Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

Cool Tools and more

The more gadgets you carry, the more loose cables fly around your bags. One solution is shown over at Chiefhomeofficer.com: Cables astray no more

Customer satisfaction surveys anyone?
Dilbert.com

Phun is a free game like 2D physics sandbox where you can play with physics like never before. The playful synergy of science and art is novel, and makes Phun as educational as it is entertaining.

(via)

SkypeKiller claims to be able to remotely kill Skype installations in corporate networks. Anyone having experience with this tool?

ThinkGeek with a hacked FlashDrive for the Uber-Geek that has everything.

HomeOfficeVoice with 7 simple steps for a Clutter Free Home Office. How much would I love to get there (at least almost…).

Twitter moves closer to Google Friend Connect instead of going the open way. (via) We´ll see what that means. Maybe on the MBC09 this week – and no, I cannot be there due to some obligations I cannot turn down.

Another free mindmapping tool, yet to be tested: XMind

Ben Casnocha on Caitlin Flanagans writing, especially her piece in the December 2008 Atlantic. I have two girls, so this is at least interesting for me.

10 Inspiring Last Lectures and Commencement Speeches Everyone Should Watch. Quite good ones, actually…

I guess no one has a clue yet how Twitter wants to make money from his service, but they are going to hire a Product Manager. Probably they should have thought earlier about that. Related, it looks like others have figured out how to make money off Twitter. Over at Scoble: “Tumblr’s CEO brainstorms microblog monetization“. Probably now it is more important than ever to have the monetization right early.

Need to understand flowcharts? Here it is:

Lifehacker with the Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2008

Cloud Computing Corner:

  1. How to set up Amazon Cloudfrom to work with S3. ´Nuff said.
  2. A Beginners guide to running JumpBox on Amazon´s EC2 service (via)
  3. Cloudfront Management Tools (via)

Seth Godin: How to send a personal email. Priceless:

Just because you have someone’s email address doesn’t mean you have the right to email them.

Google has released Blog Converters. (via)

Scoble on how you have to socially network in case you are laid off. Ok, from an US perspective, but a lot holds true also in Europe or elsewhere.

I am traveling quite a lot, so always interesting to see how others do when it comes to packing. WebWorkerDaily:  How Travel Veterans Pack For a Trip

Worth to read as well is the list of things that Tim Ferriss has learned and loved in 2008.

The TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors. Yes, that might be the 25 most dangerous, but do we believe they get eliminated?

Stunning: Earth, observed. From the – probably – best picture blog in the world.

This is courage: The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart

Mobility Packs of german bloggers (in German):

Shocking. Matthew Alexander on irrogation techniques and  torture in Iraq (via)

Interesting. Russ Juskalian in Columbia Journalism Review interviewing Clay Shirky.

How Newspapers tries to invent the Web. But Failed. Jack Shafer in Slate. Recommended.

In case you didn´t know: How to burn a Windows 7 .ISO to DVD

Leo Babauta (ZenHabits, Power of Less) interviews Tim Ferriss (4 hour workweek). Take the time.

From the Personal MBA blog:

Here are the three best resources I’ve found to explain what’s happening in the financial markets – they make great “Friday Reading”:

NY Times (now only for subscribers/registered users): The End of the Financial World as We Know It (via)

Charlie Rose interviewing Malcolm Gladwell. (via)

Balsamiq Mockup helps to create application mockups in minutes. Even more interesting than the tool is the commercial success of the creator, described here. Fan-tas-tic. (via)

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Das Wetter – und mehr

  • empfehlenswert zu verfolgen, wenn mal wieder schlechtes Wetter im Anzug ist: Die Warnkarte des DWD
  • Warum Büros unverzichtbar bleiben
  • Das Meetingmonster
  • Klare Worte: “Wissensdurst wird durch Klugscheißerei verdorben”

    Kinder unter Daueraufsicht, die immer nur an der Hand von Erwachsenen umhergeführt werden, gleichen Haustieren, Stalleseln, die das Leben in der Freiheit nicht mehr kennen. Aus der Hirnforschung wissen wir, dass unter diesen Bedingungen die Ausreifung des Gehirns nicht optimal gelingt. Das Gehirn bleibt eine Kümmerversion dessen, was daraus hätte werden können.

  • heise.de: Das Darmstädter Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informationstechnologie testiert Blackberry-Sicherheit. Testat und Untersuchungsbericht hier

Another day, another city

and another Blogpost, today from Lucé, France, close to Chartres.

Apple iPhone NDA and the App Store

John Gruber in a quite elaborate essay on the Apple iPhone NDA and the issues around what gets accessible through App Store and what not: The Fear

Some great takeaways:

Here is a complete list of what Apple must do to increase developers’ trust in the App Store system:

  1. State the rules.
  2. Follow the rules.

That’s it.

So their rejection is problematic on three fronts. First, the submission process is such that an app rejected at the conceptual level — one that cannot be tweaked or fixed to gain entry upon resubmission, but whose fundamental premise is rejected by Apple — such an app is only rejected after it has been written. The developer does all of the work to produce the app and only then finds out it was all for naught.

Second, there are clearly rules which are not listed in the SDK guidelines. Third, in its explanations for the rejections, Apple is not stating what these actual unpublished rules are, and is instead offering as the reason this “it duplicates a built-in app” rule which, given all the aforementioned counterexamples that have been accepted into the App Store, isn’t actually a rule at all. The explanation is clearly false.

Taken together, these three factors lead to The Fear, which is that developers cannot trust the App Store process. You can spend all of the time and effort it takes to build an app, follow every known rule, and still get rejected.

Rules you disagree with are frustrating. Rules you don’t know about are scary.

Worth a read.

UMTS-surfen mit pay as you go

Ich weiss ja nicht, wie Robert immer die Perlen aus dem Wust herausfischt, der tagtäglich auf ihn einströmt, aber dieser Tip war wirklich gut. Ich habe nämlich auch schon länger nach so einer Lösung für akute Notfälle gesucht wie: kein WLAN, kein LAN oder nur prohibitive Angebote. Dann ist das Angebot von Fonic ohne Grundgebühr mit einem Flat-Tarif von 2,50 EUR pro Tag eine gute Alternative, auch wenn der Surfstick mit SIM-Card einmalig 90 EUR kostet.

Montag bestellt, Donnerstag geliefert, abends noch Aktivierung durchgeführt und heute mittag blinkt das Lämpchen blau und die Kiste geht. Prima.

Abendlektüre

auf dem Flug von Düsseldorf nach Oslo. Heute im Handelsblatt:

Über Dell, die angeblich daran sind, ihre Fabriken zu verkaufen: Aufgeben? Niemals!

Gute Erkenntnis – so wahr:

Ohne Kostenführerschaft aber ist Umsatzwachstum doppelt teuer.

Daher stellt Michael Dell alles auf den Prüfstand, um sein Lebenswerk zu retten.

Aus der Abteilung Start-up: Ausrangierte Handys schnell zum Fixpreis loswerden

Interessante Idee, unaussprechlichergewohnter Name: Asgoodas.nu

Danke Markus, “As good as new” hatte sich mir so aus dem Druckbild nicht erschlossen.

Warum Sie Steve Jobs nicht überschätzen sollten – oder warum Unternehmen nicht immer so stark von Gründern oder anderen Lichtgestalten abhängig sind als man häufig unterstellt. Kostenloser Download der Studie “The Horse or the Jockey? Evidence from Nascent Firms Where a Founder Dies” von Hans K. Hvide, Working Paper (Mai 2008) beim Handelsblatt. Eben aber noch nicht (8.9.2008, 23.05 Uhr). Aber hier.

Interessantes Fazit im Artikel:

Er [Hvide] zieht eine Analogie zu Pferderennen: Für den Erfolg sei vor allem das Pferd entscheidend – der Reiter sei dagegen eher nebensächlich. Was Steve Jobs, Bill Gates und Co. also vor allem auszeichnet, ist, das richtige Pferd entdeckt zu haben.

Und noch einer für die Personaler im Publikum: Demotivieren leichtgemacht mit der – nicht ganz so neuen Erkenntnis, dass viele  gut gemeinte Anreizsysteme mehr Schaden als sie nutzen. Axel Ockenfels von der Uni Köln weist aber auch auf folgendes hin:

Ad-hoc-Boni für besondere Leistungen sind eines der wirksamsten Instrumente, um die Motivation zu steigern.

APCMAG: BlackBerry Bold: the DEFINITIVE hands-on review

Even though we are waiting for the device to show up at Vodafone Germany (T-Mobile has it already), we have not seen a large review in Germany yet. Volker has promised a review to come in c´t 19/2008. But his verdict is pretty clear: if you need to connect to a BES, this is the device to go.

Update: Verdict confirmed

Update 2: nice review on mobilecomputermag.uk Beware, the site is incredible slow. Their verdict:

An excellent smartphone and by far the best BlackBerry to date, but the Bold is no iPhone – not that that’s necessarily a bad thing…