Nigel's Musings....

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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,…

BlockChain Business Idea: No-Code Apps For BlockChain

The blockchain development eco-system is young and rapidly evolving. One of the missing ingredients for rapid adoption is tools for easy use by the masses – the equivalent of a spreadsheet for the rank-and-file. Other than wallets, tools today seem geared towards developers and large enterprises. But as history has shown time and again, things…

Economic and Cultural Systems Based on Absolutes Will Fail

My Facebook feed is filled with statements of absolutes. “Capitalism is bad” and must be eradicated. “Socialism is evil” and must never be allowed to take hold in the United States. Has it ever occurred to anyone posting that drivel that the best system might be a blend of the two? So for those curious…

A Simple Breakdown Of A 3.8 Trillion Dollar Budget

The proposed budget for the United States for 2020-2021 is more than 3.8 Trillion dollars. With that, we have a large number of politicians and citizens who believe we need more tax revenue. I vehemently disagree with this stance. Somehow, a country of 360 million people cannot survive on 3.8 TRILLION dollars? That works out…

“No-code” Apps Might Need Some Code

The “no-code” app space has exploded recently, primarily because of the publicity around Google’s purchase of Appsheet. Between that and my recent awareness of GlideApps, I have been keeping a closer eye on more of these no-code products – especially the ones that are not pure website builders. One thing that leaps out every time…

Deep Thoughts on PG&E’s Bankruptcy, Monopolies and More…

California’s governor Newsome just rejected PG&E’s proposal to exit bankruptcy. At the same time, there are meme’s being shared around Facebook and other social networks that are using PG&E’s bankruptcy as an example of why capitalism and the free market does not work. It’s the memes that’s got me fired up. Because they are dead-a$$…

Business Idea: GlideApp For WordPress

Glideapps.com is an interesting product – it helps you create apps from Google Sheets (a spreadsheet) and publish it via a url (or, optionally, publish directly to an app store). Which makes me wonder – why is it so hard to make an app for WordPress? It seems to me that someone needs to create…

Ridiculous Trend: Web Sites That Bar Users From Using Private Mode

Recently I have noticed that more and more publications are blocking users who use private mode in their browsers. Instead, users are being requested to either sign up, login or turn off private mode browsing. I use Firefox which defaults to private mode all the time. As such, I have been regularly shut out of…

The Government Does Not Want You To Use Facebook Chat

Actually it does. But that’s precisely why you shouldn’t. Facebook unveiled plans about a year ago to add end-to-end encryption on all its chat products and the Government just doesn’t like it. US Attorney General William Barr wrote an open letter asking Facebook to ditch its plans. We can only assume that at least one…

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