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Wenn das WLAN zu schwach ist :: Vier Lösungsmöglichkeiten|
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 4:15p Volker Weber
Ich habe mal vier Möglickeiten aufgezählt, wie man ein WLAN zu geringer Reichweite erweitern kann. Ich nutze die erste, in dem ich die Fritzbox in einem Stockwerk habe und in den anderen beiden jeweils einen Access Point.
Der Router stellt ein WLAN, ein Access Point ein zweites. Verbunden sind die beiden mit einem Netzwerkkabel.
Der Router stellt ein WLAN, das der Repeater gerade noch erreichen kann. Der stellt dann ein zweites.
Der Router stellt ein WLAN, ein Powerline-
Huawei P10 :: Die leidigen Android-Updates|
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 2:17p Volker Weber
Manchmal klinge ich schon wie eine kaputte Schallplatte, aber ich kann mich an die fehlenden Updates bei Android-Geräten einfach nicht gewöhnen. Alles in vowe's magic flying circus bekommt ein Updates, wenn es eins gibt. Alles von Apple, alles mit Windows. Nur bei den Android-Geräten hakt es. BlackBerry hat ganz dicke Backen gemacht, dass sie schneller liefern als alle. Und das hat sogar mal gestimmt, beim PRIV. Seitdem ist das eher duchwachsen. KEYone und PRIV binnen
WLAN-Mesh für Fritz!Box 7490, 7580 und 7590|
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 11:19a Volker Weber
Zur CeBIT hatten wir eine nette Diskussion mit AVM zum Thema Mesh. Die Berliner warben mit Mesh-Komfort, ohne tatsächlich ein echtes WLAN-Mesh zu haben. Du nun gestern Google eine große Welle gemacht hat und ich dann auch gestern noch einen Hilferuf eines Apple-Nutzers mit Airports bekam, kommt die heutige Beta-Version von FritzOS sehr passend.
Was ist ein WLAN-Mesh? Oder besser, was ist ein Mesh-Netzwerk? Sonos betreibt diesen Netzwerktyp seit mehr als 10 Jahren. Normale N
Installing iOS 11 Public Beta|
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 7:17a Volker Weber
I have not installed iOS Betas in quite a while but I cannot wait to get the new iPad features. iPhone is mission critical and has to stay on released software but for the iPad Pro I am taking the risk.
Habits are stronger than goals #dontbreakthechain|
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 6:16p Volker Weber
As I was looking at my collection of photos in BLACK I could not help noticing the difference a few years make. So I put these two photos together in a collage and posted them to Twitter and Instagram. Lots of encouragement and some funny remarks. And no, there was no Photoshop involved, just BLACK. Ute shot the fat vowe photo with a serious camera while I was in a TV studio and I shot the other one with the iPhone 7 Plus just yesterday.
The difference in appearance is not caused by setting
Sonos :: How it started|
Thu, Jun 22nd 2017 12:59p Volker Weber
Hero-entrepreneur dreams up a great idea, finds a sidekick or two to help it come alive, clashes with and defeats the entrenched incumbent, and rides to glory as the credits roll. The story of Sonos might seem like that, from a distance. Its four founders – John MacFarlane, Tom Cullen, Trung Mai, and Craig Shelburne – conjured a daring vision based on technology that didn’t exist at the time. With all of their experience, resources and insight, the four founders nat
The 1+ reality distortion field|
Wed, Jun 21st 2017 2:32p Volker Weber
Did your favorite media outlet fall for the 1+5 hype? Hats off for them to create such a perfect social media storm. Not so much for copying the iPhone design wholesale, signing up The Verge for peddling their "we are so special" story, and cheating on the benchmarks. Watch this:
Nokia rebrands Withings|
Tue, Jun 20th 2017 10:07a Volker Weber
What used to be Withings is now called Nokia. Great products that I use and recommend. They are also announcing a new enty level connected scale and a less bulky blood pressure monitor. Withings Health Mate becomes Nokia Health Mate with a fresh user interface.
Gelungene Digitalisierung :: Paketversand|
Mon, Jun 19th 2017 1:27p Volker Weber
Ich habe gerade mal wieder zwei Pakete in Auftrag gegeben, eins mit DHL nach Frankreich, eins mit Hermes nach Deutschland. Und ich bin höchst erfreut darüber, wie einfach das mittlerweile geht. App auf's iPhone laden, Absender und Empfänger aus dem Adressbuch auswählen, Paketklasse wählen, fertig. Der Anbieter schickt einen QR-Code und ein Aufklebe-Etikett. Hat man keinen Drucker, geht man in den nächsten Paketshop und zeigt den QR-Code vor.
Umstieg von iPad Pro 9.7 auf iPad Pro 10.5|
Sat, Jun 17th 2017 10:07a Volker Weber
Guten Morgen, lohnt sich Ihrer Meinung nach der Umstieg von pro 9.7 auf pro 10.5? Vielen Dank! VG Stefan— Stefan Stappert (@1978stappi) June 17, 2017
Das iPad Pro 9.7 war mit Abstand das beste Tablet auf dem Markt. Nun ist es das zweitbeste. Lohnt sich der Umstieg? Ich weiß es nicht. Wichtig: das alte Zubehör passt nicht. Das Display ist größer und der Rand schmaler, aber trotzdem ist das neue Gerät ein bisschen größer. Also passen C
Die Bahn feiert meine Abo-Falle mit einem neuen Angebot|
Tue, Jun 13th 2017 8:24a Volker Weber
Genau einen Monat ist es her, dass mir die Bahn freudestrahlend mitteilte, wie sehr man sich freue, dass ich mich für eine Bahncard erntschieden hatte.
Hatte ich allerdings nicht. Ich war nur in die Abofalle gelaufen: aus drei Monaten "Probebahncard" wurden geschwind 18 Monate, ohne jeden Pardon. Einzig mögliche Reaktion: kündigen, kündigen, kündigen. Das haben offenbar viele gemacht, denn nun bietet die Bahn etwas neues an, pünktlich zu
iPad size matters for Office|
Mon, Jun 12th 2017 6:51p Volker Weber
Screenshot from the Microsoft Office Mobile site. A regular iPad (and the old Pro) have a 9.7 inch display. Without an Office 365 license those apps will turn into viewers on the iPad Pro 10.5.
The new iPad Pro|
Mon, Jun 12th 2017 1:43p Volker Weber
Since I move most of my workloads to the Surface Pro 4 I haven't used the iPad Pro as much as I used to. But the WWDC keynote got me fired up again. Apple is about to take a big leap with iOS 11 and that is going to benefit the iPad Pro.
This machine is so much more expensive than a regular iPad that it only makes sense if you are either well-healed or determined to use this as your main computer. And the hardware certainly wasn't holding you up. Microsoft validated the incredible speed of
Helping somebody to buy his first Sonos|
Fri, Jun 9th 2017 10:56a Volker Weber
As I was talking to my neighbor yesterday he asked me about some advice. "You are familiar with Sonos, aren't you? I plan to ..." Here we go again. I am going to invite him over and we will be going from room to room and I will be showing him what his options are. I have every single speaker and component Sonos ever made, with the exception of PlayBase, and he can make an informed decisision of what he wants.
But something has changed two years ago.
BlackBerry KEYone :: Needs some glue|
Thu, Jun 8th 2017 4:28p Volker Weber
This is very painful to watch but it points to a weakness in the KEYone build. There is no adhesive holding the screen in place. It also looks like it would be easy to add wireless charging.
Thu, Jun 8th 2017 3:21p Volker Weber
I had a very interesting face-to-face meeting (over Facetime) with a Sonos manager yesterday, and that helped clear up some of the misunderstandings. I can't tell you what we talked about in detail, but I can help you understand what happened recently and you may also be able to help Sonos understand. This is going to be a bit longer than usual.
Ist das BlackBerry KEYone ein Verkaufsschlager?|
Tue, Jun 6th 2017 9:35a Volker Weber
Die Ära der BlackBerry-Smartphones schien endgültig vorbei. Doch nun landet TCL mit dem KEYone ein überraschendes Comeback. Es mag an kleinen Liefermengen liegen, aber das Gerät ist schnell ausverkauft.
Why the HomePod is coming to the US, UK and Australia first|
Tue, Jun 6th 2017 9:18a Volker Weber
This is my own speculation, but I think the delay in shipping the HomePod is not a production ramp-up problem.
First of all, Apple has announced a device they don't intend to ship for another six months. That's very unusual, since they ship the same day, if they can. I think Apple is buying itself some time here, against strong competition from Amazon and Google, who both have a head start. Sonos is way too small for an assault from Apple.
Apple is going into three markets that have a 40
A few thoughts on the Apple WWDC 2017 keynote|
Mon, Jun 5th 2017 8:06p Volker Weber
In reverse chronological order:
Homepod and Airplay 2 are an immediate threat to the Sonos business in pure Apple households. It combines Siri smarts with Homekit integration, streams directly from Apple Music, it looks quite capable in the sound departments and it comes at a low price. $349 is a PLAY:3 plus an Amazon Dot and I would be suprised if it did not sound better. We will see how well Apple does multi-room, but I give them the benefit of the doubt. Available first in the US it will
A missed opportunity, was it?|
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 1:51p Volker Weber
If you let so many people go, who would previously be rowing, you will not be able to keep all your ships. No news coming out of DNUG44 means that it will take some more time for the dust to clear. Keep asking IBM.
Streamlining Kubernetes development with Draft|
Thu, Jun 1st 2017 9:33a Volker Weber
Application containers have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. In recent months, Kubernetes has emerged as a popular solution for orchestrating these containers. While many turn to Kubernetes for its extensible architecture and vibrant open-source community, some still view Kubernetes as too difficult to use. Today, my team is proud to announce Draft, a tool that streamlines application development and deployment into any Kubernetes cluster. Using two simple commands, developers
KEYone is the best BlackBerry since the Passport|
Wed, May 31st 2017 9:18p Volker Weber
Passport was not the success that BlackBerry had hoped for. But I was obsessed with it. Very solid hardware, a huge screen, fast at everything but Android. Classic, the next BlackBerry was equally solid but it was just retro with not enough screen resolution.
PRIV was an outstanding device but it did not feel like a BlackBerry. Its hardware keyboard wasn't much better than the soft keyboard. I like DTEK50 for its no-nonsense utility. And DTEK60 didn't click with me. BlackBerrys should not
Another month #dontbreakthechain|
Wed, May 31st 2017 7:45p Volker Weber
Wed, May 31st 2017 8:52a Volker Weber
Whenever somebody shows up, who has never commented before, then suddently becomes very active and has left no other traces on the Internet, my bullshit detector goes off the scale.
Astroturfing is a carreer limiting move. Never attempt when your mark owns the platform.
A look inside #DNUG44|
Wed, May 31st 2017 8:38a Volker Weber
Kicking off DNUG44 @efred Full house and 17 @IBMChampions pic.twitter.com/2YhwPGMQtT— Amanda Bauman (@amandabauman) May 31, 2017
Aus Timetoact wird IBM Connections Engagement Center|
Wed, May 31st 2017 7:43a Volker Weber
Armonk/Ehningen 31. Mai 2017: IBM übernimmt XCC Web Content & Custom Apps Extension for IBM Connections der deutschen TIMETOACT GROUP. Das Produkt wird als Teil der IBM Connections Cloud Plattform weltweit als IBM Connections Engagement Center verfügbar sein. Dieses neue Angebot bietet Unternehmen jeder Größe ein Social Intranet für die interne Unternehmenskommunikation aller Mitarbeiter inklusive dem Teilen von Neuigkeiten, integrierter Applikationen sowie Peer-to-Peer Collaborat
When the US forces you to check your notebook|
Mon, May 29th 2017 9:08p Volker Weber
1996 Toshiba commercial
Microsoft macht gerade viel richtig|
Mon, May 29th 2017 9:00p Volker Weber
In der Ära Ballmer haben sich viele Leute angewöhnt, alles, was Microsoft unternahm, schlecht zu finden. Seit Nadella das Unternehmen führt, läuft es wieder rund. Das kann man an vielen Stellen sehen, am deutlichsten aber an der Kursentwicklung. Ich denke, da ist noch mehr Potential.
I was overly enthusiastic about Sonos :: My mistake|
Mon, May 29th 2017 6:41a Volker Weber
Last week I was overly enthusiastic about the prospect of bringing new life into my special relationship with Sonos. I should not have posted that. It's a different company now.
In other news: a Playbar that only displays a solid white light when turned on. Does not respond to factory reset, does not appear in the controller. Who has seen that?
Huawei P9 :: An update|
Sun, May 28th 2017 4:24p Volker Weber
There is a Chinese curse that says 'may you live in interesting times', or so I have been told. I would not know since I don't speak the language. The P9 is the exact opposite. It's boring, in a good way. The matte black one which I have is completely non-descriptive. No branding on the front, a very subdued Huawei logo on the back and a LEICA branding in the corner. Safe for that logo, nobody would know what you are using. It might as well be some entry level phone.
Isn't that insanely
IBM's Open Collaboration Client Solution :: The future that never was|
Sun, May 28th 2017 3:51p Volker Weber
When IBM talks aboout the future of the workplace, I always like to look at the future that's already behind us. From Lotusphere 2008:
IBM's Open Collaboration Client Solution is a set of software products designed to help customers in all industries increase collaboration among employees, improve their productivity, and lower the total cost of information technology ownership. It is personal computing software that is based on open standards, providing businesses with a cost-effective and
Surface Pro 4 vs new Surface Pro|
Sun, May 28th 2017 3:31p Volker Weber
Did you just buy a Surface Pro 4 and feel left behind after the announcement for the new Surface Pro? Or are you still looking forward to your first Surface Pro? I want to give you a few reasons to consider the old model.
What you are looking for is the Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. That is the sweet spot for most people. That's 1449 €. Surface Pro does not come with a pen, which costs an extra 110 €. Then you need a keyboard. 180 € for the Sign
BlackBerry KEYone :: A short update|
Sat, May 27th 2017 7:57a Volker Weber
KEYone continues to be my go-to Android phone, against strong competition. The simple reason is convenience. It's so easy to pick up from flat surface with one hand, it does not seem to need a case, and I am never confused which side is up. It does have one design flaw, that it shares with the DTEKs and the PRIV: the on button is on the wrong side. I often press the convenience key on the right side. Since it also turns on with the fingerprint reader, it's not really an issue though.
Fri, May 26th 2017 9:44p Volker Weber
Seit Ginni Rometty Chefin bei IBM, sinken die Umsätze. Das muss nicht ursächlich sein, Aber um einmal Friedrich den Großen zu zitieren: "Er hat keine Fortune; ich kann Offiziers ohne Fortune nicht gebrauchen." Auf sinkende Umsätze reagiert Rometty mit Entlassungen. Kosten sparen, damit wenigstens der Gewinn stimmt. Dummerweise führt das wieder zu sinkenden Umsätzen. Entlässt man Verkäufer, gibt es weniger Abschlü
Type A or Type C|
Thu, May 25th 2017 9:29a Volker Weber
If had to make a choice, which port would you want on your compute?— Volker Weber (@vowe) May 24, 2017
This was a bit of a trick question. You can view it as choice between the past and the future. You can also view it as a question about convenience. I have literally hundreds of things that require a USB Type A connector and I have only three things that have a USB Type C connector. And they all came with a Type A to C cable.
The question became interesting when Microsoft
Microsoft Surface Event in Shanghai|
Thu, May 25th 2017 12:07a Volker Weber
This wasn't streamed live, but you can now revisit Panos Panay introducing the new Surface Pro. He is such a great presenter.
Twitter-Abstimmungen :: Nicht repräsentativ|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 3:24p Volker Weber
Diese Frage habe ich gestellt, weil ich nicht glauben will, dass wir uns ins Zukunft VR-Brillen vor das Gesicht hängen. Wie viele Frauen laufen halbblind durch's Leben, weil sie es nicht ertragen, mit einer Brille gesehen zu werden. Google hat das mit Glass bitter lernen müssen. Auch Bluetooth-Headsets, so praktisch sie sind, haben ein schlimmes Stigma und sind vor allem bei Kurier- und Taxifahrern anzutreffen. Da sind sie einfach zu nützlich, als dass sich jemand dar
What you need to know about the new Surface Pro|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 1:04p Volker Weber
Very similar to Surface Pro 4. Rounded edges.
Plus 50 percent battery life!
Intel 7th gen CPU (Kaby Lake)
i5 goes fanless. Recommended!
Pen no longer included. Loses the clip, but is faster and has better sensitivity.
Kickstand folds down 165 degrees.
New keyboard colors. All Alcantara.
LTE option later this year.
Order today. Ships in three weeks.
Porsche absichtlich zerstört|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 10:34a Volker Weber
Die Kollegen haben sich ausgetobt: ct.de/crash
Aus der Reihe "Nutzloses Wissen", Folge 7816: Iris-Erkennung|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 10:22a Volker Weber
'Hacker' vom CCC haben herausgefunden, dass man mit einigem Aufwand 'ganz einfach' den Iris-Scanner eines Samsung S8 überlisten kann. So wie 'starbug', bürgerlich Jan Krissler, schon vor ein paar Jahren gezeigt hat, dass der Fingerabdruck-Scanner des iPhone auszutricksen ist. Handlungsempfehlung:
"Wem die Daten auf seinem Telefon lieb sind oder wer sogar daran denkt, mit seinem Telefon bezahlen zu wollen,der greift statt auf die eigenen Körpermerkmale besser
KEYone :: An unlikely winner|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 9:54a Volker Weber
When I first touched Mercury, the phone that would become KEYone, I wasn't convinced. Who would want another BlackBerry? Now that I have one it needs to compete with other Android phones for the #2 spot behind the iPhone. And it's winning, hands down. This is not another boring and fragile slab of glass. It handles so well, it's easy to grab and I am never afraid to drop it. The rounded bezel makes it easy to pick up from a table, it is as tall as an iPhone Plus, but narrower. Last but not le
Bringing back the old Sonos enthusiasm|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 6:40a Volker Weber
Did you notice I haven't written anything substantial about the Playbase? I have seen it years ago in the lab, but I never actually heard it. I haven't even installed a new beta release this year. I turned into just another happy Sonos customer, enjoying my music every day.
What happened? Sonos has grown into a big company with lots of people handling different things. And I ended up in the reporter bin. Send him a press release a day before we announce, and offer him a two weeks product te
Bookeen and Carrefour offer new Nolim e-reader|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 5:13p Volker Weber
Bookeen is a French ebook pioneer. I looked at their Cybook Ocean with the brillian Solar Leaf Cover. Now they created a new reader that already contains a cover. No need to buy anything extra. Specs: 6" screen with 1024x758 resolution, 8 GB memory, WiFi, 4 buttons (Next page, Last page, Menu, and FrontLight). The cover turns the device on and off, an accelerometer switches between left and right handed use. Battery is charged over USB and is supposed to last 3 weeks.
Carrefour is selling th
Nächste Woche :: DNUG 44 in Berlin|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 12:21p Volker Weber
Früher hat sich die DNUG vor allem über die Ausrichtung von zwei jährlichen Konferenzen finanziert, inklusive Vollzeitstellen. Seit gut zwei Jahren backt sie nun kleinere Brötchen. Nur noch eine Konferenz, kostenlos für Mitglieder und Studenten. Ja, die schreiben noch Stud-enten und nicht Stud-ierende. Gefällt mir.
Nächste Woche also in Berlin. Ob es wirklich die "Wichtigste Konferenz zum Arbeitsplatz der Zukunft" wird, darf man bezweifeln. IBM ist sich da ja selbst nicht so einig, a
Mit der Galaxy Gear S3 25 mal kostenslos auf's Klo|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 9:46a Volker Weber
Sanifair hat jetzt eine App für die Galaxy Gear S3 Smartwatch. Damit kann man per NFC durch das Drehkreuz bei den Sanifair-Toiletten an Raststätten:
Für die ersten 20.000 Downloads unter Samsung Galaxy Apps gibt es jeweils 25 kostenfreie Durchgänge an SANIFAIR Standorten an deutschen Autobahnen. Einlösbar an allen SANIFAIR Zugangssystemen mit NFC Terminal an deutschen Autobahnen. Die Durchgänge können bis zum 31.12.2017 via NFC genutzt werden. Eine Registrierung durch Kunden ist nich
Puscheltastatur für alle|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 9:37a Volker Weber
Working session. 30 hours to go. #MicrosoftEvent #Surface #Shanghai https://t.co/u12oAeULxF pic.twitter.com/H1jQI1d94x— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) May 22, 2017
Morgen hat Microsoft einen Event in Shanghai, wo sie wohl den Nachfolger des Surface Pro 4 vorstellen. Und was mir besonders gefällt: Puscheltastatur in allen Farben. Ich wollte ja unbedingt das Alcantara-Keyboard für mein Surface und habe das nie bereut. Surface Laptop hat es, und demnächst wohl auch Surface Pro.
Microsoft needs to explain this|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 5:48a Volker Weber
I have this Win10 Enterprise vm that I was using to test out various privacy settings. Here's some of the stuff I found out so far...— Mark Burnett (@m8urnett) May 21, 2017
Read the whole thread.
There are no bad smartphones anymore|
Sun, May 21st 2017 10:36a Volker Weber
Yesterday I chose to remove a comment from a first timer who waltzed in to attack a different comment and flat out stated that iOS was crap. It rubbed me the wrong way both in style and substance. And I might be stating the obvious when I say that you can't really buy a bad smartphone anymore. It's going to be an iPhone or some variant of Android. And they basically all have the same capabilities. Just look at the devices in the photo. Two of them start adding a second (or third, if you count
Huawei P10 :: First impressions|
Fri, May 19th 2017 2:30p Volker Weber
I asked Huawei to send me a P10 and it arrived today. It took a little bit because I had to wait for a matte black one to return to the pool. First impressions:
This is an iPhone knock-off. Excellent buld quality. Thin and light.The EMUI Android shell will take some time getting used to, but it is a high quality experience.Android 7.0 and Security patch level 2017-03-01 are outdated.The fingerprint reader is a monster. Extremely fast.The camera may or may not be Leica, but the first quick sam
BlackBerry KEYone :: It just works|
Fri, May 19th 2017 8:44a Volker Weber
Let's cut right to the chase: there is no phone that can replace my iPhone. I am too entangled in the Apple net with the Watch, my #dontbreakthechain program, the AirPods and what not. If all of that wasn't the case, this KEYone is the phone I wanted. I have been using it as my #1 phone for a couple of days and I am oh so pleased. Yes, you read that right. I put my main SIM into the KEYone and left the iPhone at home to sync my activity data from the Watch. The Watch did not have notification
When Lenovo abandons products|
Fri, May 19th 2017 7:34a Volker Weber
1.5 years ago I got one of the first Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro tablets. And I loved it. There were some kinks in the software but those teething problems were resolved with a couple of updates.
And in March 2016 it received its last Android security update. As of today the tablet runs on Android 5.1 with a 2006-03-01 security patch level. This was a $500 "Pro" product.
I want you to keep that in mind before you buy any Android product from Lenovo. I also have a Yoga Tab 3 with Windows. That
Mitarbeiter im Bahncard-Service einfach nach Hause schicken|
Fri, May 19th 2017 7:24a Volker Weber
Ich habe es einfach noch mal probiert und darum gebeten, mir keinen Textbaustein zurückzuschicken. Zwei Tage später bekomme ich ... den selben Textbaustein. Die Bahn kann diese Mitarbeiter entlassen und durch einen Auto-Responder ersetzen. Ich denke, für sowas ist IBM Watson bestens geeignet.
Ab heute verfügbar ... in USA|
Thu, May 18th 2017 7:23a Volker Weber
Google hat die Live-Blogger unter den Journalisten verwirrt. Wenn Google sagt, der Google Assistant ist ab heute auf dem iPhone verfügbar, dann muss man in Gedanken immer hinzufügen "in USA". So findet man den Assistant im US-amerikanischen Store, nicht aber im deutschen. Und damit kann man als Deutscher leicht verwirrt werden, wenn man Google Now für Google Assistant hält. Zur deutschen Verfügbarkeit heißt es nämlich "... coming
BlackBerry KEYone :: Are you in the target audience|
Tue, May 16th 2017 6:43p Volker Weber
It's interesting to see how Android reviewers struggle with the KEYone. Most start out with the hardware keyboard and quickly reason that BlackBerry is passé. How uncool! What is the KEYone really? It's an Android Phone with some midrange components (SD 625, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage), an excellent camera chip (same as Pixel), a huge battery (3500 mAh), a small screen (4.5" 1080x1200 pixel), all packaged in a sturdy aluminium frame, but without dust or water protection.
Die Bahn antwortet unpersönlich wie erwartet|
Tue, May 16th 2017 6:03p Volker Weber
Die Bahn hat geantwortet, mal eben schnell das Datum gefälscht, und ist mit keinem Wort auf mein Anliegen eingegangen, mir eben keine neue Bahncard zum 11. Juni auszustellen.
Damit ist die Bahn für mich erledigt.
Ich habe ein simples Prinzip, das mich bisher gut durch's Leben begleitet hat: Wenn Du jemandem vertraust, dann brauchst Du keinen Vertrag. Wenn Du ihm nicht vertraust, dann erübrigt sich der Vertrag. mit ihrer Abofalle hat sie mich einmal erfolgreich gefangen. Herzlichen Glü
Please avoid iMessage|
Tue, May 16th 2017 11:01a Volker Weber
I am currently on the BlackBerry KEYone and will not receive your iMessages. WhatsApp and Signal work fine.
BlackBerry KEYone :: Coming up|
Mon, May 15th 2017 3:17p Volker Weber
Last week I wrote about BlackBerry Godot, since the KEYone seemed to be stuck somewhere. Well this seems to have irritated a few people, and after a some emails they are now shipping a device to my door. It is taking a little bit longer than normal, because they're shipping from France, through the French post, which has been sitting on the package since Friday, but eventually it is going to show up here. Hint: FedEx and UPS can get this done overnight.
This does not really matter though, be
Week 149 #dontbreakthechain|
Mon, May 15th 2017 6:20a Volker Weber
Gestern gab es ein zusätzliches Achievement: Workout mit einer (!) Meile zu Fuß oder dem Rollstuhl und die "Mother's Day Challenge" war im Kasten. Ich habe das erst spät mitbekommen und bin noch mal raus.
Muttertag ist wie Vatertag kein welt-einheitliches Datum und so hatte Apple das nur für USA geschaltet. Wenn man die Watch auf die US-Region umschaltete, tauchte die Medaille auf und wurde nach dem Workout zugeteilt.
Das hat natürlich auch einen technischen Grund. Eine Meile Wor
Ich habe einen dummen Fehler gemacht|
Fri, May 12th 2017 8:47p Volker Weber
@vowe Die Probe BahnCard gibt es nur im Abonnement. Ärgerlich, wenn der Hinweis bei der Bestellung nicht beachtet wurde. /ch— DB Personenverkehr (@DB_Bahn) May 12, 2017
Vor zwei Monaten habe ich eine "Probe BahnCard" für drei Monate gekauft. Das dachte ich zumindest. Tatsächlich bin ich in eine Abofalle gestolpert. Wird die "Probe BahnCard" nicht binnen sechs Wochen gekündigt, dann nimmt die Bahn an, man wolle eine "BahnCard" bestellen, im Jahresa
Can IBM possibly learn from Microsoft?|
Fri, May 12th 2017 4:03p Volker Weber
As I am watching sessions from Microsoft Build 2017 I cannot help but notice how far behind IBM is when it comes to spreading the message. I'd dare you to just watch the second keynote from IBM Connect, let alone any of the breakouts.
Fri, May 12th 2017 3:24p Volker Weber
Steve Jobs once said, that Microsoft has no taste. That may have been true, but it no longer is. They are building powerful new products that are both elegant and beautiful.
iPhone keyboard as trackpad|
Fri, May 12th 2017 8:03a Volker Weber
If your iPhone has force touch, it also has a trackpad
Fri, May 12th 2017 7:52a Volker Weber
Day 50!!! #dontbreakthechain @vowe #motivation On to the next 50. pic.twitter.com/wIcHsLimVM— Daniel Tietze (@dtietze) May 11, 2017
Na klar, ich höre nicht auf. Aber was mir noch besser gefällt: wenn sich auch andere mitreissen lassen. Bewegung ist gut und tut gut. Muss gar nicht heftig sein. "Wer rastet, der rostet."
Crowdfunding für Journalismus|
Thu, May 11th 2017 4:00p Volker Weber
Die Republik ist eine kleine Rebellion. Für den Journalismus. Und gegen die Medienkonzerne. Denn die grossen Verlage verlassen die Publizistik: Sie bauen sich in hohem Tempo in Internet-Handelshäuser um. Das ist eine schlechte Nachricht für den Journalismus. Aber auch für die Demokratie. Denn ohne vernünftige Informationen fällt man schlechte Entscheidungen.
Beeindruckend und ermutigend.
Let me speculate about Nougat updates for BlackBerry|
Thu, May 11th 2017 3:50p Volker Weber
Let me speculate about the Nougat update for older BlackBerry Android devices. So far BlackBerry has not announced that they are going to upgrade any of the existing devices to Nougat. So the question is, will they, and if they do which ones. Before TCL took over I would have said, that it is very likely that all devices are carried forward. Since TCL is focusing on the KEYone, I have changed my mind. There is not enough incentive for BlackBerry to upgrade all versions.
By and large, the PRIV
Coming up at vowe's magic flying circus :: Huawei|
Thu, May 11th 2017 7:18a Volker Weber
Huawei is a company I have been ignoring for too long. They are cranking out new devices at an astonishing pace, both under the Huawei and the Honor brands. I want to know how they can keep up on the software side of things and I will put them on an extended watch. I should have one of their phones soon.
Thu, May 11th 2017 7:12a Volker Weber
Some of you have asked me when I will publish a KEYone review. Honestly, I have no idea when or even if. It has been half a year since I first played with one. And safe for a press conference invitation at MWC there has been zero communication from BlackBerry Mobile. I am pretty sure they don't even know me.
Tue, May 9th 2017 10:59p Volker Weber
My best headset :: Plantronics Voyager 5200 |
Tue, May 9th 2017 3:15p Volker Weber
I have a very simple test for headsets: I use them for dictation. The better the results are, the better the headset works. And the results for this particular headset are outstanding. I understand that many people would prefer a smaller headset like the Voyager Edge, I also understand that people would want the Apple AirPods. But if voice clarity is paramount, you have to get this one.
Since I'm currently somewhat handicapped by my shoulder, I speak most of the text I "write", both on Su
The I in IBM stands for irony|
Tue, May 9th 2017 12:22p Volker Weber
IBM, the company that just weeks ago said it was doing away with its work-from-home policy, is now preaching the benefits of telecommuting to customers. Big Blue's Smarter Workforce Group says a recent panel it hosted at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference concluded that customers who work remotely are "more engaged, have stronger trust in leadership and much stronger intention to stay."
Eins zu Null im Kampf Vogel gegen Arlo|
Tue, May 9th 2017 11:55a Volker Weber
European companies plan registration, e-identity and data services platform |
Mon, May 8th 2017 8:51a Volker Weber
How personal data is obtained and shared online is an extremely sensitive issue, with data privacy an absolute imperative for businesses and consumers alike. Now, an initiative that currently includes Allianz, Axel Springer, Daimler and Deutsche Bank with Postbank as well as the technology think-tank CORE and HERE, will be working closely to develop a platform that improves the security of personal data online. The companies involved will cooperate to create a common cross-industry registration
Time well spent :: A poetic short film by Max Stossel & Sander van Dijk|
Mon, May 8th 2017 8:02a Volker Weber
I have removed Facebook and Instagram from my phone. It's getting better.
Thu, May 4th 2017 4:28p Volker Weber
Windows 10 S on Surface Laptop :: Does not compute|
Wed, May 3rd 2017 7:33p Volker Weber
This event yesterday was two events. Short intro from Satya, then Terry Myerson's Windows 10 S show, then Panos Panay's Surface Laptop unveiling. Panos is the best presenter in the industry, Terry is not. But he is Panos' boss. And I am pretty sure he forced Panos to ship Windows 10 S (Terry's child) with Surface (Panos's child). It just does not make any sense, as much as I like a Windows Store only machine.
As far as the important US K12 education market (Kindergarden to 12th grade) is
My kind of Windows|
Wed, May 3rd 2017 10:49a Volker Weber
From the Windows 10 FAQ:
It’s also a great choice for any Windows customer looking for consistent performance and advanced security. By limiting apps to those in the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places.
This is what I want. Windows as easy as iOS, without all the old junk that has accumulated over the years, but as pow
Microsoft Surface Laptop|
Tue, May 2nd 2017 4:12p Volker Weber
14 Stunden Akkulaufzeit. Und Puscheltastatur!
Hundreds of Apps Can Listen for Marketing Beacons You Can't Hear|
Tue, May 2nd 2017 12:21p Volker Weber
But plenty of apps deploy it without so clear a use case, at least as far as direct benefits for the person who downloads them. In fact, research presented last week at the IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy found 234 current Android applications that incorporate a particular type of ultrasonic listening technology.
100 weeks #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Apr 30th 2017 5:25p Volker Weber
Another week, another month of not breaking the chain. It has now been 100 weeks since I started tracking with Apple Watch. Funny thing is that Apple credits me wirh 147 weeks of reaching all goals.
The Apple Watch hasn't even been on the market for that long. But there is some truth to it. You know that I started on the UP24 and tried a few other products from Withings, Fitbit and Misfit before settling on Apple Watch. Since all of them synced into Apple Health that 147 weeks are very
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: A few additional observations|
Sat, Apr 29th 2017 12:56p Volker Weber
Before I return the S8 to Samsung a few additional observations, in no particular order:
Battery life is much better than I expected. Even on the 3000 mAh battery of the smaller model. I never ran out of power and quick charge is really quick.
When I first tried a curved screen on the S6 edge, I loved the screen and I hated how often I would misplace the cursor while typing. The S8 is completely different. Palm rejection is almost perfect.
When reading or watching videos, I often wished t
New Slack Team space :: IBM Think|
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 3:37p Volker Weber
The Connect 2017 space went really well. That made me register a new Slack Team space for IBM Think, before that name was taken. I am growing membership very slowly. Currently there are only ten people in the space. I am also not opening up registration by domain. That was one of the things that did not work so well in the old space.
Sales Wick :: Vuelo Nocturno|
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 7:11a Volker Weber
IBM Think 2018|
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 12:33a Volker Weber
IBM is consolidating its conferences into one big event. Think 2018 will be in Las Vegas from March 19-22. It will replace Connect, InterConnect, Amplify, Edge, Vision, World of Watson and PartnerWorld.
New update options for Windows 10, version 1703|
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 8:23a Volker Weber
Based on feedback from customers, we are making some adjustments to the updates that we are releasing for Windows 10, version 1703 (also known as the 'Creators Update'). With these changes, we will routinely offer one (or sometimes more than one) additional update each month. These additional cumulative updates will contain only new non-security updates, so they will be considered 'Updates'in WSUS and Configuration Manager.
That is a very welcome change for Enterprise IT. Microsoft separa
Is Slack a product or a feature?|
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 2:35p Volker Weber
This is a very good article on the difficulties you face when you try to replace email with something else. We have been struggling with this for years.
Slack wants us to believe it is the future of collaboration. But is it truly a platform for that purpose or a readily replicable feature set?
I have a pretty simple formula for the success of any tool: people will use it if they get more out of it than they put in. And from this article I learned (again), how Facebook & Co tip that bal
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: The verdict|
Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 11:41a Volker Weber
I have used the Galaxy S8 for a week, and by the end of the month, it will be back at Samsung. By and large it behaved exactly like I expected. But I have softened by judgement somewhat.
The S8 is an almost perfect smartphone. There are only two compromises: Samsung had to move the fingerprint sensor to the back, next to the camera. It would have been better placed underneath the camera, but that is where the battery and the wireless charging sit. Yes, you will touch the camera, but that is n
Marshall Monitor BT|
Sat, Apr 22nd 2017 11:02a Volker Weber
The Apple Airpods are my most used headset. They fit my ears, they work well, they sound reasonably nice, they are easy to carry and charge. And when you wear them, you look like a complete idiot. And there are things that they cannot play well. When I need to be alone with myself, when I want to blast my ears, I need something more substantial. Enter the Marshall Monitor BT, an over-the-ear-headset with Bluetooth connection to my iPhone and a cable for everything else.
They fit my head a
BlackBerry stumbles over April security fix|
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 9:12a Volker Weber
DTEK50 came again first with the April 5 fix and then there was radio silence. Now we learned that BlackBerry had difficulties integrating all the individual patches. But they are handling it differently from the DTEK50 delay in December/January. This time they released the (partial) April 1 fix to PRIV (and DTEK60?). It only weights in at about 20 MB taking the build to AAK689. I wonder how fast they can recover for the May patch which is due in two weeks.
IBM's revenue down for 20 consecutive quarters|
Wed, Apr 19th 2017 6:20a Volker Weber
In October 2011 Ginni Rometty assumed the role of president and CEO of IBM. A year later she took on the added role of chairman of IBM. She is also part of a White House business-advisory council under the Trump Administration.
Five years seems to be quite a long time to right this ship. Whatever she is doing, it isn't working.
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: First impressions|
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 4:30p Volker Weber
When you unpack the S8, you will see the best Android phone on the market. Design, performance, display, cameras, everything is top-notch and you will not find any other device from any vendor that can hold a candle to this phone, and that includes Apple. It's beautiful, the display wraps around the sides and almost covers the complete front.
And then Samsung ruins it all with their software. Android Nougat 7.0 is already outdated, Touchwhiz is now called Samsung Experience, and when you get
How do you install a new version of Microsoft Office?|
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 12:15p Volker Weber
Looks like an easy question, right? You download the installer. You run the installer. Done.
Well, yes, if you are a user with one or two PCs. No, if you work in enterprise IT. Life in enterprise IT is very different. You don't run an installer. You beg for permission to run it.
At the core of the problem is complexity. You serve a business that has users and managers for those users. Some of those managers are tasked with liaison with your enterprise IT organisation. On the IT side of t
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 6:06p Volker Weber
Facebook has the reverse Midas touch. Everything it touches turns to crap, while making tons of money on the back of their users. In their quest to destroy all competition they piled Snapchat features on Instagram as "stories". Now they are adding Pintrest boards as "collections", agressively promoting them. Add their quest to "grow" your network by pushing suggestions. Facebook already pushed me out when they started forcing their timeline instead of mine. Now they are doing it again with
BlackBerry or BlackBerryMobile|
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 5:46p Volker Weber
@vowe Software and security updates will continue to be handled by @BlackBerry for more details check out https://t.co/eAOaOX8nQ1— BlackBerry Mobile (@BBMobile) April 17, 2017
Since there is absolute radio silence from BlackBerry about potential upgrades to Android Nougat for DTEK50, DTEK60 or PRIV, I asked both @BlackBerry and @BBMobile who is responsible for communications about upgrades and updates. The answer is quite telling. @BBMobile, a TCL entity, says that @BlackBerry is
Meinung :: Verdammt noch mal, worauf wartet Ihr noch?|
Sat, Apr 15th 2017 4:14p Volker Weber
Mich überkommt manchmal der heilige Zorn, wenn ich den Unsinn lese, der sich so in den Köpfen festgesetzt hat. Und dann halte ich meine Klappe und schluck es runter. Heute nicht.
Da sitzen Leute selbstgefällig auf ihrer alten Windows-Version rum und ignorieren alles, was Microsoft in den letzen Jahren in die Verbesserung der Software gesteckt haben. Dabei könnten sie längst auf der sichersten Windows-Version sein, die es jemals gab. "Aber Microsof
From my inbox|
Thu, Apr 13th 2017 9:24a Volker Weber
Kleine Liebeserklärung. ;-) Dankeschön, Jochen! Immer wieder toll, solche Überraschungen.
Samsung Galaxy S8 :: Starting up|
Thu, Apr 13th 2017 8:57a Volker Weber
Look what we have here: the new Galaxy S8 from Samsung. First impressions next week.
New Colors :: Pebble|
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 1:27p Volker Weber
How to route Dolby Digital 5.1 from Apple TV through the Samsung TV to Playbar|
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 12:56p Volker Weber
This was a tough nut to crack, and in the end if was quite easy.
Popular knowledge is that Samsung TVs don't play DD 5.1 from HDMI connected sources. I was this close to solving this with an HDMI splitter connected to HDMI 2 ARC and a Toslink Out to Playbar. As it turns out this is not a problem to solve on the output side but on the link between the Samsung TV and your source, here an Apple TV.
The keyword is Extended Display Identification Data (EDID). Samsung tells the Apple TV to not
Sun, Apr 9th 2017 6:15p Volker Weber
Believe it or not, but I fit into this tiny hole. 15 minutes later it was all said and done. And another 15 minutes later I learned that I don't need rotator cuff surgery. Which is comforting but does not help me out of my pain.
Please bear with me while I am a bit focussed on myself and don't feel like collecting your #dontbreakthechain tweets. Rest assured that even this week I did not break mine.
Surface Pro 4 :: A bit of a love story|
Sat, Apr 8th 2017 3:35p Volker Weber
Photo: Waterfield Designs
I am a sucker for great bags and while I read Waterfield backpacks are an expensively acquired taste I came across this picture and it hit me that we are now making bags that can hold a MacBook and an iPad. A MacBook is a great laptop and an iPad is the best tablet, but what if you need both? You carry two machines, plus your phone. Ever since I had the Surface 3, I left the MacBook at home and carried the iPad (Pro) or Surface 3 on travels.
This has changed with