Having trouble getting up in the morning?Â Steve Pavlina has advice on how to change that – simply by practicingRead more →
Another good article from Joel, this time on how to provide an abstraction layer to Programmers.Â But I don’t think this is true for all programmers.Â There are star programmers, and there are Drones.Â Providing an expensive infrastructure has to make sense financially.Read more →
So I finally found some time to configure Apache for WebDAV.Â This wasn’t too bad.Â But then I also had to configure authentication.Â This is just a playground (at least for now), so pickedÂ basic authentication.Â But I was in for a nasty surprise: There was a serious problem with Windows XP.Â I run only Windows at home, but my brother uses XP, and he needs this feature.Read more →
For years, I looked at Starbucks with suspicion, considering them a predator that pushed small coffee shops out of business.Â Then I worked for a few years in Fort Washington (by Philadelphia), where Starbucks was the only option of getting coffee (not counting the horrible office coffee).Â That already changed my opinion, as their quality is good, and the were active in the community, too.
I just read this interesting piece on Starbucks in the Economist, and they mention a few more tidbits that show that Starbucks, indeed, is different:Read more →
The Economist just published a special on the problem of the ageing workforce (free for all). The whole article is worth a read, but the following piece of trivia caught me in particular: Britain and Germany used to have more or less the same unemployment rate for people aged 50-65. Not any more, today (2003) the rate is 3.3% for Britain and 9.7% for Germany. And now look at what people earn: In Germany, 50-65-year-old earn 60-70% more on average than 25-30-year-old, but in Britain, it’s roughly the same!Read more →