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Finally - Airpods

Friday, August 17, 2018 12:21 AM UTC
I am late to the party but I waited until I found a bargain to buy the missing part in my Apple mobile ecosystem - the Airpods. So this is my resume for this very expensive headphone set. The pods arrived in a very wealthy case, the unboxing experience is like with any other Apple products. It’s like unwrapping a Macbook but sooo tiny. The case is shiny and it feels also very well crafted [...] 

Quick-Tip: Solving issues with Feature Pack Installers on Linux

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 10:40 AM UTC
Due to the fact that I am forced to upgrade one of the servers to FP8+ (FP10 in this case) I stumbled upon a problem with the install script (btw: this is still declared as from 1999…) I already knew the issue with unsupported Linux systems like Ubuntu server (the Perl problem described here) and how to fix them. This one was new. The first problem after extracting [...] 

Building a Homebridge from the scratch

Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:55 AM UTC
I am using smart home devices for quite a while now with Apple's Homekit. As devices that are certified for Homekit are more expensive than others you might want to look for devices that can be Homekit-enabled with Homebridge, a lightweight server that runs on a Raspberry Pi. Setting up such a machine can be quite challenging due to the various tutorials you have to run through that nev [...] 

Children’s birthday party

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:38 PM UTC
Man what a week so far. I struggled with DDE once again, countless times over the past decades. Things changed - or they didn’t, I am not sure. HCL decided to take the burden of curating a product called Notes and Domino. Good luck, guys! It’s very disturbing to see what happened today at the „Golden Ticket“ event in… Boston? I don’t know exactly where, s [...] 

Bookings - a hidden gem in O365

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 10:00 PM UTC
Last week I stumbled upon a small but really useful tool buried in Office 365. Ok, it’s not that hidden but it can be found under „all apps“ and does not appear necessarily on the start page. Bookings is a tool to help persons or organizations to book a service at a certain time. Imagine you run a small business and want to allow customers to schedule an appointment direct [...] 

Notes/Domino 10 - first impressions

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 6:24 PM UTC
I lit a joss stick, turned on some blues music and opened a good bottle - here we go. Finally I got all files in a working condition and installed both client and server on my VM. I won't go into details as I did not test anything, I just want to share my first impressions and of course some screenshots. Others wrote a good summary of what to expect for the final version [...] 

Domino 10 beta 1 is here

Monday, June 25, 2018 8:41 PM UTC
Today the beta 1 of Domino and Notes 10 was issued by HCL and IBM. The process to get it is different from the betas we had before. This time you needed an invitation to it. To get one you had to register a few weeks ago. Grit in the gears This process didn’t went that fluently for me. I received about 3 mails linking to the blog post that announced the beta program including the link [...] 

Wind of (ex)change

Friday, June 22, 2018 9:03 PM UTC
Since this upcoming weekend our company is using the full throttle of O365 including mail. We are using O365 stuff for quite a while now (Office stuff, Teams). As an IBM business partner we used mail with Domino on premises for years and then IBM smartcloud mail for another years aka IBM Verse. I can’t say that I was a big fan of Verse though I really liked the clean look of it. But the l [...] 

Outlook to Notes/Domino V10 and VoP

Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:54 PM UTC
Thanks to IBM and HCL our community received updates today, fresh right from the latest and greatest user group conference called Engage. I wasn’t able to attend this year - which I strongly regret. Today’s webcast somehow brought some insights about the upcoming release of IBM Notes and Verse - and I am slightly encouraged - but not full yet. Anyway, the speakers Gabriella Davis, Ram [...] 

iPhone X after 6 months

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 11:02 PM UTC
There are a lot of reviews of this epic phone on Youtube, I saw them almost all. I have read a lot of reviews on other channels. Since I am using this device I can at least join the conversations. I got mine on November 16, 2017, so it is almost 6 months that I am using it on a daily basis. Face ID vs Touch ID This was most surprising for me: I got used to the new unlock mechanism [...]