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Microsoft - Clear Leaders in the Race for Digital Identity
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Fixing Word 2016 Crashes when Opening Older Documents with Macros on Windows 7
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Embracing Microsoft while keeping Domino
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How to Use Microsoft Outlook with Your IBM Verse (in the cloud) Mail
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The Difference Between IBM and Microsoft's Social Systems - An Analogy
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Making IBM Verse Easier to get to...
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Looking at Cloud Licensing - Microsoft, IBM and Google
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Making IBM Verse Easier to get to...
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How to Use Microsoft Outlook with Your IBM Verse (in the cloud) Mail
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Fixing Word 2016 Crashes when Opening Older Documents with Macros on Windows 7
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Microsoft - Clear Leaders in the Race for Digital Identity
Thu, Nov 17th 2016 11:59p   Gavin Bollard
One of the less obvious trends of the last five years has been the race to own people's "digital identities". It started in earnest with Facebook and Gmail and it soon spread to Apple and LinkedIn. More recently, we've seen Microsoft and IBM jumping on the bandwagon and I think that's when I started to realise that there was much more to this than simply "targeted advertising". Quiet Beginnings At this point, I'm not sure that all of the founding companies in this revolution fully unde
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Fixing Word 2016 Crashes when Opening Older Documents with Macros on Windows 7
Tue, Nov 15th 2016 9:01p   Gavin Bollard
We have a lot of documents and they go back several decades. Many of them are still relevant today, even if they're only background to current projects. The problem is that Word doesn't like its own file formats. It won't open documents created with versions of Word earlier than 1997 and it crashes with anything saved as .DOC which contains macros. There's some solutions to these problems though; Opening Older DocumentsIt's possible to change Word 2016's settings to allow you to open
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Embracing Microsoft while keeping Domino
Tue, Nov 15th 2016 8:20p   Gavin Bollard
When I first started this blog, my aim was to stay with mainly IBM (Lotus) Notes and Domino, hence the URL of DominoGavin. Things changed over the years and I've found myself wanting to talk about all manner of technology brands from Symantec to Blackberry, Google, Windows and Linux. (Hence the renaming of the blog to "Real World Computing'. Many of my most recent posts were on IBM connections. I've also tried to cover a few business IT concepts. Things are changing again and we've rea
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How to Use Microsoft Outlook with Your IBM Verse (in the cloud) Mail
Sun, Oct 9th 2016 3:08p   Gavin Bollard
So, all the newcomers in your company want to use outlook? IBM have put a lot of work into making the Notes client look and feel like outlook and they've given us Verse which is an acquired taste but if you like Google's inbox, it's good. Unfortunately, there's just just no pleasing some people. If you don't have Notes and Domino apps, then there's nothing at all holding you back. Nobody without Notes/Domino applications (or perhaps a huge investment in IBM Connections) should be using
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The Difference Between IBM and Microsoft's Social Systems - An Analogy
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 10:16p   Gavin Bollard
We're currently in the process of trying to set up a Microsoft cloud environment. No, we're not giving up on Connections. We're straddling a couple of environments. The Microsoft experience hasn't been overwhelming so far but that's for another post. Right now, I want to talk about some of the fundamental differences between IBM and Microsoft’s attempts to conquer the social business market. ...and what better way to tell it than an allegorical tale? Two housesSo let's assume that ins
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Making IBM Verse Easier to get to...
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 8:38p   Gavin Bollard
One of the most frustrating things about the whole IBM Verse experience is the difficulty in getting to the application. If you go through connections, you have to go through normal mail first. This ruins the experience because it isn't “seamless” to the users. The obvious answer is to bookmark the verse site but there's a few other things that we can do to really smarten the experience up. Making Verse the DefaultThe first thing to do is to make Verse the default mail view. To do this;
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Looking at Cloud Licensing - Microsoft, IBM and Google
Mon, Aug 29th 2016 4:23a   Gavin Bollard
We live in interesting times and while I haven't changed jobs in years, I now do IT for several companies. What makes this even more interesting is that some are on the IBM infrastructure, some are on Google and some are on Microsoft... ...and of course, there's a bit of change from one to the other. I tend to get a lot of licensing-based invoices across my desk nowadays. Recently, we shifted our IBM licensing to the new IBM Mail Dual Entitlement plan. It's basically a combined Notes a
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IBM's Cloud takes the Pain out of Updates
Tue, Aug 23rd 2016 11:16p   Gavin Bollard
I’ll admit that I'm generally not very kind to IBM on this blog. It's not that they're doing a worse job than their competitors, I'm still very impressed with some of the things they're doing. It's just that after using Notes/Domino for over 20 years, I hold them, sometimes impossibly, to very high standards…. and, of course, any goofs on their part affect my systems a little too directly. The Quiet Migration to 24x7One of our biggest frustrations in recent years has been the unders
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What's Wrong with the IBM Connections.Cloud Welcome Message (and what IBM Needs to do to fix it)
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 4:59a   Gavin Bollard
One of the interesting things about being in IT is that you're responsible for hundreds of "automated" messages each day but... as an IT person, who was already set up on the system from day one, you never actually get to see them - at least, not until someone complains. One of the things we do at work is provide an area on IBM Connections.Cloud for parties external to our own organisation to collaborate. The collaboration in this space is with some pretty important people. Recently we had
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Good Resources for Support with IBM Connections and Verse 2: Official Channel Web Sites
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 2:28p   Gavin Bollard
A couple of posts ago, I provided a list of LinkedIn Groups which I've found to be good sources of IBM Connections Information. In this post, I aim to provide some "Official" web sites. Needless to say, the majority of these will be IBM resources. Of course, there are lots of great personal blogs out there too but I'll cover them in a different post. The Three Big Questions for "Developing Products & Services"IBM Connections (and specifically Connections.cloud) is a "developing




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