NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Don't believe all you read

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Don't believe all you read

That's a nice bike you've got there." A young waitress in a diner noticed me during my weekend escape to stretch the new Harley's legs. I think that this Harley thing just might work.

Speaking of work, one of my spies has not been enjoying his occupation. His company is struggling to make Computer Associates International Unicentre TNG live up to its maker's claims.

Even the staff of CA is having problems.

"The big story floating around this week is Centre7 who is suing CA for breach of contract because they are having the same problems we are and CA can't get their software running as promised," the spy toldme.

When confronted, the CA

reps at my spy's site confirmed the allegations.

Here's another one for the dicey files. Some of the most compelling demonstrations at the recent Bluetooth World Congress, in reality, ran on the IEEE 802.11b standard, not Bluetooth, according to my man on the ground.

One product in question, Pocit Labs, P2P network platform BlueTalk, earned praise for the "most innovative use of the Bluetooth technology in a product or application" at the Congress. But in truth, it used 802.11b. Just shows you can't always believe what you read.

On that note, it seems I have to eat my helmet this week. I've been overwhelmed by mail from many of you who noted I did some fussy math last week.

I wrote that Palm had recently written off $US300 million in inventory, equal to 200 million units. Palm sources would not come to the party with accurate numbers. My original informant reports the second figure should be 2 million units. To save you doing more maths, that would put each unit at around $US150.

Regardless, it still sounds like Palm needs a solid forecasting tool. After all, advanced planning solutions are all the rage right now.

I also wrote recently that AOL had blocked e-mail originating from L-Soft, a direct-list software provider. My spies claimed L-Soft was on AOL's spammer list.

"We did at one point have some difficulty delivering some e-mail to addresses," conceded L-Soft's CTO. It's all been sorted now and there's no bad blood.

"They [at AOL] were very cooperative and assured us that we were not on any ‘spammer' list," the representative said.

"So what's your name?" the waitress asked. "Bobby, er, uh, just call me Cringe," I stammered.

The bike might be great for catching attention, but it's time I worked on being cool - tough stuff for a techie. Maybe I should get an "HD" tattoo.

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