Beta Deserves Better

I was browsing thru the list of bloggers that attended yesterday’s meetup (me included). This entry at had me laughing out loud:

Beta forever (in German)

Heh, I agree beta deserves better. And here’s my link to Nirgendwo.

Blogger’s Block

some disorganized thoughts of the top of my head:

How personal should a blog be? What is the use of keeping a blog? It’s exciting to be part of something new. Where will it all end?
One thing is sure: the blog backlash is coming. Simply cos the current hype is building up. With advertising now available in RSS feeds. And many companies considering how they can jump on the bandwagon. To be honest: I’m getting somewhat tired of meta-blogging articles (she said, while writing about blogging herself). It reminds me of some of those meta-marketing theories which were popular in the Nineties.

The most exciting part of blogging is when it leads to real-life personal contacts. When online comments turn into face-to-face conversations.

Collaboration leads to innovation.

I don’t really have anything to say today. I don’t have any stunning content to offer. I’m just your average knowledge worker, huddled up in front of a laptop. I’m just blogging to overcome writer’s block.

At times I feel very empty. One big empty space. What am I living err… blogging for?

By the way, what was the first thing I asked when I arrived back in Basel? I got into the tram and asked the person sitting closest to me:
“ What was the weather like last week?”

[From my accent, the lady thought I was visiting… Well, no, actually I live here. ]

That’s so me… I’m genuinely interested in talking about the weather.

Markets are conversations. Here’s mine.

Anyway, I’ve got to move on and take care of some typical weekend tasks.

On Being A Thought Leader

Small companies have to work hard to get visibility, especially when the market is crowded with competitors all vying for the same business. In high tech they face the added dilemma that IT departments don’t want to buy from a small unknown vendor, and the vendor can’t become large and reputable unless it has major customers. So, how does a company become better known with limited resources? By becoming an industry thought leader.

Read the full article

source: blog link sent to me by Mlle. A.

Reflective Moment

Where do I come from?

Where am I going to?

Who am I?

Three central questions which surface every so often in literature, philosophy and personal lifestyles.

worth a reflective moment…

[update May 25] found this very interesting read via Innovation Wings on product development:

Having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is as much of what you do as finite element analysis. I’m not trying to demean anybody’s highly valuable skills, rather, I think people don’t engage in this type of self-reflection often enough. It is healthy to question authority. It is illuminating to review not only your self-value, but your role in the cosmic scheme. The small picture is what keeps you going, the big picture is what keeps you humble. Our animal selves tell us that the ship date is coming up and our brain will be in a better position to release endorphins if it is met on time. Our spiritual selves argue that life goes on no matter what you do. Which is correct?

Thought I’d drop the above quote in here. There is something inherent in us that questions our inmost being. From the purpose of life to IT product development.

Jax Session on Blogging

I attended the JAX session on using social software in companies. It was refreshing to hear a good description of what blogging is all about, other than the usual negative “Tagebücher” reports. Matthew provided a very balanced and informed presentation on weblogs and wikis and their use in a corporate context (I hope the JAX organisers will be providing access to the slides).

Resetting Cayman Netopia 3341

i’ve changed ADSL providers and had to reset my old ADSL router, Cayman Netopia 3341, to the new ISP. Here’s a short description of the steps involved (for my own future reference).

To reset the router:

  • Reset the router to the default factory settings. There’s a small round opening next to the power plug. This is the Reset Switch.
  • Use the point of a pen to reset to default factory settings.
  • Next, open your browser and type the IP number
  • Type Admin as the username and 1234 as the password to access the router setup. The Netopia Welcome page displays.
  • After a couple of minutes, a screen appears prompting you to enter your username and password. Type your new ISP details.

è voilà .