Bye bye birdie

One of my spies at Sprint reported that the place is in a shambles since layoffs. First, everyone had to reapply for their jobs and if accepted were congratulated by Sprint. Then, the official letter made it clear that the company is conducting a pay survey and salary reductions might be made.

Amber came clean on all the suspicious behaviour of late. The biotech company she works for offered her a big raise and a new position. "The new post is in London ," she said. "You can work from anywhere, right Cringe?" Huh?

Sour Sprint

The folks at Sprint ain't so lucky. One of my spies within the company reported that the place is in a shambles since layoffs. First, everyone had to reapply for their jobs and if accepted were congratulated by Sprint. Then, the official letter made it clear that the company is conducting a pay survey and salary reductions might be made. Next, they took some vacation days away from people who have been there more than five years.

And, Sprint decided that the day after Thanksgiving is no longer a holiday. Perhaps the worst news from my spy, though, is that the vice president of IT is making a big push to outsource as much as possible, in praise of the almighty dollar. The nail in the coffin for those lucky survivors is that Sprint did away with the stock-option plan. Ouch.

Mylex, which was bought by IBM then sold again to LSI Logic, is now causing trouble for one VAR, who resells a fair share of Mylex RAID adapters including fibre channel ExtremeRAID products. My spy's system, called Mylex, died earlier this month and submitted a request via the company's website, but has not received word from the company.

"Don't expect a request to be handled by LSI in a timely manner," my spy grunted. "I guess I can kiss my $US2000 goodbye and buy a replacement."

Open sores

Another spy of mine reported more problems with Red Hat. When trying to upgrade to 7.2, he ran into a problem when the post-install configuration hung. He's no novice — my spy has been in IT since 1966 — but he had to shut off the power in order to clear the box. Now, my spy's support package included 30 days of support, and therein the problem lies. Even with screen prints and detailed configuration information, Red Hat was not convinced there was a problem. The result: it took 30 days for Red Hat to see the problem as, well, a problem. "When I finally convinced them, my 30 days had expired and they wouldn't talk to me unless I sent money," he said. 

"I didn't tell you because I wanted to make up my own mind first," she said. Things got interesting when Amber said she thought I would move to England with her. "I'll need some time to think this one over." Would Apache the Airedale stand a round in the pubs of England ?

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