Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.

6/26/2008

High Oil Prices Good for Domestic Economy!

Filed under: Advice from your Uncle Jim,Career Archive,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:28 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Third Quarter Moon

Yes, it’s true the higher cost of sending things overseas makes our economy stronger.

Well, in what I have to admit is a nice turn of events, ABC has an article telling us how the high oil prices are actually generating manufacturing jobs here, at home, in the good, old United States of America. Yea! So, what I’ve been saying for quite some time is finally being recognized by industry at large: it’s cheaper to “outsource” to small towns in Middle America than it is to send the work overseas. Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite as true when I was saying it back in 2003, but it sure seems to be now.

You know, it’s not that I mind being right, even when I’m right so far ahead of the curve, but I sure wish people in positions of power would start listening to guys who have been in the trenches. Most of us really do know more than you’d expect about this stuff. Honest.


Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"Happiness is a direction, not a place."
   --Sydney J. Harris

4/12/2004

Clueless Blogger

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Geek Work,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:21 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Third Quarter Moon

Oh, man, this guy just doesn’t get it….

Okay, so I was checking my links and updating my link to A Day in the Life of an Information Security Investigator and saw another blog on the same site called Viewpoint from India: An IT Outsourcing Blog. Out of morbid curiosity, I went to look. The poor buy was complaining that he didn’t get enough response from his blog. My first thought was, “Man, this guy doesn’t get it! He’s the freakin’ enemy! Of course no one wants to comment on his blog!!” But, then, I actually read some of his earlier posts. Turns out, he’s afraid of all the same things we are: bad economy, a weak job market, and, yes, even outsourcing. Of course, he’s worried about the Chinese, but he’s also worried about the US pulling work back. I can’t say I’m sorry about that last bit, but I do understand his fear.
But, still, in the very same post that he whines about not enough readership, he also tells his readers to, essentially, suck it up and accept that this is the new way of doing global business. He says, essentially, that he and others like him will undercut us as much as they can for as long as they can to improve their way of life and too bad if we don’t like it. Not a friendly, warm, welcoming blog author, is he? And, not real big on who his potential readers are, either.
Now, I know that outsourcers read my blog, based on semi-anonymous comments that they have left, apparently out of cowardice. But, I write how I feel anyway, because my target audience is other guys like me who are constantly on the verge of losing our jobs to guys like them!

Here’s the thing, we determine the global economy. If we make it too expensive in terms of good will for companies to outsource overseas, then we change the global economy in a way that we like. That, gentle readers, is the way economics works. We, the consumers, are, in fact, a market force. How we feel and how we prefer that companies do business is an important factor in global markets. So, if we’re tired of losing jobs to offshoring, are we wrong to change that? Even to legislate a change? NO! We are acting as a market force! Welcome to the real global economy, buddy. I do have a say in how well, or even if, outsourcing works. And so do the rest of you. Either way you feel, make your voice heard. It’s your right as a participant in that oft cited global economy, so don’t forget to exercise it.

10/27/2003

Why off-shore outsourcing is a bad idea

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Geek Work,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:49 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Here’s just one example.

You can’t control a foreign workforce with domestic laws. Oh, but that would never be a problem, right? WRONG! Check this story at the Sanfrancisco Gate. So, is it a good idea to let sensitive data go off-shore for entry when it could get released without permission? I don’t think so. After all, I’m not sure I want my medical records open for all to see. And, if you have any kind of psychological issues, would you want records of that to be publicly available? Based on the situation in that article, it could.
So, do you still think off-shore outsourcing is a good idea?

6/3/2003

H1B1 Visa, Feel The Burn!

Filed under: Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:27 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Okay, so now, we’re hitting close to home.

I don’t have anything against people seeking the American Dream, no matter where they’re from. But, there are a lot of American Citizens that are out of work and we still give jobs to “visitors” from other countries. Why? My wife basically lost her job because she was more expensive than someone else who was here on an H1B1. Frankly, it made both of us a bit angry. Well, guess what? We’re not the only ones. Here’s an article at Wired News about the H1B1 backlash. I hope the legislature is paying attention to this.


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