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The idea is simple. At the start of your day - upon completion of your first task - create an entry highlighting what you did and whether you feel it was an efficient or inefficient use of your time. Based on several requests, you can also select the priority, apply categories, or even align your time against a project.
For Lotus Notes Client v8.0 and above, you can use the Time Tracker Widget to make this process even easier!
My Configuration-based Rich Text Mail Merge and Emailing Utility, Zephyr allows you to create rich, data-driven emails to support automated workflow - all via Microsoft Word Mail Merge-like architecture. Dear <firstname> allows you to personalize each email message not only to the individual recipient, but also to the individual application workflow event!
xCopy is a simple configurable xCopy client for the Lotus Notes client. By creating and defining xCopy Profiles, you can batch process your file backup or remote upload jobs. With the addition of the xCopy sidebar widget, you can easily kick-off these jobs, and modify both the xCopy Profiles and xCopy itself.
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My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives...
10/13/2009 12:01:48 AM by Chris Toohey
See, I've got some ideas...
Ideas for new projects. Ideas for new articles. Ideas for new community efforts. And ideas for new and exciting stuff!
The problem is scheduling them into the daily grind. Notice I didn't say time, as my AMA Time Management instructor would be happy to note that I understand that we all get the same finite hours in the day - it's how effective we are with those hours. Our effectiveness comes from prioritizing and properly scheduling.
And thus, I'm putting priorities and schedules to each of these ideas...
A time efficiency and tracking Lotus Notes Client application. Help find the missing hours in your day that you spend on websites like this one! Be more efficient. Fight. WIN!
A Project Management Lotus Notes Client application which allows you to align projects to your PMO, track individual tasks and project calendars -- all based on PMI standards.
A Microsoft Excel (and eventually other format) Lotus Notes Client NotesData Export Utility. The idea is simple: Have a format that you need to export into? Spread will do the job! Simply configure an export template based on your specific needs - the given NotesDatabase, NotesDocumentCollection criteria, etc. - and Spread will export based on your configuration settings. This one will be an actual product that I plan on selling, and looking at a $30USD price per user.
A Lotus Notes Client NotesDocument categorizer/labeller Application and Widget. The idea here is that you can categorize/label (ala GMail Labels) email, calendar entries, and other NotesDocuments - allowing you to group documents based on project, customer, etc..
Secret Community Project
Sorry - I don't want to go into this one any further than that at this time, other than to tell you that I have an idea for developers internal and external to the Lotus Online Community to create some truly amazing stuff. More details coming soon!
A Lotus Notes Database designed to maintain web resources. Single instance per site-setup that I'm already using to run one website in production today with great success.
I've re-designed the site, and wired everything into my Lotus CMS. It's just a matter of making it the top priority to sit down, migrate all of the content to the new site, etc. That - sadly - will take some time, and I want to make sure that I get the above items (including the Lotus CMS itself) out before I tackle this one entirely!
The more views that you have in a NotesDatabase, the more bloat and potential functional lag in the UX you'll experience. MatchMaker is a simple development utility that will allow you to create logically-controlled indexes - allowing you to quickly access like-categorized NotesDocumentCollections without a need to query the NotesDatabase at runtime.
An admin/developer-defined NotesData CRUD Proxy and API that would allow you to quickly and easily integrate NotesData into existing web/non-Lotus Notes client solutions. While v1.0 never made it out of a few customer implementations and my own testing, I want to get this next release out there for general consumption.
Now, that's the in-order prioritized list of upcoming projects. As I'm plotting out the schedule, I'm hoping to put the Secret Community Project out while those lucky enough to be attending LotusSphere 2010 are in Orlando, Florida grabbing swag.
That means I'll have three open source/freeware (will more than likely put them out on OpenNTF) products online and available and one new pay-for-play product before the end of the year.
This - of course - includes distractions by things like the Blackberry Widget SDK/API, the occasional YouTube screencast, and other mid-day tangent that I might want to hop on here and discuss.
These sound good to you? Think I have any that are mis-prioritized? Am I missing something from this list? Comment to this post or send me an email with your thoughts!
04/20/2009 10:16:10 PM by Chris Toohey
Today I was asked for an example of a Smart Landing Page, to which I was more than happy to comply and send the requester the in-progress Understanding the Domino CRUD API Example Database.
Not wanting to leave anyone else out in the code that prefers a more hands-on approach to picking up some new techniques, I thought I'd publish the build as of this afternoon.
Speaking of services, the more astute of you will notice a shuffle in the pages View Design Element and $$ViewTemplateDefault|$$NavigatorTemplate for index.html Form Design Element: I'm adding the first part of a mini-series on the READ state of the Domino CRUD API.
So grab this build release of the Domino CRUD API Example NotesDatabase, play around, and check back here for more on the READ state of the Domino CRUD API! Good times ;-)
09/11/2008 10:24:17 AM by Chris Toohey
Thought I would discuss a few things that I'm looking to deliver in the next-round releases of the freeware/tipjar-ware that I've been putting out lately:
- Better response logging - this is a must have as far as I'm concerned
- Allowing type-in command or Command Document selection based on User Roles
- Locking down Servers or Commands with Reader fields
- Web Browser Front End
- Mobile Browser Front End
- Schedule Engine
- xCopy Logic Engine
- xCopy Job Collections - the ability to say run this assigned collection of Jobs
- Better Transaction Logging
- Multi-OS Support
- HTML-based Email Bodies
- Optional in-line Formula evaluations
- Schedule Engine
- Porting of the current notification engine to a tighter, custom Class-based architecture
- Create View-Free Data Architecture
- Configuration-based "at will" data relationship indexing.
- Crawler and Indexing Schedule Engine
- Junction Lite
- Freeware/Open Source version of Clearframe's Junction - a configurable data conduit/middleware utility.
- E.T. - this one's new on the list as of today...
- Cisco WebDialer plug-in for Lotus Notes
- Right-click Menu click-to-dial via Widget
- Phonepad Sidebar Widget
If anyone has any suggestions, requests, etc. - please let me know in the comments.
Two weeks ago (hey, I can totally understand the schedule, Bruce) Tim and I were fortunate enough to be invited on the Taking Notes Podcast to discuss Freeware, Shareware, Guiltware/"Tip Jar"-ware, and "for-profit" IBM/Lotus Notes and Domino Product offerings. Outside of me bringing down the collective IQ of the assembled cast, I think it was a great show.
In a podcasting cross-pollination experiment, we bring Chris Toohey and Tim Tripcony on the show -- you know them from the YellowCast podcast for Lotus Notes developers -- to talk about the pros and cons of developing Notes applications for free. Or trying to make a small profit on them.
For those of you interested, check out Taking Notes: Episode 86, which should appear on something called Eye Tunes sometime soon enough (damn toys...).
If it sounds like I'm flying through this... I am - first time I recorded I was half-way through before the Jing 5-minute timer cut me off!
I've gotten a lot of questions since the release of Zephyr v0.1... and I thought the best way to answer them would be to give you a quick (it's like 4:50 minutes in runtime) flash demo and tutorial on just what is Zephyr and how it works.
If you like what you see, you can download the totally free mail merge notifications utilty here: Zephyr v0.1 - Configuration-based Rich Text Mail Merge and Emailing Utility
And - as an aside - if anyone has any suggestions on a (freeware maybe?!) solution that allows me to record this stuff - screencasting, etc. - I'm all ears!