If you are at all interested in how small businesses run, get started,
succeed, fail, etc., then reading through Inc.
magazine is definitely recommended. A fellow by the name of Joel Spolsky writes a monthly
colum titled, How Hard Could It Be? Joel is the co-founder and CEO of Fog Creek Software.
His wit and humor are strewn throughout his columns, which makes them the first thing
I read every month.
In the August 2008 edition, this passage is particularly
funny (the column is about the inefficiency of regimented corporate policies - Starbucks
in this case):
A network engineer would say this was a situation of "same bandwidth,
lower latency" and then probably launch into a story about how the post office, mailing
millions of DVDs (and a few letters) around the world every day, has the highest bandwidth
of any network on earth, with far greater capacity than the biggest fiber-optic backbone,
but with high latency -- so you wouldn't want to use it for, say, telephony. And this
would be extremely hilarious to the network engineer. That's the kind of joke they tell.
Here is the complete
http://www.inc.com/magazine/20080801/ho ... ystem.html