Don Lancaster: energy and small business
Lancaster wrote in 'Nuts and Volts', wrote 'The Incredible Secret Money Machine', and has a website that ranges from small business to hydrogen economy to ebay to magic sinewaves. This is the link to his current blog, but take a look at his archived works. His writings on avoiding filing for patents are particularly thought-provoking and perhaps inspirational.
posted by dragonsi55
on Apr 14, 2007 -
Top 'BRANDS' 2006, 2005, 2004 - Current List and Achive Overview on How survey was done....
What BRANDS have the most recognition and are the most popular with Americans? Here are the results of the current annual survey and achives from the past two years
"With the multitude of brand choices available to consumers, this survey is an important indicator of consumer activity and its correlation to social behavior .... Companies that can provide a clear and consistent brand to consumers, as well as harmonize with social changes
will find themselves in a promising position, as illustrated by top-ranking brands..."
posted by Bodyguard
on Jan 8, 2007 -
Weird political junk on eBay.
Traffic lights from Dealey Plaza, President Garfield's funeral shroud, Yitzhak Rabin's Scandalous Greek Vase. And here
is the boat which Brezhnev gave Nixon (after Nixon gave him a Cadillac). No bids yet at $1m.
posted by tombola
on Dec 20, 2006 -
Websites that changed the world? This Observer
piece lists fifteen websites that aught to be considered the best of the web. It's a bold claim and although the potted histories are excellent, I'm wondering the extent to which it mostly includes website that have broken the public recognition barrier in the uk rather than changing the world
. How many are simply pioneers in their field? Where for example is flickr
posted by feelinglistless
on Aug 13, 2006 -
What began as a simple eBay Motors auction...
"Again no swaps. What is it with people, when I say no swaps please don't take it as a challange. I have been offfered a caravan, 12 cars, 1 lorry, to have my garden landscaped, some rare fish, and I'm sorry but the very kind gent (Donald) who offered me a weekend with his wife (and him it would appear) I have a special message for you. The pictures you sent me of your wife did not, in all honesty help. Some of them looked more like a traffic accident than something that I might remotely find alluring. I am sure that if you set up your own website (assuming that it's not illegal) there will be plenty of sad sacks (many from ebay land going by this experience) who will indulge your (and your wifes) desires."
posted by daHIFI
on Jun 7, 2006 -
Wal-Mart fails in South Korea.
As a student of business and a resident of Asia, I am fascinated by the examples of "foreign" businesses who either succeed or fail in Asian markets. Recently, Vodafone failed in Japan
but in a strange twist has signed a J-V with Softbank
to keep their presence in Japan. eBay failed in Japan
as did Memoirs of a Geisha
. I'd love to have a discussion on the successes AND failures of non-Asian businesses in Asian markets and what, if any, lessons can be taken away for those of us who are in Asian markets or wish to enter Asian markets. (Yes, I realize that "Asia" is too broad of a region but I don't want to limit the discussion to just one nation.)
posted by gen
on May 24, 2006 -
Injunctions in patent cases not automatic.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision (16 page pdf)
on Monday in the dispute between eBay and MercExchange. The Court ruled in favor of eBay finding that the lower Appeals Court erred as a matter of law in creating a general rule that “courts will issue permanent injunctions against patent infringement absent exceptional circumstances.” In the concurring opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Scalia and Ginsberg, Roberts citing Court precedent noted that: “[d]iscretion is not whim, and limiting discretion according to legal standards helps promote the basic principle of justice that like cases should be decided alike.”
posted by three blind mice
on May 17, 2006 -
The seller called 'em polkadots.
"When I got the dress, my eyes about popped out of my head. These were NOT creamy white polkadots. My mind raced. This was a novelty print, yes, but not of balloons or cheerfully wriggling tadpoles. There's no way…could it be!? Could the 1950's designer Mark-Robbins been so devious as to devise a blue dress covered—literally covered—in…"
posted by Mo Nickels
on Mar 11, 2006 -
"THIS VEHICLE HAS COME TO US VIA AN INSURANCE COMPANY, IT HAS TRAVELLED 32,000 MILES AND IS ONE NOT VERY HAPPY OWNER FROM NEW. MUST TELL STORY:" (via
posted by NekulturnY
on Feb 18, 2006 -
Holy Mother Of God appears to ebayer and commands her
to put her up for sale on eBay for $900 -- Buy it Now -- no reserve price.
, a bidder whose 24-year-old daughter suffers from chronic endometriosis hopes to acquire the statue for her. Let's hope he gets there before Golden Palace Casino (sorry, no links for that one) snipes it.
posted by VMC
on Feb 1, 2006 -
Why Skype-eBay was the Worst Kept Secret On Wall Street.
The traders on Wall Street knew way before the “tech crowd” that the acquisition was a foregone conclusion by Thursday closing. The leak might have come from a cabbie in New York who overheard the eBay Executives. And you thought they didn’t understand english….
posted by snark9
on Oct 3, 2005 -
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor Paypal problems?!?
stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So apparently our goverment is now a power seller on Ebay. At least they're not selling tanks or anything. Just stuff like this
If you're lucky, you won't have to wait until the inevitable auction to buy the official 37-cent MUPPET STAMPS!!
which officially go on sale tomorrow. Typical of our government - Camilla the Chicken is in; Floyd, Dr. Teeth, Scooter are out. In a perfect world, letter bombs would have a Crazy Harry stamp, and we could pair a stamp of the politician of our choice with Rizzo the Rat.
posted by ericbop
on Sep 27, 2005 -
In July, Georgia federal judge William C. O’Kelley ordered Barrow County to remove a Ten Commandments plaque from its courthouse. The suit was filed by ACLU Georgia
, which not only succeeded in getting the plaque removed, but also recovered $150,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses. Ten Commandments-Georgia
pledged to reimburse the county for its legal expenses. In order for the group to raise the last $52,000 it needs to meet that pledge, it has put the actual Ten Commandments plaque that was removed from the courthouse under the order of the court up for auction on eBay
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Sep 13, 2005 -
Own a piece of national tragedy.
Rehnquist's original signed decision on the 2000 election recount, throwing the country over to the loser of the popular vote (and, quite possibly, the loser of the electoral college) is up for auction.
posted by jonson
on Sep 10, 2005 -
put people who want to borrow money in touch with people who want to lend them money - it's eBay, but for loans.
posted by Orange Goblin
on Mar 7, 2005 -