by Edward O'Connor on 8 August 2006

It's a golden rule in most businesses that salaries must be kept secret. Except for a few heretics it is almost universally accepted that mayhem would ensue in the workplace if people knew what their co-workers, their managers or - gasp - the CEO was making.

Making salaries open inside a company instead seems like a wild idea sure, but it makes a lot of sense and brings advantages for both the workplace and for its people. Read on to see why.

Terrorist Calculus:

  1. If I kill you, I win.
  2. If you kill me, I am a martyr. I win big.
  3. There are no innocents in the land of my enemy. If I kill infants, the elderly, pregnant women, even on purpose, I win.
  4. When my enemy kills innocent civilians in error, even his own allies condemn him for brutality. I win.
  5. When my enemy kills innocent civilians that I purposefully put in harms way, even his own allies condemn him for brutality. I win.

Scott Berkun's brilliant description of the start-up inflection point is a must-read for anybody at a startup.

Sailing in Scituate harbor Peggotty Beach during a storm

Two faces of summer in my hometown, Scituate, MA.

Bloglines announced their new Feed Access Control extension for RSS and Atom last week. Over at Sam Ruby's blog, Mark Pilgrim pointed out a potentially thorny legal implication of the extension:

"I am not a lawyer," but it seems entirely plausible that this new element could be considered "a technological measure that effectively controls access" under the DMCA (specifically section 1201). If so, software (such as Planet) that redistributes feed content without respecting this new element could be illegal under U.S. law, and any developers — and potentially any users — of such software could be subject to felony charges.

Being self-directed is hard. Sometimes you need a boss.

Alex Schroeder's posted the rsync recipe he uses to back up his Mac Mini. rsync is one of those tools which I love to use, but I use it just infrequently enough such that I always have to look up the options each time I go to actually use it.

Perramont Hotel

The Perramont Hotel, where I unfortunately stayed while in SF for WordCamp. Cool sign though.

subcon sounds like a potentially nice cluster management tool.