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> it would seem like an easily-avoidable source of vendor lock-in

I have the same question / concern.

I think it's great that AWS are offering their own flavour of Linux, but doesn't that result in added risk of vendor lock-in?

Whereas with an Ubuntu instance, one can change cloud providers quite easily [0], without being tied into AWS-specific Linux configurations [1].

[0] I think AWS is great, so this is more a hypothetical scenario.

[1] I say this knowing little about AWS Linux and the degree to which it has custom configurations that can't easily plug-and-play on other distros.

Would appreciate insight from someone who can speak to this risk from experience.


AWS’ flavor of Linux is open source, though. You can run it anywhere, not just Amazon. I don’t see this as a vendor lock in issue, personally.

Ideally you build your software such that the OS is just an implementation detail that’s abstracted away. In the server world a switch from RHEL to Ubuntu is not as hard as a move from, for instance, Google BigTable to AWS DynamoDB


Lots of folks recommending the Aeropress here for travel - I strongly agree.

I'd also add, you can get a ceramic bur grinder called the "Porlex mini hand grider" [0] which fits inside the Aeropress' cylinder.

It's a super compact way to travel with a press and a grinder!

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Porlex-Mini-Stainless-Coffee-Grinder/...


The Porlex is really terrible. They aren't that cheap anymore and are still ceramic. If you want to go the cheap and compact route, get the Rhinowares.

Otherwise spend a bit more money and get the 1Zpresso Q2. I think this is the cheapest grinder with 34mm stainless steel burrs you can get that fits inside the Aeropress plunger.

You'll thank yourself later for getting the stainless steel burrs.


I've had the complete opposite experience.

Not that I want to pick a fight, but I'm sharing this more for other readers' reference.

I've had my Porlex for a little over 5 years now, use it around twice daily, and have had zero issues.

A quick Google search of ceramic vs steel burs also seems to indicate the ceramic offers better longevity.

Why else do you say Porlex is terrible, aside from being ceramic?

Its build quality is excellent. Well worth the price.


The Porlex is expensive for what you get. It used to be cheaper. The Rhinowares grinder is very similar and still cheap.

Stainless steel 34mm burrs also cut significantly faster and more consistently in a similarly sized grinder. This is the main reason you want stainless steel.

I wouldn't worry about longevity since we're talking about a decade or more for whatever type you chose. But yes, ceramic will last longer.

In fact if you don't want the grinder to fit in the plunger of an aeropress, you can get Taiwanese grinders with stainless steel burrs, well stabilised shafts, ball bearings, a milled Al body for less than the Porlex mini and only slightly more than a Rhinowares.


> A quick Google search of ceramic vs steel burs also seems to indicate the ceramic offers better longevity.

I have a theory that people who start with a Hario Skerton or its clones (all of which have ceramic burrs) tend to be turned off manual grinding because of how bad the grinding experience is.

Steel burrs supposedly cut better and faster.

Admittedly, I've tried my friend's Porlex Tall, and it wasn't unpleasant to use.


Hyperbole aside, I experienced the exact same sequence of events on this side ^_^

The conclusion, for those of you that are wondering:

> We found that drinking coffee and tea separately or in combination were associated with lower risk of stroke and dementia. Intake of coffee alone or in combination with tea was associated with lower risk of poststroke dementia.


Thanks for the tip.

I know the WH-1000xm4 are great. I get a similar benefit to what you describe from my Bose QC35 II.

But I'm specifically wanting in-ear earbuds (like the Airpods).

And since earbuds in turn usually mean a compromised battery life, I'm hoping for a wired version with good ANC.


These last ages when the sound comes through the wire:

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Cancelling-Wireless-Behind-Neck-...

These do well too:

https://smile.amazon.com/Bose-QuietComfort-Acoustic-Cancelli...

If you look carefully at the Sony’s cables, perhaps you could make audio and charging at the same time:

https://i.rtings.com/assets/products/ELwt6CC8/sony-wi-1000x-...

https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/sony/wi-1000x-wire...

FWIW, while I own the full size ANCs everyone is raving about here, as well as AirPods Pro and Max, I use one or the other of these two models on intercontinental flights because they last 16 - 24 hours of playtime when wired.


Would a USB-C cable that handles both power and audio transfer not work?


It should, but I'm not an audio engineer, so I don't know for sure. The bigger problem is that there's very little demand for it, as far as I can tell.


This is a bit of a false dichotomy.

One can be both passionate and curious at the same time.

Sure, depending on the context, one might take preference - but sweeping generalisations like the one implied by this clickbaity title's question don't really add value.


> Wha’s like them? Damn few.

And they're aaall dead.

... You wan' some rye?

'Course you do.


This is one of those things where I initially learned of it from that same bit of (admittedly niche) pop culture, and didn't find out was much older until later on.

Also, I do occasionally drink rye whiskey and every time I pour one, this is what I think in my head.


I’m too drive to drunk.


I'd like to second this line of thinking.

I've built a software business over the last 15 years using this exact communications theme, and whilst my little business is a sample size of 1, we've certainly found that framing conversations with customers in terms of "risk" has kept us all on the same page.

I'd also add that by adopting this communication style, one can then look at opportunities in a new light as well. On that note, I was lucky to read a book called "IT Risk" (by Westerman & Hunter, HBS Press [0]) back when I first started the company, and it gave me an interesting perspective on risk.

In a nutshell, once you identify and minimise/eliminate all the usual risks (many of which you identified in your list), you can then reorient your business in such as way so as to start actively taking risks which stand to improve your overall offering.

This in turn allows you to build a strategic moat of sorts, because whilst your competitors are still scrambling to address the usual risks, you're actively taking on opportunistic risks which at times reap tremendous rewards.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Risk-Turning-Business-Competitive-Adv...


I hear you - "pixel pushing" as it's called.

It helps to think of it as an art.

If you have the time to flesh it out, then enjoy the slow process.

I find the work is more rewarding that way.


I'm not an economics expert, but I suspect this is because "existence of capital" and "access to capital" are quite different.

Put another way, abundant capital exists, but sadly it is disproportionately concentrated and not that readily available to the masses, so demand-pull inflation inevitably kicks in.


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