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Thinkpad PC Doctor causing errors- 27 August 2012 - (0) Comments

Thomas Hampel
 27 August 2012

From time to time even desktop users should take a look into the operating system log files, doing so I found this error message in the Windows Application event log of my Thinkpad
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The PC-Doctor is an application supplied toThinkpad users as part of the operating system toolset for managing the computer. The component which is causing this problem seems to be running regular checks against the storage media.


Since I wanted to get rid of this, the solution was to disable the scheduled task...

In the Windows Task scheduler, find and disable the task named "SystemToolsDailyTest"

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Product codes for Notes 8.5.3 Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packs- 10 August 2012 - (1) Comments

Thomas Hampel
 10 August 2012

For further reference, here the part numbers of the MUI kits

Before installing a Multilingual User Interface pack (MUI), either the Standard or Basic Notes 8.5.3 Client must be installed.
If you'd like to simply install additional spell check dictionaries please see
Technote # 1411732.
Standard Basic
Notes 8.5.3 Client Windows English CI1L4EN CI1L2EN
Group 1 - Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Brazilian, Spanish CI3SGML
Group 2A - Danish,Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish CI58UML
Group 2B - Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish CI5PAML
Group 3 -  Kazakh, Slovakian, Slovenian, Thai CI5PBML





Dont bug me with XLS- 6 August 2012 - (0) Comments

Thomas Hampel
 6 August 2012

Lots of new communication methods came up the last couple of years. Social business is considered to be the next big thing, offering even more cool & trendy features to your day in a life to provide more productivity and flexibility.
Why are some people still sticking with old fashioned thinking and keep sending files via mail?
Especially files of type XLS which -as some might know- I dont like to work with.

Information is static - you never know if the file you've got is the latest one or if there's a new template with updated macro's or updated content available.
For sure people could share this file via IBM Connections files or other products like QuickR, but thats not the point.

In a fast living IT business, its simply not acceptable for putting dynamic information into a static XLS file.
One example I've received today, where someone requested to put the DB size (of one single Domino application) into an XLS file.

The following template was used, listing one row that shows an example - since the NSF file had 10 Gbyte, I've entered a rounded number 10.000 assuming the example would clearly indicate that the column value must be MB(yte).
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I had to return the file in a mail - actually I proposed uploading it to IBM Connections, but my counterpart did not accept any other form of delivery other than mail.
Unfortunately my assumption about the DB size wasnt correct. The recipient of the file turned back to me and asked...
"Current DB size - 10000 what? KB, MB?"


Just returning the clarification "MByte" which is 5 characters via mail or chat was not an acceptable form of reply. I was told the only allowed method would be an (updated) file, with an updated file name. And you know how this is supposed to look like..."Version XYZ from DATE.xls". Since I was already fed up with the originators bureaucracy, I couldnt stop myself submitting this:
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...so what :)

Next time: Please read the email netiquette leave me alone with boring XLS files and either use an apropriate workflow application (Hint: Domino is an excellent platform for rapid application development) or at least put files into a central repository like IBM Connections, Quickr or if you really have no other option even use other products, but DONT send XLS files in a mail!!
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