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
Replace images on web page using jQuery
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 1:42p Karl-Henry Martinsson Last week I encountered a situation where I wanted to replace images on a Domino generated webpage.
I am sure you all know what doc links look like by default when rendered by the Domino HTTP task:
Domino Default Icons (click for larger version)
By adding a few lines of jQuery to the form, you can manipulate the images, as well as the CSS class and other attributes. This allows you to modify a page served by the Domino HTTP task almost as much as you like.
Below is the code I used to modify [read] Keywords: domino
The Night of the Toys
Tue, Oct 30th 2012 9:22p Karl-Henry Martinsson This is an old video, called “The Night of the Toys”, made by me and four classmates when we were in 6th grade. I think it was filmed in the spring of 1982. One week our class was divided into groups of 5-6 students and each group then wrote and filmed a short movie. Most groups used one of the early (and huge) camcorders, but my group (being the overachievers) decided to make a stop-motion movie, using Super 8 cameras…
We shot the movie in a little over a week (using wee [read] Keywords: wiki
How to start with jQuery
So a while back I started looking closer at jQuery, and I found that it was extremely easy to learn. One need a decent understanding of HTML and the brow [read] Keywords: domino
Lightbox Plus – Thanks Bob Balfe!
Fri, Oct 26th 2012 1:02p Karl-Henry Martinsson Earlier today, Bob Balfe wrote a blog post about installing Lightbox Plus on his blog. I decided to test it on this blog as well, and I really like it. I might make the images I post slightly smaller in the future, as the plugin does not scale down the full-size image is it is larger than the browser window.
Installing the plugin was as easy as it could be. I just selected “Add New”, searched for the plugin,clicked the install button and then activated it. There was a warning that th [read] Keywords: planetlotus
Photo – Thunderbirds in Ft Worth
Thu, Oct 18th 2012 6:45a Karl-Henry Martinsson I took this picture the other weekend, and it is one of my favorites from the Air Show. I always enjoyed these kind of demonstrations. It is a little like programming, man in charge of machine. Well, in most cases…
You may not be able to tell, but the number 5 right behind the air intake on the lower F-16 is actually painted upside down, so it appears correct to the spectators. This is because this particular position is flying mostly upside down…
Thunderbirds performing at the 2012 [read] Keywords:
Ft Worth Airshow 2012
Mon, Oct 15th 2012 7:45p Karl-Henry Martinsson While going to the 2012 Ft Worth Airshow two weekends ago, I took a few pictures. Like a little over 2000… :-) I have processed a few of them, and wanted to show a few HDR pictures I took. The day of the airshow was cloudy and windy, so the sky was fairly gray, and it was a bit dark as well. Perfect conditions to test some more HDR…
A Soviet era Mi-24 Hind.
Here I played a little bit more with the picture… [read] Keywords:
Welcome to my new blog
Sat, Oct 13th 2012 9:26p Karl-Henry Martinsson After having my blog hosted by Lotus911 (later GBS) at bleedyellow.com for almost five years, I have decided to switch blog platform. The main reason is due to limitations in IBM Connections as a blog platform (no anonymous comments and issues for example when trying to embed videos). I decided to go with WordPress as my blog platform, as it is common and widely supported.
Another advantage with a WordPress hosted blog that is that I now can have the blog hosted under my personal domain, as blog [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 to be released next year
Thu, Oct 11th 2012 8:42a Karl-Henry Martinsson According to Volker Weber, the next version of Notes and Domino will drop the Lotus part, and instead of calling the upcoming version 8.5.4 Social Edition, IBM will go straight to version 9.0. Also, instead of a release this fall, it has been delayed until next year, so we can expect a launch at the conference formerly known as Lotusphere. Read more here: http://vowe.net/archives/013473.html Personally I think this is a good thing. With all the new functionality added to in this version, going f [read] Keywords: domino
Thu, Oct 11th 2012 3:03a Karl-Henry Martinsson I am sure most of you who started programming around the same time that I did (in the first few years of the 1980's) at one point carried something like this in your wallets: [read] Keywords:
Wed, Oct 10th 2012 2:02p Karl-Henry Martinsson I am sure most of you who started programming around the same time that I did (in the first few years of the 1980's) at one point carried something like this in your wallets: [read] Keywords: bleedyellow
Movie Review: Looper
Sat, Sep 29th 2012 12:36p Karl-Henry Martinsson Last night I went to see Looper. I had actually not heard much about it, but I looked it up online real quick and at least it sounded like a good premise for a movie. I have always enjoyed sci-fi, and especially time-travel. The premise is that Joe is a "looper", a contract killer in a near future (2044). About 30 years after that, time-travel has been invented, but declared illegal. So only the biggest crime syndicates have access to time-travel, and they use it to get rid of people. The send [read] Keywords:
Movie Review: Looper
Sat, Sep 29th 2012 12:23p Karl-Henry Martinsson Last night I went to see Looper. I had actually not heard much about it, but I looked it up online real quick and at least it sounded like a good premise for a movie. I have always enjoyed sci-fi, and especially time-travel.
The premise is that Joe is a “looper”, a contract killer in a near future (2044). About 30 years after that, time-travel has been invented, but declared illegal. So only the biggest crime syndicates have access to time-travel, and they use it to get rid of people [read] Keywords:
Things to think about when programming in Notes
Thu, Sep 13th 2012 11:00a Karl-Henry Martinsson Inspired by some of the posts in the DeveloperWorks forums and on StackOverflow, I thought I would post some more basic concepts and how I handle them. I am not saying my way is the best way, this is just what works for me. I am sure there will be more posts in the future... I will also mention a few other things I noticed while reading the code posted in the forums. Retrieve something that doesn't exist The question is how to identify what dates there are no documents created for. This [read] Keywords: agent
Neil Armstrong dies at age 82
Sat, Aug 25th 2012 4:08p Karl-Henry Martinsson Neil Armstrong. The first man on the moon. Speaker at Lotusphere 2007 (picture above). Self-proclaimed geek. I always loved reading about space growing up, and I read everything from sci-fi to real stories. One of my favorites was Carrying the Fire: An Astronauts Journey by Michael Collins (the third Apollo 11 astronaut), which I read in Swedish translation (as I was just 7 or 8 years old at the time). So when Neil Armstrong stepped up on stage at the 2007 Lotusphere Opening General Session, tha [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Neil Armstrong dies at age 82
Sat, Aug 25th 2012 4:03p Karl-Henry Martinsson Neil Armstrong. The first man on the moon. Speaker at Lotusphere 2007 (where I took the picture above). Self-proclaimed geek.
I always loved reading about space growing up, and I read everything from sci-fi to real stories. One of my favorites was Carrying the Fire: An Astronauts Journey by Michael Collins (the third Apollo 11 astronaut), which I read in Swedish translation (as I was just 7 or 8 years old at the time).
So when Neil Armstrong stepped up on stage at the 2007 Lotusphere Opening Gen [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Healthy (and tasty) bread rolls from my youth
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 7:26p Karl-Henry Martinsson When I went to school in Sweden in the early 1980's, it was (I believe it still is) mandatory to attend "hemkunskap" (translates into "home knowledge", probably somewhat close to home economics). These classes were taken during 7th to 9th grade, and included cooking/baking, how to do dishes, washing clothes by hand, creating a budget and furnishing an apartment with a set amount of money. A couple of years ago, my sister found a recipe I had written down on a piece of paper from when we bak [read] Keywords: notes
Healthy (and tasty) bread rolls from my youth
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 7:19p Karl-Henry Martinsson When I went to school in Sweden in the early 1980´s, it was (I believe it still is) mandatory to attend “hemkunskap” (translates into “home knowledge”, probably somewhat close to home economics). These classes were taken during 7th to 9th grade, and included cooking/baking, how to do dishes, washing clothes by hand, creating a budget and furnishing an apartment with a set amount of money.
A couple of years ago, my sister found a recipe I had written down on a piece of pa [read] Keywords: notes
Irony: FunnyJunk lawyer criticizing the same actions as his client engage in
Sat, Jun 16th 2012 9:58a Karl-Henry Martinsson In a blog entry from 06/23/2010, Charles Carreon (the lawyer who is suing The Oatmeal), posts about the outcome of the case Viacom vs. Google. Youtube, owned by Google, allowed their users to upload copyrighted material, and they then benefited financially from this through the sale of ads on the site. Exactly the same activity that his client FunnyJunk engages in.
As that blog entry in retrospect is somewhat embarrassing for Mr Carreon, he took that down. But since the internet never forgets, [read] Keywords: google
Regular Expressions in Notes (Lotusscript)
Tue, May 29th 2012 10:30a Karl-Henry Martinsson Today I needed to use regular expressions (a.k.a. regexp) in a Lotus Notes application. I just wanted to check if the user entered a claim number (in the format "nnXXXXXnnnnn", e.g. 12RICTX12345) in a field. A quick online search found a blog entry with some code using the VBScript object available in Windows, and I adapted it for my application. Just in case someone need this, I am posting the code below. I am not taking credit for the code, I found it on Giles Hinton's blog and just adapte [read] Keywords: lotus
Review: LEGO Lord of The Rings
Sun, May 27th 2012 1:44p Karl-Henry Martinsson This weekend I spent with my son building some of the new LEGO kits from the new Lord of The Rings series. Here is a quick review of the kits built this far. 9469 Gandalf Arrives -- 83 pieces A small but nice set. Contains Gandalf in his cart loaded with fireworks, as well as Frodo welcoming him. Plenty of nice details, like the fireworks, a carrot for the pony and an envelope for Frodo to put the ring in. 9472 Attack on Weathertop -- 430 pieces This is a very nice set. It contains fiv [read] Keywords: bleedyellow
35 years ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Thu, May 24th 2012 11:43p Karl-Henry Martinsson May 25, 1977. Imagine it has been 35 years... When the first movie (then called just "Star Wars", later renamed "Episode IV -- A New Hope") was released in Sweden, the age restriction was set to 11 years. With a parent you were allowed to see it even if you were younger. I was 8 years old, but my parents did not want to go see it. It was not until "Episode VI -- The Return of The Jedi" was released in 1983 that I actually got to see the two first movies. They were shown back-to-back with [read] Keywords: bleedyellow
Lord of The Rings LEGO
Thu, May 24th 2012 11:04p Karl-Henry Martinsson Today I got the final delivery of the new Lord of The Rings LEGO I purchased the other day. The kits I got were: The Mines of Moria™ Gandalf™ Arrives The Orc Forge Attack on Weathertop™ Uruk-hai™ Army Shelob™ Attacks The one I am still missing is The Battle of Helm's Deep™, but I plan to get it shortly. I have a very excited 11 year old son who can't wait to come over this weekend and build with me. :-) [read] Keywords: bleedyellow
Lotusscript Code - HTML retrieval class
Wed, May 23rd 2012 2:44p Karl-Henry Martinsson I saw a question in the DeveloperWorks forum about retrieving a HTML page (in that case in order to get some data out of it), and realized that I never posted my HTML retrieval class...
So without further ado, here it is. It should be fairly self-documenting... Create a new object, then call the GetHTTP method with a URL to get a string representing the HTML code of that URL.
Private httpObject As Variant
Public httpStatus As Integer
Public Sub New()
Set h [read] Keywords:
Samsung Galaxy S3 released - Will it live up to the hype?
Fri, May 4th 2012 9:04a Karl-Henry Martinsson Yesterday Samsung presented the new Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone in London. Samsung had been very secretive about the new phone, and speculations on the internet were wild. Some of the rumors were true, while some were not. So will this be an iPhone contestor?
The predecessor, Galaxy S2, have been a big success for the company who recently took the title of biggest phone manufacturer in the world. Early reviews of the S3 have been mainly positive. The main complain is the plastic case, which m [read] Keywords: apple
Samsung Galaxy S3 to be announced May 3
Tue, Apr 24th 2012 1:03p Karl-Henry Martinsson After weeks of speculations, it seems like Samsung will unveil their latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3, at an event in London om May 3 called "Samsung Mobile Unpacked". Invitations have been sent out to media and a website with a teaser video is now available.
Samsung also released an app for the Unpacked event, where there is a reference to "Samsung Galaxy S3". The predecessor is of course Samsung Galaxy S II (with roman numerals), and there have been some discussions if Samsung wi [read] Keywords: apple
Google Drive released
Tue, Apr 24th 2012 1:03p Karl-Henry Martinsson Google's cloud storage product Google Drive has now been announced. I am however still on a waiting list, as it seems like Google is adding users little by little, so I have not been able to test it yet.
Google Drive is a service similar to Dropbox. You get 5GB storage for free, and additional 25GB for $2.49/month. Clients are available for Mac, PC and Android phones, and a version for iPad/iPhone is coming, according to Google. The service let you access your documents from different devi [read] Keywords: google
Birthday Cake - Swedish Style
Sun, Mar 4th 2012 3:43p Karl-Henry Martinsson I wanted to share the recipie for the cake I made this weekend. It is very easy to make, and tastes great. Mix 6 eggs and 3dl (a little over over 1 cup) of sugar, beet it until fluffy. Mix 1.5 dl (9 tablespoons) flour and 1.5 dl corn starch (potato flour in Europe) in a bowl, add 3 tablespooons of baking powder and mix well. Fold this into the egg/sugar mix, stir gently until the batter is smooth. Cover the inside of a baking pan with butter and then breadcrumbs. Pour in the batter and place i [read] Keywords: bleedyellow
Former Outlook User Who Loves Notes
Thu, Feb 23rd 2012 9:17p Karl-Henry Martinsson The other week we had a new executive start at my work. I stopped by her office today and offered to help her with Notes if she had any problems. I asked if she had used Notes before, and she said no, she came from an Outlook shop. So I asked her what she thought about Notes this far.
She told me that the mail experience was very close to Outlook, with sortable columns, etc. She als told me that she really like the action buttons with dropdowns for reply, etc. The fact that different windows a [read] Keywords: lotus
Samsung vs Apple
Thu, Feb 23rd 2012 9:08p Karl-Henry Martinsson This spring is gearing up to be very interesting. The rumors are flying about both an upcoming new iPad and a new Samsung Galaxy Tab.
According to the rumors, Samsung will launch the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 at Mobile World Contress in Barcelona at the end of this month. The new tablet will (again unconfirmed) have a 11.6 inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1600 and be powered by a 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor. Some rumors talk about a quad-core processor, but I personally find th [read] Keywords: apple
What's in a Name?
Sat, Feb 18th 2012 11:27a Karl-Henry Martinsson The discussion about the IBM rebranding of different products, including removing "Lotus" from a number of products, have me got thinking. What is really in a name? Well, a product name is really not that different from a person name. We have a firstname/surname which is our identity, and a lastname/family which indicate what family or group we belong to. In some cultures the family name is listed first, but the idea is the same. Sometimes we also have a nickname that we are know as, or that o [read] Keywords: domino
Robert A Heinlein: Revisiting a Childhood Favorite
Sat, Feb 18th 2012 10:22a Karl-Henry Martinsson During the last couple of weeks I have revisited some of the sci-fi classics I read when I was young. Robert A Heinlein was always one of my favorites. In what would be considered middle school in the US (4th-6th grade) we had one hour each week when the class was reading whatever book we had picked out in the library. At one time, I think it was in 5th grade, I read the Swedish translation of "Have Space Suit -- Will Travel". The other week I listened to this book as an audio book. This one w [read] Keywords: archiving
Using Lotusscript Lists For Counters
Mon, Jan 23rd 2012 4:43p Karl-Henry Martinsson How many times do you not want to count the number of documents you process, perhaps even a few different counters? Today I was working on a Lotusscript agent where I wanted to keep track of the total number of documents processed, as well as individual counters for a few different types of documents. Normally I would have used a handful of variables, but I realized that I could use lists for this.
This is what my old code would look like:
Dim cnt As Long
Dim totcnt As Long
Dim type1cnt a [read] Keywords: agent
Apple Cake: The Drink
Sun, Jan 22nd 2012 7:23p Karl-Henry Martinsson I brought some of my home-made Apple Cake drink to Lotusphere, and I had many people ask me how it is made. It is not hard at all, it just takes some time. You need the following: 75 cl vodka (that is one regular bottle), and I recommend Absolut 40% (or even 50% if you want it stronger). 30 cl (that is about 10 fl oz) concentrated apple juice. I used one can of defrosted frozen juice concentrate. 3-4 tablespoons granulated sugar. 3 tablespoons of vanilla sugar. It can be purchased at the neares [read] Keywords: lotusphere