Send Web Articles to your Kindle

by Michael Urspringer - 19.07.2014

I am using my Kindle already for a long time to read web articles which are too long to read directly while I am browsing.

Up to now I have used a service called which worked fine but I was unsure how long this service will be available as there was no updates on their website for quite a long time. So I was looking for an alternative.

And I seem to have missed that Amazon itself has a similar service in place. There is a plugin for Chrome and Firefox available. The formatting looks a bit nicer than with So I will give this a try.

Update 23.07.2014:

After using the Amazon solution for some days now, I am a bit disappointed. Several times the Amazon solution did not capture the whole article but just the beginning. Some parts of the article were missing. The solution however did work all the time. So I will stay with it …

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The pictures of our Baltic Sea vacation are online

by Michael Urspringer - 07.07.2014

14587099875 a1e4566f7d The pictures of our Baltic Sea vacation are online

These are the public pictures. If you like to see the other ones, please join me on Facebook icon wink The pictures of our Baltic Sea vacation are online

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Get your own IP via command line

by Michael Urspringer - 02.07.2014

In case you need to find out your real IP address in the internet if you are using NAT on your computer, you can use the following commands on a command line to find it out:


dig +short



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Unable to launch “IBM Cognos Administration”

by Michael Urspringer - 27.05.2014

During configuration of IBM Cognos together with IBM Connections you need to launch “” and select the menu option “IBM Cognos Administration” under “Launch”. Although you are sure that you have logged in with your Cognos admin account you specified earlier, this menu option is not visible. Instead you just see one entry called “Drill-through Definitions”:

20140527150000 Unable to launch IBM Cognos Administration

In this case please try again with a different browser. I had e.g. that issue while trying to use Google Chrome. As soon as I tried it with Mozilla Firefox, everything worked ok:

20140527150300 Unable to launch IBM Cognos Administration

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Lessons Learned IBM Connections Upgrade 3.0.1 to 4.5

by Michael Urspringer - 19.05.2014

Here are some topics I learned during my last IBM Connections upgrade project from vesion 3.0.1 to 4.5.

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IBM Connections 4.5 version confusion

by Michael Urspringer - 15.05.2014

I had several requests by customers about the version naming of IBM Connections 4.5 so I decided to explain it here:

The Connections code base you can download from Passport Advantage is version 4.5. For this version, several fixpacks have been published since the release date. They are called Cumulative Refreshes” or “CR” and are numbered starting with 1. The most current CR release, at the time I wrote that article, is “CR4″.

You only need to apply the most current version. As the name states they are “Cumulative” so all fixes of the older versions are included.

In addition to the fix packs, new releases have been published for Connections 4.5 which are called “Interim Feature Release” or “IFR”.

And here is where the confusion begins.

These IFRs are only licence entitlements. Which means, you are entitled to use the new functions with IBM Connections 4.5 if you are under a valid maintenance contract.

These IFR releases are not new software code. So you still use IBM Connections 4.5 with the most current fixpack (or whatever the system requirements for a special IFR are). There is no need to download and install new code for IBM Connections itself. You just need to download the additional software needed for the additional functions (see below). The additional software should be listed in Passport Advantage if you are entitled to use it.

Currently we do have two IFRs:

IBM Connections V4.5 IFR 1 includes entitlement to IBM Forms Experience Builder V8.5 so you can use the Community Surveys feature. In order to get that new functionality you need to download and install IBM Forms Experience Builder V8. Installation instructions can be found HERE.

IBM Connections V4.5 IFR2 includes the entitlement to use Ephox EditLive! Enterprise Edition. So you will need to download and implement Ephox Editor on top of your existing Connections installation. Installation instructions can be found HERE and system requirements HERE.

Hopefully this explains it a bit better.


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Change Language in Windows 7 Home and Professional

by Michael Urspringer - 13.05.2014

Microsoft does only allow to change the system language of Windows for Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate via the GUI. If you would like to change the language in Windows 7 Home and Professional you need to do that manually as described below (as a sample I describe how to change the language from English to German):

  1. Download the desired language pack. You find a complete link list here on this site. For German and English I copy them below:
    German 32-bit
    German 64-bit
    English 32-bit
    English 64-bit
  2. Download the exe2cab tool to convert the EXE file into a Microsoft CAB file.
  3. Open a command prompt (as an Administrator!) and run the following commands
    Commandscode Change Language in Windows 7 Home and Professional printer Change Language in Windows 7 Home and Professional info Change Language in Windows 7 Home and Professional 
    exe2cab <filename of your downloaded exe file>
    dism /online /add-package /
    bcdedit /set {current} locale de-DE
    bcdboot %WinDir% /l de-DE
  4. You then need to delete the following key from the registry:
  5. Reboot your machine

If you would like to change your language to or from another language you need to adapt the locale strings (like “de-DE” and “en-US” etc.) accordingly. A list of all strings can be found here.

Thank you to Tobias Hartmann!

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IBM Connections Next Trailer

by Michael Urspringer - 30.04.2014

Stay tuned …

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So true :-)

by Michael Urspringer - 09.04.2014

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by Michael Urspringer - 09.04.2014

You might need to find another provider for dynamic DNS:

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