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IBM Connect 2016 announced – in Orlando!
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Coming Soon – Interesting Webinars
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WWII – 75 years since Denmark and Norway were occupied
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IBM Verse – Features I would like to see
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IBM dropped the ball on IBM Verse
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Code – Read from and Write to Windows Registry in Lotusscript
Tue, Jun 23rd 2015 26
IBM Connect 2016 announced – in Orlando!
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 25
Code snippet – jQuery
Sat, Mar 15th 2014 11
Coming Soon – Interesting Webinars
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 11
“Migrate from legacy systems like Outlook/Exchange to IBM Notes”
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 10
I am back.
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 9
IBM ConnectED agenda published
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 9
Code snippet – Disable agent using external file
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#ThrowbackThursday – JMP 101 from Lotusphere 2012
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IBM Connect becomes IBM ConnectED in 2015
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Karl-Henry Martinsson
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Code – Read from and Write to Windows Registry in Lotusscript
Tue, Jun 23rd 2015 11:19a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
A question was posted in the IBM DeveloperWorks forum for Notes/Domino 8 about the possibility to detect from within Notes if a computer is equipped with a touch screen. The answer was that you have to check if a specific DLL is installed, which is done though the registry. The original posted then asked how to do […]
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IBM Connect 2016 announced – in Orlando!
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 3:44p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
IBM just published information about the future of the conference known as Lotusphere/IBM Connect/IBM ConnectED. To the contrary of what probably everyone thought, the conference will be back in Orlando in January 2016, reverting back to the name IBM Connect. It’s long run at Walt Disney Dolphin and Swan (affectionate known as Swolphin) will however be […]
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Coming Soon – Interesting Webinars
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 6:07p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
The Notes training company TLCC has two very interesting webinars coming up, especially for anyone that were not able to attende ConnectED in January. On May 14 the IBM development team will talk about the Domino development landscape, including new features for Domino on-premises as well as for the cloud through IBM Bluemix. IBM:ers Pete […]
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WWII – 75 years since Denmark and Norway were occupied
Fri, Apr 10th 2015 1:15a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
In the morning of April 9, 1940 Germany invaded Denmark and Norway in a surprise attack. Denmark had virtually no chance at all and was quickly overrun by the well-trained and experienced Wehrmacht. After six hours Denmark had no choice but to surrender. The quick surrender is thought to have resulted in a more lenient treatment […]
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IBM Verse – Features I would like to see
Fri, Mar 13th 2015 5:23p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
I have been testing IBM Verse Preview a little now, and I have compiled a list of some features I would like to see implemented. I have not included things in the UI (User Interface), because it is clear that part is still being polished/developed, and have some ways to go. I am going to focus […]
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IBM dropped the ball on IBM Verse
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 6:57p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
At IBM ConnectED in January IBM promised that all attendees would get early access to the next generation web-based email presented at the conference, IBM Verse. Jeff Schick initially promised it for february, but after several emails where the attendees were offered to sign up, it got very very quiet. Today the real invitation finally […]
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Microsoft and jQuery Ajax calls – not using standards
Tue, Mar 10th 2015 4:55p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
I recently started using C# and .NET for the first time to build a web application. It is just a proof of concept application where I am trying to implement CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) though jQuery and Ajax calls from a simple webpage. The application should let me retrieve a list of all companies in […]
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We are living in the future
Sat, Feb 14th 2015 11:50p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
The last few years I have revisited the stories of some of my childhood favorite sci-fi authors, and in particular Robert A Heinlein. It is fascinating to read stories written in the 50’s and 60’s and compare them to what actually happened. Last week I finished The Door into Summer (1956) which takes plave in […]
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7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 10:23a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
I found this two-part article about web design very interesting and want to share it. I am very similar to the author, I have also learned what looks good by looking at sites. In the end, I learned the aesthetics of apps the same way I’ve learned any creative endeavor: cold, hard analysis. And shameless copying […]
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IBM ConnectED 2015 – The Good and The Bad
Sat, Jan 31st 2015 6:26p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
When I arrived to Orlando for the 18th time to attend Lotusphere (now renamed IBM ConnectED), it was with mixed feelings. The conference was much smaller than before, and everyone expected this to be the last conference in the Lotusphere format in Orlando. IBM had a contract with Disney that expired after the 2015 conference and we all knew it. […]
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Windows 10 will be a free upgrade
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 3:42p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Owners of Windows 7 and 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free when it is released later this year, Microsoft announced at their big Windows 190 even today. A consumer preview release will be available for free shortly, but a date for the finished version has not been announced yet. Among the other […]
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IBM ConnectED 2015 – Community events
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 1:42p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Outside the official program at Lotusphere/Connect there has always been a number of community events, organized by different people. One tradition for many years was Blogger open, a mini golf tournament at Fantasia Gardens across the road from Dolphin, but as of two years ago, that was cancelled. A new tradition started that same year, a soccer […]
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Celebrate 25 years of Lotus Notes at ConnectED
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 11:42a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Monday evening at IBM Connected there will be a party hosted by OpenNTF.org, SocialBiz User Group and the IBM Champions. The invitation can be found below. I hope to see some of you there. Due to the shorter conference, there are a lot of social events taking place at the same time, Monday evening is very busy. […]
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Blogging anniversary – 7 years!
Mon, Jan 19th 2015 8:02p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Yesterday marked my 7 year anniversary of this blog. It was in January 2008 I created my TexasSwede blog on BleedYellow.com, and in October 2012 I moved it to my own domain and switched to WordPress hosting. My blogging frequency have been going up and down, based on what’s been going on in the IBM/Lotus world […]
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One week to ConnectED 2015 in Orlando
Mon, Jan 19th 2015 5:22a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Today it is one week until IBM ConnectED, the conference formerly known as Lotusphere (and briefly also as IBM Connect) opens the doors in Orlando. This might be the last year the Lotus faithfuls gather at Walt Disney Swan to drink from the firehose of knowledge, as Lotusphere used to be described. Back in 2006 […]
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Google abandons Google Glass – what is next?
Fri, Jan 16th 2015 10:42a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Google today announced that they are discontinuing Google Glass, the somewhat controversial eyeglasses connected to your smartphone. The product may be dead, but the project is not officially abandoned. Google will continue to invest in their enterprise offering Glass at Work, and they say they plan to release a new model of the device “when it’s ready”. […]
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Bug in Bootstrap grids
Tue, Jan 13th 2015 4:45p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
While working on a web form using Bootstrap, I ran into a very strange issue with the grid system. I am not sure if I should qualify it as a bug, but it is definitely very annoying, and not the expected behavior. I created a page containing code like this: <div class="container"> <div class="col-sm-4 form-group"> […]
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Upcoming TV ad for IBM Verse
Fri, Jan 9th 2015 3:05a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Via Stuart McIntyre.
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File Upload in Classic Domino Web using jQuery and Bootstrap
Thu, Jan 8th 2015 10:25a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
This week I was asked to create a simple web form where customers could fill out a few fields, attach two files and submit it for review. The document with the information and attachments are saved into a Domino database, so it can be processed thought the Notes client by the internal staff. These days […]
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We are the IBM Champions
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 7:39p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
This morning I received a mail from IBM telling me that for the second year I was selected as one of the 96 IBM Champions. Last year I was very surprised to be selected and to be in the company of so many of the experts in the ICS/Lotus community that I for years looked up to […]
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Happy 25th birthday, Lotus Notes!
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 12:45p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Today is the 25th birthday of Lotus Notes. It is the program responsible for me moving to the US, as well as being my career for the last close to 18 years. So, as you can see in the picture above, I am toasting this amazing software in IBM blue colors, courtesy of Curaçao Blue. […]
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Gone fishing. Or rather gone scuba diving.
Sat, Nov 22nd 2014 1:05p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
I am currently away for a little over a week, taking a vacation in Curaçao. So no technical writing for a little bit. See you in December.
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Free Code – Class to read URL name-value pairs
Thu, Nov 20th 2014 10:28a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Here is another little code snippet I want to share. I use it all the time in my Lotusscript-based Domino web agents, and I figured that other could benefit from it as well. It is just an easy way to check for and read the name-value pairs (arguments) passed from the browser to the web […]
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Verizon and AT&T are tracking all your online activity
Fri, Oct 31st 2014 2:45p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
As you may have read lately, Verizon have implemented a system that adds an HTTP header item in all web communication that originates from mobile phones on their network. Each phone/user get their own unique ID, which is transmitted to every website being visited (except if SSL is used), no matter if you have privacy/anonymous surfing […]
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Nokia is dead
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 8:05a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Microsoft is taking a page out of IBM’s playbook and is killing off the Nokia brand. Future models of the smart phones in the Lumia series will be named Microsoft Lumia. Last month the Nokia Lumia 735 and 830 were launched, and they will probably be the last phones branded as Nokia. The mobile division of Nokia will […]
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October Community Webcast – Wednesday October 15
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 9:05a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
This Wednesday it is again time for the monthly ICS community webcast. This month’s guest speaker will be Luis Guirigay, IBM SME for Social, Mobile and Cloud. Below is the description of the webcast agenda. Never before has there been more opportunity for IBM Notes Domino Enterprises! Join Luis Guirigay to learn about the latest […]
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Microsoft skipping Windows 9 – jumps to Windows 10
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 12:40p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Microsoft unveiled the next version of Windows at a press event in San Francisco today. Surprisingly the successor to Windows 8 and 8.1 will not be called Windows 9 as everyone expected. Instead Microsoft jumps straight to Windows 10. One reason for this, according to Microsoft, is that the new operating system is such a big leap […]
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Free Software – Password Reset for Notes/Domino
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 12:41p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Earlier this year I was asked to research some alternatives for a web-based password reset function at my work. One of the larger support burdens are users who forget the passwords, especially in the first few days after changing it. We have a 90 day password lifespan, then a new password need to be picked. Some […]
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#ThrowbackThursday – Worst Practives at Connect 2013
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 6:05a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan returns with a brand new Worst Practices at IBM Connect 2013. This session alone is almost worth the cost to attend Lotusphere/Connect/ConnectED. There is a slight skip towards the end, when I had to switch batteries. Otherwise you have the whole session, including the warm-up performance.
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More on IBM ConnectED 2015
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 12:05p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
This morning Kristin Keene from IBM talked more about the upcoming IBM ConnectED 2015 in January at the ICS Community webcast. IBM realized that the last few years they been swinging over too much to the business side, and is now going back to a much more technical conference. As I mentioned the other day, […]
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Survey about Notes and Domino directions
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 2:45p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
PSC is doing a community survey about the direction of IBM Notes and Domino. John Head, Director of Enterprise Collaboration at the Chicago-based consulting company PSC Group explains that it’s not about gathering data, the (optional) email address collected will only be used to notify about the result.PSC promises to share the full results publically. I […]
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Two more days to thank someone
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 5:45p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
It is now just two days left to nominate IBM Champions. So if you know someone who have been helping the community, perhaps through video tutorials, blogs, presenting at (or organizing) conferences or answering questions on different forums, submit a nomination. This is how IBM explains what a Champion is: An IBM Champion is someone who […]
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IBM ConnectED agenda published
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 9:00a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
The agenda for IBM ConnectED (the conference formerly known as Lotusphere and IBM Connect) has now been posted. As previously announced, the conference is one day shorter than before, ending already on Wednesday. There are no jumpstart sessions listed for Sunday, but the Master Class sessions are returning that  day. The individual sessions have not been […]
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#ThrowbackThursday – My old HP calculators
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 6:57a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
I have previously here on my blog mentioned my preference for HP calculators. Our first calculator at home was the HP-21, with a red LED display, which we got in late 1975 (if I remember correctly), soon after it was released. My parents used it for all different kinds of calculations, especially taxes (back then the Swedish tax system […]
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#ThrowbackThursday – World War 1
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 1:05p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
OK, this is a pretty extreme #ThrowbackThursday, but I wanted to promote a blog I have been reading since the beginning of the year. Arthur Linfoot, who took part in World War 1, wrote a diary every day from January 1 1914 to December 31 1918. It was written in Pitman’s shorthand, and his son […]
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#ThrowbackThursday – JMP 101 from Lotusphere 2012
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 7:57a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
I recorded this video of the session JMP101 IBM Lotus Domino XPages JumpStart at Lotusphere 2012 in Orlando. The conference, later renamed IBM Connect and now renamed again to IBM ConnectED will take place again in January 2015. Perhaps this video will get you inspired to do some XPages development, or you can show it […]
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“Migrate from legacy systems like Outlook/Exchange to IBM Notes”
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 4:32p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
At Connect/Lotusphere 2013 IBM was showing up a migration tool for Notes/Domino 9.0, used to move users “from legacy systems like Outlook/Exchange to the world class mail and collaboration platform Notes/Domino”. I don’t think I posted this recording on my blog before. Enjoy!
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Experience the power of a bookbook™
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 4:25p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
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Nominations for IBM Champions are now open!
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 12:52p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
The nominations for IBM Champions for 2015 is now open. If there is someone in the ICS (IBM Collaborative Solutions) community whom you want to show appreciation for their work, go here and nominate him or her. You can only nominate non-IBMers. So who is deserving to be an IBM Champion? Well, you can see […]
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Is the break-through for smart watches almost here?
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 8:25a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
In a few days, Motorola will present their highly anticipated Moto 360 smart watch, and at the IFA trade show in Berlin next week LG will show off their latest entry in the battle for the hearts (and wrists) of geeks everywhere, the G Watch R. Both watches are round, as opposed to previous entries […]
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jQuery – A flexible way to show/hide sections
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 10:05a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Yesterday Stephen Gainer blogged about a small Javascript problem he had. Brilliant!  I gave my customer exactly what he wanted!  No muss no fuss!  I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.  As soon as this was done, my customer came back to me and said he needed four more of these. My solution, […]
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IBM ConnectED 2015 – registration open
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 8:45a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
IBM ConnectED, the conference formerly known as Lotusphere and Connect, has now opened the registration for the 2015 event. The “early bird” conference fee is $1,595 and on October 4 it goes up to the full price, $1,795. This is less than Lotusphere/Connect in the past, but the conference is also 20% shorter at 4 days […]
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I am a victim of identity theft
Tue, Aug 12th 2014 7:53p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
This weekend I found out that I am a victim of identity theft. It is very unsettling, and feels like a total violation of my privacy. My girlfriend Chrissy and I were discussing the potential of me getting a new car in the next few months. I am having some repairs coming up on my […]
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The joy of programming
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 12:36p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
I have been programming since the beginning of 1983. I started over 30 years ago with Basic, then went to Pascal after about 3 years. I then in fairly quick succession went to C, Visual Basic, VBA and then a few years later (in 1996) to Lotusscript. Along the way I also picked up Javascript, as well […]
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Lotus Notes at my work threatened by Microsoft bug
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 2:10p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
The company I work for is owned by a large multinational corporation, and we are one of the few places not using Outlook/Exchange, but Lotus Notes. We have a substantial investment in custom applications written for the Notes platform, and with the deep integration between applications and email, we want to stay on the platform. […]
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ConnectED 2015 – Smaller and shorter but more technical
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 1:40p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
If you read the official IBM announcment for ConnectED 2015 posted by Mat Newman, you will notice a few interesting details. First of all, the event is shorter than previous years. It starts on Sunday and ends on Wednesday instead of Thursday. On Sunday IBM has scheduled the Leadership Alliance meeting, which previously been held in […]
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Recover lost SSL keyring password
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 10:45a   Karl-Henry Martinsson
About two years ago, our Network (as well as Domino) administrator left the company after 10 years. The other day our SSL certificate for one of our websites expired, and we wanted to use a newer wildcard certificate instead of a server specific certificate. The problem was that we did not have the password for […]
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IBM Connect becomes IBM ConnectED in 2015
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 12:25p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
IBM has announced the new name for the yearly conference in Orlando, the one most of us know (and still call) Lotusphere. For the last two years it was named Connect, and for 2015 IBM again changes the name, this time to ConnectED. The conference will be more technical than the last few years, according […]
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Code snippet – DateClass
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 6:45p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
Here is a small Lotusscript class I wrote some years ago. I use it in a number of other classes where I need to use date functionality of different kind. For example, I have a class that communicates with a FoxPro database, using a COM object. Some of the methods in that class uses XML while […]
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I am back.
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 5:25p   Karl-Henry Martinsson
On June 11 I had some major surgery at Medical City in Dallas. It was a planned surgery to remove part of my intestines to prevent future outbreaks of diverticulitis. I been having about 2-3 outbreaks a year for the last 12 years or so. Normally they perform surgery after just 2 severe cases. I was not […]




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