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Welcome a new SPCLP Lotus blogger!

Today I met him again, and he told me that he has just started his own blog a few days ago.Please welcome Vladislavs Tatarincevs (or short: Vlad) from Latvia!He is often referred by my colleagues as my "Master" (because I often learn new things from him), but I tend to say that it's a fruitful cooperation between me and him (since I also can teach him some things). Call it 50/60 if you want, but not 0/100 :)My last LotusSphere was in 2005, so he is a tad ahead of me, since he has probably now PC

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LotusScript: over 780% faster checking for empty strings

I read on planetlotus.org about Bob Balaban's test of the speed difference between s="" vs len(s)=0 checking ( http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/bpmpblog.nsf/dx/performance-testing-technique ).My test agent looks like this:Sub Initialize Dim n As Long, ni As Long n=10 ' number of test repeats Dim t1 As Double, t2 As Double, tn As Double, tt As Double Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Long Const x=10000 Const s="xxxxxxxxxx" For ni=1 To n t1=Timer For i=1 To x For j=1

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Deployment Status: 8x Domino 8.0.1, 5x Notes 8.0.1, more to come...

I have deployed Domino 8.0.1 for x32, x64, AIX, Linux so far (Experimental, Research, Production (Linux) servers), and Notes 8.0.1 for x32 (Production Clients).No problems have occured except the problems which were caused by "officially not supported by IBM" configurations:- Domino 64-bit + DB2- Domino 8.0.1 + Quickr 8.0.0.3- DWA/Lite + Nokia (Symbian)The next deployments will continue on Development, then Test, followed by Stage, and finally Production servers after a meeting with our consulta

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Things what IBM Lotus should really focus on

After evaluating the Notes/Domino 8.0.1 release, I found a few things which should be really fixed and done before doing anything else:- Domino 8.0.1 64-bit support for NSFDB2. Currently it destroys DB/2 databases and permanently destroys the DB/2 interface too, so it has to be reinstalled for Domino 8.0.1 32-bit.- Symbian support for Notes Traveller. Nobody really uses Windows Mobile devices (vanishing 12%), the vast majority on earth uses Symbian devices (65% market share).- Symbian support fo

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8.0.1 incoming at 980KB/s

And another 5 minutes later:Domino 8.0.1 64-bit with DB/2 9.1.3 64-bit running on Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise 64-bit on IBM System x3650 with Dual Quad Core (=8 cores).Oh, that reminds me I need to upgrade to DB/2 9.5 Viper next.   Source

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Notes/Domino 8.0.1 went to Step 5: Gold Build

Finally some progress again, after it was stuck for long time in Step 4, it went today to Step 5: Gold Build:http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/r5fixlist.nsf/(Progress)/801Maybe 8.0.1 is released even this week, or latest next week.   Source

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kubuntu 8.04 + KDE 4.0.1 + Firefox 3.0b3

I could say it's the most beautiful and effective desktop so far, technically and visually:See PictureWhat's missing from the picture? You guessed it right: Lotus Notes 8.0.1 for Linux!But that will come very soon...   Source

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openSUSE 10.3 + Domino 8.0

Finally I made the switch from Windows to Linux. I decided to go for openSUSE 10.3, as it has the fastest I/O of all operating systems in the world. This site, http://www.siipi.com is now running on openSUSE 10.3.The installation was just as easy as installing Ubuntu (which is actually easier than installing Windows), but openSUSE gives you more freedom to make choices. It was literally just like inserting the CD and turning the power on, I didn't need to install any 3rd party drivers or anythin

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The best SAN of the world

If you want a HUGE disk storage, for example for daily backups of multiple servers, then this baby - the IBM DS4200 Express - is the only choice for you: for an amazing price of 4600 and 512 per 750GB additional disk, one 3U rack supports 16x 750GB = 12TB, and with optional expansion units (3U, 16x disks each) this single SAN supports even up to 112x 750GB = 84TB!Similar systems with just 20x disks cost up to 20000 from other manufacturers, and consume even more rack U space due to horizontal pl

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Collaboration Riddle

The guard riddle in the movie Labyrinth (with David Bowie) reminds me of the everlasting battle between IBM and Microsoft, which was brought up once again during the last LotusSphere 2008.Solve the riddle, and you will know the absolute truth between the claims of IBM and Microsoft.SPOILER WARNING! Don't watch the video before you have solved the riddle yourself.Here goes the riddle dialog:There are 2 doors. Sarah needs to find out which door leads to the castle at the center of the labyrinth, a

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New Testament source code released

I already knew for many years how the Old Testament was compiled (using the Babylonian Enuma Elish and it's original source from the Sumerians), but Jesus and the New Testament remained a mystery to me, until today.Here is the full source code of Jesus and the New Testament, and it's all Open Source and Free:http://www.zeitgeistmovie.comIt seems religion has been now completely disassembled and there is no mystery anymore. Way to go science!   Source

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Domino 8.0 on AIX 5L 5.3

Today I installed Domino 8.0 on our POWER5 AIX 5L 5.3 test server, and it doesn't want to accept our existing server id files. I saw on a IBM SPR that a similar issue has been reported, but I don't know yet - until it's fixed in 8.0.1 - if that fixes also this issue.When I force it to eat the id file (by ftp:ing the id file to the server and using vi to edit the server's notes.ini file to use that id file), it runs fine for a few minutes, although still complaining that the public certificate do

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The Final Blow

I'm quite objective and tolerant when it comes to operating systems, applications and hardware. I just want the best for money, and temporarily can even accept functionality over the value for money factor. Indeed, I'm still looking for the best hardware/software combo.One thing I've learned is that Linux has been predicted to take the throne of Windows too many times, it never did yet, but now something has happened which finally might give it the final blow. Even I made the mistake, and predic

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if(thisblog.isshown()){planetlotus=rocks};

lotus notes designer domino linux ibm aix windowsJust testing if it really works :)If it works, then I agree with Andy Donaldson: http://blog.macian.net/2008/01/youve-got-to-love-planetlotusorg.htmlI had kinda the same idea also for the Lucid project, which is still under development (the 3D desktop replacement for all OS),but well, good ideas are always invented by someone at some point of time, and not only once.It seems planetlotus.org is not able to auto-pick lotus related blogs, so I sent a

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Surprising CPU Benchmark Results

I would never have guessed that my laptop would beat them all.Does this mean that Linux x32 is the fastest OS in the world, and that 32-bit is faster than 64-bit, and that clockspeed means everything, and dual cores are better than quad and single cores?I want to find out what is the fastest linear and parallel processing system on the market, and I really hope M5 will be it.System IDM1M2M3M4M5M6M7M8System NameIBM System p5 505IBM System x 3650Lenovo ThinkPad T61pSiipi BlackhawkIBM System p 570I

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My First SuperComputer

For the first time in my life I got to see how a SuperComputer is. Well, it's just the smallest IBM System p server on the market, but it still beats the IBM DeepBlue '97 (the one which played chess against Kasparov, and was 2 racks in size) by miles. I'll test soon how it compares to our fastest IBM System x servers (they have 2x Intel Xeon Quad Core 2.66GHz), and I think it will beat them all too, maybe even all together in performance.The server was even easier to install than my previous x36

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Advertising thread

This thread is for everyone who wants to advertise some stuff. I think it's better to have all advertisements in one place, since they are often unrelated to other blog entries.   Source

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ideajam.net

Bruce Elgort had a fantastic idea to make a web site where all people can post their ideas how to improve the IBM Lotus products, and also get feedback from other people and see how their idea succeeds by the "Promote and Denote" votes.Lots of IBM'ers are also aware of this site, including the Notes lead designer Mary Beth Raven. I'm hoping that this site succeeds and gets great popularity, then IBM might even consider of giving some official feedback if a particular idea is going to be implemen

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Innovations in people productivity

IBM is doing an interesting event, coming up in Oct/Nov 2007. I had a quick look at the presentations of the agenda, and it looks like this event is a MUST to see for all CEO/CFO/CIO/CTO/etc... decision makers in all companies, and why not for everone else too. The style of the presentations comes down to a level which everyone understands, while still providing interesting technical details.Finally IBM has a good presentation and shows directly why Notes/Domino/Quickr is indeed better than Micr

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SuperDomino 8

Today I started to install the hardware for the upcoming Domino 8 & DB/2 9.1 server.The IBM x3650 (rack version) was amazingly quick and easy to install. All parts are easily snapped in with no need for any tools except your hands.The configuration consisted of the following parts: IBM x3650 with 1 Intel Quad Core Xeon E5335 2.0GHz 8MB cache and 2x 1GB self-correcting RAM<li> a second Intel Quad Core Xeon E5335 2.0GHz 8MB cache<li> a second power supply with 5 more fans<li>

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Collaboration for everyone

I need to collaborate with people, using text chat, voice (and video) chat, application sharing and file sharing, self-made discussion and workflow web applications, and e-mail.I can't ask people to pay for commercial software like IBM Lotus Sametime, since Microsoft Window Live Messenger is free.I think IBM has missed the train here, as it's quite impossible to demand that other people have Notes or Sametime in the public world. At best they have only a web browser, and of course Windows, Linux

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ASUS G2S

I decided to buy an ASUS G2S, since my Lenovo ThinkPad T61p was getting a bit old. Nah, just kidding The ASUS is for my hobbies and home use. There's only a few notebooks in the world which have a GeForce 8 series chip, as you can see on NVidia's page, and the G2S is one of them. The GeForce 8 series is about 32 times faster than any other NVidia series.Similar to the ThinkPad T61p, this also has a T7500 Core 2 Duo CPU and widescreen LCD, however 17". It comes with Windows Vista Ultimate x32 pr

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IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 9

Finally IBM Lotus has focussed more on the Web Application Development side in Domino 9.First of all, everything you do in Notes, will basically work as-is on the Web. I think this is the greatest improvement ever.Starting with Domino 9, also Web 2.0 will be introduced, as well as the quite powerful and modern interoperability between Web Browsers and Domino Designer.We've seen this before in Workplace Designer, but it was then drawn back, probably because IBM was still confident that these powe

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