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.


Thu 30 Oct 2008, 12:10 AM
Leave aside the question of who would be a better President, who would be a stronger leader, who would have policies that would help or hurt or whatever...

Imagine various candidates over the years magically handed a half-hour opportunity, six days before an election, to share their vision, uninterrupted and with full production values, to the entire country.

Imagine Ronald Reagan painting an optimistic picture of America as in the Shining City Upon A Hill.  Imagine Bill Clinton describing the hopes and fears of ordinary Americans as in I Still Believe In A Place Called Hope.  Imagine Abraham Lincoln giving voice to our underlying spirit as in his Gettysburg address.  Imagine Franklin D. Roosevelt bolstering a scared and beleaguered American public with the Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  Imagine Harry Truman rousing the populace as in his whistle-stop Give them hell speech.

Now imagine if John McCain had been handed this opportunity yesterday, no strings attached, with the production team, the money to produce it, all his current advisors available to help him create it.  Imagine John McCain given free reign to paint any picture he wanted, create the ultimate "game changer", put his vision in front of the American people.  Again, leave aside the question of who would be a better President, etc.  No matter what your political beliefs, just imagine that half hour.  Then go look at the polls and see if they make sense to you.

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Tue 28 Oct 2008, 10:16 AM
Another day, another Two Minute Demo, this time showing how CoexEdit 2.1 uses shared toolbars in web editing when using our customized FCKeditor 2.6.3.  These tool bars allow you far greater control over the UI of the web editing session, and allow you to conserve space when using multiple rich text fields.

Click on the image below to view the demo:


Shared toolbars in CoexEdit 2.1

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Mon 27 Oct 2008, 03:13 PM
Time for another Two Minute Demo, this time showing "wiki links" in both the Notes client and the web browser.  For our purposes, a wiki link is a link to either an existing document or a document which we might want to create.  All that it takes is putting the name of the document (usually the Subject, but any field will work) in double parentheses, like ((Some document)).  When saved, this will become a link hotspot to that document.  If the document does not exist, the link will become an action hotspot to create the document.  Wiki links have proven to be very popular and powerful, as they allow the content provider to add links without menu commands.  To further facilitate that, CoexEdit also offers quick link shortcuts as part of the wiki link logic, so ((http://www.ibm.com|IBM)) becomes IBM.  Watch the final slide in the demo for a few other options.

Click on the image below to view the demo:


Wiki links in CoexEdit

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Fri 24 Oct 2008, 02:44 PM
I voted todayMy wife and I went down to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to vote.  It was quite exciting.  A couple of blocks before we got there, there were signs for overflow parking for the Board of Elections, so we went into a parking garage and had to circle a couple of times to find a space because that parking lot, and every other overflow lot from what I can tell, was packed.  We were about worried about how long the lines might be, but the polling area was a masterpiece of efficiency with about 100 polling stations and people there to help through each step.  We were probably there about an hour total, but given the incredible number of people voting, I think we got off lucky.

I find it a thrill to vote every election, but I do feel especially enthusiastic this year.  I have never voted early before, but I am glad I did, as I am now free to work at a polling station on Election Day.

If you are an American citizen, have you voted yet?


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Fri 24 Oct 2008, 07:56 AM
Back in February, we announced that all product pricing for Genii Software products would be shown in three currencies, the U.S. Dollar, the Euro and the British Pound.  Yesterday, we went back to U.S. Dollar pricing and put "Call for quote" under all the euro and British pound pricing.  The fluctuations in the currencies in recent weeks have made it impossible to keep up and provide fair and stable pricing.  We could have chosen either fair or stable, but not both.  We hope to get back to posted prices in all three currencies, but world events may make this difficult for a while.  Of course, we are still happy to extend an official quote in any of the three currencies, or most other currencies, for that matter.

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Tue 21 Oct 2008, 09:52 PM
CoexEdit Version 2.1 is ready for release, and it is a doozy.  While I am still polishing up the documentation and adding voice-overs on some of the "two minute videos", I thought I'd post the feature list so you all know why I think it has been worth the wait.

Features in CoexEdit 2.1 (some features released to specific customers earlier):
  • Integration of FCKeditor 2.6.3
  • Improved support for "accessible tables"
  • Support for shared toolbars in FCKeditor
  • Editor-in-database now fully supported
  • Enhanced "wiki links" functionality
  • Enhanced memory management
  • Improved attachment icon handling
  • More robust exception handling
  • Enhanced support for anchor links
  • Better recognition of default CSS styles
  • Supports IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome and Camino browsers


Along with all the small tidy-ups and bug-fixes and such that come along with every new version, this is quite a big set of features for a "minor" version, but the CoexEdit community has grown and grown, and with it the support and feature requests have grown and grown as well.  We have been listening and incorporating this excellent feedback, and should really have a version that will suit the masses.  So, come and get it (and keep up all the great feedback so Version 2.2 can be just as exciting)!

Update #1:  Click on the image below to view the way we customized FCKeditor to allow you to set column and row headers on a table, and how the changes are reflected in the Notes client as well, thus supporting screen readers in both Notes and in web browsers.

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