Golf as “Exercise?”
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 2:20p Gregg Eldred Last week, from Thursday to Saturday, I was again asked to play in an annual Ryder Cup. It pits a team from Ohio against one from Michigan (Ohio State versus Michigan/Michigan State, or more accurately, friends from the states of Michigan and Ohio). I, again, played on the Michigan team. They need me to round out the number of players and also, so that I can play with my friend, Steve.
The format is Thursday, 36 holes, Friday, 36 holes, Saturday, 18 holes. Or, 90 holes in 3 days. The actual tour [read] Keywords:
A Lesson From Riding New Mexico and Colorado
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 10:40a Gregg Eldred This past weekend, I took an opportunity to ride New Mexico and Colorado.
Let me first say that to prepare for travel, you look at the weather forecast in northwest New Mexico and see that it will be 98°F (36.6°C). You then bring the proper gear for such a temperature. This means: half helmet, sunglasses, mesh armored jacket, Kevlar and armored riding jeans, and light gloves. You allow a family member, who also rides, to decide on the route.
Through the good graces of the father-in-law-to-be, [read] Keywords: google
Dash4Dosh 2014: Let’s All Laugh
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 2:00p Gregg Eldred For your enjoyment, some random pictures from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
First up, Chris pitching his tent. Yes, the photo looks grainy, but that isn’t the fault of the photographer, it was raining. In an epic fashion. Doesn’t he look happy that he will be “sleeping” in a tent?
I found Paul’s toilet in a Statoil station:
And Paul’s bike:
The Arctic Circle, Sweden:
Chris, in his natural pose, taking photos (at the Sweden/Norway border):
And photograp [read] Keywords:
Dash4Dosh 2014: A Quick Overview
Sun, Jun 8th 2014 3:20p Gregg Eldred There will probably be a few blog posts concerning this adventure over the coming weeks. This post is simply a quick overview.
Stuff I brought but didn’t need:
Flashlights. I brought three little LED flashlights but didn’t use any of them. Thankfully, they didn’t take up hardly any room at all.
Ben’s Wipes. Brought two packages of these excellent tick and insect repellent wipes but only used two wipes. Total.
Leatherman. While I didn’t use it, there is no way I wou [read] Keywords: mac
Dash4Dosh 2014: An Update
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 10:50a Gregg Eldred We are less than a month away from riding motorcycles to the Arctic Circle, via Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. And camping. God, are we REALLY camping? We must be, I have a sleeping bag, a camping pad, and a spork. Paul Mooney bought a tent! (let that sink in for a minute).
Never before have I asked for donations to any sort of cause. Yes, I support those that ask, but fundraising just isn’t my thing. When Paul setup the Dash4Dosh 2014 JustGiving page, and I saw the £4,000 goal, I [read] Keywords: atlantic
Dash4Dosh 2014: Riding to the Arctic Circle
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 7:10p Gregg Eldred I really haven’t figured out a good opening paragraph to this story. Too many thoughts going through my mind (giving back, relatives lost to cancer, father beating cancer, and so on). So, let’s cut to the chase.
I have scheduled eleven days of my corporate provided holidays to join Paul Mooney, Sean Cull, Vladimir Veletic, and Chris Harris, to meet up with some friends from Denmark, and a few support cars, and embark on a motorcycle ride that supports Macmillan Cancer Support. This i [read] Keywords:
Liberté! Publicis ditches Lotus Notes
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 10:20a Gregg Eldred Back in July of 2013, I wrote about Publicis moving from IBM Notes to Exchange. Now, seven months later, it appears that the holding company is starting the migration.
It’s official: Publicis Groupe is ditching Lotus Notes. The long ad agency email nightmare is over.
The holding company’s staffers collectively sighed in relief this week when they heard news it is switching to Microsoft Outlook for its email needs instead.
“This is quite possibly the greatest day for employees in their hist [read] Keywords: ibm
Social Media: I’m Doing it All Wrong
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 2:40p Gregg Eldred Fame and fortune are just a few mouse clicks away and I easily let it go by me.
Whether they’re getting retweeted by members of One Direction, or liking the Hunger Games Facebook page for a chance to be included in the movie’s credits, today’s teens are directly interacting with pop culture — celebrities, movies, music, and, increasingly, brands — in ways never before possible.
Tweet pictures of yourself at a Lady Gaga concert, and maybe she’ll call you from the stage — a moment [read] Keywords: facebook
Google: How Not to be a “Glasshole”
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 3:10p Gregg Eldred On its website for Glass, Google has posted advice for testers in its current Explorer program and, presumably, the folks who will be entering the world of Glass when the headset goes on sale to the public . . .
DON’T: Be creepy or rude (aka a “Glasshole”)
Yes, Google itself used the derogatory term “Glasshole” (although it’s been massaged into a description of bad behavior, as opposed to its broader meaning as a slur, voiced by some critics, used to describe [read] Keywords: google
Two Step WordPress Authentication: This Won’t End Well
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 6:03p Gregg Eldred Looking at my Security settings, there does not seem to be a method to resend the QR code to my phone. However, I have printed out my backup codes and have used one of them. I’d like to know how I generate a QR code to my new phone in order to have two step authentication work.
I believe that I am well and royally screwed. [read] Keywords: security
Connect 2014: Domino Onboarding Manager
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 2:33p Gregg Eldred A feature in an imminent release of Domino was kinda/sorta announced at the Opening General Session. It was at the “What’s New in Domino” session where more information was shared. However, slides are not available for that session on the Connect site. Pity.
Not to worry, dear readers. You download have a rather small PDF of Domino Onboarding Manager right here (see below).
What is Domino OnBoarding Manager?
A tool which can migrate users/groups from Active Directory to Domino [read] Keywords: domino
Relive the Connect 2014 OGS . . . In Cleveland!
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 2:10p Gregg Eldred Truthfully, not all of the Connect 2014 Opening General Session. Only the first bit.
Friday, 4 April, you have the opportunity to experience American Authors, at The Grog Shop. Tickets are only $15. With your ticket in hand, you can see something like this:
And this time, there will be a mosh pit (enter at your own risk).
“It’s gonna be the best day of my life.”
See you there? m/
If Cleveland is not on your travel plans, you can meet up with American Authors by checking out th [read] Keywords:
IBM Redbooks Mobile App
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 10:40a Gregg Eldred Features of the app include:
Read thousands of Redbooks publications, from classic Redbooks to the latest Solution Guides, Product Guides, Redguides, and more
Find Redbooks publications by those most recently published or updated, most popular, subject area, or publication type
Search within publications and create bookmarks
Save your favorite publications and organize them in convenient, customizable folders
Share what you’re reading through Facebook, Twitter, and email
Get the latest news f [read] Keywords: domino
Connect 2014: Fitbit Report
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 7:20p Gregg Eldred The best advice I give to all Connect attendees is to wear comfortable shoes. This should show you why, it’s my Fitbit results for the days of Connect.
Since I usually stay the weekend, and take advantage of the Walt Disney World parks, this is the result of the week, including 3 Day Park Hopper Pass:
Wear comfortable shoes. And a Fitbit. [read] Keywords:
Bug Exposes IP Cameras, Baby Monitors
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 3:10p Gregg Eldred A bug in the software that powers a broad array of Webcams, IP surveillance cameras and baby monitors made by Chinese camera giant Foscam allows anyone with access to the device’s Internet address to view live and recorded video footage, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.
More > [read] Keywords: bug
Color Schemes: Customizing Connections
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 2:20p Gregg Eldred The other day, we were talking about customizing Connections with our own color scheme. One of the team members recommended “Hot Dog Stand” as the scheme. Who among you remember the “so bad it’s good” color scheme from, ahem, Windows 3.1?
After much laughter, we went with something a little more up-to-date:
Doesn’t quite have the snap of Hot Dog Stand, does it? [read] Keywords: connections
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 2:10p Gregg Eldred It’s a bit “busy,” but isn’t that the point of Connect?
I think I’ll be able to carve out some additional time for the Labs, Showcase, and, most importantly this year, Certification Exams. New this year, I’ll be attending Sunday sessions. In the past, I used this time for Business Partner Day, but not this year. [read] Keywords: collaboration
A Father’s “Moto” Shirt
Sun, Jan 5th 2014 3:50p Gregg Eldred “Moto,” short for “motivational.”
This is my newest addition and one that I am most proud. Wore it today, as I drove Number One Son to the airport, spent time with him at the gate*, and bid him farewell.
When he arrived in Cleveland on 21 December, it was the first time I’d seen him in nine months. Today was, quite possibly, the last time I will see him for a year. He is currently working up for deployment overseas.
* – As a parent of an active member of th [read] Keywords:
Florida in Winter – Preparing for Connect14
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 1:20p Gregg Eldred As a Northerner, nothing makes me laugh more than seeing the Disneybots in full winter gear on days where I am wearing a t-shirt. Yes, I get that the mornings (and evenings) can be “chilly,” but they come out in fleece, gloves, and hats when the temperatures dip below 70°F.
Which brings me to my point, be sure to check the weather forecasts leading up to Connect 2014. Right now, this is what I see:
The main days to watch are Sunday and Tuesday, when major events take place out of [read] Keywords:
2013 – A Year Unlike Any Other
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 3:40p Gregg Eldred As I look through my feeds, I see that many people take the time to do a postmortem of the year. 2013 was, for the lack of a better word, “fascinating.”
January means Lotusphere Connect and I was able to attend. But it was not the Connect that I wanted to experience, as we lost a friend, Kenneth Kjærbye. Not a day goes by where I do not think of Kenneth; my browser opens to a news article of the accident. Also, during the Ohio motorcycle riding season, a small stuffed monkey travel [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Old School Remote Access
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 1:20p Gregg Eldred This is still being used for remote access:
If you are of a certain demographic, this is an item that you surely remember, the US Robotics V.Everything modem.
“Everything” does not mean high speed internet connectivity. [read] Keywords:
Free ICS Certification Tests at Connect14
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 3:40p Gregg Eldred One of the biggest draws at this event has always been the certification testing and prep labs. IBM is pleased to announce, for the very first time, that unlimited complimentary IBM Collaboration Solutions exams will be available for all registered attendees for the duration of the conference. All other Software Group exams will be available for 50% off the regular price.
As in previous years, testing will take place in the Lark room of the Swan Hotel.
While that is pretty great news, [read] Keywords: collaboration
Everything You Know About Black Friday is Wrong
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 1:50p Gregg Eldred Last week, we, here in the US, experienced that most wonderful of all days, “Black Friday.” On TV news reports, in daily newspapers, readers and viewers were treated to pictures of people standing in lines, waiting for Big Box retailers to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. These people camp out (I literally mean “camp out.” Like, in tents, with generators and heaters), days and weeks in advance, in order to be first in line for electronics, televisions, and so on.
And [read] Keywords: wiki
“We should just call it #lame”
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 4:10p Gregg Eldred Hashtags. Twitter started the craze, then other sites followed. What has happened in the meantime is that they have become overused. To the point of comedy. Just look at a few tweets these days, hashtag orgasms are what some people are enjoying.
Alas, however, when companies or candidates use hashtags for the sake of using hashtags, the results are, at best, ineffective. At worst, they can backfire embarrassingly.
This month, JPMorgan Chase scrapped an attempt to engage Twitter users with the ha [read] Keywords: blackberry
InformationWeek: Amazon Again Beats IBM For CIA Cloud Contract
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 5:40a Gregg Eldred “As a threshold matter, IBM lacked any chance of winning a competition with AWS for this C2S contract,” the ruling said, and therefore it lacked standing to claim prejudice in the way the contract had been awarded. The GAO failed to assess whether IBM had the standing to file the protest that it did, said the ruling.
The court also objected to GAO failing to spot maneuvering by IBM’s lawyers. “The GAO failed to address the way in which IBM manipulated its pricing to creat [read] Keywords: ibm
Tue, Nov 12th 2013 7:10p Gregg Eldred No, this isn’t “one of those posts.”
In a men’s room, in the building in which I work, there is a reproduction of a Winslow Homer painting. I believe that this restroom is the only one with any sort of wall decoration.
Here is the picture:
So, what is so special about this picture? It’s in the details.
Damn, that’s funny. [read] Keywords: wiki
Chris Marvin: For today’s veterans, service isn’t over when the uniform is put away
Mon, Nov 11th 2013 4:10p Gregg Eldred I fought in Afghanistan. When people learn of my military service, I get a variety of comments — none more common than “Thank you for your service.” My response sometimes surprises people. I look them in the eye and say, “You’re welcome.”
. . . When I began to respond with “You’re welcome,” I was concerned that it shocked people. I wondered if I was being too flippant or prideful. Then I realized that their reaction said something about what “Thank you for your service” now [read] Keywords: wiki
Open Mic Webcast: What’s New in IBM Notes Traveler Since 9.0 Shipped
Tue, Nov 5th 2013 3:10p Gregg Eldred Come hear more about the new IBM Notes Traveler features that have been released since 9.0 shipped earlier this year. New features include Attachment Security, Out of Office, Streaming, Android Client Improvements, Device OS Currency, and more.
After a presentation attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions through our SmartCloud meeting web chat. Join us for this interactive, educational, lively se [read] Keywords: ibm
LinkedIn Intro – Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 2:20p Gregg Eldred From the LinkedIn blog:
Last year, LinkedIn acquired Rapportive, an email company that I co-founded. Since then, we have been furiously working together to build a groundbreaking mobile product: LinkedIn Intro.
The growth of mobile email is simply staggering. Four years ago, less than 4% of emails were read on mobile. Today, half of all emails are read on a mobile device!
So we set ourselves the challenge: bring the power of LinkedIn, and the technology of Rapportive, straight to the Apple Mail [read] Keywords: apple
Please, please believe in us. Please.
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 5:00p Gregg Eldred To our valued customers, partners and fans:
You’ve no doubt seen the headlines about BlackBerry®. You’re probably wondering what they mean for you as one of the tens of millions of users who count on BlackBerry every single day.
We have one important message for you:
You can continue to count on BlackBerry.
Hopefully, for the long run, but I think there may be doubts. [read] Keywords: blackberry
The Recognition I Didn’t Expect
Tue, Sep 24th 2013 8:00p Gregg Eldred A few weeks back, all of the STAR Chapters in the State of Ohio gathered at the state park in Mt. Gilead, OH, for the annual State Rally. Because I have ridden with several Ohio Chapters, it was a special time for me. Instead of simply hanging out with members of my Chapter, I was able to spend time with friends in other chapters. Riding a bike has really allowed me to travel around Ohio, meeting great people, and seeing parts of the state that others miss when they drive highways.
The State Ral [read] Keywords: wiki
What is IBM SmartCloud Notes Hybrid?
Wed, Sep 18th 2013 1:00p Gregg Eldred A great question and one that might be answered in an Open Mic webcast on 24 September.
IBM Support would like to help you take full advantage of IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. During our Open Mic webcasts, technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions. The sessions are designed to address specific technical topics and provide in-depth but narrowly focused training in convenient, live 1 hour seminars.
This event will be held Tuesday, September 24th, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (15 [read] Keywords: ibm
Traveler and iOS 7
Mon, Sep 16th 2013 11:50a Gregg Eldred With the imminent release of iOS 7, are your Traveler servers ready to handle the new operating system? Traveler has to be at 8.5.3 UP2 IF4 and 184.108.40.206 or later releases. New functions in iOS 7 may not be fully supported until later releases of Traveler.
To get the latest updates and fix packs for Traveler, go here.
Link: IBM Notes Traveler support for the latest device updates [read] Keywords: ibm
How To Make Me Cry
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 1:50p Gregg Eldred . . . in frustration: Ask me to find IBM software on this site:
For a site that is used quite a bit, you would think that someone would be an expert at navigating it. Not so. I have said, in meetings with IBM, that it is “soul crushing.” Oh, I know what I want, it’s just finding it that kills me.
Which brings me to an idea I had for a session at a User Group Conference or even at Connect. It will be a panel of individuals from the audience and whomever from IBM that is respons [read] Keywords: collaboration
Using the Database Maintenance Tool (DBMT) and Compact Replication in Domino 9
Wed, Sep 11th 2013 7:20p Gregg Eldred Well, this is a bit late, however the TechNote will be updated in “a couple of weeks” so at least you will have have the opportunity to review the slides and the Q&A.
You are invited to join an Open Mic Webcast on the topic “Using the Database Maintenance Tool (DBMT) and Compact Replication in Domino 9″. This event will be held Wednesday, 11 September 2013 at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC, or GMT -4), for 60 minutes. After a presentation, you will have the opportunity to [read] Keywords: domino
ASW: My PlanetLotus Advertisement
Wed, Aug 21st 2013 2:30p Gregg Eldred Yancy Lent is riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge, to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. You can read about it here and donate here.
To garner more interest in the ride, Yancy offered free advertising on PlanetLotus. As a donor, I agonized over what my ad should be. After this past weekend, it became clear what I wanted to advertise on PlanetLotus.
Clicking on the icon, you are taken to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, an outstanding group that is responsible for the motorcycle rid [read] Keywords: planetlotus
Sun, Aug 18th 2013 8:40p Gregg Eldred Saturday, I joined four other members of Star Touring and Riding for an unbelievable day of riding. We were going to ride two of the best motorcycle roads in the entire state of Ohio; Route 555 and Route 26. It was going to be a ride not for the casual rider; about 450 miles, two very challenging and technical roads, gone for roughly 10-12 hours. And, it was a spectacular day, sunny, with a high of about 80°.
Now, you may think that I am a homie for saying that these are great roads. At a gas s [read] Keywords: notes
Publicis Employees to Lotus Notes: Drop Dead
Tue, Jul 30th 2013 4:10p Gregg Eldred The much-maligned email and calendar software, formerly and more disdainfully known as Lotus Notes, has been cited by a range of departing executives recently as one of the things they disliked most about working for the holding company. It crashes all the time, it’s not intuitive, and it’s generally “old and clunky,” they say. Don’t even mention the near-useless webmail access. For a holding company that loves to brag about how digital it is, it sure does give employees archaic tec [read] Keywords: lotus
Thirteen Hundred Miles
Sun, Jul 21st 2013 9:00p Gregg Eldred I took a week off of work last week to attend Star Days in Harrisburg, PA. This is an annual event that brings together members of Star Riding and Touring for fun, friendship, and riding. Joining me on the ride out to Harrisburg were two members of our Chapter, John and Jeff.
I wanted to ride Route 30 most, or all, of the way to Harrisburg, as it is a great route (Thank you, Denny, for the assist on the route through Pittsburgh). However, by the time we made it to Irwin, PA, all of us had enough [read] Keywords: notes
Chapter 300 July Ride
Tue, Jul 9th 2013 8:30p Gregg Eldred This past weekend, I was invited to ride with Star Chapter 300 on their July ride to Marietta, OH. This ride, through southeastern Ohio, included several portions along some of the best motorcycling roads in Ohio (State Route 555 and State Route 26). Roads like these are not available in northeastern Ohio, so I *had* to join the Chapter and ride with them.
Here is the route:
Just looking at the map brings a smile to my face. Look at those curvy, winding roads.
While the day started overcast, it [read] Keywords: wiki
Lake Erie Adventure 2013
Thu, Jul 4th 2013 2:38p Gregg Eldred A few weeks ago, 23 motorcycles and 29 people (myself included) rode around Lake Erie. It was a trip I planned to ride, probably by myself, but when two members of Star Touring and Riding, Chapter 331, announced that they would be leading a ride, I quickly signed up to ride with them.
When I returned, I had ridden 750 miles, through 4 states, 2 countries, and 1 province. We stopped for the night in London, ON, CA and Niagara Falls, ON, CA. Both overnight stops were well planned; there were ample [read] Keywords:
Cringely: IBM to customers: Your hand is staining my window
Wed, Jun 26th 2013 1:22p Gregg Eldred It is as Bob Cringely admits early in his post, a very negative column about IBM.
A month ago I began hearing about impending layoffs at IBM, but what could I say beyond “layoffs are coming?” This time my first clues came not from American IBMers but from those working for Big Blue abroad. Big layoffs were coming, they feared, following an earnings shortfall that caused panic in Armonk with the prospect that IBM might after all miss its long-stated earnings target for 2015. Well the layoffs [read] Keywords: ibm
IamLUG Presentation: Choosing a Mobile Device Management Solution
Fri, May 17th 2013 11:50a Gregg Eldred Better late than never, I usually say.
As promised to several delegates, here is the presentation Barb and I gave on choosing a mobile device management (MDM) solution at IamLUG. The Mobile IT Scorecard is an Excel spreadsheet that may help you weight features and determine the proper MDM for your organization.
Choosing a MDM presentation
Mobile IT Scorecard [read] Keywords: mobile
Cringely: The Decline and Fall of IBM
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 1:30p Gregg Eldred The rumor I’ve heard is that IBM, which not long ago changed its 401K contribution policy to push what had been a biweekly payment into an annual one right at the end of the year, may have decided this year (and in the future?) not to make any 401K contribution at all. Since IBM’s U.S. employees can divert up to eight percent of their gross compensation into the 401K and IBM has traditionally made a comparable matching payment, this possible change in compensation policy could save the compa [read] Keywords: ibm
What is This?
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 12:35p Gregg Eldred I would venture to say that if you are over a certain age, you don’t know what this is, let alone, what function it serves.
Care to guess? And while you’re at it, get off my lawn. [read] Keywords:
CNBC: 25 of the Most Outrageous Interview Questions
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 7:50p Gregg Eldred I don’t think “outrageous” is the proper adjective, but the questions listed will make interviewing someone much more enjoyable than the usual ones you throw at the candidates. And they may reveal more about the candidate then your standard questions.
“What song best describes your work ethic?”
That question was asked at Dell (DELL) for a consumer sales job.
“‘Under Pressure’ by Queen!” Lachapelle said.
“‘I’m a Rolling Ston [read] Keywords:
Open Mic Webcast: IBM Notes Domino 9 Social Edition New Features – 3 April 2013
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 7:40p Gregg Eldred Wow, just a few weeks after the release of Notes/Domino 9. That is progress.
This event will be held Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC, or GMT -4), for 60 minutes. After a presentation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions directly of IBM Developers and Support Engineers. See more details below. (Note: To view this information online, go to http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27038015
When Date: 3 April 2013
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC, or GMT -4 [read] Keywords: domino
Connect 2013 – With a Fitbit
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 1:00p Gregg Eldred Thought you may be interested in my statistics for the four days of Connect 2013:
I kept myself off the escalators as much as possible and had the Fitbit in my pocket from the time I woke up until the time I (finally) went to bed. Never once did I put the Fitbit in the washing machine. The activity also includes the Wednesday Night Party at Universal. [read] Keywords: wireless
Visiting Two Parks – A Visual Treat
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 7:50a Gregg Eldred A friend of mine purchased, or was given (I can’t remember), a fancy watch. The GPS function will track his progress on the golf course, the road (he’s a runner), and, as it turns out, as he walks through amusement parks. With his family in tow. The first two pictures are of his travels through the Magic Kingdom.
The overall picture:
And then, the detailed picture of his travels through Magic Kingdom:
Yes, I find that “route” hilarious.
Finally, here he is, with his fam [read] Keywords:
John Scalzi: Punting the Start Screen
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 1:30p Gregg Eldred For those of you curious about every aspect of my technological life, I will note here a slight change to my UI experience of Windows 8, namely that I’ve installed Stardock’s “Start 8″ program, which reinstates a Windows 7-like start button and menu to the desktop, and banishes Win8′s Start Screen into an optional little area you can visit if you like, and not if you don’t want to.
I did this because simply put I’ve come to believe the Win 8 start screen, and the whole environment [read] Keywords: desktop
IBM Notes Mail Rules – Working With Limits
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 1:13p Gregg Eldred A Help Desk case comes into the queue. A user, when attempting to create a new mail rule, is receiving an error. IBM Notes cannot create a new rule because it exceeds the 32K limit. This user isn’t dumb, he knows that there is no way a simple mail rule will exceed a 32K limit. And he’s right.
What he doesn’t know is that the Mail Rules view, however, can exceed that limit.
Especially if that view has over 100 mail rules. Yes, this particular person had more than 100 rules.
This [read] Keywords: ibm
America’s 100 best beer bars: 2013
Wed, Jan 16th 2013 7:30p Gregg Eldred As craft beer has exploded, so has the number of incredible places that serve it. This list celebrates those special haunts with less than three locations and one passionate focus: beer. There might be darts and a jukebox or candlelight and a turntable; there might be five beers or 500. But in every spot on our list, you’ll find an excellent brew in your glass and people—staff, owners, barflies—who care about that as much as you do. (Read last year’s list here.)
More > [read] Keywords:
A Few Scheduling Problems
Wed, Jan 16th 2013 7:00p Gregg Eldred My first crack at the Connect 2013 sessions. It’s not as full as in years past, however there are a few problems with attending some competing sessions. I do not like the major holes, though. [read] Keywords:
Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins
Mon, Jan 7th 2013 7:33p Gregg Eldred The short story isn’t something that I normally read, which is unfortunate. It’s a great art, where the author has to convey quite a bit in a compressed time frame. Because of this, some aspects you would normally expect while reading a novel are missing, such as detailed character development. However, if you pick up a collection of short stories centered on one figure, for example, Chicago Lightning, by Max Allan Collins, the reader is able to learn quite a bit about the central ch [read] Keywords: development
Modifying the Mail File Owner Field
Fri, Dec 28th 2012 1:40p Gregg Eldred Back in the day, which would be the Lotus Notes/Domino R5 days, if you needed to change the mail file owner field in a database, be it mail-in or person, it was a simple process. Open the mail file, click on Preferences – Mail – Basics, select a name from the Domino Directory, and save the Preference.
Apparently, to “prevent issues caused by the name in the Mail File Owner field not existing as a valid hierarchical name in the Domino Directory,” this behavior was changed [read] Keywords: domino
“Damn You Autocorrect:” Best of 2012
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 3:33p Gregg Eldred It’s usually a good policy to start your day with a laugh. Damnyouautocorrect is good place for that laugh. Since it is nearly the end of 2012, Damn You Autocorrect has released their “Best of” list, which is quite entertaining.
Link: Damnyouautocorrect.com [read] Keywords:
Eat, Breathe, and Misinform on Social Media
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 9:12a Gregg Eldred Chaos and tragedy shine harsh lights on our 24-hour, always connected, social media world. NPR, which isn’t immune to reporting false or misleading information in the early moments of chaos and tragedy, had a pretty good report this morning on the latest example, the Sandy Hook Shootings.
It was journalistic bedlam.
Some news outlets signaled their mistakes and that stories were shifting; others glossed over them with updated information, as though they had held the facts all along. But it [read] Keywords:
Cringely: More stupid IBM tricks put customer data at risk
Fri, Dec 14th 2012 7:13p Gregg Eldred Keeping an eye on Cringely, as he continues to watch IBM. This time around, IBM failed its internal security audit which means that those of you that rely on IBM Global Services to manage your data centers might want to take notice and demand some things from your sales rep or account manager.
I heard from dozens of readers this morning about a message IBM sent to its current employees concerning their 401K plan — changing it from a contribution in every paycheck to a single contribution at th [read] Keywords: ibm
“Last Chance” for Something I’ve Already Booked
Wed, Dec 12th 2012 11:20a Gregg Eldred I never seem to really understand the need for a “last chance” e-mail, one that should never have been sent. For example:
The reservations system knows that I am registered for this event. It also knows that I have exercised an option to have a discount applied to the registration. The reservations system knows all of this and more about me. Yet, some other system feels it’s important to remind me of an action that I have already performed.
I really don’t understand.
Oh, [read] Keywords: collaboration
Verso Prologue Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Red
Tue, Dec 11th 2012 7:28p Gregg Eldred I’ve had three separate covers for my Kindle Fire. Two were black nylon cases that worked well, kept the Kindle safe and secure. One was a hardcore cover, best suited for the military deployments. Not only did that cover keep the device safe, I think it would stop a .50 caliber round. Perfect for the post apocalyptic, zombie infested world. All of them were good, served their function well, but seemed to be missing something. I would have to characterize that “something” as per [read] Keywords:
How is winmail.dat my problem?
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 7:20p Gregg Eldred Misconfigured Outlook clients used to be the bane of my existance. And, occasionally can still be, in 2012. Which is pretty astounding, when you think about it.
The background is pretty simple, really. Outlook clients send e-mail using a Microsoft proprietary format, which certainly isn’t MIME. That is pretty amazing that someone thought that everyone, everywhere, would use Outlook to send mail to other Outlook users.
Try explaining to a customer that those files aren’t a Notes/Domin [read] Keywords: domino