2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

EWMD HK 20 Feb 2012

EWMD Asia Pacific Networking Event on 20 February 2012

It would be nice to meet you there:

Working Abroad: More than Being an Expat?

Expatriates are typically working for a limited period outside their own country and are not supposed to get deeply involved in their new home country; some companies explicitly don’t want their professionals to engage in the local community and define the personal boundaries of their expat staff by contract to avoid job-related conflicts that may arise if some of their staff become politically or socially active.

Within the expat community, which includes skilled professionals who come to work in another country on their own or those sent by their employer, many (the majority?) are not interested in integrating in the culture and prefer their own social circles, but there are also those who want to engage in social, political or other issues of public concern in their new home country.

What experiences have you made as an expat or with expat colleagues? In our event we would like to discuss the diverse experiences of an expat’s life from different perspectives and look forward to welcoming you. This time, we will have EWMD members from Germany, Austria and Laos who are currently visiting Hong Kong, as guests, who will contribute to our exchange of experiences and stories.

The EWMD Asia-Pacific is the Asian chapter of EWMD International, the European Womens’ Management Development Network (www.ewmd.org) We are a registered non-profit society to support networking and exchange among professionals.

Time: 20 February 2012, 18:00-20:00

Venue: Culture Club & Gallery, Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong www.cultureclub.com.hk

Cost: 200 HK$ including 2 drinks of your choice

Registration: Please register online at http://www.ewmd.org/events/working-abroad-more-being-expat


UX Hong Kong Feb2012

User Experience Hong Kong

17-18 February 2012

User Experience Hong Kong (UXHK) is an event based in Hong Kong dedicated to bring all disciplines together (research, marketing, design, technology and the business to name a few) who work in various product and service developments who want to learn more and are passionate about designing great experiences for people and business for a better world.

…see you in HK?

Music downloads

Wie die Musikindustrie chinesische Piraten umarmt

“Die größte chinesische Suchmaschine Baidu war bisher eher dafür bekannt, schwarzkopierte Songs zu finden. Um der Piraterie Herr zu werden, kooperieren Sony, Warner und Universal jetzt mit Baidu: User können nun einfach umsonst Musik hören”.  Süddeutsche 20.07.2011


Seit 2009 ist das genau ein Service bereits bei Google China. Man kann völlig legal Musik als mp3 bei Google herunterladen, die mittels Werbung finanziert wird. Es sind nicht alle westlichen Tophits zu finden, aber alles aus China und vor allem Taiwan (Taiwan produziert einern Großteil der kommerziellen chinesischen Hits) sowie viele ältere westliche Hits und auch ganze Alben. Dies ist nur in China möglich, aus dem Ausland ist ein Zugriff nicht (einfach) möglich, das Interface ist Chinesisch und der Downloadbereich etwas versteckt bzw. umständlich zu nutzen (s. Anleitung).
Suche ist in Chinesisch und in Englisch möglich.




HCI2011 Shneiderman

Future of HCI: Ben Shneiderman at HCI Orlando

Prof. Ben Shneiderman at HCI 2011 Orlando, FL, USA

Professor Ben Shneiderman
University of Maryland, talks about the future of HCI in his keynote “Technology-Mediated Social Participation: The Next 25 Years of HCI Challenges”

The success of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and traditional discussion groups empowers individuals to become active in local and global communities. Shneiderman believes that with modest redesign, these technologies can be harnessed to support national priorities such as healthcare/wellness, disaster response, community safety, energy sustainability, etc.

HCI International 2011
9-14 July 2011, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, USA

more pics:

Shanghai Glass Museum

Shanghai Museum of Glass just opened



Shanghai Museum of Glass
685 Changjiang Xi Lu, near Gangsi Lu, Baoshan
宝山区长江西路685号, 近钢四路
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Entry: RMB 20

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Soziale Netzwerke

Soziale Netzwerke sind China ein Dorn im Auge

Ausländische Internetunternehmen sind in China kaum vertreten oder haben bereits die Segel gestrichen. Denn das Beispiel Ägyptens zeigt: Facebook und Co bieten eine Art virtueller Meinungs- und Versammlungsfreiheit.