October 2001

Lotus Breaks Out KM Server:

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Lotus Breaks Out KM Server: Lotus Development Corp. on Tuesday announced that it would sell its Discovery Server knowledge management software as a standalone product, effective with the 1.1 release of the software.

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Battle Over Blocks: Who would

by Volker Weber

Battle Over Blocks: Who would guess that the way to start a spirited discussion among adults is to bring up the topic of Legos? What do grown-ups care about the simple click-together blocks?
Plenty, it turns out.

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Serve JSP from Domino

by Volker Weber

Serve JSP from Domino

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Domino Tomcat Redirector

by Volker Weber

Domino Tomcat Redirector

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Microsoft Office XP and Internet

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Microsoft Office XP and Internet Explorer version 5 and later are configured to request to send debugging information to Microsoft in the event of a program crash. The debugging information includes a memory dump which may contain all or part of the document being viewed or edited. This debug message potentially could contain sensitive, private information. Apply the registry changes listed in this bulletin to disable the automatic sending of debugging information.

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A bit overdue: TimeToAct, makers

by Volker Weber

A bit overdue: TimeToAct, makers of SecureDomino and NotesToOffice, have relaunched their web site

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TeleZapper: Es gibt tatsächlich ein

by Volker Weber

TeleZapper: Es gibt tatsächlich ein Gegenmittel gehen Telemarketers. Bei den FAQs musste ich mehrmals schmunzeln. (Danke, Thomas)

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Der absolute Brüller: Terror in

by Volker Weber

Der absolute Brüller: Terror in America long before September 11.

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Groove Updates Peer Software, Strikes

by Volker Weber

Groove Updates Peer Software, Strikes Deal With Dell Groove Networks Inc. today will announce Version 1.3 of its Groove peer-to-peer software, new enterprise servers and a 10,000-seat deal with Dell Computer Corp. The new version of Groove is the first to incorporate integration with Microsoft Corp. products as the result of a deal struck between the companies two weeks ago. For instance, Groove can be incorporated into Microsoft Word for simultaneous document editing between two or more people.

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IBM alphaWorks has been relaunched

by Volker Weber

IBM alphaWorks has been relaunched with a new user interface, running on Domino 5.06

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Excellent book on Domino administration:

by Volker Weber

Excellent book on Domino administration: Rob Kirkland - Domino System Administration - Administering Domino for Lotus Notes & the Internet (The Landmark Series)

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Lotus Workflow 3.0 Trial Download

by Volker Weber

Lotus Workflow 3.0 Trial Download

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Apple iPod

by Volker Weber

1000 mp3 songs at 160 kbit, 5 gig hard disk, 10 hours playing time, 20 minutes (!) skip protection

iPod

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Sony GT3/K Part digital video

by Volker Weber

Sony GT3/K Part digital video camera, part Crusoe based notebook. Swivel screen, 680,000 pixel CCD, variable aperture, 30 gig hard drive. 17 hour battery life.

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Darwin Online: Immediate Gratification -

by Volker Weber

Darwin Online: Immediate Gratification - Free instant messaging services invade the enterprise. ... Andrews says IT organizations need to decide if such services are exposing their businesses to undue risk. And if so, they must decide if purchasing a commercial IM service will satisfy the needs of employees and provide value to the business. "It's a classic IT problem," says Andrews. "What is it that our business customer requires that is not offered by the enterprise? Is [instant messaging] something that we should offer?"

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Groove's rubber soul

by Volker Weber

Groove's rubber soul

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Group Computing: Despite an Opening

by Volker Weber

Group Computing: Despite an Opening Morning Rush, Lotusphere Registration Continues -
You can still get your Mickey fix. The rush to register on the first day of Lotusphere registration bogged down Lotus's Web server last week, but it didn't spell a sell-out for the popular Lotus technology show in Orlando. Unlike the last two shows, which sold out on the first morning of registration, Lotus expects Lotusphere Orlando 2002 to take time to reach the 10,000 capacity mark. "We expected it would occur over a longer period of time given the economic climate," says Sandra Marcus, director of Lotus worldwide corporate events. Marcus wouldn't divulge how many people have registered for the show so far, except to say that registration is on track to reach the company's goal of an "optimal audience." Registration "will be measured by weeks instead of days," Marcus says.

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Excellent presentation on Groove and

by Volker Weber

Excellent presentation on Groove and its application, availbable as
Powerpoint or Acrobat file (via Hugh)

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Microsoft Finds the Right Groove:

by Volker Weber

Microsoft Finds the Right Groove: Microsoft's investment in Groove Networks shows why some ambitious startups are still thriving. Any e-business CEO these days might feel like it's time for a career change. But there's still reason for optimism, especially if your startup is built by a strong management team that has developed a sound business plan around a marketable product.

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Hoax email goads users into

by Volker Weber

Hoax email goads users into deleting harmless files (via Hugh): A hoax email warning people that their PCs may contain a virus called sulfnbk.exe -- that will be triggered on 1 June -- seems to be propagating as a result of mass hysteria. The email, which was originally written in Portugese and was reported to be doing the rounds in Brazil last month, has now been translated and appears to be appearing throughout the UK, advising people to delete a harmless Microsoft Windows utility -- called sulfnbk.exe -- from their hard disks. Antivirus experts were quick to point out that the email does not contain a worm, and is being passed around simply by well-meaning people alarmed at its contents.

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Raycom Personal Massager is a

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Raycom Personal Massager is a well-featured yet simple to use massage device that will relax your tense or tired muscles while you read a book, watch TV, work on your Visor handheld or just relax. Compatible with the Handspring Visor handhelds, the module provides stimulating muscles workout previously only possible with conventional Electronic Muscles Stimulation (EMS) devices. Based on established EMS principle, Personal Massager stimulates your tired muscles and relaxes the body in the absence of normal physical exercise.

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Web Design Patterns

by Volker Weber

Web Design Patterns

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You have a secret name.

by Volker Weber

You have a secret name. Discover it.

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Smartphone from Handspring with Palm

by Volker Weber

Handspring Treo 180
Smartphone from Handspring with Palm OS

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XML.com: Using W3C XML Schema

by Volker Weber

XML.com: Using W3C XML Schema

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XMethods - Web Service Listings

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XMethods - Web Service Listings Emerging standards such as SOAP will enable a new generation of "web services" that allow systems to make remote procedure calls to other systems over the Internet. For example, a corporate inventory management sytem might publish a service that allows a customer system to check real-time inventory levels. This site lists publicly accessible web services.

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If blood will flow when

by Volker Weber

If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the colour of the evening sun
Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay

Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime's argument
That nothing comes from violence
and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are

Sting, Fragile

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Nokia 5510

by Volker Weber

"Das neue Nokia 5510 präsentiert sich nicht nur in einem aufregenden neuen Design, es bietet auch aufregend viel. Es ist das ideale Mobiltelefon für perfekten Musikgenuss unterwegs und hat eine komplette Tastatur zur bequemen Texteingabe und optimalen Steuerung der Spiele. Mit dem integrierten Music Player des Nokia 5510 haben Sie überall Zugriff auf Ihre Lieblingstitel, mit dem eingebauten UKW-Radio sind die besten Sender stets in Reichweite."

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Download from Iris Sandbox: Private

by Volker Weber

Download from Iris Sandbox: Private View Destroyer Ever regret rolling out "Shared - Private on First use" views and want to rid yourself of the nightmare? Just put this scheduled agent in the app in which you want to revoke private views that are crushing your server's indexer.

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Pop Singer's Death Hoax A

by Volker Weber

Pop Singer's Death Hoax A Top Story At CNN.com

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Microsoft invests in Groove

by Volker Weber

Microsoft invests in Groove

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CNN responds to the map

by Volker Weber

CNN responds to the map error:


From: "Palladino, Vinnie" <Vinnie.Palladino@turner.com>

To: "'vowe@vowe.de'" <vowe@vowe.de>

Date: Tuesday, Oct 9, 2001 09:24

Subject: CNN's Map Mistake



Volker,


I recently became aware of the mistake CNN made in creating a map of Berlin for our War Against Terror coverage. I then came across your post on MetaFilter telling other users about our error. As a Graphic Artist for CNN in Atlanta, I know for a fact that from time to time, graphics need to be made in great haste in order to give the viewing audience an immediate enhanced view of the current story. This one in particular was created by one of our newer artists but was not double-checked for accuracy before it was put on the air. In addition, it was done in the middle of the night, local time (as you can see by the "Futures" tag on the stock quote). This is a difficult time for most people in the world to work at their best, but as a 24-hour news network, we must be fully staffed at all hours of the day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

In times of Breaking News, our staff gets extremely busy. Therefore, there sometimes aren't enough people around to double and triple-check everything that goes on air like there should be. I'm sure that this mistake was found immediately after it aired and changes were made to fix it, but obviously it was too late for all the people that were quick to criticize our error.

It's unfortunate that our viewers decided to use email and message boards to track and concentrate on a RARE error in our graphic rather than absorb the full content of our coverage of the events taking place in the world.

By the way, the artist was NOT fired for this mistake. For the dozens of graphics we put on the air every day, we try extremely hard to get the facts straight on each one, but I don't believe we would ever terminate someone from the company for an honest mistake--which this one certainly was.

If you could, please post this as a reply to other messages on that bulletin board page. I tried to start at MetaFiles User Name but was denied due to the number of existing users.

Thanks for taking the time to read my response. And be safe in this time of global imbalance.
Also, thanks to "monkey-mind" for coming to our defense.


Sincerely,


Vinnie Palladino

CNN Graphic Artist

Atlanta, Georgia USA

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Kriegsberichterstattung: "Das ist Propaganda": Der

by Volker Weber

Kriegsberichterstattung: "Das ist Propaganda": Der amerikanische Publizist John MacArthur über die PR-Strategien des US-Militärs in Krisenzeiten und den Patriotismus der amerikanischen Medien

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BBC News: Bin Laden's warning

by Volker Weber

BBC News: Bin Laden's warning - full text

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Mark your calendars. Lotusphere 2002

by Volker Weber


Mark your calendars. Lotusphere 2002 registration opens this Wednesday, 2001-10-10.

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Groove Update is available. Full

by Volker Weber

Groove Update is available. Full download here.

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Eeksy-Peeksy: Words interest me. Some

by Volker Weber

Eeksy-Peeksy: Words interest me. Some are vile. Others are fine.

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Diffuser Karrierefaktor: Viel heiße Luft

by Volker Weber

Diffuser Karrierefaktor: Viel heiße Luft um die "Soft Skills" (Spiegel Online) : "Wenn Unternehmen Mitarbeiter suchen, die motiviert und flexibel sind", hat Bewerber Christian Wohlfahrt festgestellt, "dann heißt das häufig, dass der Job den Mitarbeiter zu 120 Prozent fordert, denn dafür braucht man Motivation. Und dass Überstunden angesagt sind, dafür ist Flexibilität nötig."

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Switzerland has moved

by Volker Weber

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Finally: Microsoft announces the Strategic

by Volker Weber

Finally: Microsoft announces the Strategic Technology Protection Program: "Recent viruses on the Internet underscore the threat to all computer users and highlight challenges facing the entire industry in providing security that everyone needs to conduct business. Microsoft has a special obligation to help ensure the security of the Internet and our customers' data. Today, we are announcing a comprehensive program to help customer's get and stay secure. We will not rest until your business is secure. Period.
"

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New version of Groove is

by Volker Weber

New version of Groove is imminent. Check the website tomorrow. Groove's 1.2 focus is improved MS integration, continued usability, UI, and performance enhancements.



Enhancements to User Interface and Groove Tools: Pictorial indication added to the User Interface that reports communications status when sending of receiving deltas. Ability to retry in "missing tool " - addition of a retry button so users can attempt to fetch a tool more than once, if they can't get it the first time. File links go directly to the file and launches it. Addition of text tool in sketchpad. Enhancements to message history - views to display different message types (inbox, sent, all) and the option to compose a new message. Unread support added to Notepad. Mark all tools for a shared space read/unread from "my spaces".



Microsoft Integration: Files tool for MS Office 1.2a. Supports integrated viewing of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. Users can scroll through documents together, providing ability for one member to lead others through a document, presentation or spreadsheet. Users can highlight words or sections in Word documents and those highlights are visible to all members. Supports co-editing of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. Only one user can edit a document at a time. Once edits are saved, all users will see changes dynamically. By opening a Groove lite chat window along with any document, users can discuss modifications. Windows XP 1.2: Theme integration with Groove Redmond Gray skin. MS Messenger 1.2: If a user has Messenger installed, the MSN contact list will be added to the Groove contact selector dialog box, making it easy for users to invite Messenger users to Groove shared spaces. Users will receive the invite via email.



Identity Enhancements: Better assurance of identity. If a user receives an instant message or invitation from someone who has the same contact URL in their contacts list, Groove will compare the digital fingerprints of the two contacts. If they do not match, Groove will discard the instant message or invitation and display an error message to the user warning the user that the message or invitation may be coming from someone they do not know. If a user receives an instant message or invitation from someone who has the same name as someone currently in their in their contacts list, then Groove compares the URLs of the two contacts. If the URLs are different, then Groove indicates there is a conflict by telling the user that there is already a "Joe Blow" in their contacts list and then gives the user a chance to create an alias for the second "Joe Blow".



Advanced network settings by identity - display more information (relay/presence servers, device URL, identity URL, and identity's account URL) for each identity.
Wizard for adding Managed Identities - when double clicking on a managed identity received in email, the user will be walked through a simple wizard making it easy to inject the identity into a new or existing account.
Better indication of which identity is the default identity.



Invitations and Upgrades: Support for native invite by email - when inviting people to shared spaces, users can enter in an email address directly in the Groove address dialog box and Groove will send the invitation directly from Groove as opposed to launching the users mail client. Enhanced component download user interface - users will see more information about the status of components downloading when either adding new components or upgrading. Beginning with 1.2, users will be notified when they are being automatically upgraded and will have the option to accept or decline.

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Windows expires

by Volker Weber

Windows expires

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The Guru's Guru. A lively

by Volker Weber

The Guru's Guru. A lively conversation with Peter Drucker, dean of the deep thinkers.



The father of management science speaks slowly, with a thick Austrian accent, and rarely leaves his chair. Unlike the many management gurus who came after him, he is no entertainer. But he is the one management guru whom everyone listens to -- from Jack Welch to Andy Grove.



While age has limited his ability to travel, Peter Drucker even at 91 maintains a yearlong calendar of teaching, consulting, writing, and speaking, usually via satellite or videotape. If a CEO seeks Drucker's counsel, he must make a pilgrimage to the sage's modest one-story home in Claremont, Calif. There, in a sunken glass-walled room with cool tile floors and a view of the pool, Drucker grills his subjects with questions and dispenses advice. (A recent entourage of senior executives from one of Europe's largest consumer-goods companies was so overflowing that some had to sit on the step leading into the living room.)



My favorite quote from the interview: "There is a 12th-century German proverb: 'Don't go near your prince unless he calls for you twice.' You go ahead and do things. You don't ask for permission because that implies the other fellow can say no."

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Prima Sache: TVgenial "ist ein

by Volker Weber

Prima Sache: TVgenial "ist ein Freewareprogramm, mit dem Sie sich das aktuelle Fernsehprogramm - wenn Sie wollen bis zu 3 Wochen im voraus - aus dem Internet laden und jederzeit benutzen können. Damit Sie keine Ihrer Lieblingssendungen mehr verpassen, wurde eine praktische Erinnerungsfunktion und eine übersichtliche Favoritenfunktion integriert. Zusätzlich bietet TVgenial zu nahezu jeder Sendung Detailinformationen, die keine "normale" Fernsehzeitschrift bieten kann. Die Nutzung erfolgt OFFLINE. Lediglich zur Aktualisierung der Daten ist für kurze Zeit (ca. 1-3 Minuten) eine Internetverbindung notwendig."

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Weird link of the day

by Volker Weber

Weird link of the day department (we did not have this for a long time): Origami Underground

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Making America Safer - I

by Volker Weber

Making America Safer - I seriously hope that I don't have to set the <irony> tag. You may prefer the printable pdf version.

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International Herald Tribune: Vast Global

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International Herald Tribune: Vast Global Toll Forecast From the Sept. 11 Attacks: "As many as 40,000 children under the age of 5 will die and some 10 million more people will be condemned to poverty because of the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, the president of the World Bank said Sunday."

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