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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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