Thursday, February 10, 2005
"I want that one"
I had a brilliant meeting today with a UK national newspaper company who are using Lotus Notes Release 5. This has been out for about 6 years so is beginning to show it's age and Lotus have done loads of work to it in later releases. So I was demonstrating the new features in the current Notes 6.5 release, Domino Web Access and Sametime integration. Every time I showed a new feature, the senior managers were looking over to the Domino Admin guy saying "I want that now". I started to feel a little sorry for the guy as I was creating him more and more work as I went on. Still, it was nice to see the look of relief on his face as I showed them what was coming in Notes/Domino 7 and when the managers predictably asked to have it now I told them that they would have to wait because it won't be released until summer.
(By the way - if you don't get the joke from the picture then check http://www.littlebritain.tv/characters_andy_lou.htm for a rather literal explanation of Andy and Lou)
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It is a problem... those users with Notes 5 (released in March 1999) still installed at work go home and look at the glossy Outlook client that was installed with Office - so of course they think Notes 5 looks old and clunky. Despite this, Notes 5 is more secure and a better mobile client than the latest iteration of Outlook.
Mind you, Notes 5 users are a dying breed. Estimates say that 90% of Notes / Domino customers have upgraded or are in the process of upgrading to Notes / Domino 6. Compare that to the estimates of the upgrade progress of Exchange 5.5 (which is older) - an estimated 50% are still on that version from the last century.
Ports. How do you get the trucated 'Posts' list? Is it part of the template or have you done some magic coding?
@2 Tony - it isn't a truncated list. I just haven't written very much yet :-)
Must be the template...I seem to get half the first sentence, whilst you get a neat headline. :o|
@4 Tony - I have looked into this and am totally baffled by your truncation problem. I tried applying your .sidebar-title CSS stuff to my Web Log and it changed the look but didn't change do the truncating (as you would expect). However, the list of items is just being retrieved using $BlogPreviousItemTitle$ (I presume) so I cannot see where the truncation is taking place. Odd.
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