Monthly Archives: February 2004

Tom Peters on Offshoring

Great Observations from Tom Peters on offshoring. The ones that especially resonated with me:

* “Off-shoring” will continue; the tide cannot be reversed.

* Service jobs are a bigger issue than manufacturing jobs, by an order of magnitude.

* We are in the middle of a once every hundred years’ (or so) productivity burst — which is good for us … in the long haul.

* Americans’ “unearned wage advantage” (Born in the U.S.A.) could be erased … permanently.

* The wholesale, increasingly upscale entry of 2.5 billion people (China, India) into the global economy at an accelerating rate is virtually unfathomable. Unfathomable = Unpredictable, exceptional challenges, amazing opportunities.

* Free trade works. Period. It makes the world a safer place … in the long haul. The process is not pretty at times. (Sometimes long times.) Those who dutifully followed yesterday’s rules yet are displaced must be helped when the “rules change.” Such help must not be in perpetuity — it demands a sunset date.

* Big companies do not create jobs, and historically have not created jobs. Big companies are not “built to last;” they almost inexorably are “built to decline.”

Thanks to Scoble for the pointer.

TV these days

Martin’s admitting that he watches the Apprentice (Deep Green Crystals: The Apprentice Episode 7: Tammy’s turmoil) has motivated me to come clean. Besides The Apprentice, we are in love with My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancee (what a finale last night!!); Smallville; 24; Friends; Judging Amy; Law and Order SVU; The Practice. And we have minor fetishes for Average Joe: Hawaii, The Ellen Degeneres show, and The Batchelorette. And March Madness is fast approaching, it is a fulltime job just to keep up with TV.

Really Debugging a PC

From Rich’s site — great counsel on debugging a PC — basically really look hard at the power supply –

Well, here’s what I’ve learned about really debugging a PC that is crashing. Script for future use: Get a device count and estimate power supply requirements. Make sure the power supply is adequate to the job. Otherwise, go get another one. Run memtest86+ overnight. Make sure the basic CPU and…

Books this week

On the road this week, got a lot of reading done.  Micro reviews here.

Seabiscuit.  Didn’t expect to like. But great story red pollard and seabiscuit. These characters will stick with me for a while — unusual for a nonfiction book.  This is a keeper for the bookshelf.  Now I have to see the movie.

The Eyre Affair.  Fun, fun, fun.  I was immediately compelled to order the next books featuring Thursday Next.  As one of the blurbs says, “Part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry.”  Also a keeper for the bookshelf.

Ice Limit.  Throwaway action fiction.  I can’t even remember the characters or main plot points 4 days later.  Something about a hunt for a meteorite that turns out to be bad.  Lots of people die.  The main character lives.  I left this book at the hotel, not worth the bookshelf space.

Quantum Psychology.  Enjoyable.  The first half is a little self-evident if you have tried to grok quantum physics and G?del at any point in your life but still worth reading and reflecting upon — the uncertainty, duality, and relativity that occurs at the quantum level, occurs at the higher level of human consciousness as well.  The last third of the book wanders into incomprehensibility but can any human ever make another human comprehend these ideas, when by definition they are so wrapped up in the viewpoint of the observer?

Black Cross.  Much better action fiction than Ice Limit.  Of course it helps that it has Nazis as the bad guys.  The moral evolution of the two characters as they wander deeper into the situation is compelling and is what sets this book apart from your standard action fiction.

PC-connected mixers

Looking at PC-connected mixers as a way to augment my KVM based on a suggestion from a reader. Hercules DJ Console USB DJ/Audio Interface for PC — this will let me mix the output from one PC (acting as a usb sound card) with (it looks like) an spdif output from another pc. I can’t totally tell from the specs but software like PCDJ may do this all in software — route the audio output from one pc to the capture interface of the other, and then mix on the pc. Of course at a CPU load cost. I am sure some of these other mixers have some remote interface tho it is hard to sort thru them all.