Posts tagged austerity
Posts tagged austerity
Another interchange with the brilliant minds at UCSB’s Instructional Computing department. Without soliciting any input from the campus community, they announced not long ago that they’ve decided not to provide web space for students, faculty, or TAs.
Here is their original message:
Subject: U-Web Service End-of-Life - February 2013
From: U-Web Service Management <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/26/2012 04:26 PM
To: "Patrick B. Mooney" <ADDRESS REMOVED>
We’re sending you this note because we see that you’ve uploaded files to your U-Web account.
At the end of the February 2013 we will be retiring the U-Web service. Since the release of U-Web many years ago, a number of providers have begun to offer similar services for personal web hosting. These competing services provide full-featured service suites with better customer support than we’re able to offer. As such, we believe U-Web customers are better served by switching to one of these other services.
We’ve heard good things about NearlyFreeSpeech (www.nearlyfreespeech.net), Weebly (www.weebly.com), and Google Sites (sites.google.com) as possible replacements. For course-related web publishing, we understand the Collaborate project (www.collaborate.ucsb.edu) is developing a new service to meet this need. Until that is rolled out, instructors can request interim accommodations via email to email@example.com.
Unfortunately we’re unable to automatically migrate your existing U-Web content to any new service provider. Any files left in your U-Web account by March 1st 2013 will be deleted.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
U-Mail Service Management
Here is my response:
Subject: Re: U-Web Service End-of-Life - February 2013
From: Patrick Mooney <ADDRESS REMOVED>
Date: 01/12/2013 10:43 PM
To: U-Mail Help Desk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:17.0) Gecko/20130106 Thunderbird/17.0.2
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Joshua Tree National Park, California.
"We had to sell some stock."
this. over and over and over.
If more company leaders followed this example of selflessness instead of being so fucking greedy the economy wouldn’t be so shitty. I mean really, just how much money do you really need to have.
This dude is fucking awesome. \m/
is there an article on this or something?
It’s true. He actually cut his pay down to $90,000 not $100,000.
The story is about 3 years old, but is still poignant.
But he points to corporate culture as the long-term solution. Like the AIG bonuses, Nishimatsu says, “shocked” him. “It’s like they’re from another planet,” he says.
A lesson of this recession, he hopes, will be that corporations don’t solely pursue profit and instead focus on the long-term financial health of the company and employ people and help society. Together with shared sacrifice, he believes, the global economy will recover - but only if everyone from the CEO to the entry-level employee works together.
Yeah, there’s a typo in the image text. I didn’t design it.