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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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10/30/2009 12:21:25 PM by Chris Toohey
Most of the time I'm contacted by a fellow yellowbleeder and presented with a question that has me asking two questions for their every one. I'm fine with this - don't get me wrong - as it's something that I do literally every day.
"Can this be done?" is often met with a "What are you ultimately trying to do?" and "How is this going to be used?" from me, as I find that most of the time a person is set on a way of doing things well before they even ask a question. Which - again, don't get me wrong - is fine, but as we all know there are about 50 different ways to get the same results, and quite frankly setting your mind to only one of those methods when looking to another geek for suggestions can often limit your end product.
Within 5 minutes, Angus McIntyre provides a great introduction and overview to Lotus Domino Designer. I'm really excited about the material that's coming from IBM lately: introduction, overviews, and documentation, all to support user and geek education of the product and platform capabilities.
10/08/2009 11:26:59 PM by Chris Toohey
Dave Leedy does it again - taking nine minutes to dive into Type Ahead-enabled Fields on XPages - showing the differences between Partial and Full Modes - and showing via screencast demo just how easy it is to use SSJS and XPages to create some truly functional Domino XPage web application user interfaces within minutes!
007 - Notes In Nine - A License to TypeAhead
Click here to subscribe to Dave's YouTube channel, and feel free to tell Dave just how awesome this series is by leaving a comment on his videos (or even better - sharing them via your blog, twitter, and facebook.
Also, in case you missed it in the video...
Notes in Nine - LIVE!
XPages: Notes Development meets Web 2.0
Two live shows:
- Thursday, October 15th, 12:00PM (Noon) EST
- Wednesday, October 21st, 08:00PM EST
Each webinar will be available at leonline.net, and - based on feedback and demand - may also repeat in November and December 2009!
07/30/2009 11:01:24 AM by Chris Toohey
The IBM Lotus Information Development Center has been hard at work with not only highlighting community member education through social networks and services like Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube, but they've also created a LotusTechInfo Landing Page on the IBM Lotus Developer Domain.
While the community itself is resides on IBM Greenhouse, this Landing Page will remain as public.
Incidentally, if you do not yet have an IBM Greenhouse account, feel free to sign-up and enter Joyce Davis as your IBM Contact.
From there, you will easily be able to access/join the IBM Lotus Technical Information and Education Community.
Want to know what the IBM LTIEC is all about without having to sign-up for a Greenhouse account? Check out the Landing Page and find out who we are working within and beyond the community to build both Lotus portfolio knowledge as well as business contacts.
And if you have a blog or site where you already contribute to this community, check out the developerWorks Author Achievement Recognition program and learn how you can re-purpose your tips and tricks, have them gain a more global audience, and better establish your subject matter expertise.
05/08/2009 10:35:54 AM by Chris Toohey
After my post from the other day - Getting Lotus technologies to tomorrow's developers - Marie Scott shared information on the following IBM program: IBM Academic Initiative - part of the IBM University Relations program:
From the Become a member section:
Join the IBM Academic Initiative and get access to our valuable resources, at no-charge.
Great - where do I sign up?! ;-)
Who can join? Faculty members and researcher professionals at accredited institutions of learning and qualifying members of standards organizations, all over the globe. Membership is granted on an individual basis. There is no limit on the number of members from an institution that can join.
I have contacted one of the people in charge of the IBM Academic Initiative and will hopefully have some more information to share on this program soon. Until then, check out the IBM Academic Initiative home page - especially if you work in the education field!
However, in the comments section of my post from the other day, Jan posts:
We are a student organisation (11 national places) and we use notes internaly: 300 ID User, alumni as webuser, notes used as webCMS, email and to organise our projects. We do avything unpaid and during our freetime.
We have two big problems with notes/domino right now: we once started with notes because we got a sponsoring from IBM. This is not anymore happening, you need to have some contacts in the right place, which we don't have anymore. This means two things: first we need to pay for updates, which is a big blow for our financial situation and second, we don't get to use new technology like sametime, conection and so on. Which basicly means that IBM misses the oppertunity to show their producs to 150 new students, which will become engineers and manager in a not so distant future.
The bigger problem is, that we don't get any students anymore, which want to play around with a notes/domino system. Most of them want to play with "cool new" MS thingies or "cool PHP" and noone wants to learn the unsexy beast, which is notes/domino. This is becoming a big problem for us, as basicly our system is going into "unsupported" mode during these days as the main persons responsible for the system finished their studies.
I think this is a problem with marketing: Notes is a software, which is "uncool" and so noone wants to have something to with it if he can't help it. Also, as it is not aimed at "normal" users, only at big companies, almost no student has heard of it or used it. And noone has thought about programming for it or played around as an admin.
The even bigger problem is, that noone sees it as a future career path. PHP, Open source, MS, that's the way to go, but N/D?
I've brought this comment out in it's own post, because I think it's something that should be discussed!
Now, I don't know Jan nor do I know the whole situation, but I think that we can all at some level empathize with that feeling of a great technology that we love being looked over for something that we absolutely know to be inferior, all the while being relatively helpless to do anything about it.
To address Jan's issues specifically:
I don't know if Jan was enrolled in this program or another one and something changed... If you were not enrolled, it sounds as though this program may meet the needs of your school. If you were enrolled in this program... what happened?!
This issue goes to the heart of my post from the other day - how do we drive interest in a product that is being marketed and directed to CIOs and has no real focus toward the typical day-to-day customer usage experience.
Years ago - decisions like this were top-down, no questions asked. Today, that's shifting. Employers are looking to keep employees happy, but more importantly keep them productive. If that's the case, do you go with a product portfolio that no one's ever heard of?!
Today I was lucky enough to participate in on a phone call with Bob Picciano, as well as a few other Lotus Online Community bloggers. During the call, he described a scenario he recently experienced where someone using the Lotus Notes Client was able to go from their email into LinkedIn via a Live Text Widget. In a very real world scenario, this person was able to get the information that they needed within seconds using Lotus technologies! Before I could unmute, Nathan said what we were all thinking:
That needs to be in a viral video on YouTube!
The good news? IBM gets it! They're engaging the community - business partner, customer, and global alike - like never before. There are new and exciting products and offerings, as well as better emphasis on adding requested (and often demanded) features into existing products. The technology is sexier, is more capable, and is focused on improving the real world day-to-day customer user experience.
But who knows about all of that hard work and innovation? How do we effectively showcase the Lotus product portfolio in a way that gets people as excited about XPages in the Lotus Notes Client as the most die-hard yellowbleeder? And while we put the pressure on IBM to create better product, better marketing material, and push the message... is there anything that we can do?
Thoughts and comments appreciated...