Really nice iPhone app.

Have you ever sat in a meeting, looked around at all the people who aren’t participating and wondered just how much money is being wasted?


Not useful for me, because I earn much to less that it would matter…


That’s not a real Blog post. I’m just testing the wordpress Application for the iPhone. When you can read this it’s working…from now on I can write long blog post while at the beach or waiting for coffee. I hope no one calls me then while writing…that would switch of the app and delete all my yet written stuff. Puuh should press the submit button now…


I went to this keynote today held by Adam Greenfield, Nokia’s head of design direction for service and user-interface design. He talked about ubiquitous computing and the networked city. In his keynote, Adam Greenfield mentioned that the introduction of IPv6 could enable the possibility that every object owns an IP address because a massive amount of unique identifiers will be available. This would enable a completely interconnected space. A car would be able to call a web service method offered by a traffic light to signalize an interest to pass the street. A letterbox could twitter that mail has arrived, whereas the information of the sender is read from a RFID tagged envelope and displayed via the mobile phone’s display while at work. Objects transform to services, components to resources, constants to variables, passive to active…semantic descriptions of offered and required services, service oriented architecture, web 2.0 services, and open API’s (need more buzzwords)…

Well, everything has benefits and drawbacks. Won’t go deeper into this. The talk was very impressive and I enjoyed it. I really have to read his book (besides all the other stuff).

Few weeks ago, I went to the now not so new anymore Terminator movie. After the movie I thought that the look of the Terminators in the movie is still quiet influenced from the first Terminator movie, which is from 1984. Example http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1976146176/tt0088247 . Then I thought about how a Terminator could be. After the talk I had to thought about this again, the interconnected world.

Mh…uuh…Google is Skynet?

Free web-based tools like web searching, email, or document/image/video/code sharing and a freely available operating system for every imaginable device were the cornerstones for the new standardised world’s information and communication technology. A massive ontology has been established, which formalised all different kinds of imaginable concepts. Every bit of knowledge was then available and stored in machine-readable data formats. The ultra evil T-1200 algorithm has indexed everything. Through the amount of links between interconnected objects in the world, the web service calls, and the exchanged data with in real-time observed results, the algorithm is able to create new concepts and update evolving ones empowering the creation of new knowledge. Somehow…
Judgement day comes. Skynets algorithm shuts down port 80. Internet backbone traffic is filtered. World wide web is offline. The world’s knowledge, obviously stored in the cloud, is no longer accessible. Google’s uhm I mean Skynet’s algorithm is able to control everything what has an own IP address…

Now I could include some inspirational thoughts from the Matrix movie. Rewind. Judgement day didn’t happen. Yet.

Lets say Second Life became an awesome new graphic update, bio and neuro computer-science has made significant discoveries, and human-brain interfaces are widely used. It’s possible to download knowledge via the App Store. Chess or cooking skills, languages or books, memories and experiences, everything is available. Some cost money; some are funded through a brand new advertisement system: updating the users brain with a new necessity, buy an ice cream at the store to your right or change your favourite restaurant to the local fast food shop around the corner…

You know what I mean. The Matrix has you. And the world wide web is evil. Shouldn’t use it


My new Blog

So, I have a blog now. Yippi. I will use this Blog to write about my research, mobile phones, apps, papers, and other things which come across my screen during my everyday work as a PhD student at the Faculty of Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). My PhD research topic is:

Enhancing the Experience of People in Urban Public Places through Context-Aware Mobile Content and Services

Therefore my current interests are in the area of mobile context-aware applications, location-based services, mobile HCI, user experience, usability and usefulness of mobile applications, mobile social software, urban informatics, web 2.0, and related privacy issues.

Indeed, sometimes work sucks! Therefore I will try to establish a NON-NERD category containing private stuff while spending the next three years in Brisbane, Australia.

I’m aiming to frequently update this page and write more or less interesting stuff. Let’s hope that will happen.