[hobbit] "Hobbit" name legal stuff; slight name change willhappen

Everett, Vernon Vernon.Everett at woodside.com.au
Sat Aug 2 02:34:45 CEST 2008

Hi Asif 

> I bet when they don't laugh when the name of an OS is called
"windows". But if another OS comes as "Doors" they will 
> laugh, I bet. Do you still value their opinion?
I seldom put much value in the opinion of a PHB, but unfortunately, you
have to pander to them if you want to make any progress in the corporate
It's an interesting, complex, but at the same time detestable game you
have to play.
It involves a lot of lip-biting, pride-swallowing, and blatent (mostly
unjustified) flattery.
If you ever intend to progress in the corporate world, it is a game you
will need to learn to play.

> That would be the "worst" reason to change a name in my opinion
See earlier comments.
The name has put Hobbit out of the running before the race began.
How does that help our cause?

> Well they should not use Hobbit then. Better that way I think
You don't cut off your nose, to spite your face.
Remember, it's not the stupid PHB that will suffer. It's the techs, like
you and me.
The PHB will do his selection process, decide on an inferior product
because he thinks it has a flash sounding name, or he gets a good junket
from the vendor, and it will be implemented on his command.
The PHB will report to upper management what he knows they want to hear,
and that is, "Product X, that *I* chose is wonderful. The rollout was a
success, and everybody is happy with it."
Upper management will know no better, because they never talk to the
grunts, and the grunts have to work with inferior products, and never
get the change to discuss the matter with upper management. (If they do,
they earn the undying enmity of the PHB)
PHB makes himself looks good, and gets a bonus for implementing a
second-rate product.
Is that what you want to see?

Have you ever seen this?
This is so close to the truth, it is scary.

Unfortunately, the answer to the "What's in a name?" question, is, Lots.

I am prepared to accept whatever name the community decide on, but I
feel it it important that serious consideration be given to all aspects
of a name, including corporate acceptance.


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