U.K. Only Google Doodle For British Architect Christopher (St. Paul’s Cathedral) Wren’s 382nd Birthday.
by Anura Guruge
Last Google Doodle:
>> Google’s 16th birthday — Sep. 27, 2014.
∋∋ “Remembering September 11” Google Footnote & Video
>>>— Sept. 11, 2014.
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IBM Will Continue To Punish Its ‘Poor’ Shareholders; DECLINE Will Persist Mid-Term — It Needs To Layoff 40% Of Workforce.
by Anura Guruge
>> Spin Off Watson — Oct. 8, 2014.
>> “Think” sign — Aug. 28, 2014.
>> Hursley’s John Fairclough … — Aug. 27, 2014.
>> Mainframe 50th — Apr. 7, 2014.
>> Gene Amdahl & I – Mar. 29, 2014.
>> IBM Hursley pictures – Mar. 16, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: And ‘Poor’ IBM — Mar. 11, 2014.
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Today’s disappointing results from IBM, with NO increase in revenues for 10 whole quarters, was no surprise for me. IBM, right now, is in another one of its inevitable down legs. This decline will persist for another 2 to 4 years. Then we will again get a leaner, meaner IBM with much, much less overhead. For us handson veterans of IBM, and that I am, this is just 1995 redux.
The ground is shifting under IBM and yet again IBM was caught napping.
I am not going to go through the entire litany of where and how IBM has failed, miserably, over the last 30 years BUT for those of you who are new to IBM let me just point out that: IBM missed social networking (read Facebook), IBM missed mobile (read Apple), IBM missed search (read Google), IBM missed collaboration (read LinkedIn or salesforce.com), IBM missed networking (read Cisco), IBM missed PCs (read Dell, HP, Microsoft, Lenvo), IBM missed non-proprietary servers (read Oracle, HP).
Now IBM is PAYING GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion to take away its chip business. The SEC and the ‘Feds’ need to investigate this AT ONCE. I contend that there is some hanky-panky. Conflict of interest, backhanders and that kind of naughty stuff. There has to be people at IBM making a bundle out of this deal that does NOT make any sense. Check it out. Ditto Lenvo.
Yes, IBM is screwed. Its software revenue is going down because people are no longer investing as much in IBM mainframes and that was the Cash Cow for both hardware and software revenues.
As I have said in prior posts IBM will do ‘OK’ in cloud, analytics, security etc. BUT they will never be THE dominant player in any of these areas. The culture just does not lend itself to that kind of stuff.
We yet again need MASSIVE, merciless layoffs. 40% has to go.
As I have already said, for the sake of the poor, long suffering shareholders, they have to, TODAY, spinoff the Watson Group so that at least that technology can blossom without getting hampered by IBM’s culture, overheads and naivete. I am also not sure of the ‘new’ CEO. She scares me. Nobody can ever deny that I have not been very fond of all the great ladies that have worked for IBM over the years, BUT I also kind of know, deep down, that IBM still is a very masculine, boy’s club — just like it has been for all of its 100+ years. You have to be an IBMer to understand what I mean. Anywho … I haven’t owned IBM in decades. Just sharing my concerns because I still do care, deeply, about IBM. I would NOT be able to sit here, with my cup of coffee, in sweats, writing this IF not for IBM. IBM made it possible for me to have the lifestyle I now enjoy. As such I will always be grateful to IBM. I wish them nothing but the very best THOUGH I know that mid-term all we will see is more pain and suffering.
by Anura Guruge
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How can anyone really claim, with a straight face, that this is supposed to be a Christmas tree.
Of course it was meant to be an ‘UP YOURS’ to the French. That is a shame.
Having been closely associated with France for 18 years, and having lived in Paris for a year, I am well aware that there is no love lost between the French and the Americans. But this was below the belt — really. This was just plain crude. Plus for the very chic, very elegant Place Vendôme. This was really stupid. Did no credit to the U.S. and just inflamed more animosity.
This is crazy. Upsets me. Paris is a beautiful place and the French are ‘OK’ if you interact with them openly. They can even be real nice.
Got My 2014 – 2015 Flu Shot, Trivalent IIV From Novartis At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy By Senate Hopeful Richard Leonard.
by Anura Guruge
I got my flu shot, for this winter, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Hannaford Pharmacy. It was a spur of the moment decision, pretty typical of me. Yes, I was going to get a flu shot this year, as I had for the last 3 years, but I hadn’t really thought about when I would get it. Saturday afternoon around 3pm I was at Hannaford with Devanee. I just picked her up after she got back to school from a NH State cross-country meet. We needed some odds and ends. Our friend Richard Leonard, of ‘Miller Farms‘ and hopefully soon a NH Senator, was on duty. They, for a change, were not mobbed. I did need to talk to Richard. Plus we needed a couple of his “Elect Richard Leonard” signs for our yard to keep the Ray Howard signs company. While talking to Richard it occurred to me that I might as well get my flu shot and get it over with.
Richard, as ever, always trying to be helpful, was happy to oblige.
For the 3rd time in a row I got my flu shot at Hannafords, in Alton — for the 2nd time Richard Leonard. It really was painless on all fronts.
The last two years I had to pay because I had the stupid, NH Health Plan. This year Anthem, to their credit, paid for it all. Zero cost to me. I am impressed. I have started to have a grudging respect for Anthem. I might even stay with them in 2015.
Getting ‘the shot’ is a BIG change of heart for me. Prior to 2011 I refused to get the shot and have the kids get it. But then in November 2010 I nearly died though much of that had to do with some cavalier treatment I got from Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Concord). [Ironically this afternoon I helped Deanna file a formal complaint about them, to the NH Board of Medicine, about them. I also JUST found that THOUGH they call themselves Dartmouth-Hitchcock they are not really that affiliated with the mothership in Lebanon! Some deception going on here. But that is another story, another post down the road.] I, at the urging of many, a few of them doctors, agreed to get the flu shot after that — plus i am getting up there.
As with last year what I was inoculated with was the Trivalent IIV vaccine. Today I went looking to see what it was all about. See below [click to ENLARGE. From the CDC.] Fingers crossed. Hope this post helps.