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40 Years of Macintosh
A (My) Personal Review

It's that time again. It's the Apple Macintosh's birthday again. It's now its 40th birthday - a special anniversary. I don't like to admit it, but most of the time in history I have somehow used the computer, or not. But read for yourself.

Before the Macintosh

Welcome IBM Ad

After Steve Wozniak's groundbreaking tinkering, which was introduced by and as the Apple Computer in 1976, Apple sold the Apple II very successfully from 1977. The second version, the Apple II+, was released when IBM introduced its PC in 1981. With more than a wink, Apple greeted the former typewriter manufacturer with a full-page advertisement.

But by then, an important step had already been taken: Steve Jobs visited the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with a team for the first time in 1979 and was particularly impressed by one idea: Operating a graphical user interface with the mouse.

However, it would be another four years before the Lisa appeared as a mouse-operated computer in 1983. Although it offered groundbreaking functions such as the graphical interface and the drag & drop option, it remained commercially unsuccessful due to its high price of over $10,000.

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Posted by Frank Blome on January 18th, 2024 under Internal
Tags: history macintosh

The Key to Success in 2024: Strategic Planning

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News about Merlin Project

In the last few weeks, it has once again become clear: The template for strategic planning is currently top-of-mind.

Of course, as we approach the end of the year, it's always time to think about the year ahead. That's why I also went into this in a targeted article in the blog. This year, a particularly large number of people have asked me about it.

Our Support recommends:

You are welcome to use your plan from the previous year. It can be prepared quickly in three steps:
  1. Open the old project and duplicate it in the file menu & create a new document ID.
  2. Select the project line and delete the real values in the Edit menu.
  3. Set the start date of the project to 1-Jan-2024.

So here are a few more general thoughts on the subject ...

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Merlin Project 8.2 is released

Neues über Merlin Project

Merlin Project 8.2

Now that Apple's new macOS 14 and iOS 17 operating systems have been released, it was time for us to resolve some outstanding issues in Merlin Project. Version 8.2 presented today contains many internal improvements and bug fixes. But it's not just under the hood that things have changed in this version. There is also a lot to report in the area visible to you…

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Posted by Frank Blome on December 4th, 2023 under Products
Tags: merlin-project merlin-project-express release

5 Questions about Project Management
with Marvin Blome

Coffee Talk

Marvin Blome

Just before the weekend, we take a short stop in the coffee kitchen and exchange ideas among colleagues. This is how we understand our "5 Questions to" article series, in which we ask experienced project managers about their best practices.

Today, we're talking to Marvin Blome, a new addition to ProjectWizards. The attentive reader will have noticed the guest posts in this blog. Before his role at ProjectWizards, Marvin has orchastrated Sales & Marketing activities for Northern Germany during his work at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Further, he organized the Accelerate event at HHL Graduate School of Management, attracting 300+ participants with a team of 30+ students. Since September 1, he’s led our strategic and operational marketing, bringing his passion for entrepreneurship and marketing to ProjectWizards.

Of course, as the new wizard, he immediately had to answer our 5 questions.

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Posted by Frank Blome on September 29th, 2023 under Project Management
Tags: 5 questions

Public Beta Test of the Upcoming Operating System macOS Sonoma

Why you should not install a public beta of an operating system on your productive computer

Public beta test macOS operating system

With macOS Sonoma, the next update of the operating system is in the starting blocks. The release is announced for this fall.

The anticipation of the latest features and improvements is certainly often irresistible. Therefore, it is very tempting to already install the public beta version of the operating system to test the new features ahead of time. However, there are 5 important reasons why you should avoid doing this on your productively used computer.

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Posted by Frank Blome on July 14th, 2023 under Products
Tags: beta-test macos

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