Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Are You Ready For Y2K?

While in Rock Hill last week, I caught this out of the corner of my eye in the discount movie (VHS!) bin in a CVS Drug Store:

So will your family be prepared for Y2K? It's never too late to make sure!

By the way - no wisecrack comments about Rock Hill just being behind the times...

Just Installed IE7 And Here Are The Results

This was what I got after the (apparently) clean reboot when I just installed IE7:

OK, so I'm puzzled as to whether the serious error was that I held out and ran IE6 for so long or whether the error was my upgrading to IE7!?! I guess time will tell...

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Things To Ponder....

Funny post over at Ben Witherington's blog...

Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?


Friday, November 9, 2007

What To Choose For New Sametime Installations?

On a Domino for iSeries List to which I subscribe, the question was asked if one would recommend going to 7.0.3. Is it stable on i5 V5R4 yet? The question was asked in relation to running Sametime 7.5.1 CF1 and not having to use the 7.0.1 jvm with the 7.0.2 server code. I hope you find my reply amusing...
7.0.3 is a major bug fix release. If you're planning on a Sametime upgrade or install, I would load up 7.0.3 just so I don't have the hodgepodge of Fixpacks, Hotfixes, Hacked older versions of Java, and convoluted template installs (for DWA/DST/IE7) that are necessary to run Sametime 7.5.1 with Domino 7.0.2 FP2 HF145-9er (10-4?).

Come to think of it, 7.0.2 FP2 seems to have been an extremely crippled piece of software - with all of the hacks and fixes you have to apply to make it "stable"...
I sure hope IBM doesn't get into the 7.0.2 situation again with all of the patches eventually necessary for it to be stable.

Anyway, since I brought up i5/OS - are you planning for your V6R1 upgrades yet?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Domino 8: 101 - Enhanced Quota Feature

A recently published devWorks article details the Enhanced Quota Feature in Domino 8. This enhancement will proactively prevent the creation of memos, calendar entries, and to-dos if a mail file is at or near a certain quota threshold. In prior releases, the user would be able to begin the creation of the document and receive an error when attempting the save operation. This takes the quota enforcement a step further.

Note that the document states that this can be enforced via policies. I have not been able to find these options in any of the policy documents, though. The notes.ini settings can be pushed down via modifications to the policy documents.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Parenting Stories...

I really like Gregg's story of helping his kid with a homework assignment - classic! It sounds like something Jen and I would do. And it reminds me of a story my neighbor told me a couple of months back.

This neighbor is divorced and the child is in TX with the mom. School was going along and the dad received a bad progress report about one of the son's classes. So he calls his son to see what was going on, etc.... Apparently, the son didn't like this and got defensive. At the end of the call I believe the son just hung up after saying "You're in GA, what are you gonna do about it?"

The next day the son hears a knock on the door. Yep - it's the dad and he had plenty of time to think about what he was going to say after a flight and 4 hour drive...

Monday, November 5, 2007

I'm not speaking at Lotusphere 2008...

And to rub it in, I got duplicate copies of the rejection emails for my 2 proposals (one for System i and one for Domino 8 for Admins)... I could take the hint the first time! ;)

Congrats to all who will be presenting!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Slowtus Notes

We've all heard the pithy ways Notes has been described. Slowtus Notes, Lotus Bloats, etc....

Here's a good technote from IBM on how to address poor performance when inside of Lotus Notes. It could be your computer, server, or (dare I say it?) the developers... :)

Knowledge Collection/Troubleshooting Guide: Known causes of slow database performance


Please IBM, can we possibly get another hotfix? Quickr is actually 8.0 FP1, right? Well IBM released this and then the very next day they release HF1 (8.0 FP1 HF1?) with 4 SPRs that were fixed. First of all, I can see no possible way that enough customers called in within a day and IBM was able to reproduce, compile, and generate a Hotfix posted to Fix Central within the span of a day.

Secondly, if you go to get HF1 right now, here's what you will see:

According to this post at devWorks, the HaikuCommonForms.ntf is a different size in the two differen fixpack zip files - the smaller one was modified on 11/1/07 and the larger one was modified on 10/18/07.

First, I'm going to ask the same question Erik did in his devWorks post - Can you put the correct file out there IBM? Please?

Secondly, I'm going to take it a step further and ask why IBM would release a known-buggy fixpack followed immediately with a hotfix? This should really not happen - take a little more time and get it all bundled correctly. Further, they post another version of the hotfix (which I'm going to download and apply just to see if it fixes my issues - some major issues - with an upgrade). At least I think it's another version...

You know how Google has "beta" beside all of their products? That's all I'm going to say...

Update: By the way, the update to the haikucommonforms.ntf fixed my issues!!! (At least for now...)