Category Archives: business

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

If you own a public establishment, consider putting one of these near the door. The keynote file it comes from is right here, under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license, and you’re welcome to use it as often as you feel is necessary.

Hypothetical Laptop notes

Let’s say you wanted to design a laptop, preinstalled with Linux and for a linux-user audience. This is mostly my own notes about what I’d like, but I wouldn’t mind some feedback. Pixel Qi screen 14″ inches if possible, for power and daylight readability. Arm SOC (Tegra?) User-replaceable battery and RAM. Ideally, off-the-shelf batteries. Are […]

Amortifying

A friend I was having a conversation with the other day noted, quite correctly I think, that while Joel Spolsky has said many very silly things in his time, he’s also said about five very true things better than anyone else, so well that much can be forgiven. One of them came up today when […]

And By Raging I Mean Flailing, And By Light I Mean Relevance

A friend of mine points me to this incredible New York Times article in which publishers lay out the fact that they are fundamentally opposed to public libraries, detailing their struggles as they take up arms against these nefarious institutions promoting such injustices as culture, literacy and the greater public good. Ms. Thomas of Hachette […]

Windows Phone: Done (Update! Incorrect!)

“We are driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8“, says Steve Ballmer, inadvertently strangling the entire WP7 ecosystem in its cradle as he telegraphs to Windows Phone 7 developers that anything they build will be dead-end technology by fall 2012. (update: see below…) Were I in that situation (and I’m in one that’s […]

Taking Stock

@mhoye: Market indicators down on fears market indicators won’t riseā€¦ wait um what ca.reuters.com… These graphics are poached from a friend’s private journal, but I suspect they won’t mind; it’s informative. @adammcnamara: The stock market: Because you don’t really need your money. google.ca/finance #fack You know how every single stock portfolio in the universe always […]

“Up To”

I’ve made a graph. This is Bell and Rogers current broadband offerings, their advertised “up to X” speed, and how long it would take to hit their stated monthly cap running at their advertised maximum speed full-out. As you can see, they’re selling you a month of quota that you can use in half a […]

Assorted Nerdery

First off, my colleague Donna wrote up a bit about the work we’ve been doing for the last few months. It’s been a pleasure to work with her, and I don’t really think of her as a crony but nobody tell her I said so. The second thing is a way to get all the […]

Four Star Daydream

I was wondering the other day why investment banking, which is in theory a competitive service industry, appears to be so insanely profitable. A notion occurred to me, but not being an expert in the field it’s hard for me to evaluate its veracity. It’s got a certain sinister elegance to it, though, and if […]

Quote Usage Based Unquote

I brought some mathy snark last time for which I make no apologies, but this is the longer post promised on the subject of the Usage Based Billing controversy that has rightly been getting a lot of airplay recently. Let me open this up by marveling at the magnificent job the terminology has done in […]