Form Follows Function is one of the basics of better design. This was the way Steve Jobs convinced most intelligent people on this earth to use his products – for whose they never before even had a need of.

Apple-CEO Tim Cook tells everybody now, he never intended to invent cheap products, like a less expensive new iPhone.

That’s fine with me. Apple products so far used to have something in common with skydiving: They are not meant to be for everybody, just for those individuals who are able to respect and appreciate the differences to everybody elses life.

What I cannot tolerate is, when the design gets cheap, a look-alike to Androids. Despite the price.

Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

When the ultra thin lines of the letters are not readable anymore in difficult light conditions, in cars at nights, cinemas, parking garages…

When the colours resemble the most ugly composition I have encountered so far. No matter what background you choose to not interfere with the horrible combination of colours.

And fingerprints – once they are stored on a device – are only data. Same as passwords. And can such be misused and stolen by hackers everywhere in this world. Nothing new to that for any mediocre technician.

Steve Jobs, hope, you don’t have to see that.

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If you are looking for the seaplane website – it will be down until further notice because it has been hacked.

So please contact me directly if you need anything in that matter.

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From www.heraldsun.com.au:

Travel agents are reporting a substantial increase in requests for seats at the back of the plane after a UK documentary showed these were the safest seats in a crash.

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Usually the posts in my English blog differ from the German blog. But since there are always questions what I have done during the past months (since I came back from the US) – well, I wrote another non-fiction book. And this one was published by the end of the 2012 Frankfurt Bookfair.
More about the Book: E-Books publizieren. (ISBN 978-3-645-60206-8)

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Today was a great day for the Americans and especially for NASA (we Europeans had shares in that too): The car-sized rover Curiosity has landed successfully on Mars.

On NASA’s webpage you will find always latest news and information about the mission progress and you can even connect with Curiosity on Twitter and Facebook. The rover’s goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.

A few of the pictures I took this morning (it was worth getting up at 4 am!) at the German Space Headquarters ESOC in Darmstadt (copyright for any kind of publishing: hkl).

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TV spots shown during a suspense-packed TV series are usually the time when I check my mail. There are two exceptions: Apple commercials and this Citibank spot (I have no relation whatsoever to this bank):

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Music: The singer is a charming female pop/rock artist named L.P. (Laura Pergolizzi), here is a another video to the music of “Somebody left the gate open”.

Also the rock climbers in the TV spot are not enhanced by any any digital means: Katie Brown and Alex Honnold are real life rock climbers, Katie Brown is ranked as one of the top free climbers in the world.
In the commercial she is climbing one of the Fisher Towers near Moab, in the deserts of Utah. A GoPro Camera on her head took the short sequence where she looks on her feet.
Girls Rock!

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This country and its inhabitants are unbelievable.

One day in Athens and a book to write.

You arrive at 2 am at the hotel on a Sunday morning and the hotel clerk hands you a bus schedule for the hotel bus going downtown.
A few hours later, at 12 am, you wait for the bus.
“Oh, this one does not go today”.
Fine, you think, then we wait for the next one.
“There is no bus going today, its Sunday.”
Besides that the schedule says everyday, besides that she knew we would be departing Monday morning at 5 am and still had given us the schedule, besides that we had waited for two hours for this bus…
…you are still in a good mood and make your way to the next public bus station, only to wait for another 25 minutes, to finally get transported by a squeaking, overloaded, overaged, undermaintained vehicle for another 45 minutes to the center of Athens.
To the Akropolis. Because it is the great Greek and human history you are interested in.
That seems to have been aeons ago.


When you buy your ticket (14 Euros!) they remind you that the Akropolis will close in an hour, at 3 pm. Closing at 3 pm on a warm, sunny, perfect Sunday. Lots of tourists, that still would like to hike up the hill and (maybe not like it but) still would pay good Euros for their visit to the Greek heritage. Still six hours of sunny daylight left.
Looks like people in Athens and Greece do not need to earn money.

Half an hour later four lady clerks try to push you out of the fenced part of the hill. “We are closing.” Fine, they just want to leave 20 minutes early.

You think that cannot be topped until the taxi driver smiles at you and says:
“Did you have a great time at the Akropolis? The entrance is free on Sundays, thats why so many people are there today…”
Your (payed) ticket had been checked for validation three times…

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Finally I have (physically and mentally) arrived in Germany again. After a terrific year in the US (which I miss already and all my friends there, yes that means you and you…) my life focus is back on this side of the ocean, for the time being.

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Some impressions from the Sunday before Sun ‘n Fun started in 2012…
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012

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