So near, but yet so far

A week of IT

So near, but yet so far

A distributor which has been going through management changes reportedly took several days to deliver some hardware to a customer whose premises are a mere few hundred metres down the road from one of its warehouses. Maybe said distributor should allow customers to buy direct from the warehouse if they arrange their own transport.

Access disabled

A Tuanz-sponsored seminar on website design for accessibility held last month included a practical workshop. Attendees were asked to form up into pairs and to then critique their own and their companion's personal sites. Unfortunately, some of the would-be workshoppers fell at the first "accessibility" fence — there was no reliable wireless connection with Cafenet, the provider for the occasion.

The link for at least four of the laptops proved so intermittent as to be almost useless. Support staff professed themselves puzzled, particularly as the problem disproportionately affected Macs. Replacement Wintel machines ran much better.

Food for thought

SAP recently hosted a Computerworld reporter at Auckland's Gault on George restaurant. The owner of the establishment, Simon Gault, did a stint as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's personal chef on his superyacht a while back. We couldn't help but notice the irony of SAP's choice of dining venue in light of the competition between SAP and Oracle in the business applications market. When SAP chose Gault on George, did they do so in the hope Gault might be tempted to shed some light on Larry Ellison that could be used to SAP's advantage?

Revenge of the sick

Wise bosses know they should never underestimate the power of the underdog. Retribution for slights can come in all sorts of creative forms. E-tales was amused to come across a prime example on the online news site Ananova.

The story tells the tale of a posh London solicitor who pursued a lowly secretary for ₤4 (NZ$10), after she accidentally spilt tomato ketchup down his pinstripes. One of the top boys at Baker & McKenzie, the world's biggest law firm, also emailed the secretary about the money. She, belatedly, emailed him back, saying she had not been able to get back to him straightaway as her mother had died suddenly but, as his "financial need as a senior associate is greater than mine as a mere secretary", colleagues had generously offered to conduct a whipround. She copied her reply to all 250 people working on the same floor.

The moral of the story: the internet makes taking revenge so much easier.

Revenge of the scorned

The wisdom of the old adage, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" and another interesting use of the internet as a tool for revenge is amply demonstrated by yet another tale of arrogance brought low.

This one concerns a cheeky chappie who got way too cheeky for his wife's taste on UK radio. Controversial British radio DJ Tim Shaw so outraged his wife, Hayley, that she sold his ₤250,000 (NZ$650,000) sports car on eBay for 50 pence.

She was gutted when she heard him telling model Jodie Marsh on-air that he was prepared to leave his wife and two children for her. Her errant husband is now the one who is "gutted" as he he still minus his Lotus Esprit Turbo. The car was in his wife's name and she says she doesn't care about the money, she just wanted to get him back for disrespecting her.

The car was sold in five minutes.

Origami Master Yoda

Star Wars is still very much on E-tales' mind, as readers have probably gathered from our punning headlines. We loved the film, although we have some reservations about young Hayden Christensen's less than emotionally fluent acting style. But Yoda? So small, yet beautifully formed — his mind that is, not his body. Anyway, E-tales was thrilled to come across a picture of an origami Yoda wearing the gladdest of rags, too — a fetching purple rather than his usual dull brown.

E-tales is edited by Jo Bennett. Email your tales of wit and woe to

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