Wednesday, October 1, 2003

The Surprising Benefits of Being Unemployed
Excerpt: The Surprising Benefits of Being Unemployed by David Dvorkin. The great ebb and flow of the marketplace has recently forced me to try to convince myself of the benefits of being unemployed. Some of those benefits are obvious, and I could have anticipated them even before a supervisor tapped me on the shoulder and said he needed to talk to me about something. ("Do...

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Union Card?
Excerpt: Alex writes: alex wrightUnion card? Free agency should be a good thing for everyone: it's a classic market efficiency; and as contractors circulate between companies, they promote knowledge-sharing and help spread best practices. Oddly I've been thinking that the last thing I want to do is return to working for someone else full time. It doesn't seem to be in my best interests over...

Sunday, October 5, 2003

Latest in Bush's War on Labor
Excerpt: Daily Kos: Political analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation This week the DoL imposed a new set of reporting requirements that one member of Congress described as “Draconian.� He and over two dozen colleagues protested the rules when they were proposed last Spring as “costly requirements would be unduly burdensome. We believe that Union resources are best utilized when...

Wednesday, October 8, 2003

IBM Emancipates 8,000 Wage Slaves
Excerpt: IBM Emancipates 8,000 Wage SlavesARMONK, NYIn a move hailed by corporation owners as a forward-thinking humanitarian gesture, IBM emancipated more than 8,000 wage slaves from its factories and offices Monday.Above: Palmisano abolishes 600 jobs at the Essex Junction, VT, location. "You are all free, free to go!" said IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano to the 600 men and women freed from the corporation's Essex...

Monday, December 15, 2003

IBM to Export Highly Paid Jobs To India, China
Excerpt: WSJ.com - IBM to Export Highly Paid Jobs To India, China In one of the largest moves to "offshore" highly paid U.S. software jobs, International Business Machines Corp. has told its managers to plan on moving the work of as many as 4,730 programmers to India, China and elsewhere. The unannounced plan, outlined in company documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal, would replace...

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Always Have a Plan B
Excerpt: Having a Backup Career Plan (Jeremy Zawodny's blog): It’s odd. I don't know if it’s the field of work I’m in or not, but a high percentage of folks that I know reasonably well all seem to have what I call a backup career plan in mind....

Friday, August 27, 2004

Working In On Demand Time
Excerpt: In Joi Ito's Web: Conference call surfing I read an eerily familiar description of Joi Ito's day. When I was at IBM this was the typical day: wake up (somewhere, home, hotel, office), nudge computer awake and check out whatever I/Ms arrived while I was sleeping (assuming I was online). For awhile, I had a one hour drive from Poughkeepsie to Armonk. I'd clear...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Crunch mode doesn't work
Excerpt: In a previous life, I “worked” 65-80 hours per week. I quote work because what I did ranged from conference calls, to reading and replying to 100s of emails per day, to managing people and the occasional bit of coding. Now, with only a couple of exceptions, no one ever directed me to work that much, but I was constantly missing deadlines and since...

Monday, December 3, 2007

End of year domain cleanup
Excerpt: I have the following domains available for sale through Sedo: admarket.tv adrenalinest.com adrenalinist.com adrenalist.com bagelhound.com creativecomputing.info datafog.info datasmog.info dripldu.com dripldu.net dripldu.mobi drippledew.com drippledoo.com egotropic.com egotropy.com experiencebasedmedicine.com footonground.com identro.com identro.net jripldu.com memorybox.mobi my-piedaterre.com my-weblog.org my-weblog.com mydataquest.com mydatequest.com myfeedquest.com myhealthquest.mobi mymusicquest.com mynewsquest.com myshopquest.com newsweir.com peedatear.com peedaterr.com peedaterre.com piedaterr.com pihaven.net pihaven.org provincetopia.com provincialist.com provincialist.net provincialist.org spotmarket.tv townist.com tristatepolitics.com tristatepolitics.net tristatepolitics.tv tristatepolitics.us xprx.net Acquire them through Sedo or...

Slightly acerbic and eccentric dog walker who masquerades as a web developer and occasional CTO.

Spent five years running the technology side of the circus known as www.ibm.com.

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