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I cover technology that is interesting to me either as a consumer or in my role as an IT Executive including Windows, Lync, SharePoint, iOS, VMWare, Windows Phone, Apps and WebServices. 

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Windows 8.1 Keyboard shortcuts of the day

As I am getting used to Windows 8 more and more I started to use some shortcuts quite regulary. These are my shortcuts of the day:

Windows key + D = show desktop

Windows key + Q = Search charm

Windows key + F = Go to Files in Search charm (very paractical)

Windows key + R = Run

Windows key + , = Peek at the desktop

Wednesday
Oct222014

Putting weak iPad sales into perspective

Apple basically created the tablet category in 2010 - since then continously loosing market share (from 95% to 25% in the 3rd. Quarter of 2014). 

However, I think it is worth putting these numbers and the doomed iPad (if you believe some reports) into perspective. To do this here is the absolute numbers of tablet shipments (from Statista)

Apple owned the market in Q2 2010 but shipped only 3 million units. In Q2 2014 it held 25% of 49.3 million units - which results in sales of 12.5 million units compared to 3 million 4 years ago.

I believe the iPad is doing quite well and has a bright future - and competition from Android and Microsoft will only result in a better device from Apple in the end.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Why Apple Pay is already dead to me

Apple trained me for a long time now. And it always was ok. Something new and magical comes along and you pick it up, start playing with it and it just works. That's what I came to expect from Apple. Sure , sometimes there is a glitch or a bug - I understand that. But making amazing technology easy to use and getting me to want to use it again and again is something Apple does perfectly.

Until now.

So what's up with Apple Pay? No matter what I try, I can't set it up and I refuse to google it. That is not the Apple way, that's not what you taught me over the last 20 years. I assume this is somehow integrated in Passbook, and by the way, why would you do that Apple? Passbook is the single biggest mess on my iPhone, don't put cool new stuff in there. First of all there are not enough companies integrated, second I don't want to deal with all of their apps - if I wanted that, why do I need Passbook? 

Anyway, I tried. Unfortunately I don't make it into Passbook. It insists that I need to install Apps - I don't want to install Apps! I want to use Apple Pay! I want to scan my CreditCard  just as it was shown in the Keynote and use that card for paying. I tried to install two apps (Starbucks and Apple) - Starbucks crashes because it doesn't like my phone number (really? no error message - just won't let me save) and the Apple Store app pulls my iTunes account which I do not use for physical stuff (and to give me the message that I need to sign out of this account in the iTunes Store app and then login with a different account is definately not a solution). 

I gave up - the whole process took about 45 minutes. I guess that's about the time I would have saved paying with my phone instead of my credit card over the next three years (yes Apple, your Video of how hard it is to pay with your credit card was cute - but that's all that it was - it is not presenting reality because it actually is really simple to pay with a credit card).

I am an Apple fanboy, so I will try again. But I have to wait until iOS 9 when they finally pull the plug on passbook and give me an Apple Pay app (how hard could that be Apple? You already give me a bunch of useless apps that I cant unistall on my phone, one more would have been ok).

And since we are on that topic - let me uninstall! I am not buying a Dell PC loaded with crapware - I am buying the highend smartphone on the market, I know what I am doing so just let me if I want to uninstall "Tips" or "Podcast" (because, guess what, your Podcast App stinks!).

Sunday
Oct192014

How much can change in 40 years?

Saturday
Oct182014

The three golden rules of troubleshooting


1. Check the Cable

2. Is it turned on?

3. Is your brain switched on?

If you follow these steps you will fix ALL problems!

Friday
Oct172014

Do you need a new iPad?

Let's start with saying that I almost was right with everything I predicted for the Apple event yesterday - I guess the only thing they didn't announce was the Apple TV (they probably want something for next year).

The new iPads are here and they look really nice - I have to have the gold iPad Air 2 just because of its looks. However, considering that the technology updates are minimal it is not easy to predict if these will be a huge success. Most people don't invest in anew tablet every two years. Business Intelligence' Chart of the day shows the distribution of iPad models today. I think it is fair to assume that only iPad 1/2/3 owners are willing to change to the new hardware generation. 

I still have my iPad 3 and original iPad Mini - both work great and I only go for the new models because of the design and the color. I guess that means that Apple now is a lifestyle & design company.