Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lotus Foundations Unboxing

Here are some photos from the un-boxing of our new Foundations Start Advanced Appliance.

Door Open, showing LCD

Door Closed

In the Box

The good stuff

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thank you Ed Brill! - File Download names

Thanks to Ed Brill and the Lotus team for making a small, yet huge change when downloading Lotus Software.

Started downloading 8.5.1 this morning and very much appreciate the descriptive file names.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Accubid Systems - Performance

Does have any experience with Accubid Systems "Accubid" or "Change Order" software in regards to performance tuning?

Looking to do some troubleshooting tomorrow and looking for ideas.

We are currently running it on Terminal Server 2008

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

IE Enhanced Security - Kills SQL

Here is a little tip that would have been good to know before hand.

One of our admins turned off the "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration" and it killed the SQL service. It just so happens that SQL service was hosting our Accounting system, ouch.

But why oh why does turning off IEESM kill the DTC service which in turned killed the SQL server service?

Any ideas?

I can't wait for this day to be over.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

GSX Day Comes to America

After IAMLUG was the first ever GSX Day in the US.

I attended this and was very happy that I did. They gave a lot of great info, strategies and big picture ideas on monitoring your Lotus Domino infrastructure.

There was also some great discussion going on about what should be next in GSX.

We are not customer, yet. I do plan on looking into it some more as being proactive would be a good thing for us.

Do you know how to make the little guy happy? Lotus Knows.

At IAMLUG on Monday Lotus announced a new marketing campaign called Lotus Knows.

You can find more information on this campaign on Ed Brill's Blog

But that's not really what this post is about. IAMLUG was hosted in my hometown, St Louis MO. I was excited to go to this event because I have never been to a Lotusphere and there were some big Lotus names coming. For instance; Chris Miller, Paul Mooney, Gabriella Davis, Mary Beth Raven, Ed Brill, etc... I have never seen any of these people speak before except Chris Miller. I got to see them all speak except for Ed Brill.

Ed is the Director of Product Management for Lotus and was speaking about Lotus's Messaging and collaboration strategy on Monday night. I had to skip it because my Dad was in town for 1 night.

I was keeping up on the news via twitter with the #iamlug hash tag and saw interesting tweets.
Such as
curiousmitch RT @johnhead: symphony 2.0 - 1h 2010 - oo 3.x code base, odf 1.2, vb macro support, office 2007 support cont via @edbrill #IamLUG


TexasSwede Notes 8.5.1 targeted for October 6 or 7 according to @edbrill. #Iamlug


RobMcDonagh @EdBrill says 8.51 launch will be "ALL about developers" - looking forward to seeing that. #iamlug

So I posted this on Twitter.

dheinle Feeling that I missed a lot of stuff from @edbrillsession #iamlug

To which Ed replied

edbrill@dheinle I will post my presentation on slideshare in a day or two. If you need me to come back to StL, let me know.

This just blows me away, that Ed responded to me and then offered to come back t o St Louis if needed.

What is even more amazing, I work for a small company. Only 200 seats of Lotus Notes and Domino. No Quickr, No Connections, nothing. Just a basic small Notes shop and he took the time to reply. And you know I believe that Ed would come back to St Louis if needed. He just seems to be that kind of guy.

Lotus Knows. Lotus Knows how to make the little guy happy.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Great video on Lotusphere and Disney

Here is a great video combining two things that I love. Disney and Lotus Software.

Van over at created a video podcast all about conferences at Disney World and how Disney handles them.

I have to say Van has some great points as going to Voicecon in 2004 for work is what got me hooked on Disney. I've been back every year since.

Check out Van's, um Kevin's Domino Blog as well.
Check it out.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hey Microsoft, You messed up!

Seriously $300 to buy a new copy of Windows 7 Professional?

Link to WinSuperSite

I guess i'll keep running the Release candidate until it stops working next year and then go back to XP or buy a mac.

$300 for a vista that actually works, give me a break.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hyper-V Clustering testing?

I really want to start testing Hyper-V with failover clustering. Starwind released a free iSCSI target that will help with this.

I wonder if I got 1 box, installed ESXi on it and then just setup 2 Hyper-V server's on it. Then create guests on the Hyper-V.

That should work right?

Looking at maybe switching from an ESX environment to Hyper-V.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Interaction's '09 - Day 3

Well it's over for me and it was a great finish.

Went to a session on client deployment and got the talk to them about some issues we are having and got some great info.

The final session by Don Brown was great and I love seeing where they are headed.

Here are a couple of random points.
1. All the I3 people I talked too knew about our Vendor, Sage Innovations in St Louis, this makes me feel like we got a winner on our hands. I heard some horror stories this week about other vendors that had no clue.

2. Talking to the I3 employees was great. It's amazing to have this kind of contact with so many people from i3.

3. Going live on Tuesday may not have been the best idea. Our vendor expressed some frustrations with getting responses from support this week. My guess is most of them were here and the ones that were not got overwhelmed.

4. I think I might have an idea on how to get the i3 client to work in lotus notes 8 without much work. Need to get some things running and try it out.

5. Excited for the Sametime integration that is coming. Can't come soon enough for me.

Going back to work tomorrow should be fun and hectic, I already have 3 meetings lined up!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Interaction's '09 - Day 2

Another great day here at Interaction's '09.

Went to a bunch of great session's today including one tools for the mobile user. I got a lot of great ideas for things we can try.

Had a great lunch and talked to a developer working on CIC 4.0 and his thoughts on Lotus Notes integration into the .net client.

The awards dinner at Lucas Oil Stadium was very impressive and I very much enjoyed looking at all the race cars they have on display at the stadium. I'd like to bring the kids back and take a tour of the stadium.

Tomorrow it's over and I am heading home to see the family.

Interaction's '09 - Day 1

I am attending the Interactive Intelligence Interactions '09 conference this week.

In a word, WOW. This has been great so far. I3 is not afraid to spend money on a conference. There is a ton of technology here, LCD's, multiple projectors per room, etc...

I think every employee from I3 is here.

Yesterday I got to meet a lot of people from I3, project managers, sales people, 3rd app people, the CFO, training instructors, etc... It's been great to pick their brains on a few things.

I went to several seminars but one of them stood out for me.

I3 is working with IBM to integrate Sametime with the I3 client. This is very interesting and would be great for us since we use Lotus Notes and Sametime.

They hinted that in version 2 or 3 that they might, possibly build a mini client for the eclipse platform. Which means you could have a mini I3 client in your lotus notes sidebar, freaking awesome. But probably not coming for years.

However, their Lotus Notes user base is obviously very small. There was only about 10 people in the room and 5 of them were from 1 company and were looking to switch to Lotus Notes.

This is good and bad. The good part is that they actually support Lotus Notes and are fairly current with Domino support. The Bad is that I have a feeling Lotus support takes a back seat to exchange support.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Domino Address Look-up

Since I am complaining about Notes this morning, explain this to me.

If I pick a certain group out of the domino directory called "Sales" why does it ask me when I send the email if I want "Sales" or "Denver Sales"?

I understand it is looking it up and there are 2 that are close to the same spelling.

But I freaking told you I want "Sales." If I picked "Sales" why are you asking me to pick between the 2? Don't look it up, just send it to the "Sales" group.


Recent Contacts in Lotus Notes - Stupid

There is a new feature in Lotus Notes 8.x called "Recent contacts." What it does is this.

Anyone that you send or receive an email from it takes their email address and adds it to your recent contacts.

This is a great because if I want to send an email to a vendor, I just start typing and the type-ahead just looks it up. I think it's great and use it all the time.

I have some major problems with it though.

1. It does not sync recent contact to my blackberry. This is probably a RIM thing, not notes.
2. It adds people that are in our Domino Directory to the recent contacts. Why?
3. It adds people that are in my personal address book to the recent contacts. Why?
4. It adds groups that are in the Domino Directory to the recent contacts. Why?

If they are in the Domino Directory, why the hell would I want them in the recent contacts? Type ahead just finds them.

Why oh why does it add Domino Groups to it? It causes huge problems when the group is updated in Domino.

I like the concept of recent contacts, but some of things it does it just STUPID!

Lotus please take a look at this.

And yes I know we can turn it off, but some people really like the feature.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lotus Notes oddities

Lotus notes is great, you can upgrade the server first without having to upgrade all your clients at the same time. We also used to be able to to upgrade the mail file design as well before upgrading the client. So far we have seen 2 issues with our upgrade to 8 and then 8.5

Issue 1.
Mail file is at 8.02, Client is on 7.x
- When the user clicks on preferences, the out of office does not show up.
upgraded the user to Notes 8.02 basic and it works just fine.

Issue 2.
Mail file was 8.5 client was 8.02
- Signatures did not work. You could turn it on and enter information into the field, it just would not work. My guess it this has something to do with the new way signatures are handled in 8.5. I just replaced the design on his file to 8.02 and all it good.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The next 8 weeks = Stress and Late nights

Here is what is on my plate for the next 8 weeks at work.

1. Re-IP the network, all locations, all devices. We are currently on a public ip range.
2. Replace the entire LAN infrastructure at all locations, moving from Dell to Foundry switches
3. Replace the entire WAN infrastructure, switching carriers at all locations
4. Train, install and cutover new IP Phone system for all locations
5. All my other day to day tasks as well

If this all goes as planned I would be shocked.

We are putting a lot of pressure on our new carrier to install on a short dead-line. Lets hope they can come through.

The best part of this, I bet most of the users won't even care.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How to move Terminal Server Profiles when not an admin

Profiles can cause a lot of problems. Recently I wanted to move all the Terminal Server Profiles to a new server. Well TS is new to us and I didn't realize by default that admin's do not have access to the profile folders.

After many many attempts at trying to move the files I did the following. Backed up the profile directory with Backup Exec 12 and then restored them to a different server. I shared that folder and all is well.

I have since found out that in group policy you can change a setting that will give administrators access to the profile folders when created.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

DAOS Results - Awesome

So far we have just DAOS enabled the mail files.


279 gb total

NSF's - 63b
DAOS - 108gb
Total - 171gb

Savings - 108gb or 38.7%

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

DAOS Estimator v 1.2

Here is an updated estimate from version 1.2

Total DB's analyzed: 1176
Total DB's skipped due to errors: 0
Total Size of NSF's Examined: 279.0 GB
Total Attachments found: 655476
Total Duplicate Attachments found: 311463
Total Duplicate Attachments found: 655476
Estimated Size of DAOSified NSF's: 30.5 GB
Estimate Size of DAOS dir: 136.8 MB
Total Disk Savings: 124.9 GB

Estimated savings %44.76

Monday, March 2, 2009

Storm with os .109

I was about to say that os .109 was the worst one yet. It was extremely slow, would not rotate the screen, etc...

Then I removed my 8gb micro sd card and it was much improved! Rotations were fast, switching apps was fast, etc...

Over the weekend I uninstalled almost every app trying to figure out if 1 of them was causing the problem. So i will re-install most of them and see how it goes.

It seems like the phone is fine until I let the kids watch some videos in media player. After that the phone is just hosed up. I also noticed lately when I dock the phone in the optional cradle it tells me I have to format the microsd card before I can use it. Yet I can use it and everything works fine. hmmm.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Storm with os .99

Last week I wiped my Storm and loaded OS 4.7.99, so far it's been good. No real problems with speed or being laggy. It did lock up the other day when I was trying to find the Illinois Emissions testing center. I was switching between the browser, VZnav and google maps, so I guess I can understand that.

At this rate I might keep it for more than a week before I go back to my Curve.

SageTV Setup

Here is my current setup for SageTV in the house.

  • SageTV 6.5.9
  • 4 x 1tb WD Green Power HD's in Raid 5
  • 3 gb ram
  • AMD x2 64bit 4400
  • ASUS Motherboard MVN-PV something
  • 2 X Hauppauge 2250 PCI-e tuners
  • Dvico USB Gold HD Tuner
  • Dish 322 and 625 Receivers
  • ComSkip
  • Sage Webserver
  • SageMC
  • other add-on's
  • 37" Philips LCD TV
  • SageTV HD-200 Extender
  • Cheap small DVD Player
Home Theater
see this post

Living Room
  • 26" Magnavox LCD TV/DVD combo
  • SageTV Client on Dell GX280 in basement, via S-video to an rf modulator, to channel 3, it works but I really need another HD-200
  • Snapstream Firefly remote
  • Funai VCR

Home Theater Pictures

Here are some pictures on the home theater and in-wall AV rack. Brent over at asked for some pictures and i've been saying for a long time that I would actually post some pictures, so here they are. No door yet for the cabinet, I know how I am going to make it and what materials to use. Just not enough time yet.

In-wall AV Rack includes
  • Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver
  • Sage STX-HD100 Media Extender
  • Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray player
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Harmony One
Close Up

Back of rack

Star Sconces - From Disney's All-Star Resort

Ceiling Mounted Mitsubishi HC-1500 DLP Projector

100" 16:9 Electric drop-down screen

Transformers on Blu-ray

SageTV Server, Router, Modem, Firewall, work area, etc...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

DAOS Estimator - WOW

I finally got around to running the DAOS estimator tool on our main domino server today. Below are the results.

Total DB's analyzed: 1171
Total DB's skipped due to errors: 0
Total Size of NSF's Examined: 264.7 GB
Total Attachments found: 623650
Total Duplicate Attachments found: 294805
Total DAOS Eligible Attachments: 623650
Estimated Size of DAOSified NSF's: 25.9 GB
Estimate Size of DAOS dir: 132.1 GB
Total Disk Savings: 119.3 GB

WOW, almost 50% disk savings! I guess we bought too much disk for domino last year. We have over 1tb available for domino apps.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Trying to find a network provider to do it all.

We are currently looking for a new network provider that can provide the following.

1. MPLS Network between 3 sites
2. Internet Access at all 3 sites
3. SIP trunking for Local and LD in MO, IL and CO
4. Remote access to the MPLS Cloud
5. Network based firewall
6. Network based Content Filtering
7. Carrier provided and managed routers
8. Certified on the I3 phone system for Local SIP
9. No customer provided firewalls / routers / content filtering boxes

So far, not 1 carrier can do it all.

Does anybody know of a carrier that can do all this?

Global Crossing looks really good to me but they do not have a network based firewall product.

Nobody has network based content filtering, this just seems like a no brainer to me. Why would you not want this?

Do most people just bring all Internet traffic back to one location and run content filtering there? Do companies just using proxy based filtering like websense? There just seems to be too many holes in proxy based filtering.

Any help / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Dear President Obama

It's only been a week and I don't agree with anything you have done so far.

If you want to do something right, switch back to Lotus Domino for your email servers. If you want to make it even more secure run it on an iSeries.

Just a thought.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Verizon should sue the US Government

If they really delay the Digital TV transition by 4 months. Verizon bought the 700mhz spectrum to run LTE on. LTE is Long Term Evolution which is a new high speed cellular network.

Verizon is in the testing stages and was hoping to roll it out late this year or so I hear.

So if the government delays the transition this will probably delay LTE.

I am very excited about LTE. LTE promises 50 mb downloads and 25 mb uploads, over a cellular data card. That is some awesome speed over an aircard.

I can't wait for these since it will make my life a lot easier as a sys admin with lots of mobile jobsites / users.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Windows 7, it works great so far

I've heard a lot of really good stuff about windows 7 and decided to give it a shot.

I downloaded the 64 bit version and installed it on a new hard drive in my laptop. The install took maybe 20 minutes start to finish. Wicked fact install for 3gb iso.

It found my wireless card and all the other devices except network cards. I installed the dell connection manager and after that it found my broadcom nic, verizon wireless card and modem.

It still needs drivers for the fingerprint reader, SM bus controller and 1 unknown device. I haven't look yet, but I am sure I can resolve those issues.

So far I like it. It's fast, everything is fast. No waiting for windows no spinning circles of death.

Then again, the only loaded on it, is the base install, windows updates, Lotus Notes 8.5 and firefox. I am actually using IE8 right now. So far it works ok.

I downloaded and installed Google Chrome and it came up with some compatibility issues but it did open and run.

Installed Firefox 3.05 with no issues

Installed new version of skype, says it has known compatibility issues. But seems to work just fine.

Here are the specs on the machine I am running it on.
Dell Latitude E6500
  • Core 2 Duo 2.8ghz
  • 4gb ram
  • 250gb hard drive
  • Intel 5300 wifi card
  • Broadcom internal NIC
  • Backlit keyboard
  • DVD burner
  • Nvidia 110 video card

A another week with the Storm, back in the drawer it goes

So I decided to give the storm another shot. The first part of the week it seemed to pretty well with a few little problems. I installed .86 and it got 10 times worse. It is sluggish all the time, the keyboard doesn't work right, etc...

I need a phone that works and works fast when I need it to. So back to the curve I go again. Not really complaining since I really like the curve.

The Storm has a lot of potential but the software is still way too buggy for me.

I3 Class Roundup

Well my laptop crashed on me this week so I didn't get to update day 4 and 5 sooner.

Day 4 we covered the following
  • Interaction Attendant and Labs
  • System Configuration and Labs
  • Overview of Supervisor

Day 5

We had a 3 hour lab exercise that covered all the basics we covered over the week.

Overall the class was good, a little too basic and a little too slow moving for me. I definitely think they could have given us more material or maybe even some more labs.

Indy is pretty boring in the winter, so it would have been nice to stay later and do more labs.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Is really buggy, am finding out.

I am not sure what is going on, but for some reason when I type really fast is launches the menu function and usually sends an incomplete email. It's extremley frustrating.

Also it seems like when I plug the phone in to charge it is really slow or non-responsive for awhile.

It just seems very buggy to me. I am upgrading to .86 and see if that helps at all.

I3 Admin Class Day 2 and 3

The class is moving along just.

Day 2 we covered the following
People Containers
Role Containers
Workgroup Containers

Day 3
ACD queues and how to weight them
A long lab on ACD queues
More labs
review of chapters

Day 3 was a little odd thanks to a snowstorm, we started a little late and left early to try and avoid traffic.

Monday, January 12, 2009

What is I3 and ININ?

I3 is Interactive Intelligence Inc. ININ is their stock symbol.

They make phone system software specializing in the call center arena. We are not using it in a call center environment but it IS infinitely customizable.

It is all IP based and will be using it all three offices, job sites and mobile workers. They don't sell phones, they support anything that runs SIP. We will be using Polycom 430 phones.

We looked at all the major vendors and this was by far the best solution for us. I can't wait till turn this up and start working with business processes.

I3 System Administration 3.0 - Day 1

I am here in wonderful cold, Indianapolis Indiana for a training class at Interactive Intelligence world headquarters.

I am taking the I3 System Administration 3.0 class. This is an introductory class all about the CIC and the Interactive Administrator. So let's go over some of the basics.

  • The training is located in Indy and the corporate location
  • The Office is incredible, this is what a corporate HQ is supposed to look like
  • The Training center is awesome. They have 3 classrooms, soda, chips and snacks, etc
  • The classrooms are fully equipped, each student has 2 servers and 3 phones each
The class
Today started out a little slow but once things got moving we got alot done today. Here are some highlights from today
  • The book is huge! It fills a 4" binder! If I flew I am not sure I would have room to take this home.
  • Ran through the setup wizard, setup the basics, loaded license's, etc
  • Built a Line, Line group and provisioned 2 phones
  • Tested it all out
  • Got a good lesson in SIP, codec's and standards
So far so good. On to day #2

Storm notes

Some more notes

Battery Life
  • Once it hit 30% it stayed there for about 4 more hours even though I was emailing and twittering on it. I guess it might be a pre-release issue
  • Portrait mode keeps bringing up the menu when I am typing and sending non complete emails. it is very frustrating
  • Landscape mode rocks. I rarely select the wrong letter.
  • You gotta use your thumbs and both hands, it works 10x better this way
  • I've noticed if the screen does not rotate just do this. Touch the screen, don't click it, just touch and it will rotate instantly.
  • Move /hide your icons - i've been way more productive by hiding 50% of the icons i never use. I even created a folder and moved some into it

Vlingo looks really cool and I thought it worked with the storm. It's part of the reason I switched back to the storm. It installs, but says it is not supported. I used it for a little bit and it made the LED turn bright red and made the phone really slow. I rebooted and uninstalled it.

Blackberry Storm - Round 2

I decided to give my Storm a second shot. I got a new OS (unofficial) of course and some new apps to try out.

So far here are some of my thoughts.
  • Wow, the screen is awesome. big and high res it's great when apps utilize it like vznav
  • nznav continues to impress me
  • since it has a real gps radio I can use the phone on speakerphone and continue to use vznav on the screen. Nice.
  • Battery life sucks. it was 100% thing morning, now 30% - i have been hammering on it all day
  • when the keyboard works it works awesome, when it doesn't i hate it
I've started to just hammer away on the keyboard and let spell check try and fix my bad typing. It works amazing well.

Twitteryberry works well but not in landscape mode

Talklock - a free app that locks the screen when on a call, is a must and works really well

So far that's my thoughts....

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Domino 8.5 Document Compression

My mail file was about 1.9 gb. I converted it to the 8.5 template and turned on document compression. I compacted my database and saved 11% Not bad.

I guess this was introduced in 8.01 but wasn't aware of it.

Saving 11% of disk space with a click of a box. I wonder if exchange can do that. For free.

Domino 8.5 HF1 or HF2?

There is already an update available for 8.5 on fix central.

It says it is HF1, but yet when the server starts it says Domino 8.5 HF2, it also says HF2 in Domino admin.

No problems, just kinda odd.

Thanks to Ed Brill and IdoNotes for pointing out the fix already.

You can find it here.

Domino 8.5

8.5 came out yesterday and I downloaded it right away.

The IT staff was already working late for another project, so we decided to go ahead and upgrade the servers from 8.02 and 8.01 to 8.5

The mail and blackberry server upgraded just fine with no issues that we are aware of. One box is running on Virtuozzo and the other on VMWare.

Our sametime server is special. The OS is 64 bit server 2003, but I had to install Domino 32bit to get sametime to work. I forgot about this and installed the 64bit version of 8.5 and therefore broke sametime.

I tried several things late last night to get it to work and then I finally just restored that server from the night before.

So today I will have to upgrade that box to 8.5 and see how it goes.

I am excited about 8.5 especially ID vault. DAOS sounds awesome but since about half of our users have local mail files I am not sure how much value we will find with it. We will turn it on anyways and find out.

Macworld 2009 - blah

So the big keynote has come and gone and I think it was more of a let down than anything.

The one good thing is that itunes is finally DRM free. Now why do I have to pay more for it be DRM free? I am not sure, but it didn't cost much to upgrade my 85 songs to iTunes Plus.

Now I will actually be able to play the music I paid for on Sagetv setup in any room in the house.

I really wish apple would have released a home server, or even a mini tower of some kind. oh well.

I found a way to make time machine work with a windows network share so I will give that a shot and see if I can backup my mac to my server that way.

Another good thing about macworld is that IBM officially announced Lotus Notes 8.5

Friday, January 2, 2009


I listen to a ton of podcasts now. When I have listened to all the new ones on my iPod, I feel kinda bummed that I have to listen to the radio. Here is what I am currently listening to.

Disney Podcasts

The Cranky Geeks
Mac OS Ken
The Social Geeks
Windows Weekly
Realtime Community - Windows Server
Leo Laporte
Windows Week in Review

I think the December 25th episode of the DisUnplugged in the funniest episode ever.

Dell Mini 9 - a mini review

Size compared to an iPhone.

I am typing this on a Dell Mini 9. I think I love this thing.

We got this for work to try something new in the field, but I am playing, um evaluating it, first.

There was no option for WWAN when I ordered it but I figured I could add the mini-pci card after the fact. Well there is an area on the mobo that says WWAN, and there is a spot for the header, but no header on the mobo, what the hell?

I got it tethered to my curve via bluetooth and works really well for surfing the web.

We went out shopping yesterday for a new vacuum cleaner. We took the mini with us and my wife was reading reviews on amazon in Target while looking at models and pricing. After a while we found a better deal at wal-mart and went there to get it.

I just realized that there is an Amazon app for the iPhone. I just downloaded it and were reading reviews on it. Oh well the mini is still cool. Maybe we have too much tech in this household?

It is so small and light that we could take it in the store without feeling weird about it.

The keyboard is OK, not unbearable, but it works just fine.

Battery life is pretty good, I got a good 3 hours out of it yesterday while constantly surfing the web.

Overall, I love this thing. I might actually buy one for myself if it wasn't $650. I loaded this one up. You have to remember what this is and what it is intended for. It works awesome for that. Your not going to play games on it or write a novel, but it is great for web surfing.

Now if apple actually makes a bigger iPod Touch, I would have to rethink a netbook purchase.

My only complaint is charging it. The AC adapter has no light on it and the battery does not have a charge indicator. So the only way to know if it charging is too look at the front of it. Dell has spoiled me with the new D series chargers, they have a blue LED on the end that plugs into the laptop and the batteries have a button on them to see how charged they are.