· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · May
· · · · 11 (3 entries)

First Skype · So I just made my first Skype cal­l, from a hall­way in Makuhari to Lauren’s cell­phone in Van­cou­ver. She was busy, so it was just “Hi, talk again later.” But it worked and it cost me €0.02, which seems pret­ty fair.
$46,213,000,000.00 · I was do­ing re­search for a Cana­di­an TV spot I was on ear­li­er this week, and I looked up the an­swer to the ques­tion: “What is IBM’s con­sult­ing revenue?” In 2004, IBM’s gross rev­enue was $96B, of which $46B was Glob­al Ser­vices, i.e. con­sult­ing. I see that ba­si­cal­ly as tes­ti­mo­ny to how our profession—the IT profession—has failed our cus­tomer­s. Noth­ing against IBM; in fac­t, as solution-providers go, my ex­pe­ri­ence is that IBM GS is pret­ty good. But if you see IBM as a mi­cro­cosm of the in­dus­try, it shouldn’t cost $46B in con­sult­ing to de­ploy $50B worth of tech­nol­o­gy. It’s not go­ing to be easy to get there, and it’s go­ing to take a long time, but we just have to fo­cus on mak­ing things sim­pler.
Tokyo Maytime · I’m here in Tokyo to at­tend the WWW2005 show. I’d thought about try­ing for a geek­s/blog­gers gath­er­ing, but I’m on­ly here briefly and the Sun Ja­pan peo­ple have set me up with a bunch of meet­ings; most­ly with peo­ple who’d like to hear about blog­ging and syn­di­ca­tion. I thought it would be eas­i­er to show than talk, so here­with some words and pic­tures about this trip to Ja­pan ...
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