Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bleeding Yellow

I am now registered on Bleed Yellow and have added myself to the Notes Admins and Photography Enthusiast communities. I will probably leave my blog here for now.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Chicago 9 - Orlando 46

It's 9 degrees here in Chicagoland and I am up early on a day off from work to watch none other than LotusphereLive!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I get it now!!!

When the Apple TV was first introduced I didn't get the idea. Pay $300 for a box that plays content from your computer to your TV. I can hook my laptop directly to the TV and do the same thing. Now with the announcement at Macworld 2008 of Apple TV Take 2, I get it. Direct movie rentals from iTunes in HD, viewing photos on Flicker, and playing the entire MP3 music library in the living room without CDs. The latter is what got my wife to agree to it and now I have it!

The latest version of the software isn't available yet but is supposed to be soon. Until then I'll try renting from iTunes on my computer and see if the Apple TV will display it.

My wife and I are currently enjoying The Office, the Benihana Christmas episodes.

PS. Sorry Mark, I couldn't resist any longer :).

Friday, January 11, 2008

USE_ST_IM and Policies

Summary: If you are unable to see the IBM Lotus Sametime server field in the Notes 8 local Location document, check the desktop settings Instant Messaging provider field. It must be set to IBM Lotus Sametime and NOT empty.

I had an interesting thing happen on our road to Sametime deployment. I was looking for the IBM Lotus Sametime server field in the local Location document of my Notes 8 personal address book and it wasn't there. I thought that maybe it had been removed in Notes 8. I was on the Pre-Lotusphere call with Chris and Carl yesterday and asked if it was supposed to be there to which they said it was. This started the investigation.

I noticed the field is there when viewed through the designer client and is hidden based on the USE_ST_IM environment variable and other things. Looking at my NOTES.INI file showed $USE_ST_IM=0 and $Use_WCT_IM=1. This would explain why the field wasn't showing. Then I set off on looking into how this variable was being set.

I exited Notes, set $USE_ST_IM=1 and $USE_WCT_IM=0 and restarted Notes. The IBM Lotus Sametime field was still missing. Looking at the NOTES.INI showed those variables had reverted back. This lead me to believe a policy was in force.

We have a Desktop Settings document applied in a policy and on the Basic tab is a field for Instant messaging provider. In our settings doc this field was blank. I would expect this to not have any affect on the desktop setting. I created a new desktop settings doc with the Instant messaging provider set to IBM Lotus Sametime, applied it to an explicit policy and then applied it to my person doc. When my Notes client applied the new explicit policy the USE_ST_IM variable changed to 1 and I could now see the IBM Lotus Sametime server field in the Location document.

The original desktop settings doc has been in place for a while and I remember being able to see the IBM Lotus Sametime field in my Notes 7.0.1 client. I believe the Notes 8 client is treating the Instant Messaging provider field in the desktop settings doc differently. If it is blank it will set USE_ST_IM to 0. Notes 7 ignores it. I tested this by removing the explicit policy which would apply the blank Instant Messaging provider field and restarted both my Notes 8 and Notes 7 clients. The Notes 8 client set USE_ST_IM back to 0 and the Notes 7 client left USE_ST_IM set to 1.