I was a full time employee of IBM Corporation for thirty-five years (1967-2001) and then had a part time relationship for three years. I receive a pension from the company and am an investor in the company. My own company is Attitude LLC, where I am the sole employee. I occasionally provide consulting services to various companies, but I currently have no consulting relationship with IBM. My other activities include writing and public speaking. Most of the writing I do is here at the patrickWeb blog and it is completely independent. All my blog posts also are posted at Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter. Needless to say, after nearly four decades, I know quite a bit about IBM and I continue to follow the company strategy and offerings. At times I express my opinions about them in the blog. Everything that appears in my blog is written by me and is solely my opinion. There are no advertising fees or commissions associated with the blog. Occasionally I write a column or essay for publishing companies or consulting firms for a fee. My paid public speaking is done through speakersonhealthcare.com. I am an investor and director in Keeeb, Inc. I invest through various managed accounts, including as a limited partner in First Round Capital, which invests in technology companies. I am a compensated member of the board of trustees at OCLC and a non-compensated director at a number of non-proft organizations. A complete list of my affiliations is here.
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When I browse the Web, I try to make note of potentially interesting sites. I sometimes list or provide links from my site to other sites if I think they may be of interest. Links are one of the most powerful functions of the Web because they enable users to easily move from one site to another. However, by providing links I do not imply any business relationship between that site and mine nor am I endorsing any site which is linked to mine. I have no control over sites that are linked to this site, and I can not be responsible for the accuracy, completeness, reliability, availability or for any of the content contained on those third party sites, or for your use of or results obtained from, or for any loss or damage caused by those sites.
In general, you can visit patrickWeb without telling me who you are and without giving me any personal information. There may be times when I may ask you for information to share with someone else or to post in the patrickWeb blog. I will never use your name in the blog without your permission. I may refer to you indirectly; e.g. “a reader from Norway suggested…..”. Whether you unilaterally sent me personal information or I asked for it, in no case, ever, would I sell personal information or offer it in any way to someone else for marketing purposes.
This page last updated: July 16, 2015