del.icio.us – social bookmarks manager

I came across a very interesting web application/service called del.icio.us. After a few days of continous use, I’ve decided to comment on my overall experience using the web application. According to the website,

del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.

For now, this service is completely free. In my mind, it has some very interesting marketing potential. At the moment, it does one thing and does it well. I did have some performance issues during peak internet hours and I did get a 404 error during that time. Some future enhancements that I can think of are to include a favorites/bookmarks import/export feature in the same manner that Yahoo! Bookmarks does it. Anyway, here are my public bookmarks at del.icio.us. Enjoy!

Management tips

I have been reading a few books about how to manage people to get results that you want. The simplest approach that I have read is by the One Minute Manager. I have never been in management but I have been the brunt of management mistakes before. Anyway, the theory that the authors explain are quite simple. The secret is being able to do all three.

  • One minute goals
  • One minute praisings
  • One minute reprimands

Just remember the following tag lines: Set goals; praise and reprimand behaviors; encourage people; speak the truth; laugh; work; enjoy. If you are interested in what I briefly explained, go buy the book “The One Minute Manager” by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.

Looking for another job?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my career options lately. The current company that pays my check has committed a number of bad moves toward me as an employee that I feel warrant a change of scenery. Firstly, all the PTO that I’ve saved up over the last 4 years have mysteriously disappeared. Secondly, I didn’t find out till last week that my wages were reduced by 5%, applicable since the start of 2005 (all without telling me before the start of the year). I had to find out when I took a look at my last few paycheck stubs and complained. Thirdly, they got rid of the tuition reimbursement program in 2003, when I was nearly half way into completing my Masters degree program. It will take me at least a couple more years to complete my degree because of that set back. Anyway, I’ve had meetings with my managers and I’ve communicated how I felt. I’ve done a lot of thinking lately and I think it is time for me to move on. From a wages and benefits standpoint, my current compensation is far below average. I’m pulling in only about $41,000 per year. Not good considering all the experience that I have. Although, I enjoy certain aspects of working at IBM (as a contractor), I must admit there is a glass ceiling as far as rewards structure, and leadership responsibilities are concerned. I was kind of feeling like my career had derailed or stalled. I have always observed that contractors/vendors at IBM were treated as second class citizens. Maybe this is not completely true for all organizations within IBM, but that was the pervasive feeling that I had gotten.

Anyway, enough of my bitter ranting. If any readers of my blog wish to give an experienced web developer/designer a chance at career bliss, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My resume is available here online. If anyone from Apple, Google, and any major web design firms come a knocking, I’m ready to listen.