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Friday, June 29, 2007

E-Mail? Oh, That's So 1995

What follows is the last bit of an article mostly about something else, from Forbes Technology columnist Elizabeth Corcoran. (The column is entitled, "Smile, You're Always On Camera," which mostly about a new cheap small camcorder that will be everywhere shortly, and is recommended reading.)

Jonathan Schwartz, the pony-tailed chief executive of Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW - news - people ), got his five minutes of stage time too. He described how he had recently asked a fresh-faced new hire at Sun what he thought of the company.

"Well, it's kind of an old-fashioned company," the 20-something conceded.

"Old-fashioned?" fumed Schwartz. "In what way?"

"You use e-mail," replied the younger man.

"What's wrong with that?" demanded Schwartz.

"My parents send me e-mail," he answered.

So uncool, so 1990s.

Just keep your nose powdered.

For the record, I use Skype and Google Talk more and more all the time.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

LoomisBoy Gets a BearMeat Promotion

So, I have to get up at 4 a.m. tomorrow to drive to the airport (130 miles) to catch a flight to the Big Apple so I can have meetings with some muckety-mucks from a software company at the Walforf Astoria. (I kid you not; every job has the occasional crappy duty. What really sucks is that I might not even get my free upgrade to first class on my Alaska Airlines flight to Newark.) And even thought it is Father's Day today (a great one by the way, I think they maybe do love me here at Castle Newtonstein), I decide to check email "just in case." And while checking email I decide to waste time that could be spent with my 10-year-old watching Man Vs. Wild and check my newest blog addiction, BearMeat.

Low and behold, the long arm of those Waco rascals reaches all the way to Tonasket, Washington to bestow honor upon your humble scribe. Read all about it if you dare--BearMeat is not for the faint of heart or those who could care less about the Baptist Notre Dame on the Brazos.

To Red and the rest of the BearMeat Boys, if Siemens is buying tomorrow night, I'll raise a Caol Ila in salute to your Rebel Yell pitiful selves. (If Siemens isn't buying, it will have to be a Bud Light. Sorry. Respect only goes so far.)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Sramana Mitra Is So Smart, Reading Her Blog Makes My Head Hurt

... and I mean that in a good way. If you are at all interested in reading insightful commentary on various aspects of the software industry, including the CAD/PLM world I wander through, check out the blog of Sramana Mitra.

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