I recently upgraded my computer to a Gateway with an Intel Quad core CPU running the Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OS. Here is what I’ve learned:
- Parallel ports aren’t supported anymore. I can’t use Old Faithful, my ancient laser printer.
- A number of my older software programs won’t run on a 64-bit OS.
- The meaning of the phrase “negative transfer of training”
My primary machine got nailed with a nasty virus a few months ago and I’d been working with my hot spare backup. Just as I was getting used to working with Windows XP I am now having to learn how to use Vista. I began having a negative transfer of training experience.
It’s been a few days and I’m better now. I like my new computer. One major plus is the computer came with a set of recovery disks. I used these to configure my old machine which now becomes my hot spare. Same setup as my primary machine. When I need to use it, I’ll load up my programs and data and I’m good to go.
Note I said “when” not “if”.
I read this online Business Week article and I thought I was reading about myself. If I were to add my thoughts, I’d add:
- Live where you want to live (provided you have a decent Internet connection)
- Enjoy flexibility of schedule
- No corporate politics or non-productive meetings
- Meet and work with interesting intelligent humans
- Enjoy a different kind of stress.
For the project workers who log in to oDesk every day to create their own job with decent pay, outsourcing is a wonderful thing—be it in Wyoming or New Delhi. Some have been forced from full-time jobs but many simply prefer to go it alone or to work with small groups. Scarred by a barrage of layoffs in recent years, these workers like the control over their lives and diversity in the source of paychecks.
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Formal Training Hours Consumed per Learner, by Industry, 2007 and 2008
Bersin & Associates reports that the drops in formal training hours from 2007 to 2008 is not necessarily a bad thing. “For smart companies, this means that they are cutting programs that are generic, low value and under-utilized,” analyst Karen O’Leonard writes. “We have talked with several organizations that are now carefully scrutinizing the value of their learning programs, some by employing cost-benefit analyses to their initiatives. Their analyses have led them to cancel some programs that were costly to run and offered relatively low value.”
|Banking/financial services & insurance *||28.0||18.8|
|* In 2007, small sample size required that insurance industry results be combined with those of banking and financial services. For 2008, there was a large enough sample of banking /financial services and insurance companies to break them out. The individual industries’ data are shown, as well as the combined category.|
|Source: “Corporate Learning Factbook,” 2009, Bersin & Associates|
This a sad article about the real estate bust, arson, and insurance fraud.
Pay attention to financial underwriting. I suspect there will be more sad stories like this in the future.