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Being media-free, together

Here is what we've tried out during the last 24 hours: being off-line, off-screen, off-input, together. read more →

Introducing TechStack - a card game about the last 40 years of information devices

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's such a pleasure to finally publicly announce my card game called TechStack. It's been in development for almost two years now, and is now ripe to see the light of a beta for playtesting. read more →

Turning Forty

Turning 40, it all boils down to one question, a hand full of answers, and a clear path forward. read more →

What is a home computer in 2019?

In the 80s, the term "home computer" has been given to machines like the Commodore 64. At that time, it was a device that you could plug into a TV, write simple programs in an awkward way, and could play video games with. It was a computer in the way that it had a processor, RAM, and was programmed, and it was "home" since it was of little business value and was bought primarily for living rooms and not for offices. read more →

Putting capital to work

When you talk about "putting capital to work", do remember that behind the figures there are some poor sods who are actually doing the work whilst getting paid less than the value they create in order to support you. In this equation, you are the blood sucking vampire. read more →

What is information?

Anything that helps reduce #uncertainty so that you can make better #predictions about #outcomes . read more →

What is a digital product company?

Since I've been talking a lot about the digital product lately, here's my definition of what a digital #product is in a #service company (aka the product), versus a people-lead service (aka the operations or OPs). read more →

The most Personal Computer

When #apple announced the Personal Computer, they were thinking of a computational device that would serve one human, to augment and expand one’s capabilities to think. “A bicycle for the mind”, like Steve #jobs used to call it. read more →

Masters build their own tools

Before he dedicated his life to interior architecture and to product design, my #father initially was trained in #carpentry, among other professions. Now, after he retired, he encounters again the joy of working with wood, especially carving. And makes his own tools. read more →

Four layers of an information system

Here is a thought, that needs validation, so see it as food for thought: When it comes to building an information system, I see it consisting of four layers. read more →

The Apple II mimicking the typewriter

I just recently realized how different the Apple II was. I was aware of the technological achievements. But this time, it struck me that there has been no mental model of a PC before in almost any head of any person back then in 1977. And that meant, that no one knew how a PC was supposed to look like. read more →

Macintosh’s flawed windows

Now that I’ve spent quite some time with the original #macintosh and its #os, it’s clear how wrong the concept of movable, arbitrarily resizable #windows is. It’s in such stark contrast to my now main work device, the #ipadpro. read more →

Watches as ambient technology

During my years in #switzerland it took me some time to realize what role a #watch may play. As a dilettante to watches, I used to think that watches are just there for time keeping. Only after years I realized, that they are in fact one of few things a guy can use as a socially accepted #fashion statement. And then, the wrist #tracking devices and time keepers came up, turning the wrist into yet another interface between us and hightech. read more →

Hashtags in Blogracer

I've been inspired by #iainc 's #hashtag treatment within the #iawriter. It just feels at the same time so nerdy and natural to use them. Such a hashtag is then both, the meta data of an #article, and part of the article's #content, which is exciting for an #ia like me. read more →

How to cut a system

One of my tasks as an #ia is dividing an existing system, so that improvements can be done in an #iterative way. It usually takes some time to understand along which lines the #system can actually be cut. Usually these lines are following the company's communication borders, but ideally the lines are along use cases. read more →

The Macintosh

Now that I got to learn a lot about Macintosh, the first #mac, I'm impressed. Given what the developers had at that time, the #computer seems like an impossible achievement. The micro processor #hardware at that time was in its infancy, and the consumers were stuck with the #mentalmodel of the #commandline. read more →