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 […] [read] Keywords: ibm
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 […] [read] Keywords: domino
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 […] [read] Keywords: ibm
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 […] [read] Keywords: domino
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 […] [read] Keywords:
Things we don’t want to think about
Thu, May 15th 2014 8:48a Karl-Henry Martinsson Two separate incidents are leading me to write this blog entry. First, the way too early passing of Tim Tripcony just a few days ago, as well as as the loss of Rob Wunderlich, Jens Augustiny and Kenneth Kjærbye in just a little over a year. All of those members of the Lotus Community left us way […] [read] Keywords: lotus
In memory of Tim Tripcony
Mon, May 12th 2014 8:15p Karl-Henry Martinsson A couple of hours ago, I was reached by the terrible news that Tim Tripcony is no longer with us. I have known Tim for several years, and meeting him at Lotusphere (later Connect) was always a treat. He is one of the most brilliant programmers I have met, and he always had time to talk […] [read] Keywords: ibm
Code snippet – Disable agent using external file
Thu, May 1st 2014 9:24p Karl-Henry Martinsson Yesterday I was asked to create a system that would let us disable agents running on a Domino server in an easy way, before the Domino server comes back from a crash. For a while we have been having one particular agent crash, taking the whole Domino server down with it. It only happens occasionally, and seems to be related to the document being processed.
When the server comes up after a crash like that, a consistence check is done, then the agent manager launches the agent again, causing th [read] Keywords: agent
Code snippet – jQuery
Sat, Mar 15th 2014 11:43a Karl-Henry Martinsson This morning I was working on a web application, and I came up with a pretty neat and simple little solution. So I just wanted to share it, in case anyone else need something similar.
I have a webpage with an HTML form. Each input tag has an attribute called notesfield, matching the name of the field in Notes where the value is stored:
Then I created a simple function that will call an agent on the Domino server, which will return all th [read] Keywords: agent
Connect 2014 – Day 0 (Saturday)
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 6:03a Karl-Henry Martinsson After not hearing the alarm this morning and therefore missing my original flight from DFW to MCO (Orlando International), I got booked on the next flight. I was in the air just a couple of hours late, and arrived at Dolphin in time for BALD at Big River on the Boardwalk. Had a great time connecting with friends after a year of not seeing many of them. Of course I got a hug from Mat Newman, meaning that IBM Connect started for real.
Låter I was going to hit ESPN, but due to changes there, [read] Keywords: ibm
Connect 2014 – My preliminary schedule
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 8:08a Karl-Henry Martinsson I have now created my preliminary schedule for Connect 2014. There are two only sessions that collide (on Tuesday), and I have not been able to find any repeats for them. That is how often has been at Lotusphere, but I would say that in the later years, the collisions have been fewer and fewer, thanks to more repeats and (perhaps) smarter scheduling.
Monday afternoon is when I have set time aside to visit the showcase and the labs. I also have a little bit of time after lunch Wednesday. As [read] Keywords: ibm
Pool party or no pool party, that is the question – or is it?
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 10:11a Karl-Henry Martinsson With the name change to Connect in 2013, the welcome reception/pool party changed somewhat. Instead of taking place at the pools/beach area between Swan and Dolphin, it started inside in the showcase area (Atlantic hall), and then moved outside for food, drinks and entertainment.
From what it looks like on the Connect 2014 website, and based on Chris Miller’s blog post, it sounds like the traditional poolside party is no more. The Connect website also only mention snacks and beverages.
[read] Keywords: atlantic
Connect 2014 – Survive the week!
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 7:02a Karl-Henry Martinsson Countdown to Connect 2014
In exactly 3 weeks, thousands of us will be sitting in the Northern Hemisphere ballroom at the Dolphin hotel in Orlando. We have already been involved in some social activities on Saturday with soccer, BALD and ESPN, followed by a full day of jumpstart and master class sessions on Sunday. Sunday evening there was the big welcome reception on the beach between Swan and Dolphin.
Some of us may have continued to Kimonos afterwards, or perhaps to Jelly Rolls dueling [read] Keywords: collaboration
Connect 2014 – Prepare properly!
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 9:25p Karl-Henry Martinsson Countdown to Connect 2014
It’s time to start planning for Connect 2014, and there are a few things I want to share, based on my experiences previous years, which will make the conference more enjoyable and beneficial. Since Andy Donaldson has been a slacker this year, I can’t link to his excellent guide to Connect-o-sphere yet… You can of course read his guides for 2012 and 2013.
What to bring
In addition to the obvious items, there are a few things you should bring in [read] Keywords: atlantic
Brazil picks Swedish JAS-39 Fighter over US F/A-18 and French Rafale – NSA to thank?
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 9:45a Karl-Henry Martinsson Sweden’s Saab edged out French and US rivals to win a multi-billion-dollar contract to supply Brazil’s air force with 36 new fighter jets, Defense Minister Celso Amorim said Wednesday.
Saab’s Gripen NG [Next Generation] was in competition with the Rafale made by France’s Dassault company and US aviation giant Boeing’s F/A-18 fighter for the long-deferred FX-2 air force replacement program.
Full article here.
The Brazil Air Force wanted the Swedish fighter, as it wa [read] Keywords: wiki
I am now an IBM Champion!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 8:32a Karl-Henry Martinsson This morning I received an email that I have been selected as one of 87 IBM Champions from 18 countries around the world. This is the first time I am awarded this honor, and I am humbled to be listed together with some of the greatest names in the ICS/Lotus community (a.k.a. the Yellowsphere).
So what is an IBM Champion? This is how Oliver Heinz (who takes over after Joy Davis as Community Manager) describes it:
These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledg [read] Keywords: collaboration
Code – Mask text to remove PII
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 10:10a Karl-Henry Martinsson Sometimes you need to remove personal identifiable information (PII) from the data you present in an application or on a web page. In the last couple of weeks this issue popped up twice, including one application which needs to be be HIPAA compliant. One solution is to mask any personal identifiable data so that the recipient can still verify the information, without sending it all in clear. I am sure you all seen this on for example credit card statements, with only the last 4 digits of your cr [read] Keywords: domino
“Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2″
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 12:47p Karl-Henry Martinsson The other day I found an interesting article at arstechnica about the history of OS/2, the IBM operating system that was supposed to replace MS-DOS. “Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2” brings back a lot of memories for me.
I worked at Microsoft in 1988/89, when the first couple of versions of OS/2 had just arrived on the market. IBM was just down the road, and one day my boss gave me a stack of floppy disks containing the Microsoft-developed OS/2 version 1.1 [read] Keywords: ibm
Book Review: A man called Ove
Mon, Nov 11th 2013 10:20a Karl-Henry Martinsson One of the most talked about books in Sweden in 2012 was “En man som heter Ove” (“A man called Ove”) by Fredrik Backman. Fredrik did the unusual thing to debut with two books at the same time, his other book was called “Saker min son behöver veta om världen” (“Things My Son Needs To Know About Life”). Earlier this month his third book, “Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt” (no english title yet, translates to roughly “ [read] Keywords:
API for ZIP Code Distance, Radius, and more
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 5:15p Karl-Henry Martinsson The other day I stumbled on a really cool website, where they offer a free API to calculate distance between two US ZIP codes, all ZIP codes in a specific radius from a given ZIP code, as well as a few other ZIP code related functions.
The results can be returned in different formats, like JSON, XML and (in some cases) CSV. Highly recommended! The URL is http://zipcodedistanceapi.redline13.com/
I am considering creating a Lotusscript class for some of the [read] Keywords: lotusscript
Excellent Bootstrap select plugin with great support
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 5:03p Karl-Henry Martinsson For a project I am currently working on, I needed a nicer looking select box (drop down) than what Bootstrap offers out of the box. I did some searches and found a handful of free ones, most of them pretty good but not exactly what I wanted. Some did not handle different themes, other had additional functionality I did not want/need, etc. I probably been looking for a good alternative for 3 weeks by now.
Then the other day I found an inexpensive plugin at CodeCanyon. Custom Select for Twitter [read] Keywords: bug
Bose takes on Sonos
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 11:44p Karl-Henry Martinsson Bose, well known for their noise-cancelling headsets and bluetooth/iPhone speakers in the SoundLink/SoundDock series, today presented a new series of multi-room audio products, which they intend to compete with Sonos Multi-Room Music System.
Today three products were released in time for the holiday season, with more products in the works for next year. I was able to play around with them for a little while, and I have to admit, they sound really good.
SoundTouch 30, Soundtouch 20 and Soun [read] Keywords: iphone
Time to nominate IBM Champions
Tue, Oct 8th 2013 10:02a Karl-Henry Martinsson Kathy Brown recently posted about the nomination of IBM Champions for 2014, and I wanted to spread the word as well.
Anyone can nominate non-IBMers who are sharing their knowledge, evangelize and advocate for IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS), help grow and nurture the community and provide feedback to IBM (both negative and positive) in a professional manner.
You can learn more at the IBM Champion website, and (more important) you can also nominate someone you feel should be an IBM Champion. [read] Keywords: collaboration
Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 9:42a Karl-Henry Martinsson Today I logged in to IdeaJam (#thanksbruce) and for some reason I decided to look at my own old ideas, something I haven’t done in a while. I noticed this post, from december 2010, almost a year before IBM launced the XWork server in October 2011…
Perhaps IBM listens sometimes, even if they did not make it free, $1000/year is not a bad price for a powerful server like Domino/XWorks. [read] Keywords: domino
Swedish fighter jets to compete for US contract
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 11:22a Karl-Henry Martinsson Swedish Air Force JAS39 Gripen (single seat variant). Photo by Ernst Vikne (Creative Commons BY-SA).
According to an article in Aviation Week, Boeing is planning to team up with Swedish airplane manufacturer Saab to offer a new two-seater training version of the JAS 39 Gripen fighter to the US Air Force. The old Northrop T-38 is being retired, and a new trainer is needed in the future.
Approximate 350 trainers are needed, but in addition the fighter could be useful for aggressor training [read] Keywords: development
Class for Domino Directory lookups
Wed, Sep 4th 2013 9:22a Karl-Henry Martinsson In many of my Notes programs, I need to perform lookups into the Domino Directory (the database formerly known as Name and Address Book or NAB). So my solution was to create a class that handle those lookups for me, and exposes the most common lookups as separate methods.
We have a slightly modified version of names.nsf, with a few added fields. One of them is what we call ParallelID, which is the user’s ID in a system called (surprise!) Parallel. Since I perform that lookup all the time, [read] Keywords: domino
Bootstrap – An Overview
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 11:02a Karl-Henry Martinsson As I mentioned in a previous article, my boss asked me to write some short summaries of a couple of common web technologies and frameworks. I already wrote about jQuery, and now the turn has come to Twitter Bootstrap, commonly called just Bootstrap.
IBM Notes project on GitHub
Wed, Aug 28th 2013 2:22p Karl-Henry Martinsson I decided to play around a little, and as an experiment put up one of my Notes projects on the open source repository GitHub. You can see the result here: https://github.com/TexasSwede/Class.MailMerge
This is a script library in Lotusscript to create documents based on a source document and a template document. I have blogged about it before, but I added some functionality to it, and thought it would be easier for people to download a complete database. [read] Keywords: ibm
Bootstrap 3 released
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 8:41a Karl-Henry Martinsson Back in June I wrote about the availability of Release Candidate 1 of Bootstrap 3. Today the finalized version have been released.
If you are migrating from version 2 to version 3, here is a list of what changed.
Among the many changes is a modified grid system, using percent instead of pixel-based width, responsiveness built in to the code files, a new flatter/cleaner look, and a number of new elements.
You can read more at http://getbootstrap.com/, where you also can download it. If y [read] Keywords: notes
Steve Ballmer announcing he will resign – Microsoft stock up 7%
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 8:07a Karl-Henry Martinsson Microsofts CEO Steve Ballmer this morning announced that he will resign within the next 12 months. The 57 year old CEO will depart after a successor is choosen.
Directly after the announcement, Microsoft shares went up 7% in the first hour of trading. Microsoft under Steve Ballmer have been criticized for his directions by investerers and others.
Microsoft stock at 10am Friday August 23 [read] Keywords: microsoft
Microsoft Store – #fail
Mon, Aug 5th 2013 2:42p Karl-Henry Martinsson I visited Houston this weekend, and we decided to go to the Microsoft Store in The Galleria. The plan was to look at the Surface devices for a project I am currently working on (I will blog about this later this year, when we are closer to release). The thought was to take a look at the application on the web, before decided which device(s) to get for further testing. We also went to the Sony Store (pretty much next-door to Microsoft) to look at some laptops and to the Apple Store on the leve [read] Keywords: apple
Google Chromecast – First Impressions
Sat, Aug 3rd 2013 3:59p Karl-Henry Martinsson This weekend I got hold of Google’s latest gadget, Chromecast. As you may know, it is a small device, the size or a large thumbdrive, but with an HDMI connector instead of a USB connector.
It allows you to stream video (currently from Youtube, Netflix and Google Play) to a TV, as well as mirror the screen of the Chrome browser on the TV. In the box, you get the device, a USB chargerm a mini-USB cable and a short HDMI extension cable.
The installation is extremely simple. First of all, yo [read] Keywords: apple
Today I became the father of a teenager
Fri, Aug 2nd 2013 10:42a Karl-Henry Martinsson On August 2, 2000 at noon my son Erik was born, almost a month early, through emergency cesarean. His weight was just 4 lbs 6 oz, and he was tiny.
Today Erik turns 13, he is already taller than his mom and not that much shorter than me. That little thing that only slept, ate and produced dirty diapers is now playing soccer, building LEGO and even taking a shower occasionally when forced… :-)
Happy birthday, Erik! I am very proud of you. You are a great son. [read] Keywords:
Bootstrap 3 Release Candidate 1 available
Tue, Jul 30th 2013 3:02p Karl-Henry Martinsson As of this last weekend, Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of the next major version of Bootstrap became available. You can also use the hosted version at BootstrapCDN.
There are many changes in this version, and among them I want to point out a few that I consider important:
No more support for old browsers like Internet Explorer 7 and earlier or Firefox 3.6 and earlier. This avoids many hacks, and makes the code faster.
Mobile first- Responsive CSS is no longer in a separate file, but included in the [read] Keywords: css
Some useful jQuery plugins – Part 1
Fri, Jul 26th 2013 9:42a Karl-Henry Martinsson I often find cool and (sometimes) useful jQuery plugins, so I want to share a few that I like. I plan to share more in the future.
Adipoli jQuery Image Hover Plugin
Includes several different effects to highlight images as the mouse hovers over them.
jQuery File Upload
File Upload widget with multiple file selection, drag&drop support, progress bars and preview of images, audio and videoy. Supports cross-domain, chunked and resu [read] Keywords: ajax
Free Bootstrap tools
Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 11:03a Karl-Henry Martinsson I started using Bootstrap a while back, and really enjoy the fact that I quickly can build a website/application using the framework. But there is always room for improvement. I found some useful tools that will help you, if you are using Bootstrap, to build your pages even quicker.
The first resource is Divshot, a online tool/interface builder where you can design your pages, then get the HTML code and insert it into your page. I just started using it this weekend, but it is a brilliant tool [read] Keywords: application
Photos from North Texas
Tue, May 28th 2013 9:05a Karl-Henry Martinsson Here are some pictures I took recently while on a road trip in rural parts of north Texas. The landscape is flat but still beautiful, and the cactus flowers adds color to the ground.
Click on the photos to view them on Flickr. [read] Keywords:
IBM Notes/Domino growing in Asia?
Fri, May 24th 2013 11:26a Karl-Henry Martinsson Judging from an unscientific survey of postings in the IBM developerWorks forums, and also in the Lotus/Domino related forums on LinkedIn, the adoption of IBM Notes and Domino seems to have increased dramatically in Asia during the last few years. The growth seems to be mainly in India, with China coming in at number two, while Notes jobs in the US seems to be dropping or being stagnant.
The indications that they are new or recent adopters are very strong. Many of the questions are very basic i [read] Keywords: domino
Lotus 1-2-3, SmartSuite and Organizer officially retired
Fri, May 17th 2013 6:50a Karl-Henry Martinsson Earlier this week, IBM announced the withdrawal of marketing [sic!] of Lotus 1-2-3, together with Lotus SmartSuite and Lotus Organizer, effective 06/11/2013. Support ends on 09/30/2014.
Lotus 1-2-3 version 3.0 for MS/DOS
I personally never worked with 1-2-3 myself. When I started with computers in school, we used CP/M-86 as the operating system, and had a spreadsheet program developed specifically for use in the Swedish schools. My first job after high school was with Microsoft in 1988, so my fi [read] Keywords: formula language
Ender’s Game – First Movie Footage
Fri, May 3rd 2013 1:45p Karl-Henry Martinsson Preview for the teaser trailer, to be released on May 7.
You get to see about 10 seconds of movie footage here, and I have to say it looks pretty good to me. [read] Keywords:
My recipes – All in one place
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 11:06a Karl-Henry Martinsson For many years, I have enjoyed cooking and baking. One reason could be because I like good food. But it is also logical, similar to programming. You have instructions you follow, but you can still modify them, as long as you know how different ingredients react with each other and with heat, liquids, etc. Cooking is a combination of programming, chemistry and physics. Perfect for a geek!
I often get questions about how I made a particular dish. Many of the recipes have been published on my blog, [read] Keywords:
Useful utility to rename files in bulk
Tue, Apr 23rd 2013 3:20p Karl-Henry Martinsson Earlier today I had to rename about 400 image files, and I was looking for a convenient tool that would help me out. I had to remove part of the filename, in the middle of the filename, which was a bit tricky.
I found a very useful tool, called Bulk Rename Utility. It does not have the most user-friendly interface, but it is very powerful. And the best thing is that it is free. You can download it here.
This is the somewhat messy but very powerful user interface… [read] Keywords: interface
The Enemy’s Gate is Down
Tue, Apr 16th 2013 5:04p Karl-Henry Martinsson Teaser poster for the upcoming movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s book Ender’s Game. I really enjoyed the book (as well as the parallel story in Ender’s Shadow), and hope the movie will stay at least somewhat close to the story in the books. According to the author, the movie will use elements from both books.
If you haven’t read the books, I can highly recommend them. [read] Keywords: wiki
How to set doctype on Notes forms
Thu, Apr 11th 2013 1:29p Karl-Henry Martinsson Who redesigning my website to use Bootstrap, I ran into a problem. The navbar (meny) did not render correctly in Internet Explorer 9, despite looking perfect in Firefox and Internet Explorer 10. There are several discussions about this problem on StackOverflow and other forums, and the solution is simply to add on the first line of the HTML code.
However, IBM Domino automatically adds a different doctype string, and there is no database or form property to change/set the correct value. But ther [read] Keywords: domino
New LEGO Lord of The Rings sets this summer
Fri, Apr 5th 2013 1:51p Karl-Henry Martinsson As the regular reader of this blog may have noticed, I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and I also enjoy building LEGO. There are four new LEGO sets in the Lord of The Rings series to be released this summer (in June, according to TheBrickBlogger.com). They are:
79005 – The Wizard Battle, 113 pieces, $12.99
79006 – The Council of Elrond, 243 pieces, $29.99
79007 – Battle at the Black Gate , 656 pieces, $59.99
79008 – Pirate Ship Ambush, 756 pieces, $99.99
Pictures below from The [read] Keywords:
Export Notes view to Excel – with multi-value fields
Fri, Apr 5th 2013 9:26a Karl-Henry Martinsson A few days ago, a question was asked on StackOverflow about how to export the content of a Notes view to Excel. The caveat was that some columns contained multiple values, but not on all documents.
To solve this, I wrote a Lotusscript class that will export view data as either CSV or as an HTML table, both can then be saved to a file and opened in Excel. I am posting the code below. Enjoy!
Agent View Export
Created Mar 27, 2013 by Karl-Henry Martinsson
Description: Code to export a [read] Keywords: agent
And I am up and running!
Thu, Mar 21st 2013 12:45p Karl-Henry Martinsson Downloaded the Notes client with Domino Designer and Administrator, installed it on top of the public beta from December in a viritual machine (with 1GB memory). Install went without any problems, and the client starts up fine. All settings and bookmarks were preserved from the beta.
My workspace in IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition
It just works. [read] Keywords: domino
Notes 9.0 available for download
Thu, Mar 21st 2013 6:29a Karl-Henry Martinsson When I woke up this morning, I could finally start downloading the release of IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition. And the filenames is actually (mostly) descriptive!
Interesting enough, the Notes/Domino Fix List does not show the product released yet:
Perhaps someone need to implement a better workflow solution. I know a good product for that. ;-) [read] Keywords: domino
Notes 9.0 – MIA
Wed, Mar 20th 2013 10:46p Karl-Henry Martinsson I thought I would download IBM Notes/Domino 9.0 overnight, but after I logged in to Passport Advantage and went to the downloads, I can see that the files have (supposedly) been uploaded, but they are not available to select.
If I expand the previous version, all the files for that version shows up… Hopefully IBM have this sorted out in the morning. Scott? [read] Keywords: domino
Samsung Galaxy S4 to be launched today
Thu, Mar 14th 2013 11:14a Karl-Henry Martinsson Click on the image to go to the Live Stream. The event starts at 7pm ET.
This evening, Samsung is launching their latest phone in the Galaxy S series. The new model is logically called S4, and is expected to have full HD resolution (1920×1080) on a 5-inch (or 4.99-inch) screen, as well as a 13MP camera. It is still unclear what processor will power the new phone, but some rumors say a quad-core for the North American market and an eight-core for the international models.
The event takes pla [read] Keywords:
Track your application changes/updates
Tue, Mar 12th 2013 1:30p Karl-Henry Martinsson A while back I created a little tool for my own use, to keep track of my Notes templates and their version numbers. I also developed a tracking database where we track not only changes to Notes applications, but also other changes to our environment. Things like modifications to Domino Directory and Active Directory, as well as other meta data changes, configuration changes, etc.
I decided to merge those two applications, and create one focused on tracking changes in Notes templates/applications [read] Keywords: domino
Age of Empires II returns after 14 years
Sat, Mar 9th 2013 11:22p Karl-Henry Martinsson One of my favorite games (together with SimCity 2000) was Age of Empires II – The Age of Kings. Next month, an updated version of the game will be released exclusively on Valve’s Steam platform.
Age Of Empires II HD – Screenshot from Steam.
Age of Empires II HD, as the upcoming release is called, is remastered for higher resolution displays and uses updated textures. The game also support multiple monitors and multiplayer through Steam and will cost $19.99 when it is relea [read] Keywords: wiki
New graphics card
Fri, Mar 1st 2013 12:45p Karl-Henry Martinsson I recently decided I needed a new graphics card at home. As I mentioned last month, a new version of SimCity is coming out soon (next week, as a matter of fact)
My previous card, a Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS with 256MB memory, was purchased in the end of 2006, and it was at that time considered a upper mid-range graphics cards. At this time, I built myself a new computer to play the brand new Flight Simulator X, which was a demanding game both for graphics and CPU. I think I paid $189 for it [read] Keywords: wiki
New SimCity coming in March – with DRM
Thu, Feb 7th 2013 8:44p Karl-Henry Martinsson Back in the mid-1990′s — when I was still single and living in Sweden — I spent many evenings and nights playing the city building game SimCity 2000. I actually think I purchased the game during a trip to Redmond, visiting Microsoft. More than once I was playing “a quick game” after work in the office, and suddenly I realized it was almost midnight…
A year or so after I moved to the USA I got SimCity 3000, but did not play it as much. I was married by [read] Keywords: microsoft
MeCam nano copter
Thu, Feb 7th 2013 2:05p Karl-Henry Martinsson In the department for cool gadgets, AlwaysInnovating is developing MeCam, a small helicopter (or nano copter as they call it) that fit in your palm and can be controlled by voice and stream video to your smartphone. It can take 360 degreee panorama pictures and even uses noice cancelling to remove the motor sound. The device is powered by an ARM Cortex A9, and it has 14 on-board sensors to prevent it from hitting walls or objects as it follows you.
MeCam nano copter
MSRP is said to be $49 when [read] Keywords:
LibreOffice 4.0 available for download
Thu, Feb 7th 2013 9:54a Karl-Henry Martinsson LibreOffice 4.0, the latest major release of the free office suite, have been released. A list of fixes and new functions can be found here. Some of the functions listed are:
Integration with several content and document management systems – including Alfresco, IBM FileNet P8, Microsoft Sharepoint 2010, Nuxeo, OpenText, SAP NetWeaver Cloud Service and others – through the CMIS standard.
Better interoperability with DOCX and RTF documents, thanks to several new features and improvements like [read] Keywords: ibm
Which is faster, ColumnValues() or GetItemValue()?
Mon, Feb 4th 2013 3:53p Karl-Henry Martinsson In a recent discussion thread in one of the forums on IBM developerWorks, the issue of which is faster, doc.GetItemValue() or viewentry.ColumnValues(). I decided to test this, using two Lotusscript agents, created to be as similar as possible, working against the same view of the same database.
First, here is Agent #1, using ColumnValues() to get the value we are looking for from the first column of the view. This agent took 66.3 seconds to run, and below you can see exactly how that time was [read] Keywords: agent
Sun, Feb 3rd 2013 6:25p Karl-Henry Martinsson I have not been blogging here during Lotusphere/Connect 2013. It was a very busy conference, I went to a large number of sessions, and also many social gatherings of different kinds. In addition, I have been blogging at SocialBizUG.org, and if you don’t have an account there, go get on. If you already are a member of LotusUserGroup.org, your login credentials from there should work.
Below are links to my blog entries at that site. Enjoy!
Day 1 – Sunday
Day 2 – Opening General S [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Preparing for Connect 2013
Sat, Jan 19th 2013 10:26a Karl-Henry Martinsson As I posted yesterday, I am able to go to Connect/Lotusphere after all. I now have to rush my preparations. I got a flu shot yesterday duing lunch, and I am about to head out to get my Lotusphere haircut shortly. I also need to pick up another pair of walking shoes and some other items for the trip.
This is the first Connect (if you don’t count last year, where that was a small conference within the conference), so we are all technically “first timers”, but if you haven’t [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Good News – Going to Connect/Lotusphere after all!
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 4:46p Karl-Henry Martinsson Thanks to some good luck, I will be able to afford to pay my way and attend Connect in just over a week.
I found a decent air fare (they have been going up every date for the last couple of days), and I will be arriving at MCO on Saturday at 2.10pm. That should make me show up at BALD around 3.30pm or so, just in time for a late lunch and a after-travel beer. I am heading back home Friday at 7.40pm, giving me time to do a little bit of shopping at the LEGO store at Downtown Disney after the co [read] Keywords: collaboration
Upgrading my workstation with SSD drive
Mon, Jan 14th 2013 10:05a Karl-Henry Martinsson This weekend I picked up a 120 GB Samsung SSD drive at my local TigerDirect. It was on sale, $89.99 plus sales tax, so the final cost ended up being just below $100. I also had to get an adapter for 2.5″ form factor to 3.5″ drive bay. My hope is that this will give me enough of a performance boost to avoid having to spend many hundreds of dollar on a new, faster processor, a new motherboard and new memory.
Yesterday afternoon I installed it in my disktop, and started reinstalling Win [read] Keywords: lotus
No Connect/Lotusphere for me this year…
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 8:34a Karl-Henry Martinsson I just got word from my boss that I will not be able to go to Connect 2013 in Orlando. This is due to financial reasons, the company is trying to save money anywhere they can. Even as the conference would only cost them $3,200 (I found a really good airfare and got offers to share a room), it was not approved (not even after I offered to pay part of the cost myself).
This will be the first time since I started going in 1998 that I won’t be in Orlando to learn new things, network and meet [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Code: Simple class for parsing file names
Thu, Dec 20th 2012 11:25a Karl-Henry Martinsson In the developerWorks forum for Notes 8, a user asked about how to check if a file (in this particular instance attached to a Rich Text Lite field) is an Adobe PDF file. The easiest (but of course not fool proof) way is to simply check the extension of the file name.
That reminded me that I have a simple Lotusscript class with some file functions that would simplify the parsing of a filename, if you want to get the path, the file name or just the extension. I thought that perhaps more people co [read] Keywords: ibm
Swedish Christmas buffet at IKEA
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 8:42p Karl-Henry Martinsson For us Swedes living abroad, the Christmas food is probably what we miss the most. IKEA, the Swedish furniture company, organize “julbord” at their stores, which is very popular with us ex-patriates. I just finished my yearly pilgrimage to Frisco, TX to have herring, salmon, meatballs and other traditional dishes.
I think most people don’t realize all the little special things they will miss when living in another country.
I like living in the US, but still miss Swedish food [read] Keywords:
New LEGO sets: The Hobbit
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 11:42a Karl-Henry Martinsson LEGO have now released their building sets based on the upcoming movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which will premiere shortly.
There are six different sets:
79000 – Riddles for the Ring, 105 pieces, $9.99
79001 – Escape from Mirkwood Spiders, 298 pieces, $29.99
79002 – Attack of the Wargs, 400 pieces, $49.99
79003 – An Unexpected Gathering, 652 pieces, $69.99
79004 – Barrel Escape, 334 pieces, $39.99
79010 – The Goblin King Battle, 841 pieces [read] Keywords: wiki
HP Calculators on Android, iPhone and Windows
Tue, Dec 4th 2012 7:02p Karl-Henry Martinsson I think most would agree that Hewlett-Packard made the best handheld calculators ever, epecially in the scientific market. The financial HP-12C, introduced in 1981, is still being manufactured today. Some financial companies still issue those calculators to their staff.
Emu48 for Windows
My personal history with HP goes back to my early childhood. Back in 1974-75, my cousin moved from Blekinge in southern Sweden to Stockholm after getting a job at Hewlett-Packard. For the first few months he [read] Keywords: community
Update: Blog comments working again!
Fri, Nov 30th 2012 5:42p Karl-Henry Martinsson I got the comments working again, all existing comments are being displayed properly.
So feel free to comment again. And just as a reminder, my policy for comments are copied below.
My policy on comments
I require a real name (or well-known handle) and a real email address. If the address sounds bogus or made up, I reserve the right to delete the comment. Same thing for trolls. You can be critical of what I write about, but then you must come with some valid arguments. Just saying “Notes suck [read] Keywords: notes
Blog issues – comments not displaying
Wed, Nov 28th 2012 3:42p Karl-Henry Martinsson After updating the blog to the iFeature Pro 5 theme, comments are not being displayed. The contents is there, but something in the template code prevent them from being displayed. I have contacted their support, and hope to have it working soon.
There are also a couple of other issues that I (as well as other users) experienced and reported, and the makers of the theme are in the process of fixing it. That is why the slider at the top of the main page is gone. The major issue is however that ima [read] Keywords:
Swedish cheesecake for Thanksgiving
Thu, Nov 22nd 2012 10:42a Karl-Henry Martinsson I blogged about how to make this popular Swedish desert here. For these two pans I used 150% of the receipt, so 9 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, etc.
I also want to wish everyone of my American friends and readers a Happy Thanksgiving. [read] Keywords:
How to detect changes in fields on a form
Fri, Nov 16th 2012 3:20p Karl-Henry Martinsson A question I have seen a few times in the developerWorks forums is how to detect what values (often names) have been added in a multi-value field.
This is not very difficult, and there are a few different ways to do it. I prefer to use lists, but you can of course use arrays as well. The basic idea is to declare a global variable to hold the initial value of the field, populate it when the document is either opened or put into edit mode, and then checked when the document is saved.
Dim [read] Keywords:
IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition
Tue, Nov 13th 2012 9:04a Karl-Henry Martinsson This morning, IBM presented the latest version of Notes and Domino. The new product name is IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition. As you notice, the Lotus name is now gone, and the look is changed to look more like other IBM applications, with a more modern design. There are also changes and updates to the user interface inside the different parts of the client.
One thing, totally new for Notes, is that tutorials and training videos are available in the client. The tutorials are not just for ne [read] Keywords: domino
Spot the ISS – Notification service from NASA
Fri, Nov 9th 2012 5:02p Karl-Henry Martinsson You can now sign up for email (or SMS) notification from NASA when the Internation Space Station (ISS) is visible in your area.
NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground. It is best viewed on clear nights.
Go here to read more and sign up. [read] Keywords: email
Unlocked Google Nexus 4 for $299?
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 6:49p Karl-Henry Martinsson I am not sure if I am misunderstanding something, but the new Nexus 4 seems to be sold unlocked for $299 (8 GB model) and $349 (16 GB model) when Google start selling it next week.
The phone is built by LG, has a 4.7 inch screen with 128 x 768 resolution and a Dualcore Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The radio part support GSM/HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS on all the major frequencies, so it shold work both in the USA and on the international market.
The battery has a 2100 mAh capacity, the phone weighs 139 g [read] Keywords: google
Google Nexus 10 – Coming November 13
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 4:59p Karl-Henry Martinsson Google cancelled the official launch of the Google Nexus 10 tablet in New York last week due to Sandy, but here is the information about the new tablet:
10″ screen at 2560 x 1600 pixel (300 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 2
2 GB RAM and 16/32 GB internal memory, no SD card slot
Processor: Dual-core A15 with Mali T604 graphics processor
9000 mAh Lithium polymer battery.
8.9mm thick, 603 gram, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Micro USB, Micro HDMI and headphone jack.
Microphone, accelerometer, compass [read] Keywords: google
Using jQuery to emulate Notes hide-when
Tue, Nov 6th 2012 10:39a Karl-Henry Martinsson We have all built applications in Lotus Notes where we use the value of a checkbox, radio button or dropdown box to show or hide additional fields, like you can see in this clip:
But the hide-when formula will not work this w [read] Keywords: domino
Reminder – Great icon set for free!
Sun, Nov 4th 2012 8:22p Karl-Henry Martinsson Two years ago I wrote about the FamFamFam Silk icons, a free set of 1000 icons that I use. I still use them in all my applications, and have even modified a few of them to suit my purposes. They come as PNG files, but I have converted them to GIF format so I can use them in for example Notes action buttons.
If you downloaded my generic database template, which I posted about two years ago as well , you have the GIF version of all the icons as image resources.
So if you haven’t taken a lo [read] Keywords: notes
Stock images for blogs, websites or applications
Sun, Nov 4th 2012 12:42p Karl-Henry Martinsson Most of the images I publish on this blog, use on my websites or use in applications I create are created by myself. But sometimes I need a stock image of some kind, for example of hands typing on a keyboard and the bands in the corner of the featured post images. Sometimes I find free images/graphics, but sometimes I want something special or don’t have the time to search badly designed free websites.
There are many commercial websites that offer stock photos, but I started using S [read] Keywords: application