Been working with a client moving them from R5 to 853FP1. A big jump and not so simple as one would think. The usual Domino items do work properly and as we move people over all is well and good, but along the way we found some gotchas that, well, if you were not around in R5 time, you may not realize the nuances.
Traveler of course is a key part of why they are upgrading. NOT for iPads or iPhones but for Android devices. An added bonus to them is the Sametime entry which is a FREE entitlement with their Domino licenses.
They were using a pair of Dircat's. Dircat for those who did not grow up with the term stands for Directory Catalog. The idea behind these was to provide, don't forget this was R5 time around 1999-2000, a condensed address book so laptop users over modem lines could easily address emails. Naturally this was a huge benefit to people like IBM with 250,000+ people at the time and a massive set of NAB's which could be shrunk down to about 150MB which in those days....
You created a database from the dircat template and then told it which directories (Notes or LDAP) to pull people or whatever fields you specified into it. Simple right? And it worked well. I demo'ed this in beta in Athens at the IBM EBU in 1999.
Flash forward to Traveler time and you see Traveler likes to work with DA (Directory Assistance). No problem, took their file and set up the DA database and configuration. And nothing happened. Show XDIR included the file but no lookups on Traveler.
After a little bit of poking around the file, it turns out the file the client told us to use was really a DirCat, not a regular Address Book. Traveler was not happy, now I knew why. Looking at the config doc I found the original file it was based on. Edited the DA and restarted the server and like magic it worked properly.
Lotus Notes Traveler just wants to see proper address books when doing lookups from your device.
Friday Frustrations - Online Bill Paying UX Failure
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 4:06a Keith Brooks Received our first gas bill today from the Supergas company here in Israel. I can setup an automatic bank draft or pay by credit card. I can't do the bank draft yet so I figured I would pay by credit card. Go to their site, find the pay my bill page, get to the screen where I put in my information and there is one small problem...the area code. Mine, 058 is not listed. Link to their page here Naturally like any good hack I figured just pick an area code and let it go, like entering email@example.com [read] Keywords: email
Accountability and the ESN
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks In this Golden Age of social networks that pretend to be burying email servers like Rod Stewart goes through wives, we have a black hole that is not discussed. Email is not perfect, but better than most countries normal postal services. IM is great for awareness of who is online, but just because I show up online does not mean I really am at the machine, phone or browser. Twitter is awesome....when you are connected to the internet. SMS is far from perfect, as anyone who travels can tell you wh [read] Keywords: email
What is your Candy Corn?
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks For those not familiar with the reference, Candy Corn is a sweet confectionery candy which is quite sugary and shaped like a triangle with 3 colors in it. Wikipedia explains it this way. The picture below is from Wikipedia as well. I could eat a mound of it and not think twice about it. To me Candy Corn is one of the best candies. It is a happy candy, for me, and I enjoy eating them, in many ways which I will not bore you with here. Sadly for me the only Kosher ones I know of are from the Jelly [read] Keywords: wiki
What Are You Doing, HAL?
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks My friend Chris Toohey posted this on Twitter: Ever have one of those mornings where you just want to blow off billable work & code something fun?? #stayOnTarget! — Chris Toohey (@christoohey) September 3, 2014 I replied, I just want my servers to talk to me. What would you have your server say, if it could talk? "My Router hurts, are you spamming people again?" "Drive C has eaten all the chips and needs a bigger belt (no free space)" "That agent you ran just now, were you seriousl [read] Keywords: agent
Think About This for a Moment
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 7:13a Keith Brooks According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.This table, can give you more details of breakdowns, data up to 2009. Because of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, which has raised over $94 Million since July 29th alone, there are now [read] Keywords: foundations
Conference Season is Picking Up
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 12:33p Keith Brooks I have been a bit out of the loop the last 4-6 weeks but for those who have been in the know, there are many conferences, especially IBM ones, over the next few months. Some are asking for abstracts. Hint, hint. MWLUG in Grand Rapids NEXT WEEK, August 27-29 ICON UK September 12th in London Social Connections VII in Stockholm November 13-14 (abstracts due by end of August) DanNotes November 20-21 in Korsør (abstracts due by end of August) 2015 Lotusphere/IBM Connect/ IBM ConnectED in Orla [read] Keywords: collaboration
Apps That Make Life Easier in Other Countries
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 7:10a Keith Brooks On my travels lately we have been using extensively a few apps which some of you may need or want when you travel as well. I am not so excited by any of the lame efforts of gamification, so ignoring this GAM (Game Spam) the apps are: Everyone knows about WAZE and if you don't, go get it now and never get lost or late anywhere you drive. Like WAZE, MOOVIT does for you bus users and train users what WAZE does for drivers. A bit confusing of a UI but once you get used to it you will not stop. It [read] Keywords: google
Are you a Catalyst?
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 6:50a Keith Brooks About two weeks ago I was involved in a discussion on Twitter with someone about blogging and awareness. He writes a blog about AIX systems which I like but rarely get to play with any more. He tweeted to me about how management doesn’t “get” his blogging nor gives him any credit for it. My answer is, this too will pass and his time will come. Writing for a few weeks or months, even in some cases years, does not produce tangible results until some catalyst brings you into the spotlight. I [read] Keywords: aix
Next Stop, Israel
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 8:03a Keith Brooks Yes, I gave it all away in the title of this post. For the rest of you that clicked through to read about this topic, let me start with this story. This quite possibly may be my longest blog post I ever write. You have been warned.Around 1994 or 1995 I was managing Citibank's Latin American Lotus Notes network. I visited numerous countries there and checked on our cc:Mail, Notes and OpenMail installations and personnel.One trip scheduled was to Bogota, Colombia. In those years it was common, a [read] Keywords: collaboration