Death of the News

When troubadour Don McLean referred to rock 'n' roll great Buddy Holly's death on February 3, 1959, as “the day the music died,” he was crafting a metaphor about a period of remarkable innocence and idealism in American history. McLean's lyric came to me last week while I watched, again, a movie set in the…

Details

Calibrating for Product Integrity

This week I heard one of my favorite all-time words used in the context of having the proper reference to achieve a credible measurement. That word was “calibrate.” This word has so many connotations that have to do with accuracy, reliability, credibility, etc. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines calibrate as: To standardize (as a measuring instrument)…

Details

HP & Autonomy: Another Bubble, Another Bust

The announcement last week by {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.} that it bought software company Autonomy for much more than it was worth, and the allegation that Autonomy cooked the books to inflate its value, shows once again that America's corporate governance is fraught with irregularities and accounting improprieties that go unnoticed and unchecked until it's too…

Details

Is Intel Next to Get a Woman CEO?

The virtual ink was barely dry on the press release that announced {complink 2657|Intel Corp.} president and CEO Paul Otellini's plans to retire in May 2013, when a bevy of news stories popped up speculating about who his successor might be. As surprising as the news was that Otellini was retiring early (he's 62 and…

Details