Saturday, September 27, 2003

6.5 Linux Client

Why does Lotus represent supporting Mozilla on Linux as Rich, cost-effective collaboration for Linux clients? Ken mentions the 6.5 Linux-based client and the Press Release tells us that 6.5 demonstrates a complete end-to-end vision for collaboration on Linux, and extends to both client-side and server-side software.

In other passages it is clearer that this is browser-only support, but the message is murky. On purpose, or not? I have already had someone tell me there is a full Linux Notes client coming in October - BZZZZT, try again.

While I'm having a little whinge - since when is browser-based mail & calendar considered collaboration. Is this a new use of the word collaboration with which I am unfamiliar.

And what is the deal with supporting Mozilla only on Linux.

KM dot gov

Just came across - interesting content, but nice to see a whole of government approach. Notice that it is using the software formerly known as QuickPlace. Here, we do have a Standard...

via McGee's Musings

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Word Pirates

A site dedicated to those poor words that have had their meanings stolen and then repurposed.

Yep, repurpose is on the list - oh so clever smarty pants reader. I'll stop now before a full taunting develops.

via Charles Miller

Coelurosaurs in Queensland

This report by the BBC tells of the discovery of some coelurosaur fossils in western Queensland. Until now, only fossilised raptor footprints have been found in Australia. The site has also produced the largest australian sauropod fossils.

Cities of Text

Go have a read of Cities of Text: Some Notes On Some Notes on Intranets, Knowledge Management And Urban Planning written by Marc Demarest. Notice that this was written in June 1997.

It discusses Intranets in terms of Urban Planning, implying they are a new form of human habitation able to be shaped using planning rules we already understand.

via Seb's Open Research

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Fun with Bad Science at The Guardian

The Guardian has a weekly column called Bad Science which is full of stories exposing dodgy stuff posing as science.

My favourite is The Truth about Oxygen where we learn of a new device that is the first ioniser that creates negative ions small enough to be inhaled. I hate trying to inhale those other ions and getting them stuck in my nostrils. Hurry, stocks are presumably limited.

Windows for ATMs

Bob Congdon tells us that ATMs are being upgraded from OS/2 to Windows. He says:

..... bank ATMs will use a stripped-down version of Windows. Wow. Let's hope they strip out all of the "bad" parts.

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5

Be amazed by the Announcement!

Marvel at the Press Release!

My favourite part:

The Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 product family will be available for download on Sept. 30, 2003.

I love it when a plan comes together - count me in!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Galileo gone

BBC and CNN have coverage of the demise of Galileo. It crashed into the night side of Jupiter, so no pictures.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Are you a River Person or Goal Person

It seems that there are two types of people - River People and Goal People according to Chuck Frey (via Dinah Mehta). Yes, I know it is a simplistic view, but a different point of view is usually valuable. Chuck says:

Most of us are undoubtedly familiar with goal people. They are the individuals who write down their objectives and timetables for reaching them, and then focus on attaining them, one by one.

River people, on the other hand, don't like to follow such a structured route to success. They are called river people because they are happiest and most fulfilled when they are wading in a rich "river" of interest -- a subject or profession about which they are very passionate. While they may not have a concrete plan with measurable goals, river people are often successful because they are so passionate about their area of interest. This, in turn, helps them to recognize breakthrough opportunities that may not even be visible on the mental radar screens of the more narrowly focused goal people.

No prize for guessing which I am.

Friday, September 19, 2003

Patterns of Software

Richard Gabriel's Patterns of Software is freely downloadable from his site - along with lots of other interesting OOP reading. This was another early patterns book - with a foreword by Christopher Alexander.

via Seb's Open Research

Diprotodon Optatum

BBC tells us that a new study of the largest of the marsupial megafauna - Diprotodon Optatum - has a more precise estimate of its size. The study says the beast weighed 2800 kg and stood 2m at the shoulder. That is a very big wombat!

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Sharing knowledge with yourself

Jim McGee has some interesting thoughts on Personal responsibility for Knowledge Management (via Thought Horizon). He says:

I've concluded that one of the root problems with knowledge management is that I'm that lazy SOB. Until I start to do a better job of managing my own knowledge, why should I expect anyone else in the organization to do so? Weblogs are the first tool I've found that start me on the process of making my own knowledge more useful to me.

The problem with getting more leverage out of knowledge work isn't somewhere out there in the organization. It's looking back at me in the mirror every morning. Worse than that, it's that lazy slob I was looking at in the mirror six months ago who was too busy then to put a halfway decent name on a file or save that really great diagram as its own file.

Read it all...

Lotus Workplace - FAQ Updated


Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Rain God in Kuiper Belt

CNN Science reports:

Venezuelan astronomers led by physicist Ignacio Ferrin recently named the frozen planetoid Huya (2000 EB173) - which they discovered in March 2000 - after the rain god in Venezuelan Wayuu Indian culture.

I have always liked the attitude of the statue of Tlaloc residing in the National Gallery. I wonder if he is jealous?

Saturday, September 13, 2003

The Stupid Thing

I came across this essay via Richard Gayle's blog. There are also two other essays in the series. I'm not usually one to post politically oriented stuff, but this essay - The Stupid Thing - really struck a chord with me.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Opus is back

The Washington Post say Opus is returning. This is a very good thing. Bill the Cat is certainly the greatest cartoon character in the history of the world.

The Devils Dictionary - Version 2

The Devil's Dictionary (Version 2.0) via Standards via Zoe-General. With apologies to Ambrose Bierce. Here are a couple of samples:

Slashdot: To test, experimentally, what an infinite number of typing monkeys will produce. See also USENET.
information architecture: A vital component in the development of Web sites, used to round the budget up to the next hundred thousand dollars.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Using OS X Software behind Proxy Authentication

I happened across this handy tip on the O'Reilly site today. It describes a useful tool called SquidMan, which provides an OSX GUI to control a local squid proxy.

mNotes3.0 for Palm

CommonTime has released version 3.0 of mNotes for Palm (and PocketPC).

They say:

The most advanced replication client for interacting with Lotus Notes mail, attachments, meetings, contacts, tasks and journal (memo-pad) on your Palm device.
New cutting-edge mail, multiple address book and wireless functionality.
Maintenance included for one year.
Wireless enterprise server and desktop functionality in a single product.

I have played with the previous version and it just worked. They offer a 30-day evaluation.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Reading for September 2003

This month's reading pile currently contains:

On the Shopping List:

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Earth Science Periodic Table

Nature tells us that a Geologist has redesigned the Periodic Table to better reflect how atoms and ions occur in the wild. The ions are grouped by charge rather than by weight.

To my mind, this sort of information was always there in the Periodic Table. You just need to what different locations in the table meant, which gave you some idea of how complete the orbitals were.

ZOE 0.4.6

ZOË Maintenance Release 0.4.6 available now. Changes include:

- J2SE 1.4 dependancies
- Internal data storage

Bug fixes
- browser launches before the server is ready to handle a request
- display not updating properly after discarding a mail
- attachments parsing when there is only one mime part
- multipart/mixed text parsing

- http response gzip encoding
- html parser
- html encoder
- uri encoder
- url parser
- mailing list detection
- message navigation
- smtp import
- mail bundle

New Features
- multipart/alternative views
- purge
- mail composer
- bug reporter

Note - This release is not backward compatible. For instructions on how to migrate your data from an earlier version, please refer to the wiki.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Lotus Workplace - More Frequently Asked Questions

Ed refers us to this FAQ that is being constructed for Lotus Workplace. It is has a fair amount of marketing-speak (ie non-content), but also has a some useful information.

Below are my suggestions for some additional questions. What other questions do you have?

Q. Are the only applications I can deploy on Lotus Workplace those that have been resurfaced through a portlet or built with Workplace Designer?

Q. Lotus Domino supports server clustering and failover. Are these capabilites available in Lotus Workplace?

Q. Lotus Domino supports replication for deployment and management of application and system data. Is this capability available in Lotus Workplace?

Q. Is Lotus Workplace designed to be deployed across a geographically dispersed organisation with dozens or hundreds of locations, or should it be accessed from a single central site?

Q. What Knowledge Management capabilites will Lotus Workplace have?

Q. How do I back up and restore my Lotus Workplace server?

Q. Will Lotus provide tools to migrate all the Lotus Notes mail and calendar information my users currently have into Lotus Workplace?

Q. On which platforms will Lotus Workplace server and Rich Client be supported?

IBM Lotus Workplace for Retail Store Operations

A new Workplace product - IBM Lotus Workplace for Retail Store Operations. From the Press Release:

IBM today announced the availability of IBM Lotus Workplace for Retail Store Operations, a new software and services offering designed to help simplify and reduce the administrative time spent on in-store processes and training. IBM Lotus Workplace for Retail Store Operations can help streamline access to information, make communication and collaboration among retail employees easier, and support rapid building of the needed in-store skills.
Lotus Workplace for Retail Store Operations integrates IBM Lotus LMS, a full-featured e-learning solution, and IBM WebSphere Portal, a unified, single point of interaction for applications, processes, content and people, resulting in an easy-to-use on demand employee training and information sharing environment. In addition to helping minimize employee turnover and improving staff skills, the offering provides store managers with the ability to monitor and respond to changing business conditions through a tailored portal. The offering also helps store managers focus on their core job responsibilities by reducing the amount of paperwork and helps create efficiencies by making collaboration within their organization as simple as a click of a mouse.

Galileo Jupiter Impact

The Galileo spacecraft will end its mission September 21, 2003. Launched in 1989 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis, Galileo has been exploring Jupiter and its moons since December 1995.

The Where is Galileo Now page includes a countdown to impact.

In case you were wondering, there are now 61 known satellites orbiting Jupiter.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Open Directory and Active Directory

Over at O'Reilly's MacDevCenter there is a very good three part article on integrating Apple's OpenDirectory with Active Directory.

They contain a serious amount of good info.

Machiavellian Fish

The BBC reports on findings by three scientists that fish have complex mental and social abilities. Rather than having a 3-5 second attention span they are cunning, manipluative and cultured.