Metode de a citi o carte – online / bibliotecă / second-hand / carte nouă

Mă uitam ieri pe mai multe cărți pe care mi-aș dori să le citesc și m-am gândit la soluții să fac acest lucru.

Magdalena Roeseler, book city, Roeseler, book city,
Magdalena Roeseler, book city,

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De ce să cumperi de pe

logo-dxlogo-dx este un site de chinezării (ei le zic gadget-uri, dar n-aș merge atât de departe) care livrează în România. Marele avantaj? Prețul, cu tot cu livrarea prin Poșta Română, e de obicei uluitor, dar uluitor de mic. Imaginează-ți că te plimbi prin complexul Europa (un bazar al Bucureștiului cu lucruri ieftine, de obicei chinezești), dar online, la prețuri mai mici, de obicei decât în Europa, și cu mari facilități de găsi rapid ce cauți. Teoretic, numai avantaje.

Am comandat până acum de 7 ori de pe și am anulat alte 6 comenzi, iar o comandă e în procesare. Ce am învățat din asta?

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The middle path in customer care

Recently, I had an unfortunate event buying from an online store (the price I paid was different than the one displayed on the web site). I sent them an email. This has happened to me before on their web site. After a few days, they replied that I’m wrong, and they’re right. Still, they might be wrong, nevertheless (they admitted). To settle the situation, they gave me around 1/3 than the required amount of money, and they thanked me for my understanding of the situation.

The topic of this blog post: what can you learn from the above example?

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De ce să faci back-up?

Dacă te uiți la prețurile recuperării datelor (sursa):

Recuperare Date HDD

  • DEFECT LOGIC 50 – 150 EUR + TVA
  • DEFECT MECANIC 200 – 450 EUR + TVA

Recuperare date Memory Card

  • DEFECT FIZIC 70 – 250 EUR +TVA

Recuperare date Memory Stick USB

  • DEFECT FIZIC 70 – 250 EUR +TVA

Și compari cu prețul unor hard disk-uri interne / externe / USB stick:

Îți dai seama că ar trebui să faci back-up.

Un hard disk intern secundar de 2 TB + un hard disk extern secundar de 2 TB costă cam cât cea mai ieftină reparare a hard-disk-urilor.

Fă back-up redundant (mai multe copii). E mai ieftin, simplu și sigur. N-ai niciun motiv să nu ai back-up. :)

William Warby, Hard Drive Repair, Warby, Hard Drive Repair,
William Warby, Hard Drive Repair,

Cum îți cauți și cumperi frigider?

Michelle Tribe, Fridge 2, Tribe, Fridge 2,
Michelle Tribe, Fridge 2,

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Simple / complex decisions

You may want to watch the following video:

through this paradigm:

  • The first instincts & thoughts about wolves are negative (they are killers, they are hunted by few animals, themselves, their social structures are closer to Mafia than Old-village-with-nice people, they’re aggressive and dangerous to humans).
  • The movie first starts by telling you some reasons on which the wolves actually do some good (they kill deer, which helps the vegetation, but they also make deer stay away completely from vast areas, in which they can be caught easily).
  • Then the movie gives some implications of saving vegetation → birds appear → then some rodents → then other birds, for those rodents → then some castors → then some bears, eating berries → then more deer get decimated, by the bears.
  • But the movie also shows that vegetation has a deeper impact – due to river banks being influenced by the vegetation, some rivers change their course / stay on their course more, depending on the vegetation just brought up by wolves. Thus, wolves influence the direction of rivers.

It’s a big difference between the first impulses & thinking the situation over. First instinct is based on primary emotions, thinking requires more cognitive functions (primary emotions, also). More than this, by deeply analyzing a situation (or studying previous situations), you can get to very powerful insights (wolves change the banks of rivers).

In some management decisions, things are based on simple thinking (I apply this rule – “wolves are bad” / “delegation is key” / “do coaching”). The better solution is to try & have a broader understanding of the situation. It’s simpler to have a compass which always tells you – “go by south-south-east, always, but always” / “kill wolves” / “try and empower people”. But good management decisions generally take a deeper understanding. Sometimes, you need data from the field, so a huge research can be blown away by the situation on the field. On the other hand, deciding the fate of a project by always picking SSE as a route, is not the way to go. Adrian Stanciu says it much better (RO).

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Walt Stoneburner – Compass,


I asked some people for invitations to an event, in exchange for services & online branding. The response from the person delegated to do PR activities for the event – you’ll have to wait for a week, we’ll hold a management meeting, and I’ll present the situation to them.

What’s the purpose of this person in the company? Why don’t they make some software to gather voice commands, record them, and have them discussed in the meeting?

If the PR manager for an event can’t decide a PR package, and each single situation must be discussed at the top level, why did they hire that person?

If the skills required are “but she must interpret what you say!”, you could get a 18-year-old person, no experience, very low salary, and just have a simple conversation, get the data, and present it in a meeting.

Also, since when a group meeting is the best place to decide such a thing? To me, this is clearly the situation in which a single person must decide.

At the Ritz-Carlton, every single employee (even the maintenance folks) has a budget of $2,000 per guest to make things right. On the spot, without asking.

Without a doubt, the guest is blown away by this rapid response. A caring person who, instead of saying, “I’ll have to ask my supervisor,” just makes it right. But even more important, I think, is the effect of trusting your people. You’ve already given them the keys to your brand, you’ve already made them the face of your organization—isn’t it time to trust them enough to do the right thing?

Source: Seth’s Blog: Discretion

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Gala Galaction

Wikipedia says:

  • “Gala Galaction (IPA: /’ ga.lak.ti’on/; the pen name of Grigore or Grigorie Pișculescu; April 16, 1879—March 8, 1961) was a Romanian Orthodox clergyman and theologian, writer, journalist, left-wing activist, as well as a political figure of the People’s Republic of Romania. Contrary to the spirit of the time, he was a promoter of tolerance towards the Jewish minority.” (more – Gala Galaction – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

I say:

  • Gala Galaction was critical to my formation as an Orthodox, and, although since although since around 1999 until just today I regretted his influence on me, now I am (very much) at peace with this.

The article below is both about Gala Galaction and about me. How he didn’t change, and how I did.


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How to set the price for an electronic equipment, second-hand? (e.g., at what price should you sell your laptop?)

Let’s say you have an electronic equipment you wish to sell. What price should you settle for?


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Câteva idei despre securitatea online

  • Two factor authentification peste tot pe unde se poate.
  • Doi antiviruși în același timp.
  • LastPass peste tot, cu parole aleatorii de minim 15 caractere, diferite pentru fiecare site în parte.
  • Criptare fișiere importante din calculator personal (chiar dacă am acces cumva la fișiere, să nu le pot accesa) prin arhivă cu parolă.
  • Banii nu ar trebui ținuți în conturi cu acces online (poți ține echivalentul a unul două salarii, dar nu banii de o mașină cu posibilitate de acces online), oricare ar fi metoda de securitate aleasă – card sau online. Ar trebui ca un hoț, aflat în casă și cu tine ostatic în casă, să nu poată să îți ia banii de la un bancomat sau din fața calculatorului.
  • Căutarea periodică a numelui propriu la Google și navigarea în rezultate Web / foto / video prin primele pagini de rezultate.
  • Dacă te loghezi la un calculator nou, te loghezi doar în conturi cu Two factor authentification activat (În Gmail, pui delegated accounts și te loghezi în alt cont decât al tău standard, și apoi intri cu acel cont în contul dorit).
  • Mie îmi e util și reversul, software de monitorzare (keylogger pentru propriul sistem, și RescueTime), în opinia mea sporesc securitatea, mai degrabă decât să o scadă.
  • Schimbat toate parolele la site-urile importante cu o anumită periodicitate, auto-setată.
  • Separarea emailurilor în conturi diferite – un cont pentru mesaje personale, unul pentru conturi de pe site-uri care contează măcar un pic, unul pentru conturi care nu contează deloc, și de la care nu dorești, vreodată, vreun email. Din când în când, la câțiva ani, schimbarea emailurilor pentru site-urile care contează.
  • pentru automatizare back-up, cam la tot ce se poate și e relevant online (salvezi ce postezi pe o rețea în alte părți, totul automat).