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Trenne von Vista?

Trenne

Habe Verbindungsprobleme mitte Vista? Dann trenne Sie von Vista oder kaufe Sie eine Mac.

Die Zukunft des Datenträger

Die gegenseitigen Beschimpfungen der Herren Lobo und Sixtus bei Twitter zu lesen ist immer wieder eine große Freude. Jetzt gibts das auch als Farbfernsehen.

Lotus Domino Administratoren streiken – Millionen Nutzer sind verärgert

Wäre doch eine schöne Überschrift, oder?

Nachdem die Lokführer das halbe Land lahmgelegt haben mit den Argumenten “Wir sind wichtig, ohne uns geht nix, wir haben auch ein Cockpit aber kein Pilotengehalt, und im übrigen wollen wir viel” überlegen sich das auch andere Berufsgruppen.

So zum Beispiel heute die Berliner Lokal-Piloten von der BVG. Trotz 13 Jahre Beschäftigungssicherheit will man es mal einfach mit 12% versuchen. Außerdem ist man auch wichtig, wie man heute sieht. Die Hälfte meiner Mitarbeiter versucht sich irgendwie zum Dienst durchzuschlagen, die andere Hälfte bleibt lieber gleich zu Hause.

Kein Wunder also, wenn auch die Admins denken: Ohne uns läuft nix. Kein Mail geht mehr raus ohne uns. Wir haben viel Verantwortung. Und wir wollen viel.

Sonos and last.fm

Does anybody know if there is a way to submit music titles played on Sonos to last.fm – similar to the last.fm Scrobbler for the songs played in iTunes?

L´hiver est arrivé

it´s winter time

Arghhhh

IBM wants us to label or solutions as “Built on Express Advantage”. Yet another label from IBM. It will not help us to sell one more licence. But applying for that label will make my IBM partner rep happy. So I filled in a huge web based form – saved the draft. And that’s what I got in return:

Not Found

The requested URL /https:/www.developer.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/forms/blankForms/boe_nomination_form_return.jsp was not found on this server.

Back Button? Yes, and what we have now is an empty form again. All the work gone. This is one of the moments when I remember the good old times using Notes databases, replicated with IBM, filling out forms offline or online. Right now I feel like this.

Highly addictive


If you are fascinated by M.C. Escher´s “impossible realities” you should check out the OLE Coordinate System. Watch the video and learn.

And then start building your own impossible reality.

How to gain market share

Yesterday at a customer site:

Customer: So can you also help us with infrastructure and hardware problems?
Me: Yes, of course!
Customer: We need help upgrading to Vista and Office 2007.
Me: Ooops…
Customer: Is there a problem?
Me: Well, you have now Windows XP and Office 2003 – and to be honest thats everything you need. In fact I would recommend taking a look at Open Office 2.2. So why do you want to upgrade?
Customer: Very simple: We want to read and edit Office 2007 DOCX files.
Me: But why? Nobody in the world uses that format except Microsoft itself?
Customer: We receive every day documents in that format from the European Commission in Brussels, we are part of many groups in Brussels, and they send out their stuff as DOCX.
Me: So tell them to convert it to DOC or even Open Document Format. There are probably hundreds of other interest group outside in Europe that receive these files and cant open it – and don’t want to spent thousands of Euros to upgrade the systems.
Customer: No way. Everybody in Brussels uses now Office 2007, and they will not stop sending the documents out in DOCX. We tried and failed.
Me: But what is the reason for this bullshit?
Customer: Microsoft gave away Office 2007 licenses to the Commission’s administrative staff – for free.

So this is how it works.

Ladung und Paarung

Jetzt, wo mein Audi und mein Blackberry Pearl sich endlich paaren können, fällt auf: Telefonieren via Bluetooth kostet richtig Strom. Aber es gibt keine Ladeschalen für die blöde Halterung von Audi. Wer zum Teufel braucht noch Siemens-Ladeschalen? Nicht ein einziger Blackberry ist unterstützt.

Weiß jemand, ob es andere Lieferanten gibt, die passende Ladeschalen anbieten?

Summer in the City

Der frühe Vogel

Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm. Sagte schon die Großmutter. Fleissig stehen wir also jeden Morgen auf, um auf die Geschäftsjagd zu gehen. Über genau diese alte Weisheit habe ich heute um 5:15 auch nachgedacht. Bilder von stählernen Riesenvögeln mit weit aufgerissenem Maul an Gate 2 flimmerten vor meinem geistigen Auge, blutrünstige Wesen mit leuchtenden Augen, die, nachdem sie den leichtgläubigen Geschäftsreisenden verschlungen haben, sich auf breiten Schwingen in die dämmernde Morgenröte erheben.

Nein. Es kommt immer auf die Sichtweise an. Und aus der Sicht des Wurms ist es definitv besser, liegen zu bleiben.

Ich glaub, ich mag die Würmer.

Selbst ist der Koch

Kluge Kochschule

Ein schönes Abendessen mit einem vier Gänge Menu zu genießen ist eine tolle Sache. Das Abendessen aber selber unter Anleitung zweier Profiköche zuzubereiten, ist eine ganz andere Sache. Reduzieren, tomatisieren, karamellisieren – und philosophieren. Probieren, mischen, schmecken – und genießen. Ein wunderbares Geschenk. Danke.

Terroristen mit Einkaufswagen

Warum zum Teufel müssen Pensionäre am Samstag morgen, an dem die arbeitende Bevölkerung ihre notwendigen Einkäufe möglichst schnell erledigen will, mit 500 Euro Scheinen ihr Leberwurstbrot für 89 Cent bezahlen und damit den gesamten Betrieb stundenlang aufhalten. Ich werde es nie verstehen.

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Wheelie Bin 9th hole 3 9 3 Number 9

About this years Lotusphere

On board of DL78 from New York to Berlin it is time for me to review Lotusphere 2007. First of all: With all that Web 2.0 buzz it seemed to be more of a Blogosphere than a Lotusphere. People were so excited about social software arriving in the business world – and about the Web 2.0 like new cool tools from Lotus.

But what is realy new looking at all the announcements from a few thousand miles away? Some assorted thoughts:

1. IBM refocuses its Lotus brand. And thats the best message they can send out to the customers and the community. The Workplace trial period is over, it failed, they kicked it off the portfolio. Lesson learned. Not only customers and partners celebrated the end of Workplace, even the IBMers seemed to be very happy about the end of the “two ways to the future story”. For my company this is not realy bad. We spent a lot of time in Workplace trainings, we offered trials and “Workplace Installation Parties”, but thank god nobody purchased that stuff. I would be in trouble now. Anyway. With the Websphere Portal 6 and its Express product line there is still a great offering in the portal market.

2. Refocusing the Lotus Brand means: Lotus Notes and Domino are (and ever have been) the core product in the Lotus brand. Messaging and Collaboration are based on Notes technology. With the official branding of “Hannover” as “Lotus Notes 8” IBM made that very clear again.

3. Lotus Notes 8 might be the most important release since Notes 4. The Eclipse based so called “Standard Client” is a major improvement. The user interface is a quantum leap, and I can see no reason why anybody should prefer MS Outlook over Lotus Notes 8 because of the UI. And in fact there never had been any other reason to prefer MS Outlook. As I work now in my daily work with the Notes 8 Beta 1 I can say: This is surpringly robust code, and the performance is much better then I expected it to be. There are so many improvements that made life so much easier with Lotus Notes 8. But this should be a separat blog entry.

3. And then we have all that Web 2.0 stuff. Lotus Connections is – I mentioned it before – what I have been looking for since two years. Finally Lotus delivers its approach to activity centric collaboration. At Lotusphere I had the chance to play around with “Activities”, and because Lotus Connection went live as a Beta platform for all Lotusphere attendees I could integrate it into my Notes 8 sidebar. It works as intended, even if there are lots of strange behaviors in the web frontend. It is beta code, but I can´t wait to set up our own Lotus Connections server. But Lotus Connections is not only about activity management. There is a powerfull profiling engine in it (I could not find out which technology is behind it, I remember some Raven stuff which did the same), it contains a bookmark engine which IBM calls dogear and is in fact a inhouse clone of del.icio.us.

With Lotus Connections IBM adopts many of the well known Web 2.0 technologies, including blogs and wiki templates. What is in for my customers? Well, the activity centric approach is key for me, and I already started evangelizing my customers about that. Blogs, Wiki, Bookmark server? OK, its nice to have. Even if I am very familiar with these technologies and I know predictions like “in 2020 everybody will have a Blog like everybody today has an email adress”, but I am a little bit scepticall about this.

I know Microsoft is offering Sharepoint now with blog and wiki templates, too. They try to be cool, too. From my point of view Microsofts customer community will take much less advantages of these capabilities then Lotus customers. But anyway, on both sides it is still a small target group.

Looking at Lotus Quickr, the next big announcement at Lotusphere, there is another “cool toolset”. Basically its a Quickplace update that comes with a document management template and – yes, you name it – blog and wiki templates. The Quickplace components evolves from two sides: The classical Domino based Quickplace will be enhanced with the Document Management features, and IBM tries to make the old Workplace Teamspace look like Quickplace and enhanced this with the Workplace Documents DMS features. So customers who come from Quickplace will get an easy upgrade and stay with the Domino platform, even if the DMS functionality is not as rich as in the Workplace/Websphere Portal environment. The goal is to support both codestreams in the backend but integrate in the frontend. The frontend with its MS Office and Explorer-Integration will be the same for both codestreams using a common web services interface. This is a good idea, and in the labs I had a short look on Sametime integration in the future: Lotus Sametime will take your Lotus Quickr collaboration teamroom live with one mouseclick – switching between synchronous and asynchronous collborative work will be easy as never before.

Again: What makes me excited is the Lotus Quickplace plus Workplace Documents enhancement, not the “cool” blog and wiki stuff. Looking at the Blog capabilities I learned that each new product has its own blogging engine. They don´t share the code. Domino comes with an own template since Domino 7, Lotus Connections uses an open source blog engine, and Lotus Quickr comes with an own Blog template, too. Maybe this will change when IBM releases all that new stuff, but the question is still: Is there real business value for my customers? I don´t see it yet.

I don´t want to sound to sceptical about social software entering the business world. It is in fact a major step forward for Lotus and IBM. And in an IBM ecosystem with hundreds of thousands employees tools like blogs, wikis, profile applications a la MySpace or openBC and bookmark servers a la del.icio.us might have an enormous effect on organizational development. It will change the world in large ecosystems like it changes the world right now in the world of freelancers and entrepreneurs in the Web 2.0. But in the SMB world, where IBM wants us as their business partners to make business, these tools are nice to have – today.

But maybe tomorrow these tools will become a kind of common standard like email is in these days or instant messaging is about to become. Like Mike Rhodin quoted his daughter: “email is for my grandfather”. And these young people will enter our business world very soon.

Frank geht ran

Wenn Gegenwehr nicht mehr hilft: Frank geht ran.

Mißbildung

Fragt man meine beiden durch diverse Dinosaurier Bücher und Dinosaurier-Wissensspiele gestärkten Söhne, wann die Dinosaurier lebten, so erfährt man prompt, dass ihre Lieblingstiere vor 65 Millionen Jahren plötzlich ausgestorben sind. Auch wissen sie, dass die Menschheitsgeschichte erst vor 2 Millionen Jahren begann.

Jetzt erzählt ein gerade eröffnetes “Museum” eine andere Geschichte. Die großen und die kleinen Viecher wurden vor 6.000 Jahren innerhalb von 6 Tagen erschaffen und lebten alle friedlich im Garten Eden. Am 7. Tag ruhte sich der Schöpfer dann bekanntermaßen aus. Kein Wunder bei der Anstrengung. Erst die kleinen Einzeller zusammenfieseln und dann diese 70 Tonnen schweren Brachiosaurier erschaffen – ich möchte nicht tauschen. In der Folgezeit versteckte sich der Mensch anscheinend erfolgreich vor dem wildernden Tyrannosaurus Rex, der aus Gram dann lieber seine Artgenossen fraß und damit zum Aussterben verurteilt war.

Das alles ist nicht neu, auch der Streit zwischen den Kreationisten und Darwinsten schwelt schon ewig. Erschreckend finde ich in dieser Meldung nur das Ergebnis einer Gallup Studie:

[…] almost half of Americans believe that humans did not evolve, but were created by God in their present form within the last 10,000 years.

Ich hoffe, dass das unseren Kindern trotz der Misere unseres Bildungssystem erspart bleibt.

Gone Fishing

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Need a Massage? Get a Palm!

From todays Palm press release:

[..]
– A short description of the Award (German): Die schnelle UMTS-Datenübertragung und die Push-E-Mail machen den Treo 750v zur tollen Nachrichten-Maschine.
– A short description of the Award (English): The fast UMTS file transfer and push e-mail make Treo 750v an amazing massaging machine.
[..]

I know you can do lots of things with a Palm 750v. But this was really new to me 😉

Pigeon Business

Good tip in case you need to sign off from business for christmas shopping – just for a few hours…