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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 [...] 

Windows April Update 1803 - so what?

Monday, April 30, 2018 10:57 PM UTC
Today the 1803 OTA update was enrolled. MS had to publish it to still call it „the April update“. To be honest: I don’t give a shit about it. The new features do not impress me at all. VOWE created a summary of them, so I won’t write about it. For me they are all totally unimportant. I am completely uninterested about everything Windows related - until it [...] 

Stuff that still works: the MK2

Monday, April 9, 2018 11:49 PM UTC
I have a lot of electronics, I love electronic devices though sometimes they seem to hate me. I have a device that I love over all the others and I use it for 29 years now though not on a regular daily base: my turntable. Turntables experienced a renaissance during the past decade. People like the real feel of putting vinyl on a real machine instead of just dragging mp3 files to a software. [...] 

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch & Apple HomeKit issues

Monday, April 9, 2018 12:03 AM UTC
Man, SmartHome really can be rocket science, especially if you have devices from different vendors. I always try to buy HomeKit compatible devices (except for some stupid smart sockets that I don’t need to control manually) as I want to have them all available in a single app. I know, there are some options with other third party apps and servers but I really got used to HomeKit - though it [...]