Seven obstacles to be mindful of, from Nicholas Bate:
(1) Worrying about what other people might think
(2) The distraction of trivia and melodrama
(5) Not having pen nor paper at all times
(6) Believing things should be fair
I have new tools to play with.
I’m a writer and I work, almost exclusively, on a value basis: we agree a price and I deliver.
Charging by the hour/day or, worse, per word is a killer for both quality and trust.
However, I’ve always kept timesheets for my own analysis, so that I can see how much those value-based projects actually cost me in bloody, sweaty, teary hours. They used to be simple Excel spreadsheets, one for every project, so I could work out the actual cost per hour arising from either my poor estimating or delightful rat-holing. But, I always knew that created hidden gaps.Continue reading “New tools for timesheets and blogs – @TimeCamp and @NewsBlur”
Considering a change of car led me to dig deeper on electrics. Here’s where I arrived.
The rush to roll out electric car charging points is missing the bigger point.
Range anxiety is, rightly, identified as one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of electric vehicles. But, concern about distance isn’t as simple as how far you can travel on a given charge. It’s not purely about distance, but about time, too.Continue reading “A one-hour stop for every two hours’ driving. Why the electric car’s not arrived, yet.”
Don’t you pay bills? Do you budget? Plan things to do around the house? Do you have papers scattered in drawers and cabinets?
You know you need one. The next questions are music and desk.
Well, possibly not. But here, at least, is Professor Peterson’s Essay Writing Guide (via his newsletter).
I haven’t yet read it fully, but as you’d expect, it is thorough and drily humorous.
You can also find it directly on jordanbpeterson.com, here.
Worth a read.
Where do you work? And, how do you approach that space?Continue reading “A sacred space”
Amazon-owned Ring, the market leader in video doorbells and maker of smart home security cameras, is in the news with a string of stories that beg for the dots to be joined.
Most recently, Ring’s partnership with US police departments has raised concerns over privacy, misuse of data and fears that “Amazon is building a privately run, for-profit surveillance state”.  See here, here, here and here for more information.
And, back in June, it was caught using customers’ video footage in its ads.
So, it’s worth pondering what your doorbell knows about your life.
If a family member falls seriously ill, your doorbell sees the steady flow of nurses and carers. The uniform that was once a sign of trust could now be a flag for marketing.
Regular visits from service engineers, pest control, florists or police? Your doorbell knows.
You could open your door to more than just a visitor. There’s an algorithm there, too.
After all, the people who come to your door are more public than the search history you’ve already surrendered.
And, Ring’s terms of service of generously broad. The company requires that:
“You hereby grant Ring and its licensees an unlimited, irrevocable, fully paid and royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right to re-use, distribute, store, delete, translate, copy, modify, display, sell, create derivative works from and otherwise exploit such Shared Content for any purpose and in any media formats in any media channels without compensation to you.”
Google (which owns the popular Nest brand of security camera) has similarly broad terms:
When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
How long before online ads reflect the visitors to your door?
It’s also worth noting that UK Government guidance on home security cameras states:
“you should make sure that the information recorded is used only for the purpose for which your system was installed.”
But, does that conflict with cloud providers’ terms of service?
The UK market for Smart Home security devices is largest and fastest-growing in Europe. Data and research firm Statista estimates the UK market to be worth $0.51 billion in 2018 and set to grow at an annual rate of 20.8% between now and 2023.
Of the UK’s 25 million homes, 2.2 million (one in eleven) has smart home security devices fitted. This is forecast to be 6.0 million (almost one in four) by 2023.
Many of these cameras use cloud storage. It makes camera hardware cheaper and easier to install. It also gives the benefit of having your video data stored offsite.
But, how much are we at risk of (once again) becoming the product rather than the customer?
Does the tech that protects your pad while you sleep, sell your secrets while you wake?
 Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, quoted on BBC (2019), Amazon Ring: Police tie-up criticised by anti-surveillance campaigners, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49191005
 Statista (2019), Smart Home Report 2019 – Security, https://www.statista.com/outlook/digital-markets
Wise words on The Type of Meeting – and all that flows from this knowledge – from Execupundit’s Michael Wade.
Continue reading “Do the prep, stack the deck – @execupundit”
The type of meeting will determine which briefcase I bring, the tie and shoes I wear, the writing pad, and the pen.
And those are just the “superficials”…
I’m catching up on recent posts. Execupundit offers insight on business strategy…Continue reading “Strategy and equipment with @Execupundit”
Wells Fargo meeting the needs of non-traditional incomes.
Via the wonder of the web, an article in the Spokane Journal caught my eye.
Continue reading “Banking and freelancing – @WellsFargo”
In November, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. launched a new phone app called Greenhouse, which is being marketed to gig economy workers, as well as to people who are just getting started in learning how to manage their finances.