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We have a saying in Hebrew that it’s much easier to look for a lost key under the light, than to look for the key where you actually lost it, because it’s dark over there. That’s exactly how (North American airport security officials) act,” Sela said. “You can easily do what we do. You don’t have to replace anything. You have to add just a little bit — technology, training. But you have to completely change the way you go about doing airport security. And that is something that the bureaucrats have a problem with. They are very well enclosed in their own concept.

Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy on how Israeli airports handle security

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So, how to protect your ideas in a world where ideas spread?

Don’t.

Instead, spread them. Build a reputation as someone who creates great ideas, sometimes on demand. Or as someone who can manipulate or build on your ideas better than a copycat can. Or use your ideas to earn a permission asset so you can build a relationship with people who are interested. Focus on being the best tailor with the sharpest scissors, not the litigant who sues any tailor who deigns to use a pair of scissors.

Seth’s Blog: How to protect your ideas in the digital age

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Obviously there is a lot more to the story of Indian/Puritan relations in New England than in the thanksgiving stories we heard as children. Our contemporary mix of myth and history about the “First” Thanksgiving at Plymouth developed in the 1890s and early 1900s. Our country was desperately trying to pull together its many diverse peoples into a common national identity. To many writers and educators at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one, this also meant having a common national history. This was the era of the “melting pot” theory of social progress, and public education was a major tool for social unity. It was with this in mind that the federal government declared the last Thursday in November as the legal holiday of Thanksgiving in 1898.

In consequence, what started as an inspirational bit of New England folklore, soon grew into the full-fledged American Thanksgiving we now know. It emerged complete with stereotyped Indians and stereotyped Whites, incomplete history, and a mythical significance as our “First Thanksgiving.” But was it really our FIRST American Thanksgiving?

TEACHING ABOUT THANKSGIVING - Native American Culture

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Apple made $1.6 billion in operating profit off of the iPhone in Q3. Nokia, meanwhile, made $1.1 billion. Let’s put this in perspective. Recent numbers suggest Nokia controls roughly 35% of the worldwide handset market. Apple? About 2.5%.

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To people who follow Apple closely, this should be absolutely no surprise. It’s the same thing it does in the computer industry. Despite having a much smaller market share than its rivals, it makes more money than most of them. The key, of course, is that Apple maintains its high profit margins, while the competitors shuffle to battle each other for market share.

That’s not to say that Apple doesn’t care about market share for either its computers or the iPhone, it undoubtedly does. But it’s a secondary goal to running a successful business. A business which is now absolutely thriving in an awful worldwide economic environment.

While Rivals Jockey For Market Share, Apple Bathes In Profits

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What if, just like becoming a cannibal or painting your face green, you eliminated righteous indignation as an option in your list of responses to various situations, no matter how unfair? What if the people you work with weren’t permitted to indulge? Just think of how much more you’d get done and how much calmer everything would be.

Seth’s Blog: Righteous indignation

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There’s a lot of ways to work with appreciation. You can pull out a pen and paper and list all the things you love, the things you need, the things you depend on. You can remember someone or something that is no longer in your life. There’s also that famous workshop exercise where you have to eat a raisin or a potato chip very, very slowly.
But then there’s just the simple checking in right where you are, wherever you are and discovering the appreciation that is already present.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Meditation: Appreciation

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Perhaps the biggest challenge for business owners is developing the ability to see the “big picture” in their particular business and to make sense of all the various parts that have to be developed, maintained and orchestrated. It is easy to get caught up in focusing more on systems — doing things right — at the expense of understanding whether they are doing the right things.

Systemic vs. Systematic | E-Myth Worldwide

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People who love computers overwhelmingly prefer to use a Mac today. Microsoft’s core problem is that they have lost the hearts of computer enthusiasts. Regular people don’t think about their choice of computer platform in detail and with passion like nerds do because, duh, they are not nerds. But nerds are leading indicators.

Peeve Farm

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iPhones come locked so they can’t be used with other carriers, so people spend hours and plenty of money to ‘unlock’ them. That’s bear shaving. Better to figure out an easy way to pay AT&T their tribute so they can be truly unlocked…

Seth’s Blog: Bear shaving

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I get asked a lot why Apple’s customers are so loyal. It’s not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That’s ridiculous. It’s because when you buy our products, and three months later you get stuck on something, you quickly figure out [how to get past it]. And you think, “Wow, someone over there at Apple actually thought of this!” And then three months later you try to do something you hadn’t tried before, and it works, and you think “Hey, they thought of that, too.” And then six months later it happens again. There’s almost no product in the world that you have that experience with, but you have it with a Mac. And you have it with an iPod.

The Seed of Apple’s Innovation

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If you don’t like the way someone is acting, understand you can’t change his behavior, you can only change his circumstances. … Sure, people are willing to lie, break promises, willfully misunderstand, avoid responsibility and blame others. But why? They’re doing it because under the circumstances, it seems like the right thing to do.

Seth’s Blog: He’s doing his best

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It’s through space that air fills your lungs. It’s through space that your body moves. It’s through space in the vibration of the air that sound is heard. It’s in the gaps between veins that blood flows. Without the space between these letters, there would be no words for you to read -it would all be incoherent.
In this way, you realize something…
Emptiness truly roars. Silence speaks. Space gives birth to form.
It’s in the gaps that beauty is found.

How to Find Beauty in Life - Think Simple Now

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The iPhone is the client, the MacBook (they’re all Pro) the server, and you can bring it into the office and plug into the corporate Exchange server with one click. Never has the fear of Apple holding developers or users hostage been so overstated. Apple’s rigorous march forward and its deep understanding of what the market will want next is not only keeping them ahead of the competition but building the markets they will own tomorrow. They’re like WIllie Mays and the basket catch, making the hard stuff look easy. The market may have bounced down a bit on the Jobs no-show, but Steve and company — and the smiling developers — know better.

Why Apple wins. every. time. by Steve Gilmour

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Luxury goods are needlessly expensive. By needlessly, I mean that the price is not related to performance. The price is related to scarcity, brand and storytelling. Luxury goods are organized waste. ……. Premium goods, on the other hand, are expensive variants of commodity goods. Pay more, get more.

(NOTE: I’m paraphrasing).

Seth’s Blog: Luxury vs. premium

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Apple is known for its savvy marketing, but its campaigns seldom target the enterprise. Its core customer base consists of students, educators, creative professionals, and individual consumers, whom it courts with a brand message that’s equal parts Porsche and Picasso. Far from being a business darling, Apple paints the Mac as the anti-corporate PC: You either “think different” or shop elsewhere.

Desktop Linux: Why it may have lost its chance | Open Source - InfoWorld

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For us, it’s about doing great products. And when I look at what is being sold in the netbook space today, I see cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens, and just not a consumer experience… that we would put the Mac brand on, quite frankly. And so it’s not a space, as it exists today, that we’re interested in, nor do we believe that customers in the long term would be interested in.

Daring Fireball

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Prediction: The effort required to outsource a task involving the manipulation of data of any kind will continue to decrease until it will be faster and cheaper to outsource just about anything than it will be to use in-house talent. What will you do today to ensure your prosperity when that happens?

Seth’s Blog: Sixty to zero

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While Microsoft is busy, fighting over the desktop Apple is busy getting people to carry the desktop with them. If you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone you know how much that product has displaced your laptop. You also realize that for most people an iPod touch or iPhone is enough computer. And this time “enough” is competitively priced.

by Chris Seibold Apr 14, 2009

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Whenever a trade association raises the barricades and tries to lobby their way into maintaining the status quo, they are doing their members a disservice. Instead of spending time and insight and effort reinventing what they do and organizing for a better future, the members are lulled into a sense of security that somehow, somehow, the future will be just like today.

Seth’s Blog: Beware of trade guilds maintaining the status quo

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The studios have a very long history of betting against technology people want, and on technology people don’t want. This is just another such case. The technology people want always wins in the end — no duh — and usually benefits the businesses who fought that technology to the death. Here’s hoping the technology people want — Boxee — doesn’t wind up benefiting the studios fighting it now.

Marc Hedlund on the Hulu/Boxee splitt

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Every Mac geek out there screams for this machine and screams most loudly when it comes time to buy a new computer. They look around and realize that there’s no way they need the power of a Mac Pro (and no way to justify the price) but they don’t want to feel locked in to an iMac or something. Why, they moan, doesn’t Apple make a machine for me? I want to be able to swap out the video card and really bump up the RAM.

If you’re that guy time to shut your pie hole. The reason that Apple doesn’t make that machine is because you, me, and about three other people really want it. Apple isn’t in the business of making computers for people who feel like stripping them down and mucking with the motherboard, the company is in the business of selling computing solutions to people who don’t want to mess with a computer. Face it, if you’re willing to swap out a video card and add a hard drive you’ve got both the time and expertise to trick out a Linux box or really make Vista sing.

Rick Ellis

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To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different, it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination, and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.

 Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, 1983

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Multi-tasking is dead. It never worked and it never will. Intelligent people love to sing its praises because it gives them permission to avoid the much more challenging alternative: focusing on one thing.

Timothy Ferriss

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If the CEO buys an iPhone, it’s a business device, no matter what the IT folks say.

MICHAEL GARTENBERG, ANALYST, JUPITERRESEARCH LLC, AND A COMPUTERWORLD COLUMNIST

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A world without failure is a world without freedom. A world without the possibility of sin is a world without the possibility of righteousness. A world without the possibility of crime is a world where you cannot prove you are not a criminal. A technology that can give you everything you want is a technology that can take away everything that you have. At some point, real soon now, some of us security geeks will have to say that there comes a point at which safety is not safe.

Dan Greer

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Linux users are never quite sure which one is the best distribution around. They have debates in their own community with twenty different users vouching for twenty different variations. They constantly have to keep figuring out workarounds to make all their software and hardware work together. They can’t just go out and buy a new accessory, assured in the knowledge that it will work. They are afraid to upgrade, lest things go wrong.

About Linux and Why Nobody Seems to Care - AppleMatters

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business projects have the advantage of potentially generating income, whereas IT security simply has “nothing bad happening” as the goal

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Viewed from the perspective of economics, security is a trade-off. There’s no such thing as absolute security, and any security you get has some cost: in money, in convenience, in capabilities, in insecurities somewhere else, whatever.

Schneier on Security

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Stop the Spying: Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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Diabetes 365, Day 16: I am a technologist. I love computers. I love numbers and data collection and graphing and… you get the point. Most of the time I get a blood glucose reading in the “safe” range ( 70 - 120 ). But quite a few are in the “low” arena (30 - 70).

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Diabetes 365, Day 17: As someone with diabetes I pay attention to everything that enters my mouth. Food is an important part of my life. Spontaneous eating is a thing of my past. Each and every meal is planned and each and every gram of fat, protein and carbohydrate ( especially the caarbohydrate) is measured.

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My creation: 1. Day 11, 26th Oct ‘07, 2. Diabetes365 Day 10: Oct 26, 2007 - the ultimate diabetes stash, 3. Diabetes 365 - Day 12 Ketones, 4. Santiago: Word in the Hand - Diabetes365 - Oct. 25, 2007, 5. Day 23: October 26, 2007, 6. Diabetes 365 - Day 8: October 25, 2007 - Sweet Dreams, 7. October 26 2007 day 14 - Kinked up, 8. The Supply Closet - Diabetes 365 Day 19 - Oct 24, 2007, 9. The Logbook I should be keeping - Diabetes 365 Day 20 - Oct 25, 2007, 10. The Cost of Health Insurance - Diabetes 365 Day 18 - Oct 23, 2007, 11. 25 October 2007 Day 17, 12. Diabetes 365 - Day 11 Party Supplies, 13. diabetes 365 day 22 Oct. 25th 200714. Not available15. Not available16. Not available Created with fd’s Flickr Toys. (via Photos from Khürt)

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Knowledge: As an information security professional I know that no network or computer system is invulnerable from attack and compromise. The threat landscape is constantly changing and the bad guys are almost always a step ahead. What can be done is that the risks can be minimized. The buzzword used in my industry is Security Risk Management. Managing diabetes is like practicing effective risk management. To do that I need knowledge; about my body, my pancreas and and the various risks. The knowledge base is constantly changing with new research and new insights. (via Photos from Khürt)

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Ouch!: I can not live without insulin. My pancreas is under attack from my immune system which is slowly wiping out the insulin producing cells. To live, I must inject insulin before EACH meal. Three times a day. Forever, Until they find a cure. And yes, it does hurt (sometimes). (via Photos from Khürt)

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Control…or lack thereof: Frustration and anxiety are just one of the many emotions that I experience daily ( hourly? ). Sometimes I get bored of eating the same things for breakfast and experiment a little. What can be frustrating is that even if I eat the same amount of carbohydrates for the same meal time I can get a wildly different blood glucose result than what is expected. (via Photos from Khürt)