By - 7/7/09 - 10:05 pm

Howie Carr thinks those little-known state and county holidays were created by hacks for their own enrichment. Apparently Howie thinks these holidays are on the books purely to enable all those Boston teachers, court clerks and sanitation workers to sail their 35-foot boats on the taxpayers' dime. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

By - 6/24/09 - 8:44 am

Tomorrow (Thursday) at noon at the John Harvard statue in the Yard.

By - 6/18/09 - 10:11 am

Barbara Ferrer: Boston public-health director.Barbara Ferrer: Boston public-health director.The city Public Health Commission is attempting to convince local businesses to not penalize workers who stay home for seven days either because they have the flu or they have to care for kids with it.

Barbara Ferrer, commission director, said seven days is the period required to ensure people are no longer infectious. "We really have asked the business community to help us with this," she said at a city-council hearing this morning called by Councilor Chuck Turner.

Also, she said, businesses need to trust their workers that they or their kids were sick, rather than forcing them to get notes from their doctors - because the medical system would be "doubled up" filling out all those notes.

By - 6/9/09 - 8:54 pm

She got to tell the world's meanest boss what he can do with his job:

... I will now shed tears of joy knowing that I will never have to endure another one of Mean Boss's tirades. He can no longer call me stupid, dumb, lazy, a baby, so on and so forth. He can no longer belittle me with insulting comments about how inadequate I am or how I can't do anything right or say that it’s my job to come into work 12 hours after I had a D&C. ...

By - 5/31/09 - 8:48 am
By - 5/28/09 - 8:43 am

Jeff Darcy reports that he and pretty much everyone else who worked at SiCortex in Maynard was laid off yesterday:

... Right now I’ll just say this: in many of the ways that are important to me as an engineer, SiCortex succeeded. Yeah, that's right. We set out to do something very difficult and risky - to place a bet on computing that's characterized by energy efficiency, high density, fast communication and high processor counts instead of raw single-thread performance - and we made it work. We made it work technically, and we made it work in the market. ...

The only failure that mattered was not technical, nor in any area of customer-oriented execution: it was purely a matter of finance and timing. There is every reason to believe that our next system based on our next chip was going to be awesome, pushing our flagship system well into the Top 500 even before we talk about linking them together, and development was well along. Unfortunately, such development is not cheap and that put us in a high-burn-rate phase right when the economy turned sour and capital became very scarce. That's like a "perfect storm" combination of circumstances. ...

By - 5/25/09 - 10:02 pm

The sad saga of Cab 1021:

... "Cab Ten-Twenty-One, do you know where you are? The customer is waiting!"

This must be 1021's first night on the job. After getting hired, all newbies are supposed to ride around with an experienced driver for a couple nights in order to learn the ropes. But it seems 1021 either lied, telling the owner he already had experience, or that somehow he fell through the cracks and was inadvertently sent out onto the streets cold. That or he is just a really, really slow learner.

"Cab Ten-Twenty-One, do you have a GPS?... Yes? Well, USE IT!" ...

By - 5/22/09 - 11:58 am is hiring.

By - 5/18/09 - 8:37 am

The MBTA says the agreement with unions representing 500 workers will save the T $1.66 million or about 1% of the estimated deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The workers had been scheduled for a 4% pay increase.

The T's largest union, the Carmen's Union, has not yet agreed to a wage freeze. Speaking of them, the T's zero-tolerance cell-phone policy goes into effect today. The union has filed a grievance over that.

By - 5/13/09 - 9:02 am

Gotham City Networking, which brings together "service-oriented professionals," now has a Boston chapter.

Via TJIC, who reports on his first meeting.

By - 5/12/09 - 12:02 pm

Mr. D is in major de-clutter mode and is trying to figure out if he should keep or get rid of a variety of items he's bought for the classroom over the years but never used, including a disco ball:

... This is the sort of novelty lighting you buy at Spencer's in the mall. I've always had this vision of roller-skating around the classroom with disco ball going, and what a memorable moment that would be, but I haven't been able to come up with any legitimate reason for doing so. ...

Can you?

By - 5/12/09 - 9:33 am

Erin McElveen details the case of David Donatelli, an executive at our very own EMC, who left for a better deal at California's HP, only EMC sued and now he can't go because of a non-compete clause in his contract, which is legal in Massachusetts but not in California.

And yes, of course, there's a bill to outlaw non-compete clauses in Massachusetts.

By - 5/1/09 - 9:54 pm

Folio reports that Boston/Framingham-based IDG today cut 8% of its US staff and smushed all of its business-to-business publications into a single unit. This comes atop 10% pay cuts for B2B employees last month.

Paul Conley (who actually broke the story), discusses.

Ed note: If anybody needs to hire an outstanding online video and audio editor suddenly free of his previous responsibilities, let me know.

By - 4/24/09 - 9:13 am

The Crimson reports on preparations for faculty buyout offers at Harvard.

By - 4/13/09 - 9:34 am

Candelaria Silva discusses the dead-man-walking phenomenon and other aspects of getting let go in these times.

By - 4/2/09 - 4:11 pm

This morning, apparently. Anybody know more?

By - 4/1/09 - 10:28 am

Mr. D recounts fail moments, from seeds that won't germinate in wet paper towels to the student who showed up covered from head to toe in his own feces.