Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Email signature graphic, anyone?

I left a little room on the right for your own blurb -- or you can just chop it off. Your call.

Added: Oh, by the way -- if any of you are using PSP and want to modify the graphic to suit your own taste, there's no need to re-invent the wheel. Just mail me to request the multi-layer PSP-native file. The base graphic is much bigger than what you see here (3200 by 250), the text is still vector, and so forth. If you want to resize and move things around, modify the background colour, etc., you'll get a better final product than if you start with a small GIF. And big thanks to Ben Poole for supplying me with the Mac icon resource.

I'm still looking for a larger version of the current Lotus Software logo -- all I've been able to find is a small GIF. If anyone's got a large TIFF or EPS version (the sort of thing that's usually supplied for print ads), I'd be more than happy to have it. I've got some very good ideas for future versions, but I can't use the logo I have now (the biggest I could find on a web search), and trying to recreate something that's trademarked without the original font is, um, a wee bit difficult.

Added moreThanks to Bernd Hort, I now have the EPS logo I wanted for my birthday. Now to see if I can make it worth the trouble.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Yellow is the new black

Might as well join the party, what? Some nearly purty pitchers below:

Just a stripe YITNB Wallpaper -- 1600 by 1200 YITNB Wallpaper -- 1280 by 1024 YITNB Wallpaper -- 1024 by 768 -- GIF

For some truly maddening reason, Blogger has decided that these images should be JPEGs rather than the original GIFs except for the 1024 by 768 version. The conversion must happen based on the image size. I've mailed the originals off to Rocky and Rich, so if you want the version without JPEG artifacts, you may be able to get them somewhere else. If not, you can always mail me. Didn't hit your screen size? Want a custom insert somewhere? Same deal -- mail me.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

About Lotusphere 2006

Okay, so I wasn't there. In some respects, I'm thankful for that — I had the predicted back mutiny. But this was, apparently, not the Lotusphere to miss.

There is a level of excitement in the community that I have never seen before. Rocky blogged about the enthusiasm cycle, and I have to say that as somebody who entered the Notes and Domino world on or about the nadir (late 2000), I am glad to see both that IBM has made their commitment to the platform clear, and that the community has collectively stopped wondering when the other shoe is going to drop. It's not one or two voices crying in the wilderness anymore.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't wait for Hannover to go to public beta. It's hard to tell from a coupla screen shots and some third-hand reporting, but it looks like I'll finally be able to do in the Notes client a lot of what I've been working so hard to do on the web. Rich is not the only one turned on by activity-centric collaboration. That has been both the single biggest hurdle in getting my Domino application suite together, and the single biggest reason why it cannot be a Notes client application suite right now, today. Hannover and WCS look like they will provide a solution to a problem that is currently intractible in Notes.

I am sorry I missed some of the sessions. Jess's admin for dummies developers session got rave reviews, and Julian has been declared the new star presenter. Okay, I'm not going to list everything I missed -- you can look up the whole session list more easily than I can type it.

I just hope that, in a couple of thousand years' time, my descendants, should there be any, aren't gathered around a table sometime in January for a festival dinner that includes a wistful "next year in Orlando".

Friday, January 06, 2006

Visiting hours

Howzabout a couple of you Notes-type people dropping by Esther's place for a visit? Seems there's a reason she went silent back there. Bring some virtual flowers, and see if you can sneak in some e-candy.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Better late than never, eh?

Well, here we are at the start of another year. Or, rather, here I am. I assume that most of the rest of you were more-or-less functional over the traditional days of reflection (those being December 31 and January 1). I was somewhat less than my usual self. Or at least I hope I was. If this is the new "usual", I'd just as soon one of you had the decency to have me put down.

All that aside, though, 2005 was not such a bad year. Sure, I spent most of it in a "foreign" city that I never quite got around to seeing, doing work that I found rather less than fulfilling, and topping it all off with a mental and physical breakdown. But in a real sense, that was the good part. It forced me to take a long, hard look at where I was and what I was doing, and when I did that, it was blindingly obvious that I was headed in the wrong direction.

2006 will be a little different. I have to take it easy for physical reasons, so I will have a bit of time away from the keyboard. I just might spend some of that free time interacting with humans for a change. That's something I've done far too little of for the last little while. And there's something to be said for the occasional moment of peaceful, quiet solitude. Not loneliness, Lord knows I've had more than enough of that to last me a long time, but time alone to reflect and digest. Maybe throw the occasional dab of paint onto a canvas*.

On the technical front, I've still got a couple of things to tidy up. One of the nice things about new, independantly produced software is that I can take the time to do things right. I'm not facing a promised delivery date or a bunch of investors who are wondering where their profits are, so I don't have to leave any code or architecture behind that is merely good enough for now. I hope that when it is released, those of you who are in a position to know the difference can tell that I've had the chance to refine my approaches.

Is the old dog going to learn any new tricks this year? Only if I have to. I don't know about you folks, but I've put a lot of time in over the years learning new technologies, techniques and environments. It's all been book learnin' and putterin', though. My day job has always been the same old same old -- formulas, LotusScript, 1.1.x-vintage Java when absolutely necessary (since one can't always count on the next Notes guy really knowing Java, we've had to limit it to things that really needed to use something like the java.net package). It's time to forget about learning new stuff and start using some of what I've already learned.

I'm ready to face the new year and the lessons and rewards it has to offer. And I wish you all a happy and rewarding 2006.

*I started a number of paintings last year, but they all became what we artists call "unfinished works". There is a limit to how long a painting can be left unworked before new paint stops adhering properly to old, and I'd hate to put anything out there, even as a gift, that's going to have to spend more time at the conservator's than on the wall.

Physically Impossible

If Stan loses 5 kilograms of mass over the course of 31 days and e=mc2, then what happened to the 168 GW/day I've been providing? Should I be getting a rebate from Hydro?