Management: wasted on the youth

In 1938, Ed Sullivan wrote in one of his newspaper columns that "youth is wasted on the very young". He was paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw, who once said: "Youth is the most beautiful thing in this world — and what a pity that it has to be wasted on children!" What does this have to [...]

Unscrupulous customer care at Apple

This is one of those posts I don't enjoy writing but this must be said. I have a mid-2011 27" iMac (with AppleCare). It has now broken down three times for the very same problem (its video card goes bad). Other things on it also broke down, like the SuperDrive. Bottom line: Apple has refused [...]

What happened to Sigma and FujiFilm DSLRs?

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

A few years ago, there were two companies which had some interesting opportunities ahead of them: Sigma with its revolutionary Foveon sensor and lens-making know-how, and FujiFilm with its remarkable Super CCD SR sensor and long-term experience with professional lens-making. They didn't stay on course. Sigma's continued development of the sensor has been much too [...]

Undercover Boss was my idea too

A couple of weeks ago, my jaw dropped as I browsed Twitter. SNL had put together a skit lampooning a new show on CBS called "Undercover Boss". I didn't even know the show existed, much less that it had been on SNL. Since the show's launch after the Superbowl, it turned into a nationwide hit, [...]

BMW 325i build quality problems

I put together a short video review of the build quality problems in the 2006 BMW 235i sport sedan. These are things like: Rotting or loose rubber seams on the outside Easily scratched/worn door handles Faulty cup holders Flimsy, easily melted cigarette lighters Soft plastic finishes that disintegrate and scuff right away Broken window shades [...]

Site migration complete

Last night, I completed what could be called an unusual site migration. I went from a self-hosted WP install to WP.com. That's right, my full site is now hosted at my WP.com account. People usually migrate from WP.com to WP self-installs after their site gets big and they decide they want more options, like the [...]

A twist on telecommuting

Derek Thompson from The Atlantic picked up a post I wrote a couple of years ago, entitled "13 arguments for telecommuting", in an article which proposes a twist on the idea: a 4-day workweek. The State of Utah switched to just such a program a year ago for its government employees, and the results are [...]

United Airlines breaks guitars

In addition to stranding people in foreign cities, lying to them, and making them pay for their own stay, thereby breaking the rules of the Star Alliance, United Airlines now also breaks guitars. In March 2008, musician Dave Carroll flew with United Airlines through Chicago, where a fellow passenger witnessed his $3,500 Taylor guitar being [...]

It’s no surprise broadband internet sucks in the US

A recent Akamai survey, which I shared here and here, ranked US in the 33rd spot (globally) when it came to broadband internet connections above 2 Mbps. Sure, it moved up two spots compared to last year, but it's still lagging behind countries such as Monaco, Slovakia, South Korea, and believe it or not, Romania [...]