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Quick Tip: Fixing a non-syncing iCloud

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 3:41 PM UTC
I experienced this several times now for months or even years, an iCloud not doing its job. This primarily is syncing your data over your devices. I use this heavily with the notes app or with anything related to HandOff (copy & paste within different devices). I was able to identify the processes that do not work properly, so now I am able to just kill them. No worries, they will restart i [...] 

Level-up for my home office work

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 12:31 AM UTC
It's Prime Day season and again Amazon supported another project I planned just about 10 days ago. Everything I ordered for that arrived earlier than it was originally scheduled - superb! I currently have a week off and planned to further improve my home office setup for this time - I was able to do it even earlier. Sitting 8 hours a day is not a good idea at all so I had this plan for a wh [...] 

Good Night!

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 9:08 PM UTC
I am an Apple Watch user for years - this device is awesome. The Ultra is even better but due to its size it is not very comfortable to wear at night, at least for me. I wanted to track my sleep. I did this once over a year ago with my S5. To sleep with the Ultra was not an option for me. Beyond the size it's also the OS which is not very co-operative here as you have to enable sleep tracki [...] 

Important OpenNTF Updates

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 9:33 PM UTC
OpenNTF Elections It's the time of year when elections are opening for the OpenNTF board. We have four Member Director posts available this year. Those whose term is expiring are: - Graham Acres - Paul Withers - Dan Dumont - Oliver Busse Member director posts can be filled by anyone working for an OpenNTF member company. Companies can still become a member company prior to ele [...] 

Stuff that works: Withings Body+ smart scale

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 9:32 PM UTC
I am late to the party using smart health gadgets. I am using Apple Health to track my health conditions for a while now, the Apple Watch almost constantly attached to my wrist. One of the metrics I didn't track was my weight. I've seen reviews of the device I want to introduce to you but I just recently grew extended interest for it. Since this device was discounted now on Amazon, I grabb [...] 

The end of an era

Friday, September 1, 2023 at 12:00 AM UTC
Today marks the end of an era and also a new beginning for me. After more than 8 years in the We4IT family, including the subsidiary Nintera for the past 17 months, I am starting my new (but old) job at MEKO-S who acquired Nintera. The whole team of Nintera joined the company and is adding the Notes/Domino knowhow as well as our managed services experiences to this brand. MEKO-S is lesser known [...] 

Quick Tipp: Notes/Domino 14 EAP drop 2 is here - and now you can re-order your workspace tabs!

Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 8:29 PM UTC
Notes and Domino 14 EAP drop 2 is here and one feature has been added we are all waiting for, for decades: drag and re-order your workspace tabs. Downside: this only works with the vertical (new) workspace tabs, not with the legacy horizontal ones  However, if you want to re-organize your tabs, use the vertical display, re-order and then switch back to the legacy-workspace - and you [...] 

Quick Tip: What is Notes tryin' to tell me?

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 11:08 AM UTC
I just stumbled upon a combination of "errors" I never saw before when I tried to create a new replica from Server A on Server B (running locally here on my machine): Thanks for this info, Notes buddy. Directly following the next cryptic message: Okay, let's check the directory permissions (this is a Linux based machine) - all good so far. I also can create new datab [...] 

Again Apple proves that Homekit is the most unreliable smart home service

Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 9:42 PM UTC
All of the sudden, again the Home app stopped working after months of happiness. Reddit is full of this problem for years, the most recent I found is this: Out of the blue all my devices are not responding - although they work perfectly fine in their corresponding apps. Event native Homekit stuff such as Hue or Vocolink [...] 

Domino on CentOS/RHEL compatible Linux - Timezone issues

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:54 PM UTC
Backstory With a new customer server we stumbled upon a strange behaviour using our low-code platform Aveedo we never saw before. We created the server at Hetzner using the Rocky 9 base installation. Rocky is binary compatible with RHEL and should be used in favour of CentOS in general as it is newer and still maintained. Domino installs and runs fine on Rocky. The version of choice was 12.0.2 [...]