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New Gmail Interface for iPhone and Android

April 7, 2009 Leave a comment

A few minutes ago Google published through the official Google Mac Blog and the Google Mobile Blog the interface update for iPhone and Android. I m an iPhone user, so the following is only valid for an iphone.

The updated interface looks great, but i did not recognize so much change since the last visit of my gmail account through the iPhone’s browser.In general it looks very good, very slim, reduced to the max and is fast and easy to use. Nothing less than what Google provided me so far with Gmail. Most of the functionality you are used from the gmail-web-interface is now available through the iPhone interface. The only missing function for me so far is “labels”. I can not assign a new label to an email. I can star it, archive it and mark it as read etc. But there is not a function to label emails. Which is important for me.

The new update includes now the handling of Google calendar through the same interface. The switch between calendar and mail is easy and fast, too. You can switch to Documents and more, too. It seems to me, that with the new interface Google launched a substitute for the Google app, which was available for the iPhone before.

As gmail is working with the in-built mail application very well, too, there is no need for me to switch so far. A proper calendar functionality could be interesting, but still the in-built interfaces are more appreciated from my side. With the software BusySync from BusyMac I can connect my google calendar to ical and then sync it over mobile me with the iphone over the air. Which is a pretty decent setup so far.

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A handy guide to prepare for conferences (Chris Brogan)

March 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Chris Brogan is providing a handy guide on how to prepare for a conference. The 27 points include some new stuff and some obvious things. The obvious things are the ones more often forgotten and the experience with my students prooves this.

Check out the list @Chris blog: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/27-things-to-do-before-a-conference/

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Restarting blogging with a new hoster and a new layout

February 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Finally I made the move to wordpress using the hosted version for now. After selecting a proper layout and configuring all widgets and extras. It is time to start writing.

I did not make any resolution for 2009 on New Year’s Eve, because my year 2008 was finished February 1st, 2009 with the security of having passed all the exams for my master and the start of my job as a researcher at university. I want to use this blog to communicate about my PhD/Doctor Thesis, which I will start writing April 1st in Political Science. My resolution is: to post at least two posts per week.

Literature, Events and Information on writing a PhD/Doctor in general, political science and the topic of my thesis will be subject of my blog. At the moment I am looking into two areas for a possible topic. Number is situated in the area of institutional change, WTO and the influece of transnational and international regulations on national policies most likely in the field of economic policies. Number two covers innovation policy in a wider sense. Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) was the theoretical approach I used for my Master Thesis. These RIS could be again in the focus, but analyzed with network analysis methods and extended to more regions or more sectors. The next big step is the clarification which area will be subject of my thesis and which research questions I will adress. I want to use this blog to inform about the issues of writing a PhD/Doctor and maybe connect with others who are interested in these areas, too.

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Feel like a candidate

October 7, 2008 1 comment

A funny service/tool appered. Create your own presidential campaign video.

Here is mine: Manolo for President.

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Think different

October 3, 2008 Leave a comment

This poem accompanies me for a few years now and as Apple is unfortunately not offering this poem anymore and it expresses so much, I took a print out and wrote it down to save it.

Here’s to the crazy ones,

the misfits,
the rebels,
the troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules
and they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them,
disagree with them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do
is ignore them,
because they change things.
They push the human race forward.

Some may see them as the crazyones, but we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to
think they can change the world
are the ones who do.

Think Different.

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Classic one: Wear sunscreen

October 3, 2008 Leave a comment

This poem, the video and the blog entry are part of my whole blogging development. Consequently I post them here as well. There is so much truth and inspiration in these few lines. I simply love them. Enjoy reading.

Wear sunscreen. (by Marie Schmich):

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.
Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

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First blog entry from iphone

September 7, 2008 2 comments

How great this seems blogging from the phone with the wordpress iPhone app. Perfectly done from the developers.

Adding a photo from our chancellor’s office on Thursday evening in Berlin.

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