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InsideLotus - Lotus, Portal and Social Collaborative Software
The developerWorks Lotus team has pulled together a set of resources related to Lotus Notes on a Stick - i.e. running Notes from a USB memory stick - and Sametime Mobile. These pages gather information related to these products and puts it in one place for you to find.
This is a new format for them and if you have any feedback on this approach, post it here.
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I got tagged by Mary Beth, so if I don't respond, I'll never hear the end of it. Without further adieu, here it is:
1. I went to "several" colleges - Univ. of Denver, Northern Arizona U., Univ. of Arizona - before settling on Berklee College of Music, which brought me to my current life in Boston and at Lotus (I was recruited by a musician friend).And, a bonus - this guy is not me - Chris Reckling.
2. I never went East of the Mississippi until I was about 22 years old. (Born in TX, lived in CA, and really settled in AZ.)
3. I'm the middle child out of 5.
4. Favorite authors: Cormac McCarthy (I'm reading The Road right now), Dennis Lehane (Coronado is queued up next; and speaking of Coronado, my family used to spend summer vacation on Coronado Island, near San Diego, CA).
5. I used to rock climb seriously in high school and college, before there were rock gyms and everyone used chalk. Hardest climb I did = Magnolia Thunderpussy on Granite Mountain in Prescott, AZ.
I tag Ted, from this blog, and that's it.
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I got tagged by Chris and so here are some personal facts:
1. I never used a computer until I was 19. I got my first computer when I was 21. I am now 27.
2. I was a Beverly high school varsity letterman in the following sports: Cross Country, Indoor Track, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse (capt.) and Golf. I continued on to play Lacrosse at Virginia Wesleyan College. I still get out for an occasional round of golf and play second base on the Franco-American men's softball team in Danvers. I'm no French.
3. I cried after Bill Buckner's error in the '86 World Series. I didn't cry when the Red Sox won in 2004.
4. When I was 22, I achieved my first software certification (Microsoft Certified Profession -Windows 2000). Since then, I have railed off nineteen IBM software certifications including Sametime, Portal, and Domino.
5. Lotusphere 2007 will be my first time attending the event. When I was 18, I did stay at the Dolphin during Lotusphere and hit up the theme parks with a friend while my father attended the event as a customer. I recall seeing hundreds of people walking around with bags and Lotus badges while I was swimming in the pools. I also recall watching John Elway beat Brett Favre in Super Bowl XXXII on some large projection screens that I think were on sand.
And as a bonus - I was debating about buying tedstanton.com, but instead some bird lover beat me to it.
I tag Steve Castledine.
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I finished the last of my 7 presentations. It's really 6 live presos, and one that Maureen and I re-did for the cameras last night before going out to the parties. It wasn't all that different from presenting to an audience, except there's no nodding heads and smiling faces to look at in the front row, which about all you can see clearly.
Now, it's lab duty tomorrow and another Lotusphere will be over. It always seems to go by so quickly once Sunday night rolls around.
I noticed that overall Evals are in the Lotusphere online system, then you can go pick up your T-shirt.
There are about 200 or so Domino Object posters left and they are in the ISV Enablement Lab in Europe 3 (or there-abouts) for the final 3 hours of lab time on Thurs. We shipped a pile home to Cambridge, too, and we'll bring them to various Lotusphere Comes to You events in the next month.
Off to Sea World tonight. I understand that they have added a roller coaster since the last time we were there. Look for me in the front row.
More to write about in the next few days, as I re-coup!
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Now that I'm back from vacation (Prague - nice!) and recovered from allthe work that piled up, I can continue the series I started this monthon the things to like about Notes. By way of review, check out:
8 Things to Like About Notes 8, Part 1: Mail
8 Things to Like About Notes 8, Part 2: Calendar
Now, on to the main event...Contacts is the third major application to get a face lift in Notes 8.
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To kick off my shot as a guest blogger on InsideLotus, I thought I would share with you some insight into what we are seeing in the marketplace for Linux as a client environment as well as Lotus' response to this opportunity. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to hit the floor at Linuxworld Boston. This was my first Linuxworld and with our new missions of the Lotus Workplace Project Office and Business Transformation teams, I thought it would be an interesting chance to see how the industry is growing first hand.
Having been in the software industry over 20 years, I find the Linux market quite refreshing. Linuxworld reminded me a bit of some of the Comdexes I went to in the early days of PC Software. Larger players are coming out in force, but there still seems to be a wild west feel and electricity in the air -- there are new fortunes to be made and new companies trying to establish themselves. As I toured the floor, I was on the desktop hunt to see whether Linux on Client was gaining momentum. I was quite pleased with what I saw. Several companies were touting Linux client, and I was impressed with the support and announcements made by Novell, Sun, Redhat and the OpenOffice organization. Sun was announcing a new release of their Star Office suite that looked very slick. One of the issues that we continually run into with accounts and Linux discussions are how they can support their Microsoft macros on Linux. Sun demoed to me some of their new macro translators, and I was very impressed with the progress they appear to have made. Next stop was to the Novell booth, where I got a chance to talk to them about their new desktop environment. It was great to hear Novell folks tell me that they have moved to Linux on the client for all of their employees and they have also moved 8 major accounts over as well. We shared some thoughts on migration methodologies, and I had a good chat with their services teams.
Next stop was the Redhat booth, where I got to take a look at their new desktop that is coming out in association with their Redhat 4.0 release. Redhat is focusing hard on the usability of the environment, and I was pleased with the work that they had done around file system representation and navigation as well as simplifying network connectivity. Not to be derogatory, but they are really focused on taking the Geekiness out of Linux. I fondly recall my days of UNIX shell commands, but in order for Linux on the desktop to gain traction it has to be easy enough for the account rep to download their latest sales presentation from a bad connection in a crappy hotel room on the road.....it has to work in the real world.
Of course, Art Fontaine and Nalu Reddy had our booth hopping. We had the Workplace Client on stage, and there was a massive IBM presence. This was a good show to cut our Linux teeth on for Lotus and Linux, and I felt very positive from the comments I got from other vendors, press and analysts welcoming our presence and our investment in this space....all definitely want us to be successful and feel that Workplace can be a killer app to validate Linux Client directions. To help communicate the strength on our commitment to this space, on Thursday that week we announced an investment of $100M across our software family specifically focused on Linux support. I got to do a few interviews and analyst meeting with Surjit Chana, our new Workplace VP, and I was very pleased with the positive vibes and support that we got from those we talked to.
So I left the Hynes Center feeling very good about our opportunities and the Linux path that we are on. It is still early days, but the pioneers are out there making their land claims and it looks like early adopter customers are willing to start the transition. Always on the technical forefront, I have just put my request in to the support guys to sign me and my diehard machine up for the journey, so there will be another Linux client convert in a few short weeks. I'll try to take some time in future blogs to let you know how it's going.
Till next time.....
Vice President, IBM Software Services for Lotus