Looking the part

Siobhan Thompson writes on Twitter: Diversity hiring is scary because it makes people realize that part of why they got their job is because they look like the idea of that job — Siobhan Thompson (@vornietom) October 21, 2015 This is something I’ve been aware of for a long time. Last time I found myself unemployed in a new city, I went and spent time sitting outside some offices when everyone went to get lunch.

Nice “work” if you can get it

Total current budget for Maine nuclear inspectorate: $276,000/year. Number of employees: 2. Salaries: $71,000/year for nuclear safety inspector, $76,000/year for his advisor. Year when safety inspector job was supposedly eliminated: 2005. Total nuclear facilities in Maine: 0. [source ] Salary of Clerk of Court in Pasco, Florida: $136,576. Number of days you have to fail to bother to turn up in order to be sackable: 44. Resulting number of days of work required per annum: 8.

i c

I just learned that IBM has renamed OS/400 again. It was called i5/OS last year, but this year they renamed it… i Yes, the letter ‘i’ in lower-case. IBM i. Fabulous! That’s going to be really great for searching for information, isn’t it? Hardly any web pages contain the letter ‘i’ on its own, or sentence bridges like “…I downloaded the patch from IBM. I then…” It’ll work especially well in IBM Lotus Notes, where searches are case-insensitive and punctuation-insensitive unless you reindex the entire database with non-default settings.

Good news for slackers

AP reports: Saying surfing the web is equivalent to reading a newspaper or talking on the phone, an administrative law judge has suggested that only a reprimand is appropriate as punishment for a city worker accused of failing to heed warnings to stay off the Internet. In his decision, Spooner wrote: “It should be observed that the Internet has become the modern equivalent of a telephone or a daily newspaper, providing a combination of communication and information that most employees use as frequently in their personal lives as for their work.

Work

As far as work goes, today was a change of pace, as I was asked to travel to Virginia to give a presentation to a bunch of sales account managers. These are the guys who handle the big customer accounts and keep the million dollar deals flowing, and the company needs to make sure they know everything there is to know about Lotus software… so I was asked to go tell them where they can find everything there is to know about Lotus software.

IBM layoffs

Last week’s layoffs are now public news. I was a zombie on Thursday afternoon, and I don’t remember too much of Friday. I’m hoping to make a fresh start on Monday.

Personal reviews

I had an interesting 1-on-1 meeting with my manager yesterday. It turned out to be a personal review… for her. She asked me to tell her what she was doing wrong, what I found annoying about her, and so on. Obviously, that kind of situation is most people’s worst nightmare. What they hear is “I’ve got this guillotine set up, and I’ve invited you to this meeting so you can lay your head down and try it out, to see if it’s comfortable.

Computing in bed

I’m lying in bed beneath a soft flannel-covered duvet, with the ThinkPad from work. I’m using it as a VNC terminal to operate the iMac in the other room. It’s not as good as actually having an iBook, but it’ll have to do. I notice Quartz/Aqua compresses pretty badly… JPEG artifacts everywhere. It’s usable, though, and it beats Windows.