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.
The Royal Scam or just a CopyCat App?
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 6:46a Keith Brooks Apologies to Steely Dan. By now everyone has heard of Ello. The question still remains why? Someone posted about it shortly after I read Robert Scoble's post about it.Being a messaging and communication person, figured I should check it out. I described it as a mix between Pinterest and Twitter. Many said it was like Facebook. It does not really matter because it doesn't do anything special, yet, that I can tell. Maybe Jerry Seinfeld is behind it. You know, it's an app, about nothing...ge [read] Keywords: facebook
I am speaking at Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 7:23a Keith Brooks After a few years of trying to get to the event, I have finally made plans to not only attend, but speak at the IBM Social Business and Connections User Group meeting, referred to as Social Connections VII (#soccnx) which is in Stockholm, Sweden November 13-14th. Event and registration details here. The event has had about 200-300 customers attend previous meetings.Vendors and sponsors are of course welcome and want to help you with your business. The topic of my session is “Didn't you see [read] Keywords: connections
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 firstname.lastname@example.org [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