Dish Network, the Meanest Company in America
“Much of the malice, and value generation, can be traced to one man: Charlie Ergen, 59, the founder and chairman of Dish. Although he turned over the role of chief executive officer to former Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) head Joseph Clayton in 2011, Ergen remains the core of Dish.” [Not a customer, & never an employee]

Outmaneuvered at Their Own Game, Antivirus Makers Struggle to Adapt
“The antivirus industry has a dirty little secret: its products are often not very good at stopping viruses.”

Momento mori, bourgeois
This collection of Russian gravemarkers for gangsters & other assorted gentlemen is pretty amazing. Page is in Russian, but it doesn’t matter.

Brilliant Urban Interventions by OakOak Turn Crumbling City Infrastructure into a Visual Playground
“Untrained in painting or fine art of any kind, [street artist OaKoAk in France] instead uses stencils, paint, and occasionally adhesive superheros to give new meaning to simple cracks in the ground or crumbling building facades.” [Love these. Whimsical & wonderful.]

Explaining Windows 8 PC Sales Over the Holidays
“Many of those 20 million Windows 7 licenses each month—too many, I think—went to machines that are basically throwaway, plastic crap. Netbooks didn’t just rejuvenate the market just as Windows 7 appeared, they also destroyed it from within: Now consumers expect to pay next to nothing for a Windows PC. Most of them simply refuse to pay for more expensive Windows PCs.”