Review: A Decade Later
* Candid Self-Evaluation *
Looking Forward *
July 7, 2007
(with minor revisions on 7/11 to clarify a few
It's my 2nd "historic" communiqué
in my entire career. Here's my
1998 Open Letter. Only 10% of
you had email back then! It's
interesting to see how my road map had
actually unfolded. And... I had to
joke about my wedding... How embarrassing! I
blame it on the mile-high thin air I was
breathing, and that very reflective occasion.
Part I: A
Review—Almost A Decade Later
I did go on to have a brief semi-professional
career (1996~2003). MP3 is now
pervasive. In 1997, my music server,
access to all my music from any room
with custom playlists, were considered "pointless." The
Principles (1992) are now known in some circles,
and became the basis of other
doctrines. The timely billing pledge
saw limited success: 2 steps forward, 1 step
back. My response to service calls remains
impeccable throughout. I also kept my
vow on "comprehensive
knowledge, sensible approach, refreshing
perspectives, technological visions, personal integrity..."
On improving utilization & leverage:
After 2 decades of supporting other
formally established the comprehensive
in 2002, and
Bravo Partners Portal in 2004. My
is unchanged as I deferred that
transition until 2008. I did drastically
reduce time spent traveling to
conferences in the past 5 years,
which affords me the luxury of more research
hours, and a writing career.
service on the board of directors for SUNY Brockport College Foundation
I'm remaining on the External
Advisory Committee for Computer
Science dept. at SUCB. A new
phase and form of public service commenced on
September 11, 2002:
Trinity of Sam's Pet Projects.
"Policy formalization" took
place as planned. Codification turned out to
be my forte. Marketing of Encore!
server line with PMS was scrapped, as I embarked on a
3.5-year intensive training program,
transforming Vicky from a rudimentary IT tech to a
very respectable junior
pro with solid background. My
vision of "pilot
web evolving into full fledge
communications tool..." materialized,
exceeding expectations spectacularly. Most
Depot. In fact it's a
world-class leader against even IT
providers 100x the size (superior
signal:noise ratio, more comprehensive).
Part II: A Candid
Self-Evaluation & Revelation
Wanna peek? I'm lifting the lid on
this jar of madness.
As an IT Professional
By virtue of my extraordinary tenure
(27 years), consistent focus and
track record in the IT industry in
general, and SMB segment in
particular; along with the breath and
depth of my research with high
strategic relevance; I regard myself as
an authority and visionary in my field. This
phenomenon unfolded naturally over the past
I have proven myself a superb problem
solver. I'm under
unique circumstances which afford me the
independence, objectivity, willingness and ability.
I strive for a perfect blend of scientist, entrepreneur and social advocate.
I'm one of the few
consultants in the entire industry─not
merchant in disguise, or
I consistently stress: "Solutions,
not products. Expertise, not hype.
Rationality, not ideology"; in stark
those touting buzzword du jour with
keyword-triggered responses. Transparency, well-articulated doctrines
and coherent methodologies; instead of seat-of-the-pants fudging.
Preparedness and sound research, vs. learning
by fire. It's self-evident that my above assertions are
What security problem? What SPAM?
What performance issues? It's
the process, stupid (to paraphrase James
Carville). A little strategy and know-how
goes a long way. Do it right, from start.
The 15% sites among you where I have
jurisdiction for over 20 years are a
shining living testament.
Personal Dispositions & Aspirations
As a typical quirky intellectual, I have
a highly imaginative and massively
associative mind. I expect to be taken at
doesn't mesh well, in a society where
flattery is mandatory, and things are
routinely discounted to account for the
fudge factor. I have always been incisive,
analytical and perceived as argumentative by
I practice my "need
not, want not" motto. I sneer at all
things superficial/deceptive. I have what I
term organic non-conformity (for
sensibility sake and merit-based), vs.
artificial (for the sake of rebellion
and showmanship). I'm
careless in tact, out-spoken, but not
at all vengeful. As I am on a mission, my writing
style is decidedly provocative, at times
verging on bad taste. As an engineer,
dry facts & brutal honestly are
I have a broad range of interests: films, culture,
linguistics, politics, philosophies,
music (classical, folk, French),
poetry, camping/hiking (fmr. 76th HKG Boy Scout troop
leader), gardening, cooking, electronics (as
in soldering & schematics), carpentry and
aviation (logged 55 hours, soloed in Piper
Cherokee N55655, 1984, Ray Highland School of
Aeronautics, Rochester International
(A hidden tribute to Vicky)
- Truly pragmatic
- Madly intense &
impatient, but surprisingly
- Deeply poetic & sentimental
- Vigorously blunt
yet obviously born to please
- Incredibly astute technologist, but
- Confiding & intimate on
some levels, while distant &
aloof at times
- Kernel of a decisive
General, with shell of a pacifist
& emotional in personality,
mature & logical in
My perspectives, allegiance* & wisdom
(PAW) transcend cultural & national bounds.
Here, within the U.S., I have
achieved empathy (and the ensuing trust
and respect) across a wide spectrum of
socio-economical classes. I am equally
at ease mingling with Fortune 100
CEOs/university chancellors, or conversing
with a peasant worker or student—all
the while being genuinely engaged.
I am now a "self-appointed vanguard
for truth & fairness." This represents
an upgraded claim from "self-appointed cross-cultural ambassador,
shattering myths..." which since 1992, was
part of my 25-words-or-less "elevator
speech" and mini bio that I submit, as an invited speaker/panelist.
Relax! I only speak out against
the utmost despicable fraud and
atrocities, in IT and politics. I believe in
On lapses of lacking in tact and
refinement, I plead for your continual
accommodation. If it is of any consolation:
I make up for it with good intentions.
There's also light at the end of the
tunnel... it's the Ripe-Old-Age Express!
I'm just one smash hit away from
becoming Mr. Mellow.
At the risk of
sounding like an excuse: I do view tact & grace as a double-edge sword. The risk of
becoming a sycophant is all too real. That's
partly why I was never able to
whole-heartedly improve in that area. Not
enough fire under me will also starve my
vital fuel for my supersonic speed.
Steadfast & Unwavering
Winning in and of itself doesn't excite
me, as I have conquered plenty. Losing
hardly discourages me, as I've been
well-forged to endure defeats &
tribulations. I march on regardless, toward lifelong goals. Resiliency
& incorruptibility are my trademarks.
On Compliments & Criticisms
Genuineness is paramount! I frown at
insincere obligatory compliments. Spurious
flatteries dispensed at strategic moments
for the blatant purpose of inducing favors
are the worst, and will backfire.
I value brevity over profuseness. Concise praises citing
plausible reasons why
you're impressed are most appreciated.
A word of advice: This goes for most
engineer types that are highly
competent and well-regarded in their
respective fields. Frankly, I have amassed
enough ego points to last 3 lifetimes,
without even trying. I do not seek approval.
debate in earnest. Rest assured: no
swollen head here. I know
where I stand on the
I am the definition of continuous
obsessive refinement. Constructive criticisms are
life-blood and genuinely welcomed with open arms. Don't sugar-coat.
Complain early and often, not cumulatively!
Be factual, and refrain from emotional
baseless accusations. Learn the differences
between forcefully assertive and
Part III: Looking Forward
After 27 immersive years in IT, right
from its inception, I have thoroughly observed,
analyzed and mastered its dynamics. The
gradual discovery of it as a microcosm of the world
at large** became my prism and training
grounds into the social/political advocacy
arena. Obviously, my knowledge in sciences/technologies
lends tangible logistical
advantages. It also serves as my reality
grounding. With a background in philosophies
and knowledge management, I now
actively pursue these 4 tracks:
Politics, Religions, Education/Teaching, and
myself in being able to
professional/personal/spiritual life and
actions, without glaring inconsistencies—which indicate hypocrisy and ulterior
motives. My prophetic
inner self is emerging: It's my true calling, and I
Some say I am "pathetically"
prophetic, or too ambitious, unrealistic, hard
working, stubborn, and too "smart" for my
own good. They'd be right if one defines
"good" as financial success. I
I know how to prioritize and strike a balance.
Like a good General, I have the good intuition to make
short-term tactical concessions, in order to
preserve and foster long-term strategic
goals─principles that I
hold near and dear, and a world vision I
yearn for and deem feasible.
ville, à moi le monde !
As I announced in the
11/21/05 Bravo News:
Social advocacy shall not take
backseat to business activities. This does
not represent any departure of policies.
is simply an embolden official declaration
of a 2-decade long practice!
derives not from technology itself but
from broad and sensible integration
and coordination of
functions and technologies. Sometimes, the
slightest tweak can... (maybe I really
Thank you! Be well.
Until next time...
(in another 9 years?)
The Bravo Anthem
Just Wave Hello - Charlotte Church
Je suis moi - Françoise Hardy