Monthly Archives: November 2006

Thanksgiving Day 2006

23 Nov 2006
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I wanted to take a few minutes and just say how thankful I am to have a loving wife, great kids and a great family. 

I’m thankful for my long-time friends and for the new friends I’ve made recently. 

I’m thankful for the ability to work from home (even though it’s been a slow 4th quarter) and to spend so much time with my wife and kids. 

I’m thankful for people like my friend Wil who, instead of sitting down in the comfort of their own home with their loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, are defending our country in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Djibouti, and many other places across the world.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corp

10 Nov 2006
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Today is the 231st birthday of the United States Marine Corp.

My thoughts are with my friend Wil (Gunnery Sgt, USMC) and his fellow Marines who, in the words of the Marine Corp Commandant are “peforming brilliantly, acquitting themselves with honor, dedication, and dignity in difficult and dangerous environments.”

Those that know me well know how I feel about Wil and his mission…words can’t describe the admiration and respect I have for people like Wil….

Tech jobs and telecommuting in 2006, 2007 and beyond

07 Nov 2006
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While reading Eric Wise’s post, “How to handle the ‘dreaded salary history’ question“, this sentence caught my attention:

“I also make note of any perks like telecommute days, education, conferences, bonuses received, etc since they all affect what I’m willing to accept as compensation.”

One of the commenters (Bryan) followed up with:
“why should telecommute/education/conferences be a perk/compensation?
I know it’s “normal” to see them as perks… and i’ve always considered them as such, but somehow, meditating on that concept from a different angle, i do think that those should be non-negotiables since they add tremendous value to the company ultimately…”

I have to agree with Bryan — Why should telecommuting be a “perk” and not a normal method of doing business?  This is 2006 (soon to be 2007) after all.  We have the technology to support remote workers, so why don’t more employers
allow for it?  To be honest, since around 1995, I have had the opportunity to telecommute at every job I’ve worked.  All I needed back then was a dial-up connection and I was good-to-go.  The first company I worked for let me work
from home 3 weeks out of each month (they were about 1.5 – 2 hours away).  The fourth week they’d put me up in a nice hotel so I could work in the office.  They also supplied me with a decent laptop.  These days we have broadband
connections, remote desktops, VoIP and more. 

I understand that some amount of time spent on-site can be a good thing, but IMO, it’s not absolutely necessary.  Hell, from 2001 until just recently, my primary contract involved working on an application for a company in Pennsylvania.  I
spoke to many of them on the phone, exchanged emails, chatted via IM, but never spent a minute on-site. 

Yea, I know….it’s a control issue.  If someone is sitting in a cubicle for 8 hours a day, the employer can do a better job of monitoring them to make sure things are getting done.  I don’t necessarily buy that argument though.  If  tasks are being completed on time, if emails are being answered and phone calls returned, who cares where the work is being performed?

Anyone have any thoughts on this subject?


01 Nov 2006
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CodeMash – I'll be there!

Unless something major comes up between now and then, I’ll be there!