IBM Thought 2019

    Robert Baehr  February 15 2019 09:04:03 PM
    Greetings:

    IBM Think 2019 is history!   Here is what I learned this week:


    1. Domino is FAR FROM DEAD!


    HCL, in my opinion, is pushing the Domino platform in the right direction.   Domino is no longer the "Red-Headed Bastard Step Child" of IBM.   The direction of open development, data exposure to other platforms, extensibility, programmability, is a welcome, refreshing, and business benefit usability of Notes and Domino.   For the first time, in a long time, I am encouraged about the future of the platform.  I think they need to hire Denis Leary and do a worldwide blast of TV spots to re-introduce the product to businesses everywhere, and bombard the airwaves with the commercial!  I have ideas, so if anyone at HCL is reading this - contact me.....


    2. The Domino Community:


    Anyone who has "bailed" on the Domino platform, and the community should seriously reconsider their membership!   The platform AND community are alive, well, and bleeding yellow!  I did not attend a single session on Notes and Domino that was not at or near capacity - a sign of things to come?  I am encouraged!


    3. The Future:


    HCL should seriously consider a re-launch of Lotusphere - complete with the "cookie" - starting next year!   Same bat time - same bat channel (Orlando, FL).  I think that this would add credibility to your future direction of the platform.


    4. On A Personal Note:


    To me, the best thing about the IBM Conference is that it is over!  It's been a long week - and all I look forward to is getting home, and seeing my wonderful, beautiful, bride, Cindy Baehr.  She is my "reason", and yeah -  she's that incredible!  N'uff Said!


    More to come - stay tuned!


    Cheers!

    Bob Baehr

    The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

      IBM Think 2019 - ICS Community Day

      Robert Baehr  February 12 2019 06:58:43 PM
      Greetings:

      Today I attended the ICS Community Day event at IBM Think 2019.   And it was full of surprises.  The room was pretty packed with Domino and Connections enthusiasts.   I was quite surprised, and for a moment, borderline overwhelmed.


      Thee energy level seems quite high surrounding Domino 10 (and the forthcoming Release 11).   Not only from participants, but, from those involved with product development.    Initially, I was skeptical about the sale of the Domino platform, but after today, that skepticism has been greatly decreased.  Reportedly, Domino license renewals are UP, customers who left the platform are returning, and I was happy to hear someone on-stage admit that Domino has been neglected for years, but that the neglect is over.   A refreshing surprise.


      Personally, I do not see Domino going away any time soon.  With what HCL has planned, I would not be surprised if you see a lot more of the platform... assuming they "market it" correctly.  I am interested to hear, later in the week, what's coming in Release 11.    


      I also attended a hands-on lab of Domino and node.js.   The nice thing about the lab is that it was "guided", but I had time to experiment with the code, and at times, blow it up to see how it would react.   Everything in this lab made me want to go home and look into it deeper.  I have R10 on Windows, and a Linux server ready to go!   Guess what I'm doing next week?


      No showcase reception for me tonight.  I have things to do, and, don't want to blow my new found eating lifestyle on unlimited free beer and food.  And the "free beer" thing really hits home.....


      More to come - stay tuned!


      Cheers!

      Bob Baehr

      The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

        IBM Think - Coffee and Traffic

        Robert Baehr  February 10 2019 05:18:43 PM
        Greetings:

        I'm all checked in for IBM Think!   Just a heads up for those of you who will be commuting to the conference daily.   Traffic will be a little more harsh than normal due to construction on Howard Street (just off the block where IBM Think will occur).   I was down there today (on a Sunday) and could not believe the traffic.  When I asked, I was told that parts of Howard Street are completely closed due to construction.


        Another public service announcement:  There's a Target about 1.5 blocks from IBM Think, so if you need anything - they've got it!  This saved by life because, the "K-Cup" coffee makers that hotels provide just don't cut it!


        Image:IBM Think - Coffee and Traffic


        More to come - stay tuned!

        Bob Baehr

        The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

          IBM Think 2019 - REDRUM

          Robert Baehr  February 10 2019 12:49:48 AM
          Greetings:

          Made it to San Francisco, and hoping that I am not disturbed by the sounds of "REDRUM" in the middle of the night.


          Image:IBM Think 2019 - REDRUM


          Actually, a nice place.  Great staff!  Friendly and helpful!


          Cheers!

          Bob Baehr

          The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

            IBM Think 2019 - Getting My Game On

            Robert Baehr  February 7 2019 05:20:38 AM
            Greetings:

            Well, I am in the homestretch as I plan the journey to San Francisco for the IBM Think 2019 Conference.  

            I fly in late Saturday, and had to book a hotel in Japantown because the Intercontinental San Francisco was "blocked off."  Looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues, learning what I can, collaborating with people, and seeing what is coming in the Notes and Domino platform.   And, to hopefully meet up with some HCL professionals on how we can re-energize the Notes and Domino activity in my market.

            Speaking of Hotel Rooms, if you haven't booked yours yet, you might want to do so as soon as possible.   At the hotel I am staying at, rooms are now available at about 66% higher price than I paid when I booked it months ago.  

            If you see me at IBM Think 2019, say "hi" and buy me a beer.  I'm pretty easy to speak with.

            See you in San Francisco.

            Cheers!

            Bob Baehr
            The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino!




              Interesting Notes 10 Observation - And A Major Headache

              Robert Baehr  December 8 2018 01:46:58 PM
              Greetings:

              Has anyone ever encountered this problem in Notes 10?

              Scenario:

              I have a rich text field on a form.  I edit the document, and set the font to Arial, 9pt.   I save and close the document.

              When I re-open and edit the document, the font changes to "All Fonts", and completely changes the font from Arial, 9pt to "All Fonts".

              Image:Interesting Notes 10 Observation - And A Major Headache

              Has anyone else seen this?  Any solution offering would be appreciated.

              Cheers!
              Bob Baehr
              The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                A Domino 10 Upgrade Success Story

                Robert Baehr  November 11 2018 07:29:10 AM
                Greetings:

                This weekend, out of necessity, I upgraded a production server to Domino 10.   And I believe that I barely made it to Domino 10 before a potential nightmare became reality.


                Background:

                • We have an application that was approaching the 64GB barrier of Domino 9.   Routinely, I have cleaned this application of data of questionable usefulness, rolling the cleansed version back into production.
                • I setup a test environment with this application on Domino 10, following protocol, and everything seemed to work as expected.  
                • I setup a user with the Notes 10 client, to "beat the application to death" for compatibility, functionality, speed, etc.  Zero complaints from the user.
                • I had a replica of the database on a "no-touch" Domino 9 server, which was not cleansed, just in case the data of questionable usefulness was actually useful (which it never is, but, I'm funny that way).   Having a stand-by replica was a great way to avoid the restoration of a huge 64GB file.
                • The latter exceeded the Domino 9 limit, and, the stories that I have read are correct - Domino 9 (nor I) could open the database directly.   The data could have been retrieved through "creative means", but, for all intents and purposes, the "no-touch" replica was useless in its current environment and state.
                • Application Note:  The database does not contain many attachments - it is all raw data, design, view indexes - nothing spectacular!  In addition, we've been working on an "archive" of the data therein.  The application design complexity makes this far from a trivial task.

                The "Now":


                Given the above meltdown of the "no-touch" replica, I upgraded our production Domino 9 server to Domino 10 yesterday morning.   The process was very straight forward (yes, I followed protocol), simple - and it worked, dare I say, flawlessly!    I then converted the near 64GB production application to ODS 53 (added the CREATE_R10_DATABASES to the server NOTES.INI, and, ran compact -c)  to take advantage of the new 256GB file size supported by Domino 10.   This, too, proved to be a smashing success, although, it took three hours to complete.


                The server ran overnight, with the usual maintenance tasks and scheduled agents cranking away.    This morning, I woke up to a happy, functional, and fast Domino 10 environment.


                In summary, I am, so far, pleased with the Domino 10 upgrade process, thankful for the 256GB file size limit increase, and even happier to see that performance did not degrade because of the new version of Domino.   So far, two thumbs up!


                The "Coming Soon":


                Next up - upgrading the Clients to Notes 10 this week - piece of cake, right?


                I'll share any essential updates on my journey to Notes and Domino 10 with you here - so stay tuned!


                Cheers!


                Bob Baehr

                The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino!


                  Notes 10 Client Menu - Interesting Observation

                  Robert Baehr  November 3 2018 11:59:30 AM
                  Greetings:

                  As I launched Notes 10 this AM, I noticed an interesting menu, shown below.  In all my years of working with Notes, I can say that I do not recall ever seeing this before in the Notes client.



                  Image:Notes 10 Client Menu - Interesting Observation


                  Now, the options Source, Refactor, Run, Tools did nothing when clicked.   Design came up with an option for "Business Cards."


                  Has anyone ever seen this before?   If so, I'd love to hear of your experiences with it.   If not, someone may want to let IBM/HCL know.


                  Environment:
                  • Windows 10 Pro (fully patched)
                  • Notes 10 (from the Notes, Designer, Admin installer).
                  • Upon launch, the only thing opened was the workspace.

                  Cheers!


                  Bob Baehr

                  The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                    New Domino 10 Server

                    Robert Baehr  November 2 2018 05:05:27 AM
                    Greetings:

                    Well, I finally broke down and bought a new server.   Given my home beautification project, I hated to spend the money on technology, but sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do!

                    Here's the general plan for the Home Office:
                    1. Migrate existing ClearOS (yes - ClearOS - it has been rock solid) Domino environment (Domino 9) to the new server (Domino 10), Running Windows Server 2016.
                    2. Swap Domino server names so that the new server is the "primary" server for everything.
                    3. Install Red Hat Linux on the old server.
                    4. Install Domino 10 on the Red Hat Linux server.
                    5. Setup a cluster so they both can be happy together.

                    Right now, I am in the process of completing step 1.   Thankfully, AdminP is working its usual wonderful self creating replicas of all of my data, mail, etc..

                    More to come - stay tuned.

                    Bob Baehr
                    The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino!

                      I Guess I (still) AM...

                      Robert Baehr  October 11 2018 07:47:49 PM
                      Domino upgrade success!

                      Image:I Guess I (still) AM...