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Henrik Loeser: Thoughts on IT, Life, DB2, and More

IT Professional (IBM), Information Management Architect / DB2 pureXML / Database Kernel Developer, spent 7 years living in California (Bay Area), now back in Germany, living in a passive house in Friedrichshafen

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Updates to Chatbot API and ToolingBuild Chatbots with IBM BluemixIf you have been coding up your own chatbot using the IBM Watson Conversation service on IBM Bluemix, then you might be aware of the new features in Conversation API. Earlier this year I wrote a small tool to manage chatbot workspaces (read here the blog about the mana…
Chatbots: Manage Your Watson Conversations from the Command Line or AppManage Watson Conversation WorkspacesI am a big fan of using the command line as most of you know by now. This applies to interacting with IBM Bluemix cloud and its services and for database systems like DB2 or dashDB. Thus, I was excited when the IBM Watson Conversation service added API functions …
Chatbot Hackathon: Lessons Learned and TipsRecently, I was a coach at a hackathon in Germany. Students were tasked to build solutions for a given topic and the solution had to include a chatbot based on the IBM Watson Conversation service. It was impressive how broad the solutions were, what other services were integrated with a chatbot and …
DB2 Easter Egg Quiz - Kind ofAre you ready for a new DB2 quiz? Here is a tricky question for you. It is about DB2 security, it is (kind of) hardware-related and deals with a relatively new DB2 feature. Curious...?The following shows the output of a DB2 tool, shipped with your regular DB2 LUW these days:Keystore Password: Passwo…
Aero Expo, Drones and the IBM CloudThe Aero Expo, the Global Show for General Aviation, is running in my hometown Friedrichshafen from today until the weekend. One of the expo and conference topics is drones of the future (AERODrones UAS Expo). Drones or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have been and are a hot topic for IBM and its cus…
The 10 Top Stories at April Fools' DayTop 10 StoriesToday is April Fools' Day and many websites have made up funny and unbelievable stories. What are the best of them? What are practical jokes done online? Read on to find my collection of the best stories found on April Fools' Day.Put the 10 best stories here once available.first, could…
IBM Bluemix in Germany, includes dashDB and CloudantIBM Bluemix in Germany, in GermanToday, I wanted to share some exciting news with you. Most of you know that I am German. Thus, it is terrific to have IBM Bluemix available from Frankfurt, Germany, today. As can be seen on the screenshot on the right, the new Bluemix region is labeled "eu-de".Having…
Securing Workloads on IBM Cloud - Some ResourcesSecurity Guides for IBM CloudRecently, I provided you with an overview of security and compliance resouces for IBM dashDB and Cloudant. Today, I want to take a broader view and point you to some good introductory material on security for cloud-based workloads. It consists of an overview of different…
Location and Intent Matter: Data Privacy vs. US GovernmentSome data is locked awayEarlier this month and last Summer two interesting cases related to data privacy were decided. Both concern US search warrants for email data stored outside the United States of America. In July 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Microso…
Write Your Own CLI Plugins for Bluemix Cloud FoundryREADME for my PluginLast year I blogged about how I am using plugins to extend the Bluemix Cloud Foundry command line interface (CLI). The CLI has a set of commands to manage plugin repositories and to install and uninstall plugins. It is pretty easy to use and there are some useful plugins availabl…