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January 9, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 1:50 PM

Leendert Van Doorn, formerly a Senior Manager in IBM’s Research Dision, writes about the reasons he left IBM.

I had the good fortune to work with Leendert and I have a profound personal respect for him, so this is certainly thought provoking.


  1. Re: do your IBM’s Research managers read your blogs?
    I don’t know, I certainly don’t hide it.

    Comment by mulix — January 9, 2007 @ 6:48 PM | Reply

    • Re: do your IBM’s Research managers read your blogs?
      Leendert’s reasons for leaving are clearly thought out, and I personally admire his fortitude for taking a step away from such a secure position. The thought provoked in me from reading his explaination have to do with the long-term goals of a research division. He writes: “In this new reality with each division having its own active acquisition strategy what should the role of Research be? Some wishful thinkers hope that Research will become more “science” focused,…” It is my opinion that research has been focused on technology for long enough now. Keep that focus and develop new and better (faster) software and hardware, but also start hiring people who are able to ponder the application of these new technologies. Smaller and faster are all well and good, but it is time to take a step back and view what we already have as a base for making things more beneficiaal to mankind. We who use what is there (rather than experiment) wonder when these technologies are finally going to make a difference in our lives. Maybe it is time to hire a room full of philosophers who can ponder why we have technology, and suggest ways to “wire” the human’s world.

      Comment by alpha_unit — January 11, 2007 @ 8:57 AM | Reply

  2. Re: firmware
    i’ve made little patch to mkinitramfs:
    the little guide is on
    unfortunately guide is in polish language but it is simple 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous — January 17, 2007 @ 4:48 PM | Reply

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