How Mobbing Works

No I am neither on the receiving nor the giving end this time.

But now that someone said “Hey see this guy’s kissing up to the boss, he’s always doing this and that and then he’s getting help and not properly admitting that!” I really have to monitor my own behavior. Something always sticks. Talking bad about others in the workplace should be such a big NoNo especially those that you have to work with closely. It is soo easy to deviate from standard behavior to mobbing type behavior.

I look at people in a different way however much I don’t want to. This works both ways of course: if someone says something positive most often somethings sticks as well. But the good side isn’t nearly as predictable as the bad side. It takes months to annihilate such mean statements. Once made you cannot take them back. Reminds of one of my favorite quotes “Ein Wort ist wie ein Pfeil, ….” which I associate with a poem by Hilde Domin Unaufhaltsam.

Increasing Search Results

I am not an expert on the topic, but today I heard about someone who wanted to increase traffic to their site with improved search results obtained with a some kind of not so new google hack: autogenerated pages that re-link to the original one a gazillion times. I think such practice may lead to google taking your site from its index:

Your page was manually removed from our index, because it did not conform with the quality standards necessary to assign accurate PageRank. We will not comment on the individual reasons a page was removed and we do not offer an exhaustive list of practices that can cause removal. However, certain actions such as cloaking, writing text that can be seen by search engines but not by users, or setting up pages/links with the sole purpose of fooling search engines may result in permanent removal from our index. If you think your site may fall into this category, you might try ‘cleaning up’ the page and sending a re-inclusion request to help@google.com. We do not make any guarantees about if or when we will re-include your site.

from Google Information for Webmasters

There are lots of other (legit) ways to get better search results rather than faking pages that do not exist. The “faking pages” thing is something I read about in an article on how to foil evil bots with the creation of “honeypots”
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Would you have done it?

Selbstjustiz: Franzose versucht, vermeintlichen Bin Laden zu überfahren: in short – some guy sees someone he thinks is bin Laden and tries to run him over.

S: Ich kann mir das so richtig vorstellen, so ein Südfranzos oder Jamaicaner (im Fernsehen lief gerade Cool Runnings) der da so einen Typ über den Haufen fährt.
R: Ach hätt ich auch gemacht!
S: Also wenn du so einen Typ mit langem Bart irgendwo rumlaufen siehst, fährst du den über den Haufen?
R: Klar.
S: Ich dich auch 🙂

Outsourcing, Inder und GreenCards

Interview mit Deutschlands Dell-Chef: “Die Cebit hat deutlich an Bedeutung verloren”. Ob diese Aussage stimmt mag dahingestellt bleiben.

Aber ein interessantes Zitat zum Thema bleibt noch zu erwähnen:

Wir betrachten das Thema Outsourcing recht kritisch. Outsourcing führt in der Regel dazu, dass sich Unternehmen sehr eng an einen Partner binden und folglich abhängig von ihm sind. Die Unternehmen verlieren ihr Know-how und die Oursourcing-Leistungen sind allzu oft nur durchschnittlich.

Wird ja doch in vielen Firmen diskutiert, praktiziert und ausprobiert. Was ich davon halte: nix. Ich glaube nicht, dass es funktioniert sich in irgendeinem osteuropäischen oder südostasiatischen Billiglohnland eine Entwicklungsabteilung zuzulegen.
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Remember Wheel of Time

Today I was going through my bookmarks and found a folder with Wheel of TIme pages. So when is the next sequel coming out I thought and went looking. What I found is a bit hilarious and frustrating at the same time:

#11 is scheduled for January 2005 and there is one prequel out and two more prequels scheduled. I just want a big boom finale and soon, please.

A few links
Official Page
The WOT Character Archive
Compendium of WOT Characters
Index of WOT Resources
The huge FAQ
WOT Theory
WOT News