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August 27 — An Anniversary That Is Only Important To I (2020 Edition).

by Anura Guruge


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Adoptive Parents got married August 27, 1952 (68-years ago).


I have spent TOO much time in the U.S.

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I try to mark this day, viz., August 27, every year with a post. To be honest it is only meaningful to I and I am the only one that cares,

Wow. I left Ceylon 53-years ago. As I get older the percentage of my life I spent in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) shrinks.

Left from Katunayake Airport which in 1967 was pretty small — just one, ‘one-room’ building. Quite a few people came to see us off. It was night. I think the flight left around 9pm. We left on a Pan Am 707. My first time in a jet — though I had flown quite a bit on DC-3s. I had always liked the 707 and it is still one of my favorite planes today. First stop, for a day, for Athens, Greece.

44-years, to the day, I walked into IBM! Wow. Much water has flowed under the bridge in Romsey.

P.S., Lord Mountbatten’s assassination was on August 27 — in 1979. I was still at Hursley and remember it well.


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IRS ‘Stimulus Check’ “Get My Payment” Portal WORSE Than ‘ObamaCare’ Portal In 2013 — With Its ‘Technical Difficulties’.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the original article. Google “IRS technical difficulties” for more.


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This is the problem.

MANDATORY field. You have to click one or the other, and after that it will NOT accept ‘0’.


Click image to access the April 18, 2020, UPDATE.


This is so frigging patheetic — even by D.C. standards.

This is what happens when you have software written by crackheads — and from what I can see, most of today’s programmers are ON DRUGS!

This should be a 5-minute fix and 4 of those would be for TESTING. I know. I was a high-flying programmer for 20-years, and was HIRED as a programmer by IBM in 1973 (when they had very high-standards (and after they made me take 3 IQ tests).

STUPID.

How can YOU? So trivial.

What amazes me is that it wasn’t fixed. So easy.


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Perfect Background Music — A Bhajan At That — For Indexing A 500-Page Book.

by Anura Guruge



The YouTube video.


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When I am writing I need absolute silence. I have to focus. So, no music or other distractions, whatsoever, even in the background. Has to be quiet. Still.

Not so after I have finished writing. Often when I am completing the production of a book (and I am on my 31st, I think) I like some soothing music — to keep me going.

This is very true when I am indexing a book. I still index my books by hand. The so called automated methods are too cumbersome and unreliable. 40-years ago I, while working for IBM, I wrote an indexing program for computer program listings. If I was as good at programming as I then was, I could try and write one. But, for now I index using my own unique method.

I use the Adobe PDF search function. I already have the book as a PDF. So, there is no extra step here.

I use Adobe Search on each word I am going to index and just transcribe the page numbers kindly & conveniently provided for I by Adobe. See image above. So, per that example, I know that the word ‘Domus’ appears on page 4 of the book. Now it is just a case of banging that page number, viz., 4, into the index entry. Very mechanical, but tedious and time-consuming.

So, I like to have some soothing music to keep me going. What music I choose depends on the circumstances. Thirty years ago I have used Garth Brooks. Oliver Mtukudzi has served me well for more than one book. I have also known to rely on ‘Chant‘ music. An Indian version of ‘chant’ is ‘bhajan’ — a type of devotional music. It can be hypnotic an very relaxing. So, today I went looking in YouTube for Bhajans. Found this one, serendipitously. It is long, and it worked well.

I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.


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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.


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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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IBM’s Folding Smartphone Reminds Me, Vividly, Of IBM’s Ill-Fated OS/2 Operating System.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘Digital Trends’ original … Google for more.


Right now this IBM smartwatch with a foldable screen is ONLY a patent — and IBM (as you must know) files a lot of them.

Cute in concept, BUT will there be a demand for it and will it be practical. Making it even somewhat rugged and waterproof could be a challenge. Plus, why would someone want a foldable screen on their wrist when they are BOUND to be carrying around a smartphone (possibly with a folding screen). Just doesn’t look right …

It reminds me of IBM’s ill-fated OS/2 and I know most of you probably have never, ever heard of it. It was IBM’s attempt, mid-1990s, to come up with a BETTER PC operating system to displace Microsoft’s Windows. Well, we know how that went …

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Happened to see this the SAME day. Kind of said it all. Click image to access the original.


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IBM Doesn’t Need To Lay Off 1,700; Just One Employee, Ginni Rometty.

by Anura Guruge


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This is so 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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I Wrote A Book For IBM’s ‘Think 2019’ — Advocating A ‘Think A Day’ For Each & Every Day Of 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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IBM & I, in our own separate ways, were into ‘THINKING‘ before our paths intersected in 1974. I was thinking well ahead of joining IBM, and IBM was encouraging folks to think decades prior to my birth.

IBM did not encourage me to think, but working there made me truly appreciate that THINKING was a good thing.

I am glad that IBM is having a ‘Think 2019‘ Conference.


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I Started Using Microsoft’s OneDrive Cold-Turkey & To My Horror, Kind Of Enjoying It.

by Anura Guruge



I have had a love-hate relationship with Microsoft for the last 30-years. To begin with it was my loyalty to IBM. But, much of it was due to my distrust of them.

That said, for the at least the last 25-years or more I have been using, at a minimum, Microsoft Word on a daily basis (other than when I am travelling). Most days I would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There was also a period of about 10-years when I used FrontPage on a fairly regular basis. And I have to confess I have taught Microsoft Office classes! Plus, I, alas, use Windows — though there was a time I was a devout Apple fanatic. Then, in 1997 I had to start using PowerPoint on Windows for some of my consulting work. At that time I had 6 Macs in the house. I had to go out and get a Windows 95 PC — for PowerPoint. Within 11-months I had multiple PCs and I was giving away my Macs.

But, I always try to avoid using new MS products.

That was the case with OneDrive. I am a heavy Google Drive user and have been for years.

But, I resisted OneDrive.

But, a couple of days ago I have to start rethinking my MS plans because, ALAS, I am planning to get a new PC with Windows 10. OneDrive is very much a part of Windows 10. I noticed that THOUGH I was not using it, my MS Office applications, e.g., Word, had me logged onto OneDrive.

So, two-days ago I decided to use OneDrive. It is really no different to Google Drive. So, there was no learning curve to speak of. Yes, it is easier to backup my Office files directly to OneDrive without having to upload them, manually, to Google Drive. NO, I do not believe in auto-backup. No siree. I like to have control,

Anywho … So far, so good. I am even impressed. It is easy enough to use and quite convenient.


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IBM’s Proposed Overpriced Acquisition Of ‘Red Hat’ Will NOT Stem The Bleeding.

by Anura Guruge


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They ENDED up buying the ‘Weather COMPANY’ without the Channel. But, they made the acquisition nonetheless. Click to access my post.


Another desperate, drunken-lurch by ‘gin-and-tonic’ Ginni Rometty to distract the market & investors and DESPERATELY cling onto her job for another year.

This is but a shiny object to distract.

Open Source Linux will NOT stem the bleeding at IBM. Red Hat, of late, was also losing money.

Open Source does NOT command the margins that IBM needs — and got so used to, for over 70-years, with its PROPRIETARY systems, e.g., mainframes, 8100s, S/36s etc.

The market has changed, fundamentally.

Over the last 30-years IBM missed every single major market move. It let the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, NVidia steal the show.

Oh, and don’t forget IBM has its own version of UNIX, AIX — and has had it for 20+ years. It will take years to transition from AIX to a different flavor of Unix.

IBM’s days as an acquirer are gone.

IBM needs to be ACQUIRED by the likes of Amazon or Google.


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IBM’s AI-Genius Watson Would Agree — Ginni ‘Tonic’ Rometty Needs To Be Fired.

by Anura Guruge


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This is beyond crazy. She is bleeding this iconic company to death.

This not fair. It is stupid. This is political-correctness gone wrong.

IF she was a man she would have been fired 3-years ago.

Keep her on is crazy. Ask Watson.

I ‘speak’ here as a proud ex-IBMer, one who made a decent living for 30-years as an IBM ‘expert’ and one who has been accused, more than once, of ‘bleeding blue when cut‘ (‘Big Blue‘ being IBM’s nickname).

This has gone on for long enough. She has made a lot of people lose a lot of money.


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