IamLUG: Quikr Multi Lingual


This is interesting, Viktor just showed how Quikr will change the display language automatically just by changing the browser language setting. Nothing you need to do, built-in into the server.

One server, any language. Instant.

This does not translate the content you create, but the framework itself. Awesome!

IamLUG: Quickr session by Snapps


A picture of Viktor K. Who is my evil (and taller-than-me, fellow P90X’er) twin. Evil because he is a developer. If he did not have such an awesome first name I would have to actually dislike him.

Next to him is Troy (nice fella, although he too is a developer). In the front row left, black t-shirt is Mr Quickr himself, Rob Novak. I will not make a character judgment of him based on his developer-ness, as I fear to be banished from all Quickr servers by evil voodoo from here on forth otherwise.

IamLUG: SecurTrac demo – interesting!


Sitting in the vendor session on SecurTrack – I have been looking at this product for a client and am liking more every time I look at it. Monitoring for anal retentive types.
Pricing is by server and for IamLUG attendees you get 1 free server license for every 2 licenses you buy ….. until the end of November which is a realistic time schedule.

IamLUG: What comes next? Consultant in your Pocket


This is a place for a shameless plug: IamLUG is free, you most likely did not come because you are so cheap, free is still to expensive as it includes travel expenses. Or, maybe – if you are lucky, you can deflect blame to your company that they are too cheap. In any case, you are missing out on good education and a chance to learn something new and drink allot in the evening.

So, now you are in the hunt fo the next best thing: free webinars …. enter the “Consultant in your pocket” series.You can sit in front of your computer, wear your fluffy bunny slippers and do not need to shave or brush your teeth – it does not get any better than that.

Here the shameless lug: I will be hosting one of those on Sept. 1st about Lotus Protector. Almost as good as IamLUG – maybe better as you will not have to look at my but only will need to listen.

IamLUG: The Best tool you never heard about …


Just sat through the TDI session of Marie Scott and Tom “Duffbert” Duff. Really good. I work with TDI when implementing Lotus Connections mostly and use it sometimes outside of that but I did get allot of value out of this. I think EVERYBODY in the audience got something out of it. when you have a chance, download the session when it becomes available, well worth the time to look at it.

IamLUG: Eileen Fitzgerald – 10 Admin tips


Interesting topic from the point of view of somebody who was once on “my side” of divide (client) and is now with a vendor. Of course, giving some “secrets” away is paramount to shooting herself into the foot ….

Once the presentations become publicly available, I suggest a quick look at it.

IamLUG: Doug Cox presentation


For those who could not make it or did not get a connection to the live stream (some people complaining on twitter), here the presentation. I am timing for this to go out AFTER Doug is done (or close to being done) so that you pay attention if you are one of the people actually listening in … 😉

IamLUG.Keynote.Cox

IamLUG – It starts today and you can watch it live and uncensored


Today is the day! After some IamLUG drinking and being subjected to members “Dinner Storied” of how food can be good and waiting staff can be a challenge it is finally time for the actual shindig to start.

The IamLUG blog just posted the web address where to RSVP for a live streaming of the opening keynote session by Doug Cox. Starting time is 9 AM CST – yes, St. Louis is CENTRAL TIME just like the Cardinals are in the central division.

Hope you sign up or that I see you there in person!

Linux for the Lotus Notes Admin – The DD command


I have decided to start a new series – Linux for the Lotus Notes Admin. I will be sharing some tips and tricks for how to deal with issues of both the Domino server and the Notes client (Sametime as well) on Linux.
I myself am a big Linux user, my desktop has been Linux (I use Red Hat) for quite some time but I also run VMWare workstation and have a Windows install there to be able to take advantage of Windows and the products that are available. My accounting package only exists in Windows but more important still, there is no Lotus Notes Admin or Developer client for Linux.

What are we setting out to do?
The other day I ordered some new drives for my laptop (I have two drives installed) and I did not want to have to do a re-install. I have some older tools that I have used previously to move or clone partitions from/to other drives and have used them successfully. I wanted to give native Linux tools a chance though so I decided to clone my drive using the [dd] command. Another good tool is [partimage] but I wanted to go real OLD SCHOOL as dd has been around since the early 70’s.

The [DD] command

Note: It goes without saying that you should be doing this either as root or have sudo rights on your Linux machine. That eliminates all possible issues you might run into as far as they are related to rights.

My drives were both the same size (500 GB) and as it was the boot drive with lilo on it, I just wanted a straight clone so the command to use was

dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/hda

The command takes the whole SDA drive (all partitions of the boot drive) and clones them to the drive currently connected as the [/dev/hda] drive. You can partition the new drive first and create a partition table, but it does not need formatting as you will be overwriting everything anyway. I just created a plain vanilla primary partition t make sure the drive was OK and had no drive errors.

As expected (I had not used dd for quite some time) it worked flawlessly … however, it also took 26hrs 37 min! I did it over a weekend and was actually able to use the PC during the process (some browsing, nothing else) and when I switched the drive out the laptop started up without a hitch – it was as if nothing had changed, other than the improvement in speed!

What did I gain?

Next to proving I could still do native Linux commands and had the patience to just wait the process out, the main reason I went through this was to swap out my old drives for new hybrid drives that are ALLOT faster. Darren Duke had blogged about them a while back and I went out and bought them – what a difference in speed!

Other Resources on Linux

There are quite a few other people who specialize in Linux and Lotus Notes Domino, I am by far not the only one and definitely not the most knowledgeable on either. But, if you are really interested in Linux and how the Lotus products work on them, you should go and listen to Bill Malchisky’s presentation “Lotus on Linux Report” that he is giving at IamLUG this year. I have heard it previously and for anybody serious about Linux it is a must hear presentation.