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I am speaking at Engage!

Monday, January 20, 2020 at 5:44 PM UTC
A little bit over one week ago I started a personal call for teaming up with me to send an abstract for the upcoming Engage. The feedback was good. I immediately got messages from three people who wanted to co-speak with me. Unfortunately one of them wasn't able to coordinate the preparations for the abstract in time, so there were these gentlemen left: [...] 

Speaking at #EngageUG ? Here are some tools

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 4:36 PM UTC
It's only 48 hours until the deadline for sending abstracts. If you haven't sent it yet, hurry up! If you already have sent one or more, you may want to start checking out how to create your presentations and demos. Another challenge might be the collaboration with a co-speaker when you don't share the same solution for chatting, conferencing and screen sharing. I collected some tools [...] 

Engaging the herd

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 12:27 AM UTC
Today was the first HCL Master call this year. It felt so good to be amongst those people again after 1 year of not being an IBM Champion / HCL Master. Thanks again to all who found myself being trustworthy enough to be a part of this again! In this call we also enjoyed some insights from Thomas Hampel and also Theo Heselmans, who emphasized on the upcoming Engage conference in March. The [...] 

Quick-Tip: iTerm: Option+Number keys not working

Monday, January 6, 2020 at 8:31 AM UTC
I recently installed iTerm on my new Macbook and eversince I had the problem that the pipe symbol was not recognized. The pipe symbol on a Mac is typed using Option+7 (which is simply ALT+7). In iTerm this was without any function. The reason: iTerm uses Option+Number to switch between split windows (if you use any). The settings can be found in the general preferences, not in the individual pr [...] 

Vorsatz fürs neue JahrPost in german language / Artikel in deutscher Sprache

Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 4:41 AM UTC
Ich bin nicht der Typ für Vorsätze wie "mehr Sport", "weniger trinken", "weniger essen" - das alles ist negativ für mich und somit "out of sight". Mein aktueller Vorsatz befasst sich mit etwas eigentlich ganz Profanem: meinem Internet-Provider. Ich will ihn loswerden, denn er ist der schlechteste (in Deutschland ist keiner so richtig gut, a [...] 

Back again and new

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 12:37 AM UTC
I am honored and humbled to be announced as an HCL Master for 2020 - thanks to all who nominated me! When IBM decreased the number of IBM Champions back in 2018 I didn't get the ticket for 2019 - which was perfectly fine for me. I was really silent during the conversion from IBM to HCL. Now, with HCL being in full spin for t [...] 

MBP & dock, second attempt

Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 12:58 AM UTC
After I tried to run the MBP with 2 external 1080p displays using just two identical dongles and facing no issues at all, I gave the dock a second try. It worked quite well. No issues with kernel tasks going crazy or fans spinning to death. I assume that temperature control kicked in at that time when I put the MBP in my stand which partly covered the air outlets. I didn't expect that mu [...] 

MacBook Pro 16" - issues

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8:04 PM UTC
I am not happy. This machine as a stand-alone is great but has it's issues when connected to a lot of peripherals like external monitors and a bunch of USB devices. Today I tried the second dock to get working but failed again. This dock was promising as natively two 4k displays could be connected. I only have two 1080p displays right now but even with those it was a pain. Connected with [...] 

The 16" MacBook Pro - a game changer?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:43 PM UTC
After almost 5 years with We4IT it was time to renew my daily driver. I used to use a Lenovo Thinkpad T540p with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. This machine still is quite good. It wasn't as reliable as it should be (external projectors never worked well) and the major problem is the OS: Windows 10. It got better over the past months with all those upgrades but I am still a Mac user. Anyway, for in [...] 

Beyond 11

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:05 PM UTC
On December 4th HCL revealed V11 of Notes/Domino and Sametime as well as Connections 6.5 (already released) and other insights of the new products Nomad and Volt. This event was announced months ago in a kind we last saw with release R5 and the "I AM" and "Super Human Software" effort decades ago. It had it's effect. All was wrapped within the Factory Tour vol. 4 [...]