Monthly Archives: December 2007

More proof that Microsoft hates Apple: Office on Mac OS X sucks.

Microsoft Office for Mac OS X sucks. Everyone knows it. Let’s count the ways: It’s a system resource hog. Loading Microsoft Word takes forever. Look MS, this is a friggin’ rich text editor. You don’t need to load the entire … Continue reading

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We need more useful transit maps in the Bay Area. Here are a few.

Most transit maps of Bay Area and City transit systems suck. Some are misleading. It seems like everyone that moves to San Francisco checks out the Muni service map (warning, large GIF file) and responds with joy! “Wow, look at … Continue reading

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Transit fun fact: Fillmore Street developed as a commercial zone because of the 1906 quake.

(Photo Credit) Here’s another cool factoid from the amazing (out-of-print) book on the history of the San Francisco Municipal Railway. We know Upper Fillmore Street today as a bustling commercial district with high-end shops and restaurants married closely with its … Continue reading

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UCSF makes its own power. Why?

This past weekend I took a guy home early in the morning at the end of his night shift at the University of California, San Francisco‘s power plant. At first I thought he meant he works to maintain the big … Continue reading

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Driving cab on Christmas day

After a disappointing shift on Monday (Christmas Eve Eve?) from midnight ’till 11, I figured Christmas Day from midnight ’till 11 would be even worse. It turns out the Christmas Eve revelers were out in full swing. Summary after the … Continue reading

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Reason #4395 to love Starbucks: They’re open on Christmas day.

Starbucks haters, feast on this: Starbucks slaves its poor employees on the day we celebrate our good Lord’s birth. How can they be such careless, soulless, evil human beings as to force poor hourly employees to brew coffee instead of … Continue reading

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Crazy Idea: What if City cabs had variable pricing?

What if each City cab were to have a bright green light which, when lit, indicates fares are half of the normal price? During off-peak times I can cruise for nearly as long as an hour without a fare. When … Continue reading

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What’s with all those dashboard warning lights in taxicabs?

Some drivers try to hide dashboard console warning lights with Post-It Notes. Sometimes, I’ll fold a receipt and stick it between the dashboard plastic cover and the dashboard bevel. Most drivers don’t give a crap and let their amber lights … Continue reading

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Is Fair Trade coffee really ‘fair’?

Is Fair Trade coffee really ‘fair’? The short answer: no. EconTalk’s Russ Roberts chats with Duke Econ Prof Michael Munger about the concept of Fair Trade Coffee. It’s a very difficult challenge to ensure that a consumer price increase correlates … Continue reading

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You exchanged presents and illuminated an evergreen to celebrate the Lord’s birth. I drove a cab.

I work Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. There is no such thing as paid holidays when you’re an independent contractor driving a cab. In fact, it’s more difficult to get time off during the holidays since nobody else wants to take … Continue reading

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