I took pictures for a ton of people that didn’t have their camera with them, so I will make them available in a flickr set here. Going to try to upload a bunch tonight while I sleep, so hopefully they’ll be available soon. If not, it might take a couple of days before they get out there. I’ll try to get them there asap. You should have the ability to download full rez versions. If not, let me know and we’ll work it so you can get them.
Wow, although the rear view mirror from last night is VERY hazy (and a bit cracked), I do know it’s much easier to hit high notes at Kimono’s with Paul Mooney’s cooperation.
Anyway, as I was recovering this morning, I was talking to my daughter. She asked me how it was hanging out with my boss. I explained that I wasn’t with my boss, but hanging out with my friends.
Her: “So are your friends nice to you?”
Me: “Yes honey, they’re really nice people, that’s why they are my friends.” (Not mentioning the special kind of “prison” nice I enjoyed last night)
Her: “That’s nice. If you have no friends you have no life”
Indeed. Truer words never spoken. I’m blessed with a very nice life then. Especially at Lotusphere.
My latest article for Intranet Journal is out now. Mashups, SMB Support on tap at Lotus Conference is a round-up of all of the day one announcements surrounding Lotusphere 2008. I’ll have another article next week going into a bit more detail and catching up with the additional announcements that came out during the week! Hope you dig it.
I’m currently in the Mac session and will be live blogging it once it starts in 15 minutes. If you are interested in Lotus on the Mac platform, stay tuned!
Here we go!
Over 450 downloads of the beta since Sunday already. Declan is actually running it sitting next to me. Looks sweet.
Session running WITH Symphony on the Mac.
Giving all the huge stats Apple have released about it’s popularity this year. Apple increased it’s market share to 8% this year. iPhone sold 1 milion units in 74 days.
Significant investments that been made. Providing all major Notes features for Notes 8.X and more on OSX. For Notes 8.5 and beyond, they will sync releases with Windows and Linux! No more delays.
8.5 will have both Standard and Basic versions just like Windows. Both will be supported. 10.5 (leopard) is REQUIRED for both Standard and Basic version. Intel Processor only for Standard. Intel and PowerPC for the Basic client. If you are running 10.4 will still have version 7 support going forward too. Release is targeted for Fall 2008. Had to wait for new Eclipse platform, so that’s what caused them to miss the 8.0.1 release.
Productivity Editors (Symphony) will integrate on Mac shortly. Not available with the current beta download.
Domino Web Access. “Intro of the iPhone and improvements to Safari with 3.0 have resulted in increased demand for Safari support.” 8.5 will support Safari 3.0 when it is released. Not quite there yet.
Sametime 8.0 supports Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5. Adeed point to point video support. Sametime Web Conferencing will support application sharing on the Mac in 2H 2008. Current caveats, No MS integration on Mac, no web conferencing support for app sharing
Symphony will require Leopard and will only support Intel Processor. Beta will be made available middle of year.
Connections supports profiles, communities, blogs, dogear and activities. Connections 1.0.2 supports all of that using Firefox 2.0 on Tiger. Leopard support, Safari support and plug-in support for Notes to be determined.
Websphere portal Server 18.104.22.168 supports Mac-based browsers, Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 are supported, Safari 2.0.3 is supported but limited.
Mac 8.5 beta supports Unicode support, implementation of cross-platform ODS files, runtime support of Composite Applications, Integrated Sideshelf components – Feed Reader, Day at a glance, and Sametime Connect. Updated keyviewer support too (file attachments viewer.) No activities in side-shelf, no composite application Editor support, No embedded browser support, and limited drag-and-drop support. Limited install options. Targeting customizable install options.
Work planned for 8.5 release. Imporved NSD support, spotlight search integration, more mac-like user experience, java agent support, embedded browser support, improved language support. Standard disclaimer that features may change by time of release. Man the lawyers are ALL OVER Lotusphere this year.
Demo time. Wow, the demo guy is really hard to understand… I mean really heavy asian accent. feature parity on the Open button. Dockable like windows. Integrated search bar. Showing off day at a glance. Now mail. Looks just like my windows built. Showing off the unicode support with asian character sets. Showing the unread number on the Notes dock icon. Reply with History only is the default. Preview on bottom or side as well.
New mail form shows threading in collapsable sections. So if you open a mail in a thread, the other messages in thread show up in collapsable sections. In-line spell checking is working. Undo support works, Command-Z works! Dynamic addressing works just like windows.
If you open Apple Mail and in preferences you can define Notes as your default email client. So it will take mailto: hyperlinks from your machine and open up Notes now.
Supports all the nice calendar views and pastel colors 🙂 Secondary time-zone support for the calendar. Business Cards view supported in Contacts, as well as standard views in Contacts (by category et. al) Searching is nice, not spotlight yet though 🙁 Showing a composite app. If you design it, it will work. Cannot edit the app in Mac.
Workspace support too. The chiclets are there.
Q&A now. Former Apple employee asking about Domino on Mac OS Server. Answer is no at this point.
Declan asking question now: Administrator and Designer? Will they happen? No plans to support Admin client. Designer will be moving to Eclipse, so Designer is being looked at for a post 8.5 release.
Support for roaming user? A developer says that he is using despite the release notes saying it’s not supported.
DWA for iphone supported in 2H of this year.
Well Lotusphere 2008 has gone live, and with it some cool tech. First, you get an email address and when you look at email you can either do it in Full or Lite manner. So the 8.0.1 DWA Lite option is now available. They’ve also included Connections and Quickr functionality. You can Dogear sites (I recommend this one) and you can join Communities. I’m a member of the Blogging community and OpenNTF. I also created the Lotus Mac community. Looks like Discussion databases are based on Quickr while everything else is based on Connections/Domino. I’ve noticed a conspicuous lack of Sametime functionality though. Maybe I’m just missing it, dunno.
Looks pretty decent so far. Would be nice if it was a little faster (some things seem to take forever to load), but let’s hope they are beefing it up on the way to the start date.
Okay, this is a bad scheduling conflict. On Wednesday, from 5:45 to 6:45 PM there are two BOF’s (Birds of a Feather sessions) that I really don’t want to choose between…
BOF301 – The Lotus Blogging Community with Ed Brill
BOF304 – OpenNTF – An open source community with Vince Schuurman
Dear lord, don’t they know that a good majority of people contributing to OpenNTF are also bloggers? Ack. Worst. Scheduling. Conflict. Ever!
With my article being released at Lotusphere, I wanted to let you all know how it came about. You know, transparency and all that.
Anyway, in early December, a friend of mine (who happens to work for Voltage Security) contacted me to see if I would be interested in writing a short article/whitepaper. I would be paid for my efforts and the work would be given away at Lotusphere.
At first I was reluctant, because I didn’t want to be thought of as a shill, and also, I had never really done anything like that before. My friend then asked me a question. “What do you think Lotus needs to do to remain competitive and keep their momentum going?” I thought about it a bit and a couple things came to mind. First was that I thought Lotus needs to revamp the HTTP server to do a lot better with CSS and Web 2.0 tech. The second thing was security.
Security? Hell, we all know that Lotus has the best security when compared to Microsoft, right? Well, my thoughts on Security were that the “perception” nowadays is that Microsoft has caught up somewhat. MS and their marketing machine drummed the “we’re serious about security” message to death. They also haven’t had any major virus outbreaks that specifically targeted Exchange/Outlook recently. Couple those things together and people think MS has caught up. With all of the momentum Lotus has with the new Notes 8 client, Sametime, Quickr and Connections, I think that to take advantage of that and really beat up Microsoft, they should re-focus on the Security message.
What I mean by that is simple. Right now, at my day job, we use a company to filter all of our virus/spam traffic coming into the company. It was a company that used to be called Frontbridge. I love the service. BUT, Microsoft bought that company. It’s now called Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services. Funny, I’m not RUNNING Exchange, but yet, every time someone in my company has to look at their blocked spam, there is the Microsoft logo staring them in the face. Got me to thinking that Lotus should have something similar.
Also, all of the data breaches in the last year have caused me to really think more about encryption. With files being everywhere (Quickr, Notes, Connections) and easily sent (email, Sametime etc.) they become too easy to lose. I’ve thought for a long time (and discussed over drunken nights at Lotusphere) that Lotus should find some way to EASILY encrypt documents that were going to travel so only the right people could access them. Something easier than messing with PGP keys and software etc.
My friend said “Great, write your thoughts on the Security angle.” I said okay, but I didn’t feel right pimping their products in the article if I haven’t used them. She told me I didn’t have to. Just write my thoughts on the Security stuff and that’s it. They agree with my premise, and have solutions to help. Well, okay, but I want to make sure people know I was paid to do this. “No problem” was the reply. At that point I accepted and wrote what you will see at Lotusphere.
It became apparent to me that this was a perfect writing gig.
- I get to write the article
- It gets to be a Lotusphere giveaway
- I get paid
- I’m not plugging anything
- And I can fully disclose how it came about
So I hope you like it. You may or may not agree with my premise, but I think trumpeting the Security horn again would do Lotus some good. You’ll be able to get the full article from Voltage Security at booth 303 in the Vendor Showcase at Lotusphere.
Speaking of Lotusphere, my latest article for Intranet Journal is all about WHY you should go to Lotusphere and what to expect. It’s entitled Lotusphere Survival Guide, and it’s “kind of” true. I do talk about some things you should do, and I link back here to my survival guide I placed on the blog last year. In actuality, the majority of it is meant to tell people what they are missing if they don’t go.
So, if you have a boss that needs convincing to send you, send him the article. If YOU need convincing, read the article. Lotusphere is one of best technical conferences you will ever go to, and if you use Lotus in your environment, you really owe it to yourself to go.
And in case you were wondering, I WILL be there. See you in January!