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WP 2.6.5

December 5th, 2008 No comments

Just upgraded from WordPress 2.6.3. Pretty painless, and seems to work fine.

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iPhone update

November 21st, 2008 No comments

I am really enjoying the iPhone so far. Great interface, lots of good apps (including even one or two for business). I’ve gotten used to the keyboard pretty quick.

The first roadblock I ran in to was just activating it. AT&T did a fine job of setting me up and switching over the number, but I need to be able to connect to the iTunes store to activate the phone, which we can’t do at work because of a firewall rule. I asked a couple others about this, and they said they had to take them home to activate them. Something that will have to be addressed if we allow the widespread use of these in the company.

Apps installed so far:

Backgrounds, Coffee Finder, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, EasyWriter, Eureka, Evernote, Facebook, Free RPN Calc, Goodrec, Google Earth, Google Mobile App, i.TV, iChillout Lite, Lightsaber, Mocah Telnet Lite, Network Ping Lite, Obama Inauguration Countdown, OpenTable, Pandora Radio, PhotoWizard, Stanza, Twitterific, Urbanspoon, Weatherbug, WifiTrak, WordPress

Sadly, what is not on that list is a native Gmail client. The Google Mobile App is great, but that just comes with a screent pointing to bookmarks of the mobile versions of all their cloud apps. Nice, but the native Gmail client on the BlackBerry was pretty slick.

VPN was a little frustrating at first, but I found a workaround. Our network admin won’t let us use the Cisco VPN concentrators, so we have to use a different VPN connection that can be a bit tricky. This will be resolved when he gets new concentrators put in early next year, which will also allow users with 64-bit desktops (Vista 64, x64 Linux, future versions of OS X) to connect with a Cisco client. I still can’t believe he has to buy new hardware to allow for 64-bit client connections.

Anyway, the new phone is great, and I’ve been going to and from work with one, count ’em, just one device all week. Should be fine for day-to-day stuff, the rubber will really hit the road when I go to Lotusphere in January and spend a week away from home/work. Mind you, I will have a laptop with me, I’m not masochist.

The phone came with OS 2.0.2 on Tuesday, so I had to upgrade to 2.1 first thing, then to 2.2 this morning. Two OS upgrades in one week, yikes! However, both upgrades went quite smoothly.

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November 18th, 2008 No comments

Do you know what the three most awesome, spectacular, wonderful words are to any geek?

“Out for Delivery”

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Evaluating phones today

November 13th, 2008 No comments

I’m headed out at lunch to evaluate a couple of phones. There’s an AT&T store in walking distance, and I can check out both the Bold and the iPhone side-by-side.

Also, the Blackbery Storm officially arrives at Verizon Wireless on 11/21 for $200 after rebate.

Update Went with the iPhone, I just plain liked it better. Should be here next week. And now, applications, and . . . accessories!

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Adam Gartenberg on Blogging

November 12th, 2008 No comments

Looks like these are good online sessions to attend: Regularly-scheduled sessions How To Blog

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Yay, my first comment

November 12th, 2008 No comments

. . .  and it’s spam.


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Contemplating a new phone

November 11th, 2008 No comments

My current phone’s agreement ends sometime in December, along with my wife’s; my daughter’s expires shortly thereafter. Plus, I believe my contract on my work phone is up (got it in 11/06). Factor in the fact that I’m tired of carrying around, charging and juggling three devices as I ride around on the bus. Ideally, this would all boil down to one device that would:

  1. Be a cell phone. Duh.
  2. Allow me to sync podcasts (which is what I seem to listen to most of the time) and a fair amount of music, but certainly not all of it.
  3. Let me do work stuff remotely without carrying around a laptop and needing a wifi connection. This includes server administration with Mobile Admin, telnet, etc.
  4. Get me access to my work and personal (gmail) e-mail, calendar, etc.
  5. Camera? Maybe, if it comes with it. Though we’re rapidly getting to the point where a cell phone can replace most compact digital cameras

I currently carry:

  1. Blackberry 8700g from work on the T-Mobile network
  2. LG VX8600 from Verizon. Reception at my desk is, um, problematic. It’s not unusual, for instance, to have my battery die mid-afternoon just sitting in my cube.
  3. iPod (Classic, 5th Gen, 30GB)

I suppose the first choice would be an iPhone. Could easily replace all three, but as for business support, it’s not quite there. The folks at Rove aren’t committing to porting their Mobile Admin application to the iPhone as they consider it still more of a consumer device, even though it’s a more solid platform than BB. I could potentially do it via VPN and a web browser, but I’ve never held an iPhone in my hand and tried that particular functionality. Since it’s a full OS with a full browser, it could work. I suppose I could try it with my daughter’s MacBook pro to see if it even supports Safari.

While it does use ActiveSync to get the mail, calendar and contacts (and my company does support this), I don’t know if it does notes (not Lotus Notes, the notes that come with the Outlook client) and other things I currently get on my BlackBerry. Suppose I could work around that, it’s pretty minor.

The next choice would be the BlackBerry Bold as John Head and Ed Brill have recently come to be amazed by. Apparently it can sync with iTunes, which is great, but the storage is limited – the biggest microSDHC card currently available is 8GB. Also, the Media Sync that connects to iTunes doesn’t support DRM’d music.

The T-Mobile G1 looks pretty nice, but folks are complaining that the battery doesn’t last until until noon, so that’s a show-stopper.

In order to truly get down to something like that, I would have to drop my own phone, and somehow keep the minutes down to my wife and daughter since they would be on a different network most likely. AT&T service around here isn’t that great; I’d prefer Verizon or T-Mobile. Then again, we could all jump ship, just depends on how I coordinate it. AT&T has a lock on the iPhone for another few years, but on the Bold for only a few months. So, scenarios:

We stick with Verizon This could work, as I could get the boss to buy a Bold on the Verizon network (as far as I know, our company doesn’t have a preferred network, we just tell users to pick a phone on a network that works best in their territory). Wouldn’t work for the iPhone. Also, Verizon doesn’t get the Bold until May, 2009, but neither does anyone else, except AT&T.

Jump to T-Mobile Could also work with the Bold, and there are plenty of good phones to choose from. Number portability should also work. But no iPhone.

Jump to AT&T Could then choose between the Bold and the iPhone, but the service is pretty mediocre around here.

Update Did I also mention that the battery life on my phone blows (mainly because of the poor reception in my office)? I can get an extended-life battery and OEM charger for about $22, if I need to hold out until May.

Update II I should also look at the upcoming BlackBerry Storm. It comes out soon (11/17 or 11/24, depending on who you read), and it’s about $200.

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Corporate Twitter

October 31st, 2008 No comments

I’ll do a little more digging on this, but it seems to me that it would not be that tough to put together a corporate twitter-like system based on a number of tools that most shops may already have lying around.

Using the existing would be fine, but many companies frown on people pushing company info outside the firewall. I use the service regularly, but I have to be careful, many times, of how I phrase things, even in those short 140 characters, so as not to divulge company info.

Not being completely familiar with the market, I really only have my shop to compare this to and draw a conclusion from. We’re running Domino, Websphere and Sharepoint, and our internal instant messaging system is Office Communcations server. I’m envisioning a system that is pervasive; that is, I should be able to ‘tweet’ from most anywhere, either my desktop, or my Blackberry/iPhone/Windows Mobile device.

I also say pervasive because Twitter provides an open API that lets you get at it from pretty much anywhere, and that’s part of the reason it has taken off so fast – as long as you have something resembling a data connection (web, phone, whatever), you can tweet.

On my desktop, I’d like to use an existing software app so I don’t have to load up anything new to monitor tweets or to post. Yes, I could go to the web page, but I want to give people options. Ideally I’d use my existing OCS or Sametime client.

On the mobile side I’d do the same with the existing client, or possibly a separate one since the UI expectations are different on a mobile platform.

For the web – a quick page on a Domino/Quickr/Connections server, or a web part on my My Site page in Sharepoint. Outside of those two, any generic web page could do it.

Data would be stored separately from other content to make it easily accessible/archiveable/auditable. It’s own app in Domino, it’s on SQL database for Sharepoint, same for a generic web app. All clients – desktop or mobile – would hit the same data source.

That’s about it for now – just a braindump of stuff I thought about while waiting in the doctor’s office for Jenn.

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Opened it up

October 30th, 2008 No comments

Decided to go with the non-required registration, for now, until the comment spam gets overwhelming, then we’ll see. But I’m not exactly at the Vowe/Ed Brill level of comments yet.

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Moving servers

October 29th, 2008 No comments

Just finished mapping out a lot of the servers I need to move on zLinux. I have a bunch of test/dev servers on SLES 8 and 9 and they need to be re-created on SLES 10 x64 on Z in order to run Domino 8.5. Should be pretty straightforward, and it’s a great chance to clean up a particularly old development server with way too many databases.

I’ll probably also get rid of one of the Windows test servers I have since I’m only running it there to run ReplicAction, which we’re replacing with ecKnowledge. That runs standalone on a Windows box, but doesn’t need a Domino server installed, just the client.

The QP dev server will stay on Windows, since my only other option is AIX or AS/400. I may upgrade that to Quickr 8.1, depending on what happens to our QP server. I have to move that one to VMWare, but I may just install a fresh Domino 8.0.2/Quickr 8.1 server and port over the active Places for now. After I upgrade the hub server, which won’t be for a bit.

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