by Volker Weber

Bruce writes (and gets beat up):

I was poking around on the fabulous PlanetLotus.org today and ran across this interesting statistic: Microsoft is one of the top keywords in blog posts. For a site and community dedicated to all things Lotus I find we spend way too much time talking about Microsoft.

An unhealthy obsession indeed.


Vowe, supporting this with your link is not going to make it better. This is all really too simplistic. If this all would be Microsoft bashing, than indeed, this would be a sign of beeing near of death with Lotus technology. If all of this is "We need a Microsoft Windows Server XYZ to run this functionality", that doesn't even count for this context. It probably is a mix of both extremes, and unfortunately, there is no way for us to see the background of the statistics, hence every interpretation is moot.

Whats the saying:

"Statistics are for normal people the same as a street lamp for a drunken man: Not to give light, but to cling on it"

or the other one:

Never believe a statistic unless you have forged it yourself

Jens-B. Augustiny, 2008-02-09

Yancy has explained how the statistic is built. And I don't even need the statistic to see this obsession.

Volker Weber, 2008-02-09

Yep, and the way it is done doesn't meed my criterias very well, so it is basically useless for what it is called for. Feeling the obsession is something different and you probably could explain why you do so. That would bring value in the discussion.

Jens-B. Augustiny, 2008-02-09

Hey, it goes both way. I know of a MS Exec (should I say Sr Exec ?) who left IBM over 5 years ago, and who's blog seems dedicated to telling the story of the alleged demise of Lotus Notes. it's not like there are no news worthy things happening in Redmond (Halo3, MS Bob, Yahoo Bid, etc.....). My recommendation at this point: "Therapy".

Joel Demay, 2008-02-10

Weird isn't it?

I am reading a lot of stories recently how migrating to Exchange is impossible, because the Domino mail infrastructure is being held hostage by legacy Notes applications. These stories send out two clear signals:

Do not write Notes applications or you may end up as a hostage.
Free yourself.

Not the intent of the stories, I guess. Maybe it's time to talk about something else.

Volker Weber, 2008-02-10

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