When
· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · December
· · · · 22 (4 entries)

Nice Christmas · Good year-end here at work. They won’t let me name names be­cause that will screw up the carefully-crafted press re­leas­es for the new year, but in these dy­ing days of 2003: First, we signed and launched a supply-chain de­ploy­ment at a big home-hardware com­pa­ny down East. Plus, even bet­ter, we signed up a part­ner­ship with a re­al­ly re­al­ly in­ter­est­ing solution-provider fo­cus­ing on the the US Feds — smart peo­ple. Plus, best of al­l, we’ve nailed down an OEM-flavored deal with a ter­rif­ic procurement-management com­pa­ny and our guys are work­ing on like dozens of their ex­ist­ing cus­tomers and prospects — that’s a fiendish­ly com­pet­i­tive space and bring­ing a bet­ter us­er in­ter­face to mar­ket is go­ing to work out very nice­ly for us and them. There’s nev­er been an easy soft­ware star­tup, but when the wheels are grip­ping, it’s pret­ty damn ex­cit­ing.
 
Aussie Cluefulness · We’re tak­ing a va­ca­tion to Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary. You can’t just hop on a plane, you have to get a visa. This used to mean, if you were in a big city with a con­sulate, go­ing down there with a pic­ture and spend­ing time wait­ing, or if you were away from such a city, mail­ing them your pass­port. So last night, Lau­ren sug­gest­ed check­ing their on­line pres­ence, and what do you know, it’s ex­cel­len­t. You can get a year’s visa for A$20 by giv­ing them your pass­port num­ber and a few ba­sic vi­tal statis­tic­s, and the whole thing takes maybe five min­utes. Good on ya, Aussies!
 
Something Stinks · This morn­ing, my news ag­gre­ga­tor served up this innocuous-looking piece from In­foworld (take a mo­ment and check it out) which I read and sud­den­ly found my­self an­gry. The anger is be­cause what this ar­ti­cle de­scribes as “what looks more and more like the way of the future” strikes me as more or less like com­plete bull­shit. De­tails fol­low ...
 
Orchard Online · I note that with the ar­rival of Dave Or­chard, one-third of the TAG is now in blogspace. Dave writes big long pieces (like me) but jams the whole nar­ra­tive right in­to the blog, none of this wimpy ex­cerp­t/teas­er stuff; I’ll have to watch and see how that plays out. He mix­es his ma­te­ri­al up; if what’s on top doesn’t turn your crank, scroll way down.
 
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