Part insane, part terrifying, but also part amazing.
Sort of struggling to believe this isn’t just a joke. Big companies like Amazon aren’t supposed to do this sort of stuff. So cool!
I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we.
That’s one reason we pay attention when a restaurant tries another way, as Sushi Yasuda in Manhattan started to do two months ago. Raising most of its prices, it appended this note to credit card slips: “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”
A million times “yes!” From Japan to Uber, the future is clear: death to tips.
You’re welcome, Toby Ziegler.
But one by one, Microsoft moved into each sector and built one of the competitors into Word, thereby killing the competition and stifling innovation. Microsoft killed the outline processor on Windows; stalled development of the grammar checking tool, stifled spelling checkers. There is an entire graveyard of once-hopeful new software ecosystems, and its name is Microsoft Word.
I haven’t used Word is years and I do feel that my life is better as a result. As a writing tool, it’s awful. It’s like visiting the world’s largest, most garish salad bar when all you really want is a nice side salad.
Disagree with how bad Word is. I think it’s actually improved a lot in the last few years, 2013 on Windows be really quite good. But there is a depressingly small amount of alternatives.