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Surface Pro 4 :: Love the power brick
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Third Week of the New Year Challenge #dontbreakthechain
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From my inbox
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 120
Mit Apple Pay in Deutschland zahlen
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 83
Story of Life
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 126
The January BlackBerry Android cycle completed
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 112
Your next smartphone
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 260
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Your next smartphone
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 260
What I learned from Brad Smith at #DLD17
Sun, Jan 15th 2017 209
Yolocaust
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 186
Was ich von Frau Brandlinger gelernt habe
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 144
This is your AirPod control
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 136
Desksurfing #DLD17
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 127
Story of Life
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 126
Windows error at shutdown
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 123
From my inbox
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How to customize your Surface Pen
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 115


Volker Weber
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Surface Pro 4 :: Love the power brick
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 9:07a   Volker Weber
It's always the small details that delight me. An extra USB port on the power brick of the Surface Pro 4 for instance. No need to bring an extra charger for your phone. On the Surface side of things you have this connector: This slots in easily and is held by a magnet. If you trip over your cable you will not yank your Surface from the table. It also goes in both ways. And the cable does not stick out but follows the contour of the device. On the other end of the brick there is
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Third Week of the New Year Challenge #dontbreakthechain
Sun, Jan 22nd 2017 8:20a   Volker Weber
@vowe pic.twitter.com/OGtH0yR1Cx— Ben Hughes (@snaketide) January 22, 2017 Ben lives in Australia and he has a head start to close his first week of completing all three activities each day of the week. When you complete yours, take a photo of the notification and post it on Twitter @vowe. I will embed it below. Easier together. #dontbreakthechain
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From my inbox
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 1:43p   Volker Weber
Danke, Michael. Habe mich sehr gefreut.
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Mit Apple Pay in Deutschland zahlen
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 10:43a   Volker Weber
Wirecard führt heute seine mobile Bezahllösung boon in Frankreich ein. Nach der Einführung auf dem britischen Markt im Mai vergangenen Jahres, ist Frankreich nun der erste Markt innerhalb der Eurozone, wo boon mit Apple Pay genutzt werden kann. Die voll digitalisierte mobile Bezahl-App ermöglicht Kunden ab heute mobile Zahlungen, die einfach, sicher und schnell getätigt werden können. boon basiert auf einer automatischen App-to-Wallet-Integration über einen Prepaid Account mit einer digi
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Story of Life
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 10:25p   Volker Weber
Best app I have seen in a while. Sir David Attenborough's Story of Life. More >
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The January BlackBerry Android cycle completed
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 6:49p   Volker Weber
Two updates today for PRIV and DTEK50. The DTEK60 already installed on the 4th of January, one day ahead of the Jan 5 release date. Now we have: PRIV - STV100-4: 6.0.1, Security path level January 5 2017, Kernel 3.10.84, Build AAI459DTEK50 - STH100-2: Android 6.0.1, Security path level January 5 2017, Kernel 3.10.84, Build AAI795DTEK60 - BBA100-2: Android 6.0.1, Security path level January 5 2017, Kernel 3.10.84, Build AAI470The DTEK50 update came faster than expected. It is indeed catching u
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Your next smartphone
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 7:37a   Volker Weber
I remember a car journalist who told me that he always recommends the car people are determined to buy. He often gets asked what the perfect car would be, and his answer in most cases would be a Mercedes B-Class. But then he would get yelled at, because people want their SUV, sports limousine, convertible, but not a B-Class. So he asks them what they like and then tells them that's a great choice. As you can imagine, I also get asked this question about smartphones. And my answer is simple:
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Google veröffentlicht Riesen-Patch-Paket für Android
Thu, Jan 19th 2017 3:41p   Volker Weber
Google veröffentlicht diese Patch-Pakete monatlich, und mehr als 50 Lücken sind da durchaus üblich. Die aktuellen 94 markieren jedoch einen traurigen Höhepunkt, der etwa Sicherheitsforscher wie Matthew Green zu verzweifeltem Aufstöhnen veranlasst: 'Wie wird ein Betriebssystem, das (größtenteils) in einer 'sicheren' Programmiersprache geschrieben wurde, solch ein brennender Reifenstapel?' klagt er auf Twitter. Kurzes Update zu BlackBerry: - PRIV: verfügbar seit 4.1., aber hier n
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Using your AirPods with Windows
Thu, Jan 19th 2017 11:55a   Volker Weber
Daniel asks if you can use your AirPods with your iThings and your Windows PC at the same time. Yes, you can. Strictly not at the same time, but they do work. You place them in the carrying case (did I mention you always put them in the carrying case?) and hold the button on the back of the case for seven seconds. Now they are discoverable and you can pair them from Windows. Your iThings will not forget your AirPods and you can pull them over. However, if you take out an AirPod while connecte
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Controlling your music from your Apple Watch
Thu, Jan 19th 2017 9:28a   Volker Weber
Mattias said, he cannot control Google Play Music from the Apple Watch. It took me a while to understand he was confusing two ways you can control music from your Apple Watch. There is Music and there is Now Playing, as seen in the Apple Watch app on iPhone: Now Playing shows the same thing as your lock screen or your control center. It is the app that is currently playing from the iPhone, or your Sonos controller, if you use that. It will only let you control the volume, play/pau
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Your questions about the AirPods
Thu, Jan 19th 2017 8:22a   Volker Weber
You had a couple of questions about AirPods control. Let me try to answer them by talking more about them in general. You AirPods are three, not two things. Two earbuds, one case. Think of them as one. When you take the earbuds out of the case, they switch on, put them back, they switch off. There is no on/off switch. When you put them in the case, they charge very quickly. As long as there is juice in the battery of the case, it will fill them up. That is what the metal rings at the tip of t
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This is your AirPod control
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 5:46p   Volker Weber
AirPods don't have any physical controls. You can double tab them for calling up Siri. Or you can set this double tap to Play/Pause. One way or the other it looks kind of silly to tap on your ear. But how do you control the volume or skip a track? Simple: use your Apple Watch. The Now Playing glance lets you control the iPhone. And with that your AirPods. Most of the time, you don't need these controls, because the AirPods are pretty smart. They know when they are in your ear. Take one out,
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Yolocaust
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 5:14p   Volker Weber
Yolocaust is a project by Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira that explores our commemorative culture by combining selfies from the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin with footage from Nazi extermination camps. The selfies were found on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grinder. Comments, hashtags and "Likes" that were posted with the selfies are also included. More >
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How to make Microsoft Word look like iA Writer
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 4:00p   Volker Weber
Sadly there is no iA Writer for Windows. So I have to fake it. One of the reasons iA Writer is so good for authoring text is great readability. You are able to see your typos because every character is very distinct. But Nitti, the font that iA Writer uses, also make it very easy to read quickly. It's not as rough as something like Courier. I referred to this five your old post to first find the font, and then a free font that looks remarkably similar. If you set your document in Cousine
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Zahnseide mit tizi Flachmann aufladen
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 2:17p   Volker Weber
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Was ich von Frau Brandlinger gelernt habe
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 9:12a   Volker Weber
Ich bin seit 2014 mit Frau Brandlinger unterwegs und muss mal von meinen vielen Begegnungen mit anderen Menschen und Hunden erzählen. Hunde fördern die Kommunikation. Man kommt mit wildfremden Menschen ins Gespräch und man erlebt viele komische Situationen. Was Hundehalter wissen und andere Menschen nicht: Alle Hunde sind identisch "programmiert". Sie sprechen absolut die selbe Sprache. Leider verstehen viele Menschen diese Sprache nicht. Und das führt zu
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Billboard: New Sonos CEO Patrick Spence Looking Ahead
Tue, Jan 17th 2017 8:33p   Volker Weber
Billboard: What is Sonos focused on for the new year? Patrick Spence: Really there's three things: There's voice. There's streaming music and that's just exploding, you see that obviously in the U.S. with streaming revenue overtaking everything else and growing the industry again, which is awesome. And then the third thing is the push around the connected home. Meaning there's a lot more products around the home that will emit sound and we think they should be emitting sounds through Sonos
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Surface Pro 4 :: JustWrite
Tue, Jan 17th 2017 5:42p   Volker Weber
On iOS and Mac I use iA Writer when writing copy. It's just plain text, no formatting whatsoever. On Surface I went back to Word Mobile, which is complete overkill and often distracts me with auto-format, smart quotes, auto-link and similar helpers. I really need something that I can take fullscreen and type away. I just found a program that does exactly that. It does not even have a file menu. You can only have one text and that autosaves. The screenshot above shows JustWrite next to Twitter,
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Surface Pro 4 :: Cold start
Tue, Jan 17th 2017 3:39p   Volker Weber
This is how long my Surface Pro 4 takes from releasing the power button until Windows Hello recognizes me. That's pretty quick isn't it? No Enterprise boat anchor attached, of course.
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Mateus Asato :: Don't Dream it's Over
Tue, Jan 17th 2017 1:29p   Volker Weber
Simply beautiful. [Thanks, Phil]
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Windows error at shutdown
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 11:52p   Volker Weber
Everytime I shut down Windows, I get this error message. Should I be concerned or just ignore it?
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How to customize your Surface Pen
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 1:24p   Volker Weber
Matthias asked me this morning how he can select which of his two OneNote programs he could launch when pressing the button on his Surface Pen. I told him to use the Surface app, which eventually lead him to the correct panel. This setting has moved from the Surface app into Windows 10 Settings/Devices/Pen & Windows Ink.
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Desksurfing #DLD17
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 8:26a   Volker Weber
Live stream at
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What I learned from Brad Smith at #DLD17
Sun, Jan 15th 2017 4:45p   Volker Weber
My main takeaways from Brad Smith’s interview at DLD17 in Munich might be a bit different from others. The main headline will be that Smith says that the law has to catch up with digital technologies. What I find more interesting is his explanation how that came to be. It has been 31 years since the law governing IT, privacy and e-commerce was passed in the United States. So what happened in 1986? A Republican President (Ronald Reagan) and a Democratic Speaker of the House (Tip O’Neill) wer
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Zweite Woche der New Year Challenge #dontbreakthechain
Sun, Jan 15th 2017 10:05a   Volker Weber
Letzte Woche haben wir sieben Tage mit drei Ringen gefeiert. Für viele völlig normal, für andere ein Vorsatz für das neue Jahr. Die Scheffin hat keine Apple Uhr, aber ein Misfit Ray und hat ihr tägliches Ziel erreicht. Das Ray trägt sie seit September und wir haben letzte Woche zum ersten Mal neue Batterien eingelegt, 3x Renata 393. Man muss das Band also nie laden und auch nicht abnehmen, weil es wasserdicht ist. Das Ray hat sich bewährt. Es zeichnet Bewegung und Schlaf auf, es sy
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The xx :: I see you
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 9:59p   Volker Weber
I See You, the new album by The xx has been running on heavy rotation via Spotify
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Marian Hill :: Down
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 9:06p   Volker Weber
Discovered via the new Apple ad. Here on Spotify.
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A new discovery
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 6:53p   Volker Weber
Mathez. A break from the veggies.
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Class
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 6:22p   Volker Weber
I refrain from commenting on politics, domestic and foreign. But you have to watch this. All 38 minutes of it. They are free of politics. I like to say you should aspire to be the person your dog thinks you are. But Barack Obama and Joe Biden go above and beyond. And I have to assume that Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden would simply blow me away. The lesson you can take away from this is simple: don't talk about yourself.
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From my inbox
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 12:28p   Volker Weber
[Quoted with permission from a Signal chat] I am not alone with my love for this machine. Surface Pro 4 is the perfect PC for a student. I covers all use cases. OneNote is very popular as well since you can organize your classes in separate sections and keep adding notes with the pen or the keyboard. Surface Pro 4 also ships with < href="https://www.drawboard.com/pdf">Drawboard PDF, a more advanced solution for annotating PDFs. You can do it all in one device and don't have to swi
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Gar nicht so einfach
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 11:00a   Volker Weber
Frau Brandlinger braucht ein Bett. Die perfekte Ecke im Haus hat sie, aber an der Matratze haben wir ein bisschen gearbeitet. Die erste war super, aber leider hat sie die N&auml;hte schnell durchgescheuert. Das lie&szlig; sich zwar reparieren, aber das war auf die Dauer l&auml;stig. Die zweite Matratze war zwar superweich, aber doch ein bisschen d&uuml;nn. Und die dritte hat sie doch sehr irritiert, weil sie zwar dick, aber nicht so weich war. Und auch noch raschelte, wenn sich F
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BlackBerry does not deliver
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 7:37a   Volker Weber
BlackBerry continues to baffle me with their inability to execute. Ten days ago they released the January Android updates for the DTEK60 and PRIV, one day ahead of time. Like many others I have yet to receive the PRIV update. Let's break it down. Google shares Android patches with their OEMs in December. Developers integrate those patches into their products. The software gets tested and approved. At the beginning of January, BlackBerry releases their updates and Google publishes the list
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Moxie Marlinspike: There is no WhatsApp 'backdoor'
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 7:19a   Volker Weber
We believe that it is important to honestly and accurately evaluate the choices that organizations like WhatsApp or Facebook make. There are many things to criticize Facebook for; running a product that deployed end-to-end encryption by default for over a billion people is not one of them. We believe that WhatsApp remains a great choice for users concerned with the privacy of their message content. Moxie calls out The Guardian for their reporting. It also demonstrates something that irritate
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FAZ: Deutsche Bank verbietet Textnachrichten vom Smartphone
Fri, Jan 13th 2017 10:33p   Volker Weber
Mitarbeiter der Deutschen Bank d&uuml;rfen von den Smartphones ihres Unternehmens k&uuml;nftig keine Texte mehr schreiben oder Whatsapp-Nachrichten empfangen. Auch die Nutzung des privaten Handy soll eingeschr&auml;nkt werden. Das klingt zun&auml;chst mal komisch. Dabei ist das leicht zu verstehen. SMS und WhatsApp kann man als Unternehmen nicht so einfach &uuml;berwachen. Also nicht etwa aus Datenschutzgr&uuml;nden, was der Laie vermuten w&uuml;rde, sondern dem ex
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The Guardian: WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages
Fri, Jan 13th 2017 12:24p   Volker Weber
WhatsApp&rsquo;s end-to-end encryption relies on the generation of unique security keys, using the acclaimed Signal protocol, developed by Open Whisper Systems, that are traded and verified between users to guarantee communications are secure and cannot be intercepted by a middleman. However, WhatsApp has the ability to force the generation of new encryption keys for offline users, unbeknown to the sender and recipient of the messages, and to make the sender re-encrypt messages with new keys
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Signal to Noise
Thu, Jan 12th 2017 9:12p   Volker Weber
Management summary: please install Signal. I recently had some intelligent conversations in Signal and in one of them I explained that I do not consider my email as confidential, but I do with chat. Email is a store and forward system and while it may be encrypted in transit it is not encrypted at rest. And I cannot be bothered with PGP. While I do not disclose secrets on purpose, I also cannot protect them. Email gets replied to and forwarded and such things. You would not believe the amount
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Aus Freude am Laden
Thu, Jan 12th 2017 2:27p   Volker Weber
Man muss wohl in der Nähe von BMW wohnen, um auf diesen Spruch zu kommen. Tizi schickt ein neues 3-fach USB-Ladegerät für's Auto. Weniger Plastik, mehr Alu, und vor allem kürzer als der "TURBO4xMEGA ist er. Damit passt es nun auch wieder unter die Klappe, hoffe ich. Wie man sieht ist der Massepol etwas dicker und laut tizi gibt's neue Stoßdämpfer - ja echt! Ich habe das rechte Fahrzeug, das auch auszuprobieren. Meine VIP-Mitgliedschaft im exklusiven tizi Club ist auch auf Jahre g
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Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter :: First impressions
Thu, Jan 12th 2017 2:00p   Volker Weber
How do you get your Windows screen onto the big screen, whether it’s a TV or a projector? The obvious choice is an HDMI cable. If you can’t plug that in, you may need an adapter. Surface would require a DisplayPort to HDMI dongle, which happens to be the same adapter I would need with my MacBook Pro. However, I only use this solution when I need to run a presentation from my own machine. I don’t carry a long HDMI cable nor the adapter at all times. And I don’t want to run a c
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Why I am using Microsoft Surface
Thu, Jan 12th 2017 10:52a   Volker Weber
Surface has a sense of elegance to it. It is almost completely free of any decoration, with the exception of the Windows logo on the kickstand and the Microsoft word mark on the back of the type cover. Both of those are sudued and don't draw too much attention. Apple has gone down that same path with dropping the backlight from the newer MacBooks. It no longer screams "look here, I am an Apple". The Alcantara clad Signature Type Cover completes this elegant design. Martin asked me the othe
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Impressive performance by @SlackHQ
Wed, Jan 11th 2017 11:29a   Volker Weber
Yesterday I installed the Slack application from the Windows Store and it wasn't working for me. So I tweeted about and received a reply from the mothership in a matter of minutes. About half an hour later the issue was resolved. Color me impressed.
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I am getting better at this #WaaH
Wed, Jan 11th 2017 12:22a   Volker Weber
Windows Update was stuck at 95 percent. But I am getting better at this. This time it only took two hours to solve. Next time I will be down to 30 minutes. #WaaH #WindowsAsAHobby
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Patrick Spence is the new Sonos CEO
Tue, Jan 10th 2017 6:43p   Volker Weber
As the founder and CEO of Sonos, I am always trying to find leaders who are capable of taking Sonos to the next level. Part of that means assessing my own role. With Sonos now poised for a new phase of growth, I am excited to pass the role of Chief Executive Officer to a well-prepared Patrick Spence. Patrick demonstrated his leadership most recently with Sonos&rsquo; success during the holiday period, but more importantly, there isn&rsquo;t a person who better embodies Sonos&rsquo; v
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MediathekView im Web
Mon, Jan 9th 2017 2:05p   Volker Weber
MediathekView kennt wohl jeder, der unterwegs Videos schauen will, wenn er nicht direkt streamen kann oder will. Und jetzt gibt es das auch ohne Installation eines Programms. Sehr cool. More > [Danke, Alex]
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Samsung Gear S3 #dontbreakthechain
Mon, Jan 9th 2017 11:25a   Volker Weber
#dontbreakthechain @vowe #samsunggear A photo posted by Christopher Schmidt (@chris87de) on Jan 9, 2017 at 2:46am PST Das gleiche Prinzip. Jeden Tag gewinnen. #dontbreakthechain
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Detlev ist mein Held
Mon, Jan 9th 2017 11:15a   Volker Weber
Detlev Poettgen läuft etwa drei Wochen vor mir und ich kann ihn nicht einholen.
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udoq Kabelf&uuml;hrung mit tizi Tankstelle
Mon, Jan 9th 2017 11:02a   Volker Weber
Felix hat vor ein paar Tagen gefragt, wie man die Kabel aus dem udoq f&uuml;hren kann. Es gibt vier M&ouml;glichkeiten und da ich heute ein udoq 400 auf den Originalzustand zur&uuml;ckgebaut habe, ein paar Bilder, wie man das l&ouml;sen kann. Ich f&uuml;hre alle vier Kabel seitlich aus dem Dock und lege den &Uuml;berschuss in Schleifen. Mit zwei wei&szlig;en Klettb&auml;ndern l&auml;sst sich das gut befestigen. Mit einer gro&szlig;en B&uuml;rokl
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Whitelist vowe.net, maybe?
Mon, Jan 9th 2017 9:44a   Volker Weber
Ghostery is a wonderful browser extension, but it does break things. If you run it, consider whitelisting vowe.net. I try to not track people as good as I can. I even use the no-cookie YouTube site. But if you run Ghostery full-on you will not see the impressive list of Twitter photos here. Whitelisting vowe.net solves that issue.
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iPhones auf dem B&auml;renfell
Mon, Jan 9th 2017 8:36a   Volker Weber
Alles Gute zum zehnten Geburtstag.
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Links in Kommentaren
Mon, Jan 9th 2017 8:22a   Volker Weber
Ich habe versuchsweise mal die Autolinks eingeschaltet. Wenn man etwa http://vowe.net schreibt dann macht das CMS daraus http://vowe.net. Das ging aber leider nicht mit https:. Stefan hat zwei Zeichen im Quellcode geändert und nun geht auch https://vowe.net. Versuchsweise, weil dieses Feature in der Vergangenheit üble Spammer angelockt hat. Sobald sie wieder auftauchen, schalte ich das wieder ab.
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Ring in the New Year Challenge #dontbreakthechain
Sun, Jan 8th 2017 8:34a   Volker Weber
While you were sleeping we took out the dog for a two hour walk. I have completed Exercise for this week, almost completed Move and need to wait for Stand to complete. Ute is using a Misfit Ray and has already reached her goal. When you completed all three rings for every day of this week, you will get an alert on your Apple Watch. Take a photo. I will publish it below.
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Samsung releases iOS app for Gear S2 and S3
Sat, Jan 7th 2017 10:02p   Volker Weber
The Gear S app comes out of beta and is now available in the App Store. This makes the Gear S3 an even stronger recommendation. You can keep your watch when you switch devices between iOS and Android, either way. I have not personally tested the app since I returned the Gear S3 to Samsung last week. More >
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Suche Kamera-Empfehlung
Sat, Jan 7th 2017 12:52p   Volker Weber
A photo posted by @karlasabineweber on Dec 31, 2016 at 11:37am PST Ich kenne mich mit Kameras nicht aus und kann Sabine deshalb nicht raten, was man am besten kauft. Diese Bilder sind überwiegend mit einer Lumix LX5 geschossen, die Videos und wenige Bilder mit einem iPhone. Die Ergebnisse sind ziemlich gut, wie ich finde. Aber es gibt zwei Limits: 1. Die LX-5 ist zu langsam und zu kurz, um Vögel zu fotografieren. Die sind zu weit weg und bewegen sich zu schnell. 2. Die Auflösu
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From my inbox
Fri, Jan 6th 2017 8:06p   Volker Weber
First time this has happened. I got the same item twice. One as a present from Jan and a second one paid for by myself. Thank you, Jan. I did not think this could happen, but obviously there is a race condition. If you put something in your cart it's not immediately removed from the wish list, but only when you check out. Not a problem though. I have two bikes and the bell is really loud. Recommended.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 :: Hello. I think I am in love
Fri, Jan 6th 2017 11:20a   Volker Weber
I had a bit of a rough first date. But after setting the machine up exactly like I want it -- Simplified English (US) with German locale and German as an input language -- we have been coming along nicely. The thing that delights me the most is Windows Hello. This IR camera is better than a keyboard bound fingerprint reader. I use this machine as a tablet a lot. The keyboard and the trackpad are way better than what I was used to before. So I wrote all of my articles this week on the Surf
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Big AWS endorsement from IBM
Fri, Jan 6th 2017 9:57a   Volker Weber
Watson Workspace is an important new initiative for IBM. Given that the company has their own large cloud operation, this looks like a major endorsement for Amazon Web Services.
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Classic Mac charging dock for Apple Watch
Fri, Jan 6th 2017 9:11a   Volker Weber
Elago W3. Cannot find a source in Germany so far. Alternative: Who can print this (in white)?
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IBM Connect 2017
Thu, Jan 5th 2017 8:17p   Volker Weber
In 2014 we were all convinced that this would be the last Connect nee Lotusphere. There were some tearful goodbyes from people who didn't know wether they would meet again. But then IBM announced another conference, on a much smaller scale, held almost entirely in the Swan. So in 2015 many of us convened again, and while the exhibition space was too crammed, the sense of community was actually up from 2014. 2015 was the year I took a ton of photos all over the Swan & Dolphin area. IBM had f
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TCL teases the next keyboard BlackBerry
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 9:43p   Volker Weber
That is a nice video, but there are a few things I don't like. The keys are not sculpted, the keyboard is tiny, and the edges of the phone don't match. Rounded at the bottom, but cut off at the top. On the plus side, it is taking some design cues from the "silver" Passport and the back is grippy again. The space bar doubles as a finger print reader and the whole keyboard once again is a touchpad. Now TCL needs to find a common design language for their BlackBerry devices.
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Let the next Android security update cycle begin
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 8:42p   Volker Weber
BlackBerry has made their next security update available a day early. My DTEK60 is updating as we speak. I now have three different levels: DTEK60 BBA100-2 is on 5 Jan 2017 Build AAI470 Kernel 3.18.20 PRIV STV100-4 is on 5 Dec 2016 Build AAH995 Kernel 3.10.84 DTEK50 STH100-2 is on 6 Nov 2016 Build AAH990 Kernet 3.10.84 I have one report of the PRIV STV100-4 on 5 Jan 2017 Build AAI459. Please report your updates as they occur. The results are public. [Thanks, Christian]
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vowe dot net has moved
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 2:53p   Volker Weber
If you read this, you are on the new site at 46.4.80.4. Thanks to Stefan for making the switch to charset=utf-8 and to Mischa for hosting my site in the past.
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Let's Encrypt
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 2:52p   Volker Weber
As part of the move, vowe.net also goes https. All web traffic should be encrypted.
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Let's Encrypt
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 2:52p   Volker Weber
As part of the move, vowe.net also goes https. All web traffic should be encrypted.
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Schaltbare Au&szlig;ensteckdose FRITZ!DECT 210
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 2:36p   Volker Weber
Ich zitiere mal direkt die Pressemitteilung. Diese Steckdose war f&uuml;r AVM eine schwere Geburt. Zum ersten Mal habe ich ein Modell August/September 2015 gesehen und dann einen fertigen Prototyp ein Jahr sp&auml;ter. Aber jetzt ist sie da. Man beachte, dass der Spritzwasserschutz besteht, wenn kein Kabel eingesteckt ist und auch wenn ein f&uuml;r den Au&szlig;enbereich geeignetes Kabel die Steckverbindung abdichtet. Mit FRITZ!DECT 210 bietet AVM nun eine Outdoor-Variante der
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Nicht meins und doch meins
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 2:14p   Volker Weber
Ich habe gestern mal rumgefragt, wie es denn so l&auml;uft im neuen Jahr und zwei sch&ouml;ne R&uuml;ckmeldungen bekommen. Danke, Alper und Jan. Ich liebe es, wenn ein Plan aufgeht.
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vowe dot net is moving now
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 12:53p   Volker Weber
If you read this, you are on the old site. The new site is at 46.4.80.4.
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Schaltbare Au&szlig;ensteckdose FRITZ!DECT 210
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 10:36a   Volker Weber
Ich zitiere mal direkt die Pressemitteilung. Diese Steckdose war f&uuml;r AVM eine schwere Geburt. Zum ersten Mal habe ich ein Modell August/September 2015 gesehen und dann einen fertigen Prototyp ein Jahr sp&auml;ter. Aber jetzt ist sie da: Mit FRITZ!DECT 210 bietet AVM nun eine Outdoor-Variante der beliebten intelligenten Steckdose FRITZ!DECT 200 an. Dank Spritzwasserschutz (IP44) und einem erweiterten Temperaturbereich von -20&deg;C bis +40&deg; ist FRITZ!DECT 210 &auml;u
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Nicht meins und doch meins
Wed, Jan 4th 2017 10:14a   Volker Weber
Ich habe gestern mal rumgefragt, wie es denn so l&auml;uft im neuen Jahr und zwei sch&ouml;ne R&uuml;ckmeldungen bekommen. Danke, Alper und Jan. Ich liebe es, wenn ein Plan aufgeht.
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The totally inofficial guide to Verse on Premises
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 5:36p   Volker Weber
Stephan Wissel: Verse on premises was a long (out)standing promise to the IBM customer base. Not everybody is ready to embrace the cloud, but interested in the new way to work. In SmartCloud Notes, the backend for Verse in the Cloud, all search is powered by Apache SOLR. If Verse got delivered as is, that would have required substantial hardware and skill investments for the on-premises customers. So I made a bet with Michael Alexander, whom I worked with on TPTSNBN, that we could use standard
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The totally inofficial guide to Verse on Premises
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 5:36p   Volker Weber
Stephan Wissel: Verse on premises was a long (out)standing promise to the IBM customer base. Not everybody is ready to embrace the cloud, but interested in the new way to work. In SmartCloud Notes, the backend for Verse in the Cloud, all search is powered by Apache SOLR. If Verse got delivered as is, that would have required substantial hardware and skill investments for the on-premises customers. So I made a bet with Michael Alexander, whom I worked with on TPTSNBN, that we could use standa
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Lenovo Clones
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 12:49p   Volker Weber
Photo Lenovo This is surprising. Lenovo clones the Amazon Echo and offers their own Assistant, powered by the same Alexa software. I think it looks much nicer, and there is a basic model and one with a better speaker. Photo Lenovo They will also offer the Miix 720, a newer version of their Surface clone, with an improved pen. And then Lenovo will clone their own products and offer better versions of their Thinkpad X1 line, not surprisingly. Those are already the best laptops available but w
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Lenovo Clones
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 11:49a   Volker Weber
Photo Lenovo This is surprising. Lenovo clones the Amazon Echo and offers their own Assistant, powered by the same Alexa software. I think it looks much nicer, and there is a basic model and one with a better speaker. Photo Lenovo They will also offer the Miix 720, a newer version of their Surface clone, with an improved pen. And then Lenovo will clone their own products and offer better versions of their Thinkpad X1 line, not surprisingly. Those are already the best laptops availabl
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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier :: Back to sender
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 10:34a   Volker Weber
Both the Gear S3 and S2 are on their way back to Samsung. No editor refuses-to-give-it-back award. But a simple recommendation: If you have an iPhone, get an Apple Watch. If you don't have an iPhone, get the Gear S3. It's really good. And don't bother with the S2. The S3 is much better. More battery, more memory, better hardware. And a final plus: standard 22mm bands. Customize with any 3rd party watch band.
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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier :: Return to sender
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 10:34a   Volker Weber
Both the Gear S3 and S2 are on their way back to Samsung. No editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award. But a simple recommendation: If you have an iPhone, get an Apple Watch. If you don't have an iPhone, get the Gear S3. It's really good. And don't bother with the S2. The S3 is much better. More battery, more memory, better hardware. And a final plus: standard 22mm bands. Customize with any 3rd party watch band. None of the Android Wear watches can hold a candle to the Gear S3. Terrible U
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Altert besser als gedacht
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 10:26a   Volker Weber
Manchmal muss man einfach ein bisschen Geduld haben. Am Anfang gefiel mir diese Lederhülle nicht so gut, weil sie sehr schnell am Rand schmutzig wurde. Jetzt ist der Rest auch nachgedunkelt, und ich finde sie wieder viel besser. Geheimrezept: jeden Tag einmal mit Nivea eincremen. Dieses iPhone ist übrigens mein Lieblingsgerät. Ich würde es gegen nichts tauschen.
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Altert besser als gedacht
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 10:26a   Volker Weber
Manchmal muss man einfach ein bisschen Geduld haben. Am Anfang gefiel mir diese Lederhülle nicht so gut, weil sie sehr schnell am Rand schmutzig wurde. Jetzt ist der Rest auch nachgedunkelt, und ich finde sie wieder viel besser. Geheimrezept: jeden Tag einmal mit Nivea eincremen. Dieses iPhone ist übrigens mein Lieblingsgerät. Ich würde es gegen nichts tauschen.
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Planet Earth II :: Jetzt im ZDF
Sun, Jan 1st 2017 7:40p   Volker Weber
Die sensationelle sechsteilige Doku-Reihe 'Planet Earth II' der BBC wird jetzt vom ZDF als Eine Erde - viele Welten ausgestrahlt. More > [Danke, Oliver]
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Planet Earth II :: Jetzt im ZDF
Sun, Jan 1st 2017 7:40p   Volker Weber
Die sensationelle sechsteilige Doku-Reihe 'Planet Earth II' der BBC wird jetzt vom ZDF als 'Eine Erde - viele Welten' ausgestrahlt. More > [Danke, Oliver]
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Make it count
Sun, Jan 1st 2017 4:47p   Volker Weber
If you work out, then this post is not for you. Move on. But if you don't, listen up. This is a trick you can play on yourself. You don't need to spend any money. Actually, money won't help you at all. Yes, you can buy a gym membership like everybody else does in January. And then feel the guilt that you are paying for something that you really should be using, but today, right now, you are too busy, tired, ... You know what I am talking about, right? Here is the trick. Decide on something
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Make it count
Sun, Jan 1st 2017 4:47p   Volker Weber
If you work out, then this post is not for you. Move on. But if you don't, listen up. This is a trick you can play on yourself. You don't need to spend any money. Actually, money won't help you at all. Yes, you can buy a gym membership like everybody else does in January. And then feel the guilt that you are paying for something that you really should be using, but today, right now, you are too busy, tired, ... You know what I am talking about, right? Here is the trick. Decide on someth
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Surface Pro 4 :: Sie pustet nicht
Sun, Jan 1st 2017 2:57p   Volker Weber
Das Neue ist ab. Jetzt bew&auml;hrt sich Surface Pro 4 im Alltag. Letzte Woche habe ich sie einmal platt gemacht, weil sie partout nicht ins WLAN wollte. Alles sah richtig aus, aber dennoch meinte sie konsequent: kein Internet. Da meine Daten nicht auf dem Rechner wohnen, habe ich ihr kurzerhand den Scheitel gezogen. Ich habe damit eine gewisse Routine. Das geht schneller als den Fehler zu finden. Nachdem mich einige Leute gefragt haben, warum ich mich damit rumschlage: Weil ich will. Micro
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SIMmelalbum f&uuml;r alle
Sat, Dec 31st 2016 2:14p   Volker Weber
Ich war ja ein bisschen fr&uuml;h mit meinem Sample, aber jetzt gibt es das auch in Amazonien. Sehr praktisch f&uuml;r den Weltreisenden.
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Guard.Peanut
Sat, Dec 31st 2016 11:18a   Volker Weber
You heard about the Peanuts before. Simple one-purpose IoT devices, that are inexpensive and simple. I have two Thermo.Peanuts that worked really well, until they quickly burned through their batteries. Sen.Se found the bug and fixed it with a firmware update and they are back in operation. Sen.Se also apologized for the trouble and offered a free Peanut as compensation. Instead of a third Thermo.Peanut I asked for a new Guard.Peanut. Guard.Peanut is a motion sensor and there are a number of
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Ein Wunsch f&uuml;r 2017
Sat, Dec 31st 2016 8:53a   Volker Weber
Wie jedes Jahr gab es gestern wieder einen schwungvollen Jahresausklang, wie immer organisiert und ausgerichtet von Thomas Lang, vielen von Euch besser bekannt als ueberall-musik.de. Ich habe viele Freunde und Bekannte getroffen, einige nach sehr langer Zeit zum erste Mal wieder. Und ich habe neue Bekannte, die mich endlich mal angesprochen haben. Danke daf&uuml;r. F&uuml;r n&auml;chstes Jahr habe ich einen Wunsch: vergr&ouml;&szlig;ert das Netzwerk. Wenn Eure Freunde Intere
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Fritz!Ausbau
Sat, Dec 31st 2016 8:27a   Volker Weber
Letzter Ausbau dieses Jahr: zwei neue Repeater. Mitten im Haus steht eine Fritz!Box 7580, die eine VDSL-Verbindung zum Internet herstellt, VoIP terminiert, alle Schnurlostelefone versorgt und WLAN mit 802.11ac+n bereitstellt. In einem Stockwerk hatte ich bisher eine &auml;ltere 7390 stehen, die ebenfalls WLAN anbot und DECT verst&auml;rkte. In einem anderen Standort war das bereits modernisiert und nun wiederhole ich das gleiche Setup in einem dritten Stockwerk. FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1750
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GoPro is going down hard
Fri, Dec 30th 2016 9:21p   Volker Weber
Mark my words: GoPro is toast. This company will not survive their own stupidity. Not only did they try to build a drone from scratch and launched it without a test. And then had to call back every single one of them when they fell out of the sky. Not only did they get pummeled by the incumbent DJI and their Mavic Pro. No, not only that. Now somebody has decided that you cannot use their existing remote control software without a login to a "GoPro+" account. And you need to be connected to t
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Android without security updates
Fri, Dec 30th 2016 8:34a   Volker Weber
Family member's tv is bricked by Android malware. #lg wont disclose factory reset. Avoid these "smart tvs" like the plague. pic.twitter.com/kNz9T1kA0p&mdash; Darren Cauthon (@darrencauthon) December 25, 2016
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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier :: Spotify arrives
Thu, Dec 29th 2016 2:24p   Volker Weber
There isn't a whole lot of useful software for the Gear S3. That is why Spotify makes a big splash. It's a standalone app that streams music over Wifi to the watch and then feeds bluetooth connected headsets or speakers, and would even play through the watch speaker. Sadly it does not have an offline mode, so you need Wifi. In the US, some carriers sell an LTE-enabled S3 Frontier which isn't available here. This is the first version of the software. Maybe a future app will allow you to downl
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Bullshit detection: N26
Thu, Dec 29th 2016 10:10a   Volker Weber
Damit ich es nicht jedem einzeln erklären muss. Der Angreifer musste Dein Passwort kennen, um sich damit erfolgreich bei N26 anmelden zu können. Das danach vorgeführte Kunststück funktioniert seit Anfang Dezember nicht mehr. Triviale Lösung: Teile niemandem Dein Passwort zu Deinem Bankkonto mit. Meine Lösung: Ich kenne das Passwort gar nicht. Es ist sehr lang und kompliziert und ich kann es mir nicht merken.
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From my inbox
Thu, Dec 29th 2016 9:21a   Volker Weber
Not so Secret Santa. Danke, Jochen!
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How to be happy
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 6:38p   Volker Weber
Ein von Volker Weber (@volkerweber) gepostetes Foto am 19. Aug 2014 um 8:18 Uhr Frau Brandlinger says: Surround yourself with people who make you happy. Stay away from Facebook. Get out and walk as much as you can. I could not agree more.
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Things that don't work for me :: Assistants
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 4:38p   Volker Weber
I love using Siri for dictation. Speak and let it transcribe to text. But I never ever ask Siri for information, not let it do something. Even for the most simple tasks like dialing a phone number, I use some other means. There is only one exception: when I am wearing a Plantronics Voyager headset and cannot touch the iPhone. And I am not singling out Siri here. I have tried Alexa, Cortana and whatever-Google-calls-it-today. Yes, I see the potential but today it's just too much effort for me.
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Immer sachte mit den jungen Pferden
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 10:35a   Volker Weber
Apple hat das neue iPhone 5S mit einem Fingerabdruck-Sensor ausgestattet und nat&uuml;rlich fragten wir uns, wie sicher ist Touch ID? Antwort: total unsicher. Boah, waren da alle aufgeregt, vor drei Jahren. Die &Auml;hnlichkeit mit aktuellen Vorg&auml;ngen ist beabsichtigt. Bullshit detection und so. More >
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Resolution for 2017
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 10:05a   Volker Weber
I will continue to try and complete all three Activity rings with a Move goal of 600 for every single day of the year.
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Der Inschin&ouml;r bedankt sich
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 10:02a   Volker Weber
Ich mag die &Ouml;sterreicher und ihre Liebe zu Titeln. Danke, Lukas.
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Alles auf Null
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 9:38a   Volker Weber
Ich habe gestern Surface Pro 4 einmal neu aufgesetzt. Diesmal steht auch die ganze Konfiguration auf englisch. Deutsch ist nur zweite Sprache. Kleiner Vorteil: Cortana kann sich nicht einmischen, da die Software nicht mit der Kombination Simplified English (US) und deutschem Locale zurecht kommt. Warum alles neu? Ich konnte Surface nicht mehr ins WLAN kriegen. Als Fehler monierte Windows 10 an, mein Heimnetz habe keine Internet-Verbindung. Alle anderen Ger&auml;te in meinem Heimnetz waren a
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Ladeproblem mit Microsoft Surface 3 gel&ouml;st
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 9:20a   Volker Weber
Jochen schrieb vor knapp drei Wochen: Probleme habe ich allerdings nach wie vor mit dem Akku, der nicht l&auml;dt, solange das Ger&auml;t eingeschaltet ist. Was schlicht hei&szlig;t, dass nach etwa 4-6 Stunden Betrieb der Akku leer ist, selbst wenn man zuhause oder im B&uuml;ro sitzt und das Netzteil permanent eingesteckt ist. Das ist ein Riesennachteil und sehr nervend. Habe bisher keine L&ouml;sung gefunden, obwohl ich es mit verschiedenen Netzteilen versucht habe. Scheint
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Windows 10 Signature Edition on ThinkPad laptops
Wed, Dec 28th 2016 9:10a   Volker Weber
Lenovo has decided to ship 2017 ThinkPad models with Microsoft&rsquo;s Signature Edition Windows 10 right out of the box. So, users don&rsquo;t have to worry about bloatware anymore. Signature Edition PCs are clean, fast and protected. Signature Edition is what Microsoft ships on Surface. It's not entirely free of bloatware: These apps download automatically with 3D Builder, Get Office etc. Once this initial provision has completed, you can delete them. On ThinkPads Lenovo will stop
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What would you like for Christmas, little boy?
Sun, Dec 25th 2016 9:51p   Volker Weber
“What would you like for Christmas, little boy?” “An update for the Android device you brought me two years ago.” pic.twitter.com/w6BUHGcptF&mdash; not Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) December 24, 2016
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Moving to Surface Pro 4
Sun, Dec 25th 2016 10:35a   Volker Weber
I like this machine a lot. It will change a few workflows that are currently firmly in Apple territory. One of these is presentations. For the last ten years I have been using Keynote which only runs on iOS and macOS. I have developed my own style which is very clean, mostly uses photos and very few words and now I am practicing this style on PowerPoint. This turns out to be a bigger struggle than anticipated. Apparently I cannot add a personal template to PowerPoint Mobile and would have to li
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Merry Xmas 2016 :: A big THANK YOU
Sat, Dec 24th 2016 3:13p   Volker Weber
Thank you coming to this place. Thank you for engaging in discussion. Thank you for those beautiful presents you gave me. Wishing you all a peaceful time, whatever your religion is. And a big thank you for your friendship.




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