oh come now!!
The hazards of long-haul international travel for IT executives have not included unintended sexual encounters . . . until now.
In the aftermath of the reported exploits of Amanda Holt and David Machin while onboard an American Airlines flight between the US and Britain, Tabloid has learned it was no fluke they were from the IT industry.
Holt, who works for telco giant Nortel, and Machin, an executive for greeting card company Hallmark, were splashed all over London's tabloid newspapers last week after the reported mid-air sex romp in the so- called Club Class (business class) section of the plane.
According to Rupert's Daily Star, 36-year-old Holt 'was drinking too much free booze in Club Class during the 10-hour flight where the sexual encounter was said to have occurred'.
The pair were said to have met as they prepared to board the flight from Dallas to Manchester, the report said. As the alcohol started flowing the couple were said to have become more and more amorous, despite the pleas of flight attendants and other passengers to cease.
Holt was reported to have stripped to her underwear 'before performing the oral sex act on Machin as the plane cruised at 30,000 feet'.
And according to an Australian IT channel observer, there are 'more than a few in our business that have joined the mile-high club'.
'The exploits of Amanda and David serve as a timely warning to those in the IT channel who travel regularly that alcohol can do some strange things to you in flight,' another seasoned IT traveller told Tabloid.
The incident provoked front-page banner headlines in virtually every London tabloid. These included such gems as: 'Mile-high Mandy got randy on brandy'; and 'Randy Mandy comes up for air'.
There is no doubt that the incident has left both parties involved with some explaining to do - both to their respective employers and spouses.
The truth is not out there
If only IT software vendors were required to put the same level of truth in their 'Settings' boxes as food vendors are required to demonstrate the ingredients and nutritional value of their products. One vendor has decided that it must do the right thing by its users and has gone through the process. That being the case, here is one of its new 'truth in settings' windows.
Those customers, suppliers, staff and friends who attended the recent NetStar Open golf tournament at Sydney's luxury Riverside Oaks course all agreed that the network integrator knows how to throw a good party.
Most also confessed to stringing one on and admitted that things did get a little out of hand towards the end of the day.
Fortunately Tabloid's spy-in-attendance was armed with his trusty camera and was on the spot when one partner, who shall remain nameless, was unable to control himself as the copious quantities of alcohol being imbibed started to take effect.
Determined to make his mark on the day, this unidentified but athletic perpetrator attracted the attention of course security when he made a beeline for the 19th hole.
Chips burn a big fry
Chips & Bits' recent restructure has claimed a scalp in the form of its national marketing manager, Ross McCaffer, who then e-mailed his 'media friends' last week to express his disappointment in being made redundant.
McCaffer's role has been split up between three other chippers: Elise Youl (marketing & Web), Rick Noble (IT services), and Scott Carlile (business unit manager).
Ahh well, sorry to see you go Ross. It's been fun.
Old King Cole . . .
Sybase surprised the industry last week in appointing a new managing director where there used to be a merry old soul.
The new man filling large shoes previously worn by Kip Cole is Adam Johnson, a five-year veteran of Sybase's Australia and New Zealand operations.
Johnson's role will include being responsible for Sybase's customer and partner relationships as well as marketing and technical services.
Meanwhile, Old King Cole has departed for the fair shores of rival Cisco where he will head up the high flyer's marketing and strategic relationships team.
French kissing in cyberspace
Tabloid struggles at the best of times to say anything nice about the arrogant French attitude to the rest of the world which is often clearly so far ahead of the poodle people that nobody really gives a rat's arse about what they think anyway.
Afear'd their language is getting squashed by English in the new Internet age, a new group called Defence of the French Language (DFL) has sprung up to ensure the Gallic culture survives.
After getting laws passed limiting the use of English where French could do the job, the group has managed over a period of time to successfully sue companies that are not toeing the line. One of the attempted convictions was over the Metz (France) campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology which had published a Web site in English.
The case failed, but future perpetrators face fines of up to $6600 each time a site is accessed that was developed in France without native language content.