POLITICAL: Back to Clinton era spending levels

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/thoughts-on-the-boehner-plan

Thoughts on the Boehner Plan
Posted by Tad DeHaven

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Under the Congressional Budget Office’s optimistic spending baseline, the federal government will spend $46 trillion over the next ten years. Obviously, reducing spending by $1.2 trillion oven ten years is relatively small.

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I stand with the Tea Party, as expressed by Michelle “Migraine” Bachman, “Never vote for raising the debt ceiling”.

We need to roll back to Clinton era spending levels.

Clinton may have been a sex addict, but he did do OK economically. Not because he wanted to, but it worked out OK for the USA.

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TECHNOLOGY: The “cloud” can disappear in a heartbeat

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Frugal aka frugal_squirrel to reinkefj

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The Fiction Forum has been closed and will not be reopening.

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Argh!

This was my first real forum where I posted my original writings. Got good feedback and encouragement. Read interesting stuff.

Gone.

In a flash.

All the bits just vaporized. Lost connections. Lost ideas. Lost a collective “soul”.

CEOs, CIOs, CTO, and Users best take this to heart. When you cast your bits into the “cloud”, they may NOT be coming back. Better include that in your plans.

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RANT: Stuart on Dunkin Doughnuts’ IPO

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

http://www.foxbusiness.com/index.html

FBN’s Stuart Varney got excited this morning about Dunkin Donuts’ IPO.

Played the old commercial.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt),

(1) They don’t make donuts in their stores now. Hence they ain’t fresh and they ain’t always available.

(2) Their coffee stinks.

Argh!

And, there is no way to give them real time feedback.

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TECHNOLOGY: “Human Resouce” problems on both sides of the fence

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/071811-10-hard-truths-it-must.html?page=4

10 hard truths IT must learn to accept
Unsanctioned devices, compromised networks, downtime — today’s IT is all about embracing imperfections
By Dan Tynan, InfoWorld
July 18, 2011 06:08 AM ET

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IT concession No. 6: You will never have enough hands on deck. IT departments often want a fairer shake when it comes to outsourcing and head count reductions, but they’re not likely to get it, says Meikle.

Because the tech outsourcing industry is much more mature than, say, legal services or HR outsourcing, IT is often the first to suffer when corporate bloodletting occurs. That’s not likely to change.

The solution to IT manpower problems, says Meikle, is to take advantage of third-party outsourcers and integrate with them as much as possible. The bodies are still available; they’re just not under your own roof anymore.

Also, says Meikle, be sure look out for No. 1. Keep your tech chops current with an eye on the next job before the current one evaporates.

“IT pros need to understand they work for themselves first, the organization second,” he says. “They need to continue developing their network and contacts, marketing themselves, and developing a personal brand even when they are employed. Like it or not, IT pros may have to pony up some dough personally to pay for their education and marketability, but that will pay dividends when the chips are down.”

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I see several facets in this item. None good for folks stuck in the old memes!

1. Corporations are going to need help. Regardless of their plans for HR.

2. Employees must recognize that they are “consultants”. Very expensive and very expendable.

3. Technology obsolescence will quickly and silently hit corporations and individuals.

Make plans accordingly.

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