Archive for February, 2003
ManagementSpeak: You’ve blown it out of proportion. Translation: You right, and I’m sorry you noticed. This week’s anonymous source noticed, and had the good sense to share the experience.
Thirty years of the U.S. economy at a glance: 1973 — it blows up. 1983 — it finally starts to improve. 1989 — downturn. 1992 — it picks up again, until 2000 when it dot-bombs. Here’s another view. In the early 1980s, personal computers invaded American business in defiance of centralized IT. In the early […]
ManagementSpeak: As part of the ongoing drive to improve our customer response, we have decided to streamline the process for users requesting services from IS. Translation: You are redundant. This week’s entry, part of our ongoing drive to improve our management vocabulary, comes from an IS Survivalist who prefers anonymity to becoming redundant himself.
I’m sitting in our cottage in the Wisconsin woods. My laptop computer is working perfectly, unlike the pipe to the septic tank, which froze in the 15-below-zero cold. Is this juxtaposition of working and failed technologies irony, I wonder? Speaking of technology that sometimes fails, I continue to digest reader comments about my proposed policy […]
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” – Jules de Gautier
Gartner has achieved fame and fortune through the publicity it generates from regular publication of outrageous “total cost of ownership” (TCO) calculations. It’s time for Gartner to share the fame, if not the fortune. IS Survivor Don Deck, in response to my recent critique of Gartner’s $3,000 annualized TCO for a personal digital assistant, proposed […]
“… there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those […]
During the last presidential campaign, Al Gore received ridicule, and inspired the best candy bar ad ever (by Snickers) by claiming he’d invented the Internet. The only problem is, that isn’t what he said. Here’s the exact quote: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” Which, […]