January 25, 2005 update: as per IBM Corporate standards, if I link to an audio or video clip, I need to provide a textual description for people with disabilities. I've posted a description of the video at the end of this blog, also in blue.
I got pinged* by Michael O'Connell the day before Thanksgiving pointing me to a web site with an article on corporate blogging at big technical companies like HP, Sun, Microsoft, and yes, IBM.
The article itself was fairly interesting - for instance - I didn't realize that Sun #2 guy Jonathan Schwartz has a blog. Surprisingly, it quoted my recent blog on Steve Ballmer's comments on Microsoft vs. open source security. The quote taken didn't really reflect (IMHO) the "fair and balanced" tone I tried to strike in the blog, but oh well, not that big a deal.
And now for something really funny.
As I was searching for the full text of Steve Ballmer's quote** and stumbled across a web page that links to several videos that show Ballmer doing and saying some really funny things. I would try to describe this video, but I don't know if my words could do justice to its funnyness. So instead, just right-click and save this link, then enjoy the show. Here's the whole page, which has one other funny video.
Though I disagree with Ballmer's arguments against open source, I really appreciate his passion for Microsoft and his willingness to pump up the Microsofties (not being sarcastic).
Should Sam Palmisano (IBM's CEO) ever do a dance like that on camera, I will definitely link to it ... but I'm not holding my breath :-)
* "pinged" simply means "sent an instant message to someone" in IBM lingo. Of course the term comes from the eternally useful ping program that you can use from Windows or Xnix to determine if a certain computer is alive or not. I'm not sure if this term is used in this context at other companies / institutions or not.
** Thanks to Michael O'Connell and my nephew Jay Solano for linking to the full-text in the comments section of the blog. Hi Jay!
Video description: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, runs on stage at a Microsoft developers conference and runs around, screaming and doing a funny "dance". Finally, a sweaty and exhausted Ballmer steps to the Microphone and shouts "I ... LOVE ... THIS ... COMPANY!!! WOOOOOO!!!!".
Follow-up on Steve Ballmer, "CEO of the Dance"