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posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:09 PM | Feedback (3)

It's Big! It's purple!

It's big! It's purple! And I'll definately be clicking the "hide this crap from me" checkbox!

posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:00 PM | Feedback (0)

Here's a hint

If you don't want to quit, don't select the "quit" option. It really IS that simple. It's bad enough that every MMO out there goes the way of the care bears without the rubbish above becoming accepted as "a good idea".

posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:33 PM | Feedback (2)

FlickR to Flick Off

Ugh is about all I can say. FlickR always seemed like a very cool service, so it stands to reason that it'd be bought out and destroyed eventually. Lucky I only have 4 photos up on there at the moment :)

posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:10 PM | Feedback (0)

Domino 7 and DB2

So yeah, you can use DB2 as a storage option in Domino now.. oh hang on, no you can't, not yet anyway. Kind of ironic given the backslapping that was going on about IBM meeting/exceeding their shipping date for R7 - it's pretty easy when you ditch one of the major features of the release..

posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2005 8:23 PM | Feedback (0)

Notes/Domino 7 Released

Info on Ed Brill's site, downloads from PartnerWorld etc atm. Currently downloading it, looking to upgrade infrastructure at our workplace (I went to capitalise that by default!) within the next few months. Why, given that I'm moving to ASP.NET? Well, just like the amazing rubber man, I'm doing it "because I can". It should be fairly quick and painless, and I figure I might as well do it now rather than later. It'll put me in an interesting situation of interoperability though - once we're all R7 here (which won't take long), it'll mean I'll have R7 for "our" stuff as...

posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2005 6:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Tech-Ed: Day 3

Enabling Secure Remote access in your Environment - Steve Riley Yes, I just went to this one because Steve Riley is a good/amusing speaker. Every time I've been to one of his talks, I cringe when I think about some of the security we have at work. We have a lot of remote access entry points - VPN, web mail, etc etc, and not a lot of security around them. Anyhow, not a lot of new stuff in this talk, but it was fairly interesting nonetheless. It would have been much more enjoyable without the lanky tard behind me talking and...

posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2005 5:59 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Tech-Ed: Day 2

Microsoft Integration Technologies - When to use what - Ulrich Roxburgh I got a lot more out of this session than most people would have. The overviews given for some of the technologies (SQL Replication, SQL Integration Services, SQL Service Broker, Indigo, MSMQ, BizTalk, Host Integration server) were pretty brief, but it was good to get a bit of an overview about some of the technologies that are out there. Note that I'm talking from the perspective of someone coming across from the IBM/Lotus world, and as someone who's always liked to have an awareness of the bigger picture - even...

posted @ Tuesday, August 30, 2005 9:19 PM | Feedback (0)

I broke the comments

I did it a long time ago, and didn't notice. Ugh. I'll try and fix it at some point..

posted @ Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:23 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Tech-Ed: Day 1

Keynote The first thing you saw when wandering into the room for the keynote presentation was the sheer size of the event. The next, was the impressive display at the front of the room - they had a presentation that was being outputted to 5 seperate projectors. Note that I'm not talking about the same screen being shown in 5 different places - they'd lined up the 5 projectors, and designed the display (which was a highly visual Tetris style 'demo' showing sponsors logos and other things) to take advantage of the whole thing as one seamless output device. If this...

posted @ Tuesday, August 30, 2005 5:38 PM | Feedback (0)

..and so the conference ends

After a week being down in sunny Nelson, we're about to pack up and go. I couldn't do this sort of thing fulltime, especially after talking to some of the other people at various stands - they say it's about all they do these days. Anyway, I owe my sanity to Telecom. Yes, Telecom. I've checked my online bill many times, and this hotspot usage does actually appear to be free, and it's nice to know it'll stay that way until December 31st. I have to say, on the move I'd be reasonably happy to pay for it if they...

posted @ Friday, August 26, 2005 11:34 AM | Feedback (0)

Workplace Designer Ships

IBM Workplace Designer has Shipped. Reading that, it really sounds like anyone who wants a medium to long term future with IBM/Lotus products should be looking into Java, J2EE, and Workplace. Some of it is simply in the language they're using: IBM will also continue to offer Domino Designer for Domino-centric developers That says "legacy" to me.

posted @ Friday, August 26, 2005 11:22 AM | Feedback (0)

Day 1 down

So it's the end of day one of this conference, where we're basically manning a trade stand. By 4pm all of the other stand people are bored to hell - I've just heard a few say "Oh screw this I'm off to the pub". Fair enough too, that would have been me if it wasn't for this lovely wireless hotspot. I have to say though, it feels weird that this is free. I could actually download 5-6gb of data over this before I'd even be getting close to incurring any charges. I've reloaded the Telecom website about 5 times and re-read...

posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:51 PM | Feedback (0)

This weeks costs just dropped

So I rock into Nelson, and first thing I do is check for Wireless networks. There's nothing apart from a Telecom Wireless Hotspot. "Oh fuck" I think, I'm screwed, this is going to cost the earth. But then I connect to the thing, and check out the service homepage which I think is kind of nice. It also lets you browse XtraMSN for free, which I think is even nicer - I can at least pretend I'm connected. But THEN I read the FAQ - the thing is free to Xtra broadband customers until the end of the year, I just...

posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2005 10:15 AM | Feedback (0)

SWG: 3rd expansion announced

The Trials of Obi Wan. (insert obligitory comments about fixing the current bugs/issues here) Have to say though, some of it sounds fairly interesting, and it sounds like 'content' which is always the complaint for SWG. We shall see. Either way, it's a shame that in order to get SWG content you need to pay extra for it..

posted @ Sunday, August 21, 2005 4:58 PM | Feedback (0)

Another feature which should have been around earlier

Im, boring myself with some of this R7 negativity, but it seems in R7 you can finally discover which folders documents exist in.

posted @ Friday, August 19, 2005 1:56 PM | Feedback (0)

GSM Mobile NZ

I just wandered onto a site called GSM Mobile NZ - given the name, it's kind of ironic that 4 out of 7 of the articles on the home page at present are talking about Telecom or Telecom services!

posted @ Friday, August 19, 2005 1:07 PM | Feedback (0)

XBox 360 for Xmas Release Xtreme Xtended X... oh never mind

The new Microsoft Xbox 360 which will be released in North America in time for the end of year holiday season will be priced at $US299.95 for the core model. For this you get the console, one games controller, a white faceplate and an audio visual cable. The premium model with cost $US399.95 and will also have a headset, remote, a 20GB hard disk and membership to the Xbox Live entertainment and chat network. The controller will also be wireless rather than wired to the main unit. Both the premium and basic units come with built-in Ethernet ports and can play DVDs, CDs,...

posted @ Friday, August 19, 2005 12:33 PM | Feedback (0)

It's going to be an expensive week next week..

I'm off down to an out of town conference all next week to act as the technical lead alongside one of our sales guys, the idea being to sell a system we're *about* to build to some other possible clients. The hotel we're staying in looks pretty nice, but unfortunately doesn't have Internet access in the lower end rooms. We'll also be standing around at our trade stand for most of the day, so I figured it was a good idea to setup my phone & laptop via GPRS and infrared as a backup plan, albeit a rather expensive one. I've...

posted @ Friday, August 19, 2005 12:20 PM | Feedback (0)

Tinker with .NET and SQL without needing MSDE or SQL Server 2000

When I started my tinkering, I accepted that I was going to have to put either SQL Server 2000 Dev Edition, or MSDE on my machines in order to get a decent feel for things. Most of the applications I wanted to tinker with involved some level of database access, and I wanted to get a feel for SQL anyway as it's obviously something which is used in a lot of corporate applications, which is where my ASP.NET is mostly going to be used. Turns, out there's an alternative to installing SQL Server or MSDE if you'd rather not clutter up...

posted @ Friday, August 19, 2005 11:51 AM | Feedback (0)

2 and a half weeks later..

...and my iPod shuffle has finally exhausted it's initial charge, and is ready for it's recharge. That's pretty impressive I have to say, and I've been using it quite a lot.

posted @ Wednesday, August 17, 2005 3:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Notes 7 "exciting new features"

Alan Lepofsky talks about an exciting new feature of Notes 7. Pardon me while I save this and wander off somewhere else to be underwhelmed. Ok, it's partly because I can't stand the fact that this world is filled with people who accidentally exit applications, but is this really something worth him blogging about? Am I even more fucking pathetic for blogging about him blogging about it? There's also another link which hints that there's going to be more Notes 7 based tips on his site, but the link currently returns 0 documents.

posted @ Wednesday, August 17, 2005 3:36 PM | Feedback (0)

2 certifications for the price of one

I found a couple of envelopes from Lotus Certification center in the mail this morning. I wondered why there were 2 envelopes, as I've only done one exam recently (apart from the Sales Professional exam, which wasn't a "real" one). So it turns out, that the LotusScript 273 exam I sat 3 years ago for my R5 PCLP, also counts towards the R6 Advanced Developer Certification. So by sitting the 6/6.5 Application Developer exam, I'm now both an "IBM Certified Application Developer - Lotus Notes and Domino 6/6.5" as well as being an "IBM Certified Advanced Application Developer - Lotus...

posted @ Wednesday, August 17, 2005 2:27 PM | Feedback (0)

What's with the boxing metaphors?

Return to this page to reserve your ringside seat. Dates, locations and a registration will be added soon! "IBM® Lotus® Notes® & Domino® 7 Live! Innovate. Collaborate. Dominate." - I have to say, the domination aspect is kinda new.

posted @ Monday, August 15, 2005 11:08 PM | Feedback (0)

Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard

I want one, take 2. Logitech, has finally gotten on the ball and released a keyboard tailored to the computer gamer. The new Logitech G15 has some nice features that actually tailor to gamers. The most acknowledged feature is probably the LCD screen on the keyboard. Keyboard macros can be setup on the physical keyboard while in game. Also while not gaming the LCD screen can read media information, display CPU information, email alerts and the keyboard even comes with a software development kit so the coding gamers can write their own programs to display information on the LCD. Backlit keys...

posted @ Friday, August 12, 2005 1:18 PM | Feedback (0)

Tetris Shelves

I want some.

posted @ Friday, August 12, 2005 1:15 PM | Feedback (0)

CokeTunes

A lot of people have some pretty bad things to say about CokeTunes, and they're pretty justfied. In todays age of web development, it seems insane to make technology decisions which will instantly alienate 10-15% of your potential market share. The site requring Internet Explorer 6.0 and above (although there are rumors that the IE7 beta won't load the site) is just plain stupid - yeah sure the flash menus look ok, but if you can't manage to do that in a way which is compatiable with more browsers then you really need to consider a career change. What's worse is that...

posted @ Friday, August 12, 2005 12:24 PM | Feedback (0)

Politics

I'm not really a very political person - I just don't dig it. Some people would argue that you should take an interest in something which has potential to have a large effect on your life, but I'd argue that politicians are all a bunch of liars anyway and that involvement in politics would just end being overly frustrated. Anyhow, I find it interesting that this election it seems to be not just the politicians which are full of crap - it's the political-blogging community (if I could think of some vaugely offensive term for them I'd use it there....

posted @ Thursday, August 11, 2005 12:52 PM | Feedback (0)

Tip contest winner pessimistic about future of LotusScript

Cregg Hardwick won SearchDomino.com's June/July tip contest for his tip Structured error handling in LotusScript, which describes how the benefits of modern, structured error handling can be achieved by carefully formatting code and learning how to properly test for errors, raise custom user-defined errors and rethrow errors. Hardwick has been working with LotusScript since it was introduced in Notes R3. "When I started, no book on LotusScript had been written yet, so I found a list of samples on Compuserve and taught myself," he said. According to Hardwick, IBM should view LotusScript as a key component of an application suite, rather...

posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2005 11:39 AM | Feedback (0)

Volker's first impressions of the Communicator 9300

Read more, here.

posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:26 AM | Feedback (0)

New Monitor

The Sony GDM-FW900 is not dead. Long live the Sony GDM-FW900. However, it won't run in the new apartment due to interference from the power lines. Yes, it was a new one on me too. So the Sony is currently sitting in my office at work, and gets more than it's fair share of WTF IS THAT style looks. In the meantime I needed a new monitor which had to be an LCD due to the power interference, and I've gone with the Dell™ 2405FPW 24" Wide UltraSharp LCD Monitor. It got a pretty good review on Extremetech which combined...

posted @ Tuesday, August 09, 2005 10:38 PM | Feedback (0)

A Winning Formula

Logitech MX518 Gaming mouse + 3m Precise Mousing Surface = WIN!

posted @ Friday, August 05, 2005 8:13 PM | Feedback (2)

Components Coexisting Cooperatively

Last week I had to setup a quick demo environment for an existing ASP.NET application. It was an interesting lesson in the integration (or lack thereof) when it comes to Microsoft products. The application was fairly simple, and had a few key components; An IIS server with the relevant version of the .NET Framework. IIS to have a correctly configured virtual server MS SQL server with the relevant databases Active directory for authentication Nothing too complex there, however, this was a demo environment - which needed to run on a laptop - which doesn't have active directory on it. So, what can you do? Well,...

posted @ Friday, August 05, 2005 3:12 PM | Feedback (0)

Aaah

An hour or so spent googling the net for male strap on breast feeding related gadgets. Thanks Shiv, the things I do for your show.. I dunno. Anyway, apparently there are guys out there who through a combination of nipple stimulation and sheer mental power can will themselves to lactate and produce milk for their child! You live and learn..

posted @ Thursday, August 04, 2005 10:17 PM | Feedback (0)

Google seeks patent for polluting RSS

Google is currently seeking a patent around the concept of putting ads into RSS feeds. Perhaps instead of a patent they should get a punch in the mouth for helping to pollute a technology which previously provided a nice means for people to help AVOID useless information, rather than to help subject them to it. Tags: Google

posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2005 6:35 PM | Feedback (0)

Where do you solve your hardest work related problems?

The latest CodeProject email included the results of a survey, titled: "Where do you solve your hardest work related problems?" Their options included the following: While I'm working On the way to/from work While exercising At the bar / pub / cafe / social gathering after work During dinner / breakfast In the shower / bath In my dreams So my question is, why did they miss off the most important/obvious other option? (Come on, if you don't want to include it, then at least add an 'other' choice)

posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2005 9:54 AM | Feedback (0)

New Toy

Just got myself an iPod Shuffle, and it's great. It makes my mini a bit redundant, but I'll still use both I think. The shuffle was released shortly after I bought my mini, which made for some pretty bad timing - if I had to do it all again I'd be grabbing a Shuffle and a full sized iPod, as I think the two work well together to cover most situations. As usual, I'm using Winamp with ml_ipod instead of iTunes, which works pretty well. The one trick is if you happen to have iTunes installed - it will prevent...

posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2005 9:36 AM | Feedback (0)

Social Networking Sucks

Damien Katz says social networking sucks, and I'm inclined to agree with him. I've had so many invites to some of these things, the earliest I can remember was sixdegrees.com which was about 98-99 or thereabouts. The concept is good, but the execution is flawed. There's just so many of these stupid sites, that if you truly wanted to connect with all your friends then you'd need to be a member of all of them. Stupid. My other reason for not being too fond of them is that I've heard a few nasty rumors about a couple of them using...

posted @ Tuesday, August 02, 2005 9:36 PM | Feedback (0)

Interesting point about Skype

I had no idea of it's origins: Skype comes from the people who did the Kazaa peer-to-peer network application that drives record company executives mad while simultaneously loading spyware on your PC. But where Kazaa at one point annoys everyone, Skype just offers peer-to-peer voice communication, sans spyware, for the best of all prices: free.

posted @ Tuesday, August 02, 2005 10:56 AM | Feedback (0)

Jon Udel respects Lotus Notes

Well that's nice isn't it. However look at that blogroll. I can't help thinking of what Maddox would say if he saw that.. well probably nothing, as he already said it.

posted @ Tuesday, August 02, 2005 9:38 AM | Feedback (0)

Booleans Suck

I quite often find nice little tidbits of writing on Ned Batchelder's site - this is one of those such pieces.

posted @ Monday, August 01, 2005 9:49 PM | Feedback (0)


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