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Monday, May 05, 2008

Yahoo! drives! another! nail! in! its! coffin!

So, Yahoo! has rejected Microsoft's last offer of $33/share, saying it won't accept anything less than $37/share for the company. The last time Yahoo! stock was $37/share was January 2006. It's dropped over $4/share so far today while Microsoft's stock has risen, and there are at least 7 lawsuits in the works from Yahoo! shareholders over the Microsoft rejection. I think this is a case of a company's founder having far too much pride and ego to think rationally about it's future, a future that is growing cloudier every day.

So, Jerry Yang and his cohorts have rejected what is probably going to be the best offer for the company. Congratulations, Yahoo! You've succeeded in driving another nail into your coffin.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Rant about people saying America needs to "change"

This was a post I made earlier today on a message forum, in response to several people who were advocating limiting oil company profits. A few people commended the post, asking permission to re-post it in other forums. I was humbled by this, and did give permission. But here's the post in its entirety.


If they start limiting the profits of BIGEVILOIL companies, it's going to be a domino effect - they won't stop there. I'm convinced that those who advocate such policies have an intense desire to see America turned into a bigger version of Europe or the USSR. Once America crumbles, what then?

Change? You think we need change in America? You damn right we do - change back to the way things used to be done, before the Democrats started their Robin Hood campaign to take from the "rich" and give to the "poor", before the mid-60's/early 70's "peace/love/tolerance" garbage. The seeds were planted back then, and they're starting to really see them growing and producing fruit now. Just look at the results - an American society whose moral fiber has eroded to nothing. An American society who thinks it's perfectly justified to steal from one and give to another in the name of "fairness". An American society that takes no responsibility for its actions yet needs and, worse, EXPECTS government to bail it out when it does something stupid. An American educational system that seeks to indoctrinate more and more youth to their way of "thinking". How well has it worked? Great for them, just look at all the minions they have, spouting off how things "aren't fair", and using terms like "greater good" and "social justice". Johnson started the "War on Poverty" in the late 60's. What has it accomplished? NOTHING. The "poor" continue down their path because of the choices they make, in most cases. You choose your own path - make sure it's a good one.

To those who think America is "unfair" and needs changing, I say "*&^*$&^%" [interpret as you will]. I work hard, I reap the benefits. You have no right to the income that MY labor produced. I'll support the government in it's Constitutional efforts to keep our borders and people safe. The governments powers were limited for a reason - to prevent EXACTLY what the government has become today - a monetary feeding trough for anyone who wants it.

James Madison, the acknowledge Father of the Constitution, said, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions."

Monday, March 03, 2008

Time flies....

Time flies when you don't pay attention to your blog. :) It's been a year, I figure it's time to update this puppy.

I'm with a different company now, having been terminated by my former employer for "not meeting my billable revenue target" and "not improving consulting skills to a level we think is appropriate". All talk and no action, that was their treatment of me. Talk about having a problem with me, but do nothing to help. The billable revenue target was garbage also - I'm not responsible for selling my services, the Sales team is/was. My opinion of my Practice Lead is, shall we say, somewhat derogatory and it was that way for many months prior to my departure. The guy has no clue, no leadership skills, and no communication skills. My departure was their loss, not mine - I'm working and making more than I was there, so I can't complain. I received an astounding amount of well-wishes from people within the company after I was let go, and I was humbled to know I had a positive relationship with so many people.

What else....

Exchange 2007 SP1 is out! I expect this to spur adoption of the Exchange 2007 platform, which is sad because Exchange 2007 RTM was a solid product out of the gate. Not perfect, but still really good. I hope to help companies roll this out in the coming months.

Vista SP1 is out! But.... it's not available to the unwashed masses yet. You need to be an MSDN or TechNet Plus subscriber to get it right now. GA is estimated as later this month. I did some beta testing with this and it definitely makes the Vista experience better, especially with file copying.

Windows Server 2008 is RTM! I think this is going to be something between revolutionary and evolutionary. Microsoft finally stripped the OS down to it's core components and let admins add in what they need. And I'm excited to be able to play with Hyper-V someday! I'm somewhat versed in VMware's ESX Server, so I'm naturally curious about a competing product and how they stack up to one another.

Shameless plug - see Kevin Remde's blog (the link is listed on the right column) for a code to get $100 off of a TechNet Plus subsccription. The code is good thru May 2008, I believe.

That's it for now. Have a good one... if anyone reads this. :)