Corporate hypocrisy by HP

I’m reading a bunch of blogs about HP’s board and, man, does it get worse and worse.

Check this out: testimony in front of the U.S. House of Representatives by HP’s Scott Taylor, Chief Privacy Officer. What did he tell them? “First and foremost is that privacy is actually a core value at HP. As a company, HP is 100 percent committed to excellence in consumer and employee privacy…” 

Now compare that to what Patricia Dunn, chairwoman at HP apparently did. Lying. Breaking the law. And invading people’s privacy.

If Patricia Dunn is ever hired to a company I’m working for I’m instantly quitting. She should be fired. Instantly. Without cause. Without a severance check. Without ANYTHING. (She should listen to Paul Kedrosky, who calls on her to resign, and save HP and its shareholders from this trouble).

HP, do you have no shame?

Hewlett and Packard are twisting in their graves tonight. What a shame. Whatever happened to “the HP way?” It died today.

UPDATE: congrats again to Tom Perkins, the guy who walked out in disgust. The letter he sent to HP’s board is now online.

UPDATE 2: Dave Taylor, who worked at HP with both Hewlett and Packard, gives us the historical context behind why this can be traced back to Carly Fiorina’s time running HP. The Washington Post also reports that HP is saying that the “leaker” also leaked info leading up to Carly’s firing.

Short videos about cool places

Weird, on Sunday Pradeep Sethi emailed me this cool video about Halfmoon Bay coffeehouses (all the stuff you see is real near our new home).

Then today the San Jose Mercury News has an article on TurnHere, the company who is doing a ton of these cool videos.

Funny enough how did I learn about this? My RSS feed? No. My email? No. Digg? No. Someone left a copy of the dead trees version on a coffee table in the office. Heheh, I guess that’s justice, huh?

Anyway, nice videos about cool places.

Watching movies on laptops

A friend came over on Saturday and had a laptop full of movies. He said he had bought the DVDs and just ripped them to his hard drive so he could watch random movies while sitting in a plane, or whatnot. One of the movies was “Gandhi.” What a wonderful movie. Anyway, I hooked the laptop up to my HDTV screen and watched it there. Other than being small (Sony’s HDTV doesn’t play 1280×1024 full screen for some reason, I gotta figure out if there’s some way to force it to be full screen) it was wonderful.

I wonder how many other people are doing that, though?

What prompted my post? This article by the Associated Press that says that most people won’t watch long things online. I think that’ll change over time as more of us get laptops with better screens and as more of us get screens at home that a computer can hook up to (most Windows Vista computers will be capable of playing video to an XBox 360, which is how I will watch, say, Ze Frank, next year).

Speaking of which, is there any way to play Quicktime movies full screen?

UPDATE: here’s the long video I’m watching now. It’s Ze Frank speaking at TED. What can I say? I’m an edge case. Just don’t call me that!

What a story: HP spies on its own board members

This one is wild (top story on MSNBC right now, it’s an article from Newsweek).

The basics: a director at HP leaks something to the press. A chairwoman gets pissed. Starts spying on home phone records and other stuff. Alledgedly catches leaker*. Then causes backlash because of her methods. Causes other board member to resign. The leaker was asked to resign (he’s still serving, cause he refused, saying that’s the role of shareholders). And the SEC is involved cause the reason the board member’s resignation wasn’t disclosed promptly or properly.

Me? Damn. I don’t know who to pick on in this one. The leaker isn’t nice and wasn’t smart (lesson: if you’re gonna leak, don’t do it with your own cell phone — didn’t this guy know about Skype and Gmail?)

The methods to find this person are over the line, though. If I found out my employer were using that kind of method I’d be looking over my shoulder and finding another job. I don’t want to work for the KGB. Even worse? The methods used to get the phone records involved lying to the phone company (which is against the law).

How far HP has fallen since the days of Hewlett and Packard. It’s sad.

*=the guy involved claims he wasn’t the leaker, but resigned just to protest the methods being used.

No winners here in my book. What about in yours?

UPDATE: Actually, the winner is Tom Perkins, the VC who quit the board in disgust. I totally agree with TechDirt on that one.

HP, do you have any honor?

Payperpost continues its “hit campaign” on Scoble

As long as you guys keep linking to me I’m happy that someone is paying you to post. Heheheh!

Speaking of which, if you wanna get paid to blog there’s a lot better way to do THAT than get paid a few bucks to post. I know of a few companies right now hiring bloggers. I don’t even have to link to them. I bet that within a few minutes someone will post a link to the sites that are listing jobs for bloggers.

For everyone else: PayPerPost is paying people to link to me and make fun of me. Damn, why didn’t I think of that?


Skypecast on now

Get the new Skype 2.6 beta and join in with the SkypeCast. We already have six people on the cast. UPDATE: the test was a success. We had about a dozen people online and the quality was great. A great way to get a group of people together and talk about something.

One problem, though, was people entering who didn’t have headsets. Sometimes we’d get some weird feedback. Easily solved by muting them, but a bit frustrating. Also the interface could be improved a bit for asking questions via text so you don’t have to disturb the main chat. 

It’s amazing this is free.

One thing I wish was for a “record this session” button so that I could record what we talked about and point you at that. Sorry, no recording of this one exists. Next time I’ll get my podcasting device out and record it, but next time I’ll have something to talk about.

Hey, speaking of which, next Tuesday Apple is having a special announcement and PodTech will be there, so maybe we should all get together next week after the announcement and get together and talk about it (no, I’m not gonna give you my predictions again. I’ve been burned by Apple once already).