Suddenly, I need a disclaimer — and that's good news

“The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.”

This has been the case ever since I started blogging, so why am I saying it now? Because IBM is now encouraging IBMers to join the conversations in the blogosphere, and so it’s a good idea to make it clear that I represent myself here, not the company.

Sixteen years ago, I was heavily involved in bringing Usenet into IBM (for purely selfish reasons — I wanted realtime access to, and the easiest way to do it let me gateway Usenet to our internal conferencing system as trivial extension), and that made a big difference in opening the company to the rest of the world, and an even bigger difference in helping IBMers understand what was happening on the other side of the Blue Curtain. I don’t now if encouraging blogging will make as much of a difference, but it won’t hurt!