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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.

Fixing HomeKit issue after update

Monday, January 29, 2018 7:18 PM UTC
After the latest iOS 11 update I experienced a problem with HomeKit remote access via the Apple TV. I was wasn’t able to get access to my devices outside the local wifi i.e. LTE/mobile network. The solution was simple: update also to the latest tvOS, then goto Settings, Account, iCloud, HomeKit. Click on the option so that it displays „Disconnected“. Open the HomeKit settin [...] 

Cannot open XPage in DDE? A possible solution #ibmchampion #domino2025

Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:13 PM UTC
I recently encountered a weird behaviour in Domino Designer - again. There was one custom control I was not able to open anymore. The effect was that the XSP editor window appeared delayed but got no focus and didn't show anything. When I clicked the tab Domino Designer also almost crashed. I was able to open the XPage with the XML editor though. Just try it for yourself: create a blank X [...] 

Apple Magic Mouse sucks - a bit less!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:53 PM UTC
I never used the Magic Mouse from Apple with my devices as Apple chose the worst material in the world as the „gliders“, the „foot“ material - you know what I mean. Last week I learned that you can tweak this with a very simple life hack: TESA (or any other glossy adhesive tape you can find). Just put a stripe of this tape on the black gliders, crop it with a sci [...] 

About Champions, Jams and THINK #domino2025 #ibmchampion

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:09 PM UTC
I am late to the party to thank IBM and all those who nominated me for IBM Champion 2018 during the last months. It worked out well, so here I am proud and humbled again for still being a part of this amazing bunch of nerds and friends - old and new. One of the numerous benefits of being an IBM Champion is that I can give something back to you, the users, the cu [...] 

The boon and bane of updates

Monday, January 15, 2018 11:00 PM UTC
I observe a phenomenon for several years. Software is getting more powerful, more feature-enriched but also more defective. It’s seems to be a natural thing that systems get screwed at some point the more complex they get. Sometimes I wish vendors would keep a certain state of a software that runs nearly perfectly - and freeze it forever. I’ll give you some examples: Ubuntu Li [...] 

No cables, baby - almost

Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:11 PM UTC
Using a device that supports wireless charging turns out to be very handy. No cables on the desktop anymore, no scratches around the connector that may reduce the device’s value. Today I want to give a short overview of three devices I am using for wireless charging - all from completely different price ranges. Spoiler: none of them are officially recommended by Apple for the iPhone X. Al [...]