October 2004

T.O. again, I think

October 31 2004

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In today's earlier slashdot-related posting, Julian Robichaux comments: "I love hearing about technologies that compete against Notes. It means that Notes must doing something important and useful." Well, in that vein, here's another timely wiki-related article:Though JotSpot is still in its ea...

I received several e-mails and pings about this slashdot thread overnight. I see a couple of people have blogged it as well. It's prompted by a BusinessWeek article about wikis, specifically about Socialtext. First, I think wikis are a great tool. They are an easy way to share informat...

Well, now the analyst-report-shoe is on the other foot. Let's say upfront, This report was developed by Robert Frances Group, Inc. with IBM assistance and funding. This report may utilize information, including publicly available data, provided by various companies and sources, including IBM. T...

Martin Hall announced yesterday that the conference grid for Inbox 2004 East is final. It is shaping up to be an excellent conference -- even without the "debate" happening -- since everybody who is anybody in messaging will be there. There are three IBM speakers on the agenda -- myself,...

Joel Spolsky nails it on the head:Ipswitch shouldn't be abandoning their existing market to chase after an elusive new market in which they're going head-on against Microsoft and IBM (Lotus Notes). They can't win that way.It seems that Ipswitch decided to try to move from straight e-mail applia...

Recursive protection

October 27 2004

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From Internetnews:In a press statement, IBM detailed three new Express offerings to help SMBs connect normally walled off, siloed processes and applications using collaboration tools that let employees share data and documents in real time, a hallmark of on-demand computing as the Armonk, N.Y. c...

Too many distractions

October 27 2004

Don't know about you, but I am finding this to be a really a nail-biting week. The rational side of my brain isn't really sure why. With the Red Sox up 3-0, it feels less likely that the Series is going to go to seven games. The Chicago Tribune today has a great story about how Chicago C...

IBM Response to Study "Comparing Microsoft .NET and IBM WebSphere/J2EE" I posted the public version of this document in the Lotus Partner Forum last week... now it looks like WebSphere Journal has picked it up...The latest Middleware Company study is flawed and does not accurately reflect the...

Successful migration from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes/Domino and Sametime:About two years ago it made the decision to replace Microsoft's Exchange messaging and collaboration platform with competitor Lotus Notes, and soon after, it implemented Lotus' Sametime enterprise IM system. "One of...

I do believe I've been flamed (emphasis mine, since it seems that the reason I believe I this was directed at me may not have been obvious):The purpose of this blog is to help Exchange customers with Exchange; blogging about the competition does not serve that purpose. We read the same press st...

I'm sure this will show up in one of IDG's US publications later today (Infoworld, Network World, Computerworld etc):Microsoft in May said it would deliver in 2005 an addition to Exchange called Edge Services, an intelligent message transfer agent for the edge of a company's network that offers...

I've been surfing the submitted Lotusphere 2005 abstracts off and on all weekend. There's only one word for it -- overwhelming. Lotus received what looks like a 3:1 submission ratio -- three submissions for every available speaking slot. This is my fourth year as part of the content team, and...

It appears that Google has a very long memory. On a typical day, I'm getting over 100 Google-based hits to this site. While some are searching for the obvious ("ed brill", "Lotus user groups"), others are finding phrases I've used in the past, old topics, or just random junk ("soda pop expira...

I've been asked several times in the last few days what my opinion is of Microsoft's "Istanbul" announcement earlier this week. Having read a whole bunch of press and analyst coverage (thanks to Adam, PBOK, Peter, Michael, etc. for good links), here are some thoughts.Istanbul will replace Wind...

Can you believe it? The laptop display wasn't the only busted item in the toychest this week. My Bose QuietComfort 2 headphones, which I received in May, stopped functioning while I was in London a couple of weeks ago. I tried two other batteries, to no avail. I found this kind of shocking...

IBM support has published a technote about the square brackets [] advisory that seems to have made the rounds today. Technote 1187833 says,This issue ...was thoroughly investigated and determined not to be a product defect in the Domino server. This issue does not occur for editable fields, n...

I was recently asked this question, and didn't know the answer myself. Here's a list my colleague Christopher Crummey sent along: Listed in order of difficultly: 1. Out of the Box Portlets 2. Soon to have the Common PIM portlet (Exchange, Notes, LWP, IMAP, POP) 3....

This sounds like exactly what the doctor ordered, but there are some serious limitations in recalling messages. For one thing, you can only recall messages that were sent to Exchange recipients. Messages sent to SMTP mailboxes can't be recalled because they do not exist in the Exchange Informati...

Portland nerd dinner

October 19 2004

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Relevant for blog readers....The world of the tech analysts is in need of greater transparency, and fast. Over the past four years, as the firms have suffered through the downturn, they've begun to cuddle up more closely to their customers, working on special consulting projects and publishing m...

Ferris Research has just published a research paper assessing Microsoft's Windows SharePoint Services (with a healthy dose of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 included as well). I don't usually link to analyst reports on the blog, especially ones that are subscriber-only access. This one, though,...

Based on an earlier discussion here when 6.5.3 was announced, the developerWorks team has updated the Lotus downloads page Client and server update links are now broken out by codestream. Thanks for the input and suggestions....

Well, I'm not sure if ripping new tunes to the iPod will be today's priority. When I powered up the laptop this morning, I was greeted with a beautiful screen of white -- and nothing else. Thankfully, the computer is otherwise working, including the external monitor port. So that's fine for t...

With this wonderful iPod acquired a short time ago, I'm happily re-experiencing my existing music collection. Like many people, my musical tastes were mostly developed during college. Momentary geek cred -- I was in the college marching band, and my then roommate Mark Votapek was a cello stu...

I'm not sure why this story has slipped my mind, and oddly, only reappeared when I saw my barber earlier this week (insert standard "what, you have enough hair to cut?" joke). On the last afternoon in Moscow, colleague Jason Dumont and I were walking through Okhotny Ryad Mall, which is right n...

Congratulations, Stan: an innocuous posting in each of the developerWorks Notes and Domino fora by Ben Dubuc announcing that there were a couple of dev positions available in Montréal. That was one too many coincidences for me to ignore. I enquired, and was more than satisfied with the en...

Due to the dispersed nature of its staff, the company decided it needed to invest in a messaging and collaboration platform that could support its virtual workforce. It made the decision to replace Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange messaging and collaboration platform with competitor Notes from IBM Cor...

No online medium is safe from advertising anymore. In recent weeks, more companies have started bringing advertising to RSS feeds, the popular platforms for aggregating content from multiple sites in a single place. In the past, RSS feeds have typically been free of ads.Well, looks like it only...

Ok, it seems that a bunch of you want to discuss the new google desktop here on my blog, so here's a thread -- have at it. :)...

Rocky has an excellent blog entry on behalf of all of us on the content team for Lotusphere '05. I've seen a number of abstracts already submitted from blog readers...but there's still room in the pond. What would make a good Lotusphere session? See here ...

Five tracks of Birds-of-a-Feather sessions...with the plan for 2005 being that they will be sprinkled throughout the day, not just start/end of day sessions. Submit proposals at the Call for Abstracts website....

Microsoft just published a presentation and whitepaper about their internal deployment of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 (thanks to Peter de Haas for the link). Even as long as I've been competing with Microsoft, there's something about this one that amazes me -- yes, it's another...

This is awesome -- I received an e-mail from a blog reader commenting on IBM's recent acquisition of Systemcorp. I have to admit, this acquisition had hardly hit my radar at the time of the e-mail. The blog reader's note says that he thinks the acquisition is great news, and wonders whet...

An article covering Notes/Domino 7 design improvements (Web Services, optional DB2 backend), the Domino Application Portlet, Domino Toolkit for WebSphere Studio, and the Workplace client technology.According to [Lotus CTO Doug] Wilson, the Notes client itself will gradually become more integrate...

On the other hand, guess it's time for the annual "Lotus marketing sucks" article...though interestingly, the majority of the specific users cited have positive things to say.Users believe the decline of Notes and Domino is directly tied to slick marketing on the part of Microsoft, and IBM's ina...

A fairly lengthy article describing the steps an Exchange admin had to go through to restore service after a system failure: I was at my desk, preparing to wrap things up for the day, when I noticed that Outlook had timed out on its attempt to connect to the Exchange server. In the past, this o...

Earlier today, I was part of the presenter lineup a seminar PSC Group conducted on Move2Lotus. The meeting was cool in three ways -- A partner putting some energy into prospecting -- PSC made a first-rate effort to find organizations potentially interested in upgrading to Notes/Domino. Thi...

Hopefully, those of you who are IBM partners are following this week's PartnerJam. One of the questions posed earlier today was on how to best communicate the IBM Lotus roadmap for Notes/Domino. I quickly assembled a collection of links to post. It was pretty easy to do -- I had blogged most ...

An upcoming roadshow in the US provides an update on IBM Workplace. Details are here on lotus.com Locations: Cambridge - November 3rd Philadelphia - November 3rd San Francisco - November 3rd Cincinnati - November 4th Indianapolis - November 9th Seattle - November 9th Calgary -...

You may or may not have been following Robert Cringely's writings on Burst v. Microsoft. I find this case rather fascinating, as it seems to show what determined lawyers who have nothing to lose can do. This week's Cringely column (via Dan Gillmor) details a major discovery in the case -- Mi...

Then I attempted to restore the Exchange backup. In fact, for the next thirteen days, I attempted to restore the Exchange backup. I'd work all day, grab a few hours sleep, eat at my desk, and image, reinstall, update, and try again, over and over again. I followed all the documented steps. The...

Remember the series CNET published a few weeks ago on Outlook horror stories? As many of you commented at the time, there are few such worries for Notes/Domino users. My marketing colleagues and I examined the CNET series with an eye towards the differences in the Lotus Notes/Domino world....

CRN: Office Server Salvo

October 11 2004

More moving parts for Microsoft Office?Some analysts say Microsoft still hasn't experienced a bump from the whole Office System lineup. "While the Office Systems is a good approach for Microsoft, it hasn't lead to any rapid sales increases," said Pal DeGroot, analyst with Directions On Microsof...

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Edcom has announced my role as a keynote speaker at their local version of a Lotusphere-comes-to-you event in Munich in February, 2005. vowe is on the agenda as well....

Martin Hall, organizer of Inbox 2004 East, comments on the Inbox weblog:I've had an indirect "they've declined to participate" but, it seems, nobody in the Exchange group is willing to explain why. My overtures to the group directly or even via WaggEd are going unanswered. ... Microsoft Exchan...

I can tell from the logs that many of you had issues reaching edbrill.com today.... John explains why....

IBM Lotus Notes/Domino continues to set the standard for innovation in the messaging and collaboration market that Lotus defined over a decade ago. With each release of Notes and Domino, IBM improves the scalability, security, administration, and resource requirements, enabling customers to achi...

CIO Australia: Mail Order

October 7 2004

An extensive article detailing how implementing e-mail systems has provided a knowledge sharing and harvesting engine at several organizations. Not surprisingly, most of the customers profiled in the article are using Lotus Notes:"We've never used a word processor, so we've always created our c...

Several of my colleagues have published one of the first books from the new IBM Press line: IBM WebSphere and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions. The book describes the designs and features of IBM/Lotus collaborative systems such as Web Conferencing, Instant Messaging, Lotus Workplace,...

The Portland Domino/Notes User Group has announced their next meeting, where I'll be speaking about Notes/Domino 7, Lotus Workplace, and a competitive update. The date is October 19, at 11:30 AM PDT, at Regence BCBS's offices on Market Street (follow that link for full details). Those plannin...

An interview with Kevin Cavanaugh, VP of Notes/Domino Development:"Domino 7 will let you run 50% more users on the same hardware," says Cavanaugh. "Or, to put it another way, your current workload will require 25% less CPU capacity."Yes -- existing hardware, more efficient. A great investment...

Colleague Ken Lin is trying to get some perspective on how the Notes C API toolkit LDAP functions are being used. See this posting on developerWorks Notes/Domino 6 forum. Link...

Lotusphere 2005 is now seeking session proposals via the Call for Abstracts website. Note: Birds-of-a-feather session proposals are not yet being accepted -- I'll post an update when that system is live. Submissions must be received by October 20 -- so you have two weeks. This is the second...

At companies like International Business Machines Corp., which provides instant-messaging software called Lotus Instant Messaging to 11 million business users, the tool has become second nature as a way to communicate among co-workers. The company's 300,000 employees send between three million a...

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A quick blog to capture some thoughts from two days at Admin/Developer UK -- A great job by the H&T Verlags team once again. The conference was first-rate and I think everyone found it useful and enjoyable. I learned a couple of things about the Notes 7 plug-in for the Workplace clien...

Geeks in the ´hood

October 5 2004

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Last reminder to London-area readers -- Hoping to see you tonight, Monday, 4 October, 19:00 or later, at the Ha! Ha! Bar (15/18 Clarence Street) in Staines. I've confirmed several attendees, including more than a few of the local Loti and speakers at the Admin/Developer UK conference. If y...

More on Saint Petersburg

October 3 2004

As we lifted off from Pulkovo airport, the passenger next to me did not look well. About fifteen minutes into flight, he collapsed in the aisle on his way to the lavatory. He seems to be doing OK now. The BA cabin crew did a very good job of managing the situation, and even have continued the...

Catherine´s hermit(age)s

October 3 2004

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Ben Rose asked me this question via e-mail: Is there a way to set client notes.ini files via the policy document? Well, since I didn't exactly code this myself, I turned to the product management and development team. The answer returned It's done by adding fields to the policy no...

Long day, tons to write about but not a lot of energy left. Oh, and I'll get back to writing some Lotus-related stuff soon, I promise. Spend the majority of the day touring in Moscow, with some new highlights including the excellent Tretyakov Gallery and a nice walk on Tverskaya Street. I...

Lotus Forum, Moscow

October 1 2004

Today has been quite the blur, let's see how I do on the memory recall test: I don't think 770 showed up, but we definitely had several hundred partners and customers at today's Lotus Forum. It felt to me like a very good event, and I was pleased to meet several new people this year. The lo...