I'll add another Toshiba support horror-story. It's why I haven't even looked at Toshiba products in 2-3 years:
My work laptop (supplied by employer) was a Toshiba and had a 1-year warranty. After about 10-11 months of using it, the DVD drive stopped working. Toshiba's warranty support was typical ship-to-depot, so IT pulled the drive and sent the laptop off for repairs. I wouldn't ordinarily care about a laptop our for repair, but IT supplied me with a temporary machine that was at least a generation back (ie: slow and heavy).
IT got a message that except that my machine had been received at the depot but heard nothing else for weeks and weeks after. By the time I'd bugged a tech at my company enough to contact them the warranty had lapsed ... and Toshiba refused to service the machine.
Toshiba refused to service it for several more weeks. I finally took over contacting support from the IT tech, and got the machine serviced after a half-dozen (long hold-time) calls. But for the amount of time the IT dept & me spent getting an optical drive fixed our company could have paid for two new machines.
Tried a niche, online T shop with a friend years ago (before Spreadshirt existed). We worked with a local T shop at first but their minimums were a drag. A big T shop in a lower income town about 100 miles from us (we were in Santa Monica) agreed to waive minimums and do drop shipping.
Problem ended up being quality we or the shop couldn't consistently control. It was great for weeks, then bad for a batch, then good again.
Returns and re-shipping costs due to low quality finally killed us.
The slides present a few well-known cases of hyperinflation accompanying economic and social breakdown, but doesn't demonstrate causation. It then shifts to discussing the inflation trend of the US dollar, even though the USD is not experiencing hyperinflation and never has since the introduction of the Federal Reserve system.
Why historical examples of hyperinflation are relevant to the gradual devaluation of the US dollar is never explained. That seems like a grave flaw in the argument.
Even if Bitcoin is viable as a non-inflationary currency outside the control of central banks and nation-states (which I don't think is proven), there's still the question of whether either of those qualities are desirable.
> even though the USD is not experiencing hyperinflation and never has since the introduction of the Federal Reserve system.
The USD stayed long-term stable before 1913. It lost 98% of its value since then. Say what you want about short-term economic shocks in the 19th century or the 98% statistic being a deliberately biased framing of exponential decay, but the idea that the USD has not seen hyperinflation "since" the Federal Reserve is highly misleading.
> Why historical examples of hyperinflation are relevant to the gradual devaluation of the US dollar is never explained.
"Why historical examples of people not wearing seatbelts dying in car accidents are relevant to my choice of not wearing a seatbelt is never explained." Same argument.
Also, saying "this hasn't happened yet so it won't" is a highly specious argument to make. Events that are worse than anything that ever happened before them are actually quite common in history - namely, the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, World War I, World War II, the Great Depression, Chernobyl, etc. Given the general trend of an increasingly complex, and hence fragile, society over the past ten thousand years, disasters of increasing and unprecedented scale are the rational thing to expect.
> How do you think he would react if you hired an operations manager or director, who was responsible for tasking him with work?
Actually your suggestion is good and he may react positively to that because I think he is happier when is he exactly told what to do and someone makes sure he finishes what he starts (which has been my work exactly).
But the thing about that is right now we're just two people working in an office that we've designed more as a recreation center. All our site stuff is fully outsourced and working great, so I don't know if I can find an operations manager just to babysit him.
But maybe if I can find or invent an operations manager that can work via telecommuting (why not?) just to check his progress then this suggestion maybe the best thing to happen to our business.
It sounds like you're trying to talk yourself into this. Consider other options. Have you been interviewing for other positions actively (sounds like no, devs are very in-demand)? Will your current employer counter-offer (though there's nothing to counter here except a ~67% decrease)?