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We have the technology for telecommuting right now -- but we don't have the management for it yet. That won't come until corporate America realizes how much it really costs to have some poor schmo driving to work every day. As I write this, we're more than a month into the real 21st century. I'm surrounded by the evidence of advancing technology: several computers -- all of them faster and more powerful than the mainframe I used at college 25 years ago. A speedy DSL link. More disk space than I can shake a floppy at. My office has two real windows and a door that closes. It's private, it's quiet, close to the bathroom, and the food. Why would I ever want to leave? Well, because sooner or later, I have to go to work. You know "work" -- that place with the drab shoulder-high cubicles, sometimes shared with another warm body, the heavily loaded T1 line serving hundreds or... (more)