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
How To Sell a Motorcycle
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 7:00p Gregg Eldred This bike is not just a bike…. it’s a muse…. it’s a teleportation device…. hell, it’s even like a bad assed medical tool. I once rode it by some guy who was constipated, just hearing me downshift from third to second emptied his bowels. I shit you not.
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The Earth at Night
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 6:11p Gregg Eldred NASA has posted some amazingly beautiful pictures of our planet at night.
These pictures are “. . . [a} global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.”
The entire set can be found here. [read] Keywords: administration
Nujmber One Son, 3 Year Anniversary
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 4:21p Gregg Eldred Whoa, has it really been three years since Number One Son left the house with his social security card, drivers license, $20 in cash, a small scrap of paper with addresses, a few stamps, and the clothes on his back and headed to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Cleveland? Then, started his long, tiring journey to Parris Island, SC?
Yes, it has been three years. Three years today.
I believe that the three year anniversary is special to Corporal Number One Son, as he is able to [read] Keywords: security
Firefox and iNotes
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 4:10p Gregg Eldred Damn, Firefox causes problems for me and iNotes. You visit a customer to do a simple Domino upgrade and what do you end up spending most of your time resolving? Firefox and iNotes issues.
Now, usually, Firefox doesn’t cause a lot of trouble, especially when you stick with one release and refuse to upgrade. But, of course, there are those among us that cannot abide by being a point release behind. Those are the people that immediately download the latest and greatest. In the case of Firefox [read] Keywords: domino
Sametime Gateway Update
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 12:30p Gregg Eldred A while back, I asked if anyone knew Sametime Gateway. I certainly appreciated the responses, however restarting the Gateway and the Nodes was not my idea of a good time.
Even if we were able to script it.
What did opening a PMR with IBM get us?
After much time and effort, on both IBM’s and our part, it came down to a problem between, not the Gateway and Google Talk, as I expected, but a communication issue between the Sametime Gateway and the Sametime XMPP server. That’s right kids, [read] Keywords: ibm
And so, here we are . . .
Tue, Dec 4th 2012 6:10p Gregg Eldred On March 3, 2005, I started blogging, using the Blogosphere template running on Lotus IBM Domino. That first post was titled “Is this thing on?” Back in those days, you usually saw a “Hello World” type post, and that was mine. I didn’t think that a default post from WordPress, titled “Hello World” would actually be my first post on this new (to me) platform.
But it was.
Oh, well, live and learn.
Beginning with my posts appearing late, or not at all, on P [read] Keywords: domino
Tue, Dec 4th 2012 12:30p Gregg Eldred Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.
Happy blogging! [read] Keywords: admin
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Tue, Dec 4th 2012 12:30p Gregg Eldred Clay Jannon is one of those people that rarely touch paper. Need news? He uses Google. Looking for a job? He scans the job openings online. Looking for something to read? He downloads books, magazine articles, blog posts to his laptop or his early version Kindle. He is a child of the internet and his job is at a startup, creating logos, web sites, administering a Twitter account. However, a severe downturn in the economy results in the loss of Clay’s job. He’s been out of work for a [read] Keywords: google
La Gorda Cowbell - More Cowbell!!
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 6:55p Gregg Eldred Outdoor sporting events require something that will announce your approval, your spirit, you enthusiasm. Something that doesn't require you to yell for 15-20 minutes (cross country) or over an hour (soccer and football, for example). However, when announcing your presence, you either go loud or go home. The La Gorda Cowbelll, complete with carrying strap, is that announcement. It shames every other "cowbell" in the stadium, on the pitch, on the cross country course. Smaller, weaker bells are [read] Keywords:
My Summer, My New Adventure
Wed, Sep 19th 2012 12:10p Gregg Eldred Last year, MWLUG was in Milwaukee. As is usually my practice, I arrived a day early. On the train from Chicago to Milwaukee (train travel is the best), I took a call from Bill Malchisky who wanted to know if I was interested in a trip to a museum. Being a sucker for that sort of thing, I accepted. Then, I asked, "Which museum?" "The Harley-Davidson Museum," came the reply. Snooze fest I thought, but what the heck, it was a museum.
It was fantastic, beautiful, and amazing.
On our way out [read] Keywords: lotusphere
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 9:20a Gregg Eldred The "problem" with NPR is that
they expose me to authors I would not normally seek out, as they regularly
have segments concerning new books. Such is the case with Karen Thompson
Walker and her novel "The
Age of Miracles."
Julia is nearing her twelfth birthday,
becoming aware of boys, and is navigating the treacherous shoals of middle
school, with the cliques, gossip, and need to feel a part of something.
All of that can be traumatic. What really causes problems for her, and
everyone else [read] Keywords:
The First Bit of IBM "Analytics"
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 8:23p Gregg Eldred As is usually the case with early August, Number Two Son and I travelled to Washington, DC. Primarily, we are there to visit BrickFair, an excellent LEGO convention. However, we also use the time to see the sights in and around the nation's captial. This year, we decided that we would tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. As we started the tour, imagine my surpise when I discovered this sitting in a display case:
Back in the 1930's, it certainly appears that IBM decided to get [read] Keywords: ibm
MWLUG - Choosing a Mobile Device Management Solution
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 8:23p Gregg Eldred For all of you that attended MWLUG 2012: Thank You. For those souls that decided seeing a presentation on "Choosing a Mobile Device Management Solution" was a good idea: Many thanks. For all of you, here is the presentation. Please remember, your mileage may vary.
Choosing a Mobile Device Management Solution [read] Keywords: mobile
Do You Know Sametime Gateway?
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 8:23p Gregg Eldred After a feverish battle with WebSphere,
Deployment Manager, firewalls, and DNS, we successfully beat Sametime
Gateway and have it up and running.
You see, once a week, it could be over
a weekend or any weekday, we lose connectivity to Google Talk. Restart
the nodes and node agents, we get connectivity with Google Talk back and
the users are happy. To resolve the issue, we have upgraded Sametime to
the latest and greatest. We have made changes to the firewall to allow
packet sizes [read] Keywords: ibm
RIM: One of Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2013
Thu, Jun 28th 2012 6:03p Gregg Eldred RIM once owned the smartphone market. Its BlackBerry products were used largely by businesses. It is hardly worth repeating the story of how RIM was late to the consumer market, where it has been pounded relentlessly by Apple and an army of Google Android phones from manufacturers as diverse as Taiwanâs HTC, South Koreaâs Samsung and Motorola in the U.S. The pace at which the company fell apart once the process began was even more extraordinary than its rise.
More > [read] Keywords: apple
IBM, BYOD, MDM, WTF?
Fri, May 25th 2012 4:53p Gregg Eldred A blog title with not one word in it. [laughs]
What a strange thing to admit, from a company that sells an MDM. Or is this considered "transparency?"
In 2010, like many large companies in recent years, IBM adopted a "bring your own device" policy, meaning that employees who want to work outside the office don't have to use a smart phone provided by the company. Although IBM still gives BlackBerrys to about 40,000 of its 400,000 employees, 80,000 other workers now reach internal IBM netw [read] Keywords: ibm
FREE: All-In-One Notes/Domino Admin Tool
Tue, May 22nd 2012 9:00p Gregg Eldred This technote contains an all-in-one Admin Tool that consists of a collection of tools that IBM Support provides in various technotes and wiki articles. These technotes usually require an Administrator to create agents to troubleshoot or workaround various issues. This goal of this tool is to eliminate those steps in favor of guided options to perform the required tasks.
What do you get with the ZIP file? Among the list of ten tools, you get:
Out of Office Diagnostic Tool which will assist you [read] Keywords: admin
Two Kick A$$ Tools (FREE) for Lotus Notes Clients
Sat, Mar 17th 2012 11:00a Gregg Eldred Sadly, one of the few Open Mic sessions I've missed happened to be the one with the most awesome content.
Back on 13 March, IBM hosted an Open Mic Webcast titled "Install Utilitles for Lotus Notes." It was my mistake not to read the abstract, as I was thinking "InstallShield Tuner" for some reason. This open mic, which you may reference here, did not cover InstallShield Tuner. No, it covered two amazing tools that you NEED to put in your toolbox.
Let me explain.
IBM introduced NICE, t [read] Keywords: ibm
Foursquare Could Kill You
Thu, Mar 15th 2012 11:10a Gregg Eldred Interesting alternative view of the geo-location services we civilians mostly take for granted, from checking in on foursquare to adding tags to our uploaded pictures.
A deployed service member's situational awareness includes the world of social media. If a Soldier uploads a photo taken on his or her smartphone to Facebook, they could broadcast the exact location of their unit, said Steve Warren, deputy G2 for the Maneuver Center of Excellence, or MCoE.
"Today, in pretty much every single [read] Keywords: facebook
Lotus: "Over The Top Technology"
Thu, Mar 15th 2012 11:10a Gregg Eldred Legendary accounts of breakthroughs in technology tend to focus on operating systems, displays and new devices.
But one of the most significant yet under-reported trends is for technology companies to try to 'leapfrog' each other with 'over-the-top' technologies. It is this trend that often defines the battle for supremacy in the technology industry.
... [IBM] spent over $4bn buying software firm Lotus because it wanted a small but crucial part of the business: Lotus Notes, with a reve [read] Keywords: ibm
Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter
Mon, Mar 5th 2012 4:33p Gregg Eldred His wife, June, is there, watching President
Truman present him with the Medal of Honor. He earned the medal fighting
on Iwo Jima, one of several islands he led Marines into battle against
the Japanese. The presentation concludes, he heads to the washroom. There,
he unholsters his sidearm, wonders why he is here, in Washington
receiving the Medal of Honor, when the real hero's are still on the beaches
and in the jungles of the Pacific, dead. He puts the gun to his temple.
"Earl," comes the v [read] Keywords:
HP Input Output: Your Cloud Won't Secure Itself
Tue, Feb 28th 2012 12:50p Gregg Eldred The cloud versus on-premises versus hybrid seems to now be changing some views and conversations. Oh, there will be those that swear by outsourcing a company's network and storage, in the name of "reduced costs." However, it seems that if you listen carefully, the conversation is changing slightly. You have to be willing to hear those other voices.
âThe cloud is really outsourcing,â says Chet Wisniewski, security analyst for Sophos, which was one of the security companies that dre [read] Keywords: network
The Return of Lotus Foundations
Tue, Feb 21st 2012 5:35p Gregg Eldred Unbelieveably, it has been a while since I saw any news concerning Lotus Foundations. That could be due to the hardware being withdrawn from marketing. Or the withering and death of the much promoted Foundations Business Partner network. Just as I finished working through the pain and suffering caused by this product line, including the marketing, with my therapist, I find this, dateline February 15, 2012:
IBM will be expanding its software portfolio for millions of small and medium businesses [read] Keywords: bluehouse
As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me by Josef M. Bauer
Mon, Feb 20th 2012 5:18p Gregg Eldred "Clemens Forell" was a German
paratrooper during World War II. He saw action in Rotterdam, Eben Emanel,
and Crete before he was wounded. After he recovered, he was sent, with
his team, to the Eastern Front, dropping in behind enemy lines in the Ural
Mountains. Captured, he was sent to a Siberian labor camp, where he was
sentenced to 25 years of labor in a lead mine. With a sentence like that,
in a very hostile environment, he had two choices; slowly die of lead poisoning
or escape. Forell chos [read] Keywords:
Sametime applets signer certificate expires on 19 March 2012
Thu, Feb 16th 2012 6:40a Gregg Eldred In the event you were unaware, on 19 March, the Sametime Meeting Server applets are signed with a VeriSign certificate. That certificate expires shortly and you may want to mitigate the certificate expiration warning so that you do not field too many Help Desk calls. IBM has published a TechNote detailing the steps needed to resolve this issue, below.
Sametime applets signer certificate expires on 19 March 2012 [read] Keywords: ibm
Stony Brook University: Goodbye Lotus Notes
Thu, Feb 16th 2012 6:40a Gregg Eldred Google Apps for Education will be the new university- wide collaboration service, as announced by President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. in his email on Dec.19. This is a result of the suggestion from the Steering Committee, whose investigation considered issues including but not limited to security, accessibility, and usability.
. . . Lotus Notes was the former program used for most of these functions. But as co-chair of the Steering Committee Margaret Schedel said, âLotus Notes was awkward.â [read] Keywords: collaboration
Lotusphere: Will it Jumpstart the IBM Lotus Brand?
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 9:30a Gregg Eldred Now in its 19th year, Lotusphere will once again attempt to make up the ground Lotus Notes lost as a result of shifts in strategy at IBM and changes in the market in the past few years. But with Lotus Notes facing an uphill battle, five days at "the happiest place on Earth" will have to go a long way.
. . . But even with the help of the Connect conference, some in the industry are concerned that Lotusphere '12 may be too little, too late.
Sandy Carter is quoted, but without the exclamati [read] Keywords: ibm
Are Your Twitter Followers Yours? Or Your Company's?
Tue, Dec 27th 2011 8:20p Gregg Eldred In 2006 Noah Kravitz went to work for Phonedog, a news site specializing in mobile phone related news. During his four years as a writer for Phonedog, his Twitter profile, Phonedog_Noah, picked up 17,000 followers. When he left the company last October, he was told that he could keep the account, provided he tweeted about Phonedog once in a while. When he left, Kravitz changed the profileâs name to NoahKravitz, and proceeded to continue tweeting â including the occasional mention of Ph [read] Keywords: mobile
Where are the PlayBooks?
Mon, Dec 19th 2011 10:00p Gregg Eldred Ah, the irony: over the past few weeks even RIM has admitted that the BlackBerry PlayBook is so unloved it canât even give it away, and now $1.7m-worth of the 7-inch slates have actually been stolen. A truck transporting 22 pallets of the PlayBook to Ontario, Canada, was parked up for the driver to take a rest break, The Herald Bulletin reports, when it was stolen by person or persons unknown.
"Police said they have no suspects." Of course not, who wants to admit that they ha [read] Keywords: blackberry
RIM in the News (and it has nothing to do with the PlayBook)
Mon, Dec 12th 2011 4:15p Gregg Eldred New details are emerging about the rowdy behaviour of two Research In Motion executives who were fired for disrupting an intercontinental flight â including that they managed to chew their way out of restraints after being handcuffed by crew members.
George Campbell, 45, and Paul Alexander Wilson, 38, each pleaded guilty to mischief for disrupting an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Beijing last week.
The plane landed instead in Vancouver, where a court later ordered them to pay $72,00 [read] Keywords: policies
research in motion
IBM Documentation Needs Help
Wed, Dec 7th 2011 9:01p Gregg Eldred Redbooks, for all intents and purposes, are dead. At least as far as IBM Lotus is concerned. The future, we've been told, are wikis, blogs, and InfoCenters. True, most of the IBM Lotus wikis have been populated with the contents of existing Redbooks, however the information in the wikis and InfoCenters is a hit-or-miss proposition.
Let's take a look at one example of a miss.
Installing and configuring the IBM Lotus Sametime Gateway is a lot of fun, the documentation makes it appear a pai [read] Keywords: ibm
What Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, And SAP Don't Tell Customers
Mon, Nov 28th 2011 9:10p Gregg Eldred The four big software vendors -- Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and SAP -- have hidden motives that customers need to understand, otherwise they might be pushed into buying products and services that don't fit their needs.
That's the takeaway from a recent Gartner talk in Australia, reported by IT News.
. . . IBM wants to take over your IT strategy. IBM bills itself as a thought leader, but its real business is selling consulting services. To thrive, IBM account managers try to take control of a [read] Keywords: ibm
"What is the number of companies that use Notes, Alex"
Wed, Nov 23rd 2011 7:41a Gregg Eldred The answer, according to a company that wants to sell me the database is 17,693.
From the e-mail they sent me:
We have verified a list of Lotus Notes installed companies across the following countries;
Europe - 8530 Companies
United Kingdom - 2000 companies
US - 7163 companies
If it wasn't that the database costs money, I'd be interested in the accuracy of their information. [read] Keywords: lotus
Factory of Sadness
Wed, Nov 16th 2011 7:56p Gregg Eldred Worth sharing. Even if I don't give a moments thought to the "professional" football team in Cleveland.
I've always maintained that the only professional football team in the state of Ohio plays on Saturdays in Columbus. [read] Keywords:
Laughing All Year Long
Wed, Nov 16th 2011 7:14p Gregg Eldred One side benefit of ordering custom t-shirts on the internet are the monthly follow-up e-mails from the company.
When I see that e-mail in my Inbox, without fail, I laugh.
I wonder what I should create for Lotusphere 2012? Thoughts? [read] Keywords: lotusphere
My ASW Post of Year
Wed, Nov 16th 2011 6:10p Gregg Eldred Well, here it is, for your amusement, ridicule, and comments.
Gregg Eldred, an information technology worker with NextStep Technologies in Avon Lake, said he has an iPad for work, but he ordered a Fire for personal use. He had considered an iPad, but he said he's not sure how much he'll actually use the tablet, so springing for the more expensive device didn't make much sense.
"I really like the feel of paper. I love books. I love carrying them around," Eldred said. "If the Kindle doe [read] Keywords: profile
General Motors: Goodbye Lotus Notes
Tue, Nov 15th 2011 10:52p Gregg Eldred Let's continue with the headlines.
Google Apps, Googleâs (NASDAQ:GOOG) very own arsenal of application software, can make it big on a large-scale. The search giant has recently signed a deal to provide its e-mail and cloud-based software to General Motorsâ (NYSE:GM) 100,000 employees.  While the deal itself is big, what is more important is the precedent it can set for other large firms to adopt cloud-based application software, threatening traditional players like Microsoft (NAS [read] Keywords: ibm
University of Dayton: Goodbye Lotus Notes
Tue, Nov 15th 2011 10:38p Gregg Eldred Over the past year, or so, I've done three posts concerning the Univeristy of Dayton, their current IBM Lotus Notes and Domino environment, and their supposed move to GMail.
There is no "supposed" any longer; they are moving to the Google cloud.
The University of Dayton will switch from the Lotus Notes email software to Google Apps for Education on Nov. 25.
Starting that day all emails sent to current Lotus Notes accounts will be forwarded to UD Gmail accounts called UDMail, which will [read] Keywords: domino
The Other 1%
Tue, Nov 15th 2011 10:05p Gregg Eldred "I felt as alien here as I was in Iraq," the 32-year-old recalls of his return to his native Utah. At home, he says, it was impossible to tell we were a nation at war. He couldn't discuss it with pals "without sounding like a Martian," because they had no idea what the war in Iraq was like. The conversation would bog down, stall and then move on to other topics.
Sadly, it's behind a pay wall, however if you have the means to access the November 21 issue of Time Magazine, it' [read] Keywords:
A Traveler Cookbook with No Recipes
Tue, Nov 15th 2011 10:05p Gregg Eldred So, up until the other day, I haven't blogged in weeks. Now, while I'm waiting for some IBM Lotus code to come down from Passport Advantage so that I can do some remote Notes installs, I am doing a little catching up. The easy stuff. If you saw my pile of books that need to be reviewed, you'd realize that I have a blog post a day for at least the next month.
Let's look at a new (November 2) resource for those implementing a Lotus Traveler environment, Lotus Notes Traveler Deployment Cookbo [read] Keywords: domino
Difference of Perspective
Mon, Nov 14th 2011 7:40p Gregg Eldred During the quiet times, my thoughts return to Number One Son. It's not that Number Two Son is far from my thoughts, he certainly isn't, it's just that Number One Son is away and has limited access to e-mail and text. I could call him, but I am unaware of his work schedule, so I try not intrude on his time. He forces upon me thoughts and feelings that you cannot understand unless you have an immediate family member in uniform. I look upon those "Support Our Troops," "Pray for Our Troops" [read] Keywords:
Traveling the North Coast of Ohio by SB Jeffrey
Tue, Oct 25th 2011 11:00a Gregg Eldred Traveling
the North Coast of Ohio is one
of the most interesting books I have read. While I am well versed in the
subject matter, without the book, author SB Jeffrey bends the meaning of
"book." This is an interesting title, as SB Jeffrey explains
that instead of actually writing the book, it is taken from "high
quality wikipedia articles."
Contents: Lake Erie Region; Toledo;
Port Clinton and the Lake Erie Islands; Sandusky and Cedar Point; Lorain
and Vicinity; Cleveland; Ashtabula; Refe [read] Keywords: google
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Mon, Oct 24th 2011 3:50p Gregg Eldred The year is 2044 and the real world is
a cold, depressing place. Unemployment is so high that there is a two year
waiting list to work at a fast food restaurant. The environment is pretty
much in a shambles, there's a severe energy crisis, famine is everywhere.
The only escape is OASIS, where most of humanity spends its waking hours.
OASIS is a massive virtual galaxy where your avatar can be anything you
want it to be, it's a place where you can live, play, quest on any of the
thousands of pla [read] Keywords:
Booth Babes at IT Conferences Are Bad
Tue, Sep 27th 2011 9:40p Gregg Eldred This week, Iâm experiencing the life of an endangered species. In the sessions and amidst the vendor stalls and hang spaces at VMworld 2011, I am reminded over and over that there is a serious lack of women in technology.
Oh, some of the women in IT are at VMworld 2011. Iâve even had long discussions about technology with a few of them, and weâve all laughed about how great it is that we never have a line in the womenâs restrooms, while the menâs lines wrap out the doo [read] Keywords: virtualization
How Do You Prove Your Love of Good Beer?
Tue, Sep 27th 2011 9:40p Gregg Eldred I'm guessing it isn't anything like this.
. . . we put out a call on Facebook for others to post their tattoos on the CraftBeer.com wall to see how many other devotees decided to permanently wear their love for craft beer. After an overwhelming response, we narrowed it down to the 32 tattoos that we thought were the best.
More > [read] Keywords: facebook