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Learning XPages

March 5th, 2009 No comments

Since there’s no book out yet, and you can’t find more than a scant article or two on the subject, Declan Lynch’s excellent series on Learning XPages is a great start. Take a look at the table of contents, or just dive right in with part one on objectives.

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Crazy with the iPhone apps

March 4th, 2009 3 comments

I’ve gone a little nuts with the iPhone apps lately adding:

Toodledo – I’ve been looking for a while for a cheap, effective way to get tasks on my iPhone, that being the big productivity gap on that device. Plenty of good apps to do this, but I needed one that would 1) sync with Outlook/Exchange and 2) support categorization so I could give the Getting Things Done methodology a try.

While the app does not natively do that first thing, it does do the second. To do the first, I’m using a third-party free tool that syncs your Outlook tasks with Toodledo and makes them available to the Toodledo iPhone app.

I’m not sure I’m going to stick with this as the app has presented some issues, like getting things out of sync, tasks disappear because they’re marked as completed. I can easily recover from these things, but it’s still a little bothersome.

Watchmen – Promo tool for the movie. Kind of fun.

Kindle – Just released early today, let’s you download Kindle books, magazines, etc., to your iPhone. You still need to buy content at the Kindle Store.

iDracula – Fun game, and on sale for $0.99. I found out about this from the great twitter feed that follows all the price drops on iTunes.

New York Times – Just a quick way to get the Times headlines. Yes, I could go to the web site with Safari on the iPhone, just like they showed in the first iPhone ads, but this is a lot easier to read. – A great first start at streaming TV shows to your iPhone. A bit rough, and the content is pretty sparse (mostly clips), but it has potential.

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Trying to update this blog

February 26th, 2009 1 comment

Whenever I log in here now, I get that little flag saying that WordPress 2.7.1 is out now and I really should upgrade. However, it hasn’t been that easy.

Sure, I could take the usual way out – download the code, upload it the server, unzip it and follow the update instructions. However, with 2.7 there’s this spiffy little auto-update button. Seems straightforward – fire up the FTP server, give the UI my FTP credentials, and away we go. Just ran in to some problems:

  1. Port 21 was closed. Solved by updating the firewall setting.
  2. Set up my credentials correctly in FTP. By default, FTP allows anonymous access and keeps you penned in to your home directory. Anonymous access is now off, and my username can access any directory vi FTP that it’s normally allowed to in the OS.
  3. Still no go, getting an error about php-zlib being wrong. Well, turns out it wasn’t installed at all. Fired up the software updater to update php itself, and install php-zlib.
  4. Now I get a different error, pretty generic – can’t unpack the software.

What I’ve found through this is that the auto-update feature is almost completely undocumented. It just assumes that you have FTP up and running, it’s listening on port 21, and that you have the right credentials to update the WP directory. I think I’m running in to permissions issues, but I have no idea where.

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Lotusphere update

February 6th, 2009 No comments

So, I don’t think I’m going to get around to a post for each session I went to, suffice to say they were all great. I learned about about Javascript, enough to know I need to learn more. Lots of new stuff in administering Domion 8.5, and hopefully we can get in on the Design Partner program for the new SSO and Directory Independence projects.

Overall, my impression was great – definitely the best Lotusphere I’ve been too, and this is my 7th.

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JMP204 – JavaScript for Lotusscript developers

January 18th, 2009 1 comment

Great session with Henry Newberry as an introduction to JavaScript (still foreign territory to me) for Lotusscript developers (which I still kind of consider myself to be). The language is pretty straightforward, and in some ways is easier than Lotusscript; i.e., no need to declare variables, but some gotchas, like those variables being case-sensitive.

Need to pick up the JavaScript Bible by Danny Goodman.

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January 18th, 2009 No comments

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) looks pretty cool, basically a way to standardize data layout so JavaScript can work with it. Also like it because it uses dot notation.

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a set of extensions to JavaScript that allow it to do cool, client-side stuff that allows manipulation of the on-screen page with little or now trips back to the browser.

JQuery ( is a JavaScript library that lets you easily do all the JSON stuff in an AJAX-enabled browsers with some quick library calls.

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At Lotusphere

January 17th, 2009 No comments

I’ve arrived for Lotusphere 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Flight was good, but crowded (as always). Got on a shuttle pretty quickly, and got to the hotel, checked in, registered at the conference then headed to ESPN for a beer. Pretty crowded and warm in there, and I had spent the day on a crowded plane, so I headed out and got some dinner at Big River Grille on the boardwalk.

While I was there I ended up sitting next to a couple of guys from TriLog group. Before they were TriLog, they were the folks at Relavis behind their Domin0-based CRM product. We had a nice chat about the CRM market, and about how the days of dominant applications are over. Customers want to buy what they want, then used standards-based interfaces, like Web Services, to get them to all work together.

Now I’m back at the hotel room blogging, and getting unpacked.

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MOSS 2007/WSS 3.0 December Cumulative Update

December 17th, 2008 No comments

The KB files aren’t up yet, but the download is available.

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Another upgrade!

December 11th, 2008 No comments

Not on the blog, or even at work. Just noticed today that WAS 7.0 shipped sometime last month. I only noticed this because FP1 showed up for it on WAS support recently. Guess I’ve been a bit busy, plus there’s not much I can do with it now, as all our current/future projects call for v6.1

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WP 2.7

December 10th, 2008 No comments

Yup, got brave and updated. Not a bad process:

Download and extract the package
Log in to my server via SSH and back up the whole wordpress directory
Remove wp-admin and wp-includes directories
Upload the files, overwriting everything
Log in, click on Site Admin then click on the Upgrade Now button.

Pretty impressive. However, this is leaps and bounds above 2.6.x – this really should be v3.

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