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The server was unavailable today - so you didnt get to catch up with my latest blog entry from ... Wednesday. Sorry. Anywhoo, it transpired that Lotus Domino 8.5.0 for windows/32 bit (surely representing about 95% of the number of domino servers out there running 8.5), with Fix Pack 1 (just out) has a few 'issues'. Lets not get all hysterical and use the word 'Cursed', but I'd certainly go with 'Stability Issues'. Hotfixes are apparently circulating - so speak to your friendly Business Partner or (quite friendly sometimes) Lotus Support folks. In my case, a few heavily used databases seem to corrupt themselves with 'unable to allocate space'.

I'm probably at fault here by stupidly^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H incautiously allowing the Domino 8.5 server upgrade databases to the ODS for 8.5. And of course this server gets very little attention from myself. So no - its not going to start biting you in the balls^H^H^H^H^H paycheck anytime soon.

However, this loss of quality control is somewhat alarming, and I'd crank back on my usual "Just slap in the latest release, the guys over at Lotus know how to write good code" level of confidence to "You know what, test the damn nuts off the thing before you commit", because quite frankly I dont like getting support calls when I'm out with the lawyers at lunch on a Friday. I certainly got bit hard with this a month or so ago when code that had ran perfectly well since 2001 failed on 8.5. We had to downgrade a three domain, eight server environment to 7.0.4 on the strength of that one.

But hey -as we're all told time and time again - 8.5.1 is just spiffy, and will cure all evils. When it gets here. Sometime. I'm looking forward to the recently decesased rising from the dead, the resumption of peace in the world, and personally a loss of 40 pounds in weight. Is it that good ? Lets see.

Sorry to lay such a bummer on everyone. If your not part of the designer program (and I'm not anymore for reasons best discussed with a pint in my hard), then mosey on over and join in. It seems to be open-doors these days, so no more funny handshakes or extreme-asskissing required. Unless you like that sort of thing.

I guess the learning experience from this would be not to promote a huge expansion in feature set in a hugely complex product whilst laying off some of your most experienced engineers, whilst outsourcing the development to completely new engineers half way across the globe. Because, despite what the bean counters say, its never as cheap as they promise, and you know what - quality does actually suffer. I personally wish I was surprised by that statement.