April 2008

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Apr

Do you really want to send that email?

Image by Pesky Library via Flickr Don’t write bad emails. Here are some examples of emails I received: “Hi, I read your web site. I want to know what class you teach. I also want hear from you answer to questions: How much your classes cost I work in South San Francisco and you to come at noon to my

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20
Apr

Make your boss look good!

Recently I have been working with several clients who all had the same problems – a difficult (incompetent?) boss. The boss was micromanaging; not really understanding what problems the teams had but making promises for solutions s/he couldn’t keep; working on new versions of an application, but without taking long term goals into consideration or thinking through the new approach

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14
Apr

Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay

Image by jackleg via Flickr Stephen J. Dubner [co-author of Freakonomics] had a contest: Write a six-word motto for the U.S! The winning motto was: Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay (194 votes) The runners-up were: Caution! Experiment in Progress Since 1776 (134) The Most Gentle Empire So Far (64) votes You Should See the Other Guy (38) Just Like

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3
Apr

Rush for H1-B Visas for 2008 – are there enough? We need these foreign professionals!

Image from Wikipedia The 2 tech greats Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT) are trying to make Congress understand that they need to increase the amount of foreign skilled workers they let into the country under the H1-B Visa. [Source:http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_8726242.htm] Once more applications for the H1-B lottery are going out next Tuesday and last year, the quota was filled on the first

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