I'm trying not to be a gnarled, grizzly, burnt-out old hack, I really am. But I just don't know how much more of the cute factor I can handle.
Stories by Don Tennant
I sure hope I don't get in trouble for this. The last thing I need is to be whisked away into some little room the next time I'm passing through US immigration, and they run my name through their computers.
I'll be the first to admit that being in this business for any appreciable time makes you a little jaded. The non-stop bombardment of vendor hype and marketing spin, combined with the relentless, merciless cascade of PR drivel, is enough to turn anybody into a crotchety old cynic.
But occasionally something refreshing comes to light and you're reminded that there's a reason why people are attracted to the IT profession, whether it's as a user, a supplier, a service provider, an analyst or even a journalist observing it all from the outside. It helps you to regain your perspective and to remember that all the hype, spin and drivel aside, there's a lot of good that's being accomplished in the IT realm.
Sometimes I can't help but wonder how on earth some IT vendors have made it as far as they have. They can be so dumb you just want to slap them.
It was one of my toughest cases. And I've had some tough ones. I'm a dick. I've been one for a long time. Excuse me? No, no, no, come on. It's slang for "detective" or "private investigator."