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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
Uri Shaked: A Few Notes About What We Do At BlackBerry|
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 3:56p Volker Weber
'I work for BlackBerry. Yes, they still exist.' This is how I introduce myself when I speak in conferences, and sometimes also when I meet new people. When I hear the way people laugh when I add the second sentence, I realize that this was the thought that had just crossed their minds. Usually they follow up with the question: so what does BlackBerry do nowadays, anyway?
Windows Mobile is falling off a cliff|
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 2:49p Volker Weber
These were two of my favorite phones ever, both running on Windows Phone 8.1. Then came Windows 10, for the desktop, and the phones were left behind. The Lumia 950/XL were a bag of hurt with their crashing bugs. Then came the Anniversary update, and the phones were still lagging. Now it's time for Creators Update, and Mobile still hasn't caught up. There aren't even any new features to write home about. And it's coming to only 13 devices.
The community is up in arms and they are abandonin
Twitter for Deutsche Bahn|
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 8:53a Volker Weber
Today, we are rolling out Twitter Lite, a new mobile web experience which minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on your device.
Windows 10 Creators Update|
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 7:05a Volker Weber
Letzte Woche habe ich das Creators Update über den Insider Slow Ring auf Surface 3 installiert, letzte Nacht dann per MediaCreationTool auf Surface Pro 4. Beides lief vollkommen glatt durch. Normalerweise bin ich bei Updates immer sehr zögerlich, aber diesmal habe ich nur Surface 3 vorgeschickt. Immerhin ist Surface Pro 4 im Augenblick mein Hauptarbeitsgerät.
Ich bin gar nicht so sehr an den neuesten Funktionen rund um Gaming (bäh!) oder 3D interessiert. Ic
MKBHD sinks the Galaxy S8 in less then six minutes|
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 10:07p Volker Weber
Samsung makes great components and terrible software, then combines them in their devices. Will they ever learn?
Android April Security Update :: DTEK50 goes first, again|
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 9:42p Volker Weber
For the secont time in a row, DTEK50 was the first to get the monthly security update. I will complete this list as the updates arrive on my devices:
DTEK50: Build AAK406, installed April 5th
Please report your updates here.
Sonos macht was mit Gorillaz|
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 1:53p Volker Weber
Was Produkte angeht, hat Sonos es 'geschafft'. Wann immer jemand ein eigenes Multiroom-Lautsprechersystem vorstellt, heißt es 'Konkurrenz für Sonos' (deutsch) oder 'Sonos-Killer' (amerikanisch). Aber nun gilt es, aus der Technik-Ecke auszubrechen. Dazu mach man coole Sachen, wie diese hier. Als Berliner würde ich mich da mal anmelden.
Was ist da eigentlich bei Apple passiert?|
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 12:27p Volker Weber
Apple hat gestern ein Produkt angekündigt, das es dieses Jahr noch nicht zu kaufen gibt. Ich kann mich nicht daran erinnern, dass sowas schon jemals passiert ist. Das müssen wir mal aufdröseln.
Was ist passiert? Apple lädt fünf Apple-freundliche Journalisten ein, setzt sie mit dem Top-Management (ohne CEO) an einen Tisch und erklärt Ihnen, dass Apple an einem neuen modularen Mac Pro arbeitet. Apple gibt dabei zu, dass der aktuelle Mac Pro
Stefan Domanske: Warum das #dontbreakthechain von @vowe für mich so gut funktioniert|
Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 4:50p Volker Weber
Letztendlich ist aber jedes virtuelle Abzeichen und jeder Motivations-Tweet echt ein Dreck gegen das gute Gefühl, wenn es einem nach wenigen Wochen wirklich besser geht. Wenn die Hose lockerer sitzt und der Atem weiter reicht. Das ist die einzig echte Motivation, damit weiter zu machen und die Kette nicht reissen zu lassen. Dafür: Danke, Volker!
Danke für's Mitmachen.
Sun, Apr 2nd 2017 10:02p Volker Weber
I know this is old, and you probably know this version. Just wanted to bring this back, since it's probably the best piece of advice you can get in seven minutes.
Week 13/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Apr 2nd 2017 9:55p Volker Weber
Woche 13 ist im Kasten und ich habe so tolle Kommentare von Euch bekommen, dass ich doch wieder diesen Post mache, obwohl ich eigentlich aufhören wollte. Zum zweiten Mal, nämlich am Ende des ersten Monats und nun am Ende des zweiten Quartals.
Vielleicht schaffen wir es gemeinsam, noch mehr Leute dazu zu bewegen Ihr Schicksal in die eigenen Hände zu nehmen, anstatt die Umstände zu verfluchen. Bei #dontbreakthechain geht es nicht um Kringel, Bewegung, oder Ab
Wie nimmt man eigentlich ab? Oder zu?|
Sun, Apr 2nd 2017 9:25p Volker Weber
Ein von einem Ingenieur geschriebenes Diätbuch besteht nur aus einem Satz: 'Mehr Kalorien verbrauchen als essen'. Es ist tatsächlich so einfach. Wer langfristig zu viel isst, nimmt zu, wer langfristig zu wenig isst, nimmt ab. Wir machen allerdings riesige Fehler bei der Abschätzung, was zu viel und zu wenig ist. Und das könnt Ihr alles auf vierhundert leicht zu lesende Seiten erfahren:
Warum scheitern Diäten? Wegen genetischer Veranlagung? Wegen
IBM to drastically lower IT cost|
Sat, Apr 1st 2017 6:26a Volker Weber
ARMONK, N.Y. - 01 Apr 2017: Companies across all industries and sectors have launched digital initiatives aimed at improving customer experience (CX), but, according to a new study by IBM (NYSE: IBM), not all consumers are digital enthusiasts. The same holds true for employees who spend too much time in front of their screens.
In a bold move IBM has re-discovered it's decade old mantra "IBM stands for I've been moved". As Thomas J. Watson famously said in 1943 "I think there is a world m
#dontbreakthechain :: Was macht das mit Euch?|
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 8:10a Volker Weber
Das bin ich, heute morgen, in meinem Büro. Das da unten bin ich auch, vor ein paar Jahren, in einem Fernsehstudio. Dazwischen liegen zigtausend Kilometer, zu Fuß. Und das kam so:
Am 10. März 2014, also vor ziemlich genau drei Jahren, bin ich auf der CeBIT gestürzt, nachdem mir zuvor der Fuß umgeschlagen ist. Daran war bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt immer ein anderer Schuld: meine schwachen Gelenke, der unebene Boden, das schlechte Licht. Sechs Wochen bi
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 5:22p Volker Weber
Bis Anfang des Jahrtausends gab es mal eine erfolgreiche Veranstaltung von Softwerk (Fürth) in Kooperation mit edcom (München), die an der persönlichen Eitelkeit eines Gesellschafters scheiterte. Das Thema war Lotusphere und diese Konferenz war auf der Höhe der Zeit. Ausverkauft in Stunden und wer nicht hin durfte, der fuhr halt nach Fürth, um sich zu informieren. Ich war selbst ein paar mal eingeladen und habe auch einmal Ed Brill dorthin verschleppt
Leckeres aus München|
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 5:06p Volker Weber
Wie man sieht, nicht wirklich aus München. Aber von da mitgebracht. Danke, Wolfi!
A few things I learned in Munich|
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 9:40a Volker Weber
I want you to lower your expectations for cognitive in collaboration.
Speakers from IBM all joked about that they are getting paid to show slides with the word "cognitive". One of them made it very clear that there is a huge difference between Watson in Cancer Research & Treament (dollars per question) and things like Watson Tone Analyzer (pennies per document). These things run under the same brand, but they are not alike.
IBM Connections it finally on the right path. Connections 6
Sun, Mar 26th 2017 11:39p Volker Weber
I think this is what you've been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/FvYfsLOy0R— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017
Ich stelle mir gerade die armen Kollegen vor, die am Mittwoch in der Weltgeschichte herumreisen, um sich eine pompöse Samsung-Show anzuschauen, bei der etwas "entpackt" wird, das in allen Teilen bereits bekannt ist. Die Original-Leaks kommen seit Jahren von Evan Blass, siehe oben, aber Roland Quandt von Winfuture hat alles noch mal zusammengetragen. Nun beeilen sich
Week 12/2017 #dontbreakthechain|
Sun, Mar 26th 2017 11:20p Volker Weber
15,000 Steps Is the New 10,000|
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 10:54p Volker Weber
This research suggests that our current estimate of 10,000 steps per day may be too conservative, and that 15,000 steps is the mark we should be aiming for if we want to stave off life-threatening cardiac conditions.
When it comes to light exercise more is better. Everything helps. Doing 10,000 instead of 5,000 has a bigger effect that doing 15,000 instead of 10,000. On my 100 km a week routine I did 18,000 a day.
The most ridiculed man on the planet|
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 7:58a Volker Weber
The other day I read this editorial letter on VF.com and I had to ask the question above. Trump won by a landslide.
It can reasonably be said that our dear leader is now the most ridiculed man on the planet. In fact, he may well be the most ridiculed man in history.
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.