NOTES FROM THE FIELD: iPod clamour, Microsoft’s spammer

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: iPod clamour, Microsoft’s spammer

As speculated here and elsewhere, Google is jumping on the IPO bandwagon. Yet some faithful readers say it will be an especially temperate day in Hades before Google names me its Gman, as I lobbied for last week. Reason number one? I just can’t keep Gsecrets. So much for that fortune in stock options. G’damn!

In Pod we trust: My item carving up Apple for problems getting iPods to work with the Mac OS 10.3 upgrade drew a predictably vigorous response from the Jobs Corps. Most Appletons reported their upgrades went without a hitch, thank you very much. The Pod People have spoken.

Hell and spamnation: Rumours that Microsoft may get into the anti-spam business have proved slightly off; it seems Microsoft is getting into the spamming business. So say the Cringesters who recently received an unsolicited Executive Email from CEO Steve Ballmer. The newsletter even found its way into the inboxes of Apple and Linux users, some of whom would rather gargle with broken glass than sign up for anything from Microsoft. Among other things, Ballmer quotes the statistic that IT pros spend 70 per cent of their time managing existing systems. That couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that 99 per cent of these systems run Windows, could it?

Down to Earth?: Big chunks of EarthLink’s public site went mysteriously incommunicado recently, according to one of my spies. Sure enough, many of the site’s pages were dark when I tried them. So I wondered: Had it been sabotaged by an ex-employee mad about the $US350,000 bonus CEO Garry Betty pocketed after cutting 1300 workers? Curiously, EarthLink claims it can’t find any record of an outage anywhere — there have been no changes in traffic patterns, nor any complaints. Maybe it’s just one of my old girlfriends wreaking revenge on me.

Hello, Delhi: Intel’s Whitefield Xeon processor, due out sometime in 2008, will be the company’s first chip designed entirely in India, according to those cheeky blokes at The Register. Personally, I think this is great news. By 2008, salaries in India will be so high it will be cheaper to outsource the work back to the US.

What would you pay for a share of Gstock?

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