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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 [...] 

java.lang.Object class not found - weird behaviour of DDE

Friday, March 10, 2017 4:35 PM UTC
Today I wiped my work notebook - new Windows, new everything. I installed Notes and DDE again of course. I installed also FP7 - no, not FP8  I noticed a weird behaviour though: my Domino Designer wasn't able to find even the basic Java classes. This is a screenshot of it when I tried to built a project: I little investigation brought me to check the installed JREs in the prefs o [...] 

It's conference season again!

Friday, March 10, 2017 12:56 AM UTC
The year 2017 started with a big bang in our yellow/blue community - with IBM Connect in San Francisco. I wasn't there. People who know me know that I don't like to travel for 16+ hours on a plane so Europe is my preferred area to speak at conferences and events. After Connect means before Connect but also before other great events around Europe. My first leg will be speaking at Entwi [...] 

Dazed and confused - a clarification

Thursday, March 9, 2017 10:47 PM UTC
First things first: FP8 lead to various confusions. Either on existing systems due to installation problems, compilation issues or just general misunderstandings. I admit I was wrong at one point. Once I installed FP8 I got so many error messages in my project files in Domino Designer and on the servers I messed up some package names. Many thanks to Padraic Edwards f [...] 

Feature Pack 8 is there - and here’s the trouble

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 9:31 PM UTC
Yesterday FP8 was released. As you know me, I always try new things out immediately, so I did with FP8. Installation on the server worked like a charm, the client though was a bit tough in some cases. But it’s not about the installation I am writing about but about the consequences we have to face when choosing to update. Some projects may fail to build once DDE got FP8, too (or later [...]