Archive for December, 1996

Great Quotations, 12/23/1996

Monday, December 23rd, 1996
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“Nature abhors a schedule.” – My friend and retired colleague Bill Williams

Of viruses and science fiction (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 23rd, 1996
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What do computer viruses and science fiction have in common? Answer: my recent columns on these two topics both generated lively Forum discussions on InfoWorld Electric. So here’s Round 2 on these subjects, based on the Forum discussions. My column asking whether the risk of computer viruses was overstated created something of a stir in […]

Great Quotations, 12/16/1996

Monday, December 16th, 1996
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“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig

A holiday card to the industry – 1996 (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 16th, 1996
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I’ve always been jealous of people who regularly experience vivid, colorful dreams. I dream rarely (or rarely remember, which amounts to the same thing). When I do, it’s usually when I’m managing a project on a tight schedule. Then I dream, in artistic black-and-white, that I’ve accidentally killed someone and I’m desperately trying to hide […]

ManagementSpeak, 12/9/1996

Monday, December 9th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: You obviously put a lot of work into this. Translation: This is awful. The contributor of this week’s gem prefers to remain anonymous.

Trashing the network computer (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 9th, 1996
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Every so often I think about taking the bus. I’d like to be socially responsible, reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil imports and lowering my personal contribution to atmospheric pollution. Regrettably, my irregular schedule discourages the practice. After 5pm, the bus runs only once an hour, and if you’ve ever stood outside in a […]

Great Quotations, 12/2/1996

Monday, December 2nd, 1996
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“His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.” – Comment in an anonymous British Officer Fitness Report, sent my way by reader Barb Kirby.

Prairie chickens and business executives (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, December 2nd, 1996
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In graduate school, while I monitored electric fish, my friend Henry McDermott watched prairie chickens mate. Male prairie chickens congregate in an area the size of a suburban lawn called a “lek”. The highest-status male grabs a territory the size of a kitchen table in the middle. The others array themselves outward from there, in […]

my photoBob Lewis is a senior management consultant with Dell Services. He has published these columns once a week in one form or another since 1996.

Disclaimer: All opinions, statements, representations, allegations, images (if published) and anything else that appears here is the sole responsibility of the author. Dell has and had nothing to do with it, other than saying it's okay to continue publishing KJR.

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