Archive for November, 2001
ManagementSpeak: It’s a training issue. Translation: We know the software is defective, but it’s easier to blame the users than to fix it. If you think this translation is defective, feel free to blame the anonymous IS Survivalist who contributed this week’s entry.
When I was a kid I played chess, or at least a game that used the same board, pieces and rules that chess players use. I wasn’t all that good at it: I lacked the aptitude, I lacked the necessary patience, and mostly I was too lazy to study the game. I substituted ingenuity for […]
“The task now was likely to be long and strenuous, and an ordered mind and a clear programme were essential if we were to come through without loss of life. A man must shape himself a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.”- Ernest Shackleton, in South, referring to the loss of his […]
Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. It’s a day we reserve for remembering how good things are. That we do so underscores what the rest of the year is for: Acting on our desire for improvements. Since the atrocities of September 11th, many Americans have wondered and worried why “they” hate us. But there’s […]
ManagementSpeak: That’s not a sacred cow. Translation: Don’t even think about going near it! Today’s anonymous contributor knows what happens when you get too close to the cattle.
Vuja DÃ©: An experience like nothing I’ve ever seen before. What isn’t vuja de is the e-mail I regularly receive: “Microsoft doesn’t innovate! Windows, mice, GUIs, fonts, keyboards, and the name ‘Bob’ all came from someplace else — Microsoft just repackaged them.” It’s a perfect non-sequitur. Henry Ford didn’t invent the automobile so by the […]
ManagementSpeak: It was developed that way for a reason. Translation: I don’t know what the reason is, and I don’t want you to find out because it will make me look bad for not improving it before you asked. This week’s contributor wishes to remain anonymous, and does know the reason.
Somebody or other described the USA as a cultural wasteland. I don’t buy it. You can get any kind of culture you want here. There’s no problem, unless you want to restrict the culture available to total strangers who don’t share your tastes. If those who complain about this kind of thing would spend more […]