At least in Notes 7 & 8 you can output status bar history into a file on your workstation. Add the following to your notes.ini:
Make copying attachments work better (25 Feb 2009)
Just a quick note: drag-and-drop works in read mode.
This should be controlled by notes.ini variable (and enabled on development/test servers only).
Designer Task to refresh from selected templates only (06 Feb 2009)
I tested the Convert approach and it seems to work. The only (small) problem with it is that it does design replace instead of refresh.
Thanks for the tip!
Rewrite @DBLookup in assembler (04 Feb 2009)
I think the @Formula engine was rewritten couple years ago. I would assume that this particular function is pretty well optimized for speed.
Designer Task to refresh from selected templates only (04 Feb 2009)
I think Convert converts all .nsf files in a directory (or text file); my idea would be to limit files by template name. You could update e.g. all databases on a server that inherit design from Agent Log template.