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A review of British Airways Premium Economy Service – How to destroy customer goodwill all at once
Tue, Mar 17th 2015 11
There's a bug in how @TextToTime() and @ToTime() process date strings related to international standards and browser settings
Thu, Feb 26th 2015 11
Delivering two new presentations at Developer Camp 2015 in Germany
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 9
A brilliant concept -- Compulsive Narrative Syndrome
Sun, Jan 18th 2015 11
Come talk to me at Connect in Orlando - I'll be there part of the time.
Fri, Jan 16th 2015 4
Looking for a few people who want to beta test my new SSL Certificate Request tool.
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 3
Well, it's official. IBM ConnectedED does not feel my contribution is worth the session time.
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 14
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Well, it's official. IBM ConnectedED does not feel my contribution is worth the session time.
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 14
IBM Domino Servers STILL don't support SSL SHA-2 Certificates - and about to be a PROBLEM
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 12
First look at a new free Domino SSL certificate tool
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 12
Simplified explanation and steps for upgrading to SHA-2 encrypted SSL certificates for Domino
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 11
A brilliant concept -- Compulsive Narrative Syndrome
Sun, Jan 18th 2015 11
There's a bug in how @TextToTime() and @ToTime() process date strings related to international standards and browser settings
Thu, Feb 26th 2015 11
A review of British Airways Premium Economy Service – How to destroy customer goodwill all at once
Tue, Mar 17th 2015 11
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 10
Patch for the SSL v3 POODLE exploit has escaped IBM and can now be downloaded. You REALLY need this patch
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 10
Changing what I do at the Fire Department
Sun, Feb 9th 2014 9




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A review of British Airways Premium Economy Service – How to destroy customer goodwill all at once
Tue, Mar 17th 2015 11:28a   Andrew Pollack
Maybe an airline marketing person will read this and finally realize why business travelers increasingly hate them all. I'm sure both of my regular readers will be sympathic, though I'm also quite certain my little story will have no effect on British Airways whatsoever. It is sufficient to me that I can vent into the vast internet and allow this to live forever in the annals of the search engines. In the past I have recommended to my friends traveling to conferences in Europe, a particular fl
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There's a bug in how @TextToTime() and @ToTime() process date strings related to international standards and browser settings
Thu, Feb 26th 2015 3:28p   Andrew Pollack
That's a long title, but it's simplest way I could come up with in one sentence to explain the issue. Here's what happens, why I ran into it, how to reproduce it, and a work-around. Background I am responsible for a web application in Domino, in which I use a non-Domino "Date - Picker" control. The result of that control is a text string representing the date, which I need to turn into an actual date-time value at save time. Complicating this, is that different standards exist for represent
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Delivering two new presentations at Developer Camp 2015 in Germany
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 10:45a   Andrew Pollack
So the mini-sized, final year, run out the contract version of Lotusphere (aka Connect, aka ConnectED) is next week -- but I won't be speaking there. To see these brand new presentations you'll have to come see me in Germany at the beginning of March. [Developer Camp 2015] Interfacing Domino with Amazon Web Services and other external services If you're serious about Domino as a web platform, you're going to have to get used to interfacing with other services and systems whether they are on
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A brilliant concept -- Compulsive Narrative Syndrome
Sun, Jan 18th 2015 9:30a   Andrew Pollack
I first came across this brilliant concept in Joel Shepherd’s "23 Years on Fire", the fourth novel in his Cassandra Kresnov series. The series started out a little juvenile but has gotten steadily more serious as the depth and age of the characters has increased. Here is Shepherd's characters explaining CNS -- tell me this doesn't ring a bell in modern politics. “The human brain is trained to look for and identify patterns, but in abstract concepts, fixed and unarguable facts are hard to
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Come talk to me at Connect in Orlando - I'll be there part of the time.
Fri, Jan 16th 2015 10:34a   Andrew Pollack
It looks like unless things go pear shaped in the next few days, I'll be able to get down to Orlando for the beginning of the Connect conference. I'm currently planning to be there from Friday evening until Tuesday morning or early afternoon. I don't plan on buying a ticket and going sessions but I will likely lurk around the usual places (e.g. the Dolphin rotunda area, or if it's nice out the various sunshine spots) a good part of that time. If you want to make a specific effort to meet (or
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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
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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...
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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
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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
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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




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