Management Media Technology + Computing

Plea for a New Nokia (April 2nd, 2010)

(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?

Media Society + Politics Technology + Computing

Denke ich an Deutschland in der Nacht… [Update]

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.

Personal / Fun Technology + Computing

I love creative people – give ’em a tool to make phone calls…

… and they completely “screw-it” up by making chamber music.

In fact, this is one of the main reasons why I still believe in humanity.


Here’s a video of a new band that uses iPhones and a Nintendo DS to play their music.

Media Technology + Computing

Porn Leads In Download-To-DVD Movies

One of the reasons why Video2000, a video-cassette system vastly superior to VHS and Betamax, wasn’t any commercial success at all was that they didn’t allow porn on V2000-cassettes – or so I remember.

Technology + Computing

Dare I say this aloud? Boot Camp is a gimmick

Dare I say this aloud? Boot Camp is a gimmick (CNET

When America’s doughboys returned from World War I, the question was how they’d ever remain on the farm after seeing Paris. When Windows users get a gander of the Mac, how many will remain loyal to Ctrl-Alt-Delete?