After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going. This is the third letter I wrote. Keep in mind that at the time, I didn’t intend on it being posted online when I originally penned this letter.
9/7/2001 – Everything is fast in Texas – Dell Update
Hello everyone at Sooner Plant,
I miss you guys, when I find time to stop for a moment to get a drink of water, (from my sponge that I use to wipe the sweat from my brow). I am finally receiving my computers and stuff for my cubicle. I have been using a borrowed laptop from my manager up to now. I have two computers with two keyboards and monitors. I use both of them at the same time. — They are made by Dell by the way. — Since Compaq went out of business – 🙂 . With two computers I am able to program in two computer languages at the same time. On one computer I may be programming using C++ while on the other computer I am using JAVA, or composing an ASP page for the intranet. This is great!!! The next thing they are working on for us programmers is to put on headsets that connect directly to our brains so we can write programs in our sleep. I can’t wait!!! All these years I have been dreaming about all sorts of programs, and now they will finally be captured and made into something useful. — Things like: Birthday Phantom 2.0 !!!!
Note to Reader: To learn more about the Birthday Phantom, see this post: Power Plant Birthday Phantom.
It is interesting to work in a place where security is such a big issue. You wouldn’t believe how many companies would like to know what Dell is doing. All sorts of security measures are taken to ensure that spies aren’t infiltrating our environment. Not only do they check all of our e-mail (like this letter), but they also filter out everything that is flushed down the toilet or spoken in a restaurant. There are actually spies from other companies that sit in restaurants and listen to Dell employees out to lunch. How do we know? Just say, “Do you know what my manager told me today?” And you will see people in nearby tables stop talking and lean in your direction.
The reason is similar to Sooner Plant’s position of being the best plant in the country. Dell is able to sell computers cheaper than any other computer company in the world, and only they know why. The secret to their whole success is ******SECURITY VIOLATION******** THIS PORTION OF THE E-MAIL HAS BEEN DELETED BY DELLSECURE—-IT CONTAINED PROPRIETARY INFORMATION. ******SECURITY VIOLATION******** Isn’t that neat? Who would have thought that the solution would have been so simple.
Well, I have to go, two big bouncer types just showed up at my cubicle tapping their feet with their arms crossed across their chest, and for some reason they don’t look too happy. — Did I say something wrong?????
Write to you later,