Glider Flight

October 30th, 2013 by Administrator

glider cockpitWhen I turned 32 my friends gave me a coupon for a glider flight as a birthday present. My first thought was “oh.” my second was “Ok, I will survive this.”. I’m not really a friend of flying and sitting in an airplane makes me feel like trapped. Especially at the starts.

Last weekend they took me to an airfield about 40km from here. I got equiped with a parachute and was put into the glider. Brief said: the start was horror but the rest of the flight was deluxe. After we’ve landed I thought how cool this was. Gliding at 300m above the ground only with the wisthling sound of the wind was amazing. (Only exception: the start. From 0-100 kph in 3 seconds at a 60° curve was not excactly what I would call smooth.)

I recorded a video during the flight and I will upload it here when it’s ready. Until then you can enjoy some images I’ve uploaded to instagram.
http://instagram.com/echo57

Fewer Updates and Some Other Changes

July 30th, 2013 by Administrator

The Situation

Some of you might have recognized that I stopped posting updates about 2.5 months ago. I went on vacations in late june and returned in the midth of july. I had to cope with an enourmeous tide of work before. It was not one big project which forced me on my kniews but the many smaller things that come along with a business. There wasn’t a focus anymore. As soon as I had announced that I would be absent for 2.5 weeks it turned out that I was the most important person in the world to many of my coworkers and clients. The tide increased even more.

Then I went off.

After I returned and saw my office, my desk, my workstation, my keyboard and mouse. I turned around and closed the door. I did not feel right. Not in the sense of reluctance but in a sense of a refusal from the depths of my soul.

I have a day time job which demands a lot of me. I’m a father of a baby who demands a lot of me. I’m the partner of lovely girl and a member of a community. It’s not easy to filter and scan a daily amount of 20 – 40 new code libraries and judge their value (and not getting payed for it). Not to mention all the design stuff that is rushing through the feeds. I really feel tired to do this kind of work. It is just not productive. Everytime I have read my facebook newsfeed and counter checked it with the feeds from the blogs, summarized it and posted it to the several channels, it feels like I have dementia. I can’t remember the important things and it is difficult to think clearly. I don’t even know what I have read one hour before.

While I was sitting at the beach in Croatia I realized that this life-style isn’t meant for me and that a focus on the deeper thoughts will be better for my brain.

What will change?

bildI decided to produce fewer postings, especially in the shared category. It doesn’t make any sense to aggregate information if these infos are not related to my workflow. The postings I will make will be about my thoughts about the design business, design development workflow, philosophy, maybe sometimes coding examples and things I’m trying alongside my business. Less “journalism” more of my own life.

Stop bloggin, use BBM Channels

This blog will stay alive and it will be important to me. But I will use my BBM channel a lot more for the short infos that are rushing through the feeds. For those who don’t know BBM: it’s the BlackBerry Instant Messenger which will be released later this year for iOs and Android. It offers a kind of micro blogging service called “Channel”. You have 400 words and the possibility to attach pictures. It’s simple, easy and elegant. You can already download it for BlackBerry devices from the BlackBerry Beta Zone. My channel pin is C00014A86.

The main reason for this shift is the ease of use. I already use my BB Z10 to read most of the feeds. Actually facebook, twitter, tumblr and a lot of other sites are blocked on my workstation. I know myself very well. The Z10 allows me to read a website, make a screenshot and post it with a summary and a link to my BBM channel in under 1 minute. I haven’t reached this speed with my PC yet.

Unfortunately I need to send in my Z10 for warranty reasons an need to use the web interface. This slows me down a bit.

10 Thoughts on Adobes Changed Business Model

May 7th, 2013 by Administrator

Unfortunately I’ve missed the Adobe Max keynote last night and I don’t have the time to watch the loop provided by Adobe. So I must rely on the filtered news I read on the news sites. What I’ve heard so far makes me laugh:

Adobe kills the CS as a product and makes it a service.

We’ve seen this coming. They offered the creative cloud service alongside their regular products. It was obvious that they would enforce their efforts into this direction. But to cease the sale of the CS as a standalone product is like brain surgery while the patient has a heart attack. This will not happen without some consequences.

1.
Adobes profits will increase from the moment on when the CS6 starts to disappear, because they force every professional to pay for their tools. We all know that there are a lot of illegal copies circulating among smaller businesses, schools and private users. That’s why Adobe is the industries standard, not because they are delivering interconnected software.

2.
Adobes user base will shrink. If they really charge their users for the software there will be a lot of users who can’t afford the $50 per month. These users, may they be small businesses or private people, will look for alternatives.

3.
The market pressure will decrease. IMO the market is structured like a pyramid. At the top you have the few agencies with the money and the bottom you have a lot of freelancers who work as graphic designers, writers, illustrators, web-designers etc.. The Jacks of all trades, masters of none. I assume that these people do not have the resources to pay a yearly subscription.

4.
I expect that Adobe will offer schools and students special conditions for their services. This may be all right for some organizations but for most design students it is hard to pay for a Mac and for the software at the same time. The illegal copies students use are the warranty for Adobe to have a user base tomorrow.

5.
If students don’t use Adobes software they will use other software. This will lead to a greater variety in the market. Maybe there is a competitor at Adobes doorstep and they haven’t noticed it yet?

6.
Mentioning a competitor: Corel is still there and they have good software. They are associated with private users or semi professional usage but as far as I know their products can easily do the same job as Adobes. Maybe their software is not as comfortable as Adobes CS but it is definitely not as bad as most professionals think.

7.
CS6 will be the Windows XP of Adobe.

8.
Adobe will suffer from this on the long term. The concept of a subscription based model seems like a perspective for the future. On the short term they will suffer from the existing CS products. On the mid term, say about 2-5 years, they will make a lot of cash, but then a new generation of designers will appear. These designers will know other tools and alternatives.

9.
There will be a crack and everything will remain the same.

10.
Adobe will die, sooner or later. I’m not talking about the consequences of their new business model. I’m talking about their innovation potential. If you look at the publishing frequency and how much software Adobe is publishing you can see that this company does not have the slightest clue about where the market is going. They don’t have a long term perspective for their products. They don’t know what the next paradigm will be. They don’t even know how to use their market power to craft the next paradigm. Adobe is exhausted and driven by shareholders. The only reason why they are still here is because they are a monopolist. After they bought Macromedia there remains no other company who could offer something similar. I’m just waiting for the one competitor who has the potential to change this mono culture.

Oh, mentioning Macromedia: they kill Fireworks. After they have killed Freehand they finally kill Fireworks. I can’t say how pissed I am. The next thing they will kill is the Flash IDE. I have observed that a lot of the good features of the Flash IDE were included in Illustrator. Following their argumentation that Fireworks became dispensable because its features were included in other products it is obvious that the Flash IDE will be the next candidate.

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