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First look at a new free Domino SSL certificate tool
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Simplified explanation and steps for upgrading to SHA-2 encrypted SSL certificates for Domino
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Warning: IBMs Interim Fix adding TLS 1.0 to Domino can break connections from Python and some other scripting clients
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Patch for the SSL v3 POODLE exploit has escaped IBM and can now be downloaded. You REALLY need this patch
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Patch for the SSL v3 POODLE exploit has escaped IBM and can now be downloaded. You REALLY need this patch
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Well, it's official. IBM ConnectedED does not feel my contribution is worth the session time.
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Quick update on the Domino SSL v3 "POODLE" , TLS, and SHA-2 issues -- Good news
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First look at a new free Domino SSL certificate tool
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Simplified explanation and steps for upgrading to SHA-2 encrypted SSL certificates for Domino
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Automatic Spam Report to Provider Agent
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Looking for a few people who want to beta test my new SSL Certificate Request tool.
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Looking for a few people who want to beta test my new SSL Certificate Request tool.
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 11:53a   Andrew Pollack
I plan to open source this tool once I've done just a little more testing with other people. Drop me an email if you're interested. I'm looking for around 5 people who have the time, know how to deal with SSL stuff already, and already have the Notes 9.x admin client on their machines. The idea behind open sourcing for me, is that I've created the functional tool, and there's a lot of room for making it nicer looking and adding other kinds of functionality. For example, this tool allows you [read] Keywords: admin domino notes email

Well, it's official. IBM ConnectedED does not feel my contribution is worth the session time.
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 3:39p   Andrew Pollack
I know I'm in good company, and I don't deserve a session slot any more than anyone else -- but I'd be lying if I didn't admit to being a bit frustrated and disappointed. For now, I'll hold my tongue about the decision process, wish the best of luck to those who will be speaking, hope the people attending find the content helpful, and say that if you want the content I've been delivering you'll have to come to some of the user groups or to Rudi's "Admin / Developer Camp" conferences... [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm

First look at a new free Domino SSL certificate tool
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 3:30p   Andrew Pollack
I've coded something that I plan to release to the community if there is enough interest. It's designed to make the process of getting SHA2 certificates a little easier. I've had to request a fair number of these recently and the command line stuff is tedious and it's easy to make mistakes or misplace the various files. This tool uses the same steps as the process IBM documents and the same tools. You still have to install openSSL and the kyrtool update on your 9.x Admin client machine. The [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm community

Simplified explanation and steps for upgrading to SHA-2 encrypted SSL certificates for Domino
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 2:40p   Andrew Pollack
I went through the process to understand what IBM is saying in their patch information -- and while it's valid, it's also harder than it needs to be (IMCO) for people already used to doing things the Domino way. If you're already familiar with using the server certification database to create the keyring and make the certificate request certificate (CSR) you can keep using it. This is also helpful if you already have a SHA1 based certificate and you just want to re-issue. Note: This resolves [read] Keywords: domino ibm database server

Warning: IBMs Interim Fix adding TLS 1.0 to Domino can break connections from Python and some other scripting clients
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 5:06p   Andrew Pollack
Here's a bit of joy to add to your day. Once your server can speak TLS 1.0 to help secure you from POODLE attacks, any code making connections to your server over HTTPS that use the utilities wget, curl and most importanly Python (and others, apparently) may break. The issue is that these tools are built using a version of openSSL that will try to connect using TLS 1.2 first -- and when that fails, the connection gets dropped. I've seen reports of this in Ruby as well, but I've verified that [read] Keywords: connections domino python server

Patch for the SSL v3 POODLE exploit has escaped IBM and can now be downloaded. You REALLY need this patch
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 5:00a   Andrew Pollack
If you do not apply this patch, you are going to start having users unable to connect using SSL to your Domino servers. Vendors and customer sites are starting to release operating system and browser patch that block access to sites using only SSLv3 without TLS. Until this morning, that meant all Domino servers not using a reverse proxy front end of some kind. This patch adds TLS 1.0 to Domino versions 8.51, 8.52, 8.53, 9.0, and 9.01 in all the various platforms. TLS 1.0 is a fairly old version [read] Keywords: domino ibm

Automatic Spam Report to Provider Agent
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 7:39a   Andrew Pollack
This morning Andy Donaldson was asking on FB for code that turned a spam email into an EML attachment for reporting to anti-spam providers. I wrote this a while back for exactly that purpose. Rather than an attachment, this just creates an email to the anti-spam provider that contains the original spam message including all of it's header information and encoded mime. Essentially, if you took the body of what I'm sending and saved it as a text document with a .EML extension it would be the sam [read] Keywords: agent lotus email

Quick update on the Domino SSL v3 "POODLE" , TLS, and SHA-2 issues -- Good news
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 9:22a   Andrew Pollack
I've been more than a little sidetracked on some family things for the last week, but my good friend Gab Davis forwarded me these two links today that should address these critical issues. They're long overdue already, and will be another couple of weeks, but let's be glad to be getting them. TLS Support in a fixpack for 8.5.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.3, 9.0, and 9.0.1 within a "couple of weeks"http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21687167 And http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=sw [read] Keywords: domino ibm


Summary Recommendation for dealing with the POODLE SSLv3 Vulnerability on Domino servers
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 9:43a   Andrew Pollack
Rather than repeat what everyone else is writing about POODLE today, I want to give Domino server administrators a few quick items as it relates to them. In Brief -- and based on what I've been able to quickly learn: IS Domino affected? Yes. All Domino servers that are accepting direct HTTPS connections are impacted. THIS MEANS ALL TRAVELER SERVERS AS WELL. What is the risk to my server or data? The most immediate risk is access to user data and user impersonation. POODLE is the type of attack [read] Keywords: connections domino traveler server

Speaking tonight ath the ICU One (aka NE Notes Users Group)
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 6:13a   Andrew Pollack
For my Boston area friends in the Notes and Domino community, I'm speaking tonight at the ICU One (aka NE Notes Users Group) meeting in Cambridge. Come say hi. https://www.socialbizug.org/communities/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=784f8e78-2f09-4ae8-b2f5-324faed6413f#fullpageWidgetId=W2ffed7cac839_4390_981d_b7491ef25438&eventInstUuid=c8a488ce-e4b2-410a-b192-36254d01d6b2..... [read] Keywords: domino notes community

Presentations from AdminCamp 2014
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 7:03p   Andrew Pollack
These are the presentations I gave at AdminCamp 2014 Extreme Domino HTTP Configuration The HTTP task is more powerful and complex than it looks. We`ll go through the configuration and show you how to make your server respond just the way you want. We`ll talk about virtual web sites, multi-homing, URL redirection, headers, and path substitution. Learn how you can use more than one SSL certificate on the same server. Domino Server & Application Performance in the Real World When it comes to pe [read] Keywords: domino application server

IBM Domino Servers STILL don't support SSL SHA-2 Certificates - and about to be a PROBLEM
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 9:20a   Andrew Pollack
I haven't blogged about anything, much less an IBM Domino issue in quite some time, but as Mooney pointed out today, this one is moving quickly toward being critical. Read the article, then call your IBM sales rep and start demanding they update to include SHA-2 SSL support immediately. The only people who can get this done, are big IBM Domino customers. Since this doesn't have a direct net positive effect on EPS (Earnings Per Share) for 2016, nothing is going to get done on it as long as they [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus

Changing what I do at the Fire Department
Sun, Feb 9th 2014 9:40a   Andrew Pollack
So, here’s a bit of a change. A couple of weeks ago I let the chief know that it was time for me to step down as the Lieutenant of our Engine 1. Once a replacement is chosen, I’ll still be a firefighter but won’t be an officer any longer. There are a number of reasons for this, but the best explanation I can give is that it is time to let someone else grow into that role and make their own contribution, while at the same time I’ve got plenty of other things going on that keep me from put [read] Keywords:

Dammit. I think I broke facebook.
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 2:20p   Andrew Pollack
..... [read] Keywords: facebook

Sochi Olympics Pub Chat - Now Open
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 2:46p   Andrew Pollack
As in years past, I've created a group Skype chat room for anyone who wants to use it while watching the Olympics. We've had fun with this in the past, as long as nobody takes it too seriously. Here's a link: skype:?chat&blob=1-XgYKMLG_kK5fqEsq4t4Jd4GLxHZxbMIqSYtCRXS9DiF5WNjBtuljOtcSDqaGdkOv5mX6paJQSuNuI A few recommendations: 1. Definitely use the skype command '/alertsoff' so when you're not watching you won't get bugged by the rest of us. Don't bother trying to keep up or going ba [read] Keywords: skype

Question for mobile app developers - what development platform do you recommend?
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:20p   Andrew Pollack
I've got a need to build a couple of mobile apps, and I'm looking for platform recommendations. Here are the things that are important to me: 1. I prefer a true, compiled app -- not a wrapper around a web page, and not a PaaS (Platform as a Service) 2. I'd like to develop once and deploy on both Android and IOS, but but that's not a show stopper. The more I can share between the two the better though. 3. I'd like to have built in support for web services -- so that if I drop some WSDL on th [read] Keywords: development mobile

Are you using a Surface Pro 2 or another Windows 8.1 Tablet? Want to use Traveler on the touch screen? It works!
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 11:57a   Andrew Pollack
While I like many things about the Surface Pro 2, when I'm using it as a tablet without the keyboard it is almost impossible for me to use the Desktop client for Notes. The touch spots are just too small. Microsoft provides a nice little Mail, Calendar, and Contact app (that seems a lot like Traveler on Android) meant for interaction with the touch screen, so I thought I'd see about getting it to work. [] First of all, make sure you're running the very latest version of the Domino Server and [read] Keywords: domino notes traveler desktop microsoft server

Some thoughts from IBM Connect 2014
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 9:31a   Andrew Pollack
My participation was limited this year. I did get to see the Opening General Session, and to spend time on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday talking with many of my favorite IBM developers and product managers. My limited participation was simply because I had chosen not to submit a presentation proposal – and for me, sitting in sessions has never been a priority so I’ve opted to spend my travel budget on “Engage” and some of the other “LUGs” this year. That said, here are some th [read] Keywords: ibm lotus

Understanding the decision behind Connections Mail
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 7:30a   Andrew Pollack
So IBM has announced and shown mail in Connection. Why? This one's easy. For the last few years the reseller channel has been hearing a near constant drumbeat of promises about one feature or another in Connections "that will really drive utilization". Translated, this is saying that although our big customers have used their license entitlements to deploy connections all over the place, actual desktop users are not going there unless they have to. Even with the nonsense of "gamification" t [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm desktop

Snap Review - Microsoft Surface Pro 2 - Tablet, Laptop Replacement, or Both
Sun, Jan 19th 2014 6:20p   Andrew Pollack
I'm trying something new next week as I head to Orlando for a few days. I'm leaving my laptop at home. I haven't travelled anywhere without a fully functioning laptop in twenty years but I'm going to do it next week. Instead, I'm just bringing a tablet...and some accessories. My new Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is the size of a tablet, works like a tablet, looks like a tablet, and has all the power of a full sized laptop. It can run all my software and do all of the things my Thinkpad T510 can d [read] Keywords: domino laptop microsoft

You Need to Wish Gab Davis a Happy Birthday Today
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 7:09a   Andrew Pollack
[] Today is Gab Davis's birthday. [] Gab Davis is a dear friend, one of the most kind people I have ever met, and one of the most tireless advocates for the IBM Notes, Domino, Sametime, Connections, and other related products. You need to wish her a Happy Birthday.Tweet to @gabturtle!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.p [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes sametime twitter widgets

To connect or not to connect
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 4:40p   Andrew Pollack
I am considering a change in my earlier decision to skip "Connect" this year, and instead submit a session proposal around SAML and other Single Sign-On techniques and technologies. I've done a lot of work with this and written my own SAML stack for Domino at one point, so I do have the information. I'm curious to hear (privately) any thoughts anyone in my Yellowsphere crowd thinks about this as I've not yet made my decisions. I'm still a more than bit angry about last year, but I realize [read] Keywords: domino lotus

Thanks Bruce
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 7:34a   Andrew Pollack
Bruce Elgort didn't just talk about a need, he stepped up and helped get something going in our tech community called "OpenNTF". Many people had talked about the need for an open source mechanism like this for sharing techniques, skills, and even full blown applications that were specifically relevant to our technology. Bruce is one of a small group of people who put a lot of time into actually making it work. His work included a focus on bringing in big players including IBM rather than goin [read] Keywords: domino ibm applications community openntf

Slide Decks from AdminCamp 2013
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 4:10p   Andrew Pollack
AdminCamp 2013 was great. As always, Rudi put on one heck of a great show. If you ever have a chance to attend, you should take it. Here are my slides from the event. [] Lock Down your Domino Web Server The Domino server makes a fantastic platform for delivering web based content. Whether you use it for iNotes, Traveler, or custom web sites you need to make sure that you're not exposing yourself to risk by not using all of the security features available. In this session we'll talk in depth ab [read] Keywords: domino inotes traveler security server

The glamour of business travel - Flying Lufthansa and Driving an A3 on the Autobahn
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 6:10a   Andrew Pollack
I opted to take a different route this time to AdminCamp in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The idea was a non-stop flight from Boston to Frankfurt, then over night in Frankfurt and drive the two hours or so the next day. To begin with, Lufthansa have managed to design the least comfortable cattle class seat ever. It's basically a thin bit of plastic with a semi-padded foam backing and polyester cover. I ended up next to a grossly overweight, hairy east asian man who didn't fit the width of his window [read] Keywords:

Updated Presentation for AdminCamp 2013 -- Understanding SAML et. al.
Wed, Sep 18th 2013 3:00p   Andrew Pollack
I just finished updating my slides for the AdminCamp 2013 conference in Germany next week. I've added more than 20 slides the presentation on "Understanding SAML, OAUTH, OpenId, etc.." from when I delivered that presentation at IAMLUG. Now there's a bunch of information specifically on configuring Domino 9 for SAML. If you've never been to AdminCamp, you're missing out. It's a great conference...... [read] Keywords: domino

Time Warner Cable Internet – How a company can ruin a good service with bad support
Fri, Sep 13th 2013 5:30p   Andrew Pollack
.apwin, .twwin { font-weight:bold; color:green; padding-top:6px; padding-left:3em; display:inline-block; .twfail, .apfail {font-weight:bold; color:red ; padding-top:6px; padding-left:3em;; display:inline-block;}TWFAIL] : No such information is available. [TWFAIL] : Rep is unable to determine a problem with my equipment. [TWFAIL] : Rep cannot schedule an appointment until next week. 3. I then attempted to diagnose the problem myself, using another old cable modem that wouldn’t really connect, b [read] Keywords:

Performance Test - Homework for readers of this blog
Wed, Aug 21st 2013 2:23p   Andrew Pollack
In Domino Designer Preferences, check out the settings under "Source Control". This is an important feature, but not one that everyone uses. If you do not use source control, try turning off the two options: "Enable automatic export of the design elements (from NSF to disk) on modification" "Enable automatic import of the design elements (from disk to NSF) on modification" I'm not sure if you'll see a performance gain or not. I'm trying it for another reason. I've found Domino Designer [read] Keywords: domino

List of past US Holiday Dates
Mon, Aug 19th 2013 8:00a   Andrew Pollack
For something I'm working on, I needed a simple list of past US holiday dates. Surprisingly that's not easy to find. I came across this post: http://stackoverflow.com/a/13631254/1243582 which is perfect, and just what I needed. I thought I'd share it here so I could find it again if needed, and so could you...... [read] Keywords:

If you work with JSON and use the Chrome or Firefox browser - you NEED this extension
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 5:05p   Andrew Pollack
When you're working on websites and using JSON data, from time to time you open a browser tab and point directly at the JSON data source. Instead of adding spaces and tabs and newlines into your source so you can see it while your working on it, just group [JSONView]. It will automatically perform validation (using a client side version of the well know "JSONLint" validator), flag any problems, and format the JSON for your browser so it's easy to browse, color coded, and has collapsable sect [read] Keywords: domino firefox

Here is a really fun Domino sever administrator prank or puzzle
Wed, Aug 14th 2013 1:00p   Andrew Pollack
Suppose you had a maintenance period during which you took the server off line and ran "Compact" so that the directory and other busy files got compacted. It's not a bad idea once every decade or two, right? Now, suppose you set the flag for "Do not support a specialized response hierarchy" when you did this. What do you suppose would happen? Well looking at the databases and views you'd find no differences when you were done. All your response documents would be where they go and behave n [read] Keywords: domino lotus server

Domino Designer 9 - Crashtasic feature in the Eclipse based LS editor
Fri, Aug 9th 2013 3:23p   Andrew Pollack
Here's how to have some REAL fun screwing up everything with the new(ish) eclipse based ls editor in the Notes 9 client (probably earlier as well). A hold over from the origins of the languages, is that it's legal to use the ":" colon to put more than one line of code in without a newline. For example... case 23 : myString = "This new thing"case 24 : myString = "This other thing" Do that in the new eclipse client and it compiles and seems to run. STRANGE things happen though. Crashtastic [read] Keywords: domino notes eclipse

The massive project failures recent at IBM strike at the heart of why outsourcing fails
Thu, Aug 8th 2013 6:29a   Andrew Pollack
One of the most respected I.T. columnists for the last 25 years or more points out some of the latest failings at IBM in his most recent article here, entitled "Fulfilling customer requirements is a weapon at IBM" Cringely has made a solid career and reputation by listening to what insiders at a company say about it. He's done it so long, that his channels for information are probably as good as those of the NSA or Volker Weber. A sure sign he's on the right track, is the report that "there [read] Keywords: domino ibm

Have you ever needed to unescape a bunch of JSON data at once?
Fri, Jul 19th 2013 1:10p   Andrew Pollack
I don't really know if this is "a thing" for anyone else, but I have a whole bunch of JSON data that comes down from a provider as a multi-level object and all the string data is escaped (as it should be). I got tired having to unescape() each string value as I went to use it, so I went looking for something someone else had posted online about doing a "deep unescape" and didn't find it. Given that I didn't find other people asking about it or getting answers, I have to assume that: a) Th [read] Keywords:

If my IBM Partnerworld EMAIL "Opt-in" preferences say NO - why do I get 3+ Emails a WEEK from Partnerworld?
Wed, Jul 10th 2013 7:20p   Andrew Pollack
If my IBM Partnerworld EMAIL "Opt-in" preferences say [NO] - why do I get 3+ Emails a WEEK from Partnerworld? Do the people in charge of sending those emails not care, or does IBM have no idea how to do collaborative marketing? It has to be one or the other, right?..... [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus email

Continuum - A premise with promise, lost in lazy writing
Mon, Jun 24th 2013 6:50a   Andrew Pollack
A bunch of people have recommended this show, and as the summer re-run season starts I thought I'd check it out on Netflix. I've seen most of the first season now, and I wish I could really like this one. The potential is there, but the execution -- particularly on the writing -- falls far short of what it could be. The basic story is about a cop from the future, only the cop works for the evil corporations that now control the world. The cop accidentally gets tossed back to 2012 along with a [read] Keywords:

A conflict or rights: My question to my Libertarian friends about vaccination.
Wed, Jun 5th 2013 6:30a   Andrew Pollack
Ok, Libertarian friends – where do you stand on this? I’ve used things like building codes, workplace safety, and similar topics before to frame the discussion of why we need government, but here’s one of best and most thorny conflicts in that debate for you…Vaccination is one of those really difficult subjects that pit personal freedoms against societal requirements. This article in Scientific American spurred me to ask the question. The basic conflict begins with your right over your o [read] Keywords:

Successfully moved away from POSTINI to SPAMHERO - some thoughts...
Mon, May 13th 2013 12:52p   Andrew Pollack
It's been almost a year since Google announced the changes in their "Postini" offering. I've been looking around, and finally chose to give [Spamhero] a try. As of today, I'm 100% switched over. Here's what I found, and a tip... Accuracy: I'm can definitely tell you is that Spamhero is accurate. I've had no false positives so far, and just a few spam messages that have go through. I had many more of both with Postini. For what spam does get through, you get a custom email address to forw [read] Keywords: domino email google

BLUG A3 : Stuff Andrew Thinks You Should Know - The Presentation is now available for download
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 4:00p   Andrew Pollack
The BLUG conference was amazing. I had a great time, saw many people I really like, and watched a great deal of technical skill transfer take place as well as some wonderful peer to peer mentoring happening between some of the most experienced in our community and some of the newest members. Scott Souder gave a fantastic opening keynote talk that was fresh, frank, and encouraging. I love his energy and attitude, as well has his respect for the core products. Louis Richardson also did a great job [read] Keywords: domino community

Looking at SAML and OAUTH in the Notes and Domino 9 Public Beta
Fri, Mar 15th 2013 4:09p   Andrew Pollack
Am I reading this right? Seriously? Like many people, when I read that next release of the Domino Server and Client were going to support OAuth and SAML, I was pretty happy with that. I've been a bit late getting around to looking at the beta though -- after all, IBM has made it quite clear that my opinion isn't all that welcome any more -- and I'm just now reading the documentation on how IBM is going about this. I'll know more when I talk about this stuff next week at BLUG, by the way. Fir [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes server

Just made plane and hotel reservations for BNUG -- my first time at that event.
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 2:50p   Andrew Pollack
Looks like I'm going to get to see a bunch of you next month in Belgium. Looking forward to a good crowd...... [read] Keywords: domino

Can Software be Too Social to Succeed?
Sun, Feb 3rd 2013 4:08p   Andrew Pollack
There’s no question that “Social Software” is the big push right now. I keep seeing advertisements and slogans that claim email isn’t “Social” enough and that the more you share the better. Users, however, seem to like email quite a bit and are proving extremely resistant to switching. Why is that? I suggest that it’s a social problem. It’s true that it is human nature to work together to get a common result, and we’re at our best when collaborate. That isn’t the whole story, [read] Keywords: lotus email social software

Thoughts about the Opening General Session at Connect 2013 -- Do you have any?
Fri, Feb 1st 2013 4:40p   Andrew Pollack
For the first time since 1997, I watched the OGS from my home office. First of all, GREAT JOB to those who put the live stream together. I don't really care if it was done with IBM products or not. Someone picked the right technology this time because the sound and video were clear, crisp, and very minimally delayed. There were only two very brief pauses right near the end. I was working, but had my laptop next to my desk with the video on full screen. The session flowed well. There were no bor [read] Keywords: domino ibm laptop office

Who is to blame for the failure of Domino as public web server? IBM (Lotus) Product Management
Sun, Jan 27th 2013 4:38p   Andrew Pollack
If you were a venture capitalist and someone came into your office tomorrow with a web server that could run on a single, fairly standard, Windows or Linux machine and that had a [list of capabilities] as I’ve [described below] -- and that was actually stable and functioning right now -- you couldn’t possibly bring yourself to invest in it fast enough. The simple truth is that there is only one product on the market with even close to this full list of capabilities out of the box in a single [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus linux office server

Small progress taking the first real steps in moving Second Signal off IBM Domino
Mon, Jan 21st 2013 12:00p   Andrew Pollack
I've been dealing with some serious analysis-paralysis with this project. Between not having a deadline and having so many choices to look at -- with virtually no experience with any of them -- I've found it very difficult to take the next step. As a result, the site is beginning to suffer from inattention and that needs to stop. I've finally decided to break off a big chunk and get working on a back end database. You don't know how spoiled you are working with IBM Domino as a development pl [read] Keywords: domino ibm database development

Does the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government (the President) have the Constitutional Authority to _NOT_ spend money alloc
Tue, Jan 8th 2013 8:13a   Andrew Pollack
Congress passes the budget and spending bills. That's where all the taxes get decided, and all the spending gets decided. The executive branch is supposed to manage the organizations that go and spend that money as allocated. Suppose Congress passes a budget that includes $100 Billion for tanks for the army. The army says it doesn't need them, but the money will go to a district with a powerful congressman so it ends up in the budget. Now, the President KNOWS that in six months the budget is g [read] Keywords:

Have made some progress in chosing a new platform.
Sat, Dec 29th 2012 8:10a   Andrew Pollack
The more I look at other platforms, the more saddened I am by the need to pick one. If only IBM hadn't utterly failed in the market to the extent that building a service provider application based on Domino virtually ensures it will be nearly impossible to sell as a business in the future, I would almost be willing to suffer through their horrendous service provider licensing nightmare. Even in the "legacy" state that the core Domino server platform finds itself, it's head and shoulders abov [read] Keywords: domino ibm application server

My views on gun control have been varied - but are now codifed. Here what I think is needed in the U.S.
Sat, Dec 15th 2012 11:16a   Andrew Pollack
Keep in mind, I'm speaking here of what I think is needed in the U.S.A., based on where we are now and our culture. I am not saying these should be the laws in other places. Here's what I want for gun control laws: #1. No gun ownership if you are under the age of 18. Period. Your parents own it, and you can use it. When you turn 18 you can study for an obtain a license and the gun can be transferred. #2. License requirements for ownership, for carry outside the home, and for concealed carry. T [read] Keywords:

I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 3:24p   Andrew Pollack
While the addition of a massive new embed-feature to house Connections content isn't going to do anything for me, I'm sure the radically faster load times and smaller footprint will really help. Also, thanks to the recently re-hired QA and Documentation teams, no doubt this will be a huge improvement over current versions. Wait. What? Oh. Never mind...... [read] Keywords: connections domino notes

Enterprise Social Software – Yet Another Boondoggle
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 2:16p   Andrew Pollack
This has all happened before. In 2001 "Knowledge Management" was all the buzz. Everyone had to have it. IDC was predicting a massive market for this new sector ($5.4 Billion by 2004). How's your IBM KDS server doing these days? (Source1 - IDG, Source2 - The Free Library, Source3 - KM World) I used to ask someone I know who worked in the I.T. department of a clothing retailer to try standing up in a meeting now and then and ask “How will this help us sell shirts?” It’s a serious question [read] Keywords: ibm lotus enterprise server social software

Learned something new about driving my new Subaru today -- love this car
Tue, Dec 11th 2012 7:31p   Andrew Pollack
I've had my new Subaru XV Crosstrek (known in Europe as the Impreza XV) for nearly 1000 miles now, and I'm really enjoying learning how get the most out of it. Today I learned something new. The car surprises me with its agility and stability all the time, and even it's responsiveness is really amazing for such a small engine. That's mostly thanks to its new "Constant Velocity Transmission, which is amazing to drive (learn more here). Driving with the CVT feels a little like driving a car w [read] Keywords:

These people should NOT be buying their own beers at Connect 2013.
Tue, Dec 11th 2012 4:36p   Andrew Pollack
Congratulations, IBM's latest Champions. It's great to see so many friends on this list, and also sad to see so many notable names missing. These people (and I'm including all the ones that didn't make the list but also contributed) do the lion's share of what should be IBM's job of documentation, QA, and training, and they do it all without being paid for it. Without the people on this list and their peers who should also be, the product line would long since have died out from the minima [read] Keywords: domino ibm

What has me so disgusted and disappointed with IBM these days?
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 3:30p   Andrew Pollack
* Let me first say thanks to those who helped me edit this and take out a few cheap shots... In one form or another I’ve had a lot of people ask me this question since posting the last couple of blog articles and so on. What it comes down to is what I consider bad faith partnering and behavior that falls well short of what I personally consider honest and ethical. Obviously others will feel differently and would have a wide range of rationalizations for their actions, but I’m talking about m [read] Keywords: domino ibm

Second Signal will migrate off Domino for Web Services - help me pick an alternate platform
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 5:10p   Andrew Pollack
I've decided to move forward with migrating Second Signal away from Domino before the end of Q1 2013. There are a number of platform choices to consider and I'm looking for suggestions. Since I know the majority of readers on this blog will of course be Domino fans, let me point out that I'm fully aware of the strengths of Domino as a platform. I did pick it, after all. There are reasons to migrate away, however, even if it means I've got to do more of the work for security, replication, and [read] Keywords: domino security

I am 99% certain that I will not be attending Connect 2013
Thu, Dec 6th 2012 1:53p   Andrew Pollack
This is the first of a series of posts related to IBM, to Notes, to Connections, and to Connect 2013. I hinted the other day that I had a lot to talk about in this space, and this is the first (and most innocuous) in that series of posts. As I said on FB earlier, I will not be seeing you in Orlando in January. This fall I came to the conclusion that if I was not speaking at Connect 2013, that I would probably not attend. That has come to pass, and even if I were to give the benefit of the doubt [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes

Sharpening my blogging pencil...
Mon, Dec 3rd 2012 5:00p   Andrew Pollack
All kinds of interesting yellow-sphere news has been dumped my way in the last few days, and more keeps pouring in. If this keeps up, I'll start to think I'm like Volker. It's going to take me a few days to assimilate stuff, but I think it's time to open up with some large caliber blogging. Stay tuned, while I attempt to aim a bit better (or, if not aim, at least point)...... [read] Keywords: domino blogging

Fear and lies tactics in the political discussion are bad for the country - no matter what side you are on
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 10:00a   Andrew Pollack
These kinds of lies simply have to stop. Exaggerations and out right lies about what Obamacare, non-existent tax changes, and other such things are "going to do" (note that it's never about things that have already happened, because it never does) are part of what's holding back our recovery and growth. How does any responsible business owner who hears these things feel confident enough to invest in hiring people and buying equipment? Last night I ran into one of the worst examples of fear-m [read] Keywords:

VERY bad news for those of us who use POSTINI -- it is going away
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 7:43p   Andrew Pollack
Google will soon be turning off its popular spam filtering and e-mail archiving product, Postini. It will shift Postini users to Google Apps. I use Postini, and have for years. This is going to be a real pain the butt for me. http://www.businessinsider.com/google-plans-to-kill-its-popular-postini-spam-filtering-service-2012-8..... [read] Keywords: domino archiving google

2012 Olympics Skype Chat -- Join if you like
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 8:43a   Andrew Pollack
It's been kind of a tradition during some major sporting events and other global things that I've set up a skype chat room and invited people to drop in. They've been a lot of fun in the past, and in one case has evolved into a 4+ year old continuous conversation. Remember: People will be joining (I hope) from all kinds of sources. Friends, family, yellowsphere, facebook, G+, and twitter, and other extended contact groups. Be excellent to each other and it will go well. Why Skype? It has some [read] Keywords: facebook skype twitter

Some myths about the Affordable Care Act -- Explained, and a link to some helpful information
Sun, Jul 1st 2012 7:23a   Andrew Pollack
You can start here: Consumer Guide to Affordable Care Act, Everyday Health, Kaiser News Network How Will the New Health Care Law Affect Me?, Lifehacker.com How People Get Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act, The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation What Does The Affordable Care Act Mean For People With Cancer?, The American Cancer Society Health Reform Fact Sheets, AARP Health Reform Law and Small Business Owners, AARP Fact Sheet Health Reform Law for Small Business Employees, AARP Fact Sheet Stop repe [read] Keywords: network

The next iteration in using Twitter to market -- if Twitter doesn't find a way to control some of this, it will die off in fa
Tue, Apr 24th 2012 9:20a   Andrew Pollack
Twitter becomes more and more a vector for marketing and less and less a path for valuable (or even just fun) information. If Twitter can't find away to curb this use of their system, they're leaving themselves wide open to be replaced by some other simple tool. To combat almost ubiquitous "reply spam", many of us have closed our Twitter accounts so that our tweets are not public. By keeping them out of the public timeline, we don't get reply spam most of the time. It reduced the value of T [read] Keywords: twitter

IBM, this is the worst way to handle browser compatibility issues.
Sat, Apr 21st 2012 9:20a   Andrew Pollack
What you succeed in doing with this method of handling browser compatibility is take something that MAY NOT work, and turn it into something that DEFINITELY DOESN'T work. I know for a fact that this browser works just FINE with the template, because if I change the browser's identifier to claim it is a different version the template works. More important, you've removed the decision from me. This is the kind of arrogant, unthinking, over-controlling, poor user interface design that has users [read] Keywords: ibm lotus interface

The usefulness and utility of Notes browser plug-in - promised for 8.5.4 around the end of 2012
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 9:00a   Andrew Pollack
Sorry for the long time between posts. I've been working on things most of you wouldn't be interested in, and with other social media outlets better suited to the day to day trivialities, I've wanted to keep this blog for things less quotidian. I've also been spending almost no time keeping up with what we call the "Yellowverse". I keep half an eye out through friends in the community but mostly I rely on them to tip me when something really interesting is happening. I'm happier staying o [read] Keywords: domino notes community

Really enjoying XPages and thrilled to see the market so attracted to it.
Sun, Apr 1st 2012 5:20p   Andrew Pollack
As I sit writing this, it's a very special day. I've come to realize just how much I love the XPages development tools. The amount of time saved in my development projects is amazing. I'm starting to think I understand why so many companies are halting installation of Sharepoint and rushing back to the Notes and Domino platform to stay ahead of the huge numbers of new IT graduates hitting the streets eager to get their hands on this fantastic technology. April really is off to a great start!. [read] Keywords: domino notes xpages development sharepoint

Ok. I was wrong. This is me eating crow. You CAN separate the validation events on the XPages
Fri, Mar 2nd 2012 4:40p   Andrew Pollack
Earlier today I wrote a very frustrated complaint post about how with multiple different documents on a single XPage, the validation events would fire off on all of them no matter which document you clicked a button for. I also posted on Stack Overflow with details of the problem. I thought I'd tried everything, and I'd searched the web and found only comments about "IBM knows about this and..." Well, I hadn't tried everything. Paul Withers pointed me toward this fix: I just had to check th [read] Keywords: ibm xpages

Agh. Just when you think your XPage is behaving -- something else IBM failed to do right. Validation on multi-document XPa
Fri, Mar 2nd 2012 12:41p   Andrew Pollack
You have got to be kidding me. It turns out that if you have multiple data sources (documents) on different parts of your XPage, although you can individually toggle them into and out of edit mode, save them or discard them individually, and generally act on them as you'd expect; if you attempt to use the built in XPages validation functionality (which would be quite nice if it worked) -- you can't realistically separate it so only the validation events related to the document you're acting o [read] Keywords: ibm lotus xpages

XPages - Suggestion and a Tip for Newbies on Repeat Controls
Fri, Mar 2nd 2012 7:40a   Andrew Pollack
I've created a two new categories on my blog called "XPages Newbie Tips" and "XPages Feedback". In posts under either of these categories, but especially "Newbie Tips" my goal is to be positive rather than my usual bitching about the product. The idea for the newbie tips is that as I'm digging into serious development with XPages, I'm coming across things that would really have helped me if I knew them at the start. I plan to make these newbie tips into blog entries, and then as I get a [read] Keywords: lotus xpages development

Making progress working with TrialandErrorPages. Some things I've learned
Thu, Mar 1st 2012 7:31p   Andrew Pollack
Warning. Despite finally getting to the point where my XPage does the things I want it to do and I have the code patterns I wanted to start building a real application that users will interact with, I'm writing this blog post entirely in sarcasm font, specifically to blow off steam after an incredibly frustrating day working with this environment. If you came here looking for deep technical insights for xpages -- you're really too early. I don't have any yet. What I can offer are opinions bor [read] Keywords: domino xpages application

XPages bug - computewithform option for data sources with some formula language commands
Thu, Mar 1st 2012 11:25a   Andrew Pollack
Bug Specifics: The document you are attempting to save from your XPage may fail to save when the following conditions are all met: 1. You are using the XPage in a web browser (the issue does not seem to happen in the Notes client) 2. You have selected to computeWithForm "On Save" or "On Both" for the bound document ("On Load" does not seem to manifest the bug) 3. There is a computed field on the form which uses the "@UserAccess" function as part of its formula Note: You can work around t [read] Keywords: domino formula language notes notes client xpages bug

Companies that avoid telling the truth about their products and services to avoid losing customers, lose customers
Sat, Feb 25th 2012 8:30a   Andrew Pollack
If you're going to disappoint your customers, even if you firmly believe that "in the long run" they'll be better off, just tell them. Flying US Airways last night really brought this home, but there are parallels in our software industry that you'll recognize if you stick with me through the airline part of the story first. As a traveler, I understand that some of these delays cannot be avoided. Within the same airspace is Philadelphia, Newark, JFK, and Laguardia with Boston, Baltimore, Wa [read] Keywords: domino traveler

Were my website and blog off line today? No, and that's because I use Domino
Thu, Feb 23rd 2012 4:20p   Andrew Pollack
Chances are, the web site you're using when you read this blog is an 8.5.3 server running on a Linux virtual machine on a VMWARE ESXi host at a big data center in Dallas, Texas. But not always. For most of the day today, if you'd read my blog or been to my website, you were using a different 8.5.3 server running on a Windows 2008 virtual machine on a different VMWARE ESXi host at a smaller data center in Seattle, Washington. Did you notice? Was anything missing? Probably not. That's because b [read] Keywords: domino linux server vmware

Delving into XPages -- What it has been like to start transforming an existing application
Mon, Feb 20th 2012 12:50p   Andrew Pollack
I've waited a long time before trying to write anything serious in XPages. I've known about them, and even extolled the potential of them as far back as late 2007 when I wrote the very first public article about them. I said then, and continue to say that whether or not XPages really live up to their potential will depend entirely on how well they're implemented in the client. Until 8.5.3 I have not had any confidence that they were stable enough to be worth working in. Thanks in large part t [read] Keywords: domino xpages application

Personal Disaster Recovery -- Do you have a plan?
Sat, Feb 18th 2012 3:30p   Andrew Pollack
This is a little grim, I guess, but what have you done to prepare for possibility -- remote as it may be -- that you one day you couldn't come home? For most of us, a living will, life insurance and a list of our credit cards and other obligations are probably enough. For those of us with small businesses, customers, confidential data, and other people counting on us it may be important to go a step further. I've been working on a "just in case" packet, to be kept locked away in a safe place [read] Keywords: domino

Jeff Eisen moving on from the Notes world
Fri, Feb 17th 2012 11:53a   Andrew Pollack
Congratulations, Jeff! Jeff Eisen who has been with the Notes core team for 18 years is moving on. It's a huge loss for those of us who love the core Notes and Domino platform, but it is a huge step forward for Jeff. He's announced he'll be the Chief Architect of Watson Core Technology (the team charged with making Watson do things on the commercial front that actually make money). I've known Jeff a long time and say without the slightest hesitation that he's been one of the best people on [read] Keywords: domino notes

No longer in the Design Partner Program, a good news/bad news kind of thing
Mon, Feb 13th 2012 11:52a   Andrew Pollack
My participation in the various iterations of the "Design Partner" program started prior to the version 6 release of Notes and Domino. In those days, we had a multi-day invitation only event at the IBM Lotus campus in Westford where a serious discussion took place between the development teams and the design partners that had been invited. The program has changed over the years, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. In all that time, I've offered very pointed (as you can imagi [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes development

Religious Conservatives in politics should take careful note of the recent Komen foundation mistake
Tue, Feb 7th 2012 1:01p   Andrew Pollack
When the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation cut funding to Planned Parenthood, they weren't at all prepared for the backlash. Some outlets have reported that the initial decision was essentially the result of pressure from right wing conservative organizations, though the foundation itself says otherwise. In any case, the Komen foundation made the mistake of underestimating the size and strength of the majority in the United States who generally remain silent on the issues of birth control [read] Keywords:

Extended Review: EZOPower Ultra High-capacity Rechargable USB Battey Pack
Mon, Feb 6th 2012 4:20p   Andrew Pollack
Sometimes you buy several versions of a thing before you hit on the one that really does what you wanted. This is the case for me with battery packs for my USB powered devices. I included this product in my pre-Lotusphere list of power tech to bring along, but it worked out so well that I wanted to give you a more detailed look. Portable Power - 10,000mAh rechargeable USB block($59.99 @ Amazon.com)..... [read] Keywords: lotusphere

Lotusphere 2012 – Far better than I expected. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Thu, Jan 19th 2012 9:10p   Andrew Pollack
This will ramble a bit, but after a lead in I’ll try to point out some highlights, a few low lights, and an overall feeling moving forward. It turns out our friend Lotusphere was only MOSTLY DEAD. There is a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. With mostly dead, there’s still partly alive. With all dead, there’s nothing left to do but go through the pockets and look for loose change. The week turned out to be very good for me, even if at the same time it presented the most chal [read] Keywords: domino lotusphere

BP121 - Performance Programming -- Presentation and Demo database as presented
Thu, Jan 19th 2012 12:07p   Andrew Pollack
BP121 - Performance Programming, as presented at Lotusphere 2012. This zip file contains the presentation along with the demo database and instructions for using it. I didn't get time to do much with the demo so I promised to post it here. It wasn't really meant for distribution, but it should be fine. Feedback is welcome, but please don't expect much tech support on it. [BP121PRES_and_DEMOS.zip] Enjoy...... [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere database

Some people know all about RIGHTS and nothing about WHAT IS RIGHT. Here is the story behind #OccupyPelican
Sun, Jan 15th 2012 11:05p   Andrew Pollack
After the tweets around the community today, a lot of people have asked me what the story was that led to the almost cancellation of a popular session and the social media comments that followed. Here’s the information… The short story is that the IBM lawyers for the Lotus software group – apparently led by Thomas Hagen who is the same person who caused me to decide no longer to do CULT shirts after last year (thagen@us.ibm.com for those who would like to email him with feedback) have been [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus community email

The Geek Travel Gadgets - Keep yourself powered up
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 11:30a   Andrew Pollack
After seeing Kathy's geek travel gadget list, I thought I'd add some of my own. Most of the gadgetry here is secondary -- the actual gadgets are the phone, camera, tablet, and so on. You know about those already. These are the things to make the other things work better and stay charged on the trip. Here goes (with links to Amazon if you want to buy one) -- Power Strip Liberator PlusHigh Power Slim AC Wall Plug to 2 x 5V USB Adapter..... [read] Keywords: domino gadget

Apple: I'm just not that into you. Leave me the hell alone!
Mon, Jan 9th 2012 3:11p   Andrew Pollack
Damn if Apple doesn't still want to take over my PC every chance it gets! You guys know by now that I'm not a big Apple fan. The only Apple device I own is a second generation iPod Touch that I like for listening to audio books and sometimes music. I don't have or want an iPad (though my wife loves her's), I don't have or want an iPhone, and I don't buy music through iTunes. I have nothing against people who have and like these things, I'm just not one of them. Since I use my iPod Touch t [read] Keywords: apple iphone ipod

Laptop prep for Lotusphere
Mon, Jan 9th 2012 3:00p   Andrew Pollack
When I'm not traveling, my trust Thinkpad T510 is used as a secondary machine -- for when I'm working at night on the couch or if the desktop is busy. The desktop machine is where I work most of the day. At a show like Lotusphere I'll be exclusively using the laptop for 8 days so it really helps if I make sure it's in good shape. Taking a few extra steps once in a while keeps things smooth, stable, and quick. Here's what I do to make sure it's all set... 1. I go through my installed applic [read] Keywords: domino lotusphere applications desktop laptop

Four days of prep time left, then the annual pilgramage to Orlando
Sun, Jan 8th 2012 7:50p   Andrew Pollack
I have to say, I'm really looking forward to having a good time at the show this year. This week I'll be working on some code demos for my "Performance Programming" session, some scary stories for Sunday's "They Really Are Out To Get You" with Gab Davis, and getting my tech-kit charged and packed for the week. I'll have time to get to karate at least twice this week as well, before missing a week while I'm in Orlando. If weather permits, I may try to find a quite place in the sand near [read] Keywords: domino

TIP for converting slides from previous formats into Symphony and updating all your formatting
Mon, Dec 19th 2011 10:40a   Andrew Pollack
Like a lot of you reading this, I'm working on my slides for Lotusphere 2012. IBM wants the slides in Symphony's ODP format -- and has "strongly requested" that we use Symphony to present. I hate Symphony. Truly, deeply, hate it. That said, I've got to use it in this case and I've got a bunch of existing slides I want to drop into my presentation. What's difficult, is applying the appalling templates provided without manually changing every single slide. Here's what I did to really speed [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotusphere symphony

Fixed my WAN connection failover problem tonight
Tue, Nov 1st 2011 8:30p   Andrew Pollack
For the last couple of weeks, my WAN connection here has been failing over from the Cable Modem to the backup DSL connection pretty frequently and the root cause has left me baffled. Until tonight. The failover is handled by my trusty old Sonicwall TZ-170 firewall. It handles both the cable and dsl connections and can handle load balancing and failover. For me, this combination makes sense since my public facing servers are all located at hosting centers so there's no need for a commercial netw [read] Keywords: connections network

Here is an obscure mail routing problem I ran into - and the solution
Fri, Oct 28th 2011 4:10p   Andrew Pollack
Problem: Some mail servers are unable to route to #######@subdomain.domain.com In this environment, the Windows based Domino servers were affected, but the Linux based Domino servers were not. It turns out that the affected servers are those running Microsoft Windows server operating systems, and of those, only those sites where the local dns domain use a "default" address for misspelled or incorrect server names within the domain. In other words, those where typing wwww.domain.com would work [read] Keywords: domino linux microsoft server

Electronic Publishing formats may soon replace PDF -- get ahead of the curve
Tue, Sep 27th 2011 1:00p   Andrew Pollack
Ben has article up right now ( link ) that explains the term "reflowable". In it, Ben explains why the de facto standard for distributing documents has been PDF for a while, but may soon be switching to ePub for good reasons. If you've ever tried to view a complex PDF file on your Kindle, you'll understand. I fully agree with Ben on the value of ePub, and I think that the seemingly unassailable PDF is going to fall more quickly than anyone could have predicted. My advice: Get to know epub... [read] Keywords:

CULT Shirt Retirement
Thu, Sep 8th 2011 6:24a   Andrew Pollack
With mixed feelings, it is time for me to announce that I will not be producing a CULT shirt for the 2012 Lotusphere season and do not anticipate producing them in the future. I've spoken to Rocky Oliver about this and he agrees that the time is at hand to end on a winning note. The CULT shirts were first created by Rocky Oliver and Henry Newberry more than 10 years ago. When Henry stepped away from the process in 2004, I took over the bulk of the production work and as Rocky became increasingl [read] Keywords: domino lotusphere

Mission Ridiculous: Attempting to Upgrade Phones with Verizon Wireless
Thu, Sep 1st 2011 2:50p   Andrew Pollack
Verizon is literally beginning to crumble under the weight of its own regulations. Mission Goal: Upgrade my Daughter’s old Verizon Wireless phone to a new phone that can handle the Family Locator, and upgrade my old MIFI to a new 4G Version. Both devices are eligible for replacement under the “New Every Two” plan, provided I renew the contract for two more years. This story gets better and better the further you read. It's a shame, because they really do have the best phone network by far [read] Keywords: network wireless

Simple Rules For Partnering With Another Business
Thu, Sep 1st 2011 7:14a   Andrew Pollack
Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last submission, and I have committed the sin of omission. Mae Culpa. Over the last few months I've been deeply saddened to watch more than a few generally good partnering relationship go sour. I suppose its the economy right now that has really exacerbated what are normally fairly small and unusal problems, but in my opinion it is even more important than ever that good working relationships are maintained rather than abuse [read] Keywords: lotus

CNN - get rid of the awkward new living room style set from your morning news
Wed, Jun 8th 2011 6:33a   Andrew Pollack
For the last couple of weeks, when CNN is on I've been noticing that the anchor women seem to be uncomfortably staring into the camera from strange angles when their co-host is talking. I realized this morning that its because they've switched from sitting behind anchor desks to sitting on a couch in what is meant to look like a living room style set. It's not working for me. They assume these strange poses that you'd never really see if you were talking with someone in your living room. Som [read] Keywords:

Fantastic tool - "Connectify" lets you easily share your Wifi connection from your laptop with other devices.
Tue, Jun 7th 2011 10:33a   Andrew Pollack
If you travel, no doubt you've connected to wifi hotspots in hotels, cafes, airports, other people's offices. A lot of these hot spots require click through agreements and many require payment. Sharing this connection with your camera, phone, ipod, e-reader, and even friends can be difficult. Connecting with each of the other devices is frustrating and not always possible. It isn't difficult any more. Free tool "Connectify" loads on your Windows 7 machine and makes sharing whatever connecti [read] Keywords: ipod laptop wifi

Why it makes sense for Microsoft to buy Skype - and why they'll have a very hard time making it their own
Thu, May 12th 2011 7:10a   Andrew Pollack
So Microsoft is buying Skype and a lot of people are questioning the reasons and the price. While the price does seem high, virtually all tech world buyout prices seem ridiculous to me and frankly, Microsoft has a ton of cash laying around that they need to invest, so I'm going to table the price discussion and let the wall street types argue over that part. From a tech perspective, if you start by agreeing that voice and video over the internet is going to be important over the next decade, yo [read] Keywords: microsoft skype

Follow Up HOW-TO: John Deere L100 Lawn 42" Tractor/Mower Brake Rebuild
Sun, May 8th 2011 9:10a   Andrew Pollack
This entry is a follow-up to a how-to I wrote in 2009 about adjusting the brakes on your John Deere L100 mower. Even if you're planning to do the full rebuild I show here, you should probably read that first. (link) Back in 2009 when I wrote the original posting, I had no idea that 3 years later I'd still be getting positive feedback from people on it. I'm glad that I've been able to help people get their brakes working right, and I've decided to follow it up with more detail. For me, the a [read] Keywords:

Do you need a new server hosting or colocation provider? Here's a great site to help you
Tue, Mar 29th 2011 7:40p   Andrew Pollack
I'm setting up new VMWARE ESXi server at another hosting provider. The one I have is excellent, but as Second Signal grows, I'm looking for as much diversity in my fail-over location as possible. The new provider will be in a different geography and with a different hosting provider. Finding a new provider can be difficult. The market is very fluid and very competitive. I came across "Hostvoice" quite by accident and decided to use their form to submit a request for quote. My needs are very [read] Keywords: domino server vmware

Is it time for an entirely new Notes Client?
Sun, Mar 20th 2011 3:10p   Andrew Pollack
The venerable, powerful, all encompassing Lotus Notes client is more than 20 years old. Its hallmarks include a complete backward compatibility that covers virtually all of those years. While that complete backward compatibility has been one of the product's greatest strengths, it is also one of its most challenging aspects as the development team works to continually modernize and add features. Being fully backward compliant has been a huge advantage to the product. Upgrades of Lotus Notes and [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes notes client development

Oh what a relief.... I'm no longer using godaddy.com for my DNS or SSL needs.
Wed, Mar 16th 2011 6:00p   Andrew Pollack
I have finally had enough. Enough of the renewal notices and letters months in advance, enough of the automatic billing to renew certificates, and most of all enough of 4 or 5 screens full of high pressure add-on sales just trying to pay for a new domain name or ssl certificate. I didn't care about the juvenile and tasteless TV ads. What I did care about, was getting 3-5 emails a week from them plus postal mail 2-3 times a month, plus phone calls once in a while. What I did care about was the c [read] Keywords:

The best way to make social software is to make the best software
Mon, Feb 28th 2011 4:00p   Andrew Pollack
IBM did an excellent job focusing and defining the conversation with this year’s Lotusphere. While the rest of the IT industry is rushing to get their cloud strategy in order, IBM asks the question “What is social software for business?” It’s a great question, but may not be one with the answer IBM wants. Software isn’t social. People are social. People have been using social tools for business for as long as there have been people and businesses. Ask any sales person and they’ll tel [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotusphere social software

Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" series - and an oppology to Duffbert
Tue, Feb 22nd 2011 7:00p   Andrew Pollack
In a chat some time back, we were talking about the kind of over-macho crime-drama books that make for good brain candy and travel reading. I'd brought up characters like Lucas Davenport (John Sandford) and and John Corey (Nelson DeMille) who I enjoy for their thick sarcasm and thought patterns unadulterated by modern human resources department filtering. Both authors allow their characters to think all the things we're generally better off filtering out of polite conversation. Tom recommended [read] Keywords:

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