If you work in IT at a publicly held company, your life was changed dramatically late last year and early this year. You know what I'm talking about…SOX. You also know how "symbolism over substance" what companies are doing is. You know it doesn't really do anything but make your life harder. It makes it harder to do your job. It makes it harder to server your customers. Everything is called SOX. Everything falls under SOX.
Cyndi found this article in the Washington Post for me about it. Their site requires a free login to access it. The URL is http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/18/AR2005051802255.html. Here are a few exerpts:
Leave the desk for 10 minutes and the computer screen goes dead. Why must I sign in all over again? "Sarbanes-Oxley," says the poor soul in the tech department.
This all-powerful Sarbanes-Oxley turns out to be a law Congress passed in 2002 after the Enron collapse to protect investors by forcing publicly held businesses to more accurately report information about themselves.
Nothing in the law specifically requires companies to turn cubicle life into a journey through the stages of hell. But that's how the law is being interpreted across the land. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, the Maryland Democrat who is retiring next year, has had to watch what he thought of as a guardian of ordinary investors' assets being transformed into a scapegoat for all things annoying at the office.
"You have some way-out requirements, and the company says that's what Sarbanes-Oxley says we have to do, but these changes are neither in the act nor in the regulations implementing the act," Sarbanes tells me. "I don't know where some of these things came from."
"It's absurd how the law is being used to justify these silly timeouts and constant demands for you to type in your password. The law is just being used as an excuse for placing restrictions on workers."
Sarbanes sighs at how his name is being taken in vain as a nation of office workers grouses about new incursions on their time and sanity. "Some people in the business world think it's unnecessary regulation," he says, "but look at the price we paid with Enron and those scandals in losses of jobs and confidence in our capital markets. We didn't set out to create onerous requirements. We were confronted with these gross abuses, and we set out to protect the American investor."
Now, Sen. Sarbanes says it isn't what he meant. It isn't what the law meant. Well, we can learn two things from this
1. The law needs to say what is meant.
2. Business will take symbolism over substance to try and comply with what the law says.
So, we need smaller government and business that thinks.
Alan sent me a link to this today, and I think it is cool. The possibilities are endless!
For those of you who don’t know, Google usually changes their logo to go along with the holiday. This morning, I woke up and thought I would go to Google.com to see what their logo looked like. Here is a screenshot of what I saw today when I logged on:
Just to make sure of what I was seeing, I refreshed my browser. Nope, they did not change their logo. Why didn’t Google change their logo today? Google, I call on you to issue an appology, change your logo, and honor those who have served, fought, and died for our freedom.
Is Google liberal? I don’t know, but it is certanly looking like it. First they refuse conservive adds now this. Does anyone have any idea of an alternate search enging that is as good?
[Update 10-10-2007 05:44:56] I found a contest where an individual sponsored a contest to help Google develop a log for Memorial Day. Here is a link to the post where I talk about that.
Even though I have left NiSource, I still want to keep up on the outsourcing so I talk to friends regularly. I have heard that IBM has started the interview process. Of course, all the company says is some people will stay NiSource, some will be rebadged, and others will loose their jobs.
At the outset of the project, the employees were supposed to know by the end of May what was going to happen. Well, that has been pushed back to the end of June.
Good luck to all at NiSource!
To see pictures of our new house in Richmond, go to http://techs4jesus.dynup.net/webpics/200505RichmondHouse/. Enjoy!
I'n sure everyone has heard the hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save. Did you also know that it is The Navy Hymn? Did you also know that verses have been written covering just about every job in the US Navy? Well, if you have never been to chapel on a military base, you may not; however, it is true.
Several years ago, my mom asked me if I knew where she could get verse such and such. I didn't think it would be that hard but it was. It took me a few hours to find all the verses. I eventually found them on a US Navy site (somewhere). Because I think it came from a US Government source, it is public domain; however, it may not be. If you are the/a copyright owner and you want your verse/the whole thing removed, send me an e-mail.
Today the US is celebrating Memeorial Day. It is a day set aside to remember those who have served, fought, and died to preserve our freedom. Without their sacrifice, who knows our country would be like.
When Napa High School senior Kyle Trudelle began his art project – a mural depicting steps leading to a castle in the clouds – he didn't imagine some students would start a petition to stop him for violating the separation of church and state or school officials would order him to put down his brush while district lawyers reviewed the matter – particularly since there was already an adjacent mural depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe, an important religious figure to Catholics and the large portion of the student body of Mexican decent.
Kyle, I support you. Don't change the painting. Stand up for what you believe. Be bold!
Last night, Cyndi and I went back to Staples Mill Road Baptist Church for their Sunday Evening Service. On Sunday Evenings, the interm pastor is going through the book of Acts. Last night, he brought a message on boldness. His text?
I will sumarize:
* Peter and John are going to the temple
* They see a beggar
* Peter had no money to give the man
* God healed the beggar
* Peter and John preached a great sermon to the people
* Religious leaders didn't like it
* Peter and John were arrested
* Peter hand John were told not to preach any more
* Peter and John said they could only tell what they had witnessed
* The disciples prayed for boldness
As Christians, we are going to be put in hard situations. All around the world, Christians are persecuted for what they believe. Here in the US, we are intimidated. Our reaction should be to pray for boldness! We shouldn't back down! Continue going forward! We shouldn't go looking for trouble: we shouldn't walk up and punch someone in the face. However, when trouble finds us–someone says quit speaking about Jesus or I'll punch you in the face– we should be bold and continue to speak!
23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.