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 every time I try to set up a Linux desktop it seems to be an adventure. The good news is that it's getting better. And it's even possible I'm starting to figure it out to some degree. But it's odd what you find whenever you step out of your zone of comfort and familiarity. The Open SUSE install went smoothly, with no hardware discovery issues. Little details work, like the volume up and down buttons not only work but show an on screen display. The install includes LibreOffice, Firefox, and most utilities you would expect. Installing other software ranged from very simple to weirdly complex, depending mostly on whether it was packaged specifically for SUSE. Lotus Notes 8.5.2 installed very easily. The one odd thing was that it installed without Sametime support, which installs as a separate package. I had installed FP2 before discovering this, and had to uninstall the fix pack in order to install Sametime. The Novell Client won't install on Open SUSE; it's specific to SLED, SLES and RedHat. But I can access the OES server as if it were a Windows server, which is how the Macs are using it already. The only other things I felt a need to install immediately were Adobe Reader, Adobe Air, TweetDeck and PandaBear (Quickr access). Printer setup is easy and simple -- as long as you have HP printers. I downloaded the software for a couple of Xerox printers but could find no way to install them. There were ppd files but when trying to set up a printer with them they were reported to have errors. Sticking with generic postscript for now. One nice thing for me was that the Linux versions of most software behaves much more like the Windows version than does the Mac version -- just open up Notes, Firefox or LibreOffice and work as you normally do. Although on both Linux and Mac I miss having a whole field automatically selected, very noticeable in the address window in Firefox for example. Fairly impressed so far; time will tell.
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