A quick recommendation for an online service that most probably never heard off: notion.so It’s an Internet note taking, collaboration and task management solution – and a beautiful one at that. I recently gave a recommendation for Diigo as a very useful and well done internet product. Here now a second recommendation for a service that it’s worth looking at – even though you’ve probably never heard of it and it’s not coming fom any of the big Internet Companies. Notion.so wraps together what is often spread around in an array of different services. Like with the Swiss Army knife approach: if you’re such a pro that you MUST have […]
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Ok, that’s sort of twisting the famous JFK-quote. But it’s a good way to put the difference that exists between merely using computer technology on the one hand – or actually understanding and shaping it. Given the extent to which technology influences our lives, I find the interest – especially of the iPhone generation – to really understand what’s going on under the hood remarkably underdeveloped. I make this point because others seem to notice this as well: the June issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek was entirely dedicated to the subject of coding. I haven’t read thru all of it yet – but I can already say it’s worth it ! […]
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Well, well, well, who would have thought – our dear comfy home is actually a Commie home ! I was always curious to find out who originally commissioned our house in Düsseldorf. Now the home to 4 families, it was originally constructed to serve as the residence for just a single person or family. And the remains of ornaments and stucco that were found during the restauration suggested a luxurious splendor quite uncommon even at the time of its construction in the mid 1880th. It was rather obvious that whoever had commissoned the building must have been rather wealthy. But even though I tried to find out more about that […]
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Really love this print ad, advertising the advantages of investing and implanting Asian business in Singapore. And what a contrast to Germany ! Indeed, whereas anything new in Germany seems to be regarded instinctively as a danger (…because anything putting in question the status quo IS a danger in the common perception), others see possibilities and opportunities in the new. Two next to untranslatable words express this general attitude very well: Regelungsbedarf -> the necessity to regulate (…everything) Besitzstandswahrung -> the preservation of the status quo (by all means against anything new) So by the definition of this ad, Germany has dumbed down quite a lot in the recent decades…. […]
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Perhaps your first question is: WTF ??? Data what ??? Who should care about this kind of geek-grade bullshit ? Well, the simple thruth is: if you ever wondered why Amazons knows what you like or why Google knows the best web pages relating to your search terms, you SHOULD have a look into the marvels of analysing data with the power of algorithms and applied statistics. So if you don’t belong to those faint of heart that rather have themselves subjected to rules that they don’t understand, you should have a look at the underlying principles and tools that drive big parts of the digitial revolution – for this […]
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There’s very little coverage of Ubisoft on SeekingAlpha, despite the fact that it’s by now the 3rd largest independent video games publisher world wide. But the US-centricity of SeekingAlpha doesn’t help a lot in this matter. All the better that some coverage now starts to appear. And even better if it’s as positive as this – and I can subscribe to most of what is being said in the post.
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2015 is not off to a good start: the events in Fance to start out with….and now the outcome of the elections in Greece. Not that I wouldn’t like election – the greatest privilage of democrcy (…btw, thx Greece for that – sincerely !). But the outcome also shows that, under extrem circumstances, democracy is vulnerable thru its (Warning! Another „greecisms“ ahead !) Achilles heel called populsim. Mr. Tsipras sets  new records in terms of wreaking maximum  havoc in minimum time on established community consensus. Instead of getting mad at so much irresponsibility, I have decided to just lean back and enjoy the show. My educated guess for the next […]
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Pretty nice chart to well keep in mind if ever pitched against someone from another cultural background in a negotiation: 25 Fascinating Charts Of Negotiation Styles Around The World | Business Insider. The design representation of the German negotiation style is revealingly minimalistic. Bauhaus anyone ? „Form follows funciton“ is just another declination of „a fact is a fact is a fact“. Hey, but did you really expect fun ? With a German ? In a negociation ? Come on……    
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I try usually to keep my temper with new hardware and stay positiv. But this one goes beyond my capacity of early-adopter suffering: Dell, hear my words: you blew it…. and you blew it big time ! I shut up for almost six months that I am trying to use this hellish piece of hardware officially called „Venue 11 Pro 5000 Series Tablet“ (….mark my words: „trying“, hardly ever being able to actually use it at all). It’s not a solution for mobile working – it’s a helter-skelter collection of faulty and buggy hardware components, one stacked carelessly upon the other. What I was looking for was a truly mobile […]
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For several reasons that would take too long to explain, I had the lucky chance to become a sort of „Sony Consumer Posterchild“ recently, adding an Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet plus a Sony Smartwatch 3 plus a „SmartBand“ to my gadget collection. The Z3 Tablet is worth a blog entry in its own right – which will follow later. But there are two hard lessons I had to learn on wearables which are worth sharing immediately: „Smart“ wearables don’t work like accessories in World of Warcraft: if you put on an „Undented Jade Ring of Power“ in WoW, you get more strength. Do the same with a „Whatever Widget of […]
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