Archive for February, 1998

ManagementSpeak, 2/23/1998

Monday, February 23rd, 1998
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ManagementSpeak: That only happens once in a blue moon. Translation: We’ll worry about it when one of our big name accounts brings it up. – IS Survivalist Thomas Campbell put this unit of time into perspective

Dealing with disruptive technologies (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 23rd, 1998
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Isaac Asimov once told the tale of the world’s greatest surfer, a legend in his own mind, if nowhere else. Tired of hearing him brag, his audience challenged him to demonstrate his skills. So, taking surfboard in hand, he ran to the water’s edge where he stood still, gazing over the waves. “Why don’t you […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/16/1998

Monday, February 16th, 1998
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ManagementSpeak: We can’t use freeware because there’s no support for it. Translation: We won’t be able to blame the vendor when we have problems. Alternate Translation: We never do anything we haven’t done before. – IS Survivalist Andy Stritof acts as this week’s interpreter

Defenestrating the Microsoft Absurd-O-Meter (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 16th, 1998
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Two recent Microsoft communiques have sent my Absurd-O-Meter off the scale. First there’s the Microsoft ad imploring you to install Windows NT Workstation because it’s faster, more robust, and yada yada yada. What will you be upgrading from? Windows 95, of course, which I guess must be slower and more fragile. Who writes this copy? […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/9/1998

Monday, February 9th, 1998
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ManagementSpeak: We’re on a tight schedule. Translation: You’re working weekends for the duration. This week’s IS Survivalist did not give permission to use his name … probably because he was too busy working weekends.

What can you learn from Y2K? (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 9th, 1998
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Some economist analyzed all of the leveraged buyouts of the 1980s and made a startling discovery: In about 70 percent of the cases the companies — generally profitable when acquired — did not generate enough cash to pay off the debt taken on in financing the LBO. Everyone involved in these transactions knew they would […]

Great Quotations, 2/2/1998

Monday, February 2nd, 1998
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“How much intelligence does it take to sneak up on a leaf?” – Larry Niven

Surviving the millennium, whenever it starts (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, February 2nd, 1998
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People get all excited about the darndest things. I know otherwise normal people who froth at the mouth when they hear me say the millennium starts Jan. 1, 2000. No, they insist angrily, it begins Jan. 1, 2001. Don’t I know anything? Well yes, I do. I know it’s more a matter of opinion than […]

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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