Thursday, December 31, 2009

Google Nexus One?

image I am thinking of getting a Nexus One (Android based) phone when I’m over in the US in Jan…

The question is if i really want to spend 530 US$ on another mobile phone? My iPhone 3G is actually doing pretty much all I want it to and there are only few downsides with it.    I guess I need to think that over and make sure I have it physically in my hands before I buy it.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

iPhone or Android?

image As it looks like Google and Apple finally discovered they are competitors (and Schmidt Resigns His Seat on Apple's Board), I might have to make a decision soon if my next mobile device (I am avoiding the term phone here :) will be a new iPhone or an Android powered one.

Following the latest news about the increasing functionality and the upcoming hardware I think this might get an easy choice…

Maybe Apple should re-think its decision to ban Google apps from the iPhone (like Latitude). Google ‘power-users’ like me will go for the free and independent OS and hope that the hardware will become somewhat stylish as the iPhone.

Looking forward to be eligible for a new phone in four month…

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Throwing hats…

image I got the invitation for the graduation ceremony, which takes place Oct. 23rd in Munich.

Unfortunately I will be in UK the whole week and my flight back arrives in Zurich late Friday evening. I hope it will be possible to change flights and get to Munich in time (instead of Zurich). Maybe I could also leave a day early and drive to Munich on Friday… I really don’t wanna miss that event!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Finished the Thesis Defense and my MBA studies…

So – I am finally done with my MBA studies :)

I successfully finished my Thesis Defense on Saturday and now waiting for the invitation to ‘throw hats’ in October.

L_FOM01_CMYK_SOLO I’d like to thank the whole FOM team (especially the Munich team) who did an amazing job organizing the classes and dealing with all the issues we had!

Of course a big Thank-You to all the Professors that ran the classes and evaluated our assignments. Special Thanks to:

  • Dr. Charles Savage (for teaching us how to think out of the box and using refreshing new teaching methods – and of course for all the support during the Thesis!)
  • Dr. Thomas “Tom” Peisl (for his open door policy and the nice Summer School in Wales)
  • Dr. Thomas Städter (for the nice discussions at the defense)
  • Christina Regul (for the Summer School at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte NC)
  • Dr. Niklas Lampenius (for making me understand the NPV, APV, WACC and all the other obscure financial terms.. quote: “is nur n’ simpler Dreisatz!”)
  • Dipl.-Kfm. (univ), Mag. rer.soc.oec. Bjørn Lillegraven (for admitting that some of this stuff is just common sense)
  • Dr. Sven Winterhalder (for being so convincing in the introduction sessions)

Not to forget all my fellow students – we had a nice time despite all the pressure sometimes! I’m gonna miss the group assignments…

Looking forward to spend my weekends with…. *thinking” …. whatever people do on weekends again…

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thesis Defense

Got my confirmed date for the thesis defense for next Saturday, Sept. 19th.

image Currently preparing a 20 minute presentation for the defense, which will take about one hour in total. It will probably take place in the new residence of the FOM near the Munich station. Looking forward to an interesting discussion and a nice celebration afterwards…

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thesis is done and filed…

…now waiting for a confirmed date for the defense. Looking forward to present the results and answer some nasty questions :)

Writing the thesis was a great experience. I could have worked for much longer, but the 3 month time limit is a good thing, cause otherwise it would be a never ending story!

CRM 2.0c_mirror

Now I have time again for my private life, my job and (not to forget) blogging.

As Windows 7 showed up on the MSDNAA for download end of last week, I couldn’t resist and install it on my desktop and my netbook on Sunday. It actually runs quite smoothly – except of some immature drivers for the netbook (notably the Intel GMA500 display driver).
The current Vista driver works, but crashes with a BSOD after a couple of minutes when turning on the Aero (glass) UI. At least the standard theme works pretty stable.

Funny enough, Microsoft does not have any Bluetooth headset drivers included anymore, so I had to install the Broadcom (Asus package) BT-Stack to get my headset working with Skype and the SIP phone…

Will test a nice little device driver tool this evening (Device Doctor) that is already tested on Windows 7. Let’s see what that will find…

Free Driver Update Software

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Clock is ticking…


I got my topic for the Masters’ Thesis officially fixed now. This means the clock is ticking… deadline is August 13th.

Topic is : “CRM 2.0 – Next Generation Customer Relationship Model

This means full steam ahead and keep writing for the next 3 Month.

Research is pretty much all done. I just need to get some more data (probably from analyst reports) to fortify the statements made in the thesis. Often difficult to find the right book to cite from – the topic is so transient that some of the data or knowledge is already outdated (although only 2-3 years old).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

new wheels

Finally decided on the new wheels and tires last Saturday and ordered right away as I got a good offer from Adam Touring.

The “pit stop” was close to Formula 1  :)    Took me 10 minutes to get in, get the wheels changed, pay and get out. Excellent Service, I’m impressed!

neue Felgen 

The new Barracuda Tzunamee wheels and Pirelli P Zero rosso (255,30,19 and 225,35,19)

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The future of mobile devices?

Interesting where the road might go in the future… I like the idea of having a small projector in my mobile :)

Reading the barcode and checking prices is already working. Perfect decision helper in a store.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Checking out Internet Explorer 8

I just installed IE8 on my Vista32 and there are tons of new features to discover. Looks like IE is finally an alternative to Firefox and Chrome again.

The first crash affected only a single tab (like in Chrome) – good threading/process model. Speed seems to be ok as well. Let’s see how long our IT department needs to test the internal websites and app to approve IE8…

Foxmarks for IE installs actually on Windows and keeps bookmarks up-to-date (synced with different machines and browsers). Good Stuff.
Hopefully the tool will stay for people that are just looking for the sync (not the new ‘Xmarks’ social bookmarking features…)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Windows 7 – a smart move from Microsoft!


After having a first look at Windows 7, I came to believe that Microsoft's strategy is actually pretty clever.

If you as a software company want to shorten the release cycles and increase license revenue, how would you do that? Create a perfect Software w/o any bugs that will be usable for the next 10 years – or better push out a nice looking one that has some flaws and get at least the geeks and OEMs to buy it? And then follow up with a better, faster and more stable one soon after, to sell again to all the early adopters and additionally to all businesses that now see the requirement and value in an upgrade?

Maybe Vista really was only intended to act as an intermediate to sell more copies?! Maybe it was not planned but an ‘accident’ ? Anyway, the differences from Vista to Windows 7 are not too big. But I guess Microsoft will get a lot of revenue out of Windows 7 in 2009 and 2010 (lets assume it will be released this year). Given the economic background, this could be the golden shot and ensure ongoing license sales at MS in a difficult time…

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Getting into writing mode…

I took a week off this week to get a full start with my thesis. I think I did enough research and need to get things done now…  (If I would only have time to read the GTD book :)

Yesterday was hard to get back into my writing style as I didn’t do any assignments for a full year. Guess I was too lazy and the new job took more of my time than I expected… but since today I am confident that I will find back into the flow soon and become productive.

Project Plan still expects the end in May/June so I can do defense in August latest.

Monday, January 05, 2009

new car

ah, forgot that I also got my new car last week. I love it...  can't wait for the spring so we can get rid of the roof smile_shades


Welcome to 2009

We had a good start into 2009 - although we didn't go to Zurich to see the fireworks as initially planned (due to slippy roads and icy rain...)

Focus for the new year is seeing as many customers as possible and educate them about SOA and finishing my masters' thesis until Summer.