Concept Zero :: Echo Dot auf Steckdose montieren

by Volker Weber

Photo: Armadillo

Das ist eine sehr coole Idee. Ein kleines Stück Plastik, in das hinten das Netzteil gesteckt wird und vorne der Echo Dot. Ein kurzes Kabel verbindet beide. Das Ganze dann ab in die Steckdose. Besonders praktisch ist das in der Küche, weil dann kein Kabel auf der Theke liegt.

Vorsicht, das geht nur mit dem Echo Dot der zweiten Generation und dem alten komplett schwarzen Netzteil. Seit November gibt es ein neues und dafür muss die Halterung erst noch angepasst werden. Sie soll Ende des Monats verfügbar sein.

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udoq :: Das Ding des Jahres

by Volker Weber

Marcus Kuchler und sein udoq letzten Samstag bei Pro7.

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init - der Wochenausblick: Azure und Maffay, ganz nah beieinander

by Volker Weber


Nobelpreisträger und Ökonom Paul Krugman in Berlin, die didacta in Hannover, ein Microsoft Tech Summit in Frankfurt, Computerarchäologie in Potsdam und Paderborn, neue Handys in Barcelona - und dazwischen Peter Maffay.

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Major Apple Crisis

by Volker Weber

People are walking into glass at the new Apple headquarters

Apple employees can’t stop walking into the beautiful glass doors at new Apple Park campus
The Verge

Apple employees are reportedly walking into walls at the company’s fancy new glass office

Apple employees are reportedly walking into walls at the company’s fancy new glass office

Report: People can’t stop walking into glass at Apple’s new headquarters
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Apple Park Employees Reportedly Can’t Stop Walking Into Its Glass Walls

Apple Employees Keep Smacking Into Their New Headquarters' Glass Walls

Apple employees keep walking into glass at the new Apple Park campus
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Apple employees keep walking into glass at the new Apple Park campus

Apple employees reportedly keep walking into glass walls and doors at the new 'spaceship' campus
Business Insider

Apple Park employees have already injured themselves walking into glass walls at the firm's futuristic $5 billion 'spaceship campus'
Mail Online

Employees are accidentally walking into walls at Apple's all-glass 'spaceship' campus

Some ‘distracted’ Apple employees accidentally walking into Apple Park’s clear glass panes, claims report

People Keep Walking Into Glass at Apple Park

Apple’s New Spaceship HQ Building Has Glass Walls So Clear Employees Are Taking Headers
Hot Hardware

Apple employees keep walking into the glass walls of the new 'spaceship campus'

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends

Apple's most talented workers can't stop walking into doors

The list goes on. What appears to be the problem?

The two men - one an employee, according to the records - both walked into glass and suffered cuts to the head on Jan. 2.

Listen up, people. I am pretty sure you are safe from ever walking into these walls. Apple isn't going to invite you, let alone employ you.

From my inbox

by Volker Weber

IMG 2352

I have finally upgraded the big torch. With this kit it is now as bright as my LED Lensers. Caution: for 2 C/D-cell batteries, you need a different kit.

IMG 2353

Thank you, Vitor. This was an unexpected surprise.

Quo vadis IBM Connections?

by Volker Weber

Last year, IBM told us about the new directions Connections is taking:

Connections Pink is the new strategy for Connections. This describes the strategy and planned features and functions

Connections was to transiition from the the Websphere Application Server to a modern container architecture. Now Jason Gary, the chief architect, and Andre Hagemeier, the lead developer for Pink, have left IBM. Does anybody know what is happening next?

Neue Laptops

by Volker Weber

ThinkPad X1 Carbon mit neuem Logo

Lenovo hat die neue Thinkpad X1 Generation angekündigt. Jetzt vorbestellbar, Lieferung ab März. Microsoft hat das Surface Book II in 15" neu im Angebot. Wenn ich mir die Konfigurationen anschaue, dann lande ich beim ThinkPad Yoga und beim Surface Book II schnell bei 3000 €. Also wie beim MacBook Pro. Ich habe einen teuren Geschmack.

Apple HomePod an audiophile speaker? :: Not so fast

by Volker Weber

The much touted review of the HomePod posted by an “audiophile” on Reddit last week – and gleefully tweeted by Apple’s Phil Schiller – turns out to be a long mess of uninformed and poorly made measurements.

Beware of the measurebaters. Spoiler alert: no human has a flat hearing curve. Especially not if they have used their ears twenty years or more.

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Philips Hue Aktion :: Bis zu 50 € zurück

by Volker Weber


Für ausgewählte Starter-Kits gibt es von Philips Geld zurück, befristet für Käufe ab heute bis zum 6. April.

  1. 50 € für das Starterkit mit drei farbigen GU10 Lampen, inklusive Bridge und Dimmerschalter
  2. 50 € für das Starterkit mit drei farbigen E27 Lampen, inklusive Bridge und Dimmerschalter
  3. 30 € für das Starterkit mit drei weißen E27 Lampen (2700-6500 K), inklusive Bridge und Dimmerschalter
  4. 20 € für das Starterkit mit drei warmweißen E27 Lampen (2700 K), inklusive Bridge und Dimmerschalter

Wichtig für den erfolgreichen Cashback sind das Datum der Rechnung und der richtige EAN-Code. Man muss nicht bei Philips direkt kaufen, sondern kann auch die günstigeren Preise bei Amazon bezahlen. Die EAN-Codes sind dort auch suchbar.

  1. 8718696748930 Hue White and color ambiance Starter-Kit, GU10, Liste 200 €, aktuell 180 € bei Amazon, effektiv 130 €
  2. 8718696728796 Hue White and color ambiance Starter-Kit, E27, Liste 200 €, aktuell 170 € bei Amazon, effektiv 120 €
  3. 8718696728925 Hue White ambiance Starter-Kit, E27, Liste 150 €, aktuell 125 € bei Amazon, effektiv 95 €
  4. 8718696728987 Hue White Starter-Kit, E27, Liste 100 €, aktuell 82,50 € bei Amazon, effektiv 62 €

Man kauft Hue wenn immer möglich als Starter Kits. In größeren Häusern empfehlen sich mehre Bridges. Schalter kann man sowieso gebrauchen.

Attending IBM think 2018

by Volker Weber


With Lotusphere and Connect gone, are you now going to IBM think 2018 in Las Vegas next month? If you do, in which capacity? IBM/Partner/Customer?


Whether you are going or not, after last year's success with our Slack space, I have set up a new space for this conference. There are already 47 people registered. They can invite others by email address. Please enter your full name in the profile.

Your favorite messenger

by Volker Weber

I posted a couple of polls on Twitter:




Thank you for participating in these polls. Before we dive deeper, a few remarks. WhatsApp is very dominant in some European countries, but not in the US. Apple has a successful platform with iMessage (and Facetime), while Google is struggling to replicate this success.

This is reflected in the results. While Facebook has the lead with WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, there is a stronger foothold for Apple on iPhone, then there is for Google on Android. I summed up Signal/Telegram/Threema for a simple reason: regardless of which of those messengers is your favorite, you are not trusting your social graph with Apple, Facebook or Google.

End-to-end-encryption is available on all of those messengers. It does not matter which messenger you chose, the content of your messages should stay private, unlike plain email or SMS texts for that matter. The interesting data is meta. The people you are communicating with is your real social graph, not your Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ (ahem) "friends", not even your phonebook which some people guard as if it weren't a bloated collection of old entries.

Facebook is most successful in exploiting this graph, Google only owns it through Gmail. Their messaging efforts are plenty and unsuccessful. Both are advertising companies and if you think you are avoiding Facebook by using WhatsApp instead of Facebook Messenger, well, think again.

Apple is different from Facebook and Google. They only care about providing a perfectly integrated platform. If they were after your social graph, they would provide clients for other operating systems.

The longer platform play is of course to expand from messaging to full on commerce. China provides a look into that future. WeChat is life. Once a messaging platform is dominant, you can no longer escape it, unless you want to be disconnected. Does that future look Orwellian? You bet it does.

Personally, I can reach most contacts on iMessage, since almost all of my friends have iPhones, iPads or Macs. Some use WhatsApp for convenience; there is no Windows app for iMessage and they would like to use their keyboards. Some have Android devices, where iMessage is not an option. And for the "resistance" I have Signal. I cannot be bothered with Telegram or Threema.

Since I asked on Twitter, the results are skewed. Asking the same question of Facebook would make an even stronger point for the Facebook platform. And the "resistance" looks much stronger than it actually is.


Selfies on iPhone X

by Volker Weber


New section on

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Wenig spannend

by Volker Weber


In zwei Wochen ist die Handy-Weltmeisterschaft MWC in Barcelona. Und ich bin irgendwie jetzt schon gelangweilt. Wir kommen bei den Smartphones langsam in die selbe Situation wie bei den Fernsehern. Nur mit unfassbarem Aufwand kann man aus der Hardware noch ein bisschen was rauskitzeln. Und um seine Flagschiffe zu diferenzieren, bauen die Hersteller immer Lösungen mehr für Probleme, die niemand hat. Hat irgendjemand Bixby gebraucht? Oder von mir aus Allo/Duo?

Alle Handys in diesem Bild machen ihre Arbeit gut. Was wir gebrauchen können, ist mehr Robustheit, bessere Laufzeiten und erschwingliche Preise. Interessanterweise macht Nokia gerade alles richtig. Pure Android, kein Firlefanz, aktuelle Software, gute Preise. Und der Markt belohnt das. Sie haben mehr verkauft als Google im ganzen Jahr. Allerdings weniger als Apple in einer Woche.

Das nächste Ding ist bei mir am Handgelenk. Die Apple Watch kann lange nicht alles, was geht. Binnen zwei oder drei Jahren wird sie sehr gut auf meine Gesundheit aufpassen können. Heute ersetzt sie mir schon oft das Handy.

Best thing about HomePod :: We are having a quality discussion

by Volker Weber

Reading David Pogue's test of four speakers, I wasn't surprised by the results:

- Amazon Echo Plus ($150)
- Apple HomePod ($350)
- Google Home Max ($400)
- Sonos One ($200)

He did something the other reviewers did not. Instead of taking the "trust me, I'm an expert" road, he let other people express their preferences in a blind test. The unsurprising result was that Apple HomePod did not win in a landslide. It was far too easy for Apple PR to influence the opinion with controlled test scenarios or biased testers.

When setting up the blind test behind a curtain, David may have created a handicap for the HomePod. Its room correction depends on feedback the speaker receices from the room. When you tune a Sonos One, you do this from the point of view (or rather hearing) of the listener. That process can correct for major flaws like putting a speaker behind a sofa, in a room corner, or inside a cabinet. HomePod corrects the sound from what it hears at its own location. It does not have a microphone where the listener is and certainly not on the other side of a curtain.

Another observation is that those who preferred the Google Home Max where those closer to it, vice versa for the Sonos One. If you would have used the Home Max budget and bought two Sonos One, they might have won hands down.

The important discussion we are having here is that sound does indeed matter. Apple is bringing quality back into the discussion. And that's a good thing.

You are right

by Volker Weber


Soviel Glück

by Volker Weber

Dr. Michael Spehr in der FAZ vom 13.2.2018. Seite 33


Ich schrieb letztes Jahr, was mich davon überzeugte, dass ich zum Arzt muss. Und dann haben binnen zwei Stunden drei Ärzte die richtige Entscheidung getroffen: mein Freund und Hausarzt Dr. Rainer Müller, der Internist Dr. Andreas Niedenthal und der Chirurg Dr. Norbert Runge. Nicht vergessen sollte man meine phantastischen Pfleger.

udoq Kabelbox und Watch-Adapter

by Volker Weber


Post von udoq mit zwei kleinen Erweiterungen, beide aus Kunststoff: CboxS und Apple Watch Adapter.


Ich habe die sehr langen Ladekabel hinten aus der udoq-Schiene herausgeführt, in Schleifen verlegt und mit Kabelbindern gesichert. Das sieht man bei uns nicht, weil die Schiene vor der Wand steht.


Die Kabelbox löst das Problem ganz elegant. Man zieht die Kabel von unten hinein, klickt den unteren Teil der Box in die ovale Öffnung und verstaut dann die Kabel zusammen mit dem Netzteil in der Box. Zuleitung unten rausführen, Deckel drauf und schon kann man die Schiene von allen Seiten anschauen.


Das schaut absolut super aus, egal ob die Schiene mitten im Raum steht oder direkt vor der Wand. Das Bild zeigt die CboxS an einer udoq 550. 9,90 € - absolute Kaufempfehlung.


Ein bisschen verhaltener bin ich bei dem Apple Watch Adapter, hier in einer udoq 400. Das Teil ist technisch brilliant integriert in die Schiene, ist aber nicht meine liebste Lösung. Der eigene Apple-Watch-Lader wird von hinten in die Adapter eingesteckt, dann schraubt man einen Deckel mit zwei kleinen Torx-Schrauben fest. Das Kabel führt man unsichtbar nach unten in die Schiene.


Was man auf dem Bild nicht gut sieht: auch ein Loop lässt sich von rechts über den Apple Watch Adapter streifen, so dass ein Milaneseband durchpasst. Der Adapter ist dann so solide verbaut, dass man für Reisen in jedem Fall einen zweiten Lader benötigt. Finanzieller Aufwand: 19,90 für den Apple Watch Adapter und 35 bis 45 € für das magnetische Ladekabel von Apple.


Ich habe statt dessen ein Apple Watch Magnetisches Ladedock. Das ist zwar mit 89 € ordentlich teuer, aber sehr wertig und gefällig auf dem Nachttisch.

init - der Wochenausblick: Darwin, Pluto und der Karneval

by Volker Weber


Im Rheinland beginnt die Woche im Karneval. Mit dem Aschermittwoch kehrt dann die Realität zurück. Wichtigster Event der Woche ist die Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz. Kommt der Siggi oder kommt er nicht?

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Surface Pro is 5 years old

by Volker Weber

I am typing this on my fourth Surface device. Surface, Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro. The original Surface is still being used as a beautiful photo frame in my kitchen, and the latest Surface Pro is the machine I am typing this on. Who would have thought?

I am a serious Mac user with both iMacs and MacBook Pros, and still, Surface Pro has won me over. It's the right size for me, it has touch and pen input, which I am sorely missing every time I use the Macs. And it is a beautiful and elegant machine, which is easy to carry.

Ed Brill is leaving IBM

by Volker Weber

Ed Orlando

Ed Brill (@edbrill) will be leaving IBM at the end of next week. And to me, that is an end to an era. When I think of Lotus Notes, I think of two people: Ray Ozzie who created it, and Ed who kept it alive for so long. Ray did not do it alone, and neither did Ed. But those are the two names I will always remember first.

Ed and I go back twenty years. The first ten years were a struggle, the last ten years were not. About ten years ago I knew exactly which buttons to press to make him angry at me. And then I stopped. Ed had developed a theory that I was two people: Volker and vowe. Which is somewhat true in that vowe is only the tip of a larger iceberg. It helped him to no longer get angry. From that moment on, after his second (and not his last) visit here, Ed and Volker became friends.

While Ed was the center of the Yellowsphere of bloggers, IBM never gave him enough credit for what he did. We wanted him on the Lotusphere stage. And when the Notes ship finally took on water, I wanted him to swim away from it. In a way he did and he didn't when he accepted the challenge to roll out Verse to all of IBM's employees. This project was set up to fail, but against all odds it succeeded.

When Ed accepted his final challenge as product VP for Inhi Cho Suh, I was cautiously optimistic that they could transform this business. Unfortunately almost all of the partnerships and acquisitions they had planned failed, and not for the lack of trying.

Ed is finally free to move on. It's a very good move for him, but not for the business he is leaving behind.

Ed Porsche

Update: Thank you Ray for your kind words. You are a great man.

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