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December 9, 2008  6:49 PM

7 Things IT Managers Should Know about Lotus Notes – by Thomas Duff

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LINK :: 7 Things IT Managers Should Know about Lotus Notes – by Thomas Duff

Duffbert, as we call him in the Lotus Community, has written a very nice article for CIO that explains what most companies are missing when it comes to Lotus Notes today. Not 10 years ago, today!

Lotus Notes has always been the step child of the email and messaging software and yet it keeps getting bigger. THere are many many IT managers I have known in the past who have never used it or seen it but have been told, it’s ugly and expensive. I was also told once by a complete idiot IT manager, that IBM somehow intercepts all the internal email using Lotus Notes and forwards it to IBMs Headquarters…..wherever that is? The sad part is he or she is still in IT and even dumber than ever. He or she shall remain nameless.

So I would urge you if you are in IT to at least give it a read. Microsoft’s Exchange/Outlook solution is extremely sad when you compaire it to what Lotus is offering you.

December 9, 2008  6:37 PM

I lost a few posts in the upgrade?

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Just to let you know we upgraded, not me but ITKE, the blogging software and I think I lost a few posts when they did it. I will try to get them up.


December 2, 2008  2:27 AM

Time to renue your COMMON Membership

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It’s that time of year again. Time to renew your COMMON membership for 2009. Also you might want to talk to your accountant like I do since you can write those kinds of things off, so it’s a wash!

LINK :: COMMON.org


December 1, 2008  1:08 PM

Kijiji – the new and better looking CraigsList?

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I am a Craig’s List user. It’s a great idea and I still don’t know how they make any money at it. I was looking around eBay.com’s site and found a link for Kijiji.com and clicked on it to find out what it was and it’s a really good looking Craig’s List. Now I know that eBay owns a portion of Craig’s List but how does this play into it?

LINK :: Kijiji.com


November 28, 2008  3:18 PM

Would you want to see video blogging here?

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I have been playing with video blogging, and wondered if that would be something you would want to see here?


November 28, 2008  3:17 PM

IBM buys another software company

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This should go under my “what bad ecconomy” section too, but it’s not. IBM, the big blue giant has purchased Transitive Software. I will  let the IT Jungle explain:

Link :: IBM’s Transitive Buy Presents Interesting Server Options

“Here’s a story you’ve heard a bunch of times: IBM liked the software so much, it bought the company. And so the story ran again last week, when Big Blue bought software emulation specialist Transitive for an undisclosed sum of money. Transitive makes a bit of software called QuickTransit, which allows applications created for one chip to be encapsulated, and run on completely different architectures.” – IT Jungle


November 28, 2008  3:12 PM

What bad ecconomy?

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So I keep hearing about this bad ecconomy and keep looking around wondering if it’s not just a bad housing market and the rest of the ecconomy is fine. Sure there are some bad signs out there that point to “doom & gloom” but I was out in Charlotte last weekend and the malls were all packed, the shops were full, people were out driving, and it was a mess to be honest.

I saw this in the paper and have to wonder if the media has not created some of these ecconomic problems, and while the “bail-outs” don’t seem to be helping we keep seeing record sales and such from other sectors?

Link :: Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede

It is sad when anyone dies, but the mad rush of people to go shopping is nuts. I think people who lived through the great depression are thinking the same thing, no one stood in line for toys and electronics during the depression, and I would submit we are not in one right now either.


November 15, 2008  4:54 AM

This can’t be good – SUN to lay off 6000 employees

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It’s not going to be easy to get throught this hard economic time. Sadly SUN was not in a position I think to survive it anyway. They have been on the bubble for years. I wish all the empoyees who got thier walking papers good luck, there are jobs out there you just have to be creative.

LINK :: Sun to lay off 6000 Workers


November 13, 2008  1:20 AM

Ross Mauri – Chat Transcript from iSociety

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Ross Mauri is the new POWER SYSTEM Exec at IBM over all the POWER SYSTEMS. iSociety held a fireside chat with him to find out how things are going at IBM with the new single hardware platform, POWER!

Here is the Transcript @ iSociety


November 12, 2008  9:42 PM

The Father of the now IBM i, Frank Soltis, is not working at IBM anymore

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Frank Soltis, the father of the IBM AS/400 in 1988, is rumored to not be working at IBM anymore. Let go or whatever, it’s hard news for a person like me to stomach. It’s pretty sad really. Frank has always been that rock star engineer who quantified the IBM i. He was the corner stone and in person a super nice guy.

There is think Thread in the Midrange.com Site and it’s an opinion, one which I agree with parts of but is not my writting.

While I don’t have anymore details than that I can’t seem to find anything further. Seems I am kind of breaking news here. So if anyone has any details and would like to share them I am going to be putting out feelers for what has happened to Frank. He’s not going to be at IBM anymore which scares me as an IBM i person, but maybe IBM is going to fix the problems with marketing now that he is gone….probabaly not.

More to come….


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