Article archive for 2008 – Page 4

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The White House email controversy: it’s time for a Special Prosecutor

These have not been good weeks in our cause to repair the systemic problems with White House email. This week, we have a judge who’s directing the White House to look in many of the wrong places. We have a White House CIO who claims that asset management is a new invention, so it’s tough to keep track of those pesky hard drives. We also have a White House who can’t account for any email messages at all during the months of the initial Iraq invasion. And we have a Congress who’s decided we don’t need any real form of record management for another four years. Sadly, officials in Washington are not making the situation any better. In fact, it’s getting worse.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Notes release in Dilbert-land

We had just been told we had four months to test and implement Notes 5.0 for 3,000 users, I and was hyperventilating as I tried to explain to Dilbert what we were up against. The people on site were accustomed to opening their mail from any workstation that was handy, and now Notes wanted a "one user, one workstation" mode. Learn how Dilbert and I put our heads together to force Notes to work in our environment.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The worrisome implications of the Mexican theft of White House BlackBerry devices

Our ongoing story about the security of White House email took a strange turn on Friday, proving some of the national security concerns I’ve been discussing to be true in a particularly tangible and unfortunate way. What makes this topic so troubling, of course, is the serious national security breach that may have occurred. But there’s more to the story, including issues of the relationship between the United States and Mexico, and even how racial stereotyping may have contributed to spinning this story in a way that may be obscuring the true magnitude of the possible damage to our national security.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

We review The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference

In this all-new book review, we put The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference by Charles Kozierok to the test. In this article, we review a book you should have in your library, but which you probably won’t read until that one day when you really, really need it.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

How to stay on top of your game: keeping your Lotus skills saleable

We’ve all been there: in a place where we feel that our career has stalled or that we’ve stagnated and stopped growing professionally. If your work life is a little like the movie Ground Hound Day, it may be time to look at your skills and figure out how to get back on top of your game.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Notes calendar abuses and misuses

Most of Nancy Hand’s really, really long calls involve calendaring. For whatever reason, people think the Notes calendar should do everything their secretary can, with the possible exception of making coffee.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

The White House email controversy: where have all the computers gone?

In the melange of technology and politics that describes the story of the White House email controversy, there is yet another chapter. In our latest plot twist, the White House CIO claims that email messages from 2003 to 2005 either can’t be produced because they’re not missing, because the computers they were on have been destroyed, or because it’s too hard to find them. In this article, Editor-in-Chief David Gewirtz digs in and provides a detailed analysis and point-counterpoint to the White House’s response, along with exploring a key element that all of the parties to this controversy seem to be missing. And, sadly, he’s also uncovered at least two new serious security risks at the White House. Read on.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

The White House email controversy: hearings spotlight disturbing IT practices

Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held hearings into the missing White House email messages. After watching the three hours of hearings and reviewing the various supporting transcripts, Editor-in-Chief David Gewirtz’ first impression can be summarized in three words: what a mess! Editor’s note: We originally ran this article last week in OutlookPower, but due to certain editorial calendar priorities, couldn’t run it until this week in DominoPower. >. Even so, certain explosive elements of the OutlookPower article were picked up on by members of our Lotus community and a bit of a small storm ensued. Read on for the full article that started the fuss, and some updated information about what’s been happening since.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Installing Notes 8 the hard way

On a whim, Nancy Hand decided to try Notes 8 at home. She didn’t read the documentation before starting installation. If she had, she says, she would have seen the problem before starting.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Fun with hidden code

What happens when you recompile all the LotusScript and there’s a LotusScript error — but no LotusScript? This is what Senior Technical Editor Mick Moignard encountered. Read his fascinating tale of discovery and learn from his experience in the secret world of hidden code.

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