So I’m sitting in the comfy chair in Starbucks, happily working on my HP 2710p Tablet PC in slate mode. Just taking care of business as I often do, albeit under the care of decaf. Silting at the big table about 4 feet from me are 5 executives who work for a large company I won’t name here, although it’s clear from the conversation which company they represent. What they have probably forgotten but what is abundantly clear to me is even though they are sitting in the coffee shop they are in fact representing their company. The loud exuberant conversation is easily followed by me and everyone else in the Starbucks so they do in fact represent their company. They are talking about some pretty significant happenings in their company, happenings that I’ll bet the powers that be don’t want to share with the likes of me. Especially since I am sitting here writing busily on my Tablet PC and while I wouldn’t do so I could be taking down everything I hear and putting it directly to the web. Hell, truth be told I could be recording the entire conversation on my Tablet and they’d be no more the wiser.
To make matters worse they have a teleconference call with their boss using one of the women’s Treos in speakerphone mode for the call. A 15 minute discussion about their dealings with Microsoft takes place and some interesting things are discussed, mostly by the manager on the other end of the call. This is something that I personally would never consider doing, having a public teleconference in a setting like this. I can’t believe that no one at this table expressed any misgivings about doing this and the boss on the phone didn’t ask where they were. It had to be obvious from the background noise that they were in public so the discussion that ensued should never have taken place. I know that Microsoft would be very ticked off if they knew this. And no, I have no intention spilling what I heard even though it was in public. I have no desire to get anyone fired for being stupid. They are still here BTW, discussing the ramifications of the information shared with them on the call. Sheesh.