Miscellany on 6 November 2018: Office of the future, 2018 iPad Pro, money managers vs index funds and Stranger Things Day
In miscellany this morning:
Your next office is the edge of a sofa — with an airline-style laptop tray if you’re among The Elect. The office of the future has no desks and no chairs, but lots of sofas, Fast Company tells us. Office furniture is preoccupying us as we prepare to move into roomier digs, and we’re longing for the once-dreaded cubicle lifestyle when we consider how the agonies of open plan offices have given way to this. That said, as anyone who has recently visited us may have noticed, at least one of us has developed a habit of working from a couch with laptop, ipad, notebook and phone at hand. So maybe Couchland isn’t a complete disaster?
Speaking of iPads: Are you drooling over the new Pro? MacRumors has a roundup of all the major reviews now out there ahead of the device’s Wednesday launch date in most western markets. Or you can check out the Apple propaganda department’s favorite quotes from reviews. The Washington Post still wishes it had a mouse or trackpad, the Wall Street Journal wishes it didn’t run iOS and hates the built-in browser, but Fast Company is all-in on the iPad Pro-only lifestyle. No news yet on when the device hits Egypt.
Some money managers are proposing they take a pay cut if they can’t beat the market. It’s the latest salvo in the actively-managed war against exchange-traded and index funds, the Wall Street Journal writes.
Shocking suggestion of the day: More thinking time for staff will result in better ideas, writes Andrew Hill for the Financial Times.