CES is upon us

Thinking about electronics for Christmas? The prices will be good for this year’s models. And then International Consumer Electronics Show 2015, Las Vegas January  6 - 9, 2015International Consumer Eletrconics Show 2015 happens and some of us will be looking at new electronics to want just about two weeks later. I feel very fortunate that I am not one of those early adopters. Early adopters, who always need to have the latest gadget, have to delay Christmas until CES 2015.  which start on January 6, 2015 in Vegas. This is the largest consumer electronics show of the world, and all the Sony’s, Samsungs, Microsofts, and other electronics manufacturers, introduce the world the next generation of gadgets.

That’s where everything new will happen, and determines the editorial schedule for the TechNews reporters and fill up the topic list for the next year.

Me, I just go my new Moto X and I am happy with it, still getting aquainted to it. It has similar specs as the Nexus 6, also built by Motorola. Moto X is smaller in size and turned out to be a couple hundred dollars cheaper in the pure edition version. This weekend I took it out for the first time and I do like my new camera on this phone.

Today, we are back to work.

#ThrowbackThursday Early years.

birgitI found this on an old NFN web page about its volunteers.

Here is what I wrote in December 2002

After 10 years in Restaurant Management in Germany I not only changed my profession but also the country I live in and came to Naples in August 1998. Christian, my hubby, was relocated by his company. Rumors say due to inclement weather.
After buying a convertible in the first week and moving in to the new place, I joined the Naples Free-Net in September. Fascinated by the Internet and doing homepages already since 1995 in Munich for a similar organization, it seemed to be a good thing to do.

Since then I tried to spread the word about the Internet, helping on the helpteam, joining the Education and the Web Team. Since June I serve on the Board of Directors. ColdFusion is my new toy and passion.

Book Review was my first ColdFusion project. The lastes big project for the Naples Free-Net was the homepage. At the moment the online tools for the new Tiered Services are in preparation. Since May 2002 I am part of NFN’s Executive Committee as Vice-president and since June 2002 I am the Naples Free-Net’s Webmaster and chair the NFN Webteam with the NFN Fusioneers:-)

In November 2002 we finally moved into our new home.

At the Naples Free-Net I met very interesting, heartwarming and awfully smart people. The NFN Volunteers are the closest thing to a family I could get, while my own family and friends are suddenly thousands of miles away.

The Naples Free-Net is very lively organization with dedicated people. It is amazing what this group of volunteers has accoomplished over all these years. I feel very privilege to serv this organization in various projects.

Please feel free to sent suggestions and comments to me under birgit@naples.net.

December 2002


Photo by Christian Haack, 1997 on a boat ride from Teneriffa to Lanzarote. The star & stripes outfit and the Sebastian Inlet hat, I obtained a year earlier at our vacation in Florida.

Back from Europe in Fall: My latest photos on @Eyeem

While testing the various ways, I can reuse photos posted on various photos sharing sites on websites, I discovered the embedded slideshow feature on Eyeem.
Here are the latest 20 photos I shared online:

Just read about a new feature to include a Tag/Funk collection in a website as well. This would be a great way to have your website viewer keep up with a photos contest/meme around your organization etc… provided that the photos were uploaded to Eyeem.
This is the meme “Colors of Autumn” an Eyeem Mission which ended October 27. The recap has not been published yet, but I have a few photos posted to this mission. Keep the fingers crossed!

Kunstpause: The Gift of Today

Louis Schwartzberg’s Talk on Gratitude at TEDxSF

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.