Monday, December 15, 2003

Bought a new stinkpad (in theory)
Excerpt: I bought a new IBM Thinkpad X31 today, in theory. I write in theory because I can't get any status on the order (the IBM order status page times out with a server error 400 after about 30 seconds). The receipt I received was misclassified as spam ('cause it looks like spam) so I didn't even see it initially, and it took me three...

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Surreal TV: The Apprentice
Excerpt: So, according to this essay at The Morning News, The Apprentice is rigged. Duh. The Morning News - Reality’s Apprentice: My reality collided with reality TV during episode seven of NBC’s The Apprentice. The premise was a hyped-up competition over real estate. The remaining participants were challenged to renovate and rent one of two ‘rundown’ Brooklyn apartments in 48 hours. One of those apartments...

Thursday, October 7, 2004

The Long Tail
Excerpt: From Wired 12.10: Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.

Sunday, January 9, 2005

Telemarketing counterscript
Excerpt: Ever get frustrated with telemarketers and wanted a non-violent way to counter their scripted attack on your dinner time? See the anti-telemarketing EGBG counterscript....

Friday, January 28, 2005

(WSJ) Sale of IBM Unit To Chinese Firm Faces U.S. Review
Excerpt: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. is to investigate the purchase of IBM's PC division by Lenovo of China, driven by the Chinese government's stake in Lenovo. More details in: Sale of IBM Unit To Chinese Firm Faces U.S. Review...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Waiting for Time Warner Cable
Excerpt: For several weeks we've had no service whatsoever on our HDTV tuner from Time Warner Cable of New York City. I first noticed it, well, lessee...mid-January. I called TWC and spent five minutes wading through voicemail menus only to be put on interminable hold. TWC does not track (apparently) if you have called and hung up. Days passed and we made do with the...

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Straits-Times Interactive goes fee-only
Excerpt: I just started reading the Straits-Times online site several months ago but will be dropping it from my reading list after March 15th: ST website to charge for access from Mar 15 - Feb 24, 2005. I don't mind registering for newspaper sites, I don't mind the various marketing bits of information they ask for and generally supply valid information (not necessarily correct, but...

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Layoffs Seem to Conflict With Tax Break
Excerpt: Here's a stunner (in the Duh, of course it's not working the way Congress intended sense): Layoffs Seem to Conflict With Tax Break Meant to Propel Job Growth. In response to a WTO ruling on how the US taxes or provides subsidies to US businesses with international outposts, the US Congress passed a one year law to allow for the repatriation of foreign income...

Friday, March 11, 2005

Perk for average joe gets nailed: ESPP discounts to be expensed
Excerpt: The Stock-Purchase Perk May Get Harder to Offer: When the FASB looked at and recommended expensing stock options, they apparently also recommended the expensing of the discount on employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs): Under old accounting rules, the shares were not reported as an "expense," and didn't hurt profit. Now, companies will have to expense the cost of the stock they set aside for...

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Todd says throw the book at Bernie E.
Excerpt: Turboville: The Rise and (Hard) Fall of Bernie Ebbers: Not only did they throw the book at former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers, they reinvented what the book looked like. [...] This verdict has teeth, and it demonstrates that when chief executives and other high level management conduct themselves in a manner unbecoming to business professionals -- unethical or illegal – there is a price...

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Satellite radio quickly causes changes in traditional radio
Excerpt: According to National > As Satellite Radio Takes Off, It Is Altering the Airwaves" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/05/national/05satellite.html?">The New York Times > National > As Satellite Radio Takes Off, It Is Altering the Airwaves, the quick rise of XM and Sirius satellite radio has caused some changes in local radio already...shortening the time of commercials in an hour from 11.7 to 11 minutes and changing of playlists....

Monday, October 31, 2005

Here's a surprise: Web 2.0 Entrepreneurs don't want VC money
Excerpt: Read two articles about how the current crop of entrepreneurs (Web 2.0 or otherwise) are generally self-funding and are skipping the VC market: WSJ.com - Many Internet Start-Ups Are Telling Venture Capitalists: 'We Don't Need You' and Amazon beats VCs to the punch. Generally founders are finding it significantly cheaper to develop software and web based products, both because hardware is significantly cheaper as...

Saturday, November 5, 2005

New competitor to VCs: Google
Excerpt: I added a link to Paul Graham's essay The Venture Capital Squeeze in my earlier post Here's a surprise: Web 2.0 Entrepreneurs don't want VC money, but wanted to highlight some insights he makes: Starting a startup is significantly cheaper today than ten years ago. Software is cheaper if not free, systems are cheaper, software development is cheaper and easier. starting a startup is...

Friday, January 6, 2006

The man who said "no" to Wal-Mart
Excerpt: The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart Wier is too judicious to describe it this way, but he looked into a future of supplying lawn mowers and snow blowers to Wal-Mart and saw a whirlpool of lower prices, collapsing profitability, offshore manufacturing, and the gradual but irresistible corrosion of the very qualities for which Snapper was known. Jim Wier looked into the future and...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Dow Jones loses a few customers
Excerpt: Unlike apparently 99.9% of the web, I have no problem paying for an online subscription to something like the WSJ. Apparently, though, the WSJ included a subscription to Barron's online for awhile but since January 8, 2006 has separated the two. That is, if you subscribed last year to both online, you now have to get a new subscription to Barron's online. I actually...

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Risk Pool...New Yorker article on pensions
Excerpt: The Risk Pool: an interesting article by Malcom Gladwell on pensions, arguing that in the 1950s American unions wanted to spread pensions across companies, while companies (fearing the free flow of employees) pushed for company based pensions. That you can tell teh health of an economy (whether it's a country or a company) by looking at its dependency ratio: the ratio of workers to...

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