June 2006

On Wednesday, Mary Beth Raven asked, Notes has a feature called "Lock Display" or "Lockout" (press F5 or choose File - Security - Lock Display). Do you use it? How often?So far, 60 responses. I personally am voting with those who suggest that the function keys become mappable by admins or v...

Thank you to my new geek friends for coming out on what was, for a while, an incredibly stormy and wet Thursday in T.O.! Five IBMers, three customers, and a business partner chatted and laughed for over three hours. It was good to see "Joe Canadian" (aka Ken Porter) again, and he and my collea...

Interesting link that's been sent to me a few times, with an article educating MCPs on how to deal with objections to Microsoft solutions. It's certainly written from the kool-aid-drinking perspective, but that's not surprising given the audience.When it comes to Microsoft bashing, partners hav...

One final reminder -- a bunch of Toronto geeks, including a number of IBMers, are gathering tonight starting around 6 PM (some closer to 7) at The Duke of Argyle pub. I won't embarass myself or the group by wearing some kind of IBM pocket protector...but look for me in a green oxford shirt and...

I was out at a customer briefing this morning with Tim Thatcher, the Director of Workplace and Portal products. He used a phrase in describing Notes that I hadn't ever heard before, but I really liked it. He said most Notes customers use Notes as a platform for "situational applications" -- qu...

You simply must check out Alan Lepofsky's presentation from the Lotus premium support seminar last week! Twenty awesome tips and tricks for end users to make better use of their Notes environment. Many of them have been covered by Alan separately on his blog, but this is a great aggregation of...

Information Week discusses the varying degree of adoption of instant messaging in the corporate market...Many companies aren't sure they need it. George Chizmar, VP of IT at Apple Vacations, says IM wasn't on any business managers' requirements list when the company bought Lotus Notes. But it ca...

David Berlind, triggered by some of the coverage coming out of the Collaborative Technologies Conference last week, analyzes what "collaboration" really means in today's technology terms...When you strip collaboration down to its bare essence, you have people, you have some record of their colla...

Jupiter Research's Joe Wilcox comments on Microsoft's unified messaging strategy:Microsoft's upgrade strategy follows down two fairly consistent tracks: Increase the number of product versions or breakout features, extend them and create a Product B or C that tightly integrates back to original...

CNET Gadgets Blog has a mention about Good Technology's release of their Domino support...On Monday, Good Technology is set to announce the addition of Good Mobile Messaging for IBM Lotus Domino to its stable of mobile computing software. The new service synchronizes Lotus e-mail, contacts, cale...

Despite the suspiciously coincidental posting of this blog entry at 12:01 AM, I'm writing this live (as opposed to a "held" pre-blog). The news is that good that I can't sleep :-) Later today (Monday), IBM will be issuing a press release to announce more capabilities coming in soon-to-be-re...

Same place, sametime?

June 24 2006

From this week's priority support customer conference in Boston, Kathleen McGivney captured an entropy-producing moment on her moblog... And there we have it, irrefutable proof that the world is coming to an end....

So, I'll send e-mails on Friday to those who expressed interest already, but for all those involved, here's the scoop. A couple of people have suggested a place called The Duke of Argyle, located downtown in the whole hip and happening entertainment district. I'll plan on heading over t...

Confession time -- as a nearly-lifelong Chicago-area resident, I have never been on an airplane bearing the name Continental Airlines. Even with flying 100K miles per year for many years, there's never been a reason to be aboard CO. I've hit all the other major US airlines (though not yet some...

Plazes karma rising

June 22 2006

Apparently I'm now in the Plazes top 20 users, coming in at #18 with (currently) 84 plazes discovered. And I still haven't even snagged the Starbucks down the street from my new home. No, I'm not obsessed.......

The marketing folks have posted several pages of new information about the 7.0.2 Notes/Domino release... Interview with Mike Mottola and Penny Scharfman, giving an overview of the release Details on the Notes on a USB memory stick install ("Nomad"), blog template, and RSS feed gene...

I may be in Boston, but unfortunately I'm not attending the Collaborative Technologies Conference going on across town. Yesterday, IBM's Mike Rhodin gave a plenary address, which has been covered in a couple of blogs. Stowe Boyd writes:But it is strangely bizarre and at the same time sen...

Todd Wanke needs a little education in public spin...On the MS "Tools for Moving to a Microsoft Collaboration Platform" blog this morning, he tries to claim victory over an IBM technote. The technote in question discusses how the Microsoft Exchange connector for Lotus Notes is supported....

So it seems the cat is out of the bag :-) One of the interesting challenges of "corporate blogging" is that I often know stuff that I can't yet write about. Outside IBM, others without similar constraints find out some news or information, and I feel the fool for not having written about my...

On this back-to-wok Monday, there's no question that the time in Dublin last week was worthwhile in terms of supporting the successful Irish user group meeting. Over 100 delegates -- 30% of whom were from outside of Ireland -- turned up for an incredible lineup of speakers. While it didn't hav...

There was a surge of enthusiasm around this product coming out of Lotusphere. Now the Workplace Forms team has launched their 2.6 release, which is now available in 26 languages is now available (server) for AIX, Solaris, and RHEL, and (client) Mac OS is "write once" for both browser a...

John Fontana reports from TechEd last week...."We had our routing [service] on a cluster and now it needs to go somewhere else, and that means more servers," says Christopher Wenzel, applications analyst for the law firm of Katten Muchin and Rosemann. Wenzel, who has clusters running in four of...

In college, I was a proud member of the Indiana University Marching Hundred. One thing was funny about that elite Big 10 group -- we had somewhere between 240-320 members. Regardless of the numbers, being part of the band was definitely the highlight of my college experience. And not just b...

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I'm sitting at the Dublin geekdinner following the fantastic Irish Lotus User Group meeting. 35 of us enjoying rubber chicken, powdered sugar, and a generous serving of broccoli. So this venue reminds me that it's been a while since I've organized a geekdinner myself. I will be in Toronto...

We're heading into the final two breakout session timeslots of the day here at the ILUG in Dublin. Almost a hundred people turned out for this event, with attendees coming in from England, the Netherlands, Germany, and all over Eire. Good questions and interaction. Strong interest in "Nomad"...

With the best of intentions, Steve set out to fly to Dublin today...The crash landing of a freight plane at Birmingham International Airport has caused widespread disruption. More than 1,000 passengers have been bussed to other runways including Manchester, Bristol, Coventry and Nottingham Ea...

Steve Richards claims that I compared my blog to Robert Scoble's, that he knows Robert Scoble, that Robert Scoble was a friend of his...and that Ed, you are no Robert Scoble:Ed I don't see any of these characteristics in your blog, for me your focus is on debunking Microsoft marketing, and I r...

I certainly expected this posting to get more than ten people commenting...We also have plans to improve the Workspace as well. There are 2 ways in which we're re-designing the Workspace. 1. Making the items on your workspace more findable in the Launcher (the subject of this posting). 2....

By now there is little to add to the story of Robert Scoble's decision to depart Microsoft. I heard hints of this months ago, and am not surprised given work/life balance stuff that dad would want to be nearer to son. Plus there's the whole bargain of the deal -- in Scoble's blog entry about h...

I just have one question -- a keynote on a Sunday night??I have to tell you, I was extremely under whelmed. I promise this is not coming from "Alan the guy who works at IBM". I am telling you honestly as someone who was there to learn what MS's vision is, I was pretty bored. More ...

Functional fixedness

June 11 2006

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My blogging will likely be sparse over the next few days, as I'm taking the first half of the upcoming week as vacation. Yes, I know it's the week of Microsoft TechEd, and I'm obviously very sad not to be there. Don't worry, there are plenty of Loti attending to examine the latest news and upd...

Ferris's blog has a quick entry about their experience at the ILTF/DNUG conference last month....The strong attendance (500+) and support of IBM and dozens of third-party vendors demonstrate that Notes and Domino are doing well in the German market. We believe Germany is home to the second large...

I'm pleased to announce that IBM's support for next week's Irish Notes Users Group continues to grow...now with the addition of Steve Castledine to the list. I've asked Steve to demonstrate the Domino blogging template that will be shipping in 7.0.2 later this year...and which I'll be upgradi...

In the last week or ten days, I've been bombarded by requests from customers to provide the "Domino roadmap". And when something happens that often in that short of a period of time, one can guess where it's coming from -- the competition. "Ask Lotus whether you'll be able to run Domino in fiv...

What a CROCk

June 7 2006

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Information Week takes a look at plans from Microsoft, IBM, and new market entrants...E-mail is getting interesting again. The market for business e-mail software has been largely stagnant the past few years, as companies stood pat with tried-and-true systems or invested modestly to accommod...

Paul Mooney has been working day and night -- quite literally -- to make next week's second Irish Notes User Group meeting an impressive event. We've been chatting at all hours while this comes together. The event is free to attend, and IBM has even come to the party with sponsorship of a fre...

Coverage in the Manila Bulletin from the Lotusphere Comes to You event there a few weeks back...With this development, Lotus Software has opened up new markets for Lotus Notes and Domino. Ed Brill, Business Unit Executive, Worldwide Lotus Messaging Sales, IBM Software Group, said in hindsight...

This story had escaped my attention...HP cuts back on telecommuting in the San Jose Mercury News:Mott said by bringing IT employees together to work as teams in offices, the less-experienced employees who aren't performing well -- which there are ``a lot of'' -- can learn how to work more effec...

Yellow shirts, honoring the country's beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne, are so popular that there aren't enough to go around. Thailand is marking the anniversary this month with elaborate celebrations to be attended by more than two dozen...

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Happy Fourth

June 4 2006

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Infoworld and other IDG publications have been running this story today....[Microsoft Corporate Vice President Dave] Thompson was on a press tour in the U.S. this week to promote Exchange Server 2007 and also provide an update on the Exchange business at Microsoft.So I heard! Apparently, it in...

It's quite ironic that I've been meaning to blog this topic for about a month. But here goes... I've been thinking a lot lately about the concept of continuity and reliance. In IT we often talk about reliability, but why is it so important? Why do we expend so much energy on "disaster rec...