So, if you drive out into the mountains in Bedford county you come to this very remote area. Aside from a ski resort and some state park infrastructure here and there it's pretty isolated. Only 40 minutes or so from Altoona or Johnstown but you have to work to get out here.
- Dibert had direct knowledge of where the kids were.
- He and his bro-in-law found the kids after Dibert's wife told him about the area which he knew to be unsearched and he made up the dream to justify trekking out there.
- The dream stuff was just local folklore.
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854 trip reviews later, here's the % most liked cities:
Mexico City: 100% liked it
Saint Petersburg: 100%
Most disliked cities by trip reviews:
Ho Chi Minh City: 36% disliked it
Bucharest: 30% disliked it
London: 29% disliked it
Canggu: 29% disliked it
Warsaw: 27% disliked it
Krakow: 25% disliked it
Amsterdam: 24% disliked it
Interestingly, almost 1 out of 3 people (29%) going to top destination Canggu have a bad time. Not unexpected because it takes quite some effort to have a good time there with no choice other than having to drive a motorbike the biggest one.
More than 1 out of 3 people (36%) have a bad time in Ho Chi Minh City. That's also understandable. It's not an easy city either. Locals are less easygoing than for ex Thai and again you have to drive a motorbike everywhere. Not much public transport except buses I think
The divide between 93% of people having a good time in Berlin vs. 29% having a bad time in London is interesting too. These are two big W-EU cities. It's been said before that London is a playground for the rich. Berlin is more affordable, spacious, creative and fun I think
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Review as of 10 December 2020. Been getting queries on road conditions so here goes.
*Personal driving experience with a small car. Hilux different story.
Kilo Nol: Tg Datu- Sematan
Complete, gorgeous but not dual lane.
Sematan-Lundu: Gravelly, some smooth stretches.
Lundu-Bau: SHIT. Steep drops, gravelly and potholed. Dark at night. Just use Rambungan-Sampadi ferry instead, worth the detour for your car's sake.
Bau-Singai-Batu Kawa (Kuching)
Diversions plenty, but drivable
Stephen Yong - Kota Padawan
Road ok, clear diversion. Flyovers all in various stages of completion. Traffic clogs at Kota Sentosa and 10th Mile.
11th Mile onwards complete, onwards to Serian
Serian: Roads still in the works but looks almost complete except for stretch going uphill/downhill after Ampungan.
Serian Bypass (flyover 1 & 2) both complete! Can zip and go straight out of town.
Simpang Gedong - Pantu Junction
Heaven is a place like this. Both dual lanes complete, but as of now only one side is open. Smooth, no diversions, blissful 120km/hour speed.
Then it starts to get patchy here and there (Balai Ringin, Sg. Tenggang)
Lachau: Bad, uneven, gravel.
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On a serious note, it's interesting to observe that you can build a decent business charging $20 - $50 per month for something that any good developer can set up. This is one of those micro-saas sweet spots between "easy for me to build" and "tedious for others to build"— Jon Yongfook (@yongfook) September 5, 2019
Every year at MicroConf I get surprised-not-surprised by the number of people I meet who are running "Does one thing reasonably well, ranks well for it, pulls down a full-time dev salary" out of a fun side project which obviates a frequent 1~5 engineer-day sprint horizontally.
"Who is the prototypical client here?"
A consulting shop delivering a $X00k engagement for an internal system, a SaaS company doing something custom for a large client or internally facing or deeply non-core to their business, etc.
(I feel like many of these businesses are good answers to the "how would you monetize OSS to make it sustainable?" fashion, since they often wrap a core OSS offering in the assorted infrastructure which makes it easily consumable.)
"But don't the customers get subscription fatigue?"
I think subscription fatigue is far more reported by people who are embarrassed to charge money for software than it is experienced by for-profit businesses, who don't seem to have gotten pay-biweekly-for-services fatigue.
I'm still pissed about the bait and switch they pulled by telling me I'd be working on Chrome, then putting me on this god forsaken piece of shit on day one.
This will be a super slow burn that goes back many years. I’ll continue to add to over the next couple of days. I’ll preface it with a bunch of backstory and explain what I had left behind, which made me more unhappy about the culture I had come into.
I spent most of my early career working for two radical sister non-profit orgs. I was the only designer working on
anywhere from 4-5 different products at the same time. All centered around activism and used by millions of people.
It’s how I cut my teeth. Learned to be the designer that I am today. Most importantly, the people I worked for are imho some of the greatest people on the planet. Highly intelligent, empathetic, caring, and true role models for a young me. I adore them.
You might not know who they are, but if you’re reading this then you have definitely seen their work. Maybe OpenCongress, or Miro, or maybe Amara which is Vimeo’s partner transcription service. Definitely Fight for the Future, our internet defenders, which was shortly after me.
Seen a couple of these panels make the rounds from time to time, so here's the complete set of 10 (something to amuse and/or offend almost everyone).
Chapter 1: The Super Patriot
Chapter 2: The Ku Klux Klansman
Chapter 3: The American Student
Chapter 4: The Right-Wing Extremist
before they get to Product-Market-Fit.
What would be the reasons?
Here are some, I see on a daily basis. They are related to issues with founders or market (in no particular order):
1) Founders haven't studied or trained on basic things of startups: idea validation, market validation, customer value-proposition, team-building, product building, basic finance, and total money required to do few iterations.
A: Work for a startup for a few years and learn.
2) Founders are solving a problem that they face in their daily life at home or work and start solving for themselves before checking whether there are others who care about the same problem. After building the product, they realize the market issue.
A: Idea validation failure
3) Too headstrong and think every potential customer can't imagine the value unless they experience the product. Hence, start building the product.
A: If you are deep and know you are at the same league as in Steve Jobs, this makes sense
4) Founders talk to few friends and colleagues and start building a product. After building the product, they realize there is no high demand for the product.
A: Spend month(s) on the problem and not on the solution.