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You Can’t Argue with Dilbert! February 23, 2005

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When the writers of Dilbert get it right you just can’t argue with them. This hillarious comic strip offers a daily reason to stop, think and enjoy a good piece of humour. Today’s entry defines the capitalist mind perfectly. Scott Adams & co., keep up the good work! source: Dilbert Comic Strip Archive – Dilbert.com – The Official Dilbert Website

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Blog Carefully For You Blog on Your Employer February 18, 2005

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Ah, social networking, it’s great! I picked this link up from Mícheál Ó Foghlú who picked it up from Bernie Goldbach who read it on Tom Murphy’s Blog. 🙂 Tom has written a piece on the due care that is needed when blogging about things that might land you in a bit of a spot with your employer. A well-written piece but I worry about the subject matter and how much employees rights will be infringed upon for the sole sake of employer’s absolute power. Freedom of speech is so important as long as tongues aren’t so free that they are loose! source: Mícheál Ó Foghlú’s Weblog

Software Patents go back to Analysis February 18, 2005

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Looks like the old software patent text has been given the heave-ho and told to go back to the drawing board. Well, it wouldn’t be legislation if it didn’t fail after large amounts of money were wasted on it only to start all over again. source: The Register

Clamp Down February 15, 2005

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Now, I hate clampers as much as anyone else. They’re nasty, they potentially damage your vehicle while attaching and removing the clamp. Private clampers are even worse because they are rarely governed by the Road Traffic Act and therefore difficult to reason with. However, if there is any clamper sympathiser out there then this story will surely change your opinion. An ambulance clamped at Dublin airport while it was waiting to transfer a seriously ill patient. Now that takes the biscuit. Let’s face it how many illegally parked ambulanaces are there in the country without justified reason? The mentality of these clampers should really be examined thoroughly as something is surely, very wrong. source: Irish Times

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If Orwell wrote Google… February 9, 2005

Posted by jbwan in Technology.
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Thanks to Brian Dela again for this link. A clever piece of Flash enabled story telling. Paints a scarilly Orwellian view of the increased market presence of Google and what the future might hold. Well worth a few minutes of your time. source: ols-master

MovableType 3.15 February 8, 2005

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Finally got around to upgrading my MT installation to MT 3.15 last evening. I must say, hats off yet again to the MT crew on the flawlessness of their software and ease of upgrade. It’s not the first time I have upgraded my installation and with quality like this, it won’t be the last either. The new interface is really nice and the updated graphics are very easy on the eye. Get your copy now!

‘Lingua Franca’ just isn’t talking frank February 7, 2005

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Today I read a part of an e-mail from a famous IT director forwarded by Brian Dela. Not for the first time, I encountered new terms and phrases that are utterly meaningless other than to those who linger in the same mind frame as the author. Not surprisingly this original e-mail was intended for executives who no doubt understood every key phrase and buzz term in it. Have you ever sat and talked to a management person or business exec and wondered to yourself why they feel the need to converse in such bloated, meaningless conversation? Why do they feel the need to use buzz phrases of the month? Is the only way in which they can distinguish themselves by speaking a different language? Surely if they were doing a good job then it would speak for itself or at least be able to be summed up simply and plainly without need for dressings? I guess the Victorian upper class started the theme of using words that were not within the common domain but where this bunch of management types got the notion that combining the world’s simplest terms into would-be buzz words would ever make them stand out, I do not know! I appreciate open and frank discussion but I have to wonder as I progress in my career if I will ever meet another person (not fresh out of college) who doesn’t speak utter garbage in an attempt to sound like they are cutting edge. Some of these folk even smile discreetly when they use a new buzz phrase for the first time (if you watch closely you’ll see it sometimes coupled with a slight pause to hammer it home). How this ‘lingua franca’ of executive conversation evolved will remain a mystery but surely it will only spell problems for the future when everyone talks in riddles? After all progress is not always good, especially if we are becoming progressively vague…