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From my inbox|
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 4:13p Volker Weber
Somebody looking for work:
So far, I completed fifteen Notes mail to Exchange/Office 365. Eight using Binary Tree's CMTe and seven using the Quest/Dell's Migrator for Notes to Exchange.
That is quite impressive. However, if I may dispense a piece of advice: that works is eventually going away. Build new skills. MEAN?
Capt vowe is in the Holodeck #msts2016|
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 3:55p Volker Weber
Photo Franz Mattes
Hololens is everywhere at the Microsoft Technical Summit 2016 in Darmstadt. Partners showcase their ability to write software for the platform. And Microsoft offered me a 30 minute private session with a Hololens.
Hololens is not a peripheral tethered to a powerful PC, unlike the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Both of them are Virtual Reality Headsets that immerse you in a different world. Hololens is also not a a simple diving goggles style smartphone accessory like the Galaxy G
Sonos 7 out with two huge improvement|
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 3:48p Volker Weber
I have had no communication from Sonos on this release, but Sonos 7 is now live in the App Store. And that comes with two huge improvements, one of which is unknown so far.
You can now play on Sonos from Spotify. That means, right within the Spotify app you can select the Sonos players you want to play on. Nothing goes away. You can still do it from the Sonos app. For controlling your Sonos speakers from the Spotify app you need to set up a connection between your Sonos ID and your Spotify ID.
Microsoft Technical Summit 2016 in Darmstadt #msts2016|
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 2:34p Volker Weber
Der Microsoft Technical Summit hat sich in Darmstadt etabliert. 1300 Teilnehmer, ausverkauft. Und ich habe einige bekannte Gesichter gesehen, die ich vorher nur von IBM-Konferenzen kannte. Und natürlich andere Teilnehmer aus den Vorjahren.
Scott Guthrie war angereist, um im wesentlichen die gleiche Rede wie in New York zu halten. Er hatte sogar das selbe Hemd an:
Und wenn man ein bisschen genauer hinschaut, dann sieht man, er benutzt Google Chrome, Adblock und Spotify:
Please report your BlackBerry Android security updates|
Mon, Dec 5th 2016 7:36a Volker Weber
Google is releasing the December patch and I would like to understand when BlackBerry delivers the update to which devices.
I will not spam your inbox with links to this form, I promise. Just asking you to fill out the form when you are receiving your BlackBerry Android security forms. It just takes a few seconds and should work on your phone. This is what I am collecting:
Where you bought it (Carrier, Shop BB, etc)
Android security patch level (date)
When you installed the
Don't break the chain :: one and a half years|
Sun, Dec 4th 2016 10:13p Volker Weber
One and a half years later I am still doing 600 kcal a day, 30 minutes of exercise and 12 hours of standing up. I missed one day by 3 kcal on the Move goal. That is why the move goal only shows 78 instead of 79 weeks. How Apple gets to 126 perfect weeks from that, I have no idea.
This program has worked out very well for me. I am stronger, thinner and lighter. No Touch Bar though.
A photo posted by Volker Weber (@volkerweber) on Nov 9, 2016 at 8:56am PST
Lenovo Yoga 910 looks very convincing|
Sun, Dec 4th 2016 9:15p Volker Weber
The other day the son of my friend asked me for advice. He had waited all year for a new MacBook Pro to replace his ageing MacBook Air. But he did not like the range that Apple came out with. Too expensive for him. He wanted 512 GB storage and that meant either 2200 or 1940 € with or without the new Touch Bar, plus dongles. I suggested another MacBook Air which he did not like because of the screen res.
Then I suggested the Yoga 910 but warned he would need to use Windows. He said, no
BlackBerry December Security Patches|
Sat, Dec 3rd 2016 3:14p Volker Weber
Here is my educated guess of what is going to happen in December. First you will see an update for the PRIV, then a few days later for the DTEK60. DTEK50 will receive the November update that was never released, followed by the December update a bit later.
BlackBerry is not communicating about what happened to the DTEK50 November patch. The most likely cause is that they tried to bundle an operating system fix with a security fix and subsequently failed a test.
The bigger problem here is that
You may want to turn this off|
Fri, Dec 2nd 2016 8:18a Volker Weber
I received two Live Photos today. And they should not have been Live Photos, because nothing was moving in the pictures. What is a Live Photo? It's a short movie that shows what happened right before you shot that frame. You see them when swiping through your photos.
Live photos are really nice when you take pictures of people, pets, or anything that moves quickly. But they come at a cost. Since the camera has to record a live video stream it cannot play out its full potential in low light. Ru
Pebble, it was nice knowing you|
Thu, Dec 1st 2016 9:17p Volker Weber
Pebble booth at IFA 2016
Pebble built the first watch I wanted to wear after having a naked wrist for more than ten years. Charge it once a week, wear it carefree, get notifications from the phone. I loved the original watch. At first I could not use it since I was on Lumias, but when I went iPhone only, Pebble was my companion.
I did not like Pebble Steel in matte black with matching steel band, but eventually the stainless steel model with leather band grew on me. But it was always a geek
Martin Shelton :: Signal for Beginners|
Wed, Nov 30th 2016 12:46p Volker Weber
For some reason, people have gotten pretty interested in mobile security lately. So let’s talk about a secure messaging app called Signal.
Install it, grab my .vcard, send me yours. Let's do this.
From my inbox|
Mon, Nov 28th 2016 4:29p Volker Weber
Just in time. I was running very low on inventory. Thank you, Armin!
Surface 3 reset to factory and re-installed|
Fri, Nov 25th 2016 4:17p Volker Weber
The failure to install Windows 10 Cumulative Update has cost me countless hours. And then I decided to reset the machine to factory and re-install it. Which was a piece of cake since everything lives in the cloud here at vowe's magic flying circus. I could not work with literally dozens of machines if anything was stored locally.
Installation of Windows 10 was a breeze. Very few updates, and everything took care of itself. Surface 3 is back in business. I have only one ugly old Win32 applicati
Mal was ganz anderes|
Fri, Nov 25th 2016 10:39a Volker Weber
Das ist ein Tupperware SmartSteanmer. Und den benutze ich, um gesund zu essen. Unten kommen vierhundet Milliliter Wasser rein, in den großen Topf darüber geputztes Gemüse, auf die Ebene darüber kann man zum Beispiel einen Fisch legen, dann Deckel drauf und in die Mikrowelle. Das dauert bei Kartoffeln oder Kohlrabi 20 Minuten, bei anderen auch weniger.
Die oberen Schalen blocken übrigens die Mikrowellen. Nur das Wasser wird direkt erhitzt. Der Dampf
PRIV has some not so obvious features|
Thu, Nov 24th 2016 11:00p Volker Weber
If you are buying a PRIV there are a few things to discover that are not so obvious, depending on whether you are coming from a BlackBerry or an Android angle. The most important thing to understand is the keyboard. You can use the hardware keyboard or an onscreen keyboard. You can configure them to support multiple languages. Mine is set to German and American English. It will suggest words in both languages, depending on what you are writing in the current sentence. That prediction is actually
BlackBerry PRIV für 320 €|
Thu, Nov 24th 2016 4:07p Volker Weber
Als BlackBerry den PRIV letztes Jahr auf den Markt brachte, mussten sie einen Preis von 699 US-Dollar vor Steuern, in Deutschland sogar 779 € aufrufen. Das Gerät war mit gebogenem Samsung-Display, Hardware-Tastatur, 18 MP-Kamera und sehr guter Fertigungsqualität einfach zu aufwändig. Ein Preis, der sich am Markt nicht erzielen ließ, wie wir damals vermuteten und heute wissen.
Als dann der DTEK60 vor kurzem erschien, war der Preis schon auf 499 &
BlackBerry patzt erneut bei Android-Sicherheitsupdates :: heise online|
Wed, Nov 23rd 2016 4:54p Volker Weber
Das 'weltweit sicherste Android Smartphone' soll das DTEK50 laut BlackBerry sein und begründet das unter anderem mit prompten Sicherheitsupdates. Und die bleiben im November erneut aus.
Signal :: Why are my contacts not showing up?|
Wed, Nov 23rd 2016 8:24a Volker Weber
(Chrome desktop app, photo: Open Whisper Systems)
The phone number you used to register your Signal client is your ID. It does not have to be your mobile number. It can be any number where you can receive the confirmation, including VoIP numbers.
How do your friends find you? Signal asks you for access to your address book. This enables the Signal client to match a phone number to a name, and vice versa. If somebody knows your phone number, they can message you, but without an entry of their
Apple Watch 2 :: Two months later|
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 12:19p Volker Weber
I have been wearing the Watch 2 for two months and decided to go back to the original Watch for a bit. The interesting difference is the speed. You do not notice the Watch 2 being faster when you switch to it. But you do notice the old Watch being slower when you go back. How so? You are often ahead of the Watch when you handle it.
Other than that, it feels exactly the same. No pressure to upgrade. watchOS 3 is the real upgrade, and that's on the original Watch as well.
One recommendation: b
Signal :: From 23 to over 50|
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 11:17a Volker Weber
This is going better than I thought. I went from 23 to more than 50 contacts on Signal within one day. Most of my interactions yesterday were on Signal. Just keep going. Install it, add my vcard, send me yours.
The last part is important. I want your number. Most likely I only have your email address. What is a vcard? A simple text file, extension .vcf. It's human readable. Sample for my card:
Signal :: How do you get on my buddylist|
Mon, Nov 21st 2016 2:58p Volker Weber
Signal works with phone numbers as IDs. If I have your phone number in my address book, then I am all set. You just need to add mine to your's.
If I don't have your complete address, why don't you send me a vcard? This is a good opportunity to update my address book. Here is my card.
How do you send your vcard? Go to your own entry in the address book on your phone and then share that contact via email for instance.
Windows Hello :: Hello, Windows|
Mon, Nov 21st 2016 2:14p Volker Weber
None of my Windows PCs has hardware that supports Windows Hello. Fingerprint reader, IR camera or iris detection. Do you? How is it working for you?
Watson Workspace :: How are you liking it?|
Mon, Nov 21st 2016 8:21a Volker Weber
It has been almost four weeks since I got invited to Watson Workspace. Then I invited a lot of other people. Time to look back? How are you liking it? Any thoughts?
Time for Signal|
Sun, Nov 20th 2016 6:05p Volker Weber
The UK has just passed a super-surveillance law. The US is poised to be great again (yes, Germany tried that). Maybe it's time that we change. It's easy, we don't have to do it all at once, but we need to take the first step.
That first step is installing Signal from Whisper Systems. It's audit is looking good. Edward Snowden recommends it and it is available on iPhone and Android.
Signal does messaging and calls, both encrypted. It's easy as in it discovers all your friends, just like iM
Goodbye Surface, hello Lenovo|
Sat, Nov 19th 2016 8:17p Volker Weber
With the Surface 3 retired, I moved back to the Yoga 3 Pro as my Windows 10 machine. It's not perfect, especially the keyboard. That has an extra column of keys to the right which drive my crazy.
But it is very thin and light, and certainly fast enough. And it is installing all Windows 10 fixes, so far. Unfortunately I had to return the Thinkpad X1 Yoga. That was the best 2-in1 I have seen in all of 2016.
Something is going to happen. Maybe I can move up to a Surface Pro 4 or a Yoga 910.
Brauche Hilfe beim Responsive Design|
Sat, Nov 19th 2016 6:24p Volker Weber
Die Website skaliert mittlerweile ganz gut lesbar auch auf Mobilgeräten. Nur die Youtube Videos nicht. Kein Problem auf iOS, aber sehr wohl auf Windows Phone.
Man kann den Embed Code in einem DIV verpacken und damit die richtige Skalierung erreichen. Siehe Tutorial. Aber das funktioniert nicht mit den ganzen alten Postings und ich müsste das in Zukunft immer von Hand machen.
Apple Book :: The complete walkthrough|
Sat, Nov 19th 2016 11:41a Volker Weber
Google retail mini-store at Best Buy|
Fri, Nov 18th 2016 7:43p Volker Weber
Location: Best Buy Deerfoot Meadows, Calgary
Photo: David Richardson
New hashtag: #WaaH|
Fri, Nov 18th 2016 6:52p Volker Weber
I propose a new hashtag: #WaaH. We know SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). WaaH stands for Windows as a Hobby.
I have now spent hours on trying to install a Windows 10 cumulative update. I even tried installing a standalone installer, which isn't so easy when you are in a reboot loop of install/rollback. I have waited for a new cumulative update - which also did not install. I have done the System File Check (sfc) and Deployment I
Thu, Nov 17th 2016 2:40p Volker Weber
I watched hours of presentations from Connect(); yesterday. Isn't it wonderful, how you can take all of this in without having to sit in an airplane for hours on end? And I am completely at awe how Microsoft has corrected so many mistakes they made in the past. It has been 15 years since Ballmer called Linux a cancer. And now they joined the Linux foundation, bring the CEO of Github on stage, provide a free layer of Visual Studio and SQL Server to everybody. They might eventually even be able t
Canaries in the IT department|
Wed, Nov 16th 2016 11:14a Volker Weber
I used to check MDM policies for very simple signs of things going wrong. Chief among those policies was the camera policy. If you switched that off for "security reasons" just because you could, you were downgrading your user experience without providing security. Well, things have moved on since then, but I have new canaries in the coal mine. For BlackBerry that is Picture Password, for iOS it's TouchID. If you disabled those, please reconsider. Your users hate you. Which means you will los
Day #10 :: BlackBerry DTEK50 is still lying|
Wed, Nov 16th 2016 10:37a Volker Weber
DTEK60 got its November Security Patch on day #1. PRIV followed on day #5. Now it's day #10 and DTEK50 still says its up to date.
This is madness. BlackBerry scrambles to fix Android on day #1 and then they fumble the ball in distribution. Adding insult to injury, the company cannot even explain what it happening. Absolute radio silence.
No, these are not carrier devices. They come directly from BlackBerry. Incredible.
Marshall Mid Bluetooth|
Wed, Nov 16th 2016 9:16a Volker Weber
Marshall kombiniert die Technik des Major II Bluetooth mit dem Bügel des Studio und verkauft das als Mid. Für stolze 200 Euro. Auch wenn der Klang nicht perfekt ist, habe ich den Major II gerne benutzt. Am Ende ging er dann doch zurück.
Intercom for Sonos|
Wed, Nov 16th 2016 8:30a Volker Weber
Intercom for Sonos lets you broadcast your voice to any Sonos speaker on your network. Just select your speakers from the list of available audio zones. Then hold down the Talk button and speak your message. When you let go of the talk button, your message is broadcasted to the selected speaker.
I have no use for this. But I don't have kids I need to get out of bed.
PhotoScan by Google Photos|
Wed, Nov 16th 2016 8:26a Volker Weber
Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future.
That is a very useful tool.
Designed by Apple in California|
Tue, Nov 15th 2016 1:00p Volker Weber
This is a nice present for the Apple fan. Jony Ive writes:
While this is a design book, it is not about the design team, the creative process or product development. It is an objective representation of our work that, ironically, describes who we are. It describes how we work, our values, our preoccupations and our goals. We have always hoped to be defined by what we do rather than by what we say. We strive, with varying degrees of success, to define objects that appear effortless. Objects tha
Stuff that works :: iPhone 7 Plus, Logitech K780, PLT BackBeat Pro 2|
Tue, Nov 15th 2016 10:01a Volker Weber
There is a lot of hardware coming and going at vowe's magic flying circus. There is stuff that works, there is stuff that doesn't. And then there is stuff that gets used. Every. Single. Day.
It's kind of boring to even mention it. But Apple iPhone 7 Plus just kills it. Like the previous three models: 5S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus. When you have one of those, you may be tempted by other phones. Like I was by the Samsung S6 edge. In the end, you just keep using the iPhone. The 7 Plus gave me the teleph
No Airpods for Xmas?|
Mon, Nov 14th 2016 9:48p Volker Weber
My expectations was that Airpods would be the hottest Xmas item. However, Apple has delayed the launch and everything that is not available at Black Friday misses the holiday season. It's a hard decision, but also one that Sonos has made time and again. Don't ship shit!
Wer kann, der kann|
Mon, Nov 14th 2016 8:19p Volker Weber
A photo posted by Stefan von Gagern (@stefanvongagern) on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:35am PST
Not your father's Lotusphere|
Mon, Nov 14th 2016 7:00a Volker Weber
IBM Connect 2017 promises to be a complete departure from the Lotusphere/Connect format we have known for 20+ years. That's why it is moving to San Francisco. Listen to this video in which Inho Cho Suh explains the thinking. If that frightens you, then you should also listen to Steve Mills in this video. Nothing ever goes away.
There is a lot going on at IBM in the collaboration space. The ship is finally turning, which takes a bit of time. I recently crashed a party where IBM talked to select
BlackBerry has a friend|
Sat, Nov 12th 2016 9:19p Volker Weber
And that friend may make an appearance in the next US administration.
The last BlackBerry|
Sat, Nov 12th 2016 6:19p Volker Weber
BlackBerry developed three Android phones to follow up on PRIV: Neon, Argon and Mercury. Neon came out as DTEK50 and Argon as DTEK60, both were TCL designs. But there is third one still in the pipeline: Mercury may be DTEK70, and if it looks anything like the photo above, it's as BlackBerry as it gets.
In the future, BlackBerry plans to license its Android distribution and brand to other manufacturers.
Es ist nur ein Hobby|
Sat, Nov 12th 2016 1:15p Volker Weber
'Windows as a Service' ist ja eine nette Idee. Immer alles aktuell, ganz von selbst. Soweit die Theorie. Die Praxis sieht anders aus. Nachts möchte das Surface gerne neu starten. Installiert sich das neueste kumulative Update, startet noch mal neu. Und schmeisst es wieder runter, weil irgendwas nur in der Theorie funktioniert. Manchmal höre ich es, manchmal schalte ich die Kiste auch einfach aus.
Es ist nur ein Hobby. Ich habe ein paar Macs zum Arbeiten. Wenn ich von diese
War ich nicht|
Fri, Nov 11th 2016 1:47p Volker Weber
Heute einen Anhörungsbogen bekommen. Ich soll zu schnell gefahren sein. Nur: ich fahre weder einen Joghurtbecher, noch habe ich so scheußliche Klamotten. Sehr cool: man kann den Anhörungsbogen online ausfüllen.
Le calendrier 2017 d'Aubade est arrivé|
Fri, Nov 11th 2016 11:04a Volker Weber
BlackBerry updates continue to disappoint|
Fri, Nov 11th 2016 8:57a Volker Weber
BlackBerry applied the November security fixes to their secure version of Android and released them on Monday. So far, excellent. But they fail time and again to get these updates out to their phones in the field. DTEK60 got the update on Monday, but both DTEK50 and PRIV are still telling me they are up to date with their October fix. These are not carrier devices, they come directly from BlackBerry.
What is it that makes them fail time and again?
How to turn off Microsoft's newest Office 365 pop-up ad|
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 2:21p Volker Weber
Microsoft is targeting Office 365 users who aren't using locally installed Office 2016 apps with a new pop-up ad. Here's how to turn off that notification.
IBMers are pre-registered for Watson Workspace|
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 2:18p Volker Weber
Got this email today:
"Ironically enough, I work directly for IBM Watson Health, and I still can’t seem to get an invite. Any chance you have an extra invite you can float me?"
As it turns out, you don't need an invite as an IBMer. Ralph Siepmann explains:
For Watson Workspace you have to use your http://ibm.com (not w3 Intranet) ID.
Just login at workspace.ibm.com. Once you are inside, you can invite other people via email to their IBMid.
The Surface Pro 4 keyboard cover makes all the difference|
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 8:33a Volker Weber
I like my Surface 3. But a few days ago I briefly played with a Surface Pro 4. I don't care much for the additional power. But the keyboard cover plays in a completely different league from the old Surface 3 keyboard. This alone would be worth the upgrade.
The trackpad has also improved tremendously, but it cannot touch a MacBook trackpad. They are worlds apart. Rule of thumb: if you see somebody unpack a mouse, the trackpad sucks.
BlackBerry DTEK50 vs DTEK60|
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 8:18a Volker Weber
Horia asked me a question this morning, that I did not know the answer to: does the DTEK60 have an FM radio like the DTEK50 has? Frankly, I had not even noticed that the DTEK50 had a radio. And no, the DTEK60 does not have one.
This got me thinking about how I feel about these two devices. I mean, if you look at the specs, the DTEK60 wins hands down. It is superior in every aspect. More memory, faster chipset, better screen, better camera, larger battery. But somehow, I like the DTEK50 better.
Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 :: The weight confusion|
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 7:48a Volker Weber
If you look at the specs for the BackBeat Pro 2 and the BackBeat Pro Special Edition, you get misleading specs about the weight. The Pro 2 is supposed to weigh 544 g (1.2 lbs) and the Pro 2 SE is listed as 1011 g (2.23 lbs). Both of those measurements include everything inside the box. The headset itself is much lighter as you can see above.
Android Auto directly on your phone screen|
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 5:11p Volker Weber
We launched Android Auto two years ago with the goal to better integrate phones and cars, and give drivers an easier way to access the information they need. There are now over 200 new car models supporting Android Auto offered from more than 50 brands, and many more launching every day. But we know there are millions of older cars on the road that are not compatible with Android Auto, and many don't have a screen at all. We wanted to bring the same connected experience to these drivers too.
BlackBerry starts rolling out November security patch for Android|
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 4:32p Volker Weber
DTEK60 was the first device here at vowe's magic flying circus to receive the update. Now waiting for DTEK50 and PRIV.
From Evernote to Notes|
Sun, Nov 6th 2016 12:03p Volker Weber
I migrated from Evernote to OneNote a while ago, and I have not looked back. I have a few hundred notes that I can arrange in OneNote just as I please and it also lets me take handwritten notes on iPad Pro and Surface.
OneNote isn't for everyone though. People who only keep a few dozen notes, on iOS and macOS devices only, may be better off with the Notes application available on both. It's all synced through iCloud so you don't need another user id. Migrating from Evernote to OneNote is ext
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 4:03p Volker Weber
Today, at an event in New York City, we announced Microsoft Teams—the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. It’s naturally integrated with the familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on the Office 365 global, secure cloud. Starting today, Microsoft Te
Two things that are not obvious about Spotify Connect & Sonos|
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 3:50p Volker Weber
There are two things that are not obvious about Spotify Connect when working with Sonos:
When friends are visiting and connect to your home Wifi, their Spotify app will discover your Sonos players. They can play their own playlists and tracks on your speakers, without having to download and install the Sonos app.
Spotifiy Connect knows your speakers, even when you are not on your home Wifi. That means you can play something when you are not yet connected. Transfer the music from your car to yo
Slack is afraid|
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 3:05p Volker Weber
Dear Microsoft, Wow. Big news! Congratulations on today’s announcements. We’re genuinely excited to have some competition.
Not of IBM, though.
Ab mit der Kirche, ins Dorf!|
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 11:42a Volker Weber
Nachdem uns letzte Woche kollektiv der Nucki rausgefallen ist, weil Apple nicht einfach so weiter gemacht hat, ist es jetzt mal an der Zeit, mit dem Gebrüll aufzuhören und den Nucki wieder reinzustecken. Ich kenne meine Pappenheimer. Wenn Gadget Blogger Apple bescheinigen, endgültig verblödet zu sein, dann sehe ich Clickbait und nicht etwa nachdenken. Zeit also selbst mal zu reflektieren, ob nur das Knie gezittert hat oder die Erde bebt.
Was ist passiert? App
Previewing Watson Workspace was a major disappointment|
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 11:09a Volker Weber
When IBM announced Watson Workspace last week, it took me a while to understand that this was Project Toscana, first previewed in January at IBM Connect. At the time I warned everyone that this was a canned demo, where presenters where just faking using the product. I had learned this a year earlier when IBM presented a new Connections version that did not exist yet. So here we were, looking at a new messaging product that IBM supposedly had been working for quite some time.
Project Toscana was
Control Sonos from Spotify|
Tue, Nov 1st 2016 4:24p Volker Weber
Sonos integrates dozens of music services into their own controller. Search for a track and it will search across all services at the same time, as long as you are using the Android or iOS controller. That's not going away.
But honestly, how many st4eaming music services do you pay for? Chances are it is Spotify. Or Apple Music, maybe something else. Most likely you have one, and one only. And in that case, your want to use their app. Because it probably suits you way better than a Sonos contr
Anderson .Paak is fire|
Tue, Nov 1st 2016 9:30a Volker Weber
Want to test how your cans sound? How about some Anderson .Paak? I love these NPR Tiny Desk Concerts.
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 :: First Impressions|
Mon, Oct 31st 2016 7:26a Volker Weber
I love the BlackBeat Pro cans and have recommended them for years. Their only downside is that they are comically large. Not Plantronics has addressed this issue and made the new headset oval shaped instead of round.
I want to write this from a comparison perspective. But before we dive into that, first an introduction to both headsets for those who don't know them. The BackBeat Pro is an over-the-ear headset that provides great isolation when traveling. You can take a phone call, but the hea
Thoughts on desktop Macs|
Sun, Oct 30th 2016 6:29a Volker Weber
Announcing the Mac event as 'Hello Again' may have set the expectations too high. Everybody reads their own wish list into an iconic event like Hello where the original Mac was introduced, and Hello (Again) which was the debut of the Bondi Blue iMac.
I can see how Apple has viewed the introduction of the Touch Bar as a defining new moment. But most people expected nothing more than a complete refresh of the Mac line-up. But given the fact that Apple has been unable to keep their announcements
Will Apple ever make a touch MacBook?|
Sat, Oct 29th 2016 3:26a Volker Weber
This questions comes up time and again. I believe they will not. Let me explain:
We started this journey with 80 character wide text screens. To navigate this screen we used a cursor, a reverse blinking box. We moved the box around with four cursor keys and you could insert text or overwrite text.
With the Graphical User Interface (GUI) we added a mouse pointer. That was an extra layer on top, which also let you move the cursor, now a caret, to a certain place in your text. You were able to se
Fri, Oct 28th 2016 6:20a Volker Weber
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
If there is a message to my younger self, it would be this. Sometimes I did not embark on a journey, because it looked too far. Sometimes I gave up, because I lost trust in myself. Sometimes I was too afraid to go.
Get up and go. Take your time. And then do not stop. Never stop. If you fall, rise. And go. After a while, you get closer. Keep going until you are there. And then set a new goal. Just keep going.
Even if it lo
Some thoughts on the Apple Keynote|
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 3:33p Volker Weber
Well, this was confusing. I need to put some order into all this "best ever". The Apple TV announcement is US only, from December. I will skip right over it.
Two new MacBook Pro in 13" and 15" with the all new Touchbar. Thinner, lighter, brighter, more colors. And they threw out all the ports and replaced them with four Thunderbolt 3, read USB-C. No Magsafe, so your kid can pull your Macbook Pro from the table again.
Now it gets weird. Another Macbook Pro 13" without the Touchbar and two
Cybook Ocean with Solar Leaf Cover :: First Impressions|
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 6:37a Volker Weber
We have always used Kindle book readers, ever since the second edition, which my late friend Thomas brought back from the US, when they weren't even sold here. They have very clear advantages over other tablets: you can read their e-paper display in direct sunlight and they consume very little energy. And then, sometimes, this happens:
If you rarely need to charge something, sometimes you forget to do it. This is where the Solar Leaf Cover comes in. It hides a photovoltaic charging mechanism
Microsoft is bringing the sexy back|
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 3:29a Volker Weber
A few thoughts on yesterday's events, in a particular order:
Ever since the candy colored iMacs, Jony Yves' first major Apple contribution, we have known that success is not achieved by megahertz and gigabyte. You need to delight people.
Windows was relegated to accountants and gamers. Business needed a platform to run old-fashioned apps, gamers needed all the power they could get. It was a race to the bottom as business kept pushing DULL onto every single desktop. Lenovo kept squeezing one
DTEK60 :: Mein Bericht auf heise online|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 2:25p Volker Weber
Ich musste noch ein wenig auf das Gerät warten, weil ich nicht nur die Pressemitteilung abschreiben wollte. Und ohne anfassen geht das nicht. Ein kleines Video habe ich auch gemacht.
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 2:19p Volker Weber
Impressive industrial design, very expensive, no announcement for Germany yet.
Invited to Watson Workspace|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 10:03a Volker Weber
Got an invitation, tried it out. I have seen this result before.
Inhi Cho Suh announces Watson Workspace|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 6:09a Volker Weber
"The Future of Work with Watson: Build Tomorrow’s Workplace Today with the Magic of Cognitive" - this is how IBM envisions collaboration in the future. Watch the 44 minutes and let me know what you think. I found some humor in the the whole theme "cyber illusion".
Three days :: Three Launches|
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 5:21a Volker Weber
Travelling to New York for a day sounds way more glamorous than it is. Airport procedures, immigration queues, being treated like cattle by security, sitting for hours on the plane. There are upsides: great hotels, the buzz of a wonderful city, meeting people. But if you don't have to squeeze yourself into your hands-on videos ("Hey, whats up guys, ... here with the latest wares") you can sit back on your desk with a much better working environment and watch the webcast. For me this happens t
Lenovo Yoga Book :: Two weeks in|
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 4:44a Volker Weber
The Lenovo Yoga Book is a dream. It's thin, it's light, it's elegant. It would be my companion when I leave the house. But I am afraid it's not working for me.
One reason is dozens of quirks with Windows 10. Sometimes it does not turn on. Sometimes it does not turn off I assume, because the battery is depleted. When I tap on a link in Twitter, it inverts the screen before flipping back to show the page in Edge. I can't move a Window to the side in tablet mode; you do that to split the scre
Six weeks with the Sen.se ThermoPeanut|
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 10:19a Volker Weber
It's been about six weeks with the Sen.se ThermoPeanut and my initial enthusiasm has been superseded by disappointment. Yes, it is easy to setup, yes it does work. But unfortunately not in any useful capacity to me.
Ever since the Eve Weather revealed it's disappointing Bluetooth range, I wanted something else to track the outside temperature. The ThermoPeanut isn't IP rated meaning it can only really be used indoors. But I have one Belkin Netcam HD which has survived three years outside and
Logitech K780 :: What a keyboard|
Sat, Oct 22nd 2016 8:49a Volker Weber
This is one of the rare moments where I meet a product that checks out in every single aspect. The K780 is a desktop keyboard, that can hold up your tablet or smartphone. It's a full featured six row keyboard with numeric keypad. Zero compromises.
The most important trick is the Bluetooth switcher. You pair it with three devices at a time simply by holding down one of those numbers for three seconds. Once you paired your devices you just hit the corresponding key and it connects.
It is qu
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 11:18a Volker Weber
Ich bin ein absoluter Fritz!Box-Fan. Punkt. Aber vor gut drei Wochen hatte ich auf einmal ein Problem mit meiner 7490. Der Sync zur Telekom brach zusammen. Ich war felsenfest überzeugt, das kann nur an der Telekom liegen, aber die war völlig unschuldig. Das habe ich schnell herausgefunden, in dem ich eine 7390 dran gehängt habe. Alles ging, also hatte das DSL-Modem einen Schlag.
Zeit für eine neue Fritz!Box und wieder sollte es das beste sein, was AVM zu biet
DTEK updates finally rolling out to all devices|
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 3:13a Volker Weber
We have become aware of an issue related to the updating of specific open market versions of DTEK50 in Europe with monthly security patches. The latest software will be available starting the week of October 17th. We are taking steps to ensure that future security updates won’t get caught up in any operating system updates which can cause delays. - Alex Thurber, SVP BlackBerry Device Sales
Last week it came to our attention that some DTEK50 weren't updating at all. Some were still
A few thoughts on the Galaxy Note 7 aftermath|
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 11:11a Volker Weber
Lots of articles about what the best replacement is and I find them not very useful. Some thought in no particular order:
The Note 7 was unique. It had everything Samsung had to offer. If you don't need the S-Pen, you can get the S7 edge. But you wanted the S-Pen, so there.
Google has finally made an iPhone. And they got it right, right out the door. You can finally buy a premium "Nexus". It's pure Android, no funny bloatware, and it will remain at the cutting edge of Android.
You learn something every day|
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 4:40a Volker Weber
When editing a text on iPhone 6S or 7, force touch the keyboard to get a track pad. #mindblown
Registration for Connect 2017 is now open|
Wed, Oct 19th 2016 2:11a Volker Weber
Plantronics updates the BackBeat Pro cans|
Tue, Oct 18th 2016 4:41p Volker Weber
I have had only one complaint about the BackBeat Pro headset: it's comically large on your head. But it does sound really great and it works extremely well isolating you from the noise around you. And it can do that 24 hours on a single charge.
Plantronics has been updating this 2013 design and came up with something smaller and lighter. I can't judge it from the photos, but supposedly the new cans take up 35% less volume and are 15% lighter, while sounding even better. I will let you know wh
vowe's choice 2016|
Sun, Oct 16th 2016 7:18a Volker Weber
While I talk about many products, I use very few tools to work with. They have to be efficient, very low maintenance and purposeful. I never mess with them, I don't install unnecessary software and I clean them up weekly.
I also use the products I write about extensively, so they may seem more important once in a while. But they are not. All of them are inferior in one way or the other. Sometimes the hardware is excellent but the software gives me headaches.
You don't see anything surprisin
Planet Earth II :: Stunning Shots|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 4:00p Volker Weber
Now we know everything about the DTEK60|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 3:01p Volker Weber
The official announcement of the DTEK60 must be imminent. The specs were leaked by BlackBerry, the photos and the price were leaked by B&H Photo in New York, and it's already listed in Canada.
If you look at the photos over at Crackberry.com, you can see it is a TCL device like the DTEK50. I also pegged the price right at $499. It's going to be more expensive than the Priv which is currently on sale at 474 € incl. VAT.
Now BlackBerry has to get out of the door with their new dev
My favorite cup|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 10:46a Volker Weber
Last year, I attended a party at Wolvesmouth together with Karen, on invitation by Sonos. When we arrived we were both handed a steel cup and filled that up with ice cold beer. After a long evening and many refills we were told to keep the cup. They even gave me two extra cups, so Karen and I returned home with two of those each.
I have not used a different cup since.
This Hydro Flask cup not only has the perfect size for me, it also keeps everything inside cold for hours. Fits me quality ob
Lenovo Yoga Book :: Notizen auf Papier|
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 7:10a Volker Weber
Lenovo liefert mit dem Yoga Book drei Kugelschreiberminen, ein magnetisches Klemmbrett und einen hochwertigen Block mit ein paar Blatt Papier mit. Da kommt sofort der Verdacht auf, dass hier ein Zusatzeinkommen wie bei der Druckertinte entstehen soll. OK, unfair, der Drucker ist das Zusatzgeschäft, nicht die Tinte.
Aber das stimmt nicht. Man kann beliebiges Papier im Format DIN A5 nehmen, lochen und auf das Klemmbrett spannen. Auch die Minen sind vollkommen handelsüblich und
Lenovo Yoga Book :: First impressions|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 2:11p Volker Weber
Six week ago at IFA 2016 in Berlin I attended a Lenovo press event where they highlighted a few of their latest products. The Yoga Book was the one device that triggered my must-have reflex the most. It was actually my IFA highlight. It was supposed to go on sale immediately but then Lenovo decided to postpone the launch to this week. So here we are, with a brand new Yoga Book at vowe's magic flying circus.
What you see above is the defining moment of this design. The Yoga Book has a Wacom dig
IBM Champions, make yourself heard|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 8:59a Volker Weber
I have a dream. I would like to see IBM match your contributions. Dollar for Dollar. Rocky has earned it https://t.co/nxwiFxIHRt #justadream— Volker Weber (@vowe) October 13, 2016
You funded Rocky's humble cry for help. Now let's take it up a notch and call in reinforcements. Rocky needs more to get out of his rut.
Gofundme SSL certificate broke today|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 8:36a Volker Weber
The certifier has been revoked by Globalsign. I expect this to be fixed immediately. There is just too much attention on the site.
Why I am doing this|
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 6:02a Volker Weber
This is me today, a year ago, and three years ago. Two and a half years ago I changed my lifestyle. I had always been a couch potato and I have always been fighting with my weight. But instead of dieting I became active. 50 pounds came off in 2014, and more importantly they stayed off.
You can try and write witty comments but I am not budging. I need to exercise and I will continue to do so. Every. Single. Day.
Rocky needs your help|
Wed, Oct 12th 2016 12:52p Volker Weber
This is Rocky, amongst his friends, ten years ago at Lotusphere. Things have gone downhill from there. Now he needs your help.
Mon, Oct 10th 2016 10:44a Volker Weber
Today I completed the vowe 500. Ever since I got the Apple Watch last year, I found my perfect fitness tracker. I set a Move goal of 600 calories, the watch set an Exercise goal of 30 minutes and a Stand goal of twelve hours. Technically I missed the Move goal on a single day by 3 calories but I count this as a 500 day long streak of meeting not only one, but all of the three goals.
If you are not on a metered connection I invite you to click the photo below and see all 500 days. It's 3.7 MB a
Keine Probleme. Gehen Sie bitte weiter.|
Sun, Oct 9th 2016 9:38a Volker Weber
Immer wenn Apple neue Produkte rausbringt, dann gibt es besorgte Stimmen. Ich will mal ein paar Probleme aufzählen, die sich bei mir nicht einstellen.
Das Glas der Aluminium-Uhr zerkratzt bei mir nicht. Und zwar gar nicht. Es spiegelt wie am ersten Tag. Die Akkulaufzeit der neuen Series 2 ist super und ich kann keine Verschlechterung gegenüber der Original-Uhr feststellen.
Ich habe den Lightning-Adapter zum Anschluss eines alten Kopfhörers noch nicht benutzt. Die a
VanMoof Electrified S :: A Short Test Ride|
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 7:07a Volker Weber
As you may have gathered from the unboxing video, the VanMoof Electrified S is not my bike. But after a week of breaking it in I was able to borrow it for a short test ride. That's 45 minutes from Darmstadt towards Traisa, onwards to Eberstadt and back. This track has everything, from paved roads and bike paths to gravel. Enough to get a good understanding of the bike.
Not surprisingly it takes balls of steel to ride this bike. There is no suspension and the frame is as rigid as it gets. Ce
udoq is fully funded|
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 5:18a Volker Weber
Congratulations, Marcus Kuchler on a successful Kickstarter campaign. Thanks to all backers that made this possible. And to those on the fence, there are still some rewards available.
You heard it here first.
Aus meiner Inbox|
Wed, Oct 5th 2016 7:43a Volker Weber
Verstärkung für meine VIPPs und ein großartiger Karabiner. Ganz herzlichen Dank!
1-UP, 2-UP, PARTY-UP|
Tue, Oct 4th 2016 3:57p Volker Weber
The Ultimate Ears Roll speakers are wildly successful amongst kids. And today they received a very cool update: instead of pairing two speakers for stereo that kids don't really care for, you can now add as many speakers as you want. Ultimate Ears says "more than 50", but that is unlikely to happen. But when you get together, everybody can bring their speaker and then link them all together. The UI is very simple. The UE BOOM (or MEGABOOM) app on your phone shows other speakers it discovers i
A few thoughts on the 'Made by Google' keynote|
Tue, Oct 4th 2016 2:34p Volker Weber
That was a very smooth delivery. Here are a few thoughts in no particular order:
Nexus is dead, long live Pixel. Beautiful phones that go after the top end of the market, where Apple lives. I'd prefer them over Samsung, the only other player in that space for being pure Android. Big elephant in the room: Samsung has good carrier relations, Google does not. In some markets, that's the only channel that works. Google did not solve that for Nexus, I doubt they solved it for Pixel.
IBM to deliver Verse on premises before the year is out|
Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 5:57p Volker Weber
My team concluded Q3 by releasing the 2nd beta of IBM Verse on premises! On track to ship before the end of 2016. #IBMVerse #NewWayToWork— Ed Brill (@edbrill) October 1, 2016
"On track". I like that. How is Project Toscana doing. Also on track for delivery this year?