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David Schaffer
 
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Google Apps Migration: Lessons Learned
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 3:16p   David Schaffer
We thought long and hard before migrating from our on premises Domino mail system. I really wanted IBM SmartCloud to be the answer – an easy migration, a familiar environment and no issues accessing our existing Domino apps (in hybrid mode). But Google was the clear winner for a few reasons: Price – a dramatic advantage OS X desktop integration with Drive – nothing available for Mac users with Connections. This probably sealed the deal for Google Easy and cheap CRM (Zoho CRM) The CRM is [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes quickr apple desktop enterprise exchange exchange google integration mac outlook server
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Google Gotchas
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 9:11a   David Schaffer
Let me preface this by saying that our migration to Google Apps is really going quite well and we’re generally happy. That being said I’ve seen a few gotchas that I’m hoping somebody else has some insight into: There is apparently a long-standing problem when sending an invitation to an external Notes or Outlook user if they counter propose a different time. Basically you can’t easily see what the new time they’re proposing is or accept the change: https://productfo [read] Keywords: notes apple email google outlook
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Google Migration – Ready to throw the switch
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 8:11a   David Schaffer
Just a quick update on our planned IBM on premises to Google Apps migration. We’re about ready to throw the switch — that is, to migrate the first group of users into production on the Google platform. So far I’ve been fairly pleased. The Google platform seems to offer fairly equivalent and familiar capabilities for mail, calendar and personal contacts. Google Drive is a step up from Quickr in that there is Mac Finder integration which IBM never offered and Dropbox-style offlin [read] Keywords: ibm notes quickr email google integration mac
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The Adventure Begins…
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 10:11a   David Schaffer
It appears I will be moving an organization of about 30 users from IBM to Google Apps. What’s in use now is Domino/Notes/Traveler/Sametime/Quickr/SmartCloud Meetings. The target is Google Apps for Business: mail, drive, contacts, calendar, hangouts. CRM will move from a system implemented as Notes databases and email template customization (iExtensions from iEnterprises) to Zoho CRM. Google and Zoho both have their own iOS apps and there is also native support on most mobile platforms for [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes quickr sametime traveler email google microsoft mobile office
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New 959 Area Code in Connecticut
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 1:15p   David Schaffer
The northern half of the state is getting a new overlay area code, 959 And we’re keeping our rather quaint dialing rules: “customers will continue to dial area code + telephone number for local calls, and 1 + area code + telephone number for long distance calls” Do other states still do that? Is anyone charged for in-state or “intra LATA” long distance any more?   [read] Keywords:
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Travel broadens the mind; is there an adapter for that?
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 12:12p   David Schaffer
One of my many hats is to support consultants who travel the world: wireless roaming plans, plug adapters, etc. I find that whenever I travel myself, either for vacation or work, I learn something about what’s out in the world that I never seem to pick up from reading or from reports from the field. I will be in London and Paris in the coming days for personal travel but I will be tuned in to what new mischief is possible in the world of portable electronics, as well as what new indignitie [read] Keywords: admin notes roaming blackberry laptop mobile wifi wireless




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Blackberry 10.2.1
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 7:11a   David Schaffer
Weeks after Blackberry release 10.2.1 AT&T has finally made it available to Blackberry 10 users. I know there were lots of reviews when it first came out but I thought I would make a couple of observations here. First, leave some time for the upgrade. It’s a 630MB download and it took about an hour after the download finished before my Q10 was fully upgraded and restarted. Blackberry recommends leaving the unit connected to power the entire time and to be on WiFi. I unplugged the power [read] Keywords: blackberry office security wifi
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Always something to learn – IBM Notes
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 12:10p   David Schaffer
I’ve been supporting Notes since 1995, but I got several user requests in the past week where I had to dig a bit for the resolution: 1. Calendar. User complained that when she rescheduled a meeting the outside invitee didn’t get the change. Scratched our heads a bit until we realized that he had already declined and therefore wasn’t getting any updates. We’ve been spoiled by internal folks using the “decline but keep me informed” option. 2. How to save an emai [read] Keywords: ibm notes desktop email mac microsoft
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Looking for old blog posts?
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 10:10a   David Schaffer
The old Domino site for BlogInProgress.us is going away. If you’re looking for something in particular please let me know and I can send it to you or provide an alternate url. You may also want to search this site as many entries were cross-posted here. Sorry for the inconvenience. David Schaffer [read] Keywords: domino
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Mac Presentation Gurus – Your help needed
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 10:10a   David Schaffer
We have a Samsung 63″ Plasma TV on the wall of a conference room. For over three years it has worked with PCs, Macs, cable TV and DVD players. Suddenly, in the last few weeks, it won’t display properly for our MacBook Airs (using Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter). The Mac recognizes there is a VGA display but nothing appears on the screen. It continues to display properly for all other video sources. I suspected it was an issue with OS 10.9 Mavericks, but I also tested w [read] Keywords: apple firefox google mac macbook
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iPad Mini — some initial reactions
Fri, Dec 27th 2013 10:10a   David Schaffer
I was recently awarded an iPad Mini in recognition of completing an unreasonable number of years with my employer. While I have set up and done troubleshooting on various iOS devices for my colleagues this was my first personal iOS device and my first tablet. My expectations are therefore influenced by my prior experience with Blackberry phones and with laptop computers. Here are some observations: The Hardware and Interface This is a very slick device – very light, very slim, very crisp displ [read] Keywords: notes traveler apple blackberry email interface laptop linux network password wifi
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IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1 Update
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 7:16a   David Schaffer
I recently updated a Domino server running Traveler on Linux 64 to 9.0.1. The Domino upgrade went off without a hitch. After much trying and searching for answers I couldn’t get the Traveler installer to run in either console or GUI mode. Finally opened a PMR to be told it was a known issue and would only install in silent mode. One problem solved and another created. It turns out there are a few glitches in Traveler 9.0.1. I discovered them when I tried to add a user to the Traveler serve [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes traveler desktop linux server
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BBM (Blackberry Messenger) now out for iPhone and Android
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 10:10a   David Schaffer
After some false starts Blackberry is now rolling out BBM for iPhone and Android. Chris Miller did a good post on the details: http://www.idonotes.com/IdoNotes/idonotes.nsf/dx/setting-up-blackberry-bbm-for-ios-devices.htm The good news: If you had BBM contacts who have switched to the dark side other devices you can now reach them again. The bad news: If you use multiple devices you can still only have one device associated to BBM at a time. You register the non-BB device using email address or [read] Keywords: blackberry email iphone
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Apache OpenOffice 4 released
Wed, Jul 24th 2013 12:17p   David Schaffer
Apache OpenOffice 4 released Apache OpenOffice 4 has been released. It rolls up the contributions from previous versions of OpenOffice, IBM Lotus Symphony and LibreOffice. Link via my “Online Offers” page. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus symphony openoffice
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Update: BB10, Traveler and SSL
Thu, Jun 27th 2013 10:18a   David Schaffer
As noted in my earlier post Blackberry 10 devices will only connect to Traveler over SSL (port 443). Our existing production server runs on port 80. When I posted this as an issue several people suggested that we should really run on SSL for security reasons. I had never put up a Domino server with SSL/https enabled but decided to give it a try on a test server. I’m glad I did. Setting up SSL and the Domino Certificate Authority is not a lot of work but there’s a lot that can go wron [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes notes client traveler blackberry email interface security server
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Blackberry Q10 – Initial Impressions
Mon, Jun 24th 2013 7:20a   David Schaffer
I got a long-awaited Blackberry Q10 from AT&T last week. My first reaction was disappointment. Before I could even start testing/playing/using I had to get past two big problems: The intent to connect the Q10 to our Notes Traveler server for email, contacts and calendar had to be put on hold. There is an unpublicized limitation where it will only connect via SSL, and we have our Traveler set up for http. This is fixable but a nuisance. I have a had terrible time closing application windows. [read] Keywords: connections inotes notes traveler application blackberry email facebook linkedin mobile server twitter
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Blackberry 10 and Traveler Issue
Fri, Jun 21st 2013 1:17p   David Schaffer
Blackberry 10 and Traveler Issue It turns out that Blackberry 10 cannot talk to Traveler — or Exchange — on port 80. It only works if SSL is used. See Blackberry’s Knowledge Base article 34244. Blackberry has been hyping this feature of directly connecting to ActiveSync for months and never mentioned this issue publicly that I’ve heard. This may be a killer for us since we already have all our iOS and Android users set up without SSL. In my initial testing of a live Q10 ( [read] Keywords: traveler blackberry exchange exchange
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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:
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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
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IamLUG, St Louis, May 6-7
Wed, May 1st 2013 1:34p   David Schaffer
I will be attending IamLUG in St Louis, MO on May 6-7, 2013. I look forward to seeing you there. [read] Keywords:
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Document Management Features — Quickr vs Dropbox vs ???
Wed, Feb 13th 2013 8:09a   David Schaffer
I’ve been comparing document management solutions. This table may help others or you may have some thoughts on the subject. David   Quickr Dropbox Alternative X         Shared Access from any Internet-connected location Yes Yes   Version Control/Always get the latest version of a document Yes Yes   Secure Yes ?   Mac and Windows Access Yes Yes   Support complex file structures (subfolders, etc.) Yes Yes   [read] Keywords: ibm quickr archiving archive email enterprise integration mac security sharepoint
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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 ibm quickr development mac
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We’re here…
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. David Schaffer [read] Keywords:
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Web site migration
Fri, Jan 4th 2013 9:14a   David Schaffer
For new posts please visit http://davidschaffer.us Permalink | Leave a comment » [read] Keywords:
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Personal Branding
Fri, Dec 28th 2012 9:12a   David Schaffer
I'm preparing to move my blog again since Posterous may be getting serious about winding down (having just introduced their tool for backing up your existing posts. Thanks Mitch Cohen for the heads up on that one.) Which gives me a nice opportunity to struggle with the issue of personal branding. The blog you're currently reading is available at http://davidschaffer.us, which redirects to http://theremustbe.posterous.com. I suspect most folks reach it directly via the latter url, which is wha [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotus notes quickr sametime traveler blackberry blogging consulting enterprise planet lotus server twitter vmware
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Hurricane Sandy
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:
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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:
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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 network server wifi
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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 blackberry enterprise rim wireless
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Two Years Into a Mac Migration, Learnings So Far
Fri, May 25th 2012 9:11p   David Schaffer
It's been just about two years since management decided we should start offering the travelling professionals in the firm a choice when their laptops came up for replacement – stick with the Lenovo ThinkPads we've used for years or switch to Apple Macbook. This decision was made, I will freely admit, against my advice as the voice of all things IT. More on that below. Since having the choice a large majority of users have chosen to adopt the Macbook. The users are management consult [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes quickr apple application applications consulting email enterprise google integration iphone laptop mac macbook microsoft network office outlook security server wifi
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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. Permalink | Lea [read] Keywords: domino ldd lotus notes notes client properties
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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 nsd desktop
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Summertime Blues
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
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Can't we all just get along?
Mon, Feb 13th 2012 7:10a   David Schaffer
OK, this is about software, not politics or social relations. My question is why can some software products be made relatively version/platform insensitive and others fail for the slightest variation? IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino is one of the best. Classic applications will run on virtually any version of the software and on any operating system. Microsoft Windows is, perhaps surprisingly, also very good. Most modern applications will run on anything from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 -- although f [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotus notes quickr sametime apple application applications exchange exchange linux mac microsoft
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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 notes blackberry email firefox wifi
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My Lotusphere 2012 list
Tue, Jan 3rd 2012 12:10p   David Schaffer
There is so much information being shot at you with a fire hose at Lotusphere that it's easy to overlook things you meant to follow up on. Here are some things I hope to learn or gain insight on at Lotusphere this year. Maybe if they're on the blog I'll keep them in mind through the week. Two "big picture" questions: What's the transition path from an email-centric (Lotus Notes rich client mostly) environment to a more collaborative, real time way of working? I support a small group of [read] Keywords: admin connections domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes notes client quickr sametime application database development email exchange exchange interface linux mac network office outlook twitter
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Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.3.1 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 8.5.2.4 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 8.5.2.4 but still odd that the newer version wouldn't install. Last week IBM released Traveler 8.5.3.1. 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 ibm lotus notes traveler server
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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
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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 agent server
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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 collaboration blackberry blogging email iphone linux mac
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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 consulting development email
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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 email
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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 notes apple laptop macbook mobile widget
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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 8.5.2.1. Waiting to see if applying the latest FP for Traveler has resolved the problem. David Permalink | Leave a comment » [read] Keywords: domino ldd lotus traveler server
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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 applications office
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Linux Laptop -- what's missing
Thu, Jun 16th 2011 3:12p   David Schaffer
While Open SUSE is a very nice OS for a notebook computer (see previous post) I do have a list of things I know I just can't have and that make it unlikely we'll ever go this route for regular work machines: IBM Lotus Administrator and Designer clients Quickr Connectors -- SNAPP's PandaBear does provide a partial workaround for Linux and Mac users Microsoft Office This is the big one. In an environment where documents are going back and forth between organizations for frequent revision thi [read] Keywords: ibm lotus quickr symphony desktop enterprise laptop linux mac macintosh microsoft office openoffice server
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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 notes quickr sametime desktop firefox laptop linux mac redhat server
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Planet 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 ibm lotus planet lotus planetlotus planetlotus.org
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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
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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
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Blackberry Cases
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 Permalink | Leave a comment » [read] Keywords: blackberry rim
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iNotes and BES - Any contacts sync options?
Sun, May 22nd 2011 4:11p   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 t ... [read] Keywords: inotes notes notes client bes blackberry
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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 notes notes client traveler bes blackberry
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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 notes mac
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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 notes traveler bes blackberry database email integration iphone mac
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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
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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. David Schaffer Permalink | Leave a comment » [read] Keywords: blogging
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Mac Mail for Domino
Fri, Apr 29th 2011 8:11a   David Schaffer
I'm looking at alternate email clients for Domino for two reasons: 1. Some management and user dissatisfaction with Notes, especially on Mac OSX. 2. Other clients are better supported by third party integration for CRMI've tried DAMO with Outlook 2007 on Windows XP. It's nice, although in limited testing I found some odd lags in synchronizing with the server, but you see those with Outlook used against a POP server as well. I wanted to see how this worked but it is pretty much a dead [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes application email integration interface mac macintosh outlook security server smtp
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Mac Mail for Domino
Fri, Apr 29th 2011 8:09a   David Schaffer
I'm looking at alternate email clients for Domino for two reasons: Some management and user dissatisfaction with Notes, especially on Mac OSX. Other clients are better supported by third party integ ... [read] Keywords: domino notes apple email mac
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It’s all in the cloud, except when it isn’t
Wed, Apr 13th 2011 9:11p   David Schaffer
I'm in the early stages of two cloud migrations. One is a pilot of Salesforce.com for CRM. The other is a move of ERP (accounting) onto new software in a hosted environment. I'm finding that my expect ... [read] Keywords: collaboration
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It's all in the cloud, except when it isn't
Wed, Apr 13th 2011 8:45p   David Schaffer
I'm in the early stages of two cloud migrations. One is a pilot of Salesforce.com for CRM. The other is a move of ERP (accounting) onto new software in a hosted environment. I'm finding that my expectations, coming from "premises based" systems tightly integrated with each other, need to change. I used "premises based" in quotes because half of our servers were moved to colocation some time ago but that made very little difference in day to day management. These moves are different. Part o [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes traveler apple application applications bes blackberry database desktop email integration iphone mac mobile office outlook security server sql
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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
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TMI - One more stream to follow
Sat, Mar 26th 2011 10:13a   David Schaffer
How many microblogging and IM streams can you follow before it becomes your whole day? I'm on three Sametime communities (work, BleedYellow and Greenhouse). I'm on Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn and 4Sq ... [read] Keywords: collaboration sametime bleedyellow facebook linkedin twitter
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SalesForce.com
Sun, Mar 20th 2011 5:09p   David Schaffer
We're launching a pilot of SalesForce.com to potentially replace our Notes-based CRM. It's definitely a "devil in the details" kind of project. SalesForce.com has desktop integration for Lotus Notes ... [read] Keywords: lotus notes desktop integration
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Problems with comments on this blog
Fri, Feb 11th 2011 7:13a   David Schaffer
This blog has suddenly started marking all comments as spam. I've posted to the Domino forum. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. In the meantime, if you want to comment on a post ... [read] Keywords: collaboration domino
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Add a language to Notes - how hard can it be?
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 10:14a   David Schaffer
I opened a PMR with as simple question, or so I thought. I had a user running an English version of Notes 8.5.2 on Mac OSX who wanted to add a Spanish spell check dictionary. That's been a simple inst ... [read] Keywords: domino notes mac
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A lot of people at Lotusphere
Mon, Jan 31st 2011 8:13p   David Schaffer
Mealtime at Lotusphere 2011. Who says nobody uses Lotus any more? ... [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere
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My First Time (at Lotusphere)
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 1:13p   David Schaffer
After having my trip cancelled for budget reasons a couple of years running it now looks like I will make it to Lotusphere 2011! I'm looking forward to putting faces with names and podcast voices and ... [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere podcast
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Novell announces the merger to their customers
Mon, Nov 22nd 2010 9:15p   David Schaffer
The letter from Ron Hovsepian to Novell customers. Dear Valued Novell Customer, I am writing to let you know that today we announced that Novell has entered into a definitive merger agreemen ... [read] Keywords:
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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:
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Is IBM Lotus support slipping?
Thu, Sep 16th 2010 9:26p   David Schaffer
Over many years as a Lotus customer I've been fairly pleased with the technical support offered via Passport Advantage. But lately it's been more of a mixed bag. While the initial response time is sti ... [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus
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We’re Back
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:
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AT&T Woes
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 enterprise linux network server
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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 network security wifi wireless
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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 desktop google network office password security sharepoint virus wiki
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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 [read] Keywords: connections network office password security virus wiki
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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 desktop laptop network password security server virus wiki
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Remember Nettiquette?
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 wiki
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About the Business
Mon, Nov 2nd 2009 11:21a   David Schaffer
ThereMustBe.pdf Download this file Permalink | Leave a comment » [read] Keywords:




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