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Comment Re: The first to quit are the good ones (Score 1) 298

This doesn't work.

Generally, the good employees who actually deliver are usually the first to feel that this level of micromanagement is unacceptable, and they will leave for a company that doesn't do it. And the bad employees start actively making shit up or massively inflating their numbers in order to make it look like they're busier than they really are.

And then there are the good smartasses who figure out that they can write a two-point bullet list every week that says "1. Doing what you hired me to do: 39 Hours. 2. Filling out this report: 1 Hour." This ALSO encourages people to work EXACTLY 40 hours and no more. Believe me, I've seen it many times.

The right way to manage a remote team is to have easily defined metrics that are averaged over a month or more... not a week. Coders for example will have some dynamite days or weeks, and other times spent days just spinning on one problem. However, when averaged over a decent period of time they show actual value to the company. And the onus is upon the manager to... you know... manage. Instead of just filling out an Excel spreadsheet once a week for your upper management you can take the time to look at the metrics to identify where someone might be having a problem and actually then approach them to see if they need assistance. This method of management is sorely lacking in much of Corporate America because quite frankly it requires work on the part of the mid-manager... said mid-manager probably just wants to have something once a week that can be copy-pasted into an Excel spreadsheet.

I'll say that I manage a remote team and my team consistently exceeds its target quarter over quarter. My team spans most of the MidWest. If I asked for these kinds of reports then I know of at least two of my team members who would either go to another group or quit the company entirely in a heartbeat... and these two just happen to be two of my highest producers.

If you have to micromanage like you have shown here, then you're a shit manager who doesn't know how to hire properly or manage a team and you should be fired.

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 1) 298

This is however really the most demented way to do it, because only those that are good at what they do (and hence have other prospects) will leave. The ones staying will include all that have no prospects. Do this several times and you may as well close down the department and re-start from scratch.


You actually nailed it on the head. Once the department is full of the mid-tier and low-tier employees and all the good ones have departed, IBM (or other large company) can turn around to lobby the government for more H1-B's because they "... can't hire good people in the USA". Then at some point they outsource the entire department to India. Rinse and repeat with the next department they want to offshore.

Comment Re:HPES pulled the same stunt (Score 1) 298

Anyone who was still at HP after Carly Fiorina pretty much deserved what they got because the cancer was already terminal after that. Meg Whitman was pretty much just continuing the same policies.

Not trying to slam... it's just the writing was on the wall after Carly. HP was sick and staggering; the good people had already left or were just working out the rest of their tenure before retirement. The management had no clear direction or even idea how to get the company back on its feet. Meg Whitman came in and pandered to the shareholders and has done little in my opinion that really has a lot of hope of saving the company. The company has split at a time when synergies between the two companies should have been strongest... that step in and of itself speaks volumes to how disconnected they are from business realities today. HPe and what's left of HPeS will continue to stagger along while HPQ will probably do a Lenovo and end up traded off to some Chinese sweat-shop builder.

In fairness I never worked for HP, but did work for a number of MSP's and VARs so I know a LOT of people who were at HP. I know very few people who still are. I saw IBM do the same thing about 10 years ahead of HP... I am not sure why HP thought following IBM's lead was a good idea.

Still, your last comment has some valid points; companies that rest on their laurels do not survive... particularly in IT. They need to be disruptive by their very nature, and few large companies seem to have an ability to do that. Thankfully, there are a few left who look like they might survive the long haul.

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 4, Informative) 298

Depends how you swing it. I've moved a few times in my career and each time I've retained my property in my previous location as a rental property. Even turning over management of those properties to property management companies still nets me a small net profit every month, and meanwhile someone else is paying my mortgages and I am building equity.

Yes, I have occasional large expenses like the furnace going out in one of my properties last week... but because I put all of my net profit into a single account and retain for just these kinds of expenses I still know I'm making money on the entire portfolio.

No, it's not enough that I can quit my job... but if I were to liquidate all of my properties tomorrow I'd have enough cash to live on for a couple of years and still maintain my current standard of living.

A house can be an investment if you're creative.

Comment Re:Changing jobs increases wealth (Score 1) 148

"institutional memory"

Massively underrated IME. Luckily we have a few lifers here but i've lost count of the number of times we have had no idea why something is the way it is or some subtle wrinkle that's non obvious in how something gets processed. People that have years and years of experience often fill in gaps that would otherwise cause big problems.

Comment Let me get this straight (Score 1) 138

So let me get this straight, in order to show competing platforms they put it up against a 22 core E5-2699A but then hobbled the Xeon with both LESS RAM and SLOWER RAM? Um... that's not really a very fair comparison now, is it?

Don't get me wrong, I like AMD as much as the next guy and I am very interested in probably making my next home-server build a Ryzen with ECC... but at least compete on a level playing field. The E5-2699A supports DDR4-2400 as well but instead they decided to hobble it with DDR4-1866??? Seriously? That's cheating and really sours me on AMD right now.

Comment Re:Celeron? (Score 2) 157

I just want to add that I agree wholeheartedly with you. I run a Celeron N3150 as a PFSense firewall... seriously overkill for that job, but it runs fanless and just plugs happily away day after day without a hitch. It does get somewhat toasty at times when there's a lot going on (I run Snort and various other services on the box so it can get up there sometimes) but even at high temps it seems to be really stable and usable.

I did put Linux on it at first and had the Ubuntu desktop running on it... very slick and fast with 8GB of RAM. Definitely no slouch of a machine.

Comment Re:MS Surface has been on my mind lately... (Score 1) 293

I know I'm late to the party, but your statement that Windows has always been an exercise is frustration is most certainly true for you, but not everyone. For me, the last couple of iterations of MacOS before I sold my 15" MBP about a year ago were more of an exercise in frustration than Windows 10 has been.

Yeah, I'd have loved to use Linux as my primary OS but I was limited in what I could accomplish and limited in the hardware I could buy. I had certain things I wanted to accomplish with my new laptop ecosystem and Linux literally didn't have the hardware support at the time to do it. Yeah, it does now... but I would still find Linux intensely limiting due to my use cases today. And quite frankly the hardware support is still lagging far enough behind that it renders itself irrelevant to me pretty quickly.

Privacy concerns? I personally don't care. The metadata collection that Microsoft does is something I don't really give a monkeys about so long as I can get my work done in a simple and effective manner. Yeah, I do some blocking with PFBlocker on my firewall because why the hell not? Just because I don't mind the metadata collection, doesn't mean I'm going to make it easy for Microsoft. And unfortunately that doesn't help when my laptop leaves my house... but that's infrequent enough that I don't care.

I'm not a Microsoft shill, but neither do I care much about the operating system I run any more. I have very little software that's Windows-specific just as I had relatively little software that was Mac specific. I'm more concerned that the hardware I run is capable of working with me and helping me do my work and once I wrote up a list of hardware I wanted in my latest iteration, listed out the capabilities that I wanted and so on neither Mac OS nor Linux were an option for me. Like it or not, leading (or bleeding) edge hardware has never been either Apple's or Linux' strong suits. And there are some people who actually need that hardware.

For the record too, my transition into using Windows 10 was easy, and continues to be easy. My computer is really reliable and has had zero issues even considering I did an upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 (8.1 was the OS of choice when I got my current hardware). Usually I'd expect issues but I had surprisingly few. I had to uninstall a couple of pieces of software due to compatibility issues, but I didn't miss them either.

Comment Old idea (Score 1) 278

I had a book as kid that was published in the very late 60's or early 70's that was all about The Future. It covered a pretty broad base and by and large is panning out nicely - big flat screen TVs, working from home, automating medical analysis etc. On farming, it had robot vehicles being computer controlled with the 'farmer' sitting in front of a bank of screens monitoring it all.

Comment Re:Posted from a Thinkpad (Score 1) 535

Well.. not until now... no...

That's awesome. I'm glad Windows caught up finally. How about Linux, was I at least right about that part?

Nope. Linux has had multi-touch and gesture support at least as long as Windows and perhaps longer. I will concede here that Apple were first to market here, but they haven't really done anything terribly interesting with the technology since.

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