The open source coffee shop

Posted September 25, 2007 by Adam Gautsch

Ran into a friend at the Coffee Underground this morning and he was telling me how he got his laptop stolen from the desk in his office. Later on, when the coffee called and I had to use the restroom, I had no concern leaving my laptop on the table of the busy coffee shop. I think this says something about open source versus closed development platforms. Or I could just be reading too much into things.


olivier blanchard ~ September 25, 2007

Um... What kind of laptop do you have, and what time do you usually go to the CU?

Adam Gautsch ~ September 25, 2007

Therein lies the beauty. I think if you knew exactly when and where I was at the coffee underground each morning, you still couldn't steal the ole' laptop because there are too many people around, not to mention Lawson (the morning coffee guy) would be an extra line of defense.

Safety in numbers.

On a side note, I used to go to Stax every Sunday morning for 2x2 eggs scrambled and the Sunday G'ville News but I stopped out of fear that everyone knew that routine and that would be the perfect time to assassinate me if it was so desired.

I have an usually high fear of assassination by ninja. I'm kinda like Biggie in that regard.

BillyG ~ September 25, 2007

I know some neighborhoods in NYC where you wouldn't do that...

Adam Gautsch ~ September 25, 2007

Reason #30683058 I don't live in NYC

olivier blanchard ~ September 26, 2007

I have an irrational fear of zombies.

Evan Tishuk ~ September 26, 2007

It's power of community. If everyone has a reputation at stake, they generally don't do egregiously unethical things. When a community is too large or too loosely connected you won't really see a negative reflection on your reputation, then there's little disincentive to rip people off -- kinda like how communism failed and how Ebay thrives. Viva la Coffee Underground.

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