Should my tongue be tied – so I can never call your name,
Should my eyes be branded – so I can never see your face,
Should my hands be tied – so I can never hold your hands,
Nothing can take away your love or you from my soul…

May my world be pitch-black – so I can never see you,
May a spell be on me – so I can never love you,
May I be far away in strange places – that fills me with heartfelt sorrow,
Nothing can take away your love or you from my soul.

Erst einmal muss man ihr gratulieren. Unabhängig davon, ob man nun ein Anhänger ist oder nicht, hat sie die Wahl mit Abstand und ganz klar gewonnen. Was aber vor ihr liegt, sind grosse Aufgaben – ob es sich dabei um die Veränderung der Gesellschaft, der Politik oder Europa handelt: die Aufgaben sind gigantisch und so sollte auch ihr Erbe sein.

Frau Merkel hat mit Abstand diese von allen Beobachtern im In- und Ausland sehr gespannt beobachtete Wahl gewonnen. Ob man ein Anhänger ist oder nicht: die Wähler haben entschieden, dass sie weitere vier Jahre an der Macht bleiben soll. Aber haben die Wähler auch entschieden, dass die gleiche Politik weiterverfolgt werden soll?

Die neue Bundeskanzlerin steht vor einem grossen Haufen an Aufgaben, die zu lösen eine Herausforderung stellen, wie noch nie zuvor.

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Wow, what a disappointing presentation: Apple’s Media Event on Sept 10th was the biggest disappointment I had with regards to Apple.

I don’t mean to say that I expect Apple to innovate ahead of everybody else every year and introduce ground-breaking technologies year after year. That was not what I was expecting.

What disappointed me were two items:

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Today, I was reading an article about the history of Unix. When I came across this paragraph, I had an intense instinctive and natural reaction:

Sun was already a success (with imitators!) when, in 1983, the U.S. Department of Justice won its second antitrust case against AT&T and broke up the Bell System. This relieved AT&T from the 1958 consent decree that had prevented them from turning Unix into a product. AT&T promptly rushed to commercialize Unix System V—a move that nearly killed Unix.

My reaction was: “Whoa! How can they think anyone would want want to pay for an operating system (OS)?

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The last couple of days, I was reading many articles about Amazon planning to offer a free smartphone (e.g. This article).

I am quite sure Amazon is working on something like that, but will it work? Below I’m outlining an idea that could, in fact, work out for Amazon, and would be a boon for consumers.

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(This was an article I wrote in April 2nd, 2010 and sent to the Nokia Executive Board – Times have changed and, as the saying goes, “The Rest is History”)

Today, we face what might be seen one day as the biggest and sharpest crisis in Nokia’s history: we’re being attacked on all fronts – being a big market leader, as a friend put it, sucks: you are usually attacked at high-end, middle-range and low-end at the same time – you have to fight battles on many fronts and nobody in human history ever won many battles at the same time. If Nokia cannot find a niche, however big it might be, it is condemned to either shrink significantly, become a supplier for other mobile phone companies or … something even worse.

But how could this have happened? What are the reasons and what might be the remedy?

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Thank God he is gone… well, he is going. 

The problem with Steve Ballmer was or is that he never was a product guy. Steve Jobs said so, as mentioned in in his authorized biography. The reason, I am pretty sure, why Microsoft declined lies directly with the fact that Ballmer was not a product guy. He put revenues and profits before good or excellent products. He sacrificed long-term growth and long-term revenues for short-term profits. And the stock market, showing for the first time some intelligence, reacted with stable or declining share prices.

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Der Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Bekämpfung der Kinderpornographie in Kommunikationsnetzen ist in der ersten Lesung am 6. Mai 2009 durch den Bundestag gegangen. Etwas derart populistisches, hirnloses, ineffektives und am Problem vorbei geplantes Gesetz habe ich mein Lebtag noch nicht gesehen in Deutschland. Statt Kinderpornographie im Internet (das es sicherlich gibt) zu bekämpfen, sorgt Frau von der Leyen (auch genannt “Zensursula”) dafür, dass wir alle wegschauen – Volk wie auch dessen Vertreter.

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Well, yesterday was the day … the day to set them free. More or less…

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The ducklings are growing – and how they grow…. below are some pictures from about ten days ago.

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