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IBM Protector for Mail Security POODLE Fix
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Linux Bash Bug - Shellshock - is Real: Get Patched (Mac Too)
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IBM Mobile Connect POODLE Fix
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"IBM iNotes on Firefox 26 is Inoperable" -- FIXED
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Bill Malchisky Jr.
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Get Access -- Voice of the Partner is Live
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 5:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
It is with great pleasure that I announce Voice of the Partner is in production! This tool provides IBM Collaboration Solutions business partners a new feedback continuity site to interface directly with IBM. As alluded to within my beta launch blog post, the past three months proved quite busy, culminating in this promised mid-December launch. Please understand this is a volunteer effort for me and the scope of BPs in good standing is massive. Thus, I am breaking the overall group down into [read] Keywords: administration collaboration connections ibm sametime community development interface skype twitter

IBM Mobile Connect POODLE Fix
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 5:16a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
IBM just announced a couple of Technotes dealing with IBM Mobile Connect and POODLE. As this product is quite secure by design and a product that I enjoy as customers have a great track record with it in the field, the option to use TLS 1.0 - 1.2 is supported. The new SSL v3 security changes are implemented under APAR IV66131 -- available for IMC 6.1.5 and Thus, if you have not upgraded IMC in the past ten days, then read below and plan your upgrade as appropriate. Here Are The Tec [read] Keywords: connections ibm mobile properties security

IBM Protector for Mail Security POODLE Fix
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 2:20p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
A day after providing two Technotes on SHA-2, TLS, and POODLE for Domino, IBM released two documents to cover their Protector product. The bulletin covers three vulnerabilities and provides details on each. For the workaround document, mind the side effect mentioned at the bottom, as with some sites, this may introduce a risk assessment against delivery versus the exploit's vulnerability. 1. Bulletin - Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in OpenSSL may cause weak cyphers to be used over SSLv [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus protector oracle security twitter

Silent No More: IBM Makes Security Announcements on SHA-2, TLS, POODLE
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 9:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Today (21 Oct 14), IBM created a set of Technotes covering what appears to be a first step in helping soothe the customer and partner concern on the lack of offered direction and plan for resolving the SHA-1, TLS, and POODLE exploits that exist from years of community support and a yet to be implemented capability for increased security. I offer first step as no date for the patch is provided, just that they are stating their intentions and scope with a solution by year-end, which is my conjectu [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes sametime xpages community google security server smtp

New SSL3 Exploit: The POODLE Is Here and Lifting Its Leg
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 3:38a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Here we go again... another blockbuster security exploit with another clever code name is announced. POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) CVE-2014-3566 specifically allows a man-in-the-middle style attack utilizing an SSL3 connection. Once again, Red Hat does a stellar job offering full details on background, technical specifics, and testing. Google's Online Security Blog post is exceedingly terse when contrasting. Here is what you need to know. What is It? CVE-2014-356 [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm applications enterprise firefox google linux microsoft network oracle red hat redhat security server

Linux Bash Bug - Shellshock - FINAL FIX RELEASED: Get Patched (AIX, Mac Too)
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 6:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Author's Note: Thank you to the ICS community for their tremendous support of my first Shellshock post. For those that read it early, you received critical information 14-72 hours before many sites released their stories. Several readers were fully patched before big names tweeted the issue. You were well ahead of the curve. Shellshock stories released over the weekend proved outdated and incomplete. This post provides better information faster. I am grateful for your support. As I mentione [read] Keywords: ibm protector aix apple application bug centos community desktop linux mac macintosh red hat redhat security server twitter ubuntu


Linux Bash Bug - Shellshock - is Real: Get Patched (Mac Too)
Thu, Sep 25th 2014 6:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This is ugly, but fortunately you just have to update to a fixed Bash version and your fine (for now). No need to reboot your system either. Red Hat is out early on this and escalated this appropriately. Their first round of updates got all but one exploit permutation, so they re-issued another bug identifier and are working to close it soon. Their initial timeline: Red Hat announced the bug on 14 Sep, had a proposed upstream patch seven hours later (0500h 15 Sep), backported it to Bash 3.0, [read] Keywords: domino apple application bug centos enterprise linux mac red hat redhat security ubuntu

Ryder Cup Skype Chat Announced
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 9:12p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
It is that time again when the best pro golfers in The United States of America take on the best pro golfers in Europe for the coveted Ryder Cup. This year, it is played at the beautiful Gleneagles course in Scotland designed by pro golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who describes his course hole by hole. Play commences Friday, Saturday at 7:35am local time, or 2:35am EDT, with a more respectable Sunday start at 11:36a local time, or 6:36a EDT for singles play. I will open a Skype chat for the event. [read] Keywords: google iphone mobile skype

Big News for ICS Partners!
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 10:15p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
After three years of working with IBM, I am proud to make the first public announcement of the beta milestone of a new IBM community feedback continuity tool entitled, Voice of the Partner. ICS is behind this at the highest levels and there is a strong desire within IBM to make this a success. Imagine that as a partner you have a tool where you can input ideas and concerns to IBM and receive a response in a meaningful way, that also ensures continuity of feedback throughout the issue's life [read] Keywords: ibm community

Using Sametime Mobile? Avoid iOS 8 for Now
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
IBM released a Technote yesterday on the issues with their Sametime Mobile applications on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 -- due for release on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. My friends Gabriella Davis and Matteo Bisi both blogged on the Technote. Beyond that, there exists a post on The Sametime Blog offering a behind-the-scenes look as to the challenges therein, written by the on-premises Sametime Product Manager - Marlon Machado. In meeting Marlon previously, I can tell you he is a good guy an [read] Keywords: connections ibm sametime apple applications mobile planetlotus planetlotus.org

I AM Speaking at ICON UK
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 11:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Long story short, I will be speaking this Friday, 12 September in London, for the ICON UK renaissance. You can find me acting as emcee for the Ask IBM session at 2:00pm (1400h) and then again at 3:45pm (1545h) presenting The Headless Collaborator: Sametime 9 Command Line Install. If you are in London for this wonderful event, please do say, "Hi," or better yet, attend one of my sessions. See you Friday! [read] Keywords: ibm sametime

iNotes Users -- Chrome 37 Creates Compatibility Issues
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 2:12p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
IBM released today, a new Technote for iNotes users, entitled, "Some iNotes operations fail to work correctly in Chrome browsers upgraded to Chrome version 37" and is available here. These five key areas introducing concern stem from Google deprecating the showModalDialog API. 1. Create/Edit Mail rule 2. Contacts Form and the Print action 3. Calendar view and results window displayed when using the "Import Holidays" action (off the "More" menu) 4. Preferences (Select [read] Keywords: ibm inotes lotus google password security

Ubuntu: Clearing GPG -- BADSIG Errors During Update
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 9:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
In updating my Ubuntu LTS host OS caused me to receive several GPG BADSIG errors, visually captured in the following Update Manager error message. You can see the errors more closely via a terminal window. malchw@san-domino:~$ sudo apt-get update W: A error occurred during the signature verification. The repository is not updated and the previous index files will be used. GPG error: http://extras.ubuntu.com precise Release: The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG 16126D3A3E5 [read] Keywords: domino applications archive google linux python ubuntu

Fixing Public Key Repository Errors on Ubuntu
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 12:15a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Most of have seen at one point of another a error when updating packages, stemming from an untrusted repository. W: GPG error: http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 40976EAF437D05B5 Here is one fix that works reliably well. Perhaps it will save you some time. 1. Syntax: sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 2. $ sudo apt-get update Repeat for [read] Keywords: domino archive linux security server ubuntu

IBM’s Lost Art of Installation is Costing Them Revenue
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 3:12p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Preface - As I started this entry in June and in doing research to articulate the point, the case for installation simplicity grew dramatically. This post commences by illustrating the present state, how IBM did better previously (and still does with a different product), three customer examples of revenue impact, and closes with an offered solution for the present state. Please understand it is my intent to assist rather than besmirch, while being professional and respectful to both the communi [read] Keywords: admin administration collaboration connections domino ibm lotusphere sametime aix application community consulting db2 laptop linux red hat server tivoli vmware websphere xml

Train Tips for European Traveling - Part II
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 6:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As I covered last year in Train Tips for European Traveling, train travel is a fun adventure. For my second installment, this year I chose the Dutch Intercity high speed and Eurostar lines and wanted to provide some information that may save you some time or alleviate logistical concerns. Enjoy! Train Service in The Netherlands 1. When arriving in Holland, you can take the local trains (making all major and minor stops), or the InterCity branch which runs express from city to city (major [read] Keywords: exchange exchange laptop security wifi

Some "Great Train Rides" of the World
Sun, Aug 10th 2014 10:12p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
The Wall Street Journal released an Off Duty Travel section article entitled, "Great Train Rides: Run Away on the Rails", covering six scenic and enjoyable routes on four continents plus the island nation of New Zealand--including input from Mike Smith, The Man in Seat Sixty-One. Although hardly cyclopedic nor meant to be, reader comments do indicate additional favorites. The leadoff permutation limns the joy of the London to Edinburgh run, which I am happy to say I enjoyed -- twice, while pre [read] Keywords:

Skype 4.3 on Linux Crashing? Here’s a Fix.
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 7:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Microsoft released Skype 4.3 on Linux recently, to replace the aging version 4.2 due to cloud conversions utilized in other client flavors. There are some noticeable changes with the upgrade including new features. However, for power Skype users, there appears to exist a bug in the upgrade process causing the new Skype client to crash repeatedly just after the main window appears. Although conjecture, I suspect the problem manifests itself for those that have sent files to one or more contac [read] Keywords: application archive bug centos community database linux microsoft python red hat server skype ubuntu

Firefox Upgrade Kills iNotes, ICS SSL Product Access with Domino CA/Self-Signed Certs
Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 7:15p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
On Thursday, 24 July, I ran iNotes on Firefox sans problems. When I tried it on Friday, 25 July, I received a server connection error. I replicated in Notes so I knew the server was up. Then I tried accessing iNotes via Chrome on the same machine -- it worked. Tried a different operating system: Firefox generated an error, but Chrome and Safari worked. My third OS permutation yielded the same results, substituting IE for Safari. In each case Firefox failed to connect via SSL. (The error code did [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes notes application applications best practice desktop firefox security server

Travel Tip: Getting Answers to Obscure Travel Questions Before You Depart
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Have a food allergy and are curious if you can eat on a river cruise in Bali? How about whether a planned exotic purchase from a foreign country can be brought back home? Will you be able to replenish lost or stolen medicine at your destination? Or is it possible to purchase a vegan meal in Concourse A of an unfamiliar airport terminal? There is a site which offers such a service: Tripatini. On their site (right most pane) you will see the Ask a Travel Pro badge. Click it and you will be able [read] Keywords:

Soccer Saturday, The First IBM ConnectED Activity Announcement!
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
crosses community at Once again, we will kick-off the IBM Connect(ED) conference properly. Join in the fun as a player or spectator. Meet familiar faces in the community and make new friends on the sandy pitch at Disney World's Dolphin and Swan hotel. We all enjoyed it the last two years, so I ensured we had the pitch reserved for 2015 before leaving IBM Connect 2014. Please feel free join us even if you do not play -- all spectators are welcome. Event Details Date: Saturday, 24 Jan [read] Keywords: ibm lotus community skype twitter

Which Hotels Have the Best WiFi?
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 10:16a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As we all travel, one of the biggest gambles with any new property is the quality and availability of Internet access -- especially WiFi. A new travel oriented site helps to solve this matter, entitled Hotel WiFi Test. As it is very new, the city list and properties are quite small, but growing quickly. They added a link that allows you to run a speed test if you are in a hotel and it will catalog it. Thus, you can plan your trips by the data of others, while also contributing easily when you ch [read] Keywords: properties wifi

IBM ConnectED 2015 Preview Site Launched!
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 1:12p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Just a few minutes ago (as of this writing), IBM announced the new site link and conference name for Connect. It is now entitled IBM ConnectED 2015! Here is the preview site, which just went live. They are evolving the conference into a "more in-depth technical event", which should be welcomed by many of the Lotusphere alumni of years past--particularly those that felt the event deviated slightly from its roots. You can tell the site is quite fresh as the IBM ConnectED 2015 Resources wiki stil [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere server wiki

How To Receive Ubuntu 12.04 Kernel Updates After 7 August 2014
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 1:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Certain versions of Ubuntu have an older version of their Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE) and thus it needs to be upgraded, or on 7 August 2014 you will no longer receive kernel and graphics stack updates; all other software updates will proceed unimpeded. Below is what I learned along with excerpts from the Ubuntu wiki post on the event. The current release schedule and EOL announcements for each Ubuntu build is located here. What is HWE? "Hardware Enablement Stacks (HWE) are incorpora [read] Keywords: domino ibm linux security vm wiki ubuntu

World Cup 2014 Skype Chat Announced
Thu, Jun 12th 2014 6:10p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Just in-time for the World Cup, the ICS Community has a Skype chat to capture all the comments from our community on the great game. If you would like to join your friends from around the world in a zealous environment -- especially when the Dutch play -- let me know via Skype, or comment on this post with your skype name, if I'm offline. Links for the official FIFA World Cup: social media accounts, widgets, RSS Feeds, Twitter team lists - click accordingly. See you on the virtual pitch [read] Keywords: application community skype twitter widgets

Engage 2014 Slides Available
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 12:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I published my Engage 2014 session slides to both SlideShare and My Presentations page. I took time to review the deck and decided to test further the remote access redirect slides, ultimately dramatically simplifying the steps. The result is an easy two-step process that should work fine for about 80% of use cases. If your needs exceed what I provided, please contact me and I can offer some suggestions for an alternate approach. Just remember, if your desktop system is Windows, load your X Wind [read] Keywords: administration desktop linux server

Wisdom on Longevity From a 96 Year Old Skier
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 4:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
George Jedenoff started skiing at the age of 43 and has been hooked ever since. Earlier this month, he once again carved some turns at Alta and Snowbird with the Ski Utah crew and talked about longevity, keeping motivated, the importance of staying fit, and how skiing has been a part of his life every single year since 1960. Hardly timid, George seeks out powder and has a wonderfully cordial demeanor, with excellent diction. Applicable life advice for even non-skiers. Enjoy this short video. [read] Keywords:

New ICS Linux Skype Chat Announced
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 10:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
During a packed room at Linuxfest V during IBM Connect 2014, an attendee asked if there was a place where we could collaborate on using Linux with ICS. Enter Community in action: Tim Clark immediately stepped-up to start a new Skype chat entitled, "ICS Linux Chat". Therefore, if you would like a place to go and chat about Linux between Connect events or my Linux sessions at LUG events, then please contact myself, Tim Clark, Devin Olson, or Christoph Stoettner to get invited. We would be happy [read] Keywords: ibm community linux skype

If You Would Like a x64 Notes Client on Windows, Read This
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 6:10p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
While at IBM Connect 2014, I heard that a prototype x64 Windows Notes client is in the works -- rumor perhaps, but it is intriguing. I also know that unless there is a business justification, IBM will spend development and testing dollars elsewhere -- which also makes sense and is prudent. There are lots of internal prototypes at any ISV/OEM, few of which see the light of day. What their respective clients want and need ultimately moves any subset of prototypes towards a production release: cust [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes notes client traveler apple community development skype

Get the Line on Linuxfest V -- Only at IBM Connect 2014
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I am thrilled to announce that we have secured a room for another unofficial all-Linux session at IBM Connect. Linuxfest returns for the fifth consecutive year. We have great digs inside the Dolphin at Oceanic 2, so it is really easy to find. Red Hat is sponsoring us for the third consecutive year and I am thrilled to be working with them to help move Linux forward within the IBM/Lotus Community. ic14-linuxfest-v.ics Date: Thursday, 30 January Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM Place: Dolphin -- Ocea [read] Keywords: ibm lotus application community linux red hat redhat

IBM Connect 2014 Saturday Social Events Calendar
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 5:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
It's that time of year again, everyone heading to Orlando is excited about IBM Connect 2014 and Lotusphere. Mat published his unofficial unsupported ConnectOsphere Notes DB this week and Andy published his annual guide too to kick-off the new year in style. Saturday at Connect/Lotusphere allows us to get the week rolling in a big way. So, let's go to it! Here are the three main networking opportunities to meet and socialize with the IBM/Lotus community. Get your sleep this week, as come Saturd [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes application community database networking

Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 5:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Just in time for the new year, the Wall Street Journal published a piece on scenic classic ski lift rides at domestic ski areas, which actually let you slow down a bit and enjoy the ride. Sure, sometimes when you seek to meet a friend at the mid-lift area quickly, the slower pace can be irksome if you grab the wrong chair, but outside of that, taking time for a nice conversation with a local, or your ski buddies makes a great day even better. This is an excellent compilation. Of course, other re [read] Keywords:

Simple Tips to Keeping Warm and Staying Safe in Winter
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 5:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
In the midst of some quite cold temperatures experienced over the northern USA this week, into the weekend and coming week, I thought I would put together a quick list with a goal to keep you warm--as this is an area of expertise for me. It is amazing that even with activities quite common for many to most, how cold people still get when say, attending a football game, shoveling snow, running errands, volunteering at an election poll, sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. As I really enjoy cold we [read] Keywords:

"IBM iNotes on Firefox 26 is Inoperable" -- FIXED
Thu, Dec 26th 2013 12:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Here is another great reason to upgrade to 8.5.3 FP6 or 9.0.1 IF1 -- it addresses an iNotes issue with the latest Firefox release. The official Fix List for 8.5.3 FP6 is listed here, but omits any reference to this iNotes issue. You have to dig further and go through the product fix list located here under Upcoming Releases, to see mention of the SPR for this problem. If you have Domino 9.0.1, then the respective documents are a bit more challenging to locate, but you will find technote 16579 [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes ldd lotus bug firefox

Grateful to be an IBM Champion Once Again
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 3:15p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This morning IBM announced via the Social Biz User Group site that list of the 2014 IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions. The announcement also appears on the IBM Social Business Insights Blog. I am very pleased to have been accepted once again. The group of community members are quality people and I appreciate very much the new friendships I made over the past several years as a result. There are 87 of us now, spanning the globe. Congratulations to the new names and re-confirmed individual [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm community

IBM Traveler 9.0.1 on Android - "Invalid Password" Fix
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 5:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I upgraded a customer site from Domino on Linux 8.5.3 to 8.5.3 FP3 HF210 so they could upgrade Traveler, which is now running at version "Lotus Notes Traveler Build 201307170759", all on Linux. The upgrades went smooth and they are happy, as they can now start planning the upgrade to Domino 9.0.1 and give the users some additional benefits with mobile mail while IT gets the plan in-place. Everything looked great, so we upgraded the Traveler client version on a few mobile phones start [read] Keywords: domino ibm ldd lotus notes traveler google linux mobile password profile security server

City of Munich Completes Its Migration to Be Free From Microsoft
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 11:19a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Way back in 2003, with a joint bid from IBM and SuSE, The City of Munich announced it was leaving Microsoft for Linux on the desktop, servers, and applications. Although that discomposed many in the Microsoft camp, the Linux community was abuzz. This announcement gained a lot of traction and was in my estimation, part of the impetus for the Linux Desktop Foundation. I used the Munich case study in my first Linux Redbook back in late 2004 -- but it did not get past the editors so was omitted from [read] Keywords: administration domino ibm notes application applications community desktop exchange exchange linux microsoft profile server sql

Verifying Checksum Values with Passport Advantage Downloads
Tue, Nov 5th 2013 5:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As we all know, modern software packages tend to be large in size (several hundred megabytes) these days. Add with multiple platform flavors available for each product, pulling down the desired file set can easily venture into several gigabytes. Thus, many sites offer MD5 or SHA values to ensure that the desired target(s) maintain(s) data integrity. Today, in retrieving additional Notes 9.0.1 files, I was reminded once again how IBM provides checksum values. In the directory where Download D [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes notes client desktop linux mac microsoft

Soccer Saturday Returns to IBM Connect 2014 -- Join Us!
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 11:10p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
revisits community at Ready to start the Connect conference properly? Well, if you are looking for something to do before BALD on Saturday, keep reading. Come play with or watch your favorite geeks on the sandy pitch at Disney, while enjoying a few rounds of the great game. We all enjoyed it in January 2013 and I just had to get it going again for 2014. Please feel free join us even if you do not play as all spectators are welcome. Event Details ======================================= [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere community skype twitter

Thanks, Bruce!
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Today marks a milestone with the ICS Community as Bruce Elgort is stepping down from his primary role with OpenNTF; while expanding his teaching role with Clark College. I wish him well as this chapter closes and a new chapter in his life commences. Way back in November 2007, I visited IdeaJam just after it launched and enjoyed a long night of voting on items and making comments on the ideas. Bruce found me online, introduced himself, and thanked me for the input on his site. After a long an [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes community ideajam linux openntf podcast taking notes

Sometimes Firefox Dislikes Self-signed Certs
Thu, Sep 26th 2013 9:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Apparently, Firefox (FF) can and for no obvious reason just suddenly decide that it dislikes your self-signed certificate. When it does, it can make remote access challenging. If you are short for time, using another browser or another machine/vm may provide the access you need, but, does not resolve the underlying issue. Let me describe the situation and steps I took to resolve. I have a client where each autumn I have to renew their edge server's SSL certificate to ensure proper access to [read] Keywords: application desktop email firefox linux mac profile server vm ubuntu

Fixing "Unable to locate Perl on this system" for Domino on Linux and UNIX
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 12:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
IBM published a new requirement for Domino on both UNIX and Linux, in that they are now using an updated Perl version. Thus, any package created after July 2012 needs version 5.6.0 or better. This got my attention recently as the technote was included in the D8.5.3 FP5 Release Notes, from August. Know that this requirement only pertains to Domino. If you do not have the proper Perl version installed, you will see an "Unable to locate Perl on this system" error when applying your hotfixes and F [read] Keywords: domino ibm ldd lotus notes linux

Ubuntu - Fixing a Damaged Software Catalog and Package Database
Mon, Sep 16th 2013 6:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Well, when you download enough tools and new packages, at some point you are bound to break something. That happened to me recently and rendered my Ubuntu software catalog useless. Thus, any automatic system updates failed, I was unable to install or remove existing software from within the Ubuntu Software Center, and running any apt-get install commands also failed. This left my system in a static state until fixed. I tried several things from a few community posts, and this post represents the [read] Keywords: domino applications community database linux ubuntu

Heading to MWLUG and Taking the Linux Pre-LUG Workshop? Here’s What You Need Before Class
Mon, Aug 19th 2013 6:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
MWLUG attendees recall that on Wednesday, 21 August, there are two excellent pre-event workshops, both commencing at 1pm. First, my good friends Mike McGarel and Devin Olson are offering their Build a Bean session for developers. For administrators, I will be offering Building Your ICS Test Environment with Linux. Both should be knowledge packed and we hope you can attend. If administration or furthering your Linux knowledge is appetizing, please take a few minutes before the session to foll [read] Keywords: administration domino ibm inotes lotus protector traveler centos enterprise linux red hat security server vm

Managing VMware Tools on Linux, Part II: Fixing "An error occurred while mounting" During Boot-up
Sun, Jul 14th 2013 11:00p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Two common errors VMware Workstation Linux guest VMs, which I also experience occasionally include: (1) "An error occurred while mounting {mount_point}" or (2) "The disk drive for {mount_point} is not ready yet". Depending upon your configuration, the solution is either the fault of the OS or VMware Tools and the related drivers. This post defines a way to ascertain if the root cause is VMware Tools and if so, how to quickly and easily remedy the situation. Problem Background M [read] Keywords: agent centos interface linux network password red hat vm vmware ubuntu

Managing VMware Tools on Linux, Part I: Working with Ubuntu’s New ’Standard’
Wed, Jul 10th 2013 6:15a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
After reading this post, you will know where to go to get the services file, check the status and start/stop/restart the vmware-tools service on Ubuntu systems, and how the process differs on Red Hat. For my guest VMs, as some VMware forum authors also indicated, the VMware Tools program tends to shut itself off quite regularly -- usually after every OS update is applied. Thus, you have to remember to reconfigure or restart VMware Tools every time, or your shared folders will fail to work, for e [read] Keywords: centos community desktop linux red hat vmware wiki ubuntu

Linux School -- Displaying UUID Values and Manipulating the Output with Cut
Mon, Jul 8th 2013 6:15a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This post introduces two power tools: blkid and cut, with the latter manipulating the output of the former. So, consider this an entry for administrators and developers, or anyone writing a shell script. Real World Use Case Before the introduction of the Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID) in 2005 {For an advanced comprehension, read RFC 4122}, one's /etc/fstab file contained mount point objects like "/dev/sda1" and the respective mount point sub-directory. That process worked for deca [read] Keywords: domino formula language ibm notes application community desktop linux password vm ubuntu

Linux School -- Syntax Highlighting in Vim
Tue, Jul 2nd 2013 8:22a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Previously, we covered how to load vim and setup an alias to ensure you are using the latest and greatest feature set with this classic editor. One new feature that vim provides is syntax highlighting, which is quite valuable for administrators and developers. Now, your script files and system configuration files will automatically be color coordinated, making visual parsing easy. Syntax Highlighting with VIM One of the nice features is to be able to toggle syntax highlighting on/off withi [read] Keywords: domino centos linux red hat ubuntu

Linux School -- Beginner’s Guide to Vim (Plus A Few Tips)
Mon, Jul 1st 2013 6:17a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
For those that attended any of my training sessions or LUG sessions on Linux, you know that I speak highly of vi as a text editor. Fortunately for those new to the Linux and UNIX world, there is vim or 'Vi IMproved'. In 1976, Bill Joy released vi, which was considered a heavy program in the day, due to its size, but very useful. The first UNIX port of vim appeared in 1992, but as I recall, did not gain prominence until just before the turn of the century. The updates included in vim take all t [read] Keywords: centos desktop linux mac red hat ubuntu

Linux School -- Easy Shell Script Date Manipulation
Mon, Jun 10th 2013 1:16p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
In writing a few script files recently, I became reminded that if I run the shell script past midnight, but seek to use yesterday's date in the filename for accuracy, I would have to add several lines of creative code to complete this, while taking into account DST and in one case, a timezone delta between me and the server. I then stumbled upon 'yest'. Yest is an open source project specifically designed to allow for easy date manipulation. By default, it provides yesterday's date, othe [read] Keywords: linux server

Linux Job Outlook Remains Strong
Fri, May 31st 2013 9:00p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Though sitting in my draft folder a couple months, I wanted to get this out to you, with a few updated links. Simply put: companies need Linux talent and now. As reported via Dice back in early 2012, "Strong Demand Drives Higher Salaries, More Perks for Linux Professionals." A few months later in PC World's April 2012 report, Linux skills demand remained high. That Linux skills demand level continued throughout 2012 into October with another interesting piece from PC World. The trend pers [read] Keywords: development enterprise linux outlook vm

Heading to IamLUG? Still Time to Join an Outstanding Group of Individuals Attending
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 2:52p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This year, Linux School: Advanced Administration for IBM Software debuts at IamLUG. This offering, covers a lot of useful tools and installation tips for IBM products on Linux. We'll cover a lot of information and am looking forward to showcasing useful utilities which can save you time when troubleshooting. There is still time to get there, find decently priced air fare, and join a great group of peers to learn. Have you signed-up yet? Here is the official list of IamLUG Sessions and speake [read] Keywords: administration ibm lotus community linux

Running Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu x64
Thu, Apr 11th 2013 6:17a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is i386 code that needs one i386 library file --- when installed on an x64 OS --- omitted with the native x64 installation of Ubuntu 12.x. As such, you'll see this error. To fix the issue, run this command From here you'll see this window, which will flow into several screens of files being unpacked and then installed. It's quite a lot. When finished though, Acrobat will run. The process continues with suggested packages and alerting the end-user t [read] Keywords: linux ubuntu

IBM Connections 4.5: Decoding the Downloaded Filesnames
Mon, Apr 1st 2013 7:14a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As IBM announced IBM Connections 4.5 on 12 March 2013 with a 29 March download availability, there became a lot of interest from partners and customers to dive-in and take advantage of the great new enhancements this product provides. To that point and as this collaborative tool does a lot, there are a significant quantity of files from which you can choose. Now, not every customer site will need all of the files available in Passport Advantage for this offering, but the more you need, the more [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotus notes aix db2 enterprise linux microsoft network office server tivoli websphere

Some Fun at BLUG
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 7:14a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Our illustrious BLUG organizer Theo Heselmans had a surprise for us. During a special event for the speakers and sponsors, he arranged for a Dutch artist to arrive and sketch caricatures for anyone invited. As I recall, there were 31 completed in about three hours (plus time for a couple of breaks). So the artist named, Tice, worked tirelessly creating art. He had two LCD monitors setup, the second was facing the victim volunteer, so we each could see the picture evolve. I believe that Tice used [read] Keywords:

Train Tips for European Traveling
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 6:15a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Train travel is fun and certainly exciting. You can easily get to anywhere with enhancements to the multi-country rail network in Europe. Here are a couple of tips (hardly plenary, I'll add) to aid you on your way. 1. Rail travel is expensive on mainland Europe (UK is quite reasonable comparatively); with the advent of cheap (for some travel situations) airfare like Easy Jet https://www.easyjet.com/ ,but if you have luggage you need to move around, it can be by far the easiest and most cost [read] Keywords: laptop network wifi wireless

BLUG Slides Uploaded
Tue, Mar 26th 2013 6:15a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
After a fabulous event in Leuven, Belgium with BLUG 2013, I adjusted the deck to account for a few new morsels provided by IBM since the release of IBM Domino 9 (link in yesterday's post). I also provided the changes to the BLUG Team to ensure currency and consistency across versions. The slides are located in My Presentations section. Title: Infrastructure Fitness and Design Simplicity for IBM Mobile Connect Session ID: A13 Track: Administration Absolutely enjoyed the event and to be p [read] Keywords: administration domino ibm mobile

A Few Quick Points on Domino 9, x64, and Linux
Mon, Mar 25th 2013 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
IBM released Notes Domino 9 this week and it has been a firestorm of zeal, anticipation realized, fun tweets, community upgrades, and success stories overall. Included in the server code are two x86 Linux installation flavors for the first time. This allows one to run native Domino code in either i386 or x64 mode. If you attended Linuxfest at IBM Connect 2013 with myself, Wes Morgan and Daniel Nashed, my BLUG 2013 session, or my private Domino training sessions since December, you were ahead [read] Keywords: administration collaboration domino ibm lotus notes application community linux red hat server vm ubuntu

IBM Connect Slides Uploaded
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 7:10p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I took some time today to update My Presentations page and insert the latest (updated) slides from my IBM Connect 2013 session. Title: Infrastructure Fitness and Design Simplicity for IBM Mobile Connect Session ID: BP406 Track: Best Practices Really enjoyed speaking once again with the Lotusphere/Connect team and working with René Winkelmeyer as well. Happy reading and enjoy the slides. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Great to meet some many people at IC13 this year t [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere mobile

New Upgrade Tool in Fedora 18
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 6:14a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Fedora 18 comes with a new upgrade tool entitled, FedUp. It allows you to perform system upgrades. You can also install it on Fedora 17 so that you can load the RPM there and then utilize the tool to get to version 18. This is a command line tool (CLI), which will download several to a lot of packages (depending upon your configuration), a new kernel, initrd, the will reboot the box to perform the final operations. Know that the code is new and may very well change before Fedora 18 is released. [read] Keywords: notes bug linux network red hat redhat security wiki

A Difficult Change of Plans Regarding SkiLUG
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 5:14a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This is the blog entry I never thought I would have to write. With apologies, SkiLUG 2013 is cancelled for this year. My team and I started planning SkiLUG 2013 during Lotusphere 2012 and garnered a lot of interest in what we were planning for the community. People from multiple time zones were excited. From that basis, we started immediately with finding a location and proceeding with all of the action items that one does when planning such an event. Things were going along well, until... H [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere community office

A Busy Week and Thursday at IBM Connect 2013 -- Content on the Final Day
Thu, Jan 10th 2013 6:14a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As usual, a busy week lies ahead for Orlando, and I am very excited. Happy to help in a few areas this week, grateful to be speaking again. Saturday First, we have Soccer Saturday, as a pre-conference event -- which initiates just before B.A.L.D. (usually commencing around 3:30 pm on the Boardwalk--Big River Brewery), followed by The Annual ESPN Party (the past two years have been quite busy due to NFL playoff games, which won't be an issue this year, so we should be fine for attendance). A [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus notes sametime traveler application archive community database linux mobile

Linuxfest IV is back for IBM Connect 2013
Wed, Jan 9th 2013 5:16a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Wes Morgan and I will be co-hosting the fourth manifestation of this informative session. Although, my partner on the desktop side for the past three years, Joe Litton, will be unable to join us, Wes immediately stepped-up to help. This event is a fun way for all of us to provide the best single source of Linux related answers for all of your ICS software at IC13. For those that have not attended previously, it is also a nice way to wind-down IBM Connect and enjoy your lunch with fellow attendee [read] Keywords: ibm desktop linux

Soccer Saturday Final Details Announced
Tue, Jan 8th 2013 7:13p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I updated the original post with the final details and a new bonus activity afterward. Play or cheer... happy to have you join us on the beach! See you at the Dolphin. Click here for the details [read] Keywords:

iNotes Tip: Getting the Lotus Learning Widget to Install on 8.5.3
Wed, Dec 19th 2012 5:09a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
The Lotus Learning Widget is a great piece to add to your IBM / Lotus iNotes installation and have great information readily available for your end users. The Lotus Wiki has a nice step-by-step piece providing the widget code. One small issue, the code is incorrect. The third line of the original code contains a sole "&" sign inside the palleteItem tag. It needs to be changed to a "&" instead. Once you do that, you will have a nice clean Lotus Widget available to use. Give it a s [read] Keywords: ibm inotes ldd lotus notes widget wiki xml

Mobile Data Tips for Americans Traveling Overseas
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 10:15a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
After several trips abroad over the past five years and been burned several times with a less than stellar cellular experience, I thought I would provide some tips for Americans traveling internationally to avoid potentially similar hassles and instead, enjoy better their trip. First, you will want to avoid the using your local domestic cell company for making and receiving calls overseas, unless you do not care about your wallet's contents. I found my older Verizon Wireless Global Data pric [read] Keywords: lotus roaming traveler application community database email google iphone ipod laptop mobile network office password profile skype twitter wifi wireless

How Linux Is Built
Mon, Nov 5th 2012 5:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
While perusing The Linux Foundation's site for future conference dates, I stumbled upon this short but informative video, describing how the open source community collaborates to build Linux. Even if you prefer Windows, you are mostly likely using Linux in your day to day routine. This video is a "...powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a community-driven phenomenon." , to quote their site. So, take three minutes and enjoy the show. Learning can be fun. http://youtu.be [read] Keywords: community linux

LMC Corner -- Ensuring You Are Using The Right Java Build
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 6:09a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
To determine if IBM Java is installed on our machine, type: #rpm -qa |grep IBM Then, find the subdirectory for the java executable $ls /opt/ You'll see IBMJava2.... (the rest is version specific e.g.: IBMJava2-1.4.2) $ls /opt/IBM [tab][tab] ; [tab]jre/[tab][tab]bin/java Record this path for use below. Notations A. You are probably wondering why I prefaced the "ls /opt" command with the RPM sequence? Simply put, just because a product [read] Keywords: ibm java profile red hat server vm

An Extreme BitTorrent Test Case
Mon, Sep 17th 2012 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Let me describe an unexpected test of BitTorrent performed over UKLUG travels, which further strengthened my respect for BitTorrent as a technology. All major desktops offer BitTorrent clients, for acquiring large downloads in an efficient manner. For those that are unfamiliar, BitTorrent allows for the ability to borrow bandwidth from many locations in parallel, while properly assembling your target file efficiently on your local system. Run a MD5 calculation and you can easily verify the file [read] Keywords: laptop linux mac mobile network security server vm wifi wiki ubuntu

Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!
Fri, Sep 14th 2012 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Meets When viewing recently the European Cup (UEFA EURO 2012) with several friends in a Skype chat, we realized that many of us not only enjoy watching soccer (football, for non-Americans), but many of us also enjoying playing the sport. After a few quips regarding getting together to play... someone asked, "Why not at Lotusphere?") The idea was born. I called the Dolphin Swan immediately to learn about the possibility for a small field to play soccer with my friends and fellow Loti at I [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere community skype

Big Day for IBM Social Business
Wed, Sep 12th 2012 8:09a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Today is when IBM gets to announce some new product enhancements surrounding their analytics and mobile capabilities for their social business offerings. Press announcements, customer success stories, and product information are all making headlines today. Great news for IBM and this ever growing market. Recall that IDC has named IBM --- for the third straight year --- number one for this market segment for business class software. A significant endorsement of the IBM strategy success in this sp [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm policies community email integration mobile network social software

Mac OSX Mountain Lion Technical Tips and Upgrade Considerations
Thu, Aug 2nd 2012 6:13a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As I did a year ago with OS X Lion, I had some fun learning with friends again the past week and decided to provide some relevant insight into new changes that were observed, technical insights, and other upgrade considerations for the new Apple OS X release, named Mountain Lion. Here are the Mountain Lion (ML) upgrade hardware specs, provided by Apple. The rest of the document is collated to save you time when perusing. I hope you enjoy the post and find the information useful. Free [read] Keywords: admin lotus notes apple applications bug desktop development email google iphone laptop mac macbook macintosh network password security server twitter virtualization vmware workspace

Join Colleen Burns and Myself on the June IBM Collaboration Solutions Community Webcast!
Mon, Jun 25th 2012 7:13p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Having a busy year and most grateful for the work. So, taking a brief moment to remind those that are not on the community webcast e-mail list about the meeting this week. Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2012 Time: 10:00 AM EDT Place: Online; URL provided upon registering If you have not registered yet, here is the official announcement. The format will have both Colleen Burns and I speaking for a few minutes each covering an inspiring story of collaboration. Please join us! Looking forwar [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm community twitter

IBM Softwware Admins -- Customizing Your Linux Core Dumps
Tue, May 1st 2012 9:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Applications crash. It is a fact of life with administration, as we have to clean-up the mess when they do. In Linux these memory protection situations, CPU violations, or other software bug snafus typically manifest themselves in a core file, when occurring outside of Domino--which uses its own type of crash files. In UNIX or Linux, you may see the occasional core file laying around the / filesystem, or throughout your home directory if you were running the program that crashed. But what if [read] Keywords: administration domino ibm applications bug linux

LotusLearns -- The Good, The Bad, and Yes, It’s Ugly (Underneath)
Fri, Apr 20th 2012 10:09p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Plenty of members in the blogger community are discussing this important topic. I am all for aggregating content to make people find information easier for how they use the web. The issue is that most of the blogger content is protected by copyright. That is sacred. Being a published author, this topic is sensitive for me. Very early in my consulting career, I was on a project where a consultant working for a competing firm and from a country that had few protections for the written word, borrow [read] Keywords: lotus blogger community consulting

Regrettably, SkiLUG 2012 Is Cancelled, But There Is Good News...
Sat, Jan 28th 2012 11:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Due to a non-cooperative calendar, we are regrettably unable to provide the attention needed for this year's SkiLUG event and thus, I must cancel it at this time. I did speak with several people at Lotusphere about this as well; they understand and gave me their support. I appreciate having good friends in the Lotus Community. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in attending, speaking, and helping make the event rewarding. Additionally, New England Lotus User Group for partnering with [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere community lotususergroup.org twitter

Lotusphere Opening General Session, In One Paragraph
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 1:12p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
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The Best (practices) Session on Compliance Hits Lotusphere Today (Monday)!
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 8:09a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Thrilled to be giving the only session on compliance in the Best Practices track. With scores of new regulations coming out of Washington and eDiscovery lawsuits climbing dramatically year-over-year, this session is quite timely. Join me today in the Swan Toucan, at 5:00 PM EST for an entertaining and information session to learn about the current trends and why you should take it seriously, lest your firm end up as a front page story for the wrong reasons. . Title: BP204 Smart Plays with Com [read] Keywords: admin lotus lotusphere

Congratuations to IBM! Taking Top Honors Twice with Linux
Fri, Dec 2nd 2011 4:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This week Linux Journal released their best of Linux Readers' Choice Awards 2011. The poll offers a winner and runner-up in 45 categories of products, ranging from various hardware to software segments. Examples include: Best Graphics Chipset, Best New Office Suite, Best Distribution, and Best Desktop Vendor. For the Best Linux Server Vendor -- IBM took the top spot. Having used the runner-up and their support, plus other vendors over the years, I can absolutely testify to the quality har [read] Keywords: ibm desktop eclipse linux office server

Excellent GIMP Learning Resource Collection
Mon, Nov 21st 2011 6:17a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Linux Today featured an abstract to a full article in the Ostatic blog covering some updated resources on GIMP -- the highly advanced and capable open source image editing tool. It's free and it's fantastic. But, with all of the included features, the learning curve can be quite daunting for many. The open source community responded with some pretty impressive documentation, which is getting better with each release. The original resource comes from the source itself, GIMP GIMP Documentat [read] Keywords: community linux ubuntu

"Why Does IBM Constantly Insist on Having Their Customers and Partners Perform Website Testing?"
Thu, Nov 17th 2011 5:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Well you probably guessed or even knew that the main product sites at Lotus and IBM have been recently updated to handle the new re-branded products. Unfortunately, the execution is missing some URL redirection, which leaves people like you the reader, to find the flaws and report them back to IBM -- for free. I will focus on one aspect of a greater issue for brevity purposes. Know that I have no problem providing substantiated feedback in a professional manner; but there are times when the issu [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes quickr sametime traveler community exchange exchange linux microsoft

Think You Know Lotus Traveler? Guess Again.
Wed, Oct 19th 2011 11:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Recently, I had the privilege to observe a couple of hours of Paul Mooney's mobile management seminar covering Lotus Traveler. Like many people covering such a topic, Paul went through the software requirements, hardware requirements, architecture decisions, plus recent patches and issues--ensuring currency. What I really liked was his emphasis on covering the vast arsenal of customizations that are possible with the product. This facet allows administrators the ability to lock-down and provide [read] Keywords: administration agent ibm lotus notes policies traveler bes blackberry email enterprise mobile research in motion rim security server

Netbook Performance Woes? Open Source Has An Answer
Wed, Oct 12th 2011 6:12a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
What I love about the open source community is that they can quickly respond to industry/user demands in a small fraction of the time of their closed source counterparts. Here is a great example. Netbooks are useful devices, slightly less popular now with the advent of the tablet, but they are still selling and have their place. To that point, many of the operating systems that run on them tend to force users to make a decision between two mutually exclusive capabilities: features vs performance [read] Keywords: community desktop linux wiki ubuntu

IBM Marketing Follow-up -- Attention Lotus BPs, Be Heard!
Sun, Oct 9th 2011 11:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Just wanted to alert you to the progress made with IBM marketing and also to an opportunity to provide feedback. IBM marketing is listening and are open to learning what is wrong with an eye towards fixing things. How long that will be and what that entails remains unknown currently. But, I am pleased to state that they are serious about understanding the core problem; I am serious about working to remove the disconnect between what senior management feels is happening and what we experience. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus

SkiLUG 2012 Registration is Open!
Thu, Sep 29th 2011 6:09a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Yes, SkiLUG 2012 --- The Skiquel --- is live. After several weeks of long nights with our team of quality Lotus community volunteers, we are pleased to get things moving. Registration for attendees, speakers and sponsors is open. Take a look at http://skilug.org and sign-up. Ski ya! [read] Keywords: lotus community

Lotusphere 2011 Content Available Now in Lotus Greenhouse
Wed, Aug 10th 2011 1:18p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Joyce Davis helped fight the good fight for the Lotus Community and we won. Today, her team released a significant quantity of Lotusphere 2011 content covering all tracks--with MP3 files in many cases. This allows the larger audience in the Lotus customer and partner space to benefit from the presented knowledge. The ability to access the information after the event is something where many have been vocal, and IBM listened--to their credit. That's Great, But How Do I Access It? Two things y [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere lotusphere2011 community wiki

Devious Bank Fraud Malware Discovered
Mon, Aug 8th 2011 2:10p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Today, noted security blogger Krebs on Security posted a story coming out of Germany on a nasty Trojan horse affecting Windows users. If you access online accounts, or your family members do, then this post should be of interest to you. The full story is located here, entitled, "Trojan Tricks Victims Into Transferring Funds" There exists a decent two paragraph synopsis on a linking blog: Bruce Schneier's synopsis Either way, be careful with financial accounts, keep your malware updated [read] Keywords: blogger linking linux macintosh security

IBM Marketing Claims Another Victim
Thu, Jul 28th 2011 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Disclaimer: although accurate, the title is meant to provide a concise summation of this post's content. Despite the presence of ASWs in society, I choose instead to provide a factual experience with a polite opinionated perspective (wrapper) rather than actively creating a rift in the community. Thank you for understanding the difference. Well today I received the news that a client of one year, who loved my services and stated as such in writing multiple times, informed me that they are m [read] Keywords: collaboration foundations ibm lotus lotusphere nd8 notes community desktop enterprise exchange exchange ideajam interface microsoft network networking server

Mac OSX Lion Tech Tip: Fullscreen Support for Browsers and Cocoa Apps is Available!
Thu, Jul 21st 2011 11:11p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Currently, Lion's Fullscreen support is limited to Safari, iLife apps (e.g. GarageBand), and some of the standard Apple provided OSX tool at the moment. I prefer to have apps that do not take-up the full screen unless I specifically request it, as with document editing programs. That has been one of the benefits of the Mac environment and in one way what distinguished itself from Windows. What is the benefit of Safari full screen on a 27" monitor? Most Windows machines do not come with such a [read] Keywords: notes apple application email firefox mac

Mac OSX Lion Install Tips & Considerations
Thu, Jul 21st 2011 12:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Yes, the big news today is that Mac OSX Lion (10.7) is released. One of the best parts is the instant gratification of an on-line installation. Ubuntu has been offering this for over three years, so I am glad to see Apple finally catch-up in this regard. :) But seriously, with so many new features, functions, and capabilities, invariably there are things that will be addressed in the first round of patches. Looking at this post may assist you deciding if you should upgrade now or wait a bit. [read] Keywords: lotus notes apple application archive citrix community desktop linux mac macbook server vm vmware wifi wiki ubuntu

Excited to be Speaking at IamLUG Again. Join the Community and Head to St. Louis!
Tue, Jul 19th 2011 6:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I am thrilled to be attending IamLUG for the third consecutive year. This time I will be providing two presentations and can't believe the event is less than two weeks away! First is a deep-dive technical session on using Linux with your Lotus products --- server-side, specifically --- encompassing at least three key products. Titled simply enough, Lotus on Linux Report -- Technical Edition. As always, I gladly will entertain all your questions on life, Linux, and the pursuit of a Windows-f [read] Keywords: ibm lotus community linux networking server

Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04 -- Part V: Contrasting Unity with Gnome 3
Fri, Jul 1st 2011 12:19a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
O.k. after a busy month I am glad to be back and posting the final segment of the Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04 series...the time also gave me the opportunity to really learn Ubuntu and scribe a better review for this post. For those that have not upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04 or are curious, one major improvement is to the window manager--now called Unity. There are many enhancements, some of which I covered in previous posts in this series. But it is not based upon Gnome 3 which is also beautiful in [read] Keywords: administration application applications desktop development laptop linux mac mobile vmware ubuntu

Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04 -- Part IV: Unity Tips and Tricks
Thu, May 19th 2011 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Here are a few tips on using the new desktop in Ubuntu to save time and a bit of frustration with the question, "Well how do I do now?" that you are sure to experience at some point. The post will cover a couple of points in each of these areas: Mouse tricks Keyboard shortcuts Desktop Tips Suggested Tools and Utilities And since I've learned that in the first two days' posts within this series...the Domino blog template apparently can not handle multiple image files in a blog [read] Keywords: domino application applications blackberry desktop firefox linux skype ubuntu

Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04 -- Part III: Fixing What the Leading Edge Cuts
Wed, May 18th 2011 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Not only is the installation of Ubuntu 11.04 easy, but its new environment provides many nice enhancements. To make these a reality, well....sometimes one group of developers (i.e. the operating system team) can get ahead of another development group (i.e. an ISV). When this occurs, there exists a settlement period, during which, various levels of success exist, depending upon what you are using and how. You may never see some of the irksome events in any application that plague a colleague. Tha [read] Keywords: apple application applications bug desktop development firefox laptop linux microsoft network password server vm vmware widget ubuntu

Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04 -- Part II: Application Installation
Tue, May 17th 2011 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As I described the smooth upgrade process yesterday on my test box, my production laptop from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04, did not go smoothly--due to an error on my part, not their installation program. So, I needed to steamroll through a fresh installation, including remapping all of my partitions and logical volume groups. Not what I expected to do Sunday evening, time-wise, but I must say...wow, it was worth the effort. Rather than reinvent the wheel, if you want a broader view of what's new i [read] Keywords: acl lotus notes application applications bug community desktop firefox integration laptop linux widget wiki ubuntu

Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04 -- Part I: Good Design Makes a Difference
Mon, May 16th 2011 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
UPDATE -- Unfortunately, the HTML rendering engine decided to reorder several of the screenshots and arbitrarily crop two. Everything is fine on the back-end. This result, I find infuriating after all the time I spent this weekend writing multiple posts. In the end, the quality failed to deliver, and uncertain at this time. So, I apologize up-front. I will take another look later in the day on Monday. This is the first installment in a five part series on Ubuntu 11.04. The team at Canonical ma [read] Keywords: notes application applications bug desktop laptop linux office ubuntu

Final Push Before UKLUG
Sat, May 14th 2011 6:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Well, just finished making my final checklist for UKLUG and this weekend will be busy--including launching several Linux related blog posts this week. Very much looking forward to seeing Manchester in a few days. If you are attending this great user group event, I will be providing a very technical session on Lotus and Linux. Stop by and say, "Hello." Should be a lot of fun. See you soon! [read] Keywords: lotus linux

Compliance and the Domino Administrator: My First THE VIEW Article is Available
Tue, May 10th 2011 6:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Proud to write that my first article with THE VIEW Journal is now available. You can find it here: Compliance and the Domino Administrator: Essential Knowledge, Planning, and Journaling. It will appear in the June print edition of the periodical as well. I thoroughly enjoy assisting my clients remain compliant with their Lotus environments. Hope the information in this piece is helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading. Here's the abstract: Discover what you nee [read] Keywords: domino lotus

The More I Use Windows 7, The More I Want My Clients on Linux
Wed, May 4th 2011 6:11a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Started upgrading clients to Windows 7 a couple of months ago. Yes, many of you have done this a while ago for yourself, your company, family, or friends. Most of my clients take a long time to upgrade their desktop OS as XP works and meets their needs. My family members use Mac's or Linux desktops and I use both of those UNIX variants myself. Thus, I commenced the process with a fresh optimistic perspective, with much zeal. This blog entry represents my thoughts after installing Windows 7 on f [read] Keywords: administration community desktop eclipse interface laptop linux mac microsoft password properties security server virus vista widget ubuntu

Perhaps an omen... Is it time to retool the skill set?
Sun, May 1st 2011 12:09a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Feels good to get back to writing for myself again. Lots of work the past six weeks with Lotus Education, THE VIEW journal, plus corporate tax season. All combined, they consumed my schedule for any writing here. Happy to have some time again. During the window away, I noticed what might be a trend in recruiting projects. I typically use job site postings as a barometer for establishing market tolerance for consulting opportunities in areas of interest to me. Has worked well the past 14 years. [read] Keywords: admin administration domino ibm lotus notes traveler community consulting development enterprise exchange exchange microsoft

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