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 they did not have a specific need, they wanted something
new and exciting to bring back to their company.
Vendors were also happy with the new
Product Showcase booth layout as it invited people to wander and
discover really cool new Notes App that might be in a faraway corner.
There was some vendor complaining "IBM
should do this or that", to which I replied (as I always do) that
IBM is not responsible for their marketing, they are. I of course encouraged
them to list their Apps on the NotesAppStore
to add a place where they can be found (All of them responded very favorably...more
on that next week).
There was a lot of discussion about
the disappearance of the word "Lotus", and the conclusion was
IBM was beginning a rebranding process, the purpose of which was not clear
to the Vendor community.
Alistair Rennie showed up on the floor,
for only a few minutes. He was whisked away before I had a chance to film
him taking my "Boardwalking" Lotusphere Trivia questions, but
his presence was appreciated
This was the warmest Lotusphere in 3
or 4 years while the rest of the United States was getting the worst weather
of the winter.
The logistics of smoothly feeding thousands
of people a very tasty lunch in one hour was noted by more than one
Next week "Boardwalking" Lotus
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