[linux-elitists] In honor of Transmeta...

Deirdre Saoirse deirdre@deirdre.net
Tue Nov 7 12:45:52 PST 2000

On Tue, 7 Nov 2000, Don Marti wrote:

> - The "no issuing voluminous employee manuals because your
>   lawyers convinced you that everyone who works for you is
>   litigious scum" period.  (Every startup.)

And no lying to the judge that one never had an employee manual when one

> - The "no making talented employees shut up and go away because 
>   they make the investors nervous" period.

And no firing them for talking to the auditors or reporting violations of
federal law in the workplace.

> - The "no hiring overpriced outside firms to do a web site
>   that's hard to change because all the text is GIFs" period.
>   (A lot of our clients, when I was in the web business, I
>   admit.)

No hiring EDS to design your database when you've turned down resumes of
talented, local, and less expensive database folk.

> - The "no replacing working homebrew systems with expensive
>   flaky proprietary ones just because you have money to
>   burn" period.  (best.com nearly died because they tried 
>   to replace FreeBSD with proprietary Un*x boxes -- going
>   back to FreeBSD saved them.)

And no behind-closed-doors technical discussions of munging email
headers to hide the fact that some people in the firm DO use Windows.

(and yes, I've seen all of these)

_Deirdre   *   http://www.sfknit.org   *   http://www.deirdre.net
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