Monday, 13 March 2006

Moved!!

Ran out of the free space and finally decided to spend some money ;-)

LoNo's Space is now Staticvariable.com

LoNo's Pics is now Photo Shooter

Update ur bookmarks (if you care!)

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Monday, 23 January 2006

Blowing my own Trumpet !

My award winning tip called Javascript version of @DBLookup & @DBColumn has appeard in Top 10 Tips of SearchDomino for 2005.

 

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Saturday, 24 December 2005

Merry Christmas

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Tuesday, 06 December 2005

Messed Up!

Today i got an invite to join the Windows Live Mail Beta. Clicked on the link, it tried to do something ( for probably 30 secs or something ) and finally gave me this error page. Interesting message !!

 Screenshot of the Error Page

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Thursday, 24 November 2005

The Guys' Rules

Yeah, u've probably heard of these before...but no harm in reminding the girls again :) :) :)
 

The Guys' Rules

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down Finally, the guys' side of the story.
(I must admit, it's pretty good.)

We always hear "the rules" from the female side.
Now here are the rules from the male side.

These are our rules!
(Please note.. these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!)

1. Men ARE not mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly Acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one .

1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done.
Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not! A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will Be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine...Really.     

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this.

Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;
But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.
Pass this to as many men as you can - to give them a laugh.
Pass this to as many women as you can - to give them a bigger laugh

via Lawrence

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Tuesday, 15 November 2005

Google : Analytics

Analyse your website details for free using Google Analytics

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Wednesday, 26 October 2005

Google Base

Google is currently testing its forth coming service called Google Base. This is what its main page has to say :

Post your items on Google.

Google Base is Google’s database into which you can add all types of content. We’ll host your content and make it searchable online for free.

Examples of items you can find in Google Base:

• Description of your party planning service
• Articles on current events from your website
• Listing of your used car for sale
• Database of protein structures

You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle and Google Local.

 

via Seweso

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Friday, 21 October 2005

Google Kai

A couple in Sweden has named their fresh-out-of-the-womb baby, Google Kai !!

Reason being that the baby’s father who has a doctorate in search-engine marketing is a big fan of the company.

News Article Link

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Thursday, 13 October 2005

Google : Reader

Google has recently released its web based RSS reader called Google Reader. The interface is good but needs a little work specially when using Firefox.

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Thursday, 22 September 2005

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

Microsoft has released a beta version of its Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar to help us understand the webpages better !

Link 

Via Jake 

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Wednesday, 21 September 2005

Google : Wi-Fi

Google Wi-Fi is set to be launched soon. Download the Secure Access Client and read the Faq.

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Thursday, 15 September 2005

Google : Blog Search

Search blogs via Google Blog Search. You heard it here first ;-)

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Friday, 09 September 2005

Future of iPod

Sneak peek: the future of the iPod 

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Thursday, 25 August 2005

Introducing LoNo's Pics

Lately i got interested in photography which became serious!! 

2 weeks ago, i purchased Nikon D50 (which set me back by $1,500 SGD) and i have been experimenting alot. I thought its was time i share them and hence came up with LoNo's Pics.

Hope you guys enjoy the pictures ;-)

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Wednesday, 24 August 2005

Google : Talk (Instant Messaging)

Google Talk can be released anytime now ( according to the link .. it should be today or tomorrow!! ) .. cannot wait to IM using Google technology :)

Full Story

 

Tips ( updated on 25th Aug 05 ) :

Use * around words to make them bold

Use _ around words to make them italic

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Monday, 22 August 2005

Google : Desktop Search

Google has released its newest version of Desktop Search.

The new version includes a sidebar designed to personalize the application, with mini-apps that return information from news, RSS and Atom feeds, photo sites, and other information sources, based on the user's previous Web activities.

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Friday, 12 August 2005

Speed Up Adobe Acrobat Reader

To improve the loading time of Adobe Acrobat Reader follow the steps :
Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader
Move the plug-ins folder to the optional folder. (Cut and Paste).
By default all the plugins are loaded on startup which makes the loading terribly slow.
Once these changes have been done, the plugins would still work, but won't be loaded on startup, rather only when needed.

via Fahim 

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Thursday, 04 August 2005

Speed Up Firefox

Few tweaks in the configuration makes the pages load lightening fast !!

Steps to Speed up Firefox

via Ferdy Christant

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Wednesday, 20 July 2005

Technology at its best !!

medium_pic2big19july2005.2.jpg

Via Mid-Day

 

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Wednesday, 13 July 2005

Notes Domino 7 Beta 4

Notes Domino 7 Beta 4 is available for download !!

Via Alan

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Friday, 01 July 2005

Company Policies

Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling. Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable.

Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up.
Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder. One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room.

Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious, but, undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder. All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he's not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he's attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are

now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.

"AND THAT'S HOW Most COMPANY'S POLICIES GET ESTABLISHED".

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Tuesday, 28 June 2005

Let Get it Started

Lotus Notes 6 has startup options too ( like we have in Windows, which defines what applications need to be launched once you log in ). So one can save alot of time when they have the Mail, Calendar, To do list, custom applications opened once Notes is launched.

If this has been news to you, then do visit Alan's blog.
( as a return gift, you will find lots of more tips there )

19:53 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Monday, 20 June 2005

Royale - Nice XP theme

Bored of your Windows XP desktop, try Royale. Just install the theme and select it from the desktop properties.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2005

Hannover - Future of Lotus Notes

At the DNUG/IBM Lotus Technical Forum IBM presented the future of Lotus Notes. The codename is "Hannover" and here are some screen shots. I must say the client looks awesome and it totally based on Eclipse technology. Click here for some more gyan !!

via Ed Brill

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Sunday, 05 June 2005

Google Sitemap : Improve your coverage

Why wait for the Google Crawler to index your webpages ? Use Google Sitemap. You can use the Sitemap Generator to create a XML Sitemap.

"It makes total sense to push new links to users quickly. We don't want to wait on the engine to deliver results - we want to get content into the engine faster. Whenever it's possible, we opt to push content rather than have it pulled. That gives us a more interactive experience with Google."

— Marshall Simmonds
Vice President Enterprise Search Marketing New York Times

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Thursday, 02 June 2005

Domino & Apache Tomcat SSO

Brian Green has put up a very detailed post on Domino & Apache Tomcat SSO. The level of detail is superb, with screenshots and code snippets.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Ok .. i am 26 today ;-)

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Sunday, 22 May 2005

Google Earth : Ready to Travel the World

In a few weeks time, Google will be releasing its latest service called Google Earth. Users will be able to search for a location, zoom in on aerial images and then layer driving directions on top of the 3-D map. Should be alot of fun to take a virtual ride as the best high resolutions images will be displayed from the Keyhole 3-D mapping techonology it acquired last year.

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Saturday, 21 May 2005

Google : Personalized Home Page

Just tried out the new Google Personalized Home Page and its cool. You can choose the contents from GMail, Weather Forecasts, Google News, Movies, Stock Market, BBC News, New York Times etc. And my favourite feature is that you can drag the portlets anywhere on the screen to change the alignment.

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Friday, 20 May 2005

Impressive Resume

This guy has got around 180 offers from companies. You know why ?? Check out his resume !! (please turn on the speakers)

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Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Google : Desktop Search for Enterprise

Internet search provider Google Inc. is set to make a foray into corporate messaging search today when it unveils an alliance with IBM Lotus of Cambridge that will enable tens of millions of office workers using Lotus Notes software to search their e-mail, instant message threads, and nonLotus desktop files using a new Google product.The product, to be called Google Desktop Search for Enterprise, will be offered as a free download from the Google.com website onto office computers, starting today.


Read complete article

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Monday, 16 May 2005

Google : Web Accelerator

Has anyone tried the lastest Google Web Accelerator ?

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Thursday, 05 May 2005

In memory of Bill Ernest

Bill Ernest was one of the best developers in Notes. He passed away last week at the age of 47. His contributions to the Notes Community were enormous ( his posts on R6 forum ).
Following Scott's post, i thought of contributing a tip in his memory.

alert function in javascript shows Ok and Cancel buttons ( and cannot be changed ) which in many cases is misleading. This tip uses VBScript to display prompts by which we can have all the buttons that VBScript supports i.e. Yes & No, Yes, No & Cancel, Abort, Ignore & Retry , etc.

{Link}

May his soul rest is peace.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2005

Google : Search History

Lastest in the service line is Google's Search History. You would require a Google Account i.e. GMail to use this service (if you need invites, let me know ... i have got lots). Once you log in, all the searches are tracked. It comes very handy when you cannot recollect the search keywords and it also tracks the links you clicked from the search result.

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Friday, 22 April 2005

How is your Boss ??

Chuck Connell has started a website where one could put up stories/experiences/personal views about your boss.

Go ahead and say that My Boss is Worse Than Yours.

The best part is that you don't need to leave your credentials, the site has taken care of generating random names, so go ahead and express your self to the fullest !!

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Thursday, 21 April 2005

Ultimate View Navigation

Bob Obringer has done some amazing work on Web View Navigtion. Check out the Ultimate View Navigator !

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Wednesday, 20 April 2005

Everyone's playing with the Monkey !!

Greasemonkey seems to be the latest attraction for many of the Lotus Gurus!!

Julian created a really cool interface which helps alot if you are browing on the LDD forums. You don't need to open each document in a thread .. everthing is inline now and its called LDDMonkey.

Rob came up with a similar script which displays comments on Julian website inline. So no need to open the comments in the pop-up. Use AssMonkey !! lol ....

Jake has also contributed to the LDD by retaining the search keyword value and adding links to open search results in a new window. Check out LDD Super Search.

I have installed all the 3 scripts and they work just great.
Great Stuff, Keep it up guys !!

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Friday, 15 April 2005

Corporate Terminology

COMPETITIVE SALARY: We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors

JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY: We have no time to train you

CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE: We don't pay you enough to expect that you'll dress nicely

MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED: You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day

MUST BE FLEXIBLE: On many occasions, you'll be asked to bend over and grab your ankles

SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED: Some time each night and some time each weekend

DUTIES WILL VARY: Anyone in the office can boss you around

MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL: We have no quality control

CAREER-MINDED: Female employees must be childless (and remain that way)

APPLY IN PERSON: If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has been filled

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE: We've filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal formality

SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: You'll need it to replace the three people who just left

PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST: You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos

REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS: You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect

GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want and do it

feel free to add more to the list ;-)

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Saturday, 09 April 2005

The Drunk Game

Link

Try and see how far you can keep the drunk man up.
You just move your mouse left to right (no clicking) to keep him walking in a straight line.
The objective of the game is to keep him walking, without falling over, by using your mouse from left to right or right to left - you can't see your mouse which makes it more difficult. Apparently the record is 82 meters!

Do post your results :)

Scores :
My best run was 33 ... still trying
Hey, i am getting better !! its 54 now

Update : my personal best is 78 now !!

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Thursday, 07 April 2005

Floating Point Calcuations - Beware !!

Ever came across this situation ?
Try the following code and see the results ( prepare to be shocked )

Lotus Script:
Dim x as Double
x = 4.08 + 18.84 + 18.84 + 18.84 + 18.84 + 20.56
If x = 100 Then
Msgbox "X is 100"
Else
Msgbox "X is something else !!"
End if

Formula:
x:=@Sum(4.08:18.84:18.84:18.84:18.84:20.56);
@If (x = 100;
@Prompt([OK];"";"X is 100");
@Prompt([OK]);"";"X is something else !!"))
 
The Debugger & the Calculator shows that the total is 100, however the logic fails.
This can be addressed as a Floating-Point Calculation issue and its NOT a software bug ( since it has been seen in C/C++ and Excel as well ).

Some explanations from Experts in Notes Community :
 
Bruce Stapley

Only numbers with fractional components that are an exact power of 2 can be exactly represented in a binary coding system -- which is what computers use. This means very small deviations/errors occur in essentially every floating point variable in every programming language on every computer everywhere. Since Notes only stores floating point numbers, essentially every calculation you do on number fields suffers from this effect. However, the difference will assuredly be insignificant and unnoticed unless you're doing an equivalence comparison. The solution, put simply, is to round to a sufficient level of precision before comparing two floating point numbers for equivalence.

 
Stan Rogers
In LotusScript, there are precisely two levels of floating-point precision: Single and Double. Equality testing checks all bits -- any difference at any bit level is an inequality. This is true across all general-purpose computing languages, although the number of bits available to each variable type and the number of different types may vary from language to language. If you need to compare within a confidence margin, you need to round your values at your arbitrary precision depth. Some specialised languages on some platforms have similar facilities built in, but you can and should consider them oddities.
Calculators designed exclusively for decimal use often get around the problem by using binary-coded-decimal values internally, where each four-bit group represents a single decimal digit (0000 to 1001), but that is wasteful of resources and does not allow the same registers to be used for general-purpose (non-decimal) data.

 
Solution
For R5 - Round the Number to a sufficient level of precision before comparing for equivalence
For R6 - Use @FloatEq which is helpful in dealing with inexactness of floating point operations

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Saturday, 02 April 2005

Google : Ride Finder

Now you could get a ride by using Google's lastest search Google Ride Finder

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Happy Birthday GMail

GMail turns a year old .. and it has amazing things to offer.

Just launched in GMail :

G is for growth
Storage is an important part of email, but that doesn't mean you should have to worry about it. To celebrate our one-year birthday, we're giving everyone one more gigabyte. But why stop the party there? Our plan is to continue growing your storage beyond 2GBs by giving you more space as we are able. We know that email will only become more important in people's lives, and we want Gmail to keep up with our users and their needs. From Gmail, you can expect more.



We're not in the plains anymore
Fonts, bullets and highlighting, oh my! Gmail now offers rich text formatting. And over 60 colors of the rainbow. Discover a land of more than just black and white. Learn more


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Wednesday, 30 March 2005

TeamStudio launches Script Browser

The most eagerly waited tool has arrived.
TeamStudio has released Script Browser ( its free so ahead & download it ).
Some of its features :
* all classes and functions from the main tree, with 3 tabs to sort the code by script library, by class, or by call. Selecting something in the tree displays the properties of that function/class.
* the name of the script library in which the function is found.
* the line number on which the function is defined within the script library.
* how the function was declared, especially useful for when you simply want to know what parameters to pass to a function.

Lotusscipting just got easier !!

via Thomas Duff

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Tuesday, 29 March 2005

Software Quality Management at its Best

Many times software problems are fixed (rather patched) without doing any Impact Analysis. Later, one realises that lastest patch has introduced a couple of New bugs. It may seem quite normal, but when scaled to writing software for a rocket launch .. it can be tricky !! You better do the Impact Analysis :)

So what does it take to write a program which would launch a rocket into space ??

The right stuff kicks in at T-minus 31 seconds

Must Read !, I know its lengthy ;-)

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Sunday, 27 March 2005

Sense & Simplicity

One of the most memorable case studies we came across on Japanese management was the case of the empty soapbox, which happened in one of Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soapbox that was empty. Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soapbox went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soapboxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent whoopee amount to do so. But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each Soapbox passed the fan; it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (Ink won't flow down to the writing surface). In order to solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.

And what did the Russians do...???
The Russians used a Pencil !!!

Moral of the story

Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem
So, learn to focus on solutions not on problems
If you look at what you do not have in life, you don't have anything
If you look at what you have in life, you have everything


Via Zaheed

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Thursday, 24 March 2005

Get PimpZilla

PimpZilla is the best Firefox theme i have ever seen! try it out.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2005

Google Open Source Code Portal

Google has recently launched its Open Source Code Portal.
Its aimed for developers interested in Google-related development and can benefit from source code and API services.

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Thursday, 17 March 2005

Domino 7 development features

Thomas Duff has a very enlightening presentation to share. It about the new features in Lotus Domino 7. Worth a look if you happen to do Notes.

Thanks alot Thomas, cheers !!

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Saturday, 12 March 2005

Are you happy with your Browser ??

If you think your browser is not safe, then its time you switch to one of these. Spread the word by having the Promotional Button on your website.

In short, switch to Firefox :)

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Friday, 11 March 2005

MS buys Groove Networks

Ray Ozzie, the founder of Lotus Notes is the CTO of Microsoft now. Link

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Thursday, 10 March 2005

The Architecture of Lotus Notes

One of my friend passed me this superb link which explains the entire Architechure of Lotus Notes. Most of you might have read it, but for me this is amazing as i never got the chance to know about the internals. For those who haven't read it and do Notes, please read .. its worth the time.

00:05 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (1) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Wednesday, 09 March 2005

Google : Hello & Picasa2

A few weeks back i posted about the Next Generation of Google. Seems like things have really started taking shape with Google's new services.

Recently i installed Picasa 2 and it quite cool. The album compilation is interesting and you can do labelling, give ratings to the pictures and even blog entries can be posted on blogspot.
Hello is an instant messenger, complete with buddy lists and bots and smilies and sounds. The difference is that Hello is optimized for sending photos. It can automatically resize a photo so it sends properly. You can jump back and forth from Hello to Picasa to send your photos and share your albums. But most strikingly, it is an instant messenger in a Google product, and its a good bet that as Google integrates Picasa better with the rest of its services, Hello will be its chat client, with full feature support for Gmail and Google Desktop.

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Tuesday, 08 March 2005

SDLC Explained

Quite true .. most of the times :) Link

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Friday, 04 March 2005

Real-Time Experience with Ashok

Few weeks back Rocky wrote about this very interesting blog. I must say that i am hooked to this site now. The website is called Unganisha which is maintained by Ashok, who has superb writing skills and happens to do Notes. The posts are so well written that you actually feel it around you.

Who says Time Travel is not possible ???

Thanks Rocky for the introduction :)
Ashok - you keep going !

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Thursday, 03 March 2005

F1 2005 - Coming Soon

After a long wait ( nearly 4 months ), F1 is back. Just a week for the first race at Melbourne and in 3 weeks i will be off to Sepang for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Cannot wait to see the Scuderia making it 6 in a row and Micheal on his 8th World Title.

2005 Calendar

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Friday, 25 February 2005

Clusty - New Search Engine

One of my friends introduced me to this new search engine called Clusty. On comparing against Google, the results seem almost same. What i find interesting is the way it categorizes ( clusters - that's why the name Clusty) the results. You get 3 options i.e. Topics, Sources & URL and twisties as well :).

My favourite - the Preview Frame feature.

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Thursday, 24 February 2005

Next Generation of Google

Musem of Media History has created this interesting presentation on the future of Google. Put the speakers on before clicking this link.

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Sunday, 20 February 2005

Benefits of Challenges !!

A Fishy Problem
The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther out into sea. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste. To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference.

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan?

The human mind is fickle. To be or not to be is an epithet that is as applicable to each one of us as it was to Shakespeare's Hamlet. We're always chasing dreams. It's good. In order to exploit the best that life has to offer, it is necessary to keep striving and searching for the "more" that we can get out of life. Problem is, that as soon as we reach our goals, such as finding the right mate, meeting our business targets, getting the right career breaks or whatever else it may be, we tend to lose our passion about it. You no longer feel the need to work so hard as you did when you were trying to get where you are, so you tend to get lax. It's the same problem wealthy heirs who never grow up and bored homemakers who get addicted to prescription drugs. So, how do we handle this? Does that mean, one should be continuously chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Does it necessarily mean that success will bring lethargy and a laid back attitude in it's wake. On the contrary ... like the Japanese fish problem, the best solution is simple. Add a zing of challenge to life. It keeps the fizz in and ensures that boredom doesn't set in.

Benefits of a Challenge
The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you will enjoy a good problem. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you will be happy. You will think of your challenges and get energized. You will be excited to try new solutions. You will have fun. You will be truly alive!

How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh ?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

Recommendations
Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them. Beat the heck out of them. Enjoy the game. If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Failing makes you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more help. If you have met your goals, set some bigger goals. Once you meet your personal or family needs, move onto goals for your group, the society, even mankind. Don't create success and lie in it. You have resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.

Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!

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Friday, 18 February 2005

Codestore RE-LOADED

Jake has redesigned his Codestore. Its definately worth a look, specially the fonts and the overall simplicity. Lots of new features added in this phase and many more to come. Well done Jake .. keep it up :)

Edited : changed blog to codestore

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Thursday, 17 February 2005

Joe Kraus to create "a write-able Web"

Joe Kraus, CEO of JotSpot.com, is betting on a future explosion of so-called Wikis, a type of Web page that can be edited by anyone. Read this article titled Tools to ease Web collaboration.

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MS changes course

Finally it has struck them, releasing a new browser is the only way to give the hackers a break .. but it wont be long for them to pounce back on some new meat :). Read here & here.

00:45 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 15 February 2005

Congrats Subhan

My friend Subhan just cleared his certification on IBM DB2. So all your queries can be routed to him :)
Congrats again !!

14:00 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Saturday, 12 February 2005

F1 in India - Coming Soon

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said that there will be Formula 1 race held in India within 3 years of time. Hurray :)

13:55 Posted in Blog, F1 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, 10 February 2005

Microsoft to acquire Sybari

One of the Radicati View Of 2004 And 2005 has come true. MS has full on plans to acquire an anti-virus firm. Read on.

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Wednesday, 09 February 2005

Microsoft vs IBM

Microsoft's and IBM's collaboration software strategies are headed for a clash this spring when they pit, respectively, all-in-one products against integrated, a la carte offerings. Approaches to licensing could prove to be the big differentiator. Read on.

14:10 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, 07 February 2005

Now Google Maps

Google Maps is the latest. Check it out.

13:50 Posted in Blog, Google | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, 06 February 2005

GMail anyone ?

Google Mail has opened the invites and this time its 50 !! Drop me a mail and you shall have it :)

14:20 Posted in Blog, Google | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, 05 February 2005

1st Indian to drive a Formula 1 car

Narain Karthikeyan has become the first Indian ever to get into Formula 1. Quite exciting and cannot wait to see him on March 7 at Melbourne.

13:55 Posted in Blog, F1 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Friday, 04 February 2005

Get your Shades : Lotus looks bright again

SearchDomino.com has put in this nice article about the future of Notes. Read on.

14:00 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Monday, 31 January 2005

Lotus Domino Links

Lots of Lotus Domino related links can be found on DominoMobile. Must visit :)

01:05 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (2) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Saturday, 29 January 2005

Welcome Amit Dutta

I take this opporunity to introduce my friend and co-worker Amit Dutta. He has started blogging (more than i do) and is responsible for Ampersand Solutions. One of his most famous products is Web Counter which has crossed over 72,000 downloads on CNet Download website. Among the other ranges of products, Web Content Manager is a quick content management product ( his webiste runs on it ). Other products are Link Counter,Web Catalog and Web Tracker.

Welcome Amit and hope i didn't do it too early :)
Ashish

10:35 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (3) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Friday, 28 January 2005

What is the future of Lotus Software?

Since a while there have been rumors about "Lotus Notes is dead". Mr. Ambuj Goyal in his recent speech at Lotusphere 2005 talked about the same. Talking about the latest milestones achieved, here is the counter attack :

"Half of Microsoft's base is still on Exchange 5.5, a seven year old platform. Microsoft has promised collaboration for last seven years in Exchange, but never shipped, promised Kodiak, but decided to kill the project, declared E12 as the future, but not any details.What is really the future of Exchange?"

Read the complete article.

11:00 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (1) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

No Search ???

Searching is one of the key features of any application/product. Many free blog sites offer search functionality but i am surprised with Blogspirit (the one hosting my blog). Although it has been provided in the admin panel, putting it onto the blog itself wouldn't be a big deal.

00:10 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (3)

Thursday, 27 January 2005

Formula Language Learning Guide

Searchdomino has complied articles,tips,online references etc in a learning guide for Formula Language.

00:05 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Wednesday, 26 January 2005

Google is Un-stoppable

I read yesterday about Google hiring the lead programmer of Fire Fox. Seems like Google is planning to create their own browser (it will be awesome). I frequently visit the Google Labs area and today i found this new search engine - Google Video. Worth a look.

22:15 Posted in Blog, Google | Permalink | Comments (2)

Insights on the Workplace Designer

Lotus's Maureen Leland recently moved over from her job as project leader for the Domino Designer to take a similar role with IBM's new Workplace Designer tool set. Read the complete story.

08:55 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Lotusphere 2005 Coverage

SearchDomino will be updating the coverage of Lotusphere 2005 on a daily basis. Click to access the page.

00:05 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (1) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Tuesday, 25 January 2005

Take a Break :)

Recently bumped into The Dilbert website and has been no looking back since !! Great stress reliever.

00:05 Posted in Blog, Fun | Permalink | Comments (2)

Monday, 24 January 2005

Lotusphere Sessions on your iPod

Want Lotusphere Sessions on your iPod ?? Click

00:05 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Sunday, 23 January 2005

The View - Technical Journal of Lotus Notes & Domino

Many of you might know this, but for whose who don't and wish to get some very cool tips and tricks click here.

00:05 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Saturday, 22 January 2005

DB2 & Web Services in Lotus Domino 7

IBM is getting ready to unveil the final beta of its Lotus Notes/Domino 7.0 platform at Lotusphere 2005 in Orlando, Fla., even as it directs attention to its Workplace platform initiative. Click of entire story.

00:05 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Friday, 21 January 2005

Getting Field Values in Javascript

Getting field values using Javascript can be tricky when it comes radio buttons, checkboxes, comboboxes etc. Not now. Using this generic function things have been really easy. I have been using the getFieldValue function for a long time now and its never given me any problems. Check www.breakingpar.com , it has lots of tips & tricks.

00:05 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Thursday, 20 January 2005

IBM Workplace Designer

Andrew Pollack has posted an interesting write up on the Workplace Designer. Click here to read.

01:45 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Wednesday, 19 January 2005

Lotus Notes/Domino 7 Beta 3 Preview

Finally, its released !!
IBM has released Beta 3 of Lotus Notes & Domino 7. Follow the links :

New features in Lotus Domino 7.0 Beta 3

New features in Lotus Notes and Domino Designer 7.0 Beta 3

00:05 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Tuesday, 18 January 2005

Surprises at Lotusphere 2005

IBM is expected to launch a major new release of its flagship Lotus Notes and Domino messaging and collaboration platform at its Lotusphere conference next week. Check this link for details.

00:05 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (1) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Monday, 17 January 2005

Office Web Components

Generating Excel reports on the browser is a lot easy using Microsoft Office Web Components. I have been using it since a while now and havent got any problems. You could have charts and pivot tables as well. Download the notes database and the readme from The View website.

00:05 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (1) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Sunday, 16 January 2005

Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, published in 1990, is a book written by Stephen Covey. It details a list of seven habits that allegedly help a person align him or herself to what Covey calls "true north," or universal principles that he believes all people can agree on, as opposed to personal values.
They are :

Be Proactive, or do everything in your power in each situation so that things will come out well.

Begin with the End in Mind, or use your creativity to imagine how things could and should be. Think about values, end goals, and be proactive instead of being caught in the instant and only reacting to events. The first step is to write a "personal mission statement" that describes your values, your principles, what is important to you above all. It is for you what the constitution is for a country. It defines the mission you want to accomplish during your life. Visualization is a device to begin with the end in mind. It is commonly used by top-performing athletes and business people. Organizational mission statements are like personal mission statements, but at an organization of company level: it defines what the organization stands for, what its values are. For instance for IBM, those values are: "the dignity of individual, excellence, and service." Organizational mission statements can only be effective if by all the people in the organization, instead of just a few high ranking executives.

Put First Things First, or prioritize the things in your life, setting aside time first for the most important things, or those things that relate to long-term growth and success, and let the more pressing, immediate, but less important things get what's left.
This habit is about personal management, often expressed in schedules and prioritized task lists. But in the long run, plans and schedules will only be followed if they were established based on values and principles; thus the capital importance of habit 1 and 2 to support habit 3.
Delegation is an important part of time management. Instead of focusing on how to perform the task, successful delegation works by concentrating on what the results should be, what the implication of getting the result or not getting it will be, and how the work will be judged.

Think Win-Win, as opposed to win-lose, looking for creative solutions that get to the roots of problems.

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, or listening to those around you before you try to teach them, as a person won't listen to you if he thinks that you don't understand him and/or don't care about him.

Synergize, work together in new, unexpected ways.

Sharpen the saw, or do things for personal growth, self renewal, and continually improving in the areas outlined by the other six habits.

The first three habits are designed to take a person from dependence to independence, or the ability of a person do do things for himself. Mastering the second three relate to interdependence, or the ability of a person to align his own needs and desires to those around him. The last habit encompasses all of the others.

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The Radicati View Of 2004 And 2005

Sara Radicate gives her views on the developments observed in 2004 and predicts the happenings of 2005. Most of her predictions are quite acceptable.

She talks about Microsoft - they need a anti-virus very badly ... lol
Microsoft will enter the anti-virus market in a year when the severity of virus attacks will reach an all time high.

However i strongly disagree with :
Blogging will fade away from the corporate world and be considered a consumer tool, no longer a credible source of news.

Click to read the entire report.

00:05 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (3) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Saturday, 15 January 2005

On Red Planet - Interview with Amitabha Ghosh

Amitabha Ghosh was the only Asian on NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission. Recently he was in Mumbai and spoke about his work and vision of India. Interesting interview. Click to read.

16:45 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mumbai Magic

Making a living in Mumbai (Bombay) is not tough. Recently a group of reporters from Mid-Day worked approximately 4 hours and managed to earn a decent profit. Having no experience in the various roles they played, its quite interesting to know that anything works in Mumbai. Check this link for a complete coverage.

01:10 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (0)

Creating your own @Forumla extensions

Ben has posted this interesting article on Creating your own @Formula extensions. You could create your own @functions using C API toolkit.
I am gonna give it a try this weekend (dont think it would be easy).

00:20 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (2) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Friday, 14 January 2005

Lotusphere 2005

For all those going to Lotussphere 2005, this might come handy. Ben has created this session database which contains information about all the sessions,their location, timings and ofcourse the speaker.

Click to download the database

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Thursday, 13 January 2005

F1 - New Rules & Regulations

With 2005 season start just 2 months away, the new rules & regulations are finally in place. Unfortunately, Ferrari will be starting the season with a modified version of 2004 car and it will be only in May that they will debut the 2005 killer machine. Hopefully this year we can expect a fewer Mclaren's blow up which will create some good competition. Schumy will be heading for his 8th title and he seems to be very determined. He is currently the oldest driver on the grid as Oliver Panis retired in 2004 season.
Hopefully another Ferrari constructors and ofcourse a Ferrari One - Two.

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Wednesday, 12 January 2005

Evaluating User Groups

This is an Un-Documented feature used to get Group Members.

groupName$ = "YourGroupName"
groupMembers = Evaluate( |@ExpandNameList(@Dbname;"| & groupName$ & |")| )

Forall names In groupMembers
Print names
End Forall

02:00 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Tuesday, 11 January 2005

Javascript version of @DbLookup & @DbColumn

This is my award winning tip. Its used to perform @DbLookup & @DbColumn using Javascript on the browser without refreshing or reloading the page.

function dbLookup(server,path,view,key,column){

xmlDoc = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM");
xmlDoc.async = false;

var pos=0;
currURL = (document.location.href).toLowerCase();
if (trim(server) == "") {
pos = currURL.indexOf('://');
if (pos < 0 )
server = "http://11.22.33.44" // PUT YOUR SERVERNAME HERE
else
{
pos += 3;
pos = currURL.indexOf('/', pos);
server = currURL.substring(0, pos)
}
}

if( trim(path) == "" )
{
if( pos > 0 )
{
newPos = currURL.indexOf('.nsf',pos);
if (newPos > 0)
{
path = currURL.substring(pos+1,newPos+4)
}
}
}

//Javascript index starts at 0, so need to decrement the column by -1
if( !isNaN(column) )
column -= 1;

vurl = trim(server)+"/"+trim(path)+"/"+view+"?readviewentries&login=1&count=9999&startkey="+key;
xmlDoc.load(vurl);
if (xmlDoc.documentElement == undefined)
{
return("")
}
nodes = xmlDoc.documentElement.childNodes;
temp = new Array(nodes.length);
var j = 0;
for (var i = 0; i < nodes.length; i++)
{
if(nodes.item(i).childNodes.item(0).text==key)
{
temp[j] = nodes.item(i).childNodes.item(column).text;
j++;
}
else
{
break;
}
}

var results = ""
for (var i = 0; i < j; i++)
{
if (i==0)
{
results = temp[i];
}
else
{
results = results + ", " + temp[i];
}
}

return(results);
} //End of dbLookup


function dbColumn(server,path,view,column){

xmlDoc = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM");
xmlDoc.async = false;

var pos=0;
currURL = (document.location.href).toLowerCase();
if (trim(server) == "") {
pos = currURL.indexOf('://');
if (pos < 0 )
server = "http://11.22.33.44" // PUT YOUR SERVERNAME HERE
else
{
pos += 3;
pos = currURL.indexOf('/', pos);
server = currURL.substring(0, pos)
}
}

if( trim(path) == "" )
{
if( pos > 0 )
{
newPos = currURL.indexOf('.nsf',pos);
if (newPos > 0)
{
path = currURL.substring(pos+1,newPos+4)
}
}
}

if( !isNaN(column) )
column -= 1;

vurl = trim(server)+"/"+trim(path)+"/"+view+"?readviewentries&login=1&count=9999";
xmlDoc.load(vurl);

nodes = xmlDoc.documentElement.childNodes;
temp = new Array(nodes.length);
var j = 0;
for (var i = 0; i < nodes.length; i++)
{
temp[j] = nodes.item(i).childNodes.item(column).text;
j++;
}

results = new Array(j);
for (var i = 0; i < j; i++)
{
results[i] = temp[i];
}

return(results);
} //End of dbColumn

function trim(sStr)
{
var iI = 0;
var iJ = 0;
var iTam = 0;
var sAux = "";

iTam = sStr.length;
if(iTam==0) return(sStr);

for(iI=0; iI<iTam; iI++)
if(sStr.charAt(iI)!=' ') break;

if(iI >= iTam) return("");

for(iJ=iTam - 1; iJ>=0; iJ--)
if(sStr.charAt(iJ)!=' ') break;

return(sStr.substring(iI,iJ+1));
} //End of trim


NOTE:
1) View should NOT be Categorized
2) works fine on IE 5.5 and above
3) "Server" and "Path" parameters are optional when used in current database

Usage Example:
1) Current Database
var a = dbColumn("","","Keywords",1)
var a = dbLookup("","","Keywords","LotusNotes",2)

2) Across Database
var a = dbColumn("http://11.22.33.44","folder/db.nsf","Keywords",1)
var a = dbLookup("http://11.22.33.44","folder/db.nsf","Keywords","LotusNotes",2)

01:55 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (8) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Monday, 10 January 2005

Splitting a RestrictToCategory view into Columns

While answering queries on the Notes forum, i came across this tricky requirement (still haven't managed to crack it). Check this view. The arrangement of data is Top - Bottom then a split and again Top - Bottom which is totally amazing. However, i got close to it and here is what i did :

1) Create a VIEW with the following attributes :
----- Treat View Contents as HTML
----- Appropriate VIEW Selection Formula
----- First Column
Hidden Column
Show twisties when row is expandable
Sort should be 'Ascending'
Type should be 'Categorized'
Formula should be CATEGORYFIELDNAME
----- Second Column
Formula should be ""
----- Third Column
Formula should be :
root:=@ReplaceSubstring(@ReplaceSubstring(@Subset(@DbName; -1);" ";"+");"";"/");
url:=root+"/0/"+@Text(@DocumentUniqueID)+"?OpenDocument";
""+NOTESFIELDNAME+""
----- Fourth Column
Forumla should be ""
2) Create a $$ViewTemplate form for the View you just created in step 1
This form should have a $$ViewBody field within a table i.e.
'' Make it PASS Thru HTML
******* Place your $$ViewBody field here, it should be of TEXT and EDITABLE ***************
'' Make it PASS Thru HTML
Put the following 2 functions in the JS Header :
function StartRow(DocNumber) {
if (DocNumber==1) {
document.write('')
}
}
function EndRow(DocNumber) {
if (DocNumber % 2==0) {
document.write ('');
}
}


01:55 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (4) | Tags: Just talk Lotus

Sunday, 09 January 2005

Increase your Hotmail account to 250 MB

i tried and it works !!

Steps

Login ur hotmail account and go to options.
Go to "Personal"
Click "My Profile"
Change Country to "United States"
Wait for browser to load United states settings.
Change the state to "Florida" and zip code "33332"
Click "update"
Click "Continue"
Go to "Language" and make sure its "English"
Paste this link in the same browser.
http://by17fd.bay17.hotmail.msn.com/cgi-bin/Accountclose

Wait until the Screen says you're Hotmail is Closed and ready to be deleted.
Click "Close Account".
Go back to login page and relogin to ur hotmail account..!!

Your account size will now increase to 25 MB which a month later becomes 250 mb.

01:50 Posted in Blog, Tips | Permalink | Comments (77)

Saturday, 08 January 2005

Given the right Platform

All of us have the potential but most of the time it remains untapped when not given an opportunity. All of us have many things to share. Most of it comes from our day to day experiences, working environment, interactions with friends or collegues and awareness of the surroundings. Putting it into words is different story. Do it well and people would start calling you a Writer !!
I am not even close to a writer, its just recently i started to explore my writing skills. As i have mentioned in my in introductory post, i got inspired by the people who are best in what i always loved to do (build applications using Lotus Notes). Only 2 days of blogging, i am quite amazed with the impact it has had on me. Things around seem more important me than they ever did. My awareness level has increased and i think i am a better writer now (many may oppose it though !!).
Yesterday i happen to introduce my blog to a very old and close friend of mine, Teju. Knowing her for 8 years now, she never gave me a chance to see her intelligent side. She read my blog and appreicated of what i wrote (i loved being appreicated .. ofcourse anyone would). Later i spoke to her and realised that she was interested in sharing her experiences too. So that was it. Nothing stopped her from starting her own blog (she needed a little help though) and she was off. I was expecting her writings to reveal her general ways of being i.e. which always enjoying life and not too bothered .. kind of a cool and let go attitude.
But NO. I was totally wrong. She is a totally different person when it come to writing or maybe its someone else who is writing for her :-). But i totally disagree on the latter, she is a person with a lot of experiences which she can translate very well. Her recent post, totally changed my attitude towards her. Now i respect her more than i ever did (dont get flattered teju) and i am always eager to read her posts ( i am sure there must be one coming up now as i type).

To sum up,everyone has ideas but we tend to hesitate and keep them with ourselves (most of the time).
Blogs has changed all that (definately for me and surely for many people out there). It is a platform where one could express thoughts too the fullest and recieve feedbacks, which in itself is a huge learning experience.
So i hope to continue writing and keep improving in expressing what i personally feel and owe it all to Teju.

Hence, Given the right Platform can do Wonders !!

Ashish

17:40 Posted in Blog | Permalink | Comments (20)

GMail anyone ???

I remember some months back, GMail was introduced. Getting one was a challenge and involved a certain element of luck too. You needed an "Invitation" to get an account which in other cases is quite simple.

As of now, it seems most of them have managed to get it but for those who havent got it and wish to get it i have a few invites left.
Do drop in your first and last name along with the email address and i will send the invitation.

cheers !!
Ashish

PS: If the demands rises i can take help from my friend Subhan .. he has some invites too.

16:35 Posted in Blog, Google | Permalink | Comments (1)

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