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 for some reason printer drivers are still version specific.
Other products from IBM Collaboration Solutions and from Microsoft are very version specific -- look at Sametime and Quickr from IBM or Exchange from Microsoft.
And many Linux programs are extremely version specific -- running on only a specific point release of certain distributions.
Mac OSX apps seem to fall in the middle ground; most are OK across a range of OS releases but some fail every time Apple changes something in the back end.
I'm sure there are good reasons for these things that developers understand. But as an administrator and end user I want everything to "just work".
Is it too much to ask that our application can just get along?
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
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
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
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
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