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Hardcore Java Programmers wanted 

It took some time to reach me - but finally I'm aware of this cool ad from an Amsterdam, The Netherlands based company called Virgil. Very seriously looking they sell streaming data solutions to the financial service industry. But their advertising agency had a sense of humor - Hardcore Java Programmers wanted:


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Official: XP on Macs! 

Now that I don't need an ugly hack to get Windows XP running on an Intel-based Mac (see here) I want one too! Why? Ok, I'm just kidding, but booting XP and playing some nice games only available for PC's doesn't sound so bad. Unfortunately I also think this is the final curtain for games on the Mac. Who is willing to develop games for a platform that can simply boot another OS and run the game? Maybe Apple is even adding Windows support inside Mac OS Leopard, just like OS/2 did? As a developer I would ask: Why two platforms if one fits it all? Hopefully, the Mac will survive once again!
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Computing 1991 

Today I found an interesting video about computing in 1991. I have to admit that I still used a C64 at this time, but I've also seen Windows 3.0 on some 286 PC's. What Steve Jobs did at this time was a bit to futuristic - at least at this time. Go and watch this video from 1991(!) where Steve demonstrates an operating system years ahead of the competition.



And if you've got the time (I still haven't but bookmarks are nice): A collection of GUI's can be found here. If you're interested in more Apple related videos - look no further.
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For Sascha 

This blog entry is for Sascha, who discovered and (maybe) read my blog. Luckily for him, I have some additional updates too. So even if this blog is absolutely inofficial (more like a test) you can drop me an email if you actually read this (it might be motivating).

And yes, as this entry is tagged photo, I have one that I always wanted to publish:



This is the truth why we get paid in our "kindergarten for adults" - working in an office is quite dangerous!
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New Papers 

After the exciting days now a bit back to work. Today I got a notification that two of my research papers have been accepted for the 9th International Conference on Business Information Systems.

The first paper explains the motivation of my thesis and has been named during my Amsterdam trip: Why do we actually need the Pi-Calculus for Business Process Management? At this time I thought no one would ever accept such a nonscientific title for a scientific paper. However, even at our research group I got quite good responses like: "Ok, let's assume I actually do need a formalism (which of course is very unlikely), then, after reading your paper, I would consider Pi-Calculus". Now that I have chapter one of my thesis published (to appear in some book of the Springer LNCS series soon) - the remainder of my thesis will straightforward ;-)

The second paper is based on a product line of my colleague Arnd and thereby directly related to the work I'm payed for (see PESOA). Together with him we investigated how to model variant-rich business process diagrams, i.e. business processes containing variants that can be fitted to customer needs. This paper is titled: Variability Mechanisms in E-Business Process Families.

Both papers will be presented only by myself at the conference in Klagenfurt (Austria), as my colleague is visiting a conference in Shanghai (China) this time around. Did I chose the right conference?
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