Distraction vs. Inspiration

Have you checked your notifications on your smart watch? Was that your phone vibrating in your pocket? We are constantly distracted by our digital companions. Look at me! Being distracted by a system is a result of motivation design gone wrong. The designer of said system envisioned the user as being readily available for engagement. […]

On Digital Responsibility

Better Performance is not saving us There is a myth amongst software developers. Performance optimisation is generally seen as an ideal. But there are various factors, that are preventing better performing solutions from reducing the footprint of digital. I The value of compute power is decreasing the more of it becomes available. The value of […]

Human Aware Design

Motivation If you are a fan of Design Thinking, Product Thinking or product design in general, you are in good company here. In this post, I will share my approach to product development. I like to think it goes further than the “user centric design“ approach you probably already know. “User centric” is often used […]

On the Future (2022)

I am describing myself as a Futurist. To me, that is a person, who is a catalyst, who encourages and enables change within a project or company in order to stay (or become) more competitive in the drastically changing digital market. There is this thing called digitisation, that is rooted in the development of the […]

What to do with an Apple iSight in 2020

The famously overbuilt original Apple iSight with Firewire Interface was a very early Webcam. Launched in 2003 it featured 640×480 Pixels resolution at 30 Frames per Second. Since most Systems at the time where not capable of encoding video in that resolution in realtime, the camera even included a video-encoding chip. So along with the […]

USB Boot with PowerPC Mac

When you have an old PowerPC Mac but no OS DVD, you have a problem. You cannot boot from USB as these old PowerPCs only support booting from internal disks, cds or via firewire. There is however a way to convince your old Apple’s OpenFirmware, that your usb drive is actually a cd-drive and here […]

Slideshow on TV with Raspberry

Sad backstory For years now, I was using AppleTVs, FireTVs and even Windows PCs (originally meant for gaming) to display recent and ancient family photos. Recently however the FireTV we were using started acting weird. Firstly it did not iterate all photos (over 11.000 of them). After its last firmware only the most recent files […]

Alternate Reality

Ist das post-faktische Zeitalter der erste oder letzte Schritt in die Virtuelle Realität? Wir leben in unserer Filterblase. Darüber gibt es wenig Diskussion. War das schon immer so? Darüber gibt es schon mehr Diskussion. Auf jeden Fall tun die sozialen Medien ihr Übriges, um uns immer tiefer in unserer Filterblase zu verankern. Algorithmen, die uns […]

Die Schlei

Wer in Deutschland Urlaub machen möchte, zum Beispiel, weil die Anreise entspannter ist, der kennt sicher schon einige der üblichen Verdächtigen: Harz, Elbsandstein Gebirge, Schwarzwald, Nordsee und Ostsee. Nun gibt es aber natürlich noch viele weitere schöne und touristisch gut erschlossene Gebiete in Deutschland. Die Schlei ist ein mit Brackwasser gefüllter Meerarm. Wer will kann […]