Monday, August 31, 2009

How i wish i could watch Lotus Knows videos!

I was excited about the prospect of seeing the Lotus Knows videos when they were submitted, but it appears i will not. In an email response today i got this information

"Please note that your video will not appear on the Entries Page of the site. Due to the short time frame, and nature of the Video Blitz, we've chosen to keep the videos under wraps until they've been reviewed and the Lotus Knows landing page goes live featuring the chosen videos."

Well, i guess i will have to find other ways to spend my lunch hour....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

When my dad first showed me Lotus Notes

My dad and i always seem to enjoy many of the same things. We like to play golf, go fishing, and play with any kind of gadget we can find. We were sitting around talking last week about all kinds of technology related stuff and i remembered when i first saw Lotus Notes.

I was pretty young at the time, maybe middle school, so think late 80's early 90's. My dad was a manger for Texaco, and he had a laptop that he brought home from work. We were both very interested in computers, i remember our family having a TI, an x86, 286, 486 etc. So when he got new stuff at work he would show me what they used, and how it helped them to do whatever they were trying to accomplish. So one day he showed me this software called Lotus Notes. It had a tabbed interface and workspace, probably version 2 or 3, though he tells me he remembers version 1. It had the icons scattered across the workspace, and he would open one up and tell what they used it for tracking and how it helped them communicate about this or that, little did i know i would be using the SAME icons many years later, please update them! He seemed genuinely excited about the possibilities the software had. He could open it up at home and replicate it at work the next day. Strange, i had seen my future and did not even know it!

Fast forward many years later, i graduated form college and got my first job with an IBM business partner which started my career with Lotus Notes and similar products. So i guess that makes me a second generation Lotus Notes user, i wonder how many others out there have similar experiences.

At that time my Dad was managing Knowledge management at Texaco, and talked about team rooms and people working together across great distances, so i showed him this brand new product called QuickPlace. Texaco started using it shortly after, so whoever got the sale from that purchase - your welcome!

Now i have been administrating and developing with Notes for about 10 years, and my son who is three and a half will see this software in the near future, with me saying look at this - see how useful it is. This saves or company x many hours per week. He will be the 3rd generation to see it, and one day may use it in his work.... who knows what will happen in 20 years.

My favorite Notes Client 8.5.1 feature so far! I have been waiting for it since 8.0.

IBM Lotus Notes/Domino and Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1 is prerelease code and there are no guarantees from IBM that the functionality presented or discussed will be in the final shipping product.

Oh yeah, its in the designer client as well.

No more text properties box for me!!