Monthly Archives: December 2013

Google’s Chromebooks Have Hit Their Stride


It looks like Microsoft was right to worry about Google’s Chromebook project. According to the latest numbers from NPD, Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all laptop sales and almost 10 percent of all computer sales to businesses in 2013. That’s up from virtually nothing in the year before. Given that Apple is irrelevant in commercial channel sales (it commanded a whopping 1.8 percent of sales), Chromebook’s increased share is coming at the cost of Windows.

A few years ago, Chromebooks were a bit of a laughing stock. They were underperforming single-purpose laptops that weren’t even good at the only thing they could do (that is, surf the web). Nobody really warmed up to them, despite their low price. Early sales were more than disappointing, and even Google’s few hardware partners looked like they were only doing this as a way to court Google’s favor. The whole project…

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Freelance Websites – My top 3!

I have used freelance websites for services that helped me, broadly speaking, with branding.

For instance, mirikolonja1 on made a speed-drawing video of my logo

and Faye did a introduction to an article I wrote for Linkiesta on entrepreneurship.

Here are my top three freelancing websites, in increasing order of budget.

Gigs start at $5 each, freelancers are rated out of five stars. Fiverr is strongest for quick, low risk, relatively low added value jobs such as having a pixelated portrait of yourself.

If you are short of ideas on how to spend $5 then you can always try the bizarre section.

What are you good at?

You set the budget, freelancers are rated by employers and odesk administers an impressive variety of tests. Employers therefore have the ability to filter by tests such as English to Arabic translation, CS3, etc…

The image on the right shows the many ways in which you can filter freelancers.

(Odesk has recently merged with elance)

Finally, there is hourlynerd. This service is geared towards more sophisticated projects. The freelancers are said to be, or perform at MBA level.

The projects posted require more time, more analysis and more insight. For instance, reviewing clinical trials, reducing COGS, customer segmentation. See more here.

This means that the budgets range from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.

The big question for economists is this: will these websites help reduce unemployment? Will they have a different impact on different job-seekers, favouring those with a minimum of skills and digital connectedness? Will it force employers to review full-time hiring and consider more freelance?

Define Your Organization's Habits to Work More Efficiently

OECD PISA Results 2012

You can find the overview of the results in this pdf.