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12 Days of ‘Staircase Wit’ for 2013 (Day 2)

Rather than end the year with a ‘best of’ list or predictions for 2014, I’ll be delivering 12 days of holiday gifts to you in the form of treppenwitz: all the smart afterthoughts I had all year.

Treppenwitz or perhaps more correctly ‘l’esprit de l’escalier’ is the expression for when you think of the perfect thing to say, but long after the moment you should have said it. In this series of blogs I given myself a second chance to comment or correct topics I’ve covered this year.


February started with one of the more ‘unusual’ check-ins on Foursquare, when my flight to Philly had to make an emergency landing at Goose Bay Military Airport.

Feb Foursquare

Insights from the 2013 SAP Mobile Operator Guide

In February, we launched the first SAP Mobile Operator Guide at Mobile World Congress. We’ve been bowled over by the response, which is why I’m happy to confirm that the second edition is already in production.

We’ve also made the guide ‘staircase’ compatible. Just head over to the SAP Mobile Services community, where you’ll find Slideshare summaries of the major articles as well as a place to make you insightful and informed comments.

Watching the Oscars with My Mobile

It’s been a mixed year for ‘second screen’ technology. I’ve finally added a Wii U to the jumble of tech under my TV (and the 5 HDMI ports on my AV receiver is making it look woefully under-provisioned).

At the time of writing, the TVii functionality has yet to be launched in the UK. But if it ever does come, at least it’ll work with my Sky PVR unlike ‘ahem’ the Xbox One. Whilst the new Xbox One is intended as a media hub, it doesn’t play nice with the 50Hz broadcast content here in UK (and EU). You could switch the system down to 50Hz, but as since the days of NES we’ve been trying to get our consoles to run at 60 Hz, this is backward step.

I was amazed at this situation, but as a friend sarcastically replied to my comment that ‘surely they knew about the 50Hz problem before launch’: “RoW problem”.

Second screen is also a big part of Sony and Microsoft’s next console strategy. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops. So far I’ve yet to use SmartGlass with my Xbox beyond testing the app could actually connect.