A Carol for Today

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

This evening, our local church held their annual Candelight Christmas Eve Celebration. Emily, Amy, Wendy, and Kelly sang "A Carol for Today."

It was beautiful. Wendy blogged about it, here.

Grace and Peace to you, this Christmas

Source: Wendy Mack: A Carol for Today

12-24-08_SantasEMailIcon.jpgCheck out the screen shots of how Santa uses Lotus Notes to get things done in time for Christmas. For the background on this story and an exclusive photo, you can read the full story.

Source: Notes On Productivity
I'm having problems with VMWARE and Notes 8.5.1. and it;'s killing my productivity. My last request for help on my blog was fruitful so I thought I would try again.

For development and testing, I maintain VMs with various versions of Lotus Notes and I use VMWARE to manage these. Since upgrading to 8.5.1, hoever, my system will freeze for 3-4 minutes and then return as if nothing had happened. It does this often -- but only when running the VMWARE Workstation.

Some more details:

My Host PC is a ThinkPad W500 fully loaded with 2.5Ghz Core2 Duo CPU, 3GB RAM, XP Sp3. and very few apps loaded, namely Notes 8.51 and the latest VMWARE Workstation 6.5.3 Build 185404.

Guest OS is Windows XP SP2, with 1.5GB ram allocated. When we run the VM, we have no apps running on host OS and in the guest PC the only app loaded is Notes 8.5.1 Client and Designer. In other words, before I launch the VM I exit out of Notes on my laptop.

If I open notes 8.5.1 in the guest PC and do nothing after a few minutes the entire system will freeze HOST & GUEST but then, after 3-4 minutes everything will return with no local of place or data - as if nothing were wrong.

I can't say that this is a Notes 8.5.1 issue. It could well be an issue with the current version of VMWARE Workstation. In fact, I would tend to suspect VMWARE as the cause as my entire computer hangs, not just the guest OS session.

Anyway, I thought I would put this out to the blogosphere in the hope that someone who has seen this before might comment and so that others may learn from the comments.

Oh, and one more symptom: From time to time, I will completely lose TCP support on my laptop and Notes will display this error on the status bar of the Notes client (on host).

"Replicator error, the TCP/IP protocol stack reported that it ran out of memory. Consult your network documentation to increase configured memory, or reduce Notes connections by limiting clients (See SERVER_MAXSESSIONS parameter in Notes Admin Guide)" What;s strange is that this error appear on my workstation - not on the server as the error message would suggest...

Could this be an unstable VM? Or, a conflict with VMWARE and ECLIPSE? Or even operator error on my part? (That's been known to happen, too.)
I haven't been blogging much lately as we've been hard at work on the next release of eProductivity and planning something special for mobile users. Meanwhile here's a tip for my readers that like to get things done with Lotus Notes...

Ryan's running a promotion to acknowledge the eProductivity pioneers - the people who first saw the benefit in using eProductivity to GTD-Enable their Lotus Notes. The pioneers, using eProductivity primarily at the office, usually purchased the software with their own money. (How's that for a testimony of product value?) Anyway, Ryan's running a promotion to encourage these pioneers to share their story of how they GTD-Enabled their Lotus Notes with eProductivity, and how they are now getting more done in less time and with less stress than ever before. Between now and the end of the year, he's offering 5 free licenses of eProductivity to companies that purchase a 10-pack AND when they do, he's offering to refund the original purchase of eProductivity.

This is a great way to get even more value from eProductivity. You can learn more over at the Inside eProductivity blog.

Meanwhile, lots of things on the horizon for Lotusphere 2010 (you ARE going, right?) and beyond. I'll start blogging more regularly, soon.

How a virus invades your body

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

This animation from the folks at NPR shows how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.

It's a good thing that most of the time our immune system works even faster to keep them in check.

Still, I'm not sure I ever want to sneeze or inhale again.


Source: Flixxy