How does IT feel?

We have learned lots of acronyms (serp), we have learned scrum.

Moreover, we have learned that Cucumber likes to be fed Gherkin.

We have uttered sentences like “Will Google allow that?” and “I think the button doesn’t mind”. 

Google’s constitution, a button’s feelings, a cucumber’s appetite – there’s nothing you can’t think of that you have to think of these days …

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Conclave – A User Story

We wonder: Do all the Cardinals really have to assemble in Rome on 28th to vote for one of them to be our next Pontifex?

The internet, the social networks in particular, were buzzing with news and posts about (“our”) Benedict XVI. and his resignation. Several Tweetdecks virtually exploded, we’ve been told.

Benedetto does have a Twitter account.
Most people who are on Twitter are also on Facebook, they have E-Mail, IM and Skype accounts.
If Benedict does have all that, we might assume that the other Cardinals have followed suit.

So!

Why don’t the cardinals hold their Conclave via Skype video conference call? Or Google+ Hangout, for that matter?

Their user story – I as a cardinal want/need to vote in order to determine the next Pope.
To this end, I need something to vote with.
My hand, is raised and then counted in an assembly in a room in the Vatican – or my hand raised in front of my mobile / laptop / computer / iPad camera, which is counted by the Camerlengo in a Skype conference call. (A “vote or die” button might be too gamified for the purpose …)

Question: Is that 2.0 enough for a Church lacking appeal to digital natives?

Question: Where’s the white smoke supposed to come from?
For the time being: from our heads (when we just followed the Pope on Twitter, Twitter suggested: You might also like @Benjamin Netanjahu and @Bill Cosby).

Blinded by: The ugly

Der Erfolg von Apple ist nicht zuletzt auf dem guten Gespür für Design von Steve Jobs zu verdanken. Nicht wenige wollten einen Apple-Computer auf den ersten Blick besitzen. Weiß, bunt, völlig egal. Du Maschine aus der Zukunft, verschönere mein Wohnumfeld.

Genau das haben die Macher von Google nicht beachtet, als sie ihre seltsame Brille entworfen haben. Niemand, wirklich niemand kann diesen seltsamen Cyberborg-Riegel im Gesicht schön finden. Da hilft es auch wenig, wenn man die Brille  den Models der Diane von Fürstenberg Fashion Show in New York ins Gesicht klebt. Sie bleibt knallhässlich.

Wir steigen erst wieder ein, wenn es die Technik als Kontaktlinse gibt und „wearable computing“ einigermaßen ansehnlich geworden ist.  Bis dahin dürfen sich die Rollerbladefahrer, Handy-Tasche-am-Gürtel-Trager und Weiße-Socken-Liebhaber gerne mit der Datenbrille austoben.