September 2017 Archives

We Still Need to Teach Basic Computer Skills in the Age of Chromebooks and Peak Smartphone

I was lucky that both my high school and college were well equipped to train an aspiring engineer. From the time I was a 13 year old freshman I had exposure to all sorts of equipment that most people don’t, from welding to lathes to CNC machines and a wide array of computers and electrical components. My classmates and I could apply the theory that we learned in the classroom, and we graduated as better engineers because of it. But, this technology wasn’t available to… Continue reading

9/26/17

Bringing Clarity to Our Guaranteed Shipping Options

In 2014 we made a big improvement to our shipping offerings by guaranteeing 3 day or less delivery to the 48 states at Ground rates. After launching USPS we learned pretty quickly that while Priority and First Class Package Service often arrive in 3 days or less, they often also don’t, and estimated delivery dates are not guaranteed by the USPS. We therefore decided to only guarantee FedEx services (and by guarantee, we mean we’ll refund the cost of shipping if the package doesn’t arrive… Continue reading

9/19/17

Angie’s List’s Deceiving Subject Lines Aren’t Worth It

As a homeowner, I find Angie’s List to be a valuable resource when I’m looking for a contractor and don’t have a solid referral. It was well worth paying for when it was a paid service, and it’s certainly worth signing up for now that it’s free. However, when I think of Angie’s List the first thing I think of isn’t the quality of the service or even Angie herself (who I very much enjoyed learning about on the How I Built This podcast). Nope,… Continue reading

9/12/17

Extreme Commuting, SB Nation’s Unpaid Workers, & Documentary Recommendations – Link Roundup

Articles Medical Journals Have a Fake News Problem – open access is a good idea, publishing anything and everything without peer review is not. [Businessweek] The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging By a Thread – a tech CEO goes to the doctor with back pain and is diagnosed with advanced terminal cancer. A reminder of our mortality. [Wired] How SB Nation Profits Off An Army Of Exploited Workers – a very important piece about the lines between volunteer, contractor, and illegally underpaid… Continue reading

9/8/17