Thursday, 29 January 2009

All my Podcasts

I got to wondering how to go about finding out the cool podcasts that people listen to, in order to grow my own list of podcasts.


I guess the best way to discover what people listen to would be to get them talking, perhaps by sharing what I listen to.  So, here they are, the Podcasts that I currently have loaded on my iPod.  (In no particular order, even though they are numbered.


  1. Best Ads on TV – Video Podcast – Published weekly

I’ve always been a fan of advertising, never been involved in the industry, but love to see the unique ideas that people come up with to sell something.


  1. CBC Radio: Dispatches – Audio Podcast – Published weekly

CBC’s weekly radio show has short dispatches from correspondents from around the world.  Always eye-opening.


  1. CBC Radio: Search Engine – Audio Podcast – Published weekly

Trendy show about the best of the web.


  1. CBC Radio: Spark – Audio Podcast – Published Weekly

A crossover radioshow/blog.


  1. CBC Radio: Vinyl Café – Audio Podcast – Published Weekly

Stories from CBC’s Vinyl Café – Humorous, funny and music.


  1. IDoNotes (and sleep) – Audio Podcast – Random

News from the Lotus world


  1. Taking Notes – Audio Podcast – Random

News from the Lotus world


  1. The 1352 Report

News from the Lotus world



Sunday, 11 January 2009

It's all about love.

My wife's been exhausted all weekend and has been in bed before 7:30 both Saturday and Sunday nights. My daughter's been under the weather too. The house is torn apart due to the renovation of 2 bathrooms and 1 bedroom. Can't always find what you're looking for because everything is everywhere. But, as I was cleaning a paint roller, I glanced into the other sink. It's all about love.
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Where are the Lotus Domino/Notes books?

This may be considered a bit of a rant, but I'm due.

I'm excited about the features coming in Domino 8.5. I've especially excited about DAOS, and X-pages.

For those who don't know me, I'm a Domino admin for an ASP who hosts our own Domino based web applications. I don't have a lot of time at work to play with any new software, and my wife, daughter and house keep my personal life quite busy. Oh, and often work as well. Part of the function of my job is that of a one-stop IT shop. I manage about 70 devices ranging from Domino to Windows servers and desktops, firewalls and IPS devices.

I went to my local bookstore this afternoon and wandered through their computer book selection, but despite the fact I could buy 12 different books about how to use my iPhone (none of them mentioned Traveller), there was not even a single Lotus book. Was I surprised? No, not really.

So I wandered over to the computerized index/kiosk and did a search for 'Lotus Domino'. I received 126 results, but not a single one of them covered Domino 8, and only one of those covered Domino 7. The same search for 'Lotus Notes' found 153 books, again with no Domino 8 books, and the same Domino 7 one.

Perhaps, just perhaps that if we are trying to get people to accept Note and Domino 8.x, and especially Xpages, we should get to writing books and articles that will allow us to help and gather in those users, developers and admins who need to learn more about Domino/Notes, but don't have the ability to attend Lotusphere or the View or other direct training events.

I never complain about something without offering a solution. I'm going to use this space to point fingers at good, solid Domino 8.5 resources. Not a 'Notes 8.5 has been released sort of thing, but to good solid code examples, how-to articles and the like. If you have something to add, leave a comment, and I'll add you to the list.