It sounds like Lotusphere 2011 was a great conference, with a renewed sense of energy and focus on Social Business. Whether or not that translates to Lotus products and business partner success remains to be seen. I am sorry I was not able to make it to Lotusphere, and especially sorry not to see all my friends who were there (and those who also were not).
For those curious, here is the final rundown of books purchased through the Virtual Bookstore in the Sessions db. The top book, by far, is still Mastering XPages, which speaks volumes about where the developers at Lotusphere saw things going, but here is the full list. Of course, you can still order through the bookstore or from the list below, or you can just hover over the links and see more information.
Thank you to all who supported the authors and presses that provide professional documentation and inspiration. The more support they get, the
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 [read] Keywords: lsx
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 [read] Keywords: agent
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 [read] Keywords: ibm
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 [read] Keywords: domino
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 [read] Keywords: apple
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 [read] Keywords: domino
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 [read] Keywords: domino
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 [read] Keywords: ibm