It was a March day in 2006. I sat in the driver’s seat of a hired truck, my share of the marital possessions loaded meticulously in the back of it. My wife and I had just locked the door of our former marital home for the last time and were about to go our separate ways in life, metaphorically and literally.
We said our final farewell (albeit in a symbolic sense) and a few tears were shed. Having jointly resolved that we’d play an active part in raising our two daughters, then aged 6 and 3, we knew we’d be…
As the USA opens up once again, some businesses are struggling to entice their workers to return. Restaurants and bars in the Los Angeles area are reporting difficulties in meeting recruitment targets — something that’s not previously been experienced in cities like LA where casual workers have been historically plentiful. Similar challenges are being experienced in other US cities and in the UK too.
Some attrition would have been expected of course — those who’ve faced up to a year without income would have been forced to look for alternate employment. …
Gurus of social media marketing talk about the power of building genuine, authentic and unadulterated personal brands that reflect our true selves.
The theory goes that by vulnerably exposing our frailties and flaws to the online world we stand a greater chance of connecting with those who want to hear what we have to say, and who’ll pay for the privilege. If we project a false or misleading image and are disingenuous, then the audience will see through us.
Our 1,000 true fans are those who’re dealing with what we’ve been through.
They’re drawn to us if they can see themselves…
In the late 1990s, nearing graduation from university I felt optimistic and excited about starting work. I’d applied for several graduate trainee jobs, selected from an inch-thick directory of employers who were competing to attract new talent.
After a dozen applications and a few interviews, I debated the merits of joining British Airways, Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation. Each had made unconditional offers of work, with healthy salaries and benefits too. I couldn’t believe my luck.
I chose Oracle and began the following September after a leisurely summer. I recall being handed a laptop, the keys to a company car…
In January 2020 the Chief Economist of LendingTree— Tendayi Kapfidze — was unrelenting in sharing his views about Bitcoin; “It’s a pyramid scheme” he stated before going on to say that “It has no real utility in the world. It’s a solution in search of a problem and it still hasn’t found a problem to solve.”
It’s a lazy, ill-informed and baseless view that’s been wheeled out many times before by those who should be better-informed, even if they remain skeptical of it.
The rollout of the Covid vaccine in the USA is going well by most measures, with 248 million doses administered so far.
But, as the country progresses towards herd immunity, there is still a way to go. Data comparing progress in rolling out vaccines around the world suggests that the USA is currently running in third place — behind Israel and the United Kingdom — with just under 45% of the population having received at least one dose.
While these figures are positive, there are signs that progress could be slowing as fewer people come forward for their shot.
On May 7th the Russian hacking group known as DarkSide unleashed a cyber attack on the Colonial oil pipeline. Ransomware was deployed targeting Colonial’s back office systems — payroll applications and data-reporting servers amongst others. When the attack came to light and given the potential risk posed if rogue actors had interfered with systems that control the oil pipeline itself, Colonial decided to shut that down too. They are now evaluating options and assessing the damage and extent of the breach.
Even a temporary closure of the pipeline is significant given that it extends for 5500 miles from Houston, Texas…
On May 5th, New York based Peloton Interactive Inc., creators of high-end home fitness equipment including connected spin-bikes and treadmills were forced to issue a full product recall of their Tread and Tread+ treadmill products following the tragic death of a six-year old child.
The accident happened when the child was pulled under the rear of the treadmill and comes amidst reports of a further 72 reports of adult users, children, pets and/or objects being pulled under the rear of the device. …
I’m sure you know about Dogecoin by now.
It’s the Alt-Coin that began as a joke and as of today has a market capitalisation is $78.1 Billion. When I last wrote about Dogecoin in mid-February this year its market cap was just $8 Billion.
The astute amongst you will note a near 10x increase in a little under 3 months. It’s no wonder that those on the periphery of crypto view it skeptically — liberally throwing around the words ‘volatility’ and ‘bubble’ as though they were the first to notice.
In that story I shared my perspectives on Dogecoin as…
No matter how inevitable the ending of a relationship might be, it still hurts when it happens. I imagine that Bill and Melinda Gates and their wider family are going through such pain right now, even though their split has seemingly been coming for a while.
Most adults have weathered the failing of at least one relationship — others are veterans of multiple breakups. As a twice married and once-divorced man with a failed engagement in between the two, I’ve got plenty of scars and stories to share.
I met and married my first wife when I was just 23…