follows my browser, reads RSS feeds and lets me manager a personal taxonomy. ...If I were Lotus I'd be thinking about how to get there from here. Oh Justin, you might be on to something.......

More work on the blog

April 12 2003

This place has been home for a week, so it's a good demarc point to think about how the weblog transition has gone. First, I again need to thank Steve Casteldine and John Head for a ton of work. Nobody could have expected that in one week's time, not only would my site migrate, but the...

I haven't seen too much coverage of this story, but it has major implications for those of us fortunate enough to travel internationally. For at least five years, the major credit cards have been essentially charging a commission on currency exchange. That meant that if I bought something i...

I covered the official-like stuff on my lotus.com weblog, but here are some other random thoughts: It was great seeing many of you face-to-face. Flying home last night, I wallowed in despair that it is more than nine months until Lotusphere 2004. I'm hopeful that there will be enough other...

Nothing like a good old-fashioned hard drive crash to remind oneself of the value of current backups... When I arrived at Logan Airport on Tuesday to head to New Orleans, I booted my laptop to find the lovely image of a Blue Screen of Death, telling me that my Win2K boot record was having p...

Off to NOLA

April 8 2003

I've been in meetings for the last day and a half at IBM Lotus in Cambridge. The entire building has been Wi-fi enabled, which has been great for keeping up with the outside world, even though it doesn't do much for my laptop's batteries.... It's particularly interesting because my GSM pho...

From CRN: http://www.internetweek.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=8600174 "Microsoft took a good first step by moving its Real-Time Communications (RTC) server into beta testing last month, but the release date is being delayed until at least October, channel sources said. C...

Boston morning

April 7 2003

Glad I headed out to Boston last night....snowing in Chicago this morning. I'm using this visit to check out the new Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, just around the corner from the IBM Lotus offices. Brand new construction, very hip hotel, probably not where my mom would enjoy staying. G...

Made the camera choice

April 6 2003

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Welcome to my new home

April 5 2003

For some reason, this virtual move feels very much like a physical move. The process hasn't gone 100% as planned. There are still a few adjustments that need to be done with the new place before it will really feel like "home". You miss some things about your old place. You bump into walls...

Pruning the blogroll

April 4 2003

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