My Every Day Electronics Carry

everyday-carry

  1. US USB power adaptor
  2. Ethernet connector for MacBook Air (so far never used but its only been a month)
  3. US plug adaptor for Apple power block
  4. VGA dongle for Mac (amazingly this is the first one I bought and I still have it)
  5. USB to USB connector (male to female)
  6. USB to printer form factor connector
  7. USB dongle with attachment to allow it to read/write MicroSD cards
  8. Another USB form factor convertor
  9. Universal plug adaptor (works everywhere). Got this in Frys. Its great ‘cos it has a USB power point built in
  10. Three MIFI
  11. Mac iPad Cable (also can be used to charge iPhones)
  12. MicroUSB cable
  13. Verizon LTE MIFI (for USA)
  14. USB extension cable
  15. USB hub
  16. Ethernet (use to roll up but the spring is broken)
  17. MicroUSB car charger

Not shown is my MacBook Air, my Samsung Galaxy G4 and their associated chargers. I carry all this stuff in a transparent Ziplock bag so I can easily see what I am looking for. My backpack of choice (not shown) is a Lowe Alpine computer backpack, I favour it because it comes with a slip on waterproof cover which is great for cycling in Irish weather.

Investing where the startups are rather than where they aren’t

Desert

EI is doling out another pot of money to the South East. Now I am a big fan of EI. I think they are the best agency of their type in the world, bar none. But this regional development plan is a dissipation of scare resources. It also makes no sense for startup policy in Ireland.

Here’s how it plays out. Money is ring fenced for the South East. Now instead of competing against all the startups in Ireland the South East is competing against itself. If you expect to win a grant based on your ability to export and you can’t beat out the local competition in Ireland, how in the wide world of sports are you going to compete on a global stage?

It would make much more sense to widen the global pot for Ireland and make the South East stand up and be counted.

I know for  fact that they have the talent to do so.

Warren Buffett on Corporate Compensation – A Lesson for Ireland

I quote this directly from Warren Buffett, lest we forget.

Getting fired can produce a particularily bountiful payday for a CEO. Indeed he can “earn” more in a single day, while cleaning out his desk, than an American worker can earn in a lifetime of cleaning toilets. Forget the old maxim about nothing succeeding like success: Today, in the executive suite, the all-too-prevalent rule is that nothing succeeds like failure.

Huge severance payments, lavish perks and outsized payments for ho-hum performance often occur because comp committees have become salves to comparative data. The drill is simple: Three or so directors – not chosen by chance – are bombarded for a few hours before a board meeting with pay statistics that perpetually ratchet upward. Additionally, the committee is told about new perks that other managers are receiving, In this manner outlandish “goodies” are showered upon CEO’s simply because of the corporate version of the argument we all used when we were children: “But Mom, all the other kids have one.” When comp committees follow this “logic”, yesterday’s most egregious excess becomes today’s baseline.