Verso Prologue Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Red

December 11, 2012

I’ve had three separate covers for my Kindle Fire. Two were black nylon cases that worked well, kept the Kindle safe and secure. One was a hardcore cover, best suited for the military deployments. Not only did that cover keep the device safe, I think it would stop a .50 caliber round. Perfect for the post apocalyptic, zombie infested world. All of them were good, served their function well, but seemed to be missing something. I would have to characterize that “something” as personality.

My most recent case, the Verso Prologue Case Cover (Red), delivers personality in an exceptional package. The cover itself feels like leather. It looks rich, made to look like an antique book. Every time I bring it out, I smile, it’s that nice. The straps, used to keep the Kindle snug and secure in the cover, are possibly the best, most secure straps I’ve seen. The Kindle won’t be going anywhere. Once the Kindle is in place, it is firmly in place. This is not a cover for the person that likes to transfer the Kindle from one case to another. The straps keep the device very secure.

As with all Kindle cases, this one has a “slim pocket” for . . . what I’m not sure. Travel documents? Receipts? Whatever you attempt to store in that pocket had better be thin. And paper based. Anything of a significant thickness will not fit in the pocket. However, that is what you should expect from most, if not all, pockets in a Kindle cover.

The Verso Prologue Case Cover is an exceptional cover that will not only protect and secure your Kindle, but it will also bring a richness and style to your Kindle that is lacking in other covers.

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How is winmail.dat my problem?

December 10, 2012

Misconfigured Outlook clients used to be the bane of my existance. And, occasionally can still be, in 2012. Which is pretty astounding, when you think about it.

The background is pretty simple, really. Outlook clients send e-mail using a Microsoft proprietary format, which certainly isn’t MIME. That is pretty amazing that someone thought that everyone, everywhere, would use Outlook to send mail to other Outlook users.

Try explaining to a customer that those files aren’t a Notes/Domino problem Sure, they understand,  but they want them to go away. So, it becomes my problem.

Thankfully, there are two notes.ini settings that you can apply to your SMTP server. Or server’s. Whatever the case may be.

Open the Domino Administrator. Go to the Servers tab, click on Server Console.

Enter “set config TNEFEnableConversion=1” then click either Send or hit enter.

Enter “set config TNEFKeepAttachments=1” then click either Send or hit enter.

To enable the setting to take effect immediately, enter “tell router update config” then click either Send or hit enter.

There, now someone else’s problem has been resolved on your servers. You’re welcome.

Here is a handy TechNote that explains the cause and resolution in a little more detail.

This behavior is due to messages being sent from Exchange without MIME encoding turned on. Winmail.dat is attached to the message in uuencoded format. Information on how to prevent winmail data being sent to Internet users from MS Exchange is documented and publicly available from the Microsoft Support Web page, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, article number Q138053

 


How To Sell a Motorcycle

December 7, 2012

This bike is not just a bike…. it’s a muse…. it’s a teleportation device…. hell, it’s even like a bad assed medical tool. I once rode it by some guy who was constipated, just hearing me downshift from third to second emptied his bowels. I shit you not.

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The Earth at Night

December 7, 2012

NASA has posted some amazingly beautiful pictures of our planet at night.

City Lights of the United States 2012

Black Marble - Africa, Europe, and the Middle East

These pictures are “. . . [a} global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.”

The entire set can be found here.


Number One Son, 3 Year Anniversary

December 7, 2012

Whoa, has it really been three years since Number One Son left the house with his social security card, drivers license, $20 in cash, a small scrap of paper with addresses, a few stamps, and the clothes on his back and headed to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Cleveland? Then, started his long, tiring journey to Parris Island, SC?

Yes, it has been three years. Three years today.

Number One Son

I believe that the three year anniversary is special to Corporal Number One Son, as he is able to re-enlist and also choose his next duty station. All indications are that he will re-enlist (have you seen the job market out there?). Not sure where his next duty station will be, but I am absolutely certain that he will do well wherever the Marine Corps send him.

Happy anniversary, Number One Son.


Firefox and iNotes

December 7, 2012

Damn, Firefox causes problems for me and iNotes. You visit a customer to do a simple Domino upgrade and what do you end up spending most of your time resolving? Firefox and iNotes issues.

Now, usually, Firefox doesn’t cause a lot of trouble, especially when you stick with one release and refuse to upgrade. But, of course, there are those among us that cannot abide by being a point release behind. Those are the people that immediately download the latest and greatest. In the case of Firefox, that is a weekly download.

Well, at least it seems like there is a weekly (daily?) update to Firefox.

In this instance, I was able to convince the on-site technical support people to discourage too many people from upgrading to Firefox 15, but for those that did upgrade, they were experiencing some issues:

  • When e-mails came in and there were URLs in the text, they weren’t hotlinks.
  • If they attempted to send mail or calendar invites and there were URLs in them, the message/invites couldn’t be sent.
  • They couldn’t attach files to any mail messages.

Wow, that’s fun.

Thankfully, a well constructed search of the technotes resulted in a solid hit.

iNotes not working as expected with Firefox 15 and later

Added the notes.ini setting to the servers, restarted the HTTP task and all their problems went away. That is, probably until someone upgreades to  Firefox 21, or whatever version is the most current right now.

The lesson is that while it is easy to upgrade your Domino servers, be sure to check the TechNotes/wiki/InfoCenter/forums for issues with Firefox. You can save yourself some time and effort by implementing the requested changes before you restart the servers and tell everyone “I’m done.”


Sametime Gateway Update

December 7, 2012

A while back, I asked if anyone knew Sametime Gateway. I certainly appreciated the responses, however restarting the Gateway and the Nodes was not my idea of a good time.

Even if we were able to script it.

What did opening a PMR with IBM get us?

After much time and effort, on both IBM’s and our part, it came down to a problem between, not the Gateway and Google Talk, as I expected, but a communication issue between the Sametime Gateway and the Sametime XMPP server. That’s right kids, the IBM pieces weren’t able to communicate with each other, which resulted in the installation of an IBM patch. A patch that was unknown to the IBM techs that were trying valiantly to resolve this issue.

Wonderful.

However, this episode did bring me to a harsh conclusion – there are so many moving parts in these new tools from IBM, so many different areas within IBM involved in the development and support of these tools, that there is no one person or group that is responsible for, in this case, the Instant Messaging stack. You need a WebSphere person. You need a Sametime person. You may even need a person from Israel who was there on “Day One” when someone decided that moving Sametime to WebSphere was a good idea, someone with A LOT of institutional knowledge. Then, at the end, someone, somewhere, discovers a patch. A patch that was unknown to the tech, until he happened to ask the right person,the right question.

Apparently, important information is missing from a wiki somewhere.

While I certainly see the usefulness of having something like Sametime Gateway installed and functioning, it’s true value would be delivered by allowing more than just two external communities to communicate with it; AOL Clearinghouse and Google Talk. Yes, that’s right, this is probably the only Instant Messaging gateway on the planet that talks to only two communities. I see no indication from anyone that Yahoo will soon be added back into the mix. Nor do I see any other instant messaging community lining up to be included to Sametime Gateway.

Where is the value you are delivering with this product, IBM?