An Outsourced Life
Tue Nov 1st 2005, 12:18pm
In the ever-growing spirit of outsourcing jobs to Indian workers, here is an absolutely hilarious article on a writer/editor trying to outsource various tedious elements of his life, such as paying bills, ordering stuff from, finding his son a Tickle Me Elmo, wishing his parents "Happy Anniversary", and so on. Trying, succeeding--and ultimately finding maybe they're doing their job a little too well.

To pay for YMII [Your Man In India], I send my MasterCard number in an email. The company's CEO, Sunder P., replies with a gentle but stern note: "In your own interests, and for security purposes, we advise you not to send credit-card information through email. Now that it has been sent, there is nothing much we can do about it and we confirm safe receipt."

Damn. I know what he's thinking: How the hell did these idiots ever become a superpower?

Visitor comments
On Mon Nov 7th 2005, 3:45pm, Forest posted:
They did a piece on this guy on NPR about a month ago. Just crazy stuff. I guess it started out as an experiment for the article but I think by the time it was over, he still uses/keeps in contact with a few of the people. Crazy stuff!

On Fri Dec 9th 2005, 2:20am, Bruce kehlet posted:
I'm from australia and would think that you are a relative of mine
I am registered with and my email is
let me know where you are etc and maybe we can correspond

Regards Bruce

On Wed Dec 21st 2005, 12:49pm, Visitor posted:
Th e same way that those American idiots hired some absolute bumkin buffooon called Bush

On Wed Jan 4th 2006, 12:42pm, Visitor posted:
we have the same last name...

On Tue Mar 21st 2006, 2:30pm, Visitor posted:
A very intresting and funny story indeed, nice to see how humorously this "situation" is portrayed, but I believe we all know it really strikes a nerve in us. About a year ago, my boss asked me to put several ads in the newspaper (OC Register to be exact), to "test" the market and grab a hold of a couple of resumes that could be of use in the future. We received many of them, I was in charge of "digesting" them for my boss and pass him only the "good" ones. We received about 18 resumes from YMII and from YMIIIUS, I was perplexed by the content of the resumes, they ALL (and this is true) had the following (more or less): "...Programming experience: C, C++, C#, VB, VB.NET, Visual Studio, Visual Studio.NET, Standard C, Pascal, Prolog, Fortran, Python. Operating Systems: MS-DOS (not kidding), DR-DOS (ditto), Windows 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, SCO, BSD, Mac OS..." - It was totally funny, so every technical YMII has 4 BS, 5 MS and 3 PHD, does it matter in what? nope. So this mean that they must live thousands of years to achieve all that expertise.. a scam.... Now to the last question in the original posting, the answer is simple, the core of the americans are good-hearted people (remember when all europe was happy because the US was giving them anything they needed?, especially after wwii), the problem is the morons in the government now, period. Ah, BTW I am not american (nor indian for that matter) :) - Cheers