(Downs) to Goodyear for changing the name of its blimp from The Spirit of Akron to The Spirit of Goodyear. While the move may be designed to raise corporate awareness, its a slap in the face to the city thats supported the company for more than 100 years.
(Ups) to Y2K consultants, who raked in the dough by the truckload while making the changeover from 1999 to 2000 occur with little fanfare. People may grumble that Y2K was nothing more than media hype, but for those who spent countless hours rewriting code and handling mediation duties, it was a not only a job well done, but the creation of a microindustry that helped drive the economy the past two years.
(Downs) to the battle over which TV stations and cable companies will show the Fox network and which wont. While they quibble over extended agreements and whether to show the Ohio News Network, the real losers in this fight are consumers, who are sure to rebel. Conspiracy talk begins for all those X-Files followers.
(Downs) to OSHA for ruling that companies that allow employees to work from home are responsible for federal health and safety violations that occur at the home work site. The decision, which affects nearly 20 million Americans, is a major blow against the growing telecommuting practice that makes employees lives easier without sacrificing productivity. Whats next for employers? Mandates to ensure employees cars and diets dont put them at risk?