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.
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.
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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
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
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