Nigel's Musings....

Trader • Dancer • Tinkerer • Investor • Business Manager and your Emergency Project Manager

Busting No-Code & Low-Code Myths

I am a HUGE fan of low-code and no-code tools. I always have been. Even though I learned “low-level” langauges, my career as a developer has always tended towards the higher level tools. Whether that was DBASE, CLIPPER & FOXPRO in the early 90’s, POWERBUILDER in the LATE 90s, various HTML builders in the early…

The Case For A Zero Percent Corporate Tax-Rate

My Democrat friends are probably wincing just by reading the headline of this post. But bear with me as I lay out this case. I started thinking about this concept two or three years ago. I think it filtered into my subconscious during the time when Trump was trying to lower rates and encourage companies…

QUIBI Bashing Is Short Sighted

Recently, Quibi announced that it was shutting down after just six months in service. Almost immediately the ridicule started. How could a company with almost two BILLION dollars in funding get it so wrong? And folks all over the globe starting making massive fun of the investors. This is ridiculously short-sighted. For multiple reasons. There…

Business Idea: Reviews For Cancelled Gigs

If you have ever used a service like Upwork or Fiverr and depended on reviews to choose a worker, you’ve likely been very disappointed. This is because the reviews are missing a critical element – cancelled gigs. In some cases, even bad reviews are removed by the site upon request by the worker – UpWork…

Getting Angry At For-profit Companies Is Dumb

A group of like-minded people that band together in the pursuit of a common goal is, generally speaking, considered a normal thing. No one bats an eye at the PTA or a political party. But, when those people band together to form a for-profit corporation that is immensely successful, it’s suddenly evil. And people act…

PANDEMIC: In Defense Of Amazon

Scrolling through my Facebook feed today I came upon a viral post that urged users to not shop at Amazon and to, instead, shop directly at the retailers stores in order to deprive Bezos and Amazon of additional revenue. Which made me realize that the majority of Americans (and even non-Americans) really really don’t appreciate…

Quick Take: The Bullish Case For Flex Office Space

Recently I’ve seen a lot of articles about how the demand for office space has dried up as companies continue to let their employees work from home. I agree with this view. However, I think that coupled with the lower demand for traditional office space will be an increase in demand for flex office space…

HIGHER prices in an era of LOWER demand?

As consumers slowly crawl out of lock-down there is going to be a spike in demand for all kinds of things. Cars, restaurants, movies etc. And prices will likely be the same as it was before as businesses try to get back to “usual”. Once that spike eases though, that’s when things get real. With…

Buffet, Oil Prices, The Economy And More

In the 2008 financial crisis Warren Buffet famously made a bet on the US economy by doing one of his largest acquisitions at the time – purchasing a US railroad. In the midst of all that chaos he saw opportunity and pounced on it. He believed that the US economy was the best on the…

Business Idea: A “touch and feel” Super Store. Or Mall.

I’m in the market for a new laptop. But I am the type of person that likes to touch and feel major electronics purchases before I commit – especially something that is as personal as a laptop computer. There are three places in Chicago where you can play with laptops – MicroCenter, Best Buy and…

Corona Virus: What Does a 3% Mortality Rate Really Mean?

By all accounts, the “Corona” Virus is a very contagious pathogen with an estimated death rate of “only” 3%. But, what does that really translate to? Lets assume that, in the United States, 30% of the population gets infected over the next 6 months. That is more than 100 million people. 3% of that number…

WordPress Business Idea: A Deployment And Management Panel Plugin

There has been a rise in WordPress focused managment panels based on an SAAS model. Two of the companies operating in this area are GridPane and SpinupWP. The idea is simple – instead of using a dedicated WordPress host such as WPEngine, you can create your own sites on cheap VMs provided by Digital Ocean,…

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