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Mark Myers
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Missing in Action
Sun, Jan 13th 2013 1:11p   Mark Myers
Well, how long has it been since I have written to my blog?. The answer is bloody ages and the reason is work. LDC has simply been flat out with work. With both day work and all nighters. The months have been stuffed with a mixture of major client work, smaller independent projects and community actions such as presentations for conferences such as UKlug and IBM connect. ( which I will talk about In the next blog entry) in fact I am writing this entry sat in bed as I can't sleep on my first ear [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm community java

Connect 2012 schedule
Sun, Jan 13th 2013 1:11p   Mark Myers
In 2 weeks time I and the rest of the LDC founders will be pounding out to Florida for the first IBM Connect conference (or 20-something Lotusphere depending on how you look at these things) This is my 5th time going and the first one where I will be speaking on my own, I suspect it will be chaos, but there will be 5 places I am sure to be: UKnight (sponsored event) Monday 20:00-22:00 shulas bar In which the British companies at Connect attempt to bring their favorite bit of home w [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus lotusphere notes applications exchange exchange interface java

XPages review
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 2:17a   Mark Myers
Here at LDC towers we are quite a diverse bunch each member taking a primary role in a few technologies and then acting as secondary and tertiary to other members to back them up when needed, with people like Matt White and Ben Poole in the team handling the bulk of the XPage work, my Primary UI skills were Spring web/view/mvc and Flex (as well as the classic domino we all still know like the back of our hands). During this time I kept up on XPages by watching Matt's videos on XPages101 [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus xpages community database development eclipse integration java javascript properties security server wiki

A London contractors guide to Hartford US
Sun, Jul 1st 2012 6:15a   Mark Myers
Hartford Connecticut is sometimes called the insurance capital of America so a contractor with insurance knowledge stands a good chance of ending up there sometime. As it's a good policy to treat your clients money as you would your own,I was doing it on the cheap also like many Londoners I tend to love public transport and dont hire a car unless I can help it (which marks me as a freak to many Americans). There are plenty of hotels in the middle of Hartford but these tend to not [read] Keywords: notes google office

Classic Domino Search Trick
Thu, Jun 7th 2012 7:48a   Mark Myers
There is less classic Domino work around then there used to be ( Pure Java, mobile and Xpages taking up most of my time), but still plenty of maintenance work for those who can provide what the client wants, any way, this is something I just updated on an existing clients classic app, and it struck me that it MUST be known by just about every one, but either no one has blogged it, or my Google foo is weak at the moment, so I decided to post it in case I might be of some use. Problem: you ha [read] Keywords: domino xpages css google java javascript mobile properties

Being nice to other developers with REST services
Fri, Jun 1st 2012 8:12a   Mark Myers
REST services are really nice, really fast and easy to create, but sometimes we forget in our haste to get them out the door that a little bit of structure will help both our selves and any third party developer than might user them, eg, if when a call is made to your service [] is returned, what does that mean? was it sucessfull but there is no data, or was there an error in your call, a bit of context would go a long way, the easiest way round this is a little wrapper class, nothin [read] Keywords: java password

Exposing existing classes for REST top tips
Thu, May 31st 2012 7:47a   Mark Myers
Bolting new functionality onto older systems always has its fair share of fun and games, but exposing internal data structures to external parties is an even greater horror, this does happen though, particularly when clients want to access previously locked down systems via web services or REST interfaces or you want to deliver the same functional via new client eg B2B, mobile etc etc, I have been doing this recently with REST services using the JERSEY library, which like nearly all the good ser [read] Keywords: java mobile


Drobo or NAS to amason s3 with rsync
Fri, May 25th 2012 6:12a   Mark Myers
I have written before about syncing desktop stuff to a NAS (in my case a Drobo) using Rsnc for backup reasons before, but lets now take it a step further and sync our Drobo/NAS stuff with amazon s3, in this example I will be backing up my precious happy hardcore and audio book collection that all live in a Directory called "Audio" on one of my Drobo shares 1) First create a mount point for your Drobo/NAS connection, I created a folder called "/media/localAudio" (ensuring that the local [read] Keywords: connections notes desktop google password security wiki

Sorting the unsortable
Wed, May 23rd 2012 6:11a   Mark Myers
You will have to forgive this blog entry as most of you will know this tip, but it was years since I last used it and when I wanted it last night it completely went out of my head, so I'm putting it up here as an aide memoire So here is the problem, you have a java collection (in this case a List) containing java custom classes. List and here is the Address class that this is a List of: package com.ldc.classes; public class Address { private String firstLine; p [read] Keywords: java sql

loader constraint violation on JAVAX webservice (client)
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 6:11a   Mark Myers
OK, you have done a nice simple Web service client, it runs fine in your tests, you bung it on JBoss and when ever you trigger it you get something like this java.lang.LinkageError: loader constraint violation: when resolving method "javax.xml.ws.Service.(Ljava/net/URL;Ljavax/xml/namespace/QName;)V" the class loader (instance of org/jboss/classloader/spi/base/BaseClassLoader) of the current class, com/sun/j2ee/blueprints/opc/powebservice/XYZService, and the class loader (instance of ) fo [read] Keywords: java mobile server xml

My New Time managment System
Tue, Mar 13th 2012 6:12a   Mark Myers
Now recently there have been quite a large number of changes in the work I do and how I do it, my old system of crazed caffeine ridden keyboard hammering just was not cutting it, and I started detecting in myself the first symptoms of Burnout (but not due to over work, just due to bad organisation), clearly I wanted a very simple system to manage my time, something that just lets me work thought my clients requests in a way that delvers timely responses without waste and still lets me keep a gri [read] Keywords: google wiki

Just the other side of the fence
Sun, Feb 12th 2012 3:11p   Mark Myers
In my current role at my new main client I am an integration architect rather than the senior developer/architect; the difference sounds small, my deliverables are virtually the same as are the technical skills needed to produce them, but there is one huge difference and that is WHERE I am sitting. Now I am with the BAs and Accenture consultants rather than the devs, where smartness is more important than the spec of your laptop, where consistently being there and typing when your boss arrives a [read] Keywords: integration laptop

Mint 12 and Cinnamon
Mon, Jan 30th 2012 6:11p   Mark Myers
I really enjoyed using Mint Linux 11 and was pleased when mint 12 came out, but had not quite got round to installing it since it came out, partially due to the fact that mint uses the backup and restore method of upgrading (which I never seem to have time to do*) and partly due to the fact mint 11 works just right for me Anyway with far to much work to do on a weekend I decided it was the perfect time to upgrade my laptop (sigh!) so off I went. The ISO to boot disk went as normal [read] Keywords: applications archive bug desktop laptop linux vmware

Ls12 in review
Sun, Jan 22nd 2012 10:13a   Mark Myers
Now I'm back from IBM Lotusphere/Connect it's back to work but just to round it up, here is the traditional review of the last week General -- The tech was good, real improvements, stuff that I want to use and a worthy opponent to the open source and Microsoft stuff. -- Please finish off killing the Lotus brand, Microsoft's PR work and the memory of the bad UI have done too much damage, no one will give the new tech the chance it deserves. -- Surprisingly IBM have listened, [read] Keywords: admin connections ibm lotus lotusphere community microsoft

Thursdays LS12 Wallpaper
Thu, Jan 19th 2012 8:13a   Mark Myers
Here is the fourth and final of LDCs tshirt designs for #LS12 converted to a wallpaper, enjoy The London Developer Co-op wallpapers can all be found here [read] Keywords: twitter

LS12 Slide deck
Wed, Jan 18th 2012 12:13p   Mark Myers
Hi hi, here is the slide deck and associated files from mine and Julian Robichaux Lotusphere 2012 session (Write Better Java Code: Debugging, Loggin and Unit Tests) HERE and HERE files can also be found on the London Developer Co-ops goodies page [read] Keywords: lotusphere java

Wednesdays LS12 Wallpaper
Wed, Jan 18th 2012 7:12a   Mark Myers
Here is the third of LDCs tshirt designs for #LS12 converted to a wallpaper, more to come each day, enjoy The London Developer Co-op wallpapers can all be found here [read] Keywords: twitter

Tuesdays LS12 Wallpaper
Tue, Jan 17th 2012 9:12a   Mark Myers
Here is the second of LDCs tshirt designs for #LS12 converted to a wallpaper, more to come each day, enjoy The London Developer Co-op wallpapers can all be found here [read] Keywords: twitter

LDC LS12 wallpapers day 1
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 9:12a   Mark Myers
Here is the first batch of LDC tshirt designs for #LS12 converted to wallpapers, more to come each day, enjoy If you love Xpages101.net it's worth decoding this one The London Developer Co-op wallpapers can all be found here [read] Keywords: lotus mobile twitter

Social ASW Checker
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 4:17a   Mark Myers
When faced with tons of work for my clients and the need to get my session practised for the upcoming IBM conference, what do i do?, do i get on with with these important tasks?, manfully ploughing my way through them? No i don't, I write a side bar widget for my blog (right hand column at the bottom) that rates websites on their "Social ASWness", that is, it rates anything calculated to show how "Social" you are, rather than just using it for the tool it is, Its not serious, it [read] Keywords: ibm bug widget

LDC: The year in review
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 11:11a   Mark Myers
As a member of LDC I'm re posting its "year in review", as it basically mirrors my own "A week before IBM Lotusphere / Connect we realised this was by far our biggest conference yet, with 2 speakers, 3 sessions, 2 sponsored parties and bleeding t-shirts everywhere. So, what have we been up to during the last year? Well, bucking the global slowdown for one thing, new clients now include one of the worlds largest media websites, another multi-national insurance company, and [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere xpages applications microsoft mobile

Something I need to remember for the coming year
Tue, Jan 3rd 2012 3:39a   Mark Myers
from http://onefte.com/ [read] Keywords:

VMware image of Laptop Tips and Gotchas
Tue, Dec 27th 2011 1:10p   Mark Myers
Recently I started working for a client that has a good enlightened approach to equipment, they provided me with an excellent laptop, but had no objection to me using my 16gig/1tb+/i7 monster, so I set about making a vmware image, this was hampered by their reasonable security setup and some oddities of the way that vmware converts hard drives. here's what I leaned from the process Problem: 0000007B error on boot Solutiuon: This is caused by a variety of problems but always boils down [read] Keywords: laptop password security vista vmware

My First Full Lotusphere session
Mon, Dec 5th 2011 6:11p   Mark Myers
Woop Woop, I have my first full Lotusphere session! I will be presenting a Show 'n' Tell entitled "Write Better Java Code: Debugging, Logging, and Unit Tests" with the great Julian Robichaux, the master of openlog (a tool I use on every Domino app I write) Anyway, quickly onto the point of this blog entry: After every conference's sessions are announced there is the usual "it's only the same set of people that get them each year" grumbles. However, 4 years ago I was not part of th [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm ilug lotus lotusphere community java openntf

Lotus Notes 8.5.3 on Linux part 1
Fri, Nov 25th 2011 4:39a   Mark Myers
The Native Linux Client for Notes has been giving me real grief since i moved to mint 11/ Ubuntu 11.04 and in a huff I decided i would swap to a wine version of the 8.5.3 windows client (thus giving me the admin and dev client to boot) Thankfully this has not proved difficult and although there are still some bugs/hiccups all the core functionality works just peachy **Please note this is just Part 1, as its not a perfect walk though, more like a hack to get things working, i will c [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm lotus notes applications desktop linux properties ubuntu

Taking Notes Episode 142
Tue, Nov 22nd 2011 11:11a   Mark Myers
This is a brief ASW post* I was kindly asked by Bruce Elgort to take part in the Taking Notes podcast No142 on behalf of LDC, where we discus the latest round of NoSQL databases and how they relate to IBMs offerings, it was a proud and nerve racking moment for me, so if for some reason, you're in the IBM Domino community or interested in NoSQL and have not seen the pod cast listed under the Taking Notes Page or Bruces blog, you can find it here * Also Bruce wont leave me alone til [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes community podcast taking notes

Used Linux applications List
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 2:13p   Mark Myers
Due to a hatred of the new ubuntu UI (I like a desktop UI on my desktop rather than being forced to use a tablet layout), the time came to switch Linux version (in this case to Mint Linux as it has a nice simple UI but means I can still use all the debian packages) As it was a complete wipe of the HDD, i noted down all my Linux apps for reinstall and figured that maybe one or 2 others might find the list useful VMWare Workstation (without which Linux would not be a suitable desktop [read] Keywords: lotus notes applications desktop linux office server skype vmware ubuntu

Moving for Ubuntu to Mint Linux 11
Sun, Nov 20th 2011 10:12a   Mark Myers
Ubuntu has been the king of the hill as far as desktop Linux distros go for a while now, but with the recent UI changes and movement away from the gnome shell many people feel they have fumbled the ball a bit, I was one of them, I considered just replacing the UI with gnome 3 but I would have to do it every time 6 months, and as Bill Buchan often points out that's a bit "hair shirt", so i chose Mint Linux instead, as it seemed completely aimed at my kind of usage and is build off Ubuntu (mint [read] Keywords: admin ibm lotus notes desktop linux vista vmware wiki ubuntu

LDC Lotusphere Tshirt Designs
Wed, Nov 16th 2011 3:27a   Mark Myers
Well LDC have picked their favourite designs, as always we do over a dozen designs then pick out our top 7 (one for each day), this means there are some that don't get picked, normally these are my feeble attempted creations in adobe illustrator or Ben Pooles terrible tech jokes, but in rare cases they are some of the amazing art done for us by proper artists, in this case "battle for London" did not get picked (it got my bloody vote) , purely due to how it might look printed on a tshirt, but [read] Keywords: lotusphere

NoSQL Training Day
Mon, Nov 7th 2011 10:00a   Mark Myers
I was lucky enough to win a free pass to the Skillsmatter NoSQL day on Wednesday, and with high expectations sat down notepad in hand ready to learn a shit load While NoSQL in its current incarnation is a relatively new child, it is still a lot to squash into one day and it was a fast passed session list with ten min breaks between technical sessions, covering a wide range of subjects in the area, the complete list of talks and links to them on skills matters website is below, i urge you [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes database podcast python sql twitter wiki

IISYG meeting
Sun, Nov 6th 2011 8:13a   Mark Myers
I was lucky enough to attend the latest IISYG (Independent Information Security Group) meeting hosted by Iain Sutherland, Managing Director of Information Security Solutions, this was my first attendance, up till now I had lacked either the experience or expertise to attend and now I see why I am limited on what I can discuss as I signed Chatham House rules, but I did want to jot down my experiences. Normally small discussion groups like this (about 20 - 25) have their fair sh [read] Keywords: security

A Begging Letter to IBM
Fri, Nov 4th 2011 8:30a   Mark Myers
Now I try not to do too many ASW posts as the rest of LDC frown on them, so believe me when i say that this is not one of them, this is a genuine plea to IBM. Please fix the NSF database and by 'Fix' i mean: 1) Remove the obvious size limitations such as 32k view lookups, maximum field numbers and plain text field limits 2) Provide a good JDBC and .Net Drivers that enables access to the database from remote locations 3) Improve scaling (yes i know that it has huge theore [read] Keywords: ibm notes ods community database ideajam ideajam.net javascript oracle server wiki

MongoDB vs CouchDB
Mon, Oct 10th 2011 5:10p   Mark Myers
This is not a ASW title, but the name of a skillsmatter evening talk, unlike most skills matter presentations this was only 10 mins long (presented by Ryan Duffield @rduffield ) , which allowed for a good bit of discussion before we piled down to the pub, anyway you can see the presentation HERE. I took a load of notes during the talk and the discussion afterwards, but have decided not to put them down here in the end, as to me the real differences between the 2 databases were down to thei [read] Keywords: lotus notes applications enterprise mysql podcast security twitter wiki

Worst corporate BS statment for a long time
Tue, Sep 27th 2011 3:49a   Mark Myers
I recently found this in a Java tech spec, written by a developer who should have known better "Note No Non-Functional or Quality of Service criterion has been established from the Phase 3 System Requirements in terms of facilitating the quantitative assessment and validation of the XXX Phase 3 Architecture" Shoot me now!!! [read] Keywords: java

93rd Security First Tuesday club
Mon, Sep 19th 2011 9:57a   Mark Myers
The 93rd First Tuesday club was a bit different from the previous ones. Not only was it set away from our normal haunt (Imperial City on Cornhill) in the grand London Capital Club, we also had a proper technical talk, instead of the usual small sales pitch (a hallmark of the club as it does not support hard sell) . Thisfs was given to us by Carric Dooley, and included such gems as  "Fall off the security turnip truck" and "It's like an encrypted onion". This is new evolution of the First T [read] Keywords: policies google security virus

Scalaz and a little brain melt
Thu, Sep 15th 2011 5:29a   Mark Myers
Another night, another Skills matter freebie, tonight's dish is on practical Scalaz (which is a bolt on to normal Scala ).  Served up by Chris Marshall ( @oxbow_lakes), This was a very sane and straight talking presentation dealing with both the good and bad of Scalaz. Covering the following topics: -Data types  -Kinds -Monoids -Not having to do java folds -Filters  -Conjunctions   -Endo types  -Validation  it was a very heavy talk, strong on the pure code and mat [read] Keywords: notes google java podcast twitter

MongoDB at SkillsMatter
Thu, Sep 8th 2011 4:37a   Mark Myers
Popping to the Skillsmatter freebie evening sessions is one of the best ways of getting an introduction in to any open source project that I know of (particularly if you are in London) The one I visited last night was for MongoDB which LDC are looking at in our general search to see which of the newer generation of NoSQL dbs we like best (yes yes i know they all have different usages cases but it nice to have a favourite that you spend a bit more time with), this "do" consists of [read] Keywords: applications enterprise podcast

Embedded fonts in Adobe air
Sun, Aug 14th 2011 2:11p   Mark Myers
I know there are nice articles on it here and here by Adobe, but they just did not seem 100% clear when describing embedding fonts in Adobe AIR (also I know I'm supposed to be using 'spark' but again this is a support fix) So to embed fonts in your adobe air app in order to stop your users wrecking your nice layout when they do something like replace the Ariel font on their system (don't ask), you will need adobe Air 2.5 or better, and be using CSS for text properties (no more in-line [read] Keywords: application css properties

New Anime Series: Appleseed XIII
Thu, Aug 11th 2011 5:38p   Mark Myers
First Episode Review for: Appleseed XIII Summary : Follows the daily life of two members of an elite anti crime squad in the Utopian city of tomorrow, BASED on the classic manga series Appleseed Animation : Now I was hoping for the same sort of animation that we saw in Ghost in the shell, something worthy of Shirow Masamune, and they nearly have it, they have got everything right EXCEPT the human (non mecha) forms which look like animation from the early final fantasy cut scenes, its [read] Keywords: wiki

A quick updates to an old database
Wed, Aug 10th 2011 6:10p   Mark Myers
Now don't tell me off for this, and yes its very old and very dodgy, but this kind of thing seems to be creeping up more and more, so I figured it might be of use to someone A client asked for a quick fix to a existing database, the problem being that a old Domino web database was causing problems, the code that runs when the button was clicked was taking longer and longer (growing data set) and the users were getting impatient and clicking the button multiple times causing the code to r [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client xpages ajax bug database

Google Apps, Google+, and the second class citizens
Sun, Jul 24th 2011 2:13p   Mark Myers
Now I'm a big fan of Google and it's associated applications.  But recently there have been a few cracks that are causing me to reevaluate them as a supplier. mainly to do with their treatment of paying customers, if you have recommended Gmail for domains to a client and they have moved lock stock and barrel on to it. The last thing you want is for them to phone you up six months down the line and ask why they can't use some feature that they want to use, and I'm not talking about fringe [read] Keywords: ibm applications email google

Java 7 london release
Mon, Jul 11th 2011 3:59a   Mark Myers
With the first major release of Java for 5 years mutch excitement (and some trepidation) is a foot, rather than make up my own feeble blog entry, I would rather point people to this far superior one by James Gough of the London Java Community http://londonjavacommunity.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/java-7-london-launch-event/ [read] Keywords: community java

Shutting all tasks down for a given Linux User
Thu, Jul 7th 2011 3:13p   Mark Myers
I like Linux, its speed and reliability are amazing, which is part of the problem, if correctly set-up the servers go for forever before failing, so your initial line of enterprise support tend not to be up to speed with it, which means that if you have a issue or a deployment does not go as planned, you have a mess to untangle and the only person who has rights to the box (you don't as your the developer), just wants to restart the machine to "please make the nasty none GUI operating system g [read] Keywords: enterprise java linux server websphere

Drobo Outage
Tue, Jun 21st 2011 4:16p   Mark Myers
I had a strange Hiccup from one of my Drobo FS's during the weekend, a brief 'weerrr-clunk' from one of the drives and connection was lost, after some unsuccessful attempts to reconnect a re-boot was performed after this I was treated to the happy message Mount Failed - Internal Error Lovely!!! thankfully Drobo have posted the solution on their Web Site You have to press Ctrl - Shift - M then type in "Proceed", it will then trundle off and run a full check disk and afterward [read] Keywords:

ITunes and Adobe air
Wed, Jun 15th 2011 5:41a   Mark Myers
Using adobe Air on multiple different clients brings its own challenges particularly if your interacting with the client machines underlying File system and other programs that make their home there, case in point, on an AIR application LDC wrote, once an file is download it is checked to see if it is "all present and Correct" via details provided from the source server, It would appear after some investigation that the ITunes monitoring of its "Automatically add to iTunes" folder is f [read] Keywords: application server

PDF generation AGAIN
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 9:40a   Mark Myers
That perpetual nut of PDF generation rose again recently with a new client, this time with a twist, they did not want to worry about any licences and had taken particular umbrage at the new iText licence, This lead to a search for a good library that i could distribute to client apps, simply, without nasty yearly surprises, also I wanted the generation its self to be quick and make sense for any future developer who has to maintain. Had i been wanting to convert existing good looking [read] Keywords: agent domino lotus notes archive java security

Thank you
Sat, Jun 11th 2011 4:14p   Mark Myers
On Friday I got an amazon parcel, it turned out to be “the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook” and was sent by Andrew Magerman , its appearance has quite made my week!!, my first gift from a friend i have made from the lotus community and related to a blog post Tooo!, awesome! after some though this turns out to be not quite true: - There was the Lotusphere tickets from Elguji software (Bruce and Gale , Matt ). - Thank you presents from speaking at various LUGs (Warren and Kit [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere community java

Select an agent and run it on a server
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 10:56a   Mark Myers
I did not write this (I hardly write any lotusScript any more), it was written by Antony Cooper, but he has kindly given permission to post it here as it is soo useful, a very nice little "Run from Menu" agent/function to enable you to run other agents directly on the server, making them much much faster, we use it for running migration and administration updates that need to change a lot of existing data, hope its as useful to you as it is to me. %REM Agent Select and Run agen [read] Keywords: administration agent lotus lotusscript notes database server

More Amazon Web Services lessons
Sun, Jun 5th 2011 7:10a   Mark Myers
At LDC towers we use AWS a great deal and have a habit of trying every variation of their services as we can, on the basis of "better we learn lessons on our servers, rather than clients", one of our dev servers was built on windows 2008 64bit, and unfortunately it turns out that you can only have small and medium instances on 32bit instances not on 64bit (this applies to the Linux instances as well), 32bit 64bit This means that unless you are willing to pay about ~$200 p [read] Keywords: admin linux wiki

Private GIT server on AWS
Mon, May 30th 2011 11:11a   Mark Myers
Source code control is essential for LDC and something we have to keep up to date on, GIT is currently the 'IN' flavor of source control , and while places like GITHUB make it very easy, quite a few of our clients simply wont allow their source code on a none dedicated/personally secured OS instance (also once you start to get in to LDC's number of current and previous projects/repositories, a dedicated server is cheaper) . so it was time to build a new dedicated GIT server on AWS (using thei [read] Keywords: admin centos linux mac password security server

Drop Box on Servers
Sun, May 15th 2011 4:24a   Mark Myers
I like Dropbox, just about everyone I know uses it all the time, but one place I think it is under utilised is on the server, by this I don't mean big corporate infrastructures, I mean cloud based servers or multiple hosted servers, a perfect example was last weeks migration, LDC were moving a box from one hosting provider to another, to transfer the data I merely split rar'ed it up on the current box (giving the rar creation directory as a folder on drop box), and grinned when I saw it appear [read] Keywords: admin network server

Jungle Disk Server Version
Sat, May 14th 2011 9:56a   Mark Myers
During a recent review of LDC's hardware and systems, its was decided to change backup strategies, as most of us had been using jungleDisk /Amazon S3 for our laptop backups, we decided to give the server version a go. Well i am very impressed with it, it behaves very much like any enterprise backup solution i have used, you install a bit of agent software on each server then monitor and control the jobs from a separate bit of control software (which is also installed by default on each ser [read] Keywords: agent domino ibm application enterprise ideajam ideajam.net integration laptop linux mac server

how alike are 2 strings?
Wed, Apr 13th 2011 5:21a   Mark Myers
Showing and ordering how alike strings are is something I have a use for nearly every week, from "name rationalisation" jobs in address books, through admin helper utilities to "did you mean?" on web sites, but I did not realise the best way has a proper name, its called Levensnshtein distance and is defined as: "The Levenshtein distance between two strings is defined as the minimum number of edits needed to transform one string into the other " It is already built into apache [read] Keywords: admin java wiki

Hearing it again, out with the old in with the new
Wed, Apr 6th 2011 5:04a   Mark Myers
Its funny how history repeats its self, I was listening to the Grails Podcast 122 and listening to the netflix boys describing their working enviroment and the features they used, these include - Rapid Application Deployment (Groovy and Grail's) - Everybody building apps all over the place - Timed jobs (Quartz) - Shared infrastructure (AWS) - None Relational Data storage (simpleDB and Cassandra) It sounds as if they are really getting stuff done and making things work for the [read] Keywords: lotus notes application podcast

Lotus Idol Presentation
Tue, Feb 22nd 2011 3:46p   Mark Myers
Opps!, forgot to post this Here it is "The horror of losing agent manager and other chilling tales" Hope it is of some use, feel free to point out stuff i have missed or got wrong, it would be nice if it could grow [read] Keywords: agent lotus

The Server Names of Evil
Tue, Feb 22nd 2011 3:06a   Mark Myers
Cruety to users should be part of all administrators sworn duty, the heaving multitude must realise this, that their plight is hopeless, to accept their fate and simply e-mail you their souls (or upload it to the collaboration server if its large, but NOT under any circumstances to fill up the file servers with multiple copies of it!!) To reinforce this, the names of the servers they use on a daily basis should not only remind them of the dark gods (according to the prophet H.P. Lovecraft) [read] Keywords: collaboration application server wiki

Lotusphere round up
Sat, Feb 5th 2011 2:04p   Mark Myers
Like most people I think a basic brain dump is the order of the day for lotusphere 2011 It was the hardest lotusphere I have been to work wise, I did not get half of what I was due to finish....er..finished. Lotus idol, a fantastic opportunity for me and a bonus for LDC, one I was grateful to have been given, though personally I think the session proposed by Peter Presnell would have given more to the community. Numbers up on last year, but hardly any time wasting, even at parties [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere notes bleedyellow bleedyellow.com community iphone

Pre-Lotusphere freebie 2011
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 8:15a   Mark Myers
Yes I know its STILL a ASW title, but there is a new freebie. This lotusphere is The London Developer Co-op's second official outing, and while we are not on a stall we are sponsoring (with others) the UK Night, and continuing with giving out T-shirts, this year there will be a design for each day, and you can get them by collaring Matt White, Julian Woodward or myself, as normal there are limited numbers, so grab them no matter how hung over and grumpy we might look This years designs [read] Keywords: lotusphere

Prepping for Lotusphere 2011 ten things Part 2
Tue, Jan 4th 2011 2:20p   Mark Myers
I was going to blog 10 things to do at lotusphere but frankly the best guide for lotusphere is here at Andy's House O' Blog, so am going to find and shake the hands of at least 10 types of people instead, these will include: 1) A Community Leader e.g. Bruce Elgort / Paul Moony / Warren Elsmore 2) A Xpage Guru e.g. Matt white / Steve Castledine / Tim Clark / Tim Tripcony / David Leedy 3) A founder e.g. "The Turtle" / Ben Langhinrichs 4) A symphony Guru e.g. John Head / Pau [read] Keywords: connections lotusphere symphony blogger community java

Adobe Air App browsers install Gotchers
Sat, Jan 1st 2011 11:17a   Mark Myers
This is just an aide memoire and google search for people implementing the adobe air browser api for doing browser based installation and communication with already installed apps, the custom version I started with is found Here I'm just putting some keywords in to help people find it ( getApplicationVersion installApplication launchApplication badge adobe Air) The 3 gotchas (and by gotchas, I mean things that you have to KNOW as they don't produce sensible errors or ways of you tel [read] Keywords: google xml

axis web service security work round
Thu, Dec 30th 2010 10:21a   Mark Myers
This is a bit of an old one, but might be useful to Domino people (or in fact anyone) out there that still are not using security on their web services who really should know better, I'm mainly thinking of large corporations that treat their internal network as some kind of safe playground, I don't suggest this a permanent fix, it is just a good solution if you simply don't have the time or resources to put proper security in place. This example came about when a security review was do [read] Keywords: agent domino application applications firefox network security server

Sharing a room at Lotusphere
Sun, Dec 26th 2010 7:21p   Mark Myers
Going to Lotusphere is not a cheap experience and in this current climate even less so, it makes sense to share a room, last year I shared with that wretch/neat freak/best man at my wedding, Ben Poole, alas the evil devil is not going this year, so I started asking around to find an alternative room mate, naturally I asked my colleges at LDC first and got the answers "good luck with that"* and "id rather fly cattle class", thanks guys..really..... thanks So I ask further afield and thu [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere

It's a small Lotus world (part 3)
Mon, Dec 20th 2010 7:18p   Mark Myers
In the continuing promo of the very good cause the Children's Cancer Association, here is the 3rd low resolution part of the "It's a small Lotus world" drawn by Army of Trolls, the item revealed this time is "ye olde Codestore" one of the original domino bloggers (especially in the UK), and a continuing stalwart of great domino code give away's for many years (personally if Jake would come to one of the lugs I for one would stand him a few well earned pints) Remember a posh full [read] Keywords: domino lotus lotusphere

Private VPNs
Mon, Dec 20th 2010 6:16p   Mark Myers
As a contractor and part of LDC I have multiple clients on the go at once, one of the problems with that is sometimes their needs overlap or one has a crisis when your on site with another, mostly you can just explain to the client your on site with, not bill for 30mins and go stand in a stairwell to talk them thought it, however often it is far quicker to just log in to a remote server and fix the problem directly. Quite reasonably clients firewalls don't normally allow this kind of beha [read] Keywords: notes linux network server wiki ubuntu

the BBC model B computer and lesson in life
Fri, Dec 10th 2010 5:49p   Mark Myers
When I was but a nipper my parents bought me a BBC computer, which became unpopular in the market place within hours of me receiving it (every one else had Amiga, or Atari or what ever), since then I was a mite paranoid of being on a loosing side, and felt like jumping ship as soon as some twit says that something is 'dead' , thankfully I have since met good and sane(ish) people, who have taught me otherwise, I am not a domino developer, a flex developer, a Java developer, a web developer, a d [read] Keywords: admin domino lotus lotusphere notes exchange exchange java server

Prepping for Lotusphere 2011 ten things Part 1
Thu, Dec 9th 2010 4:18p   Mark Myers
This is my third lotusphere and the first one where im paying for every last bit myself, no freebe ticket for both babeing this year, im also there as part of LDC, so I am going to squeese every drops worth of value from the trip, but just like the rest of the comunity stuff we do, you have to put in the effort yourself to get value out, to this end i compiled a list of tasks to do before, before during and after lotusphere, anyone going to join me? 10 things to learn/do before you go there [read] Keywords: admin connections domino lotus lotusphere notes quickr sametime eclipse google sharepoint

rsync backup
Mon, Dec 6th 2010 8:14p   Mark Myers
This was something I should have got round to doing ages ago but I finally set up my laptop to backup to my NAS using rsync, and I figured a proper step by step guide might help others, there are lots of rsync guides out there but few that don't assume loads, so here's a simple one GOAL: I want to backup nearly everything in my home directory onto a windows (or samba) share, I want it to be one click, not to do certain places and files and on subsequent runs only back up new stuff, I al [read] Keywords: laptop linux mac password security ubuntu

Java quick tip, the pipe delimiter
Sat, Nov 27th 2010 7:13p   Mark Myers
The | (or pipe) symbol is a excellent delimiter, rarely used by users, and of particular use if your doing intra line delimitation, In Lotus script a normal usage example for the CountryCode String variable would be: Dim vField As Variant vField = Split(CountryCode, "|") So in Java you would expect to write String[] vField = CountryCode.split("|"); This will appear to work but will do something odd (it normally delimited on every character), this is because split() [read] Keywords: lotus java

Power Gorilla on Lenovo W510
Wed, Oct 27th 2010 7:27p   Mark Myers
As I'm hoping this will be of help to searchers off google, the question is does the Power gorilla work with the Thinkpad W510 and other 135W Lenovo Laptops? Quick Answer Yes, far better than you could hope Long answer Recently I have upgraded my old compal FL82 to a Thinkpad W510, I noticed with some dismay the 135Watt power brick that came with it, and thought my existing power gorillas would no longer work. I phoned up powertraveller and after a quick chat to one of [read] Keywords: desktop google laptop

terrorists or freedom fighters in corporations?
Thu, Oct 21st 2010 11:30a   Mark Myers
**RANT WARNING** Political spin particularly in corporations who should know better is something that always gets on my nerves, currently one of my clients is moving to an outsource model for everything , this has come with a new CIO and is expected as every director wants to stamp his mark on the enterprise, this time there are some bits that are new to me, the particular one that gets my goat is: "High operational risk due to dependency on few individuals" errr that was because [read] Keywords: enterprise redhat

CXF webservices on Domino
Wed, Oct 13th 2010 7:27a   Mark Myers
Since Domino 6 I have only seen people use Apache Axis (up to 1.4) as a web service framework and quite frankly it's a bit long in the tooth; we want to use a newer framework and if we are sticking with the popular frameworks (i.e. native support in Eclipse), that leaves us with Axis 2 and CXF (yes yes! I know that X or Y is the latest and greatest but given the sedentary nature of large corporations I'll settle for a functionally rich, well-rounded standard that works and in 2 years [read] Keywords: agent domino eclipse java security server xml

Contractor Laptops on Clients Site
Fri, Oct 8th 2010 7:27p   Mark Myers
Software contractors nearly always have a good laptop, often far better than a client would provide for its staff, and certainly with much better software on it (I personally am a fully paid up member of microsoft,IBM and Genuitec developer networks), Contractor are nearly always happy to use this for all clients work, but the majority of major clients don't want it on-site on the desk never mind on the network. why is this?, when the client would save so much money? usually security is t [read] Keywords: ibm laptop microsoft network security wireless

Going to ILUG and taking my better half
Sat, Oct 2nd 2010 5:25p   Mark Myers
I will be going to ILUG in November and so will my wife, along with @HughsterRooster wife, @mattwhite girlfriend, and many other better half's why is this?, are they keeping an eye on us?...Nope! Is it because ILUG is in a memorable historical location that has tons to do and try?, is it because of the advantages room rates?, or the fact its basically a holiday location?...nope Nope NOPE!! Its because the best people in the lotus world will be there and its not a “conf [read] Keywords: ilug lotus twitter

HTML5 and CSS3
Thu, Aug 19th 2010 7:28p   Mark Myers
Here is the results of another skillsmatters free talk, this one on HTML5 and CC3 and was presented by www.brucelawson.co.uk (@brucel ) Bruce was an excellent speaker and gave an amazing 101 session using only notepad++ which was nice (I have personally been accused recently of missing out the basics so its good to see how it should be done), you have all heard so much on this subject before, that I'm just going to bullet point the bits i took away from the session, - He was at some [read] Keywords: apple css javascript twitter wiki

Mr Barton your challenge is accepted
Thu, Aug 19th 2010 6:26p   Mark Myers
I accept your challenge Mr Barton and throw down my own gauntlet (though mine has been maimed by sword, squash rackets and more recently by cat) You are to produce a Proof of concept using Flex and the Google docs API for spreadsheets to provide a calculation engine, data entered into flex is to be transferred to the spreadsheet and trigger a recalculation of said spreadsheet, the results is to be presented back and displayed on flex. This is to use the 3.0 API via Java (web services [read] Keywords: domino google java

Its good to help clients
Wed, Aug 11th 2010 3:49p   Mark Myers
The following quote was in a clients internal quarterly director's update on the subject of Client Wins: "Winning this lead confirms **** as a major player in the US airline market. The aviation team cited the new Claims Online tracking system, as well as " ... "as some of the key reasons for this win." I and Mark Barton wrote the system and its really nice to make a difference to a companies bottom line, this will be the third big difference I helped make during my time [read] Keywords:

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