New for 8.5.2: Lotus Notes Preloader

Category Technical Lotus LS 2008

Ok I admit it, I'm a bit behind the 8.5.2 Gold Release Bandwagon. I've played about a bit with the DP releases (and kept my mouth shut like I'm supposed to); but I haven't actually had the chance to install / play with the Gold release until this morning.

Somebody finally gets it!

Something really cool about this release is the Lotus Notes Preloader, and the fact that during install you are asked whether or not you want to Launch parts of Notes when the operating system starts to enable faster Notes startup.

Many other applications / tools / suites have, for years now, preloaded portions of themselves into memory at OS startup in order to allow themselves to launch quickly when the user needs them. The fact that IBM is just now doing this for Notes is very cool -but is in itself not really (at least IMHO) that big of a deal.

In case you missed it, allow me to point out the very important thing:


One of Fifteen

Category LS 2008 Fun 

Here is one of my allotted fifteen (ok, it's actually 1:03).


Missing Lotusphere sessions DVDs

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The Lotusphere 2008 Sessions DVDs are available for purchase here.


Whoop - de - friggen - do

Once again, the set is missing some very important sessions. Sessions that, due to scheduling at such an incredibly busy conference, I really wanted to attend.
Come on, this is the 21st century. Video recording and production costs are nothing compared to what they used to be. We (those of us who attend Lotusphere) are a very technology savvy bunch; why can't this problem be solved? How much more effort would it take on the part of IBM to record every session (OK, skip repeats) and make them available for purchase? I cannot figure out any reason why all of the sessions are not included.



Hey there, nice to see you...

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From the small world department; last week at Lotusphere I ran into a buddy of mine from my old church. Things being as crazy busy as they are at Lotusphere, I never had the opportunity to actually sit down with him and chat.

Dwight, if you're following this blog, drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you and how things are going.



Speaking of new blogs

QuickImage Category Blogs BleedYellow LS 2008

Speaking of new blogs; I made a new friend at Lotusphere 2008. Allow me to introduce Mr. Julian Woodward. (Yes, I know many of you already know him).

For those of you who haven't met him; head on over to his site and see what he has to say.



The hand that feeds you

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Fun with Liquid Nitrogen

I'm huge fan of Alton Brown, as is my entire family. We have every episode of Good Eats on our Tivo at home, as well as several on tape. If I were a sports fan, this moment would be akin to playing catch with Dan Marino. Kudos to the Lotusphere 2008 planners for asking him to be our closing speaker. This was, without a doubt, this was the best Lotusphere ever.


(P.S. The sorbet was excellent!)


Please welcome Chuck Dean

QuickImage Category Blogs Announcements BleedYellow LS 2008

Today, while waiting for the Closing Session to begin, I was speaking with my friend Chuck Dean about an idea he had for a blog. He was thinking about starting up a blog geared specifically towards the Lotus Notes and Domino needs of the SMB (small to medium businesses with less than 500 employees) market. I told him I thought it was a spectacular idea.

Chuck has quite a bit of experience in this arena, both with respect to IT and Business needs. I've known him for several years, and he really knows what he is talking about.

I just got a text message from him a few minutes ago, and his site is now live. He doesn't have anything posted yet, but I figure he will rectify that very soon.

Watch his site, I predict he will have a lot of very important and very interesting things to say. Welcome to the blogging world Chuck.



Speaking of Session Reviews

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Does anybody know how we are supposed to do our session reviews for Thursday sessions? What about the overall conference review?

Speaking of session reviews, I heard that the session review server choked itself to death yesterday. It seems that it had a hard time dealing with the 1500+ concurrent session submissions shortly after a certain session given by a wee Irishman and a not-so wee Scottsman let out.

Perhaps next year the powers that be should consider using a Domino server or two. I doubt it would have any similar such problem.

That's all for now.



First day thoughts

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Quick thoughts about my fist official day:

  • -- The Opening Session was very good; except for the suprise guest speaker. However, to be fair, I'm not really much of a sports fan (other than real sports).
  • -- The quality of the sessions I've attended have been excellent (as expected). I'll post some reviews later.
  • -- The quantity of sessions, bofs, events, etc is a bit overwhelming. There is so much going on that it is hard to keep track of everything.
  • -- My new team is amazing. They are some of the best and brightest people I've ever had the chance to work with.
  • -- The new online session review process (vs the old paper system) is a welcome change. I can post an official session review after having had a chance to digest things a bit.
  • -- On a related note, the whole "Green" is a bit tiresome. Did Al Gore help plan this?
  • -- My new boss and fellow team members are very cool.
  • -- Don't bother asking me about this, I'm not telling.

Gotta go, busy day ahead.



Did he really just say that?

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"The 2008 Olympics in Beijing will be a spectacle like we've never seen; the Chinese are very good at controlling their people and making them do what they want."
-Bob Costas

I'm pretty sure Bob will be getting a "talking to" before the next session.


Showing IBM Lotus Notes 8 On Linux Demo In Firefox On Suse Linux with Lotus Notes 8 on another Compiz Cube before Lotusphere. Whew! That's a mouthful.

QuickImage Category Technical Show-n-Tell Thursday BleedYellow LS 2008

Sorry about the poor audio quality. And the jiggly camera. Yes, I know the video quality is absolutely terrible.

But you gotta admit, it's still pretty cool.

BTW - My primary work environment (except for Notes Development -I'm still waiting for a Designer client) is now Notes 8 on Linux.

See y'all at Lotusphere!



Bleeding Yellow

Category Announcements Career BleedYellow LS 2008

The last several months have been an exercise in frustration. Being out of work is not something I would wish on anybody. Being out of work, in Michigan, is even more frustrating. Things that would be absoutely unnaceptable any place else are considered normal here. It is not at all unusual for people to commute 100 or more miles, one way, in order to find work.

I've been told by many "in the know" people (recruiters, mostly) that my experience is too specialized, and perhaps I should consider learning some other technologies such as Visual Basic, C++, Java, CSS, DHTML, Windows API, JavaScript, XML, or SOA. And I've exhausted myself explaining to these same people that being an expert in Lotus Notes/Domino Development/Administration requires that I master all of these things and more. I've been told by many of these same people that career wise, it is simply not possible to find work in the field that I love, and that I really should try something other than Lotus Notes/Domino.

This isn't to say that I'm not willing to try out other platforms. Quite the contrary. At my core, I'm a problem solver and creator of things. I love challenges, and I love making useful things. Development for Lotus Notes / Domino has been my primary source of income since R3. I have stuck with this platform simply because it is the best one I've yet found. I've used many other languages, platforms, IDEs, and technologies throughout my career, but I've always come back to Lotus Notes. The simple truth is this: I bleed yellow.

Please forgive my impertinence, but telling me to give up Lotus technologies is akin to telling a heart surgeon to take up plumbing. They are both valueable professions, they both pay well, and they both have something to do with connecting tubes and making sure valves don't leak, right?

Which brings me to the main point of this post. I know I said in an earlier post that I wasn't going to announce this until Lotusphere, but the number of emails I've received has been astonishing, in addition to the number of page views. So I'm going to go ahead and announce it here and now.



QuickImage Category BleedYellow LS 2008

For those of you who are interested, I'll be announcing something pretty important (to me, at least) on Monday, January 21st.

(Just in case you're not paying attention, that's the day of the official opening session for Lotusphere 2008).

Stay tuned...


Lotusphere 2008

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I just realized that I may have left many of you "hanging" about whether or not I'm going to Lotusphere.
So just to make certain there is no confusion whatsoever:

I will be attending Lotusphere 2008!

See you there.


(PS: Yes, I am aware that my site renders terribly in MSIE; I'm just to busy right now to fix the CSS. If this really bothers you then I suggest you either switch to Firefox or send me some better CSS.)


Lotusphere 2008: Call for abstracts

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Last winter I attended the Michigan Brewer's Guild Winter Beer Festival, where I spent the day sampling dozens of local winter brews along with my good buddy Ray and his lovely wife. At some point whilst sampling the Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company, the conversation turned, as conversations between Fellow Yellow Geeks often do, to Lotusphere; and (more to the point) sessions we have attended.

We both agreed that the "best" sessions had several things in common:

  • The presenters were comfortable and familiar with the topic.
  • The presenters cared about the audience's concerns.
  • The presenters had some passion about their topic.
  • The presenters included real world information.

I've attended some sessions where the topic sounded boring; but the presenter hit all four of the above points and the session turned out great. By the same token, I've also attended sessions that sound like they are going to be really cool; but the presenter missed on the above four points, and the session ended up sucking.

The conversation continued to meander along the path of presentations, and eventually we started discussing what we thought would be good sessions for the next Lotusphere.

One of the ideas we came up with was triggered some time after discussing the wildly successful Worst Practices session, co-presented by Bill Buchan and Paul Mooney. (In case you weren't there, this was hands down the most attended session ever)

The conversation had drifted on to development stuff: I was in the middle of a very animated explanation of some truly geeky code I was working on when commented about how it would make a good session. Things just clicked into place from there. I've come up with two "working" titles for the session idea, I'm just not sure which one would be better:

You can't do that with Notes!

-or -

Notes: Yeah, it does that too.

The idea is to present real world examples of truly cool things that have been done with Notes/Domino, things that are outside the realm of what most "normal" people would consider possible with Notes/Domino. Things like:

  • Real Time PDF generation from DB2 data, formatted with XML/XSL, presented to a web client
  • Text-Messaging / Polling / Binary Downloads for Mobile Phones
  • Embedding Asteroids in Sametime (not Notes per se, but close enough)
  • The list goes on and on....

Basically the kinds of things that would be good candidates are things that are truly cool, unique, or even bizarre. Things that in and of themselves would probably not warrant their own session; but are still worthy of presenting. Think of this as sort of a Show-n-Tell Thursday on Steroids.

This is where I need your help. I can't do this all on my own (well, I probably could, but it would make for a pretty boring session). I need your examples of these kind of things. If you'd like your example to be considered, please send me your abstracts as quickly as possible. I should probably put together a submissions database, but for now email will do. I'll go through all the submissions I get, and (along with some help from friends) pick out as many as I can squeeze into a Lotusphere2008 session, and (along with some help) try to present them in a session it at Lotusphere 2008.


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