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Initialize a Null NotesDocumentCollection

There are times when it is handy to start will a null collection in a NotesDocumentCollection., for example when you want to add documents to a collection programmatically based on something other than selected documents in a view.

Two good methods for doing this are:

Method 1:
Dim session As New NotesSession
Dim db As NotesDatabase
Dim collection As NotesDocumentCollection
Set db = session.CurrentDatabase
Set collection = db.GetProfileDocCollection("The name of a non-existent profile document")

Why I Like LAMP - Upgrading a Webserver

It was time to do an OS upgrade on a webserver I maintain that hosts a couple of reasonably active sites. The two most active sites on the server bring in about 12,000 unique visitors a month, with the two serving up about 4 million hits. Of course this is small potatoes compared to the really big boys, but between the two of them it is pretty much given that there is somebody hitting the server at any given moment and the demographics are such that there is really no reasonable time for the server to be down for any length of time.


Summary of Qualifications
15 years professional experience in computer technology, with particular emphasis on communication, collaboration and web technologies ● Exceptional English language skills ● Experienced Systems Administrator and IT Manager ● Project management and development skills ● Demonstrated experience in successfully planning, organizing and leading within deadlines and under budget ● Graphic design skills ● Creative problem solver and both a critical and lateral thinker

I'll be damned!

Once again I must say the Internet is a strange and wonderful thing. This morning I was greeted by an e-mail from Georgia (the American state, not the Russian one) where someone wanted some development work. Amazing. When I put up my business web site I never expected anyone to even see it without my directing them to it, let alone any business to come in from it.

Dismal, Dull, and Boring

Blah. I have to write a trouble log for a pilot project here at work. I can't even begin to imagine why there isn't a database for this sort of thing, this is precisely what Lotus Notes was invented for. It used to be called Lotus Support Notes for chrissake. I have a database for this at home. Of course I can't get to it because of the freaking firewall.

"Hi, Michael? Can you jump through these hoops, please? Do you mind if we tie your feet together first?"


So I got back to the guy from Turkey yesterday about the PHP implementation. He was pleased with my response and sent this thank you:

Thank you very much indeed for your comments.

King Regards


I just love the idiom. "King Regards" I assume means a salutation worthy of a king. I have a mental image of a Turk in riding robes bowing flamboyantly.

This is disturbing

I think that I must be good at my job or something. I was included in a meeting about a fairly serious problem the bank is having with a couple of their e-mail servers. Without meaning to I kind of took over the meeting (I warned them at my interview that I have a tendency to do that) and ended up heavily influencing the plan to resolve the issue. What's interesting about this is that the other two developers that have been there longer were not brought into the meeting. I was the most "junior" person in the meeting.

Salmon day

Yup, I'm liking this regular work thing. Today was nothing but silly problems with the development servers and I got nothing much accomplished. If I was still independent I would have made no money today but with this "job" thing I still made money. Even with getting in late because of the post-dated cheque fiasco I still got six and a half hours in today. I'll work an extra half hour each day this week to make the time back that I lost this morning and I'll still be able to polish the week off with forty hours.

Begging for Lattés

Another day, another interview. This one was a second, shortlist interview with the HSBC. It looks very much like I am going to get this one. Turns out their Notes development team lead knows a lot of the same people I do, particularly my two most important references, through the now defunct Pacific Northwest Notes user group. This definitely helps.

There's always a bright side.

The upside of not having any work right now is that I am starting to get some of those "one of those days when I have time" things done. I'm got my new website going (of which this journal is a part) and now I have finally gotten my web cam running again.

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