Guy's all right. And my hat's off to him for building something truly powerful from scratch.
The guy sits in front of his computer all day, blasting music.
As a developer, I realize sitting in front of a computer IS work. But, it's not hard work...
While I agree you are not lifting heavy stuff, or doing anything physical, working on hard problems can be mentally tiring and tasking to your health if not done in moderation.
If you are just doing anything that is easy (a simple web app), then the hard part would be getting motivated to get started, but after that it is more mechanical, your are just cruizing by (and probably not learning much).
BUT if you are working on really technical stuff, beyond your normal comfort level then that is not the case at all. Your brain will fatigue, and you will actually feel the pain of work, (this is a good indicator that you are learning something new and it is tasking your brain).
Also, for people with more responsiblities, the worrying about work doesn't really end when you go home. If you are managing people, or need to learn new technical skills/updating your self, it becomes a bit hard to just switch off. When you are working more normal jobs, once you go home you can just 'switch off' and just worry about your home tasks.
So, it all depends...
Arrington works hard, with abandon, in the way that only a man who truly loves his work can. I have to respect and admire that.
It make reading articles on the web much nicer.
Surely you meant the "intermittent" pop-up.
Interstitials - On the World Wide Web, interstitials are web page advertisements that are displayed before or after an expected content page, often to display advertisements or confirm the user's age.
(I naively assumed you used "interstitial" to mean "occupying an intervening space," which would not have made sense.)
You can drive three monitors from a Mac Pro:
And here's a Macbook Pro driving 4 screens:
Who's the next "TC of the early days"?
That doesn't sound healthy either! But if his doctor thinks so, and if he's not gaining 50 pounds like before, I guess it is. I'm interested, because I use his previous style (but my work is no as stressful, and I've been losing weight by eating less and healthier.)
That said, a couple weeks ago, Arrington wrote a piece on TC regarding the "psychomanipulative" techniques he uses when he writes to get the reaction he wants from his readers. Here's the link: http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/05/blogging-and-mass-psychoman... but if you don't feel like clicking here is an excerpt:
"But then you start to get really good at what you do. You write something and you get trashed. The next time you try it a little differently and it the commenters love you. You don’t even do it consciously – but over the years you just get better at it. To the point where you pretty much know exactly what the reaction will be to any given post, and how to tweak things to get the reaction you want."
Anyway, based on this, I'm left with a slight bit of skepticism after reading the Inc article. Is this the real Arrington, or simply the Arrington he wants us to believe? I'm not sure there are motives for the latter, which is why I choose to believe that the Inc article depicts his life genuinely, but not without some doubt.
Just food for thought.
Aside, from First Data Corp., he doesn't list which companies he founded. I would assume that he was the co-founder in those that he held a C-Level position: RazorGator and Pool.com.
He has an interesting background. For example, I don't think a lot of people know he has a Stanford Law degree.
Salaryman life, banzai.
but he does seem like a good guy despite this.
Venture capitalists were smoking pot in my backyard and passing out on my couch.
I like hard music that is not happy music—Metallica, Eminem, Rage Against the Machine.
This is the west coast, right? You could replace "smoking pot" with "drinking booze" and the surprise level doesn't change all that much for me.
I know someone who works for CNN. It is in his contract that he cannot blog or otherwise express his opinion (and I assume not Tweet - contract predates Twitter).
Exactly what is so ridiculous. That it wasn't a arbitrary decision doesn't make it a good one.
I dealt with him only once and briefly, and it went just like a business transaction, straight to the point. No worries there.
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So, while I bet that was a dish on Mike, its a shot at Inc.