The World Wide Web. The reason that web site addresses generally start with "www". The graphical, easy-to-use interface of the Internet. Seems like it's been around forever, right? Well, not really.
Actually, it's only been around for twenty years. In celebration of its 20-year anniversary, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (which, for some crazy reason is abbreviated as CERN), has re-published the first web page ever. I've enclosed a screen shot, but if you want to see the actual page, click here. (WARNING: It's not very sexy.)
I have a HUGE favor to ask of you, gentle readers.
Very few of my posts here get commented on. Some posts receive no comments at all.
Now, it's not that nobody visits this site. In fact, 34 people visited yesterday, and over a thousand last month. So there ARE visitors... maybe they're just shy.
So... I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to comment as you drive by. But if you either don't really have anything to say, or are too shy to put yourself out there... please pass this site on to a friend, and recommend that he or she give it a spin. My thinking is that if I can increase the number of visitors, there's a good chance I'll increase the number of commenters.
As of Friday, March 28, my employment at Hewlett-Packard has come to a close.
I started working there on October 1, 2012. So, you can say it was basically six months. You're probably thinking to yourself, "But Jim, why would they let a groovy guy like you slip away? Are they crazy?"
No, they're not crazy. They just didn't have any work that matched my skill set. (That is, unless I wanted to move to Malaysia. I thought about it for a hot second, but I'm fairly sure that the commute would be a real bee-yotch.) They were very decent about it, they did give me two weeks' notice (and if I could've gotten an assignment during that time, I'd still be there). Plus, I'll be getting a severance package, almost unheard of when you've only been on the job for six months. All in all, they've been pretty decent about it, and I totally get the business logic behind it: Employees are supposed to help make the company money, and since they had no work that was a fit for me, keeping me was costing them money. Everyone there was very kind and friendly to me, from management to co-workers. It's one of those things that just didn't work out.
I'm trying to stay positive and upbeat. I have a few irons in the fire -- don't want to jinx myself, so I won't be giving details at this point. But, I think things will work out in the long run.