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07:22:16 PM

Today was my third day at my new job, and access to internal systems has now been set up. So, I loaded the one component of Office that I had omitted in the initial installation, got it configured, verified that some test messages that I had sent from home were received and finally sent out a few emails. All went fine.

I may have left the Notes and Domino consulting world to join a big computer company, but I'm still a Notes guy. I'm developing a product for Notes and Domino and I still have the Notes client installed. I'm even using the DocLib template (with a few personal modifications) as my repository for personal documents -- just as I have been doing for the past 13 years. So I opened up my Notes client, and this is what I got:


Of course I've seen this dialog box before, but for the first time ever for me, the correct answer was "No" -- and I even checked the box to supress the dialog in the future. (I'm comforted by the knowledge that it's a simple matter of removing "DontCheckDefaultMail=1" from the notes.ini file undo the permanence of this.)

Not too long afterward, I was back in Outlook and I wanted to import some contacts that I had exported as VCards from my Notes address book. I'm not quite sure what I did, but I ended up looking at this:


I guess it's a rite of passage of some sort.

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1. Alan Lepofsky04/06/2006 12:27:51 AM

LOL.. Day 1 and bam! Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

2. David Bailey04/06/2006 12:33:55 AM

This will make you a better preson, Rich.

I'm just glad it's you instead of me. I am fully realized (Last time we bought a house, my wife told me she wanted one with no potential -- it should be fully realized).

3. Mathias Pohl04/06/2006 04:40:27 AM

Yeah, my 1st day (now 3 years ago) was very like your's !

Welcome to the "wonderful" world of Outlook and Exchange, unexpected crashes, daily patches and missing features....

4. Nathan T. Freeman04/06/2006 05:14:09 AM

"We are sorry for the inconvenience."

Don't you think that should be written in flaming letters a mile high in Redmond?

5. Bruce Perry04/06/2006 09:14:05 AM

You now possess the the underdog advantage. Don't miss any opportunity to say "Notes doesn't have that problem" or "Notes does that better".

6. Greg Walrath04/06/2006 12:32:19 PM

Rich - I totally sympathize. We're a Domino shop for our web servers, Websphere for eCommerce, but we're an Exchange shop for e-mail (the result of a botched Notes demo, I understand).

That icky feeling whenever you use Outlook for e-mail? For me it's been almost five years now, and it doesn't go away.


7. jon johnston04/06/2006 06:09:00 PM

Rite of passage? Daily occurrence you mean..... good luck again, Rich.

8. Laurette Rynne04/07/2006 01:20:22 AM

@6 - don't tell me that....we're about to start migrating users to Outlook for email only, and I'm just testing it and I feel "dirty"! I can't believe how horrible it is - all those people who bitch about the Notes UI obviously can't remember how truly horrible all the menu options in Outlook are - I'd be surprised if anyone knows what they all do!

Rich - I'll be sharing your pain in the next few weeks/months.

9. Bob04/09/2006 05:22:00 AM

@8: As a long-time Notes user who now uses Outlook, I didn't find the transition to be that big a deal. I'd used Outlook outside of work before this but at Lotus/Iris/IBM I used Notes exclusively since 1991. It's easy to be biased one way or the other, but I think you'll get over it.

Rich's crash seems like just bad mojo. I haven't seen an Outlook crash in a very long time.

10. Richard Schwartz04/09/2006 12:25:40 PM

There are things about Outlook that I'm starting to like. There are things about it that I definitely don't. The crash on Wednesday is the only one so far. I'll probably post my own impressions, in as objective a fashion as I can, after a few more weeks of Outlook use.

11. Bob04/09/2006 08:20:37 PM

Oddly enough one of the first Notes client crashes I remember seeing when I joined IBM (after leaving Iris for a startup) was importing contacts.

12. Philip Storry04/30/2006 04:30:32 PM

@9 Bob,

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if Rich's Outlook crash was reproducible. He said he was working on importing a vCard at the time, and Outlook's vCard support is, for want of a better word, abysmal.

A friend of mine could get an earlier version of Outlook (2000, I think) to choke reproducibly if he fed it ANY vCard file with multiple entries in it. Any file at all. Even if they were just mostly empty test entries.

I'm sure that Outlook does many things "right". But whenever someone asks me for their contacts because they're leaving the organisation, I give them some vCard files (one large one and individual ones) and my direct-dial number. Lots of them end up calling me to complain that their new mail client isn't importing them. Care to guess what they're using?


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