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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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Nokia Communicator E90

I'm glad I didn't buy the Nokia N95 yet, as this could be a more professional upgrade to my Nokia Communicator 9500: the new Nokia Communicator E90.What makes this phone interesting? GPS device and real-time map navigation system using it Decent keyboard and display Usable quality loudspeaker for conference calls Stable multiple mobile network connections Quad Band GSM 3 week lasting nonstop use battery Of course it also has 3.2Mpx camera, video, FM radio, mp3 player, WLAN, 3G, etc... b

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Surface Computing

I just saw a variant of this on a wall of a building in Helsinki. But as a table version, it brings even more possibilites. I like especially the part where the guy takes a photo with a digital camera, then puts the camera on the table and immediately the taken photo shows on the table, then he even moves the photo into a mobile phone, which is also on the table:Looks even easier to use than Lucid in my opinion, since you don't need a mouse or keyboard, but can use your fingers directly. However

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Majami

Project Majami is going forward again, as I got an opportunity to meet the singer of the band soon. I've started to create some sound samples for ModTracker, so we can record the vocals while he can sync his singing speed to the final song.After the singing is recorded, it's just up to me to play the final instrument tracks and finish the song. I think this will be the main guitar, as it has some unique distortion and sound: Main Comp Guitar (this is just a quick test, so it contains life errors

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Domino 7.0.2FP2 does not need or want 7.0.2FP1

When you launch the Domino 7.0.2FP2 incremental installer on an Domino 7.0.2 server, it gives you an info that a few files will be updated.When you launch the Domino 7.0.2FP1 incremental installer on a Domino 7.0.2 server, it gives you info that some other files will be updated.When you launch the Domino 7.0.2FP2 incremental installer on a Domino 7.0.2FP1 server, it gives you the info that the files which were updated in 7.0.2FP1 are going to be "updated" again, and also the files which the Domi

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IBM Lotus Domino 7.0.2FP2 eAssembly is now available

Just got an e-mail from IBM saying that I can download IBM Lotus Domino 7.0.2 Fix Pack 2 eAssembly from my Passport Advantage Express account.I love it when a service works!And I can get nasty when a service doesn't work: The Greenhouse Effect.   Source

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Lotus Quickr 8

Wow, that was fast, it was really Quickr!I totally missed Quickr 1.0 as it's now already version 8 :)Hmm, well this starts to look like a true companion product of ND8, so should we start talking soon in terms of NDQ8?Maybe you can see where I'm coming from, as IBM Lotus has made this new trinity to look very synergetic:| Lotus Notes 8 | Lotus Domino 8 | Lotus Quickr 8 |And stay tuned also with the latest headlines on The Quickr Blog.   Source

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Java did it again

Just went to some innocent looking blog site (Ray Davies), which asked me to register to some Sony Vaio Forum to post a comment, and then it happened: There was an Java applet on the site, and my Firefox went totally nuts. Now I can't even open Firefox anymore and had to launch Internet Explorer!People, take this as a lesson. Java is bad, very bad. Java is our worst enemy, it's dead evil and without any morale. It will destroy anything what it can get, memory, firefox, and at least trying to slo

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Replacing Domino NSF with Domino NSF to overcome Domino's NSF limits

This seems to be an rather unexplored and unexperienced area. While we all know what the limits of Domino are, there seems not be much information out how to avoid and duck those limits. I am facing some of those limits now, and have started to search for possible and feasible solutions to overcome them.First there is the 64KB limit of document size, which means all field values together (not RichText fields) cannot exceed 64KB, else the mail.box is not able to send the mails anymore. Ok, that c

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Calculating an image URL for a WebService

A common difficulty in Domino is to calculate the correct URL of an embedded image in a RichText field.When a WebService which should return the correct URL of any image, may it be embedded or attached as file, is called from a remote server, the WebService should look at the HTML source of the web page where the picture is embedded, and then parse the contents to find the picture file URL (search for "img" and then the next "src" tag) and send the URL of the picture from the parsed content to

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