This is pissing me off. I've gone through four pairs of earbuds in the past 6 months, and I don't even listen to that much music. One ear will always stop playing sound, and then a few weeks later the other one goes. I'd steal them from Walmart if I could be sure the only ones losing money were the manufacturers and not Walmart. None of my other electronic things with wires ever seem to break.
I figure if there's any place where someone knows where to get unbreakable earphones, it's this blog. Does anybody have any suggestions?
Who makes them? Cheaper brands tend to be worse made... might be better off buying a nice pair of Shure's or Etymotics and if they break having them replaced under warranty.
I am going crazy trying to find two very small pieces of gear that would make my life a whole lot easier. I can't find any trace of them online, but I KNOW that they exist because I have had one of each at some point.
The first one is an ingenious little chunk of plastic that I found in Akihabara, Tokyo. A week or two ago I lost (or maybe it was stolen) my small bag full of power cords and accessories. I've since replaced everything but this. I can't find it anywhere.
Here's a picture I drew that should give you a rough idea:
Y'know, you can read all the case studies you want. It's hard to fully understand international business without going to different countries and walking around.
So, let's talk business and walking around. I was in Seoul, South Korea for a month last summer.
I came to like Korean culture a lot. Koreans are some of the strongest, proudest people I've come across. They manage to combine a strong warrior culture with the utmost civility, order, cleanliness, and quality of life.
It's pretty incredible, actually. Many societies with a strong militant, warrior feeling about them descend into kind of a barbaric police state sort of vibe, constant terror in the air.
Korea? Nope. The men are proud, masculine, patriot, somewhat militant, but in a good way. There's a mix of strong, expansive, traditional values, along with a large minority undercurrent of modernity. It's really good - it's the best of all possible worlds. There's problems - the blatant racism and xenophobia kind of sucks, but I don't mind it so much. Nowhere's perfect.