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two dollars to choose

Configuring an HP laptop, came across this gem.

two dollar choice

I like that I get a choice, but is it really necessary to tack on a $2 fee? If I have to choose one or the other, maybe just include it in the listed price? I thought airlines were bad...

Possibly related to this great option:

wifi yes or yes

It’s a tough choice, but somebody has to make it. And pay $22 for the privilege.

Posted 11 Jul 2017 07:20 by tedu Updated: 11 Jul 2017 18:11
Tagged: business rants

newspaper subscription experiment

Back in November I subscribed to a few newspapers, the theory being that paying for a newspaper was the only way to save journalism, and thus democracy. Instead of choosing one, I just subscribed to them all, figuring I could sort it all out later. Here we are, a few months later, with the introductory rates expired, and it’s time to evaluate which of our contestants can advance to the next round. Our entrants are the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.


Posted 14 Feb 2017 16:24 by tedu Updated: 14 Feb 2017 16:24
Tagged: business

an enchanted forest fable

One day you wake up, infused with the entrepreneurial spirit. Enthused even. The time has come to bring forth your vision of a better future. You hike up the road to magic mountain to meet the wizard. Impressed with your spark, he gives you his blessing and so you go to work. Soon, your dream will become reality. Banana peeling as a service.

A few short months later, and you already have 101 customers. Growth is spectacular! Just like the wizard and his magic beans promised. Of course, 99 of those customers are fellow inhabitants of magic mountain and the other two are your mom and college roommate, but magic growth is magic growth.

A few long months later, and you still have 101 customers. But not to worry. Elsewhere on magic mountain there’s a deep fried burritos as a service dream become reality, and they actually have paying muggle customers. With only a tiny pivot, your banana peeling expertise can become burrito unwrapping expertise. You are a true master of the monad. And so, your incredible journey synergizes into theirs.

Some may ask why it was necessary to absorb an entire village of banana peelers instead of hiring a single burrito unwrapper, and why it was necesssary to pay everyone so many millions of hexes, but that’s just quibbling. The council of elder wizards met under the moonlight and decided this was the happiest outcome for everyone.

The end.

Posted 04 Nov 2016 19:02 by tedu Updated: 04 Nov 2016 19:02
Tagged: business

new world economy

The New Yorker money issue, October 10. There’s some good articles about evolving, er, disrupting, business practices.


Posted 23 Oct 2016 22:31 by tedu Updated: 23 Oct 2016 22:39
Tagged: business magreview

top of the market puts

There have been a number of experts warning that the stock market is due for a crash. There’s always people saying that, but it seems to have picked up since the summer. I don’t know anything about this; my crystal ball was stolen by a dark elf. But the possibility of a sharp decline is what makes the rest of this post interesting.


Posted 26 Aug 2016 05:52 by tedu Updated: 26 Aug 2016 07:32
Tagged: business

the future is arriving too fast

Because I am old, sometimes instead of watching new original content, I want to watch old preexisting content which is not available on Netflix or any other streaming service. Fortunately, there is a solution. Netflix also has a service which will mail me plastic circles that I can watch by putting them in my plastic circle player. I can manage the queue of such circles by using my browser. Ah, the wonders of technology.


Posted 06 Apr 2016 18:35 by tedu Updated: 06 Apr 2016 18:35
Tagged: business rants web

Indego - Philly bike share review

Joining the ranks of bike share programs in other cities, Indego is Philadelphia’s version. The basic concept is the same and pretty simple. You check out a bicycle from one of many kiosks located about the city, ride around, then return it to an empty dock when done. The program is manufactured by B-cycle but owned by Philadelphia; it’s similar but not identical to programs in other cities, such as Austin or Denver.


Posted 09 Jul 2015 14:56 by tedu Updated: 09 Jul 2015 14:56
Tagged: business philly review

funding topologies

“Startup culture starting to resemble a pyramid that has folded in on itself, exploring funding topologies Ponzi never dreamed of” - Pinboard

Funding topology is definitely a subject worthy of further research.

Posted 03 Oct 2014 18:24 by tedu Updated: 03 Oct 2014 18:24
Tagged: business quote

won't contain gluten in the bag

They’re potato chips. Why would they have gluten? “Gluten free” is the new “won’t turn pink in the can”.

gluten free chips

Posted 03 Sep 2014 19:08 by tedu Updated: 03 Sep 2014 19:08
Tagged: business food quote


On the wall at Sketch.


Posted 17 Aug 2014 21:19 by tedu Updated: 17 Aug 2014 21:19
Tagged: business food philly quote