As Though I’m Still Alive

It is once more towards the backside of week out and despite my infirmities of recovery, and diverted attention, I find myself once more in the tab pruning mode.

First, I note that the general attitude of GEN Y seems to be changing towards workplace dynamics. Back when I was a young man we were pretty open about whether our desires were for high pay, high risk or lower pay, higher stability. Engineers often opted for the pay/risk track and many are now homeless and destitute. Many in the sciences opted for stability and are now secure except for the uncertainty of their pensioning instrumentality.  I had noted that GEN Y seemed to be much more about rapid advancement rather than responsibility on both sides, and indeed much of that made some sense given the bankruptcy of trust engendered by many employing organizations in terms of dismissals and outright abuse. Now I see [Link] a PEW poll that indicates the attitude has shifted, possibly because of the widespread unemployment of the recession. This is shortly accompanied by some Spanish research that indicates a catastrophic situation where job insecurity translates into dissatisfaction, which reduces efficiency and productivity, thus increasing the risk of job termination.

The intriguing question seems to be how deep will be the rebound? Given the fervor of the ‘Occupy’ activities, one may hypothesize that we shall move a lot closer to feudalism and perhaps even government control of employment. Somehow that seems a fitting fate for the capitalist oligarchs who escaped firing squads after betraying their employees. But it also smacks rather too much of pipe dream and too many medications.

Next, since it is sundae, I offer up a quote [Link]

“there may be no God in the universe, but let’s live as though there is, and even if we are wrong it will be a glorious way to be proved mistaken”.

from the former Anglican bishop of Scotland. It’s from a book he has written, Leaving Alexandria, that is claimed to be enjoying a high level of popularity. Seems like a good instruction for any religionist organization: make the world better for people, not for the organization.

Next, I note an article [Link] by Matt Asay foretelling, with good argument, the demise of Winders. I agree with Matt that the only thing workable on an Apple Mac, back when I was forced to use one by the Flag Commanding the Missile Factory, was Office. Not that it was very good in those days, and we could still use WordPerfect which was and is much better but pummeled into hiding by the tyrant of the transistor.

I had an exchange yesterday with a colleague, Magnetic-Electric Fields, about how MegaHard has adopted the tile GUI for Winders Ate so it can follow Canonical and Apple into the monolith era. This now prompts me to consider that MegaHard may become totally irrelevant and leave us with a vacuum. If MegaHard were to abandon Winders how would we adapt? Would we be as solicitous of Winders users now orphaned as we are of those whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes this week? I doubt it. I suspect we would sell them costly installs of some Linux distribution tailored to Potemkin village Winders look and feel and tell them to grow up and learn to be users.

If you can’t use command line, you’re a mind serf, at best. Of course we would then have to contend with Canonical becoming the next Sauron.