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Death, Taxes, And Vista

We have no compelling reasons to leave Server 2003 or Windows XP or Office 2002. These products meet our business needs, are stable, are paid for, don't require excessive hardware configurations, and our staff is trained and proficient in their use.

At this time we can't justify the cost or human efforts to make the upgrades a necessity in our business environment.

I would normally be looking forward to using Vista at home; however, the need to purchase a new PC or laptop just for Vista might delay my trial run for two to three years. The upgrades would be too expensive and/or difficult, if not impossible, with my old laptop and desktop now running XP. Again, cost and low need to upgrade affects my decision at home, just like at work.

Sorry, I don't feel the urge to line Microsoft's pockets with more of my hard-earned money. Buying a new PC every two, three, or four years is ridiculous. I buy a new car about every seven to eight years, and some last 10 to 14 years. I'd rather spend my money on a vacation or a new car, not a PC. --Bill

If Firefox Is Gaining On IE, Automatic Update Will Fix It

Firefox has been excellent in causing Microsoft to update its browser. The last time I used Firefox, though, I did have a lot of problems with proper rendering, so I reluctantly uninstalled it. In the meantime, I've been enjoying the improved Internet Explorer 7.

However, I do intend to give Firefox another chance after the next release. The main reason is that if people say, "Thanks for the push, Firefox. I'm going back to Microsoft now," it will discourage companies from trying to do something valuable to improve our computing experience. Without Firefox, IE wouldn't have been improved, and we'd be using the same old browser. There was no reason for Microsoft to change. So, smaller companies should be supported--not to defeat the big player, but simply to support innovation and reward the hard-working small players who wish to contribute. --MikeG

What Would You Ask Carly Fiorina?

As a former employee of HP (hired immediately after Carly, left HP immediately before Carly was fired) I'd like to hear an answer to this. How can she claim her time at HP was good (and get more than $20 million in severance) when the following happened:

  1. The stock price lost more than 70% of its value.
  2. Tens of thousands of employees were laid off, and they didn't receive multimillion-dollar severance packages. Employee morale was so low you had to dig for it. Only employees who supported Carly (very few and far between) were allowed to be interviewed for their thoughts on the Compaq acquisition.
  3. "Innovation" meant selling a Gwen Stefani-branded HP digital camera and "the Apple iPod from HP."
  4. Employees received bonuses equal to less than 0.6% of salary. This happened after we had record revenue for a quarter. However, we were told we didn't hit the magical numbers the board came up with, and the board couldn't tell us what they were because it was afraid those numbers would get out to the competition (straight out of a Dilbert cartoon). Carly and the board continued to receive their obscene bonuses, though.
  5. Ranking and raises were suspended for close to two years, providing no feedback on how people were doing in their jobs and no compensation for doing well.

Oh, yeah, one last thing: What the heck was Adaptive Enterprise? No one I worked with ever figured that one out. --Bryan

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