Archive for February, 2008

The world is not flat

February 29, 2008

I supposed Christopher Columbus is usually given credit for realizing this, though the ancient Greeks appear to have had a clue:

http://www.monsoonco.com/blog/time-to-retire-the-flat-world-metaphor

It’s bumpy and curvy all over

This from the blog of Sandeep Sood, author (not illustrator, that’s been outsourced) of Doubtsourcing, a comic strip portraying outsourcing.

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Saying ta ta to Tata.. 500 employees walk the plank

February 29, 2008

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2757948.cms

Of course they were given the opportunity to resign

But read the comments. A lot disaffection for TCS!

What ever happened to.. from 1986

February 29, 2008

http://crummy.com/2008/02/17/0

I saw this linked posted somewhere. Interesting programmers’ version of “What ever happened to..” that you see on TV for old TV shows.

The 80s were good, weren’t they?

So that where it goes when you have to go on a train

February 29, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7268693.stm

S & P down 90%??

February 29, 2008

CNN is now posting that the S & P has fallen more than 90%!

Offshoring Geography 101

February 29, 2008

(note: geography is not being offshored yet, so social studies teachers and profs, don’t sweat yet. GIS jobs.. hmmm)

Offshoring Geography 101:

World Regional and Economic Geography slideshow for CIOs:

http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Slideshows/Offshore-Locales/

Around the world in 14 slides or so.

CIO’s slideshows (so does eWeek’s) do suck. I don’t think you need to do browser refresh for each slide.

Romania’s flag would be easy to build with Lego blocks, the blue, red and yellow look just right.

There are no jobs in India

February 28, 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080228/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_working_the_war

 And you think your job is bad.. maybe it is

Peruvians, Indians, etc. risking their lives for their chance at the brass ring (relatively speaking), and to serve fast food to American soldiers

Exhibit A: The end of the world is near

February 27, 2008

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/02/who-stop-drug-r.html

Decades of tuberculosis control efforts could be reversed by rising drug resistance. Especially lethal strains are spreading with alarming rapidity, and no country is safe.

That’s the disturbing message from the World Health Organization, who today released their fourth and largest global survey of drug resistance in tuberculosis, a respiratory disease that kills more than 1.5 million people each year.

The mainframe will continue to live

February 27, 2008

http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/I/IBM_NEW_MAINFRAME?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-02-26-11-14-38

Supposed to save energy too

The new System z10, with a starting price at about $1 million, comes as IBM focuses on lowering the price tag for running its storied line of data-crunching workhorses.

The Armonk, N.Y.-based company said it designed the new machine to help companies and government agencies that rely on mainframes – usually for critical data processing such as bank transactions or census statistics crunching – save money on energy bills and better handle a flood of Internet information.

The size of IBM’s investment – the company spent five years and $1.5 billion developing the new mainframe – also underscores its commitment to the long-term viability of the mainframe and efforts continue adapting the decades-old product line to the Internet age.

 

 

Fiddler on the Web

February 26, 2008

http://www.sdtimes.com/content/article.aspx?ArticleID=31753

If I were a rich man, da da da da dada da

Microsoft’s giving away a web proxy tool.