May 2005

Really good insights from IBM Fellow Grady Booch on several topics, including blogging....InfoWorld: What is your take on blogging and where that's going? Booch: Ninety percent of everything is crap, so there are several million bloggers in this world and there's a lot of really interesting...

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Stefan Heinz writes:So I had the idea to start a competition: send me the oldest or most beautiful or most excotic [sic] Lotus related mousepad you find in your house (want to take this opportunity to clean up? - don't forget to look for the mousepads though). Since I'm only around Notes fo...

Stop, blog thief!

May 28 2005

For the second time in two weeks, Technorati has alerted me to republishing of my blog's RSS feed. In both cases, my RSS content has shown up as blog entries on what essentially are spamblogs on blogspot or typepad -- one advertising recreational vehicles and the other advertising travel to Ala...

As part of some recent housecleaning, I realized my old IBM Aptiva home computer from 2000 was gathering dust and could be put to better use. One of the challenges with donating old computers, though, is figuring out where to donate it. Lots of options -- schools, park districts, religious ins...

Julian Robichaux found the updated IBM Lotus Domino applications and the IBM Workplace technical strategy whitepaper on lotus.com and lived to tell about it...[M]uch to my surprise, much of the whitepaper actually talked about the strength of Notes/Domino as an application development platform....

Nice to see Cingular and Blackberry reaching out to US-based Lotus Domino customers with Blackberry Enterprise Server seminars... Due to popular demand for more information about BlackBerry support for Domino, Cingular Wireless is pleased to announce an important FREE half-day seminar focused on...

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This story in today's Chicago Tribune caught my eye because of the reference to El Museo de Jamón, which, to the uninitiated, is a restaurant and food shop, not a museum. Though with ham that good, it is well described as a museum. :) In general, APHIS permits select produce and meats i...

More follow-up on Admin2005, this time with a quote from Brian Rowe of Cobra Technologies:Brian Rowe, president of Cobra Technologies, a Tallahassee, Fla., IBM Lotus Premier partner specializing in document management solutions, said the Workplace capabilities extend the Notes opportunity for pa...

Redmonk's James Governor wonders what's behind the IBM Lotus team-up with Google...But i have to say when i first heard the idea IBM would endorse Google Desktop Search (GDS) because it supported Lotus Notes formats, i was struck that IBM was potentially ceding some extremely important real esta...

I'm in the process of building a new home theatre system from scratch. So far, I've got the HDTV, a 6.1 surround sound system, a DVD player, and a TiVo. I'll write more about these components once the whole shebang is set up. I keep thinking "something is missing". Well, I'm sure lots of t...

In all the fun at Admin2005, I missed the announcement of the electronic general availability of IBM Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5. One thing you'll note if you read through the volumes of information on that page is that Workplace Collaboration Services is a bundle of all the Workp...

Ben Poole has had a play with IBM Workplace 2.5:I'll probably talk more about all this stuff, but for now I would say that this stuff is starting to really mature. To my mind, Workplace v1 was an early alpha. Version 2 was a beta. 2.5 is the first real stab at making a go of it, and it does ext...

Good example of the value of a business instant messaging and presence tool...One company, IntelliCare, has made great strides in understanding and leveraging the intangible benefit of presence management. IntelliCare provides access to a team of nurses via the phone on behalf of health plans an...

SearchDomino has published several articles covering breakout sessions from Admin2005 this week. This includes my session, which they report had almost 300 people (guess I shouldn't take up crowd estimation as a hobby...)....

I'm probably not the best observer on this conference, as I split my time in several places yesterday. Still, a few notable observations on Admin2005: There are a lot of Lotus customers here who I don't see at other events. Not at Lotusphere, not at our regional roadshows. I appreciate b...

On Wednesday, following Dr. Ambuj Goyal's keynote here at Admin2005, IBM issued a press release highlighting ongoing momentum for Lotus Notes/Domino as a market leader in the messaging/collaboration market. This release re-emphasizes the Lotus and messaging-specific financial results for Q1 20...

Press release coming in a little while, in the meantime there's this story...Internet search provider Google Inc. is set to make a foray into corporate messaging search today when it unveils an alliance with IBM Lotus of Cambridge that will enable tens of millions of office workers using Lotus N...

Link:IBM today began encouraging all 320,000+ employees world wide to consider engaging actively in the practice of breathing. This move follows several years of persistent grassroots efforts by an informal community of IBM employees who breathe. Aerobic leaders like Sam Ruby, Grady Booch, R...

Somehow I missed this one earlier this month....Outlook Express is miserable and needs to be killed off. The question on my mind is how Microsoft could let this program fester like a gangrenous limb and not do anything about it. The reason I started using Outlook Express was to analyze and ev...

I sense a theme...after today's release of the IBM blogging guidelines, Christopher Byrne alerted me to this article that he and Richard Schwartz wrote:Even though blogging is the hottest trend on the Web right now, it might not be on your compliance team's radar. Start getting policies in pla...

This morning, IBM has unveiled a big internal initiative around blogging. While there are already hundreds of IBMers blogging, both on the internet as well as IBM's internal w3, today's announcement is designed to take that effort to the next level. From Christopher Barger's internal announcem...

Early next week IBM will introduce what could be the largest corporate blogging initiative so far, in a bid to encourage any of its 320,000 staff to become more active in online tech communities. The world's largest computer company has prepared a broad range of programs and online materials...

Firefox is already used by about 10 percent of IBM's staff, or about 30,000 people. Starting Friday, IBM workers can download the browser from internal servers and get support from the company's help desk staff. ... For IBM, the move is a significant step in lessening dependence on a product f...

Some large companies, including Boeing, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, are letting senior executives blog, but not a single blogger is known to be a Fortune 1000 chairman and/or CEO. In part, that seems surprising. Blogs, short for weblogs, are personal Web sites for p...

Last week, I posed the innocent question, "if [you] could add ONE feature to Lotus Notes 7.x, what would it be?" This resulted in over 200 responses -- the most of any posting on this site. As a follow-up, I've distilled out the requests that were clearly Domino or Domino Designer-related....

Welcome (back) Bob!

May 11 2005

Mr. Bob Balaban joins Rocky in returning to the IBM/Lotus/Workplace fold...Some of you may already know this has been in the works for some time, but it is now official: I have been offered and have accepted a position with IBM/Lotus Software, beginning in early August, 2005. I will be workin...

An overview of the remote/mobile access methods for "the three most popular e-mail products":Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003 offers a wide variety of features and options that cater to organizations that use mostly Microsoft products. Novell and IBM support a wider range of client/server platfo...

Several bloggers (Carl Tyler, vowe, Brian Benz and others) seem to have created or picked up a meme over the weekend that there's dwindling business for independent Notes/Domino or IBM Workplace consulting, and that therefore these products are in market decline (on the Notes side) or lacking de...

Michael Osterman's weekly Network World newsletter on messaging covered Notes/Domino 7 last week:For current users of Notes/Domino, the new release promises to provide additional capabilities for administrators and a better user experience. Microsoft is pursuing a similar course, integrating pre...

For whatever reason, a lot of the comments on various discussions this week have been anonymous or pseudonymous. They tend, of course, to be like slashdot's "anonymous cowards" -- the particularly biting and conjecturous comments that are known as "flame-bait". Now is the end of that. It's...

Former IBMer John Patrick writes of his experiences using Microsoft Outlook, and dealing with Microsoft tech support's "no way is it our problem" approach...Outlook is supposed to be much more "industrial strength". I got somewhat spoiled after having used Lotus Notes at IBM from 1992 to 2002....

Lots of moving parts required to deploy chat capabilities....Installation and configuration of LCS 2005 is where both the joys and the tribulations of an intensely integrated product first become apparent. Here is at least a partial list of other Microsoft products that are either required or c...

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As most readers here know, IBM is already working on plans for the next major releases of Lotus Notes beyond 7.0. One aspect of that process that allows product managers to earn their stripes is triaging feature requests. For a product that is one of the most widely installed pieces of busines...

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Scheduled for June publication.... in draft now....Release 2.0.1 of IBM Workplace Collaboration Services (Lotus Workplace) and Lotus Notes/Domino 6.x have been enhanced with features designed to help you integrate IBM Workplace Collaboration Services into an existing Notes/Domino environment. Th...

A postcard in the snail mail the other day was actually the first way I found out about this....At this three-day festival, you will experience robots, flying cars, private space planes, homes of the future, fuel-cell concept cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, hypersonic sound beams, invisibility c...