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On the second day at Fose

p>It's not often that technology and the Bible are mentioned in the same breath. Even less often is technology compared to an event in the Bible. In this case, we agree. Scott McNealy, chairman and co-founder of Sun Microsystems and chairman of Sun Microsystems Federal, likened the federal government's technology systems to Noah's Ark: "You have two of everything," he said. Which brings us to the more popular technology word to say the same thing: redundancy.

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The Economist has the Big Mac Index for purchasing power parity. In 2008, we now have the banana index to measure technology shelf-life. With the pithy and apt quote from Scott McNealy, chairman and co-founder of Sun Microsystems and chairman of Sun Microsystems Federal, who said that "technology has the shelf life of a banana," we can now measure new technology (yellow banana) versus aging technology (brown banana). No mention of black bananas, although there is a club of that name in Philadelphia.

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It's April and you can't escape tax time, even at FOSE. Harry Lee, director of infrastructure architecture and engineering at the Internal Revenue Service, made this announcement: "We are proud to be part of a kinder, gentler IRS. And I would like to give you a reminder to pay your taxes on time and electronically." We technologists are happy to oblige.

Posted by Kathleen Hickey on Apr 02, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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