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On 1st January 2003 I converted my static mindmap homepage into a blog and published my first entry titled Predictions for 2003. I came a long way since then. This posts marks my 1000th entry here. Some entries, predating Twitter, are close to Twitter's 140 characters limit, so I could add my 4723 tweets to the list . The 1000 entries have attracted 1577 comments, with the first comment going to Singapore resident Ramasamy. The crown for most comments goes to Nathan Freeman of Lotus 911 fame with 31 comments. The post that attracted the most comments was Web Agents XPages style with 25 unique comments.
It also is one of the most popular posts together with Building a high performance Domino Server, Notes / Domino upgrade cheat sheet and Communicating with IBMers and Lotus professionals using Sametime.
I'm grateful for the ideas provided by all the sessions with customers, partners, colleagues, friends and brothers-in-arms. Without being challenged with (sometimes not so) new questions every day this blog would not have been possible. Today I can use it in many sessions as reference. During an upgrade I carelessly lost a few blog entries. Luckily the Internet never forgets and I was able to recover them. What is behind this blog:
  • The blog runs on Lotus Domino on a Ubuntu server using the Blogsphere Template V3 created by the awesome Declan Lynch
  • The skin is a modification of Dan Archibald "Orange Keys" design (can't remember where I got it from)
  • Search is provided by a custom Google search
  • Initially I used Julian's code hosted by Joe Litton to highlight LotusScript. Later I switched to Quick Highlighter since it supports all the languages I usually use including XML and XSLT
  • Screen shots are created with Shutter including the boxes, arrows, blurred text, numbers and occasional 3d rotation
  • Besides the Notes client I use Scribe Fire to create blog posts. This is very convenient when researching topics in the web
  • Some of the graphics were created using InkScape and DIA, but since I'm not much of an artist, I settled for SmartDraw that provided to be invaluable for the type of illustrations I want to create
  • The MindMaps are drawn using Tony Buzan's iMindMap mainly for the beautiful branches it allows to draw
  • The screen mockups are build with the awesom Balsamiq Mockups by our Italian friend Peldi
  • Graphic fine tuning (croping, resizing, filters) is done using GIMP
  • I started using Prezi for some more dynamic presentations / posts
Thank you for your readership!

Posted by on 11 October 2011 | Comments (a) | categories: After hours


  1. posted by Nick Halliwell on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    Many congratulations on this momentous occasion. Your blogs are interesting and informative, they usually talk a great deal of sense as well. I always look forward to read the next one.

    1 think I would ask is that you do a bit more on Ubuntu, like how to get Domino Administrator to run natively in Linux. I know you can get it running in Wine, but I would like it to run directly in Ubuntu. Emoticon laugh.gif
  2. posted by Stephan H. Wissel on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    @Nick: WINE = Wine Is No Emulation. It is as native as any other application (like Gnome or KDE), so it doesn't get any better than that (no Carlsberg required).
  3. posted by Werner Motzet on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    Congrats from Bavaria
  4. posted by Jens Polster on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    Congratulations and thank you very much for providing one of the most useful resources in the community. Looking forward to more and also to hopefully some sessions at LS12.
  5. posted by ursus on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    Congrats on keeping it interesting all that time Emoticon smile.gif
  6. posted by Theo Heselmans on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    Congrats Stephan. Always a joy to read.
    Keep 'm coming.
  7. posted by Manuel on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    Thank YOU ¡¡

    Your blog is very interesting.

    Congrats ¡¡

    Best regards from Madrid ¡¡

  8. posted by Wayne Sobers on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    I echo the above sentiments. Yours is indeed one of the best reference sites available.
    Congrats and thank you.

  9. posted by Mat Newman on Tuesday 11 October 2011 AD:
    Stephan, congrats on the milestone mate, and THANKS so much for providing such a valuable resource. Kudos Emoticon smile.gif
  10. posted by Srinivas Kotaru on Saturday 15 October 2011 AD:

    Congrats for the great blog.

    Incidentally last week I dug up your archives to find back your post about s/w you use for the diagrams.

    Thanks again for more comprehensive list here Emoticon smile.gif