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From the dept. of utterly useless trivia
Ben Langhinrichs    

I was chatting with Bill Buchan today, and as I looked up a fact related to his tweet, I realized that our Midas Rich Text LSX Version 1.00 was published Aug. 6, 1997, which is only 37 days after J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (renamed for U.S. audiences as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).

The only possible connection I can find between the two, besides the fact that selling Midas worldwide has sometimes felt like a magical journey, is that both franchises are going strong almost 14 years later.

See, I told you it was utterly useless trivia.
 


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http://www.GeniiSoft.com/showcase.nsf/archive/20110510-0126
May 10, 2011
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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 lsx notes rich text database email
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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 [read] Keywords: domino lsx notes application archive development email iphone mobile outlook xml
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Demo: Preventing data loss in IBM Notes-Domino email
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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 ibm notes rich text email server
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With open source - trust but verify
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Another story video available - Circle Back
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Would you like that windmill rare or well done?
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Crazy quilt of Domino 9.0.1 HTML rendering
Thu, Jul 31st 2014 10:00a   Ben Langhinrichs
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My fairytale story video is up on Youtube
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New videos using the Peter Jackson approach
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 7:20a   Ben Langhinrichs
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