Samsung introduced the Magazine UX interface for the Samsung Note 12.2 and Note 3. It is a windows 8 look-a-like homescreen as a result from a deal with Flipboard. It is showcase bloatware: No one asked for it and nobody wants it either.
The solution to remove Magazine UX turned out to be simpler than expected: Simply replace the Samsung touchwiz interface by another launcher like e.g. the Nova Launcher.
When learning Russian you need to have a way to enter text in Cyrillic.
I decided that, although I am not very good at mastering new languages, I want to give it a try to learn a bit of Russian (по-русски).
I bought a Dutch book for learning Russian via self study (Prisma Taaltraining Russisch voor zelfstudie) and a bunch of supporting apps for Android.
Starting it is already fun as it enables me to slowly read Cyrillic text. And suprisingly some words already make sense. Like земля which is pronounced as Zemlja. It means land. I grew up with the book on a Dutch crew that stranded on Nova Zembla (new land) end 16th century.
In May 2013 I started on a project in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. I visit Atyrau every few weeks for a few weeks (about a third of the time).
Glassboard is a cloud application for sharing information in private groups. Their business model is based on paid subscriptions and not on data mining as free services like Facebook and Google+ do.
In a project someone suggested to use plan.io for issue, change and risk management, file and knowledge sharing.
This solution turned out to be quite interesting and promising as it is a cloud solution that is both easy to use and manage.
A few years ago I was talking about project issues with a colleague. I said something like: “One could write a book on this…”, to which he replied that I should. Really. He repeated that a few times the weeks and months thereafter. The idea of writing a book sunk in and I started to collect ideas. Sticky notes, sheets, notes on dropbox, sketches and later notes in evernote. I purchased an Adobe Suite and started setting up the book (page setup, table of contents and first pages).
In the book I will elaborate on why projects struggle or fail and provide guidance how to deal with underpinning causes. Ambition is to publish the book Fall 2013.
Towards publishing I will gradually share more on the book. For now a bit of background on development:
The sheet shows the work breakdown and the two major milestones that requirere management attention:
- Requirements aligned.
- Test setup validated.
All students certified for Prince2 Foundation and about 80% for Prince2 Practitioner.
Driving around in a rental I have seen much more of Norway than before. During the weekend I drove from Ølen to Stavanger to pick up my wife who flew over for a visit to Stavanger. From Stavanger we took the boat trip to Preikestolen into the Lysefjord. We drove around the country side next day. Click on the picture for a few photos.
Beautiful weather as well.
Looking forward to the next training in Norway in June.