Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Matt has recently been working with the Hursley team on the xPages workshop - so he knows a thing or two about the subject.
I noticed that there was a url to access IdeaJam via the iPhone. Take the time to have a look as it's a lovely piece of work. Bruce informed me that this was based on work by Jeff Gilfelt - with instructions on how to do it here.
This should make it easy to give iPhone users access to Domino data - at least to view it, however it also shows up really well as a widget in the notes 8.5 sidebar, (which is nice).
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The check for the correct fix the site requested whether I was using version 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52.
To check this I looked for the file C:\IBM\Quickr\PortalServer\version\TS.product which is an xml file - Wordpad should be ok to read it.
The installed version was listed as "
Easy when you know how :-)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Adding an Active Directory user as a member of the preexisting "wpsadmins" group proved difficult and resulted in the "EJPAL3030E" error - most likely relating to a misconfigured group attribute.
As time was limited to complete the demo I simply logged into the Portal as the "wpsadmin" user, chose the AD user I wanted to promote to a Portal administrator and selected the icon to "duplicate role" of the wpsadmin user.
Now the AD user can see the "administration" tab in portal.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This was written by Elliott Harden and Joe Wallace.
The explanations seem pretty clear, while not suited for an absolute beginner, it is certainly a good starting point.
Semaphore debugging has never been so much fun.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Looking at Synaptic I saw that there was a package called fglrx-amdcccle already installed. This is the control Centre - it had just been missing from the menu. After a little hunting I determined the Control Centre could be invoked by running the command "amdccle".
To Simplify this a little I created a menu item for the "ccc" by right clicking on the "Applications" menu, selecting "Edit Menus" and then "New Item" - and filling out the details as shown below.
The is the app you need to control external monitors working with the T60p.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
When I restarted the system the usual Compiz graphics would not work at all. The cube you can keep - but I ned those wobbly windows. I restarted the system and chose to boot an older version of the Kernel and found the Compiz graphics were working to an extent, I had the wobbly windows but no Cube effect.
I booted back to the latest kernel. Running "fglrxinfo" in a terminal windows gave the error "BadRequest (invalid request code or no such operation)".
As usual there are a few websites giving long and complicated solutions to this problem. I just ran EnvyNG on the command line... "envyng -t" and selected the option to "Uninstall the ATI driver", then chose the option to "Install the ATI driver".
After a reboot the "fglrxinfo" gives a more useful output...
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5200
OpenGL version string: 2.1.8087 FireGL Release
And now I have the cylinder effect going in conjunction with the cube.
Thanks go to Alberto for EnvyNG yet again.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
In itself this is quite interesting - but what else could they track? Political affiliation in an upcoming election? Predict share price fluctuation in specific markets?
If I was a betting man I'd quite full access to their data - however I suppose google trends goes somewhere to this effect - however not with this granularity of geography.
Have a look here
Thursday, November 06, 2008
There were various errors including “BADSIG 40976EAF437D05B5” and “Hash Sum mismatch” on the various Ubuntu repositories. I tried a number of fixes found via Google, mostly to no avail. Eventually I found an article in a forum pointing to a proxy server caching issue.
The fix that worked for me was as follows.
I added the following two lines...
to the file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10broken_proxy. This file did not previously exist on my system – but is referenced if it exists (as I found out due to a typo :-) ).
And separately did this....
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list (then delete all the contents)
sudo apt-get update
Then replace the empty sources.list with the sources.list_backup – effectively putting all the original contents back into the sources.list file.
Run "sudo apt-get update” again.
My system could access the repositories perfectly. Finally I upgraded the system by running “Sudo do-release-upgrade -m desktop”.
All went well and now Ubuntu is running version 8.10.
Thanks to Asiyu on the Ubuntu forums
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Generally I would describe it as a "mostly friendly" read.
I was pleased to see a section on "Recommended database maintenance for DB2". This is something that has been on my mind for a while - especially for SMB installations where true DB skills would be a "nice to have" resource. There is also a section on DB2 database tuning showing how the teams test setup was altered.
If you are interested in Portal 6.1 from a technical aspect - you really should read this.
Portal 6.1 Tuning Guide
Friday, October 31, 2008
I don't mind, it's nice that they think about things more important than Russel Brand (although I have always liked Andrew Sachs).
Previously there were issues with how the iPlayer would be mostly a Windows product. The iPlayer has worked to a limited extent on Linux. Today however the BBC have published a little info on work the BBC have undertaken to bring BBC content to the linux desktop. A nice read.
This is quite an important step as it is bringing some content that I have already paid for through the license fee - to me - regardless of the desktop in question.
Looking at PlanetLotus - the BBC keeps cropping up in news stories. Does that relate to the importance of the BBC or the demographic? I will be interesting to find out which.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I prefer to actually get on with doing my day job as opposed to attending to an email inbox as my boss appears to want me to actually achieve certain things for the business rather than simply work in a glorified mail room - the inbox. Luis Suarez is a good example in that he has actively stopped (that can not be good grammar) reading his email - I don't believe that course of action is likely to work for me just yet.
I keep my "email time" to a minimum using a few tricks such as using Notes to highlight mail sent to me only and colour coding mail that comes from customers or management. This works pretty well.
One of the biggest factors on how much value an email has is the content - and how it is written.
One of my management team tends to analyse things for a while and send out the odd blockbuster email which starts of with a paragraph of "scene setting" for the rest of his email which will be the equivalent content to a couple of sides of paper. When I was unaware of a request he had made he stated it was in an email - which I then retrieved from an archive. After reading the email I told him that the first paragraph contained no real information and that having reached the end of it I had archived the email (luckily I hadn't deleted it) and missed the pertinent content.
Some longer emails, such as the one mentioned above, need to be written in the form of a news story with Title, Synopsis and then Detail (or something to that effect) where the synopsis gives me the pertinent detail pretty early on in the narrative.
Shorter email should be no more that a short paragraph.
Preferably email should be as short as a Status update in Twitter or Facebook.
You could, of course, just use the phone.
You will be pleased to know that the colleague concerned and I came to an arrangement - he writes his email as normal and I read them - he is after all a manager.
On a similar note - IBM are noting the same things here
Thursday, October 09, 2008
After the usual investigation of the support forums I realised I needed to install a UVC (Universal Video Class) driver. Finding the right one could be tricky - however just like envyNG there is a utility to do this for you called EasyCam. the install instructions are here.
As I already had the camera connected via USB the EasyCam software detected it correctly as a "Quickcam Orbit/Sphere MP (2006 model)".
EasyCam then, when prompted, installs the correct driver. Once that has completed you can click "Execute - Webcam" from the EasyCam menu to start streaming video.
Skype picked up on the video straight away.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
"In a study last year, Dr Thomas Jackson of Loughborough University, England, found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email (bit.ly/email2). So people who check their email every five minutes waste 81/2hours a week figuring out what they were doing moments before."
There is more to life than email - but I do wonder about all those Twitter and IM interuptions. :)
The related study, at least I think it's the one, is here
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Secondly I used Synaptic to remove “ibm-lotus-notes”.
Once this was successfully completed I closed Synaptic, opened a terminal window, and ran the following commands in this particular order...
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_notes-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_activities-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_cae-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_sametime-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_symphony-8.5.i586.deb
I was then able to start Notes from the Applications menu - There was a license agreement to accept – otherwise straight in.
It is fast – really fast.
Thanks to Ray for the pointers.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
As before the fix was simple and quick, it's just a pity it's needed at all.
A non-techie Linux user would have difficulty.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Later I started the laptop to check something online - only to get the "White Screen" problem. The symptom is that I could login as normal however when the desktop loads you can only see a white cursor on a white background, luckily the cursor has a dark outline :). The Compiz "Cube" effect still works.
The online howto documents all seemed to go deep into the command line to reconfigure the X Windows system. Some advice given was to update the ATI drivers or reconfigure ATI via the "aticonfig" command.
Then I remembered the EnvyNG program that I used to install the ATI drivers in the first place. I logged in to Ubuntu and chose to use the "Gnome FailSafe" desktop. Actually the FailSafe Desktop was rather nice - basically my full desktop at full resolution without the funky Compiz effects. Then I ran the "EnvyNG" program and chose the option to "install the ATI driver".
After this had completed I rebooted and found the system safe and well - all fixed and the funky effects are back - even though I don't use the cube effect that much at all but life would be poorer without the wobbly windows.
Mikkel Heisterberg has published a tool via Intravision that allows you to simulate people logged into Sametime in various states such as Avalable, In a Meeting, etc.
I've used similar tools in the past that people have hacked together - however this looks like a really nice solution.
Now, if I just had a little Sametime "bot" that could give answers to questions.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The fix that works seems to be - go into add/remove programs and remove the last windows update - and after a restart you are back online.
Three separate home users have all had the same issue today that was resolved in the same manner.
update: from the BBC
Friday, July 04, 2008
Silverstone could have kept the Grand Prix if the government had invested a little money.
According to the BBC Bernie recons...."I believe that the government should have supported them, which would have cost probably less than .002% of the government's commitment for the Olympic Games."
The Olympics are becoming quite expensive - and it looks like they are having great fun with the building projects.
It's great that we still have a British Grand Prix - and Donnington should be fantastic.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Now that Foundations Core has been installed and is up and running it's time to install Foundations Start. This is the part of Foundations that includes the Domino email server.
From my Ubuntu client – I started Nautilus file browser, clicked on Network Servers and the system found the Foundations server. Windows Explorer should do the same (file - run - \\ipaddress).
Opening the “Foundations” server required the “root” username and password. The shared folders included one called "autoinstall".
Foundations start is supplied in a file called lfstart-domino-2960.pkg. Copy this file to the autoinstall directory on the Foundations Base server.
Once it has been copied click the "Software Update" menu to see when it is recognised.
When you see the "Installed add-on package" is available you can click on "install". As this package contains a Domino server you should ensure you have sufficient ram allocated to the machine. When you have clicked "install" you should see the following message on the "Status" page.
As the install progresses informational messages are displayed like the next screenshot.
Eventually, after 10 minutes or so you should see.....
Monday, June 30, 2008
At this point the Foundations server is running entirely in memory as there are no Hard Disks available. Looking further through the “Services Status” in the screenshot above you will find the following detail.
Click the "Configure disk #1 as a standalone disk" to format the hard disk and write the Foundations code to it. As this example was created in a VMware image there is no existant data to worry about - just make sure you don't overwrite something important.
Click the "Update Status" button to keep track of when the server has finished configuring the disk.
Once the “Update Status” shows that the disk is available – srcoll down to the bottom of the “Web Configuration” page and choose to “Shutdown” the server. Edit the settings for the VM image and set the DVD drive to be the physical drive, we don't want it to open the ISO image now that the Foundations server can boot fron the hard disk.
Restart the Vmware image and login as root.
At this point the foundations Core server has been installed. The Next step is to install “Foundations Start”.
I created a new VMware machine as a Suse Linux machine with 20GB HD. In the VM settings for the machine I set the DVD to point to the Foundations ISO file, "10_00a1.iso", as the CD drive.
When the Virtual Machine starts the ISO file is loaded and boots Lotus Foundations into memory and displays the following screen.
From your host machine point firefox at https//184.108.40.206:8043. (your ipaddress will differ). You will likely have to add a security exception to add the x.509 certificate for the Foundations server to your browser. Then you should see the following screen, followed by a similar IBM Software Agreement screen.
Once the agreements have been accepted you will see the initial setup screen below.
Fill in a suitable password for the root user and enter your domain name. If you have an Activation Key – fill it in – otherwise the server will run in a time limited mode. Once you click “Save Changes” the root account is created and you are provided with a "Login" button.
Click to Login, and enter the username “root” and the pasword you created previously. You can then view and alter the system status and configuration in the next screen
Thursday, June 19, 2008
After installing VMWare and running "/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl" to configure it - sometimes VMWare will not start. Typically at this stage most people run /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl again in the vain hope that it will "just start working" this time.
It can be easier than that.
Just rename the file "/etc/vmware/not_configured" to something else such as "/etc/vmware/not_configured_backup" (or just delete it).
Try starting VMWare again - it should now work. You might just have to run "vmware-config.pl" again if there really is something wrong.
If, for some apparently random reason, VMWare decides there is anything less than perfect it seem to generate this file. All you have to do is update your system and apply kernel patches to get the file to regenerate.
Some of the fixes on the interweb for this issue are truly horrific and over engineered. After a little research I fixed the problem like this
First I created the link to the java plugin in the firefox plugin directory... using the commands below...
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so
Second I used the Synaptic Package Manager to remove the package called "icedtea-gcjwebplugin". This was courtesy of Eirik
Just to test that java was working properly - went to www.java.com, clicked on "do i have Java" and saw this little fellow...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A part of my job is giving customer briefings - so I need to be able to use projectors and external screens from my Laptop. This has previously been a real issue when running with Linux. Now it works.
To get an external screen to work I used "Envy", an automated installer for Video drivers. First I used Synaptic to install "envyng-gtk". Then I ran Envy from the menu "Applications/System tools/EnvyNG". This detected my video card, an ATI, and installed the appropriate drivers. This also installed the "ATI Catalyst Control Center" that allowed me to setup the resolution for an external monitor.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
We started off by installing sametime Standard 8.0.1 server. We used the customers active directory (2003) directly without directory assistance. At this stage we ran a few tests to ensure the system was wrking well.
Next we installed the Sametime Advanceed server. Again we used the Active Directory for the user directory - Mark was superb in his understanding of active directory and soon made all the right choices to get the LDAP integration sorted - although this was not to the standard LDAP port.
Once both servers were up and running we setup Single Sign On to allow integration between ST Standard and ST Advanced web interfaces. Finally we setup the Sametiem plugins to be delivered directly to the users Sametie clients.
I believe this is the first Sametime Advandced installation on Active Directory at a customer site in the UK. Mark deserves full respect.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Ubuntu 8.04 installed sweetly.
To enable the desktop effects I had to enable the ATI drivers first. This was easily done by clicking the menu items System/Administration/Hardware Drivers - then click the box to enable the "ATI accelerated graphics driver". This is a non-free driver. The driver is downloadedand installed automatically and after a restart is ready for action. Then click the menu item System/Preferances/Appearance followed by the "Visual Effects" tab - then click "Extra".
Then the wobbly windows start working. :-)
Once that was all working I ran the Synaptic Package Manager and searched for "Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager" and installed it. The I ran it by the menu item "System/Preferences/ Advanced Desktop Effect Setting" and enabling "rotate cube".
Essential stuff. It's very smooth and the wireless setup was really easy.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
In order to get the partner up to speed we had already worked with the Sales team to understand the benefits of ST Advanced - however it had come time to help the technical team with their first test installation.
This was also my first installation of Sametime Advanced - so we started with a Windows 2003 server and installed Domino 8.0.1 and Sametime 8.0.1 authenticaing via LDAP. Then we installed the Sametime client and checked all was well. That's a simple Sametime Standard setup.
On with the advanced...
Next step was to install DB2 Enterprise Edition which went easily, followed by DB2 Search Extender.
I created the BRKRDB and STADV tables and installed the DB2 license key.
Next up was the install of MQ series, the system requirements showed that Eclipse was missing however this was automatically installed. There was also an install of an MQ fix pack downloaded from the fix pack website.
Then Event Broker was installed - quite simple, followed by configuration via ConfigureEB.bat which needed a little editing.
The last installation was for Sametime Advanced which included the underlying WebSphere Application Server.
A little standard configuration was required to setup SSO between WAS and Domino for http and the installation of the eclipse Plugins for Sametime Advanced into the Domino UpdateSite.nsf for and te job was done.
Although that seems like a lot of work, most of it was quite painless and I was impressed overall and felt confident with the result.
Quite good - and took about 5 hours total
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The important bit is when you start the VMware image, click on the machine to get focus and press escape to get the menu shown.
Not bad - but there is another problem - SCSI drivers. The installer complained "setup did not find any hard disk drives".
So i went to VMWare who had the appropriate SCSI drivers as a floppy image file (vmscsi-220.127.116.11.flp) - In VMware settings I placed this file as the image for the floppy drive - and was then able to load the drivers by pressing F6 during setup.
In the VMware / vm /settings make sure that the floppy drive is connected :=)
Friday, May 02, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Quite a few of my colleagues were involved in presenting and hosting the LCTY events in Wembley and Manchester.
I think the Manchester event was the better one. It was more suited to meeting up with people, rather than Wembley which was a little too large.
Personally - in Manchester I was able to dump the pre-prepared demo's and go with the live demos across the intermittent hotel wireless network. It was fun.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
You could too, just make sure you're happy with what they do!
Unlock all the places:
load qptool unlock –a
Upgrade all the databases on the server:
load qptool upgrade -f –server
Upgrade all the places and Placetypes:
load qptool upgrade -f –a
Unregister and re-register all the places with the Place Catalog:
load qptool unregister -a -placecatalog
load qptool register -a -placecatalog
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The install instructions are a little sketchy but are included in the comments at that link.
One issue I had was the option "File - Application - Install" was missing from my Notes menu options.
The work around, as provided by developerworks, is to edit the plugin_customization.ini in the
Add this line to the
After you restart the Notes client, you see a new menu option: File - Application - Install.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Inside the corporate firewall this was no problem, however outside the firewall VOIP would not work.
To enable VOIP outside the firewall it was necessary to move the "ST Reflector" service off the Sametime server and onto a separate server (nothing too powerful - a glorified workstation would likely do).
The installation of the ST Reflector is covered in the Sametime Infocenter here in the doc "Using the audio STReflector".
The ST Reflector service on this box gave an error -2147483108 every time it was started - which means the reflector service does not have sufficient privileges to contact the Sametime server.
Working with Andy, we were able to get around this issue.
The instructions had stated that the VPS_HOST parameter was needed in the Sametime.ini on the ST Reflector server, however the -2147483108 error was received every time. The problem was that the parameter had to be placed within the "connectivity" section of the ini file - as shown below...
Once this was done the service started properly.
Intermittently we began receiving error -2147483129 when starting the ST Reflector task. This was due to starting the task before the Sametime services were up and running properly after a server restart - just go make a cup of coffee for a few minutes and try again.
In addition to the above info you need to allow the Sametime server to accept connections from the ST Reflector. Add this to the sametime.ini on the Sametime server...
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx being the ST reflector servers IP address.
When doing this in a test environment you could use the following ini parameter on the Sametime server to allow any ST Reflector server to connect from any IP address - but you would not do this in production of course...