Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Fri 17 Apr 2015, 11:46 AM
Even when your language is read right-to-left as with Hebrew or Arabic and your tabs on your tabbed table are on the right, the text in those tabs have meaning, but when a tabbed table is sent with standard Notes cllient MIME rendering, the tabs are lost along with other relevant features. With CoexLinks Fidelity, you get a rendering which makes sense. See if you can find all the differences (aside from the tabs being missing).
 
You can try CoexLinks Fidelity just by requesting an evaluation license, installing the software, adding a few lines to the NOTES.INI and restarting the server. No other changes needed, but the improvement is irreplaceable. 
 


 
 


 
 


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Thu 16 Apr 2015, 12:08 PM
I own a business. I sell software, not judgment. 
 
It should hardly need to be said, but in this day and age it seems to be necessary. I will sell my software to anybody with money to buy it, be they gay or straight (cis) or bi or transgender, Muslim or Hindu or Atheist or Christian or Wiccan or Jewish or Druid, tall or short or adverse to relative measurements, in Brazil or Russia or the U.S. or Finland, hyperconservative or bleeding heart liberal, pro-whatever or anti-whatever else.
I'm not noble. It's just all about the money. I'm a capitalist, from a time when that actually meant something different than one who sidles up to the public trough and tries to shove the actually needy aside. If you feel the slightest hesitation about buying my software, I hope it is due to the price or functionality or something like that. It should never be because you worry about my judgment of you. That is sheer idiocy.

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Tue 14 Apr 2015, 01:42 PM
As a follow up to my post on attachment icons in the web-based IBM Discussion database, one customer asked about Cyrillic attachment names and tabbed tables. This brief one minute demo shows those in the standard Discussion database, though AppsFidelity will support the same functionality with both Classic and XPage custom databases.
 
You can try out AppsFidelity 3.1 for yourself. Request an evaluation license today.
 
Best viewed in HD. Closed captions are provided for following in English or improved auto-translation.
 
 

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Tue 14 Apr 2015, 07:10 AM
One of the most requested and most popular features of AppsFidelity is such a small thing, yet difficult enough to manage that IBM has never added it despite customer requests from some very large customers. Simply put, file attachments on the web should show the way they do in Notes, in the place where a user put them. In this very brief demo, I show how AppsFidelity 3.1 not only puts the file icons where they below, it also allows you to edit the document and save it, still preserving this relationship in both Notes and on the web. Of course, some customers don't even need the editing, but simply want the years of documents created in Notes to display as they should (high fidelity rendering) and file attachments to display where they should (placement).
 
Best of all, this functionality can be added to most XPages apps without any design changes at all. The IBM Discussion database template is recognized automatically, and adding other templates requires a simple switch in the NOTES.INI. Of course, Classic apps work just as well, though they may require a few simple changes to the design.
 
You can try out AppsFidelity 3.1 for yourself. Request an evaluation license today.
 
Best viewed in HD. Closed captions will be provided shortly., though the majority of the impact is visual.
 
 
 
As a reminder, AppsFidelity is a superset of the old CoexEdit, as shown in the roadmap I published a little while back.
 


 
Coming soon: AppsFidelity 3.1 -  файловые вложения

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Mon 23 Mar 2015, 10:29 AM
A lot has been written about IBM Verse, positive and negative. Some articles and posts have applauded or derided technical details. Others have focused on social aspects and whether IBM Verse is properly engineered for different sizes and styles of organizations. Still more have focused on the competitive aspects, and whether IBM is capable of going up against Google's Gmail/Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 365.
 
But the questions I have are perhaps higher level.
 
#1) Do those of us in the IBM Partner community believe in Verse and want it to succeed? 
 
Mind you, I don't think this is a given, but am genuinely curious. Many of us have been deeply entrenched with IBM for a long time, and many of us have also been burned by IBM. So, aside from the horse race questions and the questions of what others will think, what do we think and want? Whether you are a naysayer or supporter for other reasons, would you want to support, sell and work with Verse if it were a success, regardless of whether you think that is likely? If not, the other two questions doesn't matter much. IBM won't succeed  without its community behind it.
 
#2) If the answer to #1 is Yes, what could we do to help make it happen?
 
Again, this is not an easy question. The raw truth is that IBM sucks at marketing and sucks at doing the things that make a new product easy to migrate to. It is inevitable that they will make missteps and cringeworthy ads and offer terrible tools to integrate with other products or allow people to migrate contacts in and out, or any of the standard things that one might hope for. So, if we do support it, and we do want it to succeed (again, an open question), what could we do knowing that IBM will drop the ball and do many things wrong? How hard would it be for us to write a better import for contacts? How much would it help if we picked up the ball with integration? I know we shouldn't have to do those things, but realistically, we might have to if there is to be a chance of this succeeding. The answer to this question could also be that nothing we could do would be enough. In that case, question #3 is moot.
 
#3) If between IBM and the partner community, we somehow pulled out a success, would IBM be able and willing to support it?
 
We can do a lot, but there's only so much we can do. We can build the tools that IBM should have, make the integrations we would hope IBM would have, craft the message that IBM can't seem to craft. But when all is said and done, Verse will only work if IBM actually supports it and its customers. If IBM wants to go straight from introduction phase to cash cow phase without ever going through the customer building and retention phase, the product is dead on arrival, and I fear that could be the case. I hope not, but there is little point in questions #1 and #2 if #3 is No.
 

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Mon 9 Feb 2015, 11:57 AM
In any language, fidelity matters, especially when the loss of fidelity includes the loss of important information. Even if you don't read German, you can see that the section titles are lost and large amounts of space left in their places with standard Traveler. Note, this is a different issue than the loss of section titles with the Notes client rendering which are totally lost. In this case, they simply don't appear because the text is white on a dark background and the section background is lost, though the effect is similar to the reader.
 
What may not be obvious to those who don't read German is that this is the announcement of a merger, and the names of the companies in the merger are only included in the headlines... which are not visible to the recipient without CoexLinks Fidelity.  The simple message is, fidelity matters in every language, and CoexLinks Fidelity can make it happen for you. Request an evaluation license and see for yourself.
 
 

 
 
 
 

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