Thu 11 Sep 2003
Category : Commentary/sivablog.txt
My friend Siva the Otterman has been filling up his weblog lately. I've just been too busy to notice. I've always enjoyed reading his posts to the local Mac Users' Group and felt that he is one person who should write a blog. So here it is, at last.
You'll get a feel for what's going on up there at the National University of Singapore, and he is into conservation and nature, and biking, and stuff like that. Definitely off the beaten track, and you may just find a place or two you don't even know exist in Singapore.
Category : Commentary/timhoward.txt
I like this quote from Tim Howard, Manchester United's solid new goalkeeper, comparing life in the English Football League with his old one in the United States.
"When you're at Manchester United, everything is scrutinised, every little thing. There's a pressure to perform every day that is greater. Pressure can bust pipes or make diamonds. I turn that pressure into something I can enjoy.
"The real unfortunate part is when I make the saves it's 'brilliant save by Howard'. When I make a mistake, it's 'the American has a lot to learn'. You could get consumed by that, but you have to let it slide off your back."
I love that - 'you can get consumed by that, but you have to let it slide your back'. Tim Howard looks tough enough, mentally, to stay up with the Roy Keanes of the world, and that's alright with me.
On the subject of United, I've just finished a book I salvaged from the discards, "Manchester Unlimited, The Money, Egos, and Infighting Behind the World's Richest Football Club" by Mihir Bose. Interesting views of football as serious business, especially if you're soccer fan like me. Best three bucks I've spent lately.
Now, how about the Triads as a serious business? I'm enjoying Timothy Mo's "Sour Sweet" about life in Chinese Soho in the sixties, which I bought umpteen years ago but which I've only just managed to find time to read.
This is really the purpose of this weblog - to figure out how to get close to running the ideal business, from learning from all these different perspectives.
Will IT see the light?
Category : Commentary/CTOswitcher.txt
Following on from the last posting. I just came across this. This is the CTO of InfoWorld, talking about how a Mac running OS X successfully replaced both a PC and a Linux server in the setup he has at his home, and how this experience has forced him to re-examine his preconceptions.
Contrast this with an article he wrote back in January, which is typical of the kind of IT mindset that has boxed the Mac into irrelevancy, as far as the enterprise is concerned.
It's like when you're sailing. Often the first inkling that the wind has changed comes from the tiny ripples around the boat. It's interesting to watch these events unfolding. Even as we're talking, many OS 9 users still have to be dragged kicking and screaming into OS X and Unix. So they're too busy grumbling to notice that the Mac is starting to get the respect they've always wished was there, so that they can get support they've always wanted.