My main computer was an Apple MacBook Pro for about 8 or 9 years. That is, until last January, when I said good-bye to Apple. It wasn’t easy, but the last iteration of the MacBook Pro is terrible.
I’m not against the touch bar. I think keyboards need more innovation and I applaud the effort. But aside from the touch bar, the keyboard feels weird because they tried to make their power-user product super thin.
Let me repeat that: for their power user product Apple favors a bit of thinness over usability.
I don’t know how much of that also pushed them to produce an underpowered product with not a lot of RAM, very expensive hard drive, very expensive in general.
At the same time as I was in need of a new laptop, I was putting together a gaming computer and I decided instead to add some more funding to that project and turn it into a proper workstation. For the price of a MacBook Pro, I got the most amazing workstation I could ever want. Granted, it’s not mobile, but I need my nice keyboard and monitors to work anyway, so, it suits me well.
I’m really surprised to be back using Microsoft Windows as my main operating system; something that hasn’t happened since Windows NT 4.0. And I’m happy about it.
Goodbye Apple, it was fun while it lasted.
The book feels thoroughly researched. I caught a couple of small errors but most time when I thought “What about this or that” the book answered my objection a couple or paragraphs earlier.
The first two parts cycle between a dry list of numbers and little stories or descriptions that are very interesting. It is, as the title suggest, very American centric but every now and then it compares USA with Europe.
The last part is different, specially the last two or three chapters, which talk about the present and the future. I was heavily entrenched in what this books call techno-optimisim. Techno-optimists believe progress is happening and it will accelerate. AI will solve all problems and destroy all jobs. We also believe robots are the biggest source of unemployment today. This book made me challenge these assumptions. I’m not sure what to believe. Some of the conclusions that you may arrive at from the information here can be very xenophobic/protectionist.
The postscript, America’s Growth Achievement and the Path Ahead is great and concise. I think it should be mandatory reading to be a politician of any kind. Actually, the US should elect Robert J. Gordon as their president.
Buy The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War in USA
Buy The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War in UK
Buy The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil Warin Canada
This book is very entertaining and contains a lot of details I wasn’t familiar with but to be honest, not many that are important in my opinion; so, if you are as familiar as I am with the great psychological experiments, it’s just entertainment (and I’d say good one).
I really like that she managed to locate and talk to some of the participants of the Milgram experiment. I never gave too much thought about the impact the experiment might have had on their lives. At the same time she ignored some of the more important Milgram findings: adding a white coat and other authority symbols increasing compliance by a lot.
Buy Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century in USA
Buy Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century in UK
Buy Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century in Canada
The writing style was surprising but it shouldn’t have been based on the title. It was a fun entertaining read if nothing else.
Buy The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life in USA
Buy The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life in UK
Buy The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life in Canada
Trying to be objective, it’s a rich story both in terms of settings, characters and development. Aside from some of the fantastic tech, it feels very real. It is hard or impossible to know where the story is going most of the time. It’s one of those books with many threads that get joined towards the end. And I’d you like it, you’ll want to continue the series due to the obligatory cliffhanger.