May 2003

First steps!

May 31 2003

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Blogshares update

May 30 2003

I love when I'm first :) A few weeks ago, I blogged about blogshares.com. Since then, I see a number of you have followed me on a quest for large valuations. I think I figured it out today, though. The way to raise your share price on blogshares is directly proportional to which other bl...

You can tell I'm opening my mail right now :) Another envelope is from Stoney River, a steakhouse a couple of miles away in the next town. I've been there before a couple of times, and their steaks are indeed very, very good. But of course, not particularly cheap. The envelope contains a $2...

Over the last several years, American Airlines has been my preferred airline out of Chicago. Conveniently, they've (mostly) been IBM's choice over those years as well. However, recently, I've been flying a lot more United and Star Alliance flights. In December, I signed up for a promotion whe...

Been thinking about starting a blog? Using Notes/Domino? Well Chris Miller has a proposition for you. The first standard hosting agreement (as far as I know) for Domino-based weblogs is now available. Or, you could be in the nay-sayers group, that Domino blogs are irrelevant and who care...

Through the efforts of Tom Duff and Joe Litton, I am the featured speaker for the Portland Domino/Notes Users Group on June 17. The announcement is on Boom Vang's site. Of all places, they've arranged for me to speak at the Zoo, which leads to some possible punch lines, I suppose. I think...

Third eye blind

May 29 2003

Slow going getting back into things post travels, especially with the right eye still out of commission. Things are improving there, but doc says it will still be a few days before the vision returns and the pain subsides. Thanks to those who wrote or IM'd wishes yesterday. I do want to draw...

Buying off the lot

May 28 2003

I've been reading the news from this week that Microsoft's real-time collaboration will be part of Office 2003. Of course, "licensing and pricing have not yet been determined", but that doesn't seem to be registering with the MS kool-aid drinkers, who think that this stuff is going to be "free...

I'll keep this one short... Lots of interesting observations from a few (very rainy) days in New York City. Incredibly appreciative of the staff at the W Hotel - The Tuscany for very personal attention over what was obviously a very quiet weekend for them. Contrast the lack of a queue at the...

Biting the big apple

May 24 2003

Gotta spend all those frequent flyer miles/points sometime.... I'll be in New York City for the next few days. No laptop. See you Tuesday or Wednesday....

I'll probably write about my customer meeting earlier today for lotus.com/weblog in the next few days. Still, since I mentioned the meeting here, I owe you at least some information about it. It's a little weird to write about, since there's always the possibility that the customer themselves...

Of knives and men

May 22 2003

Four airplanes, three airports, and two airlines in the last 24 hours. With the heightened "orange level" alert on for my countrymen, I've been observing a few oddities around flight safety and security. From Munich to Zurich, and on my flight to Frankfurt, Lufthansa business class meals we...

I'm in Zurich overnight (no, friends in Redmond, that doesn't necessarily tell you what customer I'm seeing tomorrow :), and I had a few hours to get out into town. Here are my two questions of the day, and I'm sure one of my European readers will be able to help. Can someone explain the cost...

According to a colleague, "Munich is the northernmost city in Italy". He said this with some seriousness as we sat down for papardelle and tiramisu last night at a great little place called Giusepe's Grissini's. Apparently, there are 600,000 Italians living in Munich, making it a pretty sizeab...

My photos from the wedding, Stonehenge, and Leicestershire are now online here....

This is so right! Very often, the competitive situations I find myself involved in are a result of customer interpretation of Microsoft abilities, not product realities. Yesterday, a Lotus rep called me, saying he was having trouble selling Sametime to a particular customer, who said they are...

Hotel area network

May 19 2003

Just checked into the Marriott Munich hotel. The room has an amenity that is a new one for me -- a "cordless telephone" which works throughout the hotel property, including the retaurant, lobby, bar, pool, etc. This seems like one of those "why didn't they think of this sooner" ideas. In f...

Yes, it's another en-route blog entry, this time aboard bmibaby WW5993 from East Midlands to Munich. Could have had a spot of trouble this morning -- the Hilton's rather unhelpful front desk staff told me that EMA was at junction 24 on the M1, and it was actually 23A. Good thing I read the si...

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The Wedding

May 17 2003

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Going the wrong way

May 17 2003

Today, for only the third time in my life, I'll be legally driving on the wrong side of the road. Yes, that's right, fair warning to UK residents -- they're going to let me hire a car around here :) The plan was to pick up the rental car (sorry, "hire car") early this morning, and then drive o...

There must be good news ahead for the airline industry -- O'Hare terminal 3 last night was an absolute zoo. The queues were the longest I have seen since 11 September 01. Seems like they have installed some extra sensitive magnetometers -- I've been wearing the same shoes for months, yet got a...

Leaving for Europe in just a few hours....this trip has had more than a few changes already, so why not make room for one more. Learned yesterday of a customer in Switzerland whose CIO foolishly is thinking of switching from Domino to Exchange. Yes, folks, these conversations do happen, no mat...

Blog statistics

May 14 2003

PSC has been running some traffic monitoring tools on the blog for about a week now, so I thought it would be a good time to check out the kind of traffic we're getting at edbrill.com these days. Averages over the last seven days: Average hits per day: 3,271 Average page views per day: 1,9...

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Another mainstream business publication tackles the current state of the corporate IM market. A fairly unbiased view -- pretty much every vendor gets some airtime. Some nice quotes: [T]he only large company that so far has made serious inroads in enterprise IM is one that doesn't offer a mas...

As many of you know, I'll be visiting esteemed blog designer Steve Castledine next week in Leicester. I've not been to this part of England before, so I'm quite looking forward to a few hours of exploring. No worries, Steve, it's not like I'm going to go looking for Robin Hood in Nottingham,...

A little behind in my local travel news... I noticed ads from Lufthansa in the Chicago papers this week for a new business class-only service between Chicago O'Hare and Dusseldorf. Starting May 19 June 9, Lufthansa (LH) will codeshare with Swiss carrier Privatair and operate a once-daily serv...

I received an e-mail last night regarding yesterday's What Business is your Blog in posting. That, combined with the first day of being able to see referrers on this site, have solidified something I've been thinking for the last few weeks. The Domino blogging community is feeling a bit too...

In case you missed it, a few changes in the lefthand column. RSS feed now available: http://www.edbrill.com/ebrill/edbrill.nsf/blog.rss Yes, I know, we need to get abstracts into the XML. Referrers are now showing up. I've already found a few sites I was unaware of who kindly link to me...

So my TiVo tells me that the broadband option is now available. I had to kludge together its dialup access in the first place, so it seems like it would be worthwhile to get a little USB wi-fi connector and go wireless. The list of recommended USB wifi adapters is pretty long...of course you...

Julian Robichaux writes: "The Myth of Excellence: Why Great Companies Never Try To Be The Best At Everything...has an interesting premise: there are five basic attributes of commerce -- price, service, access, experience, and product -- and successful companies choose one of those to be their p...

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From the Associated Press wire: "The iLoo being developed by the MSN division of Microsoft Corp. in Britain is a standard portable toilet ... MSN officials say they're negotiating for the manufacture of toilet paper imprinted with Web addresses that users may not have tried. 'The Interne...

Found this job posting in my inbox this morning.... (thanks to Carlos Rodrigues): This Global Solutions Provider is urgently seeking a Lotus Notes Administrator for a Migration project moving thousands of users from legacy mail systems such as Exchange and MS Mail to Domino 6. Nice to see pr...

Carl Tyler posted this link the Lotus Business Partner Forum earlier today. I guess I should be pleased that someone has noticed the latest Lotus advertising campaign, given how many gripes I usually get about the lack of Lotus advertising. TechTV Story (uh, polite warning -- you are proba...

What time is it?

May 6 2003

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From Information Week: Bruce Elgort of Sharp states he put off upgrading from Microsoft Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000 or the pending Exchange 2003, both of which require an investment in Microsoft's Active Directory. When he heard the RTC Server was going to run exclusively on Windows Server 2...

Hmm, I sense a theme in the press this week... "Expecting companies to upgrade everything in their infrastructure to get the features from a single product, in this case Windows 2003, is unrealistic," said Dave Curran, manager of IT at CE Franklin Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta. "This smells of a pu...

Instant messaging coverage in the mainstream press. Tone of the article is a little strange to the techies amongst us -- we've been using IM for business for years, and this article makes it sound like a brand new phenomenon. Newsweek: You "pinging" me? "One sure sign a technology has arriv...

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may recall a previous mention of my favorite travel TV show, Globe Trekker (aka Lonely Planet). According to the Globe Trekker website, season 2 of their US Public Broadcasting System series has begun. This is notable because the second seas...

What happened? Someone pinged me the other day that Turtle's site was back on-line. When I first created my links page, it was offline, but I listed it anyway. Now, the "longest-running diary" seems to have disappeared from his updated site. What happened, Turtle?...

As a reminder, Windows 2003 is the server that can "Do more with less." Uh, maybe they mean less applications running on it, since basically none of MS's current business software runs on Windows 2003 Server. This article sums it up nicely.... "Want to run SQL Server database? Well, h...

I'm sure I'm not the first person with this observation. I've been on the Internet for 15 years (15 years!) now. Yes, that probably means I should have been a dot.com millionaire, but that's a subject for another day (or several days). Back in the early days, I was reading Usenet via the Uni...

Seems like April went by really fast. Oddly, the worst thunderstorm of the month occurred at 2 AM today...really thought my house was gonna shake loose. May promises to be a pretty busy month. I'm at home for the next two weeks, then off to London/Leicester/Munich for a week. Home for a day...