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May 25, 2011

Socialize is dead

Originally this blog was syndicated to twitter via twitterfeed and from there to facebook.
Because that was unreliable I switched to Socialize.
Well, guess what, it hasn’t updated for a few days so I am trying the next thing: NetworkedBlogs.
I’ll keep you posted about its performance.

May 10, 2011

Meeting Disruptors

Julie Rains has found that few participants tend to dominate and drag out meetings. Who are they?

The Storytellers
They share a story that conveys a concept in a way that traditional methods do not. But they tell and retell the same story, making the same analogy to every new situation that arises.

The Unprepared
Their job, they think, is simply to respond to points in the meeting without forethought. They mistakenly believe that gut reactions are the best and that thoughtful reflection has no place in an action-oriented world.

The Point-Makers
They make strong, well-reasoned cases for certain ideas. Their points could benefit productivity except that they are asserted and restated over and over, over and over.

The Complainers
These employees bring up a past mistake or problem, which may have been relevant at one time but is not pertinent to the discussion at hand. The wrong occurred years ago and root causes that led to the problem have been addressed.

The Detailers
They provide minute details of their work areas at every single meeting. They anticipate and then answer questions that will never be asked.

The Question-Askers
They combine the worst of the unprepared and the detailers as well as the point-makers and complainers. These people seem to be a blank slate in terms of organizational experience and domain knowledge.

Have you ever experienced some of those?

May 9, 2011

Annoying Germans

ProfessorBainbridge, if you think The Spiegel speaks for the Germans you must also think The New York Times speaks for the Americans. I don’t think so. Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle officially and clearly welcomed “the news that Osama bin Laden would never again be able to perpetrate such acts of terrorism.”
Concerning the infamous impact Germany had on the history of the 21st century please refer to my sermon on Yom HaShoah.
– The German people are stuck with the sin of the Holocaust for three to four generations, i.e. my grandkids will be free.
– The German constitution does not allow foreign wars because this people knows how destructive they can be on the world stage.

Apr 29, 2011

British Tweet Wars

The thing I found most interesting in preparation for the royal wedding was the big showdown between @PiersMorgan and @Lord_Sugar – face-to-face in-front of Buckingham Palace:

Apr 22, 2011

Dumb place

Whenever you find a text online and you want to copy it to one of your documents you will encounter formatting issues. Word does act weird when confronted with already formatted text.
Here is the fix: A dumb place.

Apr 16, 2011

Copy Umlauts

To all you Umlaut lovers out there. CopyPasteCharacter is a pretty easy way to, well, copy and paste characters that are not immediately available on your keyboard.
Recommended by OpenForum.

Apr 1, 2011

Keep Email Affordable

Please support the “Keep Email Affordable Alliance” by joining their facebook group.
Here is their appeal:
BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson and UVU president Matthew S. Holland urge Utah Valley residents to support the “Keep Email Affordable Alliance”. Postage rates are going up again for postcards and letters to Canada and Mexico according to Fox News. The new .xxx domain that was recently approved for porn sites will result in higher costs for domain-servers and the infrastructure of the internet as a whole according to Mashable. All these increases put a lot of pressure on high volume email service like yahoo or google mail. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is expected to charge a fee for every email sent starting this summer. The amount is yet to be determined. According to Reuters ICANN is only expected to charge for email services using .com domains. The top-level domains .org and .edu are said to be exempt at this point, due to their non-profit nature. Presidents Samuelson and Holland applaud the exemptions for their institutional email networks yet they want email to stay affordable for all as well.

Mar 10, 2011

Provo Airport

Last week Provo made national headlines with the announcement of scheduled service by Frontier Airlines direct to Provo’s airport. Flights can be booked online for dates starting June 21st. Flights go to Denver, then can connect to a number of major cities in the United States. PVU is less than three miles away from our home!

via Sterling Beck

Mar 7, 2011

Twitterfeed is dead

At least as far as I am concerned. Since my feed runs through feedburner anyway I gave Socialize a chance and here is the result:

No missed posts, no noticeable delays.

You should give Socialize a try, too.

Mar 5, 2011

Germans in Utah

Germans in Utah
The meetup group Germans in Salt Lake City is about to die. It was founded on February 14, 2009. In two years 28 meetups were held. For us it has been a nice opportunity to meet fellow German expats in Utah but let’s face it: There are not enough of us to keep a group running.
Relevant German meetups have 1000+ members:
The New York City German Language Meetup Group (1507)
The New York City German Culture Meetup Group (1440)
The Washington, DC German Language Meetup Group (1435)
German Netzwerk Toronto (1426)
SF German Stammtisch (1362)
The Greater Vancouver German Language Meetup Group (1068)

There is still opportunities for German language networking in Utah:
German-American Society of Utah
and the facebook group Germans in Utah.