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Lean and Mean: 150,000 U.S. layoffs for IBM?
Topic: Tech Industry 9:11 pm EDT, May  7, 2007

Major outsourcing prediction from Cringely.


The IBM project I am writing about is called LEAN and the first manifestation of LEAN was this week's 1,300 layoffs at Global Services, which generated almost no press. Thirteen hundred layoffs from a company with more than 350,000 workers is nothing, so the yawning press reaction is not unexpected. But this week's "job action," as they refer to it inside IBM management, was as much as anything a rehearsal for what I understand are another 100,000+ layoffs to follow, each dribbled out until some reporter (that would be me) notices the growing trend, then dumped en masse when the jig is up, but no later than the end of this year.
All this is supposed to happen by the end of 2007, by the way, at which point IBM will also freeze its U.S. pension plan.
But in the end they don't care, which shows that only the reaction of Wall Street matters anymore.

Lean and Mean: 150,000 U.S. layoffs for IBM?

Researchers envision the Linux of routing - News - ZDNet
Topic: Tech Industry 3:39 pm EDT, Apr 19, 2004

] Researchers developing new open-source software for
] Internet Protocol routers are hoping that they can do for
] routing what Linux did for operating systems.


Researchers envision the Linux of routing - News - ZDNet

Rural Cambodia, Though Far Off the Grid, Is Finding Its Way Online
Topic: Tech Industry 10:08 am EST, Jan 31, 2004

] Since the system went into place last September at the
] new elementary school here in Cambodia's remote northeast
] corner, solar panels have been powering three computers.
] Once a day, an Internet "Motoman" rides a cherry red
] Honda motorcycle slowly past the school. On the passenger
] seat is a gray metal box with a short fat antenna. The
] box holds a wireless Wi-Fi chip set that allows the
] exchange of e-mail between the box and computers.
] Briefly, this schoolyard of tree stumps and a
] hand-cranked water well becomes an Internet hot spot.
] It is a digital pony express: five Motomen ride their
] routes five days a week, downloading and uploading
] e-mail. The system, developed by a Boston company, First
] Mile Solutions, uses a receiver box powered by the
] motorcycle's battery. The driver need only roll slowly
] past the school to download all the village's outgoing
] e-mail and deliver incoming e-mail. The school's computer
] system and antenna are powered by solar panels. Newly
] collected data is stored for the day in a computer
] strapped to the back of the motorcycle. At dusk, the
] motorcycles converge on the provincial capital, Ban Lung,
] where an advanced school is equipped with a satellite
] dish, allowing a bulk e-mail exchange with the outside
] world.

Rural Cambodia, Though Far Off the Grid, Is Finding Its Way Online

On the outsourcing hot seat - News - ZDNet
Topic: Tech Industry 4:40 pm EST, Jan 20, 2004

] Market research firm IDC recently estimated that by 2007,
] 23 percent of all IT services jobs will be offshore, up
] from 5 percent in 2003. The figures refer to IT work done
] for U.S.-based companies.

Good Q&A article from CEO whose company provides outsourcing services in India.

On the outsourcing hot seat - News - ZDNet

Digital Decay BBS - Chris Edwards the SySop of Digital Decay
Topic: Tech Industry 10:10 am EST, Dec 15, 2003

] Digital Decay BBS is dedicated to the lost art of BBSing.
] At one time there were over 50,000 BBSes in the US alone.
] Now we number in the hundreds. My name is
] Chris Edwards the SySop of Digital Decay. Now days almost
] all BBSes are telnetable and no longer posses dial-up
] access. So you can go back in the day without having to
] run up your phone bill.

Digital Decay BBS - Chris Edwards the SySop of Digital Decay

Google search gets newsier - Tech News -
Topic: Tech Industry 9:59 am EDT, Sep 23, 2002

"Google unveiled on Monday an expanded test version of its search engine for current events and news, the latest step in the company's move into new markets.

The search tool brings the company's highly respected statistical methods for ranking the relevance of information on the Web to the specific category of news--an experimental approach compared with traditional methods of news selection, said Google product manager Marissa Mayer.

"From the reader perspective, this changes news reading habits because (usually) you pick a source and pick the story that interests you," said Mayer, who developed the tool with five staff engineers over the last nine months. "With this service, you pick the story that interests you and then pick the news source.""

Google search gets newsier - Tech News -

CharisMac - Hubzilla
Topic: Tech Industry 3:59 pm EDT, Sep 19, 2002

Hubzilla is stomping through town and he means business. With piercing red eyes and an open mouth that lights up when plugged in to the Firewire bus, Hubzilla is as menacing as he is useful. When he's not destroying your desk* he's helping you with your Firewire connectivity problems.

--Check out the picture

*Charismac claims no responsibility for broken personal or business related property should Hubzilla go on a rampage. As always, a clean and fed Hubzilla results in a happy Hubzilla.

**Please keep small children away from Hubzilla, just in case

CharisMac - Hubzilla

Sun Micro's secret dot-comeback plan
Topic: Tech Industry 12:20 am EDT, Sep 12, 2002

I set out this week to write a damning report about how Sun Microsystems, the company that supposedly makes the "Net work," will never make a dot-comeback.

I had all the formulaic metaphor prepared: The future of the company remains overcast. Demand is cloudy, at best. It's only a matter of time until IBM and others fully eclipse Sun's piece of the high-end computing market.

Then I saw the light --

Sun Micro's secret dot-comeback plan

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