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Andy Porter
 
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Windows password fail: sUpercalifragilisticeXpialidocious23ballmer is not complex enough
Sun, Jan 19th 2014 9:08a   Andy Porter
Like most modern system that require authentication, Microsoft Windows has a password complexity setting that prevents users picking ludicrously weak passwords like "12345" or their own name. Typically an administrator can create a policy to dictate the strength of password required depending on the sensitivity of the environment and the nature of the data that the device contains. This can normally be summed up in a few brief rules - for example, must be minimum 8 characters, must contain bot [read] Keywords: admin microsoft password
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New Icons for IBM Notes 9
Wed, Nov 14th 2012 5:08a   Andy Porter
Yesterday IBM announced the next major release of Notes and Domino will be called "Social Edition" reflecting the fact that Notes and Domino are very much a part of IBM's social business strategy along with other products such as IBM Connections and IBM Sametime. Through the support for industry standards such as OpenSocial, OAuth and SAML it also opens up a whole new world of social integration with other social networking systems and more importantly line of business applications through e [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes notesdomino sametime applications blogger integration networking wiki
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Windows 8 Logo
Sat, Feb 18th 2012 5:09a   Andy Porter
Over on the Microsoft Windows Team blog they have been discussing the new design of the Logo for Windows 8 and the history of the Windows logos. I always find it fascinating how logo's evolve over time (for example IBM) and it is especially interesting when the designers explain what they had in mind. Apparently one of the key observations was from a designer from a top agency who observed “your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?”. You've got to love designers. If something is stylised [read] Keywords: ibm archive blogger interface microsoft
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IBM is reaching out to the Lotus Community - Meet the Experts...
Mon, Sep 19th 2011 12:42p   Andy Porter
There are many IBMers in the IBM Collaboration Solutions team who love to help out our customers, partners and the Lotus community. IBM Collaboration Solutions (or ICS) includes a wide ranging portfolio of products covering Web Experience (Portal), Collaboration, Social Business and Unified Communications. For those of you who, like myself, have a fondness for the Lotus brand it is important to understand that ICS is a superset that still includes Lotus branded products, but ICS goes beyond the [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus blogger community facebook linkedin planetlotus planetlotus.org profile tivoli twitter unified communications websphere
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IBM is reaching out to the Lotus Community - Meet the Experts
Fri, Sep 16th 2011 12:03p   Andy Porter
There are many IBMers in the IBM Collaboration Solutions team who love to help out our customers, partners and the Lotus community. IBM Collaboration Solutions (or ICS) includes a wide ranging portfolio of products covering Web Experience (Portal), Collaboration, Social Business and Unified Communications. For those of you who, like myself, have a fondness for the Lotus brand it is important to understand that ICS is a superset that still includes Lotus branded products, but ICS goes beyond the [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus blogger community facebook linkedin planetlotus planetlotus.org profile tivoli twitter unified communications websphere
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Cats with thumbs
Fri, May 6th 2011 8:08p   Andy Porter
I have two cats called Barney and Boo. This worries me. [read] Keywords: blogger




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It's Official. Lotus Notes is Cool
Tue, Nov 2nd 2010 10:25a   Andy Porter
My frolleague a href="http://www.dadams.co.uk/"Darren Adams/a has created a web site pointing out the great features and general awesomeness of Lotus Notes. a href="http://www.notesiscool.com/"Notes is Cool/a. Well done sir.br /a href="http://www.notesiscool.com/"/aa onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0C8HEf8Lpb0/TNARIdrYtMI/AAAAAAAAHig/afRmbGpfdZ0/s1600/nic.png"img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: [read] Keywords: lotus notes blogger
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No more passwords for Domino applications
Tue, Aug 10th 2010 8:22p   Andy Porter
A number of times I have heard customers commenting that they can sign into Windows and access span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0"everything/span that they need to do their job - except for Lotus stuff - where they have to enter their span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_1"username/span and password again. This may have been true in the past, but as you can see from this demonstration created by my span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERR [read] Keywords: admin collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes quickr roaming sametime application applications blogger enterprise integration linkedin networking password websphere
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Not what you want to see on a 6 week old Thinkpad
Mon, Jun 28th 2010 12:46p   Andy Porter
I was chuffed to bits to get my new Lenovo W500 Thinkpad a month or so ago. I put Windows 7 64bit on it and with an Intel Duo Core T9400 processor, 8Gb of RAM and 500Gb 7200rpm disk I was looking forward to some awesome performance. And to start of that is exactly what I got. I installed all the newest version of the Lotus stuff, Notes 8.5.2 with embedded Sametime 8.5.1, Symphony 3, Domino 8.5.2, Quickr 8.5 etc. I also added some basics like Firefox and VLC Media Player. After just a couple of [read] Keywords: connections domino lotus notes quickr sametime symphony blogger firefox network
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Wimbledon Widget for Lotus Notes
Tue, Jun 22nd 2010 9:55a   Andy Porter
As you may know IBM has for many years been providing the technology for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships (as well as many other sporting events). This includes the Wimbledon web site which is awesome and there are now apps for both iPhone and Android to keep track of results. In an effort to help IBMers keep track of what is going on in the Championships while they are using their favorite collaboration application, IBM has deployed a Lotus Notes Widget called Wimbledon Sideline that allows e [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus notes application blogger iphone mobile widget xml
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Informative Messages in Software
Mon, May 17th 2010 5:53p   Andy Porter
It is always important to let a user know what is going on during an installation. I particually appreciated this informative message whilst installing my VPN client on Windows 7. [read] Keywords: blogger
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Three Years in Six Minutes
Tue, May 4th 2010 1:46p   Andy Porter
This is a little film of my kid Lucy going from nought to three using 550 pictures of her face. I think it is fair to say that she has quite a strong character which really comes out in this film especially later on. If your interested the excellent music is by The Beta Band and is called Dry the Rain. [read] Keywords: application blogger wiki
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Samsung Android phone does not work with Samsung software
Sun, Mar 21st 2010 3:40p   Andy Porter
Yesterday I wasted half a day trying to figure out why my brand new Samsung Galaxy Portal (called a Spica in the rest of Europe or the GT-I5700 for the geeks) phone would not connect to the software provided with it called New PC Studio. It turns out that for the software to detect the device as being a phone you need to go (in Android) into Settings / Applications / Development and enable USB Debugging. Hardly intuitive. Even with the software recognising the phone, most of the basic functional [read] Keywords: applications blackberry blogger development google iphone ipod mobile
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LCTY: Bridging the Digital Divide - Demonstrating Enterprise Social Tools
Fri, Mar 5th 2010 8:56a   Andy Porter
I'm lucky enough to be presenting at Lotusphere Comes to You again this year. This is the abstract of my pitch for London and Edinburgh. Today, employees are divided into digital natives, those who have grown up with the web, mobile devices, always on broadband connectivity and internet social networking and digital immigrants, those who grew up working in a fixed office with more traditional tools like email. Through a series of demonstrations, see how IBM's social and collaborative portfol [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere blogger email enterprise integration mobile networking office security
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Grayed out hard disk password on a Thinkpad
Wed, Mar 3rd 2010 11:11a   Andy Porter
Every 3 months or so I have what I call password day. This is when all my corporate passwords expire and I need to change them. Despite most of IBM's internal services being authenticated against our intranet ID and password, I still need to manually change things like OS Passwords (two Windows and one Ubuntu clients), VPN, Boot up and hard disk passwords, Blackberry, Sametime, Activities, FTP and a few others relating to non standard sites and services. Whilst this is quite irritating to ha [read] Keywords: ibm sametime blackberry blogger password wiki ubuntu
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Guitar Hero
Sun, Feb 21st 2010 9:36a   Andy Porter
I was just browsing YouTube when I came upon this film of my friend Damon. He works for Fender and funnily enough he does pretty much the same job as me except he demonstrates and explains guitars while I do the same for social and collaborative software. On the one hand this makes him way cooler than me but then I work more sociable hours and get a better company car. Damon, or Bass Elf as we called him, used to play in my band Sideburner. Obviously we were somewhat under utilising his skillz [read] Keywords: application blogger
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Gmail 2010 = Lotus Notes 1995?
Fri, Jan 15th 2010 1:25p   Andy Porter
A very interesting article from PC Pro comparing and contrasting the progress of Google Mail with Lotus Notes. Comparing a robust reliable product matured over many years to the new players on the block reminds me of an old anecdote my Dad used to tell; "When I was a kid my father knew nothing. It's amazing what he has learned since then." "Comparing the Notes architecture back then (all of which is still in the product, even now) with what Google is laboriously developing, as if there were [read] Keywords: connections lotus notes blogger google smtp
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The Perfect Job Interview
Fri, Jan 8th 2010 8:51a   Andy Porter
It is always important to understand your potential employer when considering how to answer interview questions. Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net [read] Keywords: blogger
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Saving an email directly to the file system from Lotus Notes
Thu, Jan 7th 2010 7:31a   Andy Porter
I have pretty much lost count of the number of times MS Outlook users who have been upgraded to Lotus Notes have asked me how to save an email either to their file system or to their desktop. The most commonly stated reason for this is so that all the emails, files and documents related to a project can all be saved in one folder on a shared drive. Most organisations now recognise that collaborating through shared drives creates a whole raft of problems including security, duplication, complianc [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm ldd lotus notes quickr blogger desktop email openntf outlook security system i wiki
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8 Bit Fun (Pun)
Sun, Jan 3rd 2010 5:02p   Andy Porter
Click the picture for the appalling pun. I would apologise - but I think it's very funny :0) [read] Keywords: blogger
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Why better isn't always best
Sun, Jan 3rd 2010 10:21a   Andy Porter
I guess it is now pretty evident that humans are not the greatest at predicting the future. It is well established that generals tend to prepare to fight the previous war (hence aircraft carriers and fighter jets take on AK47 and IED's). Looking back at the predictions from the 1930's we see reusable rocket ships and hand held ray guns being on the cards whilst in the 50's folks were predicting we would be eating food pills and flying around in jet packs. In fact we only have to look back 10 [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus lotusphere notes blogger desktop development email mobile networking vista wifi wiki
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So long Doctor
Sat, Jan 2nd 2010 10:11a   Andy Porter
So the 10th Doctor has regenerated into his new incarnation Matt Smith. Geeks will appreciate the synchronicity in this appointment since The Doctor often refers to himself as Mr Smith when he is incognito. But from my perspective there is a more significant change - which is that the venerable Dr Who logo which has been used since the series returned in 2005 is being replaced with this one. I can't say I'm convinced but I suppose we will have to see how it suits the new season which starts i [read] Keywords: blogger wiki
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New Bathroom
Tue, Sep 15th 2009 5:08p   Andy Porter
We have a small problem with our bathroom. Her name is Lucy. When we moved into our house it didn't have a bath, just a fancy shower. This was fine when Lucy was a baby. But she is now on the verge of being two and a half and doesn't really fit into the baby bath. So it was time for a new bathroom. Quite aside from Lucy and the shower situation, the old bathroom was a bit crap. Pink tiles and faux marble are not a good look in 1989 never mind 2009. First job, get rid of the awful pink tiles [read] Keywords: blogger
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Boo Loves Smarties
Sun, Sep 13th 2009 4:24p   Andy Porter
Cats are inscrutable [read] Keywords: blogger
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e:Mail is a part of collaboration
Fri, Aug 21st 2009 5:01a   Andy Porter
Lotus Knows that collaboration means people working together to achieve better more productive results. Sometimes this means participating in finding expertise, sharing files, discussions, instant chats, collaborative applications, workflow, knowledge management and sometimes it means sending an email or scheduling a meeting. Lotus Notes and Domino allows all of these types of collaboration (and more) on a single platform via any client (Rich, Web or Mobile) on any O/S (Windows, Linux, Mac). Co [read] Keywords: calendaring collaboration domino ibm lotus notes applications blogger email ideajam ideajam.net linux mac mobile
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Lotus Knows: How to integrate Notes and Connections Business cards
Tue, Aug 11th 2009 2:31a   Andy Porter
In honour of it being Yellow Day and for those of you who missed MBR's Notes 8.5.1 update at IamLUG, here is one of my favorite forthcoming features. Lotus Connections in the Notes 8.5.1 Business Card. Nice. And here in the integrated Sametime. It's never been easier to know who you are talking to. [read] Keywords: connections lotus notes sametime blogger
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Many a word spoken in jest
Mon, Aug 10th 2009 7:47a   Andy Porter
I was chatting with my frolleague Rick Robinson a couple of days ago about Enterprise Social Networking. Specifically we were talking about how people may feel inclined to put more accurate information in internal Social networking systems such as Lotus Connections than they might do for external sites such as Facebook. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I gave the example of my own Linkedin account. In a vain attempt to divert attention from my meagre academic achievements (an O'Level i [read] Keywords: collaboration connections lotus blogger email enterprise facebook linkedin networking twitter
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Lotus Notes on The Wire
Sat, Jun 6th 2009 6:24p   Andy Porter
I love the TV show The Wire. My Wife and I are halfway through watching the fifth and final season on DVD. It's brilliant TV. All the better for seeing what software Bunk uses for his colloborative needs .... Maybe that is why crime is going down in West Baltimore. (Season 5, Episode 5, 47.14). You feel me? [read] Keywords: lotus notes blogger
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Access to Archive from Preview Pane
Tue, Apr 21st 2009 7:53a   Andy Porter
John Lance wrote a couple of days ago about how cool it is that in the next release of Lotus Notes (8.5.1) You will be able to access calendaring functionality from the preview pane of your mail. This is indeed a very welcome improvement and being able to accept or decline a meeting without having to open the invitation or your calendar is great and will save time. But personally I am more pleased to see this innovation. If you have a message that has been archived (as can be seen by the little [read] Keywords: calendaring lotus notes archive blogger




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