7:00 PM -- Ever have a meeting like this?

    VP Marketing: We're ramping our traction to achieve new economies of scale. CEO: Our customers see our value add. VP Marketing: We've leveraged our virtualized architecture with a low-cost overlay. CEO: We have more than two customers. VP Marketing: We're going to ramp up our traction into the perfect storm. CEO: Actually, we have three customers. Count 'em. three.

    VP Marketing: Nobody has synergized time-to-market and low-margin manufacturing the way we have. We've got real traction in these paradigms.

    CEO: That's right, we are leveraging our core competencies. Did I tell you how much our customers like me? VP Marketing: I'm multitasking my core competencies. CEO: I'm buying a home in Boca Raton.

We lowly journalists need some sort of secret signal to end such miserable meetings. How about three taps to the forehead and one clenched fist, which says, "Please end this meeting now or I will kill myself."

— R. Scott Raynovich, Editor in Chief, Light Reading

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