[LINK] My Last day
Fri, 30 Jun 2000 15:34:51 +1000
Today is in some ways a good day and a sad day.
It's my final few hours now before I commit and hold a promise I made to my
wife last year.
I said that I'd retire from consultancy to ISPs and Most Telecommunications
related projects if the Industry itself did not pull itself together for
the betterment of the Country and the users.
The clock ticked hard and long. The seconds counted down and sadly the day
arrived and the industry hasn't changed. Actually, it's probably become worse.
I'm not talking about commercial competition. I'm talking abut the ability
for the industry to do more than yapper on a mail list and hope that the
public, media and politicians will take notice. Mail lists are a great
tool, but most of the worlds "manner of operation" hasn't caught up
yet. Certainly parliament hasn't.
With the recent and ongoing battle in the Federal Court for Viper
Communications and Albury Local Internet, although a surprising number of
ISPs have dipped in to help, the majority are emailing in private stating
they are too scared to stand up and be counted. The exact behavior the
Government wants. A Divided, scared and shaking industry.
The more segregated and individual ISPs are the easier the industry is to
control, regulate and manipulate.
Lets face it, being an ISP use to be fun. You had time to spend with your
users, chatting on-line, on the phone, or in person. Today, I can't get
five minutes to myself, yet alone to support a client. And I'm not even an
ISPs use to be creative, design solutions to get around TElstra created
problems. We use to devise and create software. But today, we're just a
level in business that can be closely compared to a cog turning in a
watch. ISPs aren't the Hands that are read by the wearer, nor is the ISP
the battery or spring coil used to drive it. They are merely a medium in
the middle to assist with the aggregation of the traffic and user flows.
At the end of the day, the dollar ends up in the Federal Governments pocket
through tax and such anyway. What doesn't end up there ends up in
Telstra's pocket. Users use Telstra phone lines, ISPs, use Telstra
services, Uplinks resell Telstra services, it's all the same in 90% of
When you look at the cost differences between the United States and
Australia you have to wonder. Sure not all things are great there, but
certainly the data digital age isn't great here. We're so far behind the
"1st world country" we're very close to 3rd world.
Ever wondered what a 2nd world country was?
I can work in Australia designing a web page for $60 an hour, or do the
same work for $60 an hour in US Dollars. Strange isn't it.
So with my gripes and grumbles out of the way, I announce today my
retirement from the ISP and Telecommunications Sector.
I know I did this in 1993 and got sucked back in, but this time I've got
other considerable projects that need my time and attention. One being my
growing family. The others - you will have to wait and see.
I'll still be helping Ross and Mark as far as they want to go with their
battle against the ACA. I'm not dropping what I've started. Same way I'll
continue with the various projects that haven't yet completed. But taking
on NEW ISP related work, sorry. It's been too costly in more ways than one.
I sometimes wonder if I'm jumping ship too early, like dropping my ISP
services in 1993 because there were so few modem users around, but I've
given over 15 years to the encompassing industry and really not got
anything back. (Not even a reasonable salary at the end of the day! Well
what I'd consider reasonable!)
The Freebies have now dried up. Time to let the maturity of the market
find it's own feet. Two industries I won't be working in are
Telecommunications and Pharmaceuticals.