Thursday, August 12, 2004

Connie, say it aint so!

With this post, Connie Du Toit, mistress of the Personal Effects blog, takes her leave of us.

I haven't been at this long (reading blogs or writing one), but her's was one of the best I've encountered. Some of the posts simply left you numbed, shocked, stunned, gasping for breath--she told powerful stories simply--and left you simply amazed.

She notes that she may be back some day. I hope the day is soon.

Continuing with the theme

(OK, so I've lapsed here and there. Whoop-de-do.)

While I was born in the South, my family hails from West Virginia. Because of that, I have mountains, coal, railroads and lumber in my makeup. (Yes, it does occasionally cause me to walk a bit funny, but that isn't the point.)

Looking for something else entirely, I tripped over this site, the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association. If you're from Almost Heaven, have ever visited, want to visit and are looking for things to do, like trains or are just curious, this is a good place to spend some time.

A quickie on Hari-Kerry

Has anyone else noticed that Ketchup Boy wants to be acknowledged as a hero in a war that he protested and in which he claims to have committed war crimes? Does that strike anyone else as, well, bizarre?

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Reality interrupts

I said I was tired of blogging about politics and etc. True enough, but this needs to get out there.

Immigration plan envisions 'incentives' to illegal aliens

Short form comment: Mr. President, are you smoking crack or what?

There are persistent rumors that the "real conservatives" in the Republican party are going to stay home in droves because of nonsense like this, his support for the AWB (gr-r-r) and various other policies. You have to wonder if he's trying to make them come true...

I won't say this is a first...


Because I don't know that for a fact. However, geeky though the subject matter is, this ought to worry any employee of any company. The headline is "Seagate Files Lawsuit over Trade Secrets". Nothing new there, right? Read the first 2 paragraphs.

Seagate Technology has filed a complaint in a Minnesota court attempting to prevent one of its ex-employees from joining Western Digital, a competitor.

Pete Goglia recently left Seagate Technology LLC to join Western Digital Corp., where he will lead that company's read/write head development after serving at Seagate for 16 years. Seagate is attempting to block the hire, claiming that Goglia will not be able to avoid disclosing Seagate confidential information and trade secrets in the course of his new job.

Note that Seagate isn't alleging the Mr. Goglia has disclosed any trade secrets--they're alleging that he "will not be able to avoid disclosing". They're suing for something that hasn't happened yet.

I hope the court throws this one back in their face and that Mr. Goglia can successfully sue for wrongful prosecution. If he didn't sign a legally enforceable non-compete agreement, Seagate is just plain wrong here. (And you'll note none is mentioned in the Eweek article--if there were one, it would be. It would actually give Seagate a prayer in court.) If in the course of his employment he does disclose Seagate trade secrets to his new employer, then they have a cause for action and not only should they file suit, but they should prevail.

However, suing because someone might reveal something scares the heck out of me, and it should you as well, especially if you're employed in a highly technical field. If Seagate wins, I fear for technical people's ability to change employers at will, because every employer has some sort of "trade secret" that a former employee can divulge--if only if it's only that you worked at the same place Dilbert works.