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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: https://engage.ug/engage.nsf/Pages/Event20170508_Agenda2 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 [...]