Lotus Notes… how rude!

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, OK, I’m getting on my soapbox about Lotus Notes again!  My company uses Lotus Notes for the most part but there is a group on an Outlook pilot.  Of course I’m in the pilot group! 🙂
Anyway, I can endure Lotus Notes, only barely, when it’s tucked away in a corner where I only have to use it every so often.
So it happened that I found myself the unfortunate victum of a Lotus Notes 7 upgrade push.  The upgrade was pushed out to my laptop and the most obnoxious dialog window was displayed right center OVER all my work.  Try and move it and it just jumps back to the center spot.  Of course it’s modal so you can’t hide it either.  That effectively rendered my work ability useless for the duration of the installation.
Now granted the dialog window might have been from the tool used to push the upgrade, but then again maybe not…
That was one iritation to deal with, but what I found this morning, just blew me away!
I go ahead and fire up my laptop this morning and want to start Outlook, my DEFAULT email application right?
Lotus Notes had BOLDLY and WITHOUT my permission just replaced Outlook as my default application.
First it removed Outlook from the Start menu:
And then secondly, Oulook has to reset itself as the default email and calendar application:
Now is it just me or didn’t Microsoft get sued over setting IE as the default browser without the user’s consent?
If I go running to the FTC, will they sue IBM and make them stop doing this?




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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