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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : IBM Lotus Notes And Domino
Location : Nashua, NH

Infoworld columnist and blogger Jon Udell monitors the blogosphere. My post Data General, Rodney Dangerfield, Jon Udell, and Lotus Notes caught his attention, and he responded with Respecting Lotus Notes. Jon went beyond my point about security and cited some additional reasons for respecting Lotus Notes, and he suggests that a particular Tom Wolfe character makes a better avatar for Lotus Notes than my suggestion of Rodney Dangerfield. I have to confess that I've never read Tom Wolfe... but I believe I get the point of the analogy to "The Man Who Always Peaked Too Soon".

I put the emphasis on the word "always" because it's a pretty powerful word. I remember my grandmother admonishing me for using it too lightly when I was young. She said, "always is a long time," and right she was! Does that Tom Wolfe character keep going on at the end of the story, still peaking too soon? Someone will have to fill me in on that part. Lotus Notes is in its 20th year, and definitely still going. "Always" isn't over for Notes and Domino, and (regardless of whatever Radicati is saying these days) IMHO it still has a few peaks left, both in terms of technology and in terms of market impact. I believe that Hannover and activity-centric collaboration will bear this out. If it continues to peak too soon in the sense that "new" technologies will be following Notes' lead for another few years to come, that's fine by me ;-)

Thinking about Rodney Dangerfield, it did occur to me that he really wasn't just the "no respect" guy. Although he never dropped that schtick from his stand-up act, he really got a lot of respect, particularly from his fellow comedians. As far as I know, Rodney's club "Dangerfields" in New York is still considered one of the venues that can make or break a young comic. In a way, I see Microsoft's acquisition of Groove as the ultimate in respect for Notes. Even Bill Gates wants to bask in Ray's glow. Later in Rodney's career he did several hit movies, including Caddyshack with Chevy Chase, from which came this gem:

There's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.

Caddyshack was a breakthrough part for Rodney Dangerfield. He was 59 years old at the time, which just goes to show that being around for a lot of years being the one that never gets any respect doesn't mean that you can't have a few peaks left in you You just have to be the ball.

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1. Brian Benz08/02/2005 11:22:05 AM

My other favorite ball-related quote - I heard it from Mark Knopfler, but he may have repeated it....

"Sometimes you're the louisville slugger, sometime's you're the ball"

2. Richard Schwartz08/02/2005 11:52:23 AM

Yep. That's from "The Bug". Good song!

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