August 2003

Next stop, Hotlanta

August 31 2003

It's getting a bit tough to keep up with the changes to my September - November travel schedule. I've updated the "Upcoming events" page, but I'm not entirely sure about all of it at the moment. The next open-to-anyone event, though, is in Atlanta, Georgia USA on September 18. Sponsored by...

Thanks a lot, Tony...

August 30 2003

I don't even know what in the heck this search was really looking for (who or what is beercanboyd?), but I'm the #3 result on search.yahoo.com . At first, I couldn't figure out how in the heck yahoo thought I was a pron site...then I remembered our dear friend in the UK whose last name is unf...

From some other blogs....

August 30 2003

Will blogs be the end of the shared Notes forum? -- Good question well asked by newcomer blogger Andrew Pollack. Corporate concepts that will never make it -- from Jess, including some kewl ideas on how to e-project manage What's on your pizza? -- some blogjacker seems to have taken ove...

A good way to end the work week, from VARBusiness: "Microsoft has not provided a very comprehensive migration path from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000/2003," says Henry Bestritsky, principal of Binary Tree, a Lotus ISV. ... Bestritsky agrees, and is finding customers receptive to migrating...

From Computerworld: The world won't change overnight. HTML-based browsers will be around for a long time, accessing Web applications. But I believe that, gradually, more and more Web applications, particularly in-house ones, will be based on rich clients. Interesting take that Flash or Sun'...

A couple of you have asked me how the trip to Detroit went, anyway. Sorry, I should have blogged about it sooner, though you could read other opinions. I had a really good customer meeting on Tuesday, which inspired my most recent lotus.com blog entry. Wednesday's user group meeting was ver...

From Times Online, via Matt: Microsoft's plan is to introduce a special "safe" environment as part of a wider effort to develop what it calls "next generation secure computing base". Mr Eckert added: "We aim to create an environment in which you can run unknown code securely, and so prevent...

A lot of buzz yesterday around MS's announcement of two editions for Small Business Server 2003. The "standard edition" is basically a Windows+Exchange+Windows SharePoint bundle, and the "premium edition" adds SQL Server and ISA. Now the "day two" stories show up, and it turns out that whil...

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Computerworld has published a two-part interview with Microsoft Group VP Jim Allchin. The questions are about Longhorn, Windows service packs, viruses and security. The answers, well: "It is very early, and we have a general plan that we're working to, which I'll explain at a philosophical...

Coming to Detroit....

August 26 2003

I am getting ready to leave for O'Hare for the short flight to Detroit. Tomorrow is the Detroit Notes/Domino Professionals meeting...I hear they have a pretty good registration for the presentation. For those who think that business travel is so much fun, consider this -- I'm leaving my house...

Talk about waiting to the last possible minute.... Microsoft announced today that they will extend mainstream support for Exchange 5.5 another year, to 31/12/04. They had previously done the same for Windows NT 4.0. I can't say I'm totally surprised. First, I never believed MS's claims that...

From Infoworld: Despite noting the significance of the product's upcoming release, analysts believe Microsoft has some catching up to do. Market incumbent IBM has been selling Lotus Sametime -- recently renamed Lotus Instant Messaging and Conferencing -- for approximately five years. ... Still...

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I guess I'm going to stay on a hotel theme for the weekend. The previous post inspired me to start thinking about some of the great, amazing, wonderful hotels I've stayed in over the years. But this isn't an ego post.... I have occasionally toyed with setting up a mini-blog section with hotel...

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Hotels and security

August 22 2003

ok, so I didn't get around to blogging about Exchange, Mitch Kapor, and viruses....it'll wait until Monday, I think. One topic that I wanted to get going for weekend discussion is that of hotel security. In my travels, I've stayed in many, many, many hotels. Some have been ultra-luxurious, ...

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Freedomblog faded away?

August 21 2003

A natural activity when returning from a week away is to surf through the various blogs that one reads. I found that Wolfgang Flamme actually maintains a pretty comprehensive list of all "Domino bloggers" -- whatever that means ;) -- so I started using his blogroll as a launchpad. To my surpr...

Pilot guiding the blog

August 21 2003

Since the DominoBlog template has a great view that lets you see all blog comments sequentially, I noticed a comment today on this old posting regarding the Globe Trekker TV show. Now this is cool -- a comment direct from the TV show's production staff! Presumably, I have google to thank for...

Bizarre VPN problem

August 21 2003

On the day before I left for vacation (which was the 13th), I started having a strange problem with my VPN connection to IBM from the home office. Since IBM's helpdesk understandably doesn't do tech support for home networks, I thought I would post the problem here. Basically the problem is si...

Alrighty, then....

August 21 2003

Well, I landed back in Chicago about four hours ago, after almost a week in Los Angeles and Orange County. Put almost 500 miles on the rental car, despite not even using it one day and riding with the brother-in-law another. I like driving, sure, but now I understand why LA has such a car cult...

Well, I am done here ...

August 20 2003

Well folks, this turn at blogging is done. Ed will be back blogging tomorrow. Just wanted to say thanks for everyone who read and commented. Hope the gaming news wasn't overwhelming to those of you that come here to read Ed's insight on IBM Software stuff. After this run, I am for sure starting...

Considering Ed blog-jacked me last week and outed my birthday, it seemed only fair that I conspire with Chris and John to blog-jack him while he's gone this week. Of course, I can't say I snuck in Like Mr. Miller, and I can't out Ed's birthday, since his was over two weeks ago and he outed hims...

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The Assailant

August 20 2003

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A Link to Share

August 19 2003

While today's news seems to be filled with all of the violence in the Middle East and info about the SCO Forum thats going on, I thought I would share one of my favorite links. It is a site called PerversionTracker. Now, its not what some of you are thinking. Its a site dedicated to bad softwar...

This article at MSNBC really made me think on my drive in this morning. Not only is this bad for all non-Chinese software companies, not just Microsoft, but could it be the beginning of a trend? Could countries in Europe start requiring by law that companies look at Linux? Could the US force co...

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Infoworld today posted a story that takes a look at the SMB efforts of IBM, Microsoft, HP, Sun and how Open Source might affect this. Good general overview....

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Just to follow up on this story, here is some more info coming out of Texas: Notes from the Keynote, and watch the keynotes Interview with Tim Willits (Lead Designer) and Todd Hollenshead (CEO) Interview with Rick Johnson of Raven Software on the Upcoming Quake 4 (which will be the f...

Babynamer on oxygen.com

August 16 2003

Babynamer is a cool tool on oxygen.com. It lets you research possible baby names from a database of 23,000. Now, unlike some baby name books, this doesn't just tell you the origin/meaning of the name. It has first-hand opinions from people who have the name, shows you survey data as to what...

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"Airline" is a TV programme in the UK which documents interesting travel experiences. For its US premiere, A&E and Southwest Airlines are looking for stories. They are pretty specific about the guidelines -- needs to be an upcoming trip on SWA originiating at LAX or MDW (Chicago Midway)....

Well, with Ed out of the building, I guess you could say that I am holding down the fort. Maybe this is best called a 'Trial Run' :) I figured I would introduce myself, for those of you that have no clue who I am. My name is John D. Head. I have been in the Lotus Technology field for 10 years no...

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Let me repeat myself.... "IBM Lotus Sametime 1.5 Encryption Vulnerabilities" security advisory...

Carl Tyler thinks that the distributed denial-of-service attack contained in the MSBLAST virus is directed at the wrong Microsoft.com website. See his suggestion here. Hey Carl -- any advice for hackers trying to find holes in Lotus products? ...

Last night, eWeek ran a story about the hacker vs. big blue drama playing out over the report of a security vulnerability in Lotus Sametime. The story quotes a posting on my lotus.com/weblog from Friday, and then Lotus's Steve Londgeran as to what we are looking at with this reported issue. ...

It's interesting how much Justin is tracking the Lotus Workplace story. It seems from his latest postings that he's had the opportunity to view the Lotus strategy roadshow that is making its way through Australia. He's captured some good stuff about the story, as well as how customers will get...

Guest bloggers upcoming

August 12 2003

Both of my weblogs will be featuring some guest blogging this week and next. Here on edbrill.com, my friend and expert Notes hacker guru John Head will be keeping things moving. John promises not to turn this into a life-of-a-bachelor blog, though you might have to endure his current metal-he...

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Opening just in time for my visit during the Admin/Developer conference (you have registered already, haven't you?)... A Krispy Kreme in London. Intriguingly, it's going to be at Harrod's. Irony of the proletariat-ish American donut making its London debut among the bourgeois? See here f...

Book bin

August 9 2003

It seems to be common for bloggers to share their reading lists, so here's what's going on in the printed world for me. First, I regularly read a bunch of magazines, including Wired, Consumer Reports, and National Geographic (whien I just clicked through to Wired, there was an ad for Lotus Workpl...

Four days in a row for updates to my lotus.com/weblog, and I think I had as many last week. Who says the summertime is the slow time??? Today's posting about a supposed "moderately critical" security vulnerability in Sametime is exactly the type of material we envisioned when the lotus.com/we...

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Funny Googles

August 5 2003

With the Dominoblog upgrade from last week, Steve's given us a view of google searches on the blog. Lotus topics are common, of course. Some of the others are pretty funny, though I don't have any sheep involved. For example: "bmi baby": Up until yesterday, I was actually the fourth link...

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The GRANITE meeting improved considerably once we moved outside to the upper deck of the boat. Had a nice "roundtable" chat under the sun and with the amazing Chicago skyline in the background. Some of the usual questions, none were too terribly difficult (thankfully ;). Hope y'all had a good...

It's been a few years since I attended a GRANITE meeting. GRANITE is the Chicago/midwest Notes users group, and I was definitely looking forward to the opportunity to catch up with the local market. Well, now I know what hell is like. Not because of the users group, of course, but because o...

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Well, I've had some communication with American Airlines around the delay in my baggage arriving in Paris. I sent them a mail, mainly to find out how to reimburse the taxi fare for the extra trip from CDG to the IBM office. The reply mail, actually, didn't address that issue at all. I'd lov...

New presentation toy

August 1 2003

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I'm watching you... Microsoft has updated their website pages that cover Exchange and some of the other servers. Now branded "Windows Server System"...guess that whole ".NET Servers" thing is really dead now. What's really interesting is that there's a section of that Exchange website that'...