Friday, May 21, 2010

Migrating 20,000 Exchange users to Notes?

I'm sure there's some good marketing material in here for IBM/Lotus:


The Cobbler wears no shoes

Since there might be a few people visiting my website to follow up my previous blog post, I figured that I should finally do something about fixing up my lack of a security certificate. I have previously registered with CACert but never finished the paperwork to install one of their certificates.

When I went there today I discovered that the cobbler wears no shoes...

What to tell a CEO who wants to migrate off Notes?

There's been a lot of useful stuff published over the last few years about how to best counter the "Move to Microsoft" mantra that sometimes comes down from senior management. I figured it would be a Good Thing (TM) if all of that information was readily accessible from one place.

Filling the application with useful links is the hard part since I won't be writing much of this stuff myself. My emphasis is on providing links to other peoples work (with proper accreditation of course). If you've got some information you think should be available through this application then please send me a LINK (not the original material) via email: gdodge at bcd dot net dot au.

BTW I did consider writing this in XPages but code re-use won out over innovation and the whole box of dice wound up taking only a couple of hours to recode from an existing application. I'll look at making it look pretty further down the track.

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's going to be one of those days :(

First, my Lotuslive account stops working.
Then I receive the following reply after I emailed Lotus asking for assistance to fix the problem...

Maybe Comcast had a quiet word with Lotus after my last blog post?

Comcast profits win over Net Neutrality

It's wishful thinking to suppose that corporations have a conscience or a desire to 'Do no Evil'. Sure you might get the occasional industry Titan who charts a benevolent course for their company but they will eventually be succeeded by time-serving executive seat-warmers beholden to no-one except the shareholders demanding bigger dividends. Given that market dynamic we should not be surprised at the Comcasts of the world insisting on their 'right' to discriminate against people who don't give them maximum revenue.

Comcast's recent success against the FCC's demand for net neutrality is indeed just the tip of the iceberg. I don't blame Comcast for trying to exploit their dominant position since they are just another soulless automaton trying to ensure their own economic survival in a 'dog-eat-dog' world.

However I will be mighty peeved if the lawmakers don't stop them.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Can anyone explain this security failure in Domino?

I've never seen this problem before and I hope I never see it again.

A customer's branch office based in Sydney, Australia sends out a daily industry newsletter to their customers but for reasons specific to their industry they doesn't want any of the customers to realize who the other customers are. Consequently the author mails the newsletter to himself with all of the customer addresses in the BCC field.

Two days ago he mailed the newsletter out as normal but it bounced at one address (let's say for 'Mr Smith') because Mr Smith no longer worked at the target organization. After that all of the other 100+ customers listed in the BCC field received the Non-Delivery Report for Mr Smith addressed to themselves, and since they were given the original email encapsulated within the NDR then they could see the contents of the BCC field and thereby understand who all of the other 100+ customers were. So somehow the Router task had taken the contents of the BCC field and used that to address the NDR.

The customer had been getting random corruptions in their file on a monthly basis for over a year but Lotus support hadn't been able to determine the reason for this. Recently the corruptions had been hitting mail files also but Fixup never found a problem. I have a sneaking suspicion that the files weren't actually corrupt, and that a wayward Router Task is somehow to blame for all of this, but the server has been taken up and down more times than a Bride's nighty and there is still no end to the problem. The next step is to completely reinstall the server and patch it to R7.04 but that still doesn't answer the question of what happened.

The customer is standardized on Notes across the world and is unlikely to abandon the platform. They are looking at upgrading to R8.5 later this year, but for now they would like some reassurance that the problem won't occur.

Anyone seen this kind of problem before?

The server is an unclustered R7.02 FP3 running on Windows 2003 server. A PMR has been raised for this issue and if any Loti wants to investigate it further then I'm happy to give them the reference.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Microsoft's" new mailing list

I had an interesting email this morning which concluded with...

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Funny... I don't remember subscribing to "MSN Featured Offers". Ten seconds of detective work showed that the return address was in Russia and the "Unsubscribe" button would take me somewhere that anti-virus filters feared to tread.

I'll give them an A+ for innovation and simultaneously wish that the fleas of a thousand camels would infest their armpits.