Webapplications
PermaLink Social networks08.08.2006 00:00
I started to work with social network applications on the web and focused on openBC first as it seems to be quite common here where I live. After some days I can say that:
  • the free account is about unusable and the premium account seems to be far too expensive
  • The Lotus Notes integration exists but is so bad I refuse to use it and declare it bullshit
There are alternatives on the web and I would like to hear if you can recommend any of them or others.


PermaLink Skype online status14.05.2006 10:43
Skype started a new service offering the online status of a user in his skype button.
You can create your own HTML code and paste that on your site http://www.skype.com/share/buttons/wizard.html
Previously, you had to use tools like http://www.onlinestatus.org/usage.php to show the current status of your instant messaging client.
Blogsphere will use this feature in version 2.5.4


PermaLink Using Macromedia Flash with IBM Lotus Domino13.02.2006 17:08
I was looking for a way to display a random photo in a BlogSsphere Block. Instead of writing a LotusScript or Java web agent I decided to to something new (to BlogSphere) also to proof the point that you can use IBM Lotus Domino for almost everything. So I wrote a very small Macromedia Flash file which loads the list of all available photos in a xml format to randomly choose one to display.


PermaLink Getting MEDIAWIKI to send emails using a Lotus Domino Server29.12.2005 14:18
MEDIAWIKI has some functions to send emails, for example you can have MEDIAWIKI mail you a new password.
You have to set $wgEnableEmail = true; in LocalSettings.php to enable that function. By default the standard PHP mail function is being used, whatever that means, it did not work for me - I assume this is due to the fact that I have neither Sendmail nor Postfix running on my Linux server.
In LocalSettings.php you can set
$wgSMTP = array(
 "host" => 'myhost.mydomain.myTLD',
#  "IDHost" => 'domain for MessageID',
   "port" => "25",
    "auth" => false,
#     "username" => user,
#      "password" => password
      );

This will use PEAR Mail which is not included with MEDIAWIKI. On my SUSE distribution I used yast and found that "PHP Extension and Application Repository" - "php5-pear" was already installed. I was not able to start pear using "pear" in a shell but "pear5" did it.
Now I was able to install the mail component by using the pear package manager:
pear5 install Net_Socket
pear5 install Auth_SASL
pear5 install Net_SMTP
pear5 install Mail
Another test in my WIKI still failed because Mail.php was not found.
I had to edit LocalSettings.php again to change
ini_set( "include_path", ".:$IP:$IP/includes:$IP/languages" );
to
ini_set( "include_path", ".:$IP:$IP/includes:$IP/languages:/usr/share/php5/PEAR/" );
but the path may vary for other distributions.

The last part is to exclude the IP-Address of the WIKI server from all anti-relay options in Lotus Domino.


PermaLink Just released Blogsphere 2 Beta 824.07.2005 17:33
I released Blogsphere 2 Beta 8 on OpenNTF today.
As I would like to release version 2.0 as soon as possible, I ask you to test the current template and to report all bugs, including a fix if possible.
While testing, you may want to participate in writing the Blogsphere documentation using our WIKI site: http://blogsphere-wiki.protekt.or.at

Reference: About Blogsphere

PermaLink Mediawiki and reverse proxy07.05.2005 01:01
I was playing around with mediawiki, which is the engine powering wikipedia.de, and had some troubles to have it cooperate with my reverse proxy.


PermaLink Enhanced Blogsphere for Reverse Proxy users08.04.2005 23:50
I am using a reverse proxy for my own server and always got my reverse proxies Ip address instead of "real" IP addresses from visitors to my Blogsphere BLOG.


PermaLink New Rich Text Editor05.04.2005 07:31
I am currently working on a proof of concept implementation


PermaLink BlogSphere JavaScript problem with UUB code buttons in Firefox browser27.02.2005 14:37

As I was reporting here, the buttons to format selected text using the JavaScript buttons on the BlogSphere comments form did not work when using the Firefox browser.


PermaLink Speeding up BlogSphere web performance24.02.2005 16:03



PermaLink Released Open Notes Picture Database Version 1.1.429.12.2004 17:34

I just released the new version which has a HUGE set of modifications, down to field level of documents, which has been necessary to share more parts than before with BLOGSPHERE.


PermaLink Thank you very much!01.12.2004 18:28
I would like to say Thank you to Ray Davies. See his last posting on OpenNTF
Ray is not just only supporting the Open Source Community by testing and giving back valuable feedback, he is also supporting by donating money! In fact, he donated three times just for the ONPD project.


PermaLink I have three invitations to Gmail left.23.11.2004 00:15
First come, first serve.

PermaLink Release Open Notes Picture Database 1.1.216.11.2004 08:42

I just release version 1.1.2 of the Open Notes Picture Database. While the previous release supported EZThumbnail as an external application to resize images, the current release added support for ImageMagick. It's your choice which application to use as there is currently no difference in supported functions. Download is available on the ONPD release page.



PermaLink Is your company using Instant Messaging?10.11.2004 10:44

Discussing with customers about IBM Lotus Instant Messaging (SameTime) is sometimes funny when the customers representative claims that they are not using any IM solution at all and so they do not have the need to use SameTime.

There is a tool you can use to be sure what is going on in a corporate network. Download and whitepaper is available on this site: http://www.imdetector.com/ibmreseller/?sre=IML0015

 



PermaLink Open Notes Picture Database 1.1 Beta 111.10.2004 07:41

I released a daily build image of the ONPD template. This is to show you what's going on although I am not satisfied with all new features and there has to be some more testing before reaching release 1.1.


PermaLink Released BlogSphere 1.310.10.2004

You can download the template here at OpenNTF.

PermaLink BlogSphere under new management?16.08.2004 07:56

Declyn Lync developed the BlogSphere application. It is a very powerful Lotus Notes based template that is available as Open Source on OpenNTF.org.
I was using this template to develop the Open Notes Picture Database, also available on OpenNTF.org.


PermaLink A hosted Lotus Notes based picture database21.07.2004 07:17

I just found a site that hosts several kinds of Lotus Notes based databases for a monthly fee including a picture database.


PermaLink Speed improvements by tuning view settings17.06.2004 22:55

Duffbert found an issue with the previously used view properties in view used by BlogSphere as well as Open Notes Picture Database. See his post here: http://hostit1.connectria.com/twduff/home.nsf/plinks/TDUF-5ZVLCG
Making the suggested modifications really speed up the webinterface. Thanks Duffbert!


PermaLink Open Notes Picture Database Release 1.0.0 was released on OpenNTF.org21.05.2004 16:25

I am happy to announce that after some days of hard work, the new enhanced version of the Lotus Notes based Picture Database was finally released on http://www.openntf.org

Please visit the project homepage for more details and downloads:
http://www.openntf.org/projects/pmt.nsf/ProjectHome?ReadForm&Query=Open%20Notes%20Picture%20Database

PermaLink Typo3 in action18.04.2004 14:41
In addition to IBM Lotus Domino I have installed Apache on one of my servers. As a content management system I a currently evaluation Typo3 which seems to be very powerfull. You can have a look at one of my Typo3 sites here: http://worldcup.ikarus-abtenau.at

Typo3 books at AMAZON

PermaLink There are some people using my Lotus Notes based free open source picture database04.04.2004 01:16

From the sites I am aware of, I like Greggs site the most. Please have a look and visit Gregg at http://www.ginsberg.org/gallery/travel.nsf

Do you think that looking at my site at http://www.brandlehner.at/Brandlehner/c2picture.nsf there is anything to improve? I am sure there is so please let me know. I will try to implement new features to see more people use this (my) template.



PermaLink What I learned about CSS21.03.2004 22:19
... was that it is not as easy as it sounds first. While formating elements using inline CSS is quite easy, using nested CSS classes is quite complicate. Finding that some browsers have implementation bugs or different understanding of a standard makes things even more tricky.
I found that Opera browser and mozilla seem to have a good implementation while IE has some caveats.

Overall CSS has everything it needs to build a complex page without the need to use any tables! This means that the page is displayed correct on different screen resolutions!
If you want to make a deep dive into Cascaded Style Sheets by your own you may want to read this book:


PermaLink Deep dive into CSS in the Open Notes Picture Database14.03.2004 02:05
I intested all day and night to understand how this CSS stuff works in BlogSPHERE. I ignored most of the possibilities of CSS and so most CSS related stuff is not really tested in the current release. This has to change! I made some essential changes in the database and gave the website a new fresh design. But have a look at yourself:
http://www.brandlehner.at/Brandlehner/c2picture.nsf
If you like this or if you have any suggestions please let me know.

PermaLink Released OSPR version 0.4 on OpenNTF.org22.02.2004 14:23

After some hours I managed to implement some of the suggestions and enhancements I received by email and by postings on the project homepage. I will wait some days for users to report bugs before upgrading the template with even more features.

PermaLink Just released Open Notes Picture Database 0.9b26.01.2004
Feel free to download the template here: http://www.openntf.org/Projects/pmt.nsf/1af5f59bae92986c85256bae000f898c/921616eeb12b457e86256e260076a278!OpenDocument

PermaLink Released Open Notes Picture Database Version 0.9 on OpenNTF23.12.2003

This is another version of my Lotus Notes based picture database. You can find details and the current template on OpenNTF.

Please do not forget to send me the URL of your database so I can add it to the
Hall of Fame.

PermaLink Cascaded Stylesheets02.12.2003 22:50

While I was using .css files in Blogsphere and Dombulletin I was missing a deeper understanding on how to use CSS to make webapplications easier to develop. I was looking around and found a link to http://www.csszengarden.com/ where you can see what CSS manages to do. A second favorite is http://selfhtml.teamone.de/ because it is a very good reference for every situation but sorry folks, this one is in german language.

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