Klaus Hnilica
Thursday June 30th, 2011

Cackle at the Regular’s Table …

Carl and Gerlinde (XI)

Since Carl would not stop talking about the two vintages he was going to serve at the regular’s table, Gerlinde, just interrupted …
“Hannelore, the coffee meeting at Klara’s was really nice! She is doing a brilliant job! Everybody from the times when we were still young and pretty had been invited….“

”I am glad for Klara“, said Hannelore, „I truly am! And how are those no-longer-quite-so-young ’beauties’ today?“

“Great! They all look excellent, maybe a little greyish, but they are all in top shape“, said Gerlinde, “even – now whats-her-name – who had this hip operation, was all easygoing and happy.…“

”Who is ’whats-her-name’?“ asked Hannelore.

“Well, you know, don’t you, the raven-haired one“, said Gerlinde, ”she was always a little strange. Incidentally, Anne, she used to be your neighbour when you lived in that house at Brühlerstrasse…“

“Our neighbour?“

“Yes, their garden bordered yours at the back. Her husband, who is a little stocky, is a little on the peculiar side”, added Gerlinde while taking a good sip of the Pinot Grigio.

“Do you mean that unfriendly guy, Gerinde“, interrupted the still angry Carl, “with whom I had that argument on the garden party of – now what-was-her-name, where you were invited for a cup of coffee?“

“No, Carl“, said Gerlinde, “I mean the one who is clearly insane. Ever since he retired, he is into brain callisthenics. He also teaches fast-reading courses…“

“But the one I mean“ insisted Carl, “is not stocky. He is tall and red-haired! What do you say, Kurt?“

“Redheads are always dangerous! They disagree all the time!“

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Here are my tweets of last week on
Blogging and Twitter, Wisdoms and Rules:

110714 No grain without chaff – well, the same is obviously true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110715 May will never last for seven months – is that also true for twitterers and bloggers? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110716 There is never a „must“ for anybody – good advice for all twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110717 There was anyone fool enough not to find someone who considered him wise – the same is true for twittering and blogging! Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110718 The only advice that is good advice is the one you act upon – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110719 No smoke without fire – the same is true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110720 No sword is better honed than the one fighting for freedom – #Twittering and #Blogging, #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See Twitter and “follow” RolandDuerre!

(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday June 29th, 2011

What Annoys Me … #3 PowerPoint Presentations, etc.

During the first few years of my professional carreer, I enjoyed visiting technological congresses. I remember the annual GI conference in Vienna in the early 1980ies. We spent three nice days packed mostly with well-structured and interesting presentations. Later, I enjoyed workshops held by universities. And, thanks to excellent speakers and small groups, I often learned more in a few days than I had as a student listening to the lectures of an entire semester.

At some time, a strange development started. The number of congresses sufferd from inflation. Every association, most technological enterprises, but also some editors of technological magazines and federally sponsored initiatives suddenly thought they now had to fill the conference rooms of all the world’s hotels with congresses, technological conferences and X days of all categories. Replace X by any technological term you like.

More and more universities and faculties started offering seminars on all varieties of topics. Road shows and inhouse fairs sprouted. And a series of presentations were always part of the program.

To make up for the inflationary number of these events, the presentations got worse and worse. This is how the great slide battles were introduced. They replaced a qualified tradition of handing down knowledge. And so the free fall into the open-at-the-bottom spectrum for poor presentations started.

And PowerPoint is always among them.

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Roland Dürre
Tuesday June 28th, 2011

From Ottobrunn to Unterhaching #25 “Some People”

Yesterday, I went to work by bike using my special seat bike. I passed by Neubiberg airport. It is a wonderful morning, I really relish it.

On the access road to the landing strip, a gentleman is walking his dog. I overtake them both. The dog seems to like me. Barking loudly, he follows me and keeps jumping up next to me.

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Roland Dürre
Monday June 27th, 2011

What To Write?

Currently, I really have a problem: it gets hard to find a good subject to write about.

There is not much left to say about politics. It is just too embarrassing.

Should I really say something about tax money being lent to a bankrupt state, although everybody knows that the money is lost? In what is called „normal business life“, there is a term for it:  defalcation.

Or should I maybe voice my opinion on us having to lend money to others „because there is no alternative“? To help our banks or pension budget (and in the end even some states, like North-Rhine-Westphalia) avoid bankruptcy?

Or would it be better for me to get annoyed with the fact that the Europäische Zentralbank (EZB) primarily bought up all the rubbish debt claims held by French banks from Greece. Their honourable goal was to save Greece. All that would happen is that I would be ashamed. I would secretly have to remember that there might actually be a connection between mister Jean-Claude Trichet being both the President of the EZB and a Frenchman.
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In this series, I write about things that I dislike …

Once in a while, I open the letterbox of InterFace. And it always surprises my how much I find in there.

And then I get particularly annoyed with the many high-gloss magazines stuffed into the box.

The most annoying are those sent by organizations you no longer need at all. They are the ones that produce magazines just for marketing reasons, in order to let their own existance look necessary.

Let us take the unmentionable magazin WIRTSCHAFT of the IHK as an example. I never found a good article in there. It seems that there was a day when the IHK found out that it no longer produces any added value. That was when they started producing high-gloss.

In our letterbox, you will find many magazines sent by lobbyists, interest groups, trade associations, financial associations and many other unnecessary organizations. Mostly, they are nothing but self-portrayals with ZERO nutritional value.
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Roland Dürre
Friday June 24th, 2011

Entrepreneur’s Diary #52 “Charisma and Leadership“

Here is another afterthought on the professional IF-Forum of April, 11th: “Humans&Management”

During the exciting discussion following the presentations of Humans&Management, a friend of very long standing came up with an interesting contribution. Dr. Christian Hort instigated us to think about:

The Role of Charisma for Leadership!
Or, in other words: How important is charisma for leaders? Can leaders survive (or succeed) without charisma?

It is an interesting idea that has been in my mind for quite some time now. Here is my attempt at answering the question:
I believe charisma is definitely important. However, I also think that all people have a certain quantity of it – it is not restricted to the „great“ people among us.
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Roland Dürre
Thursday June 23rd, 2011

An Afterthought: UTB Finnland – The Ecological Footprint

Our house boat trip through Finland was wonderful. I really enjoyed it immensely. However, I also have a bad conscience.

We went the way out and back home by plane (Munich – Helsinki with Finnair, Helsinki  Savonlinna with Finncom Air). Three of the four planes were completely full, one was rather empty.

The alternative I had checked during the planning stage – going by train – would have been possible, but a lot more expensive and time-consuming. And I really did not feel like going by a combination of car and ferry.

Well, it was my second air trip this year. That is considerably more than the two years before. I acted totally against my good intentions. And then there is also the following scenario:

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Here are my tweets of last week on

Blogging and Twitter, Wisdoms and Rules:

110708 If there is something you can do, go ahead; if there is something you know, practice it – good advice for twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110709 Being courageous is the best harness – also true for twitterers and bloggers? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110710 Look at yourself first – good advice for quite a few twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110711 There is no fish without fishbones, no human without fault – the same is true for us twitterers and bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110712 No report means good report – sometimes also when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110713 No outfit suits you better than humility – advice for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110714 There is no honey witout poison – the same is true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See Twitter and “follow” RolandDuerre!

(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday June 22nd, 2011

The Internet in Finland

Allegedly, Finland is the perfect country of wireless communication. A cell-phone paradize. At least, that was my prejudice before starting on my trip to Finland. And here is the news: It is true!

Finland is truly tele-communicative all over. Many companies only have a mobile WLAN router and never use the fixed network at all. During our boat trip, I also had a full GPRS signal even at the most remote docking places.

Still, I could not read my emails. It worked neither with my “client” in i-map mode, nor with OWA (Microsoft, “light”). There was just no way the transfer did not get stuck somewhere.

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