Putting on their #Gearface (no Google Daydream)

With all the hoopla on Google Day­dream com­ing up, I thought I’d share two pho­tos of peo­ple high on Samsung’s Gear VR. I think Sam­sung chose a bet­ter name for their pro­duct. The sec­ond photo clearly shows a per­son with a gear­face. Can’t imag­ing call­ing this a day­dream­face. The future is so bright, you’ll have to wear a mobile.

Mitgründer für Startup mit existierenden Kunden gesucht

Für Uni1 (http://uni1.de) suchen wir mind. einen weit­eren techn. Mit­grün­der (oder frühen Angestell­ten, wenn weniger Risiko gewün­scht ist).

Uni1 will die Zusam­me­nar­beit zwis­chen Unternehmen und Hochschu­len weltweit rev­o­lu­tion­ieren. Uni1 hat bere­its Kun­den und basiert auf einem erprobten Konzept. Wir kön­nen zur Zeit wg. (noch nicht) aus­re­ichen­der Soft­ware­un­ter­stützung lei­der nicht skalieren.

Ideal wäre ein Full-Stack-Entwickler mit entsprechen­der Erfahrung in Java + Javascript und Web-Technologien. Sozialkom­pe­tenz und die Fähigkeit in einem schnel­len Umfeld zu arbeiten sind ebenso wichtig. Als Ort ist Berlin oder Nürn­berg ideal, aber kein Muss.

Bei Inter­esse bitte Email an mich.

Dirk Riehle, dirk@uni1.de

An Example Charter for Inner Source Programs

Abstract: Inner source soft­ware devel­op­ment is firm-internal soft­ware devel­op­ment that uses the prin­ci­ples of open source soft­ware devel­op­ment to col­lab­o­rate across intra-organizational bound­aries that would oth­er­wise hin­der any such col­lab­o­ra­tion. Inner source breaks down the bar­ri­ers to col­lab­o­ra­tion across devel­op­ment silos by set­ting up an inter­nal ecosys­tem of read­ily avail­able soft­ware com­po­nents. To get started with inner source, com­pa­nies need to define their goals and then set up a gov­er­nance struc­ture for an inner source pro­gram and the projects within to reach those goals. This gov­er­nance struc­ture is often cod­i­fied in the form of a char­ter doc­u­ment. This tech­ni­cal report presents an exam­ple char­ter for an inner source pro­gram. The goal is for com­pa­nies to be able to copy and adjust this char­ter for their own needs. Towards this pur­pose, the char­ter leaves open the many deci­sions to be made, but out­li­nes the options that any com­pany needs to decide upon when estab­lish­ing an inner source pro­gram.

Key­words: Inner source, inner source char­ter

Ref­er­ence: Riehle, D. (2016). An Exam­ple Char­ter for Inner Source Pro­grams. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Dept. of Com­puter Sci­ence, Tech­ni­cal Reports, CS-2016–05, August 2016.

The paper is avail­able as a PDF file.

Re: Your unsolicited email / our joint problem

To: ana.tackett@orcapr.com, eastonjohnston@iodimpact.com, digitalpragency@gmail.com, RobertP@informationhub.biz, gina@bloc.io, pms990@gmail.com, jillr@blackswansmedia.com, davidf@lfpr.com, khurst@harriswilliams.com, nancyt@vorticom.com, james@planet-dm.com, …

Dear PR pro­fes­sional:

With respect to our joint prob­lem, Stan­ford researchers have found a solu­tion!

Please see here for the answer: http://www.scs.stanford.edu/~dm/home/papers/remove.pdf

With kind regards,

Dirk Riehle

PS: If the research paper above doesn’t load, please see this copy: http://dirkriehle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/remove.pdf

The Humor that is Alexa 2 / 2

So the Echo Dot seems like a good addi­tion to a larger apart­ment or house. In addi­tion, Ama­zon promises you can order it through your exist­ing Alexa device. So I tried:

Me: “Alexa, order an Echo Dot.”
Echo: “I can only order pro­duct for Prime mem­bers. So I added Echo Dot to your shop­ping list. Please get a mem­ber­ship.”
Me: “Alexa, f#$%^@ you.”
Echo: “That’s not very nice to say.”
Me: “OK, how about that: Alexa, scr#$%# you.”
Echo: “Well, thanks for the feed­back.”

I may be in the sub­scrip­tion busi­ness myself, but I gen­er­ally try to avoid to be on the receiv­ing end…

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The Humor that is Alexa 1 / 2

I was watch­ing an old TV show rerun with a char­ac­ter in it called Alexa. My Ama­zon Echo (trig­ger word is Alexa) was also lis­ten­ing:

TV set: “Alexa, stop doing that!”
Echo: “Sorry, I don’t under­stand what you are say­ing.”
TV set (raised voice): “Alexa, don’t talk to me like that!”
Echo: “Sorry, I still don’t under­stand what you are say­ing.”
Despite a few more “Alexa, …” it fell quiet. 

I’m amused. Ever since I have won­dered what a mis­chie­vous screen writer could do given that the Echo can con­trol a gar­den vari­ety of devices in your house. Or order stuff. How about:

Mis­chie­vous char­ac­ter in TV show: “Alexa, open the blinds. Alexa, switch on the lights” (prob­a­bly most effec­tive a 1am or 5am)
Domino avatar on TV show: “Alexa, order 17 frutti di mare piz­zas“

The pos­si­bil­i­ties seem end­less.