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
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