Hey Microsoft

20 09 2016

I gave you 9 months to present a most widely bug-free OS for my Lumia with an exciting UI.

But you failed.

So you lost one more customer and I’m quite sure that your reaction would be a simple MEH if you would read my post.

In remembrance I took this last photo from the lock screen with an iPhone 6S Plus. Dear Lumia, you won’t be unlocked any longer. Feel well in the trash can.

To be fair, I love Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft Surface

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Welcome to the iOS family 

16 09 2016

iOS 10
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

See this concept map (created with the app INSPIRATION on an iPhone 6S Plus) which shows all iOS versions in relation to all iPhone models on which they can be installed.

It started with compatibility to 2 models. Since iOS 6 the installation on the actual model and 3 predecessors is supported. With iOS 7 and 8 Apple’s mobile OS is ready to install on 5 models. iOS 10 now supports 7 iPhone iterations and these iPad models: iPad Pro 12.9″, iPad Pro 9.7″, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th gen, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2.



Some people argue that less fragmentation isn’t as important as Apple officials tell us on the company’s yearly events. Well, stats about iPhone device share (Localytica, 2016) tell us that usually more than 60% of iOS users are on older devices (with a higher percentage for the iPad) but like to benefit from improved OS versions. This is proofed by extremely high adoption rates (about 80%).

Alan Kay is one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Jobs made it to one of the core principles of Apple.

Less fragmentation is just one of the benefits Apple brings to its customers and it’s possible because they build both, hardware and software. Customers love the durability of their iPhones giving them an extraordinary resale value. Beside customers thousands of happy developers can see their apps running on old iPhone young timers, a not to be underestimated economic factor.
Of course not all features of updated operating systems are available for older devices. 3D-Touch for example needed a new touch screen technology.

Anyway …

“There is a huge difference between market share of units and usage share. We’re about selling the best and having the best experience and having the happiest customers. Happy generally means using more.”
(Tim Cook)

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Every app is an iLand

12 09 2016

iOS makes your iThing a high security zone

If you ever used a Windows computer you were faced with the problem of registry growth and fragmentation. Your PC accretes more and more into the registry and file system over time leading to Windows rot. Also, as every one of us has experienced – consumers and developers – a true 100% uninstall is almost impossible to do. You’re left with files and registry junk and other bits all over your system.

It might be interesting to learn about a completely different organization of apps you install on a device running Apple’s mobile operating system iOS. It limits your options to handle files but it levels up security. Don’t bother about bad guys. 

Every app is an iLand

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When sales people run tech giants it’s over

4 09 2016

Steve Jobs once told us …

I have my own theory about why the decline happens at companies like IBM or Microsoft. The company does a great job, innovates and becomes a monopoly or close to it in some field, and then the quality of the product becomes less important. The product starts valuing the great salesmen, because they’re the ones who can move the needle on revenues, not the product engineers and designers. So the salespeople end up running the company.

(“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson)

For many well-known companies it’s all about market share. For Apple it’s all about added value not only from an operational point of view. Apple as the most prominent tech giant proofs that top designed products (as seen from inside and outside) increase desirability and desirability always goes along with profitability. 

Engineers have to focus on both, hardware and software, and keep these components harmonized. Salespeople should just support the company’s vision with sophisticated spots, without hammering specs into the heads of people. A bunch of loyal customers will be the reward.

Have a look at my mind map to learn more about Steve’s business philosophy which in my opinion coincides with that of Tim Cook.


Leadership Lessons

Walter Isaacson
Author of “Steve Jobs”, “Einstein: His Life and Universe”, “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life”, and more

Isaacson enjoyed unprecedented access to Steve Jobs, drawing on over forty exclusive interviews with the tech icon.

Learn More Read Less quicklet on Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson by Hagana Kim

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Not that big deal

23 08 2016

9,943 € for ETIHAD vs 745 € for Apple

For a One-Way-Ticket from Dusseldorf (GER) to Bangkok (THA) with stopover in Abu Dhabi you have to pay about 513 € (571 US$). The total flight time for 10,000 km (6214 miles) is 12h 35min. 

To get the iPhone 6S 16GB as an ETIHAD Airways Reward you have to fly 120,435 miles which is 193,821 km or 19.3821 flights from DUS via AUH to BKK. So the total costs for tickets is about 9,943 € (11,070 US$) and the price of an iPhone 6S 16 GB is 745 € (829 US$) in the German Apple Store. 

Not included is the labor costs of your working time when flying 244 h out of office hours.
As a direct consequence of this calculation you should buy at the Apple Store and enjoy the spicy food in Thailand during holidays.

More about flights on your iPhone

Flight Tracking

Flight Tracking 5 by Mobiata

Test Flight by Apple

Happy landing.

GPS Coordinates in Contacts

15 08 2016

It might seem like GPS coordinates can be added to a contact on the iPhone. When tapping a pin in Apple’s app Maps iOS provides the options Create New Contact and Add to Existing Contact.

The reality is that Contacts only supports storing addresses, not GPS coordinates. The location that’s actually stored in the Contacts app will not be accurate unless the GPS coordinates can be associated with an address.
This means that if the location is in a rural area or somewhere that doesn’t have an address that the Contacts app can identify, it will point to a different place. This can be miles away from your original pin location.


In my humble opinion it cannot be called a feature but a BUG. So the address can only be used for postal purposes but in many cases not for localization.

But there is a solution using Google Maps.
Just follow these 3 steps.

1  Enter the GPS coordinates
e.g. 16.474533,102.897000
in Google Maps as the start point and a slightly modified address (last digit)
e.g. 16.474533,102.897001
as the endpoint of a route.

2  Tap on the actions menu (top right),
choose SHARE DIRECTIONS and then COPY.

3  Google Maps returns an URL
to the clipboard that you can insert in an URL field of Apple’s app Contacts.

Now you just have to tap on the URL in the contact to show a place’s exact location in Google Maps.

Apple Maps vs Google Maps …

Apple still has to do much work … and that’s putting it mildly. Let’s say it with Eddy Cue (SVP Internet Software and Services):

“There’s an evolving range of issues that customers have raised that we haven’t addressed, but we’d like to address.”

More …

Learning from Apple’s failures

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Workforce Management

2 08 2016

using the latest build of Microsoft Dynamics

UWP saves workforce
Saved workforce saves energy
Saved energy keeps the planet green
Are there other reasons for Microsoft’s decisions?

“It began in mid-2014 when the company announced plans to cut 18,000 of its workers by the end of June 2015. In July 2015, Microsoft revealed another set of job cuts, affecting 7,800 more of its employees. In October, Microsoft confirmed it had made more reductions in its workforce, which were rumored to have affected 1,000 more team members. With the announcement in May 2016 and the SEC-filing of July, Microsoft has confirmed plans to lay off 4,700 more workers.”

I feel with all people losing their job and hope they will find new ones to earn their living and support their families.

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