Lotus Knows how to please Google calendar users using Traveler

I am truly stunned what technology can achieve those days. Just discovered that there is now the possibility to display your Google contacts’ birthdays within the Google calendar. Check out the ‘more’ section in this document.

Combine above with the new 8.5.1 feature that allows for calendar feeds to be downloaded for offline use:


Now syncronise your mail file with your mobile device using Traveler. Within a flash you got all your Google Calendar entries replicated to your mobile device using pure Lotus technology.

When upgrading to Lotus Traveler 8.5.1

In case you are planning to upgrade to Lotus Traveler 8.5.1, ensure that you are replacing the index.html file in the <Domino data directory>\domino\html\traveler folder after the upgrade. The new file is provided as index_template.html and is part of the installation.

Without updating the index.html file, mobile users trying to download the updated phone client would still be getting the 8.5 version.

You can confirm that the new index.html page is in place when the Nokia Series 60 entry has been split up into a 3rd Edition and 5th Edition client as shown below.


Lotus Traveler advanced

My head is buzzing around Lotus Travler, Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 devices. If I would have known how cool this stuff can be I would have started looking into it much earlier!

Anyhow, my recent adventure into setting up IBM Lotus Traveler for a corporate taught me more tricks of the trade than I am able to put into one individual blog entry due to limited amount of time. That’s because there is much more to be discovered!

Tip #1: Install Domino x.509 root certificates for S60 devices:

IBM provides us with the option of secure (HTTPS) communication between the Lotus Traveler client and the Domino Server. No problemo I though, just create a key ring with the root certificate using the Domino Certification authority and issue a certificate for the domino server, import the root certificate to the mobile device and …

But wait, how do I get the certificate to the device? Just moving it over via Bluetooth or file transfer brings up an error: “Messaging: Feature not supported” or “Unable to open. File type not supported”.

Once the solution to this little annoyance has been found it seems to be so easy.  Kaz 911 is explaining how to install (Microsoft) Exchange certificates on S60 devices. The same procedure applies to Domino issued certificates – looks like there is commonality between the two products.

In a Nutshell:

  1. Place the certificate file on a web server than can be accessed from the phone browser
  2. Define the mime type for the .der extension on your web server as application/x-509-ca-cert
    If you don’t happen to have access to the mime.types file on the Apache server and you are not using Domino you could also just amend the .htaccess file adding  AddType application/x-x509-ca-cert .cer
  3. Browse to the file with the phone browser and accept the certificate