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  11. <title>:: vowe dot net ::</title>
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  13. <description>communicate :: collaborate :: commemorate</description>
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  16. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
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  26. <title>Sales Wick :: Vuelo Nocturno</title>
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  28. <description><![CDATA[<p><iframe src="" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  30. <p><a href="">More ></a></p>
  32. <p>[Thanks, Stephan]</p>]]></description>
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  34. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  35. <dc:date>2017-04-28T09:11:37+02:00</dc:date>
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  39. <title>IBM Think 2018</title>
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  41. <description><![CDATA[<p>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.</p>
  43. <blockquote>Q: Is World of Watson 2017 being canceled?<br />
  44. 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.</blockquote>
  46. <p>After b/s detection: Yes. World of Watson is dead. Long live Think.</p>]]></description>
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  48. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  49. <dc:date>2017-04-28T02:33:08+02:00</dc:date>
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  53. <title>New update options for Windows 10, version 1703</title>
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  57. <blockquote>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.</blockquote>
  59. <p>That is a very welcome change for Enterprise IT. Microsoft separates security updates (must install) from feature enhancements (test, then install).</p>
  61. <p><a href="">More &gt;</a></p>]]></description>
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  63. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  64. <dc:date>2017-04-26T10:23:21+02:00</dc:date>
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  68. <title>Is Slack a product or a feature?</title>
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  70. <description><![CDATA[<p><a href="">This</a> 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.</p>
  72. <blockquote>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?</blockquote>
  74. <p>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.</p>
  76. <p>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?</p>
  78. <p><a href="">More ></a></p>
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  84. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  85. <dc:date>2017-04-24T16:35:34+02:00</dc:date>
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  89. <title>Samsung Galaxy S8 :: The verdict</title>
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  93. <p>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.</p>
  95. <p>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.</p>
  97. <p>With these exceptions, the S8 is best in class. Period.</p>
  99. <p>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.</p>
  101. <p>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.</p>
  103. <p>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.</p>
  105. <p>The bigger question is of course: do you trust Google?</p>]]></description>
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  107. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  108. <dc:date>2017-04-23T13:41:21+02:00</dc:date>
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  112. <title>Marshall Monitor BT</title>
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  116. <p>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 <a href="">things that they cannot play well</a>. When I need to be alone with myself, when I want to blast my ears, I need something more substantial. Enter the <a href="">Marshall Monitor BT</a>, an over-the-ear-headset with Bluetooth connection to my iPhone and a cable for everything else.</p>
  118. <p><img src="" alt="ZZ706BCEB3" title="ZZ706BCEB3.jpg" border="0" width="640" height="480" /></p>
  120. <p>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.</p>
  122. <p>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.</p>
  124. <p><img src="" alt="ZZ1D3498FF" title="ZZ1D3498FF.jpg" border="0" width="640" height="480" /></p>
  126. <p>This is not my first Marshall headset. I already used the <a href="">Major II</a>, 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.</p>
  128. <p>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.</p>
  130. <p><a href="">More ></a></p>]]></description>
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  132. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  133. <dc:date>2017-04-22T13:02:36+02:00</dc:date>
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  137. <title>BlackBerry stumbles over April security fix</title>
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  139. <description><![CDATA[<p>DTEK50 came again first with the April 5 fix and then there was radio silence. Now we <a href="">learned</a> 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.</p>]]></description>
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  141. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  142. <dc:date>2017-04-21T11:12:15+02:00</dc:date>
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  146. <title>IBM&apos;s revenue down for 20 consecutive quarters</title>
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  148. <description><![CDATA[<p><img src="" alt="ZZ25515271" title="ZZ25515271.jpg" border="0" width="640" height="482" /></p>
  150. <p>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.</p>
  152. <p>Five years seems to be quite a long time to right this ship. Whatever she is doing, it isn't working.</p>]]></description>
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  154. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  155. <dc:date>2017-04-19T08:20:48+02:00</dc:date>
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  159. <title>Samsung Galaxy S8 :: First impressions</title>
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  163. <p>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.</p>
  165. <p><img src="//" alt="69d613c632c9027407b1f1b32aaa18a6" width="640" height="480" /></p>
  167. <p>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.</p>
  169. <p>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.</p>
  171. <p>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:</p>
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  175. <p>The customer is collateral damage in this war.</p>]]></description>
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  177. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  178. <dc:date>2017-04-18T18:30:00+02:00</dc:date>
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  182. <title>How do you install a new version of Microsoft Office?</title>
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  186. <p>Looks like an easy question, right? You download the installer. You run the installer. Done.</p>
  188. <p>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.</p>
  190. <p>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.</p>
  192. <p>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.</p>
  194. <p>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.</p>
  196. <p>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.</p>]]></description>
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  198. <dc:creator>Volker Weber</dc:creator>
  199. <dc:date>2017-04-18T14:15:24+02:00</dc:date>
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