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As Culture changed so did Melanoma risk, new study finds
Sun, Oct 19th 2014 117
Rumour has it …
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I’m living by IBM time, again
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I don’t spend $40,000 annually on airplane or truck maintenance, but …
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The Scottish independence referendum (2014) might well have gone the other way
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A way to repair Windows Firewall, and Windows connectivity problems resuming from Sleep mode
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 649
The Scottish independence referendum (2014) might well have gone the other way
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 462
Rumour has it …
Sat, Oct 18th 2014 331
Detecting sharks with Clever Buoy
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 321
I’m living by IBM time, again
Mon, Oct 6th 2014 302
Programming suck-cess (read, and split your sides laughing)
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 295
Coffee roasts your insides
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 262
Should Google be called “the evil umpire”?
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 261
Just let me get back to coding - a developer’s dream?
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 260
Moving and docking Eclipse-style views in IBM Domino Designer
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 258


Tony Austin
 
Blog Title Notes tone unturned
Blog Description An attempt to scrub the gathering moss off some stones and help them keep rolling smoothly along ... Thoughts on information technology and anything else, by Tony Austin, CEO of Asia/Pacific Computer Services.
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Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks, ever
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 9:11a   Tony Austin
We all like the freebie, something given away for free, don’t we? Well then, Eric Ligman (who is Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager) has accumulated this big list of free eBooks from Microsoft He also reported in July 2014 about Over 1 Million FREE Microsoft eBooks Given Away in 2 days! A couple of other interesting eBook sources are here and here. That lot should keep you busy for a while! Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and us [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application archive blogger exchange exchange microsoft office server sharepoint sql
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How to find a good tradesperson (or other goods and services provider)
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 7:17a   Tony Austin
Read the article How to find a good tradesperson at the Energy Australia website. This might help you to avoid a tradie like O’Reilly in Fawlty Towers! Considering  the tips in the Energy Australia article, I wonder how how they should be extended/modified for selecting a reliable doctor, cloud computing vendor, landscape gardener, or any other provider of goods and services. Please have your say below. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application comp [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger wiki
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As Culture changed so did Melanoma risk, new study finds
Sun, Oct 19th 2014 8:15p   Tony Austin
Changing fashions, cultural attitudes and health beliefs have contributed to the rise of deadly melanoma skin cancer, according to a new study. “Attitudes and behaviors shape exposures. More skin, more sun and more tan lead to more melanoma.” Do you have the wrong attitude towards risky skin exposure (sunlight, or ultraviolet tanning booths)? Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Rumour has it …
Sat, Oct 18th 2014 9:15p   Tony Austin
While I followed a technology career (or careers. rather), I have always been very interested in learning foreign languages which started when I studied Latin and French at high school (until the final year, when I dropped them to focus on the sciences). All these decades on, I still can recall the famous onomatopoeia stetit illa tremens describing (when pronounced appropriately) the quivering of the spear that had been hurled with force into the side of the Trojan horse, so aptly pictured in Vi [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger wiki
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I’m living by IBM time, again
Mon, Oct 6th 2014 6:12a   Tony Austin
I was recently impelled to do something strange. Stranger than my usual “strange” (which is quite strange indeed). I was led via an Australian LinkedIn ex-IBMers’ group called “Famous in the 70s” to watch the YouTube video On Guard! The Story of SAGE (IBM SAGE Computer, 1956) All this 1950s technology history is quite fascinating in and of itself – keeping in mind, for example, that my three young grandsons each have an iPad, with a combined processing power probably greater than al [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger linkedin network
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I don’t spend $40,000 annually on airplane or truck maintenance, but …
Fri, Oct 3rd 2014 10:12a   Tony Austin
This is self-evident (once it’s pointed out to you): Your Health – You Own It! Manage It As Your Most Important Asset     And, while you’re at it, here’s more good job/lifestyle reading: Is tech good or bad for work-life balance? And also: Life On Demand - How technology is transforming daily life (Microsoft, PDF) Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger microsoft




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The Scottish independence referendum (2014) might well have gone the other way
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 6:14a   Tony Austin
From the perspective someone with a 50 percent British, 25 percent Irish and 25 percent Scottish bloodline, living half a world away Down Under in the antipodes, and still trying to understand the history and culture of those sceptered isles ... Do the Brits really understand the Scots? ... Probably not, as this video makes clear. If the video had been broadcast on Scottish TV even a few times in the lead-up to the referendum, it's quite possible that the vote would have gone the other way! P [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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This interactive Periodic Table makes learning Chemistry fun
Mon, Sep 1st 2014 10:11p   Tony Austin
During the 1960s I practiced analytical chemistry then taught chemistry, mathematics and general science at high schools (in the sate of Victoria, Australia). I left teaching when I joined IBM in 1970, but am still interested in all things scientific even to this day. I’ve decided that I’m going to try getting my three young grandsons interested too, hoping that at least one of them will follow in grandpa’s footsteps! I decided to write this brief post as soon as I came across an excellent [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Self-check video for Melanoma (or other skin cancers)
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 12:17a   Tony Austin
After many decades of sun and surf, I’ve finished up with a circular bald patch on my scalp where a melanoma was removed last year. Such skin cancers can happen to anyone at all, typically appearing from teenage onwards. It’s particularly distressing to see beautiful young people dying quite quickly from skin cancer, with melanomas being the prime cause. If detected and removed early enough, there’s a fair chance of recovery and hanging around on this wonderful blue planet of ours for five [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Just let me get back to coding - a developer’s dream?
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 10:12p   Tony Austin
Andrew Binstock, Editor in Chief at Dr. Dobb’s, has hit the nail on the head in two recent editorials about development toolsets that every coder should read: Just Let Me Code! (22 July 2014) - Managing the complexity of development toolchains — from SCM, to the build tools, to the testing, to the deployment stack — now so overwhelms the developer experience, it's hard to get any real programming done. Getting Back to Coding (29 July 2014) - Reducing tool complexity requires mercilessl [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger development
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Moving and docking Eclipse-style views in IBM Domino Designer
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 11:12p   Tony Austin
An old 2010 post of mine about Open In New Window (for IBM Notes data views) just received a comment (by Scott) asking whether in IBM Domino Designer this capability for Notes data views was also available for design elements. Well it is possible, pretty much, by taking advantage of the underlying Eclipse Workbench ability to move and dock "views” (here used in the Eclipse sense). Open Help for Domino Designer and navigate to: >>> Workbench User Guide >>>>>> Tasks [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes notes client application blogger eclipse
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Are these the Biggest Problems facing your IT Project Teams?
Thu, Jul 31st 2014 1:12p   Tony Austin
A nice slideshow has just appeared on the Baseline website that covers the commonest issues that arise all over the world. Can you add to their list from your experience? See The Biggest Problems Facing IT Project Teams (slideshow) Don’t overlook the link on the first slideshow page to AtTask’s free-to-download e-book titled "10 Problems Preventing Your IT Team From Doing (Its) Best Work and How to Solve Them" (or here). Of course, remove the references to IT and edit just slightly, and th [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Should Google be called “the evil umpire”?
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 9:12a   Tony Austin
My ex-employer —I retired nearly twenty years ago – IBM used to be widely regarded as an “evil empire” but that label seems to have worn off over the last few decades, even being called “almost cuddly these days” in an InformationWeek story IT’s Evil Empires: Evil Empires can acquire their reputation through no fault of their own. But all too often, they earn the characterization through a distasteful combination of success-fueled arrogance and a thinly disguised disdain for custo [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger google microsoft
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Johann Sebastian Bike!
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 7:12a   Tony Austin
Jim O’Toole fiddling while pedalling … a.k.a. Le Tour de Fiddle Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Programming suck-cess (read, and split your sides laughing)
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 6:12a   Tony Austin
  All so very true! Follow this link to a litany of programming perdition … http://mashable.com/2014/04/30/programming-sucks/ Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Debugging JavaScript– new DZone Refcard (cheat sheet)
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 12:14p   Tony Austin
Here’s a heads-up for those that are unfamiliar with the many developer resources at DZone. Just released is a reference card (a.k.a. cheat sheet)  for Debugging JavaScript which is the latest in a long list of their Refcardz series. Go get the Debugging JavaScript cheat sheet. It’s free, you only have to register with DZone to be able to download it. And don’t forget to browse all the earlier ones too, you’ll undoubtedly like what you find there. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger javascript
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An essay on The Joy of Typing
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:11a   Tony Austin
I don’t like most modern computer keyboards. My career at IBM using their excellent keyboards with the superb “buckling spring” technology has made every other type of keyboard seem inferior to me. There is that immensely satisfying “Click” every time you successfully make a keystroke, you just can’t beat it. During the mid-1990s I switched to a Lexmark keyboard, not as massive as the weighty IBM ones, also having the buckling spring mechanism, with the added advantage of taking up l [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger desktop wiki
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Detecting sharks with Clever Buoy
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 9:13p   Tony Austin
I was out surfing once, in the 1960s, at Portsea back beach on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Another surfer suddenly called out “Shark! Shark!” and none of us hung around to verify his observation, we headed straight for the beach. Such is our innate fear of those big toothy fish. It’s heightened by the regular (but thankfully small in number) deaths and severe maulings at beaches around Australia and the world. Over the years I’ve listed some facts about shark (and crocodile) attac [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger development google wiki
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Coffee roasts your insides
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 8:10p   Tony Austin
Coffee now has been popular in “the West” for several centuries, and has had its keen devotees during that period. One of those was the great French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac and he had quite some interesting views on the fabulous “Java” beverage. Read an English translation of de Balzac’s somewhat unusual observations at The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger email java wiki
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Mangone … from Bowen, Australia
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:11a   Tony Austin
(25 February 2014) The 10-meter  (30-foot)  Big Mango tourist attraction In  Bowen,  Queensland (Australia’s  mango-growing capital) went  missing overnight.                    Before and After Who would do such a thing, and why? The  Brisbane Courier Mail seems to have got to the bottom of it  and soon, apparently, everything will be revealed. Purchase a copy of Notes [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Is there a way to eliminate the Notes 8.5.3 pre-load error? (J9THR24.dll is missing)
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 5:10a   Tony Austin
I want to keep Notes 8.5.3 running on one test system, and haven’t been able to eliminate that irritating boot-time error causing a problem with the nntspreld.exe task (the IBM Notes preloader). The follow dialog box keeps reappearing every time that you click  the OK button: The only way to stop this is by  killing the task via Windows Task Manager. I’ve tried the Notes installer’s “repair” option, quick enough but to no avail. Before spending more time (with no certainty o [read] Keywords: domino ibm ldd lotus notes application blogger community java
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What you think is right may actually be wrong – Inferring versus rationalising
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 5:10p   Tony Austin
Over at The Conversation there’s a thought-provoking new article (16 January 2014) about the process of thinking: What you think is right may actually be wrong – here’s why We like to think that we reach conclusions by reviewing facts, weighing evidence and analysing arguments. But this is not how humans usually operate, particularly when decisions are important or need to be made quickly. And: We tend to prefer conclusions that fit our existing world-view, and that don’t require u [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger wiki
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A ship-shipping ship, shipping ships
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 11:11p   Tony Austin
Here’s one for New Year’s Day: The title of the page at MajorGeeks was “Oh ship! A ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships.” But -- compared with my blog title above (q.v.) -- I can’t quite follow why they wrote (after the comma) “shipping shipping ships” … Is the ship-shipping ship at bottom shipping some shipping-ships which in turn are themselves shipping ships? Oh ship! It’s all too much  for me, after  last night’s celebrations. Perhaps somebody would exp [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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99 Facts on The Future of Business - a MUST read for 2014 and beyond
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 6:14p   Tony Austin
Well, it’s the final day of the 2013 calendar year and a good time to consider what you should do for 2014 (and beyond). I’d recommend that you mosey on over to SlideShare and look at 99 Facts on The Future of Business assembled from a wide range of sources by SAP: Business Innovation is the key ingredient for growth in the future of business. Changes in technology, new customer expectations, a re-defined contract between employees and employers, strained resources, and business and social [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger iphone sap
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What could free software mean to a programmer?
Fri, Dec 27th 2013 5:11a   Tony Austin
  From geek-and-poke.com … See other geeky cartoons there! For more holiday season reading for programmers, take a look at this lengthy article at stackoverflow … What is the best comment in source code you have ever encountered? Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Moon Beans (not Moonbeams)
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 5:17a   Tony Austin
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Google’s Blogger/BlogSpot commenting can “go cactus” on you
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 5:16a   Tony Austin
Today I kept failing to add a comment to one of my very own blog posts at Google’s BlogSpot (blogger.com). It had “gone cactus” one me, to use an Aussie term. It was for the first time in a while, and hadn’t ever had this problem before. I was properly logged in with my Google account, typed a response, but whenever I clicked on the Submit button nothing appeared to happen, repeatedly. RESOLUTION: After messing around for some time managed to get it working again by editing my Blogger p [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger firefox google profile
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How to stop Windows task bar (system tray) icon tooltips being obscured
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 5:16a   Tony Austin
When parts of Microsoft Windows start behaving oddly or even completely stop operating it can be painful in the extreme trying to find a fix or a workaround. Why not get support from Microsoft, you ask? Well, yes and no. Microsoft’s support website site is vast, and it’s a hit-and-miss affair to find any solution for your problem. Success often lies with the vast user base of Windows -- in the hundreds of millions if not billions. If you’re persistent enough, sometimes more by chance more [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application applications blogger community desktop interface microsoft
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I was going to delay writing this, but here it is anyway …
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 5:19a   Tony Austin
What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?    ANSWER: I don’t know, and I don’t care! It’s been one of those days for me, when random thoughts come flooding in for no apparent reason. Well, perhaps it’s all been triggered by my reading the following article:   Putting it off: some ideas about why we procrastinate Go read it yourself – if you can be bothered. Else put it off until mañana. And as we know from the famous Peggy Lee song of 1948, mañana is soon [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Trigger fingers kill people (guns don’t)
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 6:14p   Tony Austin
Of course, that’s just as absurd a statement as many others that are spouted out in the gun control debate. Do guns become animate and start firing by themselves? Perhaps sensor-controlled ones would, but fortunately there aren’t many of those around, certainly not in movie theatres and schools, thank goodness. It’s what’s on the other end of the trigger finger that’s responsible, surely? The above was prompted by reading Data suggest guns do in fact kill people in the online version o [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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A way to repair Windows Firewall, and Windows connectivity problems resuming from Sleep mode
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 7:14p   Tony Austin
During the last few days a Windows connectivity problem reared its ugly head. I used to get this from time to time with Windows 7, and now am suffering from it under Windows 8. Every time that I resume from Sleep mode (which is several times per day) the wired Ethernet adapter would not reconnect and remained permanently offline in “Unidentified network” state, lasting for some minutes at least (I didn’t wait any longer, it should come online in 10 to 20 seconds at most). While researching [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes application blogger google microsoft network vista
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Bitten again by faulty context menu items (shell extensions) in Windows
Mon, Sep 2nd 2013 8:10p   Tony Austin
Every now and again, perhaps a few times per month, I need to carry out some sort of computer management such as device or disk management. The way that I usually initiate the process is to right-click the Computer icon on the windows desktop and select the Manage option from the context menu: Following this, the Computer Management window appears and I get on with my job: However during the last month something changed, and late last week I discovered that no amount of clicking on the Manage [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger desktop
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Legally, the bank owns a depositor’s funds–Super Scary!
Mon, Jun 17th 2013 8:19a   Tony Austin
What happened in Cyprus to bank depositors’ funds surely must have scared everyone a lot—except for the bankers themselves that is. Those of us outside Cyprus would all have thought to ourselves “Thank goodness that can’t happen in my country” and gone on with our day-to-day existence. But apparently that’s not the case already in some countries, and probably in more and more countries over time. Read this scary article by Ellen Brown at the Web Of Debt website: It Can Happen Here: [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger google
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NotesTracker Guide Version 5.3 has been added to Docstoc
Mon, Jun 17th 2013 8:19a   Tony Austin
NotesTracker is alive and well, and the guide for Version 5.3 Guide has been added to Docstoc. View or download the guide at http://www.docstoc.com/docs/159510147/NotesTracker-Guide-Version-53 The guide introduces NotesTracker, explaining what it is and how it can be of value to your organization by enhancing your IBM Notes and Domino applications. Following that is a section that shows how to configure and administer NotesTracker in each application, and finally a section for Notes developers [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application applications blogger
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NotesTracker Guide Version 5.3 has been added to Scribd
Sun, Jun 16th 2013 6:18p   Tony Austin
NotesTracker is alive and well, and the guide for Version 5.3 Guide has been added to Scribd. View or download the guide at http://www.scribd.com/doc/148077501/NotesTracker-Version-5-3-Guide The guide introduces NotesTracker, explaining what it is and how it can be of value to your organization by enhancing your IBM Notes and Domino applications. Following that is a section that shows how to configure and administer NotesTracker in each application, and finally a section for Notes developers ex [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application applications blogger
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Some free widgets for your website
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 8:21a   Tony Austin
I just stumbled upon a range of free widgets that should add value to your web sites, blogs and other online publications. Because of the nature of the website (oilprice.com) the widgets are all related to energy, precious metals, and related financial matters. You’ll find them here: Energy Widgets | Metal Widgets | Financial Widgets | News Widgets | Clocks Widgets Here are a few of them in action… Please Enable JavaScript for this Energy widget to work      & [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger javascript widget widgets
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Do dogs show empathy? It could well be so.
Sun, Jun 9th 2013 7:19a   Tony Austin
Just back from checking that our pooch was comfortable on a clear. cool early Winter’s night here Down Under in Melbourne. He was okay, and seemed to appreciate the visit! Back inside, I went to ABC Australia’s Catalyst science show’s website to catch up on their latest episode. You may recall that back in April I pointed out a story about dogs cute appearance probably being due to their facial musculature (see Cute Canines, Eyes That Engage You and watch the video). Well, in this week’s [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger google
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Fascinating Facts about Flu - What Flu is and isn’t
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 7:18p   Tony Austin
As southern winter sets in here Down Under, I’m aware that for the previous two years I suffered a number of quite nasty attacks of what I called “the Flu” – But was it really influenza, or something else, and will I succumb again this year despite again getting jabbed with Flu vaccine? Just-published this first week of June 2013 is a “Facts about Flu” series of articles in The Conversation that sheds light on this topic. There are insights and clarifications, as well as lots of shad [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger community
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Enjoy excellent online jigsaw puzzles at Jigsaw Explorer
Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 9:18a   Tony Austin
I just came across a site with outstanding interactive jigsaw puzzles, go to Jigsaw Explorer if such puzzles turn you on. For example, this tower at Beget, Spain (with the option selected to remind you what the “box top” is for the puzzle): Actually, rather than jigsaws my definite preference is for word puzzles, not only as a consumer but and in the past I’ve created some crosswords that were based around various themes in information technology. Unfortunately they’re now offline after [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger mac
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Windows 8 will not save Network Discovery settings (yet another unwanted issue)
Sat, May 25th 2013 11:16p   Tony Austin
Late in January 2013 I upgraded my main desktop  work system from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro (both 64-bit), which went quite smoothly on the whole. I had problems with an external hard disk docking device’s USB 3.0 driver that took some trouble to sort out. The dock would run in USB 2.0 mode only until I eventually found an updated driver that gave back the USB 3.0 capability I had been enjoying under Windows 7. Usually Windows Update does all this, but in this case it not discov [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application applications blogger desktop microsoft network networking password system i
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Cute Canines - Eyes That Engage You
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 12:18a   Tony Austin
My mother adored cats, and I was brought up with felines of all fur colors, temperaments ranging from cuddly to haughty, taking control as they do all over the house. But my wife hates cats, so it’s been dogs during my married life. I’ve gotten to really like dogs, and I’m in good company. For example, British prime minister Winston Churchill in the movie The Gathering Storm is pictured one day sitting in the farm section of his country property pondering the animals around him. He comment [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Sometimes I wonder if Microsoft developers really think
Wed, Apr 24th 2013 7:21p   Tony Austin
I’ve just been  was using the Windows 8 registry editor (regedit.exe) in an attempt to remove the remnants of an application that wouldn’t uninstall cleanly. Even with my shiny new 8-core processor, twin fast Intel SSDs in RAID configuration plus 32 GB of RAM (rarely is even a quarter of this RAM used), there were periods of up to a minute when the registry editor was scanning for a search string. During this boring period it simply displayed the following bland, deadly boring [Windows [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger microsoft
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Updating desktop Java sure can be confusing at times!
Wed, Apr 24th 2013 10:18a   Tony Austin
Ho hum, more security weakness issues have just been discovered in the desktop Java Runtime Environment (JRE). See for example Yet another Reflection API flaw affecting Oracle's Java SE … “The new flaw was verified to affect all versions of Java SE 7 (including the recently released 1.7.0_21-b11). It can be used to achieve a complete Java security sandbox bypass on a target system. Successful exploitation in a web browser scenario requires proper user interaction (a user needs to accept th [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger desktop java oracle security server xml
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My premise: Australia’s NBN shouldn’t mangle the English language
Sun, Apr 21st 2013 6:18a   Tony Austin
I’m totally enjoying being a pedantic old grump. It’s one of the privileges of getting on in years, one of the joys of dotage. At out home we’ve been really enjoying having the Optus Cable service for more than a decade now, and for the past year or two their highest offering of 100 Mbps download speeds (as well as a 1 terabyte download quota). I measure the cable speeds every day, and even though HFC is a shared service my tests show that it only drops as low as 30-40 Mbps on weekends and [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger network
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How to detect and disable faulty context menu items (shell extensions) in Windows
Sat, Apr 20th 2013 6:18a   Tony Austin
Many software applications  that execute in Windows 8 (and earlier Windows versions) come with so-called Windows shell extensions. These are intended to provide extra application functionality and convenience and they usually do a good job, but like any other software they can go wrong and cause complete or partial application failure -- with considerable bother and even havoc in some cases. This is a longish blog post, necessitated by the complexity of the way that shell extensions work. T [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application applications blogger bug community desktop development google integration interface microsoft network networking system i wiki
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Thinking ahead about your next PC?
Sat, Apr 20th 2013 12:18a   Tony Austin
  This is how we thought ahead, back then. You read it right … All for $5995! Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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How to access the elusive Live Chat service of Skype Premium
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 8:16a   Tony Austin
It can be extremely difficult to find things on Skype’s website. It might have improved somewhat since the Microsoft acquisition, there still are some quite poor usability matters on the site. PROBLEM BACKGROUND: What drove me to try using the Live Chat service offered by Skype to its Skype Premium subscribers? Well, it was Windows Update when it recently prompted me to upgrade Skype (to version 6.3, from version 5.11 which was working perfectly). I’m running Windows 8 Pro, which might or m [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger community google microsoft skype
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IBM Notes 8.5.3 pre-loader problem (might be a Windows 8 issue)
Wed, Mar 20th 2013 6:16a   Tony Austin
After I upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro (both 64-bit), I found that one of the few programs that had some issues – minor ones -- was IBM Notes 8.5.3 so I had to carry out a reinstallation. As before, I selected the time-saving option to launch the Notes pre-loader; This had never caused me any problems before, but after the reinstallation I now always get an annoying dialog box following Windows boot-up: If I click the OK button the dialog reappears immediately, so I have t [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Telework, or Telewonk?
Sun, Mar 3rd 2013 9:14p   Tony Austin
To be honest I misspelled "’Telewonk’ deliberately, in order to go easy on some peoples’ sensibilities. Replace the letter “o” in this with the first letter in the alphabet to get my true intent! This question was raised in my noggin upon reading the Network World article: Is Yahoo's telework ban shortsighted or savvy? Data says both (there's plenty of research to support telecommuting advocates and naysayers alike). I found it a very interesting article indeed, as I’m confident y [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger network office
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A battle to find a peaceful place on the globe – the Conflict History database
Fri, Feb 22nd 2013 4:11p   Tony Austin
It’s a battle to keep up with all the information available on the fabulous World Wide Web. There’s so much out there on innumerable web sites and blogs that every now and then you come across fascinating information only by chance. Indeed the StumbleUpon site is built on this very aspect. A site that I’ve just stumbled upon all by myself is CONFLICT HISTORY where you can browse the time of wars and conflicts across the globe. It’s based on Google Maps and there’s a slider at the botto [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger database google
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Missed software opportunities #001 – Microsoft Windows 8 Task Manager
Thu, Feb 21st 2013 10:10p   Tony Austin
The first of an occasional series of opinion pieces about poorly executed software design and development, missed opportunities to do a lot better. Since I’m still coming to terms with Windows 8 after upgrading from Windows 7 a month ago, why not start here? Microsoft reworked the Windows Task Manager, which had remained largely the same from Windows 95 onwards, as described by the now ex-Microsoft Steven Sinofsky at The Windows Task Manager in the Building Windows 8 blog. Their reasons for ch [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application archive blogger development microsoft network
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Do husbands and wives ever fully understand each other?
Sat, Feb 16th 2013 6:10p   Tony Austin
Now that really is a basic question! Thanks to Scott Hilburn’s “Wife of Pi” comic of 08 February 2013 for leading me to ponder this most problematic of matters: More of his works at The Argyle Sweater. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Is perfection achievable?
Sun, Feb 10th 2013 5:09p   Tony Austin
That’s a pretty decent ‘basic question’ is it not? I got to thinking about it after coming across the following article: Don’t Let Perfection Be a Barrier to Improvement If you know of something that can be done to make a process better and you intentionally choose to leave the issue unresolved, you are violating the principle of zero defects. But if you overspend your resources for a small gain when there is a bigger gain available somewhere else, your actions violate the ‘better, n [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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VentraIP 2012 end of year bargains, but not for all
Sun, Dec 30th 2012 5:14p   Tony Austin
When a business makes an offer, it needs to be very careful about the exact wording of the offer. And especially so if it’s sent out by mail when the wording cannot be retracted as it might if the offer appears, say, on a web page where it can be edited at any time. I’m an existing customer of VentraIP with website, starting from mid-2012 when they made an offer that was too good to refuse, and I’ve had website notestracker.us hosted with them since then (and going very well, no issues wha [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger email
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The premise is … I’m getting even madder
Thu, Dec 20th 2012 6:10a   Tony Austin
I was reading this IBM Redbook today, and it didn’t make a good first impression: I really love IBM Redbooks, but not at all the way that this one starts off. Integrating cloud systems with on-premise systems? You don’t say! Then today there was this article in Climate Spectator concerning the stand taken by  Australian senator John Madigan: In his concern for the potential health effects of wind turbines, Madigan has put before parliament a series of amendments to the Renewable Energ [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger integration network websphere wiki wireless
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Suffer Not the Little Ones – Monsters and demons on the Internet
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 2:14p   Tony Austin
Not my usual sort of post. Reading the following feature article on MakeUseOf I quickly decided that I simply HAD to point you all towards it for your careful consideration. Without further comment: Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Aussie 8-year-olds learning atomic structure and the Periodic Table
Tue, Dec 4th 2012 6:11a   Tony Austin
Before I joined IBM Australia in 1970, I spent most of the 1960s teaching Chemistry, General Science and Mathematics to older high school students. A couple of times at the start of each year I would take classes of junior grade kids newly arrived from primary school. I always admired their freshness, openness and willingness to learn – that is, before years of high school regimentation wore off some of that freshness and keenness. After more than forty years in the IT industry, I am attemptin [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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How to install CDBurnerXP (and WinSCP) without Open Candy
Mon, Dec 3rd 2012 8:11p   Tony Austin
CDBurnerXP is free and very good software for burning CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray disks, but unfortunately the default installer installs OpenCandy which troubles some people. Cranial Soup, for example, states: They claim to be doing something noble, but the only thing sweet about OpenCandy is the sales pitch to naive developers that might just fall for it, tricking them into thinking it is somehow different than the typical common adware/spyware. … A lot of developers do seem to be biting the bait [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger development google microsoft security wiki
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She’s Arnold Pointer’s pet Great White Shark
Sun, Dec 2nd 2012 11:12p   Tony Austin
A friend of mine just emailed me the following amazing photos:          What inspiring affection by the huge beast, truly an uplifting tale coming to us over the Internet tubes for our enlightenment and edification. Now I know that Great Whites are capable of being much more than just primitive, mean chomping machines, so I can be far more unconcerned about dark shapes when I’m out surfing along Victoria’s coast. The trouble is… Well, see for your [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger google
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Recommended personal copyright statement for all Facebook users
Sat, Dec 1st 2012 11:10p   Tony Austin
I just came across the following recommendation for ALL users of Facebook: For the reasoning behind it, see Facebook debunks viral hoax that it owns users' content I wonder how many Facebook users have even considered this aspect. Would they have the same concerns. Do you (and why)? Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger facebook
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What causes Ice Ages to come and go? (cross-link)
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 10:14a   Tony Austin
Over at one of my other blogs, Basic Questions, I’ve managed to get my grey matter into gear again, see: What causes Ice Ages to come and go? Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Temporary Post Used For Theme Detection (410cce87-3403-48c0-b730-9ee0783c51b6 - 3bfe001a-32de-4114-a6b4-4005b770f6d7)
Sat, Oct 27th 2012 6:10a   Tony Austin
This is a temporary post that was not deleted. Please delete this manually. (47941970-afb9-46cb-94fd-cfceb89fef5f - 3bfe001a-32de-4114-a6b4-4005b770f6d7) Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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How to fix Eudora spell checker when it locks up (hangs, freezes) when the Send button is clicked
Mon, Oct 15th 2012 6:10a   Tony Austin
The Eudora mail client is still treasured by some people, myself included, even though it was decommitted by Qualcomm some years ago. It still does a very good job, and I don’t want to move on to some other mail client and lose functionality that I’ve come to depend on (not to forget nearly 20 years’ worth of mail logs). I’ve just upgraded to a new desktop PC, and had to re-install Eudora. Back came a familiar problem: it kept freezing when I clicked the send button on some messages. Lu [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger desktop
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Fellow procrastinators… DO NOT put off doing this!
Fri, Sep 21st 2012 1:13p   Tony Austin
  Time flies – tempus fugit. Should I do it? When should I do it? Why not put it off until tomorrow? Yes, that will be fine. Mañana Is Soon Enough for Me… It was after a fierce struggle with myself that I wrote this blog post today -- or at all. What I actually meant to eventually get around to recommending is that you do not delay in reading the following New Yorker book review: What does procrastination tell us about ourselves? “The essence of procrastination lies in not doing w [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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ESLUG evento: 20 de septiembre en Madrid, NotesTracker presentación
Wed, Sep 19th 2012 6:11a   Tony Austin
  I am extremely happy to announce that leading Spanish IBM partner Domino Plus has been appointed European value-added reseller and regional support point for NotesTracker. See the blog of Alejandro Ahumada here. For the last few months I’ve been working with Dominique Perarnaud from Domino Plus who is implementing NotesTracker for a client in Spain. He is delighted to have been given the opportunity to give a lunchtime presentation this Friday for ESLUG, the Spanish Lotus User Group. Do [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes xpages application applications blogger
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We Drive NOTES Further
Sat, Sep 15th 2012 6:10a   Tony Austin
Ah, nostalgia. The following page has been on my website for years, and nobody has ever commented, I wonder why! I’m still driving that trusty and comfortable Mitsubishi, got it when I first started working with Notes Release 3 way back in 1993. … Have no real desire to change, it still does a great job, and newer models don’t offer all that much more (the 80/20 rule at work again). Here at Asia/Pacific Computer Services We Drive NOTES Further! Beat that! Purchase a copy of NotesTracker [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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MailWasher Pro 2012 for PC–100% OFF daily deal coming soon
Fri, Aug 24th 2012 6:10a   Tony Austin
Here’s a rare chance for you to get a MOST EXCELLENT anti-spam/malware tool for nix (normally about $30). I rely heavily on it and use it day in, day out. MailWasher gives you ultimate monitoring and control over your incoming mail while it’s still on your mail server, before you allow the auto- or manually-selected good messages into your PC. Made by some very friendly and competent people in Christchurch, New Zealand. I recommend it unreservedly -- even if it were at full retail price, m [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger email server virus
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How I overcome the Windows 7 mouse properties dialog hanging and permanently showing “Not Responding”
Wed, Jul 25th 2012 8:11a   Tony Austin
Here’s a tip reminding myself how to do this (months later when I’ve forgotten all about how I solved it last time), and hopefully to assist all you other sufferers who will be equally perplexed by this baffling behavior… The situation is that this evening I wanted to make a minor adjustment to my mouse wheel’s scrolling speed. So I opened the Windows Control Panel and selected the “Mouse” option. Unexpectedly, the Mouse Properties panel went into a permanent “hang” state. Notice [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application applications blogger microsoft properties security wiki
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Informed consent, software-wise (or software-dumb?)
Wed, Jun 27th 2012 10:14p   Tony Austin
You must learn something new each and every day of your life, so I keep reminding tell my young grandsons. It’s a maxim that I still follow myself, in a desperate bid to keep my brain alert and defer that day when my grey matter finally degenerates into a useless pile of wobbly jelly. As an example, this morning for the first time I came across the legal term “informed consent” which is explained thus at Wikipedia: “An informed consent can be said to have been given based upon a clear a [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger microsoft network security wiki
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Walking briskly for health management (and exercise for avoiding cancer)
Fri, Jun 22nd 2012 11:16p   Tony Austin
You might be interested in a couple of entries that I’ve just added to the Sciences, Medicine & Health page of my website, at notestracker.com and its backup notestracker.net Coping with Cancer section … Exercise is medicine for cancer (Australian ABC Television, Catalyst science show, 31 May 2012) - downloadable videos: WMV MP4 Exercise as Medicine for Cancer (Edith Cowan University. Western Australia - Research Week, 15th to 19th August 2011) Exercise is Medicine for Cancer Managemen [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger server
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Simple Signer version 1.2 for IBM Lotus Notes released (freeware)
Thu, Jun 21st 2012 6:15a   Tony Austin
Simple Signer version 1.2 is now available for download. It’s your simplest and easiest way to “sign” Lotus Notes database applications, that is, to stamp tall the design elements that make up each application (forms, view, XPages, agents, etc. When signed with your own organization’s Lotus Notes signature the applications are properly prepared/authorized to run in your organization’s IBM Lotus Notes/Domino production environment. Signing is usually required when you obtain a Notes app [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes xpages application applications blogger database development password server
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Simple Signer version 1.2 for IBM Lotus Notes released (freeware)
Wed, Jun 20th 2012 6:15a   Tony Austin
Simple Signer version 1.2 is now available for download. It’s your simplest and easiest way to “sign” Lotus Notes database applications, that is, to stamp tall the design elements that make up each application (forms, view, XPages, agents, etc. When signed with your own organization’s Lotus Notes signature the applications are properly prepared/authorized to run in your organization’s IBM Lotus Notes/Domino production environment. Signing is usually required when you obtain a Notes app [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes xpages application applications blogger database development password server
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Just found out that I’m strong minded… Are you?
Sat, Jun 16th 2012 6:14a   Tony Austin
I have no attribution for this, but I surprised myself by tearing through it like greased lightning. At warp speed, in fact, which you would expect from a warped mind like mine! Mens sana in corpore sano, indeed. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger google
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Testing Windows 8 Release Preview in desktop mode – not a nice story
Sat, Jun 2nd 2012 6:11a   Tony Austin
I have today installed the recently-released Windows 8 Release Preview. As I did with the earlier Consumer Preview version, I installed it as a virtual machine running under Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager (which as you may know came to Oracle as part of the Sun Microsystems acquisition, but  started off before that a German product). Here’s the Windows 8  Release Preview, running in desktop mode, as I would only want it to be on my main work and development system: I might look prett [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger desktop development microsoft oracle vista vm
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Greeks leave large wooden horse as gift to European Central Bank
Wed, May 16th 2012 7:11p   Tony Austin
  This needs no explanation, read about it here or here. Πολύ καλή σχολίων … Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide deficiency (250+ million years out)
Sat, May 12th 2012 9:10a   Tony Austin
There’s great debate, fear and trepidation in the Australian population about the economic and lifestyle impacts of the Carbon Tax due to come into effect down here in July 2012. See this search or this other search for some articles about it. But all things are relative, and it won’t be too long before the tax will need to be repealed, perhaps in 250 million years or so! To quote from the fascinating article The end of Earth, the end of us, and the end of the universe  It is a rare pe [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger google wiki
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Rast in peas unty Josie
Thu, Apr 12th 2012 6:12a   Tony Austin
You just can’t get reliable staff these days, apparently, or at least good spellers. Apparently a Russian-born assistant at a florist in Springvale (a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, not too far from where I live) earlier this month made some “grave” spelling mistakes when writing out a floral wreath card: If the card had been inscribed “Rust in peas” perhaps I would give it a pass mark, since what happens to us after burial is a process somewhat akin to rusting! Purchase a copy of No [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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How to allow LibreOffice 3.5 upgrade and avoid being prevented by IBM Lotus Symphony quickstarter
Sat, Apr 7th 2012 6:12a   Tony Austin
I just tried to upgrade LibreOffice 3.5.0 to 3.5.2 and kept getting blocked by the error message: “Please exit LibreOffice 3.5 and the LibreOffice 3.5 Quickstarter before you continue. …” As usual, I’ve decided to document my findings, to help others in the same situation. To make a long story short, this was not caused by a concurrent installation of OpenOffice, but by an installation of IBM Lotus Symphony. That’s fair enough, since it seems that all three variations of OpenOffice sh [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes symphony application blogger openoffice
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Working with Dragon NaturallySpeaking in IBM Lotus Notes
Mon, Mar 12th 2012 8:10p   Tony Austin
Following a query in another post, I’ve received an official answer from Nuance Communications about using Dragon NaturallySpeaking with IBM Lotus Notes. See Working with Dragon NaturallySpeaking in IBM Lotus Notes either here or here Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger server
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Electronic life after death–a matter of sheer will
Wed, Dec 28th 2011 10:12p   Tony Austin
The article Ghosts in the machine at the Australian website Fairfax Digital contains much food for thought. “What happens when you die? In cyberspace not much” it starts off with, “unless you make the appropriate arrangements.” Many people don’t make out a will and so die intestate, with lots of negative ramifications. But even if you have a will, it’s fairly likely that it doesn’t take account of your digital assets. When you depart from this earthly vale of tears, what can and sh [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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I’ll do it in a minute (or two, or three)
Wed, Dec 28th 2011 9:11a   Tony Austin
Professor David Suzuki has some wise words for us all, watch and listen to his Test Tube story as he shares a common scientific observation. TIP: enter just a single word when prompted in the opening screen. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Mad and Gay Music?
Fri, Dec 16th 2011 7:10p   Tony Austin
By pure coincidence, the other day two websites came to my attention. Both are concerned with music but in markedly different and, to me -- by their very juxtaposition in my stream of awareness – rather amusing ways. Firstly, there’s Captain Wayne’s MadMusic.com (originally called The Doctor Demento Show) which is a huge archive of tunes going back to the first show in 1972. It’s rather zany yet rewarding, you’ve really got to visit the site to comprehend and appreciate it. In stark co [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application archive blogger
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NotesConnect (Nping) wherefore art thou?
Fri, Nov 25th 2011 9:09a   Tony Austin
Does anybody know where to download a copy of that old faithful, Notes Ping (nping.exe), more recently renamed to NotesConnect. I haven’t managed to find a downloadable copy anywhere. Since the Lotus Sandbox is no longer extant. Stupid decision, IBM.  Why decommit a very handy tool like this (and all the others in the Lotus Sandbox)? Surely you could have left the sandbox open as a “no longer supported but we hope you might still get some value from it” archive. Are there any newer, a [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application archive blogger
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Clean, non-polluting wind power in action
Mon, Aug 22nd 2011 6:10a   Tony Austin
  Click on the images to view them enlarged… Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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The programmer/developer/coder role is not dead – and long live the project manager!
Tue, Jul 26th 2011 7:11p   Tony Austin
It’s no problem being a geek, it would seem, according to Jason Hiner in his ZDNet blog posting The future of IT jobs? It's in three types of roles You may or may not agree, but it makes interesting reading. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Will code XPages for food?
Mon, Jul 18th 2011 7:09p   Tony Austin
There’s a LinkedIn discussion group named Gurus of Lotus – Worldwide with one discussion thread that I’ve been following from a distance: What can we do to promote the technology that we all love? This is, in turn, an extension of an older thread What do you think? Is Notes fading away? – a more recent variation of the “Is Lotus Notes dead?” theme. It makes me wonder if we need a version of the following image for Lotus Notes: [tongue in cheek] Will code HTML for food Purchase a [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes xpages application blogger linkedin
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The Cloud Changes What IT Pros Do, but how?
Sat, Jun 11th 2011 6:15a   Tony Austin
Here’s an interesting view on how “The Cloud” can change what IT professionals have to do, according to Chris Murphy, interviewing Brady Corp's CIO Bentley Curran (in the Global CIO column of InformationWeek, 23 April 2011). Go read the entire interview, which starts off: As companies move more of their software to the cloud, there are some indispensible skills IT pros need to hone or acquire, and they’re not technical skills. and further on: Now those staffers are doing things like [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotus notes application blogger exchange exchange google microsoft
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The Hungry Beast lurking Down Under goes into retreat
Fri, Jun 10th 2011 6:09a   Tony Austin
The final episode of Season Three of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s excellent HUNGRY BEAST techno show aired this week [on Wednesday 8th June 2011]. Read more about Hungry Beast here. Hurry if you would like to view this latest episode, because for some strange reason (unlike other series, such as the Catalyst science show) the ABC takes each episode offline after a week or two. The 2011 final episode’s lead story is Stuxnet: the first computer virus specifically designed to be a [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger virus
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Alert - Java applet failure in Firefox 3.6.14, update to 3.6.15 already released
Sat, Mar 5th 2011 5:25a   Tony Austin
Eternal vigilance and remorseless focus on testing are required for any software development, and unfortunately the Mozilla team let a significant Java applet problem slip into Firefox Browser 3.6.14, but have already released a fix in version 3.6.15. Reports of the issue appeared the Mozilla Firefox forum such as Latest Mozilla update: 3.6.14 breaks my web graphics. The Mozilla developers obviously regarded this as a serious enough problem to come out quickly with a  fix, in the form of Fi [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger bug development firefox java
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The benefits of ever-decreasing technology size and weight
Fri, Mar 4th 2011 10:14p   Tony Austin
This video obviously applies to the old-style PC hardware of the 1980s and 1990s, so presumably newer technology (such as LCD monitors) is safer to use, wouldn’t you agree? View at You Tube: Bad day in the office (or just watch below). Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger office
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If you are thinking of becoming a freelancer (a.k.a. “consultant”), heed this!
Fri, Mar 4th 2011 9:17p   Tony Austin
See Freelancing: What People Think Vs. Reality … Visit http://www.makeuseof.com/tech-fun/freelancing-what-people-think-vs-reality/ And see more of Alex Noriega’s wit at http://stuffnoonetoldme.blogspot.com/ Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Windows 7 SP1 upgrade went horribly wrong … NetBeans IDE 7.0 Beta 2, MailWasher and the Christchurch earthquake
Thu, Mar 3rd 2011 12:13p   Tony Austin
Installing the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) on my workhorse desktop system last Saturday turned into a total disaster for me, a really big-time FAIL. Instead of the smooth ride I had expected, it crashed part way though with one of those inscrutably serious Windows errors, and despite  many hours of trying to recover I finished up with an unbootable system. (I’d rather not think about it any more, so will spare you the horrors of what I went through while trying to get it all working ag [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger community desktop development eclipse interface java microsoft oracle security wiki
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The Internet–Vint Cerf’s re-think of its architecture, and NPR’s audio history
Fri, Feb 18th 2011 10:10p   Tony Austin
A very brief post, this one. Watch Dr. Vint Cerf the “Father of the Internet” (or at least, one of the fathers, along with Dr. Bob Kahn, and others) – now the “Chief Internet Evangelist” at Google -- as he gives his fascinating recent talk at Stanford University. This is indeed an authoritative presentation of  history of the development of the Internet, for the first 30 or 40 minutes. In the final 20 minutes or so he shares his views on how it needs to be improved. Starting at ar [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger development google
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Mobile Calendaring–as you haven’t seen it before
Sat, Feb 12th 2011 3:08p   Tony Austin
  For more, see the FAIL Blog. The above image is from the There, I fixed it section of the blog. I see that Mastering XPages, A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language (for IBM Lotus Notes/Domino) has been released. Looks very good. Must buy! The books shown below also serve a very useful purpose: Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: calendaring domino ibm lotus notes xpages application blogger development mobile
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Scaling the heights and depths of the universe
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 7:11p   Tony Austin
Today I stumbled upon Cary and Michael Huang’s The Scale of the Universe animation (2010). Quite impressive … Move the horizontal slider button (or click the left/right arrow keys) to zoom in and out across the scale. Click the down arrow key to improve the quality of the image. In a similar vein, watch Cosmic Journeys: Cosmic Energy Powers of 10 … Not enough for you? Then why not also watch From Quarks to Outer Space … Here’s the same as a Java animation. It would be remiss of [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger java
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A world clock of life, death and the environment
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 6:35p   Tony Austin
Here’s an interesting variation on world clocks, click the image below to open in a new window … It’s quite interesting to watch the statistics build up inexorably over a number of minutes. But I wouldn’t keep it running all the time though, if I were you, since I noticed that it chews up a full 25 percent CPU (one of the processors on my quad-core system). Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger
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Lotus Notes needs extended thumbnail capability
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 4:51p   Tony Austin
Concerning thumbnails in Lotus Notes, several months ago I was investigating for a client what ways there are to show thumbnails of photographs taken while inspecting building construction sites and stored in Notes documents of a particular database. We should all know that there already is a form of thumbnail support available … This works extremely well for a single image (as in a business card), merely by selecting the option shown above. No coding required whatsoever, excellent. Alas this [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes rich text application blogger database
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Planet Lotus–a gripe pops up from me again
Thu, Jan 13th 2011 5:15a   Tony Austin
  I whinged and whined about this a couple of years ago, and here I am again older and even more of a pain in the proverbial ranting on about it again … An extra-squeaky wheel I am, I am. I thought that it used to only my posts that suffered from this back then, but doing a random mouse-over of various entries in today’s Planet Lotus find that quite a few other people have submitted posts that yield this too. Can’t we get rid of all that annoying HTML junk in the “tool tips” (or [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger database planet lotus
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IBM and the killer electric cars?
Wed, Jan 12th 2011 6:12p   Tony Austin
I’ve started writing stories again for iTWire, and in my latest story found out that IBM seems to have studied a literally shocking new class of electric vehicles. Go to … IBM finds consumer interest in electric vehicles, but major barriers to widespread adoption (refer to page 3 of the story) Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes and Domino database application compliance and usage tracking needs! [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger database
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TIP: How I got Acronis True Image 2011 to install (a workaround)
Thu, Nov 25th 2010 10:13p   Tony Austin
pI’ve been using Acronis True Image for backing up drives on my Windows desktop system for a number of years. For me, it seems to work more consistently and reliably than other tools I’ve used in the past, such as Norton Ghost./p pThese backups have saved me on more than one occasion. I really like the way that True Image works./p pSO when I found that a title="Acronis True Image web site" href="Acronis True Image Home 2011" target="_blank"Acronis True Image Home 2011/a had been releas [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application blogger database desktop google microsoft




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