Sequoia slides

Well, someone posted the Sequoia slide

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1970s

!<http://mises.org/images3/Dow65-84.gif! For some reason the 1970s don’t have a fancy label although I remember stagflation. Like the depression, it all started with the 1960s which featured massive deficit spending (to fund the Vietnam War, sound familiar) and loose monetary policy to reduce the sting of the deficit (sound familiar) but which caused a massive bubble in spending, borrowing http://mises.org/story/1507

So this time inflation rather than deflation was the story because the deficits didn’t get trimmed and the monetary policy was loose. Trying price controls really didn’t work. Sadly, the dates are nearly identical, 1929 for the stock crash, then 1969 then 2008 (hmm, what is it about every 40 years, maybe everyone dies from the last time -)

Why did this happen, well the war for one thing, but then the Great Depression which had price deflation meant the 1970s were all about massive stimulus which caused inflation. See “Market Oracle”:http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article4075.html

Tricking an iPhone to use an optimized page using an Google

If you search Google on your iphone and click on a link, it uses a javascript program to make the page look good. The Javascript takes a multicolumn page and turn it into a single readable column.  But, it is quite hard to get it to do it without going to Google all the time on your iPhone or iPod touch. So here is how thanks to Abel:

# Load <a href=”http://tinyurl.com/5fr7qq”>http://tinyurl.com/5fr7qq</a> by emailing it to yourself
# Read the email on your iPhone and click on the link
# The page you get won’t load, however
# choose to add as a bookmark
# Edit the leading ‘http://’ out of the URL.
# Go to the website you want
# once it starts loading, click the bookmark you created
# it will render the page optimized for iPhone
# You can then bookmark the newly rendered page for future use.

iPod Touch and Logitech Pure-fi Extreme

!<http://www.ilounge.com/assets/images/reviews_logitech/audiostation/1.jpg! If you are putting together the perfect “boom box”, then iLounge recommends the Logitech “Pure Fi Elite”:http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/logitech-pure-fi-elite-high-performance-stereo-system-for-ipod/ if you want a bigger box with better sound or the nearly identical “Pure Fi Mobile”

Paired with an iPod Touch, this is the dream stereo in a box. It’s incredibly reasonable at $96 at
Pricegrabber

iPod Touch 2.0 hands on

!<http://gizmodo.com/assets/images/gallery/4/2008/09/smallish_2843872602_02f8ca0956_o.jpg! Wow, what a device, Apple is just so good at refinement. I have a iPhone 3G, but it feels fat compared to this. Major features are better price ($299 for 16GB, but unlike the iPhone 3G 16GB, there is no mandatory $30/month data charge!). See the “Gizmodo”:http://gizmodo.com/5047614/ipod-touch-version-2-review review.

Big changes are in order:

1. Slimmer. Just as software always needs to be faster and more reliable, hardware needs to be slimmer
2. Volume switch. How could they have left this out.
3. Built in speaker. I use the one on my iPhone alot. It is great for gaming.
4. Genius playlist. This means, play one song and get a playlist from it.

LED Light Bulb and CFL Reviews

There are so many brands of CFL (Compact Florescent Lamps) and other energy efficient LEDs that it is hard to know where to start.

h3. “Consumer Reports”:http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/home-improvement/hardware-building-supplies/lightbulbs/compact-fluorescent-lighting-10-07/overview/bulbs-ov.htm?resultPageIndex=1&resultIndex=2&searchTerm=light bulb

They have done the most intense study including running the bulbs to see how long they last. It cost $26 per year for a subscription to their site and another $26 for their magazine. I’d recommend it as they do great work and don’t accept ads. I use them religiously for buying cars to check reliability. And they’ve done CFLs too! The did note that they really did a full stress test of these bulbs and all were OK except that 7 of nine Feit Ecobulb ESL13Ts failed after 3300-3900 hours so you want the Fiet Ecobulb Plus ESL13T/Eco which is working through 5000 hours. Others were GE 8000 Long Life 41525 and N;Vision 423-599 which still worked after 7600 hours (despite reports from many that ehse were no good). Ecobulb Plus and N:Vision claim they have half the mercury (2.5mg vs 5mg).

They have some good advice for types of fixtures, use spirals for lamps, flood CFLs for cans. Buy Energy Star certified (not all bulbs are!). Soft white or warm white look like traditional incandescents running at 2700K

For table lights, they tried the Bright Effects (Lowe’s) 70% efficient, GET Soft White 60, Philips Marathon 60 (Costco) 66%. These are 65-70% efficient compared with 14% for a typical incandescent. OTOH turn on time was 25-36 seconds for CFLs.

For recessed flood lights, they tried the GE Floodlight Soft White 65, 43% efficient and 131 second to turn on, Philips Marathon Energy Saver Reflect Flood 16 BR30, and the Sylvanid 16 watt flood 65 BR30

h3. “Popular Mechanics”:http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/home_improvement/4215199.html

They didn’t test reliability, but mainly color and liked the Westinghouse Natural Light $6, Phillips Marathon $3, MaxLite MicroMax $4.50, Sylvania Daylight Extra $6, Westinghouse Soft White $6, GE Soft White $5 in that order.

h3. “LA Times”:http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/emeraldcity/2008/01/the-quest-for-a.html

They have a good compendium of quick reviews like the NY Times piece below.

h3. “NY Times”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/garden/10lighting.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1&ref=garden&oref=slogin

!http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/01/10/garden/10light.graphic.ready.html!

In summary, they liked the TCP SpringLight/Soft White, MaxLite SpiraMax and the GE Energy Smart for their colors, but didn’t test reliability.

They hated the TCP n:vision (also poor reliability noted in Popular Mechanics user comments). They also didn’t like the color of the Sylvania Bright White Designer Choice, GE Energy Smart Daylight 15, Sylvania Micro-Mini, MaxLite MiniBulb or the Greenlite Mini 13. There was also slight buzzing from GE Energey Smart, Sylvania Designed Choice and TCP Spring Light/Soft White.

They did like the light of halogens which last twice as long and require less energy by a little like the Daylight Plus, Sylvania BT15 and GE Edison 60.

The ones they liked in CFLs were nvision TCP Home Soft White, MaxLite SpiraMax had good color

h3. “Grist.org”:http://www.grist.org/advice/products/2007/12/14/index.html?source=rss

A environmental ezine did their own mini review as well. Short review, but she liked the Philips Soft White $3.88 14 watt

h3. “Greenhome.huddler.com”:http://greenhome.huddler.com

Does have user ratings. There aren’t too many reviews, but for instance for “LED Light Bulbs”:http://greenhome.huddler.com/products/category/led-lightbulbs, they show:

* “EarthLED”:http://www.earthled.com/cl3.html CL-3 and CL-5 are the most 8sued. The big deal is that they are much brighter. The CL-3 is 45w equivalent at 240 lumens, 50,000 hours (that’s 11 years in normal use!). It is $30 each though although you get a 10% discount off right now from “Store.earthled.com”:http://store.earthled.com/
* “EarthLED EvoLux S”:http://greenhome.huddler.com/forum/thread/227/new-earthled-bulb-produces-serious-light?replies=15 is going to be 75 watts. The main limitation is you can’t use it with a dimmer. It also costs $90! They have a good comparison video on “You Tube”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5ppqz6zGCE&eurl=http://greenhome.huddler.com/forum/thread/227/new-earthled-bulb-produces-serious-light?replies=15. It actually has a fan built into it as the LEDs get hot!

For CFLs, here are some of the top reviewed:

* “TCP n:vision 14W CFL” which actually in other reviews is called unreliable, so caveat emptor. It is sold exclusively at Home Depot.
* “Greenlite”:http://greenliteusa.com comes up second rated.

Seattle to Beijing Nonstops

Hurray at last, you don’t have to go down to San Francisco and then fly by Seattle. The best routings now to Shanghai are:

# United to ANA. This leaves 1PM and arrives in Shanghai via Narita at 9PM. There is a long layover in Narita
# Air Canada. Go up to Vancouver and then over to Shanghai nonstop. It is an old 767 and the business class seats aren’t super comfy, but it is short. You have to take a 9AM shuttle to catch the 11AM. Also if you get the cool Nexus card, then crossing through is really fast.
# Hainan to Beijinghttp://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2007-08/12/content_6022794.htm starts in June with a flight that uses an A330. It is a chinese airline, so I’d expect the service to be OK, but the plane to be amazing. http://www.luchtzak.be/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=44446. They use the kinda layback seats that are 180 degrees, but you sleep slanted like ANA and Qantas has in business class. It leaves 2PM and arrives in Beijing 4PM. So you then have to fly to Shanghai. I’d bet it is a little faster net, net, and you’d get to Shanghai at say 8PM.
# Northwest to Beijing. This begins March 2009. http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2008/05/05/daily28.html so is something to keep in mind. Of course Northwest planes are super old. But you become instant MVP Gold on this given the distance 🙂