· 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 <a href='http://www.ibm.com/annualreport/2004/annual/cfs_earnings.shtml'>looked up</a> 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 <a href='http://www.www2005.org/'>WWW2005 show</a>. 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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