Article archive for 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007

When the email flood inundates the Domino Server

At some point every network administrator and end user inevitably realizes that even email has a darker side. There’s no denying the benefits of email as a means of communication, set against these benefits however, are legal obligations and security-related challenges that can turn into a serious headache. It’s important to be aware of the statutory requirements concerning email, and that they are an unavoidable issue, yet one of vital interest.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

You can help bring security and safety back to White House email

This has been a very exciting week for us here at ZATZ. After many long months of work, ZATZ Editor-in-Chief David Gewirtz’ book Where Have All The Emails Gone? is now available.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Numeric vs. text fields in application design

When designing applications, consider carefully whether the value you are keeping really is a number that you will use in arithmetic calculations, or whether it is just a text string that contains numeric characters. You won’t regret those few extra moments in your application design process when you see the extra robustness of the application and its greater resilience to change. In this helpful article, Senior Technical Editor Mick Moignard helps you understand where you could go wrong, even if you do it by the numbers.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Get with the gratitude

Thanksgiving is upon us here in the United States. While the true history of Thanksgiving is subject to some controversy (isn’t pretty much everything, these days?) there are certain elements of the modern Thanksgiving celebration we can all take to heart — even for those of you who don’t live in these United States. We discuss those in this article, and end with a must-read caution for anyone going out and buying stuff on Black Friday.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Faking Notes profile names

Under Notes 5.x it was easy to enter a fake name into a Profile document; you simply typed in something and saved it. The client complained, but it still accepted non-hierarchical names like "Annalee’s Astounding Addenda" or "Expense Reporting Dept". But, in Notes 6.x and 7.x, you can’t type in the field. You have to select a name from an address book. Nancy Hand discusses how to get around this limitation.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Where to find answers to your Notes and Domino questions

IBM, Lotus and their partners provide a lot of documentation and training. Somewhere in the community of developers, administrators, and users, there is bound to be someone who can provide the answers you need. The biggest hurdle can be in finding where to look for information. This is not a complete list. Actually, it’s a very short list, just to get you started.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Troubles with views

Here’s a short piece with some tips on using Notes views programmatically from LotusScript. And it may be a first for DominoPower: it was written entirely with the Notes 8 document editor.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Playing Hide & Seek with servers

Server upgrades, you gotta love ‘em. It doesn’t matter if you’re upgrading the hardware, the operating system, or a major application like Domino. If everything goes smoothly, it’s just because you haven’t identified the problem yet.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Why I STILL recommend Domino over Exchange

In the United States, it seems that the decades-long Lotus-versus-Microsoft battle is long over. Certainly, it is no longer news. Microsoft Excel has all but replaced Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Office dominates corporate desktops compared with Lotus SmartSuite, and for a variety of reasons, more IT customers in the US use Microsoft Exchange and Outlook rather than Lotus Notes and Domino. But is Domino a technology belonging to the past? With 130 million licenses sold, it’s hard to make that argument. In fact, Domino is the most important alternative to Microsoft Exchange today. Messaging expert Ron Herardian makes an important case for IBM to up its marketing effort and refine its strategy.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

An interview with PC industry pioneer Bill Lyons

A little over a year ago, we ran an interview with AXS-One’s Marie Patterson on email storage and retrieval. Normally, we don’t like to run more than one executive interview from a company with any frequency, but when we had the opportunity to interview AXS-One CEO Bill Lyons, we jumped at the chance. Bill is a true PC industry pioneer. Back in the olden days, when the "big three" were Microsoft, Lotus, and Ashton-Tate (remember dBASE IV?), Bill Lyons was CEO of Ashton-Tate. He also was CEO of Parc Place Systems. Many of you might not have heard of Parc Place, but that was the company form to commercialize SmallTalk, a technology out of XEROX Parc that’s influenced personal computers in so many different ways. So, when we had the chance to sit Bill down and pick his brain, we took it. Here, then, is our interview with Bill Lyons.

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