Daily Archives: August 1, 2019

Ginni Rometty: Laying Her Off Would Have Saved 10,000 Other Layoffs At IBM.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the ZDNet article. Google for others.

Click to access my June 8, 2019, post.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘marketwatch.com’. Google for plenty more.

Click to access my post from 9-months ago.

I said it before, just as recently as June of this year — IBM only needs to lay off Ginni Rometty to slowly but surely get back on a more even keel.

She has, of course, as we all know, been a total and utter disaster. Easily the worst CEOs in IBM’s 108-year lifespan. IBM did NOT deserve her.

Keeping her on with everything at IBM tanking is grossly sexist and hyper hypocritical. If she was a man, she would have been fired years ago.

She has proved, over the last 7-years, that she is a disaster. She has decimated IBM.

Laying off more and more workers is NOT the solution right now.

First priority is to get rid of the root cause of the troubles, Ginni Rometty. This is a no brainer.

This is pretty personal for I. I owe most of what in life to IBM. I am still very devoted to IBM. I hate to see IBM going down the drain because of one person’s total incompetence.

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by Anura Guruge

‘The Book Of Air And Shadows’ By Michael Gruber — Best Imitation Of ‘The Da Vinci Code’?

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Amazon listing.

Quite the book, and quite the story. Incredibly clever, with twists within twists and a level of detail about so many diverse topics that leaves one in awe. I have never heard of Michael Gruber before but I have to acknowledge that he is one heck of a storyteller, writer and intellectual. Bravo. The sheer detail he just throws into the story reminded me, more than once, og one of my favorite authors, the incomparably brilliant, John Irving. That said, this book, intentionally or not, is very much ‘The Da Vinci Code‘ redux. Nothing wrong with that. I know that many have tried, but Gruber does a great job getting close.

Is it as good as ‘The Code’? Maybe not — but Dan Brown had a even more compelling and intriguing subject to base his story than William Shakespeare.

To be honest parts of the story and plot are too far-fetched, trite and totally implausible. Life is never that pat, neat or tidy. But, others parts make up for this failure.

I was surprised at how harsh some of the Amazon reviews were. I really don’t think it was that bad. Actually, it is a GOOD book. I already gave it to an English scholar and told her that she will enjoy it. Plus, I am, of course, recommending it here! And even that seems unnecessary. It was, as it says on the cover, a ‘New York Times Bestseller’. So, it sure doesn’t need my imprimatur.

If you enjoyed ‘The Code’ you should give this a try. I doubt whether you will totally regret it. A tad hard to get through the first chapter, BUT then it gets more compelling and towards the end it is indeed a page-turner.

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by Anura Guruge

The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — August 1, 2019.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

splash of colors by Anura Guruge

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My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Is Now At Software Version 3.50.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE. From Garmin ‘Forums’.

I fired up ‘Garmin Express‘ (now at on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, while I was charging up my MARQ Expedition. I did NOT see a message that said there was a new software version.

But, when I unplugged it from USB the MARQ asked when it could install the new version of software.

From what I can see this new software version doesn’t do ANYTHING for I. That is not to say that the MARQ is without bugs. It loses the installed watch face on a regular basis — for one. To be honest I am not thrilled with the MARQ. Just glad that I didn’t buy it per se. It was an upgrade and ‘goodwill’ (for work performed). SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge