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Why email is still my favourite “app”

I can imagine a lot of you already “moaning” about this but lately I just got the confirmation that the only app that works for me is my email. Why? Easy, consistency.

I try a lot of apps, cloud solutions and whatever else there is but the only app/solution which gives me always the same content with basic possibilities is the email client. As many others I use different devices but not all might use different OS as well. My mobile devices are a BlackBerry, a Lumia and an iPad wich means BlackBerry/Android, Windows Phone 8.1 and iOS operating systems. Besides those devices I also use OSX and Win 7 systems.
Now there are a lot of apps which can help getting your data from one device to the other, create Todo lists and more and I’ve been using some of them for some time, amongst others Evernote, which I still use as a note taker, Wunderlist, Horizonate etc, but I never had a consistent experience over all devices and especially most solutions are a pain when you need offline access to the information. So for now I’m sticking to my mail database and the good old paper notebooks for taking notes, sketch ideas, work with Todo lists and calendar items. IBM Notes with IBM Notes Traveler make sure that my information is always at my fingertips. And the paper notebook never runs out of battery..

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

In most countries the new OS has been rolled out but the providers in Switzerland were/are late to the party so I decided to load another provider’s OS as many customers were asking about details. There are different reviews about all the new features, I’ve picked a few of the ones requested by my customers.

The option to choose where to delete the message is back. I still don’t know why you would want to delete on mobile only but apparently it’s a GTD method for some..


I like the calendar/date picking option and finally the synch of ToDo’s is available. You need to change the email profile setting on BES for that and link to your Traveler server but it does work quite nicely. Also available is the direct configuration for IBM Notes Traveler bypassing BES. Although you were able to configure it without a dedicated item before as well, the new option also gives you access to the ToDo’s. Shame that the spelling is not correct 😉

The ability to directly load Android apps on the device is great and works quite well but it potentially opens a big hole in security. Still I don’t need to sideload the IBM Connections or Sametime app anymore, so yay for that.

The Enterprise Activation has been improved as well. When configuring a device you will get prompted if you want to add or replace an existing device. This should be helpful in removing old/out of service devices.

One of my favourite change though is the customisable Quick Settings panel which you can select by swiping down from the top screen.

random IBM Connect thoughts – People

Again a highlight of the conference was meeting a lot of great people, friends and colleagues from all over the world.
It started on Saturday when meeting the first ones at the Dolphin Bar and went on throughout the week.
One of my personal highlights was the feedback I got from people attending my session at BLUG earlier in 2013. I was really flattered and grateful for the nice words and compliments and very happy to meet and getting to know them personally.