I had no idea that Lotus Notes was still around. I’m not stupid… I know David Allen uses Lotus Notes, but I had it in my head that it was stagnant software. Like it hadn’t been updated in a zillion years. I also had it in my head that even if it was still out there and being updated, it was only on an enterprise level. Not a single user level. Definitely not available on a Mac in any way, shape or form. Eric set me straight and I left our meeting excited to get up to my hotel room and download Lotus Notes for the Mac. It was HARD to get to the download area - I had to create a log in! Dude, that’s too much work! - and then, the entire layout was just unfriendly. It was really a battle. I was not happy at all. Not quite frustrated, but unhappy.
When I got home from the Summit, I tried to install Lotus Notes on the Mac. It installed, wouldn’t do email, and then crashed and burned. Now, when I try to start the software, it tells me that it can’t find the user ID and it can’t find the server. I don’t know what's wrong. Googling isn’t getting me the answers I need, and the IBM tech note assumes you’re in a business environment - not on a couch, in your jammies, with a MacBook on your lap. I’m a little over using Notes on the Mac. I just can’t get it to behave and I’m seriously tired of fighting with it. I never did get eProductivity installed on there, either.
I ended up getting a new computer [a PC] earlier than planned. As soon as I got it up and running, I downloaded fresh copies of both Lotus Notes and eProductivity. They installed like a charm and I haven’t looked back. Every day, I open Notes and view my lists in eProductivity with a huge smile on my face. (Yes, I AM a dork. Thanks for asking.) I work for two people I call Crazy Makers and just knowing that I have a trusted system where I can find everything seriously makes my day. I NEVER felt that comfortable with Outlook. It’s much easier to deal with their constant insanity now!! I really love how easy it is to create projects, subprojects, link documents and write notes in the system while I’m on the phone with them, trying desperately to keep up as they jump from topic to topic.
For me, the combo of Lotus Notes and eProductivity on a PC is like using a Mac: It. Just. Works... ...At this point, I don’t care if I need to get a paper route to pay for it. Lotus Notes and eProductivity will NOT be coming off the work PC once the trials are over. I will fight to the death to keep the software.
Tamara still needs some help getting Lotus Notes to install on her Mac:
And, despite all my issues, I’m still not ready to give up on the Mac… but I don’t know what my next step is. I need a Lotus Notes / Mac Guru and I’m willing to pay for help! I want to experience that mind like water state at home, too. If you are ready, willing and able, please email me: tamara [dot] nelson [at] gmail [dot] com - or find me on Twitter (I’m uconntam).
Her post is much longer and I encourage you to read the full post:
I’m a Mac and a PC and I love Lotus Notes
Thanks to this blog and my recent speeches and podcasts, I regularly receive requests from people that want to switch to Lotus Notes, either because they have heard David Allen or me talking about it in our semiars or because they have seen eProductivity and now want Lotus Notes. The challenge is I'm not really equipped to support these inquiries and many people tell me that the IBM sites are terribly complex for someone who simply wants to purchase, download, and install Notes for the first time.