Archive for February, 1998

IT’S EASIER WHEN NOT EVEN YOUR BOSS READS YOU

February 27, 1998

“We’ve had incredible editorial freedom. I look at it and I can’t believe it lasted this long.”

Noah Robischon, founder and editor-in-chief of Pathfinder’s Netly News, who’s abandoning his low-visibility site for greener pastures in print, Net Insider, 25 February 1998

WHAT’S GOOD FOR MIKE MURRAY IS GOOD FOR AMERICA

February 26, 1998

“The entire industry’s continued growth and success has been threatened by a severe and very real skills shortage.”

Michael Murray, Microsoft’s VP of human resources, who has to hire thousands of supergeniuses skilled in every area of human knowledge except salary negotiation, testifying before Congress on exactly why they should pass legislation to make his job easier, Reuters/Wired News, 25 February 1998

OUR CUSTOMERS GO WELL WITH JAVA

February 25, 1998

“IBM brings a lot to the table in terms of enterprise customers, and we are anxious to help get the JavaOS to the marketplace.”

Howie Hunger, the unfortunately named director of channels and marketing for IBM’s Network Station business unit, on plans to bring customers to the network computer feast, Information Week, 23 February 1998

I ALSO REALIZED I COULD PAY MY WORKERS IN VALUABLE PSYCHIC INCOME

February 24, 1998

“I used to be the ‘boss.’ Then I realized that the real job of a leader is to create robust environments for personal development — good vibes.”

Per Hakkanson, “vibe evolver” at Sweden’s Bonnier Publishing, who notes that “work” isn’t “just” about “producing things,” Fast Company, February/March 1998

MY CHECKS DON’T BOUNCE, THEY SQUISH

February 23, 1998

“There are squishier levels of transactions in this world than buying things with money. Everything does not have to fit into a double-column bookkeeping system.”

John Perry Barlow, erstwhile Grateful Dead lyricist and digerato-about-town, on why the global economy doesn’t really need anything as boring as money, The Red Herring, March 1998

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