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.


Barcamp Stuttgart 3

Gleich vorweg: Das dritte Stuttgarter Barcamp war wieder exzellent organisiert und ausgestattet (Infrastruktur und Verpflegung). Großes Lob und vielen Dank an das Orga-Team und die Sponsoren.

Ich will hier einfach nur mal die Sessions notieren, die ich besucht habe:


Mini Book Review: Fearless Change

Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas by Mary Lynn Manns Ph.D., Linda Rising Ph.D.

Yes, you know all that is presented in this book. Most of the patterns are just plain common sense, you would think. But why is it called common sense when so few people seem to have it? And that's why it's good to have such a book which presents all those items in a systematic and concise manner.