An interview about entrepreneurship and more

Florin Rosoga Podcast

I was recently interviewed by Florin Roșoga, an entrepreneur from Cluj-Napoca (one of the cities near and dear to my heart) on the topic of, well, me... The discussion centered around entrepreneurship, work ethic and money. I tried to be as frank and direct as possible. The interview is in Romanian, it's in podcast format [...]

Audit Defense may not be worth the price

Just a quick note to let you know the Audit Defense service offered by TurboTax in recent years is probably not worth the price. It's run by a company called TaxResources, Inc., and they say they'll represent you to the IRS in case you should have any problems with your return, for the low price [...]

So long, Contenture

According to their website and blog, Contenture is going out of business. That's unfortunate. I signed up with them back in June of 2008, endorsed their services here on my site, and while I didn't make a lot of money with them, I knew the idea of micropayments for web content was something that would [...]

Life Inc – another perspective on today's society

Douglas Rushkoff, an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker and scholar, has written a book entitled "Life Inc", where he delves into what he calls the "corporate mindset" of today's society, and how to overcome it in order to make our lives and our world better. I'll let him tell you what the book is about in [...]

Wondering when California's budget is going to get fixed

One great thing about California is they're not allowed to go into debt, like the federal government. They must always balance their budget. And yet the California legislature has failed to address this problem and has let deadline after deadline slip by, in seeming mockery, in spite of Gov. Schwarzenegger's continued pleas and coaxing. When [...]

Using Contenture to handle micropayments

Back in April, I wrote about micropayments, and why I thought they were an equitable way to reward web publishers for their time and effort. I shared my thoughts on ad revenues, which, for most people, are minimal and not enough to live on, unless you are one of the relatively few websites that gets [...]

The iMac: not so great long, long after

I received an email from Apple a couple of days ago, advertising the new iMac. The title of the ad was: "Amazing right out of the box. And long, long after." I disagree with that characterization. Perhaps it's true of the new iMac, but it's not true of our iMac. First, let me get something [...]

Our economy: a very distinctive photoplay

I found this photo of a truck advertising the Rialto Theatre on Shorpy. What perked my interest was the juxtaposition of the truck in front of the US Treasury Building. Although the photo was taken in 1925, it's somehow applicable to our times. Doesn't it seem strangely non-coincidental that a photoplay/movie truck would find itself [...]

Is it any wonder there's computer piracy in Romania?

If the US and other Western countries are looking at Romania and shaking their heads while wondering why there's so much computer piracy there, perhaps this will help them get the picture. In 2008, the median monthly salary in Romania was €285, or $353, as another source quotes it. The same source says that by [...]