11. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Technology + Computing

Wow, what a disappointing presentation: Apple’s Media Event on Sept 10th was the biggest disappointment I had with regards to Apple.

I don’t mean to say that I expect Apple to innovate ahead of everybody else every year and introduce ground-breaking technologies year after year. That was not what I was expecting.

What disappointed me were two items:

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10. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Technology + Computing

Today, I was reading an article about the history of Unix. When I came across this paragraph, I had an intense instinctive and natural reaction:

Sun was already a success (with imitators!) when, in 1983, the U.S. Department of Justice won its second antitrust case against AT&T and broke up the Bell System. This relieved AT&T from the 1958 consent decree that had prevented them from turning Unix into a product. AT&T promptly rushed to commercialize Unix System V—a move that nearly killed Unix.

My reaction was: “Whoa! How can they think anyone would want want to pay for an operating system (OS)?

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07. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Economy, Technology + Computing

The last couple of days, I was reading many articles about Amazon planning to offer a free smartphone (e.g. This article).

I am quite sure Amazon is working on something like that, but will it work? Below I’m outlining an idea that could, in fact, work out for Amazon, and would be a boon for consumers.

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04. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Management, Media, Technology + Computing

(This was an article I wrote in April 2nd, 2010 and sent to the Nokia Executive Board – Times have changed and, as the saying goes, “The Rest is History”)

Today, we face what might be seen one day as the biggest and sharpest crisis in Nokia’s history: we’re being attacked on all fronts – being a big market leader, as a friend put it, sucks: you are usually attacked at high-end, middle-range and low-end at the same time – you have to fight battles on many fronts and nobody in human history ever won many battles at the same time. If Nokia cannot find a niche, however big it might be, it is condemned to either shrink significantly, become a supplier for other mobile phone companies or … something even worse.

But how could this have happened? What are the reasons and what might be the remedy?

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Der Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Bekämpfung der Kinderpornographie in Kommunikationsnetzen ist in der ersten Lesung am 6. Mai 2009 durch den Bundestag gegangen. Etwas derart populistisches, hirnloses, ineffektives und am Problem vorbei geplantes Gesetz habe ich mein Lebtag noch nicht gesehen in Deutschland. Statt Kinderpornographie im Internet (das es sicherlich gibt) zu bekämpfen, sorgt Frau von der Leyen (auch genannt “Zensursula”) dafür, dass wir alle wegschauen – Volk wie auch dessen Vertreter.

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