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January 20, 2004

 
Very insightful post from John Robb
It is true that in the US, we have a meat grinder assembly line approach to life. If you fall behind, the machine chews you up and turns you into a hotdog. If you get far enough ahead, you can leap off the conveyer belt and stand in safety -- and stay there unless you are dumb enough to spend enough to get close to the belt again.

However, the safety net for many of us is our family. They can support you through the most difficult of moments. They can pull you off the conveyer belt for a while -- the moment it takes for you to gain the strength for another run. The price is that family isn't free. It takes an investment of years. It takes an ability to forgive and forget, and more comprimise than you think you think you can stand.

Maybe the ability to build and maintain a strong family is a mindset. It is a mindset people haven't talked much about. It requires that people know how to keep connections alive. How to throw insults and humiliations away as so much transient garbage -- that were generated in the heat of the moment. How to give up what you want to do what is right for your family, even when every fiber of your being demand that you drive it up to the edge.

And finally: to forget. Most importently, the ability to forget the negative is the best way to build a strong family.

 

January 07, 2004

 
Outsourcing Consumer Electronics manufacture (via Gizmodo): Just as Infosys changed the rules of the software development game (it is technology agnostic and willing to cater to anyone -- often developing software even for arch-competitors like Lucent/Nortel or Sun/Microsoft), companies like Flextronics are rewriting the rules of manufacturing consumer electronics. Today, Dell can sell a flat-screen TV, Nike an MP3 player, and Apple an even more famous product. Interesting read if you want to see how commoditization changes the rules of the game.

 

January 04, 2004

 
NY Times: From Rogue Nuclear Programs, Web of Trails Leads to Pakistan: That network is global, stretching from Germany to Dubai and from China to South Asia, and involves many middlemen and suppliers. But what is striking about a string of recent disclosures, experts say, is how many roads appear ultimately to lead back to the Khan Research Laboratories in Kahuta, where Pakistan's own bomb was developed.

 

 
Joshua Allen: Education is not a passive thing that happens to a student, and the more that students realize that their ultimate competitiveness lies within themselves, the more they will be prepared to push the value curve instead of falling for scarcity thinking -- and ultimately that benefits everyone.

 


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