You might recall a little incident with Intel, Meltdown and Spectre. Almost all Intel processors since 1995 were impacted.
On the cover of Intel’s Code of Conduct, we find this note from Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich:
Intel has consistently been recognized as one of the world’s leading corporate citizens and most ethical companies. I would like to thank you for your contribution in role modeling Intel values and maintaining our reputation as a company that is well respected, trusted, and admired.
As we embrace new challenges and increase our presence in rapidly changing markets, one thing that must never change is our unflagging commitment to our values and the highest ethical standards. These core values and standards are the foundation of the unique Intel culture that differentiates us, builds our brand, and inspires our customers and suppliers.
Our Code of Conduct is and will always be our steady compass. The Code sets the expectations for integrity and ethics that I expect all employees to follow. Read it, discuss it, and commit to upholding it. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your manager, your Business Group lawyer, your Ethics and Compliance Business Champion, any member of Intel Ethics & Legal Compliance, or the Intel Ethics & Compliance Reporting Portal (intel.ethicspoint.com).
I look forward to your continued commitment to live our values in the workplace each and every day.
Chief Executive Officer
Now the code of conduct did not stop Brian from selling all of the Intel stock he could after Intel learned of this security issue. Part of his unflagging commitment to Intel’s values and their highest ethical standards allowed him to profit before public disclosure.
Brian was also carrying on a “consensual” relationship with an Intel employee, against Intel company policy.
I guess someone decided to hold him to account.
He resigned today.
But don’t feel sad for him.
Looking at Intel’s latest 14a filing, which you can download here, Brian has a big payday coming.
His walk away compensation is estimated at $38 million dollars.
Not bad for a former CEO with a demonstrable track record of modeling Intel values and profiting in a timely fashion on the sale of Intel stock.
Good thing I brought a hat.
We had a beautiful day with a large group of people in one of the main parks in downtown Kingston. The stage was out in full sun which really messed with the tuning on my guitar. Every moment I was not playing, I was tuning.
I used my Fractal AX8 digital modeller and my Shure wireless in-ear rig. Everything worked flawlessly.
Especially on a small stage. With the Fractal, I don’t have to worry about an amp being too loud for everyone else in the band. Direct to the FOH and let the sound person set the levels.
The iPad, which you might make out on the leftmost side of the picture, controlled my monitor mix to my in-ear rig.
Even though I was only a few feet from the drummer, I could barely hear him. Not sure if that was a good thing. I love his drumming.
Why did YouTube put this up on my recommended list?
The horror. The horror.
It was just over 6 years ago that we brought Tabby home.
I had some trouble getting her to pose back then. Tabby was hoping that she was doing the right thing for the camera guy, looking over to Lorraine for confirmation.
So happy that I got this shot.
Such an awesome Golden!
I love being in downtown Kingston especially during late spring. A few images from my photo walk this evening.
As we walked around the market square, there appeared an old Triumph Spitfire. I used to have one of these when I was a very young man — I was only 17 years old. I will say that I do not remember my Spitfire being as nice as this one. Especially the suspension system. My rear wheels literally toed out from the bottom by a good 5 – 10 degrees. On this car, all the wheels were perfectly level. If you look closely, you can make out a gun target on the hood of the car just in front of the steering wheel.
After two decades, the last store selling musical instruments and gear in the city’s downtown core has closed.
The Kingston Guitar Shop, at the corner of Wellington and Clarence streets, has seen its sales drop by about half in the past five years, said co-owner Gord Mylks, as people turn to the internet for their purchases.
Tough time to be in retail.
Such a wonderful world this world of email. Tracking me to see if I have opened or clicked on any of their emails.
In this case, their emails went directly into my spam folder, including this ACTION REQUIRED email.
Clicking on that “Update Your Email Preferences” link looks dangerous to me.
I think I will just leave it alone.
Where it belongs.
Earlier this month, Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, finalized a divorce settlement with ex Isaiah Silva. As part of the agreement, Silva gained possession of the 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar the late Nirvana frontman played in the band’s legacy-burnishing 1993 appearance on MTV Unplugged.
The instrument is a genuinely iconic artifact of alterna-rock history. As TMZ reported at the time, Cobain wanted a full break with Silva as soon as possible and hoped it would help settle things for good. The settlement came five months after a judge declared the marriage over. According to reports, Cobain will keep the home the couple purchased together.
Silva, however, does not appear to be letting things go. According to reports, he filed a new suit alleging that Love conspired with Britney Spears’s former manager Sam Lutfi (who has also reportedly managed Love), 13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler, private investigator and security expert John Nazarian, and musician Michael Schenk to murder him and steal back the guitar.
All that for a sixty-year old guitar. It is a unique piece though. Martin only made 302 of them.
Reverb puts the estimated price range of the D-18E at somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000.
Chicago Music Exchange had one and put up this video on the guitar:
Because Cobain played it live on MTV, someone is probably willing to pay millions for it.
Perhaps even willing to kill someone for it.