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Your Tax Dollars Go To Union Benefits

December 3, 2008

Does it make sense for Americans who don't have amazing benefits (in some cases no benefits) to be taxed and see their hard-earned money go to automakers who in turn will funnel this money to their workers who have benefits which are much better than industry averages? If automakers want this money and want to stay out of bankruptcy, they need to work with the UAW and get rid of collective bargaining which has made costs spiral out of control.

Maybe prepackaged bankruptcy is the way to go.

If you think I am nuts, consider that the competetion in the auto business is just getting started. Wait till the Chinese cars hit our shores. Do you think you can afford to pay gold-plated union benefits and compete against the Chinese?

I am not against unions, I am against having one country have them and others not.

I Am Traveling Today to the Midwest

December 3, 2008

I am off to the midwest today and am looking forward to the trip. As long as I don't get snowed on (too much) I will be happy. On a seperate note it is amazing to me that Detroit is going to get all those billions. In 100 years or so they haven't figured out a viable business plan but now with the assistance of politicians they will be successful?

TMCnet Gets a Redesign

December 2, 2008

While many of you were busy in the malls this past weekend or trying to find the best price on that new digital camera yesterday on Cyber Monday, the dedicated team of designers and programmers here at TMC worked day and night and night and day to bring you a new look and feel.

Over the past years, many of you have told me that you love to come to TMCnet on a daily basis and the hundreds of stories and blog entries we write on a daily basis contain everything you need to navigate the telecom and tech worlds. At the same time, many of you have told us the interface TMCnet has looks busy. Others have told me it is not clear that 50-100 writers contribute to TMCnet on a  daily/weekly basis.

Our new redesign is meant to adress all of these great requests and we hope you enjoy the new TMCnet.

One last point... Thanks to the 2-3 million communications and technology decision makers who visit TMCnet monthly and thanks to the TMC team for doing such a great job on this redesign.

Condolences To Families Of Indians and Others Killed In Attacks

November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2008

November 26, 2008

TMC Pot Luck Lunch

November 25, 2008

Back From Huntsville

November 20, 2008

Tame That Inbox Gone Wild

November 19, 2008

I have been struggling for years with an inbox gone wild. I receive over 1,000 emails each day and between deleting spam and reading newsletters, contracts, working with vendors in the space, distributing press releases and meeting requests, dealing with internal TMC newsletters, keeping up on tech, communications and financial news, my inbox has seen serious action.

If I could just get everyone who sent me an email this decade to send me a dollar, I could probably bail out Detroit on my own. About five years ago in San Jose, I had a few hours to kill between meetings and I remember feverishly deleting emails to get down to two thousand or so.

TMCnet in Top 500 Sites in Blogosphere

November 13, 2008

Today I sent an email to the TMC team regarding how TMCnet ranks on URLFAN, a site which tracks rankings of websites in the blogosphere. The lower the URLFAN ranking the better and I am happy to say thank you to the blogosphere for allowing TMCnet to rank in the top 500 of all sites -- 479 to be precise.

These rankings are generated by the total number of links on blogs so the more links a site gets, the better/lower the score.

Here is the precise wording from the company's site:

Our system parses the millions of blog posts that are generated everyday, literally counting every mention of every website we come across. We filter out spam, broken links, and other various material to determine how many times your website was mentioned today. We reference this against every other website and determine where you rank among them.

Get Out and Vote!

November 4, 2008

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