Daily Reading from June 28, 2008

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  • Your Client’s Point of View Should Dictate How You Communicate — "Just got off the phone today, after trying to book a driving test for my son. My question was a fairly tentative one, asking how I can book a time. “I’ll need the number from your Driver’s Exam Receipt,” was ..."
  • Working With History in Bash — "Yesterday we talked about favorite bash features (on the ##textmate IRC channel). I figured it was worth posting mine to this blog, they mostly revolve around history, hence the title. Setup My shell history collects a lot of complex command ..."
  • 20 Wrenches In The Software Startup Machinery
  • One good reason to vote against Obama — "The Supreme court narrowly (5-4) upheld our right to bear arms in a ruling today.  As Ben Winograd explained so eloquently, “It doesn’t take a mathematician to recognize the narrow margin in this case.  Replace any one of the five ..."
  • Special OPS — "Owners didn’t pay you to walk. Managers didn’t always look beyond size. Reporters didn’t get what REALLY won the game. Every day, in the paper, you saw batting averages, and RBIs, and stuff that Joe understood were secondary, selfish stats, ..."
  • ICANN threatens to change the rules of the domain name game — "You may be used to typing in top-level domains (TLDs) like .com, .net or .edu when heading to websites, but the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) hopes to change that with a decision to open new TLDs ..."
  • Starbucks Dumping CDs — "Shared by adam First the burning stations went, now the music entirely. We hear that by September, the chain will have dumped almost all of its in-store music retail offerings. "
  • Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever — Bill Gates has pulled off one of the greatest hacks in technology and business history, by turning Microsoft’s success into a force for social responsibility. Imagine imposing a tax on every corporation in the developed world, collecting $100 per ...

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