Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cleaning Out My Remote Desk

Note:  This isn’t a quick read.  It doesn’t have funny graphics, and there’s not really a punch line.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s classic, entertaining “Anth” reading.  Or something to read to pass the time while you’re working out a bout of constipation.  It’s not like 50 Shades of Grey would be any better in that situation, so don’t look at me like that.   But if you’ve had to clean out your office desk because you work at home (a remote desk), or know me, you’ll understand.  If not, read and maybe you’ll learn something about me.

Everyone has their moment where a major life event hits them.   I’m changing jobs after almost 12 years.   The past few weeks have been a blur of paperwork, anticipation, questions (my poor onboarding people. I actually saw “here’s another question from Anth” in the email as it was forwarded.   Crap, I’m that guy already!)

I’m employed.  I retained my job, and got a very fair deal.  In this market, that’s a great deal.  I’m happy in that respect.   But there’s a moment when the reality sets in that everything you’ve known for a long, long time is about to change, and you’ve got to make it change for the best.

Mine was when I replaced the taped-to-the-wall “2012 Corporate Paid Holiday Calendar” from the wall with the one from the new company where I’m about to start in 2 days.   It just hit me that I’m leaving, moving, replacing, copying, filing, and organizing files and documents  (to store for “never again” use, no doubt, where they will be discovered only after I retire someday as a long-forgotten collection of relics and wonder why the hell I even bothered keeping “this crap”).  I have company branded Cyberscholar stuff from 2001, the original employee manual, and my 5 and 10 year anniversary gifts proudly displayed on my wall.  The Tiffany Clock for my 5 year Anniversary is still about the classiest thing in my office (placed next to the second classiest thing, a Pink Floyd DSOTM poster), and I cherish the engraved sentiment celebrating a milestone with people who changed an industry.

Over the years, I’ve moved within industries.  I even moved territories only to find the same one major jerk I looked so forward to leaving appear in my new market as a “recent transfer”.    I’ve been to weddings with my clients, celebrations, birthdays, wild parties where people would drink enough to inebriate an elephant, and even a funeral of a retail partner that passed long before he should have.   People decided that I got to be part of their lives that way, and there’s something beautiful about that.  You’re interacting with humanity, and what you do is not just a job.  You mean somehing to people.

Additionally, I put well over 100k on my car in just a few years, and was lucky enough to pay it off.  It still runs great.   I’ve eaten more fast food “dollar” chicken sandwiches and burgers than should be consumed by large groups of people in a lifetime.  I’ve thrown up in parking lots, been screamed at by complete strangers in stores, and helped Post-Thanksgiving Day retail partners free of charge to gain favor (and favors!) with stores to improve ROI.  I’ve had good managers, completely inept managers, one that wrote me up (which I later respected even more as a result because he had to knock me down a few pegs, and I was better for it!) and one whose dismissal left a hole in my heart.  I’ve worked with people who really liked me, some who hated me, and several who misunderstood me.   INFJ and A+ Personality types with ADHD aren’t exactly the kind of people that “connect with everyone”, but I sure as hell tried.  And you do it right when SOMEONE hates you.  That’s just the odds for standing up for what you believe.

I decided long ago:  Haters make you better, because they force you to justify to yourself why they’re idiots.  And you can’t be disingenuous with yourself, so you’re forced to face the mirror and make sure that you’re right.   I always faced that mirror head on, and walked with my head high.   Let them waste their time.

And my own innovations are pretty worthy too, and I have an amazing goal that was set, and I reached it.  It was a nightmare, and I loved it.   People I met would be impressed that I’ve been with the company for almost 12 years, and there’s a pride that a history with a company brings.   You get to be “that guy”.  People look up to you.  Comparing other people’s resume on LinkedIn, 12 years is an eternity.

It’s just weird that it starts over.  A career “Fire Sale”, like in the latest Die Hard movie.  Reset the system back to zero, and put society back in the Stone Age.   I’m back at the starting gate.   Sure, I have seniority and an awesome career and position as a result, and I’m still an industry “veteran” (surely I’ve met that status by now?  Please?  After 15+ total years in electronics and related retail??   Whoever determines that, I’ve GOT to get confirmation!  I’m writing that down to do).    I’m going to celebrate year 1 with a company in 368 days, when I start in about 3 days.   Maybe I enjoyed that too long.   Could be.

Every year for over a decade, I feared the worst – that a contract renewal would end my career.    It never happened.  Then when I least expected it, it happened.  It happened after I told everyone who asked me, who counted ON my experience and longevitiy, and I said NO CHANCE.  “This always happens every year”, I said.  “Delays are part of negotiations.  Relax.  Nothing is going to happen.”   The next thing I know, here we are.   I’ve decided it’s the ultimate mind teaser.  You get to the point where you convince yourself that you’re an expert, and then you’re a rookie.  Maybe that fits in this whole thing in some random B52’s-esque sort of cosmic nonsensical fun inside joke.   I don’t get it, but I”ll fake a laugh and shake those honey buuuuuuns.

So I thought about it.  Packing out a real desk must be an awful experience after being terminated from a company.  I’ve never had to do that, and go through the motions of being let go while your co-workers stare, and the word spreads with whispers and “oh hey” conversations where you can overhear, and heads cautiously peek over the soul-less grey cubicle walls as you either scramble to break out, or sadly waste time procrastinating before leaving.  I imagine it’s humbling, humiliating…. Or maybe in some cases, I guess both parties are happier.  Who knows?

But how do you clean out a remote, virtual desk?

So not having the actual knowledge, I would submit that packing a remote desk sucks even worse.   Okay, so nobody is escorting me off the property.  That’s a plus.  Because I’d be the guy in the breakroom hanging out, wandering my eyes around the walls I’d probably have memorized after decades of lunches, reminding myself with every glance that “this is it, this will be it, after today, no more”.

But when you’re a virtual (remote) employee, you don’t even get the chance to walk around the office, take a few pictures, laugh with co-workers, take that pondering last gaze at the lobby you daily take for granted as you walk through and collect a few memories before stepping into an elevator and letting a chapter of your life close between those heavy quasi-reflecting metal doors as you descend to your new future.   Instead, I send out emails to people.  Scramble to connect on LinkedIn or Facebook.  Someone just rang the doorbell, shoot, I can’t answer that.  I’m on the phone.   Ugh.   It’s a pathetic excuse for a goodbye.  Undignified, impersonal and unless I drive for 13 impractical hours to stop by, also impractical to do.

I don’t care what you think about me for this next part.  I cried.  There’s passion in what I do, and the people who, like me, are hungry and driven for success.  And when it means enough to you, it can hurt.  People who are fueled by motivation and the next deadline do that.  And who do whatever it takes to get the task done, on time, and correctly.   People who are perfectionists drive some people crazy, but they make me drive harder.   And when it catches up to you, it’s an emotional kick.

So how do you pack a remote desk?  I have the answer.

You move paperwork from the old company into a big binder and put it in the closet, somewhere between your mortgage agreement binder, and the employee manual from 2000, set the fresh new binder nearby on the desk and get back to work.   You replace a stupid holiday calendar with one logo on it for the calendar of another logo and have a dawning moment that your life just changed.  You replace the phone extension list of old company with new company, and realize one list contains people you know really well, and the new list offers you ONE person to start with, and the rest are all opportunities.    Then you ponder some good thoughts, put them down on paper, and thank the people who really made a difference to you.   You call them, catch a few words, share some mutual appreciation, and hope you can do it without being interrupted by something that comes up.  If you’re lucky to get through the call, then you hang up, nod to yourself, and get back to work.

Despite my attitudes, outlooks and conditions in life, I’m an optimist, and I wasn’t always that way.  But I believe it matters to choose, and that’s what I choose every time.  Everything is an opportunity if you choose to make it one.  And I chose to make it one every time.   And this is where I learned that.   Oh sure, I have connections.  I could have probably stayed, or “eeked” in somewhere.  Okay, that’s either pride, arrogance or confidence speaking – I’m not exactly sure which one.   But I have a mission to accomplish, and a lot of people count on me for my experience, technical knowledge and internet savvy and expert wordsmithing.  That’s what I do.  That’s what I’m great at.   It’s worth a lot, and I’m proud to always have the ability to retain that.  Maybe I’ll do better, having not the luxury of being casual around people I’ve known for long periods of time.   I get to re-define myself, and make a name for myself with a new group of people.    No problem.   I’ve done it before.   But this time, I’m the new guy, and I have to be impressed with the guys who have been around for a decade.  Well, I raise my bottle to the new experts to learn from.    And lower it to take a big swig.

Still, goodbyes are sad, and I would have preferred to do it in person.   Time to hang up the phone, and nod to myself in a mock gesture that this really is the close of a really great era.

And get back to work.  Time to get hungry for innovation and move forward.

Living in Arizona, dusk is my favorite time of the day.   The sun has set, and these amazing pastel blues, pinks and oranges radiate the sky, as if clouds were glowing and the sky behind it was even lit with bright colors.   It’s good to sit and reflect sometimes on a time that was good, and know that tomorrow has opportunities available beyond your wildest dreams.  I have to figure out how to continue to innovate, and see what new opportunities lie down the road.    That sunrise isn’t far.  It’s this Monday.  But I’m watching the dusk, and the dusk is good.

Goodbye, old company.    It’s been a great ride, and I’m grateful to have worked with you.  I took a chance on you (okay, the better pay and better hours won me, I won’t lie), and you took a chance on me.  We did some great stuff, and we rocked for our client.   Those of you who believed in me – and  you know who you are – thank you.

Hello new company.   I’m stocked, cocked and ready to rock.   Let’s get this party started.

And not to be too hard on my new people:   I *am* that guy.   You had me pegged, and it’s not hard, because I’m not hard to figure out.   You’re going to love what I do, and you’re going to know that I’m on top of what I do, and I’m intense and energetic and a really nice guy.

Okay.  I’ve listened to Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin'” about 20 times in a row now.  I’m ready to move on, both metaphorically, and to something more 80’s and hair-bandish.

Chapter closed.  Day Done.  A Parrot Bay Coconut rum 5-count pour over my Coke.  Vinyl on the platter.   Dusk is over.

I got plans on Monday.

–ANP

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GET CONGRESS IN MY WOMB!

Well, it seems like Obamacare has won.  Or, I should say the PPACA, since that’s the official name, and one of my very good and respected colleagues pointed out that the term “ObamaCare” is a pejorative used by Republicans as a negative way to talk about the bill.    Who knew?  Everyone uses the term.  It’s like “Bush Tax Cuts”.   People against it throw a little sarcasm in their voice if they think Bush was a twatwaffle.  Or “Reaganomics”. That was awesome. You can really see the hatred on someone’s face if they exaggerated “REAAAAAA-ga-NOM!! ICS!!” with disgust. Sheesh, people got sensitive about how we name bills, particularly for someone who offered this idea as his platform for BEING the President. It’s not like we recruited him.   (I almost said people were thin-skinned, and holy hell, let’s not go THERE…)

He doesn’t have problems taking credit for the whole thing.   At least he didn’t back in 2009 when he was interviewed by George Stephanopolopouslous-luppahippopotamussnufalufagus.

I’m Greek, so shut up.  I can say that.

And watch the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0p9Txm55g8

I’m not against healthcare.   I pay dearly for it.  In fact, I was in the hosptial this last month for a back problem, and the one visit cost me $3400. for some liquid valium and morphene.    They didn’t even take X-rays.   I had insurance, so I paid my $100. copay, and was whisked to relief.  I couldn’t imagine NOT having healthcare in this situation.   But where are the people who are pricing healthcare on their own and not finding an acceptable plan?  Are they giving up the non-essentials, like cell phones and cable TV to manage their health?  Statistics suggest that parents are more likely to get their kid a cell phone than get them health insurance.

WAIT, WHAT?!!!

91% of Americans use cell phones.

94% of American have cable or satellite.

81% of Americans are uninsured.

But praise the heavens, they have cell phones and can watch Maury.  Now if the government can hurry up and help out, we could ALL have EVERYTHING.  Amirite?  No, I’m being sarcastic, and I’m sorry.  Sort of.

I’m sorry, the whole “Republicans are bad” attitudes for merely opposing a really bad bill is just ill advised.   Even more so when done by the completely inept and uneducated.   Case in point, this rant from someone on Facebook who has no idea what apparently “anything” means:

First of all, not “every single American” will get covered, and this is not a very well advertised fact.   The dipsticks who watch Chris Matthews – this is news to you, so pay attention.   Sure, you might know if you’ve been following this.  But millions of people will be stuck in the same position they’re in.    Second, healthcare isn’t – nor should it be – a right.   Life saving measures are a right in the medical community with the Hippocratic Oath, swearing to practice medicine ethically, and with certain standards.  Having someone else pay for your pap smear or colonoscopy or acute acne is not – in my mind – free just because you think it should be.   Those are smart, health managing things to do, but they’re not a right and these services aren’t free.  And why should they be?  Should Congress decide that your industry “hook up the American public” with free stuff?   If so, get Mitt Romney on the phone.  My housing and lifestyle are a civil right, and don’t you forget it, either!  I figure we have enough rich people to tax what I owe on my house.   See what I did there? 

And while we’re on the subject of this hideous Facebook post, we’re not “lucky enough” to have Obama.  He’s not a leader that came by chance OR by luck.  He was voted in by an electoral college system based on the desire to take responsibility for the future of this country.  If you want to get technical, he was bought and paid for by the Recording and Movie Industry, for one.   I swear, sometimes I think people just believe our leaders “magically appear”.   You have to wonder if they might have accidentally voted for the Republican in the last election.   I mean we’re like 0 for 4 here.  What an idiot.

But why are the Republicans complaining so loudly?  They don’t stand for the Constitution either.  RomneyCare is…  you know, I just can’t stand the thought of RomneyCare.   Justice Ginsburg cited Romneycare as a reason for upholding Obamaca..  I mean, PPACA.  She even says so HERE.   Now, Romney says if elected, his first order would be to repeal it?  Oh good.  Your plan was so much better, Mitt.  A recent Reuters poll found that 77 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Independents would be more likely to vote for a politician this November if they ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare.
Didn’t Mitt have a similar plan?  Yeah, I thought so.

But finally.  There’s a difference between the two canddiates.  Unfortuantely, it’s still the quip (note, not promise or intention to change anything) from Obama about gay marriage that came a few weeks ago.  Mitt hasn’t run a similar idea past the public yet.   Who knows, it might come.  Heh.  That’d tick off a lot of people.

But I’m not Republican, tho I was in the past, and I understand the argument.  But even the staunch, most ignorant Republicans have a general disdain for Obama that’s clearly undeniable.  But this policy really does suck, so unfortunately, they tend to have a point, even if it’s ill-aimed and not created or carried at an intellectual level.  “That there durn policy shore sucks” is still accurate if the policy sucks.  In other words, bad policy is bad policy, even if idiots say the policy is bad.   I also know people who support Obamac… errr PPACA for the wrong reasons too – it’s because personal preference for their Messiah was dutifully executed – and not because intelligence got in the way of their bigotry.  Or self-proclaimed proof of anti-bigotry.   Whatever.

So here’s what I am against.

I’m against how it was rammed into law, and the attitudes of those “Ends Justify The Means” types who looked past our leaders.  Leaders like Nancy Pelosi, who showed contempt to a reporter asking how a mandated healthcare could be Constitutional.  Instead of engaging in debate by even mentioning the Congress Commerce Clause (which would have at least given the talking heads something INTELLIGENT to discuss with point/counterpoint punditry), she berated the person asking and didn’t even answer the question.  Further, she then asked that the question be “stricken from the record”.  (It wasn’t a courtroom, it was a press media event, so whatever she thinks THAT means…!).    But the same political activists like Pelosi that would demand “The Rule of Law” be enforced and bemoaned Republicans for being so “interpretive” when fearing that the Bill would be struck down, suddenly accepted the clearly political “Interpretation of Law” as an acceptable alternative when it was upheld.   Oh, right, they also happened to agree with it.  See, I caught you guys.   Clever, but you didn’t get past ol Anthy here.  And I don’t do this for a living, so that makes you look even more stupid.

Why do I feel like I’m the only one pointing out that even the lamest attempt to consider that the Commerce Clause was intended to mandate taxes or services at the state level WITHIN THE STATE is a pathetic argument at best, but that the Supreme Court exercised politics over the Constitution and the Law, despite every pundit predicting otherwise?   Do people even understand the point of the Commerce Clause, and why it’s in the Constitution in the first place?  Obviously not.  OBVIOUSLY it’s there so that the Federal Government, after 200 years of NOT mandating citizing purchase anything, get Obamacare.  Our Founding Fathers clearly had this in mind, and NOBODY was smart enough for 200 years to see it that way until now.  Really?  REALLY?!

No, rhetoric matters more, and that kind of dampers my day.   “Caring about sick Americans” trumps “Rule of Law”, is that it?   Emotions rule the day?  Okay.   And I’m a happy guy.  I’m a lover, not a fighter.   So I’ll point out my minor dissent for those educated enough to bother actually looking at the groundbreaking historical event that happened today (and by that, I mean Congress’s new power, not Obamaca.. shoot, PPACA) and join the frolic and festivities.   Life is too short to be angry.   Besides, Obamaca…  PPACA I mean, is not going to be the thing that bankrupts the country.  Federal powers running our housing, transportation and banking industries are already hammering away at our country’s economic value, and the Republicans stand there with their ding-dongs in their hands, watching the trains go by.   This is a big drop, but not THE drop in the bucket.

I only wonder what new laws Republicans will make using this lame precident when they have an interest, and control in Congress.   Based on what Roberts said, Congress only needs to justify it as a tax.   Maybe some outreach church programs aimed to help the less fortunate.  I’d love to see people get taxed to help a Catholic Charity feed the homeless.  Or provide runaway youth with counseling and rehabilitation.   How about a Mormon organization that helps everyone, regardless of religious preference – are people willing to pay THOSE taxes too?  Or perhaps something silly, like a tax for the rich.  (There are enough self-loathing Hollywood types that would probably support that, too!)  And then you HAVE to pay it.   Wait wait… I got it – how about if they taxed our coffee?  Or – here’s a historical event lost on our next generation – what if they taxed our TEA?

I hope you’ll be as happy when the “evolving Constitution” makes you purchase other goods and services because it’s for your benefit, like Justice Roberts pointed out.  Like bus-riders insurance, or auto insurance – just in case you need them, and “for the good of all” if you don’t.  But let’s not dwell upon such unpleasantries on such an eventful day.  Such days will surely come for horrible, forthcoming taxes, and knowing the Republicans, it will be worse than this, and so for today, we shall eat and be merry.  Let it not be said that I would be the party crasher wrecking everyone’s good time.

Co-incidentally, if anyone is serving cake, I love cake.   Let me know and I’ll show up.  Seriously.   And ice cream.  I LOVE cake and ice-cream.

So today I will choose to join and celebrate the passage of Obamaca (errr.. sorry) PPACA with my leftist friends.  I’m counting on you to bring the beers for those upcoming Republican events, too, because you just taught the Pubbies that you can force people to participate in commerce as long as you ultimately admit that you’re taxing them.  But come on, at least man-up (or woman-up!) and ADMIT that Obamacar..  Drats, I mean PPACA… WAS INDEED A TAX.   Can I get an Amen on that?  Come on, I’m celebrating with you.  Give a little, get a little.   Admit it.  It’s okay, we already know.  Just say it.

Now, let’s feel happy about the trillions of dollars and millions of people who just got coverage at our expense.   Hurry, before the money is gone and the 30 million Americans who aren’t covered figure out who they are, and that they’re totally f***ed because they’ll be taxed additionally for someone else’s care and get none themselves.  Hey, maybe that’s a good thing for the Republicans.  30 million jilted votes add up.  Just what they need to control Congress and make you buy their used car too.  “As long as it’s a tax”, Roberts said.

So here’s the moral of the story:

Insanity is picking one of these sides and actually convincing yourself that you’re a better person for it.  Or that it’s right.

But pass that cake.  I’m starving!

–ANP

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Printing Industry REAMS Toshiba. This Headline is Marginally Funny. You Gave Me A Huge Toner…. never mind. Here’s the article.

Anyone with a whit of common sense knows this:  When you shoot, it’s good to know what’s beyond your target.

It’s always humorous to read when someone forgets that on the larger scale, but even moreso when they’re a hypocrite and calling for the end of something they do a worse job of.

Let’s start from the top.

The whole thing started earlier this month when Toshiba announced its plan to  encourage Americans to pledge not to print on one day in October. Toshiba  launched the campaign at the Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego, where  more than 150 companies gathered to promote sustainable practices.
And let’s face it.   Conservation is IN, people.  It’s COOL to own a Prius, to recycle your cans, to join FreeCycle, share or re-use items.   In recent emails, I see my co-workers, contacts and friends with cute little green tree logos, urging me to “consider before printing” in an effort to save the planet.   I have to be honest here – paper is expensive and makes my offer a cluttered mess if I print stuff and don’t use it, so I wouldn’t just NEEDLESSLY fire pages past the rollers for no reason here.  But hey, thanks for the thought!   Maybe you have such a thoughtless and stupid person in your contact list that you interact with that this might actually make them stop and say, “Holy Pulpinator, Batman!  I’m printing out stuff I DON’T EVEN NEED!”.   And so that we’re all on the same page (heh, paper page), I’m good with that, and bravo to you and your careless-but-slow-learning contact!

I should be nicer.  Everyone has to start somewhere.  I’m even jumping in by making my own soil and compost.   Caring about the plant has been cool for a long time, and more people are joining in.    But eventually, the beginning of one craze means the end of another, and sometimes people and industries suffer.

Sometimes people suffer.

Sometimes people suffer immediately.

Like the person who had to answer to the PIA – the Printing Industries Association, the trade group who collectively pinched an entire box of 8 1/2 x 11 upon hearing the news that Toshiba made the announcement.

And that poor sap was Bill Melo from Toshiba, who had to answer on behalf of Toshiba’s Marketing Campaign of “Celebrate No Print Day”.   Printing is wasteful, argues Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.   And you know, they might be right.

But just like my co-workers and their cute email footers, did anybody pay attention?   My paper use didn’t drop as a result of someone suggesting that I do (or don’t do) something.   In fact, the more I print, the more “brown” compost I add to my garden.   Sure, there’s plenty with the weekly local ad-riddled newspaper that uninvitedly shows up on my driveway (and run over carelessly by my wife).   Who reads that thing anyway?   I don’t.  It goes into my garden.   So I have plenty of paper.   But that’s not going to stop me.  If I need to print out a map, or an email for reference, I’m going to whether or not Toshiba says so.

And I think Toshiba is okay with that.  They’re at a conference.  The topic is sustainability.  They’re trying to do right.  I don’t think I’ll be getting publicly castigated for printing my mother-in-law’s new doctor’s office driving directions from Google Maps.  And if they do, they can take it up with her.   I”ll supply the number AND even pay for the call.  Yes, it will go outside of my minutes plan, and I dare you.
But the Printing Industry, reeling and trying to make profits – in their minds – just heard Toshiba tell the entire world, “Hey, everyone who makes paper?  Yeah, screw those guys for a day.  Nobody needs paper.  EFF THOSE GUYS and let’s all SAVE THE PLANET TOGETHER!”.   You can almost hear the needle drag across the vinyl records in their little brains at the top of the 5th floor of the Paper Factory as the screams of agony flare out, the demands for “more coffee” and “get our lawyers on the phone” are screamed mercilessly at secretaries Executive Assistants, who are forced to quickly close their chat windows and Words With Friends screens.

But let’s face it.  Paper is a losing battle, and is an industry that just doesn’t need to be used anymore.   Who would know better than Toshiba?

And Toshiba is right.  We need sustainability.

Especially by a corporation who makes plastic parts and electronics that have a shelf life of less than half a decade, and may include VOCs (Volitile Organic Compounds, known as those things that are really really bad for you) in their finished products.   Toshiba’s contribution to the plant in my case was saving the future of Planet Earth by not producing and supplying a plastic disc called an “Operating System Restore Disc”.  Instead, by placing a copy on the hard-drive, they provided the same feature.   This is great sustainability.  Unless, of course, your hard-drive crashes or otherwise breaks, and then you’re really up the creek.   But forget about my convenience, or my need for a quick solution like a handy copy of Windows 7 for a quick hard-drive swapout.    We are talking the COOLNESS of sustainability, and it can be counted in the number of pounds of plastic that DIDN’T go into the wastebin.   Toshiba sold over 100k of those disc-less computers, saving thousands of needed and useful waste from entering the “someday landfills”.    I’m glad to see that, for as much of an inconvenienced person I was for the duration of my Toshiba blackout where my useless laptop was awaiting a disc in the mail (still waiting, apparently, on a new technology called “THIN AIR” to arrive before I finally receive it), that their concern has spilled into other industries because they care so much about the planet.

So let’s summarize.

Toshiba:  “Let’s have a No-Print Day”.

Printing Industry:  “How sustainable are your plastic computers, replaced every 2 years and offering a 90-day to 1-year warranty?”

Toshiba:  “On second thought, let’s encourage people via email to not buy gasoline for their cars on March 1st and send a message to the oil companies to lower prices…..”

And sometimes, I think this is how that email pass-around stuff gets started.   In fact, I’m convinced that I’ll be seeing it arrive in my work inbox by the end of the month.

Of course, followed by a cute logo of a green tree reminding me not to print it out.

–ANP

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