IBM Traveler for Android now available from Google Play store
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 6:17a Paul Farris The IBM Traveler for Android app is now available for download directly form the Google Play Store. It can be installed by searching the Play store for "IBM Traveler" or using the direct link below:
Please that that this is the latest version (v9.0). It requires a IBM Traveler server of version 18.104.22.168 or the client will not configure.
An advantage of using the Play Store version is that the client will be auto [read] Keywords: domino
Notes 9 Tip: Enable message snippets in inbox
Mon, Mar 25th 2013 6:14a Paul Farris One of the Notes 9 client's new features is to display the first sentence of an emails body in the inbox view. This was not enabled by default on my install but can be switched on as follows:
Go to "View" menu at top of Notes client
Select "Beginning of Message"
Then the first x words of the body will be displayed under the subject like Gmail does. [read] Keywords: ibm
Plantronics Savi 440
Thu, Mar 21st 2013 6:17a Paul Farris I have been testing a new headset, the Plantronics Savi 440, to replace my old Plantronics Voyager Pro. It is a mono-aural wireless bluetooth headset which connects to a USB bluetooth dongle which it attached to a pc.
Great charging cradle to slot it into when not in use
Much clearer than Voyager Pro
Different attachments for over-the-head, over-the-ear and behind-the-head wearing
The £150 puts it in the upper cost bracket for [read] Keywords: office
Top Annoyances in Lotus Traveler client
Sat, Mar 16th 2013 6:15a Paul Farris While Lotus Traveler is a great product it is not perfect. Here is my list of the most annoying things about the Android client (8.5.3).
Date Picker. Does not display day name when selecting dates.
Save button. It is at the button of the form in Cal/Todo apps. Why do I have to scroll down to the bottom of the form to press it.
Does not sync when over quota. It does not display a message explaining telling the user that they are over quota and that is why the sync is failing.
Fon [read] Keywords: ibm
Google Announce "retirement" of Reader
Fri, Mar 15th 2013 6:10a Paul Farris Google have posted an announcement on their blog about the retirement of a number of their products/services
The only product which I use is the Google Reader which has a great web interface and Android apps. I use it every day so will miss it when they shut it down. I am sure that other companies will provide an alternative but it is a real shame that Google decided to discontinue such a great product.
Whi [read] Keywords: google
Limit on Domino Program document Command Line?
Wed, Feb 20th 2013 5:11a Paul Farris I have an agent which I am running from a Program document on one of my Domino 8.5.3 FP2 servers. It is display the error below when invoked.
20/02/2013 07:30:48 Running Program document for 'nserver -c "tell amgr run 'Whereabouts\Engineering South Whereabouts.nsf' 'Import mail'
> tell amgr run 'Whereabouts\Engineering South Whereabouts.nsf' 'Import mail
20/02/2013 07:30:50 AMgr: Syntax for run command: tell amgr run "db filename" 'agent [read] Keywords: agent
4G MiFi - EE's Huawei Mobile WiFi E589
Sat, Feb 16th 2013 6:10a Paul Farris A package arrived the other day from EE - the new 4G UK mobile phone network. It contained a Huawei Mobile WiFi E589 and sim card. The letter with it explained that it was a free 2 month evaluation unit which I can keep afterwards. After trying it out for a few days I have found the following.
Speed. Blazingly fast when it has a 4G connection. 16-17MB/s download, 22MB/s upload.
Display. Signal strength. Speed. Battery. Network. Transmitted data.
Sim card slot. Normal siz [read] Keywords: laptop
Blackerry 10 Released
Thu, Jan 31st 2013 5:11a Paul Farris Blackberry have released the first of their next generation Blackberry smartphones, the Z10, running their new BB10 OS.
It has had good reviews but there is a question over the apps. The Blackberry apps support was one of the reasons I switched to Android and I think the new platform will have the same apps issues.
Great handson demo and review from Chris Miller and Kathy Brown: http://youtu.be/nFTCN4h-WCw [read] Keywords: blackberry
Microsoft Surface Pro on Sale February 9th
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 3:14p Paul Farris Microsoft have announced that their Surface Pro tablet will be on sale on the 9th of February. For $899 you get a tablet with an i5 core processor, 64GB SSD and a full HD screen. Unlike the ill-fated Surface RT tablet the Pro version has standard Windows 8 Professional installed so can run any normal Windows application.
Looks like the first great all-rounder tablet (tablet + desktop replacement) rather than a companion device. [read] Keywords: application
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 2:14p Paul Farris Interesting article by Ed Bott on the deceptive practices employed by Java updates. Yet another reason to avoid installing it where possible.
http://www.zdnet.com/a-close-look-at-how-oracle-installs-deceptive-software-with-java-updates-7000010038/?s_cid=e539 [read] Keywords: java
Zero day exploit in Java
Sun, Jan 13th 2013 3:13p Paul Farris US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team), has advised that Java Runtime Environment 7 should be temporarily disabled after publishing details of a zero day exploit which affects the latest version.
More details of this are on the US-CERT website at: http://www.us-cert.gov/
I wish Lotus had not chosen to base their Notes client on Java and usually avoid any application which uses it at all. [read] Keywords: lotus
Append My Vcard. Server is Currently Unavailable
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 9:11a Paul Farris The error message is displayed when accessing the Mail Preferences and trying to append a VCard on the Signature tab. This appear to be a bug due to the Lotus Notes client having Local Address Books which include a Mobile Directory Catalog.
Select Sending and Receiving
Remove the name of the Mobile Directory Catalog from the Local Address Books field
Press Ok and then try attaching the VCard again
This problem appears to affect 8.5.3 including l [read] Keywords: lotus
Notes 8.5.3 Client install error CWPPR0516W
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 7:12a Paul Farris Lotus Notes client 8.5.3 install error - Verifying com.ibm.notes.roaming.provider.feature_22.214.171.12410916-0921 or CWPPR0516W
Run NICE (Notes Install Executable Cleanup) to uninstall client (removing Program Files not Data files)
Update Java to the latest version from www.java.com
Install Client 8.5.3 again
Install latest Fix Patch
This only appears to occur on machines with certain versions of Java installed. [read] Keywords: ibm
GMail ActiveSync no longer free
Sat, Dec 15th 2012 5:10a Paul Farris Google Sync (Google's implementation of the Microsoft ActiveSync protocol) is being phased out for users with free accounts.
This will mean that iPhone/iPad and Windows Phone users will no longer be able to setup new device email accounts unless they move from free Gmail to the paid service of Google Apps for Business.
iOS users will be able to install the Gmail app to continue using their email sync services but Google has not been interested in writing apps for the Windows Phon [read] Keywords: lotus
Disabling Single Sign-on for IBM Notes Client
Tue, Nov 27th 2012 5:11a Paul Farris If the Single Sign-On feature is installed, with the IBM Lotus Notes client, and you would like to stop using it then follow the instructions below.
Go to control panel and select Administrative Tools and Services.
Locate the "Lotus Notes Single Sign-On" service and press the stop button.
To permanently disable the feature right click on the service and select "Properties".
Change the start-up value to "Disabled".
Press OK to save the change.
To re-enable Single Sig [read] Keywords: ibm
Domino console error "Database should be re-enabled for IMAP support."
Mon, Nov 26th 2012 7:11a Paul Farris An error message similar to "Note NT00057CA6 was not updated in the IMAP btree for folder FolderX (NT0004284E) in database E:datamailuserX.nsf. Database should be re-enabled for IMAP support." is displayed on the Domino Server Console.
To fix, run the command below at the Domino Server console.
load convert -e maildirectorymailfilename
This will re-enable the mailfile for IMAP access again (even if they do not use IMAP to access their email). [read] Keywords: domino
Duplicate sub-groups created for auto-populating group
Wed, Nov 21st 2012 5:11a Paul Farris When auto-populating groups reach a certain size limit (32k?) it automatically creates sub-groups to split the membership across several groups. The sub-groups are named X-APG00001 etc. with X the original groupname and the number number incremented for every sub-group created. The description is set as 'WARNING! - This group is an auto-created subgroup of group X, DO NOT DELETE!'.
The issue I encountered was that the populate process seemed to be creating new sub-groups whenever the p [read] Keywords: ibm
Thu, Nov 15th 2012 7:11a Paul Farris This month is Movember.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. - http://www.movember.com/
Wear your Mo with pride this month men! [read] Keywords:
Microsoft release Windows 8 and Surface Tablets
Fri, Oct 26th 2012 6:11a Paul Farris The new version of Microsoft Windows, version 8, has finally been released to the market. Impossible to ignore as there is really no other viable alternative for business PC's. Hopefully this version will build on the excellent previous release of Windows 7 and not be another Vista. It has some useful new feature, like File History for automatically backing up your data, and it's ability to be controlled by touch should allow Windows to finally become a viable tablet OS.
More infor [read] Keywords: apple
Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1 Download
Wed, Aug 15th 2012 8:15a Paul Farris If you have problems finding the Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1 download on the Passport website then try searching for the description "traveler". It should then be listed as:
"IBM Lotus Notes Traveler V8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1 for Windows and Linux Multilingual eAssembly(CRI9BML)"
It is a 343MB download, for Windows, and you may also need the DB2 download which is even larger. [read] Keywords: ibm
TechRadar website users information hacked
Mon, Aug 13th 2012 11:12p Paul Farris Another website, www.techradar.com, has had it's user database hacked "following a compromise of the TechRadar user registration database in June the TechRadar forums were closed and registration, log-ins and commenting were suspended.".
Password reset time yet again.
Further information at: http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/techradar-site-announcement-1088018 [read] Keywords: database
Office365 Fail #2: Sharepoint Usage Unknown
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 8:11a Paul Farris All Microsoft Online services should have now been "upgraded" from BPOS to Office365 this year. While the upgrade was quite painless the functionality in Office365 can be described at best as basic. While Business Productivity Online Service had a seperate Admin site to provide Administrative functions Office365 has had the Admin site combined into the main Office365 Portal. I have not been able to find any way providing any information, in Sharepoint Online, about a users last login (or if th [read] Keywords: admin
Disable Slide In Lotus Notes client new email notification
Mon, Jul 16th 2012 9:12a Paul Farris New in version 8.5.3 of the Lotus Notes client is the slide in email notification (like below).
One of the most common requests I have had is how to disable this new notification. If would be nice if this actually worked as a new mail notification rather than notifying you of unread messages which are not actually new emails.
To disable this notification:
Open File menu
Select "Sending and Receiving"
Change Alerts s [read] Keywords: lotus
UK O2 mobile outages
Thu, Jul 12th 2012 6:11a Paul Farris UK mobile telecoms provider has been mostly unavailable since yesterday at 1pm after experiencing problems with their infrastructure. Hopefully full data service will be restored today at some time.
Very poor show from O2 following outages earlier this year for Blackberry services.
Status from O2 print on staus.O2.co.uk today:
11:00 - Following the previous update that our 2G network service has now been restored, our 3G service has been restoring gradually. We expect full serv [read] Keywords: blackberry
Updating Domino Server Access quicker
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 6:15a Paul Farris If you have updated the Domino Server Access and the users are still blocked then this may be due to caching of the access. To force the server to update the access more quickly run the following on the Domino server console:
load updall names -t "($Users)" -r
load updall names -t "($ServerAccess)" -r
load updall names -t "($Users)" -r
The user may have to use F5 to force reauthentication or restart their Notes client.
This will hopefully help. [read] Keywords: domino
Transfer Contacts from Outlook to Lotus Notes
Tue, Jun 19th 2012 8:14a Paul Farris The transfer is executed in two parts. The first part exports the Outlook contact data into a text file. The second part imports the text file into Lotus Notes.
Part 1 - Export Contacts from Outlook
Run Outlook and open the Contacts section
Open File menu and then select "Import and Export"
Select "Export to a file" and then press the "Next" button
Select "Comma Separated Values (Windows)" and then press the "Next" button
In "Select Folder to Export" se [read] Keywords: lotus
Running Lotus Traveler on PC using Bluestacks
Sun, Jun 10th 2012 7:12a Paul Farris It is possible to run Lotus Traveler on a PC using the Bluestacks Android App Player. To do so follow the steps:
Install the Bluestacks App Player (beta) from http://bluestacks.com/ on the Windows PC.
Search for Browsers and install the Dophin Browser HD from the available Apps.
Run Dolphin HD and then enter the URL address of the Traveler server.
Install Traveler as you would on any Android device.
The only issue I have seen is the icons created are all named Lotus T [read] Keywords: lotus
Linkedin Passwords Hacked
Fri, Jun 8th 2012 12:11a Paul Farris Linkedin, the business social network, have admitted that their defences have been breached and millions of passwords compromised by hackers.
They are sending out emails to those affected. I suggest that if you use this service then change your password now.
Also eHarmony has also had a security breach and lost millions of user passwords. [read] Keywords: linkedin
TVCatchup for Android
Sat, May 12th 2012 7:11a Paul Farris TV Catchup have release a beta version of an Android app, for phones and tablets, to allow access to their TV streaming service.
Great looking app that is better than other TV companies apps (I am looking at you Sky).
Please note that I beleive this service is only accessible in the UK. [read] Keywords:
Sun, Apr 29th 2012 3:11p Paul Farris I have recently been running some tests with Traveler to see if the client can be configured to use Active Directory credentials rather than a Notes username and Internet password.
An easy way of doing this is to add the domain username to the users person document and set/sync the same password. This works but is not an acceptable option.
While it is possible to configure the Traveler server to authenticate using AD when accessing it via a browser this does not work from an Android Traveler [read] Keywords: notes
Google Drive is here (sort of)
Wed, Apr 25th 2012 6:11a Paul Farris The long awaited Google Drive is finally here. At least you can access the website and request to be notified when your drive is available for use.
It looks more like a renaming of the Google Docs service rather than a replacement for Dropbox. Hopefully it will allow syncing of files.
Edit: Googel Docs App in Android seems to have been renamed as Google Drive. [read] Keywords: google
Pebble E-paper Watch
Thu, Apr 12th 2012 6:11a Paul Farris Very cool new watch which runs apps and connects to iPhone and Android handsets using bluetooth. The e-ink display, as used in ebook readers gives the device a useful 6 days between charges. Watch the video above.
For $100 it looks great. The Kickstarter project needs to raise $100,000 to get going. Already had over $600,000 pledged so I think people know a good thing when they see one. [read] Keywords: iphone
Introducing Gmail Tap
Sun, Apr 1st 2012 6:12a Paul Farris Gmail have introduced a innovative new keyboard to speed up text entry on mobile devices. It reduces the number of keys from 26 on the standard qwerty keyboard to just 2 keys. Different letter are produced by a combination of various dots and dashes.
Gmail Blog URL: http://gmailblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/introducing-gmail-tap.html
Great for noobs ;-) [read] Keywords: google
Cloud price war looming
Sat, Mar 17th 2012 6:13a Paul Farris Microsoft have announced reductions in the cost of their cloud Office365 services. It is passing on savings to the customer apparently but I think it is more likely it is trying to undercut Google Apps and Lotus Live to gain more market share. If Google and IBM fight back then this could start a price war, for cloud services, which could really drive pickup with businesses.
Source: http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2012/03/14/new-lower-prices-for-office-365.aspx [read] Keywords: ibm
New iPad available for preorder in UK
Thu, Mar 8th 2012 11:12p Paul Farris The new iPad (3) is available for preorder in the UK. You can preorder now for delivery after 18 March. Available in UK Apple Retail Stores from 16 March.
Very tempting with the new retina display and updated processor. Justifying another tablet is the difficult part when the old one works fine. Testing compatibility with Lotus Traveler? [read] Keywords: lotus
iNotes broken after upgrading to Domino 8.5.3
Mon, Mar 5th 2012 5:17a Paul Farris After upgrading to Domino 8.5.3 (from 8.5.2FP4) iNotes stopped working on the upgraded servers. Using the Webmail Redirect application the user is allowed to log in but when they are redirected to their mailfile it returns an error to the browser.
Other web enabled databases work fine and it looks like changes to Webmail forms may have caused this issue. A workaround it to remove the setting iNotes_wa_DefaultUI from the Notes.ini configuration settings. To do so run the following at the co [read] Keywords: domino
Domino Auto Populated Group losing member
Fri, Feb 10th 2012 5:12a Paul Farris When Domino groups use Auto Populate Method, which is set the the Home Server, we have noticed that very occasionally a member is dropped from this group.
Looking at the usernames, of the members which are dropped, it appears to be the last member if the group is sorted by surname for that Home Server.
I have raised a PMR but there does not appear to be a fix for this issue. This affects Domino 8.5.2 FP4. [read] Keywords: domino
Notes gets bad press from Techradar
Mon, Feb 6th 2012 5:13a Paul Farris Techradar's Gary Marshall has put together a list of the top 10 most hated applications. Lotus Notes makes number 4 in the list.
Please show your support for Notes. Thanks. [read] Keywords: lotus
Use Dropbox Beta for additional free space
Sat, Feb 4th 2012 5:13a Paul Farris Dropbox is a useful utility for sharing file between Windows, Android, Blackberry and Apple devices.
A new beta is available which allows photos to be automatically uploaded to your dropbox storage.
Dropbox forum announcement: http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=52900
Link to Android beta client: http://db.tt/4ZL2gCdt
500MB of free additional space for your first upload and for every 500MB you upload you automatically get another 500MB free additional storage (capped at 5GB). [read] Keywords: apple
Thu, Feb 2nd 2012 11:12a Paul Farris http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/is-it-time-for-microsoft-to-relinquish-the-evil-empire-crown-to-google/11792?alertspromo=&tag=nl.rCOMBINED
Mary Jo Foley makes an interesting point that it may be time for Microsoft to relinquish the title of Evil Empire and pass this on to Google. I think that Microsoft should lose the title but it is not Google but Apple who is the new Evil Empire. Their draconian app policies and legal battles has done more harm to Open Source software and standards t [read] Keywords: policies
Cannot restore Blackberry .BBB backup file
Sun, Jan 15th 2012 5:12a Paul Farris After upgrading my Blackberry Bold 9900 to version 7.1 of the BlackberryOS, to test the new mobile hotspot functionality, the upgrade process was interrupted and I was left with a Blackberry without any of my data. When I tried to restore my backup, which was created at the beginning of the upgrade process, the Blackberry Desktop Manager 6 was unable to find any backup files. A check in the My Documents folder, using Windows Explorer, showed that there was a backup file there with the extension [read] Keywords: blackberry
Send to Kindle
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 3:11p Paul Farris As one of the millions who received a Kindle for Chistmas I have been exploring the joys of reading ebooks.
Amazon have now released a useful application for Windows pc's (sorry mac users) which integrates directly into windows explorer to allow you to right-click on any document and send it directly to your Kindle. Documents are uploaded and automatically converted to Kindle format then downloaded to the device over it's wifi connection or whispersync.
http://www.amazon.com/sendtoki [read] Keywords: application
Blackberry App Review - deToday
Thu, Dec 29th 2011 5:12a Paul Farris Blackberry App Review - deToday
The original Blackberry handsets allowed your next calendar entries to be displayed on the homescreen. A very useful feature which Apple has recently copied and added to the latest release of iOS (5). Research in Motion's latest version of the Blackberry OS, release 7, has decided to remove this functionality - in their wisdom - which was always present in previous versions.
DeToday allows you to display a number of upcoming calendar entries on your home s [read] Keywords: apple
research in motion
Troubleshooting Blackberry Handset Activations
Sun, Dec 11th 2011 5:11a Paul Farris The following checklist can be used to confirm that everything has been correctly setup to allow a successful Blackberry handset activation on BES.
Check SIM is blackberry enabled and GPRS/EDGE/3G in UPPERCASE on the handset display. If not, call telecoms service provider to ensure on Blackberry tariff and get them to check settings have been successfully updated to SIM card.
Check Notes mail account has been setup. If not, ensure mail account is created before trying again.
Che [read] Keywords: acl
Sun, Nov 27th 2011 11:10p Paul Farris Sky TV's Go service allows multimedia devices like computers, tablet and iphones to stream satelite TV channels to their multimedia devices.
This service used to work well but after changing, from Sky Player, earlier this year it has now become an unusable service. The service has decreased the number of devices which can access the service to two. It also now limits the changing of registered devices to only one change per month. This would be fine if it did not forget which devices w [read] Keywords: laptop
Installing SalesForce Connect for Lotus Notes
Sat, Nov 12th 2011 5:10a Paul Farris When installing the SaleForce Connector for Lotus Notes you must configure the following settings or the Notes client will just hang on startup.
1. Edit the file "C:Program FilesIBMLotusNotesframeworkrcpplugin_customization.ini". Add the following entries (replacing any current security lines).
com.ibm.rcp.secur [read] Keywords: ibm
Google Apps Fail
Sat, Oct 22nd 2011 6:11a Paul Farris The city of Los Angeles migration to Google Apps, started in 2009, is still incomplete after failure of Google to answer reservations about it's security. 17,000 of the total 30,000 users have been migrated. The actual security requirements should have been taken into account, before selecting the new system, and weighed up against the apparent cost savings of Cloud computing.
Further information is on ZDnet at: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/google/dark-clouds-in-la-as-google-apps-faces-citys- [read] Keywords: google
RIP Dennis Ritchie
Sat, Oct 15th 2011 6:12a Paul Farris Dennis Ritchie sadly passed away on Oct 12th. The creator of the C language and one of the key developers of the UNIX operating system a large number of modern programming languages (C++, C# etc) and operating systems (Android, iOS) can trace their roots back to Dennis's early work.
I still have my dog-eared Kernighan and Ritchie books from my University days.
For more information on Dennis please access his Wikipedia page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Ritchie [read] Keywords: wiki
Blackberry Outage in UK
Tue, Oct 11th 2011 7:11a Paul Farris Due to a problem with RIM's UK servers, yesterday, there has been no service again for today. According to O2 this should be resolved and the backlog cleared by the end of business today. [read] Keywords: blackberry
Amazon announce new Kindles
Sat, Oct 1st 2011 6:11a Paul Farris This week have announced a new range of 3 new Kindle models.
30% lighter than previous model.
18% smaller with same size screen.
$79 in US. £89 in UK.
8% lighter and 11% smaller than previous Kindle.
Buttonless infrared touch screen.
$99 Wifi. $150 3G. Not available in UK.
7" full colour multi-touch display
Android based OS
Silk cloud accelerat [read] Keywords: lotus
Windows 8 Developer Preview Released
Sun, Sep 18th 2011 6:10a Paul Farris A Pre-Beta Developer Preview of Windows 8 has been released by Microsoft. It can be downloaded, for x86 and x64 based systems, at the URL below:
It looks like an interesting hybrid between Windows 7 and Windows Phone's Metro Interface.
Engadget has a great detailed review here. The full release, which could be very different, is expected some time next year. [read] Keywords: interface
Blackberry Bold 9900 v Blackberry Torch 9800
Sat, Sep 3rd 2011 6:11a Paul Farris Blackberry have started releasing their new generation of smartphones, with the Blackberry Bold 9900, running the new BlackberryOS version 7. Version 7 is intended as the last version of the BlackberryOS before the release of the QNX based OS on future handsets. The new Bold goes back to a form factor like to great 9000 Bold with the larger screen and keyboard than the last few Bold models (which had the form factor of the Curve models).
I have compared the 9900 Bold to my current 9800 Torch t [read] Keywords: blackberry
Mon, Aug 29th 2011 6:13a Paul Farris HP have announced the discontinuation of the WebOS products, the Pre and newly released Touchpad. They did not really give the new Touchpad product the chance to see whether it would work out or not. While I think that it would have eventually failed, competing against the more widespread mobile OS's, pulling the plug so soon after the release seems very premature. Competition is always healthy and it forces the other OS's to improve to stop being overtaken in the market. Now there is re [read] Keywords: apple
Get your PC's Serial Number from Command Line
Sun, Aug 14th 2011 2:03a Paul Farris Sometime it can be difficult to locate a serial number of a laptop/pc. Labels are normally located on surfaces which are hidden in normal use and if you are remote then they are inaccessibile.
A useful command line method of returning the information is as follows:
wmic bios get serialnumber
Also the following command can be used to return the make/model:
wmic csproduct get name, identifyingnumber [read] Keywords: laptop
Sun, Aug 14th 2011 1:51a Paul Farris LinkedIn have done a "Facebook" and added a new preference "Manage Social Advertising" in which you give permission for them to use your name and photo in advertising. This is on by default, which is news to most users who are not aware of this new preference, but can be disabled using the following:
1. Go to Settings
2. Select Account
3. Select "Manage Social Settings" link
4. Untick preference and then save
Please LinkedIn do not change usage, in the future, without explicit pe [read] Keywords: facebook
Wed, Aug 3rd 2011 2:24a Paul Farris ZDNet's Jason Perlow make a good point about Calendar interoperability. While you can see your Google calendar, from within Lotus Notes, you cannot see your Lotus Notes calendar from Google.
Hopefully this will be address by LotusLive at some point. [read] Keywords: lotus
Fri, Jul 29th 2011 2:39a Paul Farris Google have put up a site, called Email Intervention, to help non-Gmail users switch to Gmail and "improve their lives". The example suggests Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo users. Very tongue-in-cheek humour and a very funny youtube video with "Dr. Richard Muscat".
To see the site and watch the video go to: http://www.emailintervention.com/ [read] Keywords: email
I Hate Apple ;-)
Mon, Jul 25th 2011 11:27a Paul Farris Strong sentiment, but the actions of Mr Jobs and co have offended me enough to conclude that their actions are anti-competitive.
The banning of flash, 3rd party generated apps, out of app purchases and other non-apple generating revenue leads me the oppose their apple walled garden. The ipad 2 is a lovely bit kit but I could not now buy one knowing I am supporting their corrupt regime. [read] Keywords: apple
Chrome Browser Updated
Tue, Jul 19th 2011 2:01a Paul Farris In a recent update to the dev build of the Chrome Browser (v14.0.8245.0) a new profiles menu has appeared in the top left of the Browser window (see image below). In the browser options there is now a new section for managing the profiles titled "If you want to allow multiple people to use and customise Chrome, you can create additional profiles."
Interesting step in allow multiuser use without separate installations. [read] Keywords: google
VMWare buys Shavlik
Tue, Jul 19th 2011 1:56a Paul Farris I did not release that VMWare have acquired Shavlik Technologies in May of this year. This will improve VMWare ability in the SMB market after the two companies had previously worked together on the VMWare Go product.
Press Release here: http://www.shavlik.com/press_releases/pr-2011516-vmware-acquires-shavlik.aspx [read] Keywords: security
Apple Ipad 2 v Motorola Zoom
Sat, Mar 19th 2011 7:11a Paul Farris After a disastrous purchase of a Archos 101 Internet Tablet for Xmas (no working VPN and poor screen) I am back in the hunt for a new tablet. The two main contenders currently appear to be the Apple Ipad 2 and Motorola Xoom. To help decide which one to buy I have produced the following comparison table. Features Ipad 2 Xoom Winner Screen 9.7-inch (1024x768) 10.1-inch (1280x800) Xoom - resolution Battery 9 hours 8 hours Ipad 2 Storage 16/32/64GB 32GB + SD slot (not working) Draw Memory 51 [read] Keywords: lotus
Vulnerability in Blackberry OS6 Browser
Why is Intel/Apple pushing Thunderbolt when all I want is wireless USB?
Sun, Mar 6th 2011 5:16a Paul Farris ZDNet’s Jason Hiner makes an interesting point that with wireless USB and the new powerful smartphones, like the Motorola Atrix which gives you a useable desktop when plugged into a HDMI screen, that people could carry their computer in their pocket and connect to any desks wireless monitor/keyboard/mouse that they would like to sit at. A hot desker’s dream. See the full article below. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/forget-intels-thunderbolt-wireless-usb-is-the-game-changer/45670 [read] Keywords: apple