While tweaking my site, looking through Google's stats for keywords
hitting my resume, I
noticed a couple of people searching for "Acumen Envision". It sent
me down memory lane a bit.
Back in 2001, when I was working for the train wreck that was
Digital Science, one of the gigs I got was a one-day training course
delivered to a bunch of the techs at Independent Newspapers. The
brief was incredibly vague: they wanted an introduction to Linux,
using a book as the guide. So I picked up the book and, with only a
day's notice, built a rough outline of a walkthrough and got ready to
deliver it. With such short notice, I arrived damn early at the site
to make sure everything was going to be there. I asked about
installing Linux, one of the few things mentioned in brief, on all the
machines in the training room and was told no problem.
Needless to say, it was a very challenging day but I think I did
pretty well. I took the group through installing and configuring
Linux, explaining all the things I thought would be important to the
audience of developers and sysadmins, comparing and contrasting with
Solaris which they knew well. At the end of the day, the client was
very happy with me and less happy with the training company, Acumen
Envision. He could tell (and I also told him) that they were a bit of
a shoestring, fly-by-night company.
At the end of the day, my employer Digital Science never managed to
get paid for the work I did. They claimed it had cost them thousands
of pounds to re-image the training machines, which I'd been
explicitely told I could install over. Fortunately it wasn't my
(direct) problem, and it was only a couple of days' work so not worth
going after too hard.
So I thought I'd Google
the company name and see what came up. Wow. Looks like these
guys did the same non-payment trick to other people. They, and the
head honch Rennie Garcia, really
pissed this guy off. So much so, he had the company wound up and even set up another site
with material from other people who'd been ripped off, this time in
Spain. It even looks like he's
been arrested. Hurrah!