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Y2K blooper

Just when you thought everyone passed midnight Y2K without incident, it appears the Australian Defence Department's Y2K countdown clock had an embarrassing hiccup at the worst possible time.

IT industry figure Tom Worthington, former director of technical issues for the Aust- ralian Defence Department's Information Systems Year 2000 Project, sent an e-mail to media on January 1 reporting the Y2K countdown clock experienced something of a problem.

`[The clock] now reads 'Time left to the year 2000: - 10956 days'.'

`This is a bug I previously found in the US DoD Y2K home page and reported,' Worthington continued. `It is unfortunate that it was not detected in the Australian Web page.' You said it Tom.

If you point your browser to the offending site, www.defence. gov.au/ y2k/index_inter.htm, it's all over bar the shouting anyway. `The Defence Y2K Project has been removed,' it states.

Movers & shakers

LAN Systems marketing man John Penn has taken up the role of Cisco product manager for the networking distributor. Penn told Tabloid he was very excited about the opportunity to work closely with Cisco. This excitement is self-evident - Penn's last Tabloid appearance (Aug 25) was replete with drag costume including pink wig -clearly a man committed to strong channel relations.

Another notable mover and shaker is Geoffrey Ross, managing director of security solutions provider Secure Network Solutions (SNS). Sailing in his sixth Sydney to Hobart race, Ross skippered his 53-foot yacht Yendys to cross the line in seventh place while also securing IMS race handicap honours.

But his onboard moving and shaking took a toll in the form of three broken ribs. Ross was reported to have been taking a brief rest before resuming the helm at SNS.unmaskedIn a startling revelation, Tabloid can reveal the secret identity of a channel figure featured in this week's ARN, page 16.

John Turner, managing director of Melbourne-based integrator Information Potential, is exposed here with the infamous Catwoman. Tabloid spies claim Turner and Catwoman have a `relationship' of sorts. In fact, we heard the words `Bruce Wayne' muttered in passing. We have not given any credit to the fact that the photo arrived from our spy in a Movie World envelope.


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