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Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 12:39 PM UTC
We all love Domino but most of us developers hate Domino Designer. It's fat, it's slow, it's unreliable, it's based on ancient technology. On Monday this week I witnessed the future of app development - without a heavy IDE but somewhat "on Domino". I cannot provide further details but what I saw was impressive. A part of it was "Keep", a middleware that [...] 

There are people around worth it

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:06 PM UTC
It‘s the time of the year again to nominate a person from your bubble to receive the acknowledge that she or he deserves. No, I am not talking about voting for your next president or prime minister. It‘s much less of your responsibility I‘d like to challenge you for. It‘s „just“ about nominating your yearly HCL Ambassadors. This will be the 3rd year when peop [...] 

iOS/iPadOS 14 - Please fix the Shortcuts

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:19 PM UTC
With version 14 of iOS/iPadOS Apple introduced new widgets, also for the Home widget area. I can't say I like the new styled widgets a lot but what I can say is that they waste a lot of space and therefor you don't see as much as before: I used to see all of the shortcuts I selected for the widget in the shortcuts app, but they disappeared in the new one - with no reason at all. App [...] 

The Thunderbolt Dilemma with current MacBooks

Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 12:29 PM UTC
In this post I want to describe my experiences with my MacBook Pro 16" from 2019 and the struggles with the Thunderbolt ports using various external peripherals. The story begins in December 2019 when I got my first work machine that wasn't a Thinkpad/PC based laptop in almost 20 years of working with IBM/HCL Notes and Domino. I wanted a MacBook for my next work device as I was already [...] 

Quick-Tip: see who is invited in MS Outlook

Monday, June 29, 2020 at 10:49 AM UTC
One thing that annoys me from the beginning of my work with MS Outlook is that I don't see who was invited when I receive an invitation. Outlook does not show this useful information by default just like HCL Notes for example. At this point (amongst many others) I really miss Notes... Anyway, I have to use Outlook. I accidentally found the "solution": open the invitation (regardle [...] 

HCL removed Bluemix capabilities from Extlib in 11.0.1

Friday, June 19, 2020 at 8:58 PM UTC
I recently upgraded a server from 11.0.0 to 11.0.1. One of the apps utilized my DAO bean I created a while back which was able to automatically manage to access the underlaying database depending on if it runs on premises or on IBM Bluemix (now known as IBM Cloud). After the upgrade this app threw errors that some Java classes are unknown. javax.servlet.ServletE [...] 

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