The Sunday before Christmas
The jog log: Slow but steep run to Bettingen (the long way) through slush, mud and melted snow. The temperature was around 5 to 8 degrees plus. Perfect running weather. The soles of my feet were burning for much of the way. Maybe the wrong pair of socks…? But I kept going and feel relaxed […]
RSS Feeds
Here are a couple of links in preparation for a meeting tomorrow where I get to explain how I use RSS feeds. What is an RSS Feed? Definition: Wikipedia has a good overall description. There’s a video explaining RSS feeds in plain English: How do I use RSS feeds? To follow niche topics: to keep […]
shadow on the wall
Photo walking is more fun when conditions are not quite as cold as yesterday (about 3 degrees plus and windy). Older snapshot from a recent trip to Hannover:
Still find snow exciting. Like a little kid. Frozen water falling from the sky. The tag: living in a deep freezer
Running Tips for the Cold Season
The transition from European autumn to winter still isn’t easy for this Malawi-born blogger. Even after so many years. I find it’s more difficult to go out running when it’s raining, windy and icy cold. But just like with warm weather, running outside is a good way to get accustomed to the cold season. And […]
SMS for Rural Health Service in Malawi
Before I rush into my busy day: CNN has published an article on Josh Nesbit’s project at St. George’s in Namitete, Malawi. I wrote about the project here and talked about it at BlogCampSwitzerland.
Ten Differences between Skype and Twitter
On the train to northern Germany. Three more hours to go. It’s been a long day and my motivation to get some work done is kind of missing. So here’s a text message from the train. Longer than 140 characters. Maybe. Two doctors across the aisle are loudly discussing other doctors, Basel hospitals, the Swiss […]
Late Nite Prototyping
(work in progress, here’s a provisional brain dump) Quick test install to demonstrate how WordPress can be used for a corporate newsroom: (Update – 3rd November 2009 – Note from the Editor: The prototype has been discontinued – but rest assured that the knowledge is still available) The main page shows all news in chronological […]
Metropole Switzerland
Before I moved to Switzerland I read an article discussing the idea or rather the vision of Switzerland being one metropolitan area with ultra-fast trains zipping to and fro between the commercial centres. Recently this topic has filtered through to me again. I’m assuming that in a specialized context it has been discussed all along. […]
some personal stuff about me that you don’t want to know: Two days ago I spilled hot coffee on my laptop keyboard. I feel very stupid. I am mad at myself… my only hope is that the letter m will recover. I am thinking of setting up a Donate button. I didn’t think something so […]
Chiperoni weather in Bern
Just showing WordPress and how fast publishing has become!
Reading List
A regular reader of has suggested that I add a book list. Yesterday I stopped by at the uni library and browsed thru the marketing section. I picked up “How Customers Think” by Gerald Zaltmann. And some pages caught my eye. The 10’000 feet view. Ways to find original ideas and get out of […]
Text Snippets Circling Around
Pêle-mêle off the top of my head: Learnt yesterday: The number of English-speaking Internet users is decreasing, currently at about 35% of total number of Internet users. Shared yesterday: Who writes about African technology developments? From the list, I follow White African, Afrigadget, and sometimes Google Alert points me to IT News Africa. Photo processing […]
The Fabric of the ‘Net
Kevin Marks picks up the recent meme on blogging being dead/old-fashioned/out-dated. He says: Blogging… has become part of the fabric of the net See these blog posts and articles: Nick Carr: Who killed the blogosphere? The Economist: Oh, grow up! Some things don’t change, though. Old and dying media still feel the need to criticize […]
Post-US-election note to myself: Hope is a powerful force. My mind is jumping here, but… I’m reminded of this text snippet in a widespread and recognized book of poetry: Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Getting up at 4 […]
Drip by drip
For future reference: Marketing is never about a hammer hitting plate glass. It is almost always about the accrued power of a thousand drips, drips that accrue, drop by drop until they overwhelm the status quo and break through, starting a flood. The first drip is very exciting, of course. Everyone lines up to cheer. […]
Opening .MHT Files on a Mac
Executive summary: Best tool to open .mht files on a Mac is Opera for Mac. I regret deleting Windows Vista. Last week I was sent a .mht file. And now I’m searching the Internet for a solution how to open this proprietary Microsoft file (my perception, but according to Wikipedia it is actually a proposed […]
On Following Tweet Streams
I recently talked to Persillie on the difficulty of following people’s tweet streams. Esp. if you have a limited time budget and can only tune into Twitter every so often. For example, I follow Kathy Sierra’s stream at Twitter. You can see quite a few of her 140 character statements in my Twitter Favorites. Re: […]
Techniques for Reviewing a User Interface
I like this quote: The GUI is the only contact the user has with the application. that I found in this presentation: which I found while surfing thru my Sitemeter stats. An obvious fact. Yet… When talking to software developers, I often hear complaints about the quality of code (especially if somebody else programmed the […]
Blogging is so 2004
LOL at this Wired article! Thinking about launching your own blog? Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t. And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug. I agree with the author. Blogging is so 2004. For the record: I installed WordPress on this server in September 2004. Time to pull the plug. Follow me on Twitter, […]
BBC on Fish Farming in Zomba
Recommended reading: BBC’s James Morgan on fish farming in rural areas of Zomba district, Malawi. It’s a perfect circle. “Or what we call an integrated agriculture-aquaculture (IAA) system,” says Joseph Nagoli, of WorldFish. “This isn’t high input fish farming. This is simple and sustainable.”
Handmade in Switzerland
Cross-reference: Mlle A. points to online marketplaces for handmade products in Switzerland.
Strategic Technologies for 2009
Stumbled across this 5 seconds ago: 1. Virtualization 2. Business Intelligence 3. Cloud Computing 4. Green IT 5. Unified Communications 6. Social Software and Social Networking 7. Web Oriented Architecture 8. Enterprise Mashups 9. Specialized Systems 10. Servers – Beyond Blades Will be interesting to watch how this evolves.
Portes Ouvertes this weekend
Last minute pointer: Kunstschaffende aus Basel und der Region öffnen alle zwei Jahre an einem Wochenende ihre Ateliertüren, um einem interessierten Publikum Einblick in ihr Schaffen zu gewähren. Portes Ouvertes is happening this weekend. Various Basel artists are taking part. A great way to see how artists work. Hat tip: Martin Gyger, who is also […]