I'm seeing this happen at my company right now. In fact, I turned in my notice today after getting an offer from a startup. Back in November, we laid off 5% of the "dead weight" or those who had scored low on their annual reviews. The thing is, we really didn't have much dead weight, and the distribution to determine the five percent was very forced. Basically, management said thou shalt cut 5% of your engineering staff for each and every department. Since then, we've lost three device engineers, half the layout staff, and one of our principal engineers was spotted running around the parking garage making suspicious phone calls. I'm getting out before I piss someone off and land on the "refresh" list.When I've seen layoffs good people often do depart because being in a company, never knowing if you're next to clean desk, is very stressful. Some simply don't wait for the severence, but proactively find somewhere else to go. It's all part of the risk that the company may lose a keystone employee here or there.
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For my thirtieth birthday, I decided that I really wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle. I've really wanted to do this since I was sixteen, but it's languished on my list of things I've never gotten to until a few months ago.
Okay, I'm frustrated. Last night, I took a lady out to dinner. (this was our third time out.) We had a good time, enjoyed the meal together, and then went for dessert and coffee at a different restaraunt.
I went to Halcyon,a little coffee shop in Downtown Austin, last week; and it looked like I'd walked into an Apple commercial. I counted three iBooks and four PowerBooks (including my own.) There was one guy there with a Dell, and it was the only PC in the room.
Went in for early voting here in Austin yesterday after work. As of now, I'm turning off the TV, and will not be turning it on again until after the election.
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I had a decidedly 21st century experience watching last night's debate. I spent the entire debate with a notebook computer in my lap, IMing over Yahoo Instant Messenger with a friend in Fort Worth. We had a running commentary going for the entire thing.
Okay, just a few things to add to the Mac diary. The system is working great, and I'm hooked on iTunes. I don't see any reason to buy CDs anymore. I also got an iPod to go with the computer so I can take my music to the office. We are absolutely forbidden from walking in with our own computers. This has led to some interesting issues, like how to get the PowerPoint slides I put together on the airplane a couple of weeks ago into the office to do my presentation. (I burned the file to CD
I'm starting to get used to using Mac OS X for day-to-day business. In the last two weeks, I've adapted iPhoto as my key tool for importing and organizing images from my camera. I've bought my first album on iTunes.
I got home from the Office about 6, after stopping at Comp USA to get a bag for the new PowerBook. I gently worked my way through the packaging, and unbundled the new machine. After plugging it in on my dining room table, I made a cursory inspection of the documentation. Nothing too complex.
Okay, I placed my order with Mac Connection last night after dinner. I opted for overnight figuring I'd receive it Monday. I got an email this morning with package tracking number this morning around 8. On checking, I discovered that they already had it on a truck in Austin. Apparently, their state to state transport is being handled by either Superman or Mr. Scott.