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
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
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
That is the story of a compromised refrigerator
that sends cold "spam" to unsuspecting users via it's internet
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Watcher. It allows
me to drag messages from [read] Keywords: blackberry
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
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
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:
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",
Expect more spam purporting to be from LinkedIn. If you
have whitelisted [read] Keywords: linkedin
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
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
Moral of the story: Make changes and
test them, or as a customer told me on my first week as a consultant:
it if you don't
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:
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
NotesAppStore renamed to JustForDomino
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 10:42a Frank Paolino So we are re-launching the NotesAppStore
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
Apple didn't like the way we used the term AppStore, leaving me a cho [read] Keywords: apple
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Facebook open, the malware has access to all of the user's friends and
priv [read] Keywords: facebook
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
Karate Kata Apps for the iPhone and iPad
Fri, Apr 15th 2011 9:06a Frank Paolino Shotokan Kata Apps for the iPhone and
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
So, after a lot of thought, I worked out
a method to show a kata in four directions, step-by-st [read] Keywords: apple
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:
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
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.
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
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
If I (inadvertently) skipped your blog, please send me the RSS [read] Keywords: domino
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
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
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
First Time 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
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.
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
"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
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
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
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
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
I'll have lots of photos next
week to post of the different people at their booths [read] Keywords: ibm
Lotus Notes Social Inbox
Fri, Jan 14th 2011 1:02p Frank Paolino Lotus Notes Social Inbox
A really simple but cool piece of
...that makes Lotus Notes Email work
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
Does Lot [read] Keywords: lotus
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:
GROUP Frameworks VP R&D, an expert
in XPages application development with more than 18 years of Lotus expertise.
Convert your Apps
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
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!
- 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
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...
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:
Pulling the plug
on T1 line is official
Thanks to Jason for [read] Keywords: lotus
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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