Techno Reality Dame Confidential

From the Series, ‘Down and Out in Silicon Valley’.

(Names and locations changed to preserve the privacy of those involved).

After the last troubling meeting with the tech-slackers, I had to see Tabbatha again. She stood out as the one with understated elegance, and showed no need to tear down the idea as a knee jerk response.

Indeed, the response I have come to expect when presenting ThruDispatch was not a cool refusal, but a vehement castigation of the idea in its essence. These exchanges were often punctuated with an assault on my character, resume, acumen, and motives. You could almost certainly identify which coast the critique originated from – bile and personal attacks generally came from the Bay area, cool refusals and weak advice from the Yankees.

Tabbatha agreed to see me at her workplace conference room. She was a partner in a prominent design studio, and highly placed, at that. It made me wonder why she was hanging with the slacker programmers at that Mission District hole of an apartment? So I asked, “what gives, Tabbatha, you have a really prominent design job, are technically very savvy, and I see you now dressed in a very sharp and conservative getup. Hmmmm?”, and I gestured at her designer business outfit. Continue reading

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Windows Vista Troubles an Opportunity for Linux to Ascend

Ok, I just read the newly restored blog posting of Mr. Phillip Su

To my mind, the Firestorm over this issue is a harbinger of the death rattle of heavyweight OS’s, and a herald of coming good for a new and refreshing generation of network-based services and applications, and lightweight applications. Let me explain:

I have a very optimized Win XP workstation that I use for everything daily use – WP. email, web news, etc. — but I also have Edius 3.6 (soon to be 4.0), which I use for my Vlogging business, and this dual core Athlon machine with 2gb of fast, tightly-timed platinum RAM is highly tuned and tweaked for the best general and video editing/compression use.
Nobody is going to mess with that – not for a long time. I have no plans to run out and buy Vista even after its first or second service packs…and I suspect there are many folks out there that are quite comfortable with their current setups, and who feel the same way. I don’t need the disruption. Continue reading