Microsoft and Boeing: parallels in mergers and layoffs
Jul19

Microsoft and Boeing: parallels in mergers and layoffs

In 1998, Boeing’s stock was at a historic low and the shareholders were clamoring for Phil Condit’s head. I worked on the DCAC/MRM initiative and sat in an all-hands meeting where a Veep told us that the company existed to “enhance shareholder value.” No. Companies exist to make a product or service that will return profits if they meet demand. Monopolies — like Boeing* and, once-upon-a-time, Microsoft...

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The Best Video Ever About Journalism Today

The Three Little Pigs. Re-imagined. And which I can’t embed cuz I’m on WP.com and TheGuardian doesn’t have shortcodes. The world has changed a lot in my lifetime. I typed on an IBM selectric when I was in journalism school. Shot stills with a heavy 35mm Nikon. Used xacto knives and wax to paste up newspapers and magazines … and that was cutting edge because it was cold type! This is part of TheGuardian’s...

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My Life With Apple
Oct06

My Life With Apple

In 1984, I convinced my about-to-be (then) husband not to buy a Macintosh ($2,495/$5,440 in 2011 $). It wasn’t just because it was expensive. It wasn’t interoperable, you see, and the dairy cooperative we worked for was an IBM shop. Mainframes and IBM PCs (not clones) didn’t talk to Macs. Heck, Microsoft Word wasn’t around yet! Instead, we bought an Epson cp/m machine with 5 1/4″ floppies, a green screen...

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Thinking Portability: The Osborne 1 Is 30 Today

It was early 1984. Apple had just released the Macintosh, but IBM (and its partner/stepchild/competitor Microsoft) had jumped into the nascent personal computer market in mid-1981 with the IBM PC. However, the tried-and-true operating system (or tired-and-old, depending on your point of view) of the day was not DOS but CP/M. Somehow I convinced my then husband-to-be that we should not buy a Mac (shiny!) but an Epson CP/M computer that...

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Thinking Visually: IBM Circa 1975

I remember the pre-PowerPoint days, and the challenges of creating slide presentations: 35 mm slides created by hand and with computerized augmentation. Here’s a great presentation (wish we had the speaker notes!) ostensibly from IBM (1975). I use “great” because of color and design that feels almost modern and Zen-like (Garr Reynolds). I say “ostensibly” because the provenance is, umm, nuanced. This...

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