Mini Book Review: Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies

Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior by Tom Demarco, Peter Hruschka, Tim Lister, Suzanne Robertson, James Robertson, Steve McMenamin

This book looks like light reading initially, but it's not. Sure, the patterns are mostly anti-patterns and some are fun to read, especially when you experienced them yourself. But there's another level here - you should take these patterns seriously. They are, after all, based on real-life experiences of the authors.


Mini Book Review: The Information Diet

The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption by Clay A. Johnson

Somewhat disappointing with regards to the actual idea of going on an information diet. I learned a lot about actual diets (and food and the food business), since he's constantly referring to them. There's a brief chapter on how to go on an information diet yourself before he goes off on another tangent again.



I guess everybody has their favourite Christmas cookies. Among mine are Vanillekipferl (How do you translate that? They're a sort of vanilla-flavoured crumbling cookies). So every year before Christmas, I humbly try to recreate that specific taste that I've grown up with. After trying a few different recipes from books, I eventually asked my mother for her recipe. With that, I'm getting closer but still don't quite match hers ...


Memories: The early days of Symbian

The deal between Nokia and Microsoft is all over the news these days: Nokia abandoning its own smartphone OS and switching to a Microsoft OS instead? This would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. And it brought back memories ...

Back in the late 1990s, I was working for a small software company that specialised in software for electronic organizers and the upcoming PDA market. Those were the days when the Palm Pilot was king. We made both software for synchronization (Windows only) and software that ran on these things - what you would call an "app" today.

Shortly after I started there, a couple of us were put on a top secret project: Nokia and Psion were working together on a new version of Nokia's "Communicator" smartphone line.


Leute gibt's ...

Am Glascontainer: Ich frage einen älteren Herrn (höflich), warum er denn seine braunen und grünen Flaschen in den Weissglass-Container wirft. Antwort: Am (Stuttgarter) Hafen landet das eh alles im gleichen Container. Aha. Sagen wir es so - dieser "Argumentation" konnte ich mich nicht ganz anschließen, aber eine Einigung konnten wir nicht erzielen ...

Merke: Asoziale Arschlöcher gibt es in allen Altersgruppen.