Friday, 30 January 2009
Two new portlets from the Portal Solutions Catalog ......
IBM Lotus Web Content Management Rendering Portlet
The IBM Lotus Web Content Management Rendering Portlet provided with this package is a solution which updates and improves how the rendering of Web content is performed in IBM WebSphere Portal. While the existing Web Content Viewer portlet (referred to in the WebSphere Portal documentation as a "rendering portlet") has evolved throughout several versions to implement sophisticated Web content rendering functions, it is still based on the deprecated IBM Portlet API. By contrast, the new JSR 286 Web Content Viewer has been entirely redeveloped based on the Java™ Portlet Specification 2.0 (JSR 286). In addition to the benefits afforded by JSR 286, the JSR 286 Web Content Viewer in this package also enables other features for Web content management, such as a new Web content portal page type and support for the standard search seedlist 1.0 format.
WebSphere Portal Extension for WebDAV Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning
WebDAV for WebSphere Portal allows WebDAV clients to connect to a portal server. You can use these clients to access the portal page topology as if it were a folder structure and directly read and edit page titles, description, metadata, and static page content, rather than to use the portal administration portlets. This access point allows you to work with portal pages and directly edit content on a live portal server, for example by using HTML design tools.
IBM Lotus Foundations Start technical workshop - 25/26 March 2009 @ IBM Hursley Park
IBM Lotus Foundations Start is a complete software appliance that provides the essential software you need to focus on running the business, not managing computer systems. It allows a small business to use e-mail; create, share and centrally manage documents; and ensure information is backed up and protected. If you need to know how to install, configure and use the new Lotus Foundations Start, this workshop is for you.
This workshop is offered in three formats—traditional classroom, virtual, and self-paced. All are no charge and cover the same content. The classroom and virtual formats have a live instructor who delivers the material. The classroom format is done in a traditional classroom setting with lab machines. The virtual format uses Web conferencing and voice over IP (VoIP) to deliver the presentations, and provides remote access to machines to run the labs.
This is a technical class and does not include a product introduction.
Lotus TechJam III - The first of a series in 2009
For those who have not attended before, the concept of a TechJam is an event "run by techies, for techies, with technical content". We try and avoid "Death by PowerPoint" and aim for
This time we're going on the road, and escaping from the comfort zone of Lotus Park ( Staines ) and from the M25, so will be exploring the highways and byways of the UK: -
24th February IBM Warwick
26th February IBM Edinburgh
3rd March IBM Hursley Park
covering all or some of the following topics: -
- Lotus Notes and Domino – An Update
- XPages - Building Collaborative Web Applications in Lotus Domino and Beyond
- Collaboration in Context - Lotus Mashups and Lotus Sametime Together
- Lotus Quickr – Team Collaboration
- Lotus Sametime – For Microsoft Sharepoint Customers !!
- Portal Accelerators – From Collaboration to Mashups
- Collaboration and Content – Quickr and Filenet Working Together
- Lotus Connections – Social Networking – The Next Generation
- Lotus Protector – Email and Security - In A Box
- Lotus Foundations – The Appliance of Collaboration
- LotusLive – End-to-end Communication and Collaboration – As A Service
For more details, and a more proper invitation, please see here.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Switching between chat sessions using Lotus Sametime 8.0
Woo, keyboards rock - bring back my IBM Enhanced 5250 keyboard with 24 function keys :-)
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Useful Portal URLs
WebSphere Portal - Portal and Portlet Development Forum
Lotus Web Content Management Forum
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - Best Practices
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - Databases and Data Sources
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - Getting Started (Installation, Configuration and Deployment)
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - Legacy Bowstreet Forum Posts
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - Lotus Collaboration Extension
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - PeopleSoft Extension
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - SAP Extension
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - Siebel Extension
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Forum - Web Services and XML Schema
WebSphere Dashboard Framework/Active Insight Forum
Lotus Workforce Management 6.1 Beta forum
IBM Lotus Widget Factory Forum
WebSphere Portal Family Wiki
WebSphere Portlet Factory Wiki
Lotus Mashup/Lotus Widget Factory Wiki
Advanced Search for published WebSphere Portal content
Search for published WebSphere Portal Express content
Search for published WebSphere Portal for z/OS content
Search for published WebSphere Portal for i5/OS content
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
"Managing Portal 6.1 Environments" Redbook release
set up a Portal v. 6.1 Environment, including a development, staging and production environment. Within the context of each of these environments, we cover topics related
to how to move changes through the system and successfully manage releases of a Portal 6.1 site..."
It's available on the WebSphere Portal wiki here.
Congratulations to Fernanda Gomes, Carrie Hu, Corinne Letilley, Ivan Portilla, Matthew Stokes and Rahul Vyas for what looks to be a really useful and complete document.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
More on Notes and Citrix
I may be able to post more tomorrow ( Wednesday ) once I've attended Brian Gallagher's session ( joint IBM/Citrix ), ID108, here at Lotusphere 2009.
What do bears and hedgehogs have in common with my Thinkpad running Ubuntu ?
I'd not tried hibernation since moving to Linux and, having had so many
problems with suspend/resume ( now sorted since New Year ), I assumed it
Oh, me of little faith.
I needed to switch batteries as I was running on empty - ordinarily, I'd
just shut down but, being brave, I hit the Hibernate button.
After 1-2 minutes of disk activity, the Thinkpad appeared to shut down
with all the LEDs being blacked out.
Having switched batteries, I hit the power button, entered my normal
power/disk passwords and saw the Ubuntu splash screen, again as per usual.
After another 1-2 minutes of disk activity, I was presented with the
lock screen, asking for a password, rather than the post-boot
Having entered my password, my desktop restored to where I'd left it,
with Notes, Skype, Twitux etc. all running, and the Lotusphere network
Not something I'd use every day ( I rarely did when using Windows ) but
much "cheaper" than a shutdown when power is low ...
Monday, 19 January 2009
Lotus Notes 8 and Citrix
Whilst preparing to depart on Saturday morning, I found this on Ed's blog, which refers to the Lotusphere sessions, but also links to a 40 page PDF relating to Notes 8.0.2 and Citrix XenApp.
Will post more when I know more ...
Friday, 16 January 2009
Global Businesses Choosing Lotus Software; More Than Half of Fortune Global 100 Now Using Lotus Notes/Domino
In advance of its annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Florida next
week, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the number of global Lotus
Notes licenses has reached 145 million, up five million, including
purchases by many industry leaders exchanging Microsoft licenses for
Lotus collaboration software.
Over the past 15 months ending in the third quarter of 2008, more than
12,000 new organizations bought their first Notes/Domino licenses, and
more than half of the Fortune global 100 now use Lotus Notes and Domino.
This includes more than 80 percent of the largest banks, consumer
product, electronics, insurance, pharmaceutical and telecommunications
companies -- as well as more than 50 percent of America's largest 100
Monday, 12 January 2009
Making sweet music with Lotus Symphony - isn't it nice when stuff just works ...
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Dilbert and IBM
More wireless wierdness post suspend/resume
Well, it gets more wierd - since the most recent set of "hacks" that I had to put in place to get Ubuntu to successfully resume ( I'm using Intrepid Ibex on a 2007-AE7 Thinkpad T60p ), I found that, whilst the wireless adapter would appear to wake up, it still struggled to reconnect to my wireless network.
Thanks to a friend @ work, I've found that there are now TWO "hacks" required: -
a) Add the configuration file /etc/pm/config.d/madwifi containing the single line:
b) Add the line: -
MODULES="ath_pci" to /etc/default/acpi-support
Following a reboot, I now find that the wireless adapter will (a) wake up and (b) reconnect when I resume Ubuntu.
Will dig further to see whether this is a new bug, or a "feature" ...
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Switching page tabs using Firefox on Ubuntu
Thanks to this, I've "discovered" that I can use [Ctrl] + [Tab] to cycle through open tabs from left to right, or [Ctrl] + [PgUp] to move left or [Ctrl] + [PgDn] to move right.
"I'm a Mapple person ... we're all Mapple people"
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
I want this ... just for the cute kitten
Monday, 5 January 2009
Curses on social networking :-)
As an example, I installed VMware Workstation 6.5 on Ubuntu earlier today, and referred back to this post to remember how to fix the borked keyboard when running Windows VMware images.
Fast forward to October or November when I joined Facebook after months of gentle encouragement from friends and colleagues including Ray. Then I discovered the completely addictive waste of time that is Twitter, and my "life" went out the window.
Well, today, I'm ashamed to announce that I've found another complete waste of time - Last.FM - and am happily listening to music and artists that I'd almost wiped from my short and longer term memory.
Seriously, life is good, but I can see my (ahem) work-day increasing as I find more things to do that require a network connection.
Now, did someone say that there is an iPod / iPhone application for Last.FM ???
Friday, 2 January 2009
Using Skype on Ubuntu
Today, I re-installed Skype 220.127.116.11 on a clean installation of Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid", and took the time out to document the key points, including how to set up the audio so that I can actually make a call.
Hope this helps.
*UPDATE* And here is the actual document *UPDATE*
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Happy New Year, and it's looking good so far .... suspend and resume ARE working on the T60p, really :-)
Given that this used to work when I first installed Intrepid in early November, I'm assuming that a recent update has broken something e.g. a new kernel or an updated fglrx driver.
I experimented with various drivers including the supported open-source fglrx driver that comes with Intrepid, the radeon / radeonhd drivers, as well as the most recent fglrx driver from the ATI site here.
Sadly nothing seemed to work and I was becoming resigned to having to shut down and boot up each time I went from home to Starbucks to the office to home to Starbucks ....
Symptom-wise, I could suspend without problems, but would find that the display remained dark on resume. Whilst the PC seemed to be working e.g. [CapsLk] light could be toggled on/off, hard disk appeared to spin when I hit various keys etc. I couldn't get the display to return, and ended up using the power button - which is a less than ideal way of shutting down.
After lots of trial and lots of error ( and lots of Google ), I worked out that: -
(a) the problem related to virtual terminals
(b) that the combination of compiz and fglrx was definitely the root cause ( apart from the aforementioned updates )
I went down a few blind alleys, including playing with /etc/default/acpi-support, removing the chvt command from the resume scripts and using vbetool to toggle the display on.
Happily, after a couple of days of seriously hard work ( thank goodness for coffee ), I managed to find the solution or, to be more honest and accurate, I managed to find the solution that Dave Abrahams had posted here.
Before I post the solution, let me outline my environment: -
Hardware 2007-AE7 IBM Thinkpad T60p
OS Ubuntu Linux 8.10 ( Intrepid Ibex )
Graphics ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5200
OpenGL 2.1.8087 FireGL Release
Driver fglrx 8.54.3 [Oct 10 2008]
xorg-driver-fglrx ( 8.543-0ubuntu4 )
Compiz compiz-core 0.7.8-0ubuntu4.1
Fusion compiz-fusion-plugins-main 0.7.8-0ubuntu2.2
Suspend Mode pm-suspend
If it helps, here is my /etc/X11/xorg.conf as well as the listing produced by the sudo lspci -vv command here.
I've validated this solution on three separate Ubuntu environments, including my production build from November 2008, as well as two clean builds over the past two days.
As far as I can understand, the problem is that, during the suspend process, compiz fails to shut down normally and "locks" the virtual terminal on which X runs ( typically this is VT7 ). This does appear to be a BUG #197209 in Ubuntu that, I assume, has been recently introduced in a kernel or module update.
The "solution" or, to more precise, circumvention is use a script ( 00compiz-fglrx ) to kill compiz during the suspend process, and restart it on resume.
A second script ( 50compiz-fglrx-noclear ) is used to stop the Change Foreground Virtual Terminal ( chvt ) command from running until compiz is killed ( to be more specific, it "blacklists" the default /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/00clear script from running on resume, thus preventing the chvt command from being run ).
Dave wrote these two scripts: -
These can be downloaded to, say, your home directory and then deployed as follows: -
sudo cp ~/00compiz-fglrx /etc/pm/sleep.d
chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/00compiz-fglrx
sudo cp ~/50compiz-fglrx-noclear /etc/pm/config.d
chmod +x /etc/pm/config.d/50compiz-fglrx-noclear
Once deployed, check the file locations, execution bits and permissions as follows: -
ls -al /etc/pm/sleep.d/00compiz-fglrx
should return: -
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6746 2009-01-01 17:53 /etc/pm/sleep.d/00compiz-fglrx
ls -al /etc/pm/config.d/50compiz-fglrx-noclear
should return: -
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 182 2009-01-01 17:52 /etc/pm/config.d/50compiz-fglrx-noclear
Once you've rebooted, you should be able to suspend and resume without problems.
If needed, you can enable logging on the /etc/pm/sleep.d/00compiz-fglrx script by setting a value to the parameter LOG_FILE_NAME e.g. LOG_FILE_NAME='~/suspend.log'.
This newly-created logfile, along with /var/log/pm-suspend.log should help determine the cause of the problem.
Happy Holidays 8-)
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