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CryptorBit Virus
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Have you been targeted by Fraud emails?
Thu, Dec 18th 2014 8:25a   Frank Paolino
Lately, we have seen an uptick of fraudulent emails. The fraudulent emails are only sent to one or two people in highly targeted attacks. First they locate the names of high level executives, Then "spoofed" message are sent allegedly from these executives to people empowered to disburse money They hope the recipient will act quickly to please the executive and send money before realizing it is a spoofed message. Many of the messages "pretend" to be internal, but that are really [read] Keywords: email

Poodle + Domino SSL = Mail Problems
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 2:45p   Frank Paolino
If you use Domino today, you effectively cannot use SSL for email (SMTP) until the promised IBM fix is available. Here is why: The fix vendors applied that patched the POODLE vulnerability broke communications with Domino servers that use SSL. These patched servers will start a secure (SSL) SMTP session but will not fall back to plain text. This means messages queued up in mail.box for sending outbound, or mail queued up at the sender that will not be received by you. The best n [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm email smtp

IBM and Apple focus on the Enterprise
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 10:25a   Frank Paolino
Apple is working with IBM to push into the enterprise space. Apple really has mainly focused on the consumer market, but products like IBM Traveler have made BYOD a reality. Now, with IBM, Apple is going to focus on large enterprises. Tim Cook gets a corporate partner with a great enterprise player to promote Apple as enterprise ready. Ginny Rometti mentioned security, which is an overwhelming concern with BYOD. If Apple and IBM make new offerings that satisy I [read] Keywords: ibm traveler apple application blackberry enterprise security

CryptorBit Virus
Mon, May 5th 2014 1:25p   Frank Paolino
There is a new and improved version of CryptoLocker. Version 1.0 made the makers of this ransomware a lot of money, and this version 2.0 is, I predict, just one of many new "feature enhanced" releases. Judging by the Bitcoin activity, there are a lot of "willing" victims out there paying to get their files back. BleepingComputer is doing a great job documenting this, so I will point you there for good advice and a possible free fix made by Nathan Scott called the DecrypterFixe [read] Keywords: virus

Time-lapse of Product Showcase Taken from my GoPro Camera
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 9:22a   Frank Paolino
I wanted to have a little fun at #IBMConnect so I put a GoPro camera over our booth on the Product Showcase and snapped pictures of all of our visitors over 4 days. The Product Showcase was certainly "energized", so I choose suitable music in the "William Tell Overture". [read] Keywords:

Refrigerators Now Send Spam as Well as Keeping it Cold
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 2:02p   Frank Paolino
Refrigerators now do more than keep spam, that tasty treat, cold, they also send spam, the electronic email version. That is the story of a compromised refrigerator that sends cold "spam" to unsuspecting users via it's internet connection. Viruses makers will try to add anything to their botnets, and the latest attack on "refrigerators" does not surprise me at all. The target of this attack was a refrigerator model running a flavor of Linux that had not been hardened or pr [read] Keywords: email linux virus


Increase in Virus Activity
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 2:02p   Frank Paolino
The increase in recent Virus activity has been noticeable, and the sophisticated techniques the virus makers use to evade detection make the job of stopping them that much more challenging. Many times, a new message appears and I ask "Is this some new attempt to get me to infect my machine"? Many of my customers ask me the same question, so I put a live stream of recently caught viruses subjects and attachment names on our website. (Obviously, I did not put the viruses, just their names [read] Keywords: virus

Virus Names translated from Chinese
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 2:22p   Frank Paolino
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Notice to Appear in Court
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 1:42p   Frank Paolino
Yes, the title of the blog appears scary and that is what the senders of the email want, to scare you into opening the message and reading the body, then launching the phony "notice". Here is a sample of a phony notice that appears to come from JonesDay. Here are the Law firms that were spoofed in these virus outbreaks, and a sampling of the from addresses that were used. To be perfectly clear, these messages are spoofing the law firms, trying to get the rec [read] Keywords: email office virus

Blocking EXE attachments is working great!
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 1:42p   Frank Paolino
We have advised customers of SpamSentinel for the last month to block EXE attachments, even (especially!) inside zip files. I have been monitoring the results on one of our servers, and they are spectacular in catching new virus outbreaks before their "signatures" are recorded. These are "zero hour" zero hour viruses, fresh off the computers of the virus makers. Here is a screenshot showing the recent patterns, piggybacking on popular email types, like airline ticket confirma [read] Keywords: email virus

Popular Virus Subjects this Week
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 2:02p   Frank Paolino
There was a lot of virus activity this week. Here is a snapshot of 13,773 caught viruses caught on a single day. The subjects give clues to the latest approaches the virus senders are using in the hope that they can fool the recipient into opening the attachment, which releases the virus. I sorted the subjects and replaced the sender's attempt at making the message look unique with a Fed Express number, a case number or even a phone number with a sequential number, like 123-45 [read] Keywords: office virus

Fri, Oct 25th 2013 2:22p   Frank Paolino
CryptoLocker is such an evil virus that I wanted to create this resource of useful information and links. Cryptolocker is an extremely dangerous and virulent ransomware trojan. The virus encrypts local and network share drives and then demands either $100 or $300 ransom and gives the user 72 hours to pay. If you see this on your screen, it is already too late. Your files are encrypted and unrecoverable. Your only hope is a good backup. If you read the text, they are [read] Keywords: policies applications email microsoft network security server virus wiki

Mail Enhancement
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 2:02p   Frank Paolino
Let's face it: We use email in more ways than it was designed. It was originally a simple container for messages, and now it is "where we live" and "where we work". What shows up in our Inbox can dictate the work we do that day. It is amorphous and it sometimes takes over our entire day. Email needs some enhancements to keep up with how we actually use it. To accommodate that way of working, we have built a set of sidebar widgets to improve the mail experience. Some people t [read] Keywords: notes email widgets

A spear-phishing attack detailed: Moving from "selling" to "stealing".
Fri, Jul 26th 2013 12:02p   Frank Paolino
Spear-phishers are increasingly attacking large organizations, trying to steal information or money. The attacks are getting smarter, and harder to detect as they learn what types of messages their targets will respond to. I recently investigated a spear phishing attack on one of our SpamSentinel clients. It is an attempt to have money wired to the spear-phisher. The attack details follow. This attack is very clever. Spear-phishing is generally a highly-targeted attack to st [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes email instant message network server

Monitoring my Inbox for Replies
Tue, Mar 5th 2013 8:42a   Frank Paolino
Monitoring my Inbox waiting for a reply is a vexing email problem that has bothered me for a long time. My coworkers know that I am disorganized, and like to have tools to keep me on the straight and narrow. I often send emails that require a response, but I have not found a fast and easy way to monitor if I ever get a reply to that important message. And I don't have a good system to do that. So I designed a sidebar app, which I call Reply Watcher. It allows me to drag messages from [read] Keywords: blackberry email iphone mobile

Hurricane Sandy and MX Failover
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 11:22a   Frank Paolino
MayFlower provides MX Failover to all SpamSentinel customers in cases of emergency, as Hurricane Sandy has proven to be. Currently, we have a law firm in New York and their mail is queueing up on our servers here, waiting for them to return to work (who knows when?). They are not responding to phone calls, which makes sense, as much of New York city is still having problems with water and electric power. Many times, when I explain MX failover to customers, they generally say tha [read] Keywords: domino lotus server smtp

Canned Reply for CPA and Accounting Firms
Fri, Oct 26th 2012 10:22a   Frank Paolino
In my continuing effort to help customers get a better return on their Lotus Notes investment, we have tuned our Canned Reply offering for CPAs and Accounting Firms. Let's take a look at how a CPA firm would use Canned Replies for Lotus Notes. Many CPA firms answer routine customer questions about tax questions via email. A common question asked by many customers relates to changing tax laws and deductions. Busy tax accountants might be tempted to answer with a short answer, as the [read] Keywords: lotus notes email

Art is Work
Wed, Aug 15th 2012 9:07a   Frank Paolino
My daughter, Sophie Germaine, just completed a three week project making a mural on a wall in Concord, Massachusetts. Sophie and I were at La Provence restaurant over winter break and talked about doing something with that wall. The "wall" really was, to Sophie, a great big blank canvas and cried out for some color and life! Here is the wall as it looked in the early spring of 2012: So, Sophie spoke with the wall's owner, Guy DiGiovanni, who was thrilled to have her [read] Keywords: google

LinkedIn hacked for 6.5 million passwords
Wed, Jun 6th 2012 11:29a   Frank Paolino
Many sources have this report: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/linkedin-6-5-million-passwords-leaked-as-ios-app-comes-under-fire/ They all say "change your LinkedIn password now". What also comes to mine is that more spam will be generated by scammers exploiting this news story. They will be saying "click here to change your password", or "your LinkedIn account has been hacked", etc. etc. Expect more spam purporting to be from LinkedIn. If you have whitelisted [read] Keywords: linkedin password

Canned Replies for Lotus Notes
Tue, May 22nd 2012 12:44p   Frank Paolino
One of the most popular features of Gmail is "Canned Responses", which are "official" answers to Frequently Asked Questions. It allows a Help Desk or Sales staff to provide more complete answers every time they reply. So I asked myself "Can this be done in Lotus Notes"? Well, the answer is "Yes" and we have done it! We call it Canned Replies. It installs as a Lotus Notes Sidebar App* in about 2 minutes. It allows us to create high quality replies quickly while maintaining c [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes rich text database email linux macintosh office server

Why Testing Everything is Important
Tue, Apr 10th 2012 8:24a   Frank Paolino
So this blog is being targeted by spammers to advertise their products. I don't get a lot of comments, so I made the default ACL "Readers" to stop the spam overnight and moved on to the next thing on my Agenda. I did not bother to test the blog by creating a comment because I knew it would work. Until it didn't. Moral of the story: Make changes and test them, or as a customer told me on my first week as a consultant: Don't expect it if you don't inspect it. St [read] Keywords: acl

Jon Stewart on Obama Spam and Social Media
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 8:04a   Frank Paolino
This is a pretty funny skit. Jon talks about Social Media and email spam. I don't want to spoil the fun, but here are a few excerpts: "The ones from Barack Obama have the subject line "Hey"...you don't need to address anyone as "Hey" to be cool. You're the President, that's pretty f---ing cool! You don't need to resort to the sort of fake familiarity that spammers use ... Second, everytime I open those super casual bro-mails, the message is always the same [read] Keywords: application email facebook

Waikiki Celebrates Hawaii's Love of Canned Spam
Tue, Mar 27th 2012 5:04p   Frank Paolino
The WAIKIKI SPAM JAM Festival is a street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii's love for SPAM products a canned meat from Hormel Foods. In Hawaii, you will find SPAM family of products at all grocery and convenience stores, many restaurants and in most homes in Hawaii. According to Barbara Campbell, vice president of Outrigger Enterprises Group, one of the event’s founding sponsors, more SPAM is consumed per person in Hawaii than is consumed in any other state in [read] Keywords: mac

Unified by Spam - The Social Experiment
Mon, Mar 12th 2012 9:04a   Frank Paolino
This is a fun story of a spam atack that ends up uniting a group of people. As reported in the Wall Street Journal article, a spam message sent to a listserv address created an auto-reply to all. Many other people replied-to-all with "remove". This happened over and over. Finally, one user said: "Do people understand that, by replying to all, you're perpetuating this ridiculous spam cycle?" someone from the U.K. wrote. "I realize that I'm doing exactly the same [read] Keywords: linkedin wiki

Eating Your Own Dog Food
Thu, Mar 8th 2012 6:43a   Jason Baird
When you work to support other people you, you may not realize how cool the product is until you really get to use it yourself . My name is Jason and I have worked with MayFlower to support their SpamSentinel and MBE (Manage By Example) products for several years now. I personally have never had a need for anti-spam and anti-virus software on my own Domino servers. Why? I was always careful with my email addresses, I never get spam. I only sign up for things using my gmail account in order [read] Keywords: domino lotus email google linux server virus vm

Lightweight Show Literature
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 7:23a   Allison Cote
This year at Lotusphere 2012, we are continuing our practice of providing our "literature on a business card." That means if our products are interesting, you can simply take a card and get the rest of the information online, where it is always more current. Here is a sample of our "literature" which is the size of a business card: It contains a QR Reader to jump to our website, and some simple product and contact information. As Antoine Leboyer at GSX mentioned in [read] Keywords: lotusphere lotusphere2012

App to Locate Friends at LS2012
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 8:43a   Frank Paolino
Kudos to Mats Jansson of Donova.se for building a really useful iPhone and iPad app to locate and connect with friends at Lotusphere 2012. It is useful to find one friend among the 10,000 delegates. The friend could be right around the corner and you can see them and stop and talk with them. To use it, all you need to do is register your name, email, company and country. You can then make and receive friend requests. There are three options to show limited numbers of people. My [read] Keywords: lotusphere apple email iphone

NotesAppStore renamed to JustForDomino
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 10:42a   Frank Paolino
So we are re-launching the NotesAppStore as JustForDomino. Why? Well, I could cite the many people who said it is not really a store, but that's not why. I could say we wanted a more memorable name, but that's not why. Maybe it is a re-launch of the site, which is partially true. Or maybe AppStore is a registered Apple trademark, although Amazon does not agree (see their AppStore here). Anyway, Apple didn't like the way we used the term AppStore, leaving me a cho [read] Keywords: apple mobile

Fun JibJab Holiday Card
Fri, Dec 23rd 2011 11:03a   Frank Paolino
We would like to wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and a relaxing Holiday Season! If you do happen to be in Orlando in January for Lotusphere 2012, be sure to stop by our booth (#529). Best wishes to everyone in 2012. Click on this image to hear "Feliz Navidad" and see Allison lead Jason, Dan, Nick and Frank in some Christmas celebration: http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/402seRPaJfXJNx3O [read] Keywords: lotusphere

2 New and Undiscovered Ways to be a Social Business
Tue, Dec 13th 2011 12:43p   Frank Paolino
From Wikipedia: The term Social Media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue. I would like to first say that Twitter, Blogging, Facebook and LinkedIn make us a more social business, and it is true to a degree. We have made many new connections via these social networks. They seem to be used mostly as "micro-advertising" services, which serves a useful purpose announcing a product release or researching software [read] Keywords: connections lotusphere blogging email facebook google linkedin mobile networking twitter wiki

Thanksgiving Wishes
Wed, Nov 23rd 2011 12:22p   Frank Paolino
So here is my prayer for Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is an opportune time to reflect about our relationships to others. As Charles Dickens said so well in "A Christmas Carol" that it is a time to "think of people (around us) as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave", which should give us pause to reflect on the shortness of our time here. We are all on this planet for only 78 round trips. Some get a few more, many get a lot less. So above all, the first thing that [read] Keywords: community wiki

A Biking Vacation
Wed, Oct 26th 2011 2:22p   Frank Paolino
I took my first bike trip last fall, biking through the vineyards of Burgundy region of France. I didn’t know what to expect, or even if I would like my time being managed and told where to go (literally). I signed up to bike with Butterfield and Robinson, which had great reviews of their accommodations and service. The biking was listed as 15-25 miles per day, with van (SAG) support if needed. I really did want to bike and see the scenery, so I trained all summer, riding about 15 [read] Keywords:

Your software is not complicated enough....
Fri, Oct 7th 2011 10:22a   Frank Paolino
OK, so here is an email that we don't get often, but I am thrilled to receive. Serge found the install to be "flawless" , in fact it was so easy that he was not sure it was done correctly. Here is his email to us: We have faced absolutely no issue in installing the software, it worked right away....out of the box flawless. If I may make a comment on this subject, you should specify the way to install it, I was looking for a much more complex procedure .. [read] Keywords: consulting email

SpamSentinel MBE Upgrade Released
Fri, Sep 16th 2011 1:42p   Frank Paolino
I am pleased to announce a significant upgrade to our anti-Spam offering. SpamSentinel MBE reduces false positives and provides the end users with better control of their e-mail. MBE also replaces the Daily Report for verification of suspect messages. This upgrade merges the former MBE (which required a mail template modification) into the core SpamSentinel product to create a more accurate and user friendly spam filter. SpamSentinel MBE is a server based product (there are NO mail template [read] Keywords: domino inotes lotus notes notes client application email iphone server

Amazon's Appstore for Android is Brilliant!
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 3:05p   Frank Paolino
The Amazon Appstore for Android lets you try out an app on your computer before downloading it. It is a fantastic simulation of the way the app will look on your device. It supports screen gestures, like finger swipes, by using a mouse drag across the screen. In my tests, it worked identically to how it works on my Android device. Brilliant! How do they do it? I wasn't sure, so I checked on the Amazon website and found this: Clicking the “Test drive now” b [read] Keywords: mobile

Kata App now runs on Android devices
Wed, Jun 1st 2011 10:02a   Frank Paolino
A project I started to see if I could improve the tools available for Karate training is continuing to grow. I have now ported the Heian Shodan kata app over to the Android platform. It work identically to the iphone / ipad version. Heian Shodan Shotokan karate kata shows the kata move by move by swiping a finger. It also lets you look at the kata from all four sides to see the moves from different directions. With your Android device, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad in your han [read] Keywords: apple iphone ipod mobile

Facebook, spammers are in 'arms race'
Tue, May 17th 2011 8:42a   Frank Paolino
A nice article from CNet News writer Elinor Mills explains the Facebook / spammer arms race. Spam like this one, offering the often requested "Dislike" button, causes a "clickjacking". Personally, I now hardly ever click on links due to this problem. If it seems funny or newsworthy, I am even more suspicious. It is indeed an arms race, and Facebook has to find ways to get this under control so that users continue to post "real" content and their friends click on t [read] Keywords: facebook

Sony Goes After the Hackers
Fri, May 6th 2011 8:06a   Frank Paolino
Sony, after being hacked for over 100 million names (!!!), and faced with this triple threat: 1. Shutting down their Playstation network 2. Having customer data stolen. and 3. U.S. Congress demanding more information for an investigation. This is too big to be swept under a rug, so Sony has decided to hire some experts in computer forensics to try to trace the theft back to the hackers (thieves), by hiring Guidance Software "The World Leader in Digital Forensics" and Dat [read] Keywords: agent linkedin network password

Osama Dead - Censored Video Leaked
Wed, May 4th 2011 8:45a   Frank Paolino
Bin Laden is the new "bait" being used by hackers to trick users into loading malware and assisting in spreading it. As described by our friends at Commtouch, the malware cycle is as follows: 1. Facebook friends get messages or event invitations promising actual videos of the death of Bin Laden. 2. These trick users into running a malicious JavaScript. Since the script is run while the user has Facebook open, the malware has access to all of the user's friends and priv [read] Keywords: facebook javascript

Royal Wedding Memorabilia
Thu, Apr 28th 2011 8:02a   Frank Paolino
Spammers like any current event to try to improve the "open rate" of their mail. The Royal Wedding is one of those opportunities, and I dug this out of my spam folder. This spam is selling Royal wedding memorabilia. The site did not accept my "fake" credit card number, even though it was the correct 16 digits and started with "43", making me think it was a phishing site, not a promotional site. But for $19.90, this "Royal Heirloom Ring" is about $11,000,000 cheaper than the origin [read] Keywords:

Facebook deletes the Account of Kate Middleton
Wed, Apr 27th 2011 1:02p   Frank Paolino
This "Kate Middleton" takes care of my biking supplies as manager of ATA Cycles in Concord, Massachusetts. She is not related to "THE" Kate Middleton, but Facebook thought she was an imposter and took her account down. She is now using the "publicity" to help promote a charity bike ride for the in the New England Multiple Sclerosis Society's Cape Cod Challenge. "If I am successful, I will complete the entire two day 175 mile bike ride in a wedding dress on a tandem bicycle w [read] Keywords: application facebook

Karate Kata Apps for the iPhone and iPad
Fri, Apr 15th 2011 9:06a   Frank Paolino
Shotokan Kata Apps for the iPhone and iPad I wanted to build a training app for the iphone/ipad to help learn kata. Most of the apps are embedded YouTube videos, which are good but very difficult to rewind one more or replay a single move. They also only show one direction, so when the karateka is facing away from the camera, the student has no idea what technique is being performed. So, after a lot of thought, I worked out a method to show a kata in four directions, step-by-st [read] Keywords: apple dojo iphone ipod

Department of Justice Takes Action to Disable Coreflood Botnet
Thu, Apr 14th 2011 10:26a   Frank Paolino
The FBI issued a press release (I didn't know that the FBI wrote "press releases"). Here are some excerpts from that press release: "Coreflood allows infected computers to be controlled remotely for the purpose of stealing private personal and financial information from unsuspecting computer users, including users on corporate computer networks, and using that information to steal funds." "The seizure of the Coreflood servers and Internet domain names is expected to preve [read] Keywords: server

Huge amounts of UPS and Facebook malware attachments
Wed, Apr 6th 2011 4:45p   Frank Paolino
This was recently posted from Commtouch, who have noticed a 30% increase in mail-borne malware in the last few weeks. The sheer quantity of emails in this outbreak -- at its peak one third of all email traffic -- together with the fact that in recent years malware writers have moved away from using email to spread viruses, is raising a lot questions about what is behind these attacks. One theory is that is that someone is trying to rebuild their botnet, or build up a new one, after the ta [read] Keywords: email facebook security

Reinventing the Pizza Box
Mon, Mar 28th 2011 12:02p   Frank Paolino
Reinventing the Pizza Box Who would have thought that the pizza box could be reinvented? I have seen hundreds of these over the years and the thought never occurred to me to ask "could this be designed any better"? Well, ecovention has done it in a creative way, using parts of the box as a serving dish and the remaining part as a small storage container that fits in the refrigerator. BR>R> http://www.greenboxny.com/HOME.html [read] Keywords: application

iPad 2: Wife Says No, but Apple Says Yes
Wed, Mar 23rd 2011 4:23p   Frank Paolino
I love this story. Apple is closely monitoring their iPad2 returns to see if any unforeseen engineering problems are appearing. The get one iPad2 back that says "Wife says NO", and they promptly sent the iPad2 to the customer for free! [Apple's] focus this week has been to troubleshoot all the iPad 2s that customers are returning to the stores. One iPad came back with a post it note on it that said "Wife said no." It was escalated as something funny, and two of the VPs g [read] Keywords: apple

Vendor Blogs Now Available on NotesAppStore
Thu, Mar 10th 2011 1:43p   Frank Paolino
In an effort to make vendor blogs more visible to customers and prospects, I have put all of the NotesAppStore blogs (that I could find) in a feed on the NotesAppStore. I decided to post these blogs to help expose these vendor blogs to a wider audience who can see what's new and improved in the vendor product area. This will make it easier for customers to read about what's new in vendor-supported applications. If I (inadvertently) skipped your blog, please send me the RSS [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes applications

Meglio: rotatable ergonomic handle and stand for iPad 1 and 2
Wed, Mar 9th 2011 9:22a   Frank Paolino
I really like this innovative new handle for the iPad 1 and 2. Not just the great design that really serves multiple purposes, but also the way he is funding the product and testing the waters. Salman Paracha is using an innovative site, called KickStarter, to try to raise $15K in pre-sales to then go ahead and build production quantities of his prototype. I signed up (by paying $40 that I am not sure I will ever see again) for two reasons: #1 I want a Meglio, and #2 I like the approach, [read] Keywords: blogging widget

Polaris in Mexico
Fri, Mar 4th 2011 7:22a   Frank Paolino
Lotusphere 2011 was a great opportunity for us to reconnect with our resellers in person. Here is a visit with Roberto Pulido, CEO of Polaris in Mexico, a SpamSentinel reseller. In his own words, he explains how he promotes SpamSentinel in Mexico. And of course he is listed on the NotesAppStore Here he is, in his own words, at Lotusphere 2011. [read] Keywords: domino lotus lotusphere notes application server

2,252 Pageloads last week
Mon, Feb 14th 2011 8:22a   Frank Paolino
NotesAppStore stats are still improving every week. Weekly Stats Report: 7 Feb - 13 Feb 2011 Total Pageloads 2,252 Unique Visitors 830 First Time Visitors 683 Returning Visitors 147 [read] Keywords:

My First Lotusphere
Fri, Feb 11th 2011 1:03p   Chris Rich
This past week, I was in Florida at the 18th annual Lotusphere convention. In over 10 years working around Notes/Domino, I wondered what it would be like to actually attend. Over the years, I learned it was the epicenter of Notes/Domino minds and vendors meeting to learn, share, and participate in those things that make a strong community like this one. It sounded like a big deal and now almost a week after, I can say, it is a BIG deal. What I enjoyed most was meeting customers [read] Keywords: domino lotusphere notes community linkedin profile

2 Cool iPad and iPhone Apps
Thu, Feb 10th 2011 8:43a   Frank Paolino
Here are two cool iPad and iPhone apps that really save me time and reduce frustration when I go back and forth between a desktop and an iPad or iPhone. MyPhoneDesktop 1. SMS text messages: I can also send text messages from my PC to any phone via my iPhone, which is great for longer texts or if I want to copy/paste some text. 2. URLs: This lets me send a URL to my iPhone or iPad right from my PC (Mac or Windows or Linux). This is great for long Google maps UR [read] Keywords: lotusphere apple desktop google iphone linux mac

"You Get What You Pay For" with Google Apps
Wed, Feb 9th 2011 8:43a   Frank Paolino
Cheryl Yetz from the IBM Competitive SWAT Team talks to us about Google Apps (as opposed to Lotus Notes and Domino Apps which can be found on the NotesAppStore). The takeaway from this interview is that Google is an advertising firm that can reach customers and offer less expensive offerings. Cheryl goes on to explain that what Google doesn't tell you is that their offerings are inferior to the IBM Domino that you already have. Cheryl's conclusion is great: "It all comes down to you g [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes google mobile security swat

NotesAppStore as a Lotus Notes Resource
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 3:03p   Frank Paolino
Laurie McCabe, an analyst at SMB Group, focuses exclusively on researching and analyzing the highly fragmented “SMB market”. She spoke with Allison Cote about the NotesAppStore and its importance as a resource for Lotus Notes and Domino. The takeaway from this interview is that app stores and marketplaces provide a way to learn, share product opinions (=reviews) and ultimately buy different solutions in a way that provides more context than a generic web search. [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes applications community

Lotusphere 2011: Find Us on the NotesAppStore!
Mon, Feb 7th 2011 10:02a   Frank Paolino
I spent some time walking around the Product Showcase floor meeting as many NotesAppStore vendors as I could without taking them away from customers. It was a lot of fun, and I created a video of as many of them as I could in the three days, Monday through Wednesday. In fact, I got so involved with everyone else, I forgot to film my own SpamSentinel booth, so I added it at the end. Here are 23 (+1) vendors telling the world, in English, Danish, German and Italian to "Find us on the Notes A [read] Keywords: domino lotus lotusphere notes applications server

Lotusphere Wrapup from the Product Showcase
Thu, Feb 3rd 2011 6:42a   Frank Paolino
This has been an interesting Lotusphere from the perspective of the Lotus Vendor Community. The feedback I heard, and I talked to as many Vendors as I could without distracting them from their customers and prospects, was that the attendees were more senior and more in decision making roles than last year. There were more attendees from outside the United States which was great exposure to the worldwide customer base. Attendees were also curious to see what was new, even though the [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes community

NotesAppStore Vendors Meet at Lotusphere2011
Wed, Feb 2nd 2011 5:02a   Frank Paolino
Lotusphere 2011 has been crazy busy for me. Besides meeting all of our MayFlower customers and resellers, I have been meeting with all of the Product Showcase vendors and signing them up for the NotesAppStore. So far, 100% are saying "yes", which is not hard to understand, as we are getting over 2,000 page loads a week, and that will only improve as the content gets richer with these new vendors. I'll have lots of photos next week to post of the different people at their booths [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere lotusphere2011

Preferred Inbox for Lotus Notes and iNotes
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 9:03a   Frank Paolino
I have been recently working on my Lotus Notes Social Inbox experiment, trying to make Lotus Notes email social. The response from customers was very strongly in favor of this, so we are pushing ahead with the feature set as part of our Manage By Example (MBE) offering, and a January release date for English, as well as 8-9 languages just as soon as the translations are complete. The basic idea is that my Inbox (and yours) is a great big repository of information about my social netw [read] Keywords: agent domino inotes lotus notes notes client traveler blackberry database email network server

Lotus Notes Social Inbox
Fri, Jan 14th 2011 1:02p   Frank Paolino
Lotus Notes Social Inbox A really simple but cool piece of software... ...that makes Lotus Notes Email work better Video Dialog: Have you heard of the new Facebook social inbox? They make a good point. Email is social. You are right. My Lotus Notes email is a huge information store of people I work with. My own Sent Mail folder has 6,000 entries and 1,000 unique names. Facebook categorizes mail by Friends and Others Does Lot [read] Keywords: lotus notes application development email facebook linkedin

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Fri, Dec 24th 2010 6:02p   Frank Paolino
An annual event for my family is ringing the bells for the Salvation Army on Christmas Eve. I just got back and wanted to share this before we head out to a neighbors house for their annual party. It really is great to hear all the good wishes and meet people while we sing Christmas Carols and wish everyone a "Merry Christmas"! [read] Keywords:

Spam from Nathan
Fri, Dec 24th 2010 10:40a   Frank Paolino
I dug this Spam from Nathan via DominoFiles out of my JunkMail folder: Nathan Freeman GROUP Frameworks VP R&D, an expert in XPages application development with more than 18 years of Lotus expertise. Convert your Apps to XPages with new Transformer Technology This spam is from DominoFiles, the company Nathan and others allege is a sister company of mine, but which is false (but fact checking is not a necessary part of flaming someone, as I have foun [read] Keywords: lotus xpages application development email

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Thu, Dec 23rd 2010 1:20p   Frank Paolino
I hope the New Year brings you good health, good friends and good fortune! [read] Keywords:

NotesAppStore Lotusphere2011 Product Showcase Vendors
Wed, Dec 22nd 2010 3:02p   Frank Paolino
The vendors in the NotesAppStore that will be on the Product Showcase are now highlighted on the NotesAppStore. These vendors demonstrate their commitment to Lotus Notes by attending Lotusphere. In addition, many support the NotesAppStore by helping grow the site to be a useful place to find vendor supported, customer tested and user reviewed applications for Lotus Notes and Domino. Here is the list of vendors: WebSphere Portlet Factory Davalen LLC. This [read] Keywords: acl administration calendaring collaboration domino ibm lotus lotusphere lotusphere2011 notes notes client quickr roaming sametime xpages application applications archiving archive bes blackberry community consulting database development email enterprise instant messaging interface iphone mobile office portlet security server sql unified communications websphere workspace

New App for Blackberry: Multi-Mail = Spam Sender
Tue, Dec 14th 2010 4:39p   Frank Paolino
Here is a new app from the BlackBerry appstore that will probably not be there in a day or two (hopefully). It lets the sender send an email up to 10,000 times to the same person. It should be called "email harassment". Send multiple e-mails to the same receiver. Use it wisely! Features: - Set the e-mail address to send to - Set subject - Set the text of the message - Send the message up to 10.000 times - Set a delay between the sending WARNING: Sending [read] Keywords: blackberry email

I single-handedly brought down Comcast in Boston
Mon, Nov 29th 2010 3:23p   Frank Paolino
OK, I found out Sunday night that our Comcast was down in Boston and parts of the East Coast, causing all kinds of problems at the office... http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20023949-93.html Although I cannot prove it, I think I "jinxed" Comcast by sending out this email Friday of last week to everyone in the office, congratulating our successful cutover to Comcast from our former T1 line: Subject: Pulling the plug on T1 line is official Thanks to Jason for [read] Keywords: lotus notes email google office twitter

IT person suggests switching from Lotus Notes to Exchange or Google Apps
Mon, Nov 15th 2010 2:46p   Frank Paolino
His boss sets him straight. Here is a direct link to the video: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7678461/ Here is the dialog: An IT person suggests switching from Lotus Notes to Exchange or Google Apps. His boss sets him straight. I think we should move to Exchange. I cannot find any apps for Lotus Notes and Domino. Are you kidding me? I also see so many Google Apps . Maybe we should move our mail to that platform? We [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes email exchange exchange google

SPAM Saves the Day!
Wed, Nov 10th 2010 9:14a   Frank Paolino
The Carnival Cruise line ship, with 4,500 stranded passengers, need a lot of food, so SPAM to the rescue! This is not email spam, which they cannot eat, but the real thing, SPAM in a can! I can almost hear the 4,500 passengers singing in unison now: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, wonderful Spam! Here is the SPAM being delivered. Will those soldiers miss their daily ration of spam? [read] Keywords: email

RockMelt - New Social Browser
Tue, Nov 9th 2010 9:20a   Frank Paolino
I just signed up for this beta. The premise of the browser is that is integrates with your social network while you browse. This just makes sense to me. I had to use Facebook to request the beta, so they are starting right away integrating with known social network sites. The browser is built on the Chromium platform, and is backed by Marc Andressen, who, at Netscape, was one of the pioneers in browsing the web. Integrating Twitter, blogs, Facebook via built-in share button [read] Keywords: facebook network twitter

Lotus Notes Client Sidebar Widget for NotesAppStore
Mon, Nov 8th 2010 11:20a   Frank Paolino
There now is a sidebar application for the NotesAppStore to let people browse the great Lotus Notes and Domino Apps right from the Notes client. Here is what it looks like. It has access to all the main functionality of the site: Installation of the NotesAppStore Widget To install the NotesAppStore widget, ensure that the My Widgets panel is visible in the Sidebar (to make it visible, choose File - Preferences - Widgets and select the 'Show Widget Toolbar [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes notes client application applications widget widgets xml

Another one bites the dust!
Fri, Nov 5th 2010 11:17a   Allison Cote
I just got this in my In-box. Although Lotus Notes has "a nice personality" they have decided to marry someone else, whose name is Google! Here is the email I just received that prompted this blog posting: I regret to tell you we will no longer be subscribing to SpamSentinel. We have decided to switch to Google Apps and will no longer host our own email. I want to say that your product has worked very well for us. And as well as it worked, I was even more impressed [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes applications community email google

What Movitvates Us? The surprising truth about what motivates us
Tue, Oct 26th 2010 10:43a   Frank Paolino
What Movitvates Us This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us in the workplace. (Hint: Mastery of a field is very important) [read] Keywords: application

60 Second video: Why you need to be listed in the NotesAppStore
Thu, Oct 7th 2010 8:43a   Frank Paolino
I am trying to make a simple message on why all Lotus Notes and Domino vendors need to be listed in the NotesAppStore. Here are the basic reasons, all focusing on a potential customer of Lotus Notes and Domino products: 1. Google search. The NotesAppStore is climbing in Google ratings and will soon be the first place to look by potential customers. They will find all Lotus Notes and Domino vendors in a single "place". 2. Reviews: Potential customers want to see independent [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes application applications google linkedin

Announcing the release of SpamSentinel version 7.7
Thu, Sep 2nd 2010 2:14p   Allison Cote
We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of SpamSentinel version 7.7! The roll-out of SpamSentinel version 7.7 will begin in mid-September. Customers will receive an email regarding upgrade details which will allow you to control the timing of the upgrade based on their preference. As always it is our mission to offer the very best anti-spam and anti-virus solution for Domino! Here are the SpamSentinel version highlights that we would like to call your attention to: [read] Keywords: domino lotus email server virus

SpamSentinel Review from Italy
Fri, Aug 27th 2010 10:14a   Frank Paolino
One of our customers, Ennio Prase, CEO of Prase Engineering of Italy, posted a nice review of SpamSentinel. Prase is an Italian distributor of audio products. They have been using SpamSentinel for 5 years and I want to thank the CEO for writing a NotesAppStore review of the product. [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes applications

Major Improvement to NotesAppStore: Google Microformats
Wed, Aug 25th 2010 2:43p   Frank Paolino
One of the goals of the NotesAppStore is to assist with Google search. Google WANTS to be able to know more about each site. One of the ways is to read "microformats" from the site. This is formatted XML data to tell Google which sites have reviews, which are very important to buyers of products. And because Google lives off advertising, product reviews are critical to its business model. This is why I added the microformats to the NotesAppStore, because Google likes good data. So, [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes google xml

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