... Right now Iâ€™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. ...
... "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!" ...
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
The Crimson reports on preparations for faculty buyout offers at Harvard.
Candelaria Silva discusses the dead-man-walking phenomenon and other aspects of getting let go in these times.
Mandatory week off without pay all around, the Boston Business Journal reports.
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.
Tom LeCompte recently became a Boston cab driver. He's blogging the experience:
... Then, from the back, I heard bodies shifting in the seat, the sounds of murmuring and kissing, of clothes being pulled at and unbuttoned. I glanced up at my rearview mirror, but saw nothing. They were clearly taking advantage of the rear seat couch.
"Say it," she whispered.
"Say it," she repeated, followed by the sounds of more kissing and some slurping noises.
"Never," she said. "Never ever leave me."
The goings-on in the back were becoming a serious distraction. I really needed to fixate on the road. But soon, I was faced with another problem: I didn't know where I was going. I was hoping these two would finish up so I could ask for directions, but after another couple blocks I couldn't wait.
"Excuse me," I interrupted at the next stoplight. "Can you help me out with some directions?" ...
Alicia, a librarian, recounts a stapler saga, and explains why she fears the microfilm reader.
I work from home. Now that it's getting warmer out, I'd love to get my work done in the fresh air. But I can't think of any place that:
* Has reasonably comfortable benches
* Has shady spots (can't see the laptop in the sun)
* Is near a public WiFi access point
* Isn't next to noisy traffic
* Is reasonably close (15-20 minutes) to Central Square
Anyone have any ideas? I need a Starbucks-in-the-Park...
Paul Levy reports medical department chiefs at the hospital have started a Physicians Support BIDMC Fund and that, to date, senior docs have agreed to forego more than $350,000 in salaries as the hospital tries to cut a projected budget deficit.