Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
While waiting, one of my colleagues pointed me towards gist.com, which aggregates contacts from gmail, gmail contacts, linkedin, android (my choices, there are others like facebook and twitter which I don't and will never use). So, besides that, which is looking good, back at my frustration: sync contacts and calendar from my business client to the Android phone.
On gist.com site there's a plugin which installs as a plugin into the Notes 8.5.x client. However, it wants to search my business mail to gather contacts ? WTF ? No way, this is trouble. So I did a pronto uninstall and decided to post here the use-cases I see for such plugin, maybe the dev team will listen:
1. This Notes plugin would allow me to configure a local Notes database containing contacts. Be it the default local names.nsf or another .nsf, which is my case.
2. This Notes plugin would allow me to configure a local database for calendaring information.
- Do not scan my business mail as I will not allow it, for obvious reasons: security compliance, confidential information which goes into your site, and so on.
- Storing my personal contacts on your site is my choice. Business information is not my choice.
So towards the gist.com dev team: thanks, this is good work, please improve the Lotus Notes plugin before Lotus Traveler for Android hits the market :)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
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What I learned is that:
- Children don't care at their age (7 and 8 years old, two girls) about bizantine, greek or roman history. But taking them at museums and archaelogical sites might encourage them to read and learn more.
- I am an ignorant.
- Tribute for this vacation goes to a good friend of ours, Calin The Guide
Thursday, July 01, 2010
It's about a note taking program to store ideas and notes I usually take during engagements or readings.
Now I found a true candidate, Gluebox
The good part is that it's Eclipse based, which makes me rather comfortable and also makes it available on linux / windows / mac
I only found it via this wikipedia page. Couldn't I have found this page a little sooner ?!
Now, spread the word within the linux community so that others like me would suffer less :)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The next story happened today. These guys will start tomorrow finishing the fifth set. 2 consecutive games determines the winner. But now the score is 59-59. OMG !
Except this, the fun part is the scoreboard. Once it hit 50-50, it went baloney, starting all over from 0-0
Is this an analysis exception or some software bug ? Since the Wimbledon tournament is powered by IBM, I suspect some of my colleagues are having a tough night. If it's a software bug, then it can be solved. Or not :)
But if this an analysis exception, who in their right minds would have anticipated two players not being able to settle a set up to 50 ? As they say, never say never.
Monday, June 21, 2010
What I like:
- Notes 8.5.x running from the Windows partition, out-of-the-box, just by edit the
When booting Ubuntu, after login, I need to remember to open Nautilus in order to mount the Windows partitions. I know this can be done automatically, it didn't bother me so far.
- Rational Software Architect smoothly installed.
- Rational Method Composer just fixed, see the previous post.
- Everything else just works: wireless, VPN's and so on.
What I don't like:
- There's no HTC Sync equiv. for Linux. What the heck, Android is a Linux clone. Well...
- Notes 8 has some font issues which I didn't quite overcome. But I reached a way of getting along with it. I think the next Notes 8.x versions will address that.
- I didn't find a good outliner/personal wiki/whatever in order to keep my knowledge notes. On Windows I had different options, on Linux I am still investigating. So far Basket Note Pads comes rather close, but it's not what I want: keep flat files, rich formatting, easy search
I could not open any element, the backward Eclipse keep throwing errors like:
org.eclipse.swt.SWTError: No more handles (java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: no swt-mozilla-gtk-3349 or swt-mozilla-gtk in swt.library.path, java.library.path or the jar file)
I've obviously searched for the error on the net. Seems that the embedded browser xulrunner does not get along with the Eclipse what-ever-the-version which RMC is currently using.
I've tried several trial-and-error solutions:
- set the environment variable with the command "export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=/usr/lib/xulrunner-18.104.22.168/", would actually crash the entire RMC Eclipse, with bad bad coredumps :)
- reboot the damn thing after adding more environment variables in the .profile of the current user.
- read the forums and try not to waste precious time mocking with a pretty controllable Eclipse environment on Windows :)
The big thing which fixed it:
1. Make sure you install the xulrunner package using Synaptic. My version is 1.9.2
2. edit the eclipse.ini of the RMC software. In my environment, the command was:
sudo gedit /opt/ibm/rmc75/eclipse.ini
Add the following line:
Final note: if you reached this point, you must already know that RMC is by default started as a product with a command such as:
Near the executable you have a rmc.ini file which supports the same fix as above.
Running Method Composer within the Eclipse environment allows me to use multiple workspaces, but this is another story.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I managed to configure the Notes 8.5 client with the embedded Sametime to use the data folder mounted on the XP partition, so from the business communication point of view I'm set. Small issues with the fonts of the Notes client, due to fonts not being the same.
However, huge improvements for the Notes client into the Linux world.
I also have a handful of useful Windows apps which I'm using on a daily basis (Xmind, Keepass, you know, free stuff) which just works on Ubuntu, and several others which can have replacements. For instance, having the customer's SSH hosts handy can be accomplished with a little package called sshmenu. Similar to putty clones on Windows, of which I think I've tested about 10 of them :)
Today was the first day 95% working under Ubuntu. This was a good day.
Monday, June 07, 2010
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Ask around, you'll most likely find someone from Romania who you do actually appreciate and respect. If you do, leave a comment, let's see if I'm right.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is today, as I think I'll be spending more on this, discovering good music, some of it being created around and beyond the year I was born, '74. Oh boy, I absolutely love this project.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
It should be the ultimate level of technical excellence one could achieve, understanding technology, systems, processes and businesses. On the other hand, the IT Architect should embrace skills from different areas, not only technical.
An IT Architect performs consulting, PR, marketing and so on, depending on whom he needs to convince or what tasks he has to perform in order to demonstrate business value of its proposed IT architecture.
And, finally, the primary task of an IT Architect is to know how to work with the PM and customer in order to organize the project, once it's sold. Tasks,roles,skills first, then help PM to define the project plan and so on.
But, I've developed a more simple vision, in practice. For me, IT Architects belongs to one of two categories:
1. IT Architect. A professional as described above. Rare species, you won't find many. This is the ultimate fellow which knows what is speaking about because he/she was there, first of all. In development, solving problems with technology. Drawing use-cases, modeling, working with systems, whatever. He/she was there more than writing lines of codes or modeling. Gradually the understanding of the domain grew more than sometimes performing boring tasks (refactoring for example, or adjusting requirement documents).
2. PowerPoint IT Architect. This is a more common individual, which draws slides fast and talk too much without actually getting something done in practice. Everything is simple in front of the customer, in order to sell an idea which might prove a nightmare when delivery approaches.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm amazed when looking at younger professionals these days and see the lack of passion and the lack of learning skills. What on earth are they learning at their universities ? When I graduated, the only thing I took with me was to know that all my life I need to learn, and the only skill I formed during those five years was to know how to do it. Read fast, connect things and issues, search for info.
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