July 2003

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Upgrade and downtime

July 30 2003

Good news, bad news: This blog's design was upgraded last night to 2.1.2a of DominoBlog. A slew of new features.... you'll see more interactivity in the comments, for example, where posters' e-mail addresses and websites are now displayed. On the system management side, a bunch of great stuff...

OK, so this is so cool, I just have to share. The customer I saw in Zurich last week was asking me, so, when Domino can optionally use DB2 as its data store, will migration tools be required? The answer from Pete Janzen, the Lotus product manager in this area -- "There are no migration too...

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In today's snail mail, two separate envelopes from Windows & .NET Magazine, which I likely receive as the result of attending some Microsoft conference, because I certainly haven't paid for it. Envelope #1 contains one piece of yellow paper -- "National Electronic Telegram Notification",...

Robert Basic has published an interview with myself, Ben Langhinrichs, and Florian Lier. The discussion centers around opportunities getting started in IT consulting, specifically with Lotus technologies. Not having ever been an entrepreneur (though ironically, I studied this area in college...

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The Chicago/midwest Notes/Domino users group is called GRANITE. When I was a Lotus Systems Engineer, I was involved with them a fair bit, but that was years ago. Earlier this week, though, a colleague asked if i was available for GRANITE's August meeting, which I am. Cool. It will be weird n...

So Microsoft announced yet another re-branding of "Greenwich" earlier today, now called Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2003 (MOLCS)... the third brand that this still-not-shipping product has had in its short lifetime. They also are branding the former Placeware technology as Micro...

All 60 or so pics from Paris (incl. the skate), Chamonix, Avoriaz, and Zurich, now here. There are also a few videos, which I found are visible if you go to my Yahoo Briefcase, but then the sort order of the pics is hosed. So here they are: Paris -- skating towards the Opera Paris -- d...

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This week, eWeek Labs has released a review of several enterprise information portals. Those reviewed include Plumtree, BEA, CA, Vignette/Epicentric, ATG, and CleverPath. I learned a bit about IBM's competitors by reviewing this, but without SAP, Microsoft, or IBM WebSphere Portal, it seems li...

Winding down...

July 22 2003

A couple of years ago, I swore I would stop doing these every-day-a-different-hotel types of European tours. Every so often, they end up on the radar again though, so I think I just need to learn a few lessons from this one. The most important is to pack lighter -- I brought enough clothes for...

So as mentioned earlier, I had a really nice, 3+ hours including lunch, meeting with one of my customers in Zurich today. It was a wide-ranging discussion about Lotus's current and future strategy, reasons to upgrade to Notes/Domino 6, what's coming beyond "6", and what other customers are do...

Inevitable

July 21 2003

OK, a first time, but I am sure it's the start of a trend... I had a Starbucks this morning in Zurich. Saw two locations, didn't get a chance to check the website (swiss-star.com) to see how many others are around. That's the first Starbucks I've seen on the European continent proper....my exp...

Monday in Zürich

July 21 2003

I'm sitting in a conference room at (nameless Swiss customer), while outside a fantastic torrential rain is coming down. Very interesting view out the windows here, of trash bins rolling down the street etc.. This is my first time connected in a couple of days.... of course, I can't get to the...

Wow. I am still wowed by last night's skating experience. This was my eighth time to Paris, and I come away reminded of how it really is such a great city. A lot of that has to do with the warmth and pride of my colleagues. Thanks to all who really made this a great week. What I'm not is ac...

Wow -- maybe that should be -- how do you say "holy shit" in French? I am just back from the Friday night skate in Paris. As you can imagine, it's gonna take me a little while to wind down, so I thought I'd get a quick blog in. I'll write more tomorrow for sure.... The biggest question I had...

My meeting in Noisy Le Grand adjourned yesterday. A very good three days. Upon its conclusion, I took the train back into Paris, and headed out for dinner with colleagues Michele and David. I've started a photo album for this trip here. My colleague Darren Adams, though, had a somewhat diff...

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La vie Parisienne

July 16 2003

My colleague Michele was right -- the hotel in Noisy le Grand was not exactly the most enjoyable accomodation I've experienced. Another 30 Euro taxi ride, and I'm now happily sequestered in the Holiday Inn Bastille. It's not the Ritz -- but I wasn't really looking for that. What it is is conv...

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The Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and I simply do not get along. The last three times I've connected there, my luggage hasn't been able to join me. So it was with some trepidation -- and a lot of extra preparedness -- that I set out to fly here earlier on Monday. What started as a 90 minu...

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IBM: #4 with a bullet

July 14 2003

My flying time today has given me an opportunity to catch up on some periodical reading. As I peruse the July, 2003, issue of Wired Magazine, I am pleased to see that IBM has joined the ranks of "The Wired 40". A list of the "40 most wired companies," The Wired 40 features expected organizati...

Happy Bastille Day

July 14 2003

Just a quick one to say that I'm off ... the rollerblades are safely (?) checked in and in the belly of a 767 to head over to Paris. Thanks to Rob Novak for driving out to Highland Park for and a nice lox-and-bagels breakfast this morning...Rob is looking fit and trim and ready to wallpaper t...

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Rolling in one week

July 11 2003

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John Head is 29 today

July 11 2003

My partner in crime on this weblog, the hidden puppeteer who is doing all the real work, Mr. John D. Head is turning 29 on Friday. Nope, that's not "29, again" but apparently really 29. So let's all wish him a happy last twenty-something birthday. Not that he is suffering from lack of wishes ...

Follow me here -- I'm reading Tom Duff's blog from yesterday. He's wondering how he got a referrer from Popdex. So I go over to Popdex and, on a whim, type in "Ed Brill" as search. The single result is someone's blog entry entitled "Brill's cream." This strikes me as kind of funny. I ju...

The headline sounds promising -- "More than 500 customers choose Oracle Collaboration Suite". Question is, what is the definition of choose? I see one of Lotus's current customers on this list...so I go check it out. "Dear Mr. sales rep, has your customer switched to Oracle Collaboration?"...

Could it be, more revisionist history??? From www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/outlook/ExchangeCompatibility.asp, a grid which discusses the interoperability of various Outlook versions with various Exchange versions. Some suprirses with this chart: Some long-disused brain cells were w...

I had lunch on Tuesday with Michael Seedman, whom I mentioned in a blog last month. Michael was a VP at US Robotics when I was in IT there, and we hadn't seen each other in the nine years since. After I read Liz Ryan's article, I thought it might be a good time to reconnect, especially since...

A blog reader pinged me last night and said, "do you ever worry about the fact that your blog basically advertises when you are going to be away from your home?" Actually, yes. I was just thinking about this over the weekend, as I made plans for an upcoming vacation (as opposed to business tr...

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A local interest news story, but it touches on one of my personal IT interest areas. Along US 41 here in Highland Park, a non-descript building from the 1970s was recently demolished. Buliding demolition isn't really big news; it didn't even get a mention in the local newspaper. That might be...

Rolling in Paris?

July 5 2003

So, in a little over a week, I'm leaving for Europe again....this time, (at least) Paris and Zurich. The trip includes my first weekend away since China in March....with a customer meeting on Monday morning, it's pretty much unavoidable. I'm trying to make the most of it. My meeting in Paris...

Gadget tip of the day

July 5 2003

I've been doing a lot of rollerblading again in the last few weeks. The MP3 player is great, but I only had a set of "ear bud" headphones, that kept falling out due to wind or vibration. So I went looking for a new pair, something that would work better while blading. Sonic quality isn't real...

Another one in the referrers: www.domino-it.com. Not a clue who this one is, though -- I can't find a thing on the site. DNS doesn't help -- the owner is "John Doe" in Zurich. Hey "John", are you one of the customers I'm coming to see soon? Reminder -- server upgrade this weekend. Downti...

Outing another blog

July 3 2003

The referrers list has "outed" another blogger -- Carl Tyler. Carl is the CTO of Instant Technologies, and an ex-Loti who somehow survived years of banging his head against the wall on the SmartSuite team. He also is a Brit but we'll forgive him since he's been in the States for 7 years....

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Via the Flyertalk.com mailing list, I learned today about a survey that Hilton is running to understand the impact of business travel on personal performance. Hilton HHonors members who fill it out get 500 bonus points, which is why I did, but it is an interesting survey for anyone who travels...

I hate voice mail

July 2 2003

Three perfect weather days in a row, now, that I've been able to work from out on the deck. What a great thing. I was just chatting with Volker, and he reminded me how much I hate voice mail. I hate telemarketer calls too, obviously, but I really don't like voice mail. At least business voi...

I won’t miss ’em

July 1 2003

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