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October 12, 2010  8:07 PM

Microsoft releases largest patch ever



Posted by: David Vasta
Microsoft, Patches

LINK: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1220677620101012

I am no fan of Microsoft. I think that is clear at this point. I honestly don’t know how a company can continue to sell good to people with this many problems. The Yugo had less problems and it did not sell that well. Funny people and CIOs tolerate it from Microsoft. But I digress. Just know it’s out there and on my Mac in which I write this blog I do not have to patch….or run anti-virus software…..or worry.

October 4, 2010  7:38 PM

LinkedIn :: Lotus Professionals Group



Posted by: David Vasta
LinkedIn, Linkedin Groups

Head over to one of the larger groups on LinkedIn. We have over 6,400 members and the discussions are great right now.

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=37836


October 3, 2010  6:19 PM

Ed Brill – The future of Lotus



Posted by: David Vasta
Ed Brill, Future, Lotus

Link :: http://www.edbrill.com/ebrill/edbrill.nsf/dx/my-latest-notesdomino-strategy-presentation-on-slideshare

Ed lays out in a powerpoint where Lotus is going. It’s good stuff!


October 3, 2010  6:16 PM

Blackberry and other Mobile stuff



Posted by: David Vasta
Android, Apple, BES, Blackberry, iPhone, RIM

I have been talking and thinking a lot about the current landscape off offerings for mobile devices. I have been a 100% Blackberry user for the past 3 years. It’s been good and while I use my BB all I can i still long for an Android or iPhone.

Recently RIM came out with a new phone the Torch. It’s nice and I am sure you have seen it. I will spare you the review of it’s features as there are hundreds of web sites out there reviewing it right now. If you are a RIM fan boy then you are in love with it and the new OS6. I agree the OS is nice, but the unit is heavy, and still year behind anything Apple or Android based phones are offering right now. It’s a rather pathetic attempt to keep it’s large user base happy for now….I have a STORM2 and it’s nice, but it’s far from perfect.

RIM needs to do something drastic to win my heart anytime soon. While I am a huge fan and believer in BES (Black Berry Enterprise Server) that is the only thing RIM has going for it right now. With that said, there is NO, I say again, NO like offering from APPLE or GOOGLE to manage phones. This is where those other two fall apart in companies today. Apple has long failed to infiltrate the Corporate Organizations it needs to in order for it to become an I.T. power house, instead it continues to fart around in the personal computer space showing very little big company know how. Google on the other hand knows how to do I.T. yet the offer a phone platform that has no enterprise controls of centralized management. This is where Apple and Google FAIL!

So while Apple and Google offer a decent kit/phone, they fail in the enterprise. Neither understands how big I.T. works or how to address it. RIM knows how big I.T. works and addresses it with the BES platform, then fails when it comes to phones. The Blackberry phone is no longer and revolutionary business tool, rather it is a step backwards to mot people because most would not buy a blackberry to do day to day tasks and if you can’t win over every day people with your phone then you need to try again….don’t get me started on development environments….


September 27, 2010  8:26 AM

Domino HTTP – Securing a Web Server – HELP!



Posted by: David Vasta
Domino, HTTP, Lotus, Secure, WEB

So I have been trying to catch up with one of the things I have tried to ignore in Domino land. Is there any recent information about how to set up and secure a Domino Web Server? I can’t find much recent info for Domino 8? Anyone got any pointers?


September 27, 2010  8:18 AM

Off Topic – Why you should own a rice cooker



Posted by: David Vasta
Japan, Off-Topic

Being a huge fan of Japan, and it’s culture, I love to include bits and pieces of it when I travel through life. So much so I have a second blog that is chronicaling my journey back to Japan.

I own and have owned a rice cooker for some time. I love white sticky rice, and think it’s an essentail part of my eating at least once a week. In Japan it’s a daily occurance.

Link – http://gizmodo.com/5646291/hey-you-why-everyone-should-own-a-rice-cooker


September 24, 2010  1:25 PM

Everyone has to reboot . . . Even Facebook!



Posted by: David Vasta
Facebook, OS, Web 2.0

I am hard on Windows. I do not like the OS. I do not like the model they have used to move forward and the security is garbage out of the box. But that aside every OS has it flaws even UNIX and the System i. Every system has to be rebooted at times. Because OSes are written by humans and some are flawed, not me of course, then there will always be some small issue with the code.

Yesterday FACEBOOK had to reboot to fix it’s issues. I did not catch the outage but I am sure some of you did.

http://gizmodo.com/5647237/facebook-fixed-yesterdays-outage-by-rebooting-facebook


September 21, 2010  8:21 PM

Novell to sell off Linux to VMWare



Posted by: David Vasta
Domino, Lotus, SLES, SUSE, VM, VMWare

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703440604575496053490383496.html

Seems Novell is about to sell off the Linux, SUSE, part of the company to VMWare. This is not Lotus news but it is news that may impact Lotus over time. See Domino, the Do it all Application, Mail, and Web Server, runs like a champ on SUSE Linux or SLES.

Will this lead to more SLES and DOMINO on VMWare? Will IBM see this as a good thing and spend more time pushing Domino for Linux? What does this mean for Domino in a Cloud? or Domino on a VM? I love all the mad and crazy thoughts about what could happen with Lotus and VMWare+SLES!

Will this also mean that REDHAT gets removed from VMWare and SLES is not the underpinnings of VMWare? Oh the questions I would have if I were able to get answers. I think we are all wondering the same thing.


September 16, 2010  8:34 AM

Ed Brill – Not a good day for the “other guys”



Posted by: David Vasta
Ed Brill, FUD, IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, PC Magazine

Ed has been on a roll lately. The competition seems to always have the upper hand as they deal in FUD, where Lotus and IBM don’t seem to play those games. Much like in the work of politics the person who throws the most mud gets the most exposure.

With that said PCMagazine puts it out there and Ed just makes it easy to read. Thanks for the great post Ed!

LINK ::Not a good day for the competition

Again if you are using Microsoft Products, it’s not if you get hit, it’s when will you get hit. I was an Exchange Admin for a period of time and I hated it. Not the product as much as the constant emergencies while we tried to keep it up and running.


September 15, 2010  8:55 AM

Article – Shuttleworth answers Ubuntu Linux’s critics



Posted by: David Vasta
Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu

LINK :: http://www.itworld.com/open-source/120540/shuttleworth-answers-ubuntu-linuxs-critics

I am a fan of Ubuntu and Mark Shuttleworth. Enjoy the read.


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