More Lotus Notes Gripes

  • When searching emails, you can't sort the returned results, which are presented in a (seemingly) random order.
  • When searching emails, the fastest way to search all emails is to search inside the “All Documents” view, but the results give no indication as to where the email is. So if you are searching “All Documents” because you cant find an email that should have been in a folder, and you find it, you have no idea where it is. Usually, I then select all the emails in the search results, and re-file them to make sure they are where they should be.
  • There is no easy way to modify the default stationary used when sending an email. I can create a new stationary, but to use it, would need to make 2 mouse clicks (new memo -> new memo using stationary) and in most cases, I don't even have that option, instead I just see a “new memo” button.
  • Ctl-backspace works (delete word to the left of cursor) but CTL-delete doesn't (delete word to the right of cursor). This tiny little thing is a huge frustration for me.

Previously. Some one else has a dedicated page here.

Further reading

Got a shipment from Amazon today:

After a brief discussion with a colleague, it appears I also need to read “The Prince”, by Niccolò Machiavelli. Apparently, he also wrote The Seven Books on the Art of War, not to be confused with Sun Tzu's earlier work. Probably should re-read that too.

Of course, when finding the above wikipedia links, the inevitable happened: I was lost in the endless hyperlinking of Wikipedia, and ended up reading about the Sacking of Rome.

Update: … and then on to Martin Luther, and Protestantism. Ok, seriously need to get back to work….

Report: Criticial Infrastructure Prime Targets For Cyber Criminals In 2009

The year 2008 was a time security threats and malicious activity reached a tipping point, and 2009 stands to be the year critical infrastructure systems become prime targets for cyber criminals and the global financial crisis will be exploited for a variety of malicious activities, according to a new report recently released from VeriSign’s iDefense Security Intelligence Services.

Monbiot on the IMF and the current financial crisis

But there was one country – at the time the world’s biggest creditor – in which his proposal was less welcome. The head of the US delegation at Bretton Woods, Harry Dexter White, responded to Lord Keynes’s idea thus: “We have been perfectly adamant on that point. We have taken the position of absolutely no”

Can you guess which country that was? I'll give you a clue: the same country that has veto power in the UN also has veto power in the IMF…

Read the full article here.

Monbiot on US political ignorance

Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people. US education, like the US health system, is notorious for its failures. In the most powerful nation on earth, one adult in five believes the sun revolves around the earth; only 26% accept that evolution takes place by means of natural selection; two-thirds of young adults are unable to find Iraq on a map; two-thirds of US voters cannot name the three branches of government; the maths skills of 15 year-olds in the US are ranked 24th out of the 29 countries of the OECD.

Full article here. A very good read.

More Lotus Notes Gripes

I'm slowing down a bit, not getting as many new gripes these days.

  • You cant change an item in your calender from a time based event to an all day event. You must first delete the time based event and recreate the all day event.
  • When you have forwarded an email, that email is marked as such. When you open that email again in (say) 3 months time, it has a handy little icon to tell you that you forwarded it. No clue as to when or to whom.

A taskbar applet that follows folder shortcuts….


Shortcuts in Windows XP are kinda broken.

The biggest problem I've found is that when you have a collection of shortcuts to folders, and you want to make that a custom taskbar menu, it doesn't work. You end up openeing an explorer window at the shortcut, instead of a cascading menu opening.

Queue: menuApp

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