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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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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New or Money Back

23 07 2016

Apple hit with lawsuit targeting AppleCare+ refurbished devices

“A class action suit filing in California complains that refurbished service stock replacements doled out by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders are not functionally the same as new.

The class action suit, filed Wednesday, takes offense to Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices. Specifically mentioned, the suit is over the clause in the AppleCare Plus contract documents stating that devices replaced under the program are equivalent to new in performance and reliability.”
(Mike Wuerthele, ai)

Apple, you have to follow rules like any other company.

Here’s a serious saying of Niccolo Machiavelli valid also for responsible people in Cupertino:

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Do not fight against commonly accepted customer rights.

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I got goose bumps

27 06 2016

the first time I saw this historic event.


Well, the reason might be that I started to learn about computers by using punch cards. So these micro machines are still miracles for me.

Sad to say that smartphones today cause lots of accidents and are responsible for wrong posture, destroying the ability to focus, straining the eyes. Becoming addicted to a phone has become a condition that experts now call: ”Nomophobia” (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It’s not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their “crackberries” though.

Things do not happen.
Things are made to happen.

(John F. Kennedy)

Steve Jobs provides business leaders with a perfect template of how to deliver expertly tailored rhetoric.

The late Apple boss was a master of the art of effective and persuasive speaking, employing various strategies to adapt to differing scenarios and situations, while still delivering a constant message, according to Loizos Heracleous and Laura Klaering, of Warwick Business School.


Reckoning out Jobs’ talent

See how the most influential gadget of all times (Time, May 3, 2016) was introduced by the most influential entertainer in the valley. 

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone
(14 min of January 9, 2007)

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It’s a matter of degrees

14 06 2016

It’s never below zero but often above 40C.

I’m talking about Thailand (ประเทศไทย) the country well-known for its excellent spicy food.

It will be my residence after saying Goodbye to Germany in late August 2016. My wife already moved over to here native country with her iPad Mini and the awesome iPhone SE.

What about stores?

The temperature for our iLoot isn’t the only problem we are faced with. There is an Apple Store website but Apple won’t deliver its high-tech products to a small village (called MOO) some kilometers away from Khon Kaen, the main city in Thailand’s ISAAN region. Furthermore, I can’t pay with my credit card connected to my German bank account.

What about connectivity?

In Thailand we have 10 Mbit/s WiFi at home and a quite stable mobile data connection outside. So it’s no problem to be creative. In most cases it’s not a question of high-speed Internet. You always need more time to write down your thoughts than uploading them to social networks. And moreover my rhythm of live is not controlled by Apple’s processors.

What about battery life?

Devices suffer from higher battery drain in Thailand than in countries with lower average temperature. 
Like humans, batteries function best at room temperature. Warming a dying battery in a mobile phone or flashlight in our jeans might provide additional runtime due to improved electrochemical reaction. This is likely also the reason why manufacturers prefer to specify batteries at a toasty 27°C (80°F). Operating a battery at elevated temperatures improves performance but prolonged exposure will shorten life.
To be on the safe side I use the ‘Techlink Recharge 12000′ powerstation with 12000 mAh. Recharging is fast (1%/min) and may be applied up to 4 times before recharging it or 2 times with 2 devices being charged simultaneously (2.4 A/1.0 A).

The human brake …

Clammy fingers are like brakes when using gestures like drag, flick or pinch.
That’s definitely the most annoying bug in the design of bio-machines and there is no update available neither via cable nor OTA.

Fortunately there is a way to at least use Touch ID with sweaty or oily skin. If you failed using your thumb to unlock your iThing just add this finger in addition to the dry copy of the same fingerprint for future authentications.

Other problems?

Well, I don’t know. Hopefully I won’t get into trouble after inserting my Thai SIM card. I already checked that all my accounts secured with 2-Step Verification have to be modified to provide the right information.

Sadly I don’t have access to the Thai App Store to get some country-specific apps not offered in the German App Store.
We might live in an international world, but if you’ve ever tried to switch from one App Store to another, you’ll have a pretty good idea what it means to keep up with Apple Service-Jet-Setting.

Summary …

Use your AC, stay cool, enjoy the delicious food and fruit, use your GTD app and if something doesn’t go your way ignore it.

Related …

The Thai Apple Store

Change your iTunes Store Country

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Virtual Reality

23 05 2016

Apple is rumored to build a car (or more likely to develop car technology, eg autonomous driving). Google already tested autonomous driving with the ugliest looking car I’ve ever seen.  

So, what’s going on in the USA?

Are Apple and Google on the way to change the way we move from A to B?

California might be the epicenter of e-technology but southern Germany is still the heart of c-technology with Daimler Benz, Porsche, Audi, and BMW as the most prominent companies with excellent engineers, a worldwide infrastructure, an excellent reputation, decades of experience, and a significant position in the fastest growing market, China.

It needs much more than just some innovative ideas to bring a car successfully on the road.

No chance for newcomers to overtake established car manufacturers with experiences made in more than a century. 
Country-specific regulations, complex supply chains, sophisticated production engineering, crash testing, spare parts supply over decades, widespread sales and maintenance networks etc will make it a quite expensive adventure to get out of a minor role in the market of 4-wheel mobiles. History shows us that all attempts ended in a niche or a financial disaster. 

Whatever Apple’s R&D creates, who will be the partner to let the ideas move on the roads?

Some facts …

About the technolgy

Audi piloted driving

An opinion I totally agree with …

No Apple Car Any Time Soon

Thanks for reading and please keep in mind …

Think before you drive.
Don’t use your iThing in 4-wheel mobiles.

There should be an app for that

19 05 2016

Here is another comparison between my preferred iPhone and the Lumia I purchased to see what’s going on with Microsoft’s mobile development (if there is one).

Nowadays mobile devices can be located, erased and set into lost mode if they have been registered.

Apple offers a pre-installed app (Find my iPhone) whereas Microsoft devices have to be accessed via a browser. If 2-Step Verification is turned on you first have to generate a code before you can open the website to view and manage your account details.

So much for
It just works
from Microsoft’s point of view.

This could be much easier if Microsoft would offer an app for that like Apple does. An app is faster, more secure than a web-based access, doesn’t need a code for 2-Step Verification, allows to seamlessly track a device by frequently updating its location, etc.

I would like to have an app for that on my Lumia 550 running Windows 10.


When you first get your Windows Phone, there are two settings which should be turned on. Go to Settings – Update & Security – Find My Phone. Turn on (1) Save my device’s location periodically and (2) Save my devices location more frequently.

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