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In Don’t Hate the Phone Call, Hate the Phone, The Atlantic delves into the telephone networks of past and present.

I have long lamented the decline of voice quality on phone calls. As the article points out, mobile devices and VOIP have conditioned us to expect poor sound quality and dropped calls. The analog jumble of twisted, copper wire reliably delivered quality calls. There were many drawbacks, among them, one generally had to be tethered by some sort of wire in order to use it. Also, that old network of copper was expensive to maintain and use. Not so long ago, 10¢ per minute for domestic, long-distance calls was considered inexpensive.

I’m not so nostalgic as to call for ditching all we’ve gained to go back to the old days, I only wish the phone portion of my iPhone functioned as well as the old Nokia I used to have. I’m also happy that Verizon’s modern network still supports my old rotary, Western Electric phone.

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Most product team members that have worked in highly regulated environments have met their share of “no” lawyers. What if we could work with some “yes” lawyers?

Bringing the regulation, compliance, and procurement experts into the design process early is a fundamental shift in corporate relationships. Hear how a “Yes” lawyer becomes an essential member of the design team and how the entire process benefits.

In his podcast Jared Spool discusses the power of having a “yes” lawyer on your side.

It sucks, but it’s the big apple

Spoken like a true New Yorker.

I’ve read about Mr. Milster over the years, but this video is the most touching. I always wanted to check out his collection of steam whistles, which he set up annually to ring, or whistle in the new year. Alas, last year may have been the last showing of the whistles. I hope Conrad continues to run the plant at Pratt as long as he wishes.

This is one of the rare things I’ve seen on Facebook worth reposting. Thanks, Chris.

Recently, I was looking for an in-browser presentation tool that could handle Markdown. After a not so exhaustive search, I found Remark, which fit the bill quite nicely. It not only supports markdown, but also has a presenter mode and a few other nice features.

Unlike more feature rich presentation tools, Remark pretty much stays out of your way while you’re getting your thoughts down; the styling can come later.

Get started by downloading Remark from the project site.