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November 26, 2010  10:35 PM

My Mac is still in the shop



Posted by: David Vasta
Apple, Apple Store, MacBook, MacBook Pro

As you know now my MacBook Pro is a bit sick. It’s been at the Apple Store for about a week now. Apple says the repair is covered and will be FREE.  That is sweet to hear. It should be ready on Saturday in the morning. I hope to have it back soon as all of the things I have not stored in my head are on that Mac. I will be looking for a nice Referbed Mac after the first of the year when they all seem to go on sale.

November 22, 2010  1:56 PM

JoliCloud Releases new Netbook



Posted by: David Vasta
Jolicloud, Linux, Netbook, Ubuntu

LINK:: http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/joliclouds-jolibook-netbook-hitting-stores

I get the feeling this is not going to be as big a hit as they think it is. The JoliCloud OS is really nice and I enjoy using it but I think the day of Netbooks is over and Tablets are coming. Maybe they can get that JoliCloud OS on a tablet soon.


November 22, 2010  11:20 AM

Novell gets purchased by an Unknown



Posted by: David Vasta
Novell, OpenSuSE, SUSE

LINK :: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/novell-lands-buyout-deal-worth-22-billion-2010-11-22?reflink=MW_news_stmp

Under terms of the deal announced Monday, an entity called Attachmate Corp. will acquire Novell and operate the company as two different business units. Novell will operate separately from its SUSE open-source business.

Attachmate is owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo. The firm said it will add the Novell businesses to its own Attachmate and NetIQ businesses.

I like Novell and think they had some pretty decent products. The Open Source Linux side is the most important to me now. I hope the let them continue that work or sell that off to someone who cares.


November 22, 2010  9:53 AM

Playbook Page Updated



Posted by: David Vasta
Apple, Blackberry, iPad, Playbook, RIM, Tablet

RIM has updated the Playbook web page. Check it out.

I can’t wait to get my hands on one and see if I like it better then the iPad.


November 22, 2010  9:05 AM

My MacBook Pro has the Black Screen of Death



Posted by: David Vasta
Apple, Apple Store, Logic Boards, Nvidia

Over the weekend my wonderful little MacBook Pro decided it was going to take a much needed vacation. On Saturday night it develped the Black Screen of Death which has been reported by many people on the internet.

Seems the Logic Board causes the video to stop working on the local screen and on the remote screen too. My poor little MacBook….oh how I miss you.

With that said, when I saw the problem I jumped onto my other PC and started looking around for an answer. At first I thought it might have been an EFI update and could find nothing to support that but was able to find that there was the problem that is widely reported. So I called Apple Support @ 9 PM EST and of course they were not there. So I jumped onto the web site and was able to register a case with support and set up a time for them to call me. Amazing. I set it up for 9AM EST Sunday morning.

On the dot the phone rang, to be honest I was not expecting this and was making some coffee, and there was a nice Apple Support person on the other end who already knew who I was and knew about my Mac. I told him what was going on and he said he knew what the problem was and more then likely it was the Logic Board and should be replaced for FREE under the class action law suit as these boards had issues. So then  jumped onto the Apple Store web site, found my local Apple Store and scheduled a time to take it in. I could do this all on-line. So at 11 AM I had an appointment at the Apple Store in Charlotte to speak with a Genius. I would like to point out that I hate that term.

Any who…the Genius, Joe , took a look a the laptop and said it looked bad and that they would look at it. If the repair was not covered it would be $902.00 USD. So if that is what it costs I will not be getting a new logic board from Apple I assure you.

I will let you know how it all turns out. I miss QuickSilver (That is what I call him). He is the best little laptop ever.


November 15, 2010  4:45 PM

Facebook says email is dead- Not so fast!



Posted by: David Vasta
Facebook, Google, Lotus, Mark Suckberber, Orkut, Sametime, Web 2.0

Frankly I use Facebook, but I hate Facebook. If you know me you are now confused by that statement in that I use it a lot….

It’s not something I want to exaggerate on right now.

The truth of the matter is Mark Zuckberber is not claiming that Facebook Messaging will replace email as we know it. So I kind of agree with Mark in that I have seen the future of Lotus and the Web2.0 ideas they have,  but companies are not going to move to Facebook as the messaging system. I do think this is where Facebook missed a huge boat to sell it’s platform and move into companies, and where Lotus needs to drive every developer full speed ahead.

I say this knowing full well this is what Lotus is pitching with Vulcan, but is still 2 – 3 year out according to the road map. To that I say Lotus will be late to the party again. Facebook and Google are both in a position to kill Microsoft (good) and could in fact kill Lotus with an Enterprise level Facebook or Orkut (of the two I would rather see Google Win that one, they seem less evil.), but I digress.

Lotus if you are reading this. Now is the time to merge Lotus Web Mail, Connections, Sametime IM, Sametime Web Sharing, Quickr, and Symphony into one platform and get it out the door along with a Facebook type look an feel (as Connections is a bit clunky) to beat the Facebook.com to the punch. The one this Mark does not understand is accountability in email and authenticity of mail. Security has not been Facebook’s strong point. Too many ways to hack and account and start sending messages.


November 8, 2010  10:29 AM

You can not explain away bad Microsoft behavior!



Posted by: David Vasta
Domino, Lotus, Migrations, Upgrade

Ed Brill posted it first, so thanks Ed. I wanted to get this up on my space ASAP so that people on this side see how it does not make any sense.

LINK:: Why Migrations Instead of In-Place Upgrades?

OK So I have some issue with what he posts as “normal”

“Given the rapidly improving hardware and the fact that the most expensive component (storage) wears out. Regular hardware refreshes in the order of every 3-4 years are needed. Doing both a major-version in-place upgrade followed by a migration to new hardware is a model that combines the worst of both approaches.”

Yes and in the Lotus Domino arena we take advantage of those improvements too only we don’t have to come up with a 3 month plan to migrate a single server, rather we upgrade in place then run a few commands (if needed) to upgrade the mail box and we are done. When did storage start to “wear out” again? I missed that tech note?

“The migration model is well suited to most organizations because it allows you to move your least sensitive mailboxes first, your most sensitive mailboxes ( execs? application mailboxes?) last and have a great coexistence story.”

This comment or point makes no sense at all. Why worry about any mailboxes at all when I can upgrade the entire server in under an hour and walk away knowing it all upgraded without any issues because we did not have to touch any of the data and Lotus Domino still will see a performance gain because of the new release of the server.

This entire post is moronic at best in explaining what is accepted as normal in the Exchange world. In the past I have upgraded 10 – 20 Lotus Domino Server with over 5000 mail boxes and 200 – 300 applications in less than an 8 hour period with no down time and few issues. Most of the issues we did see were Administration(back-end) problems that did not impact the use of the server or mail delivery.

Using the “path” for Exchange you would see many hours of downtime and I would submit tons of issues with logistics and mail box location, plus all the moving mail here, migrating this and “storage wearing out”, lord knows there are going to be some big time failures.

Now if I ran a small 10 – 20 person company with Exchange that would be fine. I could take the entire weekend, waste it in the office and eat lots of junk food. All while my family and friends are out enjoying the weekend.

Or I could have 30,000 users and 300 servers and upgrade them in the same amount of time and still be able to enjoy my Sunday….you pick your poison! Not to mention all that Exchange handles is MAIL! While Lotus Domino is doing Mail, Applications, HTTP and all kinds of other things. So not only did I upgrade my mail delivery system I also upgraded a few others things as well all at the same time. If you want to upgrade Microsoft’s Exchange, Sharepoint, Application Systems, and IIS Web Servers all in the same weekend you are asking for trouble.

I ask the CIOs and CEOs, why on earth would you pick a Microsoft solution over the much simpler Lotus solution? Why would you waste time and money keeping alive an Exchange Solution that clearly by this example is not doing what they can to simplify your IT or reduce costs? Start doing the math on this and figure out that Microsoft is only interested in making tons of money and keeping it’s partners busy doing MIGRATIONS! They could care less about your costs, your business, and lowering them. Microsoft is slowly destroying itself with these types of 1990 IT moves. IT needs to be simple and easy to manage. Microsoft is not making it easy or inexpensive for anyone right now. Not to mention the colossal failings of Windows Desktop (Vista) and the inefficiencies of the Windows Server too, they don’t make a very good case for the future.

This is where Microsoft loses every argument based on logic and common I.T. sense!


November 5, 2010  8:52 AM

Come get your free Blackberry Server



Posted by: David Vasta
BES, Blackberry, RIM

RIM is giving you a FREE Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) for Microsoft Exchange (BOOOO)and for Lotus Domino (Yeahh!)

Get BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for free!

BlackBery Enterprise Server Express wirelessly synchronizes Microsoft® Exchange or IBM® Lotus® Domino® with BlackBerry smartphones.

It provides advanced BlackBerry smartphone business features with no software license fees or additional per user license fees, and works with most personal BlackBerry data plans or BlackBerry enterprise data plans.

The BES is the only mobile device management tool out there and if you need to put mail on mobile devices along with other things like security or applications then this is the only clear choice. Apple and Google offer nothing like this (unfortunately).

Note: I think Nokia has a server that does some of these same things as the BES, but outside of Europe I don’ t think it’s used much? If anyone has any details you can post them in the comments.


November 5, 2010  8:01 AM

Why is my hit count 666?



Posted by: David Vasta
666, Hit Count, Planet Lotus

This just made me pause today. Not that it matters but it did make me wonder….I am sure it’s not the first time this has happen on PlanetLotus.


November 4, 2010  8:49 PM

Lotus Notes 8.5.2 now supported on Ubuntu



Posted by: David Vasta
8.5.2, Lotus Notes, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 10.10

LINK :: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27019218

IBM has listed all of the version or flavors of Linux that Lotus Notes can run on. Redhat, SuSE, and Ubuntu, which I think is super all the way around.  While I think mass adoption is a long way off this is one of those good moves for those of us who would like to see more Linux products that are real world.

Thanks Lotus & IBM!


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