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Artichokes: 3 for 99c

May 9, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I don’t like artichokes. I don’t know how much they cost, nor how much they should cost. I was at the Stanford Mall last night getting some corn at the veggie and fruit market next to Schaub’s (home of the famous Fred’s steak -- get it for your first cook-out of the season if you’ve never tried it!!) and a woman with her beautiful golden retriever was looking at the artichokes that were 3 for 99c. I thought that a good price even with my aforementioned lack of knowledge of artichoke pricing. The woman, however, had different expectations. “These are the LARGE artichokes?” she asked the stock man. “Yes,” he said, “they are the big ones.” “The bigs ones must have already been picked through because these (holding one up) are definitely not that big…or heavy enough,” she said. “Do I have to buy three?”artichoke.jpgOur expectations of artichokes were quite different. Which brings me to our earnings report yesterday. Read More »

How are all your cats doing?

May 3, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I’m in the elevator this morning and I overhear this conversation.Elevatormate #1: How are things?Elevatormate #2: Good. You?Elevatormate #1: Good. How are all your cats doing?Elevatormate #2: They’re all good now. Thanks for asking.cute-kitten.jpgSure, the image of the stereotypical cat lady popped into my head and I immediately wondered, “how many cats?” However, what struck me is that is was a genuine caring question and a genuine thankful response about the well-being of loved ones. This person’s cats mean a lot to her and it sounded like there may have been some kitty health issues in the past, so she was thankful to be able to report that they are all good now. And (this is how my mind works) it made me think of the op-ed on evidence-based healthcare that our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeff Rideout, published in this past Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle. Read More »

Star Trek Technology is Here

May 2, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Have you ever seen a TV show and said, “wow, that’s really cool technology they’re showing, but it will never be reality?” I’ll be honest. I was never a huge fan of Star Trek, but what I did enjoy, other than Shatner’s fine acting, was the technology. Sure, I watched it from time to time and I enjoyed the movies…especially with Ricardo Montalban as Khan (I kept waiting for him to say, “Welcome to Fantasy Island” or “fine Corinthian leather“)…but I never attended a Star Trek convention or bought vulcan ears or anything like that. captain-kirk.jpgThe technology, however, was supercool. How cool was it to get beamed up? Or talk on your wrist watch? Or go to warp speed? Or talk to a full life size person on a video screen…even if they were Klingon? Well, we can basically talk on a wrist watch now…and the full size person on the video screen is now with us with Cisco’s TelePresence. Read More »

Corporate Blogging: What is the Right Answer?

April 27, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I went to the Portfolio magazine launch party last night in San Francisco and chatted with some nice Portfolio people (Kevin Maney, Joanne Lipman, Blaise Zerega), some industry and Cisco colleagues and some other reporters, including Dan Farber and Tom Foremski.One of the conversations that I had was on the topic of corporate blogs. As you may know, at Cisco, we have a handful of blogs and the bloggers blog on pretty much anything they want. We have a mobility blog, this blog, a high tech policy blog (our first blog and one that I started in February of 2005) and we also do “event blogs” including the Partners Summit and Cisco at ITU Telecom World. IMHO, I think we do a decent job of giving some flavor of what we are interested in and doing in each of these areas. To be sure, there is a LOT more going on inside and around Cisco and there is much more to say than just on these blogs. We haven’t yet, however, provided a platform for any employee to start and create their own blog. This is a suggestion that was made to me by a reporter. Read More »

John Chambers Essay in Forbes: “Guts and Glory”

April 27, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I would be remiss if I didn’t bring the following essay by our CEO, John Chambers, to your attention. In a Forbes magazine special report on “Networks,” he talks about the future of technology and leads his essay with: “The last 15 years have brought us advances in communications technology far surpassing those made in the previous 5,000--making the next 15 an era that will be limited only by our imagination and our courage to execute.” Full article here. I can only surmise that Forbes entitled it “Guts and Glory” because Cisco makes the Guts of the network which enables the Glory or Telepresence, blogging, video sharing, communities, voice, video, data, mobility, etc. I found it interesting to read his thoughts on where he thinks the future of technology is going and thought you might too.Forbes Networks 2007.bmp Read More »