Business

Freebies, Part 3 — It’s Not All About You

Because Tim Kreider‘s writing is the gift that keeps on giving, I’m writing a series of posts in response to several issues that he raised in his op-ed in the New York Times called “Slaves of the Internet, Unite.” In Part 1, I discussed how trading free work for exposure isn’t always a con: Sometimes […]

Freebies, Part 2 – Pricing Creative Labor

I’m writing a series of posts in response to several issues that author Tim Kreider raised in his op-ed in the New York Times called “Slaves of the Internet, Unite.” In Part 1, I discussed how trading free work for exposure isn’t always a con: Sometimes it’s just how the business works. In this part, […]

Freebies, Part 1 – Just Business

A while back, a lot of people were linking to author Tim Kreider‘s op-ed in the New York Times called “Slaves of the Internet, Unite.” Despite its apparent reasonableness, it bothered me for some reason. It took me a while to figure out why (and then a while to find time to write), but I […]

In Which Someone Mistakes Me For a Successful Business

This seems to have been the week for bashing marketers who send silly email messages in the legal blogosphere (although Brian and Scott don’t really need a special week for that), and I need to exercise my brain on the new blogging software, so I think I’ll do a little bashing of my own. I […]

iPhones, Foxxconn, and Hypocrisy

I’ve been meaning to write something about the recent criticism of Apple’s use of the Foxxconn factory in China, but now I don’t have to, because my co-blogger Rogier has just posted a great piece about it over at Nobody’s Business. So go check out The iPhone owner’s guide to liberal hypocrisy. I guarantee that […]

Nordstrom Backs Down…Maybe

InformationWeek has the story. (Hat tip: Randazza)

This Can’t Be Good, Part 2

I’m holding in my hand one of those “Sorry We Missed You!” cards from the Post Office. It says they’re holding a certified letter for me. From the IRS. Update: It turns out they just want money, and not a lot of it. I need to do a little research, but I’m pretty sure sure […]

Action Item

I think this guy used to be a manager at one of my former employers. Actually, we had few people like that. (Hat tip: Zonker)

Questions For the Interviewer

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy they’re talking about tongue-in-cheek questions to ask when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions. The Conspirators are all lawyers or law students, but some of the questions would be good for the rest of us: “How would you describe the atmosphere here — Is it more like […]

God Bless HIPAA

Glenn Reynolds’ wife is home from the hospital six hours later than expected because of all the paperwork. Over at Three Men And A Blog The Doctor is using this as a reason to complain about all the paperwork too. As for me, I don’t mind the paperwork so much. In fact, I kind of […]

The Modern Business Relationship

Modern customer relations can be pretty strange. My wife bought a Dell laptop a few years ago, and that model turns out to have some problems with the batteries. Some unforeseen interaction with the charger can cause them to overheat and catch fire. It’s only actually happened once, and no one was hurt, but there […]