June 2003

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On deck

June 30 2003

As I was telling Volker... edbrill (11:28:46 AM): the stars have finally aligned -- I am working from my deck :-) voweXXL (11:32:04 AM): cool voweXXL (11:32:17 AM): not too bright voweXXL (11:32:42 AM): for the screen edbrill (11:33:08 AM): no, it's partly cloudy here today, ... 26 degre...

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A sign from above....

June 28 2003

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The Saturday agenda...

June 28 2003

I really am doing nothing this weekend. Sitting on the deck (72 F, partly sunny), a big bowl of cherries (my all time favorite fruit), reading Kitchen Confidential (the book recommended by Neil last weekend when I wrote about the demise of Hayashi). All that in between a couple of naps :) Need...

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If you looked at my upcoming travel plans in the last week, you know that I had the usual summer slowdown...nothing going on until late September. Well, that didn't last very long! In the last few days, I've received invites (or, in two cases, "command performances") for customer meetings or...

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There was an interesting flare-up in the Notes/Domino 6 discussion forum on the Lotus Developer Domain today. I read the forum occasionally....not as much as I did when I was the Notes/Domino brand manager (what IBM calls an "offerings manager") or running Notes marketing, but it's still a g...

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DNUG keynote

June 23 2003

Looks like I've been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 19th DNUG (Deutsche [German] Notes Users Group) meeting, 4/5 November in Kassel. I seem to be hitting "every other" DNUG conference now, which is probably right for both them and for me. Really like speaking at DNUG -- they always see...

I took car #1 in for its 20,000 mile service this morning. The 3-year factory warranty runs out next month, so this will be the last warranty service. With no regular commute (as most of you know, my office is in my home), I've only put 13,000 miles on this car since I bought it slightly used...

Hayashi, R.I.P.

June 22 2003

The Japanese restaurant up the street from me has finally closed. Watching it struggle has been painful over the last several months. The marketing guy side of my personality watched with a strange fascination.... we liked eating there, but not enough for me to get involved in trying to save i...

On the blades

June 21 2003

So, I know a lot of you sometimes think that I basically live to travel the world and beat up on Microsoft, but I do occasionally have moments of multi-dimensionality. Recognizing that reading my personal thoughts is not necessarily why some of you surf over here, I made my stream-of-consciousn...

Rob’s road trip

June 20 2003

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Carbon copies

June 19 2003

My west coast "tour" is complete. As noted on my lotus.com blog today, I enjoyed meeting the fine group at the Portland Domino/Notes users group. Really enjoyed the discussion; it's always great to pitch to a "home team" crowd. I felt like the "boss loves Microsoft" section of the agenda coul...

The topic is inspired by the bi-lingual (Eng...

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Blog policies/policing

June 18 2003

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A streetcar named MAX

June 17 2003

OK, I have a confession....I've been compromised. When I first started travelling on business, I established two guidelines -- 1) Whenever possible, I would not simply pass through, but rather I would actually try to see and experience the places I visit, and 2) I would utilize public transport...

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Off to a good start

June 16 2003

Though we left O'Hare an hour late, made it mostly on time into Portland for dinner with John, Lauren, and Tom from Boom Vang plus Bruce and Gayle. A very enjoyable time, not just because the fish was great, but I could even put up with the company ;) I'm still unclear though -- Oysters in...

Nine years @ Lotus

June 16 2003

As promised, a pensive set of nine-year old thoughts, on my lotus.com weblog. More ...

I was googling earlier today, and I happened across this discussion thread on the e-Pro site. I actually laughed out loud when I saw the date of the posting (July, 2000). If it wasn't right there on the page, I would have guessed the posting to be from earlier this year. Or 2002. Or 1997 ...

Today, June 14, is my nine-year anniversary of working for Lotus/IBM. I'll write something reasonably profound for my lotus.com/weblog on Monday...not that I want to overdo it, since I need to save the really deep thoughts for the 10th anniversary (also known as "four weeks of vacation? Really?...

I notice that both Libby and Richard have been inspired to go count their own country/state-hopping based on my new "where I've been" page. Well, I can probably keep these travel counting games going for a while... For example, I discovered that I've flown on (at least) 47 different airlines,...

What a bargain (not)

June 12 2003

I've owned edbrill.com now for six months, and I'm actually quite surprised that this hasn't happened sooner. Today, I received something in the mail from a company offering to provide "Annual website search engine listing" for a mere US$37.50. Even better, the offer came in a form that looks ...

Finally, an opportunity to put the great advertising conspiracy to rest! The June 9, 2003, issue of eWeek (US) has several of the IBM Software "Can you see it?" ads. The specific brands advertised are -- DB2, Tivoli, and Lotus. There is no WebSphere ad. Why does this matter? Well, I get...

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I did a "boss loves Microsoft" webcast on e-Pro Magazine's site today; well attended, thanks to all for your comments. Will show up in the archive shortly. All the "tough" questions and speculative questions ("are you sure there will be a Notes client in the future?") were asked by someone n...

Oops (updated)

June 10 2003

Conveniently on the same day I was already booked to have lunch with John Head at PSC Group, we had a couple of view corruptions on the blog this morning. We've restored 99% of the comments, but a couple from this morning were lost. Sorry about that. We've definitely been struggling today ...

Not so smart

June 10 2003

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This article, written by the former VP of Human Resources at US Robotics (my one-time employer), really captures the essence of how smart companies can best leverage their knowledge workers. I am fortunate and proud that IBM has what I would consider among the best practices in this area. For...

Easier than I thought

June 8 2003

A quick chat with Volker yesterday morning established that I already had the infrastructure needed to improve my wifi coverage. I have a 10-BaseT line running from the basement's netPOP to the second floor office, which was the Ethernet wire for the home computer. A simple change, and now the...

I hate when that happens. Would have never guessed what e-mail system Stanford uses....

Celebrity status

June 7 2003

I had a discussion that roughly parallels this just yesterday with both Rocky and with Bruce. The question was, isn't it interesting that there aren't more comments on some of the things I post here on edbrill.com. Part o...

OK, Paul, we believe you. It's an asset to have lied to your customers for six years that Exchange is "a collaboration tool" when now "[t]oday it is messaging and calendaring". Does that mean you'll give up trying to convince customers that they can migrate Lotus Notes applications to Exch...

debuting in US publications today (newspapers) and Monday (weekly industry press). See the details (and the ad) here. ...

Now that summer's almost here, like everyone, I'm looking forward to spending more time in the sunroom and on the deck. I'd sure like to be able to work from either of those rooms, but they fall outside the range of my wifi router at the moment. They are both on the exterior of the brick, on t...

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Happy birthday, Megan

June 4 2003

Megan is one today! I suppose I could write one of those sappy entries and go on as parents do about how amazing being a parent is, how it has changed their lives, etc. All of that is true, so nothing further needs to be said on it. Megan has had a great first year -- she's already well-trave...

From Network World. So let me get this right: In late 2000, an internal MS memo (leaked to eWeek), indicated that "Yukon" would be key to a future MSe-mail server. In late 2001, MS finally admitted that "Kodiak" was under development, based on "Yukon", and said it would ship in 2003...

When the e-mail arrives announcing that a new issue of e-Pro Magazine is available, I click Zinio's download button right away. I have to admit, I don't read too many of the articles, but I'm all about the regular columns....

The wifi @ G8 is cold

June 1 2003

Probably the fastest I've made it to/through the airport routine in some time. Over an hour to departure. Head over to the Admiral's Club with the intention of using the T-Mobile hotspot...no dice. The secondary AA Admiral's Club at G8 appears to have no hotspot...best signal I can get is 14%...