December 31, 2006

Plans for next year

Last year (2005) I was certified as an IBM Certified System Administrator for Lotus Notes and Domino 6/6.5. This year (2006) I was certified as an IBM Certified Application Developer for Lotus Notes and Domino 6/6.5. My plans for next year (2007) will include the update for Notes Domino 7 Application Development and Notes Domino 7 System Administration.

But most exciting is the leap I will take into the Java world by certify as a Sun Certified Java Associate (SCJA) and/or depending on how it works as a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP). This have to do with me moving on to be a Notes/Domino consultant at Ekakan next year.

Since Java is being used as a programming language in Lotus Notes but mainly because the new products and frameworks of IBM are built on Java and builds in Java it really feels like the right time (could have been sooner) to get great knowledge in these areas as well. I believe that a Notes/Domino developer with J2EE competence is an even better developer. I am very excited about this and will tell you more later on.

As you might have noticed there has been a discussion going on about Java and IBM, about how important it is for Notes developers to learn Java and if the needed Java competence is an Akilles heel for IBM. Take a look here at the discussions:

It has been a great year and I hope for 2007 to be even better.
Happy New Year to you all!!!

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December 13, 2006

The Notes.ini Reference

This was news to me!
I have been wondering for quite some time if there is some kind of library somewhere that lists all the available notes.ini parameters. I haven't got an answer to that so far. Then I ran into The Notes.ini Reference, which lists a very long list of ini-params. I don't know if the list contains ALL available parameters or just the one's that people together have collected with their common knowledge.

If you click on a parameter a new page is open that describes the purpose of it, how long it has been valid, additional information like if there is a need for a restart and so on.

Great Page! Hope it stays free!
Take a look at my personal reference page for Lotus Notes and Domino references where you can find more links to other notes.ini references.

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December 06, 2006

IBM Lotus Expeditor

Now, what is this new stuff? Probably something that you really need know and dive into. What's the connection to Lotus Notes, Domino, WebSphere, Workplace, Sametime and so on?
Well, at least for me the questions are many. Although I have been reading quite a lot I still don't get it all. And what can you do except keep reading and testing, after all that's one of the fun parts ;-)

Here is a short explanation from the article 'Developing an OSGi service as a Web Service in IBM Lotus Expeditor', there is a link to it below.

IBM Lotus Expeditor (formerly IBM WebSphere Everyplace Deployment) is a client middleware framework and tooling platform that enables connection, independent delivery, and management of applications and services.

From what I have understand for example 'Hannover' will consume services from the Expeditor platform. Here are a few good links for more information. A good guess is that more information is coming up on Lotusphere this year.

Three really good blogs that will in some or many ways discuss the Lotus Expeditor:

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November 19, 2006

A success concept with company blogs!

I believe that it is hard in many companies to make managers and decisionmakers to understand the possibilities and value that company blogs can bring.

I have where I work introduced what blogs are and the businessvalue of them. This lead us to starting company blogs in august this year. Currently there are three employees blogging on working time about their interests which coincides very much with the company’s business concept.

The company is an animal insurance company called Agria Djurförsäkring. One blog is about horses and IT where the author is the CIO of Agria with deep interests in both areas. The second one is about dogs where the author is working for Agria as a handling officer. On her sparetime she work as a breeder and has a kennel. The third blog is about hunting and football, two interests of the third author.

We believe that this is a winning concept, when our employees are our customers sharing their professional skills and interests on their blogs.

Take a look here:
- Horse blog by Pia de Gysser
- Dog blog by Sofie Lönn
- Hunt blog by Mattias Wallman

By the way, the blogs are developed in Domino of course, based on the open source template BlogSphere that you can find on

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November 17, 2006

Introducing the new composite applications blog

Mary Beth Raven introduces on her blog the new Composite Applications Blog. It is the WPLC Composite Application Team that has decided to start this blog. The team explains the purpose of the blog like this:

It brings together all the key technical architects and user experience design professionals for the major products from the IBM WPLC division (fka Lotus) that provide support for user facing composite applications. These products include IBM Websphere Portal 6.0, IBM Lotus Notes 8.0, IBM Lotus Domino 8.0, IBM Lotus Expeditor 6.1 and future products to be named when they are announced.

I have for some time now been reading information about Hannover thanks to Mary Beth Raven and Jeff Eisen and I think this is a great initiative.

For anyone not knowing what Lotus Expeditor is, here is some information. Jeff has been mentioning it on his blog as well.

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November 16, 2006

Compact mail database on client side and transactional logging

It used to work for our employees to compact their mail databases. They actually got smaller and they got rid of the warning and/or error messages as it is supposed to work.

Then suddenly we experienced an increased amount of people that had problems with the mail database in that they got warning and error messages, they compacted it but the problem was the same.

As any other company we have a lot of things do to and different priorites which resulted in a solution that administrators started to, as people screamed, run "load compact mail/xxx.nsf -B" on the admin console, that is compact database with file size reduction right now. What actually happended was that documents were deleted when the users compacted their mail database but the mail file was not reduced and it should not be either. What should happen is that the server should ignore the white space that still causes the database to look as it is as large as it was before the compact while waiting for the server to perform a real file size reduction. This should be setup as a program document to run once a week or so.

So now everything seemed to work and yet not. Then I came over an article on developerworks that solved our problem.

Some months ago we started using transactional logging, that is we enabled transactional logging. Suddenly the server does not treat white space the same way, you have to force the server to ignore white space by choosing the option 'Check space used in file when adding a note' in the Quota Enforcement field in the server document under tab 'Transacional logging' on the server(s) where the problem is.

Our default option (Quota enforcement field) looked like this:

And we changed the 'Quota enforcement' field to look like this:

Restart the server to make the changes take effect. The outcome/result of this is that users can compact the mail file on their own and get rid of the warning/error messages the way it is intended.

*** Update ***

The reason for this behaviour can be found in this short technote.

  • If the Notes database is not logged (Transactional Logging disabled), an in-place with file size reduction compaction will be performed (equivalent to -B).
  • If the Notes database is logged (Transactional Logging enabled), then a simple in-place compaction will be performed (equivalent to -b).
So for the second option the fix described earlier has to be done to get file size reduction.

Note that for version 7 and later releases the functionality to compact a database is handled by the Update task.

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October 10, 2006

Google acquires YouTube

Google will buy YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.

"Combination will create new opportunities for users and content owners everywhere."

When the acquisition is complete, YouTube will retain its distinct brand identity, strengthening and complementing Google's own fast-growing video business according to the presscenter on

As always when it comes to Google it is the question and issue of monopoly and if Google is getting to big. But I think that this is great to have all content on both the existing Google Video and soon YouTube indexed on the same search engine. Maybe Google has new exciting plans regarding this?

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September 17, 2006

A guided tour onboard Östanå I

Yesterday I was on a guided tour in the swedish archipelago outside Stockholm on the boat Östanå I from Strömma kanalbolaget. It was a 2,5 h trip and the weather was sunny and warm.

It is only a few minutes by boat from the central of Stockholm to reach these beautiful areas.

To the left I caught some sunrain with the camera.

To the right a big ferry that goes to and from Sweden and Finland. Those ferries are a great party place for one or two nights.

Islets and rocks. We are in the inner Stockholm archipelago and don't get very far on a little more than an hours boatride out. When you get to the outer areas the environment of the archipelago looks quite different.

In Sweden we have something called "Allemansrätten", which means that everybody have the right to and access to walk on all land or
islands even if it's private. You must not however destroy and missuse anything. As long as people don't missuse this it is a great thing we have. I can whenever I want to go or sail anywhere I want to and sit down and eat a meal or watch some birds or whatever.

The inner of Stockholm is also beautiful itself with a lot of water and trees.

To the right is a photo of a part of Stockholm harbour. The land in the back is Djurgården where an amusement park called Gröna lund is located and Skansen which is a miniature of sweden.

For more photos from this occasion visit

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September 14, 2006

Lotusphere 2007 getting closer

In January 21-25, 2007 it is once again time for Lotusphere. I was there last year and had a really good time. It was my first time as well but from what I've read it was the best lotusphere so far and I understand that because it was a great arrangement with a lot of exciting news both on the notes/domino side but also for websphere and workplace and for me it was the start to get to know web 2.0. I wish I could go again this year, but that's not possible. Maybe 2008, we'll see.

Anyway, take a look at the registration page if you have got a chance to go. Also take a look at my lotusphere photos from lotusphere 2006.

I was google earthing a bit a and zoomed in on the swan and dolphin building. It looks familiar but different.

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September 11, 2006

Blogging with Flicker from my cell phone

It's so easy and funny. Not any breaking news but still...

My laptop and a coffe on the balcony a sunny morning at home with my kids. Ah, that's life!

September 05, 2006

The web of tomorrow: summary

I have been at the conference "the web of tomorrow" or "Morgondagens webbplatser" as it is called in swedish. It was held on the 5-6 september in Stockholm, Sweden. The person that was leading the conference and presenting all the speakers is Fredrik Wackå, web advisor on his company W PR & Information. He is also running a successful blog in sweden in where he among many other things lists company- and co-worker blogs in Sweden. I would like to call it the accurate list of serious company blogs in Sweden.

The first day began with a lecture by Fredrik about the social web. A brief introduction to rss, blogs, wikis, tagging, podcasting, ajax and more which leads to more participation for visitors and customers and less control for the one's providing the services. Fredrik and the rest of the speakers together gave us some great and useful links to sites that each and one is a good example of the social web or web 2.0 in some way or that it provides news about it. I will list some of them in the end of this blogpost.

There were many good speakers but I will only talk about a few of them, some people that presented something extra that made me think.

Neville Hobson from ABC was the keynote speaker. Neville runs his own website but also a site called 'For Immediate Release' together with Shel Holtz, where they publich podcasts twice a week about public relations and technology. Neville has been working with podcasting for a long time and was presented as one of the world premier authorities when it comes to podcasting and blogging.

Mr Hobson spoke about communication of the future. He showed us some research about companies and blogs. It was interesting to find out that blogging still is such an unknown area. Many companies and people still don't have a clew what it is. Appearantely France are more aware than other european contries about blogs, while in Netherlands and Germany many executives still find blogging a mystery.

Neville also showed us how different languages are divided among the current 53.4 million indexed blogs on Technorati. It was surprising to me to see how large percentage that was written in japanese and chinese. English is most common but if you put together japanese and chinese then that's the largest group. Swedish wasn't even listed.

I asked Neville and Fredrik if they could estimate how many blogs there might be worldwide, but as I suspected it is impossible. We know for sure it is more than 53,4 million. Probably around 200-300 million blogs, also depending on the definition of what a blog is as Fredrik pointed out. Sweden proabably doesn't go above 100.000 if you count them all, but that's my own personal estimate.

Mr Hobson also came to the issue of trust as we tend to do when speaking about blogs. The conclusion was that we trust 'someone like me' and not companies and authorities which one might think.

There were lots of other great things about podcasting etc. that I will not go further into here.

Eva Beckman from Bolagsverket told us a great story of their mission to build a site for a public authority in Sweden, Bolagsverket. They had 3 months to build two sites with 5 resources, two informers and 3 system developers. She learned quite a lot during this journey and told us about it. Great speech!

Pia de Gysser from Agria Djurförsäkring (pet/animal insurance) was speaking about adaption for target groups on the web together with participation on the web and the fact that Agrias web is and in greater scope will be the customers web. It was a fascinating 50 minutes about how Agria relates to and communicates with its customers. Agria is in great deal working with its customers, loyal customers, through a social web. Some services for the customers are the image gallery, the company blogs (Pias and Sofies) and some recently released AJAX-based services for presenting popular names of dogs, cats and horses.

Neville also did a podcast with Pia during the conference and posted it on his blog.

Ralf Larsson from Electrolux told us about E-gate, an amongst employees popular company intranet which they have built and now use worldwide. They work hard on this intranet and among other things are many internal blogs. E-gate was ranked as one of the world's best intranet by Nielsen Norman Group in 2005.

Urban Lindstedt from No Digit Media, was talking about search engine optimization. I've heard him speak earlier and read his blog and it is always interesting to hear about SEO and Urban has quite some knowledge on this subject.

The last speaker was Jakob Palme from Stockholm university, professor in computer science. He told us about the project Web4Health, a site which has in three years gone from 0 to 500.000 visitors/month without paying anything for advertising. It is not a well-known site by name, but due to the excellent work that Jakob and his associates has put into this site optimizing it, it ranks very high and gets a lot of visitors. One of many interesting things that
Jakob told us was that 72% of all their visitors come from search engines. It must be a very high number. Urban said earlier that 30-40% is a good number. This site is probably one of the best examples of how to SEO your site. I got lots of ideas from Jakob as well.

So summarized it was a good, interesting and educational conference and I am quite satisfied. I can't say that their were any big news for me other than perhaps a short definition of web 3.0 which shortly were described as the semantic web. I will dive deeper into that later on.

Some useful links provided on the conference:

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Design change in the mail template for Hannover

Mary Beth Raven says that "Unread messages are now BOLD, not red!" about the mail template in the Hannover client. I find those small changes amusing and I think I will like it better.

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September 04, 2006

Morgondagens webbplatser

Imorgon tisdag och på onsdag, 5-6 september hålls webbkonferensen Morgondagens webbplatser av IBC Euroforum i Salénhuset i Stockholm.

På konferensen Morgondagens Webbplatser får du lyssna till svensk/internationell expertis och prisbelönade företag och myndigheter. Genom paneldiskussioner och frågestunder är målsättningen att måla en bild av webben 2.0.

Programmet hittar du här.

Ordföranden är Fredrik Wackå. Intressanta talare är bla Neville Hobson från ABC, Pia De Gysser från Agria Djurförsäkring, Urban Lindstedt, journalist och författare och många fler.

Jag går dit med höga förhoppningar om en spännande konferens och hoppas ha något intressant att berätta om efteråt. Det jag är mest nyfiken på är hur mycket nytt det är som jag själv inte sett, tänkt på eller vet om ännu.

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August 28, 2006

wink - The Social Search Engine

wink is a social search engine powered by the people. It indexes tagged content from Digg, Yahoo MyWeb, Furl, Slashdot and other social bookmarking services and displays them on search result pages.

Create your own account on wink. Search, tag, vote and block as you please.
If you like a page (a search result), then add it to your favourites by clicking on a star. If you don't like it, then block it by clicking in the blocking symbol and you won't see it again.

wink also synchronizes will and it is also possible to edit wiki entries inside wink. An explanation and a reference to wikipedia is presented for the meaning of the search word.

A search plugin for Firefox can be installed.

Next version, wink 2.0, is launched next week.

Read more on Techcrunch for a more detailed description.

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August 25, 2006

File sharing in Firefox with AllPeers

I read a blogpost on Webbomedia by Per-Åke Olsson about a new firefox extension called AllPeers. It is a cross-over between instant messaging and file sharing. Files are shared by drag-and-drop to your friends and family.

It is using Bit-torrent technique but no uploading is required. The data is being loaded directly from each user's hard drive and there is no size limit. It is only possible however to share and upload with users on your contact list.

Seems like a great and useful application. Haven't been able to use it fully yet though due to few people in my contact list.

Take the tour and learn more.

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Now, where can I find the latest firefox 2.0 release candidate?
I was thinking about that the other day and don't think it's trivial to find it on the firefox homepage.

There are several options. Search for it on Google or Technorati, read some blogs or post a comment and ask for it. And there's another way, use a torrent site. There's always someone who has already uploaded it.

ScrapeTorrent lets you search 4 different torrent sites and presents the results from each and one of them on the same page with torrent links.

This link searches for everything uploaded about Firefox on:

You can filter zero seeders which is a great feature.

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August 23, 2006

The real Firefox

Look at the real firefox I found at

I wonder if Mozilla knew about this beautiful animal when they created Firefox?

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August 22, 2006

Google MP3 Player - a new GMail feature

I read the Google Blogoscoped and found a blog post about Google MP3 Player. Appearantely Amit Agarwal on Digital Inspiration has been digging into the GMail code and found a MP3 player. It is actually the Google Video Player that can be used to play any mp3 file even without having to login to GMail.

I have followed Philipp Lenssen's advice and put it into an iframe. This way we get a Google-like interface with a progressbar and sound adjustments.

Below is the latest episode from the Taking Notes Podcast - Taking Notes Episode 28:08.17.06 - Sametime on Linux, DominoWiki, Lotusphere 2007, OpenNTF Update, Online Meeting Tips and News.

Now sit back and enjoy this great podcast for Notesoholics from Nick's corner!

or... try it yourself. This is the secret URL ->

Take a look at the source code for info on how to put it into an iframe.

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August 20, 2006

Each week's most popular online video clips

Lifehacker reports about The WorldTV Internet TV Charts site. It keeps track of the most popular videos from 4 services and updates every Sunday at 7pm:

Here's the current number one from Google Video:

Also see popurls tracking the most popular urls from, del.ici.ous and

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August 19, 2006

Time magazine lists 50 coolest websites

Time magazine has published a list of the 50 coolest websites. It should have been a list of the 500 coolest websites if you ask me. There are so much going on on the Internet right now and we are experiencing an exponential growing of new cool sites and features following the trends of web 2.0.

On we can read the following:

Many of this year's choices are shining examples of Web 2.0: next-generation sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain, sites with cutting-edge tools to create, consume, share or discuss all manners of media, from blog posts to video clips.

Take a look at the full list.

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August 16, 2006

Plans for 'Locations' in Hannover

Mary Beth Raven, the lead project designer for the Hannover project has in a posting on her blog mentioned the plans for 'Locations'.

The old concept of 'Locations' from Notes will be kept but reduced:

  • Office (network) -> Online
  • Island (disconnected) -> Offline
  • Travel (notes direct dialup) -> Travel (to remove?)
  • Home (notes direct dialup) -> Home (to remove?)
  • Home (network dialup) -> remove
  • Internet -> remove
In Hannover it will be possible to see all old locations from Notes 7 and to manage locations. When managing locations and choosing to create a new or to edit an existing one the following dialog box will appear:

Read more on Mary's blog and the comments she has received.

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August 14, 2006

NeoWORX blog counter

Maybe you have noticed my new counter further down to the right on this blog? I found it on Paul Mooney's site. Go to NeoWORX homepage and you can try three different applications:

  • NeoCounter

    It shows the number and nationality of online and past visitors.
    Here's a screen shot from this blog:

  • NeoEarth displays your online and past visitors on a choice of 12 zoomable maps in 4 different sizes.

  • NeoBoard helps you to establish a community feeling by discussing with your visitors online.

Registration offers a premium version for 14 days and after that it's your choice to choose the premium version or the free version. The free version for NeoCounter offers a basic online display without past visitors information and unable to customize looks. I think I will go with that one though. We'll see after 14 days.

Take a look at NeoWORX for more info about the counter.

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Windows Live Writer

Microsoft has just released Microsoft Live Writer, a tool following the trend of web 2.0 making it easier for us to share information like blogging and photo publishing. It's a beta and some of its features are:

  • WYSIWYG Authoring (blog authoring)
  • Photo publishing
  • Map publishing
  • Writer SDK
The .NET framework is required.

In a former blog post I was writing about a new web browser called Flock. Using flock I can publish posts to different blog services and publish fotos to both Flickr and Photo bucket. I am sure Windows Live Writer is a great tool although I haven't tried it yet.

Read more on Lifehacker and on Beta Alfa 2.0 (swedish).

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August 11, 2006

Web Operating System

So now something called a web OS has come and joined the world of web 2.0.

At Desktoptwo you can register to use an online web based desktop. It is built in Flash and offers a feel of a regular PC desktop with 1GB space for free and applications and features like e-mail, address book, blog publishing, IM client, MP3 player, Program editor, Acrobat reader, Open Office, Browser and more.

I registered but had some connectivity problems so I didn't get a chance to provide a review. Take a look at Go2Web2 for a good review with more screen shots.

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August 10, 2006

Lotusscript version of the @Middle formula

Here is a lotusscript function for the @Middle formula function.

Function Middle (fullString As String, startString As String, endString As String) As String

Dim startposition As Integer
Dim startlen As Integer
Dim endposition As Integer

startPosition = Instr (fullString, startString)
startLen = Len (startString)

If ((startPosition > 0) And (startString <> "")) Then
endPosition = Instr (Right$ (fullString, Len(fullString) - startPosition), endString)
If (endPosition > 0) Then
Middle = Mid$ (fullString, startPosition + startLen, Instr (startPosition + startLen, fullString, endString) - ( startPosition + startLen ) )
Middle = Mid$ (fullString, Instr (fullString, startString) + Len (startString), Len (fullString))
End If
Middle = ""
End If
End Function

midStr = Middle("This is a wildcard _ and this is what you get +", "_", "+")
Msgbox thestr

and this is what you get

*** updated 10 aug ***

or make it easier as Thomas Adrian suggested in a comment:

middle = Evaluate(|@Middle("| + mystring + |";"| + startString + |";"| + endstring + |")|)

Dim middle As Variant

middle = Evaluate(|@Middle("| + mystring + |";"| + startString + |";"| + endstring + |")|)
Print middle(0)


*** updated 14 aug***

Here's another approach by Sean Burgess suggested in a comment and it works fine as well.

Dim tmp As Variant
Dim FullString As String
Dim StartString As String
Dim EndString As String

FullString = "This is a wildcard _ and this is what you get+"
StartString = "_"
EndString = "+"

tmp = Strright(Strleft(FullString, EndString), StartString)
Msgbox tmp


One could say that the script I posted is somewhat unnecessary ;-) when it could be done in these ways. Or... you could call it ambitious. Anyway now I would say we've covered the middle function! But please feel free to post other solutions and I will put them up as updates.

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August 08, 2006

Chat client for multiple instant messaging services

Do you chat?
Well, I use MSN Messenger for private use and Sametime for work related chat. I also have a Google Talk account but there is not much activity going on there, I guess it's too early.

Anyway, wouldn't it be nice to use only one client for all the instant messaging services you use? Hardly any news that it is possible. I tried to make it work with Trillian a year ago, but it failed for sametime. Now, I have found Kool IM.

It's a web-based client and you need to register on the site to start using it. It's very easy to start using. The following clients are supported:

  • AIM
  • Google Talk
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • Inbox
  • Jabber
  • MSN
  • RSS Channel
  • Sametime
  • Stocks channel
  • Yahoo

For those of you who don't know what Sametime is, I can very briefly explain that it is a chat client that connects to a Sametime server or actually it is a Domino server with Sametime functionality add-ons. Sametime can connect to the server via a web browser, a desktop client or through Lotus Notes. It's primarily used for work and not for private matters like MSN.

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August 04, 2006

Create your own digg feeds!

Have you visited If you haven't, take a look at it!! It's a great place to find news in the world and on the Internet. I keep an eye on the Technology topic from time to time.

Now it's possible to create custom digg feeds on DiggFiltr.

I have made a custom digg feed for the Technology topic and put it into blogLines.

Here's the subscription.

and here's how it looks as a feed in bloglines.

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August 02, 2006

What's new in WebSphere Portal 6 ?

Websphere portal 6 was released on july 26th.

Some of new the features are

  • improved user experience
  • additional personalization capabilities
  • composite application capabilities
  • Simplified portlet creation (websphere (bowstreet) portlet factory)
  • Multiple LDAP support
Websphere portal 6 comes in three editions; WebSphere Portal Server, WebSphere Portal enable and WebSphere Portal Extend.

IBM has published an article about it. Read more here.
Also try a demo of it here.

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July 31, 2006

Change the Windows XP Boot Graphic

I read an old post on gHacks Tech News about how to change the windows XP Boot Graphic. I tried it and it's pretty cool so I have to write about it for those of you who haven't seen it before. Follow the intructions by downloading bootskin and get more skins at winCustomize. It's freeware and it makes only temporary changes. According to gHacks the default settings are back when uninstalling bootskin.

I downloaded and tried one with a Superman Returns theme. Take a look at it here:

Unfortunately I couldn't find a lotus related bootskin, other than the car ;-)

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July 19, 2006

Install your Lotus Notes client on a USB key

Declan Lynch reports on his blog that in IBM Lotus Notes Domino 7.0.2 Beta the feature Nomad is available. This means that the entire Lotus Notes client can be installed onto a USB key and startup will all your settings on any windows machine. It will take up approximately 340 MB.

Declan writes...
I could quit notes and move the USB key to another machine and everything worked as if it was installed locally. I also had the full notes client installed on one of the machine I put the USB key into and the Lotus Nomad install did not interfere with the installed client in any way. It was also nice to see that nomad worked perfectly when I plugged the USB key into a Windows Vista beta machine.

It will only work for the Lotus Notes client though. Here's how to make it work for admin and designer clients. He continues...
To turn your recently installed Lotus Nomad client into a Lotus Admin Designer Nomad client you just need to copy over 4 files to the USB Key :


This can be done by any user since Nomad requires only standard privileges. It only writes to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry key.

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July 17, 2006

Google's list of domain names

Neil Patel on Pronet Advertising has by searching the web and using a domain lookup tool gathered a list of Google's domain names, currently 520 of them and increasing with the incoming comments on his post.

The most amazing and unexpected one's (if this is true) must be and but I guess (hope) that's because no one else should get that domain name and associate with Google.

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July 15, 2006


Have you seen the new web browser Flock?
It has similar features as Firefox with downloadable themes and extensions. It's currently a beta and you can either take the tour or download it.

The different features that are most obvious is the integration with Flickr or Photobucket and blog services like It's possible to write blogposts from the browser.

Look at the integration with Flickr in the browser window. It also has drag-and-drop features.

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July 14, 2006

Custom Google / Custom Yahoo

Change the Google logotype when using Googles search engine, like this:

or Yahoo's:

The logo does not follow the search results to the next page though.

A funny little feature. Try it yourself here!

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July 13, 2006

Google Suggest

Hardly any breaking news, but for anyone who haven't seent it yet.

Google Suggest gives suggestions to search words along with the hit results as you type them into the search field. This is done with AJAX. Take a look at these screenshots:

Try it yourself at Google Suggest!

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July 12, 2006

Trace server

Maybe some Notes users or IT-support personal come across this blog. Here's a tip for you.

In some organizations their are sometimes problems to connect to domino servers for a whole lot of reasons. One thing you can try is to trace the server.
If the client has lost its route to the server the trace makes the client "find" the server again.

Here's how to do it:

  • Chose File -> Preferences -> User Preferences in the Notes client and select 'Ports' in the box that opens up

  • Press the trace button to the right and the following box opens up

    You can type in the server's name in the destination field. Either you just use the common name that is 'Server1' or the full hierarchical name. Press 'Trace' and a trace is made. If everything is going well it should look something like this when searching for the common name:

    Determining path to server Server1
    Available Ports: TCPIP
    Checking normal priority connection documents only...
    Allowing wild card connection documents...
    Checking for Server1/OU/O at last known address 'Server1' on TCPIP...
    Connected to server Server1/OU/O

    If this doesn't work try tracing using the domino servers IP address. When doing so:
    1. You're not dependent of the DNS to work
    2. A connection document is created in your personal addressbook

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July 11, 2006

Compare two databases to check for differences

I am using a tool called Teamstudio Delta when I need to compare two different databases by design or by data. I use it either to compare two replicas or to compare a database with its template.

Choose server and database and then the option on whether to compare design or data.

Using the smart filter I can look at the differences between the two databases.

Since it's not freeware it limits the use to the number of licenses you or your company have bought.

-> Read more at Teamstudio

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IBM releases Lotus Notes for Linux! says:
"A Notes client for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 3, will be available on July 24."
"Technically the Linux client is a Version 7 release"
-> Read more

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July 10, 2006

Firefox 2.0 Beta release

According to Techweb Mozilla will release Firefox 2.0 Beta tuesday july 11. The release candidate (rc1) can be downloaded here today.

Read more at gHacks Tech News

How to tweak Firefox 2.0 Beta 1

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July 07, 2006

"I have cleaned my mail box - but nothing happens"

This is a sentence that I often hear of among users of Lotus Notes where I work. The users have mail quota restrictions so they have to maintain the mail box and delete e-mails every day. However for most users the quota is never enough and I understand that. I have no restriction myself and that is a well-deserved privilege for a Notes administrator ;-)

So why does it happen and what can we do about it?

First of all, most users don't clean their mail box as good as they claim. The users tend to delete simple e-mails that don't contain any attachments. When they have deleted 20 or so they believe that they have made a great offert and wonder why there is no difference, why nothing happens...

The key to clean your mailbox efficiently is the 'All Documents' view.

Sort the view by size and you'll see all of the e-mails in your mail database, not just the one in your inbox but also sent e-mails and e-mails that you have put in folders.

They are now sorted by size and you can more easily find the large one's that will make a difference in trying to reduce the size of your mail box.

Now either delete the e-mail directly or delete the attachment or save the attachment to disk and then delete it from the e-mail.

Deleting these e-mails will not show any effect for the user. The mail box has to be compacted. The user has the option to do so by pressing the compact button that can be found in the database properties under the information tab. Compacting performed by the user will however only be helpful if the quota hasn't been overridden. If so, white space is created where the e-mails used to be and new e-mails can take their place (or calendar entries etc.). If the quota has been reached and the user has received notifications about that, a compact will not stop the notifications to continue. The reason for this is that no file size reduction takes place when a user performs a compact. But if you maintain a mail box well and delete e-mails every day, space will be available for new e-mails and the mail box does not have to grow at all.

Press the '% used' button (figure above) to see how much space in the mail box that is being used. In this example 92,3% of the mail box is filled with data. In theory 7,7% can be set free when a compact with file size reduction is performed.

Compact with file size reduction never occurs unless an administrator does it or makes it happend. Either you can do it when the problem arises for a user or you can set up a program document that does it on a weekly schedule or so.

  1. On the console: load compact mail\xxx.nsf -B (compact xxx.nsf with file size red.)
  2. Program document With file size reduction:

  3. Program document without file size reduction:

A recommendation would be to create a program document that executes a compact -b every night for all users mail files. And once a week a program document that executes compact -B for all users mail files.

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