Sametime Proxy SSL Certificate About to Expire

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

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

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

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

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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Michael Sampson: IBM Verse – It’s Here

In arguably the best review of IBM Verse I’ve read to date, Michael Sampson provides his thoughts on the product.

I think IBM Verse – or any email system with in-built intelligence – needs to focus more on changing sender behaviour. We see elementary forms of this with the “encouragement” in Outlook Web Access to send links to files in OneDrive rather than the attachment directly. I would like to see the analytics power of Watson applied to encouraging senders to be more effective in their use of email and other tools.

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Open Mic Webcast: Troubleshooting Domino Policies – 29 April 2015

IBM has an upcoming webcast on troubleshooting Domino Policies.

We’ll take an in-depth look at the methodology and flow for troubleshooting and resolving issues with Domino policies – all types.

After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions.

Topic: Troubleshooting Domino Policies
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes

ICS file, call in numbers, and webcast URL can be found here.

 

IBM Verse: IBM Support Meetings and Verse

I’ve seen a lot of things in my life, as you can well imagine. However, this has to be one of the more interesting things I’ve seen.

As a member of a Collaboration and Messaging Team, I do, on “occasion,” have need to open PMRs with IBM Technical Support. I have found that asking the IBM Tech to do a screen share with me to be a very effective method of troubleshooting issues with them.

Today, the day after provisioning of my IBM Verse Basic account and the day I actually was able to log in to Verse, I needed to do a screen share with IBM on an open PMR. As always, the technician sent me a link to his meeting room.

Nothing unusual about that, it happens all the time when IBM and I are going to work a PMR.

What is unusual is what happened after I clicked the link.

This is what I see on a workstation that has never logged into IBM Verse:

versemeetings1

And this is what I see when I click the link on a workstation that has logged into IBM Verse:

versemeeting2

A “slight” difference in the log in page, which really threw me for a loop.

Yes, I can attend the meeting using my IBM Verse credentials. But that was not the expected behavior.

No, I did not clear my browser cache before attending the meeting (why would I do that?). However, later, after ending the meeting, I did clear the cache, restarted the browser, and saw this:

versemeetings1

 

Weird, right?

 

IBM Verse: Day Two Usage

Yesterday, I reported my experience with IBM Verse after (finally) being provisioned.

Today, I am happy to report that, once I log in to Verse, I see this:

versebasic3

This is the experience in Firefox 37.0.1. Yesterday, I was on an unsupported browser. Today, it’s supported.

What changed?

That is a great question. What I can tell you is that, thanks to either this blog or my tweet, IBM contacted me, asked me a couple of questions (sorry, I didn’t think that the underlying OS was relevant to a browser issue, but I guess I might be wrong. The answer to that question was/is “Windows, BTW), and I was able to successfully log into Verse.

Wow, it is really white. Almost “you have to wear sunglasses to view this page” white.

Now I get to start playing with it.

Thank you, IBM, for granting me access.