Author Archive: Peter S Magnusson

What your Mother should have taught you about Entrepreneurship

I’m holding a talk today tonight at ACACES 2008 in lovely l’Aquila outside Rome. This posting is a placeholder for putting up information related to that talk and facilitating audience follow-ups.

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Turn off the lights, just don’t light any candles

Today was the WWF Earth Hour event. CNN reports: The environmental group WWF has urged governments, businesses and households to turn back to candle power for at least 60 minutes Saturday starting at 8 p.m. wherever they were. Yes, for some bizarre reasons candles are viewed as good for the environment. I first assumed it …

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A nuclear power plant equals 100 billion bags of potato chips

PepsiCo’s Walkers unit in the UK spent two months to figure out that the carbon footprint of a bag of chips is 75 grams (Business Week). There are about a million grams in a short ton, and at $20 external cost of a ton of CO2 that’s 0.2 cents (see my previous posting about those …

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Gasoline is Good for Global Warming

Today the price of oil just set a new all-time high of over $104, something that may come as news to a President that doesn’t know the price of gasoline [1]. But that’s not what’s most interesting about the news on energy. What’s interesting is the recent data that gasoline consumption in the United States …

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Yossi Vardi wins Quote of the Day at TechCrunch 40

In the category of best closing comment to close the first day of TC40, I hereby declare the legendary Yossi Varid the winner.

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TechCrunch 40, Day 1

I’m hanging out at the event of the day, the TC40, where Jason, Michael, and Heather have done an amazing job of getting sizzling hot startups to fight for a seat at the podium. Well, that’s the story, anyway. As if this event needs blog coverage, lol!

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Blaming Jane Fonda for Global Warming doesn’t help

Levitt and Dubner takes a look at why nuclear power only accounts for 20% of electricity production in the US, and playfully blames Jane Fonda. It’s a cute narrative, but Levitt and Dubner ignore a number of economic aspects of the energy sector in their column, which is interesting since, *ahem*, Levitt is a brilliant …

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Miniguide: Moving your contacts from Windows to Mac

The best way to migrate your Outlook contacts to the Macintosh Address Book is by way of the Mozilla Thunderbird installation wizard on the Windows side; Thunderbird will then export to LDIF, which Address Book can import. And you’re done. This tip took me a while to find amongst all the options, and with an …

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For the first time in 10,000 years, farming is not the dominating industry

The international reporting on the KILM report mostly rehashed the original Reuters report, and failed to emphasize the most interesting tidbit: that of the three economic activities – farming, industry, and services – farming is no longer the largest global employer.

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Miniguide: Liquids and Electronics

I’ve been enjoying hanging around at GetSatisfaction lately, and for some reason decided to research the issue of what to do when you spill liquids on your electronics. This isn’t the usual heady strategic stuff that I prefer to write, but odds are this is actually more useful. I haven’t really found a good general …

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