December 2011
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Apple and Advertising

In the beginning, Apple Computer was a hobby in Job’s garage, advertised through computer hobby magazines. Dedicated hackers were busy building their community, and Apple was one of the hobby friendly architectures. Key here is the small, but critical, start-up costs: advertisement in a targeted venue.

Can the same be done with education? That is, […]

Business as an Investment

I finished my reading of Mike Maloney’s Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver, partially to get an idea of how he got started in the business of bullion. He’s actually had several businesses throughout his life, including one where he designed “stereo amplification electronics were selected as one of five permanent exhibits at the […]

Ossified Education

I started reading The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out by Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring. So far, it re-iterates some of the sentiments that I’ve seen before:

Sustaining innovation of the university has left it out-of-touch with the market. Higher education institutions have long practiced piecewise expansion of […]

Financial Cascade Failure

I’ve been reading quite a bit about the economics of the financial sector, and have come to two interesting conclusions.

One is that the fractional reserve and central banking systems are very much akin to a Ponzi scheme; except that once it reaches scale, it doesn’t necessarily have to collapse. Bankers can rake in […]

Embarrassing Big Brother

I read today an interesting article on Lew Rockwell’s site about one Robert Kahre. He had arranged to pay his employees in gold and silver coin. He arranged for them to all work as private contractors, and paid them absurdly low wages (the face value of the coin). Some fascinating ramifications of this arrangement:

Each […]

Abelard to Apple

I heard through the blogosphere about DeMillo’s book Abelard to Apple. I checked it out from the library, because, if I’m to be self-employed as an educator, I thought it would be useful to get an institutional view of the education system in the US. The book specifically focuses on higher education, especially the universities […]

Where’d that null come from?

One of the most annoying things that can happen to a computer programmer is the dreaded NullPointerException, or in C++, the segfault that occurs due to dereferencing a null pointer. The null pointer error has this ‘feature’ which makes it a ‘pleasure’ to debug: the source of the null can be arbitrarily far away from […]