Why It’s Safe To Travel Through Airports Again

CNN announced that after 30 years of boring us to tears is pulling out of it’s contract with Airports around the world and will stop broadcasting what they determine to be the news. I actively avoid the noise anyway so I haven’t looked at the screens now other than departing flights for any of those 30 years.

Jeff Zucker has notified CNN staff that “the CNN Airport Network will end operations as of March 31.”

“The steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coupled with all the new ways that people are consuming content on their personal devices, has lessened the need…” pic.twitter.com/9se3oCw1gr

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 12, 2021

As Covid-19 protected us from the constant noise from CNN, we won’t have to listen to this anymore. Maybe they can play sports, local news or perhaps nothing. We have earbuds in anyway so no one is listening anymore anyway.

Most stopped believing CNN after a year of Malaysia flight 370 that went nowhere. The election cycle seems to have turned everyone away from any of the news anyway. Regardless of the channel, it’s hard to find the truth on TV.

My advice is just like social media. Stay away from it and your life will be better with a lot more free time.

Monday Saying – The Secret Of Life

“The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.” – Horace Walpole

I just finished a conversation with a successfully retired executive. He told me the secret to retirement is to keep your life uncomplicated. These two are related.

If you do something really well are paid for it, you hit the lottery. If it is one of your 1000 things, you still are ok. If you are hating your job and don’t something you do well you might be a dumbass.

Life is too short to not enjoy what you are doing. Sure, we have to do things we don’t want to, but not all the time.

If you do this, your life will be a lot easier than swimming upstream doing something you don’t like and aren’t good at. There is nothing wrong with tenacity, as long as it is combined with intelligence.

The moral of the story is don’t be a dumbass.

Friday Saying – How To Build Your Reputation

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

It’s true, you can really only promise to do something once and get fully believed, unless you do what you promised.

The bane of Introverts is small talk and inevitably, during small talk comes promises or boasting of things one will absolutely do. I’m more surprised when they actually do what is promised than by the cheap words now.

Yes, you are being judged by what you do, and probably fairly. Don’t make a promise you can’t keep. Better yet, keep your mouth shut unless you’ve already delivered on the promise.

More on Men vs. Women Getting Along or Not Getting Along with the Same Sex

I have written about men and women in the workplace (and in life) and how they treat the same sex.

One ex told me that mean girls will say you look nice when they look bad or if another girl asks how do I look (when there obviously is something wrong or it looks bad) and the mean girl says you look just fine.

Men grow up playing games (the circle game) and doing stuff like snapping each other with a wet towel at the pool or in the lockerroom.  Men can call each other all kinds of names or fight in a meeting at work, then go for a beer afterwards as if nothing happened.

I haven’t noticed this trait in many women.  If offended, I’m told by females that they can hold a grudge forever.

Well, here is a meme that describes it.

Where Have You Gone Al Gore? #climatechange and #globalwarming Are Calling You On the Day You Predicted The Doom of the Earth

al gore doomsday clockIn the song Mrs. Robinson is a line that states, Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?  I wondered the same about Al Gore.  He went from front page man on global warming to I don’t hear anything about him anymore on #AGW.  I wondered where he went and why?

It’s ironic that the biggest snow storm to ever hit NYC on the weekend of his predicted destruction instead of the Statue of Liberty being under water.

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There is a famous statement that goes: Where your treasure is, so will your heart will be also.  I thought his heart was with global warming, but he’s no where to be found, so I looked for what his treasure was. If it wasn’t really global warming, what was it?

He enrolled in Divinity school so it appeared that he was looking for his treasure from God, but he didn’t finish his degree either.  So what has he been chasing his whole life, really?

The rest of this post is merely an observation based on his actions throughout the years.  Some will disagree, others will identify and most won’t care.  No judgement is being passed, merely a commentary on the general state of man with the public record as documentation.

If you disagree or want to get into an ideological debate, please see the comments policy on the right.

Note from Investors Business Daily on the end of the earth:

According to Anthony Watts, one of the most trusted sources on Climate issues, “While preening at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006 during the premiere of his An Inconvenient Truth fib-umentary, Gore made his grand declaration. The former vice president said, in the words of the AP reporter taking down his story, that unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.” In Gore’s own words, he claimed we were in “a true planetary emergency.”

Further on December 13, 2009, he predicted that the Arctic would be ice free in 5 years.  

10 years later, there has been no measurable change in the Arctic ice.  As with most of the climate predictions, it was based on prediction models.  Anyone who has watched the weather knows that it is rarely right 5 days from now, let alone 5 years from now, yet he sold this snake oil and it was drunk by many or used as a political tool.

HIS EARLY TREASURE

It is common knowledge that he was funded by coal and tobacco, but people repent and so I supposed this was the case also.  As of the latest search, he still hasn’t sold his fortune in Occidental stock and dividends he receives.  It is nebulous as to whether he has or not, so we’ll give him a pass on it, although he’s  earned $500,000 from zinc royalties (which causes environmental issues to produce) as of the last documented tax return that is public. Perhaps it is a legal reason that prevents him from selling this asset.  Armand Hammer, the head of Occidental was well known for his communist ties to the Soviet Union was close to the Gore family.

There is also the Elk Hills case that allowed oil pipelines to run, ensuring a stream of money to both the Hammer’s and the Gores.

Nevertheless, it appears that before global warming, it was MONEY that was more important than anything else.  In the overall realm of things, climate issues appear to have only been a means to the end, or his treasure and not the end itself.

Most of what is below are documents from Climate Scientists or court records.  I don’t challenge the views on climate on either side as minds are already made up.  My thesis is that he was after money more than protecting the planet.

THE PATH OF HIS POLITICAL CAREER

He of course was a Senator and a Vice President for which he should be commended for serving his country.

It sticks in the craw of the Gore acolytes who generally are Bush 43 haters, that he lost.  No matter how many times the media recounted the votes in Florida, Bush still won every recount.  This signaled the end of his political career, but it wasn’t the treasure he was really seeking.

One thing that dogged him was that he had a low net worth compared with the other politicians who were his compatriots.  I point to the fact that he wasn’t an astute investor given the fore-knowledge congress has of bills that affect corporations.  They are not subject to insider trading laws, so just by being there any idiot should increase their wealth at an exponential rate as almost all have done.

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

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This film got a lot of play despite blatant errors which were discovered in court, but then Hollywood rarely gets the truth right and a politician making a movie sort of dooms it’s necessity for truth from the beginning.  It did finally start the ball rolling  for his money making from global warming, a cause he had pushed uphill for years.

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He also won a Nobel Peace Prize.  They soon after gave one to a President who had accomplished nothing up to that point.

On January 25th, 2006, while at the Sundance film festival screening “An Inconvenient Truth”, Al Gore said this as chronicled in an article by CBS News:

The former vice president came to town for the premiere of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary chronicling what has become his crusade since losing the 2000 presidential election: Educating the masses that global warming is about to toast our ecology and our way of life.

Gore has been saying it for decades, since a college class in the 1960s convinced him that greenhouse gases from oil, coal and other carbon emissions were trapping the sun’s heat in the atmosphere, resulting in a glacial meltdown that could flood much of the planet.

Americans have been hearing it for decades, wavering between belief and skepticism that it all may just be a natural part of Earth’s cyclical warming and cooling phases.

And politicians and corporations have been ignoring the issue for decades, to the point that unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return, Gore said.

He sees the situation as “a true planetary emergency.”

“If you accept the truth of that, then nothing else really matters that much,” Gore said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We have to organize quickly to come up with a coherent and really strong response, and that’s what I’m devoting myself to.”

al-gore-fire-300x222Nothing gets lost now thanks to the internet which he invented.

Unfortunately, here are 9 proven lies of the movie regarding the settled science based on a computer model.  The court ruled:

“Al Gore is the principal prophet of doom in the global warming debate, and the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth is his gospel to true believers. But Gore has misled them.”

Two years ago, British High Court Justice Michael Burton characterized Gore’s film as “alarmism and exaggeration in support of his political thesis.” The court, responding said the film was “one-sided” and could not be shown in British schools unless it contained guidelines to balance Gore’s attempt at “political indoctrination.”  This is the antithesis of the scientific method which requires independent proving of a hypothesis to be true science.

Here is how the 97% of scientists agreeing that global warming was caused by men was derived. 

Since then, he’s reiterated 8 facts of climate doom that never happened, never got close and are now past their sell by date.

Some of these are the decline of Arctic ice (there was a huge re-freeze in 2015), the decline of polar bears and the rising sea level.  I was called a flat-earther for questioning the rising tides by a believer in the global warming religion, Tim O’reilly.  When I asked for any proof, I received the statement that climate science is hard.

What is hard is for the weatherman to get the forecast right next week.  How in the world can you predict 10 years from now?  The answer of course has proven to be quite obvious.  If you go to the link starting with since (above) Tim, you’ll see that this is bunk. I’ve started to look at the climate change worshipers as the real flat-earther’s now.  They seem to be equally as wrong.

HE WAS PROTECTED BY THE MEDIA

The Press Protected His Cause nevertheless as errors weren’t generally reported, and despite trying to kick start the alternative energy sector, most companies didn’t succeed in the free market economy, rather used government subsidies and regulation to survive.  He was wise to benefit from the government backing, increasing his fortune.

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Al was the nameplate for global warming until that name got tarnished.  It morphed to climate change and whatever name that didn’t lose PR favor, but it was still the same gaia cause and Al was the figurehead.  It didn’t matter what he said as he had the media covering for him on this initiative.

What did the media decide what to cover and what not to cover?

 

 

 

Unfortunately, he predicted the “end of the planet or that we would reach the point of no return” on January 25, 2016.

As it turns out, it is cooler now than on the day he received his Nobel prize.

 

THE FINAL FRONTIER, HOW HE FOUND HIS HEART’S TREASURE

He started a TV channel, sat on the board of Apple (for which he benefited handsomely) and other money making ventures.  While it did nothing to affect Climate change issues to speak of, this appears to be the treasure he was really seeking.  He sold Current TV to Al-Jazeera, an oil funded carbon spewing country  for hundreds of millions, and that was the antithesis of what he was preaching to the warmers.  Al-Jazeera has closed doors on this project in 2016 having not been able to gain an audience in the US.  Again, the media was mostly silent, he was one of theirs.

Al jazeeraPhoto courtesy of DMF.

In selling the network to the huge oil producing carbon emitters, he Found the treasure he sought, but sold Out his followers in a big way.  It doesn’t matter because what is done, is done.  His record is there for history to judge.  He is a rich man and now he is seeking ways to release his inner chakra, too bad for Tipper.  Name calling for anyone who challenges the “settled science” has been the norm, but it turns out that they are the real flat earthers as they love to call anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

SO WHAT WAS THE REAL TREASURE IN HIS HEART?

Here is where we get to the answer.  He was after the money, that was where his treasure really was, gathering wealth.  The reason we haven’t heard from him is he is rich and got people to buy into what he was selling.  He has big houses with carbon footprints of cities.  He flies on private jets to conferences and stays in huge suites.

You can see images of his massive mansions here.

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He got his real treasure which was the dollar, and is riding happily into the sunset a very rich man.

Just like the Mayan calendar in 2012, the earth didn’t end or drown, but we won’t hear anything on Al flying in private jets either.  It seems he is the biggest flat Earther of all.

Update 8/3/17:He recently traveled 3000 miles on a carbon spewing plane for the promotion of his new movie to tell people that they should reduce carbon emissions.  It was at that conference that it was revealed that one of his houses emits 34 times the carbon emissions of a regular house.

Maybe the delusional devotees  who have bought into the weather lie include Tim O’Reilly, who could only tell me that climate science is difficult when he couldn’t explain why the oceans aren’t rising when I asked him.  Perhaps he will look past his devotion to this Gaia worship and see the facts, although I don’t expect him to admit both the error in judgement and the fact that he has completely shelved science for ideology.  Other devotees like Tom Raftery at GreenMonk have gone out of business because they couldn’t make enough money (bilk companies) or get enough government subsidies.  James Governor who helped found Greenmonk told me that he would “save” the planet or make money trying. None of these new Flat-Earthers can explain why it is cooler now than when Al received the Nobel Prize.

They have bought into the lie that Al was peddling and should have invested with him since he was after the money and would do or say whatever he needed to do to achieve it.  James in fact never either saved the world or got rich trying.

This was years before Al Gore’s revelation that he was just after the money, so it seems that the climate changers are really just greedy.  That makes them the real “Flat-Earthers”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a recent protest by the Climate change supporters:

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Rules For Livin’ In The South

I’ve been around the world on business and pleasure.  I’ve witnessed many cultures and have adapted to their rules and etiquette.  I found this and thought it was funny.  It will help you when visiting the south.  If the SHTF, leave the city because you won’t last long.  They will survive and prosper during most crises just short of a nuclear attack.

Here goes:

 

If you are going to live, or visit  in the south, you need to know the rules.

In an effort to help outsiders  understand the rural Southerner’s mind, the

following list will be handed to  each person as they enter a Southern state.

 

JEST WANTED TO  LET YOU KNOW,I’M WISHING YA’LL A GREAT WEEK-END.!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

1. That slope-shouldered farm boy did more work before breakfast than you do

all week at the gym.

 

2. It’s called a ‘gravel road.’ No matter how slow you drive, you’re going

to get dust on your Navigator. Drive it or get it out of the way.

 

3. The red dirt – it’s called clay. Red clay. If you like the color, don’t

wash your car for a couple weeks – it’ll be permanent. The big lumps of it –

they’re called “clods.”

 

4. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we

saw Bambi. We got over it.

 

5.  Any references to ‘corn fed’ when talking about our women will get you

whipped – by our women.

 

6. Go ahead and bring your $600 Orvis Fly Rod. Don’t cry to us if a flathead

breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little 13-inch trout

you fish for – bait.

 

7. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

 

8. Men, if you want to wear earrings,  pierce your nose and what evers, and

wear your hair long, go right ahead –  but if we call you ma’am, don’t be

offended.

 

9. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final

approach, we will  shoot it. You might want to be sure it’s not up to your

ear at that  time.

 

10. That’s right, whiskey is only two bucks. We can buy a fifth for what you

paid in the airport for one drink.

 

11. No, there’s no  ‘Vegetarian Special’ on the menu. Order steak. Order it

rare. Or, you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham

and turkey.

 

12. Tea – yeah, we have tea. It comes in a glass over ice and is sweet. You

want it hot – sit it in the sun. You want it unsweetened – add a lot of

water.

 

13. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over

ice.

 

14. So you have a sixty thousand dollar car.  We’re real impressed. We have

a quarter of a million dollar combine that we  only use two weeks a year.

 

15. Let’s get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when

it’s red. We may even stop when it’s yellow.

 

16. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks – because they want to.  So,

you’re a feminist. Isn’t that cute.

 

17. We eat dinner together with our families, we pray before we eat (yeah,

even breakfast), we  go to church on Wednesdays and Sundays, we go to high

school football games  on Friday nights, we still address our seniors with

‘yes, sir’ and ‘yes,  ma’am’, and we sometimes still take Sunday drives

around town to see friends  and neighbors.

 

18. We don’t do ‘hurry up’ well.

 

19. Greens – yeah, we have greens, but you don’t putt on them. You boil them

with either salty  fatback or a ham hock.

 

20. Yeah, we eat catfish, bass, bream, and carp, too. You really want sushi

and caviar? It’s available at the bait shop.

 

21. They are pigs. That’s what they smell like. Get over it. Don’t like it?

Interstate 65 and 40 goes two ways – Interstate 24, 55 and 75 goes the other

two. Pick one.

 

22. Grits are corn. You put butter, salt, and maybe even some pepper on

them. You want to put milk and sugar on them, then you want cream of wheat –

go to Kansas. That would be I-40 West.

 

23.  The ‘Opener’ refers to the first day of deer season or dove season. Both

are holidays. You can get pancakes, cane syrup, and sausage before daylight

at the church on either day.

 

24. So every person in every pickup waves?  Yeah, it’s called being friendly.

Understand the concept?

 

25. Yeah, we have golf courses. Don’t hit in the water hazards. It spooks

the fish and  bothers the gators – and if you hit it in the rough, we have

these things called Diamondbacks, and they’re not baseball players.

 

26. That Highway Patrol Officer that just pulled you over for driving like

an idiot – his name  is Sir, no matter how old he is.

 

27. We have lots of pine trees. They have sap. It drips from them. You park

your electric vehicle under them, and they’ll  leave a logo on your hood.

 

28. You burn an American flag in our state, you get beat up. No questions.

The liberal contingent of our state legislature – all 4 of them – enacted a

measure to stop this. There is now a  $10 fine for beating up the flag

burner.

 

Now, enjoy your visit… I emphasize – ‘visit.

Do We Need Bosses Anymore?

 

I took this idea from “Should we Banish Bosses” by Wendy Appal.

She sums it up like this:

The most valuable things my former bosses did was to share information from above and across the organization; to set the vision and direction; to jointly set my goals and objectives; to advocate for me and my ideas; to make sure I got salary increases and bonuses; to approve vacation dates.

My former bosses also held me accountable to honor my agreements and commitments, to adhere to the organization’s ethics and standards and to be the best I could be.

One of the most unnecessary functions they performed was the annual performance review. By the time I got my review, the information was so stale, it grew mold and had to be tossed.

A comprehensive list of destructive boss behaviors can be found in the Forbes article. If the list weren’t so real and tragic, it would be funny.

Ideally, bosses are available to advise and counsel, to sooth and encourage, to help build confidence, to motivate and inspire … Ideally a boss is someone who is wise and transmits that wisdom to help their direct reports develop, grow and thrive both personally and professionally.

If part of the problem is the title Boss / Manager, I continued to wonder, what alternative is there?

This took me to “The 31 Signs You are a Horrible Boss”

No one starts out their career trying to be a horrible boss.  Yet, it’s amazing what a vast majority of folks seem to accomplish this feat with absolutely no training whatsoever.

Maybe we’re born bad bosses.  It just comes naturally.

Hopefully, you can shake off some of the worst traits.

The first step for any addict is recognizing his or her problems.  So, start by reviewing the list below.

How many of these do you violate?

These are the 31 telltale signs you are a horrible boss — and what you probably think of each of these points:

While I’m not going to go through all 31, I will call out a few that stuck out for me.

8. There’s constant turnover in your group.  People are constantly quitting or being asked to transfer out.  Change is good.  New blood on the team helps bring in new perspectives.  So what if some people left?  They weren’t up to the challenge of what you’re building here.  It’s not for everyone.  It takes a special person to be able to work under you.

This was my last boss at IBM.  I got a review that said be more independent, but run everything through me.  People left in droves.

Here is the list of thing good bosses should never do courtesy of Leadership Freak

Not doing is one side of finding success.

  1. Never let the bottom line be the bottom line.
  2. Never pretend things are ok when they aren’t.
  3. Never let what you’ve never done be the reason not to try.
  4. Never get ahead by resenting those who get ahead. – This one is for my boss who is now the Director of PR for Lenovo
  5. Never let those who aren’t doing something prevent you for doing something.
  6. Never do on the road what you wouldn’t do at home.
  7. Never trust anyone who never admits mistakes.
  8. Never achieve greatness through negativity.
  9. Never pretend you can do what you can’t.
  10. Never let others fail before doing everything appropriate to help them succeed.
  11. “An executive has never suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective.” Peter Drucker
  12. Never find wisdom in excuses, defensiveness, or blame.
  13. Never think of loyalty as a gift.
  14. Never waffle when it comes to taking responsibility.
  15. Never waver when it comes to giving credit.
  16. Never make excuses. “Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.” JohnWooden

Bonus: Never create the future by recreating the past.

EU to Force Diversity to 40%, Good or Bad?

I read a recent article documenting that the EU is requiring 40% Women on their company’s boards.  Having a diverse set of views and opinions is good for a company rather than cronyism that could lead to all kinds of incestual behavior, which many can find evidence of.

THE CAVEAT

The diversity should come from talent and competence rather than by law or Force Majeure from induced shame.  Without this step, the forced diversity could overlook a true leader or worse, pick those who could lead a company in the wrong direction, or be an empty suit (or dress).

As stated by Politics.ie:

The EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is proposing to introduce legislation at commission level to force private companies with over 250 employees or who are listed on the stock exchange to have at least 40% women making up their boards.

To try and tell a private company who are the real creators of wealth how the should administer themselves is a step too far and one that could prove detrimental for Europe; particularly if companies decide to headquarter themselves elsewhere.

Listening to RTE News at One on the Radio earlier they were interviewing some woman (can’t recall her name) who was in favor of this, and wait for it, because “men focus too much on the bottom line”! The absolute cheek of them, to actually think a company should maximise it profits

Gender quotas will not help Europe’s boardrooms, what they will do is ensure that women are appointed to boards who are currently not viewed as capable of running a company. This can only be bad for private companies in the long run, if in fact they can any longer be called private if the EU is dictating who should run them.

WE’VE BEEN DOWN THIS PATH BEFORE

I’ve witnessed the intrusion of diversity and have observed it’s successes and failures.  Many (of all minorities) have had doors opened to them that were previously closed.  It has turned out many leaders other than the old boys Ivy league club which created a glass ceiling.

Unfortunately, it has promoted unqualified people to positions to fill quota’s over the more qualified candidate.

At one company I worked for, the VP of HR  killed a commercial for our company because the actors were eating lasagna.  Why is this bad, because they were African-American and stated that it was not a meal they would eat.  Another female VP of Marketing is avoided like the plague because of her terroristic behavior towards employees.  She also routinely would promote “not men” because of their gender.  A typical male executive would have been fired for this.  These are but a couple of examples, but the list  of abuses goes on because they can lean on diversity, but that belies the point of hiring the best candidate for the job rather than filling a quota

Is the PC Dead Or Is It Marketing Hype and Spin?

Update: Apple is more nails in the PC coffin with the new announcement of Post PC devices.

  • 362 Apple stores
  • 315 million iOS devices sold through last year, including 62 million in the last quarter
  • 585,000 apps created
  • 25 billion app downloads
  • 1080p movies and TV shows for iCloud and the new Apple TV
  • 15.4 million iPads sold in the fourth quarter of 2011
  • 200,000+ iPad apps
  • 2048 by 1536 pixels displayed on the new iPad, with 264 pixels per inch
  • 44 percent greater color saturation than the old iPad
  • 5 megapixel sensor on the new iPad camera
  • A maximum of 73 mbps downlink with 4G LTE on new iPad
  • New iPad specs: 10 hours of battery life, nine hours with 4G; 9.4 millimeters thick, 1.4 pounds
  • Same pricing as last iPad: Wi-Fi models are $499 for 16 gigabytes, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB; $629, $729 and $829, if you want 4G
  • Old iPad now starts at $399 and $529

The Real Meaning in Marketing Speak

In the mid 2000’s, Sam Palmisano of IBM declared the era of the PC is over.  This was somewhat of a marketing move since IBM had just sold the PC Division to Lenovo.  What he really meant was that IBM is getting out of consumer products.  IBM also sold other consumer divisions that were not the margin kings that Software and Services were.  Disclaimer, after working either for/with/against/partnering with IBM for 31 years, I can say that a lot of what they do is incredible spin on pretty good technology.  I had better knowledge of what was going on than what was told to the outside.

PC’s are Toasters Now

This is a bit of a history lesson.  There was a time that PC’s were special and had value.  They still can be found on almost every desk or backpack at an airport, but in reality they are now (and have been for a while) a consumer product.  There gets to a point in time in every product’s life cycle that economies of scale and parts availability drive this value (and therefore the price) down when you can’t differntiate.  It is compounded by newer technologies (tablet computers and mobile devices) to where you can get them at any consumer store that sells toasters, video games and TV’s.  Any improvement is just a little bit better (except Windows which usually is worse), not an era better which was the case when they were new.

PC’s have done this to themselves over the years.  Remember when all you could get was a bulky desktop?  Technology moved on to the luggable computer to the laptop. Now you can get a wafer thin Macbook Air (for a premium price), but the technology curve will drive cost down here when every manufacturer offers it.  Margins are razor thin and there is minimal hardware differentiation on the Wintel platform.

The Effect of iPad and Mobile Phones

Ultimately, the world is driving your communications and computing device to be in your hand.  The end game of input is not a keyboard, but voice.  This addresses the need for instantaneous that we have required as we’ve shifted from email to IM and texting, and from blogging to tweeting. I envision a vision screen that is projected by your small handheld that lets you see what a huge monitor is required for now in the near future.  For more on this, see Project Blade Runner as an example of what the future could look like.

PC’s are already under fire from Tablet computing and smartphones.  While at some point you still need a PC for complicated input/output such as the dreaded Powerpoint and the more mundane payroll/HR applications, they soon will be adapted to tablets as we easily morphed from immobile desktops to laptops.

Many analysts have shown that more phones and tablets are sold than PC’s.  More texts are sent than emails and we certainly have more tweets than blogs.

The Cloud

Powering a lot of this of course is the overhyped Cloud model.  While conceptually it has been around for a long time (we have called it client/server and other names), it is a software delivery model that will make the end device irrelevant.  Perhaps you could get your email on your toaster or refrigerator.  You could make phone calls by dialing in the air at some point.  The issue is that we are driving the connecting device smaller, cheaper and more powerful (and less relevant) so that we can get what we want, when we want it and wherever we want it.

Lenovo and HP

Companies are jumping out of this market as evidenced by IBM and HP willing to sell their PC businesses worth billions in revenue, mostly because of low single digit profit margin.  They realize that there isn’t much money to be made anymore, again putting them in the toaster category. Similar components by most, similar operating systems, market driving memory and storage costs and overhead to sell.  HP is now particularly vulnerable as companies negotiating long term contracts will throw HP out  as a viable vendor not knowing what their future will be either in terms of ownership or viability.  HP has completely lost their way starting with the purchase of Compaq years ago, then dumping their tablet, announcing the sale of their PC division and switching CEO’s like underwear.

The Apple Factor

Everyone eventually builds a better mousetrap.  The Mac has been around for a long time, but the entry way to the door to Apple changed with the iPad/iPhone.  A new processor, operating system visibility, technology paradigm, profit potential and the coolness factor make Apple a different model than the PC.  Prior to that, Mac’s were a niche player in the creative, advertising and education world.  This has changed partly because the OS is better, Windows is not a great platform and Mac’s are headed in the direction of iPads.

So Is the PC Dead?

Ultimately yes, but not this year or in the near future.  I’ve seen models of computers called bricks the size of your phone that you can drop in a kiosk and work anywhere.  You can even use them like an iPhone if needed, but until the voice input issue is resolved, keyboard input is an inhibitor.

No one thought we’d ever see the end of typewriters, faxing or even the 360, but technology advances at an increasing rate economically speaking.  What will be interesting is which social mores we’ll break like talking to ourselves (on a cellphone) in public (or worse in a bathroom or driving).

Is the iPad the next endgame?  Likely also not.  Companies are trying to out do themselves and we’ll wind up like the Jetson’s one day.

June 14, Flag Day, Fathers Day, Thoughts and Curves

Here is another blog that WordPress lost in my transition.  This one is from 6/14/2008.

First things first, it is my parents Anniversary. They would have been married 55 years today. It is the first June 14th that has passed that both of them are gone.

Today is also Flag Day. Unlike the bitter half of one of our candidates, I’ve always been proud of my country.

And of course, the greatest moment in Flag Saving History, Rick Monday Saves a Flag from being burned.

Birth of the Army – In 1775, this was the birth of the Army, thank you George Washington. The only thing the government has done consistently right is to defend our country. I hope the next president keeps that in mind

Fathers day – Tomorrow is Father’s Day. My Dad isn’t around any more. If yours is, appreciate the time you have left. In honor of him, I drove his car, on the curvyest road I could find. His car was meant for the turns.

Today was also the start of the 24 Hours of LeMans. I used to go to races with my Dad, in the car pictured here. So I’m melancholy today. In honor of our memories, I bought a grille badge on eBay.

So I thought about my parents, the country…and while I was exceeding the speed limit, enjoying the curves.

Finances and Bible Verses

Money is one of the most quoted subjects in the Bible.  Many people are suffering right now because of countries governments mis-managing spending debt and other people’s money.-

I’ve always lived by the Larry Burkett and Dave Ramsey debt free living, and giving back to G-d first.  For you non-believers, at least learn the lesson of a debt free lifestyle.

Out of nowhere on the same day come two blogs that mention this.  Christian Personal Finance and Faith and Finance with scriptures about money.

You should click on either (CPF has 250 verses and F&F has 101) to know what to do with your money in these tough times.

Green Jobs – Teaching my Offspring about Capitalism

Times are tough for teenagers to get a job.  I’ve heard that unemployment is more that 20 +% for teenagers.  My son has struck out getting a job, although he has put more effort into video games than looking for a job, so we started an eBay business.

It’s name is NeonDeal, Click on the name and see what he is selling, vintage fishing lures.   The one in the picture is worth a few hundred dollars.  Of course, I know something about it, but he built the blog and the Twitter account which you should follow and see what he is selling. He sold and shipped his first lures last week and made more money in one night than he would in a month at McDonald’s.  He’s learned a valuable lesson, work for yourself and it’s good to be the boss.  Michael Dell started a company called PC’s Limited out of his dorm room….It’s now call Dell Computers.  Hope my son gets that kind of  taste for the real green.  So he’s self employed for the summer and is understanding inventory, shipping, logistics, marketing, sales, blogging and if you don’t work…you don’t get paid.

Now, when I said green jobs in the title, I mean in terms of Money. If you thought I meant Green jobs in terms of saving the planet, they are tough to come by in real life.   One thing I learned is that if they really were a better solution, they would have succeeded on their own already.  That is the way business works.

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“Gore effect” strikes Cancun Climate Conference 3 days in a row (via Watts Up With That?)

It seems like weather/nature/climate and facts are against Al’s claims to AGW.

"Gore effect" strikes Cancun Climate Conference 3 days in a row From the "weather is not climate department" – New record low temperatures set in Cancun for three straight days, and more new low temperature records are possible this week. Dr. Roy Spencer, who is in Cancun representing climate skepticism on behalf of CFACT writes on his blog: Today’s my first full day in Cancun at COP-16, and as I emerged from my hotel room I was greeted by a brisk, dry, cool Canadian breeze. It was 54 deg. F in Cancun this mo … Read More

via Watts Up With That?

Doing a Joint Announcement With Your Competitors

Recently, I’ve done joint announcements with Oracle, SAP, HP, Tibco, Software AG and HP. As you can imagine, I’ve had varying relationships with each and I’m happy to report that the state of the A/R industry is good and that we can work together.

When I was in PR, it was cat fight supreme with territorial ism and turf wars. Most of the announcements I did with these companies when in Analyst Relations didn’t have that element. For the most part, the announcements were about standards, not products. So that went a long way towards working together. Still, if you include IBM, the companies I’ve named here aren’t known for being best buddies.

As and aside, I can say that the executives (who can be the source of most problems) all worked towards the cause of the best briefing possible.

Some things are given, like in a certain area (we just did SOA) the analysts know the exec’s by company and the exec’s know each other so I’m happy to report they acted like grown ups.

TURF WARS

With the typical name calling (from the CEO’s)and because of t the belief in your own products, the first issue to overcome is that the announcement is usually about a jointly create product or standard, not us vs. them.  That rule has to be set down first and if you don’t overcome that, you have no chance at building trust, the basis for working together.

DIVIDE THE DUTIES

One company can’t dominate the duties or or it is not a joint announcement.   This also forces the companies to work together to approve what the others have created as their part of the announcement.   There are analyst lists, invitations, charts, follow up issues and any number of duties that need to be attended to and dived up.  Once that is done, you must rely on each other and the level of trust inherently rises.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT

It’s important that the analyst see this as equal amongst the companies.  One company presenting more than another is a dead give away.  You can’t help Q and A as the analysts will direct the question directly to a company.

LESSONS LEARNED

You either put your differences aside and work together, or you’ll never get anything done.  It’s tough to do when your day job is to hammer the company that you are working with other than on the announcement.  These are the days of co-opetition though.  You learn to get along or you’ll never make it to announcement day.

SWG Analyst Briefing: Emerging Tech Showcase

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My main assignment for the event was technology which resulted in the ETS.  It was the opportunity to show new technology from each of our area’s and the Lab’s and combine it with an opportunity to interact.  Early reviews from the analysts say it was a great success, especially because we had an open bar during the event.

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My favorite demo was the Second Life IBM 3D web experience shown here to Mary Taylor by Katharine Frase.  This was just way cool.  I’m going to get into this as there is just too much opportunity.  Not that the other demo’s weren’t great, as they were, but I got caught up in this.

Oh BTW, it was great to see many of my analyst friends and catch up.  I even got an autographed version of SOA for Dummies…..more on that next week.

SWG Analyst Briefing, 1:1's

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Steve Graham and Chris Wong was one of the 1:1 briefings I attended.  I started to notice a theme with the analysts on the subject of Software as a Service which dominated the 1:1’s I was at.  We need to define what the SaaS framework is going to be and have the competition design their work to fit into the framework. If we’re late, we have to fit into someone else’s. So we’ll either be the skeleton or the skin.
I promise that SaaS will be a big issue for us in the upcoming few months and we’ll have much to say.

For now, it was Chris jumping into the foray of IDR analyst briefings and he held his own.  My job just keeps getting better getting to work on this type of strategy planning and getting good execs to work with.