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 they're doing.
The Internet from the beginning was based on trust, cooperation and consensus. If you missed it, check out Steven Crocker's reminiscence in the New York Times, "How the Internet Got Its Rules". A brief excerpt: Everyone understood there was a practical value in choosing to do the same task in the same way. For example, if we wanted to move a file from one machine to another, and if you were to design the process one way, and I was to design it another, then anyone who wanted to talk to both of us would have to employ two distinct ways of doing the same thing. So there was plenty of natural pressure to avoid such hassles. It probably helped that in those days we avoided patents and other restrictions; without any financial incentive to control the protocols, it was much easier to reach agreement. As financial and other incentives became stronger the spirit of cooperation and consensus waned. Today SPAMers, botnet operators, perpetrators of DOS attacks, government censors, content providers and ISP's do not feel bound by nettiquette, the RFC process, or any restrictions other than "what can I get away with?" I was recently struck by a parallel to the Internet situation. In a series of articles on the problems related to too much boating traffic and development on Candlewood Lake in western Connecticut, the News-Times interviewed the commodore of the lake's last yacht club who lamented that people didn't know or didn't follow the "rules of the road". Maritime "rules of the road", having been developed over hundreds of years, are quite complex and at times obscure compared to the rules of netiquette. But the dynamic seems identical: The rules held as long as they only needed to govern the behavior of a relatively small, self-selecting and technically proficient group. To that group, the need for and benefits of the rules seemed self-evident.As soon as anyone with the price of a speedboat could get out on the water the rules fell aside. I'm sure others can come up with similar examples. So how do we adapt when our domain -- be it the Internet, the water, or anything else -- stops being private and clubby and starts being more subject to the general rules of public behavior? I'm not offering any answers, just hoping that it's helpful to frame the question.
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