Confession time

by Volker Weber

Here are a couple of things you may or may not find surprising:

  1. I do not file my email in folders.
  2. I reply to email immediately.
  3. I do not have a todo list.
  4. I memorize my weekly schedule.
  5. I do not attend conference calls.
  6. Sometimes I do. But it is an exception.
  7. Cold calling me is a waste of time. Send an email.
  8. My inbox is never longer than one page.
  9. I do not have a PGP key.
  10. I do not want to know your secret.

Result: I always have plenty of time.

Belkin QODE Thin Keyboard

by Volker Weber

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Darauf habe ich lange gewartet. Ein Ersatz für mein Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, das auf iPad 2, 3 und 4 passt. Das iPad Air ist kleiner und hält nicht in diesem Keyboard. Und so toll das Logitech auch war, das Material gefiel mir nicht. Ein bisschen zu billig.

Während ich auf das QODE Thin Keyboard wartete, habe ich das Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air genutzt. Absolut empfehlenswert, aber auch eine umfangreiche Hülle, aus der man das iPad erst befreien möchte, um es als Tablet zu halten.

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Nun also das Thin Keyboard. Es hat den gleichen Befestigungsmechanismus wie das Logitech, nur ein bisschen solider und für einen Ingenieur befriedigender. Eine richtige Schraube!

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Das Thin Keyboard macht den gleichen Kompromiss wie das Ultimate, was die Anordnung von Umlauten und Sonderzeichen angeht. Da stolpert man ein wenig drüber, weil etwa der Bindestrich oder das Ä an der falschen Stelle sind. Aber dennoch ist das ein Kompromiss, mit dem ich sehr gut leben kann.

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Steckt man das iPad in den Schlitz, dann drückt es auf diesen Schalter und das schaltet das Keyboard ein. Funktioniert mit iPad Air und iPad mini, auch wenn diese Tastatur natürlich nicht der richtige Deckel für das iPad mini ist. Mit Tastaturen für das kleine Gerät habe ich allerdings nicht so gute Erfahrungen, weil die Kompromisse zu stark werden und mich beim Schreiben behindern.

Die Scheffin meinte nach einem kurzen Test spontan: "Das ist die beste iPad-Tastatur, die Du je hattest". Finde ich auch.

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Plantronics Voyager Edge

by Volker Weber

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I am fully aware that I sound like a Plantronics fanboy. But their stuff just keeps getting better. Case in point is the new Voyager Edge headset. At 9 gramms it sits inside your ear, and after a few minutes you forget that it's there. It connects to two devices at the same time, like your phone and your computer, and you can take calls from both.

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The Edge knows all the tricks from the Pro or Legend. And a few more. It's NFC enabled, so you can pair it with your phone just by tapping it. And it went back to a MicroUSB plug like the Pro has. No need for special cables, since it charges right from your phone charger.

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Like the Legend it has a sliding on/off switch and two buttons to adjust the volume. One button on the boom serves as the mute/command switch, tapping on your ear is the call/break switch. When a call comes in, the Edge will announce the caller and you can use the answer/ignore voice commands to handle the call. Like the Pro and the Legend, the Edge also comes with smart sensors which tell the headset whether it's on your ear. If you take it off, calls get transferred back to the phone or music stops streaming. Put it on, and the headset will take an incoming call or resume playing music.

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A nice charging case will protect the headset in your pocket and top it off. I never really needed to recharge it, since it has a six hours talk time or seven days on standby when switched on. It supports Bluetooh 4.0 and HD Voice which I cannot test because it is not supported on my network.

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There are three different sizes of ear gels and a clip-on loop, if you don't trust the fit. Me ears are medium sized so I hardly ever have to adjust the gel that's already on the headset. At first I switched to the larger one, but quickly found out that the medium size holds the headset firm enough. I simply can't shake it off my head. I have also worn it on my bike and it just stays put.

Do you have to throw away your Voyager Pro or Legend and get this new headset? Absolutely not. But it's going to replace mine. It's just a lot easier to get on your ear and it's also more comfortable.

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Subtle differences

by Volker Weber

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Windows Phone 8.1 is a developer preview, not a finished product. It's likely to burn through your battery and you will miss features, that have disappeared from the O/S and will reappear in apps. Facebook and Twitter are no longer part of people hub, but both companies have already provided the integration back through their latest app betas.

Cortana isn't done yet and it's only going to launch in US English, but I have already enabled it to gain a feature I have been missing: quiet hours. It will turn off alerts while I am sleeping. And pictured above is a minor change that has proven to be a life saver. The comma key is suppressed by default — it can be re-enabled through advanced keyboard settings — and gives me a bigger space bar. No more commas between words for me.

Which features do you like best?

Sonos will drop the need to wire one component

by Volker Weber

Today, we want to share our vision for the next step in wireless HiFi. We’ve found a way to deliver all the benefits of SonosNet without a product directly connected to your router. This new software solution will make Sonos simpler than ever. Start with a speaker and your smartphone, enter your WiFi password and Sonos takes care of the rest.

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DJ-Headset wieder schön

by Volker Weber

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Pünktlich zu Ostern kam ein kleines Geschenk von meiner Amazon-Wunschliste: zwei neue Earpads für mein DJ-Headset. Diese Lederimitation fällt zu schnell auseinander, jetzt habe ich Velour auf den Ohren. Ich kann nicht sehen, wer das geschickt hat, deshalb auf diesem Wege herzlichen Dank!

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Trolling LinkedIn

by Volker Weber

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LinkedIn has these useless endorsements, designed to drive up "engagement". I would find it immensely funny to have "Receiving endorsements" as my top skill. Can you help me troll LinkedIn?

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iCloud on Windows Phone

by Volker Weber

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And just like that, you can add your iCloud account on Windows Phone 8.1 and sync your calendar and contacts.

Lumia 1520 mit Windows Phone 8.1 Preview

by Volker Weber

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Seit heute gibt es Windows Phone 8.1 als Developer Preview und ich habe es riskiert, ein Lumia upzudaten. Das wichtigere 1020 bleibt zunächst noch auf 8.0, bis ich weiß, das alles funktioniert. Bisher keine Ausfälle. Das Update ist sehr lecker, Windows Phone ist noch mal besser, schöner, weiter. Und Here Maps bekommt endlich das erforderliche Update, um hochauflösende Luftbilder anzuzeigen, jedenfalls in unserer Gegend.

Wie kommt man dran? Man installiert eine App, die das Lumia zum Update befähigt. Man braucht einen Developer ID, aber das ist pippifax, weil man sich bei Microsoft kostenlos registrieren kann. Und dann spielt man die Updates ein.

Mixed Tape 56 is out

by Volker Weber

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01 RUNNER | ST GEORGE | 4:03
02 LOWLANDS | NEONFAITH | 4:38
03 TOUCH FEAT. GEORGIE PRUDEN | DILLISTONE | 3:56
04 EXCLAMATION (DILLISTONE REMIX) | WEASEL FEET | 4:15
05 ARCHIPEL | HEXAGONE | 4:13
06 A NEW WAY | RAEZ | 3:41
07 RENEE | SALES | 2:58
08 CHANGE IT ALL | E LANCELOT | 4:57
09 GOTTA MOVE ON | YOUNG TRICKSTERS | 4:17
10 CLOSER | HAUNTER | 5:24

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[Danke, Hansjürgen]

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