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HEIF HEIC Converter for Windows December 13, 2017

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Apple seems to be aware that local storage on iPhones is mostly scarce. Recent iOS releases brought a number of improvements and more transparency regarding the storage management on iOS and iCloud.

I was quite surprised that Apple did not only pull of a couple of tricks regarding the display and management of storage but it even thought about the file formats that take up most of the space on an iPhone. For many people the storage fills up quickly by taking a lot of pictures. Apple looked at the way photos are stored (usually in .JPG format) and jumped in to change that format on iPhones.

The new modern file format  HEIF was specially designed by Apple to efficiently store a lot of photos and save this precious storage space.

Now the downside of this great change is – that the format and the usage of this efficient image storage system is right now an isolated Apple thing. iPhones do a good job in letting you post to Instagram and Facebook – handling the conversions in the background. But when you use old fashioned cables to access or copy files off your phone than you might get stuck with a file that your Computer can’t open.

To solve this some free tools are available: For Windows have a look at:


And for Macs there are also free tools available: https://imazing.com/heic

My view: give it a try and fear not: the move to efficient image formats is surely a great move for users. More space on your device.. more features like these neat live photos and just a bit of getting used to in your daily workflows.



Windows 10 Activation Technology January 8, 2017

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Microsoft attempted to make a lot of things very easy and straight forward with Windows 10. This operating system of the cloud-age is supposed to be a no brainer for everyone. Easy to upgrade, initially offered as a free upgrade and not to forget fast and safe for everyday use.

When I recently contemplated the upgrade to Windows 10 for an older living-room PC myself I found some aspects that are quite complicated. Thus today I’d like to talk about Activation.

I believe Microsoft’s intention was to make the upgrade process very smooth end easy for everyone. However this lead to more activation options and to an more complex situation overall if things go wrong.

More Activation Options

  • Microsoft provides a nice overview here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12440/windows-10-activation
  • Today there are two activation routes (Windows setup will chose which one fits your situation).
  • First possible route: Digital Entitlement / Digital License
    • Rule of thumb: everyone who used an activated previous version of windows and took Microsoft’s offer for a free upgrade will get a digital license.
    • There are other cases where the setup will chose digital license (explained in detail by Microsoft)
    • So what is a digital license? Basically it is a digital marker, a license which microsoft creates when you use one of the free upgrade offers or when you are a windows insider. In order to fix issues with that methodology Microsoft has built a functionality to link your digital license with your Microsoft account (and this should help with re-activating Windows after hardware change).
    • Additionally it is important to understand: The digital license is build in such a way so that it is tied to your current hardware configuration
  • Second is the classic Product Key Method
    • What is it and when will it be used?
    • It seems quite obvious: the other more expensive ways to get Windows will in most cases use a Product Key and the classic transfer of some PC data and product key to Microsoft for activation. These more expensive ways include: buying a Windows 10 copy, buying a digital download for Windows 10 or getting Windows 10 with a new Laptop.
    • With the Product key that you acquired there should be no issue re-activating Windows.

As you can see the different routes may make for more options and maybe more issues when changing hardware. The following links can also provide some guidance if you run into issues:

License FAQ

Versus. Background Info

Preparing for hardware change

Windows 10 Setup Considerations when using a free upgrade

Upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite: Notification settings not being saved April 26, 2015

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Judging from several threads in various forums: quite a few people seem to have this issue.

I use various MacBooks. All of them had several iterations of OS X installed. Now I upgraded all of them to OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Several people noticed: On the new system you can set preferences for notifications for example (i.e. not seeing banners for every Facebook notification). However these settings are not being retained when the machine is being rebooted.

Here are some reports of the issue:





Fortunately very clever people found a solution for the issue. I am referring the wonderful site:


So here is the step by step solution for the issue:

  1. Open the Library folder in your Home folder.
  2. In the Library folder, open the Application Support folder.
  3. Locate the folder named NotificationCenter. Drag this folder to the desktop.
  4. Next, open the Terminal application.

    Copy and paste each line of these commands into the Terminal window, in order. Press return after each line:

    cd `getconf DARWIN_USER_DIR`
    rm -rf com.apple.notificationcenter
    killall usernoted; killall NotificationCenter

  5. Close the Terminal app.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. The notification preference changes won’t stick until you restart a 2nd time after this.

This should be fixing the issue. Check for yourself if your Mac exhibits the issue and then let me know if the fix helps.

Paypal regelmäßige Abbuchungen (wie Einzugsermächtigungen) prüfen December 15, 2013

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Erst kürzlich fragte ich mich wer denn da bei Paypal so alles bei mir automatisch abbuchen darf. Augenscheinlich gab es keinen Knopf in Paypal wo man mal alle “Einzugsermächtigungen” prüfen kann.

Paypal scheint dies erstmal sehr gut zu verstecken.

Es gibt aber doch ein Dialogfeld. So erreicht man es: Paypal > Mein Profil > Mehr > Dann links Bankdaten auswählen > Dann rechts “Die automatischen Zahlungen verwalten, die ich an Händler sende.”

Dort kann man dann auch gegen die komischen Warnungen von Paypal einfach Einzugsermächtigungen stornieren.


Quick Tipp: iOutBank vollständig auf neuem iDevice einrichten November 30, 2013

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outbank2-150x150Ich nutze iOutBank. Außerdem bin ich ein großer Fan des mTan = mobile Tan Verfahrens. Dabei wird für die Legitimation einer Transaktion ein Code an eine vorher festgelegte Handy Nummer geschickt. Mit diesem Code gibt man dann die Transaktion (z.B. in iOutBank frei)

Auf meinem neuen iPad war leider dieses Verfahren noch nicht eingestellt (für mein relevantes Postbank Konto). Ich habe ein wenig gegoogelt aber leider nichts konkretes gefunden. Daher hier eine kurze Anleitung wie man auf einem neuen iDevice dieses TAN Verfahren wieder aktivieren kann.

Voraussetzungen: Konto welches mTan unterstützt – und die komplette Einrichtung des Kontos und des HBCI Zugriffs auf das Konto hat funktioniert.

  • Start von iOutBank
  • Oben links das Menü anwählen
  • Bankkontakte wählen
  • Auf die relevante Bank (zB Postbank oder Deutsche Bank tippen)
  • ganz nach unten scrollen
  • IMG_6012
  • Auf TAN-Verfahren tippen
  • Bestätigen dass der Verfahrenscode geändert werden soll
  • mTan Postbank Code wäre 901
  • Speichern
  • Unten auf Synchronisieren Tippen
  • Noch einmal auf TAN-Verfahren tippen
  • mobileTAN (901) antippen
  • Für Postbank nun beispielsweise Alphanumerische TANs auswählen
  • Dann sollte unter dem TAN Verfahren eine neue Zeile auftauchen: TAN-Medium
  • Dort kann die Handynummer ausgewählt werden die man vorher mit der Bank freigegeben hat



Nokia Asha (feature phones) how to sync with Google Contacts November 4, 2013

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Mr. Pandey has you covered – nice working guide here:


iPad 3 – German provider Simyo – Internet Tethering August 5, 2013

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If you have an iPad third generation / iPad with Retina display and 30pin Sync port then you can in fact activate internet tethering.

The trick is described her:


  • Make Sure you have at least iOS 6.1
  • Go to: Settings > Cellular Data > APN Settings
  • You should see two sections: “Cellular Data” and “Internet Tethering”
  • Make sure in both sections there is just the following entry:
  • internet.eplus.de
  • (no additional passwords etc.)
  • Then even tethering should work (exit settings app) .. go into Personal Hotspot activate personal hotspot and connect with a device of your choosing. The top bar should color blue. If that does not work immediately check APN settings again exit settings app again and try hotspot feature again.

Issues on Android: Gallery App and Google+ Instant Upload March 21, 2013

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Google seems to tweak their photo services. If you are a Google+ user and you go to the address: http://picasaweb.google.com/ you are taken to your Google+ photos.

Now If you snap a few pictures with your Android or iOS device (where your Google+ app is installed and instant upload is activated) you may notice since Monday the Instant Upload images are stored differently. Before they were pushed into a section / Picasa Web album simply called “Instant Upload” -and in Picasa Web you could see that as a standard album called “Instant Upload”. Then if that one reaches 500 pictures old ones were moved to “Instant Upload XXXXXXXX Date” and you see the pictures rolling over.

Now since Monday you see kind of sub folders in the “Instant Upload” Picasa album. So if you snapped pictures since Monday you can check that by going to http://picasaweb.google.com/ and clicking the yellow banner taking you back to regular Picasa. Go into “Instant Upload” and you see i.e. 2013/03/19 and there are multiple pictures behind that sub album.

Now where are the issues?

For me the issue is: That once again something got changed in the way Google structures their image services without notifying users. And much worse:

On your Android device since Monday the Instant Upload Images do not show up in your Gallery app. They do show up in Google+ but not like two weeks ago – in your Gallery App as well.

Head over to Google Groups for a full description of the issue…

Now I find this very annoying. Google changing stuff and a feature which was nice and potentially many users of their flagship Android OS users were enjoying gets destroyed on the way.

Facebook / Twitter: Perfect Profile Images with Social Media Image Maker March 17, 2013

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I stumbled across this handy little tool. It’s amazing and beautifully designed and it lets you crop / create perfect images for social networks like Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

The tool itself is a website optimised both for mobile or regular use. It’s dead simple to use just pick what kind of service / image you want to create for and the tool guides you through the steps.



LG Nexus 4 Production Information February 18, 2013

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There are quite some information available on Google’s new Nexus smartphone (manufactured by LG). Recently the android community discovered how you can find out details about your own Nexus 4’s production. My brief summary here is largely based on details given in this forum thread.

So let’s get started.

How to find the hardware revision of your device:

  •  If you know the Serial Number from the box of your Nexus device – remember it.
  • If you do not know it:
    • Find the IMEI of your device (i.e. by going to the dialer and entering  *#06#)
    • Go to the following website (while inserting your own IMEI at the appropriate position)
      http://csmg.lgmobile.com:9002/csmg/b2c/client/auth_model_check2.jsp?esn=<your imei without hyphen here>
    • The resulting String shows interesting details and the serial number of your model in the 4th block – so at some point after A?????

Now you can either look at the serial from the box or at the above mentioned string:

Production date is encoded in the first 3 positions (reading from left to right):
1st position defines YEAR: 0 – 2010, 1 – 2011, 2 – 2012, 3 – 2013 and so on
2rd and 3rd define MONTH: 01 – January, 02 – February, 03 – March, 04 – April, 05 – May, 06 – June, 07 – July, 08 – August, 09 – September, 10 – October, 11 – November, 12 – December

4th position defines production country:
K – Korea, C – China.

In the 3rd block (A????? Block) of the aforementioned LG website output there are also some production details encoded. First letters after A seem to specify destination country / country of sale (more on that below). 4th digit in that block specifies internal storage size (8 – 8GB and G – 16GB).

AHKGBK – Hongkong, some retailer
ADEUBK – Germany retail 16G (probably Mediamarkt)
ADEGBK – Germany Play store 16G (Google_Open_16G)
AHASBK – Hutchinson “Three” Austria
AESGBK – Spain Play store 16G (Google_Open_16G)
AFRGBK – France Play store 16G (Google_Open_16G)
AUKGBK – UK Play store 16G (Google_Open_16G)
ADE8BK – German Play store 8GB (Google_Open_8G)
AAUGBK – Australia, Google Play store 16G (Google_Open_16G)

Now additionally: If you want to find out which “hardware revision” your device has:

  • boot into bootloader = switch the device off, then switch it back on while pressing volume down and power 
  • common know Nexus 4 hardware revisions are 10 and 11.

Amazing Google HTML 5 Santa Tracker December 24, 2012

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Google set up an amazing HTML5 animated site showcasing where Santa is currently dropping off presents. Additionally there are a couple of games






Tipp: Using the unified phone number in OS X Mountain Lion Messages App October 16, 2012

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this article describes how to manage the account unification with your phone number:



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