Rantz
Monday, June 13, 2005
 
Product activation: Feh!
Adobe flaw puts PCs at risk | Tech News on ZDNet

Geez, as if we don't have enough reason to hate the idiocy that is product activation, here's one more. Seems as if the product activation code for some recent Adobe products puts your computer at risk.

Sigh.

Product activation adds bloat. Product activation adds code that has nothing to do with users getting their work (or play) done. Product activation inhibits the user experience. And now product activation can actually allow damage to your computer. When are the executives and product managers ever going to learn that product activation does absolutely nothing for their users and can only alienate them?

Yes, yes, I know the arguments. Stemming piracy and all that. But the fact of the matter is twofold:

The people who steal software have always been and will continue to be far, far outnumbered by the people who pay for software.

The people who steal software will always find ways around copy protection product activation, and other schemes. Always.

Product activation is a corporate false sense of security, a feel-good measure that probably has a negative effect on a company's bottom line (except for companies with monopolies or near-monopolies in the space). Rather than suffer with the onerous effect of product activation, many users look for equally competent products that fail to make their users suffer so. As a result, companies lose an uncounted amount of legitimate business, likely much more than they may pose to piracy.

It's time for companies to stop making users suffer (at least, no more than they already to by pushing not-ready products to market). It's time to put a stop to product activation once and for all.


Friday, April 22, 2005
 
Study: Outsourcing falls from favor | Tech News on ZDNet
Study: Outsourcing falls from favor | Tech News on ZDNet

My first thought when I was reading these finding was: "Well, duh."

And me without an MBA, one who works hard in the trenches and has done so for years (when given the opportunity to do so).

A huge failure of outsourcing is that the people doing the work no longer care, care about the company, care about the product, care about long-term success. At least, nowhere near the way an employee does.

I'm involved in profession-related online communities. In recent years, requests have been posted to those communities, seemingly from folks who have taken on outsourced gigs and who have apparently promised competence, asking expert community members for core competency information. These outsource resources seem to have sold corporations looking for ways to manage their bottom line and enhance stockholder value a bill of goods.

The results of this research seems to show just how shortsighted and blindered outsourcing decisions are.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
 
Karaoke Machines Recalled Over Lead Paint
Karaoke Machines Recalled Over Lead Paint (Note: This link may add a pop-up or pop-under window if you don't have a pop-up blocker or a good browser, such as Firefox.)

First of all, that these machines were sold at WalMart may just say it all....

That said, my first thought when reading this was that once recalled, these karaoke machines shouldn't be returned to their users. Allowing 220,000 families (220,000!!!) to be free from the scourge of karaoke is a blessing in disguise.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
 
Weasels! (NHL Cancels Season Over Labor Dispute)
Yahoo! News - NHL Cancels Season Over Labor Dispute

Not that I'm as big a hockey fan as some frinds of mine. But this is just silly. And the parties in charge have been weaseling their way thourgh the past week, tantalizing us with the possibility that we might have some hockey this season. But the "deadlines" kept getting pushed back, and back, and back.....


A pox on all their houses.


Sunday, February 08, 2004
 

Quotable Campaign


Being a homer (I still root for the Red Sox, for example), I favored John Kerry early on until a very intelligent former governor of a northern New England state entered the race (or am I confusing real life with "The West Wing." But Kerry has to have the quote of the campaign so far:

"Like father, like son: One term and you're done."
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
 

Marriage


"The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal."

This quote from the Massachusetts Supreme Court--my home state--states simply a fundamental, indisputable American value.
Thursday, January 29, 2004
 

I'm here!


That's what I just want to scream. Scream!

There's this little pragmatic voice inside of me, a consoling voice, that says I'm just one of at least 2.5 million more of us in the U.S. than there were 3 years ago. 2.5 million more unemployed. At least.

How statistics lie.

There's another little voice, one of perspective, that says others are in much worse predicaments. That families, too many families, don't even have a home, a arm bed to sleep in, a cupboard with food in it.

How rationalizations lie.

Face it, it's personal. And not pretty.

I want to scream. I want to scream at the HR gatekeepers. And I realized today that I want to scream not only that "I'm here!," but that "I'm better!"

Yeah, that's right. I haven't stopped to think if it's arrogance or confidence. All I know is that there's a doggone good chance that I'm better than whoever you're considering for that job.

You know, I don't even apply for jobs that I don't believe I'm a good match for. I don't want to waste your time, your Inbox space. I know you're busy.

I also know that at first glance my resume may throw up some red flags. Too many jobs. And I'll be the first one to admit that I've not always made the best choices when it came to taking jobs. On occasion, things didn't work out. But much more often, when I needed work, what was available was contract/consulting gigs. And I had to eat. And pay rent.

YOu want to hold that against me, even though I've had positions where I've worked on several versions of a product, where I've made a "home," as it were.

But some of those different jobs have given me something that most of your other candidates don't have: a huge variety of skills and knowledge.

And then there's the fact that I can flat-out write. Write rings around the competition. I know the words and I know how to use them. I'm not just good, I'm better.

Yeah, that's what I want to shout from the rooftops. Not that it'd do any good for the shouting, but it's hard to deny the truth of either the words or the feeling. I just know that there's a good chance that I'm better than who you've decided worthy of that interview.

Heck, I was turned down for a job recently because I was "overqualified." If you want your writing better, you want me. If you want someone who knows his way around technology, you want me.

I'm just better.

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