Suddenly, androidified!

March 15, 2011

After a year on iPhone 3G it was time for a change, so I got myself a ZTE Blade for about 150 € (no contract, unlocked). Although it comes with Android 2.1, stable updates to 2.2 and even 2.3 exists via MoDaCo. When not playing around with it too much the battery lasts for around 2 days (3 month old now), response time is fine for all apps tested (especially the often used navigation app) – even Angry Birds runs well 😉

Besides the standard apps on any smartphone like Skype, Facebook, etc. my favorite ones include

    Agenda Widget – upcoming appointments on your home screen
    Doodle – find an appointment for a group of people
    ÖAMTC Billig tanken – fuel prices around you
    GTasks – google task support
    qando – getting round in Austria via public transport

Via DoubleTwist my media files were easily migrated to my new phone and with the nice Eclipse integration I even think about developing an app for it – let’s see….

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Research group management

November 10, 2010

Being in research since 6 years I experienced several ways of research group management – a very strict regime with pre-scheduled weekly meetings and very loose management. A recent article in CACM on SCORE (SCrum fOr REsearch) describes an interessting approach in the middle.

Beyond one’s own nose

May 27, 2010

Today I attended a rather economic talk of Tim Jackson at the Buiness University of Vienna with the topic
“Prosperity without growth”. Great speaker introducing and discussing well the dilemma of growth and possibilities out of it. Looks like a hard and long way to go for us…..

Publish or perish aka give me your number

March 8, 2010

I recently discovered a great tool called PoP (for publish or perish) to calculate a lot of the publication statistics, e.g. h-Index, often used to evaluate researchers when applying for a position.
It is based on Google Scholar and lets you quickly analyze a person of interest.
Unfortunately, with a special character in your name – like in mine – it doesn’t perform so great and some post-processing is required.

Wine distributor Wein&Co in Vienna, Austria

March 6, 2010

As I’m working in Vienna, Wein&Co comes in handy to buy wine as it offers a broad range with respect to prices and brands/countries. You can try at least 6 different white/red ones and for 4 € extra you can drink every bottle from the shop in the bar and even get a bottle of water with it.

Till 30.3. they have a special offer – buy at least 6 bottles of white wine and get 6 pretty good white wine glasses with it for free.

See me there 🙂

Mind over matter – 24 hours hiking

March 6, 2010

I recently discovered the 24-hours-hike experience in Bavaria on my way back to Vienna from Berlin. Although I’m not that sporty, I think I can do it based on my experiences during my 900 km hike in 30 days on the Camino and hope to experience again some kind of “mind over matter”.

I’m going for it together with a friend of mine who also joins in regularly on the yearly 2-3 days pilgrimage from my hometown to Mariazell. Btw, if you are interested it seems that it happens all over the world, e.g. in Austria and Norway, Italy.

A chain reaction

March 6, 2010

So, here we go. After avoiding to join social networks and blogs for quite a while, although being in IT for 15 years, the iPhone finally did it. Since I own one I joined Facebook half a year ago. I quite heavily use it to stay in touch with friends on fb as well as via LinkedIn and Xing for professional networking.
It is kind of strange to need two accounts for professional networking, but unfortunatelly a lot of german researchers and business people tend to be only on Xing while US and UK researchers are typically on LinkedIn. Anyway, good to keep in touch after research projects are finished.

Now a blog about thoughts and happenings in my private and professional life. I’m wondering what will be next?