Monday, December 29, 2008

ChannelWeb: IBM Lotus Symphony is one of the 10 Coolest Open Source Products Of 2008 (and other opensource 2008 awards)

As traditionally happens at the end of the years, many reports are available on open source project's trends. ChannelWeb point the focus on Symphony:

IBM has taken great pains to position itself as more of a middleware company than a desktop productivity software company, but diverged from that path a bit in 2008. By launching and upgrading its IBM Lotus Symphony suite of productivity apps based on, IBM is once again using the Lotus brand to take aim against Microsoft on the desktop.
Another interesting report is InfoWorld - Best of Open Source Software Awards 2008. This report assign the Awards to different categories and some winners include Prototype as JavaScript framework, Alfresco as Content management and Liferay Portal as Enterprise portal (hello! Have you never heard about Plone?).

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

OpenGroupware alert

In the open source eco-system some "Lotus Domino" like solutions are OpenGroupware, eGroupware and Zimbra (well Zimbra is not really a real open source environment ...)

Today my alerts on OpenGroupware are dead. That's why:

I officially demote OpenGroupware as a "dead" project.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lotusphere 2009: first time? Follow this 2 links ... (UPDATE)

Some days ago I talk about 2 interesting links to follow if you are at your first Lotusphere experience. Now Genii Software has released 1.0 version of the 9th Annual Lotusphere Agenda Database for PDA Synching and Session Planning and Andy Donaldson has released his Guide to Lotusphere, 2009 edition.

So update your record and get ready to pack for Orlando!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The dark side of the soccer

Claudio Ranieri looks like Darth Sidious in one Juventus's match in late November this year.

Monday, December 15, 2008

IBM second best global brands

Each year the Best Global Brands generates increasing amounts of interest from companies and practitioners associated with brands. This year the IBM brand was rated the second most valuable brand in the world, second only to Coca-Cola and beyond Microsoft.

Interbrand - Best Global Brands list

Lotusphere 2009 Show 'n Tell: Notes of a Symphony

Today many Lotusphere 2009 abstracts are available online. This year Fabrizio Marchesano and Francesco Pellegrini from Italy will have a session titled "Notes of a Symphony". I've seen Fabrizio at the 2008 Italian Lotus User Group Conference and it's an really interesting and funny argument, especially if you are a classical music fan.

Lotusphere 2009 sessions

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lotusphere 2009: first time? Follow this 2 links ...

If this is your first time at Lotusphere these 2 links can save your life:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

19th World Karate Championships start today!

From today until 16th November will take place in Tokio the 19th World Karate Championships. As you can seen in the Championships banner above Luca Valdesi (4 times World Champioship in kata) is one of the stars and the title holder for both individual and team kata competitions.

Good luck to all the Italian team!

19th World Karate Champioships web site

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

DominoPoint Day 2008: Using and understanding the NSD (italian)

Study: SharePoint, Lotus in for long collaboration fight

Forrester Research Inc. published a report on Collaboration fight between Lotus and Sharepoint. Today one of mine Google alert send me a link on this topic by PC World:

Microsoft and IBM have been duking it out over e-mail and messaging software for years with their respective Outlook/Exchange and Lotus Notes/Domino products. As their product lines have evolved, however, a new fight is brewing between Lotus and Microsoft's SharePoint Server as the platform of choice for enterprise collaboration strategy.
And about the power of Eclipse based client:
However, IBM still has an edge in providing third-party applications that run on Notes and Domino if companies want to use software from more than one vendor, according to the report. Also, Notes, Sametime, IBM's corporate instant-messaging client, and Quickr, IBM's content-sharing application, are built on the open-source Eclipse developer platform, which allows them to run Eclipse plug-ins natively and provides a more open development architecture for third-party applications.
Read the full story.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Soldati La Scolca BRUT Millesimato "D'Antan" 1993

Last Saturday we tried this supreme Soldati La Scolca BRUT Millesimato "D'Antan" 1993. Some day after, I discover that D'Antan is an award winning wine: 4 foglie form Guida d'oro Veronelli Spumanti d'Italia 2007. La Scolca is a historic wineyard in Gavi area (Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy) with a personal style in making wine. D'Antan is one of the reserve, very dry with a very particular personality.

From La scolca Web Site:

Only in the best years, only from the best grapes, is made this prestigious Gavi DOCG "Gavi dei Gavi – La Scolca®" that, after having aged up to 10 years in our cellar, arrive at the bottle in a unmistakable intensity and nobility of feelings that only the time can give to the "Great Wines".

Rare wine, which must be drunk slowly, thanking to the time that made it so special and so unique, meditating on the extraordinary feelings that, like in the Proust's "Recherche", remember the tastes of distant and ancient memories, like ancient are the techniques with which, with patience, this wine is made. In fact only the slowness, the respectful await, the long experience and the patient art, learn in eighty years of wine making, allows to give this intense harmony of perfumes and tastes, where power and fineness join in one splendid equilibrium, brings us again to the nature and to the feelings of D’Antan®. Extraordinary example as a "Great Wine" can become old or "mature", if followed by an experienced "vignaiolo".

Lotusphere 2009: airport shuttel service from Mears

Form the confirmation email:

GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Mears Transportation is offering Lotusphere 2009 attendees a discounted rate of $29.00 round-trip - for shuttle service between the Orlando International Airport and the WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN and DOLPHIN. The Mears Transportation shuttle service departs the airport approximately every 30 minutes. Mears Transportation booths are located on the baggage claim level of each airline terminal. You do not need to make a reservation for your trip from the airport to your hotel,
but you will need to make a reservation for your return trip back to the Orlando International Airport. You may make the return reservation by calling XXX XXX XXX

World Plone Day, November 7th 2008

No matter where you are, meet Plone and discover the benefits of using it in education, government, ngos, and in business.

World Plone Day site

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

DominoPoint Day 2: photos

This is the badge from the last Italian Lotus Users Group, the DominoPoint Day 2 event.

My photostream on Flickr

DominoPoint Day 2008: numbers

Numbers about the last DominoPoint Day 2 event (aka Lotus Italian Users Group conference)

  • more than 500 registered person
  • 2 tracks: admins and developers
  • 14 speakers
  • 13 Italian speakers
  • 1 US speaker
  • about 300 people still there late in the afternoon (around 6:00 PM)
  • 2 Blackberry phones wins
  • 11 sponsors
  • 9 sponsor speakers
  • 7 Italian sponsor speakers
  • 1 UK sponsor speaker
  • 1 Belgium sponsor speaker
  • tons of good food
  • 40 minutes I've talked about NSD
  • 23rd October 2009, already scheduled DominoPoint Day 3!
A personal thank you to all the speakers in the picture above.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Villa Rinaldi Barricaia 1999

Last Saturday we open the superb Villa Rinaldi Barricaia 1999 wine: a "Classic method" Spumante wine. I think this is one of the the best wine from this wineyard. Aged in barrique, in my little experience is not so common to find a 1999 white wine so taste full, especially in comparison with the price (around 40 €). Barricaia wins Big Gold Medal at VinItaly International wine competition in 2004.

From the same wineyard a less expensive (about 19 €) wine is Gran Cuvèe Bianca, excellent as well.

Monday, October 6, 2008

DominoPoint Day 2, 4 to go

Friday 10th of October I will join the 2nd edition of the Italian Lotus User Group Technical Conference.

My talk will be titled "NSD, il tuo compagno di viaggio quando Domino va in crash" and it's about Nsd and the "dark side" of Domino named crash or hang.

DominoPoint Day 2

5th Italian Agile day

Friday 21th November Bologna guests the 5th annual edition of the Italian Agile Day. This is a free conference dedicated to Agile methodologies development and project management software targeted to developers, project leaders, IT managers, testers, architects and coach.
Access is free after registration, the seats are limited. The event, for the third consecutive time, self-finance.

Italian Agile Day

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

PloneGOV: a great success of the event

More than 100 registered person at the "PloneGov" italian event. Mainly from public sector like small, big and medium municipality, local environment government agencies and many chambers of commerce.

My photostream on Flickr.

PloneGOV: official launch in Italy today!

The first edition of a nationwide event about PloneGov will be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Ferrara, Italy (the first Italian participant in PloneGov).

Event title is "Public Administration and free software sharing: PloneGov, from Europe to Italy". The site will be the Convention Hall of the Chamber of Commerce in Ferrara, just in front of the Estense Castle.

The topics will include a general overview of Plone and PloneGov as well as CommunesPlone, that will be treated as a reference case study and an example that can be possibly replicated in Italy. The history of open source software sharing among Italian Public Administration will be addressed by one or two talks. Some talks will be given by influential opinion makers like consultants to CNIPA - the Italian National Committee for IT in the Public Administrations, and by representatives of Italian PloneGov Organizations.

The target are Italian Public Administration deciders and stakeholders like the ANCI (association of more than 6.000 Italian communes) and the CNIPA itself. Participation is free of charge: it will be a one day event for up to 100 qualified spectators, that will register through an online application form available at the event site where the detailed programme can also be found: even though there is no preclusion for any kind of audience, priority will be given to Public Administration personnel.

Talks will start at 09.30 AM and end at 13.00. Coffee breaks and a buffet lunch will be served, simultaneous interpreting to/from Italian, English and French will be available. An afternoon session is planned, where attendants will meet ZEA Partners and other Plone businesses to discuss technical issues.

Event site: Public Administration and free software sharing: PloneGov, from Europe to Italy - About PloneGOV

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Notes 8.5b2 client installation: some translations are missing

Everything works fine except the screen shot above: "Make Notes my default calendar program." and "Make Notes my default contacts program." are not translated.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A short trip to Torre San Giovanni

Inserito originariamente da Fabio Pignatti
Gazza, thanks a lot for the invitation, we really enjoy sun, sea, food and all of you two guys! Hope this short trip to Torre San Giovanni can be a prelude to this winter.

Torre San Giovanni is located in the south of Italy, in Puglia region, near Ugento. It was many years that I was not in Puglia and I forgot how wonderful and clear was the sea! It seemed to be in the Maldives.

Cappelletti in brodo!

My photostream on Flickr.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Domino 8.5 policy in "Preference", "Window Management"

The first policy is about the performance of the Notes client.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Make a Name for Yourself

55 Strategies to Fast-Track Your Professional Prowess. Among these my favourites include:

1. Make a name of yourself.
2. People buy people first.
4. Get up an hour earlier.
9. Do the necesSCARY stuff.
11. Walk with the wise.
17. Small victories first. (as I also learned in "Our iceberg is melting")
20. Boredom is the enemy.
30. Networking works.
33. Disarm immediate preoccupation.
38. Remove what robs you.
44. Authenticity, not charisma.

Scott Ginsberg's web site - Buy "Make a Name of Yourselft"

Monday, August 11, 2008

Out of office: when you will be back

Quite interesting feature in Domino 8 out of office: when you will be back at the office, you will receive a summary of people that had been notified by your absence.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Human Tetris

Friday, July 25, 2008

Domino 8.0.1 on Debian: it works

Today we have to celebrate: Domino 8.0.1 is up and running on a GNU/Linux Debian box since 25th may 08 (mail + apps). Domino 8.0.1 works fine on Debian Lenny Release. The only problem I've encountered is on gawk and solved using:

# apt-get install gawk


With italian languange pack and Sametime I still have some fatal error so that services doesn't work (Sametime installed but services not started).

Thursday, July 3, 2008

My blog in a cloud

Everyone knows about Worlde. This is my blog in a cloud for today. Even if I often post about Lotus Domino, some of the most evident worlds are "pantelleria", "sharepoint" or "book". Funny!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Situation Is Hopeless, but Not Serious (The Pursuit of Unhappiness)

This is my first book on constructivist epistemology, definitely an introductive book by Paul Watzlawick a theoretician in Communication Theory and Radical Constructivism.
Watzlawick in "The Situation Is Hopeless, but Not Serious" gives you the best way to be scientifically unhappy. We read:

It's time to end the millennial fable that happiness and serenity are desirable goals of life.
Many examples are clearly ironic and at the same time contain a fund of truth. The book is quite famous mainly for the hammer story:

A man wants to hang a painting. He has the nail, but not the hammer. Therefore it occurs to him to go over to the neighbor and ask him to lend him his hammer. But at this point, doubt sets in. What if he doesn't want to lend me the hammer? Yesterday he barely spoke to me. Maybe he was in a hurry. Or, perhaps, he holds something against me. But why? I didn't do anything to him. If he would ask me to lend him something, I would, at once. How can he refuse to lend me his hammer? People like him make other people's life miserable. Worst, he thinks that I need him because he has a hammer. This is got to stop ! And suddenly the guy runs to the neighbor's door, rings, and before letting him say anything, he screams: "You can keep your hammer, you b......"
The second main Watzlawick's contribute is on techniques that make it possible to avoid solving problems. Another good technique do be unhappy.

Definitly quick read with a simple the key: know how to be unhappy to become instantly happy.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Address Book in Notes 8.5 : contacts filtered by Internaional characters

In 8.5 address book template, the contacts can be filtered using additional language tags.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Enterprise 2.0 conference: Lotus Connections vs MS Sharepoint

This year at Enterprise 2.0 conference we had a face-to-face in the Social Software ring between Lotus Connections and Microsoft Sharepoint. CMS Watch web site reports:

IBM came off looking better for various reasons. They fielded a more focused demo team -- never to be underestimated -- but also because Connections has some slick, Ajax interfaces, and SharePoint does not. Ajax does not necessarily bring better usability, but done right, it can simplify complex interfaces.
It's also quite interesting to note that many CMS solutions, coming both from the opensource (as Alfresco) and the commercial world (as mentioned as MS and IBM) are present as a sponsor of the event.

Enterprise 2.0 conference

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A sicily wine: Florio's Passito di Pantelleria

Last sunday we open this wine: a wonderful Passito di Pantelleria from Florio's wineyeards.

Zibibbo grapes are picked at full ripening from the wineyeards grown on Pantelleria island (Sicily, Italy). They are let to dry under the strong September sun for about twenty days. This is followed by the vinification as per the old tradition. The short contact with the skins and the slow fermentation complete the process together with the aging for some months in small oak barrels. The result is a Passito wine with unique intensity of perfumes which is ideal to accompany desserts and flavoursome soft cheese.

Cantine Florio web site

Friday, June 6, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ozzie: Open Source a more disruptive competitor than Google

Even if I think Google is the "new Microsoft", at Microsoft Co. are more concerned about "open source". Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect at Microsoft, is cited in a ZDNet news:

Competitors like his former employer, Lotus, and now, Google, have spurred the company to make changes to its business to stay ahead, Ozzie said. But while Google is a “tremendously strong competitor,” Ozzie acknowledged, “open source was much more potentially disruptive” to Microsoft’s business. (He noted that, unlike Google, many open-source programmers aren’t beholden to shareholders.)
Read the full story

Monday, June 2, 2008

Does open source grow? A "Yes" from a SAP research

Now a day "open source" is everywhere: our old friends, Lotus Notes, now is based on open source project "Eclipse RCP", most of the advanced firewalling and networking software are based on IPTables/IPChains, Squid, or other GNU/Linux based solutions, OpenOffice is widely used everywhere (even in Notes 8 client) and so on.
What does it means? More today than in the past open source is a reality in the IT world. Do I save money if I use open source? Maybe but that's not the point. Open source based solutions are "open" as not locked by a single vendor and more important "open" for the integration.
INTEGRATION that's the keyword. Just thinks about Apple. Apple is growing a lot (see this interesting post in Slashdot about Apple's laptop and Apple's high-end desktop), and integration is a "must" for the new technology no more just Windows based PC or desktop. The fast growth of RSS, SOA, , XML-RPC, ODF, is a clear sign of the need for integration.

Some days ago I've read this interesting study (one of the many availables over the Internet) about the growth of open source project. The interesting thing is that it's a SAP research. Not a Sourceforge, Debian or other GNU/Linux affiliated organization. Is SAP involved in opensource? Not really in my mind. Even through I'm not an expert, I figure SAP as a really closed world. But they are interested in open source. Just monitoring? May be.

Here an extract of th research.

Our work shows that the additions to open source projects, the total project size (measured in source lines of code), the number of new open source projects, and the total number of open source projects are growing at an exponential rate. The total amount of source code and the total number of projects double about every 14 months.
Read the full story.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Notes/Domino 8.5 beta will be out tomorrow

Tomorrow Notes/Domino 8.5 beta will be out. Get your browser ready at IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5 Public Beta Forum. One of the hottest news announced at Lotusphere 2008 is Domino Designer 8.5 in Eclipse!

"Open source" Funambol for mobile BlackBerry users

Yesterday many web site (like this, this and this) report the news: Funambol, a dual licensing Italian-US powered software for mobile users, enables BlackBerry for the Mass Market. Exchange, Domino and GroupWise are already supported by Funambol but now the push email component enables BlackBerries to work with consumer email services such as Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Hotmail and Gmail, as well as any POP or IMAP server.

Does anyone out there has tried Funambol with Domino 7 or 8? I will do in the next weeks (ehm ... months).

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Automatically Run Live Console in Domino Administrator

In Lotus Domino Administrator 8, open File -> Preferences -> Administration Preferences and than select 'Automatically run live console' as show in the picture. It really helps!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lotus Notes Diagnostic utility updated!

LND is been updated and now is available LND_2.6_Setup.exe. It's very useful in troubleshooting Domino hang or crash. Personally I use it since last October and in many cases it helps me a lot.

Lotus Notes® Diagnostic is an unsupported utility that you can download and use to automatically perform repetitive tasks associated with analyzing files from a Lotus® Domino® server crash, hang, or performance issues.
You can download LND here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gmail 717 and 793 errors

Today I was trying to send a draft and than get this two errors:

No way to restore my draft, solved with copying the body part of the message.

No bad, just 2 errors in about 4 years of daily GMail use (just my personal email). Still pretty sure GMail is the best free Web-based email. Now-a-days more than ever.

Someone reports similar errors in Google Groups.

Monday, April 7, 2008


Last Saturday I finished my MGA first level degree. MGA, Metodo Globale di Autodifesa, is a system of self defence derived from the study carried out by a technical committee made up of experts in various combat disciplines (judo, jujitsu, aikido, karate etc..). This method is adopted in Italy in many courses organized by Italian Army and Police: it's the only self defence course recognized by the Italian Ministry of Defence.

In the picture above: Cristina, Nicoletta, Domenico Carlini (Istructor for this MGA course), Claudio Vannini (Colonel at 187° reggimento Brigata Folgore), me, Dino; Francesco, Marco, Alberto and Alessio.

My photostream on Flickr

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Content Technologies Subway Map

Look at this cool map from CMS Watch:
It describe how the CMS solutions are connected together in relation of the functionalities they expose. Here an exract from full CMS Watch article:

To help you navigate the content technologies vendor landscape, we've created this handy map. To be sure, not all vendor stations are listed, but this should give you a sense for the major players.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lotus Notes and Domino 8.0.1 is out

As promises at Lotusphere 2008, today Lotus Notes and Domino 8.0.1 is out for the electronic download via IBM Passport Advantage and IBM Partnerworld. Follow the dates for all the international releases.

Electronic software delivery:

  • February 20, 2008: English
  • March 7, 2008: Catalan, Chinese-Traditional and Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese-Brazilian, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish
  • May 16, 2008: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Slovakian,Turkish, Thai
Physical media and documentation:
  • March 14, 2008: English
  • April 11, 2008: Catalan, Chinese-Traditional and Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese-Brazilian, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish
  • June 13, 2008: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Slovakian,Turkish, Thai
More info on IBM web site.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Lotus Notes 8.0.1 and widgets

At Lotusphere we learned about widgets integration in Notes 8.0.1 Yes, it will be will be out soon. Here some additional informations from Alan Lepofsky's Blog:

Image:Add a Google Gadget

And here you can found how does it works (from Mary Beth Raven's Blog):

I know that some o fyou have been playing with the "My Widgets" and Live Text in the recent Notes 8.0.1 beta. We have now posted the documentation.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Day 2 at Lotusphere 2008

Monday is the "Opening general session" day! In 2007 we had Neil Armstrong, this year is the turn of Bob Costas. I'm sure all the Americans enjoy a lot but well for us coming from Europe is different. Enyway I get fun to hear about that Patriots fan who predicted Patriots wins NFL every time a Russian revolution take place.

On the OGS the first announce was about "Atlantic" project: a deep integration between SAP and Lotus Notes.

Then is the turn of Domino Web Access (iPhone, Lite mode and much more!!!) and of a challenge between Lotus Notes development team and Lotus Domino development team: every teams have explained all the news in the upcoming versions.

And finally three brand new products: Lotus Mashups, Lotus Foundations and Bluehouse.

After the OGS I join this sessions:
  • ID101: What's new in the IBM Lotus Notes
  • BP104 Die Hard - Deciphering a IBM Lotus Domino Server Crash
  • ID202: IBM Lotus Domino Administration
My Lotusphere 2008 photostream on Flickr