Fixing Lotus Notes so the inbox opens by default

Ever opened up your mailbox in Lotus Notes and for some reason it opens up by default one of your sub-folders instead of your inbox?

Someone at work had this issue and I felt like banging my head against the wall trying to find a resolution. Anyone who has to help maintain Lotus Notes knows my pain. Considering that Notes is used by so many companies, the amount of help resources online is surprisingly few.

After much searching, I found the answer though on a vaguely worded post on IBM’s Lotus Notes forums that was over 3-years old. It really sounded like a last gasp guess by someone, but with no reply saying if it actually worked.

Which it did!

All you need to do is delete, move, or rename your bookmarks.nsf file from your local Notes client Data folder. The next time Lotus Notes starts up, the bookmarks.nsf file will be recreated and Notes will once again default to your inbox when your mailbox is opened.

Warning: Keep in mind that any other settings made to the bookmarks.nsf file will be lost. For example, any changes to the vertical toolbar on the left side will be gone.  That is why the best policy is to backup bookmarks.nsf first. You have been warned.

Amazon Kindle

I look at the Amazon Kindle and think: are we going back to the 80s for electronics? More importantly, I agree with others that hope it will be a flop.

It looks big, it looks ugly, it looks bulky, there are too many buttons, enough DRM to make the suits earning 7 figures happy (which is never good), and the potential to nickle & dime its users to death (you have to pay to subscribe to blogs…think about that for a moment). Why the heck would you want EVDO (even though it is free) on a reading device devoted solely to books? It isn’t like it is rendering complex pages. Plus how the heck do you backup your Kindle purchases? With all of that DRM plus no syncing with your computer…it will be pretty hard to do that!

I look at the iPhone and think that has serious potential to become an e-book device in the future. Think about it. Instead of tons of buttons, a simple flick of your finger to flip a page. Can easily zoom in/out on text, with full color photos for those people who love pictures in their books. With a few taps you would be able to go on the iTunes Store (either directly from the phone or from your computer) and get whatever books you would like. EDGE or Wifi ensures that there will be a signal anywhere. No worrying about the cost to subscribe to a blog or news site, your monthly data plan already part of your iPhone plan (and switching to WiFi when available), and so on.

I have always been fascinated with the idea of e-books…so much potential, but no one can figure out how to do it right. 

Break out the soldering iron

In Jaunary 2006 I bought a used 2002 Subaru Forester after my 2000 Saturn SL1 was “totaled” (ie: the damage was more then the car was worth, it easily could have been repaired if the insurance company wanted to) when rear ended.

Just months after I bought the car, the overhead clock stopped working. It is something from time to time I would wonder about, but never got around to fixing it. When I got an aftermarket stereo installed in my car, I just setup the display on it to show the clock.

Fast forward a year and a half…yesterday I happened to think about the broken clock when I was on the computer and decided to do a Google search just to see what would come up. I was thinking I could find a used clock or something for a cheap price.

Instead I find a forum post on the Subaru Forester Owners Forum (which surprised me that such a forum existed). In the forum post, it describes that the actual problem with the clock is a poor soldering job by Subaru (or really, the cheap factory in China or whatever it was made) on one or more chips on the clock’s circuit board. Many of the forums members apparently added some solder to fix the poor soldering job and the clocks started working again!

So I went to Radio Shack, bought a cheap soldering iron and some solder, figured out how to take the clock out of the overhead display, and went to work.

What do you know, it works now! And since I also got a car stereo back into my car today 1 month after my car was broken into and the previous stereo stolen, I instantly solved two big problems: the broken clock and no stereo.