Archive for February, 2007


You know that feeling you get when something goes terribly wrong, but you can’t do anything about the situation? I hate it! I also hate it when I can’t figure out how to do something that is probably really easy.

I have been working alongside Domino servers for as long as I could remember. The one thing I didn’t have was a mentor or even an Administrator to learn anything from. This caused me to focus on other things such as MySQL, MS-SQL, ASP, Visual Basic, etc… So whenever we had a problem, the first thing we would do was call the Domino people.

Well, there are a couple problems with calling on the Domino people.

  • They don’t know how to do the new stuff that I want to try out (Accessing Domino databases using PHP)
  • They are too scared to try something new (Setting up domino on a Virtual Server using VMWARE)
  • They want to charge us $1 million an hour to add a feature to our Domino website (Adding an RSS or XML feed of the same data that is already listed on the website)

I am calling on the power of the blogosphere in hopes that a ping will do its magic and get the attention of someone who can help me to better understand my problems and hopefully offer some pointers.
After doing some searches, here is a little list of a couple Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino blogs that I thought were interesting:

So, if there are any domino developers out there that can help me out, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail, or send me an IM or anything.

P.S. I am not looking to buy anything, I am just looking for someone who is kind enough to point me in the right direction or maybe an article on how to do create a XML Feed using a domino database.

 

I’ve been playing around with my site a lot and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for the layout.

I want it to be easier for people to navigate and find things. I am just not sure how I should go about doing that. If anyone could help me out, that would be great! Even if you just post a link to an article I could read, that works too!

I am looking for design tips, layout tips, starter templates, pretty much any help or suggestion. You can either leave me comments at the end of this post, leave me comments on MyBlogLog or send me an e-mail (contact [at] JasonStone [dot] name).

 

An attorney had his wallet stolen last month and within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from the DMV to change his driving record information online, and more. But here’s some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:

  1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put PHOTO ID REQUIRED
  2. Do not write your complete account number when writing checks to pay off your credit card bills. Instead, only write the last four digits of your credit card number on your check. The credit card company knows the rest of the number.
  3. Put your work phone number on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a P.O. Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a P.O. Box, use your work address.
  4. Never have your Social Security Number printed on your checks (DUH!). You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.
  5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Make sure to copy both sides of each license, credit card, etc… This will help you remember what you had in your wallet, and you will also have record of all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel if it ever gets stolen. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. Some people even carry a photocopy of their passport when they travel . (We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards)
  6. I’m sure you know that you should cancel your credit card immediately if it has been stolen. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
  7. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc…, were stolen. This proves to credit providers that you were diligent. Also, this is the first step towards an investigation (if there ever is one).
  8. Most important of all (I never even thought to do this), call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ID Theft Hot-line. The FTC will add your name into their database so that any company checking your credit must contact you by phone before any new credit is authorized.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact if your wallet, purse, etc… has been stolen:

  • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
  • Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
  • Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): 1-877-IDTHEFT(438-4338)

Other Important information:

 

One of my clients had a power disruption to some mission-critical hardware the other day; things including the entire phone system and internet connection.

I guess the UPS that the telephone system and router are plugged into decided to crap out. The good thing was that it wasn’t during business hours. The bad thing was that the phone system was plugged in to the same UPS, which means that if anyone tried to fax something to the office, and it wouldn’t have gone through. Did I mention they get about 600 important faxes a week?

The weird part about this whole thing was, I didn’t know that anything happened, but, for some reason I decided to go to the office to check on things at about 11:00pm EST (I am using Eastern Time because that is the time-zone that is showing in the screen shot below). After fixing the problem (I just bypassed the UPS until we can get a replacement), I checked the logs from the Line Monitor that I set up at Broadband Reports and it was unreachable from 2007-02-08 22:52:46 EST – 2007-02-09 00:02:55 EST (70 minutes). Here is a screen shot of one of the graphs:

Server uptime graph

If I didn’t happen to come to the office, no one would have found out until someone tried to make a call out, or even worse, realized that there were 100+ faxes that didn’t come through. If I was using the paid monitoring service at the time, I would have received an email telling me that the connection was down. Their line monitoring service is a very useful tool to have in situations like this.

 

I was looking for anyone that felt like working on an open source project. I made a database a couple years ago for a project that was never finished and I wanted to see what it could have turned into. I am not trying to make money or anything, I’m just not very good with PHP.

My info:

I am a database administrator / database designer /database developer. I have used mysql, mssql, access(used for database relationship layouts before dbdesigner/mysql workbench came out)
I also know asp, visual basic 6 and some PHP

Project info:
The project was eventually going to be a payroll / accounting / timekeeping /invoicing / etc… system. I have the database but no front end for it. The database was made using MySQL. Since it was never finished, I still have some work to do on the database. There is some code for the front end…but it isn’t much.

If you are interested, leave me a comment. thanks!