Evidence of the chip

A week or so ago, I wrote about the “chip” that some Microsoft employees seem to have implanted in their brains.

A couple of people contacted me to tell me the days of the “chip” were long gone.

Apparently that’s not the case, however. And here is the evidence.

Profile Microsoft evangelist Don Dodge was laid off, recently, in the latest round of cuts. As he says on his blog:

Microsoft announced more layoffs today, and I was one of them. This was a total surprise to me, and management offered no explanation. This is pretty standard procedure, mostly for legal reasons, but none the less left me with a cold feeling…but only for a minute or two.

Nice of him to be so level headed about the fact that he was just fired. Obviously, the chip is still inserted tight at this point.

A few days later, he is hired to work as an evangelist for Google. Seconds later, the chip has fallen out, and you get these remarks on his blog:"

Last week started a new personal journey for me. One without Microsoft. So, why not move forward without Microsoft technology, and try the new alternatives? Old habits die hard, but these were actually pretty easy to break…

I made the switch to Gmail last week and it has been awesome! Outlook has been an old familiar friend for years, but it was getting kind of tired…

Hey, isn’t this November of 2009? Why Word 2007? One of the nice things about Google Docs, and all web based products, is that they can be updated continuously with no interruption to you…

OK, now that I am no longer with Microsoft, I can admit I had iPhone envy. My Windows Mobile “Smartphone” didn’t measure up….

Thanks Microsoft Internet Explorer, but I’m moving to Google Chrome. Chrome starts faster, loads pages faster, and is easier to use…

Fake Steve Jobs, one of my favourite blogs on the internet, summarised the whole thing very nicely I thought, in a post where he calls Don a Borgocrat (Fake Steve refers to everything Microsoft as the Borg), and compares previous posts Don has made with his new position on products for the company.

If this isn’t evidence that the “chip” still exists, I don’t know what is.

3 Responses to“Evidence of the chip”

  1. November 18, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    De ja vue, James?
    St Paul could have been said to have had a Roman corporate chip inplant, until he found himself traveling to Damascus.
    What you're describing is a classic Damascus Moment.
    I'm sure many are waiting for the termination of your LBG chip… surely it can't co-exist with your new DWP chip – or are you still waiting for the project team to deliver that, which could take a while and cost 100 times the going rate, like everything else in DWP!
    PS: How's the hunt for an architect going, James – found anyone daft enough to take that thankless and ultimately fruitless role?

  2. November 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    " The intensity with which they are held does not prevent nationalist loyalties from being transferable. To begin with, as I have pointed out already, they can be and often are fastened up on some foreign country. One quite commonly finds that great national leaders, or the founders of nationalist movements, do not even belong to the country they have glorified. Sometimes they are outright foreigners, or more often they come from peripheral areas where nationality is doubtful. Examples are Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon, de Valera, Disraeli, Poincare, Beaverbrook. The Pan-German movement was in part the creation of an Englishman, Houston Chamberlain. For the past fifty or a hundred years, transferred nationalism has been a common phenomenon among literary intellectuals. With Lafcadio Hearne the transference was to Japan, with Carlyle and many others of his time to Germany, and in our own age it is usually to Russia. But the peculiarly interesting fact is that re-transference is also possible. A country or other unit which has been worshipped for years may suddenly become detestable, and some other object of affection may take its place with almost no interval. In the first version of H. G. Wells's Outline of History, and others of his writings about that time, one finds the United States praised almost as extravagantly as Russia is praised by Communists today: yet within a few years this uncritical admiration had turned into hostility. The bigoted Communist who changes in a space of weeks, or even days, into an equally bigoted Trotskyist is a common spectacle. In continental Europe Fascist movements were largely recruited from among Communists, and the opposite process may well happen within the next few years. What remains constant in the nationalist is his state of mind: the object of his feelings is changeable, and may be imaginary. "
    – George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism

  3. November 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    Neil,
    I hope I don't have a chip, either for Lloyds or DWP. It would be a mistake to think that because I choose not to say something, it means I support everything.
    Architect hunt going fantastically thankyou. We have 50 or so candidates I believe. Obviously not everyone has the same opinion of the Department as you!

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