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Some people say it is hard to turn down a free magazine with bathroom length articles. It’s not hard. It just requires you go to their Web site and tell them to stop sending it to you. The level of criminal activity at Information Week finally got high enough I had to block it from showing up at my doorstep anymore. You see, I’m old enough to remember when MTV actually played music videos. I’m old enough to remember when CNN actually hired journalists instead of the paid political talking heads they now make us endure. In short, I’m old enough to have watched the progression of corruption from the beginning. The dirty little secret in the IT industry has always been, companies launching new products pay “independent” research groups…

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This little tail should prove to be both entertaining, and a warning. No, I’m not going to give you enough details to identify the guilty parties. Indeed, by the end of it you should begin to realize the pool of guilty parties is quite large. A firm with an existing contract to a vendor management firm decided to totally disregard that contract and buddy up with a few on-shore off-shore consulting firms to reap all of the benefits of $10/day labor. Oh, how upper management’s eyes gleamed when they thought of all the money which would no longer be squandered on competent technical staff and could be more appropriately directed into their bonus checks and stock options. Once the brew-ha-ha settled down with the vendor management company, the mother ship…

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A lot of attention has been given to the hijacked title of Business Analyst by the trade press recently. The title used to be used by the “Independent” analysis firms for people who were doing “research”. Some time later they started calling these people “Industry Analysts” leaving the other title open for thieving. Since the vast majority of MBA’s who get put in charge of IT departments do whatever these marketing…I mean analyst firms tell them to do, they started using the title for another batch of MBA’s brought into the corporate structure to oversee off-shored projects. This title is usually broken up into junior and senior. The senior Business Analyst is fresh out of MBA school. They took their one day/week course using a worthless Microsoft product (insert your…

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This isn’t appearing in any of my books, it is just some thoughts I had today. There has been a lot of discussion on-line and in the trade press about offshoring. What is surprising to me as I read through the IT news is that everybody bit at the smoke and nobody saw the fire. Currently you read about the tens of thousands of programmers who have been let go so management could “cut costs” to artificially inflate the values of their stock options. You read the fraudulent stories about shortages of IT professionals in this county. These articles use doctored up numbers which don’t include the tens of thousands of IT professionals who have been laid off so long they are no longer counted in the unemployment statistics. Yes,…

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If you were lucky enough to be born in time to witness the golden age of television, or at least the trailing end of it, you got to hear about a lot of different ages. The tail end of WWII ushered in the nuclear age. Later, a lot of people thought using nuclear power would be a good and cheap thing. They pushed off what to do with the waste for “a later date”. The country got used to the construction boom and was willing to wait for that date. Now, some of those “containment” facilities are no longer containing the waste and we are watching it seep into the ground water supply. Some people are waiting with baited breath for the Britta filter that removes radiation from tap water.…

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