Software, Digital Content, Geopolitics, Economics & More from of a Libertarian Serial Expat and Entrepreneur
Many songs by the Beatles have been played by Jazz musicians, though that’s not always been welcomed by critics. I recommend Kevin Hays’ rendering of And I Love Her. The exercise is fun and refreshing when it takes your typical likeable and hummable Beatles melody and twists it until it swings and grooves.
Scoble wants to know why people hate Microsoft. Well, here’s what the company really needs to realize. You’re not smarter than us, so lose that pretense in your software. That Office is constantly trying to predict what it is we’re trying to do, only to fail and get in the way most of the time, [...]
Do a couple searches on Buymusic.com and it’s obvious they don’t care about music at all. From spelling mistakes (for instance "Anne Peebles" — it’s Ann) to the underlying assumption that the track is the core product, this is an amateurish effort from a web delivery perspective, and an insult to the music lover. A [...]
Amazon: Search Inside the Book "Search Inside the Book allows you to search millions of pages to find exactly the book you want to buy. Now instead of just displaying books whose title, author, or publisher-provided keywords match your search terms, your search results will surface titles based on every word inside the book." And [...]
Wharton: The Price is Right, or Is It? Determining the Impact of Price on Sales This article explains how higher prices sometimes lead to higher sales volumes due to changes in perception.
Andrew Sullivan: Dream-Tickets: Dean-Clark vs. Bush-Rice? "It would also make for a fascinating race: Dean-Clark versus Bush-Rice. An evenly matched contest of argument, culture, and personality. You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one." I was thinking Dean-Clark was a no-brainer, considering the other Dems have a hard time even popping [...]
NYT: Europe’s Antipiracy Proposal Draws Criticism "One of the world’s largest record companies is owned by Vivendi Universal, a French conglomerate whose chief executive is Ms. Fourtou‘s husband, Jean-Ren
ProSoundWeb: The peasants are acting like emperors! "For the last few years, top executives from all the major record companies have been giving interviews in which they criticize consumers for doing exactly what the execs have been doing for years – getting music for free. [...] The bookcases in their offices and their homes were [...]
Wharton: Suing Your Customers: A Winning Business Strategy? "In 1903, when Henry Ford launched the Ford Motor Company, his third attempt at making cars, automobiles were high-priced, custom-made playthings for the rich. What
USAIS: "Earn 20% Commissions for direct referrals (1st tier), and 5% whenever a referred affiliate refers an applicant (2nd tier). Join Our Affiliate Program, and start making money by promoting the World’s Leading Immigration Site, USAIS.org." Public services sold on a affiliate basis (2-tier at that), now that’s amazing! (Yes I’m going, Murphy willing, to [...]
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This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, publishing, software, and more. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that better stood the test of time.