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.)
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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.
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