Archive for June, 2000
ManagementSpeak: I’ll be brief. Translation: I’m feeling chatty. IS Survivalist Trotter Hardy quickly explains brevity.
From the ol’ mailbag … Microsoft Most readers preferred my alternative penalty for Microsoft – making it publish the entire Windows API, enforced by a $50 million bounty for every hidden API found. One ingenious reader enhanced it, doubling the bounty with each successive hidden API. This makes sense – later ones would be harder […]
ManagementSpeak: We value your opinion. Translation: Anything you say can and will be used against you. While we value this opinion, we can’t hold it against the contributor, as he chose to remain anonymous.
Risk was popular in college. A realistic game of global geopolitics, winning it depended on alliances, betrayals, and favorable rolls of the dice. I was never very good at Risk, and instead spent most of my time playing chess or bridge, at which I achieved adequacy. I did win one game of Risk, though. It […]
ManagementSpeak: Professional ethics. Translation: Professional etiquette. IS Survivalist Erv Young elucidates the moral sophistication of professionalism.
Sometimes, you read something that makes you want to take a long shower. The 48 Laws of Power, written by Robert Greene, and produced and “designed by” Joost Elffers (and what’s it say when a book’s producer/designer gets equal billing?) takes Machiavelli’s suggestions and the ethical dilemma he posed and eliminates the ethical dilemma. Machiavelli […]
ManagementSpeak: You need to think outside the box. Translation: You need to think what I think. My colleague Marcus Startzel defines exteriors.
I fear for Palm. No, I’m not predicting victory for Microsoft in the PDA wars. For that matter, there’s no reason to predict that only one product will survive. This isn’t Highlander, where in the end there can be only one. Any product that can sync with all of the popular e-mail clients, calendar management […]