October 2005 Entries
Telecom making big changes.
Why MMORPGs suck. A copy of a post originally made on the VNBoards located at vnboards.ign.com.
There are now 2 Notes killers. This one is called NotesKiller, and comes from the author of the first decent RSS reader (even though most of the source was hidden). The other one is called Workplace, and comes from IBM.
Best practices for large Lotus Notes mail files - probably only useful for larger organisations with a lot of those "I'm so important, those quotas don't apply to ME do they" type people. Still, there's some interesting stats there about ratios of documents in the inbox VS total documents and indexing which might interest some people..
..ie, people who didn't work out most of them as being common sense.
Frequent meetings - If meetings only took place quarterly, for example, it would be 6months between meets if you missed one. That's a long time in the Notes industry.
The above quote is taken from the launch text from a newly spawned Lotus Notes Users group. They're right though - every 6 months that passes, Notes becomes more and more dead, replaced by Workplace. Don't miss a meeting fellas.
As someone who's only ever dabbled with Unix and it's variants, I've often wondered if the directory structure made sense. Of course it does - if you want to know more, then take a read of the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard for some enlightenment.
You don't need to read the full document, as the table of contents has a pretty good overview of each directory.
The phrase is, as they say, PWNED.
(If you haven't seen the WRX video, then you should probably view it first)
The VMWare player is a free application you can download to use preconfigured virtual machines.
These are being provided more and more for evaluation purposes, but a more interesting use is the browser applicance. It's a pretty simple concept, and will appeal to anyone who's tried to set Windows XP up to run in least priviledge mode.
The Browser Appliance enables you to safely browse the Internet from within a VMware virtual machine -- protecting your host PC from spyware and malware.
...is old news.
It amazes me that there are so many members of the Domino blogging (ugh that word makes me cringe) community find the fact that you can run multiple different versions of Notes on the same PC amazing news. You've been able to do this since R4, and possibly even since R3. Maybe this is the old timer in me coming through, but seriously, I thought everyone knew this?
I just sold my car, and the buyer paid with a bank cheque. Everyone knows bank cheques are good, right?
Well it suddenly occured to me that even though I've received and issued bank cheques before, that I had no idea how to verify their authenticity when receiving one. So when I banked it, I asked the clerk some questions, and found out some interesting info.
Apparently there are a lot of people who are 'washing' bank cheques. This involves stealing them from the post, lifting the ink, and printing over them.
My bank doesn't automatically clear bank cheques anymore. Any...
Alan Lepofsky made a recent post titled easy to use Notes database links. The contents of the post have to create probably the most ironic thing I've seen in a while, when they go on to show the smarticon code required:
---- Install Instructions -----
1. Detach this file to your computer link.gif
, it will be used as the icon in your toolbar.
2. From the Notes menu choose: File - Preferences - Toolbar Preferences...
3. Customize - New - Button...
4. Button Captioned Text: Create DB Link
5. Popup Help Text: Create link information to the current database
Jack sounds like a cock. his proposal isn't even amusing - it's obvious and cliched. If you have ten grand to throw about, then spend a bit of money and pay someone a few hundred bucks to come up with a funny idea before you act like a dill hole on the Internet.
Tim Buckley of ctrlalt-del did a comic about it. Penny Arcade wrote some back slapping stuff about it too. Good on them.
Trauma Center: Under The Knife has been, by and large, picking up pretty decent reviews. A combination of the children's board game Operation and a manga retelling of the soap opera General Hospital, this game requires timing and precision I haven't had to flex since Ninja Gaiden. Except now I'm doing it with a stylus, hunched over a table, and there is a "person" who is relying on me to pull a piece of glass out of their heart that has got to be at least a foot in length.
Thinking about it, I'm quite amazed something like this didn't...
In summary: Underwhelming, and slightly disappointing.
The whole "Notes password" vs "Internet password" thing is something which has always been a bit hard to explain to users. Showing them how to change this via their person document was even worse - the fact that their password displayed as cleartext until they saved it was kind of worrying for some people. Fortunately most people here change their Internet password via our Extranet, which has it's input fields set to proper password fields. Anyway, Lotus has finally updated this in the R7 Domino Directory template:
So, there are a few new features scattered throughout the R7 release which are...
For those of you out there who a) still care about Notes/Domino and b) don't have access to a PartnerWorld subscription: Trial: Lotus Notes, Domino Designer, and Domino Administrator clients V7.0, and Trial: Lotus Domino V7.0.
The test of your understanding of any new technology is quite simple. Can you use it at 1am after giving up sleeping thanks to the new fuckhead neighbours?
And after just converting a simple authentication function from VB.NET to C#, and implementing SQL based login/password access (using a stored procedure) into the ASP.NET version of Merauderweb, I'm able to say that yes, I "get it". Yay me. I started off with this article, which is pretty nice and simple to understand - but I've never liked the fact that a lot of these examples place too much code in the ASPX...
Hey look at that first announcement! What a lot of great bands....
....if you're into repetitive "indy" stuff which all sounds the same and all starts with "The". What a total disappointment.
If you're trying to find reasons to implement R7 (or, for some/one of you - R6!) then check out these pretty graphs, which show some of the performance benefits of R7 over R6. As with all statistics they're totally meaningless, but you might find some maths obsessed manager who falls for it.
(Don't get me wrong here, my R7 server actually *feels* a shitload faster, but I could be dreaming that - I just have no respect for statistics)
After a while of playing about on and off with ASP.NET, I was making some minor updates to my Sandbox application the other night, when I stuck a slight wall - I wanted to create a text link which would run some code on the current page, but had no idea how to do it. Yes I could do it using a button, but I had no idea how to do it using just text. All my hyperlinks linked to other pages, and there were no immediate controls to do what I wanted.
I remember times like this working with...
This ExtremeTech article has a few Gmail Power tips, taken from their book called "Hacking Gmail". If you're the sort of person who can't learn about something like Gmail by screwing around with it in your browser for 10 minutes, then you might get some value out of the article and/or the book (and/or selling your computer and going into retail or something, but that's another story). Be aware though, it looks like this thing was written a long time ago - the screenshots still show Gmail at it's 1gb maximum, as well as in the days where you got...
Ed Brill talks about the fact that the 30th of September was the official end of support for Notes/Domino R5. A couple of sites spring to mind which are still using R5, one of them is a client, and the other is a regular reader of this site - I wonder if this news will raise the chances of some upgrades. For the client, it's a real pain needing to have a copy of R5 sitting around just for the occasional change they request, and I'd have pushed the R6 upgrade prior to this, except their crappy old R5 server...
Next in Microsoft’s crosshairs — Research in Motion, or RIM, makers of the Blackberry handhelds. These are popular with enterprise customers, and I’m told that Microsofties are to officially froth at the mouth if ever they see a Blackberry. Must test that out on some of the New Zealand Microsofties actually.
Actually, that's not such a bad thing. Blackberry technology is great, but in it's current proprietary form it's expensive as hell. Having it available as part of a Microsoft subscription deal would reduce the costs by a truck load for a lot of people. Maybe this is me speaking from...