As you know Lotus Notes is built on Eclipse so following Eclipse plugins and projects makes a lot of sense from a platform point of view. Surfing the other day I stumbled over an Eclipse project that provides a Ribbon IDE for the Eclipse platform. It makes your mind wander to Microsoft centric but it might make sense for other applications incl. Lotus Notes.
For more info see “Eclipse plug-in sightseeing: Ribbon IDE / Eclipse”. There’s also a PDF showing it off.
With all the talk we have been having around Lotusphere presentations and the availability of session presentations and video afterwards it’s strangely refreshing to see how Microsoft approach their MIX10 conference which was just held in Las Vegas. If you go to live.visitmix.com/videos you are able to download all presentations and download or stream all sessions as video (WMV for HD and h.264). They even provide a downloader to download all the contents in one go.
How do you like them apples?
You might already know of this but I suggest you listen to the Windows Weekly podcast episode 56 and episode 57 for info on the upcoming Microsoft Mesh. In episode 57 there are comments about Lotus Notes and how Ray Ozzie took the thunder of Notes and brought it to Microsoft.
While cleaning up today I found an interesting piece of information in the Microsoft Action Pack material. It appears that the 30 day grace period of Windows Vista can be extended to 90 days by rearming the installation (you should also disable auto-activation during the installation). This is great for testing purposes.
To rearm Windows start a command-prompt with admin. privileges and run
cscript %windir%system32slmgr.vbs -rearm
The script can also be used to active Windows using the -ipk switch followed by the 25 digit activation code.
Nice video of the Lotus Sametime integration into Microsoft Office incl. Outlook (main focus is on Outlook). It’s nice even if you just need to see what the integration looks like since you’re probably running Notes. Right? 🙂
I know it wont be available until the end of the year but Microsoft Windows Home Server looks really nice. A server product built especially for the home with built in support for managing the computers on the home network incl. making backup images etc.
Will probably have to do some coding in C# one of these days so I’d better start reading up. Found an article via Google which looks like a promising no-nonsence way to start: A COMPARISON OF MICROSOFT’S C# PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE TO SUN MICROSYSTEMS’ JAVA PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE by Dare Obasanjo.