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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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Lenovo ThinkPad T61p

Today I got my new office laptop, a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p. As it has a Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU, I decided to install only 64-bit operating systems on it. Since the harddisk was 93.2 GB, I divided it into two partitions, 46.6 GB NTFS for Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit Enterprise, and the other 46.6 GB for ext3 Linux Fedora 8 64-bit. However, since Fedora 8 is not ready yet, I'll have to test Vista for a few weeks first.The Vista installation went absolutely smooth without any problems, and it w

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The power of improvement vs. the illusion of the impossibility to change

Ed Brill had a quite fun topic (=fun in an intellectual sense) about "subject level submissions" of a specific area of LotuSphere sessions.I thought immediately that something was wrong about that idea, something was wrong if it was not differentiated and specified further.While a majority of people seemed to accept that it's OK to have IBM arrange LotuSphere sessions solely by the speaker's opinions, I agree only partly on that.In my opinion the voice of the customers should count more than any

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IBM resellers provide real customer service

Today I had fight to the whole day on the phone to buy an IBM xSeries or pSeries server (I just got the previous xSeries 3650 max spec machine to production last weekend, after struggling for 6 months with delivery delays).Logically my first contact was IBM itself, but alas IBM refused to sell anything. Fine, so I asked the next instance, their brokers, but same answer: we don't want customers, we don't sell anything, and I even applied as a reseller myself to be able to buy an IBM server.But si

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Recap: Why Notes 8 Standard sucks

I feel like I'm fighting against a windmill again. Everyone talks about Notes 8 Standard, and tries to use it with great frustration and complaints.Although I'm a fanatic Java hater (because I don't understand why coders are too lazy to do decent C++ code), it does not justify alone to make Notes 8 Standard bad. I've tried to use it many, many times, but there's always something which kicks me back and tells me this sucks.Today I was running Notes 8 Standard without any bad thoughts, but then I

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The time has come

After deploying our last Intel/Windows based server, it was already clear that IBM can not keep up with Intel based CPU server performance for the coming years. While the x3650 (x3950 didn't even support Quad Core, and everyone knows that 2 Quad Cores is more than 4 Dual Cores) with two Quad Core Xeon at max GHz runs pretty smooth at 1% under Domino 7.0.2CF2 all the day, it is still possible to jump the CPU load to over 50% by doing some additional tasks, like compacting files with WinRAR*32 at

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Fine tuning the Notes 8 Mail template

The out of the box Notes 8 Mail template is pretty well done, and can be used as-is as a real e-mail application. However, a few things need some fine tuning to make it more convenient and natural to use.I don't use the Inbox folder, since it doesn't show what mails I have sent (which are at least as important as the mails I have received), plus as it's a Folder, there's no quarantee that you see even all incoming mails. Views are the way to go.I use basically only the "All Documents" view, but

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Installing Notes 8 without uninstalling Notes 8 Beta 3

I ran into a problem on one workstation which had Notes 8 Beta 3 installed, but I didn't have the setup files for it available.The Notes 8 installer wants to uninstall Notes 8 Beta 3, and if it can't find the Notes 8 Beta 3 "Lotus Notes 8.msi" file, it will cancel the installation.I tried to remove all Notes8 appearances from the registry, and also moving the Notes8Beta3 folder to another location, and removing the folders which Nathan T. Freeman described in his Notes 8 Beta 2 manual uninstall

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