And I was there the day Carley walked the spine at Compaq with Michael Capellas telling us all what a wonderful thing the merger was. Not a single person believed it would be. My supervisor who had been with the company for years (He had a three digit employee number) was let go shortly before I left for another position.
Recently it seems more Kickstarters end in fiasco/resentment than success.
That's because most people with great ideas are bad at business. Creative types tend to shun business models for catwalk models. They can't be burdened with the task of actually running a business. There are notable exceptions but for most if they don't partner with an MBA/CPA the business is doomed.
keeping the place cooled in the summer is virtually impossible without mains power.
While I don't disagree with you completely I would point out a strategically placed set of healthy, mature oak or pecan trees will significantly reduce the internal temp of the house during the day. It does wonders for my house although I still wouldn't give up the HVAC. And if you live in any of the drier areas a swamp/everaporative fan can cool a house quite nicely.
Don't like it? Fine no Disney/ABC/ESPN channels for you! And no Marvel or Star Wars titles. And no Muppets while we're at it. You want to tell your kid he can't watch Disney because YOU wouldn't pay for ESPN Classic?
The only thing I really miss is having the Uber app... but I'm getting by with traditional taxis (which is fine for work travel mainly, so I don't miss uber... much).
BlackBerry has one of the best mobile browsers going. Have you tried https://m.uber.com/