A tale of two women

There are two brain-damaged women who are coincidentally both in the news at the same time. Each have very different stories, and it is an interesting quandry to consider.

I never thought I would be a mac user

I used to make fun of the Mac, calling it mickeytosh, and deriding the bad design for the OS. See, I'm a hardcore Unix bigot and I truly demand stability from my computing environment, and the old-style Mac OS (OS 9 and before) just was incapable of doing it. The incapability is based in the design, as there was no barrier between applications and the lack of proper multitasking.

But here I am, now into my fourth year of using Mac. I am dearly happy with this computer and having switched.

In Silicon Valley, help not wanted

In Silicon Valley there is a curious event happening, there's lots of investment, but still the area is losing technology jobs. Why?

C|NET has an interview with Stephen Levy, director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy about this strange trend in Silicon Valley. Many of the things he has to say, I find myself in agreement with from my vantage point of being here on the ground working in the tech industry.

Re: Blogs don't get people fired

Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Using guns.

In this case I agree with the sentiment, it wasn't blogging that got Mark Jens fired, but blabbing.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to read the particular Jens post that caused the ruckus. If it was truly about employee benefits, I don't know what he has to complain about. I've been on Google's campus, and it's very nicely appointed, and they have the creme de la creme of employee benefits: Free Drinks.

Another one bites the dust

In Blogging and "information ownership" I discussed blogging and some challenges that arise when employees blog about their company. Several people have been "let go" from their jobs (fired, that is) over what they've written about their employers. Even when they do so outside company time, and on their own websites.

"Homesourcing"

Made in lower-cost America (Published: February 8, 2005, 4:00 AM PST By Ed Frauenheim Staff Writer, CNET News.com): This isn't about the weak dollar making it attractive to produce goods in America. Instead this is about the cheaper cost of living in some parts of America, and how that can prove attractive for the outsourcing of tech projects. I mentioned this in passing a few days ago, but this is a worth-while topic to cover in depth.

Blogging and "information ownership"

People are starting Weblogs in growing numbers, but the owner of the content isn't always clear This is the headline of John Foley's Information Week column, Jan. 31, 2005. In the column he discusses the growth of blogging, and especially the issue of ownership.

"I'm the token white guy"

I work in the Silicon Valley tech industry. I've been here for nearly 15 years, writing software in a series of companies.

Even after all this time there's one thing which continually takes me by surprise. It's the cultural diversity we have here. The diversity isn't just with the people that work in the same building, or on the same campus, as I, but the partner teams we have in several different countries.

Palace 'ghost' caught on camera

Palace 'ghost' caught on camera

December 19, 2003; CNN.COM; cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/12/19/hampton.ghost.ap/index.html

LONDON, England (AP) -- Are there ghostly goings-on at Henry VIII's palace, or is that hazy image of a fellow in fancy robes just a bit of Christmas cheer?

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