Friday, October 22, 2004


Bain it is.

Firms that give their interns offers at the end of the summer (as opposed to later in the fall) are really smart, because it steals the thunder away from the offeree's search for competitive opportunities. As a First Year, my recruiting efforts were motivated by outright desperation -- I was so worried about not getting an internship that I lived, breathed, and slept recruiting for 2 months straight. Recruiting really requires a lot of energy, a lot of motivation, and for many, a temporary neglect of academic and personal pursuits. Seeing my fellow Second Years this week buzzing around in suits loaded up on caffeine made me grateful I wasn't back in the same boat again.

Over the last few weeks, I entertained the idea of "doing some recruiting", with the same sort of energy that one would leaf through a magazine in the dentist's office. Who was I kidding? In the end, I didn't even drop any resumes. So today I officially accepted my Bain offer. Although it's somewhat anti-climactic, it feels like such a relief to have everything squared away. The fact is there are a lot of good opportunities out there, but I didn't feel that any one of them would offer a more attractive combination of great learning environment, future career options, location, and compensation. Speaking of which, the top consulting firms seem to be ramping up their salaries again after a few stagnant years. This may be as good an indicator as any that the economy is picking up. Booyah.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004


Google Desktop

One of Google's obvious advantages against Microsoft is speed. For example, they just released Google Desktop, a feature which Microsoft won't release until next year. The product is nice, letting you search your Word, Excel, Powerpoint, web history, and Outlook files from a browser window. And because it's indexed, the search results come instantly.

One interesting observation is that Google Mail is not a part of the "Desktop" search while Web History is. This is where the engineering mindset is different from the consumer mindset: An engineer thinks "offline vs. online" or "web vs. desktop" whereas a consumer thinks in terms of "my world vs. the outside world." I think Google Mail is just as much a part of my world as my Outlook mail, and I want to search all of my email at once. Similarly, I don't think of my "web history" as part of my world, it's part of the outside world. I've compartmentalized offline and online only because technology has forced me to. Offline is generally faster and online is slower. But this is changing, and I think search will change with it. From the user's perspective, it makes sense for web and desktop search products to be combined, but with visual differentiation in search results between "my world" (my documents, my email, my financial information, etc. be they on the web or on my machine) and "the outside world" (everything that is public).

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Sunday, October 03, 2004


CD review and new Top 10

My latest valuable contributions to the WJ: a review of the new Cake album and the Top 10 reasons why Wharton is better than the real world.

Incidentally, I should share an episode from last week's issue, underscoring yet another proud achievement of the Wharton Journal's history of editorial excellence. We ran a restaurant review entitled "Rittenhouse brassiere won't leave you 'bleu'". We promptly received the following email, alerting us of our blunder.
Subject: Nice brassiere

In response to the article in this week's Wharton Journal about Bleu...

bras·siere, a woman's undergarment worn to support and give contour to the breasts.
bras·se·rie, a restaurant serving alcoholic beverages, especially beer, as well as food.


Well, that was news to us. Heck, none of us know french (nevermind that I'm married to a former french teacher). Needless to say the online version was quickly fixed, although there are 2000 print copies in circulation that retain the blunder. Yes, I know, it's not the first time we've had a misprint, but it's certainly the 2nd most amusing one.

#1 was last spring when we mispelled the name of the former Editor-in-Chief. Talk about giving no respect to your elders.

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