Dean Allen
Massive Change
Structured Writing
Sankey diagram for EnergY flow

Arnold Kling on Stephen Bainbridge's examination of the role of Transaction Cost in explaining why Star Bucks uses corporate-owned locations vs Subway using Fran Chise operations. Start with the fact that large franchise corporations are in the Real Estate business.

z2003-12-16- Transaction Cost Franchise Vs Owned
Snow Crash

This (Wednesday) morning after I left home I realized I was getting no cell-data service on my NexusSix. Voice and SMS still worked, but no data. WiFi worked. Spent half a day back-and-forth with TMobile. Multiple reboots, taking out the SIM card, resetting network options, etc.

Finally, after the 2nd time taking out the SIM card, it worked.

Then, on the way home, I discovered I was getting no cell-data again (while in the office I'm on WiFi, so don't know how soon after working it would have stopped working).

I turned it off, took out SIM, let it sit for 10min. Reassembled and turned on. It worked.

Decided to check my notes, and oh my! z2015-04-02-Nexus6NoCell.

I hope I don't have to replace this one.

Thurs morning: no data again. Just turning off phone for 5min doesn't help. Don't have time to pay with SIM card.

Now (on WiFi) go alert to AnDroid update - ok let's try that.

Thurs night: no data, and now no SMS! (Voice still works.)

Fri AM: did the SIM/yank, and everything is working for now. (Later in day: dead again. No SMS/data.)

Fri PM: go to TMobile store and get new SIM. Working. (Later that night: dead again.)

Sat AM: TMobile first has me turn off GPS, which works for awhile. Then doesn't. Then TMobile says uninstall update to Google Connectivity Services and reinstall prev version. Now working again.

Sat pm: still good! And here's article describing that this is a widespread problem with that AnDroid update.

  • hrm I now have Build MOB30W that sounds newer not older. So maybe I did it wrong and am just lucky. Will try article's method if problem recurs.

Sun AM: still good!

Sun Aug04 (a week later): dead again! Do the exact process at the link above, and it's back.

z2016-08-03- Nexus6 No Cell Data
Intelligence Test
Crypto Nomicon
Psycho Graphics

FaceBook CTO and platform guru Bret Taylor is leaving FaceBook this summer, Kara Swisher is reporting, off to do a startup with Google App Engine founder Kevin Gibbs.

Dec28'2012 update: Taylor's company has applied for a trademark on the word "Quip.".. Parse the legalese, and what you get is something that sounds a lot like Google Apps, or the Collaboration Ware and productivity tools offered by startups like BoxNet and AsaNa.

Jul'2013: They just launched Quip, an IOS Collaborative Writing app. This is meant to be the first piece of the productivity suite for the MobIle era... Quip is charging from the beginning, starting at $12 per month per user for groups of more than five.

Aug'2014 interview.

Aug'2016: getting acquired by Salesforce Com.

Aug'2016: I just noticed their positioning : "Your Team's Wiki Alternative" (TeamWiki). Organize your documents in shared folders to not lose track of important content. Notifications draw people back to update their documents, so you will never worry about your wiki being out-of-date again.

  • ah, it was a landing page pointed to from an ad in LinkedIn, so it was probably targeted at me as a Wiki Junkie

  • here's their homepage. They still show a "wiki" view which is basically a folder-hierarchy of documents (no Link As You Think), but I'm hoping those documents are lite/MarkDown not imported MsWord dreck.

  • price is $10/person/month
z2012-06-20- Taylor Leaving Facebook

Rant OfTheDay from ZedShaw on RuBy, Ruby On Rails, Dave Thomas, Thought Works, and others. Ruby On Rails is following the same trajectory I’m afraid, and Thought Works is milking it while they can. First it started on the fringe in start-ups and a few lonely places where it’s having mixed success (mostly due to the poor performance of the Ruby platform). Now it’s getting adopted internally at companies where of course it’ll get fucked up again and die off. After that it’ll move to the government sector where it will languish along with it’s new found buddy COBOL.

z2008-01-03- Zed Vs Rails
Alternatives To Traditional Family

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