Friday, May 27, 2005

Schapelle Corby

So she (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schapelle_Corby) got 20 years in prison in Indonesia after being framed. And the Indonesian Judiciary being independent of the government, there's really nothing to do but move along...

Well, I suggest that indonesians vote off their political leaders, and that whoever appointed these judges end up officeless. Maybe, just maybe, the next ones will be a little more careful about their judicial appointments.

Now, why on earth would indonesians do that? Duh, because the rest of the world is not going to forget about this grave injustice. Oh, and incidentally because their tourism will just plummet, and not just from Australia.

The government of Indonesia has demonstrated its heavy-handedness. They can suffer the consequences.

Oh, by the way, congressman of mine, no money for Indonesia. Ever.
Yes. I understand, it's more complicated than that. It always is...

Ah, the world isn't fair, is it. Don't go to Indonesia, don't buy Indonesian products. (Why do you think I don't live in Texas anymore?)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Support for the support

for Emma: I have a regular gig at a fortune 500, and I do consulting for a couple of my ex employers, support mostly, but some new development work. I got a call today (sunday) at 6 pm about the restaurant owner (who is not a computer guy) unable to update his menu because macromedia does not update. Took me 30 minutes of calling before I found out that the password on the box at the host he.net (great host btw) had been reset in january when another guy (a friend of the restaurant owner) called to change payment methods to another credit card. So I got the cc last 4, called support again, had the password emailed, ssh'ed in the account, changed it again, and modified the prices on the menu, called the restaurant owner and told him so, all in one hour. Whew. I can tell you, when the phone rings, you never know what you're gonna get.
So Emma, remember that when things break, as far as the Sun Customer is concerned, you ARE Sun. And the way you handle that emergency is worth a lot more to the customer than the latest sun.com redesign. Finally, get a book or two on management. You can express yourself well enough, you'd do well in it. Plan on tackling bigger projects soon.

On Harmony

I'm reading yass (yet another slashdot story) about opensourcing java and harmony and all the other crap. Of course one poster suimmarized my thoughts prefectly: java is just too much of a pain to deal with so I should just look elsewhere, as in Python... But I knew that already.

Should I mod him?