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IBM Connect 2016: IBM Champions Program Praised by Media Analyst
Mon, Feb 1st 2016 39
Linuxfest VII Gets a Slot at IBM Connect 2016
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 31
IBM Connect 2016 Saturday Events Schedule
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 29
Keeping Warm -- Winter Gear Test Results
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 23
Another Reason to Upgrade Traveler to 9.0.1.7 - iOS9 and Repeating Meetings
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 17
Attention Apple Users - Protect Yourself from the Airdrop Exploit
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 14
IBM Software and iOS 9 Support
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IBM Connect 2016: IBM Champions Program Praised by Media Analyst
Mon, Feb 1st 2016 39
Linuxfest VII Gets a Slot at IBM Connect 2016
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 31
IBM Connect 2016 Saturday Events Schedule
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 29
Keeping Warm -- Winter Gear Test Results
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 23
IBM Software and iOS 9 Support
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 21
Linux Bash Bug - Shellshock - is Real: Get Patched (Mac Too)
Thu, Sep 25th 2014 17
Another Reason to Upgrade Traveler to 9.0.1.7 - iOS9 and Repeating Meetings
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 17
New SSL3 Exploit: The POODLE Is Here and Lifting Its Leg
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 16
"Let’s Get Ready to Logjam!" -- The Need to Know About This New Exploit
Fri, May 22nd 2015 16
Attention Apple Users - Protect Yourself from the Airdrop Exploit
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 14


Bill Malchisky Jr.
Blog Title BillMal Your Lotus Pal
Blog Description ICS/Lotus (mostly), Linux, Travel, Skiing, Mixology, and Random Musing of Interest
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IBM Connect 2016: IBM Champions Program Praised by Media Analyst
Mon, Feb 1st 2016 8:05p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Today, Monday, 1 Feb, during the OGS (Opening General Session) at IC16 (IBM Connect 2016), the attendees arriving early got to see on the big board, a rolling display of sponsor logos and quotes from Champions (e.g. one, two, and three) on the main hall-wide display. Rob Enderle being in attendance, liked what he saw and wrote a nice piece on how he respects the program and what IBM did by recognizing technical leaders in their community. The part creating intrigue is that he offered the same su
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Linuxfest VII Gets a Slot at IBM Connect 2016
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 4:00a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Linuxfest VII - The Penguin Awakens After many months of planning and working with the events team, we are pleased to announce that Linuxfest is back for our seventh year. This is the only session at IBM Connect dedicated exclusively to Linux and IBM software. As we moved back to the last day lunch break, be certain to bring your box lunch and join us for an informative session Linux and IBM. New this year, we are in Event Connect and Session Preview Tools. Date: Wednesday, 3 February Ti
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IBM Connect 2016 Saturday Events Schedule
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 1:45a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Well, it's that time of year again... where the customers and partners that help create the IBM/Lotus community gather in Florida to learn, network, collaborate, and warm-up a bit (except for our friends in the southern hemisphere). If you arrive early to IBM Connect 2016, there are a couple of activities planned for Saturday to allow you to meet and great early arriving speakers, sponsors, and fellow attendees. See you in Orlando! First, the past several years we held a Soccer Saturday sess
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Keeping Warm -- Winter Gear Test Results
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 7:00p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
In January 2014, I wrote about "Winter Warming Tips" and provided several ideas on clothing concepts to keep warm during the unexpectedly cold climate much of North America experienced. That post included a Where to Buy section. My thought process for this sequel post is to share some knowledge and help one avoid dropping a mortgage payment to find what can work or a cold learning process in the pursuit of enjoying (or coping with) the cold outdoors. Testing Insight As new products e
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Another Reason to Upgrade Traveler to 9.0.1.7 - iOS9 and Repeating Meetings
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 5:38p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
IBM released a support flash late this afternoon - EDT, which if using the native iOS 9 Calendar application and sync against a pre-9.0.1.7 Traveler server, you can lose repeating meetings on the iOS device. Fortunately, all of the data remains in-tact on the IBM Notes side, so the desktop client, iNotes, cloud products will have the full data set, as will Android devices connecting via Traveler. So, inform your users to avoid upgrading to iOS 9 until your environment is tested and upgraded to T
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Attention Apple Users - Protect Yourself from the Airdrop Exploit
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 12:16p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Forbes has one of the best takes on this new vulnerability - particularly as many articles I read all cite the Forbes piece (linked below). Regardless if you have OS X or iOS, you are in scope. The issue is that in iOS and OS X an attacker can install apps sans permission via AirDrop--which is used as a quick and easy way to send files between two devices. Unfortunately, the exploit bypasses security and need not be trusted and the user not notified of the application installation. Know that eve
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IBM Software and iOS 9 Support
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 2:16a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
As Apple plans to release its new mobile operating system today (16 September 2015), IBM kept busy the past few days updating their correlated technotes. Thus, it seemed appropriate to offer a few links to showcase how IBM plans to support this latest Apple offering vis-à-vis Traveler, Verse, and Connections Cloud Traveler. Here are any relevant support related articles that mention iOS 9 in regards to IBM Traveler, IBM Verse and Connections Cloud Traveler. Just ensure that for whatever ver
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Back to Blogging...
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 1:48a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Finally... after a 2.5 month forced hiatus, I am happy to be back at it. Early July, my ID needed to be re-certified only to learn that my OU certifier became corrupted in a bizarre way. Neither the senior IBM support team nor myself saw such a case--I hope to write it up soon, as a case study. The result though, locked me out of my blog (even with multiple backups of the ID). Having fixed it, I'm ready to go. As those of you who read my blog regularly know, I post at least once month--with a v
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A Special Day in Baseball -- For Those Who Appreciate Any Sport
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 1:28a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
I make no grand illusions about being a professional baseball fan (which is short for fanatic), I leave that to my friends like Curious Mitch and Chris Whisonant for example, who love their respective teams. I like the game, listen to radio broadcasts when I can and that is enough for me. Today though, was something of a dream for any child who seeks to play professional sports. That special event occurred in New York City, on Citi Field, with the Mets on Sunday, 28 June 2015. Today, a young St
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Security Alert: IBM Java 6 SR16FP3 IF1 Contains Vulnerabilities Impacting Domino - Get the Fix
Wed, Jun 3rd 2015 5:38p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
IBM Security released a new bulletin today, entitled, "Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Java 6 SR16FP3 IF1 affect IBM Notes and Domino" describing the latest reported vulnerabilities by Oracle. Know that IBM Java 6 SR16FP3 IF2 resolves the issues and is suggested that you install it on your production Domino servers as soon as you can. Multiple Vulnerabilities Addressed The IBM security bulletin provides detailed descriptions and links for each of the 13 vulnerabilities
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"Let’s Get Ready to Logjam!" -- The Need to Know About This New Exploit
Fri, May 22nd 2015 2:35a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Logjam (CVE-2015-4000) is the latest server exploit hitting the nation (world). In scope are 8.4x10**3 of the top 1x10**6 websites and 14.8% of mail servers in the IPv4 address space as per weakdh.org. The cause is a weakness identified in the Diffie-Hellman key exchange (explained here and here), with the exploit reported early by Ars Technica. The root cause goes back to the 1990's. Recall when products like Lotus Notes had a North American encryption flavor and an International encryptio
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Train Tips for European Traveling -- Chapter III
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 2:30a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This year I needed to travel from Zurich, Switzerland to Ghent, Belgium by rail. In contrasting the route through Paris two years ago, I decided to take a chance and transfer instead in Cologne, Germany. This post describes the lessons learned and useful tips to make your next rail experience even better. As I needed to work and needed to increase the chances for power, I chose first class end-to-end on this trip. The rates were reasonable enough that the service upgrade proved cost-effecti
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Ten Behaviors That Could Kill Your Career
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 1:30a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
A few weeks ago, Jack Welch wrote an article for the Daily Mail covering common pitfalls stalling one's career. Many items listed were taught to me when I worked as an employee or through customers along the way, thus, I appreciated his wisdom. If you have not read the piece, I wanted to share it. Perhaps you know someone that can use the information to better himself or herself in their current job, or apply an item below to your own aspirations. I find point three is particularly important
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How To Kill a GHOST: The Next Vulnerability
Fri, Apr 10th 2015 2:10a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
The first big vulnerability for 2015 launched during IBM ConnectED. With conference and presentation prep the past several weeks, I checked Planet Lotus to see if GHOST was previously covered. Not seeing any posts, I wanted to write about it now. In my opinion, this vulnerability gained less traction than POODLE and Shellshock due to the limited scope. GHOST (CVE-2015-0235) impacts the glibc gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() calls. Applications using DNS resolution are primarily impacted,
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Flying SWISS? Avoid Selecting These Seats
Mon, Apr 6th 2015 2:30a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Just providing a perspective to those that travel, based upon my recent experience. If this helps someone have a more comfortable flight in the future, than I am happy to write about my trip. Airbus A330-300 Trouble Seats The SWISS Airbus A330-300 configuration is losing its luster, included in that is seat 24B--completely substandard. As SWISS decided to place the entertainment system controls inside rectilinear solid cases below every seat in the main cabin, some aisle seats have signifi
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Running Traveler 9.0.1? Hold off on that Upgrade for Now
Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 9:54a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Saw a few colleagues communicating on a recent upgrade issue with Traveler 9.0.1.3. Once resolved, one may choose to author a more detailed blog post, but I wanted to at least offer a place holder hopefully to save you time and keep your end users happy. If you are running Traveler on Windows 2008 R2/64bit with Domino 9.0.1 FP3 HF241 underneath, you might want to delay holding off til resolved. Traveler can crash every few minutes in this configuration (as of this writing). (Other hot fix lev
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Engage 2015 was Exceptional -- Plus New Domino Script Released
Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 4:30a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
This year, the Engage 2015 crew accepted my abstract to present at their conference in Ghent, Belgium, for which i am grateful. The experience overall proved gratifying on many levels. First, the top-notch planning and execution by Theo Heselmans and his team proved quite exceptional. From the amazing city and venue to the flow of the event. Details properly covered and enhancements seen throughout the event all proved to be well received. With 30 sponsors this year, Theo's Engage by BLUG b
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The 2015 Linux Jobs Report Is Out -- Strong Demand Continues
Thu, Mar 5th 2015 7:42p   Bill Malchisky Jr.
"Unstoppable Linux Job Market Shows No Signs of Slowing Down" The Linux Foundation in cooperation with Dice released their March 2015 Linux Jobs report. In a phrase, growth for Linux professionals remains strong once again and is growing stronger. If you are looking for a new opportunity, or to expand your existing skill set, Linux is a great way to do that. As I reported in 2013, the trend line for Linux talent progressed upward from 2012 through 2013 and that remains true today. Cloud ser
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"Age is Just a Number..." -- George Jedenoff; 97.5 Year Old Skier In Another Inspriational Interview
Thu, Feb 19th 2015 1:00a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Last year, I commented on George Jedenoff and how much he loves to ski. Well, the passionate 97 -1/2 year old skier returned for another year of carving at Alta, Utah and did another interview with the Ski Utah crew. The adventurous Mr. Jedenoff skis trees, has a great relaxed form, and loves Wasatch powder. This year, he answered several questions from Ski Utah readers and provided fun candid answers, on longevity, diet, how he preps for each ski season, and how he finds ski buddies. An inspira




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