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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: No accounting for taste

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: No accounting for taste

I love it when Cringesters send fan mail. Over the years I've gotten recipes, flu cures, reams of advice, and offers of companionship from residents of women's correctional institutes.

But I recently got the best compliment from a reader who wrote, "Cringely is like the trash magazines at the checkout counter of the supermarket. What a waste of space in an otherwise hi-class [sic] weekly." It's been my lifelong dream to write for Weekly World News. Mum would have been proud.

Weapons of Mass Infringement: The SCO Group, which has yet to produce a single piece of evidence that bits of the company's copyright Unix code were used in IBM's Linux build, seems perilously close to having its $US5 billion suit against Big Blue dismissed.

And if it is, well, CEO, Darl McBride, might want to start thinking about a second career. Then again, maybe he can blame the CIA for providing faulty intelligence.

"It's Not You, Carly, It's Us. Really": The real reason Carly Fiorina stepped down from the Big Chair at HP? Apparently the company's board told her it wanted to start seeing other CEOs. I'm sure $US42 million in severance and stocks will cushion her fall nicely. However, there's no truth to the rumour that she will be starring with McBride in a new ABC show, Desperate Chief Executives.

V Is for Victory: Cringehead Michael R shares the news that, if you include numbers and garbage characters, there are more than 600 quintillion ways to spell the name of the drug that starts with a V and ends with a smile.

And yet there seems to be no way to spell it here without triggering the spam filters of many of my email subscribers.

That kind of thing really gets a rise out of me.

Daddy, That Software Hurt My Feelings: UCLA researchers have discovered that computer users can be just as traumatised by rude computers as by rude humans. I understand that after hearing the news, thousands of Windows users began preparing a class action suit against Microsoft for two decades of neglect and abuse.


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