In Which Authority Is Not Always Necessary

Salesperson: Why do I have to answer this same question, again?

Autumn: Our team is struggling to get the info down but it’s really important. Do you know what the ‘O’ in the acronym is for?

Salesperson: No. Do you know how to hyper-thread on a dual core processor?

Autumn: I can get back to you on that.

Salesperson: (laughs) Okay then.

Some opportunities turn out to be worthwhile. The following day I sent an e-mail to that employee, which was also sent to his supervisor and manager.

Thank you for inspiring me to learn about the early dual processor and how it evolved to dual core (or should I say “multi-core” because there are typically 4 or more cores involved) with shared cache, how hyper-threading makes it more like one shared core with twice the feed rate, how hyper-threading is a cost-efficient way to improve your processor by delegating tasks and allowing multiple processes to run because there are twice the streams of info grabbing the data required for execution…

As well as the difference between the i5 and i7, how more professionals might prefer the i7 for heavier tasks although the i5 can switch programs, video chat and play most games just fine. With an i7 you see an incremental difference of about 5fps or 20% improvement unless you’re looking to run intense 3D graphics or video compression, in which case an i7 is ideal. You might as well opt for it unless you see it as an unnecessary expense better spent, for example, on gas for a trip home from college – or towards future repair in the event that something goes wrong!

Hyper-threading allows you to use more of your processor and creates an overall better performance. That is, as long as you make sure you’re not getting a previous generation chip…or you’re not just one of those people who is likely fine using one core 100% of the time. It sort of all depends but is nevertheless very interesting.

So let me know when you get around to your required training.

The ‘O’ is for Ownership,


He never replied, but his leadership team certainly did. Someone I hadn’t even sent it to told me how the e-mail had made him laugh.

“You were just doing your job and he said ‘fuck you’ so you said ‘no, fuck YOU’ in a HR-appropriate way. Good job.”


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