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Hands on the Nanoleaf Aurora wall light

Monday, June 26, 2017 7:46 PM UTC
I don’t remember where I first saw a demo of the Nanoleaf Aurora, but it must have been somewhere on you Youtube. I was impressed from the beginning and I showed the video to my girlfriend. Fortunately she remembered that when considering a birthday present for me - and here we are now. Unboxing I got the starter package which contains 9 panels, the controller, the power brick an [...] 

My take on ISBG 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:51 PM UTC
For the second time I was invited to join the Norwegian IBM User Group event in Oslo. I knew what to expect and again the organisers did a great job. Despite a smaller amount of attendees the sponsor line-up was awesome and this time entirely from local business partners. Times are hard for user groups in the ICS branch but the overall mood upon attendees and sponsors were posit [...] 

DNUG 44 - ein Rückblick Post in german language / Artikel in deutscher Sprache

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 5:44 PM UTC
Ich weiß gar nicht, wie ich überhaupt dazu kam, für die 44. DNUG eine Session einzureichen. Es war 3 Jahre her, dass ich auf dieser Veranstaltung war bzw. direkt mit ihr zu tun hatte. Das letzte Mal als ein sogenannter Trackmanager für die Ausgabe in Leipzig und Dortmund. Ich kann mich daran erinnern, das dies kein leichtes Unterfangen war, für den jeweiligen Track al [...] 

My recap on Engage.UG 2017 in Antwerp

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:38 PM UTC
This year’s most appreciated European user group get-together lead us to the city of Antwerp in Belgium. The country is famous for it’s ancient cities mixed with modern architecture, stunning buildings and open-minded people - and the beer, of course. The event itself is also famous for great hospitality, awesome speakers and sessions, generous sponsors (which keep the event free for a [...] 

Mac & I - Virtualization

Monday, April 17, 2017 8:33 PM UTC
As long as I use virtual machines I am using VirtualBox instead of VMWare. I used VMWare when it was the only virtualization software on the market back in the early 2000s though. As VMWare isn’t free software (except for the player) I moved to VirtualBox. It’s a versatile and fast solution to bring your isolated operating systems on your host system. I used in on Linux servers and des [...] 

Last minute: see you in Antwerp!

Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:30 PM UTC
This morning I got a big surprise: one of my session proposals for the upcoming Engage in Antwerp got finally approved so I will be speaking there! Engage is the most popular user group meeting after IBM Connect with the most attendees and an overall great event. The agenda for this year is impressive again: I am thankful to b [...] 

Quick-Tip: IBM Bluemix & Node.js - timeout

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:43 PM UTC
It's been a while since I ran into this issue but this evening I ran into it again - so I didn't remember the solution instantly. This post is basically for me to find it later  When deploying a Node.js app on IBM Bluemix make sure you check your app's "server listen" part wisely. Normally a Node app will provide a web server/service running on the default port 3 [...] 

See you in Oslo! (updated)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:23 PM UTC
I am happy being invited again to speak in Oslo at this year's ISBG conference, Norway's one and only ICS community meetup. I will be speaking about IBM Watson services and IBM Watson Workspace, IBM's new persistent collaboration chat platform and how to integrate both in your own apps and make your data work for you. Learn how to use the SDKs, setup your development environment an [...] 

Oops, I did it again

Monday, March 20, 2017 11:00 PM UTC
Last Sunday I bought another used Apple device, a MacBook Pro 15“ with Retina from early 2013, again from eBay. As I already wrote before, those devices are idiot-proof because they were used before for quite some time. In this case my choice led me to a device with some known issues - I bought it despite of them. The guy who sold it was a very nice student who allowed me to carry the device [...] 

Quick-Tip: don't leave Scripts empty

Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:56 PM UTC
Today's daily WTF is dedicated to the XSP runtime. If you ever run into this issue then just check all referenced resources (either in your Xpages/Custom Controls or in the theme you are using) for "emptyness". I know that behaviour from client side Javascript files that won't be found at all if nothing is in there but it was new to me for SSJS libs.  To fix tha [...]