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Category Archives: Business
The software industry is a funny thing. For all of our heroic examples (Gates, Jobs, Page, Zuckerberg etc), it is difficult to tell whether we worship them because they are software-y types like us or whether we only do so … Continue reading
I’m not sure where I got the recommendation for Tested Advertising Methods (5th Edition) by John Caples and edited by Fred E. Hahn. It might have been a comment on Hacker News or possibly one of the fine recommendations that … Continue reading
Pricing is the driving force of a market place, allowing coordination of self-interested agents across wide divides of time, space and culture. And that’s as it may be. “But what price should I”, asks the frustrated manager or small business … Continue reading
Right now I have a problem with my left shoulder, in the AC joint. Basically the doctor’s instructions are: rest. Given how long it’s taken to get over my storied knee problems, the timing of this is … maddening. I … Continue reading
Stop trying to make me use your crappy “self serve” checkouts.
I noticed you installed them a few months back. A few weeks ago, out of curiousity, I tried it.
It was just that: a curiousity. My experience went as follows:
I was reminded of my first job as a checkout operator, which I utterly detested. It was [...] Continue reading
International customers can buy Amazon Kindle ebook readers without jumping through tricksy hoops!
I am quite excited about this. I spend a lot on books shipped via Amazon. The Kindle means that I would spend less per book and eliminate shipping costs.
Edit: Though it looks like they’re only going to sell the plain Kindle, not the [...] Continue reading
NAB’s CEO has decided to work amongst his hoi-polloi in a corner cubicle.
Cubicles are one of worst false economies created by bean-counting. Managerial types seem to thrive on interruption. They love a crisis in which they can prove that they are as good as Captain Hornblower.
However it’s been known for a long time that cubicles [...] Continue reading