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Friday, 26 December 2008
Post-Christmas Blues - Not too much fun with ATI and Intrepid on the 2007-AE7 Thinkpad T60p
I've played around over the past two days ( well, what else is Christmas Day and Boxing Day for ) and have taken a slightly different path to the same destination.
Instead of using Synaptic, Envy or apt get install, I chose to download the proprietary ATI driver from here.
This downloads a 80 MB file ati-driver-installer-8-12-x86.x86_64.run. It's necessary to make this file executable ( chmod +x ati-driver-installer-8-12-x86.x86_64.run ) and then execute it with root privileges ( sudo ./ati-driver-installer-8-12-x86.x86_64.run ).
The installer walks you through a series of simple screens, and, following a reboot, you're good to go.
Will continue to play ...
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Solved - ATI Catalyst Control Centre not saving configuration
When I used the ATI Catalyst Control Centre ( amdcccle ) to set my display resolution, I noticed that the changes were not being saved through a reboot. As an example, I could set the resolution to 1600x1200 to get the best out of my Thinkpad's HUUUUUGE screen, when I rebooted, the resolution would be back at 1024x768, which is a bit annoying.
As usual, Google had the answer, Google is my friend. I searched for "amdcccle saving" and found this article - the answer is to run gnome-display-properties and click Apply to save the current configuration ( this applet can be as a command ( ALT + F2 ) or via System -> Preferences -> Screen Resolution.
Strange but true
Friday, 19 December 2008
Ubuntu 8.10 ( Intrepid Ibex ) and Suspend/Resume on the Thinkpad T60p ( 2007-AE7 )
However, I think I've cracked it - I went back in time in my blog and found this post from September, where I'd fickered with /etc/default/acpi-support and changed: -
If it helps, I'm using the fglrx 8.54.3 driver which I got via apt-get install fglrx* - as far as I know, this is not a proprietary driver BUT I MAY BE WRONG.
If it helps, this is how I can see what driver I'm using: -
lsmod | grep -i fglrx
fglrx 1813960 32
agpgart 42184 2 fglrx,intel_agp
dmesg | grep -i fglrx
[ 42.639040] [fglrx] module loaded - fglrx 8.54.3 [Oct 10 2008] with 1 minors
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M56GL [Mobility FireGL V5200]
Subsystem: Lenovo Device 2007
Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 16
Region 0: Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Region 1: I/O ports at 2000 [size=256]
Region 2: Memory at ee100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at ee120000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: fglrx_pci
Kernel modules: fglrx
sudo dpkg --list | grep -i fglrx
ii fglrx-amdcccle 2:8.543-0ubuntu4 Catalyst Control Center for the ATI graphics a
ii fglrx-kernel-source 2:8.543-0ubuntu4 Kernel module source for the ATI graphics acce
ii fglrx-modaliases 2:8.543-0ubuntu4 Identifiers supported by the ATI graphics driv
ii xorg-driver-fglrx 2:8.543-0ubuntu4 Video driver for the ATI graphics accelerators
ii xorg-driver-fglrx-dev 2:8.543-0ubuntu4 Video driver for the ATI graphics accelerators
fglrxinfo -display :0
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5200
OpenGL version string: 2.1.8087 FireGL Release
Having got fglrx installed and having hacked acpi-support, I can now suspend and resume.
I can also switch to a single or dual display ( using my Sharp Aquos 26" LCD display ) using the ATI Catalyst Control Centre ( command is amdccle ) to switch between screens.
I'll test a real projector later today ....
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Woot, scrolling in Firefox on Ubuntu using middle mouse button
Simply put, open Firefox, navigate to the address bar and enter the URL about:config. Assuming you're happy to proceed past those dragons, change the setting general.autoScroll to true. Once you restart Firefox, you're good to go.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
More about Site Analytics in WebSphere Portal
Sun xVM VirtualBox - My First Few Hours ...
Only one little niggle - USB support didn't work; I was getting
Failed to access the USB subsystem.
Could not load the Host USB Proxy Service (VERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND). The service might be not installed on the host computer.
when I attempted to edit the virtual machine's configuration.
However, as usual, Google had the answer ( and is my friend ).
As per this post, there are some post-installation incantations that you need to run.
Once done, we're good to go.
Next, I'm going to install WebSphere Portal or, perhaps, Lotus Connections onto the VM and see how it performs ....
WebSphere Portal 6.1 and Site Analytics
I'd previously set this up in an earlier release ( I even found a developerWorks forum post from myself back in 2006 ), but had forgotten precisely how to do it.
I confused myself by reading the formal documentation so ended up hacking around and stop/starting the portal several times.
In the end, the trick was to: -
a) Amend C:\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\PortalServer\config\SiteAnalyzerLogService.properties and add/change: -
( there are a number of other isLogging parameters to choose from )
b) Push the updated properties into the portal configuration, using the command: -
from the directory C:\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\ConfigEngine.
c) Restart the portal
Once this has been done, you can see/change the properties by logging into the WebSphere Application Server administration console ( https://localhost:10041/ibm/console ) and then navigating to Resource > Resource environment providers > WP SiteAnalyzerLogService > Custom properties as per the screenshot.
Having restarted the portal, and logged in, I now see data such as: -
192.168.44.1 - - [17/Dec/2008:11:33:14 +0000] "GET /Page/6_CGAH47L0082M302B566VO730M6/null HTTP/1.1" 200 -1 "" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:22.214.171.124) Gecko/2008111318 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.4" "pSite=http%3A//www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en%3FpageType%3Dcourse_description%26courseCode%3DPW510;sasidp=S420311311229505852077;90130510_clogin=l=1229505853&v=1&e=1229514686475;CoreID6=62742661401312295058533;ibmSurvey=1229505848905;sauidp=U420311311229505852077;satst=test"
192.168.44.1 - - [17/Dec/2008:11:33:14 +0000] "GET /Portlet/5_CGAH47L0082M302B566VO730E4/Login_Portlet?PortletPID=5_CGAH47L0082M302B566VO730E4&PortletMode=View&PortletState=Normal HTTP/1.1" 200 -1 "http://stargate.uk.ibm.com/Page/6_CGAH47L0082M302B566VO730M6/null" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:126.96.36.199) Gecko/2008111318 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.4" "pSite=http%3A//www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en%3FpageType%3Dcourse_description%26courseCode%3DPW510;sasidp=S420311311229505852077;90130510_clogin=l=1229505853&v=1&e=1229514686475;CoreID6=62742661401312295058533;ibmSurvey=1229505848905;sauidp=U420311311229505852077;satst=test"
being logged to C:\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\logs\WebSphere_Portal\sa.log.
I can now use my log analyser tool to see what's going on within my portal.
I'm actually using AWStats on my Ubuntu host whilst the portal is running within a VMware image.
I'll use the AWStats documentation as well as this excellent article from Stefan Liesche on developerWorks.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Introspecting Lotus Quickr Services for Lotus Domino
to force authentication to Quickr, and allow one to see the list of
Quickr places, whether public/anonymous or not.
This is useful when using the REST model/portlet within WebSphere
Monday, 15 December 2008
Oh my gosh, Lotus has gone a bit wiki
This useful page on developerWorks listing all the available wikis, together with their URLs.
Nice, wiki'd but nice.
More on WAS ports
WebSphere Portal 6.0
WAS Admin https://hostname:10039/ibm/console
WebSphere Portal 6.1
WAS Admin https://hostname:10041/ibm/console
Hope this helps me next time oldtimer's kicks in.
Friday, 12 December 2008
Woo, Genii Software do it again
Have just downloaded the most excellent Lotusphere 2009 sessions
database from Genii Software's website here: -
I used this last year ( well, this year 'cos we're still in 2008 ) and
found it be of great use in planning my way around.
This year, I notice that they also have iPhone and Blackberry versions;
will try the iPhone version as well.
Even more fun with the Web Application Integrator portlet on WebSphere Portal 6.1
Instead, I saw: -
[12/12/08 17:05:40:640 GMT] 00000041 SystemOut O Inside-Out, Default.jsp: Exception raised: java.lang.NullPointerException
When I looked at the fix list for WebSphere Portal 6.10.1 at: -
I can see: -
PK74444 WebAppIntegrator throws a NullPointerException when urlFindInTheme tag is used in a Portal 6.1 theme
so I immediately went looking for the fix - sadly, it's not available as a standalone fix, but only as part of the fixpack.
Given that I wanted to get 6.10.1 installed, I started the download - thanks to the power of broadband, this 400 MB file didn't take too long.
However, whilst I was waiting, I was fickering around with my portal, trying to reproduce another issue with SSL/HTTPS. As part of my fickering, I toggled the theme for the top-level Content Root -> Home page from Portal Default Theme to PortalWeb2 and back again.
This seemed to "kick" WAI into life, and it's now working perfectly.
I can only assume that the theme toggle forced one of the theme JSPs to be recompiled or, perhaps, magic occurred.
In either case, WAI is now working WITHOUT needing to apply any fixes or fixpacks.
Friday, 5 December 2008
A Desktop that's Virtually "Free" ( as in beer not air )
IBM and Business Partners Introduce a Linux-Based, Virtual Desktop
This solution runs open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software to any laptop, browser, or mobile device from a virtual desktop login on a Linux-based server configuration.
A virtual desktop looks like a traditional desktop but is not limited to a single physical computer. Instead, many virtual Linux desktops are hosted on a server. The combined solution includes:
- Virtual desktop provided by Virtual Bridges called Virtual Enterprise Remote Desktop Environment (VERDE);
- Ubuntu, the worldwide leading Linux desktop operating system, from Canonical; and
- IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution software (OCCS) based on IBM Lotus Symphony, IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus applications. IBM Lotus Symphony is built on the Open Document Format (ODF).
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
WebSphere Portal 6.1.01 Ships - December 2nd 2008
This fix pack includes a cumulative collection of fixes and updated support for several underlying components. This fix pack updates the IBM WebSphere Portal 6.1 (188.8.131.52) level to the 184.108.40.206 service release level. This fix pack can be used to upgrade the IBM Workplace Web Content Management 6.1 (220.127.116.11) level to the 18.104.22.168 service release level. This fix pack can also be used to upgrade IBM WebSphere Portal Express 6.1 (22.214.171.124) level to the 126.96.36.199 service release level.
The complete list of fixes integrated into this refresh pack may be found in the technote Fix list for WebSphere Portal Version 6.1 and an updated set of system requirements.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Send it now, darn it
It was a most excellent question to which I didn't have an immediate answer. However, thanks to my social network ( actually knowing the man who knew and finding him on Sametime ), I was able to help solve it.
It turned out to be a location preference/setting, which can be set as follows: -
a) Choose File -> Preferences -> Locations
b) Edit the location that you usually use
c) Navigate to the Mail tab
d) Set "Transfer Outgoing Mail If X messages pending" to 1
e) Click OK to save the location change
f) Click OK to save the preference change
Hope this helps someone as it helped Mike and I
( with thanks to Chris for his most timely and excellent help )
Friday, 28 November 2008
RAR not Roar
sure you install the non-free version of RAR via Synaptic Package Manager.
Initially, I installed the free version ( unrar-free 1:0.0.1 ) but got
the following error message: -
unrar-free: invalid archive 'RenovationsSoftv1.rar': Value too large for
defined data type
when I attempted to extract files from a 6.8 GB archive.
Once I installed, and used, the non-free version ( unrar 1:188.8.131.52 ),
all was well.
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
AMD/ATI Control Center on Ubuntu
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Problems with Virtual Portals and missing Administration link - don't Google it, Wiki it
I've reproduced the problem ( or so I hope ) using WebSphere Portal 6.1 on openSuSE 11 ( it may or may not important, but I've recreated the customer's environment by installing two instances on the same application server, and securing both against OpenLDAP ).
After some digging around, I've resolved my problem ( and, I hope, my customer's problem ), thanks to the nice people who maintain the WebSphere Portal Family Wiki here.
The specific article ( WebSphere Portal 6.1 Admin Installation Virtual Portal Initialization ) describes how the problem occurs ( on instances where one installs WebSphere Portal in (ironically) administration mode ( a slimmed down installation with far far fewer applications and portlets ).
I, and (I'm hoping) my customer, have used this lightweight installation - it's a good way of creating a development or demonstration environment. I usually install WebSphere Portal Express 6.1 which can take 2-3 hours depending on the hardware ( bearing in mind that DB2 UDB and WCM are installed, along with a host of portlets and services ), whereas the slimmed down installation took 30-40 minutes ( on an openSuSE 11 VMware image running under my beloved Ubuntu ).
It highlighted how little I know about Virtual Portal creation - under the covers, an XMLAccess script is executed ( whereas I thought it was Harry Potter at work ). It transpires that the XMLAccess script neglects to add the Administration link to the theme of the newly created VP ). The article provides an updated script which fixes the problem.
More for me to learn ..... and to find out whether this does, in fact, help my customer tomorrow ...
Cross my fingers :-)
Wiping my BlackBerry
I called Vodafone today, and they were very helpful - a courier will meet me in London on Thursday with a new device; I need to retain the SIM, battery and back cover.
I wanted to wipe my data off the phone before sending it back, but wasn't sure how to achieve this.
Thanks to some Googling, I found this which was of some use - the trick ( for my 7130v ) is, from the menu, to navigate to Settings -> Security Options -> General Settings -> Wipe Handheld. Once selected, I chose Continue and then entered the word "blackberry" to confirm.
After a few moments, the device is back to the oob defaults, prompting me to use the setup wizard, and showing the 'orrible default theme.
Let's just hope that the replacement unit does the trick ( now how can I persuade them to give me a Storm instead of a 7130v ? )
Monday, 24 November 2008
More on Mounting ( including my enthusiasm )
Despite my best intentions, nothing ever auto-mounted, and I didn't see the share on the X11 desktop ( when I bothered to start X ).
In the end, I found I needed to run: -
mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ /mnt
which would automagically mount my shared folder ( called Ubuntu ) as /mnt.
FWIW I also found the vmware-hgfsclient command which (merely) displays the shared folders by name e.g. Ubuntu in my case.
One step further forward ...
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Trouble trying to mount ...
I've chosen to run my openSuSE VMware image at runlevel 3 ( e.g. no X11 ) by changing: -
This means that mounting USB drives is a bit more difficult, as I have to remember the syntax of the mount command ( and/or use /etc/fstab ).
Therefore, although I was able to mount my NTFS-formatted Lenovo USB drive via the command mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt, I wasn't able to edit files or change file permissions.
Of course, the solution was to change my mount command to mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdc1 /mnt and ... I'm good to go.
openSuSE 11 - My First Day Out ...
Having downloaded the ISO image, I installed it into a VMware image using VMware Workstation 6.5, but wondered why I couldn't get VMware Tools to install.
Happily I found this blog post from a whizzy City dude, and my problems are over.
Apparently, SuSE have included an open-source VM tools package ( open-vm-tools-2008.04.14-21.1.i586.rpm ) which is automagically installed when the VMware image is built.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Cracked It - Web Application Integrator Portlet and WebSphere Portal 6.1
I had previously blogged about this whizzy little portlet, when I had it working with WebSphere Portal 6.0, but thought I'd hit a
I re-read the documentation, re-read a few wiki posts ( here and here ) and, eventually after patience, tea and biscuits, I got it working.
I can now use the WAI portlet to integrate other applications, such as Lotus Connections and Lotus Quickr.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Adobe Flex and WebSphere Portal
This article shall show you how the Adobe Flex SDK can be used in a Portal environment to enhance the user interface for a Portlet. It has also previously been possible to use Flex with JSR-168 Portlets and alike, but with the new Portlet 2.0 specification (JSR-286) some things have improved, such as the support for asynchronous requests, public render parameters and events. Support for the JSR-286 specification has been available in Websphere Portal since version 6.1. It will be shown what is possible with the technology combination Flex/Portlets and where the limits are. The article builds around a Flex demo Portlet example, which is available for download below.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Samba not salsa
I'm now trying to get WPF to work with WebSphere Portal 184.108.40.206 beta, which is running in a SuSE VMware image on the same box.
Therefore, I need to map a virtual drive from my host Ubuntu OS to my guest SuSE VM. I ended up using Samba to facilitate this ( although I could have used NFS which would be a more Unix-friendly approach ).
In short, I needed to set up Samba to share the /opt folder from SuSE ( this is the directory structure within which WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal are installed ). I chose to do this as root (!) so added the following to /etc/samba/smb.conf: -
path = /opt
write list = root
browseable = yes
read only = no
However, before I could go any further, I needed to install the Samba client software onto Ubuntu using the following command: -
sudo aptitude install -y smbfs
( although I could have also used Synaptic Package Manager or similar ).
I then "simply" mounted the Samba share from Ubuntu using the command: -
sudo mount -t smbfs //172.16.17.132/WAS /mnt/was -o username=root,rw
Once I'd entered my root password (!), I was good to go.
With thanks to a couple of other sites: -
Ubuntu - it actually rocks :-)
IBM WebSphere Portal Version 6.1 Tuning Guide
Friday, 7 November 2008
VMware Workstation 6.5 on Ubuntu 8.10 - Good but keyboard no go
In essence, there's a missing VMware configuration file that needs to get popped into the user's home VMware directory ( ~/.vmware ).
This saved my life ( metaphorically speaking )
This caused DB2 UDB to stop working because the local wpdb2ins user was no longer available. There was a bunch of errors on boot, including SQL1022C which (wrongly) implies that DB2 is running out of memory ( even on a 3 GB machine ).
I've done a more full job of writing this up as a PDF ( can share if needed ), but Vivek's blog post saved the day.
Customising Lotus Quickr Services for Lotus Domino
Customizing themes in IBM Lotus Quickr services for IBM Lotus Domino 8.1
Customizing Lotus Quickr Wiki
Sunday, 2 November 2008
My thoughts about the BBC and the most recent events ...
I remember reading that there was going to be some kind of tie-up between the BBC and Canonical.
Well, I'd like to report that all is well; I should be able to play BBC iPlayer content via the Totem movie player, as per this and this.
Sadly, it's not quite that simple; I end up seeing: -
The program 'totem' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)'.
(Details: serial 46 error_code 11 request_code 140 minor_code 19)
(Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
when I attempt to access some content e.g. Radio 5 Live via the BBC playlist within Totem.
A quick dig around the 'net showed that this was some kind of memory issue or conflict between Totem, the ATI graphics card in my Thinkpad T60p and the Compiz plugin.
And, by the way, this is all the latest stuff .................
Still, mustn't grumble .............. oh well, just a bit. Grumble Grumble Grumble Mutter Mutter Darned Stoopid Totem Doh!
More post-Ubuntu 8.10 changes
Enabling application installation ( so that I can install the Catbox plugin )
Edited /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/rcp/plugin_customization.ini and added: -
Enabling file transfer via the integrated Sametime client
Edited /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/rcp/plugin_customization.ini and added: -
Improved the overall performance/perception of the client
Edited /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/rcp/eclipse/plugins/com.ibm.rcp.j2se.linux.x86_220.127.116.1180709-200808151631/jvm.properties and changed: -
( as per my earlier experiences posted here )
and ... to really really sweeten the pudding: -
Disabling the annoying beep when doing stuff in an xterm window
Opened up an xterm window and ran: -
echo "set bell-style none" >> ~/.inputrc
( thanks to Ray for the last tip )
Hah, Google has the answer, Google is my friend
I chose Connection Information from within the Network Manager applet ( the thing that shows the active network connection on the top right-hand corner of the screen ). This showed me that I was using the ath_pci driver.
I Google'd for the search string "ath_pci 8.10" and, c'est voila, the second hit was the Ubuntu 8.10 release notes here.
Specifically, the release notes contained this section: -
Wireless doesn't work after suspend with ath_pci driver
Wireless devices that use the ath_pci kernel driver, such as the Atheros AR5212 wireless card, will be unable to connect to the network after using suspend and resume. To work around this issue, users can create a file /etc/pm/config.d/madwifi containing the single line:
This will cause the module to be unloaded before suspend and reloaded on resume.
I'll try this circumvention, and report back ....
Installing and Using Ubuntu 8.10 on my Thinkpad T60p
a) Used Synaptic Package Manager to install CompizConfig Settings Manager ( search for ccsm or simple-ccsm to find it )
b) Used simple-ccsm to set the display profile to Ultimate to get the really really whizzy special effects in Compiz
c) Added http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu to Software Sources to get Open Office 3
d) Added http://packages.medibuntu.org/ to Software Sources to get Skype ( amongst other things )
e) Installed VMware Workstation 6.5 build 118166 ( as per http://www.davidmhay.co.uk/2008/10/ubuntu-810-intrepid-ibex-and-vmware.html )
f) Installed Lotus Mobile Connect 18.104.22.168 and AT&T Global Network Client 22.214.171.12400 ( having two VPN clients may just be greedy, but it's nice to have a backdoor to a backdoor )
g) Installed Lotus Notes 8.5 beta 2
Still not totally happy with my wireless after a suspend/standby, but that may be just me, as Rob didn't have similar problems on a similar T60p. Will check the drivers etc. for the wireless card.
Suspend/resume does work though, even when I close the lid on my laptop ( which could be fun if I forget ).
Right, that'll do for now ...
Friday, 31 October 2008
Good article on Newsnight - Global warming by computer
Ubuntu 8.10 ( Intrepid Ibex ) and VMware Workstation
In essence, it directed me to download a new build of VMware Workstation, build 118166, from here.
Once done, alle es goede.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Migrating from Portal Document Manager (PDM) to Quickr Document Libraries
libraries from Portal Document Manager in WebSphere Portal v6.0 ( and
below ) to Lotus Quickr in WebSphere Portal v6.1.
The article is located on the WebSphere Portal wiki here: -
Monday, 27 October 2008
More from the land of the Ibex
This is amazing, considering the fun n' games that I've had in the past with Vodafone drivers on Windows XP. Even under Hardy Heron and Gutsy Gibbon, I had to download and install "special" Vodafone drivers.
Added to this, suspend/resume *appears* to work oob ( after one test thus far ).
Right, in Starbucks for the final coffee of the day, whilst I update Facebook :-)
Intrepidly going where no one ( apart from an ibex ) has gone before ...
Seems good so far - interestingly, I had 110 MB of updates to install once I'd installed the RC code, which kinda makes sense given that the GA is due in three days time.
Network Manager seems to have improved somewhat, although it still didn't want to work with my company's LEAP wireless network. Will see how it manages when I'm back on the road later this week.
Other than, it looks pretty good - Firefox 3.0.3 installed oob, along with Evolution ( which I'm going to try and get along with as an alternative to my favourite client, Thunderbird ). Interestingly, Open Office 2.4 is still included, rather than 3.0. Again, this might be a RC vs. GA thing.
Will see whether the suspend/resume and projector support has improved and update this post later in the week.
Have just installed the beta of Notes 8.5 so am going to fire up and see if I've got any real work to do :-)
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
10-12 November Discovering the value of IBM WebSphere Portal V6.1
Web portals allow partners, employees and customers to choose their user experience, with personalized applications based on role, context,
actions, location, preferences and team collaboration needs. IBM® WebSphere® Portal software provides a composite application or business
mashup framework and the advanced tooling needed to build flexible, SOA-based solutions, as well as the unmatched scalability required by
any size organization. IBM portals also provide the ideal platform for addressing the needs of varied audiences, via accelerators that simply
‘snap-on’ and extend the capabilities of your portal implementation as needed. In addition, a wide range of IBM Business Partner
solutions and IBM services are available to further address your needs. Accelerators for WebSphere Portal help deliver business value and
faster time-to-value by addressing specific project needs.
- Business Process: An end-to-end solution comprised of electronic forms, workflows and portlets to accelerate process automation.
- Collaboration: Instant messaging, Web conferencing, team services and social networking.
- Content: End-to-end enterprise Web content management and search.
- Dashboard: Real-time, active, performance dashboards.
- Enterprise Suite: Integrated set of capabilities supports multiple portal projects. Includes Web content management, collaboration, electronic
- forms, dashboards, and rich client support.
- Learning: A portal-based solution that delivers learning resources on the desktop.
- Self-Service: Direct access to personalized self service information and transactions.
with a focus on business value and solutions, and the exciting new web 2.0 features it enables and leverages, Additional focus areas include
administration, infrastructure and development topics. Participants will receive a hands-on experience of the WebSphere Portal product as well
as the integration capabilities found in the WebSphere Product Family. This offering also shows how WebSphere Portal can be used to
implement a responsive and easy-to-use portal that has rich function delivered from the secure and scalable infrastructure of WebSphere
The objective of this session is to demonstrate how IBM WebSphere Portal allows you to customize your work environment to the needs of your
business and present content and applications in a consistent fashion. Portal gives you the ability to easily provide a highly personalized user
experience based upon the end user’s previous interactions with your portal, their personal preferences, as well as attributes from their user
profile or any other source.
[PDF] Agenda is here
20 November IBM Mashup Center - A Proof of Technology
Muddled by mashups ?
Worried by widgets ?
Feeling curious aboutfeeds ?
Puzzled by portlets ?
IBM has the answer for you – please book yourself onto this 1-day workshop at Hursley Park, near Winchester in Hampshire, which aims to answer all of your questions about the recent advances in mashup technology.
IBM Mashup Center is an exciting new offering from IBM, designed to provide both business users and IT with the key capabilities needed to quickly and easily create, share, customize, and secureEnterprise Mashups.
With this lightweight enterprise mashup environment, organisations can unlock and transform enterprise, Web, personal, and departmental information into consumable or "mashable" assets, including information feeds and widgets.
These assets can then be dynamically assembled, at-the-glass, into new applications thataddress daily business challenges, allowing organisations can reduce their application backlog and improve productivity by empowering line of business, self-service application development.
Via a series of presentations and hands-on labs, our team will take you through the product portfolio, which includes: -
Lotus Mashups delivers the browser-based assembly tooling and widget creation environment
InfoSphere MashupHub provides the data connectors and feed generation + transformation capabilities
Lotus Widget Factory a powerful widget creation environment that enables developers of all skill levels to rapidly generate widgets without coding
The workshop will also focus on the integration points between mashups ( tactical, departmental )and portals ( strategic, enterprise ), and demonstrate how mashups and widgets can be delivered via a secure role-based, personalised portal environment, using WebSphere Portal.
If so, please let me know.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
WebSphere Portlet Factory and SAP Together
that came with my copy of "ABAP Objects - An Introduction to Programming
SAP Applications" that I bought a couple of years ago.
I installed it without too much difficulty, and was able to get
WebSphere Portlet Factory to connect using the supplied jCO.jar classes.
I can retrieve a list of BAPI objects, but haven't got a clue what to do
with them, or what data to use for my input queries.
Am also trying to work out if Mini SAP also offers a SAP Business
Workplace ( SAP BW ) implementation as well.
More fun to come .... watch this space.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Updating the iPod Touch
I was getting errors 1602, 1604 and 2002, despite plugging/unplugging, booting/rebooting, installing/reinstalling etc. I'd tried most everything, but nothing seemed to work.
Last night, I cracked it - following a blog post, I temporarily disabled my Symantec Anti-Virus ( File System Auto-Protect ) and Symantec Client Firewall. This allowed me to restore the iPod to the v1.x software stack. I tried the v2.1 update again this AM, and it failed - again, I disabled firewall and anti-virus, and ..... voilá it worked.
Not sure whether I did need to disable both or one of the Symantec services, but it worked, it worked, it worked.
PS In case it helps, I'm running iTunes 126.96.36.199 on Windows XP SP2
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Lotus Notes 8 - Performance or Perception ?
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Mashups and Portals Together
More to come, including a document ........
Sunday, 5 October 2008
CWWIM0515E The 'CN=wpsadmin,O=ibm' entity is not in the scope of the 'defined' realm
I think I've done everything right, but I'm still getting: -
each time I try and log in to Mashups.
There is a corresponding message in SystemOut.log: -
CWWIM0515E The 'CN=wpsadmin,O=ibm' entity is not in the scope of the 'defined' realm.
The WAS 6.1 Information Centre refers to the message here but merely states: -
The operation cannot be performed because the specified entity is not in the scope of the realm.
Ensure that the unique name of the entity is specified correctly. If a realm name is specified in the Context object of the input object, ensure that the name is spelled correctly.
A suitable JVM could not be found
despite trying various options, including: -
update.exe -is:javahome "c:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\java\jre"
update.exe -is:javahome "c:\WebSphere\AppServer\java\jre"
In the end, I created a log file using the command: -
update.exe -is:javahome "c:\WebSphere\AppServer\java\jre" -is:log c:\foobar.txt
This log file showed a series of messages: -
Searching for Sun Java 1.4.X for Windows using path hints
Check path hint Relative C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\.\java
Verifying JVM at C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\.\java\bin\java.exe
for JVM: Sun Java 1.4.X for Windows
C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\.\java\bin\java.exe does not exist
Check path hint Relative C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\.\java\jre
Verifying JVM at C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\.\java\jre\bin\java.exe
for JVM: Sun Java 1.4.X for Windows
C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\.\java\jre\bin\java.exe does not exist
Check path hint Relative C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\..\java
Verifying JVM at C:\Lotus\Mashups\AppServer\updateinstaller\..\java\bin\java.exe
for JVM: Sun Java 1.4.X for Windows
which suggested, to me, that the fixpack installation requires JVM 1.4.X whereas I'm using JVM 1.5.0.
On further reflection, I realised that I was trying to use a WAS 6.0 Update Installer to update my WAS 6.1 instance.
Can you say "Doh" ? I bet you can ....
In the meantime, I'm downloading the correct Update Installer from here.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
IBM WebSphere Portal 6.1 Beta - NEW AND UPDATED
- WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 7.0 (toleration level support as the underlying Application server)
- IBM DB2 9.5
- Oracle 11g R1 188.8.131.52
- Windows Active Directory 2008 (excludes Application mode),
- Firefox 3 browser
- Apple Safari 3 browser
- Opera 9.5 browser (on Vista OS)
- Windows IIS 7
- Apache HTTP Server 2.2 (for use with WAS 7 environments only)
There is also a new "drop" of the Rational Application Developer V7.5 beta as well.
Please see this page for details.
****UPDATED 5 OCTOBER 2008****
Having following the link for the RAD 7.5 beta here, it's now clear that RAD 7.5 was GA as of September 30, so I guess I'll have to go and download it from the normal PPA site
****UPDATED 5 OCTOBER 2008****
Monday, 29 September 2008
Lotus Widget Factory - Setting the credentials for publishing widgets to Lotus Mashups
In short, choose Window -> Preferences and, under, Lotus Widget Factory Designer, choose Widgets and complete the Mashups Server username and Mashups Server password fields.
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Another useless error message ... this time from iTunesh
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Useful webcast by HSBC and IBM covering Portal Solutions for Retail Banks
integrating new wireless mobile device access, and remote payment
systems, to digitizing process integration, updating credit management,
risk/exposure analysis, and Internet banking delivery. WebSphere Portal
can deliver information to the appropriate users in the proper context
to support decision making, by empowering all the people in your banking
organization including customers. Tune in to the launch of the WebSphere
Portal Banking Initiative, and learn from IBM and from customer use
cases how WebSphere Portal addresses the needs of retail banks today.
Presented by: John Armistead, Head of Core Systems, HSBC; Larry Bowden,
VP Portals and Mashups, IBM
BBC Radio 4 on Ubuntu
However, this morning, I did the whole thing in far less time, thanks in part to James Cridland's blog here.
Whilst I didn't have a lot of success with the Real Player and Helix, given that I'm using Firefox 3.0.1. However, there was one very useful posting here: -
Mark said at July 1st, 2008 at 8:11am
I’m not in any way a hacker so I don’t know how good this method is, but rather than installing yet another media player I’ve made files
VLC can use;I’ve uploaded the files; You can download them from http://www.tupple.net/radio/ I’ve done BBC1,2,3 and 4 and open any of them with vlc. It sometimes takes a few seconds to connect.
I skipped to the chase and opened up VLC ( goodness, I love that little player on Windows *AND* Linux ), and opened the MMS URL for Radio 4: -
mms://wmlive-acl.bbc.co.uk/wms/radio4/radio4_nb_e1s2?BBC-UID=74a7c929ba1d1db781e46027205005eb90d10a7f1040912444dfe8117ceae58f_n&SSO2-UID=Not sure who Tupple is but .... thanks !
I've now gone really librarian poo, and created a link to VLC with the above URL ( and have even added the BBC Radio 4 logo to boot ).
Hey, I'm happy ( and drinking coffee ) - what else can I say ?
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Cracked ? Suspend/Resume on Thinkpad T60p using Ubuntu "Hardy Heron" 8.04
After some Googling, I made a few changes to /etc/default/acpi-support - from: -
Of all the changes, the DOUBLE_CONSOLE_SWITCH one appeared to do the trick, but it may well be a combination of all four.
When I suspend, I use the [FN][F4] combination, rather than that the Gnome Log Out button.
I'll keep playing and see how consistent the "fix" is......
Friday, 19 September 2008
Nokia 6021, PC Sync and Notes 8.5
Force PC Suite to use specific notes.ini
In essence, I created a new registry key called notesini under [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Nokia\PCSync\Settings] pointing PC Sync at NOTES.INI as follows: -
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
How's about this for a name - IBM WebSphere Portal Widget Portlet
personalized, and managed access to widgets that are compliant with the
iWidget Specification, thus extending the existing capabilities of
WebSphere Portal to provide flexible integration with web components,
independent of their technology. With the IBM WebSphere Portal Widget
Portlet, users can leverage widgets on their portal pages side by side
with portlets, Gadgets or other web components, enabling the creation of
portal-based mashups tailored to the situational requirements of an
Using IBM Websphere Portal Widget Portlet, an end user can view a
predefined widget, modify its preferences in the widget's edit mode, or
even select a widget from the Lotus Mashups toolbox, the IBM Mashup
Center catalog, or any other widget providing server for display on a
portal page. The user's level of flexibility can be controlled by an
Administrator who can configure the portlet to suit the user's
requirements and also manage the access to the widgets by using
WebSphere Portal's fine grained access control.
IBM WebSphere Portal Widget Portlet Editor (part of the package) can be
used by Administrators to conveniently provide a set of predefined
widgets to the portal users. Administrators can control access and
permissions for widgets in portal. Based on their level of permissions,
users can drag and drop these widgets from the portlet palette to their
portal pages like any other portlet..."
I have yet to download the portlet, but am advised that there should be
two WAR files within the downloadable ZIP file; one WAR is for WebSphere
Portal 6.0 ( and uses the Java Standard Portlet API 1.0 aka JSR 168 ),
the other WAR is for WebSphere Portal 6.1 ( and uses the Java Standard
Portlet API 2.0 aka JSR 286 )
More error message funnery
I've seen this three or four times when I try and send an email.
This has started appearing since I got PCSync working with Notes 8.5 - not sure if that's a coincidence or not. I've run NCOMPACT and NFIXUP on my mail file, and we'll see if it recurs.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Synchronising my Nokia 6021 with Lotus Notes 8.5 beta 2
I really need to have my Notes contacts and calendar available to me on my phone, as I'm on the road a lot, and cannot always afford the time to power up the Thinkpad.
Therefore, I re-visited the Nokia PC Suite again - this time I downloaded v184.108.40.206: -
and installed it on my Windows XP partition ( note to self; find Linux alternative )
Having hooked it up to my phone and to my Notes mail file ( local replica ) and address book, I dived in for a sync.
Hmmmm, the first issue that I saw was that it wouldn't sync with my mailfile whilst Notes was open: -
showing the message: -
"This database is currently in use by another person or process, and cannot be accessed at this time"
Now I recognise that as a Lotus Notes error, but am 100% sure that I've done this before. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
The simplest solution was "merely" to shut down Notes, and carry on.
However, things didn't proceed nicely; I then started seeing "PC Sync has encountered a problem and has terminated the synchronisation" as it read through my Notes calendar. I proved this by successfully synchronising my contacts in isolation.
I faffed around for a while ( even returned to a previous solution I'd used before by deleting C:\Documents and Settings\hayd\Application Data\Nokia\PCSync\SynchData ) but to no avail.
In the end, I found the solution/circumvention - syncronise the calendar and contacts separately; it seems that PCSync "chokes" with too much data if you try and do both at the same time.
Hey, it's not elegant but c'est la vie ....
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
WebSphere User Group
Sitting in the hotel atm dosing up on coffee before I head out into the rain. Briefly met some colleagues/partners for a drink last night, but wimped out after a few beers, as my bed was calling me.
Should be a good day today - a lot of good speakers, IBMers and real people :-)
Although I'm a portal guy ( and, therefore, kinda bonded to Lotus ), there's a lot of overlap; WebSphere Portal is a WebSphere-based product within the Lotus Brand; it runs on WebSphere Application Server and, therefore, aspects such as performance, security, web services support etc. are relevant. In addition, Mashups are coming around the corner as tactical/prototyping tools, so there's an obvious WebSphere link there also ( along with other bits of IBM software ).
In addtion, it's a good learning opportunity, and a chance to meet/greet people ( and, as importantly, enjoy a stroll around one of my favourite cities ).
Right, one more slurp and I need to hit the street ....
Monday, 15 September 2008
Mashups and Portals
widgets, iWidgets etc. in the context of my first(ish) love, portals.
Will post more when I get it totally sorted, but it's looking good so far.
The one thing that I did prove this weekend is that Lotus Widget Factory
can produce widgets, which can be exported as .MODEL files directly into
WebSphere Portlet Factory. Think of LWF as a sub-set of the WPF
capabilities.Once imported, it's a simple matter of removing/disabling
the Widget Adapter and replacing it with a Portlet Adapter.
The other thing that I'd learnt ( at the Lotus TechJam ) is that I can
produce a mashup using Lotus Mashups - think of this as a simple(ish)
way to integrate data from various sources, perform a certain amount of
normalization, parse data into the right formats and then expose the
mashup as an ATOM feed .... which I can then consume using Lotus Widget
Factory or, in theory, using WebSphere Portlet Factory's REST Services
As I say, these are interesting but exciting times ..... watch this space.
Friday, 12 September 2008
Another fine example of an error message ....
Notes at its most literal ....
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit 2008
to follow ....
Monday, 8 September 2008
Busy, Busy, Busy
the country; Leeds on Thursday, Edinburgh on Friday, Aberdeen on
Saturday, home on Sunday, Devizes on Monday. Off to London tomorrow ......
Had some great client experiences in the past few days, and have learnt
shed-loads as always.
More stuff to follow ........
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Upgrading Lotus Quickr Services for Lotus Domino 8.1 to Hotfix 19
In the end, I went with: -
- Install Lotus Domino 8.0.1
- Start the server to perform the initial configuration, allocate an administrative user ( domadmin ), load the HTTP task etc.
- Stop the server
- Install Lotus Quickr Services for Lotus Domino 8.1 ( I opted to use the same user ID - domadmin - and password for the Quickr installation, even though my first act would be to configure it to use Domino Directory )
- Start the server
- Open a browser to the default Quickr home page: -
- Log in using the domadmin user ID and password
- Configure Quickr to use Domino Directory
- Log out
- Stop the server
- Copy 8.1-Quickr-Domino-HF19-ENGLISH.jar to C:\Lotus\Domino\jvm\lib\ext
- Add C:\Lotus\Domino to the Windows system path
- Execute the JAR file and point it at the notes.ini file in C:\Lotus\Domino
- Once installed, start the server
- Unlock and upgrade the Quickr databases: -
load qptool unlock –a
load qptool upgrade -f –server
load qptool upgrade -f –a
- Job done
as well as in the page source: -
Using the Lotus Quickr sidebar in Lotus Notes 8.5 beta 2
As many of you will be aware, the public beta for Notes/Domino 8.5 kicked off last month, and many of us will be running Notes 8.5 as our main clients from now on (yes I know, it's beta code...).
One of the downsides of doing just that is that the Quickr connectors were not supported in this new client release. However, as part of Quickr/Domino Hot Fix 11, there is a new version of the connectors that slots into the 8.5 beta client.
Just head over to IBM Fix Central to grab the download.
Stu acknowledges Bram Withaar for the tip, and I'm acknowledging Stu for helping me find Bram which helped me find the hotfix .................... did I also mention that I found Stu via Matt Newton's internal blog post ??
Monday, 1 September 2008
WebSphere Application Server Admin Console
console can be accessed via: -
whereas the HTTP servlet container can be accessed via: -
Friday, 29 August 2008
WUG 2008 - Will You Be There ?
For further information, go here and check out the agenda.
IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5 Beta 2
for the full details, and here: -
for the download code, and here: -
for details of the release notes.
Lotus Notes 8.5 beta 2
He's not yet got around to hooking it up to live TV, and is considering a Freesat adapter as his next purchase. He's already added a USB/SATA docking station, which allows him to simply plug in new SATA drives without a huge amount of reconfiguration - he paid about £50 for ~500 GB, which is pretty neat.
So what's this got to do with Mythbuntu ?
Well, I decided to have another dabble with PC/TV combinations, having bought a Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T USB 2.0 nadger last year ( and not really got into it in a big way ). Not wanting to invest much money at this time ( credit has crunched ), I decided to use my 4-year-old AMD Athlon64 monster ( transparent case, lights, fans, 4 GB RAM etc. called ORAC ).
I'd also tried ( and failed ) to get MythTV working on SuSE 9 last year, but had come across Mythbuntu on a random wander across the 'net.
I went here and downloaded Mythbuntu 8.04.1 ( which, quelle surprise, is based upon Ubuntu 8.0.4 "Hardy Heron" ) as a ~500 MB ISO image, cut it to CD, and installed it onto ORAC with little or no configuration.
Having done this, I fired it up, plugged in the Nova-T and ...... nowt.
Sadly, I had to do a little more configuration. Happily, I didn't need to recompile my kernel or use VI ( like Marmite, it's a love/hate thing ) to manipulate a whole bunch of shell scripts and CONF files.
This page on the MythTV wiki helped a lot.
In essence, I opened a console, cleared the message log ( sudo dmesg -c ) and then plugged in the Nova-T. When I checked the message log ( sudo dmesg ), I saw a series of messages which indicated that I was missing a firmware file for the device.
I needed to download a firmware file ( dvb-usb-nova-t-usb2-02.fw ), and finally found it here, thanks to Google. I placed this in the /lib/firmware directory, and unplugged/plugged the Nova-T. This time, sudo dmesg showed me that the device was now working.
I had to do some fiddling around with the MythTV back-end configuration, and will post more details about.
However, at the moment, I can watch live TV via Freeview without any major problems - I get a good picture, and can receive all of the Freeview channels. I've also recorded a few snippets of TV ( some inadvertently ) and seem to be able to record one channel whilst watching another ( which is nice ).
PS I didn't use this but it looks quite good.
Friday, 22 August 2008
Lotus Notes 8.0.2 - Looking Good, Coming Soon
- Significant improvements in launch time, both from a first launch and a subsequent launch
- Changes to the start-up sequence (which contributes to the above)
- Reduction in the overall memory footprint (please note, this does not change our recommended system requirements) -> Lotus Notes 8.0.2 - Detailed system requirements
- Inclusion of Office 2007 file viewers
- iNotes Ultralite - browser-based e-mail specifically designed for the Apple iPhone interface and accessed thru the iPhone or iPod touch's Safari browser
- Performance improvements for Domino running on IBM System i
Searching with Domino Web Access 8.0.1
Then I realized that I needed to set the Enable full-text indexing for searching flag in my mail file preferences: -
Once done, here's the search bar: -
Thursday, 21 August 2008
QS4LD Hotfix 19 - Lessons Learnt
Having downloaded HF19 as a JAR file, I did the usual (l)user thing of simply double-clicking on the JAR; saw a nice GUI but not much more.
In the end, I actually read the readme and realized that: -
(a) I hadn't copied the JAR to \Lotus\Domino\jvm\lib\ext
(b) I hadn't added \Lotus\Domino to my system path
Once I did both these things, I was able to double-click on the JAR and perform the installation which, after a couple of minutes, ended successfully with: -
PS The thing that finally triggered me actually reading the readme was the error: -
at java.lang.String.contains(Unknown Source)
at lotus.domino.NotesThread.run(Unknown Source)
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Plugging someone else's stuff for a chance - KeyText - does what it says on the ...... website
If you need it, buy it here.
PS Did I mention that the authors, MJMSoft, are based in not-so-sunny-when-I-flew-in-this-AM Edinburgh ? Well, I just did ...
Open Mic Call - Using Lotus Quickr Connectors in Lotus Quickr Services for Lotus Domino ( or, as I call it, LQS4LD or QS4LD )
The Open Mic call will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. GMT). The call will last 60 minutes. Please dial into the call 5 minutes before the scheduled start.
This conference call is designed to be an open question and answer format, so bring your questions. There will be no formal presentation.
More details here ... with more about the Open Mics (!) calls here.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Domino Web Access ( aka iNotes ), Sametime Standard and Firefox together
Enable the Domino Web Access Contact List client for Mozilla Firefox
Simply put, I needed to add the line: -
to NOTES.INI and restart the Domino server.
Once done, all works like a dream.
PS Am using Domino 8.0.1, Sametime 8.0 and Notes 8.0.1 on WinXP
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Unread email indicator in a WebSphere Portal Theme
WebSphere Portal Theme Development with a focus on REST services Webcast - 4 September 2008
See here for details.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Lotus TechJam II - The Agenda - Tuesday 2 September 2008 @ IBM Staines
team of Lotus technical experts from the UK and Europe.
- General Lotus Update - the technical vision
- Websphere Portal - a view from the Boeblingen Labs
- Mainsoft - Lotus and Microsoft SharePoint Coexistence
- Lotus Connections - Under the hood
- UC2 Demo - linking Sametime with VoIP
- Mashups - what the heck is it? How can it help me?
Here's the invitation
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
DB2 tuning for WCM JCR v6 database
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
What's Coming in Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5
Monday, 4 August 2008
IBM's gone wiki-d - Welcome to the WebSphere Portal family wiki
Want to see more ? Well, go here.
Interim Fixes for WebSphere Portal 6.1
Abstract: For Fixing Incomplete/partial policy value sets in case path is not found in cache
Fix name: 220.127.116.11-WP-Multi-IFPK67104
Abstract: Authentication problems
Fix name: 18.104.22.168-WP-Multi-IFPK68184
Abstract: Theme Policy Tracing needs improvement
All available from Fix Central.
Agenda for Lotus TechJam is confirmed (ish)
- General Lotus Updates e.g. Notes 8.0.2 and 8.5, Symphony, OSX, Linux, iPod / iPhone and DWA ( iNotes )
- WebSphere Portal - from the labs
- Mainsoft - from Microsoft to Lotus
- Lotus Sametime and Telephony Integration
- Connections - from the labs
- Lotus Mashups and Composite Applications
More to follow .....
Friday, 1 August 2008
Cumulative Fix for IBM Lotus Web Content Management 6.1 is here ....
IBM has released a cumulative fix ( aka iFix or PK68139) for WCM 6.1,
which fixes a number of issues around syndication, migration and
versioning. It also wraps up a number of existing WCM APARs ( Authorized
Program Analysis Report, in case you were wondering.
It can be downloaded from Fix Central here: -
Bundles of fun with VMware Workstation
days ago, meaning that I needed to go back to VMware.com and download a
more recent version. During the process, I pulled down a so-called bundle: -
-rw-r--r-- 1 hayd hayd 345935635 2008-08-01 07:42
This left me thinking "Hmm, how do I install this puppy as it's not a
normal executable file".
It actually proved to be a pretty painless process - it turns out that
the bundle is actually packaged with its own installation script, so I
"merely" needed to run: -
$ sudo sh VMware-Workstation-e.x.p-99530.i386.bundle
as per: -
Hardy does Java
However, I found two very useful documents that helped me with the installation: -
WebSphere Application Server Community Edition Documentation Project - Installing a server
IBM - Ubuntu-specific installation instructions for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition
For me, the trick was to download the full-fat version of WASCE which includes the IBM Java2 SDK: -
and then convert it using Alien: -
$ sudo alien ibm-java2-i386-sdk-5.0-2.0.i386.rpm
and then install it using Dpkg: -
$ sudo dpkg -i ibm-java2-i386-sdk_5.0-3_i386.deb
Spent most of the week talking about, and showing, WebSphere Portal ( 6.0 and 6.1 ) and also WebSphere Portlet Factory 6.1. Learnt a few lessons ( using WPF eventing to have one portlet trigger a SQL query/report in another portlet using a drop-down selection box ).
Just downloading an updated VMware Workstation 6.5 beta, as the license key on the earlier beta had expired :-(
Am also going to look at VirtualBox as time allows .........
Ah well, carpe diem, tempus fugit, drinkus coffeeus .............. next problem - how do I get from my hotel to Starbucks in the rain without a jacket or an umbrella ......
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
BlackBerry 7130v - The Lurv Is Gone
but I cannot love the 7130v. After two months of persistence, tears and
a H*U*G*E volume of dropped calls and simple fade-out, I've reverted
back to my trusty Nokia 6021.
Switching the Vodafone SIM to the Nokia was pain-free, and I was able to
participate in an hour-long conference call with no dropped connection;
the call quality did fade at one point but I simply walked from one side
of the house to the other ( interestingly switching telephone STD codes
during the process ).
Will need to download and re-discover the joys of the Nokia sync.
process with Lotus Notes, but c'est la vie.
Sorry, BlackBerry, I did try - perhaps another phone would've done it
for me, but the affair is over.
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Problems with Windows Update - SORTED
As always, Google had the answer, Google is my friend. I dug around and found this: -
In essence, after installing Service Pack 3, there seems to be a problem with the module C:\Windows\System32\Wups2.dll.
It's necessary to re-associate this module with C:\Windows\System32\Regsvr32.
Once done, Windows Update runs without problems.
Now isn't it nice when stuff (almost) works.
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Ding Ding, Round 2 - Lotus TechJam! - Tuesday 2 September 2008 @ IBM Staines
This will be a technical session, aimed at technical people or, in the words of the invitation, those who are: -
* Nuts about Notes
* Salivating about Sametime
* Quackers about Quickr
* Potty about Portal
* Confident about Composite Applications
* Excited by Expeditor
* Caught by Connections
or simply Wowed by Widgets
Let me know :-)
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
WebSphere Portlet Factory on Linux ........... wooo, my life just got a whole lot better
Well, one more obstacle has been removed with the recent release of WebSphere Portlet Factory 6.1.
It's worth noting that IBM does not formally support WebSphere Portlet Factory on Ubuntu - the two supported Linux platforms are: -
- SUSE Linux Enterprise SLED 10
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux release 5.1
In my particular case, I'm using WebSphere Dashboard Framework (WDF), which extends WebSphere Portlet Factory (WPF) with a set of dashboarding capabilities, including my favourite - the Summary and Drilldown builder.
I went to the software catalogue, and searched for WebSphere Dashboard Framework. This returned: -
IBM WebSphere Dashboard Framework 6.1 Multiplatform Multilingual eAssembly (CR5PMML)
which contained: -
IBM WebSphere Dashboard Framework 6.1 Multiplatform Multilingual (C13T6ML)
Date posted 30-Jun-2008
IBM WebSphere Dashboard Framework 6.1 Linux Installer Multilingual (C1J1FML)
Date posted 03-Jul-2008
and downloaded the latter as C1J1FML.zip.
It's worth noting that the Linux version is way smaller than its Windows counterpart, because IBM does not package Eclipse or WebSphere Application Server Community Edition with the Linux download.
Therefore, I needed to download and install Eclipse 3.3.2 before proceeding.
I made a few mistakes here; I used Synaptic Package Manager which installed a slimmed down version of Eclipse, which didn't include the necessary Java development tools.
In the end, I downloaded: -
from here: -
I then extracted Eclipse into /opt/eclipse: -
tar -xvzf eclipse-jee-europa-winter-linux-gtk.tar.gz
Once this was done, I extracted the WDF ZIP file into /tmp to find two files: -
The .bin file should be an executable file - in my case, ls -al WDF.bin returns: -
-rw-r--r-- 1 hayd hayd 219263608 2008-06-22 22:59 WDF.bin
which meant that I had to change the file attributes to make it so: -
chmod +x WDF.bin
ls -al WDF.bin
-rwxr-xr-x 1 hayd hayd 219263608 2008-06-22 22:59 WDF.bin
before I could execute it: -
Preparing to install...
Extracting the JRE from the installer archive...
Unpacking the JRE...
Extracting the installation resources from the installer archive...
Configuring the installer for this system's environment...
The GUI installer is pretty simple, and merely asks for two locations; one for WPF ( /opt/IBM/WebSpherePortletFactory ) and one for Eclipse ( /opt/eclipse ).
I've taken screenshots of these, and will upload them when I get some time.
Having completed the installation, I was able to use WPF/WDF to create a project, model etc.
My next challenge is to install WAS CE or similar as a J2EE runtime/test environment.
More to follow ...........
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