You forgot to mention the reply where he admitted to committing genocide too.
" Another man, who spoke to journalists but chose to remain anonymous to prevent further harassment, says he was stopped more than 25 times by police under a variety of pretences after he had attended a peaceful local protest against duck and pheasant shooting. He finally made a formal complaint after police armed with machine guns pulled him over during an evening out with his wife."
Apart from the invasion of privacy, what a complete waste of resources, maybe some budgets need to be reduced in order to cut down on waste.
Don't forget to include the opportunity cost of the current setup. People not working on projects that might lead to business outcomes that enhance the bottom line etc
You also might want to consider shifting anything that doesn't add to the bottom line out the door, for example use O365 instead of local Exchange as that will mean less person hours spent on a commodity service rather than something that differentiates the company in the marketplace.
He's the CEO and it's his call, however he's going to wake up to the realities of not planning for something breaking down when it happens. Modern technology is great but doesn't have an infinite life span just yet.
Get the person next up in the chain of command to sign off the risk, then they pass it up the chain of command and so on and eventually you get the money you want.
Works every time as no one wants the responsibility.
Germany seem to be on the path to avoiding both.
Its a bad news as the nuclear power is most eco friendly
Really? I thought the waste products were a bit messy and expensive to contain until they decay.
I don't just use the Internet. There is a polarisation here between (shall we say) people who are organised and people who are not. I know where my stuff is, in organised directories, but MS seems to assume that everyone is disorganised and needs to search. We organised people find that insulting and patronising.
The ability to create hierarchical file structures is still in Windows 8, however its a good point, I tend to work collaborative with lots of different people and finding something in someone else's file structure I find a real pain, hence would rather have a good search. Doesn't mean either of us are wrong, just different.
For your other points, I tend to use OSX for work and Windows 8 for play i.e. FSX, Electronics (IDE etc) so maybe that is why I don't mind metro as there is always a desktop to fall back on.
Different UI metaphor's are good though as what is good for one person may not be for another, is the up and coming generation going to be more familiar with how their smart phones work or a work desktop environment? What's important is the realisation that one size does not fit all.
I'm not trying to convince anyone but just stating my own opinion which doesn't have to be mainstream.
Reading through the comments there isn't too much disagreement about the underlying OS its with Metro.
I first used a computer back in 1981 and seen and used a lot of UIs over the years as well as using different UIs over different systems at the same time, hence I don't tend to invest effort in learning the ins and outs. On a desktop machine without a touchscreen I flip between desktop and metro and am fine with search to find something as that's how I find things on the Internet. My typing speed isn't so bad having used all those CLIs over the years.
Metro with a touchscreen works and in fact for my three year old she finds it awkward that my 2010 Mac Book Pro doesn't have a screen that responds to touch and what's this mouse thing on my Windows 8 desktop. Is Metro perfect, no, but at least its a start to move away from a desktop metaphor that was introduced way back when, in a world dominated by mobiles / browsers is the desktop metaphor still relavant?
My intention was to start a debate as I know my opinion about Windows 8 isn't mainstream.
As someone who is doing this activity right now I 100% agree. These days you have to know your IT costs as if you were running it as your own business. For our activity our starting point was if the company was starting tomorrow, how would we do things and working back from there.
This also helps with the IT shop changing the mentality of having to provision all the IT instead of say cloud services for commodity services etc. As the OP said, phrasing IT spend in terms of commercial outcome will help with your case and no doubt you'll find that actually there are a number of areas where the world has moved on and you can do things better and or cheaper.
An example quoted in the original question was clusters used for computations, do they need to be kit that is housed in a company data centre, what about using Amazon Web Service clusters to do these computations? It may not be the right decision but its worth a look as there are a number of case studies where cloud IAAS can provided massive burst capability over a short time scale for tiny amounts of money.