Archive | February 24, 2003

Auntie Em! Auntie Em! Where have you gone?

I’m a regular reader of Certified Professional magazine, having passed 17 Microsoft certification exams in order to get my MCSE once and my MCSD three times (I’m done, btw, but that’s another story for another day). “Em C. Pea” is the pseudonym of the back-page columnist, always the hot spot in a magazine, and it’s been occupied for a couple of years now by a pretty snappy writer, one who didn’t hesitate to give Microsoft a good lashing when it deserved it. No more. While she claims to have a cold this issue, I suspect the rah-rah attitude is much more likely a symptom of personality replacement. Whether caused by a staff rotation or a ouster at the behest of some unnamed evil force, this is not the same writer (Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence, I’ve been told). Too bad. One of my first tirades in the industry press more than a decade ago was a protest of the rumored canning of Robert X. Cringely, the person, not the InfoWorld ™ and RXC (tpnt™) went to to much larger things. I hope the Auntie Em ghost writer can have similar good fortunes.

Small Pieces Loosely Famous….

A picture named small-pieces-cover-sm.jpg David Weinberger writes “I had my 15 minutes and no one told me until they were over Dept.. In its monthly list of “Wired, Tired and Expired,” the new issue of Wired lists “loosely joined” as tired. (“Evolved” is wired and “tightly coupled” is expired.) I believe that according to the terms of the Geneva Convention on Lost Luggage, I am therefore entitled to claim that “Small Pieces Loosely Joined” must have been at some point implicitly wired. Right? Woohoo [by implication]!…” from Joho the Blog. I just finished reading SPLJ last night, my first pass through it. I look forward to reading it again.

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