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August 6, 2008 11:59 PM

P.C. MacGoogle: The UW's Shakespearean Dilbert

Posted by Brier Dudley

It won't be the next Harry Potter, but a quirkly little technology booklet has been selling briskly at the University of Washington Book Store and a nearby coffee shop frequented by UW tech staff.

The $3 tract is in the style of an 18th century political pamphlet, yet comments on problems in a 21st century information-technology organization.

Only insiders may recognize that it's a humorous commentary on the UW IT department, where the discovery that it was $10 million in the red led to a management shakeup and 66 people being laid off in May.

"A Failure of Character, or The Ruination of a University IT Department," was written by "P.C. MacGoogle, Layoffee of this Borough."

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