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Notes and Verse shine while GMail and Outlook falter
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A visual representation might help
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Graceful degradation or Progressive enhancement
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Which could possibly go wrong?
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Announcing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70 with mobile/web access and Linux
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A little magic - sneak preview video
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Announcing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70 with mobile/web access and Linux
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A preview in lieu of SpeedGeeking
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Graceful degradation or Progressive enhancement
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Which could possibly go wrong?
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Mobile mail - Improve the mail along with the mailbox
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 17
Notes and Verse shine while GMail and Outlook falter
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A visual representation might help
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CoexLinks Fidelity 3.65 available
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New pricing for CoexLinks Fidelity reflects increased use by Notes shops
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A preview in lieu of SpeedGeeking
Tue, Jan 27th 2015 5:45p   Ben Langhinrichs
One of the many entertaining (though stressful) activities at Lotusphere (now ConnectED) over the past few years has been SpeedGeeking. It is fun to watch people cram so much content and fun into a five minute session. But since I couldn't make it to ConnectED this year, I thought I'd do a second spur-of-the-moment sneak preview of AppsFidelity. Since 5 minutes is a long time on the web, even if it is a short time at a conference, I decided to do a one minute SpeedGeeking sort of preview of eP
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A little magic - sneak preview video
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 6:51a   Ben Langhinrichs
Many in our community are headed to Florida for ConnectED (the conference formerly known as Lotusphere). Many, unfortunately including me, are not. But happily, there is still a Lotusphere Sessions database (and even more happily, I didn't have to make it). In deference to the shifting conference name, it is called ConnectOsphere 15. But this sneak preview has almost, but not completely, nothing to do with ConnectED. It just so happens that the ConnectOsphere sessions database provides a perf
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Notes and Verse shine while GMail and Outlook falter
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 8:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
Granted, I know that IBM Verse is only in beta, but Mitch helped me test to see if the graceful degradation that is needed for both GMail and Outlook is also necessary for IBM Verse.
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A visual representation might help
Fri, Jan 9th 2015 9:23a   Ben Langhinrichs
I was creating a slide show about CoexLinks Fidelity, and thought about using a Venn Diagram to show the expanding opportunity, but thought this might speak to people better.
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Graceful degradation or Progressive enhancement
Thu, Jan 8th 2015 8:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
No, I'm not talking about getting older, though my knees are certainly experiencing (graceful?) degradation and my glasses provide progressive enhancement. Instead, I am talking about two ways of viewing the design of complex web content so that the experience is as good as the device or browser or client allows, but does not break if the device or browser or client doesn't support some feature. Since our area of expertise is rendering email from Notes to... anywhere, we face this issue from
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Which could possibly go wrong?
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 10:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70 available with support for mobile devices, iNotes and outbound rendering. Try an evaluation license today. What do you have to lose? What are you losing now? Imagine you have sent an email to an employee, Ramona, with a few remaining action items for her to finish. You don't worry about how it will show up, because you are both in the same Notes network, with the same Domino mail server, even. What could go wrong? What could go wrong #1If Ramona reads your email on her
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Announcing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70 with mobile/web access and Linux
Fri, Dec 5th 2014 12:25p   Ben Langhinrichs
Genii Software is pleased to announce the immediate availability of CoexLinks Fidelity 3.70, the latest enhancement to its highly regarded coexistence and email fidelity software, now available for Windows and Linux. Along with additional performance and rendering improvements, the major feature is the ability to support rendering when Notes emails are read via mobile device through IBM Notes Traveler and via iNotes on the web or browser. These significantly enhance the value of CoexLinks Fideli
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Mobile mail - Improve the mail along with the mailbox
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 11:34a   Ben Langhinrichs
The Coexlinks Fidelity 3.70 release announcement will be later this afternoon, but I wanted to show you a few screen shots first so people would understand what the big picture purpose is. It will come as no surprise to anyone that the workplace is going mobile. IBM has has thrown a lot of effort behind both IBM iNotes and IBM Notes Traveler in 9.0/9.01, and touts the new world as a "mobile first" world. The efforts have paid off. IBM Notes Traveler is sleek and easy to use. iNotes has improv
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Spotlight on Patreon: Peter Hollens
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 10:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
I am at the point in life where I seek to find meaning in more than the pursuit of filthy lucre (though I'm happy to continue doing that as well). One of the ways is by supporting independent artists and musicians who have chosen a path less lucrative. I have little native artistic talent (though I have fun with Gimp and can write fairly well), but I can throw a few bucks here and there and help out those who make the world a more entertaining, beautiful place. Hence, my interest in Patreon, wh
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Shadows and Shadow Play
Fri, Nov 14th 2014 12:47p   Ben Langhinrichs
It's been a while since I posted a Gimp 2.8 tutorial, though my recent one on Camtasia has been popular, so today I've released one which has two parts. The first part (about a minute long) shows a simple, but effective way to create a shadow for a cut-out figure when you paste it into a scene. It's easy and useful. The second part (about three minutes long) shows how to wake the shadow up and make it do something independent. Essentially, it becomes a cinemagraph (remember this one?) where t
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The two barbers
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 11:33a   Ben Langhinrichs
There's a famous riddle which you have probably heard before, but I'll repeat it here. Skip to the end if you already know it. There is a small town in the midwest with exactly two barbershops, one on each side of town. The barbershop on the west side of town is pristine. Its floors are spotless, the windows are always perfectly clear, and the air always smells fresh. The barber has a friendly smile, shined shoes, a well-groomed head of hair, and a fancy shirt. The barbershop on the east side
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CoexLinks Fidelity 3.65 available
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 9:03a   Ben Langhinrichs
Last night, Genii Software released CoexLinks Fidelity Version 3.65. This release incorporates three major updates as well as bug fixes and minor enhancements since the previous release. Version 3.65 is currently available for Windows 32-bit and Windows 64-bit, and it is planned that the Linux version will be available next week. Update 1 - 30% performance enhancementWith a complete code review and numerous changes to streamline, we have achieved a 30% or better improvement in email processing.
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If fiction and free go together for you
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 11:42a   Ben Langhinrichs
For those who like short stories, and especially those who are have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited memberships, I've enrolled my book of short stories so that they are free to borrow. (They're only $3.99 to buy, but I guess free is in beer can't be beat.) I'm not sure what countries have Amazon Prime (maybe the US and Canada?) and which have Kindle Unlimited (I think the US and UK so far). Five star ratings on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Enjoy! Amazon US: http://amzn.to/S
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Animated flowchart tutorial - video editing technique
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 12:03p   Ben Langhinrichs
I had so much fun with the animated flowchart yesterday, I stayed up late last night making a brief tutorial, and then did some polishing over my lunch hour. I used Camtasia 8, but the technique is easily transferable (from what I can tell) to Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro or any other professional level video editing software. The video is only two and a half minutes, but I think you'll find it interesting if you've ever wanted to do more with your videos. You can check out more details
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Fun with quirky video techniques
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 10:52a   Ben Langhinrichs
I've been playing with some different techniques to show how CoexLinks Fidelity works compared with how IBM Notes/Domino works, and decided to mix up the flowcharts and demo. It's been interesting and fun, but I realized I could use a GIF (albeit, a large GIF - sorry for the bandwidth) to show the technique without forcing anybody to watch a whole video. I reduced a few of the effects and shrank this to 640x360 to fit the blog and keep the size somewhat reasonable. The actual video is in HD an
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Some like to go with the flow
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 8:06a   Ben Langhinrichs
My wife is an educator, and one of the concepts she tries to pound into my thick, unreceptive skull is that different people learn in different ways. Meaning that some people learn by reading a description, some people learn by watching a video, some people learn by diving in and trying without "bothering to RTFM". And yes, some people learn by reading a flow chart. Different strokes for different folks, or horses for courses as the British are said to say. In deference to those whose learnin
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Saving Grace - a different sort of haunted house story
Sat, Sep 13th 2014 6:46a   Ben Langhinrichs
My latest story video is up on Youtube on TheStoryTimeChannel, and I'l love to hear what you think. I tried a different approach as far as effects and all, but mostly I hope you enjoy the story, which was first published in a print anthology a few years ago and then in my short story collection, Savage Fire. Now you can listen to it free. If you enjoy, please give it the thumbs up. You can also subscribe so you hear about new stories as they come out.
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Are videos like blog posts or like product pages?
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 7:26a   Ben Langhinrichs
Over the past year and a half, I've posted many videos on my primary Youtube channel (not to be confused with my new StoryTime channel). Many are tutorials on Gimp, Youtube and general topics, but there are also several that are product demos or product tutorials on Midas and CoexLinks Fidelity. These have been successful, but I face a new sort of issue I hope you can help me figure out. When a video grows out of date due to a new version or revised sample, should I create a new one that is up
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Closed captions on videos - four reasons to add them
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 9:33a   Ben Langhinrichs
I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, if you are going to put out videos for an international audience (such as the Notes/Domino community), add closed captions. Youtube has made this easier and easier, though it is still a fairly time intensive and annoying process. But the value goes beyond providing access to the hearing impaired, though that is a good reason in and of itself. There are four advantages to using closed captions: 1) People who are hard of hearing or watching y
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How our Export to CSV is different than exporting from view
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 6:33a   Ben Langhinrichs
A question came up from a viewer after watching Domino Blog to WordPress using CSV about what differences there were between exporting to CSV using our Export to CSV logic vs. exporting from a custom view to CSV using File -Export. The primary differences and similarities are shown below: Export featureExport to CSV using MidasExport using custom viewSummary items (number,date, etc.)Fully supportedFully supportedRich text and non-summary fieldsFully supportedNot supportedFormulas excluding @DbL
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Domino Blog to Wordpress - an Alan Birthday vlog
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 6:33p   Ben Langhinrichs
A few days ago, Alan Lepofsky asked me a question on Twitter. I responded generally, but since it happens to be Alan's birthday today (Happy Birthday!), I thought I'd go to a little effort and make a birthday vlog of sorts showing exactly how this would work. The video is only 3 minutes long and demonstrates show some interesting new features in Export to CSV for Midas LSX 5.11. You can check out the exact field specifications at mini-lessons.info/MIDAS20. Best viewed in HD. Closed capti
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Mind blowing echo of the last millennium
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 2:19p   Ben Langhinrichs
Tom Duff tweeted the following today. I had no idea, but it is exciting/scary/disturbing to think that my software has been running continuously in that application since Bill Clinton was in office, before hanging chads and 9/11 and so many things. 15 years. The sad thing is, Hard Copy Reporter was an abject failure in business terms. Technically, it worked well, but we were far out of our league selling reporting software. Of course, the Midas LSX itself is still selling well, but about many, m
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Zaminder X short emo how to make his son sex samples
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 10:53a   Ben Langhinrichs
Every once in a while, I get a reminder about why it is worth spending the time to create your own Closed Captions for a video. My most recent, AutoCheck - Technique to verify LSX installation in database , is just a brief video showing a technique, so I didn't worry about it. But when I happened to check the Automatic captions created, I remembered why I should always take the time. See screenshot below. Ouch. If you are making videos to put on Youtube, you might want to watch my demo on how
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In which I recover somewhat gracefully
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 8:03a   Ben Langhinrichs
In my previous post, In which I kick myself, I pointed out that the rather obvious but belated point that the Midas LSX sample databases should recognize whether Midas is installed and make that point rather than simply failing. That may be a simple realization, but it took a lot of work to fix in a reasonably elegant and comprehensive way. Fortunately, the code may be useful to others, especially those who have an LSX to install. One thing I don't show in the video is that the page with instr
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In which I kick myself
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 1:43p   Ben Langhinrichs
I fancy myself to be fairly good at listening to customers and solving their problems. But that is not always a good thing. One of the hardest things to do when supporting users is to stop and really listen to both them and to yourself. It is relatively easy to simply answer the question or address the concern, basically to "fix" the problem. Honestly, it is very much the same experience men often have in relationships. How do you step away from identifying and trying to fix "the problem" a
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What if we promoted software like Buzzfeed?
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 6:52a   Ben Langhinrichs
At Genii Software, we usually promote our products using simple videos or straightforward blog posts. But it occurred to me, what if we promoted software like Buzzfeed? So, let's see what it might look like. 6 Questions You Didn't Know To Ask About Genii Software's Products 1. How many Notes developers does it take to export your whole database to CSV using Midas? 2) What will your customer do if you send a printed catalog instead of an eBook he can read on his tablet? (Midas
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The very opposite of YAGNI - more like IYBITWCE
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 10:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
There is a philosophy called YAGNI that many software developers and programmers will recognize. The acronym stands for You Aren't Gonna Need It, and it has been popularized along with the ideas of extreme programming and continuous refactoring. It probably even helps a lot of developers and teams, but at Genii Software, we go the opposite direction. A good part of what we build is not currently necessary, is purely speculative or is sufficiently far ahead of what customers want that it could b
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Demo: Preventing data loss in IBM Notes-Domino email
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 9:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
The high fidelity email rendering provided by CoexLinks Fidelity 3.6 is often viewed as primarily about appearance, but it is also about preserving data integrity. This demo shows a number of examples where actual data loss occurs when certain elements are sent via email and rendered by either the IBM Notes 9.0.1 client or the IBM Domino 9.0.1 server. (None of these data losses started in 9.0.1 - earlier versions were even worse). Problems shown have all been reported by Genii Software customers
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With open source - trust but verify
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 7:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
I was very interested to read Paul Withers' article, 10 Reasons All Companies Should Use Open Source. I agree with many of its points, but wanted to bring up one caveat that seems too often ignored. If I might throw some caution on his first point, 1. Good Developers Write Good Code, Great Developers Steal Good Code, it would be to remind people that great developers can steal bad code as well. As the Goto Fail vulnerabilty, and even more the Heartbleed Bug should remind us, the fact that cod
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Another story video available - Circle Back
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 11:56a   Ben Langhinrichs
I posted another of my story videos on my channel, TheStoryTimeChannel, for those who enjoy these things. This is called Circle Back, and while it has a kid as the main character, it is not a children's story. It took me a lot longer to get to this one (because of lots of releases of our Notes/Domino related products). I played more with the production of the video, adding some effects and trying some different ways of showing the text. Of course, the story is the main thing, and while this is
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Would you like that windmill rare or well done?
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 7:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
If your company uses Notes/Domino for email, you have probably learned that in spite of years of customer complaints, emails sent from Notes are iffy at best. On a good day, all the information gets through. On a bad day, data is misformatted, missing or just plain messed up. But it is just for such concerns that we at Genii Software tilt at the windmills of email fidelity and data integrity. Now, since the release of CoexLinks Fidelity 3.6, more and more companies are getting their windmills s
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Crazy quilt of Domino 9.0.1 HTML rendering
Thu, Jul 31st 2014 10:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
One challenging aspects of describing issues with Notes/Domino rich text rendering is that there seem to be so many engines. Even on IBM Domino 9.0.1, there are multiple rendering engines that render rich text differently (different ones fail in different ways). See below an example of Notes rich text rendered by three of the different engines (or at least they appear to be different engines given the results). (Traveler may have yet another engine, but these are all built into the core Domino s
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My fairytale story video is up on Youtube
Sun, Jun 29th 2014 9:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
I finished up my story video, and it is now up on Youtube. I put it on a new channel, TheStoryTimeChannel, as I felt like it was sufficiently far removed from the IBM Notes and Gimp and product videos I do on my channel. Of course, that means I am starting with zero subscribers and zero view, so if you like this, it would be great if you could share it and subscribe. Plus maybe let me know what you think. This one took a lot, as I am trying to learn something about music mixing, and for this sto
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Status of video fairytale production
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 7:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
Status of turning my story, Lucia's Wish, into a video fairytale (key: not started, partially done, completed) Narration of the story: recorded & editedIntro page art before we "open" the book: doneAllocating text to virtual pages: All 17 doneIllustrations for pages: 6 of 17 doneSynchronizing text and virtual pages: mostly doneMagical integration of 3.5 minute music and 8 minute story: startedClosing credits: Not donePost-production and publishing: Not donePost-publishing party: Ha! For
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New videos using the Peter Jackson approach
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 7:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
No, no hobbits or elves or elaborate war scenes. Also, no CGI. But I am working on three (possibly four) separate CoexLinks Fidelity videos at one time. Each deals with a separate aspect of why fidelity matters, and each should be short enough (aiming for 3 minutes or shorter) that you can pull your boss aside after a meeting, pull it up on your tablet or phone and say, "Hey, I think you should see this." Now I just have to decide whether to release them all at once or one at a time. Well, tha
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Sacrificing chickens under a full moon may not be enough
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 10:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
The response to our Out of Notes Pt 10: To SQL Server or DB2 video has been very positive, but has raised an issue more than once, especially among those companies moving applications from Notes to SharePoint. I have had a conversation like the following with a couple of customers in recent weeks. Most customers aren't like this, of course, but a couple. Customer: I want to be sure, we don't need to have any Notes developers for this? Me: That's right. Our Export to CSV sample database will l
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New pricing for CoexLinks Fidelity reflects increased use by Notes shops
Mon, Jun 16th 2014 9:17a   Ben Langhinrichs
Over the weekend, we posted new pricing options for CoexLinks Fidelity. Per server pricing didn't change much (base server still $8000, additional servers now $6500), but we added user based Enterprise licensing primarily to help Notes shops that want to use the new fidelity even though they are not migrating their mail to another platform. For many years, CoexLinks was mostly about doclinks, both preserving them and using them strategically. But now, CoexLinks Fidelity is also about high quali
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Instilling confidence
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 11:47a   Ben Langhinrichs
Guess what? This isn't how Seriously, anybody know why IBM's main pages would trigger this? I was just going to download some IBM Domino software, but want to be sure I haven't missed something.
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Remembering my first PET - the Commodore PET
Thu, May 29th 2014 11:27a   Ben Langhinrichs
I saw Kathy Brown's post about how Ant Pruitt asked whether we remember our first computer. Or at least the first one we ever used. I remember mine, and how I eventually managed to kill it. Back in 1978, my school bought a computer that I am fairly sure was a Commodore Pet that looked something like the image below. That is, I don't remember much about what it looked like, but I remember that my good friend, Jeff, and I were the only ones remotely interested. We learned to do some things on it
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I need brave voice volunteers
Sun, May 18th 2014 7:51p   Ben Langhinrichs
As some of you may have heard, I am working on a project to put out a rewritten and extended version of my sci fi humor serial, Judd Falcoln: Missionary to the Stars, as a series of Youtube videos. It will not be a script or movie, but it will be more than a simple narration of a story. Dialogue will be read by volunteers (that would be you, mate), and faces might be used as well in a manner of speaking. What I need are volunteers who are willing to record themselves reading expressively the lin
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Fidelity: Not mission critical except when it is
Fri, May 9th 2014 9:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
We are releasing CoexLinks Fidelity 3.6 today, and I thought I'd address one objection which comes up in meetings with clients. Email fidelity isn't mission critical. While most people making the argument are shot down quickly by those who do actually think that how a company presents itself to its clients and customers is important, I want to show an admittedly slightly contrived example, though I think you can see how even in more realistic cases, important information could be lost. In thi
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Quit studying
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 7:40a   Ben Langhinrichs
I saw this journal entry on deviantArt today. I didn't respond there, but I thought it was worth saying something here. Personally, I have had a lot of fun being creative with software and programming. I wish the gentleman well, though I have to say that he may well discover that anything worth doing takes hard work, even photography. Hobbies are fun, but when you try to make them your profession, you have to put in a huge amount of time and effort (the proverbial 10,000 hours), some of which
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You are in a maze of twisty SharePoint passages
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 10:29a   Ben Langhinrichs
Or rather, I am. And they are not all the same, but rather all are different, and in many different ways. After a long, long hiatus while Midas LSX 5 was finished and released and CoexLinks Fidelity 3.5 was finished and released, I am back to working on SharePoint. It is an adventure (see what I did there?), but after installing piece after piece, I have the SharePoint Online Management Shell working and connected. Next on the agenda is trying out creating a new site through the shell, followed
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Audience retention
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 3:50p   Ben Langhinrichs
Sometimes, even small data can be useful. Once in a while, I go to Youtube and look at the statistics, because it helps me to understand what people like and how well I am keeping their interest. The following three shots are my most popular Gimp tutorial followed by my most recent Gimp tutorial followed by my channel intro video. As you can see at a glance, the first two are pretty good, but I need to work on that Channel intro. Most popular Gimp tutorial Most recent Gimp tutorial Channe
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Brief demo of Message Store in CoexLinks Fidelity
Tue, Apr 8th 2014 6:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
A few days ago, we announced the release of CoexLinks Fidelity 3.5. Along with high quality MIME rendering for IBM Notes, CoexLinks has a new feature called the Message Store. I thought I'd put together a brief demo of the Message Store which also shows a little of the new fidelity. The Message Store is designed for companies who have mixed environments including Notes/Domino applications and possibly Notes/Domino mail users along with other users with Microsoft Outlook, GMail or other email sy
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Maybe I should call the next one Bruce
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 5:30p   Ben Langhinrichs
Back in October, I announced that we were changing the name of the Midas Rich Text LSX to the Midas LSX after 16 years. Today, I announced that we were changing the name of CoexLinks to Coexlinks Fidelity after 11 years. Which brings up the obvious question, what will we call CoexEdit when we announce a new major release in a week or so? I'm thinking Bruce. Not for any practical purpose, only philosophical ones. Just to keep it clear.
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Introducing CoexLinks Fidelity
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 2:06p   Ben Langhinrichs
Today, we are putting up a new version of CoexLinks called Coexlinks Fidelity. While it is technically CoexLinks 3.5 for internal reasons, it is the biggest addition of functionality for CoexLinks in years. The core CoexLinks functionality of converting doclinks to usable links in Outlook, Google Mail or other web mail is still in place, and more flexible and powerful than ever. But now, there are two additional areas of functionality added to enhance the power and value of CoexLinks: Email Fide
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A customer request
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 11:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
Without mentioning names, we got a customer request today: We need to migrate some data to SQL server and having difficulties with RTF's. By using @abstract, results are mixed. Some records have partial data from RTF field and also formatting is not retained. So we are looking for MidasLSX which allow us to easily export an RTF along with a few other fields directly into SQL server or write all the records from Notes database into a CSV file which can be imported into SQL table. We need to migr
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Quick Mask - Fun easy uses in Gimp 2.8
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 8:19a   Ben Langhinrichs
While Gimp may not be relevant to IBM software or Notes/Domino, many business partners have chosen to use this free, open source image manipulation software for creating graphics, cleaning up photos and even building simple animations. Over on Mini-Lessons.info, I have twenty-two different Gimp tutorials along with many tutorials on Notes/Domino topics including some on the Midas LSX and CoexLinks. This is my latest Gimp 2.8 mini-lesson. Like all of my videos, there are no ads at all, and I aim
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Beware: Will make you feel like family
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 10:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
As one of the many in the Notes community who have felt this way about Bruce Elgort over the years, it is nice to see that his students feel the same way. Congratulations on your well-earned adoration, Bruce!
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The pointy-haired boss takes a data dump
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 7:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
When your PHB needs to take a data dump from Notes to SQL Server or DB2 or SharePoint Lists or whatever, and your organization is low on Notes developers, there's always the Midas LSX and the completely data-driven Export to CSV database. Request an evaluation license today and see how easy it can be. Or watch the video for a short demo. High fidelity full screen is recommended, and closed captions are available both for following along in English or getting translations to other languages.
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Help needed in Lanes 1 and 2
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 8:03a   Ben Langhinrichs
Yesterday, I laid out a roadmap for Genii Software, defining three lanes that we see companies fall into and how we aim to address the needs of those companies. Over the next few days, I will post a few examples to illustrate our goals. Lanes 1 and Lane 2:Taking data from a Notes database to SQL server without Notes development Problem: a company has a Notes database, and they need to take a number of fields of a specific form and put them into SQL Server tables. They may be migrating (Lane 1) o
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Genii Software Roadmap
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 2:58p   Ben Langhinrichs
I thought it might be worth laying out a roadmap for where I see Genii Software and its products going in the future. While these are mostly continuations of current directions, not everybody is aware of the different overlapping features. So, here goes. Lane 1: People leaving Notes behind or moving part of their infrastructures away from IBM (news flash: there are such customers)This lane is often seen as "migration", but frequently turns into "coexistence". We support both things. This lan
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Mobile app coders
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 6:19a   Ben Langhinrichs
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Oh myyyyy
Sun, Mar 9th 2014 3:50p   Ben Langhinrichs
My daughter proves again she's a social media darling with her selfie with George Takei.
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Tremendous kudos owed to IBM
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 8:10a   Ben Langhinrichs
Given that I sell products which often enhance the features or patch the holes in IBM's products, I may sometimes seem a little hard on IBM, and particularly on their rich text and rendering capabilities. Over the next week, I will show a few posts which demonstrate how our CoexLinks Fidelity product corrects further issues with email, but before I do, I want to give a huge shout out to the Notes developers who worked on Notes 9. Customers have complained about rich text to MIME rendering for y
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Apple security hole - the one line of code myth
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 7:50a   Ben Langhinrichs
The widespread reports of the hole in iPhones, Macs using Safari and so forth have taken to repeating the myth that the problem is the one line of code with the "goto fail" problem. To be fair, it is a single line of code, so that is not a myth. The myth is that this represents the problem, that it was a typo (according to Wired), and that Out of all the million lines of code we run every day, this one happened to be printed twice and so forth, as if the coding error were the problem. It was n
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More Selective - another Gimp tutorial
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 2:20p   Ben Langhinrichs
This is actually one of my earlier Gimp tutorials, back before I bought a new microphone and learned to use Audacity to clean up the sound. I editied it, tightened up parts and recorded a new audio portion that is both clearer and more accurate. What can I say, I've learned a bit since then. Anyway, these are some techniques for doing more with the most basic of tools in Gimp 2.8, the selection tools. It turns out they have some nifty and non-obvious features, so this demo shows ways to use the
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Resist the urge to monetize
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 7:43a   Ben Langhinrichs
I wrote a slight variation of this over on an Entrepreneur's community on Google+, but thought people might be interested here as well. It is business related rather than technical, but given the number of small businesses and entrepreneurs around, I thought I'd share it. Resist the urge to monetize One of the mistakes I see both small businesses and solo flyers make, one I've made myself at times, is to follow the siren call to monetize everything. Whether it is adding ads next to your blog




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