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Thursday, November 30, 2021

Yes, there is a name for the frustration we all experience when trying to liberate our consumer electronics from those heat-seamed plastic clamshells. “Wrap rage” is fueling calls for friendlier, easier-to-open packaging.

In the meantime, those plastic prisons have spawned a cottage industry:

Then consider the patent granted a year later, to Thomas Perlmutter, for the brutally sharp OpenX tool, designed for clamshell-cracking. He’s put about a million into those frustrated human hands, and demand rises sharply around the holidays, he said. Another opener called KwikCut is sold in the Home Improvements catalogue.

Personally, I’ve found several seconds of rigorous scissors-work to do the job. I may not have run into the latest and greatest versions of these protective measures, though.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/30/2006 11:14 PM
Category: Business, Society
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Well, it’s probably not all straight talk. But the Fortune interview with Seagate chief Bill Watkins is plenty entertaining in its apparent frankness. The highlight:

At a San Francisco dinner on Tuesday evening, he was candid about his company’s ultimate mission: “Let’s face it, we’re not changing the world. We’re building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn.”

Well, I’m glad someone in tech finally admitted it.

Beyond that, Watkins has more cogent thoughts about the current businessworld trendiness:

Sarbanes Oxley: “CEOs who whine about Sarbanes Oxley don’t belong in their jobs. Come on guys, get over it.”

The private equity boom: Seagate went private in 2000 - in a $2 billion buyout led by Silver Lake Partners - only to go public again in 2002, giving Watkins insight into the current privatization wave. “It’s all about investors getting short-sighted. They’ve lost their patience. There’s nothing these private equity firms do that Fidelity couldn’t do. If you’re Fidelity, and you own $40 million of my business, and you want a meeting to discuss how my business could be run more efficiently, I’ll take the meeting. I’ll listen. But that’s not the way things work. When you go private, the only thing you think about is going public again.”

A man after my own heart, on both counts.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/30/2006 10:56 PM
Category: Business, Tech
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It’s 2006, so that means goodbye to Encyclopedia Brown. In his place is a Wikipedia version of the boy sleuth.

Sadly, Wikipedia Brown’s crime-solving business doesn’t fare so well when his precious reference facts can be manipulated at will by an Internet-enabled Bugs Meany and Sally Kimball. The kid’s psyche is fairly shattered as a result.

I read a couple of the EB books back in the day. However, they didn’t stick with me at all; I remember pretty much nothing about the series.

(Via Sarcasmo’s Corner)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/30/2006 10:04 PM
Category: Comedy, Internet, Publishing
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