today I’ve found one of the coolest commercials ever, IMHO. : “Mr. Boombastic” The link brings you to it’s youtube page. Keep an eye on the guys eyebrow play. 😉
I visited the Linux Open World Conference & Expo in Cologne yesterday and had the opportunity to listen to Nat Friedman, who actually holds the position of a Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Open Source at Novell, about the (Suse) “Linux Desktop today”.
Besides the nicely gimmicks with swinging or transparent windows when moving them and arranging screens in rotating cubes or film stripes they had some really useful programs. Useful because there really easy and smart in use: First, there was the photo library tool with easy sharing to flickr and basic edit options, second there was the banshee music management were Nat demonstrated easy mp3 exchange with his ipod. The desktop search engine was fast and smart as well, and they integrated visited web pages too in that search, a feature what may be very helpful if you forgot the place you’ve seen a special information before. So during that presentation they showed a lot useful things for private use. However they still address companies for using that desktop instead waiting for Microsoft’s Vista.
After the keynote I had a short talk to Nat and I asked him about the support for games. He admitted that this is out of their focus right now. But perhaps is that the missing feature for a wider acceptance. Lots of people get (even in companies) laptops today and they have the option to use them private too. But frankly, no business customer would ask for that feature because it’s unseemly. So the Suse guy’s perhaps never will know about that hidden missing feature.
The FIFA soccer world championship is over now and after all that enthralling matches I found time for a personal resume:
- A team with a vision and self-confidence (like Germany) can stand there as a winner even when they didn’t win the game. They got the title “world champion by heart” of the German nation, and that was essentially applicable. World soccer will have to count with that team the next years.
- A team which has won nearly all matches (like Germany) and was obviously unstoppable on the direct way to the championship can fail in the last 2 minutes. It doesn’t matter that they had the power to be a champion. Finally they failed even in 2 minutes. Lesson learned: To be the real champion, you must win the final game. And on that way is really each minute (and especially the last 2 😉 ) worth of your full power and attention.
- France captain Zidane (winner of golden ball award) was on the way to become a soccer legend. For some seconds he lost his temper and damaged his whole lifework. Lesson: Even if all around gang up on you, never loose control.
Well I had that link to the Blue Ball Machine in my old Blog and I must have it again here. (remark: turn your sound switch to loud) In times with much stress It’s almost healing and relaxing to watch that hustle and bustle in that machine. It shows me quite plainly some simple lessons:
- Sometimes work is like the Blue Ball Machine: it doesn’t make sense, although you work hard. Then it’s perhaps better to lean back to get a picture of the whole procedure and do something different.
- There are many ways to get the same thing done. 😉 The way may be nice, interesting, efficient or hard. That doesn’t really matter. Important is the result.
- Engineering work can be extremely creative. So if you have good engineers, there’s just one thing left: give them the right goals.
Keep that in mind and have fun.
Originally uploaded to flickr by ++Frank++.
Dilbert seems to figured out an easy way (link expired) to get venture capital. I have to try that too.