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French Cuisine 

Last week I stayed in Nancy, France for a conference on Business Process Management. While the city is a nice location to hang out long into the night (45.000 students from about 300.000 citizens), half of the restaurants are indeed italian-style. As far as I tried it out, the Pizza is very well in several locations at the old town. But what about the world-famous French cuisine? After paying the lump-sum of 500 euros for the conference I was waiting for outré lunch and dinner. Unfortunately, all we got all day long looked like this:



The nice thing about the "gala-dinner" on Wednesday was the location: The hotel de ville! Still they served the same raw meats...


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Holiday Impressions 

With a little delay I'm back again with some impressions from the last two weeks. Our holidays started with some nice looking clouds and warm breezes:



The sky returned the same every once a while, however in between heavy cloudbursts appeared. Of course we were on vacation by tent:



That made us finally gave in and we returned home. Then we had some time to explore our capital Berlin. Here is a nice little picture from somewhere in the center for you to guess what it is about:


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Flying Pumpkins 

Today I saw something that made me grab my camera - unfortunately just the one included in my mobile phone. Here it goes:

Usually pumpkins are lying and growing on the ground:



But sometimes they even grow on the garden fence - almost flying around:


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Old New Apples 

Finally Apple did it. After a long, long, long, endless long wait, new iBooks and Mac minis are out. So what were the first voices at the Heise Newsticker?

"ICH WARTE 2 MONATE, 2 VERDAMMTE MONATE, 2 MONATE IN DENEN MIR DER PC SOWAS VON ZUM HALS RAUSHING, 2 BESCHISSENE SCHEISS MONATE, DAFÜR, DASS ICH AM ENDE 40 EURO - 40 GOTTVERDAMMTE EURO - 80 MARK - MEHR BEZAHLEN DARF. DANKE APPLE!"

This one was from a reader nicknamed atari_vcs. What a holy sh*t! For those of you who prefer English: "I WAITED 2 MONTH, 2 DAMN MONTH, 2 MONTH I'M SICK AND TIRED OF MY PC, TWO SHITTY MONTH, FOR THAT I CAN PAY AT THE END 40 EURO - 40 GODDAMNED EURO - 80 GERMAN MARKS - MORE. THANKS APPLE!".

What made this man (and many others) so annoyed? To understand the deeper feelings we have to dive a bit into the psyche of a typical apple fanatics (or wannabe switchers): Apple is just about a hype-company. Its all about marketing. This guy Steve tells you that they sell the best - the very best and only - computers you can buy for money. Of course the price is almost unimportant after Steve's product promotion hypnosis has washed your brain away. But then you simply want to belong to the hype - become a part of it. Still, however, some people managed to wait a bit after the big show was over (however they did this - likely they had no more creditworthiness), others bought immediately. Both kind of Apple fanatics then have no other things to do then check for hardware updates - hourly. The first one to look out when it is the right time to swap his money to Steve, the second one to see how ugly his Mac will look like when something new arrives.

And - Apple managed - for the first time in IT history (at least for as last as I can remember) - to basically change the default configuration for a seven month old product (the Mac mini), rises the entry price above a psychological border (over 500 Euro, before 499 Euro, at least in Germany) and sells this as a new computer for the next months to come. Besides, the hardware inside the Mac mini was already quite outdated the day it was introduced...

The iBook was updated with a little more care - but why Apple didn't managed to build a wide screen into the 14 inch model - only God - uh I mean - Steve - knows (at least he should know). So while the iBook is still a nice bargain for an entry level laptop (especially the 12 inch one), the Mac mini engineers should be ashamed - at least for this update.

What did I learn from this story? Well, at least my immediately bought Mac mini is still the top-of-the-line computer - now proudly called "Superdrive Mac mini" (but time is ticking):


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Canoeing 

This weekend we did a nice trip from Decín (Czech Republic) to Dresden (Germany) by canoe on the Elbe river. Someone told me that the distance was about 61km. I felt very outpowered afterward. Like working out in the gym for hours with all weights doubled... Here are some impressions from the way:



We started on a foggy day...



Nearly every village on the way welcomed us - but always ANLEGEN VERBOTEN (Landing Prohibited) - of course just at the landing stage for commercial boats.



Finally we arrived at Dresden - unfortunately we had no more power to cruise along the world famous old town.

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