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IBM addresses Poodle and SHA-2 issues in new technotes

IBM has addressed SHA-2 support and the Poodle vulnerability for IBM Domino in new technotes that were released. Here are the links and info.
Technote #1418982 titled Planned SHA-2 deliveries for IBM Domino 9.1
SHA-2 support for Domino 9.x is planned to be delivered over the next several weeks via an Interim Fix.

Technote #1687167 titled How is IBM Domino impacted by the Poodle attack?
IBM intends to release Domino server Interim Fixes over the next several weeks that implement TLS 1.0 with TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV for HTTP to mitigate against POODLE. Implementing TLS 1.0 will allow browsers to still connect to Domino after they have been changed to address the POODLE attack, and Domino will protect against browsers that have been compromised by POODLE. 
IBM will provide Interim Fixes

As you can see IBM will be making interim fixes that will need to be applied to your infrastructure. This includes HTTP traffic for XPages, Traveler, IBM Connections and everything else.  Many bloggers have info on what the impacts are unpatched.
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    On Tuesday, October 21st, 2014   by Chris Miller        

CliMate Environment Tracker by Rooti review


CliMate, by Rooti, is your personal environment tracking device. It syncs via bluetooth and provides information on temperature, humidity, UV indexes and more. It can be worn and attached to bags and clothes via a flexible lanyard or mounted on the included stand.
Rooti CliMate Environment Tracker
In the free application, a plant symbolizes you in relation to your surrounding climate. When you're protected, the plant flourishes. When you're exposed, it withers away.
  • The app parses all your data into daily, weekly and monthly charts with simple averages. This way you can gain visual insights into the long-term ramifications of your actual environment.
  • Red Alert +Pro-active Weather Tips and Warnings. Based on your pre-entered information and the readings it receives, It will send you alerts that tell you when to put on sunscreen if you are outdoors.

Packaging of CliMate was very sleek and cool. It was easy to assemble even if the instructions were written in incredibly small font for no reason. We downloaded the application and paired the CliMate very easily. Registration worked on the first try and it instantly began collecting data. The graphs and trends were interesting but not really valuable. The UV index was valuable. You get to enter an approximate skin tone which then helps the app let you know when the device sense strong UV rays and you are getting too much sun. You can even enter the SPF of any sunblock you have on.

It functioned well but had the tendency to be easily turned off by the button. The indicator light on it is very hard to see in bright light. But the app worked great and the data seemed valid that it collected.

The CliMate also acts a a remote shutter control for your camera and a locator for your mobile device.  Overall I can see this being helpful, mainly for those with skin conditions. I am guessing the next version may adjust the button placement or sensitivity. Until then just make sure it is on and collecting data.

You can get in many colors at http://idonot.es/climaterooti  As a favor, even if you are not buying, click Yes while there on Amazon to at least let them know the review is helpful.

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    On Monday, October 20th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Skype 6.21.104 is consuming way too much memory

I am an avid user of Skype and have let it update itself pretty regularly. Even automatically.  However the Skype 6.21.104 update this week is consuming tons of machine memory. And it continued to grow
Skype 6.2 memory usage



So I uninstalled Skype 6.21.104 to go back to an older version.  My choice was the last Skype 5 version I could find of 5.10.0.116 and ran into a new issue
Since yesterday, all versions of Skype below Skype 6.13 for Windows and Skype 6.14 for OS X are blocked and do not allow you to sign in.

There are all sorts of hacks and workarounds to get old versions to go but that was not what I needed.  I wanted to go back at least a few point releases to lower the memory usage again. So this got troublesome.  Skype has the newest version plus the very slick looking beta.  By the way the beta used even more memory as shown here
Skype beta memory usage


So I dug around for sites with the older version listed. I was lucky to find the whole list on Soft32.  I went back to 6.14.132.104 and got the following memory results
Skype 6.1 memory usage

So for now I will stay on an older version of Skype, even though the new beta was much nicer looking.
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    On Thursday, October 16th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

What is the IBM Bridge to Cloud program?

IBM launched the Bridge to Cloud program to help users move easier into their IBM Connections (formerly SmartCLoud) Cloud offerings. The goal is to keep entitlements in place and move to subscriptions.
IBM Connections Cloud

  • "Bridge to Cloud" allows a customer to switch from on-premises Notes CALs to SmartCloud (now Connections Cloud) Notes subscriptions at renewal time, keeping the same entitlements whether they stay on-prem or move to IBM Connections Cloud
  • Domino server licensing remains as-in (customers transitioning to the cloud will not need to renew Domino messaging server in subsequent years)
  • Rates will auto renew at the current year price you subscribe under

So in essence you are simply signing on to a subscription model license instead of annual Software and support (S&S) and moving some users for email to their cloud.  You could also investigate this same model with partners, like Connectria, and do your apps too. Using XWorks and other models.
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    On Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

The IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes Clients

Do you still use or have users with the Lotus Notes Workspace? Then the IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes is a cool tool.
IBM Desktop Utility for Lotus Notes

The DSKTOOL.EXE Utility essentially remediates the user's desktop icons in a recertification exercise.
What that means is that you can use the tool to rename the server that an icon points to with a simple script text file.

It is currently supported up to version 8.5.x for Notes Builds 194 and earlier.  Read the rest of the SocialBizUG article I wrote right here.
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    On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014   by Chris Miller