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.
Lost Remote: Super DVRs in the pipeline — these start to look like whole-home media servers. Are we going to end up with one media server in the house driving all our tvs, or a federated network of many of them?
Thanks Rich for the cookbook to get my config up to date — Tong Family Blog: MovableType Maintenance
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.
Lost Remote: Max out your TiVo — nice pointer to the WeakNees site which looks like an easy way to upgrade your Tivo. I am teetering tho as I have said before, I am in deep doodoo if I screw up the Tivo.
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…
From Frank, pseudorandom: Vancouver Highlights. Very helpful list from insiders. We love Vancouver and try to get there at least once a year for a visit.
Marginal Revolution: What ten books should an undergraduate read? — great list. I confess to having never read “Democracy in America” and so ordered a copy. If I had to slip in one more science oriented book, it would have to be something that covered G?del, perhaps G?del, Escher, Bach
The extension feature of newsgator2.0 is very cool — i just installed Fetchlinks which Greg Reinacker pointed out, I’ve wanted this for a while. I’m going to pass on the calendar extension tho — i protect my time carefully and i do not want random events flying onto my calendar.
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.
pseudorandom: Flickr Launches — always good to see a Pacific Northwest startup making good progress. Congrats!
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.
BeyondVC: Want to be your own long distance player? — Not clear that I want to be a LD provider, a crappy business (because of these economics), but interesting.
It is details like this, repeated over and over again in the codebase, that have so entrenched Windows — Sure, we do that
quickSub looks like a cool little widget to automate feed subscription, as well as this little yahoo widget. On my todo list for my site.
Another great utility from Rich — Tong Family Blog: SpeedFan — the guy has way too much time on his hands.