Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Holidays 2006

With only a few days left to go before Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and the family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May the New Year bring you and the family good health, happiness and success.

Take care.
Peter.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Storm of the century - British Columbia

Well, the storm of the century has passed and thankfully there were no fatalities with trees being toppled. The news media said that the winds exceeded 157km/hr and the last record was at 143km/hr back in 1962 when a freak typhoon hit the West Coast of BC. Our neighbours and friends south of the border didn't fared as well with a few fatalities reported in Washington State. Best wishes to my friends and their families in the states of Washington and Oregon.

We were lucky that we didn't suffered any power outages (either at home or at work) but there are thousands of folks (estimated 250,000) who are without power and will be so for the next few days as the Hydro crews worked to restore downed power lines, blown transformers, etc. City crews are working feverishly to remove downed trees. Vancouver's famed Stanley Park is closed dued to the number of downed trees some of which were hundreds of years old.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Ebay software pirates pays $100K fine

According to the Register's article, two eBay traders were found guilty of selling pirated software and one of the defendent were quoted as "If I had known that SIIA was checking eBay for software piracy, and if I had known the software was pirated and that I'd have to pay such a high fine, I would have never sold the pirated software to begin with." which I thought was a pretty silly statement after all I interpret that to mean "If I had known that I would get caught, I would not have done it."

My take on this is that you made your bed and you'd better sleep in it. I wondered if the customers who bought from these guys are going to lose sleep as one of the things that the convicted traders had to do was to provide a list of their "suppliers" and "customers".

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Office parties

It's that time of the year again where you will be invited to vendors' parties as well as your own organization's. You have seen those advice columns giving tips and advice on how to survive the parties without making a fool out of yourself or damage your career opportunities. It's true as I have seen many people who have gone overboard during this time of the year thinking that it is okay to let loose. Well, it's not as you are still representing your organization or yourself to your managers and executives.

Some of the things that I've seen included an employee who decided to take a $5.00 bet and walked around the boat during the company's cruise in the nude. Sad to say that he is no longer employed with the company after he strolled past the General Manager and his wife. Another one which didn't caused the person in question his job but his marriage when he decided to sleep with one of the administration staff and boasted about it at work. Another instance I recalled was a co-worker who was asked by his Director (who had a little bit too much to drink) to "be honest and tell me what you think of me" and proceeded to do so thinking that there was a rapport between him and the Director. You can figure out what happened next.

Even at the recent Oracle Open World event in San Francisco during the gala event at the Cow Palace with Elton John. I've seen folks who had too much to drink and couldn't even keep themselves upright or making out with strangers. I'm sorry but it's still a "company" event after all there are probably your colleagues who attended and peers from other organizations.

Now I am not saying don't have fun but do so moderately and know your limits. If after one drink or two, you are tipsy then don't drink or just have only one or have ice tea instead.

On an unrelated topic, this particular Speed Bump strip makes me chuckled and it's IT-related showing that "IT Matters".