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This site is dedicated to (web) development with IBM Collaborative Solutions (esp. IBM Notes/Domino and XPages), work, life and other stuff I may find important enough to write about. The rules are simple: if it fits in here I post it - and you are invited to comment on that if you like.

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 [...]