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Ed Brill, Director

Much has happened in the past week, during my army tour.
I’ve been playing catch-up with my 2nd inbox most of the day, trying to keep up with the feeds, when suddenly I see Ed Brill‘s post, I have a new job! Wow!

If you’re in the Lotus business, you must know Ed Brill, Worldwide Business Unit Executive for Lotus Notes/Domino, until 2 days ago. Ed has been leading the Lotus Notes/Domino sales efforts for the past 4 years, the 1st IBMer in this capacity. Needless to say he’s been doing an extraordinary work.

Ed, thank you for being a friend and a colleague, and knowing when to make the distinction.

Twitter away…

After 2 ‘silent’ weeks of using Twitter, I decided it’s time to write something about it (much like Ed did). I started with Twitter couple of days before LCTY Israel, after hanging out with Alan for couple of days and seeing how easy it is to update your Facebook/Twitter status on mobile. Blackberrys aren’t that common in Israel, but cellphones are – did you know there are more cellphones devices in Israel than the number of people (population)? Yes, it’s true..

At first I updating my status using text messaging (SMS), until I searched IBM tagged pages (pages other IBMers tagged, using Dogear) and found a super cool extension for Lotus Notes 8.0TwitNotes. This super cool extension allows me to update my Twitter/Facebook status, directly from Lotus Notes sidebar. Nice… You can install TwitNotes on your own client here.

I met with some friends the other day and we started talking about this constant updating issue, people twittering all the time, making it easy for ‘big brother’ to follow… One of my friends holds the extreme opinion of blocking anything (even his iPhone BT is set to ‘Hidden’), while I’m more flexible – share more or less, depending on the situation and and body temparture. ‘Resistance is futile‘ I always tell him, but he comes from a strong background of IT Security and Networks, so it’s a dead-end discussion most of the times.

If you’re interested to see how much I do share, become a follower:

Notes/Domino 8 Launch Date to be Announced in Japan

In an all hands call this morning with Lotus GM Mike Rhodin, Mike said that he will announced the official launch date of Lotus Notes and Domino 8 during Lotus Day next week in Japan.
The date is still in August, no delays there.

Mike also mentioned the excellent performance IBM, Software Group and Lotus brand showed during the 2nd quarter, the strongest since Sam Palmisano became CEO of IBM. During August up until October Software Group will host almost 100 session of LCTY (Lotusphere comes to you), across the US, Europe and AP. There will be a speical session in NYC during September, with press and analysts, and Steve Mills, Software Group Executive.

Lots of exciting events, virtual and real, so keep track of the dates and mark your calendars !

Back to Lotus Notes 7, after all

Last week IBM Forum Israel hosted a Collaboration Event, with Ed Brill, WW Lotus Sales Manager for Software Group. The event was the second time I got to know Lotus Notes 8, the new (and still in Beta) version of IBM’s email client, Notes 7.

After some chats with technical colleagues from SWG I decided to download the beta version, a hugh 1GB file, that occupies some 1.6GB installed… not for everyone.. I backup all my C:/notes/data directory (another 4GB), and then started the process. Good to know that Lotus are thinking of bi-directional (bi-di) languages, and the installation was in Hebrew.. cute.

My first impression was very good. The new UI (user interface) is cool, good colors, web 2.0 kind of icons and some great improvements to the calendar and contacts views. It worked well, at first, but slower than my Notes 7. There was a delay between the actual click and the action itself, although the machine never froze, and you could work on other views while the inbox was refreshing. Some of my DB took a little longer to open, but I guess that an increased RAM would make it better (my T41 have 1GB, with Intel Pentium M 1.7GHz).

I roll backed to Notes 7 after a week of usage, for 2 main reasons:
First – the speed. Maybe an additional 512MB would make it better. 1GB would make a hugh difference. But with the current specs, it’s just too weak to support Notes 8.
Secondly, I think it’s a glitch in the system, surely not intentional, but I couldn’t switch my keyboard with Alt+Shift between Hebrew/English. Just didn’t work. Only in Notes 8. I had to go to the language bar and switch from there. Bothering, although I know the guys from SWG are ‘living’ like this for 2-3 months now… so it’s not that bad.

Once Notes 8 is official, I’ll definitely upgarde, but only after a 1GB boost to my RAM. Notes 8 is much more friendly, user interface is excellent and the collaboration options – which I haven’t elaborated, but you can read all about them here – are phenomenal. And I haven’t mentioned the possibility to create/edit Office documents, in Notes, what IBM is calling ‘productivity tools’.
Notes is climbing. Fast.

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