September 2004

"Bolshoi" -- what does the word conjure in your mind? Americans probably think of the Bolshoi ballet, the renowned Russian dance company. It sure sounds exotic, right? This famous organization come by its name honestly. Their theatre in Moscow is the Bolshoi theatre. Looking behind the c...

The right priorities

September 30 2004

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Back in the....

September 29 2004

So I'm sitting in the lobby of the Moscow Renaissance Hotel on a 1 MB wifi connection. For a mere US$36 per day. But that's likely cheaper than dialup-- there's no local access number in Russia. So we'll go with this... Quick first impressions -- a lot of new construction since my last vis...

I guess it's time for the annual "Notes is dead" article...The other element at play is less acknowledged but makes perfect sense. The WebSphere platform on which the Workplace components are based is primarily homegrown IBM, the pride and joy of the software group. For some time now, the compan...

Julian noticed discussion of the new Notes Mail portlet in a recent developerWorks article on Domino and Workplace integration:Here's what I think is really good about the concept of the Notes Mail Portlet (keeping in mind that I haven't tested it myself, just read about it): accessing your...

In Dan Gillmor's book We the Media, he discusses an example of blog-based fake grassroots buzz creation, or "astroturfing". I quoted from it in part 3 of my book review. Pete Snyder, who is the CEO of New Media Strategies, stopped by and commented on that thread.Now, we use this as an examp...

As already reported by John and vowe. Fix list 6.5.3 Release Notes...

A quick opinion bit in Computerworld...Getting Notes information into a relational database has been something of a pain, but Bisconti says that pain goes away with Release 7. An optional DB2 data store can be fully integrated with Notes, including e-mail and calendaring applications. Bisconti e...

MSN Lead Product Manager Brooke Richardson:"Recently, there's been an increase in exploits of the WebDAV protocol, which is used to enable people to access Hotmail from Outlook and Outlook Express. ...But because of the rise in abuse of this protocol, we're making a change to WebDAV to curb abus...

Inbox 2004 East is scheduled for November 17-19, 2004, in Atlanta, GA USA. As with the inaugural Inbox conference this past June, the event is shaping up to be quite interesting, with a number of insightful sessions, panels, and workshops. Conference organizers contacted IBM Lotus about part...

Upcoming travel season

September 25 2004

This week will mark the start of my Q4 travel schedule. There's some pretty interesting stuff upcoming, and as is typical for me, I'm all about the planning. On Tuesday, I leave for Russia, to give the keynote at Thursday's Lotus Forum in Moscow. From there, I head to St. Petersburg for the...

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"Outlook is a virus magnet! Seems like I can never watch the news or pick up the paper without a story about yet another killer virus targeting Outlook.A wee bit of contrast here. Fifteen years in market, and Lotus Notes has never been the conduit for a virus attack. Features like the executi...

歓迎 Nihon-jin

September 23 2004

Looks like the Japanese site SoftwarePro Portal for Lotus has a story about Domino blogging (or in Japanese transliteration, "burogu") derived from the IBM DeveloperWorks blogging article. So, welcome. I hope very much that some of you will join the Lotus-focused blogging community... we cou...

Oops, almost forgot to examine the next two chapters.... Day 3: The "two-headed monster": Keeping two machines on the same page with Outlook is a tough job. Again CNET is forced to recommend third-party products for basic functionality. What a great thing that Notes uses the very same NSF arc...

Several weeks ago, we had a short discussion here (as well as elsewhere) about a Domino vs. Exchange TCO study authored by META Group, published on Microsoft's website. Today, IBM has published a formal response to the study on the lotus.com/compare website.While it probably is no surprise...

John Aylmer, he who originated the developerWorks thread referenced the other day, contacted me via e-mail. As you'll recall, while on my soapbox, I requested that those who experience a problem such as that described consider opening incidents with IBM Lotus technical support. The reason...

Henning Heinz had two clever blog entries yesterday -- 1) commenting on a discussion in the Notes/Domino 7 beta forum, he notes that the answer is refreshingly blunt.The setting speaks for itself.2) Heini noticed a post on GaryDev's blog, where Gary says:Well I'm dumping my old demos and lo...

Day two...Outlook seems to derive a cruel pleasure in hitting us with the "Your mailbox is over its size limit" error just when we're sending the most important e-mail of the day. All too often, we have had to scramble to delete messages, sometimes even trashing mission-critical e-mail in the pr...

An Exchange 5.5 to Domino on Linux migration..."We had been running Microsoft Exchange 5.5 for a number of years," he says, "but after opening offices in Canada, Argentina and the US, we began experiencing all sorts of problems with message routing between the offices." ... "We'd have messages...

"Based on last year's feedback, we let the content swing a little too much into future technology," Marcus said. "They understand that we need to use this platform to tell them what's coming next, and they need to plan for what's ahead, but they said they need to get practical information about...

This looks like it is going to be a fun series:Each weekday this week, we'll tackle a scary Outlook nightmare. Our expert tips and downloads will help you chase away the Outlook gremlins hiding in your closet. "Monday's moaner: I keep searching and searching..." You mean it's 2004 and Outlook...

With Admin/Developer UK just a little over two weeks away, it's probably time to solidify plans for the informal gathering/"geekdinner" that I proposed last month. I had hoped to be very specific at this point as to logistics, but my British colleagues seem to have mostly decided to take holi...

Quote of the day

September 19 2004

Found in fine print in a prayer book last week:A man should live that at the close of every day he can repeat: "I have not wasted my day."From the Zohar. Maybe Madonna is studying this during her current trip....

Premiere Conferencing is the first company to write an audio adapter that integrates its audioconferencing capabilities with the Web Conferencing server. ... Previously, Web Conferencing (and before it Sametime) were licensed on a per-server basis. But instant messaging and presence awarenes...

Let it be said: I love being back in the day-to-day operations of the Notes/Domino business. Officially six weeks in, I already know that this new role has been a great move. Of course, nothing's ever perfect, right? (soapbox) In the last two weeks, I've been involved in a couple of post-sal...

An extensive interview with Sandra Marcus, queen of Lotusphere.What we've heard loud and clear is that there was too much content on future technology or stuff about to come out of the development pipe, and users said they really need practical "here and now" content. They want and need us to te...

Nathaniel Borenstein, a distinguished scientist at IBM, is one of those who said he believes that "cooler heads will prevail" and a consensus can be reached. "The issues are not as big as feared between [Microsoft and the open source parties]," he said. IBM signed on as a supporter of Sender I...

Microsoft has appointed a new executive to persuade business customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to choose its software over open-source alternatives. Ashim Pal on Monday became Microsoft's senior director of EMEA platform strategy, having previously worked as vice president of tech...

Amy Blumenfeld makes her debut on this group blog with a "spoiled" Domino person's first-blush look at SharePoint:As I sat through Sharepoint classes and started to play with the server more, it has become clear to me: Notes/Domino has spoiled me in many ways. We in the Notes/Domino world hav...

The most recent major update of DominoBlog has some great new management views. In a spare moment recently, I was scanning the "referrer overall" view to see what other sites are directing traffic this way...here's the top 10 over the last forty five days. I've excluded search engines such as...

In case you've been hiding under a rock, I've been intermittently blogging about an impressive book called We the Media by Dan Gillmor. (Part 1 Part 2 Part 3) One last quote from the book:...[W]e must all recognize that the rules for newsmakers, not just journalists, have changed, thanks t...

and about time, too! Nathan Freeman is now blogging at Escape Velocity. I was just thinking when I saw Stan Rogers' new blog yesterday that Nathan had to be next in line. I'm actually quite interested in Nathan's blog, since he has completely changed his life -- marriage, moving to South A...

OK, this is too funny. I received the following e-mail last night...Mr. Brill, I liked your article about gmail. I, too, am a gmail tester. Wonder what Google is up to by acquring the info of who is linked to who by monitoring who we send invites to. It's one of those things that make you g...

One journalist's frustrations with e-mail clients summarized.Outlook was my last stop--I started using it about three months ago. I'd postponed using Outlook for security reasons. Outlook has historically been a major carrier of viruses. Sure, you can secure Outlook by taking some simple mea...

One of the awesome things about the Dominoblog blogging template is how flexible the UI can be. There are some wicked cool Dominoblog sites out there, including this one for a Dutch field hockey team. Steve Castledine has basically made it easy to "skin" the template with various designs.......

I finished reading Dan Gillmor's We the Media over the weekend. As previously discussed in my first and second postings about this book, I've found it to be incredibly powerful -- and empowering -- discussion of how the world of social software is changing the face of journalism and media. ...

...CEO Jack Messman told customers and partners that Microsoft's extensive license fees for Windows have prevented end-user organizations and independent software developers from directing cash into more "innovative" software. "I am of the opinion that innovation has been slowed because of Micr...

see the InsideLotus weblog for details. (All of the new bloggers have introduced themselves on that site, if you haven't been by in a few days...)...

Noticed in referrers and announced elsewhere... http://stanrogers.blogspot.com . Looks like it should be interesting reading...welcome, Stan!...

Hey dad, it still works

September 13 2004

I was recently scavenging through my old stuff at my mom's house, and came across this blast from the past. Yes, my first electronic game... the classic Coleco Electronic Quarterback. It's amazing how engaging a bunch of LEDs with almost no intelligence can be. I powered it up yesterday for t...

An article about the industry focus across IBM Software Group. One example of how it has paid off:The city of Windsor, Ontario, used IBM's Cityscape Portal Solution-City Edition to build a community portal. IBM developed the package with its WebSphere Portal and Lotus Collaboration products suc...

Ouch- 2Cherries director, Gideon Jacobs, today said that problems with Microsoft's Exchange Server software crippled the company's Brisbane office on the eve of its first day of deliveries. "Microsoft Exchange Server corrupted our office server's registry which caused a total [communications]...

"As soon as the Lotus Notes system was rolled out to the users, they could instantly see the benefits" Ah, music to my ears. Actually, this story is a textbook example of why an organisation with multiple mail systems will see major benefits by consolidating on a single system. Wish I h...

I've had my iPod now for a couple of weeks, and I thought it would be worthwhile to write up my early impressions. As personal audio devices go, the iPod rocks -- great looking, great sounding, and a good user interface. The menu structure makes it very easy to choose what you want to listen...

Have you ever looked out an airplane window and wondered why some of the farms in the USA have circular crop patterns? Well if you have, then this is the book for you. Window Seat features dozens of aerial photographs of the US and Canada, sequenced by region. Some highlight cities; others, th...

It´s 9/11 again

September 11 2004

How to write about a day and occasion that has sadly become full of political connotations without being political? Not easy. Last year, I chose to remember two people two will be forever linked to this date on the calendar. This year, terrorism is again in the headlines, for a lot of reaso...

Yesterday, I received a request that I thought was pretty interesting. It's actually in the bounds of a fairly common discussion -- a feature request for Notes usability that would create challenges for upgraders and compatibility. I'm genericizing since it was an IBM internal discussion, but...

It seems like three or four times a week, I get requests for a list of all the Lotus user groups. Though it wasn't particularly up-to-date, valu.org used to provide such a listing. Other sites have tried, too. Well, I'm not sure it's 100% perfect, but I have posted my list of Lotus user grou...

Forbes.com: Cheapware

September 9 2004

Forbes.com author Daniel Lyons focuses this week on cheap, open source alternatives in the software market. Oracle vs. MySQL seems to be the most prominent play, but others are discussed as well. Certainly, the evolution of software is taking place before our collective eyes. Hosted vs. prem...

This is an incredibly powerful story of the interconnected community.... I commented on Scoble's success at building community here He acknowledged said compliment. In return, he tried to make a witty competitive comment, but without an emoticion, it sounded beligerent I blogged my surpr...

12 categories, including the return of Best Philanthropic Solution. Link: 2005 IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards and Eleventh Annual Lotus Awards Link: 2005 Lotus Awards categories ...

From the byline, it appears that this is an article Ed Scannell wrote for Infoworld (US) based on a briefing held last week...for some reason, it has appeared in ARNet Australia before it has in Infoworld. Note that the date is in international notation, i.e. 7 September, 2004.Lotus executives...

Robert Scoble noticed my compliment (and it was quite sincere, especially because he has blogged a general idea of his salary recently) yesterday about how he's been successful at creating online community. I am a bit surprised at what I got in response, though:I don't understand people who...

Tom Duff wrote two recent articles in his e-ProWire: Lotus Developer Tips newsletter which linked to blog entries on edbrill.com. Anyone watching my referrers in the last 24 hours has seen the effect -- tons of clickthroughs. This is in addition to anyone who clicked through from the newslette...

An extensive article covering the "killer app" of instant messaging -- presence.Rebottaro is using IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing server, which supports presence capabilities within Nektar's portal of collaborative applications and online training courses. "We use presence to f...

As I left off the last blog entry about "We, the Media", I was musing about the Lotus community. One of the big questions that Dan Gillmor's book raises for me is what the value of that community has been for the company I work for and the product I'm responsible for. And how remarkably cons...

Over the weekend, I started to read Dan Gillmor's "We, the Media". I'm only about 100 pages into the book, but it is so tightly aligned with how my thinking has evolved in the last 24 months, that I simply must start writing about it now. Warning -- this book will probably prompt some rants....

A colleague is travelling to Israel this week for a local customer tour on Workplace and other topics. Unfortunately, my personal schedule didn't allow me to participate in this trip...it would be interesting to experience Israel from a business perspective. Oh well -- it will happen someday. ...

Remember last week's momentary posting of a book on microsoft.com about migrating Notes applications to .NET? Well, on the assumption that the book lives on, in more discreet distribution channels, Tom Duff has written a detailed article for e-Pro examining the Microsoft book. Duff takes sp...

One more for your newsreader: Gonzo Lotusphere news . The unofficial Lotusphere 2005 website is at www.weightlessdog.com/ls2005.nsf or www.gonzolotusphere.com. ...

I don't often point to resources on the IBM PartnerWorld site, since they are typically restricted to business partners. In this case, this is one of these too-good-to-pass-up documents that deserves some attention. The Lotus partner team just posted a document entitled "Lotus highlights fo...

An article from about a week ago, authored by Irene Greif of IBM Research. The article examines trends and technologies in future collaboration applications:Increased online communication can translate into problems for both knowledge workers (such as increased demands on employees' attention)...

Six more available. Let me know. I did plan to donate this batch to gmail4troops.com, as Kathleen suggested, but they say they have more donated invites than they need at the moment....

Carl Kriger and Bill Hubler have debuted on the lotus.com InsideLotus blogging team. And yes -- Brian Baker and Steve Londergan's photos are being fixed...along with the RSS feed etc. The "about" document has been updated....

Part of Forbes' "Microsoft at 30" coverage... I vividly remember the day that the Placeware announcement was made last year. I was at the IBM SWG sales meeting, and there were lots of questions. It's been interesting to watch:WebEx, with $190 million in sales last year, seems to have been ab...

An unprecedented examination of the IBM software success story. Steve Mills and all his direct reports are interviewed -- I can't remember the last time any publication was given that kind of access for one story. That alone should send a clear signal of how important the application developer...

I don't think it can get any clearer than this:The current road map calls for the Lotus Notes 7 client and Domino 7 Server to ship next year with tighter integration with the company's new Workplace technologies. Beyond that, "there will be a Domino 8, 9, 10," said Ken Bisconti, vice president o...

A couple of weeks ago, I had a fascinating customer meeting. The topics were wide-ranging...and given that I'm pretty sure some of the people at that meeting are reading here, I don't want to divulge any of the business side of the conversation. Something said during the meeting really surpri...