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IE8 Beta & iNotes August 29, 2008

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Just downloaded the IE8 Beta and thought I’d run it through it’s paces.

If you have a look at the features video that Microsoft Communications runs, there are some nice features, like the following.

  1. Accelerators – Speed access to context sensitive services (Ebay, Maps, Search, Wiki, Translation etc)
  2. Webslices – Keeping track of specific content in realtime, like Ebay auctions, Blogs, RSS etc
  3. Search Suggestions – speeding search bar use
  4. One Click favourites – for faster loading
  5. InPrivate Browsing – Anonymising and removing tracking history
  6. Crash recovery
  7. Improved Security & Privacy measures

But once I started doing anything meaningful, like run up iNotes (8.0.1), and even WordPress, I found it started to get very glitchy. (Guess that is why they call it Beta).

Interestingly there is a button right next to the address bar called the “Compatibility View”, and that at least allowed me to do this post. The Hover-over for the button says… “websites designed for older browsers [read: all of them at the moment] will often look better, and problems such as out-of-place menus, images or text will be corrected”

I’ve often wondered about the thought process used by a developer when they come up with a function like this. It stuns me.

Still haven’t got iNotes working completely well, but I have some further testing.

I do have to say, that I like the Webslicing and Accelerators elements. Clearly have done their homework on useability and current browsing habits.

I found the video example used a scenario around buying your wife a diamond ring on the sly for demonstrating the “InPrivate Browsing”. Had to laugh at that one…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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MIT Sloan Report: An Inside View of IBM’s Innovation Jam August 27, 2008

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MIT Sloan has released a report titled: “An Inside View of IBM’s Innovation Jam“.

This report is a fascinating insight into the reason why IBM has such a great record in Innovation and their huge production of Patents. The process is detailed, and I’m sure many organisations could learn something about how they tackle innovation from the report.

The complete text of the report is freely available for the MIT Sloane website on the link above.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Who better to advertise Microsoft Vista, than the Guy with the Show about Nothing! August 24, 2008

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A news article doing the rounds today, is that Microsoft is about to embark on a $300M advertising campaign to boost the image of Windows Vista, and they have chosen Jerry Seinfeld to anchor the effort!

How ironic… that they choose the guy who came to fame with a show about nothing!

I couldn’t think of a more fitting personality. Add to that the sarcastic, cynical view of the World that Jerry brings to humour, and that he is a stand up comedian. I just have to say “What a joke!”

If Microsoft was shooting for credibility for Vista, then for once, their ‘Marketing Machine’ has erred, and I can’t say I am complaining. It all has a rather Kharmic feel to it.

Can’t wait to see the ads. I really hope they roped Kramer into it as well.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Australian CIO Magazine Highlights IBM Social Computing August 20, 2008

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An article published in CIO Magazine this week looks at the Social Networking Technologies in use today and the Business benefit potentials.

IBM’s Bluepages experience and the resultant Lotus Connections Product are featured well in the article.

It’s great to see this level of profile for the actual business benefits of these technologies in a local magazine.

Well done to the IBM Marketing people… It’s nice to see this highlighted to this particular audience.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

TED.com Collaboration Thread Presentations August 20, 2008

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If you are a keen follower of all things happening in the Collaboration technology space… You should have a good look at TED.com.

This website provides videos from conferences under the headings of “Technology, Entertainment & Design” (Thus the TED), and they allow you to register and then “favourite” various Themes.

In particular “The Rise of Collaboration” is one worth watching. They have very informative presentations, and some interesting angles, not always seen by those of us that are immersed in the Lotus World.

I recommend having a look and registering for the updates on those themes that are of interest.

(There are some themes that have related content… eg. “What’s Next in Tech”, “Bold Predictions, Stern Warnings” & “Technology, History, & Destiny”)

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

First Post from the iPhone Applet August 19, 2008

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I have written this post to the Blog from an applet that WordPress have produced for the iPhone. Like all things Apple, it has a very useable interface. Allowing me to not only enter the Title and Body, but a simple selection method for Categories & Tags as well.

Overall, I’m quite impressed with it. Given 3G access, it means I can post to the Blog from almost anywhere.

Very Nice.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Australian Collaboration Market Survey Released August 18, 2008

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Eos Solutions have released a Market Survey focusing on Collaboration Technologies in the Australian Mid-Market.

Combined with a recent IBM Survey, the highlights are as follows:

  • Cost efficiency is a higher priority in smaller organisations, as opposed to growth through innovation in larger organisations;
  • IT management consistently rates the promotion of collaboration between IT and business units among their highest priorities;
  • Enterprise wide integration and collaboration are emerging as essential enablers for business growth;
  • The most likely investments over the next twelve months will be solutions that automate business workflows or improve collaboration.

You can download the findings of the survey here:

Eos Solutions – Australian Mid-Market Collaboration Survey

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Social Computing in Universities – Academic Initiative August 15, 2008

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I sat on an ICT Industry Advisory Board meeting for a local university yesterday, and when the subject came up about vendor support for academic initiatives wasn’t too surprised to hear the strong Microsoft sentiment around the table (I threw in the IBM name valiantly…)

The potential for using Lotus Connections in Universities is significant for seeding the market. IBM needs to seriously consider offering this through the Academic Initiative program to the Universities to gain mindshare.

Our local Universities are also eagerly looking to have their Graduates Certified in Vendor products as they come out of their final year for greater employability. Another area where IBM and the Partner community could leverage a certification program.

So this is a call to the Lotus Partner Community… talk to your local ICT Head of Faculty about the IBM Academic Initiative. You might be surprised at the response.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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IBM Alphaworks: Social Accessibility Project August 12, 2008

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I thought I would give the Alphaworks Project sited in the title of this entry a quick rap, as a great example of social computing paradigms being put to a very worthy business & social purpose.

The IBM Alphaworks “Social Accessibility Project” from the Labs in Tokyo is all about creating a collaborative environment that enhances the experience of disabled people to access all forms of Web content. Engaging Supporters (a bit like Wikipedia) to brainstorm and suggest improvements for websites for accessibility.

The following is an example of it’s use:

The following scenario is an example of a typical use:

  1. While surfing the Internet, a user of a screen reader reports a problem to the server by using a shortcut key command (after the screen reader extension has been installed).
  2. The server immediately sends the report to supporters.
  3. Interested supporters investigate the problem by using the browser extension.
  4. The supporters discuss solutions among themselves through Web applications on the server.
  5. The supporters create a set of metadata to solve the problem; they then submit it to the server.
  6. When the user visits the page again, the page is automatically fixed. Any screen reader user who installs the screen reader extension can access the accessible version of the page.
  7. If a user wants to comment on the metadata or suggest improvements, he can send measurements and comments to the server.
  8. Through the server, supporters discuss solutions and consider users’ comments; they refine metadata by using the browser extension.
  9. Supporters and users can check their points and ranking in the portal on the server.

I could see how elements of Public Sector organisations could use these methods and technologies to assist various Agencies with lifting the accessibility of their websites. Universities and corporates could certainly benefit as well.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Queensland State Government Considering Open Source Future August 6, 2008

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The Queensland State Government CIO’s Office has circulated a Discussion Paper in the local Industry, looking for commentary about an Open Source Future for the State Government. Queensland has a State Government Workforce nearing 200,000 and considerations for Open Source is always of interest to the Lotus Community.

IBM’s Strategic decision to build on and support Open Source Foundations (Eclipse Development platform, Support for Linux, Lotus Symphony, Lotus Foundations etc) has a great potential to pay off whenever a large organisation considers this path. Many Governments, particularly in Europe have gone down this path of late, and it is only logical that others are now starting to consider the cost savings.

Gone are the days of complaining that the Open Source community does not have a solid support model, with examples like Alfresco, building a corporate-worthy support model around an open source product.

With the Premier also recently giving the Government CIO more power to reign in stray departments, I’ll be watching the results of this discussion paper with interest…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net