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  Monday, May 17, 2004

Oracle cuts PeopleSoft offer to $7.7B. Oracle, which had previously offered $26 a share for PeopleSoft stock, has dropped its offer by $5 a share to reflect the reduced value of PeopleSoft shares. [Computerworld News]

Which makes a few more of my handful of worthless shares worth even less than they were before. And leaves me just quaking in my boots at the prospect of [shudder] getting laid off by Oracle once the takeover happens . . . Not!

The trial starts in about three weeks.

7:56:03 PM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

STC conference post mortem. Okay, I know I get a big F minus for my near total lack of conference blog entries last week. I will try and find some time to put down some thoughts later this week. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the session materials page. I'd check... [IDblog]

Beth should at least get points for blogging something at the beginning of the conference. I've only made oblique references, haven't yet done a review for myself. I plead "returning to work in mid-production cycle" as my excuse.

7:44:55 PM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
   Alan Kay. [Quotes of the Day]

10:13:52 AM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

During a panel discussion on offshoring at STC-Con (I was on the panel), a member of STC's India chapter spoke up about the challenges he faces providing services to clients based elsewhere. One of his chief issues was that Indian workers have trouble taking direction from someone they've never seen, much less met -- for example, accepting orders given via email when there isn't even a photo of the client. I suspect this is not an issue specific to Indian workers:
Telecommuters Causing Mistrust In The Workplace?. A new study suggests that with the rise in telecommuters, many employees have never even met some of their closest colleagues. Because of that, many workers feel that they don't have as close a relationship to those colleagues as they should, and may not trust them as much as those they work with in person. In other words, there are other unintended consequences of telecommuting. . . [Techdirt]
I will readily admit that one of the downsides of telecommuting is the lack of face-time with coworkers and SMEs. Which is why being close enough to the home office to drive in once a week or so (as I do) is an advantage. And also why telecommuting works for those of my cohorts who originally worked on-site, then moved away: they had already established relationships with the people they are now communicating with remotely. Is this why, for instance, AIM lets you provide a thumbnail self-portrait: so you can see who you're chatting with? Does Apples iChat + iSight improve the communication experience by promoting trust?

10:11:35 AM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

Scoble says:
Wired's NextFest left me uncomfortable with the future. [Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger]
I had thought about going to the Wired NextFest in SF this weekend, but it takes a really compelling reason to get me to brave traffic (and parking!!!) and crowds in the City. Sounds like I didn't miss anything. After all, we saw visions of flying cars at the World's Fair in New York in 1964. And I had the same reaction then as now: nice, but who's going to pay for it?

Which reminds me, I heard William Gibson's "The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed" twice in the last three weeks: once at CHI2004 (actually at a pre-CHI event), and once at the STC conference.

9:48:16 AM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

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