Thursday, May 29, 2008

"owning" a part of the company

Published: May 29, 2008
A group of former employees are accusing U.S. Sugar insiders of scheming to enrich themselves by buying workers’ shares back on the cheap.

people work harder and feel more attachment to a company they partially or wholly own. so companies like to offer ways for employees to be part of the company success to encourage them to do things like work overtime or for salary employees work more time for free. but here's the catch that these sugar workers fell into. they didn't really own a part of the company so they didn't have a chance to know what was going on with the company. their retirement company owned the stock. they were also screwed because the stock wasn't trading publicly so they didn't know the value of the stock. stock options also fall into this problem. sure you profit when the company rises in value but you still aren't a shareholder so you can't know what is going and vote on the direction of the company. i think every company that offers their stock as a retirement option or offers stock options to employees should be required to have each person have at least one real share or vote in the company. not that everyone would be informed even in that case, but at least that way if one person in the company did discover something they could mobilize all the other employees to vote against something.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fat and happy

Okay, I'm not really fat yet, but I just came out positive on a pregnancy test. And yes, that was the goal. :)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

$50 in Sod

$50 in sod from Lowes for about 150 Feet^2. mom helped me rip the old stuff out, and dad sacraficed the van to haul the sod and then helped me lay it. Thanks!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

strikes me as really funny. a mash of hiphop music and bluegrass.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Canon Hack

I was reading over on lifehacker that there is a group of developers working to add functionality to the canon point and shoot line up CHDK. the change is made by putting boot files on your SD card and then booting the camera into a new mode. the changes arn't permanent. support for super high speed, time lapse, more video codecs, battery indicator, and raw mode are just a few of the features this adds. they have an open scripting language (new version of basic) that you can use to write your own scripts (motion sensing, etc..). as a co-owner of an SD1000 i'll be looking into this.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

NTFS junction point details how to use junction points as 'live shortcuts' - effectively creating a virtual folder at the OS layer that is exposed to programs transparently and you can control the contents. sounds useful for mounting a ../my documents/encrypted folder inside your home folder - instead of bolting true crypt onto a drive letter.