I listen to football players defending bounties and it reminds me of fraternity brothers defending hazing or hockey insiders defending fighting. As a football fan I expect my team to hurt “our” opponents, not injure them. Unfortunately, there is no bright shining line separating the two, only broad fuzzy ones.
The instant you start thinking that outsiders just don’t understand is the instant that you need to start looking for that broad fuzzy line. Because you have started to think that the mores of your group of insiders trump the mores of the world you live in.
And trust me, they don’t.
I almost returned “Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson” to the library unread. Dave Winer’s Why Jobs chose Isaacson and Thomas Q Brady’s Steve Jobs picked the wrong guy had created doubt in my mind. It was a library book, so I had no skin in the game. But Jobs was a totem for my generation of developers and I started leafing through the pages.
The pages pulled me in. I knew the main story. I knew much of the back story. But the biography depicted a depth and nuance that was all new to me. And so I inhaled the book over the weekend.
In the end, Winer and Brady were right. The Isaacson biography was authoritative, but not illuminating. Worth reading, but not worth a spot on my bookshelf (digital or analog).
It’s hard to maintain eye contact in a web chat. If you look at your correspondent in your screen, then you’re not looking at your web cam. And if you look at your web cam, then you’re only seeing your correspondent in your peripheral vision.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could buy a web cam on a stalk. Then you could place the web cam within your field of view while looking at your correspondent. Or how about some mirrors to shift the built in web cam focal point from the top to the interior of the screen.
Add in some software to move your correspondent’s picture into alignment with the webcam location and you have a complete solution.
I wish that I had known about “Settings → General → About → Diagnostic & Usage → Diagnostic & Usage Data” before. My iPhone 3GS battery would drain quickly on road trips to my best customer. My “solution” was to delete and then add my Exchange email, calendar and contacts. I might have found something useful if I had known where to look.
- Fast, Cheap, Good
- Schedule, Scope, Resources
Once upon a time, I wondered whether there was a natural law dictating three choices. Now, I understand that three is the minimum number to graphically demonstrate the need for compromise. Two makes it look like you’re pitting one against the other and four makes the choices too complex.
The bottom line is that any commercially desirable goal requires compromise. The sooner you accept the need for compromise, the sooner you can make some decisions and get on with it.
Note to self: reserve time at Dig This next time you’re in Las Vegas.
The 10-employee park has five pieces of machinery, including a pair of Caterpillar D5 track-type bulldozers and three Caterpillar 315CL hydraulic excavators. Dig This sells three-hour packages that consist of a 30-minute safety and operation orientation followed by two hours of maneuvering either a bulldozer or excavator.
Hat tip to Tyler Cohen
There are numerous deserving charities that need our support. Especially now. But make a donation and you can expect an unending stream of solicitations for more donations as your reward.
So wouldn’t it be nice if we could make anonymous donations via the IRS. That way we could get a tax receipt without revealing our identity.