Right before I switched over to Xfinity the results are shown above. The DSL is the same standard 12Mbps/768kbps DSL service we have been on since we moved into our home. It's been good. Not blazing fast speeds by any means, and at times the upload speed was definitely noticeable, but overall it has served us well. Not only for the day-to-day personal typical web shit, but I would WFH (work from home) a lot, and very rarely did I have any issues with my VPN; or my Skype-for-Business Presence, IM, and VoIP calls. AND there was this little startup called GiftStarter.com (wink wink) that was, and continues to be, run out of our home. Arry at one point had four people working on GiftStarter out of our house - all over a 12mbps/768kbps residential internet line! (scrappy startup)
We used to joke that I was like Erlich Bachmann on #SiliconValleyHBO.
Occasionally, if we did have issues, then we would have to switch over to our at&t cellular LTE service as a backup*. Not sure how long we would have stayed with this DSL, but seeing what I am seeing so far, I am very happy to try out a much, much, much faster consumer internet experience!
And now that I switched providers, the comparison is almost unreasonable. Since I get an employee discount, I am on the BlastPro Performance Internet plan. It's probably more than I would buy on my own, but it feels GREAT** to see this kind of bandwidth at my disposal.
Notes: this speed test comparison is by no means scientific. Yes, I might have some unconscious bias since it is my employer. The tests were done at around 11am on a Friday at basically the same time, so there is virtually no testing bias. The screen shots speak for themselves - I think both services are delivering about what they are supposed to be delivering.
Final note: when I called to find out about the contract on my CenturyLink DSL + Directv bundle, they offered a very compelling new Gigabit Internet + Prism tv service. It was a package for more tv channels than I was getting with my Directv with much higher Internet access bandwidth for something like $99/mo on an introductory promotional price. I think I would have tried it if it weren't for my new employment status!
It's very obvious that CenturyLink is dying to get all of their customers who bought the Directv+DSL bundle moved over to Prism since Directv is now owned by at&t.
Final thoughts: yes, competition among service providers does seem to be giving consumers better service/features with better prices - something the government wants on behalf of their citizen constituency. But as Peter Thiel in 'Zero to One’ states, you have to wonder if there is sufficient "gravy" these guys are making after competing like crazy for consumer eyeball revenue in order to fund the necessary R&D to experiment and fail and try out lots of new innovations, to make our immediate future better. It's really hard to fund innovation if your margins keep getting squeezed by zealous competition.
* btw, no business can exist without backup internet in our new world
** high amounts of disposable bandwidth is the new crack cocaine of the world. highly addictive it is. "I love the smell of bandwidth in the morning. it smells like... victory."
*** yes, ookla speed test is the gold standard as far as I am concerned.
I was at the 9Mile Labs Cohort V graduation day for their latest demo day. And in front of me was a promotion desk full of schwag from HIRED. One of the items was this t-shirt. It fits great. The color is good. The logo of their company couldn't be any more simple and straight forward.
The style of the shirt is good, but a little bit too neutral in color, so I thought that this $CMCSA booth at the mall provided some nice bright red and white to spice up the photo.
Did you know that $CMCSA has a market cap of $150B?
I never realized how much of a massive company it is.
And the CEO is the son of the founder of the company.
In the empire building ambition that a man can sometimes have, only a handful of businessmen are able to actually achieve it in their lifetime. And to have the legacy passed down to his son, who one day becomes the Chairman of the Board (control), President (possession), and CEO (possession), while all the while having a significant number of shares and voting power (ownership); is an astonishing act of business acumen.
In the modern business world of major companies, when you don't have harmony among the three "houses" of checks and balances, then the company will be in lots and lots of unnecessary strife.
The three houses are the shareholders (ownership), the executives and C-suite (possession), and the Board of Directors (control).
Read 'Zero to One'. It's fantastic.
p.s. that hat I'm wearing is perfection.
Someone fell asleep at the wheel on this one.
Yes, I agree that getting from point A to point B is fastest done by going in a straight line. But it sort of looks like a chart. And in almost every chart I have ever seen, you always want to go from the lower left to the upper right. Time is usually measured on the horizontal X axis. And considering that Paypal is about money, there is a conscious and subliminal message of going down. Not good. I think even Gartner magic quadrants have the best companies with all the important qualities of vision, execution, and leadership in the upper right quadrant.
Yes, they picked a good quality t-shirt. It's the nice Next Level ones. The color of the shirt is nice too. But the logo is so heavy, that it's not comfortable to wear. Whoever decided to use that type of printing failed to take into account the basic need for comfort. I really hope they didn't pay extra for the type of printing they used. And I like the sleeve flair too. I know they paid extra for that one.
So no, I don't wear this shirt out in public. I have been known to wear it under other more awesome t-shirts. It's a damn shame because I personally love PayPal and the iconic status it has in the early days of the internet. I am pretty sure that if I wear and wash it enough, the logo will soften up and the shirt will be much more comfortable, but I don't want to waste my time doing that when I have so many other great shirts that are ready to go from the first wear.
At home or work or school, you ask someone to do it a particular way, and they don’t.
And then later on, you ask them again, and they don’t.
And yet another time you ask them again, and they don’t.
Then what do you do?
I’m trying to take my subjective preference out of the equation. If objectively speaking, due to cost, or sanitation issues, or health/safety issues, what do you do if they are unable to follow directions?
Is it another case of the scorpion and the frog?
Happy Friday the 13th, y'all!
This one is a very recent score.
I was very proud to get it because it was the last one he had at the event.
Even though what I really, really wanted was the cooler embossed with the Drizly logo, I was very happy to get this one.
In case you haven't heard of them, they are in the booze delivery business.
Booze. And delivery.
It sounds so simple and straight forward. But if it was, we would already have ubiquitous booze delivery in 2016.
And we don't.
Probably about 99% of the population consumes it.
And 90% of the population likes convenience.
It's the industry of #lazy that is worth about a TRILLION bucks.
Ironically, as it happens in the world, later in the day I might have had a few drinks and accidentally flipped an entire cup ramen over and splattered the noodles and ramen juice all over the place. It might have happened.
Thanks @drizly for the free tech t-shirt!
I am reading this one right now. Doing a little bit of long overdue psychological rehabilitation.
I am getting some help from the mortal man known as John Wooden who was made immortal by his accomplishments in a job where he was called Coach John Wooden.
This book is the reason why I came upon such unexpected inspiration to create a Mother's Day poem for my wife on her first Mother's Day.
I had no idea that this book would contain poetry. It's not Williams Wordsworth, but I find it to be a profound discovery when a man such as Coach John Wooden along with co-writer Steve Jamison, decides to speak to the world using poetry of their own and poems from others that have inspired them. It's completely unexpected.
One very small section describes what Coach Wooden says about #trust. To paraphrase from page 16:
A man has the choice of living his life by trusting or by doubting. Choose trust. Because it is the higher form of existence. Living in doubt of others is easier and a lower form of existence.
I would like to add that because the business world run by humans and unfortunately since it is filled with betrayals and backstabbing, that if someone has broken your trust, then you owe it to yourself to protect yourself against another loss if it is within your control.
And that brings me to another huge theme of this book that pervades the lives of certain people who have a knack at life: you can't control how other people react, but you have 100% control of how you react to what happens to you in this world.
I was in a really tight scheduling situation. I needed to make the first sitting at the sushi bar at Sushi Kashiba. But I couldn't get out of work in time to get in line in time. So I broke down and decided to hire a TaskRabbit to wait in line for me.
Yes, woe is the poor person who can't get to an ultra exclusive dinner in time. You must have a tough life, huh buddy? Yeah it's tough dealing with first world problems, but that's a post for another time.
Anyways, I broke down and decided to PAY SOMEONE TO STAND IN LINE FOR ME.
I am still sort of disgusted with the very idea of it. But there was no other way to get it done. It was going to be out first night out on a date since our first child was born and an important relationship milestone. It was a big deal, so as a guy who takes pride in his ability to do a little romantic gesture for his wife, this dinner date was important.
How much do you pay someone to STAND IN LINE FOR YOU?
How do I determine what the market rate is for STANDING?
I would think that paying someone $10/hour to stand is very reasonable. What special skill is needed to be in a line? Of course it's different if there is a middle man who needs to take a cut. Then there are possible credit card fees if you don't pay in cash. And if you pay with cash, then there is a high chance that there will be no income taxes paid by the stander. So what is reasonable?
I don't know how I landed at paying $20/hr for someone to STAND IN LINE FOR ME. Maybe the rate was partially auto-suggested by TaskRabbit. But all I know is, my task was not completed. No one was interested in getting paid $20/hr to STAND IN LINE.
But apparently, it's actually not $20/hr because his "take rate" was not high enough. In other words, as I saw it, our middle man was taking too much of a cut. And for this guy, it was too cold and windy that day. Woe is the man who has to endure adversity to earn a wage. "I would much prefer if you paid me to sit on my couch all day" said he. "Oh, by the way, I need more money to stand versus sit."
Later on, as I recounted my experience, someone pointed out that it wasn't as much of a problem with what I was willing to pay. It was mainly a problem of distribution. How does a person who would gladly get paid to stand in line, get work with TaskRabbit? Do they even have internet access? Do they have a smartphone? Do they have affordable transportation to get the location to stand in line? Is TaskRabbit doing any advertising to that sub-sector of people who would gladly accept the take rate? Is TaskRabbit taking an egregious cut of the transaction? So many un-answered questions in my trial use of TaskRabbit. Overall, I was not satisfied because my task wasn't completed and there are too many lingering questions.
As for Sushi Kashiba. It was fantastic. Arry is old friends with Suzuki-san. Please say hello from Arry if you happen to go for an amazing sushi experience with him. BTW, Shiro Kashiba is a local celebrity. He has a well known connection to Jiro.
It's been almost a decade since I had a noteworthy change in business cards. I don't know why I didn't get these sooner. I have been spending countless nights and weekends over the last two years meeting people and up until now, I had no legitimate identification of who I am WRT GiftStarter.
Q: Notice anything about it that looks odd?
It's got some of the typical bits of info. But one piece of info is missing. (Not including the obfuscation of my mobile.)
A: There is no email.
There are so many ways to make yourself publicly available in the INFORMATION WORKER world of today that I decided to use my freedom to be creative in what I present to the world.
Twitter and LinkedIn.
One is maybe on the fun personal side, and the other is on the boring white collar professional side. But as time goes on, because there is no privacy in the world any longer, the two worlds are pretty much melding into one big blob.
I have been joking about it for a while, but you might say that I'm trying to behave like a Millennial by skipping the email.
You can almost here one saying "email is so 90's" in the cube farm where you work. Next you'll start seeing me change day jobs every two years.
It's a very well done card. My friend Nadia at Square Sun Print did it.
Arry found her when she was in dire need of a local print shop. Please say "hi" from Dae+Arry if you look her up.
You are the light of my life,
So it's good that you are my wife.
Not only my best friend,
We'll be together to the end.
Now we have a child.
And that fact couldn't be more wild.
It's going to be super duper amazing,
To watch him grow up hopefully without too much complaining.
How did we end up here?
When there could have been so much to fear.
Sincerely it took, in each other some faith,
During courtship, time we did not waste.
Now we sometimes sleep in 'H' formation.
Because we have a little Sebastian.
From our bed I can't wait to kick him out,
But it doesn't mean my love for him is in doubt.
We have days and nights filled with diapers of poo,
It's like our entire bedroom has turned into a loo.
How is it possible that when you eat sushi,
That the smell of rotten fish comes out of his butt as if he was a grown man the size of Jim Belushi?
It took you nine months to make this work of art,
And we even laugh when we witness him shart.
Thank you for being such a great first time mom.
There is no doubt that you are da bomb!
The little gift I got for you today is modest.
It's the thought that counts I am told is honest.
As we celebrate today don't forget in the slightest.
That this poem is, you would agree, oh so priceless.
I can't believe a man could be so lucky
I love you very, very, very very muchy :)
Don't forget lactation can be helped with a little beer.
Happy first Mothers Day to you my wonderful dear!
You are about to witness THE BEST DIAPER CHANGING PLAYLIST IN THE HISTORY OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE.
01. Changes - David Bowie
02. Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
03. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
04. Golden Slumbers - The Beatles
05. Carry that weight - The Beatles
06. Big Balls - AC/DC
07. Life is Shit - The Dead Milkmen
08. That Smell - Lynyrd Skynrd
09. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
10. Smells Like Funk - The Black Eyed Peas
11. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
12. My Many Smells - The Dead Milkmen
13. Potty all the time - Eddie Murphy
14. Problem Child - AC/DC
15. Love Stinks - J. Geils Band
16. Play Dirty - Poison
17. Born to be Wild - The Cult
18. Mother Nature's Son- The Beatles
19. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) - John Lennon
What’s really interesting about this playlist is the repeat appearances of certain artists.
* AC/DC is there three times.
* The Beatles are there three times and John Lennon has the unique trait of being in the list in two different artistic incarnations.
* The Dead Milkmen are in there twice with songs that are just so perfect it’s like destiny.
* Eddie Murphy sings about his baby who likes to “potty all the time” - at least that’s what I used to sing along when the song was originally released.
That's about as perfect as it gets.
$AMZN is CRUSHING IT. More specifically, #AWS is absolutely crushing it.
How the heck did an online bookseller turn an obscure B2B cloud services platform into a $10B business?
It's almost like a work of fiction, but it's the cray cray, cold, harsh truth.
With Azure over in Redmond, Western Washington, aka Seattle, truly is the Cloud Capital of the world.
I just sit here and shake my head at how massive this side business became and $MSFT is trying to keep up.
Huge kudos to Andy Jassy and the AWS team.
I was out there last week with my 'Powered by AWS' t-shirt.
I don't remember how I got it, but with $AMZN being such a beast of an employer out here, it was probably some sort of marketing event. It fits great.
As you can see, the biospheres are coming along nicely. One of them got painted very recently. I like to think that Bezos is practicing what it would be like to build these biospheres on other planets. I keep forgetting that these crazy little domes are being built right now. They will be a permanent part of the Seattle skyline, so I don't want to take the opportunity to witness their construction for granted.
All I can say is I wish I was a long time shareholder of $AMZN.
Here is my first guest post from a long time friend of mine: Stephen Tarleton.
We go all the way back to our undergrad days at #NCSU, the #wolfpack! Between us, many, many, many homework assignments were completed and many, many EE exams were finished. We are the classic GenX guys who grew up on the Atari 2600, sitcoms like Love Boat with amazing intro theme songs, no seatbelt laws, no stupid protective gear when skateboarding, no smartphones, and barely starting to email. What is really great is that the internet has enabled us to stay in contact. The internet makes distances virtual and the world flat. And now we've adopted the social media habits and work style of the Millennials. Because if you don't adapt in this world, you're a fossil who will be #obsoletized.
My wife, @arryinseattle even had a chance to meet him because her co-founder @christiegettler lived near Austin. Arry was visiting Christie, and we thought there might be some insights into the Austin startup scene that could be helpful to GiftStarter. Ever heard of a little festival known as SXSW? Funny how a multi-decade friendship found a way back into my life.
The longer you go in this world, the longer I know that it's the high quality relationships that will come back around.
So here it is. His write-up is definitely in the #LMAO category because we've all gotten these telemarketing calls.
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"I buy a new Kia every week..."
Had a very strange call with a telemarketer yesterday. It was an autodialer message from a 512 number made to sound like it was your credit card company. At the end it said "press 9 to speak to a representative to lower your credit card rate". I pressed 9, was connected to a rep, and asked to be removed from their list citing this is a cell number and I'm on the do-not-call list.
The guy got belligerent, cussed at me, and said he was going to cancel my credit card. It probably did not help that I kept referring to him as "ma'am".
We went back and forth a while around him not actually having the ability to cancel my credit card, and me asking if he was proud of himself for harassing people on a daily basis, when the following exchange occurred:
Him: I make $75k a month and drive a Porsche.
Me: We both know that's not true. You make half that a year and drive a Kia.
Him: I buy a new Kia every week!
Me: What?!! Unless you're LaBron James that makes no sense.
Him: LaBron James wishes he was me!
Me: Before I can address that, we need to go back to the Kia's. Why do you need a new Kia every week? Do you keep spilling your Taco Bell in it? Oh, or is it Abry's. That Arb-B-Q sauce is hard to get out of nylon.
Him: [starts laughing] [hangs up]
My name is Dae Yu.