So you wanted to know what it's like to work in a NYC subway tunnel
Sun, Oct 27th 2013 2:04p Jim Casale NYC Transit released some videos that show
the damaged caused by Super Storm Sandy and what is being done to repair
In the second video the real action
starts around the 2 minute mark. In one scene the worker is using a power
hammer on the tunnel ceiling. Imagine if he poked a hole in that ceiling?
Hello East River! (not really possible I would imagine).
If you've ever taken a ride on a NYC
Subway let's just say..it can sometimes be odorous. Imagine working in
th [read] Keywords:
To my Dad...good-bye and may you rest in peace
Sun, Sep 29th 2013 4:49p Jim Casale My dad passed away Saturday night after making the decision he did not want to have dialysis anymore. He was supposed to last 2 to 3 weeks but I got a call this morning letting me know he had passed away overnight.
He said he was tired and the pain was too much. I am having a hard time understanding that decision, but I realize I was not in his shoes and it was his decision to make. My dad and I didn't have the best relationship for the last 15 years or so. And it was not for lack of trying [read] Keywords:
Are you into 80's new wave/alternative music? Do you remember WLIR?
Fri, May 3rd 2013 5:40a Jim Casale If you've lived in the 80's and
90's and you were into new wave/alternative have I got good news for you.
The premier radio station in the New York City area for new wave/alternative
from 80's and 90's is back. And since it's online you don't have to live
here to enjoy it.
I remember listening to WLIR both at work and at home back in the day.
I was never a pop music sort of guy and the songs WLIR picked were innovative
and ground breaking. All of the other stations in the New Y [read] Keywords:
Does Bill Gates have nothing better to do?
Tue, Apr 9th 2013 4:07a Jim Casale I recently became aware of an
initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
to track student information. The merits of such
a system could be debated but
what cannot be debated is the fact that not one New York City parent was
asked, or even told, about this use of their child's data.
Some of you may say that the age of
privacy is gone with Social Media, etc being all the rage. This issue has
nothing to do with Twitter, Facebook, etc. When I choose to use these services
I d [read] Keywords: database
Windows 7 issue running under Linux KVM
Mon, Sep 10th 2012 9:17a Jim Casale I recently ran into a problem where all
my Windows 7 vm's running under Linux KVM would start and then crash before
the Windows login screen. All the other vm's (Windows 2008-2003, Windows
XP, various flavors of Linux did not have an issue. I keep up to date on
all patches on the host and the vm's so I figured it had to be something
that was updated. I am still not sure which side of the equation is to
blame but suffice to say, after much trial and error, I found by disabling
the Windo [read] Keywords: linux
Lotus Notes and Tripit
Wed, Sep 5th 2012 7:30a Jim Casale I am not sure where Viktor
fix but it appears the fix with
Tripit and Lotus Notes calendar feed is simply changing webcal:// to https://.
I also don't know what changed to cause
this issue tooccur when it had been working for as long as I have used
the TripIt service. Sad to say Tripit
support has been no support at
all [read] Keywords: lotus
Phone Spam and Telemarketers
Wed, Sep 5th 2012 7:30a Jim Casale If you are like many Americans you are
probably getting a bunch of spam phone calls even though you maybe on the
FTC's Do Not Call list. To say
the Do Not Call list is a joke would be an understatement.
You can normally tell a spam phone call
by the Caller ID such as
Toll Free Call
Credit Card Services
These are just some of the many fictitious
names used by phone spammers.
I was barraged with the same number
for [read] Keywords:
You can't kil yourself with soda but you can kill yourself on a bicycle
Thu, May 31st 2012 5:11p Jim Casale Our beloved Mayor of New York City has
drinks larger than 16 oz's to be bad for you
and wants to outlaw them for your safety. That same Mayor doesn't have
a problem with you riding
a bicycle in Manhattan traffic without a safety helmet.
Huh? So in essence you can't be fat but you can be dead.
For the record I don't think drinking
a lot of soda is healthy for you but I also believe the proposed law is
useless (as you can just buy four 16 oz sodas) [read] Keywords:
Is Chrome really the #1 browser?
Wed, May 23rd 2012 6:11a Jim Casale Recent headlines proclaim chrome is the
#1 browser on the World Wide Web. I have to question how accurate that
statement is and how did they get to the #1 spot if true.
You have to wonder how much software
bundling has to play in browser stats. It's no secret there are many "free"
software packages out there that bundle additional software. How many people
actually uncheck this option?
And there is the wonderful world of
statistics and how they are generated and co [read] Keywords: google
Why I donate
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 4:54a Jim Casale If you follow me on Twitter or 4Square
you have probably seen me check-in at Long Island Blood Services. For those
of you wondering it's not because I am sickly. I am there for my regular
platelet donation. Some of you may also be wondering why I donate, or better
yet, why I donate so often (every 2 weeks - and contrary to what I joking
say I will not end up looking like SpongeBob SquarePants in the SpongeBob
movie - a shriveled up sponge).
It all started about 10 years ago when
my [read] Keywords: email
Tue, Apr 24th 2012 4:10p Jim Casale I am fortunate (or unfortunate sometimes)
to live about 15 minutes from JFK airport. Depending on the weather conditions
the landing flight path gives me a good view of approaching aircraft. Although
delayed until Friday I wonder if I will be able to get a birds eye view
of the shuttle
on its approach to JFK. The shuttle will be stored at JFK and won't be
at the Intrepid
Air Space Museum for months. I
doubt I will go to see it for a while because of its popularity
View of flights a [read] Keywords: enterprise
What's wrong with this picture - literally
Fri, Feb 10th 2012 5:05a Jim Casale A recent visit to my sons school shows
me how inept New York City can be.
There is a supposed to be a special
entrance for the FDNY
but I am wondering - how they
are supposed to get over the concrete barriers that were installed?
So now you have 3 schools on a campus
that is fenced in with only one (main) entrance that the FDNY can use.
I guess I shouldn't tell you the road from the main entrance to the 3 schools
is too narrow for firetrucks to navigate. Unbe [read] Keywords:
To Flash or not to Flash
Mon, Sep 26th 2011 5:41a Jim Casale What's the point of promoting a "HTML5"
site when the site depends on Flash?
Pandora unveiled a dramatically overhauled site design. Beyond a welcome
new look, the code behind the site now uses HTML5 in favor of Adobe
Flash. In its own press
release, Pandora credits the switch to
HTML5 for opening up creative new cross-platform advertising opportunities
and allowing for a more flexible overall site design."
After not being able to run the new
P [read] Keywords: firefox
The saddest and happiest day of our lives
Sun, Sep 11th 2011 6:13a Jim Casale It was 10 years ago today America was attacked
by terrorists. Both my wife and I knew people who died at the WTC and know
NYC fireman and police officers who worked at ground zero.
It was 28 years ago today I made the
best decision in my life and married my wife (although some days I bet
she might wonder about her decision)
For the last 10 years we have unofficially
celebrated our anniversary on 9/10 although we have never really talked
about it. It's just something we did.
Unwanted "McAfee Security Scan Plus"
Thu, Aug 25th 2011 5:11a Jim Casale I've seen McAfee's Security Scan Plus
on a few workstations at a client
recently, and I was puzzled as to how they wold allow this to be installed
along with their normal antivirus software. Now
I know why - thank you Adobe [read] Keywords: security
It's the firewall and everything else but the real problem
Tue, Jul 19th 2011 4:55a Jim Casale A recent problem with my Slingbox has left
me unimpressed with Sling Media's tech support. So much so that I would
recommend against purchasing any Sling Media product.
A few weeks ago my Slingbox stream started
acting up. The stream started freezing, I would get warning messages saying
the quality of Internet was poor, and other assorted oddities. I had attributed
it to poor Internet service as I was already having issues with VPN disconnection
and not being able surf the web.
[read] Keywords: network
Wikimania has been extended until the end of July!
Wed, Jun 22nd 2011 5:57a Jim Casale Wikimania has been extended until the end
of July. I have a lot of schwag to give away but you need to participate
to get some of it. Help the community and get yourself a bunch of schwag
by going to the Lotus Product wikis and submit a Wiki article today. Details
PS - I am working on more ways to participate
in the community and score some schwag. Stay tuned for details [read] Keywords: lotus
We have our first Wikimania entry
Wed, Jun 1st 2011 10:23a Jim Casale The first Wikimania
entry has been received! Don't be the only geek to miss out on some cool
schwag. Submit your Wiki article today to receive a promotion pack today.
With this being "Learn
XPages Month" what better
way to get a free copy of "Mastering
XPages" [read] Keywords: xpages blogSphere
Wikimania starts today!!
Wed, Jun 1st 2011 4:05a Jim Casale Wikimania
is finally here. Head on over to www.wikimania.us
to find out how you can get a promotion pack with great schwag including
a few copies of "Mastering XPages", bucky ball sets, and information
on how to win an iPad. Wikimania
promotion is running for the entire month of June, but don't wait until
the last minute. Submit your wiki article today! [read] Keywords: xpages wiki
Ten days until Wikimania
Mon, May 23rd 2011 5:48a Jim Casale Wikimania is almost here. I hope you are
coming up with some great ideas for informative wiki articles.
The schwag has started to arrive. I've
mentioned three lucky community members will receive Mastering XPages books
courtesy of IBM Press. What I haven't mentioned yet is the chance to win
an iPad. Yes, you heard it right. By submitting an article to one of the
IBM Lotus Wikis during the month of June and forwarding the link to the
article to email@example.com
you will receive i [read] Keywords: ibm
Only 3 weeks until Wikimania
Wed, May 11th 2011 7:10a Jim Casale Mark your calendar.... Wikimania
starts Wednesday, June 1st. If you don't know what Wikimania
is it's simply a promotion to encourage you to contribute your knowledge
and experience to the Lotus Wikis. It's rather simple - contribute an article
to one of the Lotus Wikis and get a promotion pack courtesy of some really
cool Lotus Business Partners, IBM
Press, and yours truly.
When you contribute an article to one
of the Lotus
Wikis between June 1st and June
30th send the link to [read] Keywords: ibm
Issues with Domino SNMP on partitioned AIX servers
Mon, Apr 4th 2011 6:09a Jim Casale It appears Domino SNMP on partitioned AIX
servers is broken. This does not affect a single DPAR running in its own
LPAR. It only comes into play when you are running multiple DPARs in a
single LPAR. Here is the issue.
You configure the AIX SNMP service and
the Domino LNSNMP service as per the instructions. If you load the quryset
task on one of the Domino consoles the task loads as it should. You can
query Domino using SNMP. As soon as you start the quryset task on a second
Domino pa [read] Keywords: agent
Calling all Business Partners, ISV's, and Vendors
Mon, Apr 4th 2011 6:09a Jim Casale Wikimania is coming.... Based on last years'
hugely successful WikiMadness (big thanks to Chris
for last years' promotion) , WikiMania is a fun way to get community members
contributing to the IBM
Lotus Product Wikis.
But we can't do it without your help.
If you have any giveaway items you can donate to this promotion I'd
love to hear from you. No donation is too small or too big.
If interested in donating to this promotion
please contact me via email.
Mor [read] Keywords: ibm
Slow network response in VMware Server
Wed, Feb 23rd 2011 5:11a Jim Casale Have you been working with VMware on your
PC or laptop and noticed that coping files in the virtual machine to be
extremely slow? It's not your imagination. There seems to be a Windows
setting that brings network response to a virtual halt (pun intended).
I was working with some virtual machines the other day and was seeing extremely
slow networking. At the time I had just attributed it to trying to do too
much at once on my laptop. It turns out that was not the case.
Every once in [read] Keywords: laptop
DAOS is two years old
Mon, Feb 14th 2011 5:23a Jim Casale I never did get to ask the Product Managers
at LS11 when they will add DAOS support to the Domino backup API. You'd
think two years after introducing a really killer feature for Domino they
would make it a bit easier to backup Domino when that killer feature is
enabled. DAOS is by no means extremely hard to backup. It's just
more up front work for administrators, as well as sometimes problematic
should you have to restore a DAOS enabled application with missing NLO's
To be clear, [read] Keywords: domino
So you need to block auto-forwarding of email to Internet email accounts
Tue, Jan 18th 2011 6:14a Jim Casale A question came across the Twitterverse
a couple of weeks ago asking if anyone knew how to block auto-forwarding
of email to Internet addresses. One of my former colleagues found this
technique on the Interwebs so I thought I would share it with everyone
To prevent users from using a rule to
auto-forward to Internet addresses you need to make the following configuration
Set the configuration document for
your mail servers
Delivery Controls -> user rule mail
forw [read] Keywords: lotus
Disney Magical Express and flights on non US carriers
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 8:12a Jim Casale After setting up my reservation for the
Disney Magical Express I found out that my roommate did not book his trip
to get to the Disney Yacht and Beach Club. The issue is air carriers outside
the US do not have agreements with Disney to pick up luggage for transportation
to your room. You CAN however book transportation on the Magical Express
provided you claim your own bags and bring them to the bus yourself.
I have confirmed this with the Disney
Reservation center. Hope this saves [read] Keywords: reservation
Starting a new position today
Mon, Nov 29th 2010 6:14a Jim Casale For those of you that don't already know
I have recently accepted a position with GROUP
I will miss the great people I have
worked with over the last 15 months (and I am sure they will miss my sense
of humor , but I look forward to meeting and working with my new colleagues
at GROUP. [read] Keywords: blogSphere
One more take on the TSA procedures
Sun, Nov 21st 2010 10:12a Jim Casale It's obvious the TSA has been under fire
recently in the news. Many people have voiced outrage and disbelief in
what they feel is intrusive, degrading, and harmful screening now being
performed at US airports. I think there are many different reasons for
the backlash but ultimately this backlash all points back to the screening
process currently being implemented by the TSA.
The current screening process can be
broken down into several components. If you are lucky enough to pass thro [read] Keywords: agent
Thu, Sep 30th 2010 4:29a Jim Casale Well no, not really. Not in the real sense
of being able to use Xmarks service. There has been a lot of chatter
about the demise of Xmarks and how many people are left without a way to
sync their bookmarks. It can be done with your own server, but how many
of you out there have your own server? Some people have suggested they
would be willing to pay a small fee to be able to sync their bookmarks.
That's were the rebirth happens. Although it may not work across
browsers or operating syst [read] Keywords: firefox
Sametime 8.5.1 Media Manager issues
Mon, Aug 30th 2010 4:26a Jim Casale If you are installing or upgrading to Sametime
8.5.1 you need to be aware of potential issues if your server has multiple
NIC's and IP addresses. An issue
that was in Sametime 8.5 appears
to still be in 8.5.1. Having recently done an 8.5 to 8.5.1 upgrade we were
unable to use audio or video in meetings. It seems components of the Sametime
Media Manager are binding to the wrong IP address when the server has multiple
NIC's and IP addresses. A HotFix from IBM fixed the issue but I am wond [read] Keywords: domino