status of OLPC project

Ed McNierney ed at
Fri Jan 9 13:25:22 EST 2009

Victor & Scott -

Sorry - I made a comment about this on an earlier email, but I just  
realized that that message wasn't sent to the devel list.

Scott's quite right.  I firmly believe that whenever possible a layoff  
is handled with a face-to-face conversation with your manager.  It  
isn't fun for either party, but you don't duck that job.  Because of  
travel and other schedules, some folks didn't have those conversations  
until yesterday afternoon and I actually didn't have my very last one  
until this morning.  No one wants to learn they've lost their job  
through a public mailing list.  And in addition, some people would  
like the opportunity to communicate the news to their friends, family,  
and colleagues on their own terms rather than having me announce it  
for them.

This week the people being laid off are my #1 priority, and I need to  
spend the time to make sure everyone else at OLPC does whatever we can  
to help.  Next week I can help communicate things more broadly to the  
wider world.

	- Ed

On Jan 9, 2009, at 1:10 PM, C. Scott Ananian wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 11:20 AM, Bastien  
> <bastienguerry at> wrote:
>> Victor Lazzarini <Victor.Lazzarini at> writes:
>>> [...] In other words, it would be useful to get a who's who for the
>>> project.
>> +1
> Please have some consideration for the recently unemployed.  Not
> everyone wants this fact announced to the world, and Ed would
> certainly be out of place as manager if he were to do so preemptively.
> I don't know, but there may even be contractors or others who OLPC
> management has not been able to get in touch with, who don't yet know
> their job status.  Please be patient.
> I expect those who are comfortable announcing their employment status
> will do so, here or in some other appropriate venue.
>  --scott
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