Everything comes in tens in ICT and so too do quitters. Here is Fry Up’s top ten quitters, in no particular order, with QI (Quit Importance) ranking from one (who?) to 10 (radical overhaul of share portfolio/government investment required).
1. Fairfax to flick a third of its share in Trade Me through an IPO. (8)
2. Brendan Boyle resigns as Department of Internal Affairs CEO and government CIO to take up role as Ministry of Social Welfare CEO. (6)
3. Vodafone to dump Southern Cross Cable as its international connectivity supplier and go with Pacific Fibre from 2014. (7)
4. Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO. (11)
5. Alcatel Lucent NZ country manager Jyoti Mahurkar-Thombr leaves for Asia Pacific regional role with company. (1)
6. Kieran Cooney, the director of marketing who fronted to the media following Telecom’s failed All Black abstinence campaign, leaves for a communications role in Australia’s National Broadband Network. (3)
7. UK government gives up on the idea of shutting down internet services during major crises such as a citizen revolt. (9)
8. HP signals it may exit the PC market. (8)
9. US pilots abandon paper manuals on flights and replace them with 11,000 Apple iPads running a special aeronautical app. (4)
10. Telecom shareholders, possibly, if Standard and Poor's downgrades credit rating following Chorus demerger. (5)
Microsoft sets new benchmark for conference food
Sources close to Microsoft’s senior management team have told Fry Up that a major concern for this year was how the 2000 or so conference delegates at this week's Tech.Ed conference in Auckland would respond to the new menu.
Here’s what our correspondent said:
Lunch: great – good variety for the first day, vegetarian options plentiful, but remember, don’t overindulge, especially on the carbs, otherwise you feel sleepy at the afternoon sessions. The squid rings were a treat, so much so that one attendee piled his plate with them exclusively. For something sweet after lunch, the Turkish delight and fondue fountain was hard to beat (later the fountain was replaced by big jars of lollies like an old fashioned sweet store).
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish
Steve Jobs will stay on as chair of Apple but he is gone as CEO, in a gradual departure from the company that took on the tech industry and won and won and won.
This week’s Fry Up video is Jobs giving the Stanford University commencement address in 2005. The Man on the man.
A Joyce day
As part of Fry Up' s occasional series (which may or may not have begun today) on ICT Minister sightings, we spotted Steven Joyce not once, but twice on Wednesday. First at the Tech.Ed keynote session and later at a crossroads in Albany for the launch of Chorus’s Ultra Fast Broadband rollout.
When told of the double-sighting during a post-photo opportunity press interview, the Minister replied “You are having a Joyce day.”