Tested: the new Lotus screensaver

by Volker Weber

Here at vowe's magic flying circus we test stuff so that you don't have to do it. So when I spotted this posting yesterday, there was a call to action: Benutzung auf eigene "Gefahr" - Use At Your Own Risk.

lotusssaver1

This turned out to be not so easy:

lotusssaver2

Can you spot the error? Hint: the error message shows a different file name than what I was looking for. Turns out the link text says:

http://connections.euluc.com/blogs/lotusgermany/resource/screensaver.zip

But the link points to:

http://connections.euluc.com/lotusgermany/resource/screensaver.zip

Well, so let's try the link text. Heureka:

lotusssaver3

The ZIP file contains a few directories and finally an executable:

lotusssaver4

\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\IBM-Lotus-Solutions-Installer.exe ? That sure looks like we need to run this on Windows:

lotusssaver5

An installer from IBM without an EULA? Cool. Now what does it do? It runs a fully buzzword-enabled Flash movie:

There you have it. No need to ask your administrator for write access to the program directory. Just watch the YouTube video.

Comments

The following link now worked for me:
http://connections.euluc.com/blogs/lotusgermany/resource/Lotus_Screensaver.zip

based on this article:
http://connections.euluc.com/blogs/lotusgermany/entry/der_neue_lotus_screensaver

Gerald Mengisen, 2008-08-26

Good. Now you can test it yourself. Although you really did not need to. :-)

Volker Weber, 2008-08-26

It is unfortunate that IBM/Lotus don't put development resources to better use...

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-08-26

That's not development resources. The Flash player is generic, the messages are recycled. You just need some money and a freelancer who puts it together.

And a lot of conference calls. :-)

Volker Weber, 2008-08-26

There are kits that let you convert a Flash movie to a screensaver, including branding and installer. It's a weeks work at the most to create the movie and put it all together.

Timo Stamm, 2008-08-26

bingo

Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2008-08-26

Don't work on multi monitor system... Its only running on the 1st monitor.

Michael Fritzsche, 2009-10-12

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