‚Peopleware‘ – a book by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

A friend of mine recommended me to read this book when I finished school and got my first summer intern job in the IT department of a local company. While Peopleware mainly focuses on IT related topics (DeMarco and Lister are software consultants) many concepts or situations are also applicable to non-IT teams and offices. While originally published in 1987, with the 3rd edition (2013) the book picks up on many of todays' challenges people face in the office....

December 24, 2021 · 4 min

‘Gen-Z and computer science

When I began working in IT support at the start of my work life, I didn’t think I had a real future in this career path. Why would someone who first got in touch with personal computers when he was as old as 12 years be better in understanding how computers work than the next generation who would be so used to computers, handphones, tablets and so much more. I was certain that they would surely be way better in interacting with computers and solving IT problems because they grew up with it....

September 24, 2021 · 3 min

‘Digital Minimalism’ by Cal Newport

While solitude had been infringed upon by previous technology advancements, nothing has come close to completely removing solitude like the invention of the smartphone, which, to make a massively understated generalization, is no bueno. For me, the pull to just check something, literally anything, on my phone was and is too much. Even without social apps, there’s compulsive texting, checking email, YouTube videos, and so on. I felt less and less in control of my attention and uncomfortable with my need for the constant drip of stimulation....

April 3, 2021 · 2 min

Ads & Tracking – why most websites today suck

Have you used the Internet lately? Almost every popular website in Europe serves you some kind of Cookie Consent, a popup overlay in which they want you to grant permission to further track your movements on their website. And that’s where a lot of the misconception already starts: Not the popup itself nor the European Union for regulating this is the problem. The problem solely is the owner of the website you’re trying to visit and the tools and services it uses to track & analyze you....

February 14, 2021 · 3 min

Eine kleine Linksammlung zur Corona-Warn-App – der wohl meisterwarteten App seit Jahren

Seit einer Woche ist die App, die wohl selbst in der breiten Öffentlichkeit so diskutiert wurde wie noch nie eine App zuvor, nun zum Download erhältlich – die Corona-Warn-App. Es gibt sehr viele gute Gründe die Kommunikation von Bundesregierung, PR Agentur(en) und den beteiligten Firmen bis zur Veröffentlichung zu hinterfragen, die App selber und die zumindest von mir wahrgenommene Außendarstellung seit Veröffentlichung lassen eigentlich kaum Kritik zu. Und der Erfolg gibt den Entwicklern recht – fast 12 Millionen Downloads der App in Deutschland nach einer Woche....

June 23, 2020 · 2 min