April 26th, 2006

Cougar 1

The Overworked American

http://users.ipfw.edu/ruflethe/american.html (Stolen from http://jwz.livejournal.com/631898.html)

It's a bit long-winded, but well worth the read. Since 1948, American productivity has doubled. This means that we could produce the same output as we did in 1948 by only working 4 hours a day.

Anyone reading this work only 4 hours a day?? Anyone? Didn't think so...

The author presents that we've essentially put ourselves on a treadmill, where each increase in productivity is met with a corresponding increase in consumerism, so that we've effectively gone nowhere. In fact, I think the situation is far worse: in 1948 you essentially didn't see (married) women in the workplace. Now it's rare to find married women at home. So not only has per-worker productivity doubled, the workforce has practically doubled as well.

Yet what we all really want isn't more money to spend on more crap we don't need; it's more time.
Cougar 1

Internet Explorer is a dead albatross.

The Great Microsoft Blunder 04.24.06
Internet Explorer is a dead albatross.
By John C. Dvorak

I think it can now be safely said, in hindsight, that Microsoft's entry into the browser business and its subsequent linking of the browser into the Windows operating system looks to be the worst decision—and perhaps the biggest, most costly gaffe—the company ever made. I call it the Great Microsoft Blunder.

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