Tag Archives: business

How bad is the recession?

I thought it would be interesting to run a simple test for Canada — take some key economic indicators, and see how far we’ve slipped. Here’s what I’ve tracked down so far: Indicator Date Value Last seen (before October 2008) … Continue reading

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Customer Problem Checklist

Whether you’re writing a business plan for your personal startup (the tech equivalent of the Great American Novel that every hack journalist plans to write), a report for your customers, or a proposal for your managers, sooner or later you’re … Continue reading

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Black Monday for tech workers (??)

I’m hearing rumours of small-scale layoffs from a few different places around Ottawa, mostly small-to-medium-sized companies. Just a single layoff affects dozens of people: the person who’s let go the person’s family the managers who have to do the firing … Continue reading

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Why stimulus attempts fail

When a government spends money, a few things happen: it competes with the private sector for money, driving up inflation (or interest rates) it competes with the private sector for products and services, driving up costs it competes with the … Continue reading

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Good choice (I think)

The U.S. Senate made the right choice rejecting the auto industry bailout. This isn’t about class warfare: it doesn’t bother me that the CEOs took their bizjets from Detroit to Washington (CEOs take private jets so that they have more … Continue reading

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Dealing with strangers

From the leader in this week’s Economist: “Financial progress is about learning to deal with strangers in more complex ways.” s/Financial/Technical/ and it applies just as well. What else are we doing in tech, if not figuring out ways for … Continue reading

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How to spend all your free money

Update: the site shopping cart is broken, and doesn’t properly remove items from the total owing — too bad. Here’s one easy way: via TechCrunch, Deutsche Grammophon, the gold standard in renaissance/ baroque/ classical/ romantic/ orchestral/ opera/ etc. music (often … Continue reading

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