Wednesday, August 20, 2003

IT Outsourcing

By now everyone has read at least one blog or article about all of the US Technical jobs being shipped
to India and other places. This trend has hurt us directly. Lisa was laid-off when pretty much her whole
department was outsourced. Don't bring up the fact that the department was poorly managed in the first place.
Also, don't mention that expensive projects were routinely started only to be canceled weeks from roll out, add to
that the fact that the company in question posted great earnings for the year. Sorry to all the people that worked
hard, because they thought they had a stable job. Grrrr.

I'm not too happy with this trend. In what seems like just a few months the whole Software Industry has shifted.
What was once a promising career that everyone wanted to get into has suddenly turned into a mess. Most of these
companies will not see the kind of savings they think they will. The overhead costs and slow turn around times can
eat away at the expected savings.

All most everyday now someone at work mumbles something about outsourcing. However unlikely it is that our jobs
will head overseas, we are still worried. You never know what could happen when the whole industry is looking at
outsourcing as the magic pill to cure all their woes.

I don't know what the answer to this problem is. Too be honest I'm a little scared. What kind of job am I
going to have in 5-10 years. I think the real problem here is that companies have never viewed employees as people.
We are just another resource to be moved around and allocated in whatever manner they like. Making some profit with
happy people should be more important than making a lot of profit with fewer people. Constantly trying to make more
money should not be the goal that everyone shoots for. Sure you have to stay innovative, sure you have to have
new and better products, sure being efficient and not wasting money is important, and sure some people don't
know what they are doing and need to be let go. But, indiscriminately firing people so the officers of a company
can add another zero onto their income is pretty damn lame.

Current Music: Neil Young "Old Man"

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Online Games and Hobbies

I canceled Planetside and Starwars Galaxies. Both games got boring after a while. However, I started playing Everquest again. It can get boring also, but I so far I'm having fun with playing. I have invested so much time in EQ that my character is pretty flexible. I can only hope that EQ2 has the same depth as EQ. Galaxies was nice to look at, but it just didn't have that something extra to make me keep playing.

I have also been messing with Polymer Clay again. I have so many hobbies that I feel guilty spending money on this one. I really want to buy a bunch of tools and equipment to make things easier. I just hope I'm able to stay interested in it long enough to justify the cost.

The Babylon 5 Season 3 box set comes out today.

Current Music: The Cars "Candy-o"

Friday, August 8, 2003

Take my blood please.

Yesterday at the Doctors office the tech tried multiple times to take my blood, each time failing. I was not a happy camper. I had to go to Lab Corp today to have blood taken, which was a quick and easy process. I really need to change Doctors.

Current Music: Cat Stevens "Life"

Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Being Sick Is Not Fun.

I don't know what I had, but it kicked my ass. It was either some sort of Intestinal Flu or possibly Food Poisoning.
I'm still weak, but my system is getting back to normal.

Last week I had the pleasure of watching most of the demo movies for HalfLife2. This is going to be an amazing game. Doom3 is going to have a hard time impressing me after I play HalfLife2.

I'm starting to get back into Polymer Clay again. It is a real shame that the only local Guild is based in Ashville.

Current Music: Todd Rundgren "Feel It"