Archive for January, 2006

Chúc mừng năm mới

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

That’s “Happy New Year” in Vietnamese. Today is Chinese New Year, which marks the beginning of another year of the Dog.

Wiki Wednesday Palo Alto, February 1

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

I’ll be at Wiki Wednesday next week. Feels like I haven’t been in ages.

Google China search

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Philipp is Checking Chinese Google Results.

Apparently, the results differ significantly. At least some of the most obvious search terms (Falun Gong, Tienanmen massacre etc.) do get censored. But how much information is still seeping through — passing the barriers of censorship unnoticed? If Google China provides a net gain in information access to the people in China, maybe censorship will only slow down the process of change, not avert it.

I get the feeling more change is coming to China. And change and Communist governments usually don’t go well together.


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Now, humor may not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to think of what Germans are known for (though, again, I think there is potential). However, this travel guide to Molvanîa had me laughing long after my former colleagues at Deutsche Post gave it to me last year as a farewell gift. Thanks, guys!

Broken justice

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Very sobering article in yesterday’s Sunday edition of the San Jose Mercury News: Tainted trials, stolen justice, part one in a five-part series that will continue throughout this week.

Taken together, the Mercury News findings offer a picture of a system that often turns on its head the presumption that defendants are innocent until proved guilty. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and appellate justices frequently act in ways that cause defendants’ rights to be violated.

As the exectutive editor notes:

Our investigation did not conclude that the justice system does not work — far from it. We found that most trials are fair and that most defendants are convicted by juries presented with strong evidence of their guilt. We also know that the system sometimes bends over backward to guarantee defendants’ rights, and that things happen in the courtroom and on appeal that help, rather than hurt, defendants’ chances to go free.

But often, that’s not the way it works.

If Silicon Valley can’t get their act together, I wonder how things look in less fortunate places elsewhere in the United States.

Web Monday Berlin follow-up

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Web Monday Berlin was off to a good start on Monday. More than 60 people showed up.

Live impressions:

Web feedback:

Frankfurt’s up next, on February 6. Already, some very interesting folks have signed up.

Wikipedia Germany down following court order

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Wikipedia Germany ( is currently not linking/redirecting to due to legal issues. Apparently, a court in Berlin, Germany has issued a restraining order.

May have to do with, according to heise online (in German).



Sunday, January 15th, 2006

For eating soup, Germans are known for using spoons, Italians are known for using forks. Germans are known for their love of traveling, and millions travel abroad each year. Germans are known for enjoying their beer. Germans are known for their resourcefulness, for their sense of order in both their personal lives and their music, and for being direct, frank, and truthful about how they feel (superficial, small talk is rarely welcomed). Germans are known for their punctuality and for their long vacations, their sausage and beer. The Germans are known for being very diligent, hard-working people and for being very good managers. Germans are known for their industriousness, and tend to take their work very seriously. Germans are known for having festivals at the drop of a hat and celebrate many times over the year. Germans are known for their fine bookbinding skills, for their keen sense of logic and order and for their love of the outdoors and hiking. The Germans are known for their meticulous approach to engineering, for their efficiency and for very good craftsmanship. They are known for their concerns about how the rest of the world sees them. Germans are known for dry Rielsings. Germans are known for being better invaders and dictators than listeners. Germans are known for their beer making and drinking. Germans are known for their love of animals. The Germans are known for their love of potatoes, beer, and regimentation and routine. Germans are known for making realiable cars. Germans are known for their formality, and for both their stubburnness and frankness. Germans are known for their punctuality and efficiency. Germans are known for enjoying good food in large quantities. The Germans are known for their pursuit of excellence. The Germans are known for their engineering expertise. Germans are known for their love for accordions, lederhosen, and all things Hasselhoff. Germans are known for respecting their country’s physical, natural beauty. Germans are known for their love of the environment. The Germans are known for their sterile technique and clean hospitals. Germans are known for their cutting instruments. Germans are known for their very vibrant and, sometimes, horrific history. They are also known for their steadfastness and superior workmanship. Germans are known for there Wanderlust. The Germans are known for two things, driving tanks over piles of skulls, and bizarre sexual fetishes. Germans are known for hardcore porn. The Germans are known for their imposing personalities and their totalitarian regimes. Germans are known for loading their sausages with anything.

Inspired by The Prejudice Map. Via Google Blogoscoped.

Web Monday Berlin, January 16

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Tomorrow is Web Monday again, this time in Berlin. Starts at 7pm at newthinking store, Berlin-Mitte.

CIO podcast with Mike Workman, Pillar Data Systems

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Mike Workman, President/CEO of Pillar Data Systems, recently went on CIO Sponsored Podcasts to talk about the State of the Market 2006 - Storage (time: 0:15:21, size: 7.4 MB).

Pretty good overview of what Pillar does and where they’re headed.