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Tuesday, May 07, 2002

If I could do a & b, I wouldn't need c!

"The user base for MT is (a) generally knowledgeable about HTML/CSS issues, (b) not afraid of designing their own styles, and (c) instantly helpful in the support forum."Posted by Graham at May 7, 2002 08:39 AM

This was posted as a comment to Dave's new Movable Type weblog. I can't spell CSS, have the design skills of a sledge hammer and "instantly helpful" is just way beyond belief! I do, however, love the look of so many of the Movable Type weblogs! Surely there is a way to pick up enough of this stuff to change the look of what you're seeing right now!

3:57:15 PM     Comments[]

Business desktops, notebooks and servers

from the new company will be branded as Compaq, right? Does this mean I won't be able to buy a server with HP's name on it? Does this mean the HP Vectra is going away? On the surface it would appear to make more sense to have Compaq and HP servers and business lines co-exist for a while. It would also seem to make sense that the consumer lines could merge. Is there that much brand loyalty to Presario or Pavillion?

Compaq to be commercial PC brand [IDG InfoWorld]

3:41:08 PM     Comments[]

Lots of mixed signals and noise out there!

IBM's new CEO last month delivered a gloomy outlook for tech spending and suggested the company will have to "pare back" its operations to adjust to the sluggishness. [Wall Street Journal]

3:32:22 PM     Comments[]

Scott is right on target

There is an arrogance that seems to permeate some HR departments. They see themselves as protectors of their co-workers' time or as enforcers of government or corporate policy. Seldom do these types of HR depts. come across as seriously interested in making a great hire for their company or providing a service to those on the outside looking in.

And You Wonder Why People that are Out of Work Get Frustrated - Here's an email that just came to me a few moments ago.  This is from a job I applied for 2 months ago!  Can anyone out there that works in human resources tell me what's going on?  Why does it take 2 months to tell a job candidate that it might be another 30 days?  I don't get it.  HR?  Hello?  Anyone got a clue? And here's why this matters: I'll never, ever think favorably of CenterSpan as a vendor.  If this is how they treat people who want to work for them, how will they treat customers? [The FuzzyStuff Weblog]

3:24:38 PM     Comments[]

Don't get me started again!

Is Loyd a pig? Roland and Loyd where in Sacramento having lunch when they noticed a faint fruity smell emanating from the waitress. Loyd asked, "What perfume are you wearing?" Offended, she bit his head off. "Its not perfume! Its body wash!" Was Loyd a pig for just for asking? [From the Desktop of Dane Carlson]

3:07:55 PM     Comments[]

Mark Twain's Rules for Writing [From the Desktop of Dane Carlson]

10:55:31 AM     Comments[]

Sir Winston Churchill. "Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

10:50:31 AM     Comments[]

Talent is Vital

Whenever you see an analysis such as this, be aware that the talent situation in your town and in your company may skew the numbers. Unfortunately, there are still markets where there are predominantly Windows gurus and others where Linux has a strong following. Finding the right support people with the right attitude about response and resolve time is the key to small companies being able to keep I.T. costs in a manageable range.

Linux Saves Money and the Numbers Prove It. Cybersource recently released a study comparing operating costs of businesses running Linux with those running MS products. Here the CEO explains how the study was designed and what it means. [Linux Journal]

10:48:28 AM     Comments[]

Accounting software

is a relationship business. Typically VAR's or resellers of some sort form deep relationships with client companies in their particular niche. Microsoft doesn't have a history of building those deep, lasting relationships!

Microsoft Expands in Europe With Navision Deal. Microsoft said today that it was buying Navision, Europe's fifth-largest software company, in a deal worth about $1.3 billion. By Paul Abrahams, [New York Times: Technology]

10:42:20 AM     Comments[]

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