01.08.2009

Not only PartnerWorld has download problems. MSDN too ...

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We have often seen that IBM Partnerworld get bad press due to site-organisation, stability and download problems. Today MSDN also went haywire with its "File Transfer Manager"

When I  click download on the MSDN page, the FTM started, but immediately gave me the following error;

Microsoft File Transfer Manager Download problem

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The error message is "The response from the web site is missing required information" and the dialog box informs me that the dialog will close pretty soon. The download is halted and the status is set to "Interrupted". As soon as I pressed the "Resume"-button, the same message popped up again!

The first time I saw this, I gave up and returned to other tasks .... A colleague however discovered that you shouldn't give up. Press the "Resume"-button and continue to do so, and FTM will eventually resume download!

That worked, but unfortunately FTM was pretty unpredictable about when the problems occured, so I really had to monitor the download process. When I had approx. 0.5MB left of the Windows 7 Beta DVD, I halted for a long time. I guess I had to press "Resume" 20 times Smile

12.12.2008

Using Blogsphere? Use Windows Live Writer to write blogs!

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I have been using the amazing Blogsphere template by Declan Lynch for a while now, and boy am I impressed!

Here the other day I was looking for a way to let my friends add blogs to a common blog of ours. First I was thinking about ordinary web editing, without the need to install anything. Whilst web-editing is on the way in future versions of Blogsphere, we're not quite there yet. The other options included e-mail (!) and something called MetaWebLog API.

At first the e-mail interface looked simple enough. All users have an e-mail client, but at the flipside they have to cope with "blog formats", like the following;

<auth>some secret code</auth>
<location>Nøtterøy, Norway</location>
<category>News</category>
<body><p>This is where your entry text goes</p></body>
<readmore>Some more to read</readmore>

 

Additionally the biggest problem with the e-mail interface is that you don't see what your blog-entry will look like until you actually e-mail the blog-entry. Another issue is of course all the possibilties for error. One small mistake in the above tags, and the post may go haywire!

Then I discovered that Blogsphere has code to support both the Blogger API and the newer MetaWebLog API. After googling around I found that several nice looking clients exists, such as from Wordpress or .... Microsoft... yup, the cleanest and most nice looking in my eyes where Windows Live Writer (WLW).

I downloaded the installer and started to configure WLW. Specify the homepage of your blog, your username and password (both kept in the User Profile in Blogsphere), and WLW initiated communication with my blog. Looked like a lot of back-and-forth messages between my blog and WLW!! After a short while, I was opted to post a temporarily message to retrieve even more information about my blog, so that I did. After approximately 1 minute, WLW was finished, and I could - WITHOUT HASSLE AT ALL - post my first small blog entry!! Amazing!

Of course happiness doesn't last too long - neither in the front of new software ... As soon as I tried to post a blog entry with a larger image embedded, I got an error message from WLW, complaining about problems with the response from my blog. It looked like this;

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Since I had already volunteered to add some code snippets to Blogsphere, I took a quick dive into the Java-agent responsible for the MetaWebLog processing. I quickly discovered that the code had an issue with the Request_Content-field. From the Lotus Knowledgebase Technote #1240370 (titled "Using REQUEST_CONTENT with Web agents and large POST data") you learn that Domino 7 and onwards lifts an old limit of 64 kB by introducing multiple Request_Content_nnn fields, such as Request_Content_000, Request_Content_001 and so forth. I am not that fluent in Java, I was able to quickly assemble some code to retrieve the values of all Request_Content_nnn fields. Voila - that worked!! I could instantly post large images, tables and files with WLW after that!! Amazing!

I believe that WLW has really lowered the bar for new users to blogging, and I am very eager to learn what my friends think of WLW! I'll keep you updated!

PS! Did I mention that WLW easily can connect to several Blogs! Cool!

11.21.2008

Remote Support System - Try Lotus Unyte Share

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Here the other evening my brother needed some IT support, and my options was either the travel to him - or finally dive into the world of Remote Support Systems. I didn't really have the time to travel down to him that evening, so I opted for the later. Read on to see how the new cool - and free - tool Lotus Unyte Share solved the problems which tools like Remote Desktop Connection and Windows Remote Assistance couldn't.

10.17.2008

How to make Vista unusable with a couple of clicks

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Here the other day I received an exe file, which I believed was a self-unpacking kind of file, make with either WinZip or WinRAR. Instead of starting the huge EXE file, I thought I should open it with WinRAR instead... Read on to how that almost rendered my Vista unusable...

09.25.2008

Running VMWare Server 2.0 on Windows Home Server SP1

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Today the Windows Home Server (WHS) were updated with the latest VMWare Server 2.0. The setup routine had an issue with error message "Error 1718. File 52a15.msi was rejected by digital signature policy.". This turned out to be a known issue, also mentioned in the release notes (dang, reading all that stuff can  be cumbersome ). Install the hotfix from Microsoft to fix. After that, the biggest news for me was the Remote Web based application, also replacing the earlier console!  It took some time to set up, but seems to be working just fine. Now I can access the console of my Domino server from any browser! Cool! More to come!

05.23.2008

The template for the "Icons and Images" and databases is now available

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I am glad to make the database for the "Icons and Images" database available for download.
A picture named M2

05.22.2008

The template for the "Icon And Images" database will be available shortly

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At May 21st I held a short presentation about the "Icons And Images" database at the Norwegian Lotus Software Usergroup's anual spring seminar with the title "How to store 1.8 million files in a single Notes database". I will make the template for the database itself available shortly.

05.18.2008

Part 6: Continuing with DXL to create the Favorites feature in the Icon and Images database

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This is part 6 of a series of articles about the Icon and Images database (started in this article), This article focus on the Favorites page and how it was made.
A picture named M2

05.18.2008

Part 5: Continuing with DXL to create the Gallery feature in the Icon and Images database

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This is part 5 of a series of articles about the Icon and Images database (started in this article), This article focus on the Gallery pages and how it was made.
A picture named M2

05.18.2008

Part 4: Using DXL to create imagery in documents - continued

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In this the fourth part of  article about the Icon and Images database (started in this article), It continues where the third article left off.

05.18.2008

Part 3: Using DXL to create imagery in documents

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In this third article about the Icon and Images database (see this article), I will cover how I use DXL to create the imagery in Notes documents.

05.18.2008

firstObject XML Editor - a cool and fast XML editor

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Do you need a super-fast and nice XML editor? Do you mind if its completely free? Take a look at firstObject XML editor from firstObjec.com

04.07.2008

Part 2; Programming details on Icon and Images - Enumerating files

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In the first article I introduced the Icon and Images database, in which I store more than 1.8 million icon files in a single database. This article dive into the programming details, showing how I enumerate the files to import.

04.04.2008

Part 1: Icon and Images database -or- How I store more than 1.8 million icon files in a single Notes database

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You have always heard that Lotus Notes isn't that  capable of storing millions of documents. While that is mostly true, this article will show you how I store more than 1.8 million files in a single database. Perhaps these ideas can be used by your applications too?

03.27.2008

The backup actually works in WHS!

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During Easter this year, our Media Center PC had a hard disk crash. The Media Center PC luckily was one of the computers enrolled in our Windows Home Server system, and thus WHS maintained a daily backup of the system. Read about how the restore went!

03.04.2008

How to run Lotus Domino on a Windows Home Server

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Learn how I run Lotus Domino in a virtual server ontop of Windows Home Server, all on one box.

03.04.2008

Windows Home Server seems stable

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As you may have read in my previous blogs, I've had my share of installation-issues with WHS. I'm therefore happy to report that WHS now has stabilized and runs fine. The issues that you have to be aware;
  • Make sure you don't load WHS too fast, and not from many simultaneous sources. The Drive Extender obviously have some issues when many simultaneous sources pumps data ...
  • Try to keep the content on the WHS-shares as static as possible. Yes, this sounds crazy, but the more dynamic the data is, the more you risk to face the WHS data corruption problems. Click here to read the Microsoft article describing the issue.

03.03.2008

Tool #1; Lotus Notes - my favorite tool of all times!

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My favorite tool of all times is without doubt Lotus Notes!

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I use this tool for almost everything. All from working with e-mail in a fancy new user interface, to storing all kinds of information. Lotus Notes has become completely indespensable.

02.28.2008

EditPlus - Small and fast Notepad-replacement with many cool features

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Notepad is OK, but has some severe limitations such as not being able to open large files. I have used EditPlus for many years now, and one of the intial headsups for just this editor, was the great ability to copy and paste with columns in addition to rows. Also it's extremely fast and can work with files of any size. This is one of the first additional applications I add to new systems.

A picture named M2

02.27.2008

NOTHING is easy! The Windows Home Server saga continues

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Hmmm, I didn't feel comfortable with the small initial first disk I described yesterday, so I thought it was a good idea to replace the the primary disk. At the same time I went from IDE to SATA and ACHI. What a mess.... and what a night!!

02.26.2008

Initial thoughts of Windows Home Server

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This weekend we had a winter holiday in Norway, and traditionally everybody head off to their cabins to ski and play in the snow. Well, not so for my familiy. Both my youngest son and my wife caught fever, and we all had to stay at home.

Well, if you look at the bright side of things, I finally got the chance to upgrade my server to Windows Home Server (WHS)! I couldn't wait to get the backup-all-you-connected-machines services and dynamic extender-thingy into play!

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