Why text is sometimes better than video on the web
Wed, Jun 5th 2013 12:19p David Schaffer Video can add a lot to a web page but it has some drawbacks. Just wanted to point those out.
You can’t skim video to gauge relevancy, to find a juicy quote, or to skip to the conclusion
Browsers on phones
Harder to say “read the third paragraph” (Yes you can say “start at 48 seconds in” but it’s not the same)
Can’t copy a juicy quote
Visitors may have audio turned off or in use for other things
Low bandwidth situations still exist (3G broadband cards an [read] Keywords:
Word for Mac – where are my folders?
Thu, May 23rd 2013 3:16p David Schaffer When you start a new document in Word 2011 (and I believe in other versions) on the Mac and go to save it the default screen doesn’t seem to offer any way to get to folders within Documents.
When you expand the Where field the choices are the various standard Filer places and Recent Places. But still no folder navigation.
To get the navigation, you need to click on the expansion button next to the file name. Simple once you know but a bit counter-intuitive. [read] Keywords: mac
Wishing I could be in Orlando this year
Sun, Jan 6th 2013 12:14p David Schaffer I’ll be missing everyone at Connect 2013 in Orlando this year. As a budget measure there are no professional development funds available from my employer.
This may be a “be careful what you wish for” story. All of the great resources available at no charge these days, both online and in person, have clearly led management to see paid training as expendable. And in the IBM collaboration solutions world in particular the reality is that given the great content available at no charge IBM [read] Keywords: collaboration
Fri, Jan 4th 2013 12:15p David Schaffer As you can see http://davidschaffer.us has been moved to WordPress.
It’s a new platform for me so comments and suggestions are encouraged.
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Mon, Oct 29th 2012 10:09a David Schaffer As anyone following the news knows, the east coast of the United States is being hit with what is being called Frankenstorm, a perfect storm or the ever-popular storm of the century. Connecticut is expected to get some of the worst coastal flooding, due to a storm track that will funnel water into Long Island Sound, combined with the normal high tides from the full moon.
Please take this one seriously and I hope everyone is safe.
Some resources to follow along:
Official notices from the CT st [read] Keywords:
When requesting technical assistance...
Wed, Sep 19th 2012 6:09a David Schaffer Could you please provide:
Here's what I did
Here's what happened
Here's the message/error/screen I got
Ideally it would be nice to know how long it to took from taking the action to getting the result, does it happen every time, does what you were trying to do in the first place actually happen or is this a failure?
Sending me a screen shot or a non-delivery message with none of the above will not get your problem resolved unless it's something really simple or really catastro [read] Keywords:
Linux vs Windows coming out of sleep
Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 9:16p David Schaffer I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X61s running Linux (Suse 11.4). When it comes out of sleep mode it takes what seems to be a long time to grab a network connection, and it usually finds WiFi before it finds the wired Ethernet.
I've used lots of ThinkPads with Windows XP and Windows 7, including this same model, and I've never seen this lag there, and it's almost always the wired network that's picked up first or as default when coming back from sleep.
With both operating systems I'm just closi [read] Keywords: linux
Blackberry and BYOD
Wed, Jun 13th 2012 7:13a David Schaffer Much of the interest in "bring your own device" is, admittedly, driven by employees' interest in adopting devices other than Blackberry. But Blackberry isn't dead and employees sometimes want to connect a personal Blackberry to the company BES.
This is a quick post to point out that most wireless carriers do not include permission to connect to a BES in the normal consumer data plans, and the personnel in the stores and on the phone may not even understand the distinction. I just had a user [read] Keywords: bes
Domino: Hide column in a web view
Sat, May 19th 2012 6:11a David Schaffer I posted a question in the Notes/Domino 8.5 forum on how to hide a view column from browsers but still have it show when using the same view in the Notes client. With some input from Howard Greenberg and Mark Taylor I found a solution.
This may be obvious to many but I thought I would share it.
I set the column properties to "Hide column if formula is true" and used the formula
@ClientType = "Web"
The column shows in the Notes client but not in a browser.
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Domino Fix Pack Install on Windows
Sat, May 12th 2012 9:09a David Schaffer I had never had a problem getting Domino Fix Packs to install until a recent attempt to install FP1 on Domino 8.5.3 running on Windows 2008. It's 32 bit Domino on 64 bit Windows. It took me two attempts. Just thought I would share what I noticed.
On both attempts the installer complained that Domino tasks were still loaded even though Services showed both Domino and Domino Diagnostics as stopped. "nsd.exe -kill" got past that one.
On my first attempt the install appeared to succeed but Domi [read] Keywords: domino
Sun, Mar 4th 2012 8:11a David Schaffer [Best read while listening to Eddie Cochran's 1958 classic of the same title]Here comes confusion again.The US and Canada turn clocks ahead* one hour next Sunday, March 11, for Daylight Saving Time.The UK and Europe don't turn their clocks ahead for Summer Time until Sunday March 25.So for those two weeks the time difference is one hour less than usual.The differing schedules should be built into your enterprise calendar but it wouldn't hurt to take a second glance at any invitation that come [read] Keywords: enterprise
The untablet solution for Lotusphere
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 7:12a David Schaffer I don't own or see a real need for a tablet (iPad, Playbook, etc.) but I also don't want to carry my ThinkPad T400 through Lotusphere. It's a workhorse but it's heavy, relatively slow, and a bit flaky as I have everything under the sun installed on it for support and testing purposes. Oh, and I stay at the cheap hotels a bus ride away so I can't run up to my room at breaks if I get an email that I can't handle from my Blackberry. My experiment this year: I have an older but very light Thi [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Lotus Notes Traveler 18.104.22.168 does the trick
Sat, Nov 19th 2011 3:11p David Schaffer I have been running a Domino server (Windows 2008) with Domino 8.5.3 and Traveler 22.214.171.124 because the installer for Traveler 8.5.3 just would not complete, despite several troubleshooting suggestions from IBM support. It was stable after going to Traveler 126.96.36.199 but still odd that the newer version wouldn't install. Last week IBM released Traveler 188.8.131.52. I tried that installer and, low and behold, it installed in about 30 seconds as you would expect. Domino did crash when I tried to restart [read] Keywords: domino
October 2011 Snow Storm
Mon, Oct 31st 2011 3:12p David Schaffer My house and home office is without power due to an unusual snow storm that hit Connecticut and surrounding states on October 29, 2011. We had phone service for a while but that cut out this morning (31Oct). Prospects for recovery any time soon do not look good.
Here's a statement from our electric utility, CL&P:
A rare October storm's heavy, wet snow weighed down trees and branches, causing outages across the state. It may take more than a week to restore service to all of our c [read] Keywords: office
Simple isn't always so simple
Wed, Oct 26th 2011 2:10p David Schaffer I think all of us on the administration side of IT know this: no matter how simple and straightforward a change appears to be there is something that can go wrong. Recently we asked our service provider for such a simple change: Replace the existing server running Symantec Backup Exec with new hardware, and consolidate all the storage used for backup-to-disk on that new server. The idea was just to do a clean install, migrate over the existing libraries, and change the jobs to point to the new [read] Keywords: administration
The Perfect Collaboration Environment Sought
Thu, Oct 13th 2011 11:10a David Schaffer Help me out here. I'm looking for a solution for a small company (under 50 users), mostly heavy travelers. They need easy to use and reliable email, calendaring, file sharing and collaboration (presence, IM, meetings, discussion/micro blogging, etc.). They need to collaborate and share files with each other and with clients and prospects. They need contact management. They need off line capability for when they're on airplanes, in secure buildings, etc. They need platform independence -- at l [read] Keywords: calendaring
Making Change Happen, on a Deadline
Fri, Sep 30th 2011 12:11p David Schaffer While there's a certain inherent satisfaction in keeping email flowing and making sure file shares are accessible it's also nice to have a larger purpose to that effort.
A post on the New York Times Blog by Tina Rosenberg, Making Change Happen, on a Deadline, describes the remarkable results of the Rapid Results Institute in furthering development projects in Africa.
As described in the article, the Institute is an offshoot of a management consulting firm founded by my father, Robert H. Scha [read] Keywords: administration
Fwd: SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 $500,000.00
Sun, Sep 25th 2011 4:09p David Schaffer A clever variation on the typical Nigerian scam: -------- Original Message -------- Subject: SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 $500,000.00 Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 23:19:08 +0530 From: Mrs. Andrea Bello, Reply-To: Dr. Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga The Honourable Minister of Finance, Abuja Nigeria. BENEFICIARIES.REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 $500,000.00. UNITED NATIONS SCAMMED VICTIM COMPENSATION PAYMENT. Dear Victim, On the fateful recommendations, we want you to know th [read] Keywords: application
Power Management on MacBook
Wed, Aug 17th 2011 9:09a David Schaffer A user with a MacBook Air (SSD but not the very latest model) had his battery run down while the machine was in sleep. Lotus Notes was open and his local mail replica got corrupted. This lead me to an interesting investigation of sleep options in OS X.
First terminology: Apple uses sleep to mean the same as sleep or suspend in the Windows laptop world. But they use "safe sleep" to mean hibernate. As I understand it sleep holds the current contents of RAM to allow immediate resume, but require [read] Keywords: lotus
Upgrading Domino and Traveler
Tue, Jul 26th 2011 2:09p David Schaffer If your Domino server runs Traveler you need apply fix pack to them both from distinct downloads. But there's no mention of the Traveler fix pack on the Domino download.
A previously stable server starter crashing after going from Domino 8.5.2FP2 to 8.5.3FP3 without upgrading Traveler, which was at 184.108.40.206. Waiting to see if applying the latest FP for Traveler has resolved the problem.
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Win XP Print Spooler - Can you help?
Tue, Jun 21st 2011 10:14p David Schaffer I'm on a labor of love -- trying to restore a computer in the synagogue office following a malware attack. Repeated application of Spybot and SuperAntiSpyware along with many detections by AVG and lots of reboots eventually removed all traces of malicious software. But the original attack seems to have killed printing. All the printers seemed to have disappeared and the print spooler task quits as soon as I try to add a printer. There are lots of suggestions for this issue on the Internet. They [read] Keywords: application
Linux Laptop day one
Thu, Jun 16th 2011 7:15a David Schaffer My Windows 7 machine is ready for a rebuild (remember when Windows 2000 was going to eliminate Windows crud so we didn't have to rebuild our machines?) so I need, at least, something to use while the Win 7 machine is out of commission. Since I've been getting equal complaints from my users with Mac OS X and my users with Windows I thought maybe I would try a third course. I wiped a ThinkPad X60s and installed Open SUSE 11.4 with GNOME. I've built a number of Linux servers over the years but e [read] Keywords: lotus
Tue, Jun 14th 2011 10:11a David Schaffer This blog is now being indexed on Planet Lotus. Some of you may have previously arrived at this blog via bloginprogress.us, which was indexed on Planet Lotus for the last several years. Yancy has kindly made the change for me.
If you aren't familiar with Planet Lotus you should be. It's a wonderful jumping off to all things Lotus (now I suppose we should say "all things IBM collaboration software" but it doesn't have the same ring). And it's all due to the volunteer effort of Yancy Lent. [read] Keywords: collaboration
Is thin client still thin?
Sun, Jun 12th 2011 10:09a David Schaffer One of the early promises of "thin client" computing was that the heavy lifting would take place on the server and the client workstation could be quite modest. But is that still a reality? I've found ... [read] Keywords: server
Is thin client still thin?
Sun, Jun 12th 2011 9:25a David Schaffer One of the early promises of "thin client" computing was that the heavy lifting would take place on the server and the client workstation could be quite modest. But is that still a reality? I've found recently that modern browsers and web sites seem to push more of the processing back onto the workstation. The speed at which the browser itself and individual web sites load and refresh seem pretty much proportional to the speed of the workstation. I've got several older computers that I've k [read] Keywords: server
Sat, May 28th 2011 8:54a David Schaffer I'm a long-time Blackberry user and administrator. I have a problem with the belt clip/holster/case solutions offered by RIM. Inevitably I brush up against something too hard and the swivel breaks. Or, in a new twist with the 9300 and the plastic holster, the swivel holds and the back comes off the device. A friend pointed me to Otter Box who make hardened cases. I've ordered one and will report on how I fare. David
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iNotes and BES - Any contacts sync options?
Sun, May 22nd 2011 3:24p David Schaffer I have a user with iNotes, no Notes client, and a Blackberry we've connected to our BES. So how do we synchronize contacts for this user?
Notes users can synchronize the mail file contacts list with their personal names.nsf through Notes replication. For Traveler users that then gives them sync to their devices.
For Blackberry users, we replicate their personal names.nsf up to the BES and that syncs with their device contacts list. If they want their contacts available via iNotes they can als [read] Keywords: inotes
Update on CRM Adventures
Sun, May 22nd 2011 11:11a David Schaffer It turns out it's very hard to find a system to match our CRM needs, which seemed fairly simple. The tech environment: About 35 users. Notes/Domino for messaging. Mix of Windows and Mac and of Blackb ... [read] Keywords: domino
Update on CRM adventures
Sun, May 22nd 2011 11:00a David Schaffer It turns out it's very hard to find a system to match our CRM needs, which seemed fairly simple. The tech environment: About 35 users. Notes/Domino for messaging. Mix of Windows and Mac and of Blackberry and iPhone (Blackberries on BES, iPhones on Traveler). The business need: The bulk of the users are consultants who both sell and perform work. Relationships with prospects and clients can last years, and we may follow past clients as they move position or even as they switch employer. We've b [read] Keywords: domino
Changes in the blog
Fri, May 13th 2011 9:10a David Schaffer This blog is being put into "archive" mode and new posts will be at ThereMustBe.posterous.com. I hope you will continue to visit. Issues of blog SPAM and the bandwidth demands of hosting a public bl ... [read] Keywords: archive
Welcome to the new blog
Fri, May 13th 2011 8:50a David Schaffer Well, this blog is not exactly new. But I'm committing to blogging here from now on. I hope you find I have something worthwhile to share.
Previous blog posts at Bloginprogress.us will remain available so any existing links and search results will continue to work.
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Blog Spam attack
Wed, Apr 13th 2011 3:09p David Schaffer If anyone posted any real comments here in the last few days, please email me (dschaffer at bloginprogress dot us). I had nearly 900 blocked comments so I purged them all. Hope I didn't miss a gem in ... [read] Keywords: email
Interop New York
Wed, Oct 20th 2010 7:32p David Schaffer I attended the Interop New York trade show today. While the show is not the extravaganza old timers may think of when they hear Interop it was an interesting exhibit. Given economic realities and the ... [read] Keywords:
Fri, Aug 13th 2010 3:22p David Schaffer Bloginprogress.us is back. When I replaced the hardware I had to fight with AT&T and 2Wire to get the public IP working again. See the post on Posterous. Should be back in business now. David ... [read] Keywords:
Sat, Jul 31st 2010 6:13p David Schaffer First off, I'm blogging here because I'm having issues with bloginprogress.us. I replaced the server hardware, and in the process moved from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to OpenSUSE. I kept the same host name, which be the root of my problem, but so far I can't get things working with the AT&T DSL/2Wire solution for mapping fixed IP addresses.
This troubleshooting was just a side note to my bigger woes. The company I support just moved into new offices a few blocks away. It seemed simple [read] Keywords: blogging
How Wi-Fi attackers are poisoning Web browsers
Wed, Feb 10th 2010 8:52a David Schaffer Here is a report from the recent Black Hat DC Conference on the dangers of public open WiFi hotspots, from Network World
Public Wi-Fi networks such as those in coffee shops and airports present a bigger security threat than ever to computer users because attackers can intercede over wireless to "poison" users' browser caches in order to present fake Web pages or even steal data at a later time.That's according to security researcher Mike Kershaw, developer of the Kismet wireless network d [read] Keywords: community
What Not to Do on a Public Computer
Wed, Dec 16th 2009 12:17p David Schaffer Parts 1 and 2 of this series focused on how to protect your computer and your information. The focus of this post is to cover how to protect your information and security when using a public computer such as those at Internet cafes, hotel business centers, airline clubs and public kiosks.
There are three major concerns when using a computer you don't control:
Having your information intercepted while you're working. This could be from a keystroke logging program hidden on the comput [read] Keywords: quickr
Protect Your Computer When You Travel
Fri, Nov 20th 2009 10:46a David Schaffer A previous post, Computer Security Around the World, highlighted the dangers to be aware of when working on your computer away from the home or office. The next posts talk about some of the things you can do to protect yourself from those dangers.
First let's consider what you can do on your own portable computer. In the next post we'll look at what to do when you're using an unknown computer, such as at an Internet cafe, hotel business center or airline club.
Protect Your Computer
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Computer Security Around the World
Tue, Nov 17th 2009 9:45a David Schaffer How safe is your computer and your data when you use your desktop computer at home? Are you protected by up-to-date and properly maintained antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing and firewall software? Are you being a NAT router so that your computer cannot be directly accessed from the public Internet? Most folks reading this would probably answer yes.
Now, supposing you have a laptop? Same protection at home? Should be.
Now take your laptop out to a public hotspot in your home town. No m [read] Keywords: connections
Mon, Nov 2nd 2009 11:46a David Schaffer Remember Nettiquette? The idea was that if everyone who used the Internet followed a set of conventions then everything would work smoothly and there would be no conflict. It was a perhaps naive idea even back when the Internet was a fairly obscure place frequented by a small self-selecting group possessing some shared technical knowledge. The notion has pretty much dropped from discussion now that everyone and her grandmother is using the Internet -- and often not even aware that that's what t [read] Keywords: development