Here’s to capitalism

For sure it has a zillion faults, but in other hand it can supply all kinds of material goods, both essential and non essential ones. It has been glorified or vilified by people all over the world.

But i wonder, what other system could provide me with a full spec, technology loaded, big 50″ TV screen for just a tiny fraction more than the country minimal wage (delivery included) ?

Rework by 37 Signals

Like Gordon Gekko once said “Because everyone is drinking the same Kool Aid“, and just because everybody in the business (the web business i mean) is drinking “Rework” by 37 Signals, i also drinked it too…. so what’s my taste of this book?

It’s a complex taste book, not because it digs deep the rabbit-hole, but because it (tries to) speak all things about the business universe, it goes from (unordered list) planning, to meetings, to time management, customer management, task prioritization, hiring and firing, office policies, marketing, product building, product minimalism, workaholism, by-products, productivity, startups, etc, etc….

It’s filled with common sense (is not so common) and Lapalissades, witch makes one feel smart:

«Failure is not a prerequisite of success.» – I knew that

«Forgoing sleep is a bad ideia.» – I also knew that

«Other people’s failures are just that: other people’s failures» – Duhh

«Revenue in, expenses out, Turn a profit or wind up gone.» – Heck, even the tavern owner where i go for cheap drinks knows this

«If you want to get someones attention, it’s silly to do exactly the same thing as everyone else.» –  I rest my case

But in the other hand, you are always making reality checks, comparing your own practices with the ones described in the book, and this review is obviously good.

Anyway, the work smart not hard philosophy makes sense, there are some good marketing tips, i really liked the teach and spread your secrets of the trade approach. It also makes a strong point about minimalistic products, those products that you strip down to the core, make them easier, cheaper, maintainable. Likewise, they don’t like guys throwed in suits (about#hate) and useless meetings (about#hate) ….. ahhhh…that was good for my ego.

The final balance is positive, everyone can get good ideias out of it, but is not the “fabulous”, “best book in my life and afterlife” hype that you read in Amazon reviews.

Here some of my favorite quotes:

«When you treat people like children, you get children’s work»

«And when everything is high priority, nothing is»

«Business are usually paranoid and secretive. They think they have proprietary this and competitive advantage that. Maybe a rare few do, but most don’t»

«Having the idea for eBay has nothing to do with actually creating eBay»

«The worst interruptions of all are meetings»

«How long someone’s been doing it is overrated. What matters is how well they’ve been doing it»

Apache mod_proxy

I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.
I will never activate mod_proxy without double-checking the installation is secured.

How?

Real simple, just set-up “ProxyRequests Off” on the main server config, and if you want to be extra safe (like double condom usage) in the first virtualhost (by IP address) put “ProxyBlock *”

So help me the sysadmins Gods.

(semi) Victorious

Last Friday (finally, 8 months after the accident) i received the court decision about the process against Allianz Seguros SA. I had to sue them in CIMPAS, an arbitration court, about a road accident, where i was hit and run by i an Allianz insured shit bag (pardon… driver) and they didn’t want to willingly pay the damages.

So, the outcome was very positive, it was proved in court that all responsibility is due to Allianz Seguros SA, so all the physical damages to the car are well covered, but i was only given 30 euro a day for the 3 days the car must be in the repair shop, which is very little to cover a substitution car. Also the judge didn’t order Allianz Seguros to pay the vehicle technical inspections (mot, tuv, etc) and re-inspections simply because he didn’t quite understand that i had to do it so i didn’t get fined by the police…. i think that he doesn’t quite understands the mechanics of technical inspections time frame, maybe he gets a new car every 3 years… if this is the new justice, i really can’t imagine how the old justice works…

Anyway, after all said and done, this is a financial and moral victory against an evil corporation (Allianz Seguros) that is profit centered only, and treats persons like numbers, that uses all the dirty tricks in the book to avoid paying. But, and it seems there is always a but, i will never get the right compensation for all the headaches of this situation, and these companies will continue to behave the same, just because they can, because the justice here is too soft with them.

More about this issue later…

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.