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OK 2 sack by txt :-(

A reader obviously shares E-tales' doubts about firing people by cellphone and, after reading our story last week about the Romanian football team manager sacked via text, pointed us in the direction of takingstock, the UK Accountancy Age magazine's blog, which recently reported that 2% of accountants think making people redundant by text message is acceptable. A method that, blessedly, other professions find totally unacceptable.

Jobs' trad rags

The news that Apple has chosen Intel chips for its future hardware development was met with gasps and comments along the lines of: "It's as if Luke Skywalker teamed up with the storm troopers to slaughter all the Ewoks". But the E-tales award for journalism with several question marks goes to Wired, which decided to include a report on Steve Jobs' dress sense in its coverage of the story.

"For the first time in many years, Jobs was not dressed in his trademark jeans, black turtleneck and sneakers: he wore a black shirt and black pants," reported Wired's fashion correspondent.

No word as yet on what, if anything, Gordon Moore was wearing when he heard the news.

Hum a few bars if you dare

Star Wars fans will no doubt be enraged to discover that while the massive multiple online role playing game, Star Wars Galaxies allows players to customise their characters with armour, weapons and skills, players aren't allowed to sing, even though they can play a musician.

Sony Online and Lucas Arts are worried that if they allow players to play their own music in the game they could be in breach of copyright laws should a player decide to play someone else's music.

So fans, feel free to shoot each other, steal comrades' equipment, slaughter innocents, lie, gamble and generally frolic around electronically, but don't dare whistle a happy tune.

Horror in the skies

Remember those happy days when you could check in for a long-distance flight safe in the knowledge you were going to be incommunicado, so you could get that presentation done, watch a few movies, have dinner and a snooze or just read that book you'd been dying to read? Those were the days. Sadly, they're coming to an end. First Lufthansa, and now most of the US domestic airlines are moving to offer wi-fi in their cabins. Soon, we'll all be sitting in rows with all the other drones, clearing email, checking the intranet, surfing the news sites and all the rest of it.

We here at E-tales can see where this is leading. It won't be long before office managers realise they can do away with cube farms altogether and simply introduce airline-style office seating. You'll have to climb over four other laptop users on your way to the loo and the bar service will cut off half an hour before you clock out, but at least the seats will recline.

Game for anything

Remember Pac Man? Sure you do. These days you can download it and play it on your cellphone, complete with full soundtrack and pointless gameplay. However, the real Pac Man game players now do it in person. That's right, hook up a virtual headset and take on the role of the Man himself, or Ghost, and wander the streets eating pills.

We here at E-tales aren't ones to suggest illicit drug activity is a component of the game circa 2005, but we're pretty sure last time we were at a rave we saw several Pac Man players apparently lost but enjoying themselves immensely.

E-tales is edited by Jo Bennett. Send your tales of wit and woe to etales@computerworld.co.nz

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