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An Apple in time

Friday, August 24th, 2012 Posted in Business Reviews | 3 Comments »

Another working road trip. My colleague needs a piece of equipment from the Apple store, which is in a mall. The Apple store is swarming with people, but in less than 30 seconds, a salesman comes alongside to take us ...

Smart is knowing what you don’t know

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 Posted in Business Reviews | Comments Off on Smart is knowing what you don’t know

Call me crazy, but maybe it's a good thing that the University of Iowa -- and by extension, a great many schools in financially troubled times -- has to decide not to have an Asian studies program, among other marginal ...

Sometimes cleanliness is next to impossible

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 Posted in Business Reviews | 3 Comments »

Here's a conundrum. We put automatic sinks in public restrooms because we can't trust our fellow man to turn off the water properly. We put automatic flushers on the toilets because we can't trust him to flush. (We can't trust ...

It all begins with an apple

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 Posted in Business Reviews | 4 Comments »

Ordinarily I'm not a fan of government meddling, but sometimes I am ready for a regulation requiring products made in whole or part in China to be labeled as such. Poisoned toothpaste, animal food, infant formula, building products that rot and ...

Memo to the Nabisco Food Goliath

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 Posted in Business Reviews | 5 Comments »

Dear Nabisco MegaCorporation, Once upon a time there was a delicious little cracker called Harvest Grain. This cracker didn't ask for much, nothing, really, other than to be crispy and nutritious and delectable in Tony's mouth. Tony and his Harvest Grains ...

Dear United: Next time how about you kiss me first?

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 Posted in Business Reviews, Fatherhood | 8 Comments »

As I bribe my children with candy to find me one of the two dozen sippy cups cleverly hidden by the baby throughout the house, it occurs to me that I have a solution for that institution remarkably like children ...

Back off pal, I’m an M.D.

Monday, March 30th, 2009 Posted in Business Reviews | 6 Comments »

"She's taking it to the chiropractor," smirked one Newton Medical Center technician to another as my wife waited for them to hand over an x-ray scan of baby Isaiah's arm. We were twenty hours into an ordeal, sparked the night before ...

We’re from Congress, and we’re here to help

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 Posted in Business Reviews | 6 Comments »

Let me see if I've got this straight. American mega-companies buy shoddy lead-painted toys and chemically poisonous clothes from China, and market them to our children. We stupidly trust the American mega-companies because we have happy memories of the days ...

A farewell to Quaker

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 Posted in Business Reviews | 10 Comments »

Dear Quaker Oats Megalith, You might recall that I warned you once before about disguising newfangled "quick" foods as the older, take-an-extra-three-minutes-to-cook-it fare. Well, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, and I hate you double. That's right, I ...

Why People Hate Big Companies

Friday, August 29th, 2008 Posted in Business Reviews | Comments Off on Why People Hate Big Companies

You've probably never heard of Blackstreet Capital Partners, a private-equity fund in Maryland that buys underperforming companies and attempts to make them profitable. And you've almost certainly never heard of a company they own, SFCA Inc. But perhaps you've heard ...

Why We Hate IT Companies

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 Posted in Business Reviews | 2 Comments »

Dear SanDisk Corporation, I have admired your thumb drives from the beginning. They fit in my pocket. No more inadvertantly inserting a data CD in my truck and wondering if I'd accidentally purchased some kind of post-Modern German techno-punk-death metal fusion music. ...

A Public Letter to the Quaker Oats Company

Wednesday, August 14th, 2002 Posted in Business Reviews, Greatest Hits | 9 Comments »

Dear Quaker Oats Company; Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try your new Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats. As one might expect, they felt in my mouth much the way I imagine elephant snot would feel. Why would anyone deliberately ...

Worldcom accounting

Friday, August 9th, 2002 Posted in Business Reviews | 2 Comments »

Memo To: Obfuscus & Delay, Attorneys-at-Law From: Worldcom Accounting Group Re: Latest Audit Results In re your last memo (re: "Is a team of monkeys doing your books?!?"), we would like to point out that we are a team of seasoned professionals, and restate ...