Online Status Servers for Instant Messengers

I’ve seen this site mentioned in a couple other blogs awhile ago, but I wanted to let everyone know about the Online Status Indicator page.  This site allows you to enter your username for the major IM products and it will spit out code that you can put on a webpage to show your status to the world.  Even easier, is that if you are a Blogsphere user, all you have to do is add the server to the Status Server field on the Contact Details tab of the blog config.  Currently I’m using http://www.onlinestatus.org:8080 but there are several to choose from.  Check it out.

Mailbox quotas?

I’m curious to see what most companies standards are on mailbox size quotas.  Here at my workplace we have a 200 MB limit on mailboxes.  You can of course archive to your heart’s content, but once you go over 200 MB in your server based email file, you are effectively locked from sending out email.

For me, 200 MB is MORE than generous.  I cannot imagine why anyone would need more space than that, even if they dealt in large images and PowerPoints all day long.  My users act like we’re some kind of evil bastards for imposing the limit.  I just want to know what everyone else experiences.

What are your limits?  And how do your users react?  I’m really curious about this…

TiVo Series 2 Java Home Media Option

As I’ve noticed in the Domino Community before, a LOT of us own a TiVo or two. So I wanted to share something very cool I just started using. First, some background.

If you have a Series 2 standalone TiVo you can get what is called Home Media Option. For a fee you can download software to your TiVo to allow you to view pictures, listen to MP3’s and share programs between TiVo units. It comes with some client software that you install to configure a TiVo Server. This server runs on whatever machine you want to serve up pictures and MP3’s. It’s fairly basic, but does a good job and is a nice way to view pictures and music on your TV.

Well, some folks have come out with a Java TiVo Server called JavaHMO. It does the above, but includes quite a bit more. You can download and view weather, movie times, shoutcast radio streams, internet picture libraries, playlists and more. Best of all, it’s an open-source effort and completely free. If you have a Series 2 TiVo with HMO, do yourself a favor and check out JavaHMO. It’s a huge step up from the software TiVo gives you.  

Microsoft spreading more FUD

I know that the title of this is not unusual. We’re all used to MS spreading FUD about Lotus, but they recently sent out something to customers basically insinuating that Lotus will diminish investments in Domino and existing apps will not run on IBM Next Generation platforms. It basically states that there are no migration paths and that you have to make a costly swtich to Websphere and J2EE yadda yadda. Well, IBM gave their rebuttal, and the document is very good. It was given to some business partners to peruse. Unfortunately I cannot share it with you as I asked if I could post it (because I know you would all love to read it) but I was very nicely told to hold off :-( I was also told that we might see it publically released soon. If nothing else, the info would almost have to show up in the My Boss Loves Microsoft presentation that Ed gives so brilliantly. If I find out more, I’ll let you know…

Claire came home today…

First, thanks to all of you for all the well wishes.  I love this Domino Community.  Secondly, Claire did come home today, and is doing much better.  We’re just glad to be home and out of the hospital!  It’s been an exhausting couple of days, and we’re glad things are better.

How connected are you?

As I sat here in the hospital today, I was able to use my Sidekick to check email, chat live with folks on AOL Instant Messenger, and even read blogs.  It then occurred to me that I am a very ‘connected’ person.  Wherever there is GPRS signal, I have access to pretty much everything as well as I do by my desk.  I remember that it wasn’t so long ago that all of my family didn’t even have cell phones, now I can’t get away from data.

I actually think it’s a pretty good thing for the most part.  How about you?

Also, for an update, Claire is doing much better.  All of the tests that have come back so far have been negative, as has the chest x-ray.  Her temp has slowly subsided too, and that’s good, because if she would have gone over 101 again, they would have done a spinal tap…  That’s not something any of us wanted to see.   Hopefully tomorrow morning the doctor will see her and let her go home.  We can only hope.  

Helplessness

There’s nothing that makes you feel as helpless as a parent as seeing your children suffering and not being able to do anything about it.  This morning, my daughter Claire (who is one day shy of one month old) woke up with 101.8 fever.   Not a big deal in older kids, but really troubling for someone as young as Claire.   So we rushed her to Quick Care (which should  be labelled Excruciatingly Slow Care) and they decided to admit her to the hospital.

So here I sit in the hospital worried sick about my child.  And there’s absolutely nothing I can do as a parent to fix it.  And Claire can’t tell us what hurts, she just cries a mournful cry.  Not a fun day.

Upgrading to Domino 6.5 – Went off (almost) without a hitch…

I have a Domino environment that consists of three Domino servers and a Domino/Sametime server.  This past weekend we upgraded all the servers from Domino 5.0.12 to 6.5.  Left Sametime at 5.0.12 because I wasn’t convinced that upgrading it would work.  So I held off.  Everything went very well, except I totally forgot about one gotcha that took me awhile to fix later.

Basically one server was set up to use IIS as its HTTP stack.  Well, 6.X uses a WAS Plugin to take care of it instead.  So, just doing the upgrade broke access to .NSF’s via a browser.  Ugh, totally forgot about checking on that and it’s NOT listed as something to look for in the upgrade red and yellow books.  Anyway, I looked through the redbook and followed directions, and GASP, it didn’t work.  Granted, it was a redbook that I got last Lotusphere, so it was a little out of date.

Anyway, I headed to notes.net (it will ALWAYS be Notes.net to me) and started searching.  Looks like I wasn’t the only one perplexed.  The documentation in the redbook WAS actually wrong.  After searching a while, I found the proper syntax and finally got everything up and running.  Now this isn’t a trivial task.  You need to copy the websphere plugin files to directories you first have to create on the server.  You also need to edit the registry and add some info.  You then need to set up an XML config file correctly, and THEN you need to add the proper virtual directories and ISAPI filters to IIS.  Whew… what a lot of work to use a sucky web server.

Anyway, I wanted to share this info for anyone getting ready to upgrade.  Make sure you have the right info before you go in to the IIS configs.  It will save you a ton of time.

Chicago Notes User Group – Granite

Just got back from my user group meeting in downtown Chicago.  Granite is a group of tech professionals that work with Lotus and IBM technologies.  It’s a user group that meets once every other month and gets speakers from all over the country.  We’ve had in countless vendors as well as such luminaries as Ed Brill.  If you are a Notes professional in the Chicagoland area, you really owe it to yourself to come on down and become a member.  It’s great networking, you get a ton of information, and you can help your peers solve their Domino quandaries.  Web developers, Notes Developers, Websphere geeks, Workplace junkies and Admins all welcome!

Also as of today, yours truly has joined the Granite Board of Directors.  I’m the Technical Director which means I’m the one that will be keeping the Quickplace up to date.  It’s fairly ugly aesthetically at this point, so I’ll see what I can do there.  I’ll also see if I can update the logo to be a little more, shall we say, modern.  I’m really looking forward to giving a little back to the Granite community.

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