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Top 10 headline of 2017. I quote it fairly often.

Walmart Offers Cheap When People Want Easy

>Been using it for several years

Phooey, I thought I was going to be showing you something new for trails & backwoods.

I can see how this would be handy for large complexes or sprawling (flat) construction sites.

Water Cooler / Re: Where's my damn robot mower?
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:45:29 PM »
>cast of small brands had changed and the machine designs had changed but still over priced and under powered.

Same results here.  BUT at $1000 for one that can do 1/2 acre, it's going to be worth a shot for me on my disabled brother's yard. Roughly 100% ROI based on what I'm paying landscapers.  That said, I'm wary of taking on logistics, maintenance, & support ....but at 100% ROI it becomes a 1-season throwaway if need be.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:17:57 PM »
AFAIcantell, Alexa now so dominates the jabbernet that the other vendors are just swinging in the wind.  I can hardly stay abreast of all the significant tangential developments sprouting up.

One recent one that is worth noting in the (co- ??)development of a commercial model for hotels.  I believe Marriott is rolling it out soon.  I know my daughter -admin of a large, upscale nursing home- is chomping at the bit for some sort of way to give her residents control of their room environs.

Water Cooler / Where's my damn robot mower?
« on: June 23, 2018, 01:43:22 PM »
Brad, seen any significant developments?

>show me

Mentioned here

Wane of social media 'influencers' as big brands drop 'stars' over fears of fake followers

Water Cooler / Re: Shipping container plans for homeless in Wrexham
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:46:05 PM »
With just a cursory run-through, I think that one is the best I've seen for 2 people, though the low ceiling is the bedroom is a nuisance.  I like the staircase. I'm not keen on lofts with ladder access.

Tell her to bookmark that newatlas site (and clear cookies), they feature a good number of tiny homes.

Effects on plankton starting to sink in

Etsy sellers confront unknowns after Supreme Court ruling

Water Cooler / Re: Domain Valuation in 2018
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:05:55 PM »
I could never come up with any decent guidance. Every negotiation is one-off.   Somewhere around here there is the Lynsky approach to no haggling. "Just give me an offer and I'll tell you yes or no."  Ballsy, but it works.

> I don't think this law will be the thing that saves brick and mortar or even have more than a minuscule effect. ... parading the dying main street store as a sympathetic figure in all this is pretty lame.



Worth a read
The internet sales tax is going to pummel small businesses

>sitting round a table in the early days, discussing this

Yup. Sales tax was one of our earliest thread topics at WMW. No one wanted to believe it was coming to the (then) unregulated, untamed internet.

This will, however, be the last nail in the coffin for many small, independent sites unless some sort of simplified universal tax table is devised. On top of the complexity of state and LOCAL individualized tax rates, sales tax reports on each state's form is a massive PITA and onerous compliance issue.  I'm guessing that some cart software will take care of this for a fee but it's still a PITA and yet another cost of doing business.

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