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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I'm so flattered

A kind reader wrote:

"This is probably one of the last places where one can get the real deal. The internal blogs and newsgroups are already being censored, everything is always logged.

I wonder what kind of wonderful discussions we'd have if we had an anonymous discussion forum at Intel, where everything goes, and everyone is allowed to challenge any ideas. No sacred cows there. Unfortunately, that's never going to happen. It would be too dangerous to the powers that be. They'd be some unnecessary namecalling, of course, but I think the possible benefits would far outweigh any problems."

I've seen that sort of discussion at Intel. Wide open. Identities exposed. No topic off limits and for the most part the discussion was pretty civil. Usually it happens at lunch :-)

But more than being flattered, I'm truly glad that people find this forum useful. If you have something important to say and don't want it buried in the comments, feel free to email me at and I'll be happy to publish it as a stand-alone article. Likewise if you have topics you want comments on.

Hang in there people. September is almost upon us.


At August 24, 2006 4:25 AM, Anonymous Sanj said...

Well done you for highlighting that post, with a little bit more guts like that maybe we can get the 'powers that be' to drop their paranoia and let original thought and radical thinking find it's rightful place again. We have never needed it more.

How can we make them understand how beneficial a constructive dissenting counter argument can be? I have already seen a few honest brave souls get thrown overboard for being vocal. I think on another topic somewhere here someone pretty much nailed it when they called it ‘settling old scores’, so I can’t see much incentive to bring this to the attention of the ‘powers that be’. Unless of course you are looking forward to your pay-off, which some around here clearly are!

As you say September is upon us, I hope that we will all be here to look forward to October, but somehow I doubt it.

At August 24, 2006 6:52 AM, Anonymous Zeebedee said...

sanj, you can never have worked in the UK, peeps have tried with the great and the good and been burned for it.

All the luminaries here are long termers that offer nothing more radical than singing the Intel song at lunch, dissenting voices have tried to tell them for years.

I'd be shocked if they have had an original thought in a very long time. If you see the quality of leadership we have to endure now, you would understand my view. I would love to give some examples, but I would be all too obvious and be pinpointed. I actually wouldn't be upset if I find myself on an exit list in the near future. I just wish they would get on with telling us what they are going to do.

At August 24, 2006 10:20 AM, Blogger PentrinoVI said...

Hey ZBB,

I have an algorithm that can strip out any identifying labels. So email me if you like.

At August 29, 2006 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's bloody partisan politics here, starting from the top. Just name a few pushed-asides from the past few years:

Andy's: Albert (retired)
Craig's: Sunlin (retired), Bill (retired), Anand (demoted)
Previous CEO contenders:
Mike (AMAT): Jason (TSMC)
Mike (CDNS): Abhi (LSI)

Dadi is still here because he can deliver.

My experience here is that bunch of marketing people running around and think they know, but they don't.

At August 31, 2006 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang on to your hats!

From :

"CNET has come out as the first organ willing to put a firm number on Intel's alleged upcoming mass layoff. The online rag reckons that up to 10,000 workers will be cleaved from Intel's payroll. Word of the layoffs should arrive next Tuesday after the stock markets close their regular trading sessions.

Rumors of large layoffs at Intel have swirled ever since CEO Paul Otellini said he would examine all possible cost cutting options. So far, Intel has relieved itself of two business units and fired 1,000 managers. According to CNET, things will get worse for the Intel regulars next week when the company decimates its 100,000 strong workforce."

At August 31, 2006 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the original story from CNET.

"Intel has about 100,000 employees worldwide, so the cut could be as high as 10 percent of the company's staff.

The job cut is likely to weigh particularly heavily on marketing staff. Intel studies comparing its own staffing levels to competitors' concluded that the ratio of marketing personnel to salespeople was too large, the sources said."

At September 01, 2006 4:15 PM, Anonymous insider said...

A bigger number in this report, we should all know by Sept 15th. In any event, it aint pretty.


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