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.
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
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