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The art of layoffs

By on Oct 22, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

I stumbled upon a post on Techcrunch about Yahoo CEO, Jerry Yang’s email to employees that 10% of them will be laid off. Here’s a snip from actual mail :- From: Jerry Yang [] Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 2:20 PM To: Subject: update yahoos, Sad Jerry Yang i feel itโ€™s important for me to reach out to you after our earnings announcement, and before our all hands meeting tomorrow. …crap…crap… …however, because compensation expenses are the single largest part of our costs, we anticipate a reduction of at least 10% of our global workforce by year-end. …more crap… as always, i thank you for all you do as yahoos. best, jerry Now 100% of the Yahoos wait hopelessly will have to wait for next several weeks to know if they will still be the yahoos. My laser vision notices that Jerry...

Yahoo BOSS Hates Windows!

By on Aug 5, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

This post is not about Mr. Jerry Yang hating Steve Ballmer. This post is about Yahoo’s BOSS framework (or the engineer behind it; precisely, Vik Singh) hating microsoft. It looks like hating Microsoft is the ‘in’ thing these days. Anyway, I totally dislike the Question Answer Service created on top of Yahoo BOSS. I tried entering few simple questions and it gave me totally vague answers. Frustrated with the service, I typed “Why does this service suck?” in the qusetion box and got following answer (see screenshot) – Looks like Vik Singh hates windows. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or is that some clever hardcoding in just 50 lines of code he wrote to create this service?...