Sametime Proxy SSL Certificate About to Expire

May 21, 2015

Thanks to my co-worker, Barb, for pointing this out to me.

The Sametime Proxy server ships with an SSL certificate to allow for push notifications to occur securely for the Sametime Mobile Chat client for Apple iOS via the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS). The current certificate expires 9 June 2015.

Before that date, Sametime administrators should download and apply an updated certificate to continue expected functionality for users.

If you haven’t updated your SSL certificate, time is running out.

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Want an Apple Watch? Just Steal It

May 15, 2015

Apple put a huge amount of time and effort into the creation of the Apple Watch, the company’s first new product line since the original iPad was released in 2010. The hardware is a cut above anything we’ve seen launch ahead of the device, and the software experience widens the gap even further.

But there’s one area Apple apparently didn’t put much thought into at all, and the Watch is absurdly easy for thieves to steal as a result.

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New Lenovo Security Vulnerability

May 7, 2015

The Register, as well as many other news sources, is reporting a new security vulnerability in Lenovo products.

Security researchers at IOActive uncovered a mechanism that would have allowed hackers to create a fake certificate authority in order to sign executables. The trick could be used to replace legitimate Lenovo programs with malware by hackers on the same untrusted wireless network, of the type commonly found in coffee-shops, pubs and transport hubs, as IOActive explains:

Local and potentially remote attackers can bypass signature validation checks and replace trusted Lenovo applications with malicious applications. These applications will then be run as a privileged user. The System Update downloads executables from the Internet and runs them.

Remote attackers who can perform a man in the middle attack (the classic coffee shop attack) can exploit this to swap Lenovo’s executables with a malicious executable.

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You could find a more-to-the-point article on this, but The Register’s writing makes this story much more fun.


Sad News from My Inbox: “The View” is No More

May 5, 2015

Well, it did last longer than some other notable imprints (DominoPro, DominoPower, The Notes Report, to name a few).

It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since THE VIEW first arrived into an exciting Lotus market! During that time we’ve had the pleasure of doing business with thousands of subscribers and attendees of our Admin and Developer conferences. Throughout the years, we worked to deliver trusted and valued information to help you do your job better. We remain humbled by the favorable response to our products over the years.

It’s with a sad farewell that we announce we are no longer supporting a subscription model and closing eview.com. As a subscriber, you’ll retain your access to THE VIEW archives through June 30, 2015.

A lot of the people that I know in this community started by submitting articles to The View. As well as the other magazines. From there, many went on to speak at conferences around the world. They were my “rock stars,” and they still are. As well as my friends.

So, it is at times like this, when the venerable The View shuts its doors, that I reflect on some of the fantastic articles I’ve read in that magazine, as well as the others.


Sametime 9 Meeting Server Cumulative Hotfix – May 2015

May 5, 2015

IBM has released a cumulative hotfix for Sametime 9.

A new cumulative hotfix for Sametime 9 Meeting Server is available. A new feature to enable screen sharing using a browser plugin (instead of Java) on Windows has been added to Sametime 9 meetings. It also resolves a number of issues affecting Sametime Meetings.

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What’s New in IBM Traveler 9.0.1.4

May 1, 2015

While others have announced the availability of IBM Traveler 9.0.1.4, here is the “What’s New” document for the software. The focus in this release is on IBM Verse.

Support for IBM Verse on Apple devices

IBM Verse for Apple devices is available on the iTunes app store. You can download it and start using it to:

  • See mail from people important to you
  • Set people you interact with often as Important
  • Manage items that need follow up
  • Track who owes you a response and when
  • Work with your calendar seamlessly
  • Interact with all of your contacts

IBM Verse for Apple devices is an IBM created mobile app for iOS, and is available on the Apple app store. However, you can continue to use IBM Traveler with the built-in Apple provided mail, calendar, and contacts apps on your iOS device, along with the IBM Traveler To Do and Companion apps.

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Premier Foods: Goodbye IBM Notes

April 30, 2015

United Kingdom’s largest food producer and manufacturer, Premier Foods, is dropping IBM Notes and Domino for Google Apps for Business.

… Premier Foods has made a significant investment in Google Apps for Business, dropping Lotus Notes for its 5000 strong user base. The motivation here was to increase the ability to collaborate across multiple sites, including 40 factories spread across the UK. Vickery says:

“The collaboration element grabbed us. We are working better because of the collaboration aspect. We’re using Drive. Choosing it for email was just the way in. Collaboration is changing the way that we work as a business.”

The fact that Notes was replaced by Google apps was exciting in itself and got users to take an interest in the potential of the cloud, he adds:

“The Google thing is interesting. Lotus Notes isn’t the most exciting brand in the world, so when you say, ’I’m going to give you the next release of Lotus Notes’, it’s not that exciting. Google however grabs interest.”

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