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Were you an Amiga fan? I was. Heck, I was involved in a local users group, wrote a lot of code, and even, well, invented the ".advocacy" concept, that started comp.sys.amiga.advocacy and all the .advocacy groups that followed on.

The Amiga is back... sort of. AmigaOS 4.0 is shipping for PowerPC chip. I don't see many advantages over just buying a Mac, but reading the Ars Technica article sure brought back memories.

Anyone reading this have direct experience with OS4? I'd love to hear from you.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli

Doc Searls's pointed me to Waters magazine's "CIO Of The Year" article about JP Rangaswami. I'm very impressed by this guy. In particular two quotes that really hit home for me:

But has IT become a utility, as a controversial article argued last May in the Harvard Business Review? "Absolutely not," says Rangaswami. In order for technology to become a utility, he says, it has to reach a level of standardization, which it has failed to do. Furthermore, while certain aspects of IT have reached a point of commoditization and "could be a utility, the industry should be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water," he says. Technology can still provide a distinct advantage

But what about outsourcing, which has become Wall Street's cost-saving darling? Isn't this one way banks can rid themselves of routine tasks? Rangaswami warns investment firms of the seduction of supposed cost savings. "What I lose with offshoring is far more than I gain," he says of DrKW's own experience, which was "focused on the war for talent rather than wage arbitrage. With outsourcing I may reduce the core execution cost but I pay for it by increased coordination and training costs." DrKW found in some cases that the local offshoring staff had to be spoon fed and that the typical attrition rates of 40 to 50 percent meant they were often training staff to ultimately benefit others.


Rangaswami also urges firms who do embark on outsourcing contracts to "clean up their garbage first," rather than dumping it onto the vendor, who will most likely charge a considerable premium for the cleansing.

I wish I had said that!

Which reminds me, a theater reviewer in Chicago wrote his 2004 summery of the exclamations he wanted to scream during various performances. He listed that he wanted to yell, I wish I'd said that during my sister's adaptation of Strong Poison. You go, girl!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli

Corporate Blogging

I'm really interested in the concept of CEOs, CTOs, and other high-level people blogging. Even though much of what they say is biased (duh! they ain't posting for their own entertainment!) at least it's well-labeled as biased. Sun's Jonathan Schwartz has a blog and I found this article quite interesting. Though, I find it much more fun to read what their liasian to the gaming industry says about his Christmas wishlist, and comments about recent movies he's read.

I don't do "new years predictions" articles but I do think corporate blogging is going to be big.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli

Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard Shortcuts
Then click on the bottom checkbox.

TAB now moves between checkboxes, buttons, and so on.

I can't believe that isn't the default. What were they thinking?

(This announcement was brought to you by Unix Wonks That Now Use Macintoshes)

Posted by Tom Limoncelli