September 2003

I know this is not a major technology innovation, but it's just another one of those cool things that technology can do. My home office phone is a plain old telephone service line, no fancy options, just a second number coming into the house. Last week, I filled out a form on the IBM intranet p...

...just kidding. Congratulations to my colleagues on the ship of Notes/Domino 6.5 today!...

Ongoing preparations for next week.... Couldn't remember the different "thank you" expressions, but about.com does.... If something that has already been done for you, "Arigatou gozaimashita" can be used. It is often used by clerks at the store, or an office in the service industry. "Arigatou...

Just chatting (ok, e-mailing) with Barbara Bowen, the goddess of the Lotus CLP program (ok, real title: Manager, WW Professional Certification Programs, Manager, WW Professional Certification Programs Lotus Education - IBM Software Group). Barbara has good news for the Lotus Certified ... a di...

Hard to do, right? Well, it looks like I might get a refresher course in how to manage communications without a cell phone next week. I was recently reminded that there is no GSM roaming service in Japan. I bought my first GSM worldphone (triband) in 1999, when there was just one US carrier (...

Manual trans driving lesson #2

September 28 2003

Lesson #2 was a reasonable success. Dad was in quite a good mood after being at Wrigley Field yesterday when the Cubs clinched the division title. I think he finally got me on the right rhythm for moving from a stop and quickly into second and then third gear. We even drove some real streets...

Inspired by Volker's discussion of interesting German/Austrian place names, I wondered what the equivalents in the good ol' US of A are... Mapquest will let you find some obscure places... not sure how many of these truly exist, as I can't always find other google hits on them, but they do ma...

Prompted by AtStake's firing of Dan Geer for contributing to a paper critical of Microsoft, Philip Greenspun, who doesn't quite have a resume on his pages but appears to be an MIT engineering professor, has started a quite active discussion of some of the reasons why people dislike Microsoft....

Legendary science fiction hero Doctor Who is time jumping once more, set to return to British television more than a decade after he disappeared into space, the BBC said.Just as long as they don't give the show an actual budget, it might be interesting. If they try to "sex up" this go-round, l...

Four banana, three banana, two bananas, one All bananas playing in the bright warm sun, Flipping like a pancake, popping like a cork, Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork.bMegan ate a whole banana at breakfast, and it just made me start singing. ...

Don't miss the link at the bottom of this page... New this year, anyone (customer, business partner, snake oil salesperson) can submit an abstract to speak at Lotusphere 2004. Should be interesting to try to sort out the wheat from the chaff, but at least this way, you don't have to be "conne...

On my flight home from Boston last night, I was reading the New York Times review of MS Office 2003. The net-net of the article -- the core applications are hardly worth upgrading, but the changes to Outlook alone make the upgrade worth it. I don't dispute that Microsoft has done some things...

Magazine mailing lists

September 25 2003

I'm in my office in Cambridge for the first time in more than three months. My assistant just came by with my paper mail, as Cambridge is still the address on my business card (and where IBM thinks I work). In the mail are recent issues of both eWeek and Information Week. I have never asked t...

In connection with this agreement, Reuters intends to enhance its existing Reuters Messaging offering by providing a service that will allow for communication between users of the Reuters Messaging system and members of Lotus Instant Messaging communities. Using the Lotus Instant Messaging gatew...

That said, Levine emphasizes that "it's not just for Oracle customers," hoping that the Collaboration Suite wins a broader audience. Levine acknowledges that there will be difficulties in winning through to that audience. "The Lotus base is loyal to that environment," he concedes. Gee Mr. L...

A panel of leading security experts Wednesday blasted Microsoft for vulnerabilities in its software and warned that reliance on the company's software is a danger to both business and national security. More ...

I sent an e-mail to the general manager of the Hilton I had trouble finding last week. Apparently, I'm the first male to ever ask for directions.... Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have been the GM here for three years and no one has ever pointed out that these directions wer...

InternetWeek editor Mitch Wagner is talking about Notes 6.5 on his blog today: Lotus Development released a Notes/Domino upgrade, integrating instant messaging into the e-mail and collaboration components. Lotus/Domino 6.5 will enhance the inbox to display "presence-awareness" icons next to...

Same day the Notes/Domino 6.5 code will be posted. Good thing that the Lotusphere registration is processed off-site.... From the internal announcement: "In an effort to make Lotusphere as affordable as possible for our customers and partners, a special registration price of $1395 is being o...

Tension on the tarmac

September 23 2003

More glamorous business travel.... I arrived at O'Hare today with plenty of time for my flight. Colleagues in Boston had reported an approaching storm, so I wanted to get moving as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, a down-to-the-wire conference call meant that I couldn't catch the earlier f...

There are sure a lot of Lotus-related conferences coming up in the next two months. There's also an interesting intersection between Lotus-related bloggers and Lotus-related conference speakers. I'm curious to see who is attending some of these events... I already offered to buy BenPoole a pi...

I had been wondering why there was so little press coverage of the web services interoperability event that Steve Mills did with Bill Gates last week... CNET's Mike Ricciuti has some ideas: It seems that this time, unlike back in the OS/2 days, it's Microsoft that needs some help. Gates and co...

lotus.com will feature a ton of new content throughout the week. Today's highlight is an interview with Ken Bisconti. Not only does he discuss the new release, he offers some positioning: Asked where Notes and Domino fit in the Workplace strategy, Bisconti says both are "part and parcel" of...

From both Wild Bill and Alan Lepofsky: My soul is only worth UKP9676... and 79% have a purer soul than me. HuH? Must be those squirrels... Take your own test at www.wewantyoursoul.com/quote.php 1 PM CDT: So after seeing everyone else be more pure than I, I decided to imitate a Christi...

Can someone explain this?

September 21 2003

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TiVo snared a nice catch the other night for us -- Paul McCartney in Red Square on A&E. This was a broadcast of McCartney's first ever concert in Russia, taped in May '03. We saw the "Driving" tour when it came through Chicago in early '02, so I wasn't watching so much for the music. T...

American Airlines (and I assume the others) is offering the lowest offseason fares to London that I've ever seen in my life. US$252 from Chicago is about $50 cheaper than any previous fare I've seen, and $196 from New York is just plain crazy. It's cheaper to go to London in November than to...

Next stop - Cambridge

September 19 2003

I'm back from my less-than-24 hours in Atlanta. Thanks to the great team at Optimus Solutions for hosting yesterday's seminar -- I really enjoyed the session. It's great to see that more and more customers are understanding the Lotus Workplace story.... oh sorry, I fell into marketing mode f...

[b]ut the conclusion is clear: Linux and Mac OS X aren't just more secure because fewer people use them. They're also much harder to crack right out of the box.NY Times columnist David Pogue writes that it's not just perception that Linux and Mac OS X are less susceptible to attack -- there are...

Let's start by establishing the timeline -- it took me longer to drive from Atlanta/Hartsfield to my hotel than it did to fly from Chicago to Atlanta. Some of my friends call me "the human map" -- I can usually find my way almost anywhere with minimal guidance. I am not one of those guys who s...

Inside dumb marketing tricks

September 17 2003

Similar blog entries from Andrew Pollack and Chris Miller IDoNotes, talking about a (insert adjective here) marketing approach taken by a Lotus ISV who makes anti-spam software. This firm's president has been sort of publishing a site that claims to be about Notes/Domino news, and drew my ire...

For a minute when reading this, I thought I was in a parallel universe. How are you marketing the iSeries then? ... Are you doing something to reach the non-iSeries users, the CIOs, CEOs and CFOs whom users say are forcing them to defend the platform? Zollar: Let's talk about the IDC repor...

A good overview of how all the major Java vendors are focused on bringing easy-to-use development tools or improvements to the J2EE development platform. The leading Java adherents--Sun Microsystems, BEA Systems, IBM and Oracle--have ratcheted up efforts to attract software developers through a...

A story that discusses the issues around "cheap mail" -- how to bring e-mail to the masses without major costs. [M]any companies are discovering that corporate e-mail systems don't have to be expensive to be effective. In many cases, simple, stripped-down mail servers fit the bill quite nicely...

Couple of follow-up topics

September 16 2003

Couple of quick follow-ups: Thursday's posting regarding the Microsoft's Office Live launch "stunt" -- well, it was impossible to tell where Mr. Gupta actually was for these broadcasts. The pictures in the webcast surely were "canned" -- the Boston shot of Fenway Park was not a 7 AM view...

BMW knows customer service

September 15 2003

This morning, the local BMW dealer called to close out a chapter in the book called "great customer service." Our trusty 1996 318ti, which still has only 53K miles on it, was in for service a couple of months ago. This in and of itself was strange -- this car has been solid as a rock. Strang...

Weekend blogging

September 15 2003

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Julian R 's latest blog entry is titled "Acknowledging our existence". He muses about the place weblogs have as a source of genuine news, or "buzz", to mainstream reporters. ...because I've read things before that indicate some reluctance by "members of the press" to admit that blogs (or "we...

"Outlook" look and feel

September 13 2003

One of OpenNTF.Org's first projects was "Lookout Express", which applied a copycat user interface that looked like Microsoft Outlook Express to the Lotus Notes mail template. Great demoware, and I've talked about it in some of my competitive presentations over the last 18 months. However it s...

CRN ran several stories related to Windows SharePoint Services last Friday. Both Heini and Peter O'Kelly have linked to the "review" of WSS; even here on my personal blog, I think I need to hold my tongue on my opinion of the story (To give you an idea, sample quote: "[Lotus] Team Workplace...

The Computer and Communications Industry Association is not holding their tongue.... CCIA sent out the following letter to Secretary Tom Ridge on the Department of Homeland Security's recent decision to choose Microsoft as the preferred supplier of desktop and server software. We believe that ...

Must´ve been quite a fight

September 12 2003

OK, we had some minor service disruptions yesterday. It seems that some of my new neighbors in the PSC server room were attracting the wrong kind of vistors. "I knew there was something going on in there -- I shoulda called the cops months ago!" Anyway, please welcome to the neighborhood --...

Microsoft is using an interesting approach to launch Office Live Meeting (nee Placeware) next week. According to the launch page, Group VP Anoop Gupta will "conduct a true cross-country crusade" to declare the end of unnecessary business travel. Not a bad approach, though probably not as co...

I've been thinking about the topic for my "September 11 blog" for a couple of weeks now. I wasn't blogging a year ago, so I didn't face this auspicious date on the calendar then with the pensiveness that I have now. Lots of Americans have connections to 9/11. It's nothing to boast about, of...

Could this be you? Breed is looking through files in the Domino database. Now he's looking at Lotus MTA routing tables. "MTA tables show how the system routes mail. It may or may not tell us something, but it's always worth looking at." Breed pauses for a moment. He's accessed a file called n...

As Microsoft embraces a corporate-wide Trustworthy Computing initiative, more people are finding themselves on the losing side of a relationship. Bill Gates last year sent a memo to staff and customers laying out Microsoft's mission to make Windows software more trustworthy. But the time, mon...

I love this story. Some nice quotes to boot! During the three weeks of the 2003 Tour, LanceArmstrong.com had over 1.4 million visitor sessions averaging 10 minutes each, 5.6 million page views, and 526,000 unique visitors. The site runs on Domino R5 on a Compaq Proliant server. ... Brewe...

I'm posting this mainly so all of those people who googled here last week on "attal leaving IBM" will have something to hit: Score one for Gateway. The struggling hardware company this week snatched away longtime IBM executive Jocelyne Attal to head its nascent SMB efforts. From Varbusiness....

The color of money

September 9 2003

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Getting hard to keep up with all the new blogs and other interesting floatsam on the referrers list... e-Random On Demand: Someone named AJ Harrison running the DominoBlog template. Francois Lafleur: Bilingual blogging Airblog: Airplay's take on the world Bob Congdon: Not through referr...

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From today's Network World: IBM/Lotus later this month will ship Notes/Domino 6.5 and begin to show corporate users how to extend the reach of its collaboration software by embedding it in everyday client software. With embedded components users can stay within their familiar software and stil...

Sifting through the weekend e-mail... a note announces the upcoming dates for the IBM e-Business on Demand: Competitive Technical Briefings. A version of this roadshow has been around for a couple of years, but I've only been involved with it in the last few months. The content is really soli...

Clancy on the bookshelf...

September 6 2003

It took a few weeks to allocate the reading time, but I just finished up Tom Clancy's Teeth of the Tiger. Like Tom Duff, I found this to be a faster read than most of Clancy's previous books. The plot line is somewhat predictable -- bad terrorists attack America at home, we go after their ne...

I'm surprised I haven't seen this week's Cringley report linked to anywhere else. The column describes a court hearing in the case of Burst v. Microsoft. It should really be called "Stupid Microsoft Legal Tricks" when you read about the unbelievable story the MS lawyers told. When Burst's lawy...

I've been working on my first major Linux project in the last week. Having to learn a lot in a very short period of time. Good stuff. [corrected a typo, kind of a funny one, here] One of the things I'm learning is just how mainstream Linux is really becoming. eWeek's Steven Vaughan-Nichols...

CNN: Britney would not kiss another woman besides Madonna Spears said, "I think I'm still clean living. I mean I don't go home and have orgies or anything like that." The singer said she is just "performing and expressing myself." She also believes that by fulfilling her own dreams and havin...

Some details on the Notes/Domino 6.5 release and its position in the Lotus Workplace story. Lotus considers its forthcoming Lotus Notes 6.5 client to be part of its Workplace line, Lepofsky said. Now I realize that not many have seen the "Workplace" capability in the Notes 6.5 welcome page...

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OK, so let me count, one two three four birthdays today? Chris Miller and Alan Lepofsky (thanks to Libby's blogjacking) Richard Schwartz is 39 and holding Nathan Freeman turned 30 it appears...but didn't invite us all to his big party Did I miss anyone?...

A good review of three document management alternatives -- Lotus Domino Document Manager, Documentum, and Docushare. I got a slight chuckle out of this paragraph...sounded very politically correct: If your agency is already running Lotus Domino on IBM's iSeries and using Lotus Notes and Micros...

Shame that they´ve gone...

September 2 2003

Since my role at IBM Lotus over the years has been both in Notes product management and in the competitive arena, I have heard more than my share of complaints about the Lotus Notes user interface. In fact, it used to be that every few months, I had to help someone explain the prominent entry f...

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Sticking it

September 1 2003

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