New Slack Team space :: IBM Think

by Volker Weber

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The Connect 2017 space went really well. That made me register a new Slack Team space for IBM Think, before that name was taken. I am growing membership very slowly. Currently there are only ten people in the space. I am also not opening up registration by domain. That was one of the things that did not work so well in the old space.

Sales Wick :: Vuelo Nocturno

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IBM Think 2018

by Volker Weber

IBM is consolidating its conferences into one big event. Think 2018 will be in Las Vegas from March 19-22. It will replace Connect, InterConnect, Amplify, Edge, Vision, World of Watson and PartnerWorld.

Q: Is World of Watson 2017 being canceled?
A: No, we are moving World of Watson to March 2018 and bringing it together with other IBM events to form one flagship event called IBM Think 2018.

After b/s detection: Yes. World of Watson is dead. Long live Think.

New update options for Windows 10, version 1703

by Volker Weber

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Based on feedback from customers, we are making some adjustments to the updates that we are releasing for Windows 10, version 1703 (also known as the 'Creators Update'). With these changes, we will routinely offer one (or sometimes more than one) additional update each month. These additional cumulative updates will contain only new non-security updates, so they will be considered 'Updates'in WSUS and Configuration Manager.

That is a very welcome change for Enterprise IT. Microsoft separates security updates (must install) from feature enhancements (test, then install).

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Is Slack a product or a feature?

by Volker Weber

This is a very good article on the difficulties you face when you try to replace email with something else. We have been struggling with this for years.

Slack wants us to believe it is the future of collaboration. But is it truly a platform for that purpose or a readily replicable feature set?

I have a pretty simple formula for the success of any tool: people will use it if they get more out of it than they put in. And from this article I learned (again), how Facebook & Co tip that balance towards their favor. They feed on your addiction to likes and comments.

The real question I have for you is: does your team use Slack? Does it reduce your workload or increase your success? Can you walk away from it to do something else?

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Samsung Galaxy S8 :: The verdict

by Volker Weber

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I have used the Galaxy S8 for a week, and by the end of the month, it will be back at Samsung. By and large it behaved exactly like I expected. But I have softened by judgement somewhat.

The S8 is an almost perfect smartphone. There are only two compromises: Samsung had to move the fingerprint sensor to the back, next to the camera. It would have been better placed underneath the camera, but that is where the battery and the wireless charging sit. Yes, you will touch the camera, but that is not a big deal, if you clean it once in a while. The app reminds you to do that. The other compromise is the mono speaker. You can watch beautiful videos in wide screen, but the sound comes out of one end. This device really needs stereo speakers.

With these exceptions, the S8 is best in class. Period.

When you build an Android phone and you want access to Google Play Store and Google Play Services, then Google dictates what you need to deliver with your phone. When you are Samsung and you have ambitions beyond being yet another Android OEM, then you need to also deliver your own software. The user ends up with two of everything. But Samsung is getting better at this. Samsung Experience, formerly known as TouchWiz, is now very elegantly designed, it does not bog down the hardware, and it is actually a joy to use.

Here is my recommendation: if you buy a Galaxy S8, then go with the Samsung Experience. Don't just replace the launcher with the Google Launcher and ignore what Samsung has built. You are fighting with your phone and that will be a frustrating experience. Sign up to a Samsung ID, get Bixby going, help it learn your ways.

And here is my problem: I cannot do that. I do not trust Samsung. Samsung destroyed my trust with their TV. It's not my TV, although I paid for it. Samsung pushes their software and their apps into my TV experience. And I can already smell the same behaviour with Bixby. I never have this feeling with Apple. Microsoft is sort of borderline. But Samsung is not with me. If you don't have my problem, then by all means, buy this machine. You will love it.

The bigger question is of course: do you trust Google?

Marshall Monitor BT

by Volker Weber

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The Apple Airpods are my most used headset. They fit my ears, they work well, they sound reasonably nice, they are easy to carry and charge. When you wear them, you look like a complete idiot. And there are things that they cannot play well. When I need to be alone with myself, when I want to blast my ears, I need something more substantial. Enter the Marshall Monitor BT, an over-the-ear-headset with Bluetooth connection to my iPhone and a cable for everything else.

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They fit my head and my ears, they play for 30 hours between charges, they isolate me from the noise around me, and they are really really loud. And this little brass knob is why I love them so much. Instead of asking Siri to please raise the volume I just push the knob upwards. And then push it again. Downwards is lower volume, but who wants that? Right is next track, left is last track. Push it for three seconds and the headsets turns on and off, push longer for Bluetooth pairing, a short push will pause/play or make/break phone calls. It is one single control and it is effing brilliant.

I can store the folded headset in the included bag for travel, together with the audio and the charge cable. And I can share what I am listening to with a second headset that plugs right into mine.

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This is not my first Marshall headset. I already used the Major II, which I returned with some hesitance. Those were only on-ear, which somebody called the little sister of an over-ear headset. This one is different.

I have headsets with multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, I have headsets with active noise cancellation, I have headsets that may even sound a bit better. But there is more than technology, there is also emotion. And I swear, my air guitar sounds way better when wearing the Marshall Monitor.

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BlackBerry stumbles over April security fix

by Volker Weber

DTEK50 came again first with the April 5 fix and then there was radio silence. Now we learned that BlackBerry had difficulties integrating all the individual patches. But they are handling it differently from the DTEK50 delay in December/January. This time they released the (partial) April 1 fix to PRIV (and DTEK60?). It only weights in at about 20 MB taking the build to AAK689. I wonder how fast they can recover for the May patch which is due in two weeks.

IBM's revenue down for 20 consecutive quarters

by Volker Weber

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In October 2011 Ginni Rometty assumed the role of president and CEO of IBM. A year later she took on the added role of chairman of IBM. She is also part of a White House business-advisory council under the Trump Administration.

Five years seems to be quite a long time to right this ship. Whatever she is doing, it isn't working.

Samsung Galaxy S8 :: First impressions

by Volker Weber

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When you unpack the S8, you will see the best Android phone on the market. Design, performance, display, cameras, everything is top-notch and you will not find any other device from any vendor that can hold a candle to this phone, and that includes Apple. It's beautiful, the display wraps around the sides and almost covers the complete front.

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And then Samsung ruins it all with their software. Android Nougat 7.0 is already outdated, TouchWiz is now called Samsung Experience, and when you get to Bixby, the new landmark feature, it all crumbles. Samsung really wants you to use Bixby. It gets an extra button, and no, you cannot do anything else with that button. Samsung quickly patched an accessability loophole that enabled mapping this button. Samsung wants you to use Bixby. Samsung commands you to use Bixby. And for using Bixby, you first have to create a Samsung ID. That's where you get a second Big Brother.

If you speak Chinese or Korean, Bixby may understand you. If you don't, sorry. American English will follow later, German much later. Bixby also shows up in the camera and the idea is that it should be able to identify objects it sees and then show you more products like it. Maybe you want to buy one, through Samsung? As of now, the only thing it recognized was the Coca-Cola logo. Bixby also wants to replace Google Now. It sits where Google Now should be, left of your home screen. But since Bixby doesn't know anything about me, everything it presented there was junk. And no, you cannot avoid Bixby. It's like Office Clippy.

It's a tragedy. Samsung fails again by aiming too high. They put too large a battery into the Galaxy Note 7, and now they put the wrong software into the Galaxy S8. With stock Android 7.1 this would be the best phone in the world. But Samsung has other plans:

The customer is collateral damage in this war.

How do you install a new version of Microsoft Office?

by Volker Weber

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Looks like an easy question, right? You download the installer. You run the installer. Done.

Well, yes, if you are a user with one or two PCs. No, if you work in enterprise IT. Life in enterprise IT is very different. You don't run an installer. You beg for permission to run it.

At the core of the problem is complexity. You serve a business that has users and managers for those users. Some of those managers are tasked with liaison with your enterprise IT organisation. On the IT side of things you have managers to talk to those managers. And then there are service providers who sell their IT services, through your enterprise IT, to the business that eventually uses the new version of Microsoft Office. And then you have more service providers like a help desk that is run with a call center somewhere else. And trust me, I am over-simplifying here. You end up with a management structure that might be six levels deep (or more) and plenty of people who can throw a wrench into your project to install a new version of Office.

Yes, you read that right. Project. You first start to lobby for a project, then you ask for a budget, which will only be assigned to you, if you low-ball your estimate, then cut in half to save money. As more and more managers get on your calls, you get delayed again and again, so that you are missing both your "on time" and "within budget" targets. Feature creep sets in, so you can't even make your "in scope" target. Eventually, after much hand-wringing and hundreds of hours spent in meetings, you install to a pilot group of users. Help desk calls go up, managers get their knickers in a twist because their scorecard numbers are dropping. Managers three levels up start to be scared of potential outages. So they stall again. Now you have two versions of Office installed. A small portion in your pilot group, a large portion yet to get the new version. With every new security scare you don't have to patch one version, but two. Complexity goes up, risk goes up, managers need more reporting. Projects that require your new version of Office start to get nervous because you don't deliver. The pressure mounts and finally you get permission to run the installer everywhere. I am over-simplifying again. There is no installer. There are layers of management software that deploy new packages.

Management then congratulates itself for deliberating the install until they made sure no mistakes would be made. Any problems that may still have shown up in call center logs are attributed to poor execution by the people who actually do the work.

PS: In case you ever wondered why your tools at work are so dated, come back and read this. Office is only a simple example. Imagine operating systems. This is not about any specific company. Enterprise IT works the same, almost everywhere. Exceptions exist.

Instabloat

by Volker Weber

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Facebook has the reverse Midas touch. Everything it touches turns to crap, while making tons of money on the back of their users. In their quest to destroy all competition they piled Snapchat features on Instagram as stories. Now they are adding Pintrest boards as collections, agressively promoting them. Add their quest to grow your network by pushing suggestions. Facebook already pushed me out when they started forcing their timeline instead of mine. Now they are doing it again with ruining Instagram.

Time to delete the app.

BlackBerry or BlackBerryMobile

by Volker Weber

Since there is absolute radio silence from BlackBerry about potential upgrades to Android Nougat for DTEK50, DTEK60 or PRIV, I asked both @BlackBerry and @BBMobile who is responsible for communications about upgrades and updates. The answer is quite telling. @BBMobile, a TCL entity, says that @BlackBerry is responsible. And @BlackBerry says nothing.

@BBMobile wants to sell smartphones, @BlackBerry wants to sell "security", or enterprise software, and does not wish to talk about smartphones anymore. They just handed their forums over to crackberry.com.

I guess we will have to live with radio silence. Nobody is talking. And in absense of information we can only resort to speculation. The original plan was to upgrade the old Android devices after Mercury shipped. Then BlackBerry stroke the deal with TCL. Mercury was announced as KEYone, but it's still not shipping. I am not holding my breath for Nougat upgrades.

Meinung :: Verdammt noch mal, worauf wartet Ihr noch?

by Volker Weber

Mich überkommt manchmal der heilige Zorn, wenn ich den Unsinn lese, der sich so in den Köpfen festgesetzt hat. Und dann halte ich meine Klappe und schluck es runter. Heute nicht.

Da sitzen Leute selbstgefällig auf ihrer alten Windows-Version rum und ignorieren alles, was Microsoft in den letzen Jahren in die Verbesserung der Software gesteckt haben. Dabei könnten sie längst auf der sichersten Windows-Version sein, die es jemals gab. "Aber Microsoft spioniert uns total aus" jammert es aus dem Off, während der Protagonist in sein Android-Handy schaut, natürlich gerootet und mit allem ausgestattet, was das Handy zu seinem macht.

Kinders, wir leben in einer neuen Welt. Jede gescheite App sendet Telemetrie nach Hause, dass es nur so kracht. Im besten Sinne, um herauszufinden, welche Funktionen denn überhaupt benutzt werden, welche Fehler auftreten, etc. Im schlechtesten Sinne, um den User auszuforschen. Aber bitte, wer mit Chrome surft oder bei Facebook angemeldet ist (die Reichweite, die Reichweite!), der soll einfach seinen Mund halten, wenn es um die Microsoft-Telemetrie geht.

Ich kenne einen 80-jährigen, der sich beständig weigert, seinen Flash-basierten TAN-Generator abzuschalten, in dem er Flash deaktiviert, weil er mal in der FAZ gelesen hat, wie unsicher das doch ist, wenn man sein Handy als zweiten Faktor nutzt. Könnte mir der Autor in die Augen schauen und erklären, dass Flash doch so viel sicherer ist?

Um der Sache ein positives Ende zu geben: Wenn Apple eine neue iOS-Version rausgibt, dann installiert die bitte. Wenn Ihr wirklich ein Android-Handy haben müsst, dann nur eins, das monatliche Updates hat. Und installiert Euch endlich Windows 10 auf Eurem alten PC. Und zwar jetzt.

From my inbox

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Kleine Liebeserklärung. ;-) Dankeschön, Jochen! Immer wieder toll, solche Überraschungen.

Samsung Galaxy S8 :: Starting up

by Volker Weber

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Look what we have here: the new Galaxy S8 from Samsung. First impressions next week.

New Colors :: Pebble

by Volker Weber

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How to route Dolby Digital 5.1 from Apple TV through a Samsung TV to Sonos Playbar

by Volker Weber

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This was a tough nut to crack, and in the end if was quite easy.

Popular knowledge is that Samsung TVs don't play DD 5.1 from HDMI connected sources. I was this close to solving this with an HDMI splitter connected to HDMI 2 ARC and a Toslink Out to Playbar. As it turns out this is not a problem to solve on the output side but on the link between the Samsung TV and your source, here an Apple TV.

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The keyword is Extended Display Identification Data (EDID). Samsung tells the Apple TV to not bother sending anything but PCM Stereo. And here is the trick. You go into the audio settings of Apple TV and tell it to send Dolby Digital 5.1 instead of "best available". Then Apple TV ignores the EDID and just sends DD 5.1. While the video is playing, you go into audio settings on the Samsung TV and suddenly Dolby Digital is available. Select that option.

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Problem solved. No hardware required.

I would bet this works for other sources like Xbox or FireTV as well.

Amazing technology

by Volker Weber

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Believe it or not, I fit into this tiny hole. 15 minutes later it was all said and done. And another 15 minutes later I learned that I don't need rotator cuff surgery. Which is comforting but does not help me out of my pain.

Please bear with me while I am a bit focussed on myself and don't feel like collecting your #dontbreakthechain tweets. Rest assured that even this week I did not break mine.

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Surface Pro 4 :: A bit of a love story

by Volker Weber

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I am a sucker for great bags and while I read Waterfield backpacks are an expensively acquired taste I came across this picture and it hit me that we are now making bags that can hold a MacBook and an iPad. A MacBook is a great laptop and an iPad is the best tablet, but what if you need both? You carry two machines, plus your phone. Ever since I had the Surface 3, I left the MacBook at home and carried the iPad (Pro) or Surface 3 on travels.

This has changed with Surface Pro 4. Ever since I had this machine, I shut down my Macs when I am not using them. That had never happened before. I just put them to sleep because I would need them the next minute. Not any more.

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These two-in-one machines have a lot going for them. I have my working set of documents in the cloud, replicated to several computers, the rest is in background storage. With Surface Pro 4 it's all there. I can go from notebook to tablet in a second, I love how well inking is integrated into Windows 10. I love how the pen is more useful than Pencil on iPad Pro. There aren't many "apps" for Windows on Surface, but frankly, I don't need a Youtube app. I just use Edge for everything. And with Creators Update, even for reading books. Some of the apps are really good, like Instagram which displays photos at high resolution, or Netflix which lets you download shows to watch them later.

While I found many devices that end the quest for the best one -- Sonos for music at home, Dyson for vacuums, iPhone for smartphones, Apple Watch for fitness trackers, AirPods for wireless earbuds -- the journey for the perfect computer isn't over. But at this point in time, Surface Pro 4 is the best answer for me.Why is that? I love beautiful objects. Windows 10 is beautiful, the machine itself is beautiful, the fuzzy keyboard and the pen are as well. I love functional objects, and Surface Pro 4 has it all: pen, touch, keyboard, trackpack, screen, all of them outstanding. And the thing that Microsoft really nailed is the kickstand. I use it all the time, even while Surface is in tablet mode.

I currently have three (active) Macs and quite a few (read: more) Windows machines. Surface Pro 4 is the one I use.

Uri Shaked: A Few Notes About What We Do At BlackBerry

by Volker Weber

'I work for BlackBerry. Yes, they still exist.' This is how I introduce myself when I speak in conferences, and sometimes also when I meet new people. When I hear the way people laugh when I add the second sentence, I realize that this was the thought that had just crossed their minds. Usually they follow up with the question: so what does BlackBerry do nowadays, anyway?

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Windows Mobile is falling off a cliff

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These were two of my favorite phones ever, both running on Windows Phone 8.1. Then came Windows 10, for the desktop, and the phones were left behind. The Lumia 950/XL were a bag of hurt with their crashing bugs. Then came the Anniversary update, and the phones were still lagging. Now it's time for Creators Update, and Mobile still hasn't caught up. There aren't even any new features to write home about. And it's coming to only 13 devices.

The community is up in arms and they are abandoning the platform in droves. Promoters turn into critics. Many apps have been removed from the store or haven't been updated in a long time.

There always comes a time when you have to realize things didn't pan out as planned. BlackBerry 10 fell off that cliff last year, BlackBerry OS a long time ago. Ubuntu is giving up on their phone, Mozilla gave up last year. Sailfish is always on the brink of bankruptcy.

The winner takes it all. iOS takes the profit, Android takes the market share with many vendors struggling to make a penny. Microsoft has made iOS and Android their platorms of choice for their apps and cloud services.

Windows 10 and macOS, Android and iOS. That's where we are today with user facing O/S. And there is a silent player that is getting stronger: ChromeOS. Windows 10 can run on many things, but as far as the eye can see, it's not going to be phones. The market has rejected it.

Twitter for Deutsche Bahn

by Volker Weber

Today, we are rolling out Twitter Lite, a new mobile web experience which minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on your device.

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Windows 10 Creators Update

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Letzte Woche habe ich das Creators Update über den Insider Slow Ring auf Surface 3 installiert, letzte Nacht dann per MediaCreationTool auf Surface Pro 4. Beides lief vollkommen glatt durch. Normalerweise bin ich bei Updates immer sehr zögerlich, aber diesmal habe ich nur Surface 3 vorgeschickt. Immerhin ist Surface Pro 4 im Augenblick mein Hauptarbeitsgerät.

Ich bin gar nicht so sehr an den neuesten Funktionen rund um Gaming (bäh!) oder 3D interessiert. Ich beobachte nur, dass Windows 10 beständig besser wird und will dabei sein. Das gilt auch für Edge, den Standardbrowser, der nun auch .epub lesen kann. Sehr praktisch!

Microsoft wird das Update nicht sofort an alle rausschicken sondern zunächst nur auf Rechner, die Microsoft als geeignet für Creators Update ansieht. Anders als Macs oder iPhones gibt es bei Windows einfach zu viele Hardware/Treiber-Kombinationen, die Probleme bereiten können. Auch wenn man das Update selbst erzwingen kann, wäre ich vorsichtig, wenn ich kein Surface hätte. Bei denen schien es mir sicher, das Update auch vor dem Release zu machen, da diese Geräte bei Microsoft in großer Zahl eingesetzt werden. Und selbst dort wurde letzte Woche noch ein Bug entdeckt, der eine Komponente auf Surface Pro 3 in die Endlosschleife schickte.

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Die ganzen Privacy-Einstellungen hat Microsoft übrigens sehr schön in den Settings zusammengefasst. Und ja, ich nutze das Dark Theme. Ich mag diesen Look, bei dem der Inhalt dominiert.

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MKBHD sinks the Galaxy S8 in less then six minutes

by Volker Weber

Samsung makes great components and terrible copycat software, then combines them in their devices. Will they ever learn?

Android April Security Update :: DTEK50 goes first, again

by Volker Weber

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For the secont time in a row, DTEK50 was the first to get the monthly security update. I will complete this list as the updates arrive on my devices:

Please report your updates here.

Sonos macht was mit Gorillaz

by Volker Weber

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Was Produkte angeht, hat Sonos es 'geschafft'. Wann immer jemand ein eigenes Multiroom-Lautsprechersystem vorstellt, heißt es 'Konkurrenz für Sonos' (deutsch) oder 'Sonos-Killer' (amerikanisch). Aber nun gilt es, aus der Technik-Ecke auszubrechen. Dazu mach man coole Sachen, wie diese hier. Als Berliner würde ich mich da mal anmelden.

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Was ist da eigentlich bei Apple passiert?

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Apple hat gestern ein Produkt angekündigt, das es dieses Jahr noch nicht zu kaufen gibt. Ich kann mich nicht daran erinnern, dass sowas schon jemals passiert ist. Das müssen wir mal aufdröseln.

Was ist passiert? Apple lädt fünf Apple-freundliche Journalisten ein, setzt sie mit dem Top-Management (ohne CEO) an einen Tisch und erklärt ihnen, dass Apple an einem neuen modularen Mac Pro arbeitet. Apple gibt dabei zu, dass der aktuelle Mac Pro kaum zu erneuern ist. Apple verspricht den anwesenden Journalisten, weiterhin professionelle Anwender mit geeigneter Hard- und Software zu versorgen.

Was ist das Problem? Apple hatte 2013 den Trashcan-Mac als Ablösung des Cheesegraters (siehe Bild) päsentiert. Mehrere CPUs, mehrere GPUs, sehr kompaktes Design, sehr leise, erweiterbar über Thunderbolt. Dieses Gerät wurde niemals signifikant aufgewertet, wird aber nach wie vor zu einem stolzen Preis verkauft. Jetzt steht ein kleines Upgrade ins Haus, das ohne Einnordung dieses inneren Zirkels von Journalisten als völlig unzureichend gewertet würde. Diesen Schlag galt es abzuwehren.

Apple hat mit dem Trashcan zwei Wetten verloren: Statt mehrerer kleiner GPUs mit paralleler Verarbeitung setzt der Rest der Welt auf einzelne Monster-GPUs, die ordentlich Kühlung brauchen, und die sich im Trashcan nicht unterbringen lassen. Und die zweite Wette? Erweiterung allein über Thunderbolt.

Das ambitionierte Design des Trashcan ist verständlich, wenn man sich anschaut, was Apple sonst so von iPhone bis iMac baut: hochintegriert, möglichst kompakt und schlank, nicht erweiterbar, lautlos bis sehr leise. Akkus werden in den kleinsten Ecken versteckt, Mainboards immer kleiner, Lüfter wenn möglich verbannt. Das passt nicht zu den Anforderungen im Pro-Bereich: maximal schnelle Grafik-Pipeline, hohe Performance bei CPU und GPU, blitzschnelles I/O auf Speicher mit hoher Datenrate. Mit einem (von vorne nach hinten) beinahe durchsichtigen Gerät wie dem Cheesegrater ging das, mit dem Trashcan nicht. Und so ein schnelles neues System muss her, wenn Apple ernsthaft VR machen will.

Apple sagt nicht, wann sie die Sackgasse erkannt haben. Aber sie sagen, sie konstruieren eine neue Baureihe mit einem modularen System, das ausreichend Reserven für Upgrades hat. Mir würde ja das Gehäuse da oben gefallen. Aktuell ist es nur ein Beistelltisch mit veralteten G5 CPUs.

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Eine kleine Nebenbemerkung: ich finde das neue iPad interessant. Weniger Integration, weil Display nicht mit dem Frontglas verklebt ist. Das ist billiger herzustellen und auch billiger zu reparieren. Damit wird es ein bisschen dicker, ein bisschen schwerer, ist aber am Ende vielleicht doch das bessere Gerät. Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass bei Apple auch schon ein paar Leute an modularen Macbooks arbeiten. Das fände ich ziemlich "Pro".

Stefan Domanske: Warum das #dontbreakthechain von @vowe für mich so gut funktioniert

by Volker Weber

Letztendlich ist aber jedes virtuelle Abzeichen und jeder Motivations-Tweet echt ein Dreck gegen das gute Gefühl, wenn es einem nach wenigen Wochen wirklich besser geht. Wenn die Hose lockerer sitzt und der Atem weiter reicht. Das ist die einzig echte Motivation, damit weiter zu machen und die Kette nicht reissen zu lassen. Dafür: Danke, Volker!

Danke für's Mitmachen.

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Baz Luhrmann

by Volker Weber

I know this is old, and you probably know this version. Just wanted to bring this back, since it's probably the best piece of advice you can get in seven minutes.

Wie nimmt man eigentlich ab? Oder zu?

by Volker Weber

Ein von einem Ingenieur geschriebenes Diätbuch besteht nur aus einem Satz: 'Mehr Kalorien verbrauchen als essen'. Es ist tatsächlich so einfach. Wer langfristig zu viel isst, nimmt zu, wer langfristig zu wenig isst, nimmt ab. Wir machen allerdings riesige Fehler bei der Abschätzung, was zu viel und zu wenig ist. Und das könnt Ihr alles auf vierhundert leicht zu lesenden Seiten erfahren:

Warum scheitern Diäten? Wegen genetischer Veranlagung? Wegen eines kaputten Stoffwechsels? Oder wegen Schilddrüsenunterfunktionen? Nach Jahren erfolgloser Diäten und mit 150 Kilo auf der Waage stellte Dr. Nadja Hermann fest, dass das meiste, was sie über Diäten geglaubt hatte, Mythen waren. Vielmehr wurde ihr klar, dass es eigene Logiken gab, die sie vom Abnehmen abhielten. Erst das Überbordwerfen all dieser »Fettlogiken« half der Autorin dabei, ein gesundes Gewicht zu erreichen. 1,5 Jahre später wiegt sie 65 kg. Mit Witz, Sachverstand und einer Prise Wissenschaft räumt sie mit den weitverbreiteten Diätlügen auf.

Ich habe am Output gedreht: Mehr Kalorien verbrauchen. Man kann auch am Input drehen: Dauerhaft schlauer und weniger essen. Das werde ich jetzt auch noch lernen. Es gibt übrigens eine Maschine, die den Output gelenkschonend geradezu brutal erhöht. Jeden Tag eine Stunde 'am Anschlag' auf diesem Ding und der Kringel ist geschlossen. Sowas wird gerne im Januar gekauft und verschwindet etwa um diese Zeit im hintersten Winkel der Wohnung. Dabei sollte es seinen Platz vor dem Fernseher haben. Simple Regel: Kein TV ohne Training.

Fragt mal im Bekanntenkreis rum. Ich bin sicher, es gibt jede Menge Leute, die froh sind, wenn man ihnen das Monster vom Hof holt.

Week 13/2017 #dontbreakthechain

by Volker Weber

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Woche 13 ist im Kasten und ich habe so tolle Kommentare von Euch bekommen, dass ich doch wieder diesen Post mache, obwohl ich eigentlich aufhören wollte. Zum zweiten Mal, nämlich am Ende des ersten Monats und nun am Ende des ersten Quartals.

Vielleicht schaffen wir es gemeinsam, noch mehr Leute dazu zu bewegen, Ihr Schicksal in die eigenen Hände zu nehmen anstatt die Umstände zu verfluchen. Bei #dontbreakthechain geht es nicht allein um Kringel, Bewegung oder Abnehmen. Es geht darum, sich ein Ziel zu setzen und es Schritt für Schritt zu erreichen. Und im speziellen ist es die eigene geistige und körperliche Gesundheit. Ob man sie erhält oder sie zurück gewinnt, ist dabei egal. Lest weiter!

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IBM to drastically lower IT cost

by Volker Weber

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 01 Apr 2017: Companies across all industries and sectors have launched digital initiatives aimed at improving customer experience (CX), but, according to a new study by IBM (NYSE: IBM), not all consumers are digital enthusiasts. The same holds true for employees who spend too much time in front of their screens.

In a bold move IBM has re-discovered its decades old mantra "IBM stands for I've Been Moved". As Thomas J. Watson famously said in 1943 "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers", IBM is now moving into five offices across the globe: Armonk for Ginni Rometty and entourage, Bangalore for Support, Bejing for Development and two new offices in Baghdad and Benghazi for those who don't get the message. Employees will no longer need to spend hours in their legacy email systems, prepare PowerPoint slide decks to present to each other or use Slack to coordinate their teams scattered around basement offices. Instead they can write their ideas and messages on colorful Post-It notes and leave them on their cubicle walls.

Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, who works as Senior Vice President of Communications out of the IBM Baghdad Hub, says: "This is great news for the company. The best news."

#dontbreakthechain :: Was macht das mit Euch?

by Volker Weber

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Das bin ich, heute morgen, in meinem Büro. Das da unten bin ich auch, vor ein paar Jahren, in einem Fernsehstudio. Dazwischen liegen zigtausend Kilometer, zu Fuß. Und das kam so:

Am 10. März 2014, also vor ziemlich genau drei Jahren, bin ich auf der CeBIT gestürzt, nachdem mir zuvor der Fuß umgeschlagen ist. Daran war bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt immer ein anderer Schuld: meine schwachen Gelenke, der unebene Boden, das schlechte Licht. Sechs Wochen bin ich gehumpelt und die Einsicht reifte, dass die Verantwortung bei mir liegt. Ich war zu faul, zu dick, zu schwer.

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Und deshalb habe ich etwas geändert. Ein paar Monate habe ich meine tägliche Geh-Distanz erhöht. Zunächst 4500, dann 6500, dann 10.000 und schließlich mehr als 18.000. Von 2014 bis 2015 bin ich 7 Millionen Schritte gelaufen, etwas über 6000 km. Ende Mai 2015 habe ich nach vielen Fitness-Trackern das ideale Gerät gefunden, die Apple Watch. Seit dem habe ich jeden Tag meine drei Kringel geschlossen: 600 Kilokalorien Bewegung, 30 Minuten Exercise, 12 Stunden aufstehen. An einem einzigen Tag fehlten mir 3 kCal, das werte ich als kleines Straucheln.

216 Tage vom 30. Mai bis 31. Dezember 2015
365 Tage in 2016 (Schaltjahr minus ein Tag)
90 Tage in 2017

Das macht zusammen 671 Tage. Nimmt man die Zeit von April 2014 bis Mai 2015 dazu, sind es locker 1000 Tage. Am Wegesrand sind 30 kg liegen geblieben, das ist nicht allein der Bewegung geschuldet sondern auch gesünderem Essen. Was mich bei der Stange hält, ist nicht die Waage, sondern ein hartnäckiger Ermahner, der täglich wieder alles auf Null setzt. Und natürlich mein unermüdlicher Trainer:

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Niemand muss dick sein, auch dann nicht, wenn er es das ganze Leben schon war. Jeder kann erkennen, dass er nur selbst für sich verantwortlich ist. Und dann konsequent handeln, für immer. #dontbreakthechain

Ich weiß, dass ich auf dem Weg auch ein paar neue Gefährten gewonnen habe, zuletzt durch die Apple-Aktion am Anfang des Jahres. Die ersten drei Monate des Jahres sind um. Um eine neue Angewohnheit zu prägen, braucht man vielleicht zwei. Also erzählt mir mal, was das #dontbreakthechain mit Euch gemacht hat. Erfolg oder Misserfolg.

edcom Nachlese

by Volker Weber

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Bis Anfang des Jahrtausends gab es mal eine erfolgreiche Veranstaltung von Softwerk (Fürth) in Kooperation mit edcom (München), die an der persönlichen Eitelkeit eines Gesellschafters scheiterte. Das Thema war Lotusphere und diese Konferenz war auf der Höhe der Zeit. Ausverkauft in Stunden und wer nicht hin durfte, der fuhr halt nach Fürth, um sich zu informieren. Ich war selbst ein paar mal eingeladen und habe auch einmal Ed Brill dorthin verschleppt. Nach dem Knatsch zerbrach die Kooperation und edcom legte eine eigene Konferenz auf. Bei der war ich von Anfang an dabei und ein bisschen für die gute Laune zuständig.

Die edcom Nachlese 2017 war die dreizehnte und sie fühlte sich wie die beste "ever" an. Vielleicht ist es das eigene Reality Distortion Field, denn ich freue mich jedes Jahr auf das edcom-Team, auf die immer wieder kommenden Teilnehmer, auf den Abend im Wirtshaus Zum Straubinger und den Vorabend im [wird nicht verraten]. Es ist ein wilder Ritt und ich bin immer froh, wenn ich dann am Abend danach wieder in meinem eigenen Bett liege. Und dann kann ich vorsichtig anfangen, mich auf das nächste Jahr zu freuen.

Danke an alle. Wirklich alle.

Leckeres aus München

by Volker Weber

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Wie man sieht, nicht wirklich aus München. Aber von da mitgebracht. Danke, Wolfi!

A few things I learned in Munich

by Volker Weber

I want you to lower your expectations for cognitive in collaboration.

Speakers from IBM all joked about that they are getting paid to show slides with the word "cognitive". One of them made it very clear that there is a huge difference between Watson in Cancer Research & Treatment (dollars per question) and things like Watson Tone Analyzer (pennies per document). These things run under the same brand, but they are not alike.

IBM Connections is finally on the right path. Connections 6 is available from tomorrow, and it marks the end of the "run everything on Websphere and store social data in relational databases" craze. The future path doesn't have versions. Beginning this September, Connections will be going the continuous delivery path. Once a month it will get new features, then every two weeks, and in the end it may have new things every single day. It's a different stack, built with microservices on top of the Docker container technology. For now, nobody is rebuilding the Websphere stack. It's going to sit there as is, being augmented with new features and functions on Docker. And then, gradually it will fade into the background until you can switch it off. While Connections has some capabilties to integrate "in", the new parts will be all about integration "in" and "out". Everything is an API and you will be able to make use of these parts in your own applications. How does the old Websphere fade into the background? Imagine a new Profiles microservice. That assimilates all of the old profile information. It's like the Borg. The old Profiles application will become stale and then can go up the mountain and die.

This isn't some lofty project. It starts now with the new Orient Me component in Connections 6. And it will scale up dramatically as early as this September. When IBM talks about this future of Connections they call it Pink. I learned why it's called Pink but I must not tell you. I am also sure that I was told I must not tell you so that in fact I would do tell you, but I am not playing along. :-)

A couple of people came forward to tell me that their company is moving off of Notes & Domino. They did not like it, but I was able to tell them that the other side isn't as dark as they were made to believe. This is happening, everywhere. And much like Pink, it's a journey, not a destination.

A piece of advice: learn Docker. Install it today and start playing with it. You will need that conceptual understanding much like you needed to know about file systems, processes and virtualization. You may be running some orchestration software, but you need to understand the instruments in the orchestra.

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