Konstantin's notes


What is a digital product company?

Since I've been talking a lot about the digital product lately, here's my definition of what a digital #product is in a #service company (aka the product), versus a people-lead service (aka the operations or OPs). read more →

The most Personal Computer

When #apple announced the Personal Computer, they were thinking of a computational device that would serve one human, to augment and expand one’s capabilities to think. “A bicycle for the mind”, like Steve #jobs used to call it. read more →

Masters build their own tools

Before he dedicated his life to interior architecture and to product design, my #father initially was trained in #carpentry, among other professions. Now, after he retired, he encounters again the joy of working with wood, especially carving. And makes his own tools. read more →

Four layers of an information system

Here is a thought, that needs validation, so see it as food for thought: When it comes to building an information system, I see it consisting of four layers. read more →

The Apple II mimicking the typewriter

I just recently realized how different the Apple II was. I was aware of the technological achievements. But this time, it struck me that there has been no mental model of a PC before in almost any head of any person back then in 1977. And that meant, that no one knew how a PC was supposed to look like. read more →

Macintosh’s flawed windows

Now that I’ve spent quite some time with the original #macintosh and its #os, it’s clear how wrong the concept of movable, arbitrarily resizable #windows is. It’s in such stark contrast to my now main work device, the #ipad. read more →

Watches as ambient technology

During my years in #switzerland it took me some time to realize what role a #watch may play. As a dilettante to watches, I used to think that watches are just there for time keeping. Only after years I realized, that they are in fact one of few things a guy can use as a socially accepted #fashion statement. And then, the wrist #tracking devices and time keepers came up, turning the wrist into yet another interface between us and hightech. read more →

Hashtags in Blogracer

I've been inspired by #iainc 's #hashtag treatment within the #iawriter. It just feels at the same time so nerdy and natural to use them. Such a hashtag is then both, the meta data of an #article, and part of the article's #content, which is exciting for an #ia like me. read more →

How to cut a system

One of my tasks as an #ia is dividing an existing system, so that improvements can be done in an #iterative way. It usually takes some time to understand along which lines the #system can actually be cut. Usually these lines are following the company's communication borders, but ideally the lines are along use cases. read more →

The Macintosh

Now that I got to learn a lot about Macintosh, the first #mac, I'm impressed. Given what the developers had at that time, the #computer seems like an impossible achievement. The micro processor #hardware at that time was in its infancy, and the consumers were stuck with the #mentalmodel of the #commandline. read more →