Saturday, November 18, 2006

A quick Sametime tip

If your Sametime server is accessible from the Internet and external users are not able to join the meetings, getting "Sametime server disconnected" message when connecting to Meetings, check that you have specified a valid Internet-resolvable server name (e.g.: in the server document: Internet protocols\HTTP\Host name(s) field.

Check also that users ha´ve correct Sametime server in "Sametime server" field in their person documents in NAB.

Information in the web browser's Java console can provide valuable clues to why the web browser failed to connect to the meeting and other client-side sametime problems.


Friday, November 17, 2006

Borat from Kazachstan

For Borat's fans, this web site can be interesting. It contains links to several video interviews with Borat Sagdiev. I haven't seen many of them before, but I am not his greatest fan either... Ali G character is way cooler than Borat.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Skype on mobile phones

From the 1st December will cell phone network operator "3" (Three) begin selling Nokia's N73 and Sony Ericssons W950 equiped with Skype software.

With flat price for mobile Internet access, phone users can make free calls to other Skype-users and cheap international phone calls.

So far the Skype-enabled phones will be available only in UK, but maybe they will work in other countries too as far as there is a mobile broadband connection.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Free e-book: Sametime For Dummies

As posted earlier by Ed Brill and Adam Gartenberg, there is a free ebook called "Sametime For Dummies", which you can download from IBM's web site.

The book has 72 pages. I could not find a reference to the number of pages in the paper edition, so I am not really sure if the PDF and paper book are same or not.

You can download the book at
It took me about 3 minutes to get the "save file" dialog box after right-clicking the download link and chosing "save target as", so be patient.

Here is the table of contents:

Part 1: What Is IBM Lotus Sametime? .................5
Part 2: Instant Messages ..................................15
Part 3: Lotus Sametime Web Conferences ..........31
Part 4: Lotus Sametime Your Way .....................51
Part 5: Ten Lotus Sametime Reminders ..............61
Part 6: Ten Reasons Lotus Sametime Beats
the Competition ...............................................65

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Embedding AJAX-based Sametime chat widget on web pages

With STWidget web application it is possible to put chat client on any web page. All you need is to include an IFRAME reference into your page's HTML code. Using STWidget, web users can connect to external or internal Sametime server and chat with other people who use either same STWidget web application or a stand-alone Sametime chat client.

If your internal Sametime server allows anonymous users, you can allow web visitors to directly contact selected people (or any person without restriction) without exposing internal Sametime server to Internet. This works because communication between STWidget app and server goes through a servlet, the web client never accesses the Sametime server directly.

The developer of the web page can choose whether users must with username and password or anonymously. There is also a token login mode, where user is logged in automatically with his current credentials which he used for opening the page, so he doesn't need to login twice (first to Domino web application and then to Sametime).

User's web browser does not need to have support for Java applets, the application works using AJAX-style XMLHTTP technology for communication with the web server.

Flash version of the STWidget application is planned to be released in about 2 months, which will overcome the AJAX limitation of only 2 concurrent connections to the web server.

<iframe src="" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="width:175; height:330;"></iframe>

Below is a working example of embedded Sametime chat (not just a picture). Input any name and you'll be logged in to Sametime server where you can chat with our Sametime Bot. Bot knows a lot of jokes, just type "joke" to him and he'll reply with a funny joke :) If you think the joke was not funny, type "joke" again and again until you are satisfied :)

Note: this embedded chat is for testing purposes only. Do not put it on your web site as it can be removed or modified at any time without prior notice. Contact us if you want to place chat widget on your web site.

Demo for anonymous login and login with password: