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Apple acquires Workflow|
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 4:22p Volker Weber
Workflow is a powerful automation app, that let's your string together a set of applications and actions within those apps to automate repetitive tasks. The screenshot above was resized, renamed and pushed to the site via sftp using a Workflow automation. It returns the html code I need to paste into this entry.
Apple has now acquired Workflow and will make the app available for free. I see it as a sign that Apple cares about power users on iOS.
Sharing you location|
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 3:21p Volker Weber
Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, youll be able to share your real-time location with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop.
You can share your location with specific people for a limited time. And this is the end of Glympse.
Schönster Stand auf der CeBIT: IBM|
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 1:09p Volker Weber
IBM hat immer einen großartigen Stand auf der CeBIT. Wunderbares Design, großflächige Panele, die den Weg weisen, mittendrin eine Hauptstraße, auf der man schnell von A nach B kam. Was mir dieses Jahr besonders auffiel, waren die vielen Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten. Demopunkte mit breiten Stehtischen, überall Sitzecken, kleine Tribünen, Stehtische, Café-Tische, jede Menge kleine Rückzugsmög
Plantronics Backbeat 500|
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 11:18a Volker Weber
Wir haben ein Plantronics Headset, von dem ich nur selten erzähle: das BackBeat Sense, das auf den Ohren sitzt und sie nicht umschließt. Die Scheffin liebt dieses Gerät, um auf dem iPad Filme zu schauen. Plantronics bringt jetzt das viel billigere Backbeat 500, vielleicht in Konkurrenz zu den erfolgreichen Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless. Bluetooth Class 4.1, alternativ ein Kabel, Deep Sleep (bis zu 6 Monate im Standby). Ich habe es nicht gehört, will auch kei
AVM auf der CeBIT|
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 8:44a Volker Weber
Es gibt nicht mehr so viele Neuigkeiten, die mich zur CeBIT ziehen. Im Wesentlichen sind es die Menschen, die ich treffen will. Heise ist in Hannover und so treffe ich wenigstens einmal im Jahr meine Kollegen, die ich sehr gut leiden mag. Und dann gibt es überall gute Gespräche. Dabei sind es nicht nur die Menschen, die ich eh schon kenne, sondern auch mal neue. So konnte ich dieses Jahr endlich mal den interessanten Siegfried Lautenbacher kennenlernen oder Leute treffen, die i
A few thoughts on the new Apple products announced today|
Tue, Mar 21st 2017 9:59p Volker Weber
I like these announcements that just fall out of the sky without much fanfare. In no particular order:
iPhone 7 gets a new color. Apple donates some money they make from (PRODUCT)RED products to AIDS research. So that's a good one. It looks cool, but my matte black iPhone 7 Plus looks cool enough that it does not need replacing.iPad replaces iPad Air 2. Faster chip (A9), more base memory (32 GB), brighter display, lower price. What's not to like about those changes? Turns out most of the ru
Week 11/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Mar 19th 2017 4:02p Volker Weber
Netgear improves the Arlo Pro covers|
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 8:41a Volker Weber
If you want to hide your Arlo camera in a tree, the white body gives it away too easily. This is why there are quite a few covers are available for the Arlo. Now with Arlo Pro Netgear improves the design. You stick the camera in from the back and there is a shade that protects the lens from rain or condensation. Very well done.
OneNote graphs your equations|
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 8:29a Volker Weber
Last summer we introduced Ink math assistant in OneNotea digital tutor that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to solve your handwritten math problems. Today, we are excited to announce that Ink math assistant can draw graphs of your equations, all within OneNote for Windows 10.
Not a use case for me. But I would have loved to have that as a student, right within a note taking app.
IBM extends support for Notes and Domino into the next century|
Thu, Mar 16th 2017 10:19a Volker Weber
Arlo Pro takes it up a notch. A big one.|
Wed, Mar 15th 2017 8:27p Volker Weber
Arlo is one of those products I continue to recommended. It's a product I don't just review and put it aside, but I use it every single day. Just today I installed a three camera setup at a friend's house and her 90 y/o father decided to also order another one on the spot. That's right, 90. But he doesn't look it and he is still very agile, both physically as well as mentally. But I digress.
When I returned home, UPS showed up and brought a new Arlo Pro. That's the one on the right. It
Tivoli Audio Model One Digital :: First Impressions|
Wed, Mar 15th 2017 7:53p Volker Weber
Everybody knows the Model One from Tivoli Audio, designed by the late Henry Kloss. Although many consider it a modern classic, Model One itself incorporates visual elements similar to Kloss' legendary KLH Model Eight table radio. Tivoli Audio was founded by Tom DeVesto. He moved on to create Como Audio and launched a Kickstarter campaign.
Tivoli Audio has evolved from building the simple Model One to make lots of different products. The Model One Digital is play on the original Kloss design,
Tue, Mar 14th 2017 10:19a Volker Weber
That is a very expensive material to make a chair that weighs less than five pounds. That is about half the weight of an IKEA Janinge.
Tue, Mar 14th 2017 8:40a Volker Weber
Killer soundtrack. How about Blue Monday?
Tabelts and smartphones: if it's not Apple, it has fallen off the map|
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 8:11p Volker Weber
I completely agree with Marques on this one. Tablets did not become the category that we envisioned and neither have smartwatches. It's either an iPad or an Apple Watch, or it has fallen off the map. That does not mean there aren't any good ones. But they don't matter. Watch the video from 5:12.
Connections 6 announced - available on March 28|
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 7:02p Volker Weber
IBM Connections 6.0 has been redesigned to surface the most useful content from the users network. This new feature called Orient Me leverages a new containerized, API-driven architecture
I thought Connections already did "surface the most useful content from the users network". Although it's a bit obfuscated, I believe Orient Me is the first piece of Connections that runs on Docker instead of Websphere. Every long journey starts with the first step and this is it.
From my inbox|
Sun, Mar 12th 2017 9:12p Volker Weber
About six months ago we started using Workplace by Facebook and I can tell you that user feedback is great, never seen such a high level of adoption with any other collaboration platform (yes, from QuickPlace to Commections and Yammer)
Workplace by Facebook puts an end to all those discussion about what you need to do to make your employees share ideas and communicate more directly. Give them a tool they use every single day and put it in a work context. They don't need to be told how to use
Week 10/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Mar 12th 2017 6:10p Volker Weber
This was a difficult week. On Wednesday I was suddenly, within about 30 minutes, sick as a dog. I was just lucky that I had finished my 600 cals before my visitor for the day arrived. After only two hours I had to send him away since I started to tremble and could not control myself. Went to bed, slept through the afternoon, the night and the next morning. With all batteries recharged I was back to normal. Thursday was 741 cals, Friday 709, Saturday 996, so I am back on track.
Death by Powerpoint|
Sun, Mar 12th 2017 5:10p Volker Weber
Yesterday I travelled to Munich for a short presentation. It was an 11 hour round trip for an 18 minute presentation. So this is not about killing an audience with PowerPoint but about how information dies in PowerPoint.
I was asked to hold a one hour talk with 30 minutes for questions and answers and I was very firm in that I would not be talking for an hour. My client scheduled for an hour and in the end we needed that hour, but my talk did not take up half of that time. If you ever have be
Was bei Twitter fehlt: nur mal ein paar Stunden ausblenden|
Sun, Mar 12th 2017 4:43p Volker Weber
Es gibt liebe Leute, denen man gerne folgt, weil sie immer wieder mal kleine Einblicke in ihr Leben geben oder etwas interessantes aufgegabelt haben. Und dann fahren diese Leute auf eine Konferenz und twittern dann im Minutentakt Beratersprech, den sie gerade gehört haben. Twitter bietet drei Möglichkeiten, sich dem zu entziehen:
UnfollowBlockMuteUnfollow heißt, die Tweets des anderen rauschen einfach vorbei, ohne in der Timeline aufzutauchen. Block heißt
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 10:49a Volker Weber
Not been there, done that, got the T-shirt|
Thu, Mar 9th 2017 1:28p Volker Weber
What would we be without Q?
Moving from Keynote to Powerpoint|
Wed, Mar 8th 2017 8:48a Volker Weber
I am a longtime Keynote user and I am generally very happy with the software. However, there were two problems: I needed to use an Apple device when presenting, and I did not see much affection from Apple for the software. When I moderated the European Cyber Security Challenge I also learned how well you can organize an event if everybody is on the same software. We had two important people in the crew. One was running audio through a mixer remote on his iPad and the other was running all presen
Android March Security Update :: DTEK50 goes first|
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 8:02p Volker Weber
I have been checking in all three BlackBerrys since yesterday. And to my surprise, DTEK50 was the first to get the update. That is indeed a first. I will complete this list as the updates arrive on my devices:
DTEK50: Build AAJ842, installed March 6th
Please report your updates here.
SOL becomes Playbase|
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 5:01a Volker Weber
When I visited Sonos in 2015, there was a challenge. Sonos wanted to show me everything, including the labs, but they could not possibly shut down the labs just for one visitor. So I made a simple promise: whatever I see in the labs stays in the labs. I wasn't going to talk about it, until the product was released. And if it wasn't released, I would keep my secrets indefinitely. Sonos develops many prototypes that never see the light of day.
Sonos also develops their own custom drivers,
Deutsche Börse moves to Office 365 Cloud Germany|
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 8:43p Volker Weber
Exciting news for global financial services providers in highly regulated countries looking to modernize their business operations with a move to the cloud: Deutsche Börse Group (DBG) is taking a thought leadership approach to digital transformation by moving to Office 365 to digitally transform the way they work. Based in Frankfurt, DBG is a leading stock exchange in Germany and one of the largest exchange organizations worldwide, with offices in more than 20 locations.
That is going to end
DNUG: Domino Anwendungsmodernisierung|
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 1:31p Volker Weber
Christian Holsing erklärt. wie IBM sich die Modernisierung von Notes-Anwendungen vorstellt:
Die IBM hat wie versprochen auf der Connect 2017 zahlreiche Ankündigungen zum Thema Anwendungsentwicklung auf Basis IBM Domino gemacht. Damit wurde eines klar: IBM investiert signifikant und arbeitet daran, Domino weiterhin für moderne Anwendungsentwicklung fit zu halten. Ausgesprochen viele Kunden nutzen heute Domino-basierte Anwendungen für wichtige und absolut kritische Abläufe im Unterne
IBM Connect 2017 :: Das Eigenbild|
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 12:36p Volker Weber
Time for a new T-shirt design|
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 11:03a Volker Weber
"I read your email" is so last century.
Week 9/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Mar 5th 2017 4:29p Volker Weber
Euler's formula with introductory group theory|
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 10:26p Volker Weber
When I went to highschool. a young math teacher taught us something the parents were absolutely furious about: group theory. They could not see how this would ever help us as adults. As it turned out later, it was probably the most important thing I learned in math, and it helped me sail through engineering without much effort. It's not a method but a vantage point to observe things from.
I would have a hard time learning this at my current age, so if this video twists your mind, that is per
Eine Blume, ein Strauß, eine Wiese|
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 2:08p Volker Weber
Ein Beitrag geteilt von Alexander Kluge (@alecmcint) am 4. Mär 2017 um 4:04 Uhr
Ein Beitrag geteilt von Johannes Freund (@jofreund) am 4. Mär 2017 um 4:06 Uhr
Ein Beitrag geteilt von amanrafi (@amanrafi) am 4. Mär 2017 um 5:54 Uhr
Who is investing?|
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 10:46a Volker Weber
I asked on Twitter how you would describe your use of IBM Notes/Domino. There is one surprising result: 16% or roughtly 40 votes for "Investing". Can you tell me who you are and how you are investing?
IBM Champions :: And then there were three|
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 10:57a Volker Weber
All photos Hogne Bø Pettersen
Julian Robichaux is the third IBM Champion to receive a lifetime achievement award. Last year IBM gave this award to Theo and Gab, so now there are three. And they are the nicest people you can imagine.
There are of course a lot more IBM Champions than these three, but all the others need to be nominated and vetted year after year. They come from all walks of life and from all over the world. Which leads me to other important people in this prog
Solsbury Hill :: A montage|
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 10:33a Volker Weber
This montage of live performances of Solsbury Hill includes footage from Rockpalast (1978), Live in Athens (1987), Secret World Live (1993), Growing Up Live (2003), New Blood Live (2011) and Back To Front (2013).
Jaybird X3 :: Now my favorite ear canal headset|
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 9:40p Volker Weber
Slack Team Space lives on|
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 3:52p Volker Weber
At the end of IBM Connect 2017 I did quick poll amongst the users of the Slack Team Space asing if people would be OK if I did not close it and just keep on going and the vast majority agreed that would be a good idea. There are now more than 300 people registered and quite a few of them are having a good discussion with IBM about Domino App Development. That is the most active channel.
If you want to join, you are still invited.
It's kind of over, isn't it?|
Wed, Mar 1st 2017 12:44p Volker Weber
As the press was flocking to Barcelona for MWC, the biggest news was Nokia with their 3110. And this isn't even Nokia, which does not have their six giant factories anymore. And it also isn't really a 3110. It only looks familiar and it's pretty much a dumbphone.
What does that say about the smartphone? LG announces the very decent G6 with dual camera instead of a stupid modular set, Huawei tries again to get some respect with their Leica badge, Sony is back with a 4k display, BlackBerry M
How to download IBM Connect 2017 session presentations|
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 9:25a Volker Weber
It's not easy, but it can be done.
Go to https://myibm.ibm.com/ and log in.If you do not have an IBM ID, you can create one for free. Log in.Go to https://myibm.ibm.com/events/connect/all-sessionsSearch for the sessions you are interested in and dowload the presentation. Good luck though. There aren't that many presentations attached.
Two questions about Notes & Domino|
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 9:10a Volker Weber
How would you desribe your use of IBM Notes/Domino?— Volker Weber (@vowe) February 27, 2017
How do you enable a legacy Notes/Domino app for mobile and web?— Volker Weber (@vowe) February 27, 2017
How did February work out for you? #dontbreakthechain|
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 8:50a Volker Weber
Daniel was the first to finish the month (and tell me so on Twitter). If you need any further motivation to not break the chain, look at these two photos. They show the same man.
I am always at awe when I look at them. Conveniently they show up as the first two hits on Google Image Search.
So, are you with us?
Porsche Design BOOK ONE|
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 8:35a Volker Weber
This is pretty. And expensive. But not more expensive than the Surface Book. Now that I am comfortable with Windows 10, it is also very tempting.
Unlike the Surface Book it is a convertible that folds all the way back. It has dual USB 3.0 Type A and dual USB 3.1 Type C ports. One of the Type C ports is on the clipboard. Using the same technology as the Surface Book you can separate the clipboard from the base.
The clipboard as a 25 Wh battery, the base contains another 45 Wh b
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 8:02a Volker Weber
Data Selfie is a browser extension that tracks you while you are on Facebook to show you your own data traces and reveal how machine learning algorithms use your data to gain insights about your personality.The tool explores our relationship to the online data we leave behind as a result of media consumption and social networks - the information you share consciously and unconsciously.
IBM mischt kräftig mit bei diesem Projekt. Es zeigt sehr schön, was Maschinen übe
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 7:40a Volker Weber
Lenovo stellt zum MWC eine ganze Reihe von Geräten vor: MiiX 320,Yoga 720 und 520, Tab 4 Serie. Spannend dabei:
All diesen Geräten ist gemein, dass sie dem Nutzer uneingeschränkte, echte Mobilität ermöglichen, zum Bespiel mit der tollen Option einer nahezu flächendeckenden LTE-Verbindung. Lenovo kündigt dafür die nächste Stufe von Lenovo Connect an, inklusive Unterstützung für umprogrammierbare
Sun, Feb 26th 2017 9:40p Volker Weber
Samsung Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab S3 :: First impressions|
Sun, Feb 26th 2017 8:11p Volker Weber
Samsung announced new tablets today in Barcelona. The Android Galaxy Tab S3 and the Windows Galaxy Book. I already had a chance to try them, and I have a pretty solid opion on them.
The Galaxy Tab 3 follow the same design pattern as the iPad Pro 9.7. It's a very solid device with a georgeous display, long battery life and pen input. Samsung uses a Wacom pen, that works without charging and pairing. It is fast, accurate and supports 4k levels of pressure. It has a clip and a button which turn
Week 8/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Feb 26th 2017 2:04p Volker Weber
The day isn't over, but the week is in. Who is with me?
Apple Watch charging|
Sun, Feb 26th 2017 10:31a Volker Weber
I haven't unpacked the massive cable. But there has to be a better way.
Sat, Feb 25th 2017 7:38p Volker Weber
It's not the DTEK70 after all. As TCL has revealed in Barcelone 'Mercury' will hit the market early April as BlackBerry KEYone für 599 €. That is not as ridiculously hight priced as the PRIV was when it launched, but it seems quite expensive for a business device. This will not be the last BlackBerry. There is already another one in beta. I'm a bit puzzled by the branding. Maybe KEYone will be followed by KEYtwo etc. This is going to make sense when we see the first NOKEYon
What is up with Android Messages and RCS?|
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 8:50a Volker Weber
Android Messages makes it easy to communicate with anyone by using SMS, MMS, and more.
Google's handling of messaging rivals only its social network fumblings. There is Hangouts, and Allo, and Duo, and now Android Messages, formerly Messenger. Why all the fuzz? It's because Google is failing time and again.
Android doesn't have something like Apple's iMessage. They don't really have something like Facetime. So they created Allo and Duo. Both are tied to your phone number, copying a su
My favorite headset design|
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 8:08a Volker Weber
These are my favorite headsets. And they follow the same design pattern: no wires, recharge in their case, sit inside your ear, don't seal off the environment. Both are very comfortable. The AirPods are great for listening, but can't compete in the noise cancellation space. The Voyager Edge has the edge (sic) in phone calls.
I use both of them a lot and you can tell by the dirt they are accumulating.
Jaybird Freedom and X3 :: First impressions|
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 9:05p Volker Weber
I visited Jaybird at IFA 2016 in Berlin and took a look at their Freedom and X2 headsets and I was pretty sure I wanted one a Freedom headset. It's just tiny and extremely light. But it did not make much sense to test it then, since Jaybird wasn't shipping here yet.
Fast forward to last week and I received an email from the agency offering me test samples. I thought about it for a bit and then replied asking for both. Not only the Freedom but also the X3, successor to the X2. As it turned o
IBM Connect 2017 :: Watson über alles|
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 12:14p Volker Weber
Es sollte ein großer Neuanfang für IBMs Traditionsveranstaltung, vormals als Lotusphere bekannt, werden. Der Umzug von Orlando nach San Francisco sollte neue Teilnehmer bringen, die sich für IBMs Cognitive-Initiative erwärmen. Der Neustart misslang.
Gewohnheitstier :: Hier, Tastaturen|
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 9:54a Volker Weber
Es ist ausgesprochen schwierig, Tastaturen zu beurteilen. Was gewohnt ist, scheint auch besser. Bisher hatte ich vor allem zwei Tastaturen in Benutzung: ein Apple Magic Keyboard und ein 2013er MacBook Pro. Diese beiden Tastaturen gleichen sich und ich hatte mich voll an sie gewöhnt. Jede andere Tastatur erschien mir schlechter. Die neuen MacBooks hatten zuwenig Hub, die Yogas ein fremdes Layout. Nur das ThinkPad X1Yoga erschien mir super, wohl weil es sich anfühlte wie meine al
Insta360 :: First impressions|
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 1:54p Volker Weber
Weezeeh. This is fun. I never knew what do with 360 degree panoramas. But it turns out you just need the right (inexpensive) tech. Enter the Insta360. This is the same photo, just rendered in a different way.
The Insta360 comes in a box, which doubles as a VR viewer. Any content, from the camera or from Youtube for instance, that is encoded as 360 VR can be viewed. Call up the split screen view, place the iPhone in the box and you are ready to go.
The camera is rather simple. Wipe
IBM Connect 2017 Opening General Session|
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 9:30a Volker Weber
There are two parts, the first was at 10 am, the second part at 1 pm. I find very little in the first part interesting. Watch for Chris Crummey, the guy with the pocket square (Einstecktuch). The second one you should watch from beginning to end. If you are interested in Notes and Domino, that would be towards the end of the video.
Come join us for IBM Connect 2017|
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 9:07a Volker Weber
It has never been easier to be at IBM Connect without actually being at IBM Connect. After I decided not to travel to San Francisco, I have set up a Slack Team Space for everybody. It now has almost 200 members and I am sure it will go past that mark pretty soon. About 40% of those members are in San Francisco so we can have a lively disussion. We have eight channels now: #general for announcement, #random for everything that is interesting, then #connections. #dominoappdev and #watsonworkspace
Week 7/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Feb 19th 2017 4:13p Volker Weber
Frau Brandlinger approves. And the people below.
Watson Workspace is coming together :: Just in time for Connect 2017|
Sat, Feb 18th 2017 2:48p Volker Weber
When Watson Workspace opened its preview right at Watson World last year, I was underwhelmed, to say the least. And so were other people. You looked, you saw, you went. It was revealed way too early. Progress over the last months was slow, or so it seemed. Until yesterday.
The team was hard at work and it revealed a lot of functions yesterday. Things like alerts for mentions, direct messages, a better way to discover Moments. The list goes on. While it was barely usable when it was first rel
Chromebooks in business|
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 10:31a Volker Weber
There is an interesting development in education, where schools start to rely on Chromebooks for their students. The biggest advantage is that these devices are easily replaceable. Grab any Chromebook, log in with your Google credentials and you are ready to go. There is no admin overhead for machines. You still need to work on your directory and your apps, but the machines itself don't carry anything but a cache.
You can have many Google IDs. A business ID, a private ID, a trave
DTEK50 and PRIV are updating|
Wed, Feb 15th 2017 5:41p Volker Weber
IBMconnect Slack Team Space is off to a good start|
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 11:53p Volker Weber
Team already has 100+ members with one week before the conference kicks into high gear. IBMers with US, UK or DE addresses can dive right in by going to the signup page. I am also adding more domains if you need to invite more than a couple of people. Just tell me what you need. So far these domains are pre-approved:
@ibm.com @de.ibm.com @uk.ibm.com @us.ibm.com @socialconnections.info @panagenda.com @we4it.com @timetoact.de
All others need an invitation. Every team member can invite you. T
Signal adds video calling|
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 11:30p Volker Weber
Enable in Advanced Settings. Callkit support means you can answer calls from the lock screen. Enable/disable as you like.
But by all means, start using Signal for safe communications. I am now at 144 contacts in Signal, more than half of WhatsApp contacts. We are getting there.
Stream what you hear to your Sonos|
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 8:03p Volker Weber
Stream What You Hear (SWYH) is a Windows application to broadcast the sound of your computer (ie: what you hear) on an UPnP/DLNA device such as TVs, amps, network receivers, game consoles, etc...
And that includes Sonos players.
TimeToAct wins Beacon Award|
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 7:35p Volker Weber
Congratulations to @TIMETOACTGROUP for winning the #BeaconAward for Outstanding Collaborative Work Solution. #ibmpwlc pic.twitter.com/8pAXiKYbuP— IBM Partners (@IBMPartners) February 14, 2017
That's a biggie for an IBM Partner. Congratulations!
BlackBerry releases new app for Hub Services+|
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 12:54p Volker Weber
Notable is a content creation and sharing app that allows you to quickly capture content on your device screen, mark it up with text or free-form drawing tools, and quickly share it to your friends. The screen capture is triggered from the device convenience key, assigning as a swipe gesture shortcut, or by tapping the dedicated screen capture notification in the notification tray. From there the user can mark up the content they captured quickly in the app – they can draw on it freely
Apple Music with exclusive video content|
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 9:19a Volker Weber
With Spotify firmly in the lead, Apple is trying some exclusive content to get customers to subscribe to their offering. I am not convinced that taking James Corden out of the car will work. And this show?
Office 365 Groups vs Teams: How to Successfully Deploy Both|
Mon, Feb 13th 2017 6:46p Volker Weber
what I can say is that despite perceptions that Office 365 Groups and Teams are opposing solutions, the reality is that they are actually complimentary. In fact, these two need to work together if we are ever to defeat the evils of emails and boring file shares.
To call this a mess would be understating. What were they thinking?
Echo in Deutschland|
Mon, Feb 13th 2017 9:20a Volker Weber
Echo Dot und Echo sind jetzt ohne Vorbestellung erhältlich.
Imagination is difficult :: Byte April 1984|
Sun, Feb 12th 2017 6:43p Volker Weber
Week 6/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Feb 12th 2017 2:14p Volker Weber
Are you still following?
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 :: Six+ weeks in|
Sun, Feb 12th 2017 11:30a Volker Weber
I owe you a short update on Surface Pro 4. It's currently the only computer I use. I need to recharge it twice a day and it lasts about six to seven hours on a charge.Love the Signature keyboard cover and trackpad. It's not a compromise and the Alcantara palm rest feels so much better than an aluminium body. I clean it up once a week with some soap and it has not turned gross in any way.
I run Windows 10 in Tablet Mode most of the time. That means all apps run fullscreen without any chr
Slack Team :: Connect 2017|
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 9:32p Volker Weber
I have set up a Slack Team for IBM Connect 2017. I would like to use this to discuss what is happening at the conference. As you know it's only a Remote Connect for me this year, so a little online collaboration might help. It isn't quite as public as on Twitter, so there is less incentive to pose. ;-) You can also share photos, links, or have a private chat.
If you want to be in, drop me a mail.
Sonos :: Wake up the silent home|
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 3:18p Volker Weber
A couple of people in a room, everybody is glued to their screen. How do you solve this? Buy more Sonos, says Sonos. :-)
Maybe you want to read the study >
BSI veröffentlicht Studie zu Samsung KNOX|
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 3:08p Volker Weber
Um bei der Vielzahl der Konfigurationsmöglichkeiten und der Komplexität der Knox-Lösung einen roten sicherheitstechnischen Faden aufzuzeigen, beschreibt das Dokument "Sicherheitsempfehlungen zur Konfiguration von Samsung Knox" möglich Ansätze zur Absicherung und Konfiguration von mobilen Endgeräten mittels der Knox-Funktionen. Dazu werden Basismaßnahmen und zusätzliche Maßnahmen benannt, die auf Knox-Geräte angewandt werden können. Anhand von zwei beispielhaft gewählten Mobile-Devi
The Enthusiast Trap|
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 9:12a Volker Weber
This guy can explain stuff. Today you will learn why Pebble or Cyanogen ultimately failed, or why other companies like Oppo are suddenly no longer interesting to you. It comes down to you. You are not an interesting market to cater to.
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 9:53p Volker Weber
At the end of the day, iPhone is still running well, but low on battery. Watch would be good for another day. AirPods have recharged in the case. And the freaking Logitech K780 is still at 100 percent after a couple of months.
In related news, I was active today and am now ready to recharge. :-)
It's back to the office for IBMers|
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 10:55a Volker Weber
IBM is cracking down on remote workers, ordering unlucky employees to either come into one of six main offices and work "shoulder to shoulder" or leave for good.
While The Register mentions IBM Marketing, this is a broader initiative and explains some of the recent defections like Luis Benitez who worked out of his home country Puerto Rico.
IBM has been telling everybody (and itself) that location does not matter anymore and that distributed teams come together throu
IBM Remote Connect|
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 9:37a Volker Weber
It has been a difficult decision but I have come to the conclusion not to travel to IBM Connect in San Francisco. Thank you IBM for inviting me. I hope I will be able to access presentation files and follow the event from here. Let's call it a "Remote Connect".
I have been using Watson Workspace for a few months now and closely watched its slow progress. We all know where Notes, Connections or Sametime are in their respective life cycles. Whatever surprises IBM has in store for us at Conne
84 Lumber :: The Entire Journey|
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 8:39a Volker Weber
100 GB für einen Monat bei Vodafone|
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 3:36p Volker Weber
Was ist GigaBoost? Streamen, surfen oder downloaden und das nahezu unbegrenzt. Hast Du einen Vertrag bei uns oder möchtest jetzt einen abschließen? Dann schenken wir Dir 100 GB Datenvolumen für einen Monat.
Vodafone "verschenkt" 100 GB an Privatkunden mit Vertrag. Dieses Kontigent steht einen Monat lang zur Verfügung. Ich sehe das als einen Test, wieviel Kunden tatsächlich verbrauchen, wenn sie eine echte Flatrate haben. Das ist auch ein guter Selbstversuch. Zähler im Telefon auf N
Week 5/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Feb 5th 2017 6:36p Volker Weber
I did not plan to post this past January, but apparently I have to. ;-)
Three best Apple products of 2016|
Sat, Feb 4th 2017 9:45a Volker Weber
AirPods. No contest. We have had Bluetooth headsets for years. The AirPods redefine the category. You never have to worry about pairing and connection. Hold the case next to your Apple devices and it asks you whether you want to connect. All of your Apple devices. It feels like plugging them in. Only, there is no wire.
iPhone 7 Plus. THe new camera is the bomb. Portrait mode is still in beta (or is it?), but it works beautifully. And it's a wonderful evolution. I don't want Apple to change th
VanMoof fights back|
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 11:50p Volker Weber
It’s 6pm and while most of Europe are clocking off for the day, our bike hunter Marc’s day is just getting started. After a frustrating 12 hours trying to track down a stolen SmartBike in Paris, suddenly its anti-theft tracking springs to life again. There’s just one problem. It’s now 296km from where it was stolen, in an infamous (read: terrifying) neighbourhood in Brussels.
VanMoof promises to track down your stolen SmartBike/Electrified S in two week
BlackBerry starts the February Android update cycle two days early|
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 10:08p Volker Weber
Christian reports the first February update in his BlackBerry PRIV. Let the games begin. None of my devices gets it, even with Checkin (dial *#*#2432546#*#*).
Write it down|
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 9:44p Volker Weber
Today I had to recover a security code for a 20-year-old Becker radio in a Porsche. In order to find this code, I first had to recharge this old PDA, and then remember the PIN to unlock it. And this isn't even the oldest device here at vowe's magic flying circus.
Controlling Sonos with Alexa|
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 9:22a Volker Weber
I am getting winks and nods from everywhere about Alexa and Sonos, now that I have an Echo Dot and you know about it. Let me dampen your enthusiasm. And get you all fired up at the same time.
Sonos is about to make a huge leap in 2017. But it's not happening yet. Let me explain this without disclosing anything that hasn't been announced already.
If you try to use Alexa with Sonos today, the experience sucks, big time. There is no need to get an Echo Dot right now, or in the next few week
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 10:32p Volker Weber
If you have a Surface with Pen or an iPad Pro with Pencil, then you have to try Nebo, if you haven't seen it yet. Nebo lets you take notes with your pen, it transcribes your handwriting, lets you add sketches and diagrams, it even does math formulas. Export to Word or PDF.
BlackBerry Passport gets an update|
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 6:19p Volker Weber
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 10:39a Volker Weber
FedEx delivered John's Echo Dot. And yesterday, Hermes delivered an anonymous present from my Amazon Wish List. It saves me from looking at the Amazon logo and makes the Echo Dot a bit nicer in my home.
Thank you, John and Secret Santa. Now I need to get some work done, before I talk to Alexa.
Respect your elders|
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 9:50a Volker Weber
When talking about software architecture, I often crack this joke:
It does not matter wether you start with Photoshop, Excel or SAP. If you add all the features your customer demands you will end up with Lotus Notes.
That always draws a lot of laughs, because everybody knows that Notes is an unusable pile of code, right? Wrong. It's not just a joke. There is a lot of truth in there.
Notes is old. In dog years it is way beyond a hundred years old. It's already looking at 200. Over th
On Windows 10|
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 10:27p Volker Weber
The Economist has this piece that tries to explain how Micosoft is scaring away potential upgraders.
Microsoft charges top dollar for Windows 10 ($120 or $200, depending on the edition) and now wants to bombard users with sales pitches to boot—without so much as by your leave, let alone the option to turn the nuisance off.Not my experience. I have been using Surface Pro 4 almost exclusively since last December. I have turned off suggested apps, I have uninstalled all Microsoft crapw
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 10:07p Volker Weber
Ich werde oft gefragt, warum ich diese Website betreibe. Schließlich macht das Arbeit und die wird nicht bezahlt. Nein, es ist nicht das hundertste Smartphone, das ich ausprobieren darf. Es sind Momente wie dieser, als ich Bernds Kommentar las:
Habe heute ebenfalls meinen Monat vollgemacht. Bin immer noch auf 400, komme jedoch oft genug mit 500 bis 600 am Tagesende raus (underpromise/overdeliver). Insgesamt war der Januar für mich fantastisch, vergangenen Freitag war ich beim Kardiologen (b
Apple results are in|
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 9:45p Volker Weber
We're thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple's highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way. We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac and Apple Watch.
That includes the new MacBook Pro that nobody wants.
$78.4 billion revenue. Divide by 92 days in the quarter and you get to a measly 852 million. Every. Single. Fcuking. Day. Apple is clearly doomed.
All that we share :: A beautiful exercise|
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 7:48p Volker Weber
This completes the first month #dontbreakthechain|
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 2:20p Volker Weber
This is just for the few people who have joint the program recently. You completed a full week of the New Year Challenge on all three rings, or you failed but got up and continued anyway. I am really happy that it does make a difference for some of you. I started the chain in May 2015, and I broke it once.
Now that the month is over, you started your own chain. Don't break it. If you do break it, just get up and try again. Find a calorie goal you can exceed every day when you also exerci
Groovy Messaging Wave|
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 9:26a Volker Weber
Messaging is all the rage and if you believe the usual suspects, it's going to replace email as the dominant tool for internal communications within companies. It creates an open space for sharing information within a team, bringing everybody up to speed about what is going on. Before you buy into this vision, take a look back at two other platforms that tried and failed: Google Wave and (Mcrosoft) Groove.
Microsoft Teams already used by 30k organizations, says Microsoft|
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 10:03p Volker Weber
As Satya Nadella discussed in last Thursday's quarterly earnings call, Microsoft Teams has picked up momentum since its launch last November. In the last month alone, 30,000 organizations across 145 markets and 19 languages have actively used Microsoft Teams.
CLIQZ :: Safer browsing made in Germany|
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 9:48p Volker Weber
You may want to check this out. CLIQZ is a very clean browser based on Firefox that tries to protect your privacy and make your browsing safer. Runs on desktop as well as mobile. One feature I stumbled upon: it keeps your guilty pleasures out of your history.
TechAltar :: How to cure a fanboy|
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 11:10a Volker Weber