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Sunday,  01/12/20  05:27 PM

Buck'sHi all this afternoon finds me revisiting old haunts; I visited our old house in Los Altos (many many memories there!) and am now sitting in Buck's enjoying their maximally great chili and a new cuppa, and of course, blogging...

Gratifying and fun to see all the reactions in the blogosphere, LinkedIn-verse, and Twitter-realm to our big news about Toledo acquiring InTouch.  Many friends from long ago have picked up this news and it's most fun to reconnect.

Of course everyone asks "what's next" and the short answer is "making the combination work".  The long answer is, um, longer.... stay tuned.

Apropos: why large-screen TVs are affordable and health care is not.  One word: competition.  And by the way, if you want to make something even more expensive, just make it free.  (Try to name one thing the government does less expensively than private enterprise...)

Gary Wolfram: Private Healthcare would be less expensive for all.  "It is important to realize the current system is not particularly market-based."

the Morning ShowJust started watching The Morning Show on Apple+ and two episodes in, enjoying in very much.  Great content seemingly comes from everywhere now; Amazon, Apple, who's next?  I like that it's relatively balanced politically and that it's realistic about TV "news".  Probably could not have come from a network.

I meant to include this in yesterday's Bitcoin note: Tim Bray: I don't believe in Bitcoin.  "Here’s the thing. I'm an old guy: I've seen wave after wave of landscape-shifting technology sweep through the IT space: Personal computers, Unix, C, the Internet and Web, Java, REST, mobile, public cloud. And without exception, I observed that they were initially loaded in the back door by geeks, without asking permission, because they got shit done and helped people with their jobs.  That's not happening with Bitcoin."  I agree with him entirely; it's cool technology, and I'm rooting for it, and so far there is not one important use case for it.

wind turbineCringley: why wind turbines have three blades.  TLDR: because they, um, do.  The whole wind turbine thing is going down in history as a giant government-subsidized scam.

Reid Hoffman: What important lessons on global entrepreneurship can be learned from Argentina?  InTouch Health has had an office in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, for 15 years, and it's been a big success for us.  I fully agree with the premise that you have to shift your perspective outside the US to address global issues ...

... like improving Healthcare!

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