Tuesday, February 24, 2004

The single most frightening thing on the political agenda of the day is the exportation of jobs to international locations, and the worst possible scenario is set by exporting technical and programming jobs abroad. The security of the country is at stake here. I don't want to talk to support staff in any other country but the US of A. And the thought of the leakage of computational data and programming code to anyone who might wish to copy, distribute or otherwise use this code for malicious purposes is just plain shocking.

Apparently the idea of paying fair wages and benefits to American workers, professionals or blue collar, is only a lip service elocutionary form. Companies by the dozens have opted to evade corporate responsibility by sending jobs and services overseas. There is no excuse for this practice, and there will indeed be consequences down the road, and they will probably not be pretty.

In the coming presidential election, it will be interesting to see if the Democrats address this in any real fashion. I see Kerry has stated that the companies who do this would maybe have to give three months notice. Good grief. What a copout, when we have already bled jobs like water over Hoover Dam.

Monday, February 16, 2004

PHEW! Illness in January, busy in February. Well then, I am reading "Damascus Gate" by Robert Stone. Excellent, yet weird. Very involving. To read this, you need schema galore. All sorts of religious references and some quite arcane. Anyway, the book envelopes the reader with a building tension. We'll see how it ends.

Winter is too long, too cold and too snowy this year. Gives us all an occasion for complaints, so it does serve a purpose.

Just got a plain vanilla dialup for my Mac. Love it. And why not. These days we all have enough software to do whatever we want to or need to, so why download bloatware in order to get online. She, my Mac, was one year old not long ago. The plain vanilla dialup was her birthday present after finding out I couldn't get DSL yet. What kind of antidiluvian system has "my local phone company" got here anyhow?