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Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 8
IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found”–Help requested
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The rattlesnake’s tail analogy, revisited
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 13
English, as she was and is spoken
Sat, Mar 21st 2015 12
Sale by Tender of the Copyright to Clive Finkelstein’s Enterprise Architecture Workshop
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 20
Are women perfect for online business?
Mon, Mar 16th 2015 11
Find the cat!
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 7
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Sale by Tender of the Copyright to Clive Finkelstein’s Enterprise Architecture Workshop
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 20
The rattlesnake’s tail analogy, revisited
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 13
English, as she was and is spoken
Sat, Mar 21st 2015 12
Carpenters and Programmers
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 11
Are women perfect for online business?
Mon, Mar 16th 2015 11
IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found”–Help requested
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 10
On the matter of asking useful questions
Sat, Feb 14th 2015 9
At last I believe in the Theorem of Pythagoras
Sat, Dec 27th 2014 8
Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 8
Debugging JavaScript– new DZone Refcard (cheat sheet)
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 7


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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Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 2:45a   Tony Austin
Why is everyone supposedly in such a rush to learn their first (or another) programming language? Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years “The conclusion is that either people are in a big rush to learn about programming, or that programming is somehow fabulously easier to learn than anything else.“ I just revisited this essay by Peter Norvig, written in 2001 it looks like, but timeless in its pointedness and veracity. Go read it. Laugh, cry, enjoy. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for al
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IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found”–Help requested
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 10:40a   Tony Austin
I’ve closed xxx and am getting close to retirement from the IT industry. Having started at IBM Australia in January 1970 I doubt if I’ll reach the 50-year mark, but I’ve had a pretty long innings. I’m still trying to keep my hand in with Notes/Domino. Every month or two over the last half year I’ve made a number of attempts to install IBM Domino and Notes 9.0 then and more recently the 9.0.1 versions. Note that this is a “virgin” installation, with no baggage left behind from earli
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The rattlesnake’s tail analogy, revisited
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 4:46a   Tony Austin
What does the following chart tell us? To find out, go visit my Basic Questions blog, here. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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English, as she was and is spoken
Sat, Mar 21st 2015 1:00a   Tony Austin
Whether or not English is your first language, or perhaps your second or third one, I’m sure that you’ll learn a lot about the origins, the spread and the current usage of the language from the following excellent Vox article by Libby Nelson: 25 maps that explain the English language “Fifty-eight countries have English as an official language. This doesn't include most of the biggest English-speaking countries — the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom don't have officia
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Sale by Tender of the Copyright to Clive Finkelstein’s Enterprise Architecture Workshop
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 8:20a   Tony Austin
In my first years with IBM Australia in the early 1970s, I was fortunate to have as one of my systems engineering mentors Clive Finkelstein. From the mid-1970s onwards Clive concentrated on what would occupy the rest of his outstanding IT career, the field of information engineering. Read more about this at Clive's website. Having now retired, at LinkedIn Clive has announced sale by tender of the copyright to his outstanding Enterprise Architecture Workshop which is a rare opportunity for anybo
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Are women perfect for online business?
Mon, Mar 16th 2015 11:00p   Tony Austin
The battle of the sexes continues! Go read 10 Reasons Why Women are Perfect for Online Business (a new blog post by Paul Smithson): www.paulsmithson.com/blog/10-reasons-why-woman-are-perfect-for-online-business It reminds me of being taken by my mother to see my first ever Hollywood musical, the 1950 comedy Annie Get Your Gun And particularly it’s memorable hit song: I Can Do Anything Better Than You Can Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compli
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Find the cat!
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 6:15a   Tony Austin
Somebody just sent me this via e-mail. Usually I don’t pass on such things, but it’s harmless and an amusing diversion so here it is. Locate the grey and white cat in the photograph below. (Sorry, I can’t give any attribution for the originator of this little test of observation powers.) Don’t pass it on until you’ve done so, and don’t tell anybody else where the cat is! Click image to see an enlarged version. It took me about 15 to 20 seconds to find the moggie. How long did it ta
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Carpenters and Programmers
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 5:45a   Tony Austin
This article is going the rounds at the moment: If Carpenters Were Hired Like Programmers Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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On the matter of asking useful questions
Sat, Feb 14th 2015 8:07p   Tony Austin
One of my other blogs is all about asking Basic Questions. Hopefully they will be “the right questions” rather than just any old questions. Josh Kaufman has written a pertinent blog post: How to Ask Useful Questions Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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At last I believe in the Theorem of Pythagoras
Sat, Dec 27th 2014 7:10p   Tony Austin
Pythagoras was right! Here’s the definitive, rigorous mathematical proof: See boring proofs at Wikipedia (or elsewhere). View a collection of other interesting dynamic GIFs here. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Possibly getting eaten by a shark, versus winning the Lotto?
Mon, Dec 8th 2014 5:11a   Tony Austin
I keep telling members of my family that buying Lotto tickets is a “mug’s game” and that they would better spend their hard-earned money on something else. They even think that buying a Lotto ticket each week increases their chance of a win. I’ve given up on trying to persuade them, it’s like talking to the proverbial brick wall. Earlier today I was reading Response to the latest shark bite is fuelled by myth and retribution and reading the various interesting opinions of commenters. O
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Fat words, and thin words?
Wed, Nov 5th 2014 10:12p   Tony Austin
  See http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/05/health/healthy-restaurant-choices/ (no further comment needed) Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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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
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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
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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
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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
4
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
2
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
5
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
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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
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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
5
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
3
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
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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
2
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
3
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
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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
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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
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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
5
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
4
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
6
At last I believe in the Theorem of Pythagoras
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Tony Austin
Pythagoras was right! Here?s the definitive, rigorous mathematical proof: See boring proofs at Wikipedia (or elsewhere). View a collection of other interesting dynamic GIFs here. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
2
Possibly getting eaten by a shark, versus winning the Lotto?
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Tony Austin
I keep telling members of my family that buying Lotto tickets is a ?mug?s game? and that they would better spend their hard-earned money on something else. They even think that buying a Lotto ticket each week increases their chance of a win. I?ve given up on trying to persuade them, it?s like talking to the proverbial brick wall. Earlier today I was reading Response to the latest shark bite is fuelled by myth and retribution and reading the various interesting opinions of commenters. One of them
2
Fat words, and thin words?
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Tony Austin
See http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/05/health/healthy-restaurant-choices/ (no further comment needed)Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
3
Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks, ever
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 usag
2
How to find a good tradesperson (or other goods and services provider)
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 compli
2
As Culture changed so did Melanoma risk, new study finds
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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
1
Rumour has it ?
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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
3
I?m living by IBM time, again
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 all the comput
2
I don?t spend $40,000 annually on airplane or truck maintenance, but ?
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 commissioned by Microsoft Australia (2014, PDF) Many [of those surveyed] discuss their devices, smartphones particularly, as much more than just tools or appliances, but as extensions of themsel
1
The Scottish independence referendum (2014) might well have gone the other way
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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
2
This interactive Periodic Table makes learning Chemistry fun
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 littl
6
Self-check video for Melanoma (or other skin cancers)
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 to te
2
Just let me get back to coding - a developer?s dream?
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 mercilessly appl
2
Moving and docking Eclipse-style views in IBM Domino Designer (video)
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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
2
Are these the Biggest Problems facing your IT Project Teams?
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 these
1
Should Google be called ?the evil umpire??
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 customers, competit
1
Johann Sebastian Bike!
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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
2
Programming suck-cess (read, and split your sides laughing)
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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
5
Debugging JavaScript? new DZone Refcard (cheat sheet)
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 all you
1
An essay on The Joy of Typing
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 less desktop
1
Detecting sharks with Clever Buoy
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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) attacks on my w
1
Coffee roasts your insides
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 Honor 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 (this is a scanned image version). UPDATE: Here?s a more legible text-based version of de Balzac?s essay: The Pleasures and
1
Mangone ? from Bowen, Australia
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 NotesTr
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Is there a way to eliminate the Notes 8.5.3 pre-load error? (J9THR24.dll is missing)
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 of a good r
1
What you think is right may actually be wrong ? Inferring versus rationalising
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   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 us to cha




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