IT Horror Stories Episode I

IT Horror Stories Episode I
The IT horror story you’re about to read is true.
Only the names were changed to protect the innocent.

The Banker and Larry Ellison

Typical Call Center

Typical call center. Not the one at where I worked, but so generic as to be interchangeable.

I worked for a credit card-issuer based in South Dakota. This was a larger business than it sounds. I occasionally heard the weekly net bandied about. It was at that point I realized that there are businesses so profitable and with a clientele so locked-in that they don’t need to care about burning money on IT nor anything else.

It was a privately-held company, and the President was fabulously wealthy. He’d hob-nob all over the country, and this occasionally put him in company of IT industry leaders.

Larry Ellison: NSA Collaborator

Larry Ellison: NSA Collaborator and Tony Stark wannabe.

Enter Larry Ellison.

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So You Want To Fix IT

So You Want To Fix IT
Every IT Worker Ever

This is every IT worker ever.

I’ve been reading articles lately that are aimed at executives.  I’m shocked — shocked! — to discover that IT personnel are have a tendency to burn out.  I know that I did, some eight or ten years ago.  After 30 years in the game, man and boy, I couldn’t stand it any more.

I’m still in IT.  However, I make certain demands of my hours on which I will no longer compromise.  As one might expect in a highly-competitive field like IT, this makes me nearly unemployable.

Most articles are aimed at executives.  All play a game of softball, alluding to but never really telling the truth.

They don’t call me “The Jackelope Of Truth” for nothing.

I’m here to tell managers and executives exactly how it is.  I will mince no words, because the situation is far too dire for that.

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Dixonianism

Dixonianism
(With apologies to James Dixon, wherever he may be.)

I suppose I need to write this for the Dixonians out there, as I expect you to come out of the woodwork in short order.  I dislike typing the same thing over and over, so here’s a blanket statement to Dixonians:

I don’t engage in online tomfoolery.  Over a quarter-century ago, I learned the futility of it.  You see, I knew James Dixon.  If you want to know the details of Dixon’s infamy, I point you to his section in my professional Web site’s The Hall Of Forgotten Fanac.

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A New Nazca

A New Nazca
Life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, US. They live behind a wall.

Life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, US. They live behind a wall.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, U.S. is nothing less than a national disgrace.

Since being walled-off from the only source of economic progress, the Pine Ridge is consistently ranked the number one slum in U.S.  In years it’s not number one, it’s never lower than number four.

Pictures don’t do it justice.  I certainly can’t conceive of that level of poverty and am grateful that I can’t.

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A Wall Is A Terrible Idea

A Wall Is A Terrible Idea

A Great Wall Of America is technically impossible and utterly irrelevant. Worse, it would forever mar North America, leading to poverty and stagnation.

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Gun Control Kills

What would have happened on 9/11 if this were truly the Land Of the Free.

What would have happened on 9/11 if this were truly the Land Of the Free.

For sixteen long years, libertarians have maintained that 9/11 would not have occurred if individuals weren’t Unconstitutionally denied their right to protect themselves.

Even if there were only one armed individual on each aircraft, they’d stand a good chance of killing a terrorist. The terrorist would be facing an unknown enemy from an unknown direction. Eventually the shooter would bring him down.

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